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Get Your Halloween Costume Without Leaving Your House

Hey Guys!

We were having some issues with our shopping cart recently.  I’m happy to say that everything is now fixed and in perfect working condition. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I would offer a refresher course on how to shop online. This is a re-post from a blog we wrote a couple of months ago. Enjoy!

love,

Devon

Here’s our guide to shopping online at venusandmars.biz. Let’s say that you are shopping for a steampunk outfit. If you’re not sure what a steampunk outfits looks like click here for an intro guide or here for some more ideas. Our blog posts are full of different ideas that you can mix and match to create the perfect outfit.

Once you find an item you like you can select the size and click “add to cart” this will bring you to a page that shows you your shopping cart. You can then continue shopping or proceed to checkout. You may notice a little box that says “coupon code” underneath the items. If this is your first time shopping on our website you can sign up to get 15% off your first purchase by clicking here.

I have good news! Shipping is a flat rate of $15 to ship anywhere in Canada or the United States. If you would like to ship internationally (outside of the USA) please contact us to make arrangements. In store pickup is free. We also offer free shipping (in Canada and USA) for orders over $200. So if you have been on the fence about getting a handmade gown then get that 15% discount code and the free shipping and we’ll send it to your house without you ever having to put on pants. You’re welcome.

Well what are you waiting for? Start shopping!

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Back to Cool (How to Express your Individuality with a Dress Code)

Going back to school can be a bummer. Luckily there is a shining beacon of hope: Back to School Shopping! You can get awesome, new, fabulous outfits that lets you express your individuality. Sometimes navigating school dress codes can be tricky. Don’t worry, I have your back and I have come up with some different levels of outfits to test the boundaries of your school’s dress code.

Level One:

Try a purple plaid kilt skirt with a purple velvet tank, a lace up crop and a black pocket belt for a super sassy back to school look. There is nothing more luxurious than wearing velvet. When you’re stuck at your desk, watching the minutes tick by you can feel like royalty. The lace up crop shrug lets you hide your bra straps (if that is an issue at your school) while still being a little risque and sexy with the lace up in the front. The pocket belt lets you carry all your important things like your wallet, keys, phone, pens and pencils so you can carry your books. Bonus, you don’t have to worry about lugging around a backpack!

 

Level Two:

If you managed to sneak past the authorities in the first outfit then you can crank up the intensity with a kilt pin skirt, Queen Anne Corsetlet, and black velvet shrug. The kilt pin skirt is longer in the back so you don’t have to worry about it being too short to wear at school. The Queen Anne Corsetlet has the look of a corset with the laceup front. The velvet shrug will hide any bra straps and cover the shoulders.

Level Three:

If you’re feeling daring then you should try a peasant blouse with a waist cincher, vest and a kilt pin skirt. The peasant blouse will cover up enough for school. The waist cincher might not be dress code but since it’s an under the bust it does not give the same oomph that a corset. It might just sneak under the radar. If you do get in trouble, just button up the vest and problem solved.

What you planning to get for your back to school wardrobe this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Venus & Mars Summer Re-Cap

Holy smokes, the summer of 2017 has been so busy! I swear I only closed my eyes for a second and all of a sudden we were at the end of August. How did that happen? I guess to figure that out we have to think way back to the end of spring.

June

I don’t know why but this year has been the year of the steampunk wedding.  We got to help so many awesome couples steampunk their outfits for their unique celebrations. From costume party dinner cruises to three day long festival themed wedding extravaganzas, we got to sprinkle a little Venus & Mars fairy dust on some very rad people.  Thanks for letting us be a part of your day!

Towards the end of June, we also got to vend at East Side Pride for the first time ever. It was a super busy day full of excellent drag performances and musical numbers. We saw a couple familiar faces and met some new friends.

 

July

July was all about Bass Coast. We had silver things and galaxy leggings and leg wraps as far as the eye could see for the space theme this year. It was super fun to dress people up in sci fi futuristic outfits.

In mid July, we returned to Vancouver Folk Festival to vend after a five year hiatus. I can’t for the life of me figure out why we waited so long to go back! The music was awesome and the people were super friendly. I got a little bit sunburned on my face but all in all it was totally worth it to go back.

August

August so far is all Burning Man and Oregon Eclipse. We seen a lot of familiar faces for Burning Man but we’ve also had a ton of people who are new to the Burn and new to Venus & Mars. Goggles, Pocket Belts, Boots, Cloaks and Tutus have been flying off the racks.

We also lost our minds and did three events this month.  Two of those events were on the same weekend. We started the month with Anime Revolution (shout out to all our cosplay friends) and then we did the Pride Festival on Sunset Beach. Just this weekend Sanne went to Langley and worked at Arts Alive.

Looking back, it’s no wonder our summer flew by. We got to do so many cool events and make new friends in the shop.

What did you get up to this summer?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Three MORE Things you NEED at a Festival

Okay listen up kids, a few weeks ago we discussed Three Things You Need at a Festival. Well, I’ve been thinking and I’m pretty sure I missed a couple of keys things in that list so here we go, Three More Things You Need at a Festival.

Proper Footwear

Riot 12 - Black 12 Hole Buckle BootsYou will probably be spending the majority of the festival on your feet. If you want to dance the night away you should really think about investing in a proper pair of boots. Flip flops, sandals or bare feet may seem like a more appropriate choice but you do run the risk of rolling your ankles and it can be hard on your joints if you don’t have proper support. If you’re barefoot you are putting your poor feet at the mercy of everything that may be on the ground. I know I sound less like Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire and more like Devon Dale: Crazy Over Cautious Grandmother but really think about it. You will not have as much fun if you are in pain.

 

Eye Protection

goggles manYou only have one set of eyes and you need to take care of them.  They are totally not replaceable… yet. If you are headed to the playa you most definitely need a pair of goggles with a proper seal and UV protection. The dust gets everywhere and you need to do what you can to keep it out of your peepers. But even if you’re not heading to Burning man you need to protect your eyes. I had to Google it but did you know that the sun can cause Cataracts? I sure didn’t. Geeze, I thought that sunglasses were just really cute accessories that made things less bright. They serve a purpose. If you are going to be outside in the sun, you need to get something to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Sunglasses or goggles are an excellent place to start.

Comfortable Clothing that Keep You Cool

Long Purple Circle Square SkirtListen you’re out there dancing and having a good time. You’re going to look super fly. Is it still cool to say super fly? You need clothing that won’t restrict your awesome dance moves but that will still keep you covered enough to avoid sun burns in unfortunate places. Guys, may I suggest a kilt? You can move and dance while looking rad but you’ll get the full effect of the breeze. Ladies, our circle square skirts and side lace skirts are stretchy and made of cotton so you’ll be able to look cool and feel cool. What more could you ask for?

 

 

Have I missed anything in my list?  What do you think are the most important things to have at a festival? Let us know in the comments below.

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FAQ: What is Steampunk?

what is steampunk

This has been the summer of the steampunk wedding here at Venus & Mars.  We’ve had so many awesome couples looking for outfits or accessories to steampunk their wedding.  We’ve also had a lot of wedding guest looking for ensembles and answers.  So many people want to know, what exactly is steampunk?

I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that I’m not sure there is a totally definitive answer to that question.  Some people know it involves goggles and gears.  Other people is say it’s when goths wear brown. I like to think of it as a sci fi fantasy world where steam is the main power source.  Basically think Jules Vern, H.G. Wells, time travel, Victorian Fashion and goggles. Do you know what the good news is? If there’s no definitive answer to what steampunk is then you are only limited by your imagination.

Do you know what else is awesome about Steampunk? It’s so inclusive.  You could wear brown pants, a white dress shirt, suspenders, and GOGGLES and be steampunk. Or you can go all out and build your own steam powered motorcycle, convert your keyboard into a typewriter and dress Victorian 24/7.  It’s all good in the steampunk hood and you can participate in whatever capacity you choose.

what is steampunkStill not convinced steampunk is amazing? Listen to this, you can create a character with your wardrobe. Are you an adventurer finding new lands and exploring unknown kingdoms?  Then you probably want to wear something easy to move in like a pair of black cotton bondage pants, a Queen Anne corsetlet and a steampunk pocket belt (for your map, compass and gadgets). Are you a high end watchmaker/ repair person who has discovered a magic secret in a patron’s watch?  You should probably dress the part in a poet shirt, military frock coat and some round glasses. Are you socialite by day and cat burglar by night? You’ should get used to wearing a corset and skirt but make sure you have your bustle pocket belt to hold your lock picking tools.

You can make just about anything steampunk.  Your only limitation is your imagination. Don’t believe me?  Google Steampunk (insert your favorite superhero, character, person here) cosplay you’ll find tons of pictures to draw inspiration to create your own steampunk character.

Do you think I got it right? What’s your definition of steampunk? Let us know in the comments below.

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