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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!

Do you want the inside scoop on other events that we will be attending?  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Want super secret deals and tricks and tips for building your wardrobe? Don’t forget to sign up for up the Steampunk Tempest.

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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):

Retro Joe - Smoke
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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Anime Revolution and Pride in the Same Weekend!?

This year Anime Revolution and Pride are taking place on the same weekend. They are two of our favourite events to vend at so we were having a crazy difficult time trying to figure out which event to go to. We tried weighing all the pros and cons, we tried to think of which event was more fun, and we even tried to flip a coin. In the end we decided that there was no possible way to choose and we decided to do both! It may sound crazy but this weekend you’ll be able to catch us at Anime Revolution on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we will also be at Sunset Beach for Pride on Sunday.

Anime Revolution

Anime Revolution is a three day event taking place at the Vancouver Convention Center. Prepare yourself for a gathering of Vancouver’s most creative cosplayers and showcase your cosplay to like-minded fans! Whether you’re a cosplayer, or simply curious about the anime culture, you will find stunning cosplays that will either induce nostalgia, or bring out the inner fan in you! Don’t shy away and come experience the enjoyment of cosplay!

 

 

Pride

Pride is a one day, free event taking place at Sunset Beach. Over 150,000 Pride partiers take in the Festival and Market, which is a great place to be before, after, and even during the Parade. Browse through 100 + booths at the market to buy some pride souvenirs or view local artisans work, or you can learn more about local non-profits and other exhibitors. There is a 19 + beer garden available with a DJ for this popular event. Live music on the main stage. Bring your family to the family zone for some kid friendly events.

Are you planning on coming out to Anime Revolution or Pride?  How about both? Let us know all about it in the comments below.

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FAQ: What is Cosplay?

In less than 2 weeks, we will be vending at one of our favourite events, Anime Revolution! We also have so much fun at anime events: everyone is super friendly and happy to be there, we get to learn about the latest news in geek culture and best of all we get to see everyone’s fabulous cosplay! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the term, one of our most frequently asked questions is “What is cosplay?”

Cosplay is actually a portmanteau of two words: costume and play. Originally, I think that the word specifically applied to anime culture where people would dress up as their favourite anime characters.  As time has gone by, it has expanded to include pretty much any pop culture icon. Some people are purists and get every detail perfect right down to the colour of the thread on the switching.  Some people mash up differently cultural elements to create a new version of a character like making a steampunk sailor moon or a little mermaid princess Leia.  Lots of people make gender bending version of their favourite characters like a male Harley Quinn or a female Captain America. The options are limitless and the community is super accepting.

If you are still not sure you understand, fear not! I have some examples of awesome Venus & Mars  versions of some of our most favourite fictional badass ladies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one of my personal favourite super heroes so naturally we had to include her.  It’s so empowering to have a strong, fearless female hero kicking ass and taking names. Who wouldn’t want to dress up like that? For Wonder Woman we combined the iconic Linda Carter look with some of the badassery of the new Gal Gadot look.  We put together a gold Venus & Mars bandeau with a red reversible VM waist cincher some blue booty shorts, a black velvet cloak and gold pointe glovettes.  Suffering Sappho, I have never seen a cooler Wonder Woman!

Harley Quinn

If you have ever been to a convention you know that if we had to include anything it was Harley Quinn.  There has been so many Harley looks over years and we couldn’t pick just one. We used her original black and red for inspiration but gave the overall outfit more of a roller derby feel. For this outfit, we combined a sleeveless red skinny tee, the reverse side of the reversible red waist cincher, black and red tap shorts and mix and matched a pair of red and black fishnet glovettes. We also added a pair of black goggles as a nod to the original Harley Quinn’s black eye mask. Trust me, puddin’, everyone will love this Harley look.

Princess Leia

We love Carrie Fisher. Her real life sassy no bullshit approach to Hollywood is something we can all aspire to. We absolutely had to pay homage to her with a Princess Leia inspired look. I know slave Leia is super popular but we wanted to show off the all white princess outfit instead.   We put together a white under blouse, white reversible waist cincher and cream panne cloak.  And we used a white pinstripe tube top as the skirt. To really sell the look we put Ivette’s hair into buns. I sense great awesome in this outfit. (PS. I love this picture so much. I think it’s one of my favourites ever.)

 

So what did you think of my definition of cosplay? did I get it right?  Would you explain it differently?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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How to Tie Your Own Corset (a refresher course)

Hey Guys!

We posted this way back in January but it’s still one of our most frequently asked questions. I thought I’d re-post it to give everyone a refresher.

Happy corseting!

Love,

Devon

How to tie your own corset

The most frequently question I get asked when selling a corset is: “Do you come with the corset?”

While I would like to believe that it’s my stunning wit, infectious laugh and good looks that prompts this question, I know that it is actually because most people don’t know how to tie their own corset. Good news, it’s not actually that difficult.  It is slightly more complicated than pulling on pair of yoga pants but I’ve broken it down for you into four easy to follow steps.

Step one:

Unlace and unbutton (or unzip or unclip) the corset. Figure out what is the top, bottom, front and back. Our corsets have a handy tag sewn into them indication the top back of the corset. You would not believe how many upside down backwards corsets I see. If you don’t feel like your corset is fitting correctly,  check to make sure it’s not upside down… or backwards… or inside out.

Step two:

Clip into your corset. Your corset should be able to stay on your body but it should not be overly tight. If your corset is falling off it’s too big. If you can’t clip up your corset at all or it is too tight for you to be able to breath then it is too small.

Step three:

Find a mirror and turn your back to it. With Venus & Mars corsets we use continuous lace up so it should look like there are 2 loops towards the middle, where your waist is. Put your index and middle fingers through the loops and pull until you reach desired tightness. Blue in the face is too tight.

Step four:

Tie the laces into a bow or knot. I prefer a bow as it is easier to undo and therefore easier to adjust throughout the day but if you can’t tie a bow behind your back then a knot will work just fine.

Step five (optional):

When you get to wherever you are going, make a friend in the bathroom. Turn to a lady at the sink and say “Hey, would you mind helping me with my corset?” If she is awesome like you, she’ll say yes! Ask her to adjust your corset accordingly. It can be really difficult to reach higher up your back if you need more support or tightness at the bust. Plus bonus, you now have  new friend!

Now nothing can hold you back from rocking your corset! If you want, you can come down to the store and get the live demo. Plus while you’re here you can try a few new ones. If you want to check out some of our corset before you come in you can find them HERE.

How many corsets do you have? Where do you like to wear them. Let us know in the comments below.

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