Gift Ideas for Your Hard to Shop for Friends
Christmas time can be stressful. There’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect gift for people you care about. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype from advertising and then all of sudden you’ve spent $1,000 on PJs and chocolate. You end up feeling like nothing you go is tailored to the person you were shopping for. Don’t worry, we got you. Here is our gift guide for three very specific people in your life.
Your Friend Who is Super into Festivals
So here’s the thing, you don’t need to spend a bunch of money on every single person on your shopping list. If your budget is $25 or less then we recommend a gift card. Your friend can come in and use that GC towards anything they want. Maybe they need goggles for Burning Man, maybe they need an entire outfit either way that GC can help them build their festival wardrobe. If your budget is $50 then we recommend a pocket belt. Pocket belts are a great alternative to a purse or backpack. They let you keep your phone and wallet safe and keep your hands free for dancing. If your budget is $100 or less, leggings are a great option. Leggings are perfect for festival evenings when it starts to cool off. Plus they look great on men and women!
Your Friend Who is Super into Harry Potter/ Cosplay
We all have a friend who is super into Harry Potter, anime or cosplay. If your budget is $25 or less, I suggest a time turner necklace. If your friend isn’t into Harry Potter, don’t worry we also have TARDIS necklaces, Mockingjay necklaces and Supernatural necklaces available in store. If your budget is $50 or less, then contacts make a pretty cool gift. Changing your eye colour can totally change your look. Need to be evil? Try red or black contacts. Need to look dead? Try some white contacts. The possibilities are endless. If your budget is $100 or less then I suggest a short cloak. What could be better for a Harry Potter fan than a handmade cloak in their house colours? Even if your friend isn’t a Harry Potter fan, they’ll probably love a cloak because who doesn’t want a cool cloak?
Your Friend Who is Super into Steampunk
Steampunk is awesome. People are having more and more steampunk themed weddings and parties and it has become a staple Halloween costume. If your budget is $25 or less then I suggest checking out some of our unisex steampunk jewelry. We have big gear pins or key necklaces that any steampunk enthusiast is sure to love. If your budget is $50 or less, why not give the gift of really cool goggles? We have a huge selection of steampunk goggles available for less than $50 that are perfect for adventure. If your budget is $100 or less, a holster vest makes an excellent gift. They are adjustable in size so you don’t need to worry about finding the perfect fit. On top of that, they have 6 pockets which are perfect holding an assortment of gadgets.
Giving gifts is a great way to show people that you care about them. Try not to get overwhelmed or stressed out because at the end of the day it’s the thought that counts. Paying attention to your friends interests is a great way to show them that you were thinking of them. You’re doing great. You deserve a break so go get a rum and eggnog and watch some Hallmark holiday specials on TV.
December Store Hours
- Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm
- Sunday 11am – 5pm
- December 24, 2018 11am – 5pm
- December 25, 2018 CLOSED
Happy Christmas Season! If you don’t think you can handle going into a mall this December, I don’t blame you. Malls in December are basically hell. There’s people everywhere. No one is happy to be there. And to top it off Christmas music is play everywhere. Don’t worry, we’re here for you.
If you need a little break from the Christmas spirit, then come on into VM and center yourself with some corsets, kilts and cloaks. We’ll be send out some gift guides throughout the month to help you with your Christmas shopping but we also have all your favorite things if you just need to take a moment for yourself. As always, our website will be open 24/7 if you don’t want to leave your house at all and you want to do all your shopping in your pjs while drinking wine.
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Store Hours as of November 1, 2018
Monday – Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sundays CLOSED (Don’t worry, we’re only closed for Sundays in November. We’ll be open 11am – 5pm on Sundays as of December 2, 2018)
What is Cosplay?
Fan Expo is three sleeps away! I’m so excited to see all the amazing and creative cosplay. In honour of Fan Expo, I thought I’d re-post I blog I wrote explaining what cosplay is for those who are not initiated! Enjoy and don’t forget to drop by and say hello to us this weekend!
Cosplay is actually a portmanteau of two words: costume and play. Originally, I think that the word specifically applied to anime culture where people would dress up as their favourite anime characters. As time has gone by, it has expanded to include pretty much any pop culture icon. Some people are purists and get every detail perfect right down to the colour of the thread on the switching. Some people mash up differently cultural elements to create a new version of a character like making a steampunk sailor moon or a little mermaid princess Leia. Lots of people make gender bending version of their favourite characters like a male Harley Quinn or a female Captain America. The options are limitless and the community is super accepting.
If you are still not sure you understand, fear not! I have some examples of awesome Venus & Mars versions of some of our most favourite fictional badass ladies.
Wonder Woman is one of my personal favourite super heroes so naturally we had to include her. It’s so empowering to have a strong, fearless female hero kicking ass and taking names. Who wouldn’t want to dress up like that? For Wonder Woman we combined the iconic Linda Carter look with some of the badassery of the new Gal Gadot look. We put together a gold Venus & Mars bandeau with a red reversible VM waist cincher some blue booty shorts, a black velvet cloak and gold pointe glovettes. Suffering Sappho, I have never seen a cooler Wonder Woman!
If you have ever been to a convention you know that if we had to include anything it was Harley Quinn. There has been so many Harley looks over years and we couldn’t pick just one. We used her original black and red for inspiration but gave the overall outfit more of a roller derby feel. For this outfit, we combined a sleeveless red skinny tee, the reverse side of the reversible red waist cincher, black and red tap shorts and mix and matched a pair of red and black fishnet glovettes. We also added a pair of black goggles as a nod to the original Harley Quinn’s black eye mask. Trust me, puddin’, everyone will love this Harley look.
We love Carrie Fisher. Her real life sassy no bullshit approach to Hollywood is something we can all aspire to. We absolutely had to pay homage to her with a Princess Leia inspired look. I know slave Leia is super popular but we wanted to show off the all white princess outfit instead. We put together a white under blouse, white reversible waist cincher and cream panne cloak. And we used a white pinstripe tube top as the skirt. To really sell the look we put Ivette’s hair into buns. I sense great awesome in this outfit. (PS. I love this picture so much. I think it’s one of my favourites ever.)
So what did you think of my definition of cosplay? did I get it right? Would you explain it differently? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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How to Steampunk at Any Price Point
In a previous blog I mentioned that I love steampunk costumes because you can do it at any price point. I thought that I’d expand on that a little bit and give you some most excellent examples. Grab your goggles and make sure to wind your pocket watch because it’s time to get steampunked.
Cheap and Easy Steampunk
If you want an absolute bare bones steampunk costume, you can grab a white button up shirt, some plain brown pants and a pair of goggles. To step it up a little bit you add some suspenders and paint up a toy gun from the dollar store in bronze, browns, and copper colours. If you have a bowtie or vest lying around that house those would both add to the steampunkness of the costume. You could also swap out the pants for a skirt just keep in mind that the steampunk aesthetic draws heavily from the Victorian era so longer or high low skirts would probably work better than a modern looking skirt. Assuming that you have some of the pieces for this costume already, you could probably put together the look for less than $60.
Mid range Steampunk
If you want to step your steampunk up and you have a bit of a bigger budget, you can use the cheap and easy steampunk costume as a base but swap out some items and add some more accessories. You could add a waistcoat, top hat, and pocket watch to your base if you want an aristocrat steampunk costume. Add an underbust holster vest and pocket belt if you want a more adventurous steampunk costume. Corsets or waist cinchers are also a welcome addition to a steampunk costume. You can also consider adding some jewelry like a choker or a necklace.
Bonus: What is Steampunk?
Do you want to go all out and you have an unlimited budget? Then the sky’s the limit. Start with some Victorian boots, rail pull skirt, pocket belt, corset, waistcoat, goggles and a pocket watch. If you have the money to spend and a good imagination then you can put together an amazing steampunk costume. Maybe start by crafting your steampunk character? Are you a handsome watch maker? Or are you a sassy resistance fighting former fancy lady? Let your accessories and choice of costume reflect your most excellent character.
No matter what your budget, you can put together a really cool steampunk costume. Whether you’re putting something together from your closet or you have an unlimited budget, steampunk is a great choice for you Halloween costume this year.