The Elegant Survival Choice for Facial Blotters

End-Papers as Effective, Inexpensive Facial Blotters

Pack these papers in a purse or pocket for instant summer facial blotting–regular old end-papers from a beauty supply store cost only a dollar for one thousand, whereas the facial blotting papers we bought at Shiseido several years ago cost over ten dollars for a packet of one hundred. Now they are up to fifteen dollars per hundred.  End-papers work just as well to remove oils and  give your face a matte finish.

©M-J de Mesterton

The Elegant Lady’s Boudoir Suggests End-Papers or End-Wraps as Facial Blotters at a Fraction of the Usual Price: 99 Cents Versus Ten Dollars
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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

Got Tweed?

Got Tweed?

Posted at 10:57 AM on January 11, 2010
Bookster U.K. Tweed Suits Made-to-Measure in England of Scottish Cloth


Elegant Lady’s Country Tweed Suit by Burberrys, Made in England

Classic Kick-Pleat Traditional Skirt, Reversible Tweed Vest and this Jacket–an Elegant Survival Must-See!


Incredibly Luxurious and Unique Harris Tweed Equestrian Ladies’ Jacket

M-J de Mesterton in Harris Tweed Riding Jacket

M-J de Mesterton Wearing Tweed Clothing Made in England
M-J de Mesterton Wearing Tweed Clothing Made in England

Classic Summer Wedges

Half-Price in National's Winter Sale
Wedges Inspired by Summer at “the Vineyard”

Classic Pumps by Robert Clergerie, at Christabelle’s Closet

Update, April 8th: these beautifully crafted, classic French shoes have been reduced to the price of 50 USD.

The Most Elegant Pumps, by Robert Clergerie Size 7.5 US
Elegant Pumps, by Robert Clergerie; Size 7.5 US

Robert Clergerie Patent Leather Pumps, Made in France:  Simple, Elegant  Shoes for Evening, Cocktails or Teatime

It’s difficult to find classic, real shoes these days. When I speak of elegant dressing, I often mention closed-toe shoes, which used to be the norm. Sure, peep-toes and strappy high-heeled sandals are all the rage, but I don’t write about trends, except to disparage them and their lack of longevity. Exposing one’s toes and tottering about on stilts are never elegant. This pair of shoes almost represents my ideal for evening. Alas, they are a half-size too small for me. Advice to people approaching middle-age: buy your shoes a half-size larger than necessary, because your feet are about to grow a half-inch (once upon a time, these shoes would have fit me).

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009