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Unisex Christmas Gifts for less than $50

We’re officially 2 weeks away from Christmas. By now the tree is decorated, the lights are up and you are freaking out about last minute Christmas gifts. It’s okay, deep breaths, we are here to help you figure it out. So sit down, grab some eggnog and sugar cookies because we have our top three unisex gift ideas for under $50. To make things even easier, these are all available online as well as in store so you can shop however you’d like.

Pocket Belts

Give your loved ones the gift of not having to carry a purse or backpack. Pocket Belts let you carry your valuables (keys, phone, wallet, ID) securely without inhibiting your mobility. They are also super stylish and go with any outfit. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes to travel, go to festivals or busy parents.

 

 

 

grey faux fur wrist walletWrist Wallets

Got a friend with a wild side? Do they remind you of viking or amazon? Then a faux fur wrist wallet might be the way to go. Faux Fur Wrist Wallets are made of super soft pettable faux fur and are available in white, grey and tan. They lace up which makes the size adjustable. Their small, zippered pocket is just big enough to hold ID, cash and a couple of keys. Perfect for going out dancing! Get it for your friend in the fetish community, ravers, or just people who don’t like to carry stuff.

 

 

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We all have that one friend who is impossible to shop for. Their tastes are too eccentric to anticipate what they need or want. Or maybe you have a friend that’s got a huge tickle trunk and you just have no idea what’s in there. For those hard to shop for friends, we suggest a gift card. Let them pick out something they really want or need. If you feel like a GC is too impersonal then make it an event. Pick a day and make up an itinerary. Go for lunch at Meat and Bread, followed by shopping at Venus & Mars and end the day with a treat from Pure Bread. What could be more fun than spending an afternoon eating yummy food and shopping at cool stores?

Who is the hardest person to shop for on your list? Let us know in the comments below!

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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.

Has anything tickled your fancy? Let us know what you like in the comments below.

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Refresher Course: What to Wear to a Christmas Party (for Dudes)

Hey Guys,

Last December we posted a style guide for men’s Christmas Party Outfits.  I thought now would be the perfect time to bring it back for a refresher. You CAN show off at your office Christmas party. I give you permission. Check out below for some outfit ideas.

Love,

Devon Dale, Lady Adventurer for Hire.

I want to address the fellas out there.

Guys, suits are great for daily office wear but your Christmas is party is the one time of year that you can really dress to impress. I know that you have a tie with Santa Claus wearing a Hawaiian shirt but let me give you an alternative before you decide what to wear.

Be a little different:

If you just want to dip your toes into alternative formal wear come down and try on a black velvet double breasted vest. You can wear it with a white dress shirt and black pants that you already own. You’ll look classy and elegant and just a little different than you do every other day at the office.

Provide a little shock:

If you want to show a little more of your wild side try switching your everyday pants for our black vegan leather boot cut pants. I know wearing leather pants to an office event sounds crazy but paired with the white dress shirt and black velvet vest you’ll look more high fashion than you think. Its romantic, elegant and sexy.

Go all out:

Time to show the office drones who you really are. Replace your white dress shirt with a white poet shirt. This is a statement.  And that statement is sexy pirate. Do it, you know you want to.

Blow their minds:

Add a cloak to the outfit we’ve been building. Enough said.

What are you going to wear to your office Christmas party this year?

Let us know in the comments below.

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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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