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How to Closet Cosplay 

Most of us are spending a lot more time at home right now. Some of you may be getting to the point where you’ve watched everything you want to watch on Netflix, your house is clean and organized, and you’ve read all your books – twice. It’s time to change things up. Let me introduce you to the world of Closet Cosplay.

What is Closet Cosplay

Closet Cosplay is making costumes out of stuff you have in your closet already. You probably think that you don’t have anything cosplay worthy in your closet but you are wrong. This will give you the opportunity to see your clothing in a new light and do something creative. There are a few items that can broaden the scope of cosplays you can make like a cloak, corset or poet shirt but even if you don’t have anything like that, there are still many costumes you can put together.

Option 1: Pick a Contemporary Character

Chances are you don’t live your life in Victorian clothing so trying to cosplay as a Victorian character might be difficult. Instead, focus on contemporary characters. Do you have a white dress shirt, and a bowtie? Then you have 90% of the Eleventh Doctor costume. Have you got a red sweater and black hair band (bonus points if you’re blonde or you have a blonde wig)? Guess what, that’s most of a Sabrina Spellman costume. If you look at your favorite characters closely, you’ll find that they have a specific style. Crack that code and you’re on your way to creating your cosplay.

Option 2: Make a Version of a Non-Contemporary Character

Have you ever heard of Disney-bounding? The term came about when adults wanted to dress up as their favorite characters at Disneyland but found out they weren’t allowed to because it spoils the magic for the young kids. Instead people started to make their own version of Disney characters by using the colour pallets or shapes in the costumes. You can do that too! Make a sleepover version of Elsa. What would Jon Snow look like as a ski buff from the 80s? How would Harley Quinn go grocery shopping? You’d be surprised at what you can come up with when your goal isn’t to make a screen accurate version of the character.

Are you going to make a closet cosplay of your favorite character? We would love to see it. Tag us in your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’re looking for items to take your cosplay to the next level, we are offering free shipping within Canada for a limited time so make sure to check out the cosplay section on our website!

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What to Wear in Quarantine

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We’re going through some uncertain times right now what with this global pandemic and all. It’s important and serious and everyone needs to do their part whether it’s washing your hands, social distancing or taking care of people who are vulnerable. It’s also a super anxious and stressful time and quarantine can be boring. Sometimes you need a little distraction from all the panic. What could be a better than a fashion distraction? 

Dress for the Job You Want 

If you’re lucky enough to be working at home, this is your time to shine. We’ve all heard the phrase “dress for the job you want not the job you have” and now is the perfect time to put that into action. Let me ask you this, do you really want to be an assistant or a lawyer or marketing director or do you actually want to be a Ranger raised by the mountain people who is secretly the one true King or Queen? If you didn’t answer the Ranger, you’re lying. It’s time to whip out a cloak and poet shirt and cut through paper work like Aragorn cuts through Orcs. 

Your Sweatpants aren’t Curing Corona 

If you’re not working from home but you’re still in quarantine, I’ve got some news for you: your sweatpants aren’t curing corona. In fact, you’re probably doing yourself more harm than good by living in your pjs and not showering for days at a time. It’s so easy to get depressed right now so do yourself a favour and dress like a boss ass bitch. You can wear anything you want right now so why aren’t you in sparkly leggings and a corset? 

If You Have to Go Outside 

Lots of people still have to work right now and we need them to so that society doesn’t collapse. If you’re one of those people, it’s probably not super practical for you to wear sparkles and cloaks but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. I say lean into that apocalypse fashion and Mad Max your wardrobe. Goggles look badass and stop you from touching your face. Holsters make you look like you mean business and have many pockets for hand sanitizer. Plus, won’t you feel so much cooler roaming the empty streets dressed like Furiosa? 

Listen, no matter what you do, you need to take COVID-19 seriously but you also need to have a little bit of silly in your day so you don’t just curl up in a ball and cry. It’s time for less panic attacks and more dress up. Have a quarantine fashion show! Our physical location is currently closed but you can still shop online 24/7. We’re offering free shipping within Canada so that you can live out your steampunk, cosplay, Lord of the Rings fantasy. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for outfit inspirations. 

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Store Closure and COVID-19

Hey Friends, 

As you may have noticed, we’ve closed the store. It was a difficult decision to make but we ultimately decided that it was the best option for our staff and our customers. If you can, we urge you to stay at home, practice social distancing and practice good hygiene (like washing your hands) until this global pandemic is over. 

As a small business, it is really difficult to be closed for several weeks or months with no notice. We’ve been in business for almost thirty years and we don’t plan on letting something like this stop us. If you would like to support us during these strange times (or if you just need some retail therapy to get you through this anxiety) there are a couple of ways you can help. 

First, you can still shop online. During the time that we are closed, we will be offering free shipping within Canada on our website and our Etsy shop. This is probably the easiest way to support us or to get a cloak right now. 

Second, we are offering appointments for private shopping sessions on limited days. We ask that you schedule your appointment in advance through social media or by emailing us. We reserve the right to deny appointments if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and we trust that you will use your best judgment to decide whether or not you should be leaving the house. 

Third, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share our posts with your friends. Or share pictures of your awesome VM outfits with us! We also accept friendly and encouraging messages or comments. And we love good vibes, we’ll even send you some back. 

Finally, you can support us by getting a kick ass outfit and wearing it to your post-plague parties when this is all over. 

We’re really looking forward to seeing you again. Stay safe, don’t hoard toilet paper and wash your hands. 

Love, 

VM 

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How to Steampunk at Any Price Point

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Steampunk is a really cool and interesting way to do a take on a costume but it can also get really expensive. We are here to help. Whether you’re going to a Halloween party or a convention, here is how to Steampunk at any price point.

Cheap and Easy Steampunk Costume

You probably already have pieces at home that will work for a steampunk costume. Start with 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. 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. 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 outfit 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 may also consider adding some jewelry like a choker or a necklace.

Bougie 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. If you’re really into you can even steampunk your car or house or anything! Don’t believe me? Just Google Steampunk + whatever comes to mind and enjoy the results.

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 always a fun twist. Show us your steampunk looks on on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Where do the Weirdos go to dance in Vancouver?

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Where do the Weirdos go to Dance?

Blah its March tomorrow. Festival Season hasn’t started yet. There are no fun conventions. Vancouver has a bit of a reputation of being a no fun city, especially when it comes to clubs and dancing. There are, of course, the mainstream pop music clubs on Granville street. But where are you supposed to go if you don’t want to hang out with the jocks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Descent

Descent is Vancouver’s Goth night. It takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Red Room. Founded in August, 2007, Descent provides a chill environment for the city’s Goth weirdos to dance and drink in peace. There is no dress code but you are encouraged to wear whatever you want to express yourself. The music is good, the cover is cheap and everyone is pretty friendly.  Throw on a black frock coat and some dark jeans and go dance the night away. 

Galaxion

Galaxion is your place to drink, dance and game. Heavily inspired by 80s pop culture, Galaxion takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the Astoria. Dance the night away to 80s classics, New Wave, Synthpop, Hip Hop and Post Punk. Don’t feel like dancing? Check out some of the retro arcade games set on free play. It’s the perfect place to rock some rainbow sparkle leggings

Sin City

Sin City is Vancouver’s longest running fetish party. It takes place on the second Saturday of every month (plus a couple other bonus parties) at various venues. If you’ve never been to a fetish party before don’t be scared! Sin City is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the life style and other weirdos with similar interests. There is a dance floor or if you’re feeling spicy then you can check out the dungeon. Sin City has a fetish dress code to keep the normies out. We suggest starting your outfit with a corset

I know it can seem hopeless when you’re passing the Lamp Lighter on a Saturday night but there are really cool events and venues you can find in Vancouver if you look hard enough. These are just a few examples. Did I miss anything? Where do you like to hang out on the weekend? Let me know on on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.