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Need more VM? We will be at the Arts Alive Festival 2017

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Is it just me or does it seem like we are doing a lot of vending this year?

In case you have missed us at Taboo, Make It, East Side Pride, Folk Fest, Anime Revolution or Pride this year, fear not because this Saturday we will be vending at the Arts Alive Festival in Langley, BC.  We will be featuring all of our wonderful handmade goodies. You can expect to see some awesome holsters, pocket belts, festival hoods and cloaks!

The Arts Alive Festival is a free to attend festival that features live music as well as local artists and artisans displaying their handmade jewellery, glass, sculpture, paintings, furniture, wood, fashion, pottery, photography, ceramics, candles, toys, writing, quilting, fabric art and much more. It is a family friendly event with a children’s fun zone and Opus Children’s Chalk Art Gallery.

Are you planning on coming out to the 24th Annual Arts Alive Festival in Langley?  Let us know all about it in the comments below.

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FAQ: What is Steampunk?

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This has been the summer of the steampunk wedding here at Venus & Mars.  We’ve had so many awesome couples looking for outfits or accessories to steampunk their wedding.  We’ve also had a lot of wedding guest looking for ensembles and answers.  So many people want to know, what exactly is steampunk?

I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is that I’m not sure there is a totally definitive answer to that question.  Some people know it involves goggles and gears.  Other people is say it’s when goths wear brown. I like to think of it as a sci fi fantasy world where steam is the main power source.  Basically think Jules Vern, H.G. Wells, time travel, Victorian Fashion and goggles. Do you know what the good news is? If there’s no definitive answer to what steampunk is then you are only limited by your imagination.

Do you know what else is awesome about Steampunk? It’s so inclusive.  You could wear brown pants, a white dress shirt, suspenders, and GOGGLES and be steampunk. Or you can go all out and build your own steam powered motorcycle, convert your keyboard into a typewriter and dress Victorian 24/7.  It’s all good in the steampunk hood and you can participate in whatever capacity you choose.

what is steampunkStill not convinced steampunk is amazing? Listen to this, you can create a character with your wardrobe. Are you an adventurer finding new lands and exploring unknown kingdoms?  Then you probably want to wear something easy to move in like a pair of black cotton bondage pants, a Queen Anne corsetlet and a steampunk pocket belt (for your map, compass and gadgets). Are you a high end watchmaker/ repair person who has discovered a magic secret in a patron’s watch?  You should probably dress the part in a poet shirt, military frock coat and some round glasses. Are you socialite by day and cat burglar by night? You’ should get used to wearing a corset and skirt but make sure you have your bustle pocket belt to hold your lock picking tools.

You can make just about anything steampunk.  Your only limitation is your imagination. Don’t believe me?  Google Steampunk (insert your favorite superhero, character, person here) cosplay you’ll find tons of pictures to draw inspiration to create your own steampunk character.

Do you think I got it right? What’s your definition of steampunk? Let us know in the comments below.

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Featured Product: Reversible Holster Vest

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What if I told you that we had a magical unisex piece of clothing that had pockets and that you wouldn’t over heat in? What if that item was also perfect for cosplay, steampunk outfits, music festivals and Burning Man?  I bet your ears would perk right up and you would want to know more.  Well hold onto your hats, kids, because we have just restocked our reversible holster vest. And it is that magical piece of clothing you are wishing for.

reverisible holster vestFirst of all, the reversible holster vest has pockets. You can keep your phone, ID and cash close you without worrying about ruining your looks with a backpack or leaving your purse somewhere.

Secondly, it’s reversible.  I know that the name implies that but it’s still important to mention.  You are getting two looks for the price of one. One side is black cotton canvas which will go with everything you own and the other side is green tapestry with a feature fabric at the pocket.  Some have black pockets, some have pinstripe pockets and some have faux fur pockets. So essentially you have one side that lets you match it with just about anything and the other side makes the holster vest a feature in your outfit. How cool is that?

Third, the back is lace up. That means that the size is a little bit adjustable and that you will be able to feel the cool breeze on your back.  How great is that? Not only is the lace up functional but it also adds a sexy detail to the back.  Sounds pretty rad to me.

But Devon, what exactly do I wear with a reversible holster vest? The short answer is pretty much anything you want.  Seriously, try one with a jeans and t-shirt!  It’ll look great.  If you want to go a little more steampunk though try one with a side lace skirt, corset, and goggles.

Where will you wear your new reversible holster vest?  Let us know in the comments below.

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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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