Back in Black

I tend to shy away from wearing all black because A) It’s boring, B) My cat has a big white shaggy belly, and C) All Black is the ubiquitous uniform of members of the service industry, and when I wear it I can’t shake the feeling that I have to go to work.  But I’m feeling subdued today.  Maybe it’s the clouds, the rain, the cold.  Maybe it’s that I just ovulated, or that I’m feeling a lonely streak resulting from my herculean effort to stay home once in a while.  Maybe it’s the sight of my tomato plant still struggling to produce fruit while its leaves yellow and its vines whither, a testament to the inevitable victory of mortality over creation, the victory of failure over effort.  Whatever it is, I haven’t been reaching for my red dress.  I want to cloak myself in shadows and disappear.

The real revelation here is that dressing in black didn’t make us disappear at all.  It made us look very thin, elegant, and mysterious, and provided an excellent backdrop for our accessories.  For our subtly macabre gun casing and feather earrings.  For the sexy grandma turban hat and art deco necklace.  For our sleekly perfect, smooth, beautifully constructed 4-inch stilettos with the just-right toe and breathtaking vamp.

Lady Dress, knit turban hat, necklace by Shine, Thunderwing earrings, Hobo bag, Notty pumps.

Oh my God these shoes.

Notty Pumps

They’re so classy the labels on the boxes they come in are written in Latin.  They.  Are.  Beautiful.  The leather is stiff but supple, like a ballerina’s leg.  The insole is smooth, creamy, and flawless.  They’re so perfectly shaped, so perfectly proportioned, so perfectly perfect that they don’t look real.  These are cartoon shoes.  Jessica Rabbit wears these shoes, Betty Boop wears these shoes, Blondie Dagwood wears these shoes, but humans?  Humans like us?  Not until now.  And they come in FREAKING ORANGE!

Tulle dress, Gentle Fawn bag, Thunderwing earrings, Notty pump in RUST!

Black, orange and beautiful.  I just might be a grown-up for Halloween this year.


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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