The Chanel Earrings That Got Away

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Katy Perry may have written The One That Got Away about a lost romance, but for me, that fling will always be about the 1980s Chanel thermometer earrings that I found in a resale boutique in SoHo. I’ve regretted leaving them behind so much that I’ve actually lost sleep over my decision. Beauty rest. REM cycles. How could I have been so foolish?

Whenever I feel a little restless, I like to do a little mindless shopping/strolling/people watching. On one particular grey day, I popped into a small resale boutique on the corner of Prince St and West Broadway just for giggles. In the jewelry case were the most perfect Chanel earrings that I had ever seen. Forget the cliche interlocking double C’s. These thermometers from the 80s are where it’s at. Fashion with a sense of humor! Where have they been all my life?

I snuggled them. I turned them over. The price tag was $350. I could buy them, but I couldn’t afford them. I spent 30 minutes trying to talk myself into just throwing down the plastic and caution to the wind. My inner voice was strong that day, and I walked away, but I’ve dreamed of them ever since. Responsibility is a real bitch sometimes.

Since they are from the 80s, there isn’t a lot of information about them online. They never pop up on eBay, and I’d all but written off any chance of ever finding them again. Why would anyone ever sell them?

I randomly flipped to my Tweetdeck and falling through my Timeline was an image of THE earrings attached to a tweet from Decades. I clicked through immediately and made my friend hold my hand. Could I actually afford them this time?

In a cruel twist of fate, Decades has priced their pair of earrings at $1,450. If I couldn’t justify spending $350 less than four years ago, I certainly can’t get away with spending more than month’s rent now. Someone from the Real Housewives franchise or a street style darling will scoop them up, but they’ll never love them like I could.

They’ll come back to me someday. Until then….it’s back to Chanel thermometer dreams and self-loathing.

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Sarah Conley
Focusing on style and self-esteem with her inimitable sass, Sarah has helped change the conversation about plus size fashion. She is a socially connected influencer, has been the star of viral videos, and helped lead an anti-body shaming campaign that earned an apology from O, the Oprah Magazine. With an approach that is more Role Model than Runway Model, Sarah has built a credible connection with the fashion community as a whole. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in TIME, CNN, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, and more. As a consultant, her social strategies have been executed by former clients ELOQUII, Undone Beauty, NARS, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, and many more. Currently, she serves as the Director of Marketing for Arkansas’s only cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas. When she’s not educating people on the wonders of artisanal cheese or taking her rescue dog, Blueberry Shortcake Flowers, for a walk, Sarah can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @imsarahconley.


  1. i HATE this feeling! it’s “l’esprit de l’escalier” except with purchases… or buyer’s remorse in reverse. i’ve had it several times in my life, but never so much that i lost sleep. hopefully that just means it’s fate and you’ll have them in your collection soon enough.

  2. Those are incredibly fabulous and I know that my suggestion I’m about to make can in no way compare to vintage Chanel so don’t scoff but Jewelmint released a sneak peek at a fab thermometer pendant that may just ease the pain of your loss, even if only for a few fleeting moments 😉

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