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Featured Product: Crinolines

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The morning is grey.  There is a light drizzle that seems like the sky can’t decide whether it wants to explode in a rainstorm or lighten up to a sunny day.  Everyone walks with the heads down, umbrellas up and black jackets zipped up.  Today feels like an angsty teenager.  It’s not bad and it’s not good.  It’s just apathetic and meh. Suddenly there she is, a colourful rainbow.  The Lolita girl steps out of the coffee shop like a beautiful pink cupcake in her lovely, pastel dress with a crinoline full of layers and layers of soft tulle. Somehow the day doesn’t seem as grey and the world feels less indifferent. Little rays of sunshine start to break through the clouds.

Some people call Vancouver the no fun city.  Those people don’t own a crinoline. The truth is that you make your own fun and any event or situation can be an adventure.  That mindset comes from within but sometimes when your dishes are piling up and you need to do groceries and you lost your bus pass it’s hard to not to think negatively. A little outside help might be exactly what you need.  It is next to impossible to feel crappy when you’re wearing a crinoline. Seriously,  try grocery shopping with a friend in crinolines, you’ll have a blast.

You might be thinking that a crinoline is more of an under garment; just a thing to make your skirts fuller.  You would be wrong.  Crinolines make excellent skirts and add sass to any outfit.  If you’re worried about them being see-through add a cute pair of ruffle shorts or leggings underneath.  One of my favourite looks is a crinoline with a nerdy t-shirt, some leggings and converse runners.  You get bonus points if you wear your hair in a side pony tail.  If you’re feeling a little bit fancier try a crinoline with a corset and sleeves and become a fairy princess instantly.  How can you feel blue when you’re a fairy princess? And of course there is always the vintage pinup classic look of wearing a crinoline under a full skirted 50’s inspired dress.

Do you have an outfit that cures your blues?  Let us know about it in the comments below.

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4 Easy Steps to Convince your Boss to have Tutu Tuesdays

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Working in an office sucks when you’re not a muggle.  You have to come and go according to someone else’s schedule.  You have to sit at a computer without browsing the internet.  You have to make small talk with people who have no idea that you are secretly a weirdo.  Worst of all, you have to wear stupid, ugly office clothes. The annual Christmas party gives you a little bit of a break from the monotony but that’s only once a year.  What you need is Tutu Tuesday.  Here’s some tips to help convince your boss that Tutu Tuesday is what your office needs.

  1. Do it for Charity.

    Find a pretty politically neutral charity like the food bank or the SPCA.  Go to your boss and propose that everyone could donate $5 per week to participate in tutu Tuesday.  Your boss can feel good about the company giving back to the community and the people in your office can feel good and donating to a good cause. And you can feel good about wearing a tutu.

  2. Do it as a morale booster.

    In my office experience, people can get fall into a slump at work especially when the workload is overwhelming or the coffee machine is broken.  When one person gets down, they drag the whole office down with them.  The cheapest and easy fix to changing the mood of the office is by adding tutus.  It’s pretty hard to take yourself or any problems too seriously when you’re wearing a tutu.  Copier is broken again?  That’s sucks, I’m just gonna grand jete out of stage left and it’s no longer my problem.  (Grand jete is a ballet term for big jump.  I did research).

    tutu tuesday

  3. Remind your boss that tutus can still look professional.

    This may seem crazy but it’s true.  For example if you wore your tutu with a peasant blouse and vest you would look more professional than someone in yoga pants, flip flops and a loose shirt.  I’ve seen people wear yoga pants in professional settings.  You will never be able to convince me that looks better than a tutu. NEVER.

  4. Clients will love it.

    Here’s the truth, when you have new clients, it’s sometimes hard to find common ground to talk about.  Making small talk about the weather and traffic can only go so far.  Want to really make an impression and have your company stand out in the client’s memory, get them to come for a meeting on Tutu Tuesday.  There is no way they’ll forget about your company then.

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How are you gonna convince your workplace to adopt Tutu Tuesday? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Buy VM Gear Without Putting on Pants

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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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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.

How will you be celebrating Valentines this year?  Let us know in the comments below.

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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.

 

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Catch you later!

Devon

Devon as Harley Quinn