I mustache you a question

I’ve been seeing the trend of fake (and rather elaborate may I add) mustaches pop up EVERYWHERE lately. Usually it was only on the occasional hipster or quirky old guy’s face, but now it appears to have moved into everything from wedding photo booths to t-shirts to accessories.

According to the internet gods (which of course bear all knowledge), it in fact originated as some hipster fashion rebellion trend from conventional yada yada yada. But now that pretty much every store from here to Timbuktu has a product with a mustache on it, is it really that cool still? Better yet, was it ever?

I guess the point of a counterculture trend is so that it is so uncool that the only few people ‘cool’ enough to know about it are the ones that can take part. Growing an awkward and elaborate mustache on your face? Counterculture cool. Getting a Forever21 shirt with a mustache on it? Uhhmmmm, kind of defeats the purpose, no?

Once everyone catches on to a hipster trend I thought it was supposed to die on the spot.But alas, they have been around for a number of months (years?) now and really haven’t gone anywhere unfortunately.

Lets take a look….

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The gold makes this a classy piece, but was there really no other design to place in the center?

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Accessories getting instantly fancier the second you add a top hat, of course. Is it just me or does anyone think this should simply be worn by someone riding in on a horse wearing a monocle?

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So are mustaches a French thing then..?

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Speaking of, someone just ruined a perfectly good french mani. But honestly, you paid for that?

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Okay, now this particular trend is something that I can get behind.. because really, putting funny things like this on kids faces is just hilarious.

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And last but not least…how cute! I mean, that statement is coming from someone who puts sweaters and tutus on her dogs, so that may not carry much weight, but still. Small fluffy things made to look like dashing old men you can’t say no to. But then again, I don’t think I could say no to face with without the ‘stache either.

Theres far too many pieces to even begin to show all of them, but then again I’m sure you’ve all seen them around as well.

Conclusion: Unless the mustache is on a dog or small child, it really isn’t an attractive fashion trend. With the amount of products that now carry the seal it really is beginning to come off as tacky rather than creative, which, I’m sure was the original goal.

I know this is probably a topic my co-writer will without question disagree with me on, as AC is the faux-mustache queen. She actually made me wear a hot pink one to a party once if that is any indication (but in her defense, she was way ahead of the times…so it was legit).

Is this something that we think is here to stay, or is it hanging on like Billy Ray Cyrus trying to get another record deal?

xo SA

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I am nutty and I know it….

Today I busted out an old favorite my mom always makes. This mixture is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, a 3 o’clock pick me up, or even can be accompanied by a cold beer. The best part is you can use a variety of nuts and ingredients to suit your taste.

The one I made today was from a box of unsalted nuts that was sitting the in pantry. The combo has cashews, pecans, pistachios, and almonds.

To start, throw whatever combo of nuts you want in a pan on low heat on the stove. Then season with some salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. My mom also uses a little pomegranate powder to give it a little citic/lime/lemon-y taste. When in doubt, cook like an Indian: there is no measurements, just take a guess and taste it; if you don’t like it, add a little more.

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Let the nuts warm up slightly and stir them around in the seasoning. Once warm, take off the heat and enjoy. You can eat them warm right away or let them cool and save them for later. The best part of this recipe is that it is healthy and is so easy to make it your own. As you can see I even threw in some chia seeds in mine and paired it with a green smoothie to make it a healthy alternative to nibble on.

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What do you think? What nuts/spices would you use?

toodles,

AC