Backpacks, Backpacks, Backpacks!

Everyone needs a good backpack, not only for school but for everyday life. I always have to have a mini bag for my essentials.  I have never been one to use a purse, so when mini backpacks became trendy I couldn’t have been happier.  To me, a purse doesn’t even compare to having a backpack, you’re completely hands free without anything inhibiting you.  I try to carry as little as possible; my phone, a charger, my I.D., my debit card, a water bottle and a book, so a small bag is perfect for me.  Durability in a backpack is the most important aspect in choosing a bag.  I would rather pay a bit more for a backpack and have it last a for a substantial period of time instead of buying a cheap one and having it just fall apart immediately.  When I purchase a new bag I have the intention of using it everyday and not having to worry about being careful with it, often after a long day I’ll just throw it in a corner on the floor.  Exceptional quality, is also very important when choosing a school bag because you’ll be using it everyday to carry heavy books.  In the past I’ve had a backpack break after only a few months of using it for school, which is why I am so picky with the bags I buy now.  My two favorite brands for backpacks right now are Herschel and Fjällräven, both companies make bags that fit my simple yet important criteria: be made to last and have a cool versatile look. For everyday, I’m obsessed with the Herschel Supply Co. Nova Small Backpack and the Fjällräven Re-Kånken Mini Backpack.

I love how both these bags are small enough to take everywhere but spacious enough to fit all the basics.  The Herschel Supply backpack is the perfect pink; it’s different than a basic black but is still a soft enough color to be paired with almost anything.  The Kånken mini is very structured, an innovative design seen infrequently in backpacks.  Fjällräven backpacks look better with age, making it one of the best backpack brands!  Both these brands also carry an array of standard sized backpacks, which are great for school, traveling or just daily life if you need something bigger than a mini bag.  I gravitate toward basic items that can be used all the time without clashing with my outfits, thats why my go to standard sized bag is the Fjällräven Foldsack No.1 Backpack in Deep Blue. 

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Again durability is so important, which is why both these brands are so perfect, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a great look.  I could go on forever about my love for backpacks, there are so many here at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love to choose from, be sure to check us out online or in store for all your backpack related needs!

XXX,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love!

 

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Make This Year’s Style All About Comfort!

Unfortunately, the summer is quickly coming to an end, for many people this means going back to school.  Back to school means the dread of waking up early and trying to come up  with at least a decent looking outfit when you’ve only slept for three hours.  In the beginning, coming up with cute outfits is fun and exciting, this unfortunately gets old pretty fast.  To me, one one of the most important ways to limit stress in the morning is to plan your outfit the night before.  When I started doing this, I felt like I had so much more time and like I could actually mentally prepare for the day, something almost impossible when you’re trying on a million different outfits with only twenty minutes to spare.  For me, looking put together and being comfortable are equally as important for school.  My outfit has to be something I’ll be able to wear for 7 or more hours without it starting to feel unbearable.  Because of this, I love how trendy and fun pullover sweatshirts have become! As opposed to big frumpy sweatshirts, I’ve noticed fun prints and slimmer cuts that help dress up the classic pullover while still maintaining the high comfort level.  An example of this is the Z Supply Animal Flocked Pullover in black, which is carried here at Modern Love and Queen of Hearts!  Animal print is a huge trend right now, but I am obsessed with Z Supply’s muted take on it.  Being that this pullover is black, it can pretty much be paired with anything despite the animal print.  Going along with my love for fun pullovers, Z Supply also makes one that is rainbow striped in what seems to be the world’s softest fabric.  It’s so easy to dress both of these pieces  up or down!

Although there are numerous options at Modern Love and Queen of Hearts for cute back to school clothes that don’t sacrifice your comfort, the last one I’m going to rave about is the Free People Main Squeeze Hacci Top.  It doesn’t get better than this.  The soft fabric feels like you’re wearing a cloud, it’s oversized, and has off the shoulder detailing.  This top is what I envision when I think of the perfect item of clothing to be wearing for hours on end while still maintaining a put together, trendy look.  I also love that it isn’t just plain black or on the other end of the spectrum, an obnoxiously loud color.  School is already stressful in itself, having staples in your wardrobe that you can just throw on is so important for those of us that don’t want to look like we just rolled out of bed, even if that is the case. haccitop.jpgEven though your outfit isn’t by any means the most important aspect of school, this is just one way I like to keep myself feeling good and motivated; especially for those days when it’s the last place you want to be.  Feeling confident about what you’re wearing can really brighten up your whole day, and it’s an added bonus when you’re comfortable on top of that!  With that being said, remember to express yourself based on who you are,  and what you like, regardless of what you think others might say.   

XXX,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love!

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Sweater Weather !

Now readers, don’t panic when you see the phrase “Sweater Weather”. This doesn’t mean Summer is over yet! In fact, sweaters can be your best friend even during these warm Summer months.

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Just think of all the times you’ve been to a restaurant on an especially muggy night, and suddenly you feel like an icicle thanks to the AC blasting (trust me, we’ve all been there). However, you can avoid this, just pop something like our Z Supply Rainbow Stripe Pullover into your bag and throw it on incase of a chilly emergency.

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Nighttime campfires are one of the best things to do on a crisp summer night, and the perfect time get cozy in a comfy, bulky sweater. The O’Neill Mandalay Sweater is perfect for a time like this, avoiding the chill of the night and any pesky mosquitoes. The fabric is thick enough to feel like a comfortable blanket around you but light enough to make sure you don’t overheat.

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While AC on an especially hot day feels great at first, sometimes it’s just too much. Keeping a cardigan on hand is just the thing to do incase of entering an overly AC-ed space. We can’t just get over the Volcom Bettergetter Sweater that just arrived, so of course we’re going to share it with you! The button up front makes it perfect for an easy on and off when going from hot to cold places.

So, I hope the words “Sweater Weather” no longer ring in your head as the end of Summer. Sweaters are an all year round item, just find the right one and where to use it. Stay tuned for our increasing sweater collection as the days go by!

Much love,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love

xoxo

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A Self Care Essential: Aromatherapy

img_4523.jpgTaking time for your self is one of the most important aspects in maintaining your sanity, especially for those of us that feel like they never have a moment to stop and think.  Although self care has different meanings for everyone,  it’s about realizing YOU are important and need to be taken care of.  The idea of self care is something that is often lost in my own life because of the importance I place on taking care of those around me (if you add up your numerology and you are a fellow six you’ll understand).  One of the easiest and best ways to feel good about yourself and your surroundings is aromatherapy.  This can mean lighting candles in your home, having divine smelling hand creams and soaps, or my personal favorite; perfumes that mix perfectly with your body chemistry leaving the most wonderful scent wherever you go.  Choosing the perfect scented items is completely personal to you, because again it’s about YOU and what will make YOU feel good.  Finding the most heavenly scents is easy when you’re surrounded by an array of all things Paddywax.  Not only do they have the most amazing scented candles, perfumes, soaps and hand creams, they come in beautiful packaging perfect for displaying anywhere in your home.

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IMG_4543These fragrances have the ability to transport you to any place, time, or moment you can imagine; enabling you forget about that stressful job or heated argument, instead, taking you the beach or a garden full of beautiful flowers. Many of the Paddywax fragrances come in various forms, allowing you to fill your life with the same wonderful scents in a form of a candle, hand cream, soap or perfume.  Again, finding what works for you and what makes you feel good is essential.  Fragrances are personal and can set the tone for your day and the feeling of your home.  My personal favorite scent is the Sea Salt Plumeria Eau De Parfum! Make sure to have a day for you every so often!

xxx,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

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A little animal print will serve you well!!

Animal prints always make me feel powerful and sexy. We just received an order of incredible Leopard print goodness which inspired me to write a little online love note to the beautiful animal print in the shop at the moment!

 

Volcom’s new! high waisted Gen Wow Shorts are so chic and sexy! They’re a perfect staple for looking and staying cool in this Summer heat, and can transition perfectly for the Fall weather around the corner!

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Volcom’s new! Fad Friend Dress takes the shirtdress to the next level! Lightweight blousy fabric, cut perfectly to flatter your waist, blouson sleeves and pockets! You can maximize style options by adding a belt or a pair of leggings! I love a dress with pockets!!!

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Z Supply also aced the animal print trend with their Z Supply Leopard Muscle Tank. Z Supply’s tank is the perfect fusion of their best selling tank and a fresh bold print! Luxe quality jersey fabric, high crew neckline, sporty animal print vibes!

I am obsessed with the square neckline and puff sleeves on Free People’s No Type Tee. The giraffe! pattern is a showstopper, and the knit fabric is breathable and will work well for you in multiple seasons! Killer top for sure!

Be brave and Go Wild my friends!!

xxx,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

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Brami-love!

I want to scream from the rooftops how much I love Free People Bramis! They offer coverage and support in lieu or in addition to a bra and are incredibly flattering on different body types. Numerous people on the Queen of Heart’s team rave about their Bramis so I was really excited to try one for myself! As a girl with an ample chest I can attest that they add support, modesty coverage and a pop of color. I wear my Brami under my wrap dress, but they also work great as an easy Summer top, yoga top and layering wardrobe staple! The elastic straps are thin but strong!

 

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See how flattering they are on curves!

Our Free People Skinny Strap Brami in Ballet is a beautiful nude color on lighter skin tones, and striking on darker skin tones.

Perfect for the sweltering Summer heat and your Bikram hot yoga class!

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Our Evening Haze Brami is such a special light lavender greige color which is so flattering on different skin tones!

We also carry the Free People Solid Rib Brami which is another personal favorite!

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Our Solid Rib Brami is one part bra, one part cami, in super soft ribbed fabric. I adore the thickness of the fabric, and love that it covers my bra underneath. I also think the back strap detail is beautiful! This is my next purchase for sure!!!

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So flattering on curves too!

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Our Free People Charlee Bralette in Black is also pretty killer! Perfect V-neck silhouette trimmed in sheer mesh detail. Perfect, simple 80’s edge.Charlee bralette

Free People hit it out of the park with these designs, shop them online or in person!

xxx,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

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Mystical, magical crystals and their properties!🔮

We recently got a treasure trove of incredible crystals in the shop which have been selling like crazy! My love for crystals intensifies every year it seems! I love creating vignetts of mystical, magical crystal corners in my home. I also incorporate crystals and precious stones into my own handmade headpiece work. I love the intimate ritual of charging crystals in a rainstorm to cleanse and intensify their powers. My best friend carries a few of her favourite crystals with her which act as her talismans for guidance, balance, alignment, and are often incorporated into her Tarot card readings. I am fascinated with crystals, but still very much a crystal novice! How do you incorporate crystals into your life? Whatever your experience is with crystals, they are so fun and inspiring and easy to use, so I thought it would be helpful to consolidate some helpful crystal info into one place!

Agate

Blue Agate is calmness. Blue Agate stone is known as a talisman with great healing energies. It has been believed that the gemstone lessens negative energies or various stresses. It is also said to release tension and to relax.

Moss Agate is a stone of new beginnings. Refreshes the soul and enables you to see beauty in all you behold. Reduces sensitivity to weather and environmental pollutants. It attracts abundance in wealth and improves self- esteem.

Agate Geodes can assist one in astral travels and are good tools for meditations. They can be good for soothing and de-stressing and aid in spirituality and psychism.

Agate Slices most noticeable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing and calming. Historically it was placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness.

Amazonite crystal therapies are primarily associates with filtering out stresses, healing traumas, and soothing energies in the home and workplace.

Amethyst

Ametheyst Points are a wonderful talisman for use in the creative arts, especially in darker shades. Amethyst assists endeavors where new, original results need to be created using tools and methods of the past. It is often used as the Artist’s Stone, the Composer’s Stone, the Inventor’s, Poet’s and Painter’s Stones. Keep an Amethyst crystal or cluster in the area to focus and amplify the creative elements of the Universal Life Force.

Called the “All-healer,” Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants and animals. Natural unpolished Amethysts or geodes are particularly helpful placed where plants will not grow or animals refuse to sit. It also counteracts negative earth energies beneath buildings or anywhere that feels hostile. Amethyst has healing powers to help with physical ailments and emotional issues, and Amethyst crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the nervous system, the curing of nightmares, insomnia and balancing the crown chakra.

Referred to as “nature’s tranquilizer,” Amethyst calms and soothes, assisting the transmission of neural signals through the brain. It relieves obsessive compulsive disorder and hyperactivity in children and animals. Place under the pillow or mattress, or rub the center of the forehead counter-clockwise to cure insomnia and stimulate pleasant dreams. It is especially effective for children’s recurring nightmares and fears of the dark, and may help alleviate homesickness.

Amethyst Chunks have healing powers to help with physical ailments and emotional issues. Amethyst crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the nervous system, the curing of nightmares, insomnia and balancing the crown chakra.

Aventurine

Green Aventurine is an all-around healing stone with benefits for the lungs, liver, sinuses, and heart. Use Green Aventurine to loosen and release negativity and energy blockages, including disease.

Calcite Stone is a strong sacral chakra stone that gets the positive energy moving, especially in the areas of creativity and sexuality. By simply holding Calcite in your hand, you can create an amazing flow of energy through your body, as it is a strong energy amplifier

They help to clear negative energy and bring an increase in the good vibrations present. There is a type or color of this crystal that will work at every chakra

Blue Calcite is more calming, where Orange Calcite is more energizing

Whatever color you choose, these stones are excellent assets to have present in your home, business or in your healing area, as they are well known to assist you to cleanse your environment.

 

Citrine Chunk does not absorb any negative energies from it’s surroundings, and thus never needs energetic clearing. Citrine is a happy stone and can bring happiness to the person who carries or wears it. Because of its removal of negative energy and its own positivity it can relieve depression, self doubt, anger and irrational mood swings.

Fancy Jasper facilitates in balancing and aligning the physical, mental and emotional bodies. It is a stone of strength, courage and determination. Jasper stimulates creativity and imagination, encouraging ideas into action!

Hematite

Titanium Hematite is a powerful stone for protection and helps to keep the body and spirit grounded. It’s also helpful for balancing the aura and aligning the chakras.

Quartz

Blue Quartz is a stone of peace, expression and order that can enhance organizational abilities, self-discipline, and orderliness.

Quartz Points amplify energy and are used for an instant lift. Quartz points seek to bring balance through all of our chakras. Quartz has the ability to receive, store and send energy, which makes it known as the master healer.

Rose Quartz is a stone of universal love, tenderness and sensuality, Rose Quartz is a powerful aphrodisiac, stimulating sensual imagination. 

Rose Quartz is a calming and reassuring crystal, excellent for restoring trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. It purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. It can also be used in trauma or crisis, including the emotional upheaval of mid-life crisis. It strengthens empathy, sensitivity, and aids in the acceptance of necessary change. It is also an excellent stone for comforting grief.

Rose Quartz is a wonderful sleep crystal for adults and children, providing beautiful dreams as well as preventing nightmares or night terrors. It also helps children to not be afraid of the dark. 

A large piece of unpolished Rose Quartz in the workplace provides ongoing protection against intrusion and gossip.

I hope you find this information interesting and enlightening, and feel inspired to add more magical crystal energy into your life!!!

xx,

Your friends at Queen of Hearts & Modern Love

 

 

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