What Your Purse Should Not be Without: For that Lady On the Go

Whether you are a working woman who is career driven or a free spirit who loves to roam and reflect on her travels, we are still all women and our travel gear is always supplied with the essentials that set us apart and keep us going forward! I was able to pick out a few personal favorites that  can be in my bag everyday and would never have to take out. In fact, I would miss terribly if it were not there..

Our Constellations Hardcover Journal has such a unique, slick design. This journal keeps my thoughts and plans organized and it is so fun to write in! Whether you’re exploring the great frontier or an idea for your next big project these notebooks are all you need.

What a dream Swedish Dream Hand Creme has become for my hands! The smell alone is so refreshing and revitalizing, it almost feels like it wakes my senses. This all natural product is packed with essential oils, that protect your hands from the outdoor elements and keeps them silky smooth!

Mission Grove makes some amazing fragrances. This one particularly stuck with me. The fragrance is bold but soft. For example, you can definitely smell me walking into a room and would only think, “What on earth is that lovely smell that just graced me?!”Crafted in small batches, Mission Grove Rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance and for maximum benefits use the rollerballs on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus. Perfect for On-The-Go!

These cosmetics right here! Not only do they work amazingly, they are so long lasting. Whether you just need a lipstick, lipgloss, or an eye shadow Modern Love Cosmetics are great when you need a quick touch up. Need to take a selfie? Touch-up with any of these products and your inner diva will come right out!

What I love most is these products help me be, simply be!

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Summer Travels

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The middle of the summer is approaching, did you get to go on all the summer adventures you dreamed of during the brisk, cold, winter months? If you haven’t yet we have some awesome essentials to help accommodate you during your travels!

Retreat Backpack This just in! Our new Herschel Retreat Backpack  is a summer must have that is perfect for traveling. It’s stylish and just the the item needed for packing!

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The Lunacy Sandal is awesome  when you need to pop on some sandals real quick to run down to the pool or to catch the ice cream truck!

Maria Sunglasses

These Maria Sunglasses are super glam and blocks those harsh rays that try to blind you during those long but so awesome road trips!

Gale Waterproof Hooded Jacket

Stay dry in rainy weather in this waterproof jacket designed with a mesh-lined hood that protects from the elements. The Gale Waterproof Hooded Jacket is a perfect travel jacket for those unexpected weather forecasts.

At Queen of Hearts we care about powering through the elements and looking good while doing it!

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Get to Relaxin’

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Ohh candles, candles, candles. What would we do without the subtle pleasantries of candles? For days that are too stressful or moments when you just need to reorganize your thoughts and gain a sense of zen, a candle is the go to item. Reason being, most essential oils have healing properties that are calming, revitalizing, reduce stress, insomnia, and depression! So why not keep a candle handy and ready to be lit! We carry various scents of Candles in our shop and online!

 

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Summer Time Fine

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We are now in the summer solstice and the weather is finally heating up here in Providence! While this year started off pretty cool with it being Winter for half the year, this weekend will be a scorcher and here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love we have some summer essentials that will not stop your summer vibes!

This is our new Darcy Convertible Crossbody Clutch and is one of the most versatile bags you can have in your closet. It can be worn crossbody for those all day summer adventures or if you’re having a casual night on the town it can converted into a sleek clutch!Darcy_1_1024x1024.jpeg

The Margarita Jumpsuit is a summer must have! This woven jumpsuit moves with your body and sways with the wind making it cool and breezy!

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These Soho Sunnies are super hip and totally cool.Worn like a true NYC industry professional! These classic frames are UV 400. A sure-fire way to block all of those summer rays!Soho Sunnies - Black

I absolutely love  The Mojo Dress! It is nice and flattering. It can be worn with a swimsuit underneath or pair it with some heels for a fancy night out. It’s currently on sale for $29.99 compared to $39.50!
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For Home & Life

Perfect on the go for those super hot days the Retap Bottle is your desk side companion or your hydration source when you’re on the go, the 17 oz. bottle is the most popular choice however, we do also carry 20 oz. and 10 oz. bottles as well. It fits comfortably in your hand while delivering the perfect pour every time. Dishwasher, Microwave and Refrigerator Safe.

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To avoid your indoor garden from drying out from the hot heat, mist that bad boy with the Brass Mister! Beautifully dainty and extremely sturdy! These Value misters are great for indoor gardening and keeping your plants healthy and beautiful with a gentle
mist. Maybe mist yourself, if you’re feeling hot enough!

greenGlass2.pngThese summer essentials are sure to help get through those long hot days! We have many other awesome products to cool us all off as well such as, “The Best Darn Spray,” which works as a great cooling mist spray, along with many to help block out the sun! Stay cool!

 

 

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Not a Goodbye, but a New Beginning

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Well, folks, the time is here. I am preparing to board the great big ship which will lead me to a new land of opportunities, friendships, and fashions. In simpler terms, this is going to be my last time reporting from the Queen of Hearts Blog.

I mean, not to be dramatic or anything – I am staying in Providence, and will continue to sport the same friends and fashions. Queen of Hearts and Modern Love is quite a gem of a place to be – spending a significant chunk of my first year post-grad here has made the inevitable slump a lot more bearable. It has brought me endless memories, friendships, glamour tips, and life lessons that I will carry with me for years to come.

In this post, I will wax poetic about some of my highlights here at the shop, such as:

-listening to more doo-wop and Talking Heads hits than I’ve ever thought possible.

-unboxing some of the most beautiful clothing and home goods I ever did see. There is actually a video somewhere in the archives of me nearly shedding a tear at the Orla Keily Enamelware set and every Hobo product.

-being introduced to Providence’s colorful cast of characters, some of whom I will definitely make a film about someday.

-being introduced to many of the lovely tourists of the world, sometimes being asked if I own the shop, and then awkwardly explaining that I do not.

-hanging out with my amazingly beautiful, intelligent, talented fellow staff members!

-prancing around at store events, which are always fully loaded with snacks and drinks (Karen’s homemade sangria is primo).

-now having an entire selection of photographs of myself wearing some of the coolest frocks and frills out there! I am usually smiling in them, which means that I finally have photographs to show my mother, that she likes.

There are more, but I will refrain from going on forever, and share a list of some of my all-time favorite products here at the store, complete with online links:

The Sadie Wallet – Harvest Snake

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A classic Hobo with a twist. I love a good snakeskin print, and this one surely takes the cake.

3D Open Diamond Earrings 

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These handmade earrings from David Aubrey are IT, and we are constantly restocking them. They are loud, brash, and have the power to transport a wearer directly to Studio 54.

Soulmate’s Picnic Romper

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This is a brand new arrival at the shop, and I am positively enamored! Eat your heart out, Dolly Parton!

Urban Concrete – Small Tobacco and Patchouli 

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I wrote about this scent in my very first blog post, and it still makes me just as nostalgic for my childhood Italian household. These candleholders can also be repurposed as plant pots after all the candlewax is gone (trust me, I saw this example in the flesh at Wildflour Bakery).

Solid Good Vibes

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I put some of this magical potion stick onto my wrists when I was feeling crummy one day. I felt better, no joke.

Being a part of this immersive environment, planted in the heart of a beautiful city close to my heart, has been utterly fierce. May the next bloggess that comes along have as jolly of a time that I have!

This is Alex, signing out graciously and with style! <3 <3 <3

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Happy PVDFest! Happy Pride! Happy Beach Bumming! Happy Shopping!

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It is finally June, which marks the start of many activity-packed PVD weekends. It is the season when all of us are coming out of our caves, allowing us the opportunity to soak up the sun (/humidity). ‘Tis the season for new friendships, flings, and impromptu photoshoots.

Luckily for us all, this weekend is the fourth annual PVDfest, a city-wide festival jam-packed with local artists, performers, and vendors doing what they do best! Shopping with us is a must this weekend (wink wink), but before or after, be sure to check out the many events spread throughout the city. Hang out in the Creative Capital as “live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the city in a four-day, multi-arts take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island”. Sounds mighty wholesome to me!

Keep all your goods safe and your spine in line with a festive Fjallraven Kanken Backpacks, like this one in Birch Green –  It is guaranteed to prep you for those long city walks!

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Speaking of festiveness, this month is also Pride Month! This is a time for folks in the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate themselves, each others, and the trailblazers (past, present, and future) who have secured us our rights and freedoms. In the invincible spirit of Marsha P. Johnson, use this time to be as kind, understanding, and empathetic as possible.

We also have rainbow umbrellas, if you’re into that. Use it is a rain shield or parasol to protect yourself and your loved ones!

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If you and your pals have done your festival time and need to decompress in a more serene place, Rhode Island offers endless opportunities to hit the beach! Step away from the city crowd and take a long walk along the shore.

BONUS: If you’re really looking to get funky, take one of our untamed OneLogFire logs along. It burns from within, for an uncontested two hours! Its undying flame makes for the best small romantic getaway, or a seaside rager with your best pals, depending on the day. Bring some marshmallows, and unleash your inner flame.

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It’s too nice out for you folks to sit here and listen to me ramble on, so go on, get out! Make new memories, stay fabulous, and burn baby burn!

<3 Alex

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On Fridays We Wear Pink

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Recommended listening to accompany this reading: Janelle Monae – “Pynk

Pink is my favorite color – it has been ever since my adolescent self gained some sense and stopped thinking it was uncool for girls for like pink. Pink occurs to many as a color of excess, usually due to the fact that it is bright, retina-smashing, and enables one to command space. For some unknown reason, people who take up space, particularly femmes, are frowned upon by some. But folks, those who frown upon thee simply wish they were able to exude the same undefeated power as an unabashed wearer of pink.

Fortunately for all you fans of pink, we have an uncontested selection of pink tops and frocks here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love. On this here blog post, you can find out which is the one for you!

BB Gurl Dress

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OK, so this one is *peach*. But look at this perfect cut, unique sleeve, and delicate first date-esque print. This garment is reminiscent of something that pink-wearing country maven Dolly Parton would have worked in the 80s, before her drastic switch to metallics. Accents of blue gingham give this look a charming handmade touch, and the perfectly placed waist tie makes for a flattering fit for all shapes and sizes!

 

Wrap Me Up Dress

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A slight variation of BB Girl Dress! Although it has the same silhouette, sleeve, and feel, The Wrap Me Up is complete with its own charms – a thick fabric that mimics 50s and 60s fashion, as well as a solid baby pink for unbeatable polish!

 

Donna Crop Top

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The smocked fabric of the Donna is a nod to 2000s street fashion with a modern twist. It is as versatile as a tee, but also has the ability to dress up a pair of jeans (wide-leg are suggested, but whatever your preference is will certainly work).

Or, for that matter, follow #queenofheartsbabe Dara’s lead and pair it with our Volcom Need Now Pant (available in-store), or a classy/sassy Hampton Fedora from Brixton!

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Kate Crossbody Clutches

in Barely Pink and Pink Lemonade

As the name suggests, the Kate Crossbody clutch doubles as a crossbody bag and a clutch, and has sufficient pockets for all your pink and non-pink belongings, including cash, cards, change, and your smartphone! Barely Pink is a barely-there dusty rose, and Pink Lemonade is reminiscent of a peachy sorbet.

 

The Stoned Scraper Short

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These shorts are fabulous, flattering, and look like a sophisticated ice cream parlor if an ice cream parlor was a pair of shorts. They also fall to the perfect length to keep you cool during the hot summer months, and are high waisted – they reach the belly button, so they pass my personal test with flying colors.

Did I forget to mention that these are also GREAT shorts for helping one reach their full butt potential, as demonstrated by our friends at Buns and Bites!

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Gigi Luxury Matte Lipstick

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Because this shade of lip varnish is the best. It’s simple as that.

It is with all the love in my big, pink heart, that I pass this knowledge along to you all. Happy shopping!

<3 Alex

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