Elegant Party “Champagne”: Cristalino Brut from Spain


Cristalino Brut from Spain: Inexpensive Substitute for French Champagne

Available at Cost Plus World Market

Inexpensive Substitute for French Champagne

“Bright green-gold color and aromas of apple, spices, flowers and nuts. Crisp, bright and dry with medium-full body. Intense ginger and apple flavors with nutty and floral nuances. Clean, lemony finish that is quite dry. A pleasure with chicken salad, scampi, filet of sole, brie and fruit desserts. Serve as an aperitif, too.”

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Elegant Survival Food Safety, and Recycling Cake-Covers

Cake and Croissant Container Top from Sam's Club, Recycled as a Food-Safety Tool; This One is Four Years Old!
Cake and Croissant Container Top Made of Thin Plastic, Recycled as a Food-Safety Tool; This One is Four Years Old! Keep flies off your food, in the house or outdoors. These lightweight tops are stackable, washable by hand (not dishwasher-safe), and will protect your family and friends from the awful germs carried by flies and other pests.~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, May 16th, 2009
M-J's Four-Year-Old Cake Cover, Recycled from Croissant Container (Painting and Photo by M-J de Mesterton)
M-J's Four-Year-Old Cake Cover, Recycled from Croissant Container (Painting and Photo by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright)

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

Elegant Survival Summer Cocktail


My Aunt Gail made this for me in Orange County, California, when I was twenty-one. The year was 1976. I’ve never forgotten that lovely, gracious woman or this delicious, pink drink:

Frozen pink lemonade concentrate
Ice
Grenadine Syrup
Vodka

Using these ingredients, and a blender, mix to your own taste.

Elegant Survival Summer Cocktail


My Aunt Gail made this for me in Orange County, California, when I was twenty-one. The year was 1976. I’ve never forgotten that lovely, gracious woman or this delicious, pink drink:

Frozen pink lemonade concentrate
Ice
Grenadine Syrup
Vodka

Using these ingredients, and a blender, mix to your own taste.

Elegant Survival Summer Cocktail


My Aunt Gail made this for me in Orange County, California, when I was twenty-one. The year was 1976. I’ve never forgotten that lovely, gracious woman or this delicious, pink drink:

Frozen pink lemonade concentrate
Ice
Grenadine Syrup
Vodka

Using these ingredients, and a blender, mix to your own taste.