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Featured Product: The Waist Cincher!

Venus& Mars Valentines Window

Picture this: A beautiful hotel room with 1,500 count Egyptian Cotton sheets, a bottle of champagne and a tasteful scattering of rose petals.  Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?  Soft music is playing in the background.  A beautiful person is standing in front of you in sexy black leather pants and nothing else.  What are you wearing?  If you’re answer is I don’t know, yoga pants or ummmm then it’s time I tell you about the Venus&Mars waist cincher.

Let’s start with the basics.  The Venus & Mars waist cincher is steel boned and reversible (that means you get 2 for 1). It has elastic lacing at the back that will expand with you when you gasp and contract back when you sigh. It holds you close like a good lover but lets you move and bend into every position possible. I dare you to find a piece of clothing that makes you feel this sexy and comfortable at the same time.

For an evening in, I would suggest you wear one with a garter belt, stockings, boots and nothing else.  If you want to cover your arms, add a pair of sleeves.  If you’re feeling a little shy add some pasties or a sparkly bra. But if you’re aim is for sexy time then less is more.  Now you maybe wondering, why bother wearing anything at all?  Here’s the truth.  Some of us don’t feel 100% confident in our beautiful bodies all the time. Most of us, have issues with our tummies.  Wearing a waist cincher is like wearing armour.  It allows you to cover the part you don’t like and highlight the parts you do like. Sexiness comes from confidence. If you’re more confident having your tummy covered, then cover your tummy and you’ll feel sexier.  You can always take off later if you’re feeling up to it.

Unlike lingerie from a department store you’ll be able to wear waist cincher outside of the bedroom too.  They work great under clothing if you want to feel sexy without anyone known and look a little slimmer in your office wear. If you’re heading out for an evening on the town, waist cinchers look great over a little black dress or a blouse or even over a band t-shirt with a plaid skirt and some fishnets.

Waist cinchers are also really hand if you’re into cosplay.  They can help shape your body to match the crazy waspy waists from the pages of comic books. Got a steampunk party?  Put your cincher over a white button up shirt, add a pair of black pants (or come get a circle square skirt), a pocket belt and some goggles and voila, you’ve got a steampunk outfit.

Whatever you choose to do with it, a Venus & Mars Waist Cincher is the perfect addition to your wardrobe this Valentine’s Day.  What are you waiting for, add one to your cart or get down to shop to try one on right now!

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Throw Back Thursday Venus&Mars’ First Taboo

Venus&Mars at Taboo

Chances are you have probably seen us around at a local convention, festival or event.  Whether we’re helping you with your cosplay at Fan Expo or Anime Revolution or selling you a sparkly bra at Pride, if it’s a large gathering of cool people in Vancouver you’ll find us there. We’ve hung out with you on Jericho Beach at Vancouver Folk Festival and huddled under a tent to keep out of the rain with you at Celtic Fest, but have you ever wondered what our first ever really big event was?

In 2011 we attended our first Taboo.  We had done a couple other small events but now we were ready to play in the big leagues at our first ever event at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Our setup was way different 6 years ago compared to now but our vision was clear. We were going to set up a pop up shop that would have the same feel as the Venus&Mars brick and mortar, only smaller.  We brought rolling racks full of Venus&Mars corsets, cinchers, vests and cloaks to have on display.  There was only one problem.  We had no idea how to display it.

A few days before the event Sanne bought some grid wall.  This was going to be fantastic.  We could construct a freestanding store with displays.  That’s when we ran into our second problem.  We didn’t know how to put the grid wall together.  Sanne’s husband had bought some clips from the hardware store and after a lot of fussing around with them, one of our neighbours was kind enough to point out that it was much easier to use zap straps.   Now we always have an abundance of zap straps with us for every event. I’m sure we would have figured it out eventually but it was nice of her to help speed up the process.

Today, we have set up down to an art.  We plan out our layout ahead of time so we can get our booth up and ready for action as quickly as possible (although sometimes if you come early you might catch us frushing our displays).

We are so excited to attend our seventh Taboo this year (February 3-5, 2017).  Will you be there?  What would you like us to bring?  Let us know in the comments below!  Do you need an awesome sexy outfit to wear?  Why not look through our online shop to get some ideas or come down to the shop and let us dress you up?

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Venus&Mars at Taboo 2015

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3 items to complete your steampunk look

pocketwatches

Picture this: it’s twilight in Gastown.  The corner of Water street and Cambie is empty. It’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Suddenly you hear the whirls of the steam clock and the familiar chime follows. You hear the sounds of footsteps and through the steam you see a corseted girl in impossibly tall boots and goggles running towards you.

“I have no time to explain,” she says, “ I’m from another dimension and the world is depending on you for survival.  Follow me!”

She grabs your hand and starts pulling you down the street when suddenly she turns and says “oops wrong person. You don’t look prepared for what I need.” Then she drops your hand and runs off.

Has this ever happened to you?

Here are 3 pieces you need to to complete your steampunk look and make sure it never happens again!

Goggles

Goggles are essential to looking the part of steampunk.  In a world powered by steam you will need to protect your eyes. Goggles are perfect for that. Additionally, you can wear them as a headband to keep your hair out of your face and they double as a stylish accessory if you wear them around you neck. The ones we sell are also UV 400 so you can use them as sunglasses. Bonus.

Pocket Belt

As a steampunk you have gadgets. We’re guessing lots of them. On top of that you have your phone, wallet and keys to worry about. Backpacks are great but when you’re jumping through dimensions or traveling in tim3 items to complete your steampunk look or fighting airship pirates, your bag probably isn’t your top priority and you might end up leaving it somewhere. Why not just carry all your things on you instead?  Available in a variety of styles and colours.

Pocket Watch(es) (available in shop only at this time)

Time travel and steampunk goes together like peanut butter and jelly. Therefor you will need at least one pocket watch to keep track of when you are. The more watches you have the more times you can keep track of. Guess what, you can keep them on your pocket belt!

Pair these items with a button down shirt and pants or a corset and skirt or even leggings and an oversized shirt and you are on your way to have a kick ass steampunk outfit.

What adventures will you go on in your steampunk outfit?  Let us know in the comments below!

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New Fresh Handmade: Plaid Bondage Pants

New Fresh Handmade Plaid Bondage Pants

New Fresh Handmade: Plaid Bondage Pants

Hello the Internet!

This is a very important service announcement going out to all you alternative kids out there or anyone with a little bit of rebellion in their hearts.  It’s time to get real.

Okay stop what you’re doing right now. I don’t care what it is. Go to your bedroom, open your closet and check to see if you own a pair of plaid bondage pants. Go ahead. I’ll wait here. Did you check? Do you own a pair?

You don’t?

Don’t worry, we can narrowly avoid this tragedy together. Venus & Mars has just finished making some truly amazing plaid bondage pants and you can come get a pair today.

These radical pants are a lovely green plaid with pockets and removable straps. They have awesome zippers on the side of the pants to make it easier to tuck them into your 20 hole Docs or pull them over your 12 hole Demonias. They look great with band tees, skinny tees, military frock coats, corsets or nothing at all. You will not find a more stylish or versatile pair of kick ass pants.

Start 2017 the right way by picking up these insanely cool pants today! If you hurry down right now we can and will help you put a whole outfit together.  I’m thinking a black holey skinny tee, plaid bondage pants, a black military frock coat and some demonia boots would be a pretty good start to a pretty rad outfit for a pretty exciting new year.

What crazy adventures will you and your pants get up to tonight?  Where are you going? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy New Year!

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Boxing Week Sale!

Boxing Week Sale!

Happy Boxing Day! I hope you had a Merry Christmas but now it’s time to think about what you’ll wear on New Years. Fear not! We have a sale with your name on it that will make getting an outfit so easy.

Everything in the store is 10% off from December 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016. So if you need a new corset now is the time to get it.

But wait, there’s more. If you need a fabulous crinoline to go with that corset then you get 15% off! That’s right when you buy two items you get 15% off your order.

But wait there’s even more! If you need a sparkly necklace or stockings or a hat or anything else you will get 20% off your purchase.  When you purchase 3 or more items you get 20% off! Holy smokes, that’s amazing!

Hurry up and come get your new years outfit! What are you waiting for?

What are you hoping to get your hands on this boxing week? Let’s us know in the comments below!