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Learn to be a Gentleman (in 3 easy steps)

Gentleman Vest

Hey guys, it’s time for some real talk.  In a world full of negativity it’s easy to behave like a cad when you should be acting like a gentleman.  But, trust me, you will feel so much better if you take the gentlemanly road. A gentleman isn’t defined by gender.  I think anyone can be a gentleman. It’s a way of life and a way of conducting yourself in social situations. Whether you identify as male, female, non-binary or anything else you can be a gentleman.

The best way to be a gentleman is to be considerate of the people around you. It’s giving up your seat on the bus or holding the door open for someone whose arms are full of groceries, going out of your way to not belittle anyone because you are having a bad day, and being mindful of the things that you say when you are frustrated.  Being a gentleman is not gossiping about people or making assumptions when you don’t know the whole story.  Basically being a gentleman is treating other people the way you want to be treated and being ready to lend a hand whenever you can.

Sometimes it is really easy to get stuck inside your head when things aren’t going your way and you forget to be gentlemanly to other people.  It’s not being vindictive or mean you just forget to be courteous because you are distracted with what’s going on in your life. Well guess what, I have a solution for you.  This may sound vain but sometimes dressing up like a gentleman can help you remember to act like one.

Level One: Undercover Gentleman

If you want a reminder to not be a jerk but you don’t want to scream it out to the world then I suggest getting yourself a vest.  As soon as you put one of these bad boys on you will feel ready to open doors and escort old ladies across the street.  Vests instantly dress up your outfit and make you feel more polished and put together. It’s hard to want to help other people when you feel like you can barely roll out of bed.  My solution is the vest. Black Tapestry Tails Vest - Front 3 Quarter Gentleman

Level Two: Low Key Gentleman

As a low key gentleman, people will notice you and instantly gravitate towards your suave and helpful aura.  Add a military frock coat to you vest to achieve level two in the gentlemanly arts.  Be prepared for people to ask you for directions (or your phone number) because you will look approachable and professional with a pinch of unique.  Gentleman

Level Three: Gentleman Supreme

It’s time to add a top hat.  Top hats scream I am a gentleman.  Treating people with respect and empathy will make people want to be around you.  Wearing a top hat lets them identify you from afar.  People will see you in your vest, frock coat and top hat and know that you are the person to ask for help. Do you know what?  When you’re wearing the outfit you’ll want to help them.  You’ll look good and feel good and that makes it so much easier to want to help other people.

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New Fresh Handmade: Side Skirt with Lace

Do you ever put on a piece of clothing and immediately feel transported to another time and place?  That’s how I felt when I first tried on the side skirt with lace.  There is something about the asymmetry of that skirt that screams elvish princess to me. I stepped into the dressing room as Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire and when I stepped out I am Devon Dale: Elvish Princess.

All of sudden, I was transported to the forest.  I had a bow and a quiver of arrows strapped to my back.  My black side lace skirt made it easy for me to navigate the uneven terrain as I patrolled the border of our woods for any intruders or threats. If I needed to, I could easily run and hide because of my elf like grace.  I could climb a tree with ease and nothing could stop me from defending and protecting my kin and kingdom.

I gave my head a shake and I was back in the store.  

It is so comfortable to wear because the stretch of cotton makes this skirt super easy to move around in.  It feels like a hug.  You may not need to hide in the tree tops in your day to day life but you could definitely wear this skirt all day at work or running errands.  The lace detail adds a little bit of femininity and cuteness.  This is the perfect Burning Man or festival skirt. You could wear it with leggings and top to coffee with a friend. You could easily turn it into a steampunk cosplay by adding a corset, a pocket belt and some goggles.

Add a little fantasy to your life and wardrobe and put one of these fantastic skirts in your cart immediately.  You will not regret it.

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Buy VM Gear Without Putting on Pants

online shopping steampunk at VenusandMars.Biz

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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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