Autumn Foods that Fight Cancer

by Sarah Glynn for Medical News Today

Fuji Apples ©M-J de Mesterton 2008

Soba Noodles with Carrots, Parsley and Onions 

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The Gentleman’s Trifecta

The Elegant Man's Accessories

The Gentleman’s Trifecta is my husband’s term for the things represented in this photograph that we took in 2007.

I will explain a little more in the following editorial, which I wrote and published on Elegant Survival in 2010:

Burberry Suit from Sphere Magazine, Christmas Number, 1936

The Elegantly-Dressed Man

In this stylish drawing of a man, you don’t see a skinny jacket that is bursting open to expose sad trousers that hang at the hip, a bulging shirt and too-long tie. What we see here is a man who wears his trousers at the right length, ones that don’t pile-up like discarded potato sacks on top of his shoes, and which come up to the actual human waist, thereby visually lengthening his legs. And we see the gentleman’s traditional accessories: hat, gloves and walking-stick, each of which serves a purpose, such as protection from the elements, enthusiastic pigeons, dirt, germs, roving animals, and whoever may dare to attack him or anyone else in his immediate vicinity; the gentleman is always well-prepared for a stroll down today’s mean streets. Alas, this picture is clipped from an advert by Burberrys that appears in one of my 1930s Sphere magazines. Today’s men, in general, look like short, dumpy cads in clothes that are designed to distort human proportions. (Add the slovenly yet popular three-day growth beard to complete a tragic modern image.) Never in history has so much sartorial splendour been readily accessible, and yet men have seldom looked worse. It doesn’t cost any more to dress correctly than it does to do it badly, especially since some of the ghastliest clothes are going for the highest prices. There are few contemporary examples of elegant dressing in trendy venues and magazines. Help yourself by not following fashion, but instead by looking toward the best elements of the past for useful examples of tasteful masculine dress.
 

©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Ballyshannon Cheese from Ireland

Elergant Irish Cheddar Cheese by Kerrygold
Ballyshannon by Kerrygold of Ireland is the best Cheddar-style cheese I have ever tasted. It is available at Sam's Club. Ballyshannon Cheddar Cheese from Ireland comes in an elegant wrapper.

Ironing Update: Starch and Steam

Crisp but Not Crunchy Clothes with Home-Made Starch
I have a long, old-fashioned cotton skirt with embroidery and a  cotton lining that hangs inside it. It seemed that both layers needed some more body. I iron all my husband’s shirts without starch, so I had none in the house. He calls this my “Romanov skirt” and those ladies certainly had theirs starched, back in the early 1900s. I asked him to look up a recipe for ironing starch on the internet, and he came up with a standard formula. One cup of very hot water and a tablespoon of cornstarch, stirred until dissolved and put into a reliable spray bottle was what he recommended, and it worked very well. I have also spray-starched a couple of blouses with the aforementioned mixture, and had great success.
The New Elegant Survival Iron
The Elegant Survival Iron, by Shark
One of the pictured spray bottles contains plain water and a little bit of orange flower water; the other spray bottle holds my starch and water formula. Both of these concoctions are useful for ironing clothes. The first spray gets the wrinkles out, and the second one puts body into natural fabrics.

The Shark Euro-Pro is the best iron I have ever used. Its extended steam feature and heavy construction ensure an efficient ironing experience. The iron is also very pretty, and has a high-quality look.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

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Crisp but Not Crunchy Clothes with Home-Made Starch
I have a long, old-fashioned cotton skirt with embroidery and a  cotton lining that hangs inside it. It seemed that both layers needed some more body. I iron all my husband’s shirts without starch, so I had none in the house. He calls this my “Romanov skirt” and those ladies certainly had theirs starched, back in the early 1900s. I asked him to look up a recipe for ironing starch on the internet, and he came up with a standard formula. One cup of very hot water and a tablespoon of cornstarch, stirred until dissolved and put into a reliable spray bottle was what he recommended, and it worked very well. I have also spray-starched a couple of blouses with the aforementioned mixture, and had great success.
The New Elegant Survival Iron
The Elegant Survival Iron, by Shark
One of the pictured spray bottles contains plain water and a little bit of orange flower water; the other spray bottle holds my starch and water formula. Both of these concoctions are useful for ironing clothes. The first spray gets the wrinkles out, and the second one puts body into natural fabrics.

The Shark Euro-Pro is the best iron I have ever used. Its extended steam feature and heavy construction ensure an efficient ironing experience. The iron is also very pretty, and has a high-quality look.
©M-J de Mesterton 2011

An Elegant, Health-Promoting Bath

Epsom Salt, the Elegant, Economical, Classic Bath Additive
The Well-Made Bath-Brush by Swissco
After your refreshing, health-promoting soak in the hot bath with Epsom salt (add a cup-full to running water), stand in the tub with the water off, and brush your lymph-node areas (see chart, courtesy of Natural Health School) in a circular motion with this sturdy, elegant brush by Swissco. Then, rinse. Vigorously using a white, crisp, line-dried towel on your clean skin is the ideal spa-like coda to this health-promoting process.

Gals are Growling: What Gives?

Gals are Growling: What Gives?

An Editorial by M-J de Mesterton
Posted on September 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Every time I am exposed to radio or television–and that isn’t often–I am puzzled by a new trend in women’s speech. If one has never ceased monitoring popular U.S. broadcasting outlets, entertainment and media advertising, it may not be apparent to them.  Being in the habit of avoiding American pop-culture–and only occasionally witnessing the stuff–like Rip van Winkle, I have suddenly awakened in a world that has changed drastically. Women, especially those under fifty, are chirping their sentences like Valley Girls, and culminating them in a very fatigued, strained-sounding growl. This guttural sound is not feminine, and I don’t know whence its inspiration, nor whom they are attempting to emulate. Listening to a paragraph spoken by one of these hapless victims of fashion is like travelling ten miles of bad gravel-road.
There is a better way to speak, which simply involves modulating one’s voice in a soft tone all the way to the end of each sentence, leaving that grating growl to the dogs and to your male counterparts. Men really don’t think it’s sexy. I’ve heard gents describe this new manner of female-speaking in the most unflattering of terms. For examples of attractive feminine speech, old movies are instructive. Even Lauren Bacall didn’t do the gritty, guttural growl. This new way of talking must have been in fashion for quite some time while I “slept,” because it takes a concerted effort to put into effect–in fact, some of us find it impossible to imitate. Maintaining a pleasant and natural tone, terminating your phrases with a definite stop instead of an audible question-mark, is a winning habit. I don’t like to preach–leave that to other writers. That said, I occasionally feel the need to make a suggestion. Mocking some pop-tart who is piled-out on coke, booze and cigarettes is a losing proposition in any facet of your life, so it would be good for you girls to get the gravel out of your gullets, and start sounding like real women again!

©M-J de Mesterton 2010

Gals are Growling: What Gives?

Gals are Growling: What Gives?

An Editorial by M-J de Mesterton
Posted on September 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Every time I am exposed to radio or television–and that isn’t often–I am puzzled by a new trend in women’s speech. If one has never ceased monitoring popular U.S. broadcasting outlets, entertainment and media advertising, it may not be apparent to them.  Being in the habit of avoiding American pop-culture–and only occasionally witnessing the stuff–like Rip van Winkle, I have suddenly awakened in a world that has changed drastically. Women, especially those under fifty, are chirping their sentences like Valley Girls, and culminating them in a very fatigued, strained-sounding growl. This guttural sound is not feminine, and I don’t know whence its inspiration, nor whom they are attempting to emulate. Listening to a paragraph spoken by one of these hapless victims of fashion is like travelling ten miles of bad gravel-road.
There is a better way to speak, which simply involves modulating one’s voice in a soft tone all the way to the end of each sentence, leaving that grating growl to the dogs and to your male counterparts. Men really don’t think it’s sexy. I’ve heard gents describe this new manner of female-speaking in the most unflattering of terms. For examples of attractive feminine speech, old movies are instructive. Even Lauren Bacall didn’t do the gritty, guttural growl. This new way of talking must have been in fashion for quite some time while I “slept,” because it takes a concerted effort to put into effect–in fact, some of us find it impossible to imitate. Maintaining a pleasant and natural tone, terminating your phrases with a definite stop instead of an audible question-mark, is a winning habit. I don’t like to preach–leave that to other writers. That said, I occasionally feel the need to make a suggestion. Mocking some pop-tart who is piled-out on coke, booze and cigarettes is a losing proposition in any facet of your life, so it would be good for you girls to get the gravel out of your gullets, and start sounding like real women again!

©M-J de Mesterton 2010