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To Beard or Not to Beard? What Say You, Buttercup?

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in Observations From the Tub

To beard, or not to beard? That is the focus of today’s Observations from the Tub since I came across the following slideshow from the World Beard and Mustache Championships. Yes, Buttercup, you read correctly, and because my own adorable son-in-law-to-be, David, is lushly bearded—here is a photo of the cutie-pie Cuban with my darling daughter—


Miami . 2015


—I dedicate today’s post to him, with the hope that he will view the following as neither an inspiration nor an aspiration, but as the fine curiosity that it is.

It is true that in some cultures beards don’t have to make a comeback because they never left, but until a few years ago (Duck Dynasty, anyone?) beards weren’t quite so common a sight here in the US. Sexy stubble, yes. Full, bushy beards, not so much. Over the last year or so, though, I’ve noticed a, um . . . growth . . . in the number of men sporting ooh-gobs of facial hair. What’s your take? Are you a fan of the beard or do you prefer a smooth jaw? Men, do you grow, or choose not to grow? Ladies, would you rather smoochie a face with a beard or without one? Inquiring minds and all that . . .

See you Monday for Pawsitive Pondering –

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19 Responses to "To Beard or Not to Beard? What Say You, Buttercup?"

  1. Comment by Casey Hagen
    October 9, 2015 at 6:43 am  

    No. Just no. Yikes!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 9, 2015 at 7:00 am  


  2. Comment by Sioux
    October 9, 2015 at 6:50 am  

    Lisa–My son goes through phases. Sometimes he has stubble, sometimes he’s clean-shaven, and a year or so ago, he came home with a Duck Dynasty-wannabe beard… which I was not crazy about. Thankfully, he had to do a training session with the Air Force and the beard had to go.

    Hubby has never had a beard, only a mustache. I prefer him without (like he is now). I think the stubble on lots of actors is sexy when it comes to looking at them, but in reality? I’m not so sure. Would it be soft or bristly when kissing?

    Your son-in-law certainly looks handsome with beard (and it DOES look lush–like he’d need a weed-whacker if he decided to shave it off). However, some of those freaky beards and mustaches–too weird for me. And when it gets Duck Dynasty long, I can only imagine the food particles and drippings that get caught in it.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 9, 2015 at 7:03 am  

      Hi Sioux – We tease David about his beard, because if he shaved it this morning it would grow back in an hour. lol He wanted a “yeard” an almost made it, but my daughter convinced him to trim it up for engagement photos. lol I’m not sure what the appeal is, but he likes it. He does look handsome with it, but yes, it is a REAL beard, not the scraggly stuff a lot of guys have.

      My hubby had a mustache back in the ’80s. Hehe…we still tease him about it.

  3. Comment by Pat
    October 9, 2015 at 8:06 am  

    Most of those contestants (IMHO) fall into the same category. Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD do it. I’m okay with a short beard or mustache. Not so much the overgrown yard look.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm  


  4. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    October 9, 2015 at 9:13 am  

    I don’t mind a bit of stubble, but I’m not so partial to beards. Your son-in-law is quite handsome, though, and they make an adorable couple!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm  

      Thanks. They’re cuties. 🙂

  5. Comment by Rob
    October 9, 2015 at 9:38 am  

    Ladies, can you say whisker burn? I reject the reesty, scruffy dynasty look. I like the people I kiss.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm  

      Good to know, Rob. I’m not sure your mermaid would know what to do about a beard. 😉

  6. Comment by Karen Lange
    October 9, 2015 at 4:36 pm  

    Not a fan of the extreme versions, but I think a short, nicely trimmed beard works. Hubby sports a goatee (do they still call it that?), and I do like his look. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm  

      Trimmed is the operative word. I’ve always been a fan of the dashing sea captain beard, myself. 🙂

  7. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm  

    Your future son-in-law has a very nice beard. I guess I’d better say I like them since my hubby has had one for around 40 years. He keeps it neatly trimmed and it’s not scratchy. I’m not sure I’d know him without it. LOL

    True story – he is very fair, with light blonde hair, and when we were young restaurant servers, 9 times out of 10, would ask “what would you ladies like to eat.” He grew the beard in attempt to stop this but it still continued to happen from time to time. LOL

    Have a good weekend!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm  

      Haha…that’s hilarious. I may have to use that in a book. lol

  8. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm  

    Your son-in-law looks like he grew this beard at age 16 and it’s a part of him. I think the ball players all went koo-koo and began growing those forests on their faces. I prefer a little scruff.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 6:59 pm  

      We tease David that he could shave the beard and grow it back in five minutes. lol

  9. Comment by Claudia
    October 12, 2015 at 8:04 am  

    I think I can go either way, but would say smooth cheeks are best. In college, I had a kiss from a fully bearded fellow that I remember so well to this day! It was so soft…the kiss or the beard? Both and delightful. Have a good Monday; I’m just catching up.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm  

      I don’t think I’ve ever kissed a many with a beard. My hubby had a big cheesy mustache in the ’80s, but I’m not sure that counts. 🙂

  10. Comment by Tammy
    October 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm  

    Your son-in-law-to-be is adorable, but older men with full beards tend to look like Santa to me. And a lot of single men seem to want to grow them, I guess because they don’t have a wife to tell them not to. Ho ho…NO.

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