Posted on Leave a comment

4 Easy Steps to Convince your Boss to have Tutu Tuesdays

50's crinolines

Working in an office sucks when you’re not a muggle.  You have to come and go according to someone else’s schedule.  You have to sit at a computer without browsing the internet.  You have to make small talk with people who have no idea that you are secretly a weirdo.  Worst of all, you have to wear stupid, ugly office clothes. The annual Christmas party gives you a little bit of a break from the monotony but that’s only once a year.  What you need is Tutu Tuesday.  Here’s some tips to help convince your boss that Tutu Tuesday is what your office needs.

  1. Do it for Charity.

    Find a pretty politically neutral charity like the food bank or the SPCA.  Go to your boss and propose that everyone could donate $5 per week to participate in tutu Tuesday.  Your boss can feel good about the company giving back to the community and the people in your office can feel good and donating to a good cause. And you can feel good about wearing a tutu.

  2. Do it as a morale booster.

    In my office experience, people can get fall into a slump at work especially when the workload is overwhelming or the coffee machine is broken.  When one person gets down, they drag the whole office down with them.  The cheapest and easy fix to changing the mood of the office is by adding tutus.  It’s pretty hard to take yourself or any problems too seriously when you’re wearing a tutu.  Copier is broken again?  That’s sucks, I’m just gonna grand jete out of stage left and it’s no longer my problem.  (Grand jete is a ballet term for big jump.  I did research).

    tutu tuesday

  3. Remind your boss that tutus can still look professional.

    This may seem crazy but it’s true.  For example if you wore your tutu with a peasant blouse and vest you would look more professional than someone in yoga pants, flip flops and a loose shirt.  I’ve seen people wear yoga pants in professional settings.  You will never be able to convince me that looks better than a tutu. NEVER.

  4. Clients will love it.

    Here’s the truth, when you have new clients, it’s sometimes hard to find common ground to talk about.  Making small talk about the weather and traffic can only go so far.  Want to really make an impression and have your company stand out in the client’s memory, get them to come for a meeting on Tutu Tuesday.  There is no way they’ll forget about your company then.

Feeling nervous about talking to your boss face to face, why not share this post with them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter?  Or if you want to get them indirectly, sign your boss up for the for Steampunk Tempest.

How are you gonna convince your workplace to adopt Tutu Tuesday? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Steampunk Tempest
Sign-up to get your free copy!
Posted on Leave a comment

Make It Vancouver is less than One Month Away!

Grey Long Kilt Skirt - mirror outfit

Sanne Making thingsHoly smokes, Make It Vancouver is less than one month away.  We are so excited to be participating in the Make It show for the first time ever.  Sanne has been super busy making all kinds of new things and restocking sold out things.  What kind of things?  How about underbust holster vests, tails pocket belts and ladies tails vests to name a few.

The show runs Friday April 21 (11am – 9pm), Saturday April 22 (10am – 6pm) and Sunday April 23 (11am – 5pm) at the PNE forum. It will feature over 200 exhibitors selling gorgeous handmade items.  Unlike our other shows will we only be carrying handmade items at Make It Vancouver which means that all our amazing Venus & Mars steampunkery will be in the spotlight. As always, our vending prices will include tax and we will be accepting debit and credit as well as cash so if you’ve been saving your pennies for a new cloak Make It Vancouver would be an excellent time to get one.

Tickets are only $5 at the door, however if you want to pick them up now click here to get $2 off. What an excellent deal!  Did we mention that there will be a beer garden, food trucks and live music?  What are you waiting for?  Buy your tickets now so you don’t miss out on this great party!

Are you planning on coming out to Make It Vancouver?  Let us know all about it in the comments below.

Do you want the inside scoop on other events that we will be attending?  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest news on what we’re up to.  Want to find out Goth life hacks and super secret deals?  Sign up for the Steampunk Tempest and you’ll give you all the VIP insider information.

 

Steampunk Tempest
Sign-up to get your free copy!
Posted on Leave a comment

Feature Product: Steampunk Vests

Ladies Steampunk Tails Pocket Vest

Is there anything better than a vest? I’m serious.  I mean chocolate is great and I love movies as much as the next person but when it comes to clothing the vest has a special place in my heart. Maybe its my bias toward steampunk, maybe it’s my love of gentlemen. But either way it is the easiest way to take any outfit from slob to boss.  Well maybe not any outfit.  You’ll still look like a slob if you throw a vest over a Cheetos stained t-shirt and sweatpants but basically any other outfit is improved significantly when you add a vest.

A vest is like the best friend or neighbor in a romantic comedy.  For most of the plot they are overlooked while the main character chases after someone fancy like a sequined tube top or a light blue leisure suit.  When they finally get the person they thought they wanted, they realize that the neighbor or best friend was actually the best fit all along.  That’s how I feel about vests.  They are often overlooked but vest is still there for you in your time of need and a vest will bring out the best in you.

Let’s say, for example, that you wanted to cosplay as your own steampunk version of the Doctor.  You start with a pair of awesome, handmade black stretch bondage pants.  You add a white poet shirt and a military frock coat.  You look most excellent but you feel more like Casanova than a Time-lord. Then you add a vest and you are instantly more lordly and time and spacey than you were merely moments ago.

steampunk doctor

Ladies, don’t worry, we have vests for you too. Do you want to stand out at a festival or Burning Man?  Try a tails vest and a short circle square skirt.  Add a pocket belt to hold your ID and cash and maybe some cat ears and a tail just because.

Have you added a vest to your cart yet?  Are you planning a trip to Gastown to come try one on? What are you waiting for?

Let us know what you will be using your new vest for in the comments below.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out what new and excited clothing we’re making for you and sign up for Steampunk Tempest to get super secret, special deals.

 

Steampunk Tempest
Sign-up to get your free copy!

 

 

Posted on Leave a comment

Learn to be a Gentleman (in 3 easy steps)

Gentleman Vest

Hey guys, it’s time for some real talk.  In a world full of negativity it’s easy to behave like a cad when you should be acting like a gentleman.  But, trust me, you will feel so much better if you take the gentlemanly road. A gentleman isn’t defined by gender.  I think anyone can be a gentleman. It’s a way of life and a way of conducting yourself in social situations. Whether you identify as male, female, non-binary or anything else you can be a gentleman.

The best way to be a gentleman is to be considerate of the people around you. It’s giving up your seat on the bus or holding the door open for someone whose arms are full of groceries, going out of your way to not belittle anyone because you are having a bad day, and being mindful of the things that you say when you are frustrated.  Being a gentleman is not gossiping about people or making assumptions when you don’t know the whole story.  Basically being a gentleman is treating other people the way you want to be treated and being ready to lend a hand whenever you can.

Sometimes it is really easy to get stuck inside your head when things aren’t going your way and you forget to be gentlemanly to other people.  It’s not being vindictive or mean you just forget to be courteous because you are distracted with what’s going on in your life. Well guess what, I have a solution for you.  This may sound vain but sometimes dressing up like a gentleman can help you remember to act like one.

Level One: Undercover Gentleman

If you want a reminder to not be a jerk but you don’t want to scream it out to the world then I suggest getting yourself a vest.  As soon as you put one of these bad boys on you will feel ready to open doors and escort old ladies across the street.  Vests instantly dress up your outfit and make you feel more polished and put together. It’s hard to want to help other people when you feel like you can barely roll out of bed.  My solution is the vest. Black Tapestry Tails Vest - Front 3 Quarter Gentleman

Level Two: Low Key Gentleman

As a low key gentleman, people will notice you and instantly gravitate towards your suave and helpful aura.  Add a military frock coat to you vest to achieve level two in the gentlemanly arts.  Be prepared for people to ask you for directions (or your phone number) because you will look approachable and professional with a pinch of unique.  Gentleman

Level Three: Gentleman Supreme

It’s time to add a top hat.  Top hats scream I am a gentleman.  Treating people with respect and empathy will make people want to be around you.  Wearing a top hat lets them identify you from afar.  People will see you in your vest, frock coat and top hat and know that you are the person to ask for help. Do you know what?  When you’re wearing the outfit you’ll want to help them.  You’ll look good and feel good and that makes it so much easier to want to help other people.

Steampunk Dan

How do you define a gentleman?  Let us know in the comments below.

Do the gentlemanly thing and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  As one gentleman to another do yourself a favor and  sign up for the Steampunk Tempest for super secret deals.

Steampunk Tempest
Sign-up to get your free copy!

 

 

Posted on 2 Comments

New Fresh Handmade: Plaid Bondage Pants

New Fresh Handmade Plaid Bondage Pants

New Fresh Handmade: Plaid Bondage Pants

Hello the Internet!

This is a very important service announcement going out to all you alternative kids out there or anyone with a little bit of rebellion in their hearts.  It’s time to get real.

Okay stop what you’re doing right now. I don’t care what it is. Go to your bedroom, open your closet and check to see if you own a pair of plaid bondage pants. Go ahead. I’ll wait here. Did you check? Do you own a pair?

You don’t?

Don’t worry, we can narrowly avoid this tragedy together. Venus & Mars has just finished making some truly amazing plaid bondage pants and you can come get a pair today.

These radical pants are a lovely green plaid with pockets and removable straps. They have awesome zippers on the side of the pants to make it easier to tuck them into your 20 hole Docs or pull them over your 12 hole Demonias. They look great with band tees, skinny tees, military frock coats, corsets or nothing at all. You will not find a more stylish or versatile pair of kick ass pants.

Start 2017 the right way by picking up these insanely cool pants today! If you hurry down right now we can and will help you put a whole outfit together.  I’m thinking a black holey skinny tee, plaid bondage pants, a black military frock coat and some demonia boots would be a pretty good start to a pretty rad outfit for a pretty exciting new year.

What crazy adventures will you and your pants get up to tonight?  Where are you going? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy New Year!