Blue, Navy Blue

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.”

-Herman Melville, Moby Dick

This is one of my favorite excerpts from literature, ever.  It is more emotionally relatable than just about anything I can think of, that “just about” being pieces of Leaves of Grass and the occasional sentence by Garcia-Marquez, but we’ll touch on that another time.  I have never seen the overwhelming horror of day after grinding, desultory, tedious day and the barely resistible urge to damage it and blindly flee from it and to subsequently be swallowed and lost by something cold and unfathomable stated so honestly, so truthfully, or so well as in the first paragraph of Moby Dick.    The tiny strings that bind a person to the life she lives from day to day seem so often like an offensive collection of cobwebs that beg to be violently brushed away with a shudder of disgust.  But those tiny strings are part of the deal.  You want to leave everything behind and stow away on a boat, or go live on a mountain, or go deep into the jungle and never come out, or join the circus, or live in a tent in New Mexico, but you don’t.  It’s just not what people do.  Instead we substitute, with vacations if we have the dough and with imaginations if we don’t.  In my experience, a good way to project your insatiable fantasies onto real life is to dress the part.  Raise anchor, sailor!

Shirt, Staccato, $42. Skirt, Ark & Co., $68. Necklace, With Care, $15.

Judith March Missoni weave dress, $102.

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea... Owl Necklace, Lulu Bird, $76.

I'm Your Present bib tank top, $28. Staccato cardigan, $15.60. Many Belles Down vintage inspired skirt (it has pockets!), $45. Headband (worn as necklace), $12.


Dress, Staccato, $49. Military-inspired Jacket, Staccato, $54. Vintage flower Necklace, Funny Little Bird, $40. Sunglasses, $14.


Bow Necklaces, With Care, $15.


From left: Vintage Pendant Necklace, Little Buffalo, $26. Anchor Earrings, Lulu Bird, $55. Mermaid Head Necklace, Lizz Freeman, $67. Red, White, and Blue Earrings, Thunderwing, $16. Stewardess Necklace, With Care, $18. Blue O Earrings, Glamourpuss, $30. Home Portrait Necklace, With Care, $18. Blue, White, and Red Earrings, Lulu Bird, $28.




About Queen of Hearts and Modern Love

Queen of Hearts est. 2006, a fashion boutique featuring cool, covetable jewelry, amazingly adorable dresses, and uniquely perfect accessories. Queen of Hearts also has a large lifestyle, gift and bath & body section. Located in the heart of the arts district in downtown Providence, RI. We have a little sister! Her name is Modern Love est. 2010. She’s a sleek, modern lifestyle store with a gorgeous selection of jewelry and accessories for you and your home. Carrying lines such as Herschel, Brixton, Fjall Raven, Orla Kiely, Paddywax, Crow Canyon and more. Not only do we pride ourselves on our top-notch customer service but, also provide complimentary gift wrapping for all your holiday gifts and treasures. We are also a dog-friendly shopping destination, year-round! We welcome you to step into our cozy, uniquely curated boutique where everyone is welcome. We are open every day!We love to see your beautiful face in person, but if you can't make it visit our new online shop at! Hours: Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM Thursday - Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM
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