Author of Elegant Survival
M-J de Mesterton has been an editor, art restorer and instructor, publicity writer, three-term historic preservation officer in Ivy League Princeton, English-Speaking Union board member, photographer's model, painter, the host of hundreds of elegant parties, a resident of New York City, France...
See M-J's Exquisite Paintings On-Line at http://www.artgallerylv.com
The goal of Elegant Survival: Stylish Living on a Shoestring is to provide resources and suggestions on how to live elegantly, safely and comfortably without depending on expensive products, while encouraging readers to avoid participation in wasteful and embarrassing popular trends. Elegance is not to be confused with extravagance. Elegance is an economy of streamlined beauty, tasteful simplicity and sufficiency, rather than an embarrassment of riches.
When I founded Elegant Survival in 2oo6, the economy was in the process of becoming a shambles, and the word, "elegant" had fallen into disuse. Eleven years later, it's everywhere. But, we are still waiting for times to improve; it's even more important in early 2017 to spend what little money we have wisely; because drastic changes have been implemented worldwide, such as in Europe, where there are rogue entities threatening civilization every day. Elegant Survival pages have always included "Survival Tools", where preparation advice has been collected over the years. By now, you know that storing water and food is paramount, as are having warm, rugged footwear, tweed, sweaters, blankets and parkas, and generally turning your abode into a secure bulwark the best you can. Disposable income is hard to come by after the population has been subjected to eight years of paying a steep "health" tax that only benefited insurance companies and politicians who were collecting bribes to enable them. Fortunately, in-depth, instructive websites on basic survival skills have burgeoned during the past ten years, many of which offer both traditional and innovative ideas that cost less money than elbow-grease--ingenuity and dogged determination are required rather than large financial investment.
Elegance is simplicity and good taste. Elegant Survival emphasizes functional clothing, ideas and recipes for stylish living on a shoestring. Rugged individualism and self-sufficiency in all facets of life are a major emphasis at Elegant Survival. By the way, I was unaware of the scientific term, "elegant survival" when I founded this website, and years later I did a test-search for my site on Google, and discovered a musical band of academics who perform by the same name in Boulder Colorado, where my husband had been a popular speaker at the Conference on World Affairs in the 1990s.
The survival of elegance is very important when times are hard. Paring down one's wardrobe to include only those items which have longevity in terms of style and durability will save money and increase one's confidence going forward. The same philosophy applies to household contents: extraneous items that aren't fulfilling a function only serve to clutter space while confusing and occupying real estate in the mind. Tips on low-cost, elegant entertaining from a seasoned hostess can help you continue the good life in reduced circumstances. Elegant Survival is an innovative web-site that has extensions on the internet in order to be of assistance to as many people as possible.
~~M-J de Mesterton, author of Elegant Survival: Stylish Living on a Shoestring, since 2006
Rocks and Gems: the Epitome of Elegant Survival
Oil on Canvas 8" X 10", Painting Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009
(Courtesy of the Havsudden Foundation)
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2017: M-J de Mesterton in a Carolina Herrera Wool Suit that She Bought in 2003--Get the Gloves