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Would you dare to go out in public playing peek-a-boo? The answer probably depends on where you are going, and on how much skin you will actually be showing!
Peek-a-boo clothing is, well, showy! Whether you are dressed in a garment that exposes just a little bit of skin, or if you are adorned in a barely-there outfit, peek-a-boo garments are definitely seen as as fabulously fierce fashion fabrics.
Most of us are familiar with the game Peek-a-boo. Peek-a-boo is a game usually played with babies or small children. In the game, the older player hides his/her face, either behind an object or behind their hands, and then pops back into the baby’s or child’s view, and says “Peek-a-boo!” Sometimes followed by “I see you!”
Peek-a-boo clothing takes its name by having some portions of the garment’s material absent, or open, thereby creating an image where the wearer shows a little bit of skin that is often hidden behind a full garment, hence the name peek-a-boo. A portion of generally covered up skin pops out!
Punchy, playful, powerful!
Here is a photograph of me wearing a peek-a-boo top. The open space in my black top that shows a portion of my upper chest area (appearing as if a stretch of the material has been removed) constitutes this top as a peek-a-boo item of clothing!
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Peek-a-boo clothes are playful, and are a great way to show a little sexy in a nice way!
You say a lot by showing a little! The term less is more does apply with peek-a-boo clothes, which can walk a thin line between peep fun and peepshow!
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Peek-a-boo clothes can show open skin, use see through mesh material to show skin, and play peek-a-boo in the back side of the garment as well as in the front of the garment.
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Peek-a-boo clothing, if worn tastefully, creates a fun, fashion forward look that titillates and teases the senses in a playful, alluring way.
For everyday wear or evening wear, too much peek-a-boo can appear vulgar or crude.
Fashion Fun Fact: The trick with pulling peek-a-boo clothing off to perfection is to show just enough skin so as to entice and wet the visual appetite. Sexy and sensual and stylish! Leave your admirers wanting more!
Can we say vivid imaginations?
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Peek-a-boo! I see you!
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When peek-a-boo ensembles are mixed with regal, classy clothes, the phrase is “Peek-a-boo, we all see you!” Yes, everyone in the room will be staring at you and your attractive “peek-a-boo” confidence!
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When you want to show off your lovely legs, peek-a-boo stockings and pants are a great way to go! Not only are the leg hugging clothing energetic and fun, but they provide some warmth that you wouldn’t get if you went completely bare legged!
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Fashionable, frisky and fierce!
Musical Peek-a-Boo Fun Fact: “Peek-a-Boo” is a song by the English alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. The song was released in 1988 as the first single from the band’s ninth studio album Peepshow. The music paper Melody Maker described the song as a ‘brightly unexpected mixture of black steel and pop disturbance” and qualified its genre as “thirties hip hop.”
Are you brave enough and daring enough to go out dressed in fashion frisky peek-a-boo?
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Release your inner child and play peek-a-boo!
Stimulate a fashion frenzy with a mixture of seduction and sensibility!
Peek-a-boo! Every eye in the room is stuck on you!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

Bracelets are to bare arms what necklaces are to open necked garments: Ornamental jewelry that captivates and entices the senses!
Bracelets are alluring and dandy arm candy!
Bracelets are gorgeous to look at, add elegance and glamour to your outfit and decorate bare arms. Although bracelets do spice up a bare arm, the fun piece of jewelry also wears well when you are dressed in short sleeved or long sleeved garments.
A bracelet is an article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist. The bracelet can fit loose and dangle, or fit more snuggly like a watch. There are also arm bracelets that are made to wear on the upper arm (armlets), above the elbow and below the shoulder. These particular bracelets fit tightly so as to stay in place, firmly on your arm.
Bracelets are beautiful!
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Bracelets can be manufactured from metal, leather, cloth, plastic or other materials, and often times contain jewels, rocks, wood, shells, crystals, metal or plastic hoops, pearls and many more materials. In addition to adorning the wearer, bracelets are also used for medical and identification purposes.
Adorn your arms in the always popular, never out of style, turquoise bracelet!
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Fashion Fun Fact: The origin of the term bracelet is from the Greek “brachile” meaning “of the arm”, stemming from the Old French word “barcel”.
Bracelets come in a variety of types and an enormous amount of colors and materials!
Popular Types of Bracelets:

  1. Charm Bracelets:  A charm bracelet carries personal charms, decorative pendants and trinkets, and many times the charms are symbols of important things in the wearer’s life.
  2. Bangles:  Rigid bracelets, usually from metal, wood or plastic, and they can be smooth in texture or set with stones. In India, glass bangles are common.
  3. Slap Bracelets:  Flat, felt covered metal strips that curve around one’s wrist when gently hit against it – these bracelets are often adorned with neon colors and vivid graphics.
  4. Beaded Bracelets:  Made from loose beads with a center hole and connected by a piece of string or elastic band through the holes.
  5. Link Bracelets:  Bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components or jewelry findings. i.e., linking chains.
  6. Karma Bracelets:  These bracelets are made from wood beads and may contain various charms. The Karma bracelet is associated with bringing good luck and good karma to those who wear them.

Most of us have probably owned at least one charm bracelet in our lifetime. Charm bracelets are, well, charming!
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A nice benefit of the charm bracelet is that you can continue to add charms to the jewelry as significant milestone events transpire in your life (pictures of your children, birthstone gems, etc.)!
Another glistening and popular bracelet is the tennis bracelet. Tennis bracelets are usually dainty bracelets made from one thin line of diamonds or crystals.
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Tennis Bracelet Fun Fact:  The tennis bracelet term is attributed to tennis star Chris Evert who halted the 1987 US Open tennis tournament to retrieve her lost in-line diamond bracelet, created by George Bedewi. The tennis bracelet has a feminine, regal look and comes in a variety of styles, perfect to wear either to the office or for a fancy, trendy night on the town.
How bracelets are worn is completely up to the preference of the wearer. A single bracelet on one wrist, numerous thin, gold and silver danglys, numerous bracelets slinking up one arm, or numerous bracelets on both wrists. This is fashion, this is fun, this is your style!
Why not create your own trademark and wear your bracelets in a unique variety of ways?
Remember, the main rule of fashion: There are no set in stone rules! Rules? In fashion you can break any preconceived rule and not have to worry about getting a ticket. In fact, you may even start a new fad!
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Bracelets are an item of jewelry that are worn and revered around the world!
The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BCE, starting with materials like bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. In some parts of India, the number and type of bangles worn by a woman denotes her marital status. In Bulgaria there is a tradition called Martenitsa, which involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Marta in order for the season of spring to come sooner. And in Greece, a similar tradition, weaving a bracelet from red and white string on the first day of March, and wearing the bracelet until the end of summer, is called “Martis” and is considered to help protect the wearer’s skin from the strong Greek sun!
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Whether you drape you bare or sleeve covered arms in gold and silver bracelets, or neon colored, for sure to get noticed bracelets, bracelets add appeal to all arms and adorn even the most conservative of outfits.
Give your arms a perfect fit with a piece of jewelry that will be a sure hit!
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Armlets are sleek and sexy and I love the looks of arms showing off elegant, classy armlets!
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Bracelets decorate your wrists and your arms with dazzling delight!
Bracelets are by far the best accessory for bare arms.
So show off your beautiful bracelets as you flex your biceps!
I never go anywhere without wearing at least one bracelet! In fact, I already have my bracelets for tomorrow picked out. So spend your day the enticing bracelet way!
Gorgeous elegance and candy for your charmed arms!
Author Nancy Mangano if the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her passion for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog at www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Crocheted clothes are, to sum them up in one word, fancy! Even a casual item, such as a pair of shorts or a skirt, can be elevated to a more dressy, feminine level merely by being crocheted.
Crocheted clothes are pretty, dainty and elegant, but are generally hardy enough to hold up when washed in a washing machine on a delicate/gentle cycle using cold water.
Crocheting is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread or other material strands using a crochet hook. Crochet hooks come in many sizes and materials, such as bone, bamboo, aluminum, plastic and steel. Sizing is categorized by the diameter of the hook’s shaft, and a crafter aims to create stitches of a certain size in order to reach a particular gauge specified in a given pattern.
When it comes to crocheted clothes, fashion takes a step forward. Many designs can be formulated through the crochet stitching, and the patterns can be tightly crocheted together, or crocheted more loosely, more resembling lace garments.
When dresses, tops, skirts, etc. are crocheted using both crocheting stitches as well as lace, the look is, well, lovely!
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The word crochet is derived from the French word “crochet”, meaning hook. Crocheting, like knitting, consists of pulling loops through other loops, but additionally incorporating wrapping the working material around the hook one or more times.
Crochet Fun Fact: Crochet differs from knitting in that with crocheting, only one stitch is active at one time, stitches made with the same diameter of yarn are comparably taller, and a single crochet hook is used instead of two knitting needles. Also, crochet has its own system of symbols to represent stitch types.
Knitting can be accomplished by a machine, while most crochet stitches can only be crafted by hand.
Fashions in crochet are flowing and fabulously exquisite!
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Fashion enthusiasts state that crocheted clothing evolved from traditional practices in Iran, South America and China, but there is no historical decisive evidence of the craft being performed before its popularity in Europe during the 19th century. The earliest written reference to crochet refers to slip stitch crochet/shepherd’s knitting from The Memoirs of a Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant in the 19th century. Some claim that the first published crochet patterns appeared in the Dutch magazine Penelope in 1824. Crochet patterns have recently been found in the Swedish magazine Konst och nyhetsmagasin for medborgare av alla klasser from the year 1819, discarding the 1824 theory.
Wherever crochet originated on the garment scene, we are glad that it did. Bright, colorful yarns crocheted into stylish clothing make for some beautiful bodies of fashion fancy!
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I find crocheted shorts and skirts to be glamour girl gorgeous! Casual and chic rolled into one piece of clothing! Drape yourself in a crocheted long dress and feel womanly and comfortable at the same time.
Depending on the style of the crocheted garment, and the stitch, either a nice pair of high heeled shoes or an elegant sandal will really help to offset the look of the outfit and blend your scrumptious ensemble together perfectly, for a sleek, sensual aura!
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As I mentioned in my lace blog post (Lusciously Lovely in Lace) I simply adore feminine, soft, pretty tops or blouses when worn with denim jeans (either straight legged jeans or flared jeans). Since denim is a rugged, tough material, the dainty look of lace or crochet when worn with the denim provides a stunningly stylish contrast. Much like leather and lace when the two fabrics are blended together!
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Add some crocheted accessories to go along with your already vogue, modern clothing ensemble, and you’ll be ready to step out in style!
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Did you think that crocheted clothing is only for females? Think again. Many men wear crocheted cardigans with regal class.
Real men aren’t afraid to spend their day wrapped up in crochet!
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Crochet Fashion Tip: When crocheting clothes, the thickness or weight of the yarn or material being used is a significant factor in determining the gauge, i.e., how many stitches and rows are required to cover a given stitch pattern. Thicker yarns require large-diameter crochet hooks, whereas thinner yarns may be crocheted with thick or thin hooks.
Crocheting can give birth to some unique yet utterly gorgeous gowns and other garments!
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The type of yarns and materials used to crochet clothing items can make or break the look of the garments. When purchasing crocheted clothes, washability and colorfastness should be taken into consideration. The comfort factor, appearance, color, sheen, smoothness and ornamental features of the design and weave of the garments will be a major factor in purchasing crocheted clothing that is off of the charts sizzling!
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Filling your closet with a few items made from crochet will add glimmer and glam to your wardrobe. Crochet works in all types of weather! The heavier and closer stitched the crochet clothing is, the warmer you will stay. On hot summer days, more open, lighter stitches of crochet will allow your body to breathe, helping you to stay cooler.
Crocheted clothing rules!  When you adorn your beautiful body in fabulous, feminine stitches of crochet, you will look “hot” and you will look “cool”!  You will always look “trendy” and “in”, not old school!
In fashion, when the fluff and the frills are stripped away, what is the underlying certainty? The underlying fact is that in fashion, comfort is so overrated!
Crochet your way into fancy fashion. Can you say doll yourself up in the magnificence that is crochet and walk this way?
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Fancy and flirty crocheted clothing is here to stay!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work along with her fabulous flair for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

The color purple stands for good judgment and happiness and represents royalty. When lips are coated in popping purple lipstick or lip gloss, in addition to giving your face a regal and royal look, purple lips are “in”!
Purple lips are highly fashionable and highly favored!
It makes sense that the color purple represents royalty when you consider that purple is a mixture of the colors red and blue, which mixes female and male energies (red male, blue female). Blending both male and female energies brings us to the power of creation, which is attributed of God, thus of kings whom were considered God’s representatives. In addition to royalty, the color purple is also associated with spirit.
Purple lips bring shine, pizzazz and a powerful punch to your face!
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All skin types can wear purple lipsticks well. From lavender to a rich, deep purple, various shades of purple lips turn heads and make your head stand out in a crowd!
I feel that darker skin tones look fantastic in purple lipstick. The color purple brings out the golden undertones and warmth of medium and dark complexions!
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In addition to royalty, throughout history wearing the color purple was a sign of wealth, because purple garments were very expensive. At one time this was how the government recognized people as important, hence the color purple has come to represent leadership!
Whether you prefer to lead the way with fashion trends or if you are more comfortable following what is popular in pop culture, there is no denying that purple lips are hip! Not to mention sexy and sensual!
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I think that fair complexions look magnificent in deep purple lipsticks. The contrast of the dark lipstick with the light skin is very becoming!
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Purple lipstick tip: Purple lipstick looks amazing when you are wearing gold or deep yellow clothing. Golden yellow, the color of the sun, is a complimentary color of purple. Look at something purple for 30 seconds and then move your eyes to a white surface. You should see some gold!
In addition to looking cool on your lips, the color purple is a cool color on the color wheel!
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Makeup Tips to Rock Purple Lips:

  1. Shimmery, smooth skin: Place concealer under the eyes to cover up redness or bags. Apply a thin layer of powder or cream foundation to your face to match and blend in with your skin tone.
  2. Eye Shadow: Wear purple, lavender, blue, pastel blue or pink eye shadows. These colors blend more gracefully with a purple lip as opposed to dark brown shades or bright green shadows.
  3. Lip Liner: Be sure to line your lips with a matching purple lip liner pencil to frame your lips and to help prevent your lipstick or gloss from bleeding.
  4. Blush: Your purple lips will pop even louder when they are highlighted with a beautiful, rosy pink blush.
  5. Eyeliner: A charcoal black eyeliner works well with purple lips, but muted colored eyeliner (purple, pink) can add a playful look to accentuate your purple lips!

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Another great trait that is associated with the color purple is trustworthiness. So trust your inner instincts that tell you that you will look ravishing and royal with purple lips!
Walk royally and regally into any room wearing a confident, hip purple lip!
Let your lips speak for you and do all of your talking! Your purple coated lips will shout “wow” without shouting a word!
Look polished and powerful in a premium purple lip! Pout away in purple!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work along with her fetish for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Even for those who prefer to dress more conservatively, there is something about fringe that is exciting! If you are going somewhere exceptionally fancy, fringe works. If you are hanging casual for the day, what better way to just hang than dressed in hanging fringe clothing?
Fringe in clothing is a decorative border or edging of hanging threads, tassels, cords or strips , often attached to a separate band. The word fringe is derived from the Middle English word frenge.
Fringe hangs well on most clothing items, including shoes, purses and accessories!
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Fringe can be fiercely elegant and flashy fun! Are you looking to buy some new, sure to be talked about clothes? Then how about out with the old and in with the fringe!
The stylish moccasin is a great example of shoes and boots with fringe.
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Warning: When wearing moccasins, don’t walk down wet sidewalks in the rain. You will slip and slide your way down the street, until you end up on your bottom. (I am speaking from experience)!
In the aura of true fashion, fringe is always in! You will look hip, trendy and “in the now” as you step out in rows of fringe!
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Fringe up your already fringe fantastic outfit with dangling, fringe bling and handbags!
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Fringe adorns any garment, and when you are draped in a solid piece of clothing with added fringe (around the sleeves, pockets, etc.) you shimmy right along with your flowing fringe!
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Fringe can give off the appearance of being entirely elegant, or, when mixed together with more casual clothing items, fringe just shows that you are a wee bit sassy and sensuous!
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Get your fashion fix on with fringe!
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Run your way into catwalk glamour wrapped in fabulous fringe!
With fringe clothing you can glam up or glam down, but there is no denying glamorous!
Drape yourself in dangly, darling, flowing fringe! Your fringe will move fantastically right along with you! Let your tassels and hanging threads swing and sway away!
Singe up your fashion heat with fringe!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work along with her desire for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Cardigan sweaters do a whole lot more than keep you warm; they heat up the look of your outfit and rev up your fashion forward flair!

With the vast assortment of cardigan sweaters available on the market today, you can find the precise cardigan that you are looking for, all the way from lightweight and fashionable, intended to supply mild comfort while also appearing stylish, to extremely heavy and thick sweaters that work as well as a jacket for protecting you from the chilly environmental elements!

To distinguish a cardigan sweater from other types of sweaters, a true cardigan, also known as a “pull together”, is a type of sweater that buttons or zips together, as opposed to being pulled over your head. A cardigan sweater may be machine or hand knitted, and they are often times made of wool.

Plain cardigans are fashionable when worn over shirts and inside suit jackets, as a less formal version of the waistcoat.

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Monochromatic cardigans, in sleeved or vest format, are viewed as a conservative fashion staple. Cardigans are clothing fit for both males and females, and the sharp sweaters look great when worn over a button-down dress shirt, or less formally, when worn with a T-shirt underneath the sweater!

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Strut cozy, comfortable and cool when wrapped in a cardigan!

The cardigan was named after James Thomas Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. The cardigan sweater was modeled after the knitted wool waistcoat that British officers wore during the war. The legend of the event, and the fame that Brudenell achieved after the war, led to the rise of the garment’s popularity.

Cardigans then became popular in 17th century France as well as the British Isles, as fishermen adopted the heavy, hand-knitted wool apparel to stay warm on cold, glum days. At this time, the industry of knitting the heavy sweaters also boomed on the coast of Ireland,  where the coveted and expensive knit cardigans would withstand bleak North Atlantic winters.

Today, cardigans come in many colorful prints, various materials and numerous styles to provide practical warmth, while also allowing the wearer to show off the trendy, vogue fashion garment, adding spice and punch to whatever style of outfit that you are wearing.

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Depending on the fabrics used, and by adding frills and layers, cardigans can dress up a clothing ensemble from the backside, as well as from the front!

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Cardigan Sweater Tip: Cardigans can literally be worn to any event, whether you just want to bum around during the day, or if you prefer to wrap your shoulders in a dressier cashmere version of the same style for a night on the town!

Cardigan Fun Fact: The cardigan became popular in mainstream culture in the 1960s, when BBC star Michael “Val” Doonican always wore a cardigan while performing on his variety show. He has been christened with giving new life to the cardigan sweater. Also, Fred Rogers helped to popularize the cardigan as he wore this type of sweater for years on his long running children’s program, “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”.

With the cardigan sweater being around for well over 100 years, I do believe cardigans will always be a coveted fashion fetish and highly in demand.

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I find the two cardigan sweaters below to be absolutely adorable!

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Pairing this style of a cardigan with straight legged colored jeans, a high heel or open sandal, and the perfect accessories would make for a knock-out outfit. To step up the dressiness a notch, add a thick patent leather belt to your waist, outside of the cardigan, and you’ve just upped the volume of fashion.

That is one of the reasons that fashion is so fun! There are no hardened, set in stone rules! Whatever works best for you and brings you the most comfort and confidence is the look that you should strive to attain!

Fashion is fiercely fun!

So whether it is a sunny day or a rainy day, cardigan your way through it! 

Did you know that striped cardigans sporting vivid colors are often times worn by skateboarders? Skating in cardigan style! So sassy!

Cardigans aren’t going anywhere, except possibly into your closet, keeping you cozy and comfy in cardigans!

Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her addiction to fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog at www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

 

 

 

Flouncy, bouncy, voluminous hair!  Whirl and curl your hair!
Even if you normally wear your hair straight, or short, or bobbed, or up in a bun, once in a while it is fun to add some spring and bounce to your luscious locks.
Do you sometimes want to add body, volume and mounds of curls to your hair to spice up your hairstyle and frame your face?
Curls, in addition to adding width and attractiveness to your gorgeous mane, also add glamour and elegance to any hairdo, playing no favorites with hair types or hair colors. Curls look grand in all textures of hair!
I have displayed my straight blow dried hair on numerous occasions, but sometimes even I want to get more girly and curly! Here is a photograph of me playing dress up, of which I enjoy. As a true lover of fashion, beauty and makeup, I thoroughly relish the times when I glam myself up!
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For those of us who aren’t born with naturally permed hair, there are ways to add large, loose curls or small tight curls to your hair!
Four easy ways to curl your hair:

  1. Using a Curling Iron or Straightener: Take a heated curling iron and start at the ends of your hair, working in sections. Wrap a section around the heated coil from the ends up toward the roots.  Hold the heat on the hair for approximately 20 seconds, before releasing that strand and wrapping the next section of hair. You can add the preferred amount of rows and the size of the curls depending on how much hair you coil in each section. When finished, you can leave the curls tight by not brushing, or gently run a comb or soft bristled bursh through the curls to loosen them and soften them.
  2. Using Hot Rollers: Various sizes of steam rollers are coiled into dry hair and pinned to hold the hot roller in the hair. The rollers are left in your hair for approximately fifteen minutes. When you remove the heat rollers, you can leave the curls tight or brush them lightly, depending on the look that you wish to create.
  3. Using Foam Curlers: Foam curlers work best when rolled into damp hair and left in overnight, while you sleep. When you remove the foam curlers in the morning, the curl holds its position. Style to your taste.
  4. Using Braids: Using clean, wet hair, braid sections of your hair as desired. The number of braids that you use will determine how your curls will look. When the braids are removed, the hair is left with a crimped, wavy texture and looks particularly appealing when the hair is long and flowing.

As with all curls, you may want to finish off the hairstyle with a few sprays of hairspray to hold the curls in and to keep your hair from straightening.
Curl Fun Fact: Continuous or harsh brushing of your curled hair will dissolve the curls! I have made this mistake many times!
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Curls are fancy and free flowing and move elegantly as you walk, so curl away for an awesome look any day!
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Suggestions when wearing curly hair:

  1. If you do need to brush your curled hair, use a wide-tooth comb to eliminate frizz and to help hold the tightness of the curl.
  2. Occasionally add hairspray throughout the day, to keep the curls from falling or becoming limp.
  3. If you wish to wear your hair in curled ponytails or curls pulled up on top of your head, put your tresses into ponytails or up in a loose bun before curling, to eliminate pulling the curls out while you acquire your desired hairstyle.
  4. Once your curled hair is done to perfection, you can add hair accessories such as headbands, barrettes, flowers, etc. to highlight your feminine head of hair.

Who said curly hair is girly hair? Guys look great with thick, wavy, curly heads of hair! Their locks alone can lock you in!
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A big head of moppy and/or wiry curls is a playful yet stylish way to frame your face and crown your head!
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Whether you prefer long curls, short curls, wavy curls or side curls, curls are cool!
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A full head of curls looks like you have spent hours on your hair, when, truth be told, you can wear a rocking head of curled hair with a mere fifteen to twenty minute curl job! On your way out the door? Curly ques only take a mere fifteen minutes more!
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Give your head a bouncing whirl and add some curl!
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Curls aren’t only for little girls and when playing dress up! Curls are just as sensuous and frisky when dressed down or when going casual.
So glam up or glam down wearing curls as you paint the town!
With spring in the air, add some spring to your hair with big, beautiful, bouncing curls!
Roller away!
Author Nancy Mangano is that author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her passion for fashion into her novels. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

A Passion for Prying Book Review – Reader Kathleen Kelly:
What a fun read this was for me. Murder, mayhem and humor all through the story. Natalie is a gal who works at her father’s PI agency. Meaning she gets to follow cheating spouses, take pictures and then give the bad news to the significant other. She wants to do more involved PI work, and she gets her chance when there is an apparent murder suicide. She comes to realize that someone is out to get her after some bullets go flying in her direction. She has a variety of dysfunctional family and friends to contend with. Her parents are divorced and have been for four years but Natalie’s father has a hard time letting go, so he tries to show his wife how much he cares, by becoming a bumbling stalker. There is her friend Cindy who has an assortment of get rich quick schemes that do not come to fruition, her DA boyfriend Darren whom she loves, Jett, an actor she went to high school with who she is attracted to, a crooked judge with a stripper girlfriend . This story is a fast paced laugh out loud, suspenseful kind of book that will grab you from the very first page and is hard to put down. This would make a great series!!
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Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her flair for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

Sometimes, when it comes to your hair, you just have to amp up the volume! While straight, sleek, flat hair is beautiful, a full head of lively, wild, vivacious hair is just as attractive to wear!
Everybody loves a great, full, healthy head of hair!
Whether you wear your lustrous locks short, medium length or long, you can merely pump up the volume of your hair by the sheer way that you choose to blow dry your tresses! I can make my hair look smooth and straight, or thicker and more full, simply by how I blow dry my hair after a shampoo and cream rinse. On a normal day, I tend to wear my hair straight down, and I achieve this look by taking the blow dryer lightly down my hair, starting the heat at the roots of my scalp and applying the heat all the way down to the ends of my hair. I don’t use any straightening products nor do I use a flat iron. I merely work with the heat from the blow dryer and the angle that I apply the heat to my hair.
Once in a while, I want a mane of thick, voluminous, full hair! Big hair! Hair to there! And I can achieve this simply with a blow dryer. To pull off this look, I run the blow dryer up, toward my scalp, sometimes bending my head over and drying my underneath roots. This pumps up the volume of my hair and fluffs the locks, which gives a more full head of hair appearance.
Here is a picture of me taken at a hair show where my hair was blow dried to create mass volume, and my bangs were swept up and over, as opposed to blow dried straight down, over my forehead (I love bangs)!
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This is a fun way to wear my hair! Wide on the sides and out to there!
Even if we don’t have much time to fuss with our hair, there are occasions and events that we attend where we want our hair to stand out and up at attention, flying freely and fully. It makes no real difference the length or the color of your hair, you can blow dry your locks in such a way as to create fluffy volume!
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Here are easy ways to pump up the volume of your hair with a blow dryer:

  1. For Maximum Oomph:  Lift sections of your hair toward the sky as you blow dry, directing hot air toward your scalp. This dries the roots in an upright and lifted position, as opposed to flat on your head.
  2. Upside Down:  Turn your head upside down and blow dry the underneath portion of your hair. This adds width to your tresses.
  3. Full Hair at the Crown:  Blow dry the hair forward (toward the face) until it is nearly dry, and then brush it back.
  4. Short Hair:  Hold the hair straight up from the scalp or straight out from the sides, while drying the roots.
  5. Long Hair:  Dry the root area with you head bent forward and the hair hanging upside down.

Mounds of hair match whatever you select to wear!
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If you want to kick your fantastic hair up a notch, styling aids, such as sprays, mousses and gels, can enhance your hairstyle even more. The natural abilities of your hair and the amount of fullness you desire will determine which formula is best for you to use on your hair. If your hair is particularly limp, you would want to select a medium-hold or strong-hold volume product for a moderate to severe amount of fullness.
Full Hair Fun Fact: Concentrate the majority of the hair by uplifting near the root area, where the hair tends to lay flat and more lift is needed. This will add fullness at the top of your head.
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Hair can make or break a look! Hair is truly the crowning glory of fashion! A healthy head of hair, whether cut short or long, is mane magnificent!
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Isn’t your hair worth a stare? Styling!
Texture of hair runs the gamut from limp to thick to coarse to curly. No matter the natural state of your hair, a blow dryer alone can change the lift of your hair!
Style your hair big and dynamic, if you dare! Heat alone can oomph or tone!
Big hair truly is fun to wear!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her interest in detective work along with her fetish for fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

As a true fashion fanatic, lace fabrics are one of my most cherished favorites to wear! As much as my style eye is drawn to all things jeweled and bedazzled, I also have a hard time passing up clothing items that contain lace. Whether the entire garment is made of lace, or I am merely wearing a blouse with ruffled, lace sleeves, lace clothing appears elegant, sophisticated and well-designed!
All outfits look lusciously lovely when made with lace!
Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed by removing threads or cloth from previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as a part of the original fabric.
There is no denying that lace cloth exudes a feminine, graceful appearance.
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Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace wasn’t made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric. Originally, linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used when making lace. Today, lace is often made with cotton thread, while manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fibers.
Lace is pleasing to the eye and pleasing to fashion! Lace wets the appetite of both the wearer and the observer. Lace fabrics flirt all on their own, so let lace do your love matchmaking work for you!
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Lace clothing speaks dainty, girly and soft.
I particularly like the lacey fashion look when a lace top, blouse or jacket is worn with jean pants or skirts. I feel that the prettiness and soothing look of the lace is a great contrast to the heavy, casual material that is denim. Dress the outfit up even more with a necklace of pearls or any type of rhinestone jewelry and the mixture of both hard and soft materials is knock-out gorgeous!
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Quite lovely!
There are many types of lace, classified by how they are made:

  1. Needle Lace:  The lace is made using a needle and thread.
  2. Cutwork:  The lace is constructed by removing threads from a woven background.
  3. Bobbin Lace:  The lace is made with bobbins and a pillow.
  4. Tape Lace:  A machine or handmade textile strips are formed into a design, and then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.
  5. Knotted Lace:  Macrame and tatting. Tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle.
  6. Crocheted Lace:  An appearance of being knitted.
  7. Knitted Lace:  The lace is extremely fine.
  8. Machine Made:  This can be any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  9. Chemical Lace:  The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif. When the stitching is removed, the embroidery remains.

Regardless of what lace your garments consist of, or what colors of lace are worn, in my fashion book, lace fabrics are ace!
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Fashion Fun Fact:  The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, string, from Latin laqueus, noose; related to lacere, to entice, ensnare.
Lace clothes do entice our sensual senses, and lace garments can be found from lingerie, to evening gowns, to sexy, feminine shoes. There is no stopping the array of glamorous fashion items that can be made of lusciously lovely lace materials.
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If I was to run a foot race, I would want my feet adorned in sneakers made of lace!
Wearing lace shows that you have exquisite clothing taste!
In the late 16th century, there was a rapid development in the field of lace. Objects resembling lace bobbins have been found in Roman remains. Lace was used by the clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies. In 19th century North America, lace making was spread to the Native American tribes through missionaries.
In addition to clothing, we are all familiar with lace tablecloths and lace doilies, adding class and elegance to any meal festivity. Many times these lace items are handmade!
The Industrial Revolution was the downfall of the handmade lace industry. In 1768, John Heathcoat invented the bobbin net machine, and this machine made the production of complex lace designs more quickly than handmade lace makers could produce the dainty product. As a result, the teaching of handmade lace making disappeared in schools. Handmade lace making is today more of a hobby rather than a business.
Whether the lace that your fabulous bodies are wrapped up in is handmade or machine made, the final look is exquisite!
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When walking in lace clothing, one gives off a graceful, regal style vibration!
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Sequins and lace materials will never go to waste, the chic garments will always be in demand!
Black body lace is sexy!
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Show off your grand fashion taste covered in luscious lace!
Soothe your inner vixen with a dash of mellow lace! A perfect, pleasing mixture of leather and lace!
Lace = breathtakingly beautiful!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of investigatory work with her lifelong love of fashion into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.