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Earrings — You Know What to Do With Them

I have seven holes total in my ears. Three in each lobe, and a helix piercing in the cartilage of my left ear. (What? It was the 90s.) I did that last one myself, in high school, with an ice cube and an earring post. Not recommended! I told my mom “I did something. If you don’t like it, I can take it out…”

Yeah, I don’t use all of those piercings anymore, but I do like one good pair of earrings. Pixie cuts and earrings are BFFs.

Cute Earrings

  1. Tela Earrings, Tiro Tiro
    I showed these in September, but I’m still thinking about ‘em.

  2. Rose Gold Flathead Studs, Bauble Bar
    The handywoman in me wants these.

  3. Mountain Hoop Earrings, Lila Rice
    Big and angular, FTW.

  4. Small Square Studs, Kate Spade
    Despite the name, these are not small. They’re of a lovely scale with a nice clear color.

  5. 1909 by Erica Weiner, Catbird
    For channeling William Tell.

  6. Torchlit Brass Drops, Anthropologie
    I’ve shown these before too, back in June. I keep hoping they’ll go on sale, but it’s not looking likely. So huge! So awesome!

  7. Staccato Earrings, Madewell
    These are teeny tiny, and I have worn these in my second ear piercings a few times lately. Rebel rebel.

  8. Stacked Jewel Earrings, J. Crew
    I’m not in love with the way they look on screen, but in person they’re fantastic.

  9. Lady Marmalade Studs, Kate Spade
    A pretty option for when you need a something sparkly but not TOO sparkly.

  10. Clara Earrings, Loren Hope
    These are larger than you might think, but I like that in earrings.

And I tweeted this when Eleanor initially said it, but it’s too good not to share here. Genius copywriting, by a four-year-old:

“Earrings. They can go in your ears, and STAY in your ears. Earrings. Put them in your holes.”

Style: Pink. Always.

Brought to you by Motorola Moto X: Thousands of combinations. Design yours.

I always return to pink.

I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, about needing a new winter coat. I did consider tailoring my old coat so that it would fit again, but the proportion of the pockets and lapels would look wrong on me now. So I ordered the pink coat I’d featured and even though it’s not my usual favorite shape, I love it! I suspect the color may be clouding my vision — my rose-colored vision — but I’m fine with that.

Motorola has just come out with the Moto X, which can be customized in 2000+ ways to match your unique style. So what color did I choose to inspire me as I put together a style post? If you didn’t shout PINK!, you must be new here. Hello!

Style: Blushing Pink

  1. Pink/Gold Triangle Earrings, Hive & Honey
    On sale, so go grab ‘em quick!

  2. Layer Cake Glasses, Rivet & Sway
    Perhaps the cutest glasses ever.

  3. Merino Tippi Sweater, J. Crew
    This is the sweater style I wore when I interviewed Martha Stewart, and I shall henceforth call it The Martha Sweater.

  4. Samira Wool Calf Hair Coat, Club Monaco
    Pale pink wool, with matching pink leather details.

  5. Ultra Skinny Pants, Gap
    These pants are the best! I have them in black, and in this bright red.

  6. Hamilton Heights Sloan, Kate Spade
    Ladylike pretty.

  7. Reese Brogues, Anthropologie
    I got very excited when I saw these, which is kind of a silly thing to say about shoes.

  8. Moto X, Motorola
    The perfect pink, with red for some kapow.

Someone noted that I seem to be wearing pants a lot more lately, which is true. I still rock a skirt or a dress pretty often, but now instead of only breaking out the pants a handful of times per year, it’s a more even mix. Pink though, is still ever-present in my wardrobe. Do you have a color that you always return to like that?

Madewell’s Oakbrook Anniversary Event

We had macaroons and lavender-infused lemonade at the Oakbrook Madewell last Thursday, and spent the evening celebrating the store’s one-year anniversary. I was a special guest of the store, and I had a lot of fun dressing up the mannequins in my favorite looks.

Madewell Looks

Look #1: Dotted ScarfLinebreak DressEveryday Clutch • I restrained myself from adding this dotted umbrella to the mix
Look #2: Silk Drop-Waist DressJournal CardiganArrowstack NecklaceCamden Tote • Bug Scarf (in store)
Look #3: Heartdot BoyshirtSoftstripe SweaterDrifter ShadesSkinny Skinny Ankle-Zip JeansThe Kensington Satchel

Madewell Look #3

Madewell Details

Madewell Look #2

Oh, man. Dressing up those mannequins was fun. HEY… future style post opportunity! (Just kidding. I won’t do that to you.)

I also pulled a rack of my favorites. You know, what I wish would magically appear in my closet.

Nicole Balch's Madewell Favorites

And I have a new favorite pair of jeans! Skinny, ankle-length, without the low-rise fit, and super-flattering. YES. Madewell just redesigned all of their denim so that it doesn’t stretch out or bag, and the store let me choose a pair a couple of weeks ago to wear to the event. (Everything else you see me wearing was mine, except for the bag which I carried around the store with the tags on, like a weirdo.) I’ve been wearing those jeans a lot lately, and they still fit like new, so A+.

Nicole Balch

My outfit: Black and White Shirt (similar) • Leafstitch SweaterHigh Riser Skinny Skinny Ankle JeansFrankie Suede PumpMallory Glasses • Hexagon Earrings (similar, but smaller) • Braided Friendship Bracelet • On the Dot Scatter Bracelet (seen here) • Botanical Rose iPhone Case • Crossbody Bag (in store)

Thank you to Madewell for having me, and a big thank you to all who came out for the event!

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