Amy at The Over Thinker (Funny, funny girl) did a post last week showing photos of herself with pink-streaked hair. I mentioned that I missed my nose ring and thought I might try pink hair in order to regain some semblance of coolness.

She emailed me back almost instantly hooting and hollering about the fact that I once had a nose ring. She also asked if I could post a photo of it for her birthday. Which was Friday. Three days ago. I suck. I promised her that I would eke out some time this weekend to search through my photo archives for a picture of me sporting of said nose ring.

Her reaction also made me realize that many people who read this site might not know that I ever even had a nose ring. I have pierced my nose a total of three times in my lifetime. Yes, three times.

The first time was in the fall of 1999. I was single and on a weekend road trip to Calgary with a group of friends to see our friend Riley Armstrong perform. I went to a downtown tattoo/piercing parlour, braved a big FAT needle and emerged with a nose ring.

I felt spunky. Hot. Sassy. I loved my new look and my ring. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT.

My StepMom even supplied me with a Bible verse to affirm my actions. The full passage is Ezekiel 16:9-14, and the specific part regarding nose rings is as follows:

I adorned you with jewelery: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.

God likes nose rings! And jewelery in general. He is awesome.

I met Matthew shortly after I got my piercing. He also thought me to be spunky. Hot. Sassy.

We were soon engaged and I got the inane idea in my head that maybe a nose ring was not appropriate for wedding photos. Honey protested, but I took it out and let the hole grow over. I also sold my motorcycle to put towards our wedding fund (we paid for the wedding ourselves). I gave up all of my symbols of coolness, but got to be married to Superman. Fair trade.

Shortly after we got married, I mentioned that I missed my nose ring. Matthew did too! We headed downtown (Vancouver) to another tattoo/piercing parlour. They pulled out the big FAT needle and I was soon sporting another nose ring. I walked out with a skip in my step because I felt like a little part of me had come home again. I LOVED IT.

A year or so later, we moved up here to the Okanagan. I landed a job at a prestigious firm where nose rings were frowned upon. I took it out, only to get a job a month later at a firm that was more me. Nose rings would have been totally fine, but mine was long gone. I did my best to cope.

Then, almost four years ago, a friend of mine wanted to get a nose ring. I was ALL OVER getting it done again. We went to a place in the mall that used piercing guns as opposed to a needle. No biggie. Or so I thought.

I spent the next year battling my nose and the ring. It kept getting infected, and I kept cleaning it with rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. NOTHING WORKED. I grew tired of having a festering wound full of pus and finally took it out nearly three years ago. I figured that maybe my body had grown tired of me piercing it, and it was just time to put the dream to rest.

Every time I see someone with a cute little nose ring, I feel a little sad. And envious. I’m serious.

While Matthew and I were out on our date afternoon/evening yesterday, I thought I should take a look at the magnetic earrings offered in stores such as Claire’s. The selection was limited, and the earrings quite lame. It was not going to happen.

After supper, we went to the old downtown core of Kelowna. He got a monstrous waffle cone (which I nibbled on) and I took some photos. I showed him how I could use my mad photo skillz to take a photo of sun flare.

Sun Flare

We walked back to the truck and headed towards the highway. We were on a random side street and I saw a tattoo/piercing parlour. I asked Honey to pull over. I wanted to ask them if what I had experienced that third time around was normal. If maybe I was just not meant to be pierced anymore.

The girl behind the counter was a wealth of knowledge. She told me that piercings done by a gun often have issues as they are more disturbing to the skin. She also told me that rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are the WORST things you can apply. They are so strong that they kill the good bacteria that helps to fight infection. Not only that, they are usually the reason for the irritation and the infections.


I looked at Honey. He looked at me. The next thing I knew I was staring at a big, FAT needle.

I almost skipped out of there and burst into song. I AM THAT EXCITED. We got home and I had Honey take some photos of my new decoration. It took a few (dozen) tries, as I am a horrible model.


He has the patience of Job. Seriously.

We managed to agree on a few. Here’s one.

Me.  Pierced.

A self-portrait series (is two a series?) would not be complete without the kissy face.

Kissy Pierced

I really hope my nose ring gets to stay this time. BECAUSE I LOVE IT.

Next thing you know I will be buying a motorcycle and blowing the dust off of my helmet and Kevlar jacket.

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  1. Mrs. Wilson June 15, 2008 9:07 pm edit

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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  2. Elizabeth June 15, 2008 9:09 pm edit

    Looks Fab!

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..I didn’t knock hard enough

  3. Michele June 15, 2008 9:17 pm edit

    You go girl! I think I would be way to scared of the big needle, but I love how they look!

  4. songsinblue June 15, 2008 9:18 pm edit

    I think nose rings just suit us eh? It looks so natural and spunky. Hot. SASSY!


    songsinblue’s last blog post..I am my father’s daughter

  5. Shamelessly Sassy June 15, 2008 9:20 pm edit

    love it. I had a pierced nose once. It was a cute little stud. But I apparently have super thick nostrils, and it hurt like hell. My super thick nostrils also pushed it out.

    Shamelessly Sassy’s last blog post..Summa, Summa, Summa Time

  6. moosh in indy. June 15, 2008 9:25 pm edit

    And here I thought you couldn’t get any hotter.

    moosh in indy.’s last blog post..Faddahs.

  7. Heidi June 15, 2008 9:33 pm edit

    Hey Angella,
    Love the nose ring, it looks fab.
    From a fellow nose-ring wearer!!!

    Heidi’s last blog post..Protected: A Talky Blog ~ Just For You

  8. Louise June 15, 2008 9:37 pm edit

    Looks sooo cute! Well, and cool of course!

    Louise’s last blog post..Protected: A Talky Blog ~ Just For You

  9. Rachel Joy June 15, 2008 9:44 pm edit

    Can you possibly get any cooler? Seriously. What do the kiddies think?

  10. Victoria June 15, 2008 10:04 pm edit

    Eeee, fun! :)

    And what a neat little insight into you.

    Victoria’s last blog post..Guess What We Got Today*?

  11. Sharon June 15, 2008 10:22 pm edit

    Yay! It looks so fantastic!

    I got mine done almost 2 years ago, and I’ve never regretted it for an instant!

    Sharon’s last blog post..Dad’s Day

  12. sizzle June 15, 2008 10:25 pm edit

    In a word: hawt.

    sizzle’s last blog post..What Keeps Me Up At Night

  13. Robyn June 15, 2008 11:09 pm edit

    Looks great! I love nose rings on other people…not going to happen to this nose though, lol. So….did it hurt to get done?

    Robyn’s last blog post..Woohoo!

  14. The Over-Thinker June 15, 2008 11:30 pm edit

    OMG you look so sexy—such a good choice—fabulous look on you! I’ll bet Superman was very happy with you having a new stud in your life. And I know it’s probably completely delusional, but I’m going to tell myself that I helped you come to this decision :)

    Thanks heaps for the linky-love!

    The Over-Thinker’s last blog post..Footwear Sundays: Wedding Edition

  15. bethany actually June 16, 2008 3:20 am edit

    I was picturing you with an actual ring-type adornment on your nose, like Joan Osbourne in the “What if God Was One of Us” video. I love your cute little nose piercing! I always think those look so cool on other people, but I don’t have the guts to get one. Go, you! (Pink hair, I think I could manage.)

    bethany actually’s last blog post..Day 1 – With a special guest appearance

  16. Mar June 16, 2008 4:32 am edit

    Wow! It looks awesome! You can really pull it up. And congrats for taking back a small part of you!

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  17. Mar June 16, 2008 4:33 am edit

    That should read You can really pull it OFF. I really shouldn’t comment before having a cup of coffee :)

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  18. Mar June 16, 2008 4:46 am edit

    Ok, so i’m a mess this morning. SO SORRY for for cluttering up your comments :) Didn’t notice that I hadn’t changed my blog so my spiffy new one lol…

  19. Sue June 16, 2008 4:50 am edit

    I love it too! Looks awesome ~ I hope it’s there to stay! I could never pull that off. Too many freckles on my nose. The stud would get lost among them.

    Sue’s last blog post..No More Pencils… No More Blogs Books

  20. witchypoo June 16, 2008 6:57 am edit

    For some reason, I was picturing an actual ring, but the stud looks great. You wild woman, you.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Sattiday in Maine

  21. She Likes Purple June 16, 2008 7:26 am edit

    My MIL recently got her motorcycle license at the age of 50. It’s never too late to dust off that jacket. We’re a motorcycle family, and I assume I’ll get my license one of these days. When Mike stops going pale and shaking at the thought of it.

    You look fantastic!

    This is how I feel about tattoos. In fact, I plan to get another one in 2009.

    She Likes Purple’s last blog post..His Mother

  22. GymBrat June 16, 2008 7:35 am edit

    i LOVE it! :) you would NEVER believe- if you have ever seen a photo of me- (and by looking at my blog, that is not hard to do!)- but, i have had TWO tongue piercings. don’t ask me WHY- i really have no idea! but, yours looks hot. glad you like it. :)

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  23. Jen June 16, 2008 7:35 am edit

    I’m jealous! I’ve always wanted a nose ring and was too chicken. As soon as I got enough nerve, I was a mom and kept telling myself “Moms shouldn’t be going out to get their noses pierced.” But you did! and you are pulling it off! Maybe there’s still a chance for me. :)

    Looks great!

  24. ali June 16, 2008 8:34 am edit

    you are 1,000 kinds of awesome. looks AMAZING. super hot!

  25. hills June 16, 2008 8:38 am edit

    looks great!
    you’re so brave – I hate big fat needles

    hills’s last blog post..But You Know Cold-Blooded Women Make Me Sneeze

  26. Jill - GlossyVeneer June 16, 2008 8:42 am edit

    Okay, you look great! I would never be able to do the nose ring, I might consider the pink streaks in my hair though!

    And I love the bible verse referenced, that’s pretty cool!

    Jill – GlossyVeneer’s last blog post..Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  27. Mel June 16, 2008 9:23 am edit

    YAHOO, LOVE it, very tame and classy choice!

  28. Kami June 16, 2008 9:33 am edit

    WOW! I so didn’t picture you as the nose ring type but it WAY suits you.

    HAWT, as always!


    Ps who knew the bible covered nose rings? Certainly not I! :-)

    Kami’s last blog post..Saturday in the Park

  29. metalia June 16, 2008 11:46 am edit

    You look incredible…and you’re totally making me want to get my belly button re-pierced (should my stomach ever return to its former state, post-bebe)!

    metalia’s last blog post..I’m Still Here

  30. Tressa June 16, 2008 12:31 pm edit

    You look hot and fabulous.

    Tressa’s last blog post..Spring Wrap-Up

  31. Kaza June 16, 2008 12:39 pm edit

    Wicked!!! I’ve always wanted a nose ring or eyebrow ring but just cannot pull off that kind of look. I think these reclaimings of our former selves are critical, and seeing yours gives all of us courage to do the same.

    Kaza’s last blog post..To the Hubster

  32. skiplovey June 16, 2008 12:56 pm edit

    So sassy! It really looks great on you. I thought about one a long time ago but they really only look fab on people with cute little noses and my schnozz, not so much.

    skiplovey’s last blog post..The party is over

  33. Kristabella June 16, 2008 1:03 pm edit

    I love it! It’s so cute! So you and not all up in your face like HEY YOU! YOU THERE! LOOK AT MY NOSE RING!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..I Just Love Saturday

  34. Hannah June 16, 2008 1:26 pm edit

    I love it!! It looks awesome!

    Hannah’s last blog post..The family flu

  35. Tannis June 16, 2008 1:57 pm edit

    I understand about the re-piercings. Had a nose ring, took it out for a job – got a navel ring instead (employer couldn’t see that). Got pregnant and took the navel ring out. Felt lame, got the nose ring back. After I got into shape after baby #2 I felt awesome and got the navel re-done. Got pregnant again, took it out again *sigh*. I don’t think the belly is up for any more abuse so I might look into tattoos…

    Tannis’s last blog post..Rossland Devine

  36. Chelsey June 16, 2008 3:30 pm edit

    looks great, ive been trying to convice myself to get one for liek 3 years now! maybe, just maybe i should….

    Chelsey’s last blog dad

  37. Meg June 16, 2008 3:35 pm edit

    As soon as you said “piercing gun” and “rubbing alcohol” I nearly started crying!!!!! I’ve been pierced several times (at least 16, including nose, ears, navel, lip, etc) and WILL NEVER HAVE ANYTHING DONE WITH A GUN AGAIN. They are just all kinds of bad!!! I don’t care if it’s ears or what, I will spend the extra money to get pierced with a needle that can be SANITIZED and doesn’t PUNCH through your skin, traumatizing it!

    Meg’s last blog post..Great plan and a great dad!

  38. Kristin June 16, 2008 3:37 pm edit

    Good for you!
    It totally suits you! You look SO good!

    Kristin’s last blog post..To Daddy

  39. Mocha June 16, 2008 4:21 pm edit

    It looks great on you! SO cute. I’m happy for you for doing this. It shows how bada$$ you are.

    Mocha’s last blog post..All Chicago-Like & Stuff

  40. joyce June 16, 2008 7:29 pm edit

    i love it! i love tiny, inconspicuous, piercings. it’s like “face-bling”!

  41. Andrea June 16, 2008 8:18 pm edit

    Dang girl! I have been mulling a nose ring over for like a year.

    I am such a WIMP!

    And look at you – three times! You wild thang!

    Maybe with my BRIGHT RED hair and a nose ring people might take me seriously! Cough, cough….


  42. jonniker June 16, 2008 8:22 pm edit

    I LOVE this. Love. Am a fan of nose rings, piercings and tattoos. I want more tattoos, but Adam says it would be pushing it, and he’s probably right, because left to my own devices, I would have TWENTY.

  43. Camels & Chocolate June 16, 2008 8:23 pm edit

    Cuteness! Oddly enough, I’ve been wanting a nose piercing lately, too (I thought this is one of those fleeting impulses that happens in your teens/college, not mid- to late-20s, right???). But alas, I’m too chicken. And my field’s a creative one, and I work from home so it’s not even that…it’s the fact that I got my belly pierced eight years ago, took it out three years after that, and it’s STILL horribly scarred, as in an additional gaping hole in my belly. So yes, it’s the scarring that worries me.

    Camels & Chocolate’s last blog post..Confessions of a Kleptomaniac

  44. Andrea June 16, 2008 8:23 pm edit

    Make that FOUR times!

    I’m SO sorry – I wouldn’t want to take away any of the bravery you had in facing a big FAT needle!


    Andrea’s last blog post..Vita-Mix dreams…

  45. slynnro June 16, 2008 9:40 pm edit

    I’ve never pierced anything but my ears. Because I am boring.

    slynnro’s last blog post..Who’s That Girl? Oh shit. It’s me.

  46. red lotus mama June 16, 2008 10:36 pm edit

    Love it! You look HOT!

  47. Meg June 17, 2008 10:29 am edit

    Ack! I didn’t mean for that first comment to sound so rude and “holier-than-thou”!!!! I just think gun piercings are gross, and am very passionate about it! I really really really didn’t mean to sound so rude!

    Meg’s last blog post..Great plan and a great dad!

  48. Kate June 17, 2008 11:37 am edit

    I’m thinking of a nose ring for my graduation present to myself (because, who else can get a nose ring for you?) and LOVE the inspiration – super cute and sassy!

    Kate’s last blog post..A New ‘Do

  49. Mrs. Flinger June 17, 2008 6:04 pm edit

    Yes Yes it’s Tuesday, I know. I forgot to mention that it was my Monday since I played hookey yesterday. ;-)

    But that does not change the “I’m so TOTALLY JEALOUS” of your nose ring comment because I’ve wanted one FOREVER. DAMNIT. I want one!

    Now I will lick your nose right. No, wait, that’s gross.

    Mrs. Flinger’s last blog post..Brutally Honest Monday: I will lick you

  50. kgirl June 18, 2008 12:41 pm edit

    It looks awesome! I got my nose pierced while on mat leave with my older daughter, but a few months later it was yanked out during a facial. I have been wanting to redo it ever since, but just haven’t. I think I will, now that I’m on mat leave again, as I need to feel just a bit funkier.

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