Hey, hey, hey, today is Tuesday Talk!
In January, I shared my love of…
And then in February, we didn’t have power the day of Tuesday Talk due to the snow…so I didn’t get to post that month, but today I’m talking about one of the most popular questions in my inbox and DMs…my ear piercings.
(Insert a car screeching to a halt right here.)
There have been so many questions.
Today, I’m going to do a quick “here are my earrings” post because even though I feel a bit silly talking about it, so many of you are curious, so I’m going to share. Seriously, this is so not a big deal but you girls had so many questions, I feel like it needs to be addressed, BUT if you have a queezy stomach, don’t like to hear about/see pics about things that are kind of gross, stop reading. I want to be a honest, but honesty about ear piercings can be a little gross, so back out now if you’re not wanting that this morning.
Hi, my name is Shay and I have 9 earrings between my two ears…
…and you ladies have loooooots of questions.
On my right side, I have…
…three lobe piercings and two in my cartilage.
I have so much to say about just this one side!
1: My cartilage doesn’t look great right now because I’ve been sleeping on that side of my head so that I’m not sleeping on the other side. No one panic, they’re fine. They’re a little icky, but they’re fine.
2: I got my first lobe piercings when I was 12 and then had the second piercings done when I was 17 and the third (on just my right side) done when I was 18. When I was 19, I had my top cartilage pierced. So, since you’ve known me, I’ve had four holes on that side of my head, I just haven’t worn earrings in them in a very long time.
3: In December, I went to get my top cartilage re-pierced slightly lower than where it originally was (I thought it was too high), and while I was there, I met and fell in love with Patti (more about Patti below), and told her about how I had always wanted other piercings in my ears but honestly, I was a bit scared about doing it. Patti was like “oh, you’ll be back”. Patti was right because a few weeks later, on Christmas Eve, I went back and got the second cartilage pierced below it. I have two different size bars in there, and they’ve already been switched out. Again, this is not the best pic of them because they’re a little irritated right now.
4: Randomly, if you’ve been around here for a while, then you might remember that my original bottom hole on this side (the one I got when I was 12), ripped all the way through one night the week before Kensington went off to kindergarten. Do you remember that? I was bending over in my kitchen to get tubberware out of a lower cabinet when my earring fell completely through my ear and hit the floor. Followed by a lot of blood. Do you remember? Oh my gosh. I cringe just thinking about it now. I went to the dermatologist and basically for 13 months, I wore mostly studs as it healed. After that, I vowed never, ever, ever to wear heavy earrings again, and I haven’t. If you ever see me wearing earrings, they’re light. They are super light.
So, that’s my right side.
On my left side, I have…
…my original two lobe piercings (from when I was 12 and 17) followed by my tragus and orbital piercings.
Let me tell you about this side (again, I feel silly deep diving into my ear piercings!)…
1: See how nice this ear looks? I’m over-compensating when I sleep to protect that tragus piercing, so the cartilage is suffering but these look great 😉 .
2: I’ve allllllllways wanted my tragus and orbital pierced. Geez, I bet I was trying to convince my mom to let me get these pierced when I was 16, but because of the extracurriculars I did and the fact that I was a kid and I’m sure she realized I wouldn’t properly care for them, she never let me. (Good decision on her part by the way!) Then, when I got older, I had “grown up” jobs as a very young person, so I was always trying to make myself look older and not youthful, so I didn’t do it. And then, I became a mom and well, I didn’t think I should. Buuuuut…now, I’m a self-employed mom who is almost 40 and life is just too darn short not to go for it sometimes 😉 . I mean, maybe these only last a year or maybe I’ll keep them forever? Who knows? All I know is that it was something I’ve always wanted to cross off my bucket list, so now, I can say I have.
3: I got my tragus pierced first and then my orbital about two weeks later. Did they hurt is a very common question in my DMs, and my answer is not nearly as bad as I had imagined! Honestly, they weren’t a big deal at all. That being said…my tragus swelled up after the first week and the bar came unscrewed, so I went back in and Patti (bless her heart) had to fish out my bar and pull it through. I really think I have a high pain tolerance (I feel like you all know that about me), and up until that day, I had always said the most pain I’d ever been in was when I fell and cracked my tailbone (oh my gosh, that hurt so bad)…but as she was fishing out my tragus bar, I almost blacked out. I literally saw stars. So, now, if you ask me what the most pain in my entire life has been, I’m going to say that moment. Give me a c-section any day over re-piercing my tragus. Agh. It was terrible.
So, that’s that.
I’ve never looked more cool in my entire life. Bahahahaha! I mean…this is how I have been walking around for the last 3 months.
Sigh. I fully expect phone calls from both my mother and my grandmother by 9:00 AM. Sigh again.
If you need an ear piercing guide, I like this one the best…
…if you’re wanting to know where I got my ears pierced, then I can’t recommend this awesome lady enough…
…this is Patti and she owns The Magic Needle on our town square. Listen, I’ve been telling you for years that our historic town square has everything you need from bakeries to antique stores, pubs, steakhouses, an old book store, a pet shop, a candy store, ski shop and yes, even a piercing parlor 🙂 . We are an eclectic little square to say the least. I adore Patti and her employees there at The Magic Needle. Not only have I been there for myself, but I’ve even gone with friends recently to watch them get pierced too. She is so sweet, she takes her time, she is so informed and she and I have bonded over more than just piercings. I am so blessed to call her my friend now. I don’t think I’ve hugged anyone outside of my kids in a year, but I had to get a hug from Patti for this pic because just before, she was showing me pictures on her phone of her 24 year old son who is currently serving our country, and she was beaming, I was emotional…everything about her makes me happy.
A new friend, new piercings…what more could a girl want in 2021? 😉
So…that’s the deal with the holes in my head. I received a lot of questions about the earrings, the four that Patti pierced are ones she sells in her shop for the piercings, so I don’t have links for those. The three gold studs that I wear all the time in my original lobe piercings are HERE. I wanted studs that were small, gold and a really nice quality so that I don’t have to change them out, can shower in them, sleep in them, basically forget about them. My arrow necklace is HERE and my moon necklace is HERE (right now, it’s 40% off).
…I really just love it so much!!
Sooooooo…tell me something you’ve always wanted to do but just haven’t or tell me something you had always wanted to do and finally did. I want to hear!!!
Love you ladies! See you tomorrow for Let’s Look!! xx