East Side Pride 2019

Venus & Mars - Vending at Vancouver Pride 2018

What is East Side Pride?

East Side Pride is a family oriented Pride event. Come enjoy live music, yoga demonstrations, 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 third year doing East Side Pride and it is quickly becoming one of our favourite events! You would be hard pressed to find a more positive, friendly and welcoming event.

When/ Where is East Side Pride?

East Side Pride will take place at Grandview Park located at Commercial Drive and Charles Street.  It will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from noon to 6pm. There is no admission and this is a family-friendly event. Grandview Park is a short walk from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station or you can take a number of buses right to the park. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. You can also bring a picnic or get delicious treats from food trucks and local business on the drive!

Should you go?

You should definitely come to check out East Side Pride. Why? First of all, it’s free. Second, it’s easy to get to by public transportation. Third, you can show your support for Vancouver’s LGBTQ community. And finally, it’s a lot of fun! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your kids. Everyone is guaranteed to have a great time. Come down, have a little picnic and watch some awesome performances. If you need to stretch your legs, come check out the vendors or maybe go for a little walk down commercial to get some gelato. Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday in June?

 

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Steampunk Inspiration: Movies

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, one of our most frequently asked questions is “What is Steampunk?”. Sometimes the best way to explain it is through movies. If you want to familiarize yourself with the Steampunk genre or you’re looking for some visual inspiration for your steampunk costume then these are some movies I would check out. A caveat, these aren’t great movies but they do have some really excellent costumes and sets.

Wild Wild West

I think the 1999 Will Smith and Kevin Kline film is one of the most frequently referenced when people are trying to explain the steampunk aesthetic to muggles. Waistcoats, corsets, gadgets, giant robotic spiders and googles are just some of the steampunk elements that this movie highlights. Wild Wild West gives us cowboy steampunk. What’s not to love about that? A warning though, it has a terrible script so maybe watch it on mute. If you want to make a Wild Wild West inspired costume I would start with a double breasted waistcoat and build your outfit from that.

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch is probably the next most referenced film when people are looking for steampunk examples. It offers a more militaristic version of steampunk. Most of the colours are muted compared to Wild Wild West. This movie is highly stylized and visually stunning. But the story is weird and the ending is unsatisfying. The costumes and character designed are super cool though and it’s worth watching in the background if you’re trying to come of with a steampunk character. For a Sucker Punch inspired costume, I would start with a holster harness.

Sweeney Todd

So I had to include at least one movie set in Victorian England and while Sherlock Holmes and The Prestige are great choices I choose Sweeney Todd. Tim Burton’s twisted dark fairy tale style gives Sweeney Todd a little bit more personality. Everything Mrs. Lovett wears is amazing. It might not be strictly steampunk but it’s close enough. I especially love her swim wear (pictured above). Unlikely the other movies on my list, Sweeney Todd is actually an enjoyable film especially if you like murder musicals and Alan Rickman. For a Mrs. Lovett inspired outfit, I would start with a rail pull skirt.

Did I miss anything? What steampunk movies would you include on your list? What do you watch to get inspired? Let us on know on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. We’re always looking for good references to steer people towards!

Vancouver Taboo 2019

What is Taboo?

Taboo is an adult orientated show complete with vendors, a stage show and educational seminars. Want to learn to pole dance? Is burlesque on your bucket list? Looking for a toy you can’t find at ToysRUs? Then Taboo is the event for you! Get information about classes or events going on in Vancouver, buy fun new things or just get a glass of wine and mingle with like minded people. This is our eighth year vending at the Taboo Naughty but Nice Show. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2019.

When/ Where is Taboo?

Vancouver Taboo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center in Hall B and C of the East Building. It will take place Friday February 8th from 5pm to midnight, Saturday February 9th from noon to midnight and Sunday February 10th from noon to 6pm. Admission is $20 online and at the door. Be advised, tickets at the door are cash only. No one under the age of 19 will be permitted to enter under any circumstances.

Should you go?

Everyone should go at least once. There’s lots to see and experience. If you’re curious about kink or you just want to shake up February then you should definitely check it out. Feeling sassy? Don’t worry dressing to the nines isn’t uncommon so dig out your favourite corset and fishnets and strut around like you own the place. If you’re a little more reserved, you won’t be out of place in jeans and t-shirt. Taboo has a little bit of something for everyone and you are welcome to participate as much or as little as you’d like. So if you think you’d like to come take a peek, I say do it!

 

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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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More Christmas Gifts (for less than $50)

We’re officially 3 weeks away from Christmas. By now the tree is decorated, the lights are up and you might be starting to freak out about last minute Christmas gifts. It’s okay, deep breaths, we are here to help you figure it out. So sit down, grab some eggnog and sugar cookies because we have our top three unisex gift ideas for under $50. To make things even easier, these are all available online as well as in store so you can shop however you’d like.

Pocket Belts

Give your loved ones the gift of not having to carry a purse or backpack. Pocket Belts let you carry your valuables (keys, phone, wallet, ID) securely without inhibiting your mobility. They are also super stylish and go with any outfit. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes to travel, go to festivals or busy parents.

grey faux fur wrist wallet

Wrist Wallets

Got a friend with a wild side? Do they remind you of viking or amazon? Then a faux fur wrist wallet might be the way to go. Faux Fur Wrist Wallets are made of super soft pettable faux fur and are available in white, grey and tan. They lace up which makes the size adjustable. Their small, zippered pocket is just big enough to hold ID, cash and a couple of keys. Perfect for going out dancing! Get it for your friend in the fetish community, ravers, or just people who don’t like to carry stuff.

Gift Cards

We all have that one friend who is impossible to shop for. Their tastes are too eccentric to anticipate what they need or want. Or maybe you have a friend that’s got a huge tickle trunk and you just have no idea what’s in there. For those hard to shop for friends, we suggest a gift card. Let them pick out something they really want or need. If you feel like a GC is too impersonal then make it an event. Pick a day and make up an itinerary. Go for lunch at Meat and Bread, followed by shopping at Venus & Mars and end the day with a treat from Pure Bread. What could be more fun than spending an afternoon eating yummy food and shopping at cool stores?