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With many items, be it draperies, picture frames, creative projects and certain baked goods, when the product is bordered with some type of trim an aesthetically pleasing element is added to the overall enhancement of the item. This also holds true in the fashion world when garments and accessories are decorated with fringe.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item in the form of tassels, hanging threads, and twisted or braided yarns.
Fringe is in!

Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming was not used. Several strands of weft threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling. (Think cut off jean shorts and daisy dukes)!
In modern fabrics, fringe is more commonly made separately and sewn on. Modern “add-on” fringe may consist of wool, silk, linen or narrow strips of leather.
Fringe Fun Fact: The use of fringe is ancient, and early fringes were generally made of unspun wool (rather than spun or twisted threads).

Do you love the tasseled, fringe look, yet you need to present yourself as more business than party or playful? Add a fringe purse to your sensible business pantsuit, or put some tassel teasing shoes on your feet. Office meets glam equals sweet!

Fashionable flair with fringe!
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Fringe Fun Fact: There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to assume commonly accepted names. Styles of fringe were clearly defined in England by the year 1688.
Popular Types of Fringe:

  1. Bullion Fringe – Twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver or gold. The name derives from bullion hose, which had a twisted element at the top that resembled this type of fringe.
  2. Campaign Fringe – This comes from the French word campane (meaning “bell”), and consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe – Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.


Bullion Fringe Fun Fact: Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but generally is only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 to 22.9 cm) in length.
Fringe clothing works for an elegant, cocktail party event all the way down to tasseled jackets and moccasins, perfect for a day of shopping or a leisurely Sunday brunch.
You’ll always come out with a fashion win if you doll yourself up in fantastic fringe!

Hit a definite fashion win with swanky, sensual, swaying fringe!
“Pardon me, but something is stuck to your sleeve.”
“It’s part of the garment, tassels that weave.”
“Why it looks as though something is dangling from your arm.”
“Yes, the fringe sways back and forth, which is part of the charm.”
“Fringe you say? The way the threads hang, they’ll swing if you run.”
“Would you like to race? The flying fringe is part of fashion fun.”
Fringe: Fashion fun at its finest!
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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
 
 

One of the major significant elements to set off a top-notch outfit is the neckline. The neckline of a garment has the ability to show off the neck and the chest area, or cover the neck in regal elegance.
The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. Neckline also refers to the overall line between all the layers of clothing and the neck and shoulders of a person, ignoring the unseen garments.
For each item of clothing worn above the waist, the neckline is primarily a style line and may be a boundary for further shaping of the upper edge of a garment with, for example, a collar, cowl, darts or pleats.
One of the most popular and attractive necklines? The V-neck!

V-neck collars have 2 to 4 linear edges that are formed by two diagonal lines from the shoulders that meet on the chest, creating a V shape. The depth of the V can vary, ranging from demure styles to plunging. The surplice version of the V-neck (known as the portrait neckline) is an alternative. The V may also be truncated by a small bottom edge, forming a trapezoid.
V-Neck Fun Fact: The V-Neck originates from the middle east.

In addition to the showing of cleavage that the V-neck provides, the V-neck also allows for a great backdrop for a nice necklace. I feel by far that a tight neck choker is the best jewelry to highlight a V-neck garment. However, if you do prefer a longer necklace, keep the jewelry short enough that the piece dangles on the open chest area. Although long necklaces can be worn with V-necks, they don’t accent the open chest area quite the same way as a shorter necklace.

In addition to the V-neck, other types of necklines that make fashion statements are:

  1. Polo Neck/Turtlenecks – High, close-fitting collars that wrap around the neck.
  2. Jewel Neckline/Crew Neck – A round neckline that sits at the base of the throat.
  3. Scoop Neck – A curved, concave neck.
  4. Square Neck – Three linear edges, where the bottom edge meets the side edges at right angles. The bottom edge cuts across the figure horizontally and the side edges pass over the shoulders.
  5. Deep/Plunging Neckline – An extremely low neckline, in either a V, U or square shape, that reveals various amounts of cleavage. Some extend open all the way to the natural waistline. Think Jennifer Lopez!
  6. Boat Neck – A high, wide and slightly curved neckline that passes past the collar bone and hangs on both shoulders.
  7. Off-the-Shoulder: One edge, nearly linear. The neckline hangs off one shoulder.


V-neck garments look great in dresses, blouses and T-shirts. The open, sexy, pointed neckline provides the wearer with both class and comfort.
V-neckline sublime!

The size and length of the V-neck can vary as much as your fashion tastes vary. Are you on the modest side or going to the office? A higher V-neck works great and looks spectacular under an open blazer. Ready for a risqué night on the town? Knock that V-neck down to the waist with feminine, dainty fashion taste.
“I’m not sure what neckline will look good on me?”
“With your diva beauty you’ll be a hit with whatever neck will be.”
“I’m in the mood for comfort and class, yet I also want to shine.”
“Then go with a daring V-neck. The plunging neck will look divine.”
“With an open neck and peek-a-boo cleavage people may stare at me.”
“Carry yourself with style and pride. A fashion queen for all to see!”
V-Neck: A popular neckline to shimmer and shine!
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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

Neon – Vibrant, vivacious, bright, colorful, noticeable, not to be ignored.
Neon colors are fun and over-the-top, whether on clothing, lamps, furniture and signs. What’s the number one sign that neon garments simply glow? You can’t help but notice them, and once you see a neon outfit, you can’t stop staring.
Bright neon delight!
Neon Fun Fact: Neon is a chemical element with symbol Ne and atomic number 10. It is in group 18 (noble gases) of the periodic table. Neon is a colorless, odorless, inert monatomic gas under standard conditions, with about two-thirds density of air.
Put an air of flair in your step when you step out draped in knock-out neon!
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Neon colored clothing is fashionable and fabulous fun. Don’t dress in neon if you want to blend into the crowd or not be seen. If covered in neon colors, you’ll be the stand out fashion queen.
Create a neon scene!
The majority of the colors that make great pastels (softer, muted tones) are the same colors that simply stun when put into neon. Think shocking pink, green, orange, blue, red and yellow. What pastels soften, neon brings out to the brightest of bolds!
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Neon Clothing – Dazzling and never dull!
Neon Fun Fact: Neon is the second-lightest noble gas, after helium. It glows reddish-orange in a vacuum discharge tube. Neon has the lowest liquid range of any element and has over 40 times the refrigerating capacity of liquid helium, and three times that of liquid hydrogen.
If you ever doubt the eye-catching effect of neon colors, think neon signs. Pop, sizzle, fizz! A rainbow of color whiz!
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Nifty in neon!
Neon is rare on Earth, found in the Earth’s atmosphere at 1 part in 55,000, or 18.2 ppm by volume, or 1 part in 79,000 of air by mass. It comprises a smaller fraction in the crust. Neon is industrially produced by cryogenic fractional distillation of liquefied air.
Neon Fun Fact: On August 17, 2015, based on studies with the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, NASA scientists reported the detection of neon in the exosphere of the moon.
Neon clothes are so bright and brilliant that they can carry color waves to the moon and back (figuratively speaking, of course). Okay, they dazzle so much that it merely seems that way.
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Neon is often used in signs because it produces the unmistakable bright reddish-orange light. Although still referred to as “neon”, other sign colors are generated with different noble gases or by varied colors of fluorescent lighting.
Light up the streets when you walk out in nifty, noticeable neon!
Neon – not to be mistaken for boring!
Noticeable Neon – Not to be ignored!
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Neon Fun Fact: Both neon gas and liquid neon are relatively expensive – for small quantities, the price of liquid neon can be more than 55 times that of liquid helium gas. The reason for neon’s expense is the rarity of neon, which unlike helium, can only be obtained from air.
The triple point temperature of neon (24.5561 K) is a defining fixed point in the International Temperature Scale of 1990.
On a fashion scale of 1 to 10 to measure cheery garment fun, neon fabrics and neon colors always rate high and cannot be outdone!
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Neon Compounds: Neon is the first p-block noble gas. Neon is generally considered to be inert. No true neutral compounds of neon are known. However, the ions Ne, NeAr, NeH and HeNe have been observed from optical and mass spectrometric studies, and there are some unverified reports of an unstable hydrate.
For all the scientists and chemistry buffs, I hope you relate to all the Neon Fun Facts. For styling fashionistas, I hope the Neon Fun Facts have taught you some interesting tidbits and opened your eyes to the fabulous, fantastic, fun fashion that is neon colors!
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Neon clothes can be used to turn a bad mood to good, a sour moment to sweet, a rainy type day to a sunny day! Neon clothes bring out the inner child to come out and play!
In addition to the gorgeous neon colors that heighten the allure of fabric, neon is used in vacuum tubes, high-voltage indicators, lightning arrestors, wave meter tubes, television tubes, and helium-neon lasers.
“Whoa, your shirt is so bright I need sunglasses.”
“Dressed in neon you look as syrupy sweet as molasses.”
“Neon colors rock. They look great when worn by lads and lasses.”
“I love my neon pants in blue, orange and pink.”
“Neon skinny jeans look good in all bright colors, I think.”
“My one bit of advice is don’t wear neon if you want to hide.”
“Hide? Darling, I want to be seen by all every time I step outside.”
Neon: Highly noticeable. May the neon lights and the neon force be with 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

If there’s one thing to be sure of in the world of fashion, it’s that sheer clothing elicits a blend of regal and risqué.
Sheer fabric is fabric which is made using thin thread and/or a low density of knit, which results in a semi-transparent and flimsy cloth. Some sheer fabrics become transparent (see-through) when wet.
Sheer fabric is used in clothing, in garments such as stockings or tights and in dancewear and lingerie. Sheer garments are also popular in blouses, dresses and evening gowns. Leaving much to the eye and little to the imagination, sheer clothing offers sheer style delight.
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The sheerness of a fabric is expressed as a numerical denier which ranges from 3 (extremely rare, very thin, barely visible) to 15 (standard sheer for stockings), up to 30 (semi-opaque). The materials which can be made translucent include gossamer, silk, rayon and/or nylon.  Sheer fabric comes in a variety of colors and is sometimes embellished with embroidered patterns or designs.
Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: Sheer stockings became popular in the 1920s, and sheer materials have been used in women’s nightwear for some time. There has been a predominate “sheer fashion trend” in fashion circles since 2008, with sheer fabrics being used in tight clothes and in delicate feminine clothing.
Sheer eye-catching elegance!
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Peek-a-boo. I see you!
Sheer, or see-through clothing, looks lovely when made with lace, mesh or sheer material that allows the wearer’s body or undergarments to be seen through the fabric. Mesh, web or net fabric may have many connected or woven pieces with a large number of closely spaced holes, frequently used for modern sports jerseys.
Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: Sheer fabrics, particularly in skin tone (called nude) colors are sometimes called illusion, as in “illusion bodice” (or sleeve) due to giving the impression of exposed flesh.
Naughty nude without being nude!
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The trend for sheer fashions was encouraged in the late 1980s by the manipulation of the television soap series Dynasty and Dallas. Celebrities like Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford were major contributors in this regard. Demi Moore caused a huge buzz in the fashion and fame industry in her movie Striptease. Her see-through lingerie was considered as one of the best on-screen see-through appearances of all time.
Time to fashion down in sensual, see-through, sheer clothing!
Do you love the look of sheer fabrics but are too modest to wear them? Sheer clothing worn over tank tops, spaghetti straps, etc. look luscious and lethal. A mix of feminine wiles and practical pretty!
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Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: A see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton to a charity fashion show in 2002 was sold at an auction on March 17, 2011 for $127,500.
See how elegant and stylish you can be when dressed in see-through fabrics for the world to see.
Sheer clothing comes in a variety of styles, such as blouses, evening gowns, maxi dresses, dresses, skirts.
Do you want to be a subtle flirt? Dress in stylish jeans and a nude tank top, covered with a sheer, feminine nude-colored lace shirt. Top off with gold jewelry and camel-toned high heels!
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As is the case with most clothing, sheer fabrics can be appropriate for both day and evening wear, depending on what garments and accessories you mix and match together! The office? Try a sheer blouse covered with a business blazer. Evening wear? How about a gown where you show some leg, covered my mesh or lace.
Sheer clothing equals ultimate sexy mixed with great fashion taste! Show off your waist, literally!
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Sheer clothing: sheer delight, sheer splendor, sheer chic!
“May I help you?”
“Yes. I’m looking for a dress that mixes sexy and sassy.”
“Are you leaning toward trashy or do you want something classy?”
“Something that flirts big time but preserves my inner charm.”
“I have a silk dress with sheer sleeves that will show off your arms.”
“If I pair this dress with sheer stockings I’ll look tempting yet sweet.”
“Oh yes, glamour girl. You’ll knock the room off their feet!”
Sheer Clothing: Sheer gorgeous glamour!
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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

If uncovered ankles are a sign of sex appeal, then covered ankles need some help catching up. What better way to add some sugar and spice to covered ankles than with a stylish, sassy pair of ankle boots?
Ankle booties, anyone?
A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle (ankle boots), while some boots cover some or part of the lower calf (cowboy boots), the knees (knee-high boots) and a portion of the thigh (thigh-high boots). Most boots have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece.
Boots have their roots as practical shoes, that over time, have joined the world of style and fashion! Impractical fashion – never humdrum or boring!
Let’s give a shout out and a hoot to the fabulous ankle boot!
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Fashionable boots for women may exhibit all variations seen in other fashion footwear; tapered or spike heels, platform soles, pointed toes, zipper closure, shoelaces, etc.
How to Wear Ankle Boots Well:

  1. With straight-legged jeans where the hem of the pants are tucked into the boots.
  2. With mini-skirts, pencil skirts, all skirts.
  3. With maxi dresses and regular length dresses.
  4. With bare legs.
  5. With opaque stockings or nylons.
  6. With casual or dressy clothing.
  7. With capris or shorts.
  8. With thick socks that are worn beyond the top of the boot (often with jeans).

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Ankle boots for every day of the week; every color in your wardrobe!
Boot Fun Fact: Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 BC, these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the feet and lower leg, often up to the knee.
A type of soft leather ankle boots were worn by nomads in eastern Asia, and carried to China and India and Russia around 1200 to 1500 AD by Mongol invaders.
Invade the fashion scene in style and walk a mile in alluring ankle boots!
Modern boots are made from a variety of materials, including leather, suede, patent leather, cowhide and oxhide. Mix and match the materials of your boots with the materials of your garments for a symmetrical, put together look (suede pants – suede ankle boots; patent leather jacket – patent leather ankle boots).
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Shake, shake, shake that bootie! That ankle bootie!
Bovver boots, Doc Martens boots and army boots were adopted by skinheads and punks as their typical dress and have migrated to more mainstream fashion, including women’s wear.  As a more rugged alternative to dress shoes, dress boots may be worn.
Boot Fun Idioms:

  • To “die with one’s boots on” means to die while one is actively involved in work or to go down fighting. This term was made popular in Wild West movies.
  • Boot Camp: A colloquial term for the initial recruit training of a new recruit enlisting in a military organization or armed force. In this context, a “boot” is a recruit.
  • To “give one the boot” means to kick one out (of a job, a club, etc.) or expel one, either literally or figuratively.
  • To “put the boot in” is an idiom for inflicting violence on someone.
  • To “shake/quake in one’s boots” means to be very frightened, mostly used in sarcasm.
  • Wearing “seven-league boots” references a classic children’s fairly tale and indicates that a person or company can cover great distances in a single stride.

Ride the beautiful boot train and give your feet a kick!
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High heels, wedge heels, platforms, stilettos or flats, a vogue pair of ankle boots is truly all that (and then some)!
Boot Fun Fact: Some boots have a tab, loop or handle at the top known as a bootstrap, allowing one to use fingers or a tool (shoe horn) to provide better leverage in getting the boots on and off. The figurative use “to pull one’s self up by one’s bootstraps” as in the ability to perform a difficult task without external help, developed in the 19th century in U.S. English.
So many slang terms for boots, so many types of boots.
Boot scoot boogie on out for a pair of fine ankle boots!
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Love the boots and chains. Imagine wearing the black boots and chains with a little black dress and a fancy gold head chain. Edgy and chic rolled into one!
Be the bomb in a fabulous pair of ankle boots!
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Artistic, authentic, awesome, adorable ankle boots.
“I love the boots, but they’re a little high.”
“They’re made that way, to hug the thigh.”
“There’s a time and place for that much shoe.”
“For a fashion diva, any shoe will do.”
“With your longer skirt a short boot will look fab.”
“I’ll go with my sexy ankle boots. They never look drab!”
Strut in fabulous fashion, never drabulous, in a daring but sensual ankle boot.
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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

Makeup is fun, an art, an artist’s dream. Makeup can enhance, bring out features and completely distort features if that is your goal (think Hollywood movies and Halloween). As someone who loves the creative flair of cosmetic makeup, the one item I find most necessary to bring out your face, especially the eyes, is mascara. Above all else! (Lipstick comes in second)!
Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen and/or define the eyelashes. Normally in one of three forms – liquid, cake, or cream – the modern mascara product has vast formulas, however, most contain the same basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.
The most standard colors of mascara are black and brown. But guess what? Standard isn’t something one has to stick to in fashion. It is possible to bring out the natural color of your eyes with cool, chic, colored mascara!
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Long, colorful eyelashes equals lovely lashes!
The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as, “a cosmetic substance for darkening, lengthening, curling, coloring and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a rod or a brush.” The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) adds that mascara is occasionally used on the eyebrows as well. Two for the price of one in one wonderful item of makeup!
Mascara Fun Fact: Exactly where the word “mascara” comes from is unclear, but it is most frequently thought to be based from the Spanish word mascara, meaning mask or stain, and the Italian word maschera meaning mask.
Enhance eye color magic with colored mascara! Crayons for the eyes!
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Long, colored, eye catching eyelashes act as picture frames for your enchanted eyes!
How to Wear Colored Mascara Well:

  1. Apply the mascara over a primer. By first swiping a coat of primer on your eyelashes, this adds length and fullness to the lashes.
  2. If you choose, match the colored mascara to your eye color, your clothes and/or your eye shadow. Marvelous Miss Match!
  3. Try one color of mascara on the upper lashes, and a different color of mascara on the lower lashes. Va va voom!
  4. Wear a heavy black mascara on the inner eyelashes, then branch out to color on the outer eyelashes (or vice versa).
  5. Give your eyelashes a rainbow of color treatment.

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Aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal phenomenon, and mascara can be documented in Ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyelids and eyebrows. Kohl was used to mask the eyes, believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the soul, by both men and women.
Mascara Fun Fact: Makeup was considered unsightly and uncouth in Western culture until the Victorian era. During the Victorian era, social opinion shifted radically towards the promotion of cosmetics, and women were known to spend a majority of their day occupied with beauty regimens. Great efforts were made to create the illusion of long, dark eyelashes. Victorian women made a type of mascara in their homes, consisting of heating a mixture of ash or lampblack and elderberry juice on a plate and then applying the heated mixture to their eyelashes.
So glad all we need to do today to obtain gorgeous black and colored mascara is drive to a store and/or beauty supply shop!
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The increased demand for mascara led to the development of many formulas seen in the current market. Despite the many variations, all formulas contain the same basic elements: pigmentation, oils and waxes.
Pigmentation: Carbon black, ash or soot is used. Also, ultramarine blue may be added. Tar and coal derivatives are prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Oils: Mineral oils, linseed oil, castor oil, eucalyptus oil, lanolin, oil of turpentine and sesame oils are used.
Waxes: Paraffin wax, carnauba wax and beeswax.
Mix and match the perfect ingredients to bring out the magnificent magic of long, splendid,  colorful eyelashes.
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Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara pulls away the eyelash from the rim of the eye, creating a doe-like illusion of larger, more open eyes.
The product that we recognize as mascara today didn’t develop until the 19th century. A chemist named Eugene Rimmel developed a cosmetic using the newly invented petroleum jelly. The name Rimmell became synonymous with the substance and still translates to “mascara” in the Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Romanian and Persian language today.
In 1913, T. L. Williams created a remarkably similar mascara substance for his sister Maybel. In 1917, T. L. Williams started a mail order business from the product that grew to become the company Maybelline. Interesting!
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For a kick starting head start to a fabulous set of eyes, coat your lashes with charming colored mascara!
Colored Mascara Fun Fact: To remove the colored mascara, merely apply an eye makeup removal cream (available at stores and beauty salons) or use petroleum jelly! Both products work wonders and don’t pull out the eyelashes in the removal process!
“Eye, eye, eye, that is one gorgeous pair of eyes you have, my dear.”
“Why thank you. All the better to see you with, your face is crystal clear.”
“Your purple and pink eyelashes match the violet in your eyes.”
“Yes. The color does add oomph and enlarges my eyes’ size!”
“I’m going to paint my eyelashes with the colors of the rainbow.”
“Then your eyes will stand out more than mine. Say it isn’t so!”
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No pun intended.”
“You’re right, we’ll both look divine. Fashionable and splendid!”
Fashion: There’s room for us all. Don’t let your eyes fool you. Colorful eyelash magic!
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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
 

It is true that all that glitters isn’t gold, however, it is also true that all that’s gold does glitter! Gold merely stands out, sparkles and shines. Whether it’s gold coins, gold jewelry, or gold clothing, gold items illuminate and give off an aura of glittery glitz.
Gold clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories look regal and royal when worn, suitable for both a festive party or a business office atmosphere.
The color gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, the color gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.
Wear gold and look like a million bucks!
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Show off your girlish figure draped in show stopping gold garments!
Gold is a warm color that can by shiny, glistening and happy, as well as muted and traditional. The brighter shades of gold catch the eye with their brilliance while the darker muted shades are deep, warm and intense.
Gold Fun Fact: Whereas other pure metals are gray or silvery white, gold is slightly reddish yellow. The color gold is determined by the density of loosely bound electrons, these electrons oscillate as a collective plasma medium described in terms of a quasiparticle called a plasmon. The frequency of these oscillations lies in the ultraviolet range for most metals, but it falls into the visible range for gold due to subtle relativistic effects that affect the orbitals around gold atoms.
Gold clothing ensembles rock the runway, the red carpet and the real world!
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If you have the guts to go all gold from head to toe, gold shoes and gold lipsticks or lip glosses add a great highlight to an already gorgeous outfit.
Confident, passionate and eye catching, gold draws attention to itself. If you’d like all eyes on you with no effort, go for the glitz of gold garments!
Gold lips look simply stunning on all skin tones. Various shades of gold work well, so experiment and decide what shades of gold work best for you.
Go for the gold, girl!
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When stepping out in gold clothing, what goes better than a gold, high heeled shoe? You already look classy and chic, so spice your outfit up to an even higher level of glam with gold shoes on your feet!
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Pure gold elegance!
Positive Traits of the Color Gold:

  1. Success
  2. Abundance
  3. Wealth
  4. Understanding
  5. Self-Worth
  6. Wisdom
  7. Compassion
  8. Love
  9. Passion
  10. Charisma
  11. Winning
  12. Optimistic
  13. Positive
  14. Masculine

Gold always represents prestige and luxury, enlightenment and generosity.
Think gold cars, gold jewelry, gold clothing! Rich and regal looking.
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Gold Fun Fact: The color gold is linked to masculine energy and the power of the sun, compared to silver which is associated with feminine energy and the sensitivity of the moon.
Don’t let that fun fact fool you, silver in its own right is as beautiful as gold. However, gold just stands out a bit more va va voom than silver. Gold is the color of the winner – first place medals are often gold. And in school, think gold stars on your papers!
I got a gold star, I stand out by far!
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Gold Fun Fact: Gold is the most valuable and easily traded commodity available in the global market place.
Dress in gold and come alive – thrive!
“You’re a sheer vision of loveliness dressed in all gold.”
“Why thank you, I do look bright, effervescent and bold.”
“Would you like to go for a cup of coffee with me?”
“But you’re dressed in silver, we’ll clash, don’t you see?”
“Gold and silver go together like hot fudge on ice cream.”
“I should’ve known this. I’m talking to the fashion queen”
“So a cup of coffee sounds delightful to you?”
“With cream and sugar and the company of you!”
Walk a mile in style when donned in gold glittery glitz and glam!
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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
 

Cotton, or wooly, or colorful corduroy? Whatever your fabric preference, corduroy is one durable, fuzzy, fun material to wear. The fabric itself looks as if it is made from multiple cords laid parallel to each other and then stitched together. Depending on the style, the ridges of corduroy clothing can run so thin that the  fabric feels like velvet, or so thick that the fabric feels coarse.
Your clothes, your preference, your choice, of course!
Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel (similar to twill) to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern, a “cord.” Modern corduroy is most commonly composed of tufted cords, sometimes exhibiting a channel (bare to the base fabric) between the tufts. Corduroy can be summed up as a ridged form of velvet.
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Corduroy Fun Fact: The interpretation of the word as corde du roi (from French, the cord of the King) is a folk etymology.
As a fabric, corduroy is considered a durable cloth. Corduroy is found in the construction of pants, trousers, jackets, shirts, skirts, dresses and shorts. For the accessory lovers among us, you can also find purses, jewelry, shoes and boots made of corduroy material.
The width of the cord (or ridge) is referred to as the size of the “wale” (the number of ridges per inch). The lower the wale number, the thicker the width of the wale (a 4-wale would be much thicker than a 12-wale). Corduroy’s wale count per inch can vary from 1.5 to 21, although the standard falls between 10 and 12.
Have a dandy whale of a time dressed in 10 wale corduroy! Soft clothes sublime!
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Corduroy is made by weaving extra sets of fiber into the base fabric to form the vertical wale ridges. The wales are built so that clear lines can be seen when they are cut into pile.
The Primary Types of Corduroy Are:

  1. Standard Wale: 11 wales/inch, available in many colors.
  2. Pincord/Pinwale/Needlecord: Pincord is the finest cord around with a count at the upper end of the spectrum (above 16). Feels like silky velvet.
  3. Pigment Dyed/Printed Corduroy: The process of coloring and printing corduroy with pigment dyes. The dye is applied to the surface of the fabric, then the garment is cut and sewn. When washed during the final phase of the manufacturing process, the pigment dye washes out in an irregular way, creating a vintage look.

Cuckoo for corduroy clothing!
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Corduroy Fun Fact: Other names often used for corduroy are corded velveteen, elephant cord, pin cord, Manchester cloth and cords. In continental Europe, corduroy is commonly known simply as Manchester, Cord, rib cord or rib velvet. Corduroy is a material traditionally used in making British Country Clothing, such as in coat or jacket collars.
Corduroy clothes are fashionably fun! Look cool with your legs covered in a fabulous pair or colorful cords.
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Other Corduroy Fun Facts:

  1. Corduroy is a 1968 children’s book written and illustrated by Don Freeman, and published by Viking Press.
  2. Corduroy were a four-piece acid jazz band outfit based in London, formed around twins Ben Addison (drums/vocals) and Scott Addison (keyboards/vocals). Joining the twins in the band were Richard Searle and guitarist Simon Nelson-Smith.
  3. Corduroy is a song by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. The song is the eighth track on the band’s third studio album, Vitalogy (1994). The song was included on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hit album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003).

Guess it’s true: corduroy jams!
Wow, corduroy is one massively popular word, be it in the fashion world or the world in general.
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Are you looking for something new and always in fashion to add to your closet? Try cuddly corduroy!
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Parade your way through town dressed in a corduroy suit, jacket, dress or gown!
Corduroy Fun Fact: The stylish yet dressy and casual look of corduroy material makes it a great fabric for jumpsuits and jumpers.  Add opaque stockings or leggings and a glam pair of high heels for a look that is va va voom cool in corduroy!
“I want a new jacket that is fuzzy and warm.”
“Fur is out, but wool is the norm.”
“I want a lighter fabric that still holds in heat.”
“Cotton jackets are nice, a fashion diva’s treat.”
“I’m thinking a less common fabric that shimmies and stuns.”
“A durable material not prone to snags or runs.”
“Oh, my dear. I have the perfect jacket for you!”
“Boy oh boy, corduroy! Yes, that will do!”
Classic corduroy for the class and sass in all of 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