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How to Steampunk at Any Price Point

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Steampunk is a really cool and interesting way to do a take on a costume but it can also get really expensive. We are here to help. Whether you’re going to a Halloween party or a convention, here is how to Steampunk at any price point.

Cheap and Easy Steampunk Costume

You probably already have pieces at home that will work for a steampunk costume. Start with a white button up shirt, some plain brown pants and a pair of goggles. To step it up a little bit you add some suspenders and paint up a toy gun from the dollar store. If you have a bowtie or vest lying around that house those would both add to the steampunkness of the costume. You could also swap out the pants for a skirt. Keep in mind that the steampunk aesthetic draws heavily from the Victorian era so longer or high low skirts would probably work better than a modern looking skirt. Assuming that you have some of the pieces for this costume already, you could probably put together the look for less than $60.

Mid range Steampunk

If you want to step your steampunk up and you have a bit of a bigger budget, you can use the cheap and easy outfit as a base but swap out some items and add some more accessories. You could add a waistcoat, top hat, and pocket watch to your base if you want an aristocrat steampunk costume. Add an underbust holster vest and pocket belt if you want a more adventurous steampunk costume. Corsets or waist cinchers are also a welcome addition to a steampunk costume. You may also consider adding some jewelry like a choker or a necklace.

Bougie Steampunk

Do you want to go all out and you have an unlimited budget? Then the sky’s the limit. Start with some Victorian boots, rail pull skirt, pocket belt, corset, waistcoat, goggles and a pocket watch. If you have the money to spend and a good imagination then you can put together an amazing steampunk costume. Maybe start by crafting your steampunk character? Are you a handsome watch maker? Or are you a sassy resistance fighting former fancy lady? Let your accessories and choice of costume reflect your most excellent character. If you’re really into you can even steampunk your car or house or anything! Don’t believe me? Just Google Steampunk + whatever comes to mind and enjoy the results.

No matter what your budget, you can put together a really cool steampunk costume. Whether you’re putting something together from your closet or you have an unlimited budget, steampunk is always a fun twist. Show us your steampunk looks on on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Where do the Weirdos go to dance in Vancouver?

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Where do the Weirdos go to Dance?

Blah its March tomorrow. Festival Season hasn’t started yet. There are no fun conventions. Vancouver has a bit of a reputation of being a no fun city, especially when it comes to clubs and dancing. There are, of course, the mainstream pop music clubs on Granville street. But where are you supposed to go if you don’t want to hang out with the jocks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Descent

Descent is Vancouver’s Goth night. It takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Red Room. Founded in August, 2007, Descent provides a chill environment for the city’s Goth weirdos to dance and drink in peace. There is no dress code but you are encouraged to wear whatever you want to express yourself. The music is good, the cover is cheap and everyone is pretty friendly.  Throw on a black frock coat and some dark jeans and go dance the night away. 

Galaxion

Galaxion is your place to drink, dance and game. Heavily inspired by 80s pop culture, Galaxion takes place on the first Saturday of every month at the Astoria. Dance the night away to 80s classics, New Wave, Synthpop, Hip Hop and Post Punk. Don’t feel like dancing? Check out some of the retro arcade games set on free play. It’s the perfect place to rock some rainbow sparkle leggings

Sin City

Sin City is Vancouver’s longest running fetish party. It takes place on the second Saturday of every month (plus a couple other bonus parties) at various venues. If you’ve never been to a fetish party before don’t be scared! Sin City is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the life style and other weirdos with similar interests. There is a dance floor or if you’re feeling spicy then you can check out the dungeon. Sin City has a fetish dress code to keep the normies out. We suggest starting your outfit with a corset

I know it can seem hopeless when you’re passing the Lamp Lighter on a Saturday night but there are really cool events and venues you can find in Vancouver if you look hard enough. These are just a few examples. Did I miss anything? Where do you like to hang out on the weekend? Let me know on on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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

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

Fan Expo Vancouver 2020 starts tomorrow. Here’s a couple of things you should keep in mind when you’re putting together your cosplay tonight. 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 with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refill 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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Boxing Day Sale and Holiday Hours

Boxing Day Sale and Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours:

  • Tuesday, December 24 11am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED
  • Thursday, December 26 11am – 7pm
  • Tuesday, December 31 11am – 7pm
  • Wednesday, January 1 CLOSED

It’s less than a week until Christmas! I hope you were good all year and that you made it onto Santa’s nice list. Don’t worry if you were naughty because we’re having a Boxing Day Sale so you can still get everything you wanted! For December 26, 2019 only, all regular priced items will be 20% off in store! You can get yourself something special and show Old St. Nick who is boss. We suggest grabbing something you’ve always wanted but never needed like a velvet cloak or corset.

But wait, what if you don’t live in Vancouver? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to access our awesome sale online as well! December 25 and 26 you can get 20% off all regular priced items by using the discount code BOXINGDAY20.  That means you can shop in your Christmas jammies while sipping on bailey’s and coffee from the comfort of your bed. Sounds like a good day to me.

Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions and everyday life. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out about sales and deals or sign up for our email list below.