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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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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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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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3 STYLES TO TRY WITH YOUR NEW CORSET

3 STYLES TO TRY WITH YOUR NEW CORSET

Last week we talked about the most frequent question we get asked when it comes to wearing a corset, which is of course, How do I tie this by myself? So this week I thought we could tackle the second most frequent question we get asked about corsets: Is this only for the bedroom?

The answer is Heck No!

You can totally integrate a corset into your daily wear. Step it up when you go out to the bar or club and try wearing your corset with a pair of skinny jeans and heels.  If you want extra coverage add a shrug or sleeves.  If you work at an office without a strict dress code try wearing a corset over a blouse with a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt.  If you’re feeling a little shy add a blazer.  Alternatively, you can wear your corset under that dress that you have that is a fraction too small to make it fit.  Come to think of it, you can wear a corset under  just about anything if you want a little bit more of an hourglass shape or you want to be undercover sexy.

See how easy it is?  Now let me suggest three styles for you to try with your new corset if you want to take one giant step outside of your comfort zone. I’ll be using the same corset in all three looks.

Steampunk Corset Outfit

1. Steampunk

Okay so you must have know that was coming.  I love steampunk so much.  There is so much room for creativity and I really feel like it is one of those genres that you can dip your toe into by wearing goggles and carrying a pocket watch or plunge head first into the deep end by creating a steam-powered car and living the fantasy 24/7. To create a steampunk look with your corset try wearing it over a peasant blouse, add a rail pull skirt, some striped stockings and a pair of boots.  If you really want to blow people away thrown on a pocket belt, a top hat, some goggles and of course a pocket watch.

Goth Corset Outfit2. Goth

I was a preteen in the nineties.  Grunge and the movie Clueless has probably had more influence on my style than anything else but my ultimate 90s fashion dream is the Romantic Goth.  Is there anything more gorgeous than the drama of white makeup with deep red lips and smokey black eye?  I don’t think so.  If you want to goth or vamp up your corset look try a black velvet a-line skirt with some black velvet sleeves add in black fishnets and some stompy boots to be the ultimate queen of darkness. Don’t forget to add a black velvet cloak and maybe a lace choker to hide the vampire bites.

Cosply Corset Outfit3. Cosplay

Okay so I know cosplay is super open ended and that what you wear will totally depend on the character you are dressing up as but corsets are great for helping you achieve the (sometimes unrealistic) shape of your favorite character.  They can also work as a focal piece in your ensemble especially if you are interpreting the outfit in a way that differs from the source material.  For example, if I was dressing up as everyone’s favorite DC bad girl Harley Quinn I would wear my corset with a pair of red gloves, throw on a black and red crinoline, add a black and red pair of jester tights and top it off with a pair of black boots. To really make it over the top I would use some white foundation with really red lips, put on a black mask and throw my hair in pigtails.

 

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Catch you later!

Devon

Devon as Harley Quinn

 

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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