Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

What is Fan Expo?

Fan Expo is the place to be if you’re a fan of anything pop culture. Whether you love movies, cosplay, books, comics or toys Fan Expo is the event for you! There are vendors with everything your geeky little heart could desire. The artists alley is to die for. And there’s celebrities! Are you a The Mummy? Brendan Fraser will be there. How about The Addams Family? Then you better go say hi to Christina Ricci. Evil Dead? Bruce Campbell will sign your DVD. Love The Goonies? Corey Feldman will be there. And if you ever grew up watching X-Files, you’d better get a pass to come say hi to William B. Davis. This is our eight year vending at the Fan Expo. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2020.

When/ Where is Fan Expo?

Vancouver Fan Expo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center. It will take place Saturday February 15th from 10am to 7pm, Sunday February 16th  from 10am to 5 pm and Monday February 17th from 10am to 5pm. Tickets start at $30 for a one day pass and go up to $229 for a three day VIP pass online. At the door only single day and family passes will be available and only while supplies last.

Should you go?

This event is for you if you belong to pretty much any fandom. I guarantee that you’ll meet someone who shares your passion. Have you ever wanted to make a cosplay? Fan Expo is a great place to try it out. You get to be inspired by people who have been cosplaying for years and share the joy of your fandom with people you are just starting out. You’ll probably pick up some tricks of the trade while you’re there. If you don’t want to dress up that’s cool too! You’ll see lots of people in casual attire just enjoying the atmosphere. You should come check it out!

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The Definitive Venus & Mars Holiday Gift Guide

The Definitive Venus & Mars Holiday Gift Guide

Hey guys it’s December! Christmas will be here before you know it. Have you started your shopping yet? It can be super stressful to go to the mall so we’ve come up with a Holiday Gift Guide to help you shop for the lovable weirdo in your life. All the items are available online or in store.

Gift Suggestion under $150 – Cloaks

Baby, it’s cold outside. Nothing will warm you up like a cloak with a generous hood. Clothing can be difficult to buy for other people but our cloaks are one size and fit all kinds of different shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, most people don’t own a good  quality cloak so you’ll be getting something they probably don’t have. It’s the perfect present for cosplayers, LARPers or someone who loves fantasy.

Gift Suggestion under $100 – Pocket Belts

What could be better than giving the gift of pockets? Everyone has stuff but not everyone has somewhere to put it. Pocket Belts are great for festivals, conventions or everyday life. They make a great present for your friend who always asks you to hold their wallet or keys.

Gift Suggestion under $50 – Goggles

What does everyone want to try on in the store? Goggles. Goggles are a bit like cloaks, almost no one has one but almost everyone likes them. They’re great for keeping the dust out of your eyes at Burning Man or as an accessory in your steampunk outfit. Goggles are the ultimate thing to give friends who go to festivals.

Gift Suggestion under $25 – Gift Card

Got a friend or relative who is a bit quirky but also super picky?  Don’t worry, we have gift cards. It’s nice to get someone a thoughtful present but sometimes the most thoughtful thing you can do is to let your friend pick their own gift. GCs are available in any amount over $25. GCs are great presents for anyone who always asks for the receipt.

Need more gift inspiration? Check out @venusandmarsclothing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We post (almost) everyday. If you would like to be featured on our social media use the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing. Want 15% off your first online order? Sign up for the Steampunk Tempest below.

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Costume Suggestion: Characters

Sometimes you just want to dress up as your favourite character from a show, movie or book. But that can seem daunting if you’re worried about putting together a screen accurate costume especially if you don’t want to go with a bagged costume. Even the most basic items can be hard to find. You’d think it would be simple to find a plain white t-shirt… until you actually need to buy one then they just don’t exist. Don’t worry, we have some suggestions that might make the process easier.

Accuracy is Overrated and Limiting

Characters in movies look amazing and they should. There is a whole team of people who decide how a character should look and then go out shopping for the perfect pieces at multiple stores or make the outfit themselves. You are one person with a life, a job, and people who rely on you. You probably do not have time to check 15 different stores for the perfect sweater and you shouldn’t have to. Instead, we suggest focusing on the colours and shapes of the outfit. Take Disney’s Snow White for example. Instead of finding the perfect gown keep your eyes open for the right shade of blue in a sweater, or even a corset. Replace her white stand up collar with a white collar necklace. You could do a red cloak or you could do a red cardigan. Yellow pants, shorts or a skirt would all work to sell the outfit as snow white. A black bob wig is pretty easy to find but if you don’t want to wear a wig then a red hair bow or headband would still give off that Snow White feel.

Mashup are Fun

Sometimes combining 2 or 3 ideas give you more room to create an awesome costume. Last year, my husband was Post-Apocalyptic Malone. He drew on some Post Malone tattoos on his face with eyeliner, threw some goggles on his head and wore a beat up military looking jacket. Alternatively, I always see steampunk versions of characters at every convention we go to. Steampunk Ariel is one of my favourites. You need a red wig, goggles, a corset (purple is good because that’s the colour of her seashells but if you can’t find purple try a purple blouse under the corset), and leggings that look fin-like. You can also add a pocket belt, and jewelry if you want to because with steampunk more is more.

Don’t Forget about Books

Books are great for inspiration because the only limit is your imagination. There’s a good chance the author has explained what a character looks like or dresses like at least once in the book. What does hair like midnight and silvery eyes mean to you? How about a black flowy dress? It could be just about anything. The point is that it’s up to you to decide. Some people might recognize who you are but most probably won’t and that’s okay. You can still put together a really fun and interesting costume that makes you feel connected to your favorite character. 
Whatever you decide to do, we fully give you permission to forget about making it accurate and instead make it your own. Halloween is supposed to be fun after all! Want more costume suggestions? Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Costume Suggestion: Classic Costumes

Costume Suggestion: Classic Costumes

Sometimes your best bet for Halloween is to stick to classic costumes. You can take inspiration from your favorite stories, urban legends or fairy tales. Vampires, witches, and pirates make good costumes because they’re easily recognizable but you still have the freedom to be creative when putting together your costume. 

Vampire

What’s more Halloween than a vampire? There are so many directions to go in. You could be a modern vampire like the ones from Twilight in your favorite outfit and glitter. You could be a sexy Anne Rice vampire in a poet shirt and leather pants. Or you could be a scary vampire like Nosferatu in prosthetics. Whatever you decide make sure to have a good pair of contacts and fangs to really sell the vampire aesthetic. The rest is up to you and your imagination.

Witch

Okay so if anything is more Halloween than a vampire, it’s a witch. Your gut instinct might be to just wear a black dress with a witch hat but if you want to stand out there’s so much more you can do. Something as simple as adding a pair of black and white stockings and red shoes will take you from generic witch to the Wicked Witch of the East (you know, the one who got the house dropped on her). Or you could make a steampunk witch by adding a corset, goggles and some Victorian boots. Be a sexy witch in fishnets and high heels. Whatever you decide, a witch costume is a good start. 

Pirate

Yarr avast. Do you want to spend the night drinking and talking like a pirate? Of course you do. Then it’s time to invest in a good pirate costume. A lace up poet shirt is an excellent place to start. You’ll also need an eye patch and a tricorn and voila you’re a pirate ready to sail the seven seas. But what if you don’t want to be a traditional pirate. Then we suggest you try being a space pirate. Replace that poet shirt with a sparkly skinny tee and add a ray gun. Now you’re ready to misbehave in space.

Listen, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your Halloween costume. Classic costumes are classic for a reason. Add your own flare and elevate something people have seen a million times to a brand new standard. If you want more costume suggestions, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Costume Suggestion: Demon

Happy Hallow-month! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time to hoard candy, carve pumpkins and most importantly dress up. Do you get costume anxiety? No worries, we’re here to help you. Whether you’re looking for a low-key costume to wear to the office or an extravagant costume to win first place at a party, we’ve got you covered. We’re starting off with a low effort suggestion this week to ease you into it. Here’s how to rock a demon costume.

Just Wear Horns

Horns are great. You can wear them with jeans and a shirt and it’s still obvious that you’re wearing some kind of costume. Which makes them perfect for the office or if you’re going to a Halloween party that didn’t specify if you should wear a costume. It’s the lowest amount of effort with the greatest reward. They also make a good starting point if you want to step up your costume a bit. For example, wear your yoga pants and a workout top with your horns and voila, you’re an exercising demon. 

Add Contacts

Horns are a great start to realizing your demonic potential but if you really want to sell your look then we suggest adding contacts. The 17mm contacts make your pupil and iris look bigger which really helps to sell that creature from the underworld vibe. If you want to stick with ‘normal’ sized eyes then yellow, red, black or white will help make everyone around you feel a bit uneasy. You can unnerve your friends without having to really wear a costume. Although, if you’re going to stick with jeans then we suggest pairing a metal band tee (or Taylor Swift shift if you’re feeling sassy) to bring home those demonic vibes. 

Wear Whatever You Want

The great thing about demons is that they don’t really have a set outfit. Want to where all red like devil? Go for it. Want to wear a tailcoat like Black Butler? We support you. Have you always wanted to buy a corset but never had the occasion to wear one? Fantastic, demons totally wear corsets. Let your creativity run wild. Give your demon a back story. Make up a fictional world and wear an outfit that makes you feel good. 

Demon is a great costume idea and horns are an excellent addition to any tickle trunk. You have the freedom to make your demon whatever you want. Don’t worry if you can’t think of anything, you can always just tell people you’re from Buffy. Want more costume suggestions? Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.