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Why You’ll Never See My Ears Pierced

“You never really know a woman until you’ve seen her jewelry.”


So I usually don’t post personal stories on here but I thought this one would be appropriate considering how much I love jewelry. I’m sure your reaction to this post is ummmm EXCUSE me?!?!? Why aren’t your ears pierced? Usually on my Instagram, you won’t see my ears unless my hair is up, so probably a lot of you haven’t thought about this. But I get asked a lot so I thought I’d tell you all about my qualms with getting my ears pierced.

The Time I Almost Passed Out

Growing up, my mom always said she would let my big sister Ashley and I get our ears pierced when we turned 11. As a little firl, I dreamed of the day I could wear beautiful dangling earrings. I remember when Ashley turned 11 and I was so insanely jealous. She got her ears pierced at Claire’s like almost every other tween did back in the early 2000s.

I honestly can’t remember how much time passed but eventually she got an ear infection. We of course had to take her to the doctor to get it taken care of. I was still pretty young so I don’t remember much of it BUT the biggest thing I remember was catching a glimpse of Ashley’s infected ears. I am super squeamish with that kinda thing and I almost passed out. So embarrassing!

As we were leaving, my dad kept asking doctors if they had a pail for me to throw up into but they said they didn’t have anything (seriously…this is a frickin’ medical office and they weren’t prepared for this). They gave me a little tray and sent us on our way. Great story, right?

Ever since this happened, I have decided getting my ears pierced was out of the question for me.

My Fear of Needles

Alright so I know this is a common fear but after the whole ear infection fiasco, needles freaked me out even more. I can’t stand the sight of a needle, even when I’m getting a flu shot. There is no way in hell I will let a needle anywhere near my ears. No thank you!

I Wear Enough Jewelry

This must sound ridiculous to people who know me because i’m pretty extra most of the time. But even when I was little, I always preferred necklaces and bracelets to earrings. Not really sure why but I’ve always had so much fun with other jewelry. At this point, I make enough of a statement with my necklaces and bracelets that I don’t feel like I ever need to get my ears pierced.

Those are really my three biggest reasons that you won’t see my ears pierced EVER. I honestly admire people who do it because I know I never could. I also love seeing other people with awesome earrings but they’re not for me.

What is something you refuse to do or wear?


Packing for a Quick Getaway Trip

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

– Helen Keller


Anyone else wanting to leave winter behind for even just a quick getaway? I know I’ve already started planning a couple trips myself. In fact, I’m leaving for a short weekend in San Antonio in a few days AND I’ll be in LA for a few days in a couple weeks for work. So I’m SUPER ready to leave the coldness of Colorado behind, even just for a few days.

If you’re like me and you have a ton of crap, you’ll know how hard it is to pack lightly for a quick getaway trip. I’m definitely still learning how to keep it simple for short trips (who else has a hell of a time narrowing down what shoes to bring). I thought I would throw out some tips for you so you’ll be set for your next trip.

Invest in packing cubes

Ok I’ve been wanting to get these for a long time but still haven’t. I’ve heard packing cubes are a great way to compress all your clothes and leave space for other essentials. Plus they keep your clothes wrinkle free, which is pretty awesome. There are so many different sizes out there too, so you can find some that will fit your needs. I know I’m definitely considering getting some for my upcoming trips. Check out these packing cubes:



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Stick to a maximum of three pairs of shoes

This one honestly hurt to even write because I’m such a shoe addict! But there’s no sense in taking up the entire suitcase with shoes. I try to bring three pairs of shoes that will go with everything I’ve packed. And even though it may be a quick getaway, I try to bring a nice pair of shoes for going out in. But most of the shoes I pack tend to be more practical ones. Depending on the weather, I try to bring one pair of tennis shoes (with a little sparkle, of course), a pair of flats and then a nicer pair like some fab booties.

Find a lightweight makeup bag for all your beauty products

I’ve been through God knows how many makeup bags for traveling. Luckily for me, I’ve got quite the collection of drawstring bags from when I was a Sephora Play subscriber so those tend to be my go to when I travel. If you don’t have any drawstring bags, I would recommend finding one because they’re really lightweight and easy to throw all your beauty products into. And I tend to pack a lot of makeup and skincare (yes, even on a quick getaway) so these bags are great because they hold A LOT.

Don’t bring your entire purse collection

This one is also hard for me to remember but when you’re going on a really quick getaway, you need to stick to the essentials. I usually will only pack either 1-2 crossbody bags or just one large purse. The crossbody bags are so easy because they’re not bulky and they can be packed really easily. But sometimes I prefer using a large purse only so I can pack smaller things that don’t fit in the suitcase. And I try to stick with purses that will go with the outfits I packed so I’m still stylish!

Get travel-sized EVERYTHING!

Seriously this will save so much room in your luggage! Before I travel anywhere, I go to Ulta or Sephora and pick up travel-sized versions of my must-have products. That way I’m not lugging around a giant bottle of shampoo or my full-sized bottle of setting spray. Need to blow dry your hair on your quick getaway? Find a travel hairdryer or if you’re staying in a hotel, stick with that. You can also go to Target or Walmart to grab some travel bottles to fill with body wash or hair products. There are so many travel-sized items now, it’s insane!

I’d love to hear some of your packing tips when you’re going on a quick getaway! Sound off down below.