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M-J de Mesterton

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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

Don't Eat that Dreck!

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Eat Pure Foods for Good Health

Having avoided eating both fish and the bottom-feeders known as "shellfish" all my life, and known many people to have been poisoned by them, I'm happy to report that my instinct was good. Shellfish contain domoic acid, which is responsible for kidney damage in humans as well as in sea-creatures who live on them. Domoic acid from shellfish is also known to cause a brain-condition known as amnesic shellfish poisoning. On my page, "Elegant Health", there are several articles about the dangers of fish and seafood. Here is an instructive report from February, 2014:

‘Safe’ levels of neurotoxin found in seafood may cause kidney damage

By Loren Grush Published February 07, 2014 FoxNews

Elegant, Simple Dessert

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 6:25 PM
Strawberries and Whipped Cream: a Simple, Elegant Dessert
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M-J's Elegant Macrobiotic Dish

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Shredded apple and Romaine lettuce adorn a bed of cool brown rice. Please visit Elegant Cook by M-J de Mesterton for this and other elegant macrobiotic recipes.

M-J's Water-Wise Cacti Garden

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Cactus flowers are rare. Nobody seems to knows why some cactus buds open and others do not. These cactus flowers bloomed in my water-wise Mojave Desert garden on April 28th, 2015. I consider it a miracle!
©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Elegant Garden Furniture

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 2:35 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 Princeton, New Jersey 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 Elegant Patio Furniture Blends with the Garden

Health-Promoting Turmeric and Ginger

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

Labels: Antioxidant Turmeric, Celery, Cucumber, Elegant Survival, Elegant Vegetables, Ginger, Ginger Root, Health-Benefits Turmeric, Red Onion, Turmeric Okinawa Diet, Vegetables for Good Health, Yams

ARTICLE at Natural News: Turmeric for Cancer-Prevention

Pasta Papillon

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Home-Made Pasta all'Uovo is Shaped into Bow-Ties and Dried
Egg Pasta Cooks in Five Minutes or Less, Saving Gas and Electricity

Aconga Bonarda-Merlot

Posted on March 8, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Aconga's Bonarda-Merlot is rich and smooth, with naturally-occurring flavours reminiscent of cherry and chocolate. At less than six dollars a bottle, this beautiful wine is the perfect Elegant Survival potable. Aconga Argentinian wines are available at Kroger supermarkets: Baker's , Food4Less , Kroger , Ralphs , Smith's , Fred Meyer , Fry's , QFC
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Fine English Hairbrush

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM

This elegant hairbrush by Kent is the ideal grooming tool for fine or thinning hair.~~M-J de M.

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"

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



Posted on March 2, 2015 at 6:10 PM


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

Reine de Saba

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 4:35 PM

I made this classic Reine de Saba (Queen of Sheba) cake using Julia Child's recipe, which I found in The French Chef Cookbook, page 285. I believe it is also somewhere on the web. It's a good dessert for those who love almond cake with chocolate icing.

©M-J de Mesterton

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.

Elegant Robe

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM

A few years before Facebook, I photographed myself in an elegant robe made of black velvet with white satin trim. It was the sort of thing in which one would not be embarrassed to be seen on an impromptu basis--answering the door to package deliveries, for example. I miss that old robe, but I still have my silk one by Sulka as a consolation.

©M-J de Mesterton 2015

Haricots Verts

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Rich in probiotics (miso), medium-chain fatty acids (coconut oil), omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts), chlorophyll, vitamin K, manganese, fiber, folate, vitamin C, and honey, M-J's elegant vegetable dish is prepared in a wok and ready within eight minutes.