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Donating Masks!

Donating Masks

Hi friends,

As you know, we’re still closed. Right now, it’s easy to slip into negative thought patterns and focus on the bad stuff. Everything seems a little bit harder when the world is in chaos. So when good things happen, it’s important to really embrace it and be grateful. You, awesome people, make us so grateful! Thank you for your continued support through the store closure. You’re helping us pay rent and pay our employees without going into debt. It’s hard to stress just how much every online order means to us. THANK YOU!

You seem to love our face masks. They have been flying off the shelves. We’ve got 4 new styles uploaded to the website and several more styles that are coming soon. Stand out at the grocery store with a silver face mask. Safety and style can finally be together as the power couple we deserve. 

Another way of seeing through the negativity in the world is to pay it forward. Your support and love of our masks has been inspiring to us. We want to help health care workers the way you’ve been helping us. We’ve decided to donate one mask for every mask purchased to Abbotsford Hospital. Our masks won’t be a replacement for their surgical masks but they can offer some protection for health care workers and administrative workers in their personal lives. So you can help us and help healthcare workers and help us help healthcare workers so that healthcare workers can help all of us.

We hope you’re doing well right now. It’s a strange and anxious time, take care of yourself. Do what you can to find positivity in your daily life and thank you again for your support. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for outfit inspiration. If you know someone who needs a mask, forward this email to them.


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How To Be a Quaranqueen

Face Masks

Hi Friends,

Thank you so much for all your support this week. Your online orders are keeping us going right now. We really appreciate it and we love you so much. Can you guess what our best seller is right now? If you guessed Face Masks, you’re absolutely 100% right. Can you guess what our second best seller is? Poet Shirts. I totally get the Face Masks right now but why the poet shirts? Is there an online poet shirt party we don’t know about? 

As you know, we’ve been closed since March 18th. That’s just less than three weeks or 19 days or 456 hours or 27,360 minutes of being at home. We think we’ve unlocked the secret to being a Quarantine Queen in that time. To be clear, being a Quarantine Queen does not reflect your gender. Men, women, non-binary folk, and fluid folk can be a Quarantine Queen regardless of how they identify.  We’re using ‘Queen’ as a reflection of royalty not gender but if you would like to change it King or Bishop or Duchess that’s totally cool too. Here’s your step by step guide:

Step One:

Take care of yourself. You know what that looks like for you. Maybe it’s about limiting the amount of time you spend on social media. Or it could be about having a really good morning routine. Perhaps, taking care of yourself means exercising and eating well or it could be watching your favorite 80s movies with popcorn. It will look differently for everyone and you know what’s best for you. You’re a Quaranqueen afterall.

Step Two:

Take care of others. The best way you can take care of people you care about right now is to wash your hands, practice social distancing, wearing face masks if you have to go out and stay home if you have any COVID symptoms. If you want to be a little more proactive check in (preferably over the phone) on elderly people. Make sure they have access to groceries, essentials and medication. You may also want to check in on any of your single parent friends. Make sure they have what they need, even if what they need is to talk to another adult.

Step Three:

Take care of your community. This will be different for everyone. It can be as easy as supporting local, small businesses – like us. You have no idea how happy getting an online order makes us right now. It’s like being given a life preserver when you’re drowning. If you have a favorite restaurant, now is the time to get delivery or take out from them. Buying Gift Cards can make a huge difference as well. If you can’t support your favorite small business financially, following and liking their social media can make a huge difference. 

Bonus Step:

Wear crazy outfits. I mean if you don’t take advantage of not having a dress code now then when will you? Check out our What to Wear in Quarantine blog for outfit ideas.

We hope you’re doing well right now. It’s a strange and anxious time, take care of yourself. Become the Quaranqueen, you were born to be! Thank you again for your support. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for outfit inspiration. If you know a fellow Quaranqueen, forward this email or share our website with them.


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How To Be Pandemic Chic

Pandemic Chic Face Mask

Hi Friends,

We are still closed. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shopped online this week. Every single order is helping us get through these crazy times and we really appreciate your support. THANK YOU! Free shipping is still available in Canada if you want to support your local Goth/ Steampunk shop. We’ve added bowties, cravats, and suspenders to the website this week so if you want to look dapper, we’ve got you covered. Speaking of looking good, we’ve also added some great stuff to help you look pandemic chic if you have to venture out of isolation.

We know that your outfit is probably not your first thought when you have to go out into the apocalypse but who says you can’t look good while taking care of yourself. We’re not saying you should necessarily go full Resident Evil fashion but a pocket belt can come in handy to carry your hand sanitizer. Goggles can protect your eyes and if you get really weird ones, they have the added bonus of making people keep their distance. Bandanas are machine washable which makes me an eco-friendly thing to cough into. If only we had something cool to cover your nose and mouth…

Good news, we made face masks! They’re washable, reversible and made out of the coolest upcycled fabric. Fashion and function can co-exist. Are they medical grade surgical masks? No. Will they offer you some protection while making you look super cool? Heck, yes. We make the masks out of leftover fabric which means you can get a face mask that matches your favorite skirt or corset or waistcoat. How cool is that?

We’ll be adding more and more inexpensive items to the website as the week progresses so be sure to check things out if you have the chance. If you can’t support us financially but you still want to help, it would be great if you could follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or if you could forward this email or share our website with a friend.


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What to Wear in Quarantine

Venus & Mars - Festival Costume Vancouver

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.