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Rarest Grenfell Ventile

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:45 PM

Grenfell Ventile Jacket

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Superb Ventile Jacket by Grenfell, Made in England, Highest Quality Vintage Garment in EXCELLENT Condition


Elegant Winter Dressing

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:10 AM


Above: M-J de Mesterton in a Tibbett Duffel Coat of Elysian Wool, Insulated Aigle Boots from France; a Mongolian Cashmere Scarf by...

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Real vs Fake

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Above: Fake sour cream by Lucerne, a brand offered at Safeway that lists ten ingredients including corn starch, is topped by real sour cream from Wal-Mart's Great Value, which has but two components: cultured cream and enzyme. The product from the bottom container ruined my beef stroganoff, until I added some from the top one (a tra...

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Sour Cream: Real vs Fake

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM

M-J's Simple Pain de Mie Recipe

Posted on July 3, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Elegant Dressing for Travel

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Bandanas for Summer

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 2:10 AM

Laura Shaffer, Las Vegas' Most Elegant Singer

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 12:55 PM

                  Please Visit the Laura Shaffer Page, Midnight Refrain

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Easter Scene by M-J de Mesterton

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Wishing You a Blessed Easter, Elegant Survival Readers

Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Image by M-J de Mesterton

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Elegant Still Life Photography by Fine Artist M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Pineapple Cake

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Laundry Symbology

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM


I received a beautiful dressing gown for Christmas. I looked at the laundering label and was a bit puzzled about what some of the symbols there represented. Then I found a good page on laundry, ironing and dry-cleaning symbols:

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Be Round or Be Square!

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM
Gone are the sad days when a flat, shrunken,
teardrop behind was de rigueur

Easy, Economical Spuds

Posted on November 8, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Boiling a Whole 10-Pound Bag of Potatoes, Economizing on Energy ©M-J de Mesterton 2015 Boiling a Whole 10-Pound Bag of Potatoes Uses Less Energy than Many Little Batches
©M-J de Mesterton 2015

To boil a whole sack of spuds at once, I added a tabl...

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Eat Spicy Food, Live Longer

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Divinity in the Details

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM

"To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization."

Harriet Beecher Stowe


Caring for Clothing

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM