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3 Alternatives to Corsets for under $150

3 Alternatives to Corsets for under $150 (that will make you stand out in a group of wasp waisted beauties)

How’s it going sugar muffin!

Do you love the look of a corset but you aren’t really feeling the boning or the price tag?  I totally get that and I’m here to help.  I’m always looking for alternatives to corsets that maintain my steampunk style while allowing me to move and breathe with ease.

Here are my top three finds from Venus & Mars:

1)    THE CORSET WAISTBELT ($69)

It laces up in the front and has an elastic back.  It hugs your curves while letting you dance or swordfight the night away.  Best part, it’s reversible so two in one.

2)    THE QUEEN ANNE CORSELET ($125)

Velvet, tapestry, high collar and lace up front, mmm.  Think sexed up, less bitchy version of the Queen of Hearts.  You could run a marathon in this sassy little top while maintaining all your fabulousness.  Try doing that in a corset.

3)    RENAISSANCE JACKET ($150)

All the renaissance jackets are one of a kind, just like you you beautiful snowflake.  They look fantastic over a pair of black skinny pants or leggings with knee high boots.  You’re basically a gender bending Casanova who will make any dude or dudette swoon in your sexy presence.

So there you have it, three inexpensive alternatives to corsets that will make heads turn when you walk by.

Check out how awesome I look in my renaissance jacket below:

What’s your favorite alternative to a corset?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Gradstravaganza #tbt #2 Godiva Grad Gown Westender

Godiva GownGOTH GRAD GOWNS, MEDIEVAL GRAD GOWNS, STEAMPUNK GRAD GOWNS… WE’VE HAD THAT COVERED SINCE BEFORE 1998…

June 11, 1998 the Westender featured an article by Janet Smith about the medieval flare that was trending in grad gowns.  Of course, she went straight to Venus & Mars to talk to designer/ owner Sanne Lambert.

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WE982In the article Sanne said “These are the kinds of prom dresses you would have thought of when you were a little girl.”

I couldn’t agree more.  When I was a little girl I was enthralled by King Arthur and as Janet Smith points out “graduates will be going to their prom looking like they just stepped out of Camelot.”

I wish I had known about Venus & Mars when I went to my prom many years ago.  I would have loved to rock a gown.

Actually I think I had repressed some of those feelings because  the first time I walked into Venus & Mars I bought a purple velvet Juliet gown.  It wasn’t for a specific event, it just felt like it was the gown I was meant to have my whole life.

I wanted it. I needed it.  It had to be mine.

I’ve noticed that when grad girls come looking for a gown they experience a similar serendipitous pull.  And when they come out the fitting room you can tell instantly that they have fallen in love.

 

What are you drawn to in a way that you just can’t explain?  Let us know in the comments below.

Was this the super bestest blog about medieval grad gowns or goth grad gowns?

Why not let the world know through the Facebook and the Twitter.

 Cheers!

 Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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Gradstravaganza (#tbt grad gown)

Gradstravaganza (#tbt grad gown)

Happy day before Friday!

It doesn’t matter where we go,  there is always someone who comes up to us to tell us they got their grad GOWN at Venus & Mars. After nearly 21 years of years of being in business, it’s no surprise that past grads keep finding us everywhere. Since it is finally sunny and springy (aka grad season) we thought that we would share some PICTURES and THANK YOU NOTES of past grads on this lovely Throwback Thursday.

Did you get your grad gown or outfit from Venus & Mars? Let us know what it looked like in the comments below. Did you like this post?  Share it on Facebook, Twitter or by shouting at people on the street to check out venusandmars.biz.

Until next time,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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 are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Monocles and Monogoggles: Be Classy and a Cyborg!

Monocles Available in Shop.

Greetings Internet Monkey,

The New York Times has declared that the monocle is back in the recent article ‘One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic’ by Allen Salkin.

While I appreciate that the New York Times is an esteemed publication and historically held up as the holy grail for freelance writers, I still have to express the following: Duh and/or hello.

Monocles are badass and as far as I’m concerned they never went out of style to begin with.  No, monocles are more like the unicorn of eye wear. You may
go you’re entire life without seeing one, but for the pure of heart who are graced with it’s presence it is truly a magical experience.

The dapperness of a monocle is beyond compare.  It’s like a classy eye patch that you can see through.  I for one would be ecstatic if they became a
fashion trend and were readily available in every mall in an assortment of styles and colours.

But alas, that day is not today.  Do not despair, Venus & Mars has a solution for you.

We carry MONOCLES and MONOGOGGLES (for when you need to be classy
and a cyborg).  You too can join the ever growing micro-trend before it explodes into the mainstream.

Below is a video that explains how to wear one of these uniquely awesome accessories.

What do you think of the monocle trend?  How much do you dig it?  Let us know in the comments below.

Everyone knows someone who wants a monocle.  Why not share this with them over Facebook, Twitter or by email?

Until we meet again,

Devon Dale: Lady Adventurer for Hire

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 are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Once Upon A Time (Throw Back Thursday)

Once Apon A Time in Gastown (Throw Back Thursday)

Sanne Lambert It’s time for a throw back Thursday. Once upon a time there was a little rocker chick from Richmond. Her name was Sanné Lambert. The little girl studied hard, won many proud battles and eventually landed in glamorous Gastown where she built the kingdom of Venus&Mars.

For 19 years the steampunk kingdom was a land of peace and prosperity.  One dark day an evil troll named Landlordia decided that she no longer wanted the kingdom of  Venus&Mars steampunk in the land of Cambie and poisoned all the crops giving the good people of Venus&Mars only thirty days to find a new home before they starved.

Sanné Lambert search high and low through all of Gastown until she found a space of abundance on the edge of glamorous Gastown to rebuild the kingdom of Venus&Mars.

After a year of hard work, Venus&Mars Hastings was more prosperous than it had been in years and everyone knew that it was only going to get better with time.

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What’s your fable?  Let us know in the comments below.

Oh yes, and of course, they lived happily ever after but it is far from the end.

Devon

Video:
A peruse through Venus&Mars Flagship in Gastown (1993-2012). Clothing by Sanné Lambert for Venus&Mars.      Music by Sanné Lambert Album: ‘Unlimited Growth’. Song: Spare Change.

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 are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.