Update: We picked a winner for the iTunes card, and it was comment #1—Casey Clifford! Congrats, Casey, I’ll be in touch about sending you your prize!
Spring is finally in the air in Florida—I swear, it was colder in March than in January here this year! But with warmer temperatures, I start reviewing the wardrobe to figure out what needs to go and what I may need to purchase. And this led me to today’s topic—one near and dear to many a woman’s heart.
No, not men. Earrings. Are you an earring lover? Take a look at Pinterest and see some of the great images people have pinned: http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=earrings
Some women like shoes (raising hand), and some like frills. Some women maintain exotic manicures (I always destroy nail polish within 5 minutes of leaving a salon, so I don’t even bother anymore). But a vast majority of the women I meet wear earrings. And they accumulate. Unlike socks, which tend to disappear, earrings seem to multiply in my jewelry box. Maybe it’s because they make great stocking stuffer gifts. Maybe it’s because it can be fairly inexpensive to make sure I have the right earrings for any outfit.
For everyday wear, I’m a stud girl. You can’t beat the convenience and subtle flash of cubic zirconia in 14K gold. But I also have pearl studs, lapis set in silver, midnight sapphire in a gold knot, and tiger’s eye in braided silver. I’m not much on hoops, but I do have one pair of diamond hoops (small, elegant, a hand-me-down), and a great Zuni silver hoop inset with slivers of many different stones. And, believe it or not, a search of my jewelry box reveals I still have some of my massive, heavy, dangly earrings from the 80’s. Come on, ladies, you remember—big teased hair and giant earrings?
One of my favorite pairs is a sterling silver Zuni war shield with totem animal charms that dangle from the bottom of the shield. They were a gift from a treasured friend, and even though I don’t wear a lot of things that call for those earrings, I’ll never part with them.
I grew up with a father who believed that only “loose women” pierced their ears. While my friends were getting their ears pierced in middle or even elementary school, Dad forbade it. My sister, five years older, braved his wrath by having a girlfriend pierce her ears with a needle. Note: not recommended. I remember watching: there was a cork, a lemon, a box of matches, rubbing alcohol, and ice cubes. And lots of “ouches” and a few choice curse words my ten-year-old ears had never before heard!
Me? I got my ears pierced on a college trip to the U.K. I was in Oxford and it was my 20th birthday. I truly memorable way to celebrate. I love having pierced ears. And my dad eventually forgave both my sister and me for our wayward ways. He even bought me a pair of earrings one year.
How about you? Are you an earring maven? Pierced or clip-on? Stud or dangle? Silver or gold? Share a special story of how you got your ears pierced or that special of earrings. I’ll give one lucky U.S. commenter a $10 iTunes card via email. (Sorry, iTunes says it only works on the U.S. store!)
Leave comments by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 3rd. I’ll pick a winner Thursday and post the name at the top of the blog. Thanks!