Pride 2019

What is Pride?

The Pride Festival is a family oriented Pride event. Come enjoy live music, burlesque and drag performances. Check out the goods from local artists and businesses or learn about different organizations and groups who support the Vancouver Pride Society. This is our eighth year at the Pride Festival and it is a super fun party time extravaganza. Start with the parade, then head down to the beach for entertainment and shopping, then head out to one of the many Pride sponsored evening events going on all over the city!

When/ Where is Pride?

The Pride Festival will take place at Sunset Beach located on Beach Avenue between Bute and Jarvis. The festival will take place on August 4, 2019, after the parade from noon to 6pm. Admission is free but bring some spending money because there are lots of vendors to check out! This is a family-friendly event. You can bring a picnic or check out some really yummy food trucks. There is also a beer garden if you need a cool, refreshing, alcoholic drink. The beer garden is 19+.

Should you go?

You have no reason not to go to Pride. It is one of the best parties Vancouver throws! There is no dress code but if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to dress to the nines then this is your chance. Wear your best sparkly tap shorts, corset and goggles, you’ll fit right in! More comfortable in jeans and a shirt? That’s cool too. You can come to bask in other people’s fabulosity. Not sure where you stand on costumes? Wear something you’re comfortable in and shop for an outfit while you’re there. You would not believe how many sparkly bras and pasties I’ve sold to people who wear it immediately. It’s all good and it’s all fun.

 

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Con Care Kit: What you should keep in your Pocket Belt

I know that nothing ruins a cosplay quicker than a backpack or purse (unless your character carries either of those, obviously). But there’s just some stuff that you need to have on you at a convention. A pocket belt is a nice solution. It’s less intrusive than a bag and you can wear it on your hip to leave your hands free for taking pictures. Here’s what I think you need for your con care kit.

Picking Your Pocket Belt

First of all, you need to start with the right bag. Our classic pocket belt is a pretty good choice for any cosplay. It’s small enough to not detract from your cosplay but big enough to carry what you need plus your wallet, phone and keys. If you need a little more room, our steampunk pocket belt is also an excellent choice. It has a bigger main pocket, a zippered inside pocket and a leg strap. Both styles of pocket belts are available in black, brown, wine and green so you’re sure to find something that matches your cosplay.

Water and snacks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they spent their food money on stuff at a con. Food is important, it fuels your body and keeps you from getting hangry. If you know you can’t be trusted not to spend your food money, bring granola bars or protein bars. Even if you’re good with money, it’s nice to have a snack on hand for when you need it. Your body also needs hydration and Redbull doesn’t count. Bring a water bottle with you. Our pocket belts have a big ring on them that is perfect for attaching a reusable water bottle on with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refilled stations so you can stay hydrated all day long.

Cosplay Repair

Depending on what you’re cosplaying as, you’ll probably need a first aid kit for your cosplay. You’ll want a little ziplock bag with some safety pins, a travel sewing kit, some tape and anything else you can think of. Con days are long days and chances are that you’re cosplay might get a little tired after walking around for 8 – 10 hours. Make sure you have the right equipment to perk it up. Also if you ever see me at a con, I usually have lots of safety pins and I’ll be happy to share with you.

I think that covers the basics. If I missed anything, feel free to let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’d love to find out what you keep in your con care kits!

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Where did we go?

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If you’re a fan of the store or a regular customer, you may have noticed that we’ve been closed for all of January. You may have received an email or read a blog stating that we had to be closed for the first two weeks of January. If you’re astoot, you may also have noticed that it’s been longer than two weeks.

Why isn’t the store open?

We would really like to be open. We miss you guys. Here’s the thing, sometimes when you’re renovating new and exciting problems pop up out of nowhere. That’s exactly what happened to us. I won’t get too into it but the issues involved water leaking and that’s something that you most definitely can’t ignore. I mean what’s the point of renovations if we had to close again a few months later to fix more stuff. You can’t just trade  falling in a pit for you having to swim to the till.

When will we be open again?

Here’s the good news. Since the new and exciting problems have been dealt with, it looks like we will be open again before the end of January. Thank goodness. You can shop for a killing outfit just in time for Taboo. And more importantly, we will be open and ready to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit or gift.

Where else can you find us?

Speaking of Taboo, we will be vending again this year. Click here to get all the details. We will also be vending at Fan Expo again in 2019 which is coming up in March. Click here to learn all about that. We will be at East Pride and Pride again this. We’re also hoping to come back to Commercial Drive Car Free Day. That’s all we have planned so far but we’re open to suggestions. If there’s somewhere you would like to see us, please let us know onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter .

Thanks so much for baring with us during the epic renovations of our floors. We’re looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces again soon.

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The Epic Tale of Our Floor

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The Epic Tale of Our Floor

(TL:DR We have to be closed for the first 2 weeks of January for renovations. CLICK HERE to get an email to notify you when we’re open again.)

If you’ve been the shop recently, you may have felt a little off centered. Maybe if felt as if the world was tilted. Or you may have even possibly felt a little spring in your step like you were walking on a trampoline. There is a very good reason for that. Our floor is slowly failing and we have no choice but to fix it before someone falls into the center of the earth.

What is Happening

One morning I was sweeping behind the trunk where we keep our extra corsets and I noticed that some of the tiles on the floor were cracked. I showed Sanné and we decided to keep an eye on it. It wasn’t clear whether they were cracked from the floor failing or whether something had fallen on the floor. We made sure that nothing heavy was resting there and let the landlords know. Cut to a week later and cracks were starting to show up all over the place. We reinforced things as best as we could but in the end we had no choice but to temporarily close so that we can guarantee that no one will end up in Wonderland if they step in the wrong spot.

How long will we be closed? 

Here’s the thing with renovations, it’s hard to know exactly how long it will take to repair. The contractor has estimated that it will take a week or two but, as anyone who has ever redone their kitchen knows, it’s only an estimate. We’re hoping that it will be closer to a week and as soon as we can be open again we will be. We will be keeping you updated on our progress via email, the website and social media so keep your eyes peeled.

Where can you get your VM fix?

If you are stressing out and wondering how you could possibly survive without Venus & Mars in your life, don’t worry. The website will still be up and running. You can shop online 24/7 while we’re closed. In fact, we’ll even give you 15% off if you use the discount code RENO. We will also be updating our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter daily with awesome outfit ideas.

It can be really stressful closing for two weeks and for some small businesses it can be the kiss of death. That’s why we are so grateful to have the most AWESOME customers in the world. Having your support for the past 25 years alleviates a lot of that stress and let’s us know that everything will be okay. Thank you so much for being you. We can’t wait to see you in 2019! Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Fan Expo Refresher – What is Cosplay?

What is Cosplay?

Fan Expo is three sleeps away! I’m so excited to see all the amazing and creative cosplay. In honour of Fan Expo, I thought I’d re-post I blog I wrote explaining what cosplay is for those who are not initiated! Enjoy and don’t forget to drop by and say hello to us this weekend!

Cosplay is actually a portmanteau of two words: costume and play. Originally, I think that the word specifically applied to anime culture where people would dress up as their favourite anime characters.  As time has gone by, it has expanded to include pretty much any pop culture icon. Some people are purists and get every detail perfect right down to the colour of the thread on the switching.  Some people mash up differently cultural elements to create a new version of a character like making a steampunk sailor moon or a little mermaid princess Leia.  Lots of people make gender bending version of their favourite characters like a male Harley Quinn or a female Captain America. The options are limitless and the community is super accepting.

If you are still not sure you understand, fear not! I have some examples of awesome Venus & Mars  versions of some of our most favourite fictional badass ladies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one of my personal favourite super heroes so naturally we had to include her.  It’s so empowering to have a strong, fearless female hero kicking ass and taking names. Who wouldn’t want to dress up like that? For Wonder Woman we combined the iconic Linda Carter look with some of the badassery of the new Gal Gadot look.  We put together a gold Venus & Mars bandeau with a red reversible VM waist cincher some blue booty shorts, a black velvet cloak and gold pointe glovettes.  Suffering Sappho, I have never seen a cooler Wonder Woman!

Harley Quinn

If you have ever been to a convention you know that if we had to include anything it was Harley Quinn.  There has been so many Harley looks over years and we couldn’t pick just one. We used her original black and red for inspiration but gave the overall outfit more of a roller derby feel. For this outfit, we combined a sleeveless red skinny tee, the reverse side of the reversible red waist cincher, black and red tap shorts and mix and matched a pair of red and black fishnet glovettes. We also added a pair of black goggles as a nod to the original Harley Quinn’s black eye mask. Trust me, puddin’, everyone will love this Harley look.

Princess Leia

We love Carrie Fisher. Her real life sassy no bullshit approach to Hollywood is something we can all aspire to. We absolutely had to pay homage to her with a Princess Leia inspired look. I know slave Leia is super popular but we wanted to show off the all white princess outfit instead.   We put together a white under blouse, white reversible waist cincher and cream panne cloak.  And we used a white pinstripe tube top as the skirt. To really sell the look we put Ivette’s hair into buns. I sense great awesome in this outfit. (PS. I love this picture so much. I think it’s one of my favourites ever.)

So what did you think of my definition of cosplay? did I get it right?  Would you explain it differently?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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