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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top of the Mornin’ to you,

Venus & Mars is going to be at Celtic Fest this weekend (March 15 and 16, 2014)!  We have a booth at Granville street just past Robson so make sure to come say hi.

We packed up all the green things and loaded them into the van. As we did, I realized that I really don’t know anything about St. Patrick’s Day.  Oh no!

So I used the all powerful Google.  And I will share with you the magical things that I learned.

St PatricksDid you know?

  • St. Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland (you probably knew that but I didn’t)
  • March 17 is the date of his death (kind of a downer, don’t think about it when you’re drinking green beer)
  • St. Patrick’s colour was traditionally blue and not green (we’re all doing it wrong)
  • The Shamrock (which has three leaves, not four) is a symbol for the Christian Holy Trinity (or the Pagan Triple Goddess)
  • The Shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic harp is (only country with a musical instrument as their symbol)

Regardless of what you know,  its always fun to get a little bit Irish on March 17th.  This year while you’re celebrating why not look ultra fabulous in a Venus & Mars CINCHER or MILITARY FROCK COAT?

I hope you have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  I will leave you with this rad traditional toast to make you sound all deep and eloquent:

“May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below it never fall out.”

-Devon Dale

ps: This video previews our St. Paddy’s Day window.

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Once Apon A Time in Gastown (Throw Back Thursday)

 (Items in the Gallery are available in our shop)

Sanne Lambert Once upon a time there was a little rocker chick from Richmond.

Her name was Sanné Lambert. The little girl studied hard, won many proud battles and eventually landed in glamorous Gastown where she built the kingdom of Venus&Mars.

For 19 years the steampunk kingdom was a land of peace and prosperity.  One dark day an evil troll named Landlordia decided that she no longer wanted the kingdom of  Venus&Mars steampunk in the land of Cambie and poisoned all the crops giving the good people of Venus&Mars only thirty days to find a new home before they starved.

Sanné Lambert search high and low through all of Gastown until she found a space of abundance on the edge of glamorous Gastown to rebuild the kingdom of Venus&Mars.

After a year of hard work, Venus&Mars Hastings was more prosperous than it had been in years and everyone knew that it was only going to get better with time.

Want to be a WHITE KNIGHT?  Share our story on Facebook and Twitter.

What’s your fable?  Let us know in the comments below.

Oh yes, and of course, they lived happily ever after but it is far from the end.

Devon

Video:
A peruse through Venus&Mars Flagship in Gastown (1993-2012). Clothing by Sanné Lambert for Venus&Mars.      Music by Sanné Lambert Album: ‘Unlimited Growth’. Song: Spare Change.

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Lisa’s Throw Back Thursday

Check out super sexy VM alumni Lisa

in a BLACK SATIN PEASANT BLOUSE, BLUE TAPESTRY WAIST CINCHER, and BLACK WIGGLE SKIRT strutting her stuff down the Venus & Mars catwalk at the flagship location in the district of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. Hit the links to check out her awesome outfit in our storefront.

Doesn’t she look amazing?  You should probably share this with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and while you’re at it, leave a comment below!

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3 Reasons Why Saucy Bar Wench Beats Damsel in Distress

peasant blouse

Greetings internet monkeys,

I just got a PURPLE PEASANT BLOUSE.  It’s purple and velvet and it makes me feel like a saucy bar wench when I wear it with my WAIST CINCHER and princess skirt.

I have a hard time being a damsel in distress.  It seems like a very inefficient use of time.  I mean sitting up in a tower all day waiting?  I’ve got way too much awesome to do to waste my time with that.

Here are three reasons why saucy bar wench is way better than damsel in distress (oddly enough they all start with B):

1) Bar fights:  As a bar wench you get to witness if not instigate hundreds of bar fights. Perhaps someone owes someone else money, perhaps one burly sailor is jealous of you making eyes at a soldier over your exposed shoulder as the cap sleeve of your peasant blouse slips down your arm again, either way bar fights are going to happen and as a saucy wench you just know that at some point you will learn to defend yourself with a rolling pin or whatever else is available which means you get in on the action!

2) Babes:  Prince Charming is fine, I guess.  I mean if you’re into prime and proper blue eyed dream boats with perfect hair that’s fine, but personally I prefer burly, bearded mean with tattoos and a heart of gold.  I don’t want to stereotype but you’re more likely to find a broad shoulder beast of a man enjoying a beer in his MILITARY FROCK COAT at the local pub rather than on his way to tower in the middle of freaking nowhere, so the local pub is where you can find me.

3) Beer:  I’ve always thought that a honey lager, good company, and the promise of adventure goes much better with my peasant blouse than an empty tower, boredom, and the promise of waiting around forever.

Click here to check out the purple velvet peasant blouse that turned me into a bar wench.

So there you have it, three reasons why saucy bar wench beats damsel in distress.

How about you?  Do you prefer saucy wench or damsel in distress and why?  Let me know in the comments below.

Like what I have to say?  Share it with your friends through twitter, facebook, email or carrier pigeon.

Until next time,

Devon

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THE CORSET OF KICK ASSERY

Hi there,

Devon here. In case you don’t know me, I’m Venus & Mars sale’s girl extraordinaire. I’ve been part of the VM dream team for just over six years and I love the store and the brand more than a fat kid loves cake. I had to buy a second wardrobe to house all my VM lovelies but my most treasured item is my black satin reversible steel boned corset. When I wear it I feel like a super hero. I feel like it could stop a bullet. In fact, I love it so much that I gave up a corporate grown up cubical job for my corset.

I had been working as a legal secretary for two years as well as helping out in the shop on weekends. I remember thinking when Sanne first introduced that corset that I just had to own it. I finally bought it, got to wear it, and I felt like a trillion bucks. I would look forward to going to work on weekends because it gave me the opportunity to wear it.

There were many factors in my decision to leave the law firm but my Oprah ‘aha’ moment was when I realized that I wanted to wear my super sexy corset every day and that no benefit from working in a cubical could outweigh that desire. So now I get to wear beautiful, handmade corsets all the time and I get to help other people into beautiful, handmade clothing. WIN!

So, I’m dying to know, what would you change careers for? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Devon