Devon Dale is a twenty something Vancouverite. When she isn’t being a lady adventurer for hire she is at Venus & Mars selling you corsets, kilts and other steampunkery. She enjoys hula hooping, reading and yoga. When you see her in the store, mention the Doctor and she will squeal like a delighted child.
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.
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.
It’s my birthday. I’m 29. And for my birthday I got a gift card to the store. I just love gift cards, they always fit. Anyways, I immediately knew what I wanted to get. I always have an ongoing list of things I want from the store but Sanne just made the most fabulous corset waist belts and I had to get one.
If you’re unfamiliar with the corset waist belt, you need to get your butt down to the store and try one on. They have the look of a laced up corset in the front and elastic in the back so you can look ultra sexy and still be able to move around. I’m not sure if you fully understand, you can look like you’re wearing a corset and still be able to dance, sword fight, travel through time, generally kick ass and it’s just as comfortable as wearing a pair of yoga pants.
Oh did I mention that they’re reversible? Bonus! I already have two at home (one is green tapestry and the other is red and gold tapestry – love them) but this batch featured some gorgeous upcycled leather reversible to black tapestry. I couldn’t resist. It is most definitely a must have for any lady adventurers out there.
What was the last thing you couldn’t resist purchasing for your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below.
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I’m going to go eat all the cupcakes and drink all the champagne now!
So I have a confession to make. I have an alter ego. She is Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire and she is pretty awesome. She’s basically a contract personal assistant, if what you need assisting in is ninjas, demons, time travel or general bad assery.
The thing is I didn’t know that I had an alter ego until I put on my H&R long military jacket. The moment I put that bad boy on it hit me. I couldn’t believe that I had been oblivious to the time travel, ass kicking, name taking ball of radical awesomeness that I was when I wasn’t Devon Dale: Awesome VM shop girl (who, on a side note, is also pretty rad).
Every time I put on my jacket I can accomplish all things. There is no task I can’t tackle: no foe I can’t best, no quest I can’t complete, no Scrabble game I can’t win – well you get the point. It’s a bit like how sometimes a blue sweater brings out the blue in someone’s eyes. This jacket brings out the AMAZING in my soul.
Guess what the best part is, we just got a new shipment of these fantastic jackets in the store. You need to stop by and try one on to find out if you too have a secret alter ego lurking in your soul.
Do you have a piece of clothing that transforms you? What is it and how does it make you feel? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading. I’m off to conquer 14th Century France.
Devon Dale is a twenty something Vancouverite.When she isn’t being a lady adventurer for hire she is at Venus & Mars selling you corsets, kilts and other steampunkery. She enjoys hula hooping, reading and yoga.When you see her in the store, mention the Doctor and she will squeal like a delighted child.