Queen of Hearts

I abhor whimsy.  I really do.  So much so that after expressing that exact sentiment to my husband, he had it printed on the bum of boyshort undies and gave them to me for Christmas.  Paradoxically, I have always loved heart iconography (it is inherently whimsical, is it not?).  My great-grandmother wore a beautiful diamond heart pendant which I admired as a child and I suppose that is where the love affair began.  She passed it down to my grandmother, and when my grandmother died she left it to me.  It is one of my greatest treasures.

Whenever I see something with hearts – jewelry, clothing, images – I am tempted (that’s me, above center, at a concert with sisters Kate and Lauren).  And hearts are everywhere this time of year!  So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I am sharing with you the pieces that have caught my eye recently, with links added so that you may indulge in any way, and for anyone, you wish:

J Crew Heart Print Silk Blouse

So chic.  I have to admit I bought it.  I will wear it tucked into Habitual dark denim flares with black Brian Atwood patent leather Maniac pumps and a multi-strand mixed metal chain necklace to toughen it up.

Me&Ro Gold Sacred Heart Bracelet

I adore the above Me&Ro bracelet.  The cotton cord and ivory scrimshaw help create an intricate but not-to-sweet vibe, and the 18K gold setting and button clasp make it low-key luxe.

Smock Have My Heart Letterpress Card

Who wouldn’t love to receive a sweet sentiment written on a card from this eco-friendly paper company?

Rebecca Taylor Ikat Heart Cami

It would be perfect with white denim skinnies or cut offs and gladiator sandals.

Finn Onyx Heart Pendant Necklace

This necklace rocks.  The best part isn’t even the onyx heart or the diamond pendant – it’s the gold arrow toggle closure (click the link to see it).

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Sweet Coquette Truffle Collection

From my favorite chocolate makers (who got their start in Chicago), these truffles are incredibly decadent and worth every silky calorie.

And for those of you who prefer to keep your hearts undercover:

Only Hearts Cou Cou Coulotte Panty

These will go with anything…

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