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I would like to defend the trend of leggings! Yes, leggings need to be worn a certain way to look cool, attractive and alluring, yet when worn with the right tops, shoes and accessories, leggings look absolutely striking and luscious!
Accentuate your lovely legs in stretch leggings!
Leggings are a type of skin-tight clothing the covers the legs. Originally, leggings began as two separate garments (one for each leg, much like stockings) yet modern leggings greatly resemble a pair of pants, just much more form fitting!
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Skin tight leg huggers, actually!
Modern leggings are typically made from a blend of lycra (spandex), nylon, cotton or a polyester blend, but they also can be made from wool, silk or other materials. Leggings come in a multitude of colors and decorative designs.  Sometimes leggings are worn fully exposed, but more often leggings are worn partially covered by a long shirt, a knee-length or mini skirt, a large T-shirt, a longer, tapered jacket or blazer, etc.
Leggings are generally worn with the hips and buttocks covered by another garment, leaving a portion of the thighs and the lower legs exposed. Depending on the materials selected, leggings wear well with high heels, boots, flat shoes or tennis shoes.
Your body, your fashion, your choice!
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Leggings Fun Fact: Leggings are typically ankle length, and some are stirrupped or encase the feet (cup around the bottom of the foot to keep the bottom portion of the legging in place). This ensures that the ankle portion of the legging won’t creep up your calves.
Leggings can be worn to keep your legs warm, but generally, leggings have become a fashion statement and the tight-fitted garment is a stylish fashion staple worn more for looks than for practicality!
Isn’t that the true crux of high fashion?
Leggings are usually made from a stronger material than tights, although they look and feel and fit much the same way as a pair of tights!
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Leggings Fun Fact: In 2005, leggings began to make a comeback into high fashion. Leggings have become quite popular to wear with oversized, long sweaters, denim mini skirts, plaid skirts, short dresses and short shorts. Ballet flats are common footwear with leggings.
Leggings Not So Fun Fact: When leggings are worn with a short shirt or a crop top, they tend to display the dreaded camel toe, simply by the tightness of the leggings and the stretch/elastic fit in the crotch area.
My favorite way to wear leggings is to wear them with a long, oversized sweater with a belted waist (to add some style) and then wear a nice, sleek four or five inch high heeled pump. Another top that looks great with a pair of leggings is a tunic, and then slide your feet into a comfortable pair of Ugg boots. Both of these looks work wonders for evening dinner wear, or to get you through your work day in comfort and style!
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Jeggings: Jeggings are a recent variation of leggings. Jeggings are leggings that take certain attributes from jeans, such as color and style (particularly with a colored seam running down the sides), creating a mixture of both jeans and leggings, hence the term jeggings!
Another plus with leggings, in addition to looking vogue, is that they make for great exercise wear, as they are flexible and easy to move in!
Striking and luscious in stretch leggings!
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Another thing to keep in mind when wearing leggings is that if your buttocks is exposed, panty lines will be visible. This is where a stylish pair of thong underwear will come in handy and dandy!
Leggings Fun Fact: When leggings are worn with a high heeled shoe, your legs tend to look longer and slimmer!
An extremely attractive look with leggings is to wear knee high boots with the leggings! Since leggings are tight and form-fitting, your leggings won’t bunch up around the knee in the way that jeans and pants do when they are tucked into knee high boots.
Leather knee high boots with leather leggings and a velvet or velour jacket is high flying styling!
Leggings appear stunning on the runway, so why not allow yourself to be catwalk ready and run a pair of lovely leggings into your closet immediately! Why wait to look great?
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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

From the comments that I received on my last style blog post dated July 22, 2013, Styling High in Low High Heels, women love their shoes! For some of us, the higher the heel, the better. For others, the lower the heel the better. Since it seems to be a universal truth that women are going to wear high heeled shoes, I thought it would be fun to showcase various high heeled, pointy toed pumps!
Winkle Pickers, or Winklepickers, are a style of shoe or boot worn from the 1950s onward by male and female British rock and roll fans. The feature that gives both the boot and the shoe their name is the very sharp and long pointed toe. The pointed toe was called the winkle picker toe because in England, periwinkle snails, or winkles, were a popular seaside snack, which is eaten using a pin or other pointed object to extract the edible parts out of the coiled shell, hence the phrase “to winkle something out”, and from that, winkle pickers became a humorous name for shoes with an extremely pointed tip!
Whether you call them winkle pickers or pointy toed stilettos, the pointed toed high heel is a popular fashion choice that always remains in style!
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Fans of long, pointed toed shoes understand that extending and exaggerating the shoe’s pointed toe not only makes for a strong style/fashion statement, the pointed toe is actually comfortable to wear (although it looks extremely painful). When a pointed toed shoe is on your foot, your toes do not slide all the way to the tip of the shoe, so the shoe comes to a toe-free point!
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A high stiletto shoe with long pointed toes are simultaneously feminine and aggressive. When these shoes are worn with skirts, dresses, straight legged pants or capri pants, the shoe is exaggerated, noticeable and a great highlight to your overall outfit.
Grrrrrrrrr!
Pointy toed high heels are adventurous, daring and dazzling!
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Pointed toed high heels are fun, fabulous and high fashion!
Pointed Toed Stiletto Fun Fact: Most of the 1960s pointy toed stilettos for day wear were medium heels around 3 to 3.75 inches in height. The curvaceous slenderness of the shoe, as well as the way the high heel slenderizes and elongates the leg, makes the shoes look higher.
Add inches to your height and to your toes with the pointed toed high heel!
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Pointed Toed High Heel Fun Fact: To accommodate the foot, a pointed toed shoe must extend some distance beyond the natural toe line. Contrary to the view of some people, pointed toed shoes don’t make your feet look longer, it merely appears that you are wearing pointed toed shoes!
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Far from being a fetish item, the pointed toed stiletto shoes are extremely popular with modern and mainstream fashion!
Quench your high heel passion: go pointy toed!
In deciphering fashion, the height and pointiness of a woman’s shoe is considered an indicator of her style-consciousness, and her ability to walk well in a pointed stiletto is a sign of her maturity and sophistication!
Whether you prefer bright colored or a more subdued color of shoe, low heels or high heels or high, high, heels, I suggest giving the pointed toed stiletto a try!
You’ll walk in style with your physique and your head held high!
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 flair for fashion into her novels. 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.

High heels are a signifier of women. High heels are femininity, glamour, sex appeal and fashion all piled into one head turning article of clothing!
Most all women love shoes, but not all women can, or want, to walk around or stumble around in five or six inch high heels. However, in today’s shoe market, there are numerous lower high heeled shoes that still work to elongate and show off your legs, without hurting your feet or making you feel like you are walking on stilts!
High heeled shoes with one to two inch heels still exude femininity and charm, yet are comfortable and easy to walk in!
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High heeled footwear is a shoe that raises the heel of the wearer’s foot significantly higher than the toes. High heels tend to provide the aesthetic illusion of longer, more slender legs. Heels come in many shapes, including stiletto, pumps, block, tapered, blade and wedge.
High Heel Fun Fact: According to high fashion standards, a low heel is considered less than 2.5 inches, while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches are considered mid heels. Heels four inches and above are truly considered high heels.
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There are so many shapes and styles of lowered high heeled shoes, that you can find these comfy shorter high heels from casual wear all of the way up to evening elegance!
High Heel Fun Fact: Extremely high heeled shoes, such as those exceeding six inches, are often times referred to as “jewelry for the feet.” Sweet!
Since the Second World War, high heels have fallen in and out of popular fashion trends, most notably in the late 1990s, when lower heels and flats predominated!
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Positive Reasons for Wearing High Heels:

  1. They change the angle of your foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of calves.
  2. They change the wearer’s posture, requiring a more upright position for the body.
  3. High heels make the wearer appear taller.
  4. They make a seductive fashion statement.
  5. High heels make the legs look longer and the foot appear smaller.
  6. High heels make the arches of the feet higher and better defined.
  7. High heels make the toes appear shorter.
  8. High heels are flat out gorgeous shoes!

And like I said, if you can’t walk for long periods of time in higher heels, yet you want the benefits of wearing heels, lower high heels work just dandy and still look like scrumptious eye candy!
Magically delicious!
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High Heel Fun Fact: In modern society, high heeled shoes are a main part of women’s fashion, perhaps more as a sexual prop. High heels force the body to tilt, emphasizing the buttocks and breasts, which are highlights of a woman’s sexuality.
The desire to look sexy and erotic continues to drive women to wear high heeled shoes, not to mention that women love them too, simply because the shoe itself is so pretty! I merely love high heeled shoes, and wear them with most of my outfits!
High heeled shoe lovers unite!
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During the 16th century, European royalty started wearing high heeled shoes to make them look taller and larger than life, such as Catherine de Medici or Mary I of England. By 1580, men also wore high heeled shoes, and a person of authority was often referred to as “well-heeled.”
Low high heels: the practical solution to wearing an adorable, yet unpractical, shoe!
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We all know that there are certain outfits that demand a high heeled shoe! Simply no other type of shoe will do!
Styling high in a fairly low high heel!
Although high heels are generally worn by women, there are men’s shoes that have elevated heels, including cowboy boots and Cuban heels.
Let’s give a nod and a shout to the high heel. Slip your feet into these elegant shoes of wonder and see just how fashionable and sexy you feel!
Keep it trendy and real with the always in demand high heel!
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 passion 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.

Action, energy, speed, attention-getting, assertive, confident, energizing, stimulating, exciting, powerful, passionate, driven, courageous, strong, determined! Everyone of these words is a keyword that is linked with the color red!

Red is a warm, positive color that is associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong, powerful masculine energy, but in the realm of fashion, the color red is also exquisitely feminine, with extra punch!

Make an entrance into any event dressed in the roaring, regal, royal color that is red!

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The shape and the style of the clothes that we choose to wear give insight into our personalities, much like the colors that we select for our garments. Red is a color that oozes oomph and wow, and the color red cannot be ignored.

Red is a bold, brazen, beautiful color that shouts “I am confident!”

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Being the color of physical movement, the color red awakens our physical life forces (blood is red and nourishes our bodies). Red is a color that represents sexuality and love, and the color is often used to express love, as on Valentine’s Day and the symbolism of the red rose flower!

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Red clothes are stunning, and very attention grabbing. If you want to be seen, wear red. If red clothing is too bold and brassy for you, how about dressing in a more subdued color, such as black or beige, and then highlighting your outfit with red accessories and/or red shoes?

A little bit of red goes a long way!

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If you really want to be the belle of the ball and stand out in a classic, sleek, sexy way, swipe your luscious lips with bright red lipstick, and paint your nails Rev Your Engine Red! 

Va Va Va Voom when you walk into a room!

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Red Fun Fact: It is a common belief in the United States that red cars are stopped by police for speeding more than any other color of car, although there is no statistical evidence that this is true. However, we all know that when a candy apple red sports car goes whizzing past you, down the freeway, the color of the car does catch your eye, and gives off the illusion that the head turning automobile is leaving you behind in its pretty, red dust!

You will look just as hot, and just as on fire
, and full of speeding energy, when you drape the wonder that is you in the wondrous color of red!

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The color red wears well on women of all age groups!

The color red represents:

  1. Energy
  2. Action
  3. Desire
  4. Passion
  5. Excitement
  6. Stimulation
  7. Motivation
  8. Assertiveness

Red Fun Fact: Variations of the color red include maroon, burgundy, crimson, scarlet and candy apple red.

The color red is highly fashionable for most all occasions. The color excites our passions, expressed in our unique fashions!

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Red Sunset Fun Fact: Who doesn’t admire a red sunset? At sunrise and sunset, when the path of the sunlight through the atmosphere to the eye is the longest, the blue and green components are removed almost completely, leaving the longer wavelength orange and red light. The remaining reddened sunlight can also be scattered by cloud droplets and other relatively large particles, which gives the sky its red glow!

From sunrise to sunset, wet your appetite for all things red! 

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Regal in red: enough said!

From the tips of your toes to the top of your head, deck you glorious self in the mesmerizing color that is red!

From casual dress to haute couture, you will make a statement dressed in red clothing, for sure!

 

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 www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.

What is one of the best features of an outside carnival in the dark night? The gorgeous array of vivid, neon, flashy colors that make up the rides, the game booths and the gregarious atmosphere. A lit up carnival against a black sky can be seen from miles away, creating a rainbow of happiness for all eyes that drink in the exuberant variety of splendid colors!
You can get this same rush of joy merely from the colors of clothes that you choose to dress yourself in.
To sum it up, changing the color of your clothes truly does help to change the reflections of your moods.
For this blog post, I am going to highlight the color green, since green represents freshness, hope and prosperity, among other things. Clothe yourself in the splendor that is green, a color fit for a queen.
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The color green is the color of balance and harmony, as well as springtime and the environment. Green signifies growth, and we all know that plants provide oxygen that is crucial to life!  Green runs a gamut of shades, including, emerald, shamrock, jade, olive, mint, lime, hazel, dark green and avocado, to name a few.
Are you having a day that is getting you weary and bringing you down? Try putting on a green garment, which in the United States and Europe is associated with status and power! Green equals money; money equals opportunity and freedom!
Free yourself from a bad mood by cloaking your fabulous body in the fascinating color that is green!
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Positive Effects of the Color Green:

  1. Green rejuvenates us when we are physically, mentally and/or emotionally exhausted.
  2. Green is linked to the heart, and the color urges us to nurture others, as well as to nurture ourselves.
  3. The color green is considered to be a diplomatic color, helping us to see situations clearly from all sides.
  4. Green represents hope, the anticipation of things to come!
  5. Green represents money, and let’s face it, money may not buy complete happiness, but it sure helps! Can we say peace of mind?

Are you hoping to go out and reward yourself by buying a new outfit? If so, consider going green!
I love cosmetic jewelry, and green stones and gems make for some absolutely beautiful jewelry and clothing accessories!
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Green is soothing and eye catching, and makes an ideal color for dresses, skirts, blouses, pants and shoes!
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Green Fun Fact: Green is the color of growing grass, of nature, of the environment. In the continuum of colors of visible light, green is located between yellow and blue. Green is considered a cool color on the color wheel.
Look cool – wear green to work or to school!
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The color green has been linked with love and sexuality! How many times have you felt more sexy, or sensual, or feminine, or vibrant merely by the color and style of clothing that you are wearing? Colors and clothes play a major role in our moods and in our feelings!
Green Fun Fact: The consumption of green M&Ms has earned the urban legendary status as a true aphrodisiac, although the company that makes M&Ms has pointed out that the green M&M is identical in content to the other colors.  Hmm, perhaps the sexuality that green brings out in us is a mind connection!
One thing that is certain, green M&Ms are yummy!
All colors are mind connections, so connect to your inner glamour girl by wearing colors that make you feel fashionable, noticeable and runway ready!
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Green Fun Fact: Green is often associated with jealousy and envy. The expression “green-eyed monster” was first used by William Shakespeare in Othello: “It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” Shakespeare also used the term in the Merchant of Venice, speaking of “green-eyed jealousy.”
Be the envy of everyone when you strut your gorgeous stuff through town draped in dazzling, glorious green! You will be noticed!
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Green clothing is simply grand! Green wears well with black, and also with various shades of golds, tans and yellows. White is another color that offsets green superbly!
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Are those green bills in your wallet begging you to take them clothes shopping? Allow the green cash to buy you some stylish, fantastic materials and fabrics in the form of green garments!
There is no denying, as you run your eye down these pictures of green garment wonder displayed in this blog post, that green is an emotionally positive color!
Put some life in your wardrobe – go green!
Look cool, suave and keen! That is the clothing color that is green!
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 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.

I love the summer time! I am a fan of hot weather, long days, looking at all of the colorful flowers that are in bloom and making sure I have some fun! I’ve been to four movies in the last few weeks (The Great Gatsby, The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 and The Heat), now I need to make sure that I get to the Orange County Fair, and then over to Knott’s Berry Farm to ride Ghost Rider! After all, girls just wanna have fun!
So, what better way to have fun with your eyes than to highlight your precious peepers with radiant, colorful, colored mascara? Mascara is sexy, and whether your eyes are decorated up with various shades of eye shadow, or makeup free, long, sultry, stand out eyelashes are simply stunning!
Colored mascara is a perfect makeup enhancement that blends in with the splendor that is summer time!
Festive, fierce, fun, flamboyant, fashionable!
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Tips for Choosing Colored Mascara:

  1. Choose a mascara shade that will emphasize the color of your eyes (This doesn’t have to mean use the same color mascara as your eye shade, but matching the color of mascara to your color of eyes makes for a cool effect).
  2. Use a quality product, and to add emphasis to the length and thickness of the lashes, apply a primer coat to the lashes before you swipe on the colored mascara. This gives your eyelashes extra oomph!
  3. Using one color for the top eyelashes, and a different color for the bottom lashes, shouts fun, brazen and playful!
  4. The brighter the mascara color, the less mascara you need to apply.

Colored Mascara Fun Fact: Colored mascara has one big plus: colored mascara makes your eyes look bigger! In addition, the colored mascara provides you with a joyous, pleasant look.
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Colored Mascara Application Tip: Using two separate colors on your top eyelashes and/or bottom eyelashes gives off a striking, mood enhancing flare. For example, use a navy blue on the bottom portion of your top eyelashes (the part of the lash that is closest to the eye) and then swipe a turquoise or a light blue shade of mascara over the tips of the upper eyelashes. This way, you have your upper eyelashes coated with both a dark blue and a light blue shade. You can do the same with the lower lashes, using any colors that you prefer!
Allow your colors of mascara to provide insight into the colors of your personality! Subtle and sexy!
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An extremely attractive look with colored mascara is to keep a bare eye (no eye shadow), apply a dark eyeliner (either black or colored), add colored mascara, and wipe your cheeks with a faint application of blush. A pale pink lip, or a nude or shiny lip gloss finishes off this minimal makeup, yet maximum wow factor, look!
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Mascara shades of purples and reds will frame your face and turn people’s heads!
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Colored Mascara Fun Fact: You can tone down colored mascara and still get the makeup’s eye enhancing benefits! Wear colored mascara on only your top lashes, or layer colored mascara over black mascara, and wear smokey gray or deep blue eye shadow! This provides a sensual, sexy, yet not overly made up look!
Paint your eyelashes to exquisite colorful splendor!
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Hazel or green eyes? Try green shades or red shades of colored mascara for an elegant, sensual look!
Brown eyes? Coating your eyelashes with mascara shades of pinks, purples and golds looks divine!
Gold eyes? Blue, green, pink, and red mascaras all wear lovely! Play away!
Blue eyes? Various mascara shades of blues, greens, pinks and purples will draw out your gorgeous baby blues!
Put some color in your life; put some color in your eyes!
Paint your eyelashes to color magnificence! You’ll look truly magnificent!
“Why do you keep winking at me?”
“I believe I have something in my eye.”
“I’ll take a look. Let me see.”
“The pain is brutal, I want to cry.”
“It looks like an eyelash but the color is pink.”
“I paint them rainbow. Stunning, don’t you think?”
“We found the problem. Now the pain will be gone.”
(Blink continuously)
“Yes, you are right. The pain has moved on.”
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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
 

Sheer clothing is sheer delightful! Sheer garments are a great way to add fun, excitement and playfulness to your wardrobe.
Sheer garments are:

  1. Feminine
  2. Romantic
  3. Sensual
  4. Sexy
  5. Elegant
  6. Hot

Do you want to be the life of the party without saying a word? Then let your sheer clothing do the talking for you!
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Sheer Clothing Fun Fact: Sheer clothing shows off your skin at the right places and makes you look doll like and high end glamorous!
A sheer fabric is transparent and moves easily along with the body. Sheer clothing creates an elegant ambiance and the mesh material meshes well with hot sex appeal!
Sheer tops and sheer stockings are sheer haute couture!
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Sheer fabrics are popular garment choices. The fabric is both fashionable and chic. Tops and dresses with sheer backs, shoulders and sleeves are sultry and fun!
How to Wear Sheer Garments Well:

  1. Layer the sheer clothing over other garments, such as silk, lace or tank tops.
  2. Wear sheer clothes that have a built in lining or slip under the fabric.
  3. Sheer pants and/or sheer skirts wear well with sheer stockings or lightweight short shorts worn underneath.

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Sheer coats and scarves make for both decorative and fashionable clothing items!
Are you feeling particularly daring and frisky? Beaded and attractive bras shine when worn under sheer tops, blouses and dresses!
Sheer chic, sheer glamour, sheer style! Sheer magnificence!
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Sheer is surely magnetic!
Sheer Clothing Fun Fact: Matching a sheer clothing item with a solid fabric gives off a vibe that is light and breezy!
Sheerly delightful! Sheerly delicious!
Sheer clothing: Sheerly worth placing in your closet!
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 passion 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.

We love hair! All colors of hair and all lengths of hair. Even a bald head can be ultra sexy!
And we love to style our hair, bead our hair, decorate our hair and give glimpses to our personality through our hair!
In the realm of hair jewelry, headbands and hair bows are a gorgeous sight to see!
Headbands are a clothing accessory worn in the hair or around the forehead, usually to hold hair away from the face or the eyes. However, headbands and hair bows are also used to merely doll up your outfit, your hairdo, your fabulous you!
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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 and practical purposes.
Horseshoe-shaped headbands are sometimes called Alice bands after the headbands that Alice is often seen wearing in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
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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 and/or important events. Cultures such as the Etruscans and the Romans started to decorate their hair wreaths with jewels made up of gold and silver.
Five Ways to Wear a Headband Well:

  1. Floppy bows.
  2. Ultra thin headbands.
  3. To top off an updo hairstyle.
  4. Go big with thick, wide, noticeable headbands.
  5. Wear a more demure headband for a low-key look.

In addition to headbands, hair bows are another great hair ornament way to go!
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If you really want to make a statement with your hair bow and blow people away, let your own hair form the bow that accentuates your hairstyle for the day!
Think Lady Gaga!
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The real hair hair bow is too stylish, unique and too darling to pass up, you know!
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Headband Fun Fact: In Japanese culture, hachimaki headbands may symbolize determination or devotion.
Headbands and hair bows wrap up your fashion look from head to toe!
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Headband Fun Fact: There are many kinds of headbands such as wooden, leathered, plastic, metal, fabric, hemp, teeth, human and animal hair, bone and novelty. Plastic headbands are the most common.
Take a bold step and head out for your day the headband way! No? Then how about a feminine, frilly hair bow?
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Heads full of headbands and hair bows! Your exquisite taste for hair accessories shows!
Who says that headbands and hair bows are only for little girls who still need to grow?
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Headband Fun Fact: Fabric headbands are comfortable because they do not dig into the head like some headbands have a tendency to do!
Headbands and hair bows are the trendy way to go to show off your fabulous head of hair! Everyone will stare!
Tomorrow when you get dressed, what rocking headband or modern hair bow will you wear?
In the realm of fashion where anything goes, decorate your head to glorious splendor with headbands and hair bows!
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 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.

Elaborate and time consuming to do? This actually isn’t true! The fishtail braid is easy to do and adds to a beautiful you!
If you have been following my recent fashion/style blog posts (thank you!), then you know that I am demonstrating how to structure the three most popular hair braids: the three strand braid, the French braid and the fishtail braid.
Today, the fishtail!
The fishtail braid, also known as the herringbone braid or the fishbone braid, gets its name as the style and technique of the finished braid resembles the looks and the placements of the gills and bones that make up a fish tail.
This trend of hairstyle is simple to master, and the alluring fishtail braid radiates a vibe that appears as if you spent hours styling your hair!
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The look of the fishtail braid is so unique, yet so sporty, that the braid is an ideal way to wear your hair, whether you are going dancing on a dress up night on the town, or merely spending the day in an open lake or ocean, fishing your day away!
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Steps to Structure the Fishtail Braid:

  1. Divide your hair into two sections, parting the hair straight down the middle (makes a right and a left section).
  2. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section. Now pull this same strand of  hair over the top of the left section, and grasp the same strand of hair under the right section (the strand of hair has gone over the left section and finishes under the right section). Try to use the same thickness of hair for each strand throughout the braid, or the braid may look uneven.
  3. Repeat step two, in the opposite way, going from the right section to the left section. Pull a strand of hair from the outside of the right section, pull the strand over the right section, and then weave the same strand of hair under the left section.
  4. Keep alternating this same movement with the hair strands (left to right, right to left, left to right, right to left…over and under, over and under) until you reach the bottom of the braid.
  5. Tie the end of the braid off with a hair bobble or an elastic band to ensure that the braid doesn’t unravel.
  6. Add a cute ribbon, bow or hair accessory charm over the elastic band to add your own personality to the braid.

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Fishtail Braid Fun Fact: If you complete a fishtail braid and the braid is too tight, there is no need to undo the entire braid and start over. Merely use your fingers to massage into the strands and the braid will loosen. Don’t massage too harshly, or you will frizz out the strands!
In addition to wearing your fishtail braid(s) straight down. doing fun experiments with the braids, such as placing them over your head, or adding colored highlights to your hair, adds to the electrifying vibration of the fishtail braid!
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Fishtail Braid Fun Fact: For a more intricate braid, use skinnier strands. The smaller strands take more effort to complete the fishtail braid hairstyle, but the finished look is gorgeous!
Do you wish that your hair stood out from the rest? Fulfill your wish with the fishtail!
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Hail the Fishtail!
How to measure the scale of the fishtail? A “10”!
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The fishtail braid: a self-made braid!
A fishtail never looked so good!
The fishtail braid is sensual, sporty, sassy and sexy!
I render that you will be weaving your way to fishtail splendor!
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 passion 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 ever popular French braid can spruce up your hair and is definitely fun to wear!
A French braid is a type of braid hairstyle that originated in France. In French, the hairstyle is natively called tresse francaise. In every country of the world, the French braid signifies an alluring, beautiful hairstyle.
The French braid starts with three small sections of hair near the crown of the head, which are then braided together (intertwined) toward the nape of the neck, gradually adding more hair to each section as it crosses in from the side into the center of the braid structure. The final result incorporates all of the hair into a smoothly woven pattern over the scalp.
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French Braid Fun Fact: To create multiple French braids, merely keep the main mass of hair initially parted into two or more sections along the scalp and keep them separate from one another!
Compared to the simplest form of a hair braid (the three strand braid) a French braid has several practical advantages:

  1. A French braid can restrain hair from the top of the head that is too short to reach the nape of the neck.
  2. The French braid spreads the weight and tension of the braid across a larger portion of the scalp.
  3. The sleeker appearance of the French braid is often times considered more elegant and sophisticated than a three strand braid or a fishtail braid.

Hair made classy, with a touch of sassy, merely be wearing a French braid!
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Steps Needed To French Braid Your Hair:

  1. Comb and detangle the hair.
  2. Separate three sections of hair, 1 inch wide, from the top section of your scalp. Your French braid begins here.
  3. Bring the left side of the hair over the middle strand, then bring the right strand over the middle, starting off just like your basic three strand braid.
  4. Gather a small amount of hair from the left side of the braid into the left strand and bring the left strand over the middle strand again. You are now braiding in a different direction than you are used to with the three strand braid.
  5. Gather more hair from the right side of the braid into the right strand and bring the right strand over the middle strand.
  6. Continue to repeat steps 4 and 5, moving diagonally down the back of your head from right to left, until all of the hair is incorporated into the braid.
  7. Secure the end of the braid with a hair elastic or with an appropriate hair accessory.
  8. Flaunt your fashionable French braid hairdo!

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French Braid Not So Fun Fact: A French braid is more difficult to construct than a three strand braid, due to the French braid’s complexity. When performed on one’s own hair, the French braid requires a more prolonged elevation of the hands above the back of the head, and leaves more tangled hair along the scalp when unbraiding.
The look of the French braid on the head outweighs the headache of attempting to learn how to structure your own French braid!
No one said that the French braid would be easy or breezy to create! But wait!
If you attempt the French braid one, two, three or four, you’ll become a pro forever more!
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The phrase “French braid” appears in an 1871 issue of Arthur’s Home Magazine, used in a piece of short fiction that describes the French braid as a new hairstyle (“…do up your hair in that new French braid…”).
No matter when the French braid was first created, the French braid hairstyle is here to stay!
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The Dutch braid (an inverted French braid) is created when the three hair sections are crossed under each other, instead of over each other.
Don’t be afraid – try the French braid!
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Ways to wear your French Braids:

  1. Flowing down your back.
  2. Pulled to the right side of your head.
  3. Pulled to the left side of your head.
  4. Set around the top of your head, much like a braided crown.
  5. Numerous hanging braids (similar to cornrows).
  6. The braids twisted on top of your head (French twist).

So many stylish ways to wear the French Braid.
Go classy, go sassy, the French braid way!
Perfect from evening wear to an office work day!
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 along with her fashion fetish. 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.