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Black and white, dark and light! When these two colors are combined in clothing, you have fashion done right!
Black and white: Polar opposites; contrasting colors – perfection!
Black is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery. The color black, in psychology, keeps things bottled up inside, tucked away from the world.
White is color at its most complete and pure, the the color of perfection. The color meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion.
Combine these two powerful colors in fashion, and you have an eye catching, stylish ensemble that is sure to set you center stage!
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In color psychology, white is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak. White is the blank canvas waiting to be written or drawn upon. The color white is cleanliness personified, the ultimate in virginal, pristine purity. Think of brides wearing white!
Black is the absorption of all color and the absence of light. Black hides, while white brings to light. What black covers, white uncovers. Black elicits power and control, while white conjures up feelings of openness and letting go.
When put together right, black and white worn as one creates an amazing fashion sight!
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Effects of the color black:

  1. Formal, dignified, sophisticated.
  2. Aloof.
  3. Depressing.
  4. Pessimistic.

Effects of the color white:

  1. Impartial.
  2. Rescuer.
  3. Futuristic.
  4. Efficient.

Mixing black and white is similar to tossing together naughty and nice, spicy and bland, hot and cold, push and pull!
Be bold! Step out in fashion wearing the mystery that is black, and the unity that is white!
As far as accessories go, when wearing black and white from head to toe, I feel that silver jewelry stands out over gold. The color silver pulls black and white together more than the color gold. Also, when wearing this color duo, I prefer black shoes over white shoes. There is something about the black that draws the eye in over the white, and a black shoe adds a touch of class and glamour to the outfit that a white shoe doesn’t provide.
Of course, you can defy my fashion preference by wearing shoes that are both black and white in color! Fashion is meant to be enjoyed, to be played with, to entice. Whatever works for you is what works the best, by far!
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The Color White Fun Fact: White may indicate the completion of a cycle in your life – you may find that you have a desire to wear white clothing at a time when you are moving in a new direction in your life.
The Color Black Fun Fact: Black is often associated with sexiness and seduction, as in the temptress dressing in sexy black lingerie, creating an aura of mystery and intrigue.
Your skin tone, eye color and hair coloring will make a difference as to how you wear the black and white ensemble. I have fair, porcelain skin, blonde hair and blue eyes, so my features show up more when I wear black over white. For those of you with darker skin, eyes and hair, the color white is more of a contrast for you, and your features will pop out when accented with the color white.
Black and white, the height of sophisticated glamour and pretty girl perkiness!
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The contrast of black and white: black is the end, but the end always implies a new beginning. When the light appears, black becomes white, the color of new horizons.
Enough of the black and white analyzing? Okay, here is the most excellent component of wearing black and white clothes together: the look is jaw dropping! If you need proof, run your eyes back over these black and white fashion photographs. The pictures draw you in and the outfits are truly mesmerizing to the eye!
If nothing else, black and white, when worn as partners, creates a splendid, mighty, noticeable sight!
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Black and white, out of sight!
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Out of sight, out of mind? Not when your gorgeous body is wrapped in the seduction and the elegance that is black and white! You’ll be remembered way after the party is over!
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Keep people guessing with the character traits of your true personality by wearing the opposite colors of black and white!
Black and white, dark and light, a fabulous sight!
Mixing black and white equals fashion done right!
Too much black can cause depression and mood swings. Too much white can cause feelings of isolation and emptiness. Stir up black and white, and add some glitz and glam to your night!
Black and white: utterly unforgettable!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. 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
 
 

From long to short and from here to there, braids in the hair are seen everywhere!
Styling hair is one of the joys of having heads with hair. Whether you prefer to wear your hair in a pixie cut, the bob, shoulder length or longer, changing hairdos and hair colors is as entertaining and original to your personality as wearing different outfits.
Braided hair is a unique process that is easily recognizable to the eye. The braid is truly fabulous, and easy to identify. There are actually three extremely popular variances of the braid (the three strand braid, the French braid and the fishtail braid) and for this particular blog posting, I am going to concentrate on the three strand braid. I do believe that the three strand braid is the most simple braid to make, especially on your own hair!
A braid (also called a plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three strands of hair. If preferred, more complex braids can be constructed from a larger number of strands, to create a wider braid.
The three strand braid dresses up your hair without even trying! It merely looks elegant!
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Braids are a common, yet classy, hairstyle.
Braid Fun Fact: If you want to crimp your hair without using heat, merely braid damp hair, and leave the braids in overnight. When you remove the braids, your hair will naturally crimp and wave. The more number and tighter the braids, the more firm the crimping will be.
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The Steps to Performing the Three Strand Braid:

  1. Detangle your hair with a brush or a wide-toothed comb.
  2. Divide the hair that you wish to braid into three even sections (these will be the three strands of the braid).
  3. Grab the right section with your right hand and the left section with your left hand, letting the middle section hang straight.
  4. With your fingers, cross the left section of hair over the middle section. If your strands started out as 1-2-3, they should now be 2-1-3.
  5. With your index finger and thumb of your left hand, grab the middle section of hair (the original left hand section will now be the middle section).
  6. Cross the right section over the middle section. The strands 2-1-3 will now be 2-3-1.
  7. Braid the Hair: Continue to intertwine the three section of hair, as the left, middle and right sections alternate positions, as you weave the strands into a braid.
  8. Secure the Braid: Use a non-rubber elastic to tie off the end of the braid (material rubber band). I also think cute hair pins or clips are a great way to tie off the end of the braid, so that the braid doesn’t unravel.
  9. Set the braid with hairspray, if preferred.
  10. Add character and personality to your braids through selected hair accessories such as ribbons, bows, flowers, etc. for extra fashion flair!

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Braided hair looks fashionable and elegant when the hairstyle is worn as one long braid, or when much of the hair is left flowing down, while one or more smaller braids are styled throughout the head!
Fantastic hairstyles are made with braids!
Pretty, pleasing and playful!
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Hair braiding has long been thought to have originated in East Africa. The oldest known image of hair braiding was tracked back to the burial site called Saqqara. located on the Nile River, during the first dynasty of Pharaoh Menes. The braid was a means of communication so that at a glance, one individual could distinguish a wealth of information about another, as in whether they were married, mourning, of courtship age, simply by observing the hairstyle. Certain hairstyles were distinctive to particular tribes or nations.
Today, braiding hair is a social, artistic art form!
Braids are beautiful!
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Braid Fun Fact: Braiding hair down to the scalp has been traditional in many African ethnic groups, Asian ethnic groups and European ethnic groups.
Braided hair signifies sophisticated and high end glamour!
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Compared to the process of weaving, which is formed from two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through overlapping the sectional strands.
High styling hair made with a braid!
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Braid Fun Fact: Braiding is used to prepare horses’ manes and tails for showing, polo and polocrosse.
Outshine a horse with your own braided mane!
A property of the three strand braid: Removing one strand unlinks the other two strands! This makes for removing your braids quite simple!
Parade your gorgeous head of hair around with the braid!
The three strand braid: High fashion, high energy, high glamour.
Haute Couture, for sure!
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 fashion fetish 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.

In her latest sizzling mystery, Murder Can Be Messy, author Nancy Mangano explores what happens when the elements of greed, lust, betrayal, adultery, power and passion collide, and the desire to obtain the overpowering forces leads to murder!

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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 fashion fetish 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.

 

Casual, comfortable, classy and cute, the T-shirt dress helps to make any closet complete!

Named the T-shirt dress due to the shape of the garment’s outline, resembling the letter T, the T-shirt dress has caught on as the dress is easily fitted, easily cleaned, inexpensive and stylish. And did I mention comfortable? Yes I did, but I’ll say it again. When wearing a T-shirt dress, the wearer feels fashionable and modern, while comfy and cozy at the same time!

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T-shirt dresses are normally associated with short sleeves, a round neckline, and no collar. However, there are T-shirt dresses that consist of long sleeves, buttons, collars and v-necks.

T-shirt dresses are typically made of cotton fibers, knitted together in a jersey stitch that gives a T-shirt dress its distinctive soft texture. However, there are certain T-shirt dresses that are made of lace, etc., but fit the mold of the T-shirt dress merely by the cut of the garment.

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The majority of T-shirt dresses have a body that is made from a continuously woven tube, so the torso has no side seams. This is accomplished with special weaving machines called circular looms, which produce seamless fabric for tube tops, stockings, etc. Conventional stitching is used for the waist band, neck band, sleeves and to close the shoulders. 

T-shirt Fun Fact: T-shirts were originally worn as undershirts in the 19th century. Now T-shirts are frequently worn as the only piece of clothing on the top half of the body. The T-shirt dress evolved from this fashion statement, and you can find the T-shirt dress in various lengths, from mini to maxi.

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Most T-shirt dresses slip on over the head and shoulders without buttons or zippers. The cotton material stretches and allows the garment to pull on and off easily.

T-shirt dresses, when worn with feminine accessories and high heels, look exceptionally fashionable, due to the popularity and comfort of the casual dress, classing the outfit up with fancier jewelry, shoes and handbags!

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Since the 1980s, T-shirts have flourished as a form of personal expression. Why not express yourself and your unique personality through your T-shirt dress? From happy faces, to Mickey Mouse, to phrases and expressions, T-shirt dresses can allow you to make a statement!

Other methods of decoration used on T-shirt dresses include airbrush, embroidery, impressing or embossing, and the ironing on of letters or dye-sublimation transfers. Remember the infamous tie dyes, where the wearer walked around with all of the colors of the rainbow painted onto their clothing?

Fashion is fantastically fun!

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White T-shirt Fun Fact: The white T-shirt saw an increase in popularity after the actor Don Johnson wore one with an Armani suit in the television series Miami Vice.

White T-shirt dresses make modern, vogue, style statements of their own!

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The most common form of commercial T-shirt and T-shirt dress decoration is screen-printing. In screen-printing, a design is separated into individual colors. Plastisol or water based inks are applied to the shirt or dress through mesh screens, which limits the area where the ink is deposited.

No matter the color, no matter the length, T-shirt dresses are a staple of fashion that are here to stay in a very big way!

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Who said T-shirts go best with jeans? T-shirts go best as a dress, with bare legs, rocking shoes and a confident strut!

T-shirt Fun Fact: The current holder of the Guinness World Record for “Most T-shirts Worn at Once” with 257 T-shirts is Sanath Bandara. The record was set in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on December 22, 2011. The record was attempted on stage in front of a crowd of people in a public park in Colombo. 

Why not layer your T-shirt dresses and see if you can beat his record?

Whether you are draped in one T-shirt dress or layers of T-shirt dresses, you can rest assured that if you are ornamented in a T-shirt dress, then you are dressed trendy, wearing an outfit that others will envy!

Dare you wear a T-shirt to a wedding? Certainly, as a T-shirt dress dolled up with necklaces, high heels and perhaps a flower in your hair, jumps the ensemble high up on the fashion scale!

Casual, comfortable, classy and cute. The T-shirt dress is a cut above the rest!

 

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 lifelong addiction to style 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.

 

Fashion at its finest!

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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 fashion fetish 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.

There are certain dresses that are made to be worn to the beach as much as ice cream is better eaten with cake and malts and shakes are tastier when topped off with whipped cream and a cherry.
Certain dresses just demand to be beachwear!
Most people immediately think bathing suit when they are deciding what to wear to the beach, but sometimes it is fun to go to the beach merely to walk the strand, ride your bicycle, hit a beach front restaurant for lunch or dinner, or simply watch the waves break. And often times, the best beachwear for these events is a sensual summer dress.
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A dress, also known as a frock or a gown, is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). In Western cultures, dresses are considered to be items of women’s and girls’ apparel.
Dresses Fun Fact: The hemline of dresses can be as high as the upper thigh or as low as the ground, depending on the whims and fancies of fashion and the personal tastes of the wearer!
For summer beachwear dresses, may I suggest colorful, lightweight, sunshiny sundresses?
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Shifts can also make for great beachwear dresses!
One day last summer I drove myself to Newport Beach for the afternoon. I went to enjoy the sunshine, shop at boutiques on the strand and get myself a treat to eat. I wore a summer dress and sandals, and had a great time! I remember as a girl the beach was where I would stay in the water from the time that I arrived until the time that I left, but now, the atmosphere of the sand, the ocean and the crowd is more enjoyable than playing and rafting in the waves!
For true fashionistas, clothes always matter…even for a leisurely day at the beach!
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For those of you who vacation at the beach, whether camping in a campsite or living luxuriously in a beach house, one item of clothing that you will want to take along is a beachwear dress!
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Other dresses, besides sundresses and shifts, that make for great beachwear are maxi dresses, which are long dresses, often ankle length, or mini dresses, which are short dresses with a high hemline, exposing your thighs.
Maxis or minis, both of these dresses are beachwear winners!
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In addition to making knockout beachwear, dresses can be worn for a number of sports – most notably tennis, netball and figure skating.
Best beachwear – the summer dress!
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Sexy in the sand! Sexy on the strand! Sexy in the summer sun!
Wearing dresses to the beach is fun!
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And if you plan to go boating, do it in style! Bask in the rays the fashionable way!
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Dresses Fun Fact: In the 19th century, dresses increased dramatically to the hoopskirt and crinoline-supported styles of the 1860s. Dresses had a “day” bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves, and an “evening” bodice with a low neckline (decollette) and short sleeves. Throughout this period, the length of dresses varied only slightly, between ankle-length and floor-sweeping!
Today, you can still wear dresses that hang long enough to sweep the floor, or short enough to not sweep much of anything!
Beachwear dresses at their best! Because your dresses want to have fun as much as you do!
“Wear me to the beach!” shouts the dress that is hanging in your closet.
“A dress, to the beach?” you ask, as you are slipping the feminine garment onto your beach body.
One look in the mirror, and you’re glad that you listened to the daring dress!
“Watch out beach, here I come in my darling beachwear dress! Styling!”
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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

The Bouffant Headband Hairstyle: bubbly, bouncy and beautiful! The bouffant headband hairstyle is easy to create, but be prepared to have patience while you learn to pump up the volume of your magnificent, masterpiece hairdo. I have tried numerous times to add the slight bouffant bump to the top of my head, and I have never mastered the style! For some reason, I cannot get my own hair to fluff up and flow down!
The Bouffant Headband Hairstyle is styling!
A bouffant is a type of hairstyle characterized by hair piled high on the head and hanging down on the sides!
Beautiful with a bouffant!
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The bouffant was a mainstream hairstyle in the mid-to-late 18th century in western Europe. It was thought to be created for Marie Antoinette, as she had relatively thin hair and wanted to create the illusion of having full hair. The modern bouffant is credited to have been invented by Raymond Bessone.
This hairstyle became popular once again during the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the bouffant headband hairdo is causing people’s hair to stand up for fashion!
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Bouffant Fun Fact: Bouffante comes from the present participle of bouffer, which means “to puff, puff out.”
Hair on top of the head can be raised by using a comb that is dragged back and forward to create a raised effect which knots the hair, caused by the swift, back and forth combing (teasing). The hairstyle is then lightly combed over the top to give a neat, clean look.
How to Create the Bouffant Headband Hairstyle:

  1. In half inch sections, spritz the top of your head with volumizing hairspray and then start teasing the hair from the tips of your head to the base. The more that you tease the hair, the bigger the volume that you will get.
  2. After teasing each section, smooth the section over with a gentle brush right away, and then spray the section with a holding spray to lock in the volume and style.
  3. Another way to raise the top of the hair is to wet the hair, and then blow dry the top of the head with a cool setting, while lifting the hair with a styling brush. Use hot air on the hair that hangs straight, leaving the bouffant style on top.
  4. If you wish, place a headband at the base of the bouffant, allowing the top of your hair to lay flat, and then to puff up and form a bouffant beginning where the headband is positioned.

With or without a headband, the bouffant headband hairstyle is styling!
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Bouffant Fun Fact: Other terms used to describe the bouffant hairdo are pompadour, beehive and big hair!
Big, bouncy, bold, brazen, brilliant, bubbly bouffant hair!
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Can you name two famous women that helped to promote and perfect the bouffant hairdo? Brigitte Bardot and Lady Bird Johnson!
Today, numerous women wear the bouffant hairstyle with bouffant pride!
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I think that the bouffant headband hairstyle is extremely attractive when the look isn’t taken to extremes. A slight raise of the hair, on top of the head, with longer hair flowing straight down is an elegant, regal, modern looking hairstyle. The hair still looks youthful and playful, yet a bit fancier than hair that is merely flat on the head and then hanging straight down.
Bravo for the bouffant!
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A plus for the bouffant headband hairstyle: When your hair is pulled away from the forehead and the cheeks, your entire gorgeous face is on display. There is no hiding behind your hair! Show off your fabulous face!
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The bouffant headband hairstyle! Hair at its best!
Call it the beehive or call it the bouffant, but call it lovely, luscious and lively!
Fashion is all abuzz with the bouffant beehive!
High hair your way into high fashion with the bouffant headband hairstyle!
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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
 

Hair accessories are aesthetically pleasing, fun to wear and practical aids to securing various hairstyles and hairdos. A popular head ornament that has been worn for centuries is the headband.
Let’s hear it for the headband! High fashion at its finest!
Headbands are a clothing accessory worn in the hair or around the forehead, usually to hold hair away from the face and the eyes. Headbands generally consist of a loop of elastic material, or a horseshoe shaped piece of flexible plastic or metal. Headbands come in assorted shapes and sizes and are used for both fashion accessories and practical purposes.
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There are many kinds of headbands such as wooden, leathered, plastic, metal, fabric, hemp, human and animal hair, bone and novelty. Knit and crocheted headbands are a favored type of headband for both girls and women.
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Leather headbands are usually glued onto a harder plastic headband, or they are hand-stitched. Plastic headbands, which are common, can be wavy, straight or angled and come in many colors.
Fabric headbands (such as the knit, crocheted or cotton) are comfortable because they tend to have an elastic band that forms to the head, and the headband doesn’t dig into the head or apply extra pressure from the weight of the headband.
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Headband Fun Fact: In Japanese culture, hachimaki headbands may symbolize determination or devotion.
Horseshoe shaped headbands are sometimes called Alice bands after the headbands that Alice is often wearing in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Headbands are head beautiful!
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The beginning of headbands started no later than the ancient Greeks, around 475 BC to 330 BC, who wore hair wreaths. The Greeks and Romans wore these pieces for special occasions or important events. Cultures such as the Etruscans and Romans started to decorate their head wreaths with jewels made of gold and silver. While head wreaths have developed into headbands, headbands have also evolved from scarves that were worn around heads.
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In the early 20th century, wide headbands known as headache bands were a popular accessory in women’s fashion. Their name results from the belief that the tight pressure they provide around the forehead and temples could relieve headaches. The French called these headbands a bandeau (bandeaux/plural). In the 1910s, headbands made of lace, crochet and ribbons were popular.
In the 1920s and 1930s, headbands became more dramatic and were often made from exotic fabrics decorated with feathers. During this period, jeweled headbands came into popular fashion, often decorated with precious metals and gems.
Headband Fun Fact: In 1985, Princess Diana famously wore an emerald and diamond choker as a headband in Melbourne, Australia, on the occasion of a state tour of Australia.
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All around the world, you can find heads full of headbands!
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Whether worn to keep your hair out of your face, or merely as an ornamental item to frame and decorate your hair and your face, headbands add glamour, allure and radiance to a plain head of hair!
The crowning glory to gorgeous hair! The headband.
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Some specialized headbands are designed to be worn covering the ears, to protect from cold temperatures and snow. These headbands tend to be broader in width and made from heavier fabrics.
Also, some people wear headbands around the forehead during physical activity to absorb sweat and keep the perspiration from reaching the eyes. Sweatbands are often made of terrycloth, as it is a particularly absorbent fabric.
Headbands: ideal hair accessories for style, fashion and function!
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Headbands are often part of a larger fashion statement! They can be color coded and matched accordingly to your outfit!
Fit your head fabulously into a fabulous headband!
Novelty headbands can be used for holidays and may have decorations attached, such as bunny ears or reindeer ears.
Headband Fun Fact: Toothed headbands have comb-like teeth that help to secure the headbands to stay in place on the head.
Heads full of headbands!
Haute couture! HIgh fashion! Hot hair accessories! Headbands!
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 lifelong love of style 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.

Palazzo pants walk elegantly into any room! Palazzo trousers are popular as summer wear, and since summer is here, I have seen this trendy style of pants in most clothing stores.
Let’s give a round of applause for the palazzo!
Palazzo pants are long women’s trousers cut with a loose, extremely wide leg that flares out from the waist. Palazzo pants flare out evenly from the waist to the ankle, and therefore, are different from bellbottoms, which are snug over the thighs and then flare out from the knee. Palazzo pants also differ from Gaucho trousers, which theoretically, only extend to mid-calf, although many people use the term palazzo pants and gaucho pants interchangeably.
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Palazzo pants fit loose and tend to be flattering in light, flowing fabrics that are breathable in hot weather. Silk, crepe/crape, jersey and other natural fiber textures are popular fabrics for the palazzo design, making them an ideal wear for summer weather. In winter time, palazzo trousers can be found in wool or heavy synthetic fabrics.
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Palazzo pants can be either dressy or casual. The palazzo trouser is an ideal choice when you are attending an event where dresses are appropriate, yet you prefer to wear comfortable pants. Palazzo trousers are dressier looking than regular pants, and if worn with the right shoes and accessories, the palazzo trouser is high fashion indeed!
Palazzo pants deserve their playful compliments!
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I did some clothes shopping myself a few days ago (fun!) and one item of clothing that I brought home is a darling pair of palazzo pants. The waist is made in such a way that I can wear the pants as waist pants, or fold the waist material over and wear the pants as hip huggers. The palazzos are black and white in color, and vogue! I then bought a sheer, waist length, feminine white blouse with a white tank top to wear underneath the open blouse. I plan to wear black high heels, and I bought some dangling bracelets (a group of 8 individual bracelets) to wear with the outfit, and a pair of long, elegant, rhinestone earrings. I haven’t put the outfit on yet, but I do visualize the entire ensemble in my mind, for the first time that I wear all of the separate pieces together. I normally tend to stick to pink and purple shades of lip gloss, but with my palazzo pants outfit, I bought a bright red gloss to offset the elegant, slinky outfit! That is the fabulousness of fashion!
Fashion is fun, fierce and fantastic!
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Palazzo pants for women first became a popular trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The style was similar to the wide-legged, cuffed trousers worn my some women of avant-garde fashions in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly actresses Katherine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich!
Palazzo Pants Fun Fact: During the 1960s, some upscale restaurants resisted modern fashion trends by refusing to admit women wearing trousers, which were considered inappropriate by some proprietors. This posed a problem for women who didn’t want to wear the skirt styles that were then in fashion. Some women overcame the restaurant bans on women in pants by wearing palazzo trousers as evening wear!
Palazzo trousers do look upscale and fashionable when the wearer is walking, as the extremely wide leg allows for the material to flow elegantly along with the movement of the legs.
Walk and rock in pretty palazzo pants!
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Another plus of the palazzo pants is that they tend to make the wearer look longer and leaner. The wide leg with the narrower waist helps to elongate the length of the legs and add a slimming appearance to the hips and the thighs.
Wear your palazzo’s with pride!
Strut your walk with flowing elegance and fashion flair in the palazzo trouser.
Feminine, graceful and fun all rolled into one!
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 fashion fetish 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 green conjures up many images in our minds. When someone says green, you may think plants, grass. certain vegetables, limes, calm, peaceful, tranquil. But do you think nail polish?
If you follow the latest fashion trends, or simply adore the color green, green nail polish, to date, has become the new pink! Popular, available in various shades of green, vogue and trendy. Green is the new “it” color in nail polish.
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On the color wheel, yellowish greens are considered warm colors, while greens and dark greens are labeled as cool colors. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing the color green everywhere.
Think about the earth/environment and “going green!” The saying “going green” applies to nail polish also, with the color green representing tranquility, refreshment, peace and ecology.
Not to mention, green is a beautiful color. Surveys have shown that overall, green is the second color of choice, behind blue.
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Colors affect us both physically and mentally. People’s color preferences can be windows to their personalities.
How the color green affects people physically:

  1. Soothes.
  2. Relaxes mentally and physically.
  3. Helps alleviate depression, nervousness and anxiety.
  4. Offers a sense of renewal, self-control and harmony.

The color green on your nails can add wind to your sails!
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The Color Green Fun Facts:

  1. In Japan, green is regarded as the color of eternal life.
  2. In the highlands of Scotland, people used to wear green as a mark of honor!
  3. In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.
  4. The solid green flag of Libya is currently the only national flag of a single color.
  5. In Portugal, green is the color of hope because of the color’s association with Spring.

Green also represents cash money, and who doesn’t love cash money?
Green Cash Money Tidbit: Green was the favorite color of George Washington, the first President of the United States! (Now he lives in green eternal on the one dollar bill)!
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With such a variety of shades of green, most any color green that you select to party up your perfect nails will look cool and keen!
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Be the queen in nails of green!
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We know that the color green signifies “go”, with green traffic lights meaning accelerate and drive, and in auto racing, a green flag signals the start or resumption of a race!
So, get on your mark, get set, go forward in fashion fun and flamboyancy, with your nails a divine shade of green! Your hands and feet will surely be seen!
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Green Fun Fact: What it says about you when you buy/drive a green automobile – You are traditional, trustworthy and well-balanced.
Green Fun Fact: What it says about you when you party up your nails in glorious shades of green – You are trendy, whimsical and lively!
Live a little, ok, a lot, and hit the town with nails of green!
Vogue, stylish, life affirming and clean – all words that describe the color green!
Author Nancy Mangano Fun Fact: As I write this blog post, my fingernails and toenails are painted in a glorious shade of green called Toad-ally Green! How clever is that?
Serene green is the new pink nail polish! Try it, I know you’ll like it! I sure do!
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 lifelong love of style 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.