Elegant Survival

Stylish Living on a Shoestring
Since 2006

Elegant Survival: Stylish Living on a Shoestring
 Since 2006

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M-J's Quotes

All of the Following Quotes are Original,

Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2015:

Do not be cowed by sheep! 

Your body is a temple--make sure it's not the Temple of Doom.

A wrinkled sack of skin on some all-too-visible bones can turn stomachs instead of heads.

Elegance is not to be confused with extravagance.

I will wear both necklace and earrings on rare occasions--like when Hell freezes over.

Sure, I will fix that hole in your painting. But, if it leads to another universe, there will be an extra charge.

Beware of Splay-Foot and Shorty-Pants.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015

 January 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

I tend to bite my tongue in order to not offend people. However, I feel it is relevant and helpful to broach the topic of jewellery. I only wear earrings and a necklace together on rare occasions?like when Hell freezes over!

It was Coco Chanel who advised women to assess their ensembles before going out, and to then arbitrarily remove one piece of jewellery. These days, one sees otherwise presentable women wearing long, dangling earrings and several necklaces at once, perhaps a broach on the hat or coat, and then enough bracelets to open a booth in a souk.  (These baubles may have sentimental value for the wearer, but to the discriminating eye, they just scream, ?too many nuts and cherries on the sundae!?) Would you  rather look like an elegant lady, or be festooned like a Christmas tree?

A strand of pearls or other tasteful  necklace, such as one which features a simple jewel, OR a pair of elegant, non-pendulous earrings that separate you from the primitives, together with a watch, is a safe daytime scheme.  A well-dressed lady may exercise a bit more flair in the evening. Beware, though, of appearing overly decorated?a person?s sterling qualities can easily be overlooked by the distraction that too much jewellery creates.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009