Thursday, November 22, 2012

The One with Pierced Ears

When I was 10 years old I kept my room clean for an entire year - my incentive was getting my ears pierced. At long last the year was up and we were in Utah for vacation visiting my cousins, Maren (then 7 years old) and Sara Jayne (6). We made our way to the Claire's at the ZCMI Center Mall (which was torn down in 2007 and is now City Creek Center, FYI.) I gripped my mother's arm as the needle pierced through my flesh, leaving a little gold stud. Then Maren got her ears pierced and then my mom got her 2nd earholes pierced - later which she would remove after President Hinckley's suggestion. Once we got back to Maren and Sara Jayne's, Sara Jayne was so sad that she didn't get her ears pierced that we turned around and marched right back to the mall to get her ears bejeweled too. We kept Claire's in business that day!

Oh how much fun I had once the wound had healed switching out my earrings every day! One of the best things about being a girl is accessorizing and earrings were muy importante. Over the years the styles of earrings changed - big hoops, small hoops, chandelier style, wood, acrylic flowers, feathers - you name it, I probably had a pair.

And then out of nowhere in 2007 my ears became allergic to anything but pure gold! How does that even happen? So basically I have an entire collection of earrings that I can't wear anymore and here they've hung for the past 5 years, all but forgotten.
Well, yesterday, after nearly 5 years of nothing in my ears, I decided to put little fake diamond studs (with real gold components) in. How feminine I feel! 
Are earrings not in style these days? I haven't been paying attention! But I'm going to start looking around because it'd be fun to once again take advantage of the holes in my ears. Maybe I'll get the courage to try a different, more outlandish pair tomorrow and see if I'm still allergic.
It's time to bring earrings back in style!

10 comments:

Paula said...

I remember those earrings back in the days! A certain roommate loved borrowing them, if I remember correctly haha

Stasia Shin said...

OMG! I am allergic too...but I have been ever since I can remember. Any jewelry that is not of the highest quality has me breaking out in a rash, swelling up, or whatever...I have tried nickel free products but it doesn't seem to fix anything. Let me know if you find anything that works!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Some people can paint their earrings with clear nail polish and that will keep them from reacting the the fake earrings. I used to work at Claire's and that was a tip I learned. I don't think it would work on everyone and you probably have to repaint every time.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Bummer you can't wear your old ones anymore! I think the little studs you have on are cute!!! I haven't worn earrings in YEARS ... cuz I am always wearing my hair down, so you can't see them anyways! LOL! Happy Thanksgiving!!

his little lady said...

I'm so mad because I got my ears pierced when I was 8 but for some reason my ears started getting really infected every time I would wear earrings on one side so I just stopped wearing them for the past few months. I really didn't even notice, and I feel like people really don't wear them that often anymore anyway. But I went to try and put my earrings in and it wouldn't go all the way through. I'm so sad. Hoping the swelling just has to go down and it will work again! Fingers crossed!!

Angelina said...

I love earrings. I wear diamond studs every day. They are small in simple but can really class you up if you choose not to wear other jewelry. I'm the same way though my ears don't like the earrings with nickel in them. :(

Lora Oliver said...

Generally it is the nickel that causes your ears to itch. Claire's offers nickel-free sensitive skin earrings that might be the place to start. The nail polish thing helps as well and usually two coats is enough unless you wear the same pair all the time and/or in water. Good luck! I love earrings and hate when I react to a pair.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE this pic of you--BEAUTIFUL! I'm sad that your ears are allergic to anything but pure gold. Maybe that's what's wrong with my ears!

I never take out my earrings because 1) they are diamonds that my husband bought me as a wedding gift (I have 7 piercings-- four diamonds and three hoops) 2) the hoops are never-ending (once you put them in you cannot get them out easily) and 3) the diamonds are screw-backs (you have to screw them in and screw them off). It's not worth trying to switch them! LOL!

Happy THANKSgiving!!!

ps...this was a LONG comment! LOL!

*reyanna klein* said...

Awww! You look beautiful! :-)

I wear pearls nearly every single day. I also have two more pairs that I trade off between if my pearls don't really *go* that day.. ;-) They're still studs though, and I got them at Anthro. :-) (They don't have the exact color I have, but pretty close... ;-) )

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/741809.jsp?color=055

I also have some peach ones (from Anthro) similar to these beauties:

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/26404061.jsp?color=030

Sj and Ty said...

This made me laugh. I vividly remember that day and hiding in the shower crying because I couldn't get mine pierced like the big girls. Such a spoiled child I was! Love the studs : )