Elegant Survival

Stylish Living on a Shoestring
Since 2006

M-J's Miscellany

Wellness Update

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Stay in Good Health: Cover Up Your Skin This Summer, Use Natural Antibiotics Such as Oil of Oregano and an Olive Leaf Supplement, and Eat Your Vegetables~~M-J Recommended Actions and Anti-Viral Foods to Stay in Good Health: Cover Up Your Skin This Summer, Use Natural Antibiotics Such as Raw Ginger, Hot Peppers, Oil of Oregano and an Olive Leaf Supplement, then Eat Your Vegetables~~M-J

With ill people travelling 'round the U.S. and internationally on aeroplanes, you would be wise to wear gloves and even surgical masks while flying. Carry oil of oregano for surface and internal infections, and take olive leaf capsules daily.

This alert is relevant indefinitely, because adequate measures are not being taken to mitigate these modern-day plagues. MRSA (a flesh-eating virus) is on the rise, as are antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis, rubella/measles, chickenpox/shingles, mites, Swine flu, ebola, pertussis/whooping cough and MERS (a deadly respiratory infection). 

It is better to be safe than sorry, and wearing gloves is just one essential component of dressing in the traditional manner. People will also understand when you protect yourself by wearing a surgical mask on the plane, where pathogen-laced air is recycled and breathed by everyone, causing what are known as community-acquired diseases. Stay healthy and look great doing it. Many of these current scourges are incurable.... @M-J de Mesterton, Elegant Survival News 2014

M-J's Drinks Party Tables

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Lady Soames, 91

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Lady Soames, Daughter of Winston Churchill Passes Away, Aged 91

Obituary in the Telegraph

Surface-Germs Live a Week

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

That's one of the many reasons why I never go out without gloves or fly without covering up completely. And now, with MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome going around, flying is more dangerous than ever...ARTICLE

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


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


"Fashion" Statement by Hutton

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Echoing one of Elegant Survival's long-time themes in her original style, Lauren Hutton explained lately why she, too, has always eschewed "fashion". Personally, I prefer "style", and Ms Hutton certainly has fearless personal style!



Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Since 2006, I have been writing about the benefits of wearing gloves. Now, there is more justification than ever for my admonitions and recommendations on the topic. Currently plaguing Americans and the rest of the world are norovirus and MRSA; the deadly ebola virus is rampant in Africa, and other antibiotic-resistant diseases are proliferating. Most of these viruses are spread by surface-contact. Wearing gloves while out in public, especially while shopping, and disinfecting them when you get home can save your life. And hospital-acquired diseases are now common, so do your best to avoid hospitals and other heath-clinics. 


Hospital-acquired infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites; they are spread by touching contaminated surfaces, clothing and implements, or skin-contact with infected people. Viruses may be contracted from surgical procedures, catheters, or by inhaling airborne pathogens.

Common hospital infections are MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) and C Difficile.These micro-organisms may already exist dormantly in the patient's body or be contracted from the air, contaminated surfaces and hospital equipment, healthcare workers or other patients. Hospitals must employ pre-screening for MRSA or C-Difficile prior to surgery.

These infections and viruses are often resistant to antibiotics, and the lack of effective therapies may necessitate amputation of fingers or limbs. If you find yourself having to be in the hospital as a patient or visitor, wear disposable gloves before touching any surface, tool, item of clothing or person.

Relying on antibacterial gels and liquids is no longer adequate for self-protection against dangerous germs. Wearing gloves not only enhances your elegance, but will give you confidence in your safety and survival.

©M-J de Mesterton 2014

Protect Yourself from the Elements

with Gloves, Hats and Parasols




Green Beans with Walnuts

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM


 M-J's Green Beans with Walnuts in Miso-Honey Glaze

Petite green beans are sautéed in red chile oil, partially-crushed walnuts are added and lightly-browned; then  a teaspoon of miso, a half-teaspoon of honey are mixed with a third-cup of water and stirred into the pan or wok to coat the string-beans and nuts.

©Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2013

Whisky a Go Go and Johnny Rivers

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Musician Johnny Rivers, who topped the record-charts for years in the 1960s, was instrumental in founding the Hollywood music venue, Whisky a Go Go, which is now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. ARTICLE in the L.A.TIMES

1886 House in Orange, CA

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Happy New Year 2014

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Have a happy new year, dear readers!

William Booker, Tuskegee Airman

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

A New Addition to the Elegant Survivors List

William Booker, Seattle Native, Tuskegee Airman  and Boeing Engineer: Memorial Service

Photo of Wiliam Booker Courtesy of KING 5 News

Merry Christmas

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Ray Price, Elegant Survivor

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

The elegant, always-dignified Ray Price (article at Rolling Stone Magazine, December 13th 2013), classic country-western singer and band-leader, needs our prayers. Ray Price, a one-time colleague of legendary fiddler Bob Wills, has worked with Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and many other country music luminaries throughout the decades. Ray had continued his concert-tours even after he developed pancreatic cancer two years ago, but has been essentially bed-ridden for the past twelve months. The "Cherokee Cowboy" has returned to his East Texas home from hospital this week, and extends the following message to his many generations of admirers: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."

Article about the great Ray Price at KLTV, Texas


M-J's New Smoothie

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM
  Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant, broccoli is anti-carcinogenic, and daikon radish is beneficial to the liver and kidneys. Combining these three ingredients in a morning smoothie is an excellent idea. I add some pure apple juice as the liquid component, and sometimes turmeric powder for its anti-inflammatory properties.©M-J de Mesterton 2013
Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!  

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Here is what I said in 2010: a Payback to the Health Insurance Industry--and now, the government has let it slip that the insurance companies are going to be paid--after all, they DID support this corrupt, bait-and-switch scheme.

Chicken Will Sicken

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Get Ready for Chicken Suits as the USDA Gives You CHICKEN THAT SICKENS
  As if the president and his cronies needed another way to trash the United States' economy--but they are very creative when it comes to "change".  This next sick scheme  ought to make you retch, and avoid the lure of tasty chicken dishes, baked or fried. From Mike Adams, Editor of NATURAL NEWS:

USDA to Destroy the Domestic Poultry Industry by Selling out to China

It's also a disastrous policy. If put into action, it will not only further destroy the economic base of U.S. farmers and chicken growers, it will also wildly contaminate the chicken supply across the U.S. with China-grown chicken laced with arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium and toxic chemicals.     Click Here to Read M-J's Main Website, Elegant Survival