Skirt: Material Girl, Macy's
Shoes: Charles Albert, Alloy
Bag: Worthington, J. C. Penney's
Bear Buddies Earrings
Did you hear? I left my heart in San Francisco, just like my shirt (and Tony Bennett) says and my ear in the mouth of a sand shark. Well, maybe not my ear. These lobes haven't been pierced since I was nine years old and let out an ear-splitting shriek in my mall's Piercing Pagoda. I let my ears, which turned out to be "sensitive" (i.e., they'd pus up if anything less than 14k gold passed through their delicate epidermis) close up a mere few months later, forever slamming the door on my chance at third grade glamour. They've remained unadorned ever since.
It's funny, then, that I recently started making my own danglers of the costume variety. For years, people have asked me, "Why don't you make earrings?" I never had a good answer. (Somehow, saying " 'Cause my ears aren't pierced, Swiss cheese head!" seemed bad for business.) Still, I persisted in my stubbornness, sticking with necklaces, barrettes, and the occasional novelty bag or bracelet. Until now. Yet another customer asked me about my earring-less inventory, and I thought, why not try my hand at a few auditory ornaments? So, I bought some wire earring findings, attached chains and charms with jump rings, and now I have ten pairs! It was so fun and easy. I even got into gluing cabochons on the charms of some, delving into my craft supplies to make the most of what I had. It just goes to show, I suppose, that breaking out of your comfort zone sometimes pays off.
Emphasis on the "sometimes." Despite my excitement about my newfound artistic endeavor, I'm in no rush to return to the Piercing Pagoda.