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White Shoulders, a Scent from the 1940s

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M-J de Mesterton, Wearing White Shoulders Perfume Since 1960, Alternating in the 1970s and Beyond, with Givenchy III, Quartz by Molyneux, and Occasionally Youth Dew 

One of my favourite perfumes, White Shoulders was created in the 1943 by Hartnell, which by 1945 had become Evyan.  I had an acquaintance in Manhattan long ago, who often sang at the famous Michael’s Pub, and only wore White Shoulders. I cannot remember her name, but the ambrosial floral perfume is unforgettable. My two other favourite scents are Givenchy III, which is no longer available, and Quartz by Molyneux, a fresh but evanescent perfume, perfect for morning and daytime, which I discovered at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan circa 1985 when they were out of Givenchy III. Look at the following advert for White Shoulders. The featured drawing is of a glamorous woman who resembles actress Loretta Young.

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When I was five, my generous, chic uncle gave me a little grey fur stole, a string of pearls, and a  bottle of White Shoulders by Evyan Perfume.  Its sweet, classic scent always reminds me of Christmas, 1960.

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  1. White Shoulders Top Notes (The Following Material is from Basenotes.net)
  2. White Shoulders Heart Notes
  3. Base Notes of White Shoulders
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Elegant Christmas Gifts

Aloe vera plants make excellent hostess gifts. Their neat habit and elegant shape make them welcome in any room. They are low-maintenance and useful in wound-care applications. Because aloe vera needs very little water, it is also the perfect plant for a college dormitory room. The aloe vera plant provides a natural healing salve and some elegant greenery. ~~M-J

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The Classic Casio G-Shock: Elegant Survival Watch

In 1983, Casio launched the shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch. This product shattered the notion that a watch is a fragile piece of jewelry that needs to be handled with care, and was the result of Casio engineers taking on the challenge of creating the world’s toughest watch. Using a triple-protection design for the parts, module, and case, the G-SHOCK offered a radical new type of watch that was unaffected by strong impacts or shaking. Its practicality was immediately recognized, and its unique look, which embodied its functionality, became wildly popular, resulting in explosive sales in the early 1990s. The G-SHOCK soon adopted various new sensors, solar-powered radio-controlled technology (described below), and new materials for even better durability. By always employing the latest technology, and continuing to transcend conventional thinking about the watch, the G-SHOCK brand has become Casio’s flagship timepiece product.

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The Best Home-Made Popcorn Machine that I Have Found

The stirring popcorn maker by West Bend, Stir Crazy,  makes wonderfully fluffy popcorn every time. This model is superior to the analogous product made by Presto, which  has a very weak bowl and useless lid. This popper is much more well-made. Instead of vegetable oil, I use coconut oil for a more health-promoting snack.
One of the better bagged raw popcorn brands is Wal-Mart’s Great Value. I find that it is superior to that of Orville Redenbacher. Pop Secret is good too, though it tastes a little less corny.
©M-J de Mesterton
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The Elegant Aloe Vera Plant

My Aloe Vera Plant in 2010
The elegant aloe vera plant is perfect for household beauty and medical use. Cut off a leaf and squeeze some aloe juice onto a burn, blemish, wound or sunburn. Keep it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, for later re-application. An aloe plant will grow strong and have an elegant shape. Aloe vera plants make perfect hostess-gifts, and an aloe plant already set in an elegant piece of crockery is a welcome gift for almost anyone. Water-efficient aloes would be perfect dorm-room plants as well, since they can suffer neglect with great dignity, and may come in very handy for youthful skin maladies and emergency wound-care.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010
The Same Aloe Vera Plant in 2012
Affordable Gift · Aloe · Aloe Vera Plant · Dorm Room Décor · Elegant Aloe · Elegant Aloe Plant · Elegant Gift · Hostess Gift · Kitchen Plants · Medicinal Plants

The Elegant Aloe Vera Plant

The elegant aloe vera plant is perfect for household beauty and medical use. Cut off a leaf and squeeze some aloe juice onto a burn, blemish, wound or sunburn. Keep it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, for later re-application. An aloe plant will grow strong and have an elegant shape. Aloe vera plants make perfect hostess-gifts, and an aloe plant already set in an elegant piece of crockery is a welcome gift for almost anyone. Water-efficient aloes would be perfect dorm-room plants as well, since they can suffer neglect with great dignity, and may come in very handy for youthful skin maladies and emergency wound-care.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010
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Food & Wine’s Top Bottles Under Twenty USD

Determined through a blind taste-test, here are Food & Wine  magazine’s “best” bottles of red and white wine from the west, which in this report includes Washington, Oregon, and California, each available for under twenty dollars (€15.50):

WHITE WINES
– Sauvignon Blanc: 2008 Honig, Napa, California ($16/€12.40)
– Chardonnay: 2008 Mount Eden Vineyards Wolff Vineyard, Edna Valley, California ($20/€15.50)
– Pinot Gris: 2008 Elk Cove, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($19/€15)

RED WINES
Pinot Noir: 2008 Wallace Brook, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($19/€15)
– Merlot: 2007 Columbia Crest H3, Horse Heaven Hills (Woodinville), Washington ($15/€12)
– Zinfandel: 2007 Four Vines, Old Vine Cuvée, California ($14/€11)
– Syrah: 2008 Red Car, Boxcar, Sonoma County, California ($20/€15.50)
Cabernet Sauvignon: 2007 Louis M. Martini, Sonoma County, California ($17/€13)

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Western Emporium Presents a Lingerie Lace Skirt and Blouse

“Recreate one of the most popular styles of the early 1900’s — the lingerie dress. All-white outfits, bedecked with frills and flounces were all the rage across the country. After centuries of exclusivity, lace was finally manufactured in factories and became available to the masses. And the ladies took to it like a duck to water, covering their blouses and skirts with ruffles and lace.”

LINK to Lingerie Lace Skirt and Blouse (each sold separately) at Western Emporium

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The Elegant Aloe Plant: a Natural Healer

The elegant aloe vera plant is perfect for household beauty and medical use. Cut off a leaf and squeeze some aloe juice onto a burn, blemish, wound or sunburn. Keep it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, for later re-application. An aloe plant will grow strong and have an elegant shape. Aloe vera plants make perfect hostess-gifts, and an aloe plant already set in an elegant piece of crockery is a welcome gift for almost anyone. Water-efficient aloes would be perfect dorm-room plants as well, since they can suffer neglect with great dignity, and may come in very handy for youthful skin maladies and emergency wound-care.

©M-J de Mesterton 2010

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Elegant Bamboo Cooking Tools

Available at Wal-Mart for about three dollars, these ultra-useful, sturdy cook’s implements are made from bamboo.  Each white mesh bag contains five bamboo spatulas and spoons. At that price, it may be wise to purchase two packs of them.

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Little Gems: Original Oil Paintings by M-J de Mesterton

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Little Gems: Original Oil Paintings by M-J de Mesterton