Channeling Femme Fashion Icons of the Yesteryear (using exclusively Queen of Hearts clothing)

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to honor our femme friends, loved ones, mentors, and trailblazers!

Generally speaking, I try my best to pay homage to inspirational women every day, in every way. I carry this out in ways including but not limited to: passing along words of advice from my wise Italian Grandmother, getting the word out on other local woman-run businesses/femme musicians & artists, belting out my favorite Kate Bush song at karaoke, and proudly displaying my Golden Girls bobbleheads front-and-center on my mantle.

This year, however, I decided to do something that I never have before – construct a series of looks inspired by my favorite fashion queens of the past! All of the following articles of clothing are available in-store at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, and some (linked) are also available online!

ICON #1: Donna Summer

(Featuring The Love Bug Dress)


One of the premier Disco Babies of the world. Queen of the jukebox, the dance floor, and my heart.


ICON #2: Marlene Dietrich

(Featuring The Oversize Blazer & The Barrel Snap Cap)

Show-stopping, business-minded, earth-shatteringly dramatic, and unapologetically bisexual – Marlene Dietrich was more emblematic of strength than any other 1930s starlet.


ICON #3: Barbarella

(Featuring Repeat Bodysuit & The Cryptids Legging)

Jane Fonda’s fictional onscreen portrayal of Barbarella is bound to make everyone want to take over the galaxy with good looks.


ICON #4: Grace Jones

(Featuring the Take Me Out Jumpsuit)

Grace Jones is a true renaissance woman – artist, musician, record producer, movie star, supermodel, etc. etc. The list never ends. She truly can do it all.


ICON #5: Mama Cass (with a tinge of Elizabeth Taylor?!)

(Dress Available in-store)

Mama Cass has the voice of an angel, and wears some of the boldest and most beautiful florals I ever have seen (this dress is a bit of a stretch from Mama’s large-and-in-charge caftans silhouette-wise, but the pattern is SPOT ON.)


Fab Femme Friends, have a happy day, continue being beautiful, and never apologize for being YOU!

<3 Alex

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Queen of Hearts Products to Try According to Your Zodiac Sign


News flash, we here at #queenofheartsandmodernlove love astrology, and bring up each other’s horoscopes at least twice per shift – sometimes more if Mercury is in retrograde. I, personally, have found that the zodiac is an excellent means of understanding and analyzing our relationships with ourselves and those around us. Horoscopes enable one to take what works for them and leave what doesn’t. The alignment of the stars and planets allow us an out from having to put up with our life problems – we can simply blame it on the full moon!

Another way to distract one’s self from their woes is to, of course, shop, which is where we come in! Today, I, your personal shopper/amateur astrologer, am going to help you determine which of our products is bound to make you shine even brighter than the full moon! Without further ado, let’s begin with the firey, zesty, and smokin’ hot first sign of the Zodiac:


Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Sriracha


Aries have hearts of roaring fire, and are always determined to take things to the next level – what better way is there to do this than with a little bit of all natural, handmade sriracha?! Karen, our owner and resident Aries, is known to drink this stuff straight from the bottle.



14 oz. Rosewater & Coconut Candle


Taureans are often referred to as the “sensual hermits” of the Zodiac. Candles are sensual, and used mostly in the home, a Taurean’s natural habitat. In a fresh and romantic rosewater scent, a bull is bound to fall in love with this aroma.


Sixty Two Sunnies


The Gemini, known for being friendly, flirtatious, and two-faced aHEM I mean ~*~dualistic~*~, deserves an accessory that reflects who they are inside. These glamorous sunnies will enable the Gemini to develop a disguise, in case they want to change their persona. With these statement sunnies, one can go from totally drab to 1980’s International Super Spy in a snap. Stop ’em in their tracks, Gems!


Chunky Open Knit Cardigan in Blue


Cancerians deserve a sweater that’s bigger and softer than their hearts and as much like water as their souls. This big and bold cardigan is just that and more.




Take Me Out Jumpsuit

Leos love being Leos (I am no exception). We are unabashed lovers of ourselves and others, and enjoy sharing our energy and style with the world. This statement piece from Free People is the perfect vehicle to carry this out, and it is 100% guaranteed to dazzle everyone within a 30-foot radius.



Golden Measuring Spoons


These spoons are as gorgeous, golden, and perfectionistic as you, my sweet Virgos!



Good Vibes Oil

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For when you need a second to relax when you’re in the middle of making a decision, because we all know how difficult that is for Librans.



El Diablito Tin Ornament


Don’t we all dream of owning the perfect self portrait?





Sagittarians long for abundant adventure, and deserve nothing less than the perfect adventure accessory: our uncontested OneLogFire. This log can be taken anywhere, and its fire burns at full force for a full two hours! Never let your inner-fire dim, dear Sag friends.



The Lauren Wallet in Espresso


Capricorns are the most success-driven sign in the zodiac, and need a state-of-the-art receptacle for their big bucks. The Lauren Wallet is not only gorgeous inside and out (like you), but can hold your smartphone, cash, cards, receipts, IDs, and coins.



27oz Retap Bottle


With this gorgeous glass 27-oz water bottle, all Aquarians can be water bearers in their own home *or* on-the-go! Fill with cold water to stay hydrated throughout the day, or a hot drink to warm your icy heart.



Rose and Honey Aphrodisiac Lollipop


Pisces, known to commit such acts as falling in love with strangers on buses and weeping at the sight of PDA, need to feed their insatiable desire for love. This rose-infused Pandora’s Pop boosts one’s libido while invoking romantic feelings, giving a shy Piscean the edge they need to find their eternal flame.


BTDUBS: All of the zodiac nameplate necklaces in the header of this post are available in-store.

Readers, may your day be positively enchanting no matter what your sign! <3

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Finding Gem-powerment: A Guide to our Jewelry


If there’s one thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older and delved deeper into personal style exploration, it’s that accessories are the greatest things in the world, and that even the *smallest* pair of earrings can make all the difference in the look and feel of an outfit. I have also learned that nothing feels more powerful than the clanking together of chunky jewels – almost like wearing heels and sauntering about town like a fearless boss lady.

Today at our headquarters, I have assembled four accessory still-lives by category: Subtle Stunners, Large and In Charge, Victorian Flower Garden (of Jewels), and Hypnotic Handmade Hits!

Let’s begin with our Subtle Stunners, an assortment of small and medium-sized jewels in a muted palette, with hints of purple.


These can be used to accomplish basic accessory goals, such as accentuating a specific feature, or adding a pop of color or shimmer to an outfit. Many of these selections are nods to the Victorian Gothic aesthetic, and others are reminiscent of late 90’s/early 00’s styles, when chunky jewels were not given the same place on their pedestal as they were in the 80’s.

….However, for those wild gals like myself who aren’t afraid of a little 80’s ~*excess*~, a la The Golden Girls and Cyndi Lauper, here are some Large and In Charge gems for you:

Look at all of these COLORS! Spring is coming, flowers are about to bloom, and it is time to match the flowers and bright sunshine. Use these accessories as statement pieces against an all-black or solid color outfit, or better yet, add to an already colorful attire.

In fact, a passage from the uncontested self-help book for witchy women, Basic Witches, states that big/loud jewelry is often used as a talisman to make one appear more confident when they tend to be quiet in the presence of others. Being soft-spoken surely has its perks, but being loud, even just once in a blue moon, is wonderfully freeing.

Speaking of blooming flowers, have you ever wanted to grow your own Victorian flower garden (on your ears)? Look no further than these floral numbers:


…with one pair of handmade David Aubrey Cicada earrings for good measure.

David Aubrey is one of several vendors whose handmade jewelry we carry! Others include: Sarah Clover (vinyl record earrings), Wild World of AK (sweethearts), and House of Cach (bullet shell earrings/necklaces, shells).

tl;dr: There’s no reason to be afraid of accessorizing. In fact, quite the contrary. Be loud or soft with your accessories. Be excessive. Be sweet. Be a QUEEN (of Hearts).

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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.


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.


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:


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.



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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