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Gradstravaganza #tbt #2 Godiva Grad Gown Westender

Godiva GownGOTH GRAD GOWNS, MEDIEVAL GRAD GOWNS, STEAMPUNK GRAD GOWNS… WE’VE HAD THAT COVERED SINCE BEFORE 1998…

June 11, 1998 the Westender featured an article by Janet Smith about the medieval flare that was trending in grad gowns.  Of course, she went straight to Venus & Mars to talk to designer/ owner Sanne Lambert.

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WE982In the article Sanne said “These are the kinds of prom dresses you would have thought of when you were a little girl.”

I couldn’t agree more.  When I was a little girl I was enthralled by King Arthur and as Janet Smith points out “graduates will be going to their prom looking like they just stepped out of Camelot.”

I wish I had known about Venus & Mars when I went to my prom many years ago.  I would have loved to rock a gown.

Actually I think I had repressed some of those feelings because  the first time I walked into Venus & Mars I bought a purple velvet Juliet gown.  It wasn’t for a specific event, it just felt like it was the gown I was meant to have my whole life.

I wanted it. I needed it.  It had to be mine.

I’ve noticed that when grad girls come looking for a gown they experience a similar serendipitous pull.  And when they come out the fitting room you can tell instantly that they have fallen in love.

 

What are you drawn to in a way that you just can’t explain?  Let us know in the comments below.

Was this the super bestest blog about medieval grad gowns or goth grad gowns?

Why not let the world know through the Facebook and the Twitter.

 Cheers!

 Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Gradstravaganza (#tbt grad gown)

Happy day before Friday!

It doesn’t matter where we go,  there is always someone who comes up to us to tell us they got their grad GOWN at Venus & Mars.

After nearly 21 years of years of being in business, it’s no surprise that past grads keep finding us everywhere.

Since it is finally sunny and springy (aka grad season) we thought that we would share some PICTURES and THANK YOU NOTES of past grads on this lovely Throwback Thursday.

If you want to check out some of our new gowns you can do that HERE.

Did you get your grad gown or outfit from Venus & Mars? Let us know what it looked like in the comments below.  Or better yet email (devon@venusandmars.biz) us a picture of your grad gown!

Did you like this post?  Share it on Facebook, Twitter or by shouting at people on the street to check out venusandmars.biz.

Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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I love Xena: Warrior Princess (VM Corset Choker Blog)

Confession time. I really love Xena Warrior Princess. But really how could you not love a totally hot babe in a wicked leather outfit kicking ass?

Xena has a tremendous impact on what I choose to put on my body and as a result I tend to impulse buy things that remind me of her wardrobe. LEATHER CORSET WAISTBELT? KNEE HIGH LACE UP BOOTS? Duh. Must haves, they’re basically armour.

So I may have become overly excited when we finished the LEATHER CORSET CHOKERS. I mean it’s armour for your neck. Eat your heart out Lucy Lawless.

They lace up in the front (which means the size is adjustable) and clip in the back (which means they aren’t a bitch to put on). One side is leather and the other side is tapestry so they’re reversible. And also if I haven’t been clear it super sexy armor for your neck.

I tried on the WINE LEATHER CORSET CHOKER and I was ready to fight demons, Gods, and evil men. Come to think of it, they also look pretty bad ass for a Steampunk Time Travel Outfit… hmmm…

Do you have a 90’s TV show that influences your life? Let us know what it is in the comments below.

Do you love this new CORSET CHOKER? Why not share this on Facebook or Twitter to let everyone know?

Ass kickingly yours,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Monocles and Monogoggles: Be Classy and a Cyborg!

Monocles Available in Shop.

Greetings Internet Monkey,

The New York Times has declared that the monocle is back in the recent article ‘One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic’ by Allen Salkin.

While I appreciate that the New York Times is an esteemed publication and historically held up as the holy grail for freelance writers, I still have to express the following: Duh and/or hello.

Monocles are badass and as far as I’m concerned they never went out of style to begin with.  No, monocles are more like the unicorn of eye wear. You may
go you’re entire life without seeing one, but for the pure of heart who are graced with it’s presence it is truly a magical experience.

The dapperness of a monocle is beyond compare.  It’s like a classy eye patch that you can see through.  I for one would be ecstatic if they became a
fashion trend and were readily available in every mall in an assortment of styles and colours.

But alas, that day is not today.  Do not despair, Venus & Mars has a solution for you.

We carry MONOCLES and MONOGOGGLES (for when you need to be classy
and a cyborg).  You too can join the ever growing micro-trend before it explodes into the mainstream.

Below is a video that explains how to wear one of these uniquely awesome accessories.

What do you think of the monocle trend?  How much do you dig it?  Let us know in the comments below.

Everyone knows someone who wants a monocle.  Why not share this with them over Facebook, Twitter or by email?

Until we meet again,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top of the Mornin’ to you,

Venus & Mars is going to be at Celtic Fest this weekend (March 15 and 16, 2014)!  We have a booth at Granville street just past Robson so make sure to come say hi.

We packed up all the green things and loaded them into the van. As we did, I realized that I really don’t know anything about St. Patrick’s Day.  Oh no!

So I used the all powerful Google.  And I will share with you the magical things that I learned.

St PatricksDid you know?

  • St. Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland (you probably knew that but I didn’t)
  • March 17 is the date of his death (kind of a downer, don’t think about it when you’re drinking green beer)
  • St. Patrick’s colour was traditionally blue and not green (we’re all doing it wrong)
  • The Shamrock (which has three leaves, not four) is a symbol for the Christian Holy Trinity (or the Pagan Triple Goddess)
  • The Shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic harp is (only country with a musical instrument as their symbol)

Regardless of what you know,  its always fun to get a little bit Irish on March 17th.  This year while you’re celebrating why not look ultra fabulous in a Venus & Mars CINCHER or MILITARY FROCK COAT?

I hope you have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  I will leave you with this rad traditional toast to make you sound all deep and eloquent:

“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below it never fall out.”

-Devon Dale

ps: This video previews our St. Paddy’s Day window.