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New Fresh Handmade: Side Skirt with Lace

Do you ever put on a piece of clothing and immediately feel transported to another time and place?  That’s how I felt when I first tried on the side skirt with lace.  There is something about the asymmetry of that skirt that screams elvish princess to me. I stepped into the dressing room as Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire and when I stepped out I am Devon Dale: Elvish Princess.

All of sudden, I was transported to the forest.  I had a bow and a quiver of arrows strapped to my back.  My black side lace skirt made it easy for me to navigate the uneven terrain as I patrolled the border of our woods for any intruders or threats. If I needed to, I could easily run and hide because of my elf like grace.  I could climb a tree with ease and nothing could stop me from defending and protecting my kin and kingdom.

I gave my head a shake and I was back in the store.  

It is so comfortable to wear because the stretch of cotton makes this skirt super easy to move around in.  It feels like a hug.  You may not need to hide in the tree tops in your day to day life but you could definitely wear this skirt all day at work or running errands.  The lace detail adds a little bit of femininity and cuteness.  This is the perfect Burning Man or festival skirt. You could wear it with leggings and top to coffee with a friend. You could easily turn it into a steampunk cosplay by adding a corset, a pocket belt and some goggles.

Add a little fantasy to your life and wardrobe and put one of these fantastic skirts in your cart immediately.  You will not regret it.

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Buy VM Gear Without Putting on Pants

online shopping steampunk at VenusandMars.Biz

Put on your imagination caps, I’m going to take you on a magical journey. Let’s pretend you live in Hope, BC. You want to have an awesome steampunk party to celebrate your birthday. You don’t have a car or means of getting out of Hope so you cruise around the local shops but you can’t quite find what you are looking for. You turn to the internet and you are overloaded with websites. You’ve never seen any of the garments in person so you don’t really know what the quality is like or how it will fit.

Then it hits you like a bolt of lightning! You remember seeing Venus&Mars at Fan Expo last year in Vancouver. You really liked the clothing and you were able to try on a couple of things. You find the business card and check out the website. You’re blown away that it is the longest running goth store in Canada and that almost everything is handmade right there in Gastown. Eureka! Your prayers have been answered.

You can take your imagination caps off now.

Here’s our guide to shopping online at venusandmars.biz. Let’s say that you are shopping for a steampunk outfit like in our scenario we just imagined. 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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Featured Product: The Waist Cincher!

Venus& Mars Valentines Window

Picture this: A beautiful hotel room with 1,500 count Egyptian Cotton sheets, a bottle of champagne and a tasteful scattering of rose petals.  Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?  Soft music is playing in the background.  A beautiful person is standing in front of you in sexy black leather pants and nothing else.  What are you wearing?  If you’re answer is I don’t know, yoga pants or ummmm then it’s time I tell you about the Venus&Mars waist cincher.

Let’s start with the basics.  The Venus & Mars waist cincher is steel boned and reversible (that means you get 2 for 1). It has elastic lacing at the back that will expand with you when you gasp and contract back when you sigh. It holds you close like a good lover but lets you move and bend into every position possible. I dare you to find a piece of clothing that makes you feel this sexy and comfortable at the same time.

For an evening in, I would suggest you wear one with a garter belt, stockings, boots and nothing else.  If you want to cover your arms, add a pair of sleeves.  If you’re feeling a little shy add some pasties or a sparkly bra. But if you’re aim is for sexy time then less is more.  Now you maybe wondering, why bother wearing anything at all?  Here’s the truth.  Some of us don’t feel 100% confident in our beautiful bodies all the time. Most of us, have issues with our tummies.  Wearing a waist cincher is like wearing armour.  It allows you to cover the part you don’t like and highlight the parts you do like. Sexiness comes from confidence. If you’re more confident having your tummy covered, then cover your tummy and you’ll feel sexier.  You can always take off later if you’re feeling up to it.

Unlike lingerie from a department store you’ll be able to wear waist cincher outside of the bedroom too.  They work great under clothing if you want to feel sexy without anyone known and look a little slimmer in your office wear. If you’re heading out for an evening on the town, waist cinchers look great over a little black dress or a blouse or even over a band t-shirt with a plaid skirt and some fishnets.

Waist cinchers are also really hand if you’re into cosplay.  They can help shape your body to match the crazy waspy waists from the pages of comic books. Got a steampunk party?  Put your cincher over a white button up shirt, add a pair of black pants (or come get a circle square skirt), a pocket belt and some goggles and voila, you’ve got a steampunk outfit.

Whatever you choose to do with it, a Venus & Mars Waist Cincher is the perfect addition to your wardrobe this Valentine’s Day.  What are you waiting for, add one to your cart or get down to shop to try one on right now!

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3 STYLES TO TRY WITH YOUR NEW CORSET

3 STYLES TO TRY WITH YOUR NEW CORSET

Last week we talked about the most frequent question we get asked when it comes to wearing a corset, which is of course, How do I tie this by myself? So this week I thought we could tackle the second most frequent question we get asked about corsets: Is this only for the bedroom?

The answer is Heck No!

You can totally integrate a corset into your daily wear. Step it up when you go out to the bar or club and try wearing your corset with a pair of skinny jeans and heels.  If you want extra coverage add a shrug or sleeves.  If you work at an office without a strict dress code try wearing a corset over a blouse with a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt.  If you’re feeling a little shy add a blazer.  Alternatively, you can wear your corset under that dress that you have that is a fraction too small to make it fit.  Come to think of it, you can wear a corset under  just about anything if you want a little bit more of an hourglass shape or you want to be undercover sexy.

See how easy it is?  Now let me suggest three styles for you to try with your new corset if you want to take one giant step outside of your comfort zone. I’ll be using the same corset in all three looks.

Steampunk Corset Outfit

1. Steampunk

Okay so you must have know that was coming.  I love steampunk so much.  There is so much room for creativity and I really feel like it is one of those genres that you can dip your toe into by wearing goggles and carrying a pocket watch or plunge head first into the deep end by creating a steam-powered car and living the fantasy 24/7. To create a steampunk look with your corset try wearing it over a peasant blouse, add a rail pull skirt, some striped stockings and a pair of boots.  If you really want to blow people away thrown on a pocket belt, a top hat, some goggles and of course a pocket watch.

Goth Corset Outfit2. Goth

I was a preteen in the nineties.  Grunge and the movie Clueless has probably had more influence on my style than anything else but my ultimate 90s fashion dream is the Romantic Goth.  Is there anything more gorgeous than the drama of white makeup with deep red lips and smokey black eye?  I don’t think so.  If you want to goth or vamp up your corset look try a black velvet a-line skirt with some black velvet sleeves add in black fishnets and some stompy boots to be the ultimate queen of darkness. Don’t forget to add a black velvet cloak and maybe a lace choker to hide the vampire bites.

Cosply Corset Outfit3. Cosplay

Okay so I know cosplay is super open ended and that what you wear will totally depend on the character you are dressing up as but corsets are great for helping you achieve the (sometimes unrealistic) shape of your favorite character.  They can also work as a focal piece in your ensemble especially if you are interpreting the outfit in a way that differs from the source material.  For example, if I was dressing up as everyone’s favorite DC bad girl Harley Quinn I would wear my corset with a pair of red gloves, throw on a black and red crinoline, add a black and red pair of jester tights and top it off with a pair of black boots. To really make it over the top I would use some white foundation with really red lips, put on a black mask and throw my hair in pigtails.

 

What do you like to wear your corset with?  Let us know in the comments below.  Don’t forget to like us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and definitely don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get all kinds of awesome deals.

Catch you later!

Devon

Devon as Harley Quinn

 

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Lady Adventurer Returns to Venus&Mars and Narrowly Escapes Being Turned into a Wizard!

Guess who’s back?!

  Once upon a time I thought that I should be something that didn’t really fit who I was inside.

For the past two years I’ve been pretending to be a wizard.  I was tempted by their offer of riches and gold, but I soon realized that they didn’t want me, they wanted someone more like them.

It started with changing the way I dress from corsets and crinolines and awesome handmade alternative steampunk outfits to boring, floor length wizard robes in grey with a big hood that covered my face so that I could seamlessly blend into the crowd.

Then they changed the way I speak. No more loud exclamations of excitement or surprise, instead we all spoke in the same monotone, low volume voice and only in Latin and only when absolutely necessary. Then they started to change the way I think.  No longer was my head filled with unicorns and sparkly confetti but instead it was replaced with thoughts of chemical equations.

I felt like they had sucked the all the creativity out of my heart.

Luckily one day I woke up and came to my senses.  I can’t tell you exactly what provoked it but I understood that although wizarding is  a very good choice for some people it was not the right choice for me. At that moment of understanding, a sparkly fairy queen appeared before me and she said:

“Lady Adventure for Hire, I am the Empress of all Worlds, come to my kingdom of Venus & Mars and help me rule it.  We shall be the greatest team ever in the history of the world.  You can wear beautiful things and have purple hair and talk to people in a way that makes others feel excited to be around you.  Let the unicorn sparkly confetti back into your head and your heart and join us again!”

How could I resist? I packed my bag and headed back to my favorite place in the world so that I could spend my days putting excellent people into excellent handmade steampunk outfits or help them finish their cosplay or help them find their Burning Man look to slay the runways of the Playa.

How do you stay true to yourself?  What do you to make yourself feel like you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Thanks for reading!

Devon

Devon as Harley Quinn

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