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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,

sl  : )

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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 #2 Godiva Grad Gown Westender


June 11, 1998 the Westender featured an article by Janet Smith about the medieval flare that was trending in grad gowns.  Of course, she went straight to Venus & Mars to talk to designer/ owner Sanne Lambert.


WE982In the article Sanne said “These are the kinds of prom dresses you would have thought of when you were a little girl.”

I couldn’t agree more.  When I was a little girl I was enthralled by King Arthur and as Janet Smith points out “graduates will be going to their prom looking like they just stepped out of Camelot.”

I wish I had known about Venus & Mars when I went to my prom many years ago.  I would have loved to rock a gown.

Actually I think I had repressed some of those feelings because  the first time I walked into Venus & Mars I bought a purple velvet Juliet gown.  It wasn’t for a specific event, it just felt like it was the gown I was meant to have my whole life.

I wanted it. I needed it.  It had to be mine.

I’ve noticed that when grad girls come looking for a gown they experience a similar serendipitous pull.  And when they come out the fitting room you can tell instantly that they have fallen in love.


What are you drawn to in a way that you just can’t explain?  Let us know in the comments below.

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 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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I love Xena: Warrior Princess (VM Corset Choker Blog)

Confession time. I really love Xena Warrior Princess. But really how could you not love a totally hot babe in a wicked leather outfit kicking ass?

Xena has a tremendous impact on what I choose to put on my body and as a result I tend to impulse buy things that remind me of her wardrobe. LEATHER CORSET WAISTBELT? KNEE HIGH LACE UP BOOTS? Duh. Must haves, they’re basically armour.

So I may have become overly excited when we finished the LEATHER CORSET CHOKERS. I mean it’s armour for your neck. Eat your heart out Lucy Lawless.

They lace up in the front (which means the size is adjustable) and clip in the back (which means they aren’t a bitch to put on). One side is leather and the other side is tapestry so they’re reversible. And also if I haven’t been clear it super sexy armor for your neck.

I tried on the WINE LEATHER CORSET CHOKER and I was ready to fight demons, Gods, and evil men. Come to think of it, they also look pretty bad ass for a Steampunk Time Travel Outfit… hmmm…

Do you have a 90’s TV show that influences your life? Let us know what it is in the comments below.

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Ass kickingly yours,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire