Wednesday, March 11, 2020

I mustache you what makes a "Dapper Gentleman"

While the full beard lost popularity, mustaches became widely adopted by civilian men in the 1880s and 90s. Young men took to wearing the style to look older, fashionable and inspire confidence and to add a "dashing" air.

The mustache had its attraction for the ladies. They were pampered, brushed combed and trained to curl up at the ends.

What we might call styling products included gobs of wax melted and applied to the mustache to keep the curls in place to mustache curlers and modified mugs.

Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, Kim and "The Man Who Would Be King" wrote of a woman who complained of being kissed by a man who did not wax his mustache.

While researching men's fashions for my new release, A Bride For David, I found myself fascinated by the many photos of men with a mustache. Love 'em or hate 'em, they were considered fashionable in the late 19th century. I was inspired by this photo to be the groom of our heroine.

New Release: A Bride for David 

A Bride for David

Mathematics teacher, Daisy Murphy agrees to participate in a new matchmaking service organized by her pastor and the matron of the orphanage where she spent the last fifteen years.

Romantic, yet practical, she's systematically eliminated all candidates but one and anticipates getting to know him better through months of correspondence.

Time is not on the side of David Taylor. He has a nephew and niece to think about, and his attorney has warned him he will lose custody of both to their rich grandfather if he doesn't have a wife.

A teacher longing for security, a businessman about to lose the only family he has; and a proxy marriage that can give them both exactly what they need.

Kimberly Grist is married to her high school sweetheart, Nelson, who is a pastor in Griffin, Georgia. She and her husband have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and they have a passion for encouraging others with family members with special needs. 

"Kim has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl. However, she began writing her first novel in 2017, "I wear so many hats working inside and outside the home. I work hard, try harder and then begin again the next day. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life just stinks. Bad things happen. I need and want an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome." 
Fans of historical romance set in the late 19th -century will enjoy stories combining, History, Humor, and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends, and Good Clean Fun. 

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  1. Such a fun post, Kimberly! Thank you!

  2. I love your post, I think this was a question that Daisy should have answered before meeting David.
    I love the fancy Handlebar Mustache, it gives an err of distinction in a man.