Self Care for #queenofheartsbabes

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That’s right, babes. It’s time for some You Time. Some self-loving. An aromatic bath. A gigantic ice cream sundae with mountains of hot fudge. A solo dance party. A break. It is time for you and I to put aside the woes/stressors/drabness of day-to-day life and take care of ourselves!

Let’s start with a bath – the perfect place to start. Not just a regular bath either – one with aromatic scrubs, locally-made soaps, and BATH BOMBS! A hot bath is a form of heat therapy, which relaxes the muscles in your body, relieving the physical and emotional stress that we accumulate throughout the day.

Throw in one of our bath bombs to start (they come in various scents, including rose, raspberry, and French pear!). Watch it work its fizzy magic. Hop into the tub and let those scented essential oils and soothing coconut oil set in. Throw in some locally made soap and give yourself a DIY facial with Moon Rivers yummy Peppermint Lavender scrub. This may seem like a lot, but hey, you deserve it!

Once you’ve pampered yourself to the point where your skin is exactly twice as soft as a baby’s, it’s time for you to…pamper yourself some more, mentally and spiritually, with the coolest self-help book in the land: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven, by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman.

“Basic Witches” is not just for those who practice Magic, but it offers a deep overview of self-love and care through a historically magical lens. In short, it is for any glamorous and confident femme in training, offering advice on everyday obstacles included but not limited to toxic relationships, energy loss, a lack of creative inspiration. Also, the illustrations are INCREDIBLE! If nothing else, pick up this book for the illustrations.

Be sure to strategically surround yourself with candles and crystals while you read, to ward off all possible bad juju and welcome radical positivity into your life. (Note: Agate that forms the shape of Cookie Monster’s face ((see below)) is not absolutely necessary, but preferred).

In conclusion, I, Alex, Queen of Hearts blogger/self-help consultant, urge you to use this coming Valentines Day as an opportunity to show love to the most important person in your life, YOU. All products listed are available here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, and linked products are also available online!

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Semi-Annual Sale Faves

Hey Dolls! We here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love are here to deliver you some wonderful news in the midst of this dreary, sleepy weepy January: we are having a GIANT SEMI-ANNUAL SALE ’til Sunday, meaning that you have FOUR DAYS to get your paws onto a glowing selection of clothes, jewelry, hats, bags, wallets, backpacks, bralettes, and shoes!

Here is where I will discuss a few of my many favorite items in the “sale section”, which currently covers the majority of the sales floor. This was a tough decision to make.

It was love at first sight between me and The Sheila Bag from Hobo (in Jasper, pictured below. As in, I removed it lovingly from the delivery box and was immediately starry-eyed.

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Its gorgeous green color caught my eye, its hefty size and build was an excellent fit for the excessive amount of items I carry (potentially even a laptop?!), and upon looking at the floral lining (signature to Hobo products), I was simply sold. Sheila is on sale for $238.40, 20% off of its original price!

Another favorite is the darling Seams Like These Cami from Free People.

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Typically, I *really* dislike wearing camis, especially in hot weather. Adding an extra layer of clingy spandex-like fabric isn’t a good feeling, and not many of them are cute or stylish enough to wear on their own. Fortunately for me (and you), Free People has adorable tank tops, and we have a number of them in-store! This one somewhat of a cross between a cami and a sleeveless top – the material is thin and strechy, but the straps are thick, the front is button-down, and the buttons are close enough together not to burst at the seams, even for myself and all my busty lady pals out there. It gives off a lovely corset-y, victorian shapewear vibe, it can be layered or not layered, and it is on sale for $29.99!

Next, we are going to keep our heads nice and warm with the loveliest magenta velvet turban from Voodoo Vixen:

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AND it’s $9.60. Who could say no to looking like a luxurious vintage winter angel with minimal effort? Not me.

And here is where I wrap this up on an extra cozy note, with the Homie Home Cardigan from Hem & Thread. I love this sweater because it makes me feel like an actual teddy bear. I’m not even sure it’s right to consider it a “cardigan” because of how comfortable and versatile it is.

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I enjoy pairing this with other whites, browns, beiges, and hints of color (pink is particularly nice). I would typically wear this out on those *not-too-hot-not-too-cold* days, where I can comfortable wear this with a scarf over a turtleneck. It is also great to wear to bed on super cold days, or to bundle up in, or to use as a blanket. It is truly a showstopper, and for $29.99!

These gems, and so, so many more are on sale in-store ’til Sunday! Come in and check ’em out! Try ’em on! Get styled by me or one of my fellow Queen of Hearts Babes! Do it up, dolls.

<3 Alex

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Air Plants 101

Air plants are awesome. Unlike a pet or babies (which we do love as well!) , these little living creatures are low maintenance, cheap, and noiseless! Here at Queen of Hearts we carry a year-round stock of these wonder plants for only $4.95 a pop. Here are some go-to tips for caring for your little friend.51RE3stAC4L

  • Air plants love bright light, but not super hot direct sunlight.
  • They prefer to be in a dry place with good circulation. Don’t leave your air plant in a super humid area like near the shower, because they might get soggy and rot.
  • Once a week, toss them into a bath of clean water for an hour or more. Be nice and use rain, spring, filtered or bottled water, not tap water with lots of chemicals.
  • If your air plant lives in a very hot and dry place, you may soak them in water for 3-4 hours – but don’t submerge them completely or they’ll drown.
  • If your air plant has pretty flowers when you go to soak them, make sure you don’t submerge the flowers underwater.
  • When you remove your air plants from their water bath, make sure to shake them out and let them dry upside down before putting them back into their homes.
  • If the leaves start to close up, it means the plant wants to be soaked for longer.

Another awesome thing you can do to take your air plant to the next level is to create a terrarium. We have everything you need to make one of these little homes for your air plant, including hanging glass orbs , crystals, stones , and sand. Together they make the perfect centerpiece for any room. You can buy one of our pre-made ones for $24.95 , or you can choose your own crystal, plant, and holder to make your very own custom one!

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A Face To Be Reckoned With

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Greetings and Happy New Year from your blogger on behalf of all the dolls here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love! Resolutions are a funny thing – I have many for 2018, but for the purpose of this post being a readable length, I will share only one with you all today.

It is…*fierce drumroll*… to experiment with makeup a lot. Like, a lot. To not wear the same face every day, as I have done for the past four years. To change up my makeup look once a week instead of once a year. Seems like a silly thing for a New Years Resolution, as it would probably be more productive and sentimental to say that my resolution is to, say, value friendships more, or do more good deeds, or stop eating chocolate every day. Those are resolutions, but damn, all I really want is to establish 2018 as a year of shameless self-expression and colorful glamour.

It is no secret that I am still mastering the art of makeup documentation (that can be another New Years Resolution), but this is a slight twist on my default makeup face, which involves a *crucial* moisturizing, some light foundation, brushing and filling in the brows, a sweep of mascara, and a thick smattering of lipstick. Today, I’ve added two Modern Love Cosmetics Shadows to the mix – Denim and Gold Minx, because blue and gold are a match made in heaven.

As we transition into (hypothetical) nighttime, I decide that jazzing it up even more is a good way to go:

Colorful eyeshadows are your best friend on flashy occasions. While combining a statement eye with a statement lip has been a faux pax since the beginning of time, I think that we are finally entering an age where people are unafraid to step into unexplored territory, as I plan on doing with this look on New Years Eve. Here, I honor Prince, as I strive to do each day, with the aptly named Purple Reign Liquid Matte Lipstick. I combine it with a sweep of “Whatever” eyeshadow, in a positively smashing orange.

All of the cosmetics listed above are available here in the store as part of our Modern Love Cosmetics collection. Also included in-store are an array of lip glosses, gel eyeliner, and mascara. There are makeup wipes and sampling applicators, so come in, try on all the shades (separately or at the same time), and ask advice from one of our makeup savvy salesgals, because your NYE sparkle is truly a force to be reckoned with.

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Candles and Nostalgia ~ Holiday Reflections

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We here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love are stocked all the way up on holiday goods – sweaters, fingerless gloves, stocking stuffers, Santa dog toys, retro kitchenware, and an astounding amount of candles. Truly, wildly astounding.

As our dear supervisor, Amanda had wisely pointed out earlier in the day, our sense of smell is the sense which most evokes nostalgia. As the holiday season approaches and the cold weather makes us all feel a bit more pensive and vulnerable than usual, I thought it’d be a great time to talk about some of my favorite holiday scents here at the shop, and the wholesome memories that they bring me back to.

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I am first going to highlight a staple from The Soap & Paper Factory, the Roland Pine. Musky, warm, and a perfect alternative to smelling a real Christmas tree in your own home, Roland Pine is nostalgic in the most straightforward wintry manner. Taking a whiff of Roland is a lot like standing outside before the first snow of December, smelling the indescribable scent of snow, and thinking, “yes, it is that time again”. The best part: not only do we carry the 9.5 oz. candle, but we also have a packed supply of votives, a votive set, a room diffuser kit, an incense kit, and a bar of shea butter soap. Something for every pine lover in Providence!

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My indoor winter mood differs from my outdoor winter mood greatly, and while Roland Pine makes me long for warm in-doorsy times, and Paddywax’s White Woods and Mint brings me to the middle of the woods on a crisp and cloudy day. It smells like the woods, with a note of minty freshness.

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Paddywax’s potent and lovely Tobacco and Patchouli candle smells like my childhood Italian household in the evening, when dinner is being finished and wine is being opened. The scent of fragrant and charming potpourri fills the room, and I wonder what potpourri actually is after all. This candle is sweet, and not harsh at all, despite what having “tobacco” in its name might suggest. In fact, it is the perfect balance of sweetness and musk, with a hint of woodsiness. It is cozy, in short.

All three of these candles, and many more, are available in-store and online at https://queenofheartsri.com! Find out which scent makes you or a loved one feel the most joyful and nostalgic, or just which one you think smells the best.

Written By: Alex Pizzuti

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Cherry Bombe: an Inspiring Woman in the Streets & the Kitchen

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Truly, nothing feels better than settling down for a cozy evening at home after a long day taking the streets of Providence in glorious vintage inspired garb. Give that comfy evening of yours some zest by playing some of your favorite classic background tunes and cooking a meal using a recipe from one 100+ of the most rad and inspiring women in food, featured in The Cherry bombe Cookbook by Kerry Diamond & Claudia Wu, pictured below.

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At a first glance, the designer in me was thrilled by this cookbook, because – hello, look at the cleanliness and simplicity of this lush color palette. The design remains consistent throughout, featuring carefully-constructed food photography in multiple hues of pink and pastel.

Fortunately, the badass Italian lady chef in me was just as pleased as my inner-designer upon seeing culinary trailblazers such as Nigella Lawson, Padma Lakshmi, and Karlie Kloss (I didn’t even know she cooked!) among the featured writers. There is a massive range of recipes and stories packed into 244 pages of pure loveliness.

But wait, there’s more. Let’s talk about my outfit that I was wearing in the aforementioned strut across the Downtown Providence.

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We redheads (natural and artificial), should all understand the importance the perfect green article of clothing – red and green are opposites on the color wheel, meaning that they are complimentary, or, in simpler terms, make each other POP! The Clara Top from Voodoo Vixen is glorious in every way. Aside from its color, The Clara has a built-in neck tie, features a unique half sleeve, and its neckline falls in the *perfect* spot. Wearing this top, newly stocked by the folks here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, makes me feel like a glamorous 1960s Cherry Bombe whether I’m out on the town or getting cozy in the kitchen.

Written by: Alex Pizzuti

Photos by Karen!

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Holiday Shopping? We’ve Got You Covered!

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