Find Out Which QOH Item to Include on Your Summer Shopping List (According To Your Zodiac Sign)

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Hello friends, this is your resident bloggess/amateur astrologer, back for another semi-annual #queenofheartsbabe astrology forecast! Tuesday’s New Moon in Taurus, in combination with our recent gloomy weather, has brought out the reclusiveness in all of us – this makes necessary deeds (i.e. socializing & shopping), rather difficult. Thankfully, it is almost Gemini Season, which will coax all of us out of hermit mode and into the sunny streets!

Astrological shenanigans aside, we all made it through this year’s tumultuous winter, and that is an accomplishment no matter what your sign! Find your signs below and treat yourselves to the following items, brought to us directly from the cosmos:

ARIES

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Corkcicle 25oz Dipped Canteen

A very wise Aries friend of mine once described their sign as being “the equivalent of a Saturday night”. Quite on spot-on, I’ve gotta say. Fortunately for you Saturday Night dwellers, this slick, hearty, and red hot canteen can hold an entire bottle of wine. Also use with water, if you’re feeling experimental.

 

TAURUS

Amethyst Geode Drop Necklace

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Taureans, you are a bunch of undeniably charming walking contradictions! You love nature, but you also hate leaving the house. You love food, but your ideal delivery scenario is one which involves food being delivered directly to your bed. This luxurious amethyst geode necklace is a slice of nature in an accessory as glamorous as you!

 

GEMINI

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The Knotted Fringe Earrings – Gold

These earrings are spunky, a great conversation starter, and have one chain to represent each of your fifty personalities. A steal!

 

CANCER

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Kanken Mini Sky Blue

A receptacle for all your most important carry-on items and emotional baggage.

 

LEO

Floss Gloss Second Base & Luxury Matte Lipstick in Gigi

We get two because I love us, and also because these two complimentary items are amazingly affordable! Retina-smashing shades of pink are a tried and true method of making yourself the star of every show this summer. As a bonus, this nail varnish contains reflective glitter specks, catering to our universal love of reflective surfaces.

 

VIRGO

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Botanical Essential Oils – Rest

Sweet Virgos, we all need rest, even you. Bless your perfectionistic hearts.

 

LIBRA

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The Clear Dome Umbrella

This one or two-person umbrella is guaranteed to fulfill your craving for love and romance. Also, if you purchase two of these and hold one upside down in each hand, it’ll kind of look like the Libra scale symbol. Eh ehhhh!

SCORPIO

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The Graveyard Skater Skirt

Not to stereotype, but literally every Scorpio I have ever come across is just a little bit (or a lot) goth, which is a positive attribute! You all have a signature edge – use it to promote local artists, such as the lovely Joseph Aaron Segal for Pretty Snake, whose original print is featured on this skirt.

SAGITTARIUS

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The Brush Strokes Dress

Sag pals, you are hot, cold, unpredictable, and possibly the epitome of Edgy. This one-of-a-kind dress is all of that and more – it includes warm colors, cool colors, unpredictable lines, and even triangles! While the print is wonderfully chaotic, the silhouette is cool and collected, like you can be, sometimes.

CAPRICORN

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Soho Sunnies – Black

Look and feel like a Wall Street Professional in these classically slick, Don Draper-esque sunglasses!

AQUARIUS 

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Because you deserve nothing less than a state-of-the-art pencil set to help you waste the summer away writing state-of-the-art conspiracy theories.

PISCES

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The Chaima Top – Mustard

Pisces, you all are a bunch of flouncy, floaty flower children, and you deserve a dreamy top in which to live your wildest daydreams. The Chaima possesses all of these qualities and more, and is the most gorgeous color!

And that is all for this semi-annual astrology forecast, #queenofheartsbabes. It has been such a joy and an honor to deliver your shopping destiny to you! Good luck, cosmic queens.

<3 Alex

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Bitchin’ Kitchen: A Kitchenware Style Guide

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where groceries haven’t been bought in a week and a half, forcing you to resort to eating overpriced takeout bagels three times a day? One where time is so short that it seems like microwavable mac & cheese is the only option? One where you simply…..don’t feel like cooking anymore? Well, we here at Queen of Hearts and Modern love have just the right tools and tricks to make cooking fun again!

When it comes to owning kitchenware, one tends to choose function over form – for good reason, of course. I mean, who enjoys spending ten minutes scrubbing food that’s stuck to a badly-engineered pan? But, here’s a thought – pots and pans that are functional *and* fashion forward, because let’s face it – there are far too many black and gray appliances. Thankfully, Orla Kiely is here to save us.

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Their enamel cookware collection is a genuine gift to this earth. It is vintage-inspired, beautifully decorated, affordable, and just as functional as they are stylish! In-store, we currently have their Green Casserole Dish, Yellow Saucepan, and Orange Butter Dish (pictured above). Additionally, we have a positively darling Orange Pitcher and a handy Thermos. All of these come in Orla Kiely’s signature 70s floral print, and have wooden handles.

“But Alex, what’s the use of investing in this glamorous cookware if I still don’t feel like cooking anything?”, you ask. While this is a perfectly valid concern, it is also very answerable, considering our expansive cookbook selection!

 

Are you salivating? Me too. These glorious food pics are featured in “Cherry Bombe“, “Half Baked Harvest“, “My Rice Bowl – Korean Cooking Outside the Lines“, and “Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi“, respectively. These cookbooks feature hundreds of unique recipes from a huge variety of cooking styles and cultural perspectives, and between the four of them, you are guaranteed to never run out of new recipes to try…at least for a very, very long time.

“But Alex, where can I get unique and quality handmade ingredients for my new culinary creations? I’m tired of the same old grocery store brands!”, you exclaim. Well, surprise, we have those too!

If you have not heard of Sugar Bob’s handmade maple-based products, you are surely in for a treat.

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The original Smoked Maple Syrup is deliciously potent, and used primarily to add dimension to savory dishes! It is particularly lovely in marinades for meat or fish, and also great on pancakes! If you aren’t ready to commit to the regular sized bottle, we have 2oz minis available as well.

After immense maple syrup success, Sugar Bob expanded into the hot sauce market (thank god). These hot sauces have a maple base, and are as smoky and delicious as they sound. We have them in-store and online in Original, Smoked, Verde, and Very Hot varieties. These delectable delicacies also make great gifts for pals!

 

 

With these items in your kitchen, life is guaranteed to be just that much more bitchin’. Have fun and get funky, #queenofheartsbabes!

<3 Alex

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City Kitty: Upcoming PVD Events & What To Bring To Them

As a wise and talented friend of mine once exclaimed mid-Foo Fest, “Providence is LIT in the summer!”. Two summers ago was my first summer living in the city and it was, in fact, one of the most vibrant, unforgettable, and Lit summers of my life. When the city warms up, the city’s residents warm up to the idea of experiencing the outdoors – the roster of warm weather events only helps us out! Although it is not quite summer yet, we are close enough to that time to start planning! Plus, spring events are still bountiful, and the first one we’ll be talking about is TOMORROW!

Urban Vintage Baazar – April 28th 10am-5pm at the Westminster Arcade

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Urban Vintage Bazaar is a semi-annual popup in which the Arcade’s hallway magically transforms into a treasure trove of vintage goods. There is so much variety at this event, because the vendors (there are over 20!) come from so many different places and backgrounds. My favorite pink and white polka dot blazer comes from this event. So does my favorite Springsteen record. So does my favorite kitty mug. You too are guaranteed to find your new favorite thing at this gem of an event!

 

Taco Fest PVD – May 5th 11pm-6pm on Westminster St. 

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I am salivating just thinking about it. On Cinco De Mayo, InDownCity will be hosting its annual TACOFEST, featuring The Rock n’ Roll Yard Sale. Right outside of our fashion headquarters, and all along Westminster St., look forward to an explosion of local flavors, sights, and sounds. Also experience quality Latin beats from DJ Studebaker Hawk, which will make it very hard to decide whether to dance or chow down. It looks like you’ll simply have to do both.

To dilute all that spice, you’ll want to make sure you bring plenty of water, which can be carried in an irresistably stylish ReTap Water Bottle, available in-store!

 

Hair Brained – at the Providence Public Library, Up Until June 30th

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This exhibit is one of the most beautiful, rare, and carefully curated that I’ve seen in a while – it expertly interweaves (heh, get it) history, beauty, and culture, and its program series is inspired by images and texts in the exhibition. The exhibition itself is “focused on hairstyles throughout history – braids, curls, facial hair, wigs – and the ways in which hair defines and reflects culture, self-identity, agency, and politics”. I mean, need I say more? This is one of those exhibitions that people don’t know they need, but definitely need.

After you’ve garnered enough knowledge and inspiration at the PPL, you’ll undoubtedly want to try something new! The

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Utopian Collection has a plethora of vintage trim headbands, available here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love.

 

My #queenofheartsbabes, that is all for this month’s events. There are, of course, so many more opportunities than this to support local artists/musicians/businesses, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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Fun Times Sun Times

We aren’t so presumptuous as to call this weather-confused April “spring”, but we’re going to pretend that it is anyway. We here at Queen of Hearts are huge fans of the sun, and the idea of an incoming sunny springtime makes me so excited to bust out my springtime gear that I’m going to write a blog post about it!

Sunglasses are a necessary sun accessory, as anyone who’s ever stared directly into the sun without them is aware of! We are constantly receiving new shipments of AJ Morgan sunnies, which are not only UV 400, but come in some of the slickest, sickest, show stopping styles and colors I’ve seen. Each pair is $24 at the shop and they are *always* going like hotcakes.

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The circular, rosy-amber lensed Moonies Sunnies are a nod to the Mods of the 1960s. I have a pair, and I adore them, because these magical lenses make every day look slightly rosier! They have been particularly effective for this dreary and gray April.

While sunglasses take on the role of protecting your eyes, hats take on the role of keeping your head cooler and warmer (heh, get it?).

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I can confirm that there is no cooler fedora than the Jenna Fedora. It is woven with care from Brixton and decorated with the most adorable rose. Aren’ t the simplest touches the most charming?

Fortunately for all of us, you don’t *just* need to wear plant prints this spring, because we have a bountiful selection of real live plant babies for you and yours!

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Not only do we house small and medium potted succulents, but we also have airplants (tiny and adorable sprouts with the ability to stay afloat without soil!) and mini terrariums for airplants. These plants are all rather low-maintenance, only requiring water twice a week and lots of sunlight. Not to mention, they are such beauties!

…and so are you. That’s why it’s so important to protect yourself in the sun! With your hat and sunnies, you are almost set for complete sun protection. However, you can’t forget about your lips – that’s where Barr-Co’s super luxurious Spanish Lime lip balm comes in.

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This balm smells lovely, soothes with shea butter, and leaves lips feeling naturally soft without that horrible sticky feeling.

With this complete package of spring things, you are sure to thrive like one of May’s flowers! So thrive, my #queenofheartsbabes!

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A Match Made In Heaven, Featuring Hobo Wallets

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Every success-driven doll on the go needs the perfect receptacle for their big bucks (and cards, and phone, and change…), and as we spoke of on The Blog last week, Hobo is an amazing provider of bags, wallets, and clutches. Their designs are also durable, stylish, and vintage-inspired, a match made in heaven perfect for the #QueenOfHeartsBabe.

Making what you wear match who you are inside is a daily journey which often takes months, years, or even a lifetime to figure out fully. For me personally, however, finding a bag that matches my personality and wardrobe effectively enough for me to want to wear every day has been an eternal struggle. “Just buy a black bag!”, they say. “It matches everything!”, they say. It does match everything physically, except, of course, my spirit. My spirit is colorful, wild, and sometimes even mismatched! In the ~*~spirit~*~ of this sentiment, and in that of counting down the days ’til our BIG 4/20 STORE-WIDE HOBO EVENT, I’ve matched four of my favorite Hobo Clutches with four of my favorite clothing items here at the store.

MATCH 1:

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The first is a classic red/brown autumnal combo, courtesy of Hobo and Volcom! The shop troupe is obsessed with the Frochickie highrise – they hug your curves flawlessly and flatter a solid color (as demonstrated by this lovely Lauren Wallet in Cardinal).

MATCH 2:

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Did you own bedsheets in this fabric back in the 1970s? Well, now’s your chance to make your wardrobe pop by wearing it in dress form! The Merriment Dress from Traffic People is positively darling, and the simple silhouette is guaranteed to flatter an array of body shapes! Pair with The Lauren Wallet in Blue Mist, a classic staple in a unique robin’s egg blue.

MATCH 3:

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The Fable is a brand new style from Hobo, and we adore it. Use it to hold your goods, and to brighten up the Maria Dress from The Korner, the perfect frock to wear while skipping through a field, or hitting the town.

MATCH 4:

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There is nothing that makes me feel better about my wardrobe than successfully pairing together colors that are opposite on the color wheel, such as this GLORIOUS red/green combo! The Lauren in Lemongrass is a featured summer look from Hobo and is available in-store, as is The Wiggle Skirt from Traffic People!

And, allow me to exaggerate as much as possible, that the aforementioned event is THIS FRIDAY, and will be excellent. Also allow me to put an extra amount of emphasis on the fact that COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS AND DRINKS will be available!

Hope to see you all there~

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ALERT: Hobo in-store Event on 4/20!

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I mean, need I say more?

I made an after-holidays sale post back in January, in which I vigorously raved about Hobo’s Sheila Crossbody in Jasper. Sheila is the bag of my dreams, but there are so many dreamy picks from Hobo, in such an array of styles, colors, and functions, that all of us are bound to find our perfect bag that will last a lifetime (literally)!

Fortunately for you, me, and all of us, Queen of Hearts is hosting an in-store Hobo event on Friday, April 20th from 3PM-6PM! The event will include an abundance of Hobo bag/wallet samples from our amazing sales rep Patty, discounts abound, tasty snacks on the house, and a giveaway of a *divine* Lauren wallet.

Hobo was founded by a single mother in Annapolis, MD with a hobby of sewing leather scraps into gorgeous bags, and it since has blossomed into a worldwide sensation. All the while, Hobo has maintained an unwavering commitment to producing products with with timelessly cool designs and flawless functionality.

On the 20th, any bag, wallet, or crossbody available in-store can be yours for 15% off of its original price! Additionally, Patty will be bringing along more than 30 new bags & wallets to take a gander at, allowing *you* to create your own custom Hobo pick! Place an order and receive 10% off your prepay custom order!

The topper on this already delicious Hobo sundae is a GIVEAWAY of a Lauren Wallet ($128 value), one of the brand’s staples! The winner will be chosen and announced at 6PM.

This will be wonderful. There will also be free snacks. One lucky person will win a free wallet. Patty & the Queen of Hearts crew will be here to guide you toward your dream bag destiny!

Come one and come all, and RSVP on Facebook here!

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Prints for Spring! (That Aren’t Florals)

…Not to knock florals, of course. I love florals just as much as the springtime shopper, crawling out from the depths of their wintertime cave. In fact, I disagree highly with Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada when she utters this world-famous piece of cinematic sarcasm:

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Florals are groundbreaking all the time. Also, there are so many floral prints in the world – it is damn near impossible to run out of interesting possibilities. For instance, those featured on The Love Bug Dress seem to nod to Elizabeth Taylor, Donna Summer, and the Bedroom Decor from The Golden Girls (this is a compliment) all at once. The Java Skirt references botanical diagrams.

Despite the fact that we love florals, however, today I am going to highlight some non-florals, which are less abundant in springtime fashion, but fruitful here at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love!

Speaking of fruit and fruitfulness, let’s talk about food fabrics, including this darling blouse from PepaLoves, which showcases actual drawn fruit! The Denim Fruits Shirt has the ability to make wearing denim-on-denim look fresher than ever. Its structured silhouette would also look darling in contrast with a flowing solid color maxi skirt.

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Compliment your fruit shirt with some leafy green sandals – The Switch Over Sandals are a great way to wear your favorite plant!

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Polka Dots are a classic for any season, especially when referencing vintage fashions. Were you never able to have the extravagant sweet sixteenth birthday party of your dreams when you were younger? Have you always wanted to emulate The Original 1950s Barbie Doll, but were never offered the resources? Your wildest dreams can be fulfilled in The Hannah Dress from Voodoo Vixen, available in-store!

 

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Polka dots are a crowd favorite – an international sensation of a print. In Providence, however, we like to get a little bit more freaky with our iconography. Our cryptids, creatures, monsters, and freaks are cherished deeply by our community, as demonstrated in The Cryptid Legging from local funky/freaky designer Pretty Snake! Monsters featured in this print include Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, Abominable Snowman, Thunder Bird, Bat Boy, all illustrated by Julian Farmar-Bowers!

 

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Wearable illustrations are a blast, and so are wearable paintings! The Brush Strokes Dress is strikingly reminiscent of a used paint palette with gorgeous primary/secondary colors and an 80s casual silhouette. Eat your heart out, Jem and the Holograms!

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All of these lovely printed looks are available in-store at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love! Linked looks, and more, are available online at our website! Knock yourselves out, #queenofheartsbabe <3. No matter what your chosen print, you *are* groundbreaking!

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