Elegant Survival

Stylish Living on a Shoestring
Since 2006

M-J's Miscellany

Elegant Bouquet

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Pink-Tinged White Roses and Fluffy White Carnations are Combined to Create a Delicately Beautiful, Fragrant Bouquet ©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Tea Talk

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Tea Gatherings, Explained 

("High Tea" is a Workman's Supper, NOT a Formal Tea as per the Common Misinterpretation of the Term)


Afternoon Tea, Explained ("High Tea" is Merely a Workman's Supper)

 Hosting a Tea Party; Formal Tea; the True Definition of "High Tea" is "Workingman's Supper"

Mauritshuis Museum Reopens

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

M-J's Christmas Party Tables

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

My tables for a Christmas party in 2000 were dressed elegantly with white brocade cloths, the central one situated at an angle that allowed guests plenty of room  to move about or stand and visit with each other. The finger-foods  and stacks of small plates were about to be arranged on the large table when I took these photos.

©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Haircut

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM

My husband describes the haircut he gives me as "the right cut for a woman of substance". Copyright M-J de Mesterton, Elegant Survival, 2011

English Country Boots

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Cheaney Pennine II English Veldtschoen Country Boots 10 Wide--Superb Condition!

Simple Flower Arrangement

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Late Summer Garden Roses and Lavender ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Roses

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

A pitcher by Le Creuset makes a lovely vase for garden roses.
©M-J de Mesterton

Tasteful Garden Furniture

Posted on July 1, 2011 at 3:32 PM
Plastic furniture is all right indoors, especially if it is in the high-styled modern idiom, and was created by or emulates that of 1950s and 1960s designers such as Eero Saarinen. But outdoors, one ideally will have garden or patio furniture made from wrought iron or of teak-wood, which will not deteriorate from exposure to the elements. Wooden and iron furniture exists in perfect harmony with landscaping and nature, especially when made in greens, browns, and other earth-tones.
Here is my old garden courtyard, where I had outdoor dining furniture by the now-defunct, elegant wrought-iron furniture company Lyon-Shaw, and a smaller chat-table in iron, wicker and tile, by Alfresco Home.
My garden furniture, constructed of wrought iron and wood, blends well with nature.

Under-Cabinet Lamp

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM
To light an area of the kitchen counter on which tall bottles are stored, and where cabinets above them create shadow, I have used a small lamp with a wrought-iron base and a classic shade. This tiny lamp resembles those used on restaurant tables, and takes a four-watt night-light bulb. ©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Luxury Line

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Line-drying your clothes in the sun is one of life's low-cost luxuries. Here on the internet at my main website, Elegant Survival, I have been promoting outdoor line-drying since 2006.

Elegant Library Carpeting

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 12:41 PM
My old library: I chose a very flat carpeting in a check-point style, with pale gold figures on a navy blue background. ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Aston Martin

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

More Royal Wedding Comments

My husband, who attended the wedding of Prince Charles and has played polo with him, just told me, without having viewed today's wedding himself, that the car Prince William was driving with his new bride is probably Father-of-the-Groom's twenty-year old Aston Martin DB6. Upon looking up the car model, I see that it is a different Aston Martin, the Volante,which could be an old family model as well. No matter what, the car that the Royal Couple were in after their nuptials (pronounced "nup-shals" NOT "nupshoo-als") is a dignified convertible of timeless style.

Barnara Walters is broadcasting from London weariing a white blazer in April. Tut, tut. Not only is it too early in the year to do so, BUT, she is not in the wedding party! Can't we leave white for the bride on her special day? Did Kelly Riipa really need to call attention to herself on her TV show with Regis this morning--by wearing a wedding gown and veil? And the very coarse show, The View, is going to have their own "Wedding of Kate and William" parody. Clowns....


Elegant Fred Astaire Movie

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat star in the charming 1942 romantic comedy, You Were Never Lovelier

Elegant Newborn Gift

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM
The perfect gift for a new baby: Louis XIV engraved silver spoon by Reed & Barton.