What We Heart Now – Tunnel of Love

heart shaped ear jewelry for Valentine's Daymodel: Iris Lys, plugs by David Oakley

At this point I’m assuming that everyone has seen at least one really cool looking heart tunnel or plug that they absolutely had to have.  There’s new styles popping up all of the time, and the bigger this trend gets, the more interesting and outside-the box the jewelry becomes.  It’s almost like we’ve opened up the Pandora’s Box of neat new ear treats, and now that it’s done, there’s no putting a lid on it!

Some of them are heart-shaped solid material, while others are standard circular plugs with heart shape cutouts, or even circular cutouts with heart charms set inside.  Silicone, natural stone, acrylic, wood; the list of materials and styles goes on, and with so much out there just waiting to be worn, it’s pretty much impossible to not find at least one that you’re into.

cool heart plug ear jewelry

What type of heart plugs have you gotten your hands on lately?  Let me know in the comments, and have a happy heart day this Valentine’s Friday!

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New Ways to Wear it – Dangle Plugs

new plug trend

The biggest problem faced by those of us with stretched lobes is not being able to wear those fun, glamorous dangle drop earrings that we all love so much. Well, not anymore! Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Plugs are made to fit in stretched ear lobes. New dangle saddle plugs have additional ornaments and dangling charms attached to them. They come in a variety of styles, from ornaments with extra long chains, faceted flowers, and brilliant crystals, to bold black flowers and hearts with charms like skulls or pistols for an edgier take on the trend. This look is perfect for any fancy special occasion such as a wedding, prom, or just a night on the town. Dangle plugs are perfect for any pretty girly girl or punk rocker chick who wants to make a big statement with her jewelry.

cool plugs with built in dangles

If you prefer tunnel plugs but still want the dangle you are also in luck. There are now special earrings that are made specifically for people with stretched ear lobes. The dangle earring is attached to a hoop that is inserted through your tunnel and then secured. And as most of us already know, regular hoop earrings and BCRs that are big enough can also be worn through tunnels or eyelets.

Whether your style is simple and elegant sparkle or alternative and edgy, the dangle plugs and tunnel plugs with hoop earrings are two looks that are really growing in popularity, so they’re both definitely one to try.

Seeing Everywhere – Dreamcatchers and the Native Mystique

dreamcatcher fashion

So, is it just me, or are there shots of dreamcatcher body jewelry and tattoos literally everywhere you look on the internet right now?  Don’t get me wrong; I love them too.  The whole idea of a mystical object that can catch your nightmares in its hand-woven threads and hold them safely away until sunrise is definitely appealing ( I don’t know about you, but I really could’ve used one as a kid).

Here are some of the cute dreamcatcher jewelry items that I’ve come across:

cute dreamcatcher dangle jewelry

Super cute, right?  I love this seafoam green/ocean blue dreamcatcher belly ring.  The tattoos are pretty amazing too.  They range from tiny (a couple inches), to life-size that might cover a foot, to huge ones that span across the entire back.  Ironically for something that’s so colorful in real life, the monochrome or colorless tattoos seem to be more popular, but every once in a while there’s an awesome blast of bright hues that just blows you away, like the floral one here:

sweet dreamcatcher tattoor art

I’m not sure how long this trend is going to last, but I hope it’s long enough for some even cooler dreamcatcher themed stuff to come out.  I think a dreamcatcher tongue ring would be awesome!

Celebrity Piercings – Girl Meets Body Piercing

Danielle Fishel as Topanga from Boy Meets World

I was highly interested when I saw the name Topanga trending on Twitter the other day. So many wonderful images flooded into my mind… oh sweet nostalgia. Being a child in the nineties I loved Boy Meets World, I mean who didn’t? That show taught me a lot about, well a lot of things. Danielle Fishel, the actress who played Topanga Lawrence, was a trendsetter and an icon for girls in my generation. She was intelligent and mature. Every girl wanted to be just like her, and her cover shot and spread in the April issue of Maxim proves that not much has changed. Even now I still want to be just like her. The only difference is now Danielle Fishel is not the same wholesome little girl she used to be. Now 31, she is all grown up: sexy, toned, and proudly showing off her beautiful belly button piercing.

Danielle Fishel in the 90s and right now

Danielle sports a simple, sophisticated white gold, diamond belly ring in her Maxim shoot. She proves that body piercings look beautiful on people of all ages, not that 31 is old by any means, just that she has been sporting the piercing since she was a teen. Sophisticated and elegant jewelry makes any piercings’ transition into adulthood a little bit smoother and it’s very easy to update your look to reflect your age. A more professional approach to body modification styling involves basic steel, silver, or gold jewelry with petite rhinestones or diamonds. This subtle, yet still noticeable, look is fantastic with any professional or casual attire.

Danielle Fishel and her cute belly piercing

Danielle has been dealing with the topic of body piercing since very early in her career. Before her Boy Meets World success, she also appeared briefly on the popular television show Full House. She played Jennifer, one of the girls who pressured Stephanie Tanner into getting her ears pierced. I remember this episode very clearly. It advocated going to a professional to get your piercings done. That’s a very important message, and many teenagers and young adults unsuccessfully attempt at-home body modification. In the show, even though she begged, Stephanie was told she couldn’t get pierced. She then went behind her father’s back and allowed her friend to pierce her ears. Shortly after doing the piercing her ears became badly infected. The moral is that self piercing can lead to infection and other serious health risks. It is so progressive and awesome when television shows deal with real issues that real kids and teenagers face. I didn’t have my ears pierced yet at that point in my life. I remember having the “piercing” talk with my parents shortly after seeing that episode. Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have parents who supported my decision to get my ears pierced; they took me to a professional, and thus began my addiction.

I also remember watching Danielle on TRL (Total Request Live) back in the late nineties. Quickly into the interview she stuck her tongue out to prove that the rumors about her having a tongue piercing were un-true. She had mentioned in a teen magazine that she did in fact want to get her tongue pierced, but had not gone forward with it. In that same interview she revealed that she did in fact have her belly button pierced and had a small tattoo on her back. Again, this was one of the first times that I remember seeing a star, especially a girl, talking openly about their body modifications. TRL and the media at large would eventually be filled with pop stars that advocated acceptance of body modification in pop culture, and innovated the industry’s standards of beauty. Besides Danielle, other stars like Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, and Brittney Spears showed off their belly piercings for the world to see. Every magazine had at least one sweet and stunning girl showing off her midriff bling. These superstars inspired millions of girls worldwide to get their navels pierced. When wholesome girls began promoting body piercing in such a fashion it helped to make all piercings less taboo and more acceptable for an everyday person to partake in the trend. “Well, if she has it pierced it can’t be that bad” was a statement that many of my friend’s parents uttered. This was an epic win for my generation. Body piercing was no longer seen as a deviant behavior that was only meant for prisoners and bikers.

Watching old episodes of Boy Meets World is like looking into a time capsule from my youth. I tuned in every single Friday for TGIF. I am excited about Girl Meets World, the new show starring Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage (Cory Matthews).  It’s very rare to be able to see a character’s development from child to parent,and now the tables will be turned and they’ll be dealing with the same (and different) issues that their own parents had to deal with. I know personally, I look forward to the day that my future children ask for their first piercing or tattoo. I’m definitely going to make sure that they are safe and smart about their decisions.

90s television show Boy Meets World

My hope is that Girl Meets World will still deal with real life coming of age stories, such as first love and body piercings, in the same educational, sincere, and optimistic way that the original series did. It is important for young kids and teenagers to have positive role models who are going through the same real life changes as them. It is also just as significant for people who are now mature adults to realize that your piercings can grow up with you and translate to a more sophisticated style. Danielle Fishel is a timeless beauty who has successfully transcended time and remained relevant in a highly saturated culture because she is relatable, genuine, and it doesn’t hurt that her adorable pierced belly looks better than it ever has.

Kiss Me I’m Irish – St. Patrick’s Day Body Piercings

Maybe it’s the three B’s (balloons, beads, and beer), that make Saint Patrick’s Day one of the best holidays of the year, or maybe it’s the amazing fashion that shows off our Irish heritage.  For those who are Irish, and many who aren’t, this fun and festive celebration provides the perfect opportunity to let loose and doll up.  More people every year are dressing up for Saint Patty’s including gorgeous makeup, flirty accessories, and awesome costumes.  Green?  You betcha.  Shamrocks?  Uh-huh.  And body jewelry?  Definitely!

cute green haired girl with piercings

With so much cute and clover-centric piercing jewelry available on the market, it would be practically sinful not to show off our love of all things Irish with a fun lip ring, some flirty ear plugs, or a dangerously beautiful belly ring.  Afterall, piercings are about self expression, right?  Just check out these super sweet ways that other celebrants are putting their best Patty’s Day fashion foot forward:

St Patty's body jewelry

Do you love the shamrock industrial as much as I do?  Another thing that’s super cute is these fun plugs:

cute Irish and shamrock ear plugs

Seriously, they make we want to stretch my ears just so that I can wear them.  Be sure to let me know what your favorite Saint Patrick’s Day body jewelry is in the comments, and keep the fun Irish fashion coming this St. Patty’s Day.

Piercing Beauty – the New Evolution of Nail Art

All of us ladies are interested in our nails, whether it’s just keeping our natural nails healthy, or going for broke with a set of extremely artsy falsies.  It seems like nail art trends speed by like a freight train, shooting from gem encrusted acrylics, to texture focused crackles, press-on ombre enamel strips, and back again.  But the newest nail decoration trend might just be the funnest yet, and may be breaking the cycle of here today, gone tomorrow fingernail fancy.  I’m talking about pierced nails.

Geisha Art Nails

Nail piercing can be done with both fake nails and real nails, and many places that offer it professionally pierce acrylic nails with a drill.  The jewelry used can be anything from a small gauge captive ring to a spring-loaded hoop, with some who practice the art at home even designing their own pieces using jump rings and less traditional piercing jewelry.  Some of the most popular styles are dangling gems that match color nail art, crystal studs, and regular stainless steel hoops.

Art Nails with Piercings

There are even how-to designs out there for creating special nail art with piercings for birthdays and holidays.  Just check out this sweet set of ultra-femme Valentine’s themed fingertips:

Pierced Fingernail Art for Valentines Day

Pretty cute, huh?  And since the nail piercing process itself is entirely temporary and painless, there’s no reason that all of us can’t indulge in a little nail-centric alternative beauty.

Crystal Dangle Style Captive Rings

Celebrity Style – Why We Love Adele

Adele Adkins.  She’s a maverick woman about town, a well of endless beauty across the realms of the visceral and ephemeral, and a force to be reckoned with.  Possessed equally of polish and punch, it’s easy to see why the world at large is contentedly doting on our latest crush.  She has a voice like a lark and a classically lovely face, but I’ll confess that what has me personally smitten, is her taste in earrings.

Adele's marvelous earrings

Adele’s overall style is undeniably vintage, and in music, maquillage, and general taste, the woman obviously shows a penchant for paired down sixties flare.  But it’s what hangs from those petite, pale, and feminine ears that tells the real fashion story.  In reality this porcelain princess shows a much more grown up and diverse retro aesthetic than many of her American counterparts, effortlessly incorporating designs that encompass everything from 1940’s to 1970’s, and all gently tweaked with a modern twist.

Retro Earring Styles

Perhaps the most empowering aspect of the world’s love affair with the British songstress though, is that in a world where thin is in, she makes no apologies for her vivacious curves, and we couldn’t be more delighted.  Fast becoming considered as one of the most beautiful women in music, Adele shows no signs of slowing down, having graced the cover of every magazine imaginable including Cosmo, Vogue, Rolling Stone, More, Out, Glamour, Scarlet, the Gentlewoman, Elle, Q, and more than one issue of Billboard.

Earrings style like Adele's

So why do we love Adele?  Why wouldn’t we?

Found – Best Holiday Belly Rings

So, everyone wants a little something special and fun to wear for the Holidays that’s unique and different right?  And especially in places where the weather remains above freezing all year long, more and more that special and interesting item is a belly button ring.  Well, in my search for my own amazing Christmas belly jewelry, I came across some of the cutest, most amazing, and one of a kind new styles, and after my journey was over, If figure, why not share?

Christmas Belly Piercing Jewelry

This is hands down one of the neatest new navel jewelry styles I have ever seen, and even though it’s pretty neat and new, there’s already enough of a variety out there that you might just want to grab three or four.  (I know I did.)  It’s called a super spiral, but I called super cute!

Wacky Cool Spiralled Belly Rings

The other new style that I came across that was super Christmasy and super fun involves actual jingle bells hanging from the belly ring.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  This probably isn’t the most discreet.  But the little bit of noise these beauties give off is actual part of their charm.  It’s really festive.

Belly Rings with Dangling Jingle Bells

And last but not least, here are a few new updates of old standards.  Have I mentioned how in love I am with snowflakes?  What could be better for Christmas than a touch of crystal, shine, jingle, and a little snow?

Christmas Belly Rings

Happy Holidays!

Coolest Piercings We’ve Ever Seen – Holiday Edition

In this edition of coolest piercings we’ve ever seen: dermals go deer-like, candy canes get repurposed, and fancy Holiday body jewelry gets taken to an entirely new level.

Cute Holiday Candy Cane Piercings

So most of us have seen some weird and interesting things come out of the world of dermal jewelry, but when did horns suddenly go mainstream?  That’s right, it’s now not only normal, but actually kind of cute to have microdermal, transdermal, or even subdermal horns.  The thing that translates so well into pop culture is that the horns themselves (at least those that have become fairly popular) are less outlandish and frightening, and more innocent and fawn-like.  Horns = cute…..who knew?

Reindeer Horn Piercing

Next on our list: candy canes become multi-purpose.  Okay, so stretching of the ear is nothing new, but the thing that makes this especially cool isn’t the piercing itself, but the choice of jewelry.  You might be thinking that this is so much less extreme than what I usually feature, but there’s no denying that everyone who sees this is going to wish that they thought of it.  I know I do!  Looking cute for the Holidays and having a built in snack?  Pretty sweet.

Candy Canes in Stretched Lobes

And finally, the best has been saved for last.  It’s beautiful, it’s bionic, it’s….really attached?  The answer to that question is a resounding yes.  The newest and most interesting thing to hit body piercing since the invention of the curved piercing needle gives seriously new meaning to the phrase “body jewelry.”  This unique method of body mod uses dermal anchors and surface bars to attach beautiful metal plating to the skin.  Most often paired with ink in celestial or tribal designs, this fun and fancy new form of super-piercing lets you go all out when the occasion calls for it, and then remove layers of bling when it’s time to relax.

Dermal Plate Piercings

Now that’s got to be one of the coolest piercings you’ve ever seen, right?