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It started, as these things so often do, innocently enough. I agreed to accompany a friend to her appointment at our neighborhood piercing emporium, and then of course—because what I really want is another tattoo and this seemed like a harmless enough stand-in—before long I was ponying up for a piece of the action. And it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t feeling quite hardcore enough to consent to one of those (ouchy-looking) upper-ear pierces like the cool girls have, because I think my little row of hoops feels sweet and feminine; even understated. Not that I don’t imagine I’ll be mixing things up a bit eventually.


1. Ariel Gordon 2. Wendy Nichol 3. Gabriela Artiga 4. Maya Brenner 5. Melissa Joy Manning 6. Doyle & Doyle  7. Blanca Monros Gomez 8.Stone


Photo by my very talented photographer brother Todd.

Posted on August 12th, 2014 31 Comments

31 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    I wonder, are you familiar with Wendy Brandes’ work? I could easily imagine one of her earrings playing its part in your new lineup!

  2. c.w. says:

    These multiple hoops look really good on you. An edgy, but still classy look that is so hard to achieve. You are on a journey!

  3. Lesley says:

    Awesome photo, Kim! I feel all kindred because I recently shoved open all my ear piercings from my 20s again and have been sporting tiny hoops…and I have cove

  4. Lesley says:

    whoops, coveted ruby studs for a long time

  5. Katie Lynn says:

    I have three lined up in a row like yours, but had to take the hoops out of my second and third holes because the hinges were ripping my hair behind my ear (which is a problem when one has hair midway down her back). Those Melissa Joy Manning ones look perfect for my problem!

    I almost did the same thing a few years ago, when my friend got a second hole for her birthday. She was a bit scared as her ears had been pierced as a small child and she didn’t remember it. Unfortunately I have really small ears, and the fourth hole would have had to have been a cartilage piercing.

  6. AmyM says:

    So cute! You look super happy and your lashes are looking killer!

  7. Ann says:

    I’ve been considering reusing the extra two holes I had pierced in college. Is this a 50 year old mid life thing we are all experiencing? 🙂

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      I would say, “Yes!,” Ann. My friends and I each added an extra piercing one night after dinner at the campus cafeteria….the food made you want to put holes in something, I guess…So, one shot of whiskey, and a few exhortations to “Remember our soldiers in Vietnam!” in order to deal with the pain, I had two holes in one ear (We figured it was edgier.)
      I really don’t have a desire to reopen old wounds, however.

  8. tamara says:

    got my third tattoo to celebrate my 50th…my hair is too wild for multiple piercings…

  9. Ann says:

    I won’t do tattoos as I live in Seattle, and everyone has them, but I do think Kim’s is beautiful.

    Kim, are the small hoop earrings from the piercing place, or do you have a recommendation for some very thin gold hoops for those extra holes?

  10. Grenadine says:

    I love this! Looks great, I’m surprised by the combo of elegance with edginess. The hoops are perfect. I also love your tattoo. It’s hard to stand out with a tattoo in Portland, Ore. but maybe I will get one someday. Yours is one of the loveliest I’ve seen – so many of them are trying so hard to be edgy that they come off as cliche. A long time ago I had an idea of getting a tattoo of an old 17th or 18th-century cameo piece that I saw in a museum once in the South where I am from. It was a beautiful simple sillhouette of a lady framed in a simple design and I thought it would make a beautiful tattoo on the inside of my wrist. Maybe someday…But love the idea of a liberty print! I am actually currently looking for a liberty print barbour jacket — wish that J Crew or somebody in the USA would come out with a good one but I might just have to get it from the UK. Crazy shipping prices but probably worth it…..

    • KimFrance says:

      I love your idea for a tattoo! Go for it! J Crew sometimes sells the Liberty Barbour jackets, though they don’t appear to be doing so at the moment.

      • Ann says:

        You have the same reaction living in Portland as I do living in Seattle. Your idea of a tattoo seems great though, and you would stand out for having a good one. I wish people thought more about what they were putting on their bodies in permanent ink. I agree with you, Kim’s is truly one of the loveliest I’ve seen and I’ve seen A LOT of tattoos! There is a tattoo convention in Seattle this weekend, and I bet nobody has your cameo idea.

        • Grenadine says:

          Thanks for the encouragement on the tattoo idea…I’m about to turn 45 so hey, maybe I’ll go for it! And yeah, I could relate to what you were saying about Seattle, same here in Portland, hence my comment…

      • Heather says:

        I’ve also seen them turn up on Ebay from time to time.

  11. Jill Montaigne says:

    On days when multiples seem too fussy there are adorable ear ‘cuffs” that don’t require holes, radiate a little bit of “I’m still a style setter for my friends.”, plus the designer is a charming and kind woman from the Lower East Side. http://www.MarlaAaron.com

  12. viajera says:

    The multipierce thing doesn’t seem to move me one way or the other, but Kim — you look fantastic!!!!

    • viajera says:

      You know though, if it were a piece of chocolate cake you were trying to distract yourself from, by eating frozen yogurt … I’d say, just eat the cake. (You know … assuming no health issues with sugar… I gotta say that b/c of the mood here today.)

      I don’t get the sense that you’re one of those people who’s going to go out and tatt their whole body. I don’t even see you doing a whole arm (and I see a lot of that here). So, I don’t think there is much danger in another tattoo. And it is much safer than climbing Everest, I should think.

  13. kate says:

    I like the bravery but I dunno…the prices put me off. silver and rock crystal for 250.00? It bugs. Etsy does way the heck better.

    • Jennifer says:

      I agree. Whenever I see jewelry I like here, I search on Etsy and find similar or identical things for much less. I’ve seen silver studs just like #2 above for a fraction of the price. In fact, I may go and order them now.

      • JenM says:

        Yes! This is exactly what I do. See the pricey studs and then head over to Etsy for real-world prices.

  14. Anns says:

    Love it! Now I want to go and get 3 holes redone.

  15. Meghan says:

    Huh! I have three piercings on one side, and one on the other. The three on one side are the result of me wanting a second piercing SO BADLY as a 12 year old that I found a piercing place that would only charge me HALF of the cost, and that was all I had. A few years later I got another hole, just to be different. 31 now and still love it.

  16. Stella says:

    Was Colby your piercer? He did my daughter’s nose piercing a few years ago — I thought he was very nice and had such a calming presence.

  17. Susan says:

    I love it! I am now coveting those tiny hoops and plotting to buy some. I have second holes in each ear that I haven’t used in a very long time, but between this picture and my teenager looking so cute with her newly double-pierced ears, I’m feeling inspired to use them again.

  18. yvonne says:

    You look so happy and gorgeous! I could see you sporting something from this designer too – http://www.kathleenwhitaker.com/jewelry/double-post-stick-earring.html

  19. JenM says:

    I think you look awesome, Kim. Rock on!