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M-J's Miscellany

Bandanas for Summer

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 2:10 AM
Bandanas are very useful items to carry in your purse, folded square and pressed. They can be good for many sorts of emergencies, and even used as napkins at table. In the heat of summer, it is helpful to have a bandana or two in one's glove compartment or pocket for facial blotting. Cotton ones become softer with each washing, and unlike paper products do not leave dust on the skin.
©M-J de Mesterton
Below: My Collection of Cotton Bandanas

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
EXERCISES FOR A MORE VOLUPTUOUS DERRIERE

Buttress Your Bosom in Bed

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

NightLift Bras

Developed by renowned plastic surgeon Randal Haworth, MD, FACS, NightLift® is the first and only sleepwear collection specifically designed to protect the breasts and décolletage. During his 20 years of private practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Haworth found that those breast patients who wore a bra while sleeping had higher, firmer bosoms. NightLift helps to prevent sagging and drooping over time by keeping the breasts perfectly immobile, but always comfortably supported.

M-J's Review of the NightLift Bra

 


Stop

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 6:10 PM

STOP WEARING CLOTHES THAT ONLY COME UP TO THE HIP!


Wear Garments at the Waist for an Elegant Appearance--Hip-High Jeans Make You Look Dumpy and Fat

(I took these photos surreptitiously from inside my Mini.~~M-J de M.)

Bulging in Front and at the Back Takes Talent--or a Really Lousy Pair of Trousers

And, what happened to her derrière? It is lost in a "Michelin Man"-style stack.


This is not sexy.

Copyright M-J de M., Elegant Survival, March 2015

Tanning Does Damage

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 3:10 PM

The so-called "unretouched" photo of Cindy Crawford dressed as a rapper-thug, with her torso and legs bare, is causing a lot of comment. What it should tell women and girls of all ages is that getting a suntan is really stupid, and will be a source of regret later on, when formerly soft skin turns to something that looks and feels like elephant hide.



M-J: Folly of Following Fashion

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Since 2006, I have been writing about the sort of misguided clothing-choice pictured in this photograph. Garments that only rise to that area just above the groin cause both the grotesque "Muffin-Top" and the risible anomaly known as "Plumber's Crack", yet every year, THEY'RE BA-ACK! Resist falling into fashion-victimhood, and stop risking your pants falling down. Wear your pants, trousers and skirts up at the waist,

and you will not look this idiotic. SIMPLE, isn't it?

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

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Where Is the Waist? Editorial by M-J de Mesterton

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM     

Where is the waist? That's what I wonder every time I look at photos of the newest "fashions." What is new about the same old tragic clothing-concepts bobbing up again, masquerading as innovative? For the past ten years, pants and skirts have consistently been manufactured without even coming close to the waist, yet they are touted as the "latest." To paraphrase General Honoré of Louisiana, someone's "stuck on stupid." I thought last spring that the tide of bad clothes was turning, but having perused some catalogues this month, it is apparent that clothing designers are still denying their customers ample fabric to cover their "plumber's cracks." Snide cracks about "mom jeans" and thoroughly ignorant comments calling anything that indeed does come just up to the natural waist "high-waisted" are still being heard and read by those of us who actually remember where the waist is located on the human corpus: the place for belts, sashes, snaps and buttons is an inch or two above the navel, depending upon one's height. The designer of the human body gave us the waist as an elegant way of keeping our pants, skirts and trousers from falling down; also to enhance our corporeal proportions. The true waist never comes below the navel, and it certainly cannot be found two inches above one's crotch. Garments are falling down from where they rest on the hips, and the fashion world has insisted on staying down in the gutter after what seems to be a devastating, permanent fall from elegant, figure-enhancing style. Fashion-victims are afraid now to go against the hideous dictum that you must wear your clothes no higher than the hip. This is a big mistake, because if one follows the lines of his or her body, they will see that clothes descending from the waist lengthen the legs, while clothes that only come up to the hips turn even the slimmest among us into pot-bellied, short and sloppy -looking people who would have been laughed-at throughout the previous decades and centuries. Wearing six-inch heels to compensate for the bad deeds done to your figure by stingy clothing manufacturers and designers does nothing but make one look even sillier. Extra-high heels will damage both your feet and back, and will not give back the height robbed from you by idiotic torso-stretching trousers and skirts. For men, extra-long trousers do not visually lengthen your legs; rather, they make you look dumpy. The fail-safe, time-tested method of developing real glamour and style is to dress in natural, luxurious cloths and fabrics from the waist-down; wear two-to-three inch heels if you are a woman, and keep your trousers from heaping into a puddle on top of your shoes if you are a man. And don't forget the stockings and socks. No one will notice that you are not blindly and self-destructively following bad fashion. But, they will wonder why on earth you look so good, while their trousers are slipping into the mire together with all sense of style. ©M-J de Mesterton 2010


 



Nutritional Breakfast

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I keep cleaned vegetables in refrigerated bins, ready to process into a health-promoting smoothie every morning. Ingredients include any combination of the following: Fresh Ginger, Dandelion Root, Turmeric, Organic Mixed Greens, Broccoli, Carrot, Red Apple Chunks, Red Onion, Fresh Aloe Leaf, Celery, Home-Grown Wheat Sprouts/Wheat Grass, Water ©M-J de Mesterton 2013
M-Jeanne's Smoothie-Boosters for a Cancer-Preventing, Liver-Detoxifying, Health-Promoting Breakfast Drink:

Snip off a leaf of aloe vera per day and incorporate it into your morning health-drink.
Amazon.com Widgets

Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

Fashion Victimhood

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM


Since 2006, I have been writing about the sort of misguided clothing-choice pictured in this photograph. Garments that only rise to that area just above the groin cause both the grotesque "Muffin-Top" and the risible anomaly known as "Plumber's Crack", yet every year, THEY'RE BA-ACK! Resist falling into fashion-victimhood, and stop risking your pants falling down. Wear your pants, trousers and skirts up at the waist,
and you will not look this idiotic. SIMPLE, isn't it?
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Where Is the Waist? Editorial by M-J

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Where is the waist? That's what I wonder every time I look at photos of the newest "fashions." What is new about the same old tragic clothing-concepts bobbing up again, masquerading as innovative? For the past ten years, pants and skirts have consistently been manufactured without even coming close to the waist, yet they are touted as the "latest." To paraphrase General Honoré of Louisiana, someone's "stuck on stupid." I thought last spring that the tide of bad clothes was turning, but having perused some catalogues this month, it is apparent that clothing designers are still denying their customers ample fabric to cover their "plumber's cracks." Snide cracks about "mom jeans" and thoroughly ignorant comments calling anything that indeed does come just up to the natural waist "high-waisted" are still being heard and read by those of us who actually remember where the waist is located on the human corpus: the place for belts, sashes, snaps and buttons is an inch or two above the navel, depending upon one's height. The designer of the human body gave us the waist as an elegant way of keeping our pants, skirts and trousers from falling down; also to enhance our corporeal proportions. The true waist never comes below the navel, and it certainly cannot be found two inches above one's crotch. Garments are falling down from where they rest on the hips, and the fashion world has insisted on staying down in the gutter after what seems to be a devastating, permanent fall from elegant, figure-enhancing style. Fashion-victims are afraid now to go against the hideous dictum that you must wear your clothes no higher than the hip. This is a big mistake, because if one follows the lines of his or her body, they will see that clothes descending from the waist lengthen the legs, while clothes that only come up to the hips turn even the slimmest among us into pot-bellied, short and sloppy -looking people who would have been laughed-at throughout the previous decades and centuries. Wearing six-inch heels to compensate for the bad deeds done to your figure by stingy clothing manufacturers and designers does nothing but make one look even sillier. Extra-high heels will damage both your feet and back, and will not give back the height robbed from you by idiotic torso-stretching trousers and skirts. For men, extra-long trousers do not visually lengthen your legs; rather, they make you look dumpy. The fail-safe, time-tested method of developing real glamour and style is to dress in natural, luxurious cloths and fabrics from the waist-down; wear two-to-three inch heels if you are a woman, and keep your trousers from heaping into a puddle on top of your shoes if you are a man. And don't forget the stockings and socks. No one will notice that you are not blindly and self-destructively following bad fashion. But, they will wonder why on earth you look so good, while their trousers are slipping into the mire together with all sense of style. Now, there is the waist, our anchoring feature of elegant style. Pants, trousers and skirts constructed without it are a waste! © Copyright M-J de Mesterton; September 14th, 2010 Waist-to-Height Ratio and Your Health: an easy-to-use page that tells you how to find your waist, recommends its ideal measurement for your height, gender and age, calculates your body-mass index and displays one's optimum daily caloric-intake. Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

Elegant Exercise

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Elegant Exercise is Simple and Refined, Using Minimal Equipment and Dressing for Success

Sprinting on a mini-trampoline is my current elegant exercise routine. I have found that it is much more effective than just bouncing up and down. Taking high, alternating steps at a fast pace for as long as I can, lifting the knees as much as possible, is quite strenuous and gets the heart pumping. I sometimes sprint three times a day. Using the mini-trampoline for sprints lets you do it without creating deleterious impact on one's joints and feet. The Gold's Gym mini-trampoline is available for about forty USD.

Dressing for exercise means skipping the low-waisted tights and sweats, and instead wearing garments that fit snugly at the waist--that area which was designed to keep your trousers and skirts up, which is located at an inch or two above your navel. This traditional style of clothing prevents you having to stop and hitch-up your pants while walking, running and jumping....

Dr. Joseph Mercola has a new post at his blog about an almost-forgotten exercise that you can do without equipment, and which not only strengthens your legs, but is beneficial for other parts of the body, including the "core". LINK to Dr. Mercola's article, complete with a video demonstrating how to do "squats."

©M-J de Mesterton 2012



Hilarious Clothes

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Short, tight jacket with tiny, lumpy trousers--I found this photo of Justin Timberlake after viewing some seriously bad clothes on the fellow in December's Esquire (U.K. Edition; see my picture below). So just what do high income and position get you these days? How about a tailor who doesn't send you out looking like a Lilliputian, twisted freak, especially if you are gaining on six feet tall? The shorty-legs illusion wrought by trousers that are too tight and have a three-inch rise, the billowing shirt with nothing to tuck it into...this is the epitome of fashion-victimhood. People are so inured to the tragic look shown here that they would likely ask what I'm talking about. Therefore, I recommend reading  my article written in 2010, entitled "Remember Elegantly-Dressed Men?"

©M-J de Mesterton; January 3rd 2012



The Waist

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Where Is the Waist? Editorial by M-J

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM
Where is the waist? That's what I wonder every time I look at photos of the newest "fashions." What is new about the same old tragic clothing-concepts bobbing up again, masquerading as innovative? For the past ten years, pants and skirts have consistently been manufactured without even coming close to the waist, yet they are touted as the "latest." To paraphrase General Honoré of Louisiana, someone's "stuck on stupid." I thought last spring that the tide of bad clothes was turning, but having perused some catalogues this month, it is apparent that clothing designers  are still denying their customers ample fabric to cover their "plumber's cracks." Snide cracks about "mom jeans" and thoroughly ignorant comments calling anything that indeed does come just up to the natural waist "high-waisted" are still being heard  and read by those of us who actually remember where the waist is located on the human corpus: the place for belts, sashes, snaps and buttons is an inch or two above the navel, depending upon one's height. The designer of the human body gave us the waist as an elegant way of keeping our pants, skirts  and trousers from falling down; also to enhance our corporeal proportions. The true waist never comes below the navel, and it certainly cannot be found two inches above one's crotch. Garments are falling down from where they rest on the hips, and the fashion world has insisted on staying down in the gutter after what seems to be a devastating, permanent fall from elegant, figure-enhancing style. Fashion-victims are afraid now to go against the hideous dictum that you must wear your clothes no higher than the hip. This is a big mistake, because if one follows the lines of his or her body, they will see that clothes descending from the waist lengthen the legs, while clothes that only come up to the hips turn even the slimmest among us into pot-bellied, short and sloppy -looking people who would have been laughed-at throughout the previous decades and centuries. Wearing six-inch heels to compensate for the bad deeds done to your figure by stingy clothing manufacturers and designers does nothing but make one look even sillier. Extra-high heels will damage both your feet and back, and will not give back the height robbed from you by idiotic torso-stretching trousers and skirts. For men, extra-long trousers do not visually lengthen your legs; rather, they make you look dumpy. The fail-safe, time-tested method of developing real glamour and style is to dress in natural, luxurious cloths and fabrics from the waist-down; wear two-to-three inch heels if you are a woman, and keep your trousers from heaping into a puddle on top of your shoes if you are a man. And don't forget the stockings and socks. No one will notice that you are not blindly and self-destructively following bad fashion. But, they will wonder why on earth you look so good, while their trousers are slipping into the mire together with all sense of style. Now, there is the waist, our anchoring feature of elegant style. Pants, trousers and skirts constructed without it are a waste! © Copyright M-J de Mesterton; September 14th, 2010 Waist-to-Height Ratio and Your Health: an easy-to-use page that tells you how to find your waist, recommends its ideal measurement for your height, gender and age, calculates your body-mass index and displays one's optimum daily caloric-intake.     Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival

Best Solution to Plumber's Butt

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Duluth Trading Co. is marketing a longer tee-shirt to solve "plumber's butt". In their radio advert, Duluth takes a robo-dump on "mom jeans", furthering the perverted notion that trousers should only rise to the hips or private area. The only sensible solution to plumber's crack, a look that always inspires derision among the clivilised, is to insist on trousers that go up to the waist--you know, that region one inch above your navel.... Jeans and work-pants that start down around your lower gut or hips will never stay up, no matter how long your tee-shirt is. And who wants a billowing shirt above their low-slung trousers, making a person look preggers? That sad result makes all the snide comments and chiding about "mom jeans" ring hollow, since nearly everyone who wears their garment below waist-level is sporting what appears to be a baby-bump.

~~M-J

Glacier-Blue Tweed Skirt Suit

Posted on October 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM

An exquisite, face-and-figure-flattering classic woman's suit in Islay tweed wool, offered by our sterling friend Peter in Herefordshire. This is a three-season, light wool ladies' suit that has an elegantly-tapered, back-slit, knee-length skirt and a jacket which will lend an hour-glass shape to its wearer. This is the height of daytime elegance for a woman who attends luncheons and/or business meetings.

~~M-J

Shirataki/Konnyaku Stir-Fry

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM
Very few calories and lots of taste go into this elegant stir-fry, made with celery, onion, ginger, coconut oil and shirataki noodles. ©M-J de Mesterton
Shirataki Noodles or Konnyaku are Stir-Fried with Vegetables
 A Japanese chile, soy sauce and peanut dressing will be just the thing to add a pleasant piquancy.

Garnier Moisture Gel

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM
My New Favourite Skin-Care Product:
Costing 7 USD or Less,
~~M-J~~

Elegant Exercise

Posted on December 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM
The Easy, Elegant Exercise: Rebounding

Bounce your way to better health with this ideal mini-trampoline. As long as your feet are in fair condition and you're able to stand, this mini-trampoline is easy to use, and its cardio-vascular benefits are similar to those acquired by jumping rope. And "rebounding" on a trampoline is easier than jumping rope, because there is nothing on which to trip. It seems like all the rage right now, but those in the know were using mini-trampolines in the 1990s. The svelte and intelligent character Charlotte Cavendish in the series Lovejoy, for example, used to bounce fifty times on her mini-trampoline in the morning, and another fifty in the evening.
©M-J de Mesterton
 
This is the best and least expensive rebounder or mini-trampoline  that I have used: 

Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini Trampoline, 36 inch

Get fit with the Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini 36" Trampoline. It is a fun way to get a low-impact aerobic workout that will build cardiovascular fitness, tone your legs, abs, buttocks, and back, and give you more energy. Results in just a few weeks. Perfect for all fitness levels.
Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini Trampoline, 36":
  • Build cardiovascular fitness, tone your legs, abs, buttocks, and back
  • Low-impact aerobic workout at home
  • Rugged, all-steel frame construction
  • Durable polypropylene rebounding surface
    Gold's Gym Circuit Trainer Mini Trampoline also includes:
  • 2 resistance cords for upper body workout
  • Electronic monitor that measures time, calories, and number of jumps
  • Mini-trampoline stands on 6-legs.
  • Gold's Gym circuit trainer workout DVD

The Health-Benefits of Rebounding

The Kent Hairbrush for Fine Hair

Posted on September 16, 2010 at 10:07 PM


How to Look Like a Fashion-Victim

Posted on May 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM

 

http://www.stylelist.com/2010/04/30/top-denim-trends-for-spring-2010/


Yes, follow the crowd! Make your legs look really short, and your torso appear freakishly long--and don't forget to let the clothing industry fool you into thinking that rotting denim is beautiful. Fashion dictators have levelled the playing field, so don't worry, be confident--everyone else looks just as ridiculous!


Brilliant New Almond Products

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Blue Diamond Growers of Sacramento, California  See my photo and information here.

The Best Skin-Care Products

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Paula's Choice Skin Care

High quality, reasonably-priced, state-of-the-art skin-care is at your fingertips!