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Stuff’s on Sale!

So here’s the deal, Sanne found some truly awesome fabric and it inspired her to make a whole bunch of new stuff. We have all kinds of new military frock coats, vests and pocket belts in works and waiting to make their big debut.  There’s only one problem. We are running out of space to put things. We have been left with only one option: have a sale! Of course, we still have our Last Chance for Love Sale rack with $25 goodies but now more things are on sale too.

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Have you ever wanted to be a princess or queen? Well now is your chance. All of our gowns are now $249 -$350. We have awesome bridal gowns, grad gowns, and everyday gowns. Seriously, now is the time to get one.

 

 

Military Frock Coats

Is there a steampunk man in your life? Military Frock Coats make excellent Christmas presents. Would you like there to be a steampunk man in your life? Give a regular dude a military frock coats and presto chango, he is on his was to becoming a steampunk man. Select coats are now sale for $99.

Corsets

Who doesn’t love a corset? They look fabulous, they feel sexy and your confidence goes through the roof when you wear one. Our beautiful handmade sweetheart corsets and zipper corsets are now on sale for $99. How awesome is that?

 

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Nothing says gentleman like a vest. Lucky for you, we have select styles of handmade vests on sale for $99. Our vests may not make you act like a gentleman but at least you can look like one.

 

 

Renaissance Jackets

Our Renaissance Jackets are all one of a kind. They are made up fabric remnants so no two jackets are exactly alike. This year, you can give a loved one (or yourself) a unique gift that no one else will have. Renaissance Jackets are on sale for $75.

 

 

That’s just a small taste of what we have to offer. You’ll need to check out our sale section or come into the store to see what else we have to offer.

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Happy Novemberween!

Happy Novemberween Everyone!

We hope you had a safe and happy Halloween and that your day was filled with more treats than tricks. We have been busy in the shop restocking all the things that sold out over October and making all kinds of new things too! Here’s what we’ve been up to so far:

Fan Expo Prep

I can’t believe it but Fan Expo is less than a week away! We are so excited to be vending for our fifth (or is it sixth?) year in a row! This year we will have a double booth to accommodate all the awesome stuff we’re bring. What kind of awesome stuff? Well how about contacts, goggles, cloaks, kilts and corset? Just to name a few. We’re desperately busy trying to make sure that we have all your favourite things in stock in time. Don’t worry, if you need to pick up a couple things before the show, we are open seven days a week.

 

Faux Fur Everything

Brr… it’s freezing. November has aggressively burst through the door with cold weather and snow! Do not worry, we have been building up an arsenal of faux fur accessories to keep you toasty warm and looking badass. We have faux fur suspenders, cloaks and holsters in store with faux fur hoods on the way. What more could you ask for in this weather?

Cocktail Dresses for Christmas Parties

I know it’s a little early for Christmas carols and decorations but a lot of offices start their Christmas parties around this time of year. Why go in the same little black dress that everyone else is wearing when you could take the opportunity to stand out and show everyone your style? We have some super cute vintage inspired dresses, some sexy goth (but not too goth) dresses and much more in store as well as some new styles on the same. It’s definitely worth coming to check out.

 

New Sale Stuff!

So in order to make room for all the new things that are coming we have to make some space. Our World Famous Last Chance for Love Sale Rack has just been updated with bondage pants, kilts, corsets, crinolines and much more. There are some gems in there so you should come check it out before it’s all gone.

 

What are you up to this November? Let us know in the comments below!

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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).

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  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.

Feeling nervous about talking to your boss face to face, why not share this post with them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter?  Or if you want to get them indirectly, sign your boss up for the for Steampunk Tempest.

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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