Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to Look....Really?

First of all, you must read this:

http://nornsmercy.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Look-Feminine-While-Camping-or-Hiking-Outdoors
Seriously?!

It seems to me that camping and hiking are activities where you can forget about the pressure to look good. FALSE EYELASHES?

Half the time, I roll out of the sleeping bag, shove a hat on my head, wearing the same non-cute clothes as yesterday I might add, and head on down the trail. I feel the same way about running in winter-who is going to look cute if they are trying to stay upright in the ice and make it up a big hill? Is it really all about looking feminine in the outdoors? Please tell me it isn't so.

To me looking feminine is looking strong. I admire the women who blaze by, like one whose trail name is Notachance. We saw her on the PCT on a long waterless stretch, her hair loose and tangled, her clothes obviously trail-worn. She was in her element. It was her fourth time thru-hiking. I also remember a female firefighter I saw on one of my first fires. She had her pack on, carried a tool, and also had two bladder bags (40 lbs each) hanging off her shoulders. This was on some mountain in Wyoming, and she smiled when she saw me, because women were rare then. To me, she was beautiful. False eyelashes? Mascara? I don't think so.

Then there's Anish:
Fastest known unsupported hike on the PCT! And she looks amazing!

This is a picture where I had on no makeup. It was day fifteen and I had just crested Forrester Pass, at 13,000 feet, in the Sierras. I had been wearing the same clothes for two weeks. It is my favorite picture of me, ever.
I think I look pretty darn cute.

So, I am not going to post for a week or so because I am heading to Hawaii, or as I like to think of it, "Two Hippies Visit Maui." I haven't had a real haircut in two years, and I doubt I will be wearing mascara (much less false eyelashes and a headband). But I think I'll manage to look feminine in the outdoors anyway. Aloha!

25 comments:

  1. Have a blast in Hawaii Mary.
    As for me, all I need to make me look and feel beautiful when I'am in the wilderness is the smile that it puts on my face.

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  2. This is a funny subject for me too because I'm not a "what to wear" kind of person even when I'm not outdoors. I consider it a victory when I don't look like I just jumped out of the shower at a wedding. I've been making my mother cringe since I was 12.

    You gave me a nice complement about a down skirt, but I have to be honest and admit it's not a skirt. It's a pair of primaloft shorts made by a Swiss company called Skinfit. I used to use skirts, but they're not as good in the wind, and since they don't stretch, they do limit motion just a bit. Primaloft shorts are an awesome solution — warmer than a down skirt for the parts I want to keep warm (butt and thighs) without overheating the legs, and maintain their insulation properties even after they inevitably collect some sweat. But as knee-length baggy shorts they actually look pretty frumpy. I'll have to find a better picture. :)

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    1. Oh that totally looked like a skirt! I'm intrigued by those shorts though, even if frumpy. I love down skirts, but there are times when maybe shorts would be better. I really dislike pants.

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  3. The worst advice in that article, even more so than wear cotton sundresses and cowboy boots while camping, is to PICK FLOWERS to put in your hair. Really? You should impact the environment in that way so you can look cute? No thanks.

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  4. I didn't read the article, just can't go there. Been a tomboy all my life, but I did go through a stage of trying to look put together by wearing matchy matchy clothes, you know the socks, earrings . . . . I'm such a back to basics no nonsense gal, and haven't cared what other people thing for so long, it's really a tough thing to understand.

    But this may hit a nerve with some, but I've met more and more who pick their gear based on color. They don't care whether the pack fits, but because it's purple it's a must have just like their purse. If the sleeping bag doesn't match their tent, then it's a no go.

    How to spend my money today? Shall I get my nails done? Nah, NEVER!!!! I'll take that $$$ and buy a replacement pair of socks. Ok, since I wear my hair short I do have to pay to get it cut regularly, and since I started turning gray at 30, I've paid to have it colored, but now that I'm retired, I'm seriously thinking about letting it go natural, I'm working toward the trial.

    BTW, I love the pix of you on Forrester Pass, you managed to look femine, cute, fierce and strong.

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    1. Thanks! I admit I wear a skort to hike in, but mostly it's for comfort. The last and only time I had a pedicure, the woman was horrified by my callouses. I haven't been back.

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  5. What silliness. This woman from NC obviously has a different sense of "outdoors" than those of us who feel at home in the outdoors, crave it in fact. When I read about the false eyelashes my first thought was of them melting if you leaned too close to a fire. While I am admittedly on the opposite end of the spectrum from 'girly', valuing rugged, gritty and tough over anything 'cute' or 'feminine', this article was the extreme of ridiculousness. All I can think of is urban car-camping. How else would you haul all that stuff she lists? Give me a natural sun-blush and the inner glow from being outdoors, there is no improving on that! I agree Mary, strength is where it's at, and that IS a wonderful photo of you.

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    1. I was wondering if anyone actually takes that article seriously, but sadly they probably do. I don't see that kind of look here, thank goodness.

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  6. This reminds me of a morning when I was in the bathroom of my local ski resort, and noticed a couple of ladies at the mirror. One was putting on makeup and the other was curling her hair. And I thought REALLY???? You are going skiing! As a tomboy who never wears makeup and gives minimal attention to her hair, I had a good laugh.

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    1. Hahaha curling her hair! That's a new one!

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  7. I could only skim the article, most of the time thinking, "who reads this stuff??" but it did remind me of a hike I did last year where I had a similar thought. I was in Juneau and passed a few groups of hikers on the trail. Most of them looked to be in their 20s, some were just women and some mixed. And all the women looked incredibly cute. They had cute fashiony hiking gear, some with skirts, and cute little packs, their hair looked great (often with a cute headband), brightly colored running shoes, and overall they looked fabulous. And it actually bummed me out--and made me a little glad that I grew up in a time where there wasn't cute outdoor gear for women--so there wasn't any expectation to look great. I think of the times I went climbing, skiing, or camping with guys I liked, and of course I wanted to look cute, but there was only so much I could do, really. My climbing shoes looked dorky, helmets were basic, yoga pants were not really a thing yet, goggles were just lame, and every jacket I owed was "unisex" (mens) so you just had to not worry about it, and move on. It was very freeing. Now, it's great that there is so much gear for women, but it just seems like it brings the issue of "looking cute/good/sexy/hot" into a place where I don't think anyone should really be worrying much what they look like. I would hate to go on a hike-date if I were single and be thinking of how stylish/cute I COULD look if only i had that brand new awesome skirt thing I saw at REI, or that snazzy yoga top from Patagonia, or such. Not that it is bad to want to look great, or wear things that make you feel great, but I hope women still learn that feeling of really not caring, of not even thinking about it. It is so imperative to have places where your appearance isn't even on the radar.

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    1. Totally agree, I remember the unisex stuff too, and we never cared about looking cute, just if we could keep up (or if the guys could keep up with us). I'm glad I don't worry about this stuff.

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  8. ...if you're concerned about underwear lines showing... Ha. She didn't cover menstruating on the fireline.

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    1. Hmm, maybe an article about "looking feminine on the fire line" is in order. Hahaha!

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  9. She pretty much identifies feminine with girly. Those are not actually the same thing. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and, while I might be projecting my own druthers here, I don't think girliness is the kind of beauty that most men you'll meet on the trail find particulary beautiful.

    Also, her advice to wear cotton is just irresponsible.

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    1. I hope not, though I find it interesting that a lot of men I know who are outdoorsy have married really girly women. Then they whine that the women don't want to be outdoors.

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  10. People really take this stuff seriously? Not the committed outdoor people, I know.. It's so over the top that it seems like satire Agree on the "pretty darn cute" photo!

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    1. I agree it almost seems like satire. I don't think it is, sadly.

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  12. 2012 I learned from a great friend (wink...wink) that hiking skirts are awesome. 2013 I was one of those gals that wore skirts camping. I love the freedom and airy feeling. So you'll catch me wearing a skirt or sometimes a sundress, but you will never catch me curling my hair, putting on make-up, or wearing cowboy boots while camping.
    Have fun in Maui! I agree that is your best pic of you. (legs I would love to have).

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    1. Thanks Kim! Yes I do love my skirts.

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  13. I agree on some things in the article, like headbands and well-fitted clothing, for example. I like keeping oily hair out of my face, and mine gets that way after just a single day, so I'm always wearing headbands.
    The bit on makeup and false eyelashes made me laugh one of those snort laughs. Haha. I'm not sure I'm that kind of hiker/camper, but I know a lot of girls my age are. Forever the tomboy, I suppose. :)

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    1. Me too, I like well-fitted clothes though I have never been able to get a headband to stay in place! Darn my slippery hair.

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