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Throw Back Thursday: Walt’s Proposal

Walt’s Proposal My Wedding Symposium Episode #2

Greetings My Interweb Friends!

Would you like to hear about how Walt asked me to marry him for this week’s #tbt?

We got together over time as we played in the Sanné Lambert Trio.

A lot of the shows were at the Railway Club here in Vancouver.

We spent quite a bit of time in the back bar on what we dubbed the ‘kissing bench’ and when it came time for the big question, Walt choose the Railway as the location.

Check out this video for more:

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IHS (I have spoken)

Sanné Lambert

Designer, Owner & Founder: Vancouver’s Goth Nirvana – Venus&Mars Clothing

Walter Brady’s Wife

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I Played in my Wedding Gown!

I Played in my Wedding Gown!

Hello the Internet and Happy Beltane,

In 1998 I hired Walter Brady (The Legendary) to play bass for my band that would later    become Sanné Lambert Trio.

Years past, 2 Albums, many gigs, and much hanging out.

Eventually,  Walt and I admitted that was a decided lack of mutual suckage and we married on May 1, 2006.

Here we are on our wedding day May 1, 2006 RAWKING the back room of the Railway Club.

Sanne and Walter

About Beltane (Bealtaine):

  • Beltane is the Celtic Mayday Festival
  • one of the four seasonal Gaelic holidays
  • halfway between the Spring and Summer equinox
  • marks the beginning of pastoral summer
  • Beltane and Samhain are the two most Pagan important holidays
  • typically celebrated with bonfires
  • Beltane is said to derive from the ancient Celtic meaning “bright fire” where Bel means light –  the Celtic Sun and healer God was Belenus.

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Blessed Be,

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3 Alternatives to Corsets for under $150

3 Alternatives to Corsets for under $150 (that will make you stand out in a group of wasp waisted beauties)

How’s it going sugar muffin!

Do you love the look of a corset but you aren’t really feeling the boning or the price tag?  I totally get that and I’m here to help.  I’m always looking for alternatives to corsets that maintain my steampunk style while allowing me to move and breathe with ease.

Here are my top three finds from Venus & Mars:


It laces up in the front and has an elastic back.  It hugs your curves while letting you dance or swordfight the night away.  Best part, it’s reversible so two in one.


Velvet, tapestry, high collar and lace up front, mmm.  Think sexed up, less bitchy version of the Queen of Hearts.  You could run a marathon in this sassy little top while maintaining all your fabulousness.  Try doing that in a corset.


All the renaissance jackets are one of a kind, just like you you beautiful snowflake.  They look fantastic over a pair of black skinny pants or leggings with knee high boots.  You’re basically a gender bending Casanova who will make any dude or dudette swoon in your sexy presence.

So there you have it, three inexpensive alternatives to corsets that will make heads turn when you walk by.

Check out how awesome I look in my renaissance jacket below:

renaissance jacket

What’s your favorite alternative to a corset?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Gradstravaganza (#tbt grad gown)

Happy day before Friday!

It doesn’t matter where we go,  there is always someone who comes up to us to tell us they got their grad GOWN at Venus & Mars.

After nearly 21 years of years of being in business, it’s no surprise that past grads keep finding us everywhere.

Since it is finally sunny and springy (aka grad season) we thought that we would share some PICTURES and THANK YOU NOTES of past grads on this lovely Throwback Thursday.

If you want to check out some of our new gowns you can do that HERE.

Did you get your grad gown or outfit from Venus & Mars? Let us know what it looked like in the comments below.  Or better yet email ( us a picture of your grad gown!

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Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Monocles and Monogoggles: Be Classy and a Cyborg!

Monocles Available in Shop.

Greetings Internet Monkey,

The New York Times has declared that the monocle is back in the recent article ‘One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic’ by Allen Salkin.

While I appreciate that the New York Times is an esteemed publication and historically held up as the holy grail for freelance writers, I still have to express the following: Duh and/or hello.

Monocles are badass and as far as I’m concerned they never went out of style to begin with.  No, monocles are more like the unicorn of eye wear. You may
go you’re entire life without seeing one, but for the pure of heart who are graced with it’s presence it is truly a magical experience.

The dapperness of a monocle is beyond compare.  It’s like a classy eye patch that you can see through.  I for one would be ecstatic if they became a
fashion trend and were readily available in every mall in an assortment of styles and colours.

But alas, that day is not today.  Do not despair, Venus & Mars has a solution for you.

We carry MONOCLES and MONOGOGGLES (for when you need to be classy
and a cyborg).  You too can join the ever growing micro-trend before it explodes into the mainstream.

Below is a video that explains how to wear one of these uniquely awesome accessories.

What do you think of the monocle trend?  How much do you dig it?  Let us know in the comments below.

Everyone knows someone who wants a monocle.  Why not share this with them over Facebook, Twitter or by email?

Until we meet again,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire