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Gothic High Tea and Vicky Walks

Happy Victoria Day! I hope that you got the day off and that you’re relaxing on a patio in the sun somewhere. We will be open for our holidays hours (11am – 5pm) so if you’re in the area you should drop by and say hello.  If you’re not in the area then you should plan to come visit anyways! There’s lots of great patios in Gastown waiting for you to come enjoy a fruity beverage on after you’ve gone shopping for a new corset outfit. You could make a day of it.

Victoria Day always makes me think of the Gothic High Tea.  For years, we hosted a mini fashion show with tea and goodies. Unfortunately, the store started to get too busy to host the Gothic High Tea anymore. It can get a bit chaotic when you have models running around, people shop and snacks all in the same space.

We missed doing the fashion show though so a few years ago we decided to do a virtual fashion show with living mannequins, Jenna and Dan.  It was great. We also tried to stream it but it was long before the days of Periscope, Facebook Live and Instagram Live so we failed miserably. But if you look hard enough you can find our commentary while we were trying to stream. Guess what! I have the virtual fashion show available and ready for you to watch.  subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss a virtual fashion show again!

What are you up to this Victoria Day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Help! I’m an Alternative Bride who doesn’t want a Traditional Dress!

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Hey alternative, punk, steampunk, goth and indie brides I’m talking to you.

Wedding dress shopping is hard and dumb.  Trust me, I know. Last October, I got married.  I ended up with a very traditional dress and I hated it.  I still hate it. Other people’s opinions of what I should wear steered me away from what I wanted to wear.  I ended up having a lot of stress over the dress from the moment I spent too much on it to the moment I got married.

Guess what! That doesn’t have to happen to you!  I have some alternative options to the traditional dress as well as a couple of options if you do end up with a traditional dress.alternative bride - bethany

Think outside the Bridal Shop and inside the tickle trunk.  Hear me out, I’m not saying that you should go down to Party City and grab a bagged Harley Quinn costume, stick a veil on your head and call it a day. But you could consider a more romantic or medieval style gown. If you choose to go white you might even be able to appease the elders. You could try this Bethany Gown and still look bridal without wearing a layer cake

alternative bride - purpleSkip white completely.  I look ghostly pale and sickly in white and not in a cool goth way. But I look fantastic in wine (the colour not the beverage).  If I could redo my dress I might go for something like this Juliet Gown instead.

 

alternative bride - cincherTry separates.  Listen wedding dresses are stupid expensive at bridal shops and you probably won’t be able to wear it again (obviously Venus & Mars gowns are not included in that category). You could wear a white underblouse with a cincher and a princess skirt instead.  You would still have the bridal effect but you would have pieces that you could integrate into your everyday wardrobe.

If you have absolutely no choice in the matter and you end up with a traditional dress there are lots of things you can do to make it your own. I added a velvet cloak to my wedding dress.  I also got a half sleeve tattoo of an owl on my arm. Alternatively, you could add a cincher in your wedding colours over you gown to tone down the traditional look. But if you feel like the powers that be would take issue with cloaks, tattoos and cinchers, you can also wear crazy stompy boots as a compromise.

Listen, I know first hand that it’s hard to stand up to your parents, grandparents, partner, and in-laws when it comes to anything wedding related. It’s easy to say that it’s your day and you’re the only one who matters but it’s so much bigger than that.  You’re merging two families together and you want everyone to be happy.  At the end of the day though it’s about you and your partner coming together and that’s who people want to see. So stand up for what you want and let your dress reflect your personality.

In case you were wondering, I still had a super fun wedding.  In addition to my cloak and tattoo, I also got a second gown to change into after the ceremony. It was a black velvet Queen Anne so everything worked out in the end.

What did you wear to your wedding or what are you planning on wearing?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Be a Goddess, Get a Gown

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green gownAs of July 1, 2017 we have been in business for 24 years. Back in the day we used to specialize in grad and wedding gowns.  We still have a ton of really awesome gowns but we’ve diversified to include more festival and steampunk gear. What does that mean?  Well basically, if you know someone who graduated or got married in BC with an alternative fashion style between 1993 and now then they probably got their gown from us.  I mean who else is making wicked cool medieval or renaissance style gowns?

Lately we have been seeing a rebirth of popularity in the alternative grad and bridal style.  People have been coming to see us to get their awesome goth gowns and we couldn’t be happier.  Making grads and brides happy makes us happy.

Feeling romantic? Try a  Juliet Gown with a low back and square neck. Want people to know you’re royalty? Try a  Queen Anne Gown with a high collar and sweetheart neck. Need all eyes on you? Try a Bethany Gown with a high collar and long sweeping sleeves. Whatever your style, we have a gown for you.

Most of our gowns have an a-line shape which is universally flattering on all body types. They are generally made from a structured material like tapestry or velvet and have a contrasting inset.  Many have a lace up feature in the front which allows your to tailor the gown to your shape. All of the gowns look stellar with a cloak and princess wreath. Gowns are available in sizes 2 – 22.

Do you own a Venus & Mars gown?  Tell us about it in the comments below.  When did you get it?  What did you wear it for?  Do you have pictures?

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Make It Vancouver is less than One Month Away!

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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!

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Holy Smokes I forgot tomorrow is Valentines Day!

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Get out your glitter, cardboard and ribbon, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  I don’t know about you but this year VD NINJAED itself out of nowhere.  Wasn’t Christmas like last week?  If you’re anything like me you’re probably scrambling to come up with a treat to give your sweetie to show them that you care. Here are my suggestions on how to make it look like you totally didn’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.

Relationship Status:  Married or Long Term Relationship

Okay here’s how to wow your partner.  If you have kids send them off to grandma’s house.  Step one, clean up your bedroom.  Shove all the dirty laundry in the closet. Put clean sheets and bedding on the bed.  Now for the outfit.  Nudity is the end goal, but don’t start out that way.  I suggest a Venus&Mars waist cincher, a garter belt, and some pretty panties.  You can wear an outfit over top and go to dinner without your partner knowing that you have a sexy adventure waiting for them.  Then when you get home, do a little strip tease and reveal the awesome that you have on underneath and  I’ll let you take it from there.

RelationValentines Day 2017ship Status:  Brand New Relationship

Okay so you are probably still looking at your pumpkin with rose coloured glasses.  There’s a good chance you haven’t even heard them fart yet.  You might be tempted to go for flowers or chocolates but that’s just so generic.  Why not get them a cloak instead?  Nothing makes you feel more badass and mysterious than wearing a cloak.  Cloaks are great gifts: there’s a good chance your partner doesn’t have already,  they always fit, and you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll always be remembered as ‘the one who gave me a cloak’  even if the relationship doesn’t work out.

Relationship Status: Single with someone in mind

Valentine’s Day can be difficult when you’re single. It’s even harder when you single but you have a crush from afar.  It might be tempting to get your love interest a little something but I think your money is better spent getting yourself an outfit that you feel sexy and confident in.  The object of your desire might notice you, but if they don’t you have a new kickass outfit to console yourself with.  May I suggest a crinoline with a corset and a pair of sleeves for maximum noticeability?

Relationship Status: Single and hate Valentines

Alright, time to watch horror movies.  If you want to get yourself a little treat (I mean aside from all the chocolate you’ll be buying at a discount price of February 15th)  may I suggest a pair of stompy boots?  Stomp the fat cat capitalist holiday in a pair of 5 inch platform boots.  They’re stylish and practical.

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