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Fresh New Handmade – Gloves!

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I’m not really a fussy dresser. Most of the time, I’ll throw on the most comfortable thing I own (in black) and call it a day.  I don’t really wear a lot of accessories except for my wedding ring, my fitbit and my black trim choker if I’m going to work. I love the look of a well put together fully formed outfit but a lot of the time function wins out over fashion. It would get annoying to have to sweep and mop and crawl under things to dust if I had a body chain on. It’s not always practical to grocery shop in a feather bra. But every once in awhile I want to look just a little bit cooler or more badass than I do on a regular day. My go to accessory and solution is gloves!

Like all of the Venus & Mars clothing, the gloves are design by Sanne and balance on the border of fantasy  and rock. All of the gloves are fingerless so you can still do things while you look awesome. I don’t know about you but anytime I’ve worn opera gloves, it’s a pain in the ass to do anything. Got a text? Give yourself 5 minutes to pull off your glove and answer and another 10 minutes to get your glove back on. Need a quick snack? Either figure out how to eat a granola bar without getting crumbs on your gloves or spend another ten to fifteen minutes removing them and putting them back on again. Life is too short to deal with opera gloves. Just get an awesome pair of glovets and call it a day.

wizard glovesMy personal favourite glovets are the black velvet pointe glovets. First of all, they’re black so they’ll go with anything and everything. Second, they’re velvet so you’ll be able to live in luxury when you wear them. Third, the pointe part can be worn on your middle finger for a fancier look or on the thumb or pinky finger for a more punk rock look.  They look equally great with the lace up hoodie as they do with a gown and cloak.

What are your favourite Venus & Mars glovets? What would you wear them with? Let us know in the comments below.

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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 at Vancouver Pagan Pride

Guess what! We’re taking the show on the road (again). You’ll be able to find our extremely awesome pop up shop at Vancouver Pagan Pride Festival on September 9, 2017. Vancouver Pagan Pride is taking place at Trout Lake Park (3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC) from 10am – 6pm.  It is a free event to attend.  This is our first Pagan Pride Festival ever and we are pumped! Sanne has been busy making cloaks, pocket belts, holsters and other treats.

About Vancouver Pagan Pride

VPP is a non-profit organization held in participation with the global Pagan Pride Project. Pagan Pride Project is an international movement to promote community and understanding of the Pagan path. Vancouver Pagan Pride events increase community goodwill, public education and awareness towards Paganism. VPP is open to Pagans, non-Pagans, passersby, and onlookers.

Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems.

If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

The first Pagan Pride Day was September 19, 1998; Vancouver Pagan Pride had its first event the following year. Vancouver Pagan Pride Day occurs during late summer/autumn, which symbolizes the responsibilities Pagans hold to their town/city/province in honor of the various Thanksgiving holidays.

Are you planning on coming out to Vancouver Pagan Pride?  Let us know all about it 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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You NEED Goggles to save your Eyes!

Listen, this is not a test, Burning Man is just around the corner and we are going to sell out of goggles. Every year the same thing happens, people come and shop in July and scope out the goggles they want but they hold off buying them. They wait to the last possible minute and try to grab a pair. More often than not the unthinkable happens and we are sold out of basically everything. Price shopping is a good idea. Check out online stores and shops in Vancouver.  Make the best possible choice, but be organised and make sure that you have protection for your eyes. They’re really hard to replace.

Here are my top three suggestions for Burning Man goggles (guess what they’re all under $50):

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Retro Joe Goggles

Retro Joes are shatterproof.  They have poly carbonate lenses with a UV 300 filter for maximum protection so that your peepers will be able to keep peeping. They are available in smoke, yellow or clear lenses.  We generally recommend yellow lenses because they are dark enough to protect you from the glare of the sun but light enough that you can still wear them at night. As an added bonus, the frames are fold-able which makes them super easy to pack and store. Win.

Big Ben Goggles

Listen up my fellow bespectacled friends, Big Ben goggles fit over most styles of glasses. You don’t have to choose between being able to see or protecting your eyes.  You can have it both ways! Not only do Big Bens fit over glasses they also have an anti fog coating so you don’t have to worry about condensation blocking your view of the Playa! Like the Retro Joes, Big Bens are available with clear lenses, yellow lenses or smoke lenses.

Machinist Goggles

Machinist Goggles will protect your eyes from dust but they do not seal as well as Big Bens or Retro Joes.  What they lack in function they make up for in style.  These are probably our most popular pair of goggles. The bronze and brown tones give the goggles a definite steampunk style.  The metal brackets dial that steampunk style up to eleven. They have padding around the eyes which make them super comfortable to wear for long periods of time either on your face or on your head. The green lenses makes it easy to transition from daytime to nighttime without impairing your vision.

 

What’s your favourite style of goggles? Let us know in the comments below!

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