When Form Meets Function and Mustaches Win

There was a time when I couldn’t handle any extra attention. I know. It’s hard to believe. I hid behind my friends in high school, self-conscious about my looks. I used makeup and a curling iron in order to fit in and to prevent standing out.

Something has happened to me. I am not sure when the turning point occurred. Did it happen when investigating a story for a blog post? Have I finally reached the age when I don’t get embarrassed and have no shame? Could I be getting more comfortable in my own skin?

Whatever the reason, after winning Go Jules Go ‘stache glasses giveaway, I had no problem popping them on in the Breckenridge parking lot last weekend. The carload next to us roared with laughter. Young children stared. Middle schoolers rolled their eyes. Okay, I couldn’t see their eyes since it was snowing and everyone wore goggles, but hey, I am sure they were rolling.

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Some checked me out while pursing their lips and then gave me a, “Yeah. I’ve seen those glasses around,” look. Most smiled and a few guffawed.

I had only planned to wear them for one or two photos since the snow came down in buckets. Sunglasses were impractical. Not one person wore them.

After I reached the summit of Peak 8, I gazed down our first double black diamond run of the day. Only a blank white canvas lay beneath me. I had no depth perception. My skis would soon slide over a head wall. I put the shades in my pocket and slipped on my trusty goggles. The amber lens really flattened the light.

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Taking out the glasses again, the dark lenses were just what I needed to define the moguls and choppy heavy snow.

I rocked the shades all day.

When asked about my mustachioed appearance I said, “It’s mustache March! I tried growing my own, but gave up.” Many men sported full facial hair, but very few had gotten the memo about shaving their beards. Others said they were too committed to their facial forest.

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Now I know why guys love growing beards. That plastic placebo kept my face warm. Really!

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When I first tried them on, my husband Danny said I reminded him of Sony Bono. After skiing a while, he glanced over at me and decided I resembled a young Charles Bronson.

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You may think it was easier for me to be outgoing while hiding behind my shades, but I welcomed the knowing smiles.

So a big thank you goes out to Jules and all my blogging friends. Without you, I may still be hiding behind the crowd instead of causing a stir. I am definitely wearing the ‘stache glasses to my tennis match tomorrow. Maybe my opponent will be intimidated by my Charles Bronson sneer.mustache march

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Are you coming out of your shell as you get older?

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112 responses to “When Form Meets Function and Mustaches Win

  1. Love this! I really think that it’s when we go out of our comfort zone & do silly things that we finally realize: We’re usually the only one ever passing judgements on ourselves! No one else cares! I remember I wore a fake mustache around the mall one day years ago, and the majority of the people were laughing right along with me. Great stuff.

  2. I love your Charles Bronson mustache … I’m sure that it made you look even cooler while sloshing down the slopes. How was your tennis match?

  3. Way to rock the ‘stache, Susie!

  4. I thought of Sonny Bono as soon as I saw that first picture of you. It’s amazing how much a little facial hair can change your entire appearance. I had a mustache for many years, and when I shaved it off, a lot of people didn’t know who I was. You’ve definitely come out of your shell, Susie.

  5. LOL I loved the look! hahahahaha I always said you know you’re getting old when your chin hair outnumbers your teenage son’s! Thanks for the laugh.

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  7. Dunno how you do it, but you still manage to look femmy-nine in that rig.

  8. That was hilarious, Susie!
    I love it!
    And, yes, I am definitely coming out of my shell, too. (sometimes to my hubby and/or kids’ chagrin! hee hee ;-) )

    • My husband giggles along with me, but my kids get so embarrassed! Hahaha! It makes it all worth it. Besides I think we are better role models when we are out there being ourselves!
      Thanks Denise!

  9. Woman, you are a triple threat! You rock the shades, the ‘stache AND the crazy diamonds.

  10. Love the look, Susie! And yes I think age has a lot to do with becoming more confident and less concerned about other people’s reactions. I have reached the age where I really don’t give a damn what others think, and it’s actually gotten me into trouble a couple times.

  11. Hey Susie! I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Check out the post here: http://lilyparadis.com/2013/03/13/the-sunshine-award/

    Love the mustache!

  12. Now if only you had Cher hair to go with the Bono mustache. . . .

  13. You are so freaking hilarious! I love it. I’m so glad you’re coming out of your shell because now you’re sharing all your fabulousness with us. Win!

  14. That’s a fashion statement Susie, not that I think it would have quite the same welcome reaction at the fashion shows in Paris, Milan or New York as it did on the slopes in Breckenridge.

  15. You and the stache – perfect together!

    As for shells – huh, I used to have one, it should be around here someplace…oh, that’s right, I think it got lost or broken back around thirty-five or thereabouts. Haven’t missed it. ;)

  16. Fantastic!

    Oh, I envy you that snow, but I am glad you had a great day of skiing.

    Yes, I’ve come out of my shell over the past two years. Was a bit forced out of it, actually. I like it, though. People are nice.

    Nia

    • Thanks so much!
      We did have a great day. It was not the champagne powder Colorado is famous for, but at this point, I won’t complain!
      Forced out. I would love to “hear” that story!

  17. That is a great look for you. Are you going to let it grow out???

  18. I have already reached that age and I still don’t mind that entrance attention! During college days I used to wear thick ( natural) mustache but after marriage my wife talked me out of it. The perks offered were more lucrative to keep them off, couldn’t resist :)

    • Perks!!!!!! Whoa. Always go for the perks…
      I bet you were a hoot in college. You still are Yatin! Danny had a mustache about 15 years ago for about 6 months. Every once in a while he doesn’t shave over a long weekend, but that is as far as it goes.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Love the glasses! (And the ghetto sunglass case)
    Once you have kids, it become necessary to do goofy things to embarrass them. (Teens have to learn not to take things so seriously…or to really hate having their parents around?)
    YEA for enjoying life

    • Thanks! I used to have a ghetto iPad case too! I finally broke down and bought a legit case at Marshall’s. Ziplock bags rule!
      I agree about embarrassing the kids and you probably caught our snow dancing video where I finally got them to join in. It was an impromptu video or it would never have happened!
      Thanks so much Phil for “getting” this wild ride~

  20. Well, that’s an . . . interesting look for you. Can’t say as I’d want to borrow the shades any time soon, but good of you for trying them out.

    I don’t recommend wearing them to a martial arts class though. People might mistake you for some Asian guy who really knows how to kick butt. You might get challenged and that could get ugly. Unless of course you know martial arts, then by all means, give it a whirl.

    I am also doing some crazier things as I get older. It’s great to finally feel comfortable in your own skin. Or maybe it’s just because I really don’t give a crap any more what strangers think of me.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Hey! Maybe I should take up martial arts. Nah, I would get my butt kicked, literally!
      You are right. I think it is a combination of getting older and finding out that being who we are is pretty okay! Personally I think there will always be room for improvement, but I am in it for the RIDE!
      Thanks Patricia!

  21. Holy Mother of Elvis… the Sign the End is Near…

  22. I don’t know if anyone else was politically incorrect enough to say it, but it’s OK to emulate Sonny Bono’s mustache, but not while skiing.

  23. Sorry to say this but the mustache is not really ‘you’ — but I love the tip about black glasses in flat light! YES getting less inhibited with age. In the Bahamas today, of all places, and danced with a dolphin, along with several other tourists. He gave me the longest pucker up though.

    Glad to see you’re getting the snow you need. Hopefully summer will be a little wetter than last! Happy skiing.

    • Julia. Are you serious? My ‘stache glasses complete me…. :)
      Sounds like a wonderful trip and making out with dolphins? Can it get any better than that?
      Northern Colorado has been in a drought and we’ve had a couple of weeks of snow. Hopefully it will continue through April and it will fill our reservoirs!
      Thanks and have a great vacation!

  24. Gawd, Susie – even in a mustache you look good!! Ha! Ever since I first saw Jules’ blog with her in those ‘stache glasses I’ve wanted a pair. I finally got them. I’m going to stun my friends in England when I go this summer.

    When you finish the book you’re working on now, you really need to write another one: How to be a Wild Rider. You know so many, many ways. Thanks for the laughs.

    • Hahaha! Congrats to you Mary for winning a pair! Aren’t they the best?? I can’t wait to see the pictures. England? Fantastic!

      Oh, thanks so much Mary for being such a great friend.
      I am a wild rider that’s for sure. I spoke to my mom today and she loved my ‘stache glasses story. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a Wild Rider! Yeeee Haaaaa!

  25. I love it! I know what you mean about “that feeling”, the moment when you ditch your self consciousness. I passed that point about 4 years ago (wonder why it took me so long) and I am pleased as punch. I think my kids have other thoughts. Just wondering if you have ever tried eating soup with thouse “stache glasses.

    • Oh soup! I haven’t tried it, but I bet I can clean my ‘stache off better than the boys.
      I am glad to hear that you have found your confidence. It is funny how some people cross our paths in life. We can either let them put us in our place or we can rise above, sometimes while wearing ‘stache glasses!
      It is so easy to embarrass kids. I still have that amazing ability and mine are 21 and 23!
      Thanks so much for coming by!

  26. I think Sonny Bono. And can I hate you just a little bit for having all those ski areas so near at hand? Nah. Love ya.

    • Ahhh.. Sonny! I agree.
      I just got an email from Vail Resorts that they are adding Eldora to their huge list of resorts next year. It is only 20 miles out of Boulder! We could never justify paying for skiing there since we got an Epic Pass every year in the mountains.
      Next year we’ll really get some good skiing in when we get upslope storms in the foothills.
      When are you coming to Colorado David?
      Love right back atcha!

  27. Mustache or not .. you still have a better figure than they others facial dudes. You made many peoples day today … and give their sloops a big smile – weird and pretty. The weather wasn’t the best to ski in, but how cares when there is After-Ski.
    Enjoy your break. Or maybe you are already back.

    • Hey thanks Viveka! Weird is right! Hahaha!
      We just went up for the weekend. It’s not far and the skiing is finally getting good. I don’t mind skiing in the snow when it is in the 20′s. That day it was really warm and near 30 degrees!

      I think I caused a lot more smiles than smirks so it was a fun day!

  28. filbio

    The stache suits you well. You can always get one tattooed on so you won’t have to worry about growing one.

    I’v always been an outgoing person who likes the attention. Guess that’s why I do sales for a living and traveling on biz – it suits me. Some people just get more comfotable with it as they go on in life.

    Phil

    • Thanks Phil! A tattoo! What a great idea! During No shave November, I saw a lot of girls at the CU game who used marker on their upper lip and they gave out rub-on tattoos. Come to think of it, I may still have one!
      That is great that you recognize that great quality and can use your talent. I have always been out-going, but lacked self-confidence back in the day. Now I don’t think twice!
      Did you click on the video? I would love to wear a marker beard and ‘stache…so Cool!

  29. Susie, that look is SOOoooo YOU !!!!!!!!! Loved it !!!
    Looked like you had a lot of fun.
    Paul

    • You are right! Thanks Paul!
      I swear my blogging friends know me better than most of my real life friends except for the ones that read my blog. I think there may be one or two of them out there…

  30. Susie, you are the best role model for having fun! Nobody else could have rocked those ‘stache glasses better than you … and on double black diamond runs too? Totally awesome!
    I know the older I get the less inhibited I become and reading your blog always reminds me how important that is. Thanks!

    • That is so great Patricia! Thanks for that nice compliment.
      There are always a few poopers on every parade, but these days, I just keep striding ahead with my knees in the air. I give those poopers my biggest smile as I go by!

  31. Nice look! I don’t know about the “as we get older” bit. I just know I am changing. I will blame it on the stroke!
    Btw, I am now following “Go Jules Go”. Thanks.
    Scott

    • Oh that is great news Scott! Jules has a great blog. It is always a lot of fun.
      I remember you mentioning how the stroke effected you. For me, I am trying to ignore the riff raff and enjoy the party even if it is really small and in my head. Okay that sounds like I have a problem, but you know what I mean!
      Thanks Scott!

  32. As a ‘stache tender since my late teens I must say you rocked the glasses

  33. Haha! Kudos to you for rocking the stache all day. You truly HAVE taken it to a whole ‘nother level.

    Although being likened to Sonny Bono while skiing is….disturbing.

    • Hahaha! What was really disturbing was having conversations about my ‘stache and comparing notes with other men who wore real ones!!! I was hoping for some stachesicles, but my upper lip was too warm under the plastic and the snow kept melting…dang….
      Thanks Peg!

  34. You are awesome! I am so impressed you wore them all day. Isn’t there a chocolate trophy we could give you? I’ve come out of my shell a bit too, it’s great out here!

  35. My what a lovely stache!

  36. You look mahvelous! Sonny Bono, haha!

  37. Dear god, if we ever get to ski together, I’ll trim my mustache into a handlebar if you wear that.
    But we both have to wear sombreros too.

    • You’re ON! I have a couple of sombreros here in Boulder so you won’t have to stash it in your carryon luggage!
      Be ready to rock the handlebar because I plan to wear my ‘stache!

  38. You are rockin’ those ‘stache glasses. Love it!!!!!! You go, Charles Bronson :)

  39. Hahahaha! You are so freaking FUN!

  40. Laura Hilger

    Awesome Susie! I love the pictures! I think you should start a collection of different types, and rock them at all of your sport adventures.

    • Thanks Laura!
      That’s a great idea! The chefs at the Vista House on the mountain at Breck, wear sunglasses for Fun Sunday every week. The stache glasses take being incognito to a whole new level!

  41. Great pics! You are one brave chick. I am normally shy and introverted, but since having kids, I have been forced to come out of my shell. Maybe it is a combo of being a mother and getting older though, too. And yes, I agree, blogging has been a huge help in releasing my inner party animal. :)

    • Thank you!
      Don’t you think it all starts with child birth? All those doctors,, interns, nurses, and everyone else in the hospital seemed to stop by to have a peek while we were spread eagled!!!
      It is great that you are coming out of your shell! There is no sense staying inside when there is so much fun to be had!

  42. OMG girlfriend. I lost my internet for most of the morning and needed a smile. Holy crap.. How you did this I do not know but glad we are both attempting to live on the edge..:)
    You go girl!!

  43. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Congratulations! For details, go here: http://randomdorkness.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  44. Love it – Way to Rock the Mustache:) I have grown to be an acquired taste at my current age – people either get me and hang or run in the opposite direction – ha! I prefer clean shaven, however; like a mustache over a beard or goatee. Happy Tuesday!

    • Hahaha! An acquired taste! I love it. Like beluga caviar!
      5 o’ clock shadows can be prickly too, but I can assure you, mine is smoooooth!
      Happy Tuesday to you too Renee!

  45. Man, that looks like fun. Great pics. There’s a certain coolness to being weird. Especially when you do it before streaking down a double-diamond. People laugh “with” you and that’s a good thing. That’s good livin’.

    • Thanks for that! Some people naturally exude self confidence. I have had to work at it, but it’s a much better way to live life anyway. I have become a person that can laugh at myself and that can go a really long way.
      Thanks Eagle!

  46. You rock Susie! You look awesome in the shades and stash. When I was able to ski, there were people wearing Jester hats and all kinds of fun stuff. I have certainly come out of my shell as I have aged. No more shy guy. Stay warm!

    • I love jester hats! I am hat person too and always scare my friends on the tennis court on Halloween. It is a lot more fun to put yourself out there than hide to in the shadows…. Glad to hear you are “out there” with me!
      Thanks John!

  47. Susie, you’re a rockstar!

    And, yes I’m finding that as I’m getting older I’m getting a bit more brave about the things I do and the people I talk to.

    • Thanks Emily! I think there is something about being confident that puts more smiles on people’s faces than frowns… The more you put out there, the more that gets reflected!
      I am glad to hear that is true for you too. I think it can go the opposite way after getting shut down a lot in life, but I believe it is better to just keep smiling!

  48. I love your answer,”I tried growing my own, but gave up.” :) I can’t even imagine you as a “hider.” You are rockin’ the life without a shell, Susie!

    • Thanks Coleen! I had a lot of fun with it!
      I would have forgotten about how I hid except a while back when visiting my hometown, I met up with some old high school friends at a funeral. I reverted right back to my former self and literally stood behind my old best friend while she conversed with the “boys” (in their forties)! I was horrified afterward and realized how it took a while to come out of the shadows. I guess I went right into the spotlight on Saturday! Hahaha!

  49. You rock that stache, Susie and it looks like you had a blast. I sometimes think I’d like to wear one of those costumes that people wear at events sometimes. Imagine the freedom. Even that mustache freed you a bit. Very cool. It looks really cold there,Susie.

    • Thanks so much Brigitte! It was a lot of fun. Now I can relate to those guys who hang out with a parrot on their shoulder… :)
      It was really warm that day. At one point it felt like rain mixed with snow. But it was a lot colder on the top of the mountain in the wind. Then the ‘stache kept me warm!

  50. Great post! You have hit on my greatest challenge in life. Being afraid of what other people think of me. I was much the same as you in high school, my mantra should have been, in everything you do fit in. It was ok to be an athlete, but not ok to be creative. These fears have taken their toll, and now as I roll through my forties it seems daily that fear drops away. I am a fan of facial hair as well, I generally sport it, because I like it. Once a year I shave and start over, but feel better when I have a comfortable coverage! Great to see you come out of your shell. I think it is something that comes with a bit of age. :-)

    • I would definitely sport the facial forest in the winter if I was a guy.
      That is great to hear that you are getting more comfortable too! I wouldn’t say that I was shy since I have always been impulsive, but very self conscious. Blogging has taken “putting myself out there” to a whole new level! I am sure that like you said, age has a lot to do with it too.
      Thanks so much for coming by Jonathan!

  51. Oh my gosh, you ROCKED the stache glasses like nobody’s business! This bring such joy to my heart and looks like you had a blast with it. The photos are priceless!

    • Hahaha! Thanks Audrey! I turned a few heads, but it was the little girls who just stared at me. I don’t think they liked them at all! They were a blast to wear. I will have to pull them out on the next powder day!

  52. Hilarious, Susie! And they go perfectly with your ski outfit!

  53. It reminded me a touch of Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon Susie.

  54. Ahhhhhh!!! Okay, you have taken the ‘stache glasses shout-out to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL (new heights, one might even say)!!! I’d like to stick my tongue out at the peeps who were all “Oh. Yeah. I’ve seen those before.” Not like this you haven’t!!

    I am SO happy that blogging brought you out your inner glorious, stache-y, snowy wonderfulness. I couldn’t relate more. (Except with less of the skiing skills.)

    Oh, “you do me proud,” doesn’t even cut it, Sus!

    • Thanks Jules! Wearing them was a blast last Saturday and I only took them off inside the lodge. Their lens quality was a big surprise. I have them in a ghetto sunglasses case – a small Ziplock bag – for next time!

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