December 2015


Yes, it is that time of year again…where the current year passes and the new year moves in with a bang. We are about to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, with new hopes, dreams and resolutions.
And how do many people spend the last few hours of a year? Celebrating and partying at a New Year’s Eve extravaganza, normally festive, entertaining and fashionable.
New Year is the time in which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increases by one. Many cultures celebrate the event in some manner.  For many women, New Year’s Eve is a time to dress up to the nines, glittery, shimmery and donning a great pair shoes.

Depending on your New Year’s Eve plans, you may be more comfortable in an evening type gown that drapes to your ankles, or carry off a more contemporary look in a short dress or skirt.
New Year’s Eve Fashion Fun Fact: For New Year’s Eve attire, black is the most common color worn, followed by gold, silver and blues.
The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, mostly used today, falls on January 1 (New Year’s Day). Many countries, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States mark January 1 as a national holiday.
Holiday in style. Rocking your night away in festive, gorgeous garments will always bring a smile!

While many countries observe New Year’s day as January 1, the East Asian New Year follows the Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, occurs every year on the new moon of the first lunar month. The exact date can fall anytime between January 21 and February 21 (inclusive) of the Gregorian calendar. The Vietnamese New Year is the Tet Nguyen Dan, which coincides with the Chinese New Year, due to the Vietnamese using the Chinese calendar.
Whatever day you celebrate the New Year, it is always more fun to celebrate the year away wrapped in fancy fashion splendor.
Exceptional garments for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza!

If you are a fashion maven who prefers to dress the New Year’s Eve night away, no matter the celebration, you’ll want to compliment your dolled-up duds with a nice pair of fancy, showy shoes.
Stand out in the crowd never saying a word. Turn up the heat with a glorious garment on your body and magnificent shoes on your feet.

New Year’s Eve Fashion Tip: Some people feel that chains on your clothing, shoes or headbands belong only with evening wear, which makes them a perfect choice for New Year’s Eve. However, I tend to love chains on clothing and shoes, and I, being the fashion lover that I am, would feel comfortable to wear chains at all hours and to numerous events.
Fashion is all about you: your unique style, your true individuality! Share the inner you through your outer clothing!
However, if you are someone who only prefers to dress up occasionally, then New Year’s Eve is certainly the time and place to show off your great fashion taste!

New Year Fun Fact: Because of the division of the globe into time zones, the new year moves progressively around the world as the start of the day ushers in the New Year. The first time zone to bring in the New Year, just west of the International Date Line, is located in the Line Islands, a part of the nation of Kiribati, and has a time zone 14 hours ahead. All the other time zones are 1 to 25 hours behind. By the time Howland Island sees the new year, it is 2 AM on January 2 in the Line Islands of Kiribati!
Party hearty on New Year’s Eve, then recuperate on the couch on New Year’s Day in front of the TV!

During the Middle Ages in western Europe, while the Julian calendar was still in use, authorities moved New Year’s Day variously, depending upon locale, to one of several days, among them March 1, March 25, September 1 and December 25. These New Year’s Day changes generally reverted to using January 1 before or during the various local adoptions of the Gregorian calendar.
A girl can lose her mind merely trying to decide what to wear on New Year’s, let alone try to keep up on what day the New Year falls in a particular year. Too much for a true fashion plate to juggle!
Wherever you go on New Year’s Eve and whatever you decide to wear, enjoy yourself immensely and forget every worry and care (at least for a while). They’ll generally come back when the commotion has settled down and reality hits.
“I’ve been invited to a glamorous New Year’s Eve party.”
“Oh, wow, you go. What will you wear?”
“I was thinking something classy with a flair of tarty.”
“Then dress as a sensual scamp or vamp, if you dare.”
“Something that shouts “I’m here” and is sure to mesmerize.”
“Ah, you’ll sizzle with your bold attitude. I see you’re fashion wise.”
However you choose to bring in the New Year, I wish you a year of happiness, prosperity and stylish good cheer!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

What’s a simple yet elegant way to lovely hands? Lovely, painted fingernails. Whether your preference is a single shade, various colors and/or authentic nail art, manicured, painted fingernails are fashionable and fun.
A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure consists of filing and shaping of the free edge, using a cuticle pusher to push down the cuticles, clipping the nails, treatments, massaging of the hands and the application of the polish.
While investing in a professional manicure is a feel-good luxury, a do it yourself manicure works just as well for a polished, professional looking finish.

Manicure Fun Fact: To add extra oomph and pizzazz to your fingernails,  paint pictures or designs on the nails, or apply small decals or fancy jewels. Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail gels, tips, or acrylics, such as French manicures.
The English word manicure comes from the French word manucure. The word manicure is derived from the French usage, meaning “care of the hands”, which in turn originates from the Latin word manus, for “hand” and cura, for “care”. Interesting!

Whether you prefer smooth, lacquered polish or glittered polish, painted fingernails are festive, fun and fabulous.
Common Manicure Tools and Supplies:

  1. Bowl of warm water or finger bath
  2. Nail clippers
  3. Cuticle knife and clippers
  4. Cuticle pusher
  5. Nail file or emery board
  6. Buffer
  7. Scissors
  8. Brush
  9. Manicure table
  10. Nail art brushes/tools

Supplies Needed:

  1. Nail polish remover
  2. Hand cream
  3. Sanitizing spray
  4. Cotton balls or Q-Tips
  5. Hand towels
  6. Cuticle remover
  7. Nail polish


  1. Nail jewels (self-adhesive or nail glue)
  2. Nail art
  3. Decals
  4. Glitter

How to Perform a Do It Yourself (DIY) At Home Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish (nail polish remover).
  2. File the nails to your desired shape.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the nails.
  5. Use a Q-Tip or nail stick to gently push back the cuticles.
  6. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to remove oils or residue. Pat dry the nails.
  7. Apply a clear base coat of polish to the bare nails and let dry.
  8. Apply the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. A good, thick polish should only need one coat.
  9. Once dry, apply a final coat of clear nail polish (topcoat) to add lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.

Wahlah, glamorous, gorgeous nails!

Do it yourself manicures for truly grand hands!
Nail Fun Fact: There are several nail shapes: the basic shapes are oval, square oval, pointed, almond, round, square with rounded corners, straight with rounded corners. The square oval shape is sometimes known as a “squoval”, a term coined in 1984. The squoval is considered a sturdy shape, useful for those who work with their hands.
However, for all fashion divas, shape away to any nail shape that satisfies you and makes you happy! Fashion is fun, fashion is festive, fashion is to be enjoyed!

Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!
French manicures are highly popular. French manicures can be made with artificial nails, which are designed to resemble natural fingernails, and are characterized by lack of base color, or natural pink base nails with white tips. The tips of the nails are painted white while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or suitable nude shade. French manicures can also be painted on natural nails.
French Manicure Fun Fact: French manicures may have originated in 18th century Paris and were popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Another similar technique is to whiten the underside of the nail with white pencil and paint a sheer color over the entire nail.

For a truly divine manicure, try the hot oil manicure. This is a specific type of manicure that cleans the cuticles and softens them with hot oil. Types of oils that can be used, and are soothing, are mineral oil, olive oil, warmed hand lotions and creams prepared in an electric heater.
Hands may also be dipped in melted paraffin wax for softening and moisturizing. Paraffin wax is used because the wax can be heated to temperatures over 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) without burning or injuring the hands.

Match your fingernails to your makeup for a stunning, beautiful look that is truly unmatchable!
“I need to do something fun today.”
“Why not paint up your fingernails in a fabulous way?”
“That’s a marvelous idea. Would you like to paint yours too?”
“So many colors to choose from. Should I go green, yellow, red or blue?”
“I have a grand idea. Why don’t you use them all for show?”
“A different color for each nail? A rocking fingernail rainbow!”
For a rocking fingernail look that is fantastic and never demure, indulge in a do it yourself manicure!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

A turtleneck shirt or sweater on its own is stylish and comfortable. A pencil skirt on its own is form-fitting, slinky and sensual. When a turtleneck sweater is worn with a pencil skirt, fashion magic happens.
A turtleneck (or polo-neck) is a garment -usually a sweater – with a close fitting, round and high collar that folds over and covers the neck. A turtleneck can also refer to a type of neckline, the style of the collar itself.
A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. The skirt gets its name for its shape:  long and slim like a pencil.

In fashion, a turtleneck worn with a pencil skirt gives off a feminine, powerful vibe. Merely by the form-fitted fashion, the outfit looks chic, sophisticated and stylish. At the same time, the garments cover the body to where the mixture is also appropriate for the office or as business attire.
Turtleneck and Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: If you’re going for a sexy, sensual look, wear five or six inch heels or platforms with the outfit. If you prefer to appear more office friendly or casual, dress your feet in a one to two inch pump,  or flats. The shoe can change the entire appearance of the outfit.

Pencil skirts rock a fantastic look with bare legs and open-toed heels. However, if you want to cover your legs, sheer stockings, opaque nylons and fishnets add a major amount of glitz and glam.
Turtleneck garments have been worn for hundreds of years, dating back to the 15th century. From the late 19th century, turtlenecks were commonly worn by athletes, sailors and naval officers. Since the middle of the 20th century, black turtlenecks have been closely associated with academics, philosophers, artists and intellectuals. Think Steve Jobs and his signature mock turtleneck!
Narrow-fitting pencil skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt was the hobble skirt, a pre-World War 1 fad inspired by the Ballets Russes. The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection.

Turtleneck Fun Fact: Turtlenecks have historically acted as substitutes of the traditional and dominant shirt and tie look.
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The pencil skirt (which I find to be the most visually appealing of all skirts) feels different to the wearer than looser skirts, and impacts the wearer’s movements and posture. Walking needs to be done in short strides. A vent or kick pleat in the center back seam of the skirt, the front or the side, makes it easier to walk with normal strides, while preserving the slim, slinky lines of the skirt.
Turtlenecks + Pencil Skirts = Exquisite Fashion Flair!

The pencil skirt is a particularly popular skirt both for dressy occasions and office wear. When worn with elegant turtlenecks of silk or nylon knit, especially made with French cuffs for formal dress affairs, the combination calls for worldwide sophisticated glamour.
Turtleneck Fun Fact: Designer Halston said, “Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like.”
Yes, and with a mixture of a turtleneck and a pencil skirt, the flattery and flash of your figure truly does stand out.

One of the reasons I find the turtleneck and pencil skirt combination to be sexy and alluring, is that even though the majority of your skin is covered, the ensemble emits a sensual, sexy, fashionable aura. Finish the look off with a great pair of high heels and you scream off the charts movie star glamour without trying hard.

Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: Pencil skirts look fabulous when worn as a separate piece of clothing or as part of a suit.
Turtleneck Fashion Tip: Fashion is definitely unique to each person’s preference, but I find turtlenecks to be most attractive when worn with no necklace. If you do want some neck jewelry to dress up you turtleneck, a long, dangling, simple chain looks elegant and not overdone.

Pencil Skirt Not So Fun Fact: When wearing a skin tight pencil skirt, entering and exiting a car gracefully takes practice. When sitting, your legs tend to hug together, while activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be difficult.
But hey, no one ever said fashion is practical! Only fabulous! And well worth the effort!
“Excuse me, I need to fill out this form. Do you have a pencil I can use?”
“Sir, my pencil stays on me. But you really do amuse.”
“I don’t see one. Is it covered by your hair and tucked behind your ear?”
“Cute, sir. You can’t miss my pencil. It hugs my hips and my rear.”
“Ah, a gal with a sense of humor and quite a kittenish flirt.”
“Sorry to disappoint you. My pencil is my skirt!”
Wear a turtleneck with a pencil skirt: you’ll never be disappointed!
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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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Another holiday post, you say? Yes, and one that can never be forgotten or ignored for holiday parties, Christmas Eve gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Let me see, what could it be?
The little black dress, of course!
A little black dress is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and is often quite short. Although the hem of the little black dress sometimes comes to the knee, any dress longer (calf-length, ankle-length, maxi dresses) do not qualify as a little black dress in the true sense of the knock-out garment.

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: The origins of the little black dress go to the 1920s designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and Jean Patou. The little black dress was intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible, and of course, black. The Little Black Dress is often referred to as the LBD.
The little black dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a “rule of fashion” that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and the accessories worn with the dress (jewelry, shoes). Accessories for the little black dress should be minimal, as the dress is the true star of the show!

Since the little black dress is a staple of a woman’s wardrobe, the dress is intended to remain stylish and chic for a number of years.
In addition to the simple yet elegant style of the little black dress, the color black adds to the garment’s allure and timeless appeal. Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light. Black is literally a color without color or hue.
Dazzling big glamour in the little black dress!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: In 1926, Coco Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. The dress fit straight and was decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called the dress “Chanel’s Ford”. Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the little black dress would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.” How right they were!
Reasons to Own a Little Black Dress:

  1. The dress never looks frumpy or frugal…only fashionable and fabulous.
  2. The little black dress is always in style.
  3. The color black tends to have a slimming effect on the physique.
  4. The little black dress is appropriate for most all occasions, dressed up or down.
  5. Cool elegance for all closets!

Color Black Fun Fact: Black was one of the first colors used by artists in Neolithic cave paintings. In the 14th century, black began to be worn by royalty, clergy, judges and government officials in much of Europe. Black became the color worn by English romantic poets, businessmen and statesmen in the 19th century, and a high fashion color in the 20th century.
The little black dress is elegant, sophisticated, classy, and magical. Sexy and sensual.
Little Black Dress Fun Fact: The black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, epitomized the standard for wearing little black dresses accessorized with white pearls. The dress set a record in 2006 when it was auctioned for six times its original estimate.

The little black dress received a well deserved boop, boop, boop, boop, when Betty Boop, a cartoon character based in part on the 1920s “It” girl Clara Bow, was drawn wearing a little black dress in her early films. Later, with Technicolor, Betty Boop’s dress became red.
In popular culture, the little black dress lives on! Think the Hollies 1972 single “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress”, Gavin Friday’s song “Little Black Dress”, Chris Young’s “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” in 2009, and One Direction’s song “The Little Black Dress” on their third album Midnight.

Prior to the 1920s, black clothing was reserved for periods of mourning and considered indecent when worn outside such circumstances. Although the color black still signifies mourning and respect, the color black in garments also shouts cool, suave, elite. Look at me…I’m here in beautiful black splendor!
“May I help you?”
“I’m looking for the perfect little black dress.”
“Ah, great choice. A definite fashion best.”
“I’d like an elegant style with ruffled or lace trim.”
“Something that makes you stand out and draws him in?”
“Yes, a dress that says sensual and sleek with  a tad of sin.”
“The naughty and nice vibe is a definite fashion win!”
Win big adorned in the little black dress! Haute Couture fashion at its best!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Party time, people! When attending an evening party or cocktail party, or going to the grocery store or pumping gas, sky high stiletto heels are fun, exciting and rock a great look! With the holidays here, many of you will be attending dress up events, and what better way to top off a gorgeous, glamorous look than dressing your feet in five or six inch stiletto heels?
A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on boots and shoes, usually for women. The stiletto gets its name after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s.
Stiletto heels may vary in length from one inch to ten inches or more if a platform sole is used, and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than half an inch.
For the sake of this blog post and the fact that I am an avid lover of five to six inch stilettos, I have put together a foot feast consisting of fantastic stiletto pumps and platform pandemonium.

Stiletto Fun Fact: Stiletto-style heels 2 inches or shorter are called kitten heels. Please note that not all slim heels merit the description stiletto. Some heels are just too short to be categorized as stilettos. The  original Italian style heels of the late 1950s and early 1960s were no more than .20 inch in diameter for much of their length. Fabulous shoes, no doubt, but not quite stilettos.
Relatively thin high heels were around in the 19th century, as numerous fetish drawings attest. The word stiletto is derived from stiletto, which is a long thin blade, similar in profile to the heel of the shoe (the heel can be considered a dangerous weapon and dangerous to look at). Its usage in footwear first appeared in the New Statesman magazine in 1959: “She came…forward, her walk made lopsided by the absence of one heel of the stilettos.”
Have you ever tried to walk in high stiletto heels when one heel is broken? I highly recommend it for kicks. With each step, you’re up then down, up then down, up then down. Fun!

Stiletto Style Tip: If you love the looks of stiletto heels but find them difficult to walk in, wear a stiletto platform over a stiletto pump. With the platform, the thick sole allows your foot to stay more flat in the shoe, making it easier to walk. With a stiletto pump, the sole is flat to the ground, so your ankle is up and your toes are down, your foot stays at an angle, making walking a bit trickier.
Shoe Fun Fact: A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. For all you fashion divas, we all know that shoes are used as an item of decoration.
Shoes are the single most item that can make or break an outfit! Stiletto heels add class and sass to the feet of any lass!

My oh my! Stilettos so high you can touch the sky!
Stiletto heels are known for both their erotic nature and for their ability to add height. As a fashion item, their popularity has changed over time. They reached their most refined shape in the early 1960s, when the toes of the shoes which bore them became as slender and elongated as the stiletto heels themselves.
Whether you prefer pointed toed stilettos, round toed stilettos or open toed stilettos, stiletto heels are particularly associated with the femme fatale, often considered to be a seductive item of clothing.

Stiletto Fashion Tip: Stilettos, like all similar high heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot, and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.
Stiletto Fun Fact: The thin stiletto heel survived through much of the 1980s, but almost completely disappeared in the 1990s, when professional and college-aged women took to wearing shoes with thick, block heels (remember clogs and chunky, wood heels)? The slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback after the year 2000, when women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.
I’m a firm believer that a nice stiletto heel adds a touch of class and glamour to all clothing, especially flared or bell-bottomed pants and pencil skirts. The shoe alone gives off a chic air to the outfit that no other shoe provides in quite the same feminine, stylish way.

Stiletto Not So Fun Fact: All high heels counter the natural functionality of the foot, sometimes causing skeletal and muscular problems if users wear them excessively. Despite this, stiletto heels persist as a popular fashion item.
Stiletto heels look fantastic on platforms, pumps, ankle boots, knee-high boots and thigh-high boots. Traditionally shoes have been made from leather, wood, canvas, patent leather, rubber, plastics and other petrochemical-derived materials.
Foot Fun Fact: The foot contains more bones than any other single part of the body. Keep those bones warm and your feet adorned in slinky stiletto heels!

The Basic Anatomy of a Shoe:

  1. Sole – The bottom of the shoe, in contact with the ground.
  2. Insole – The interior bottom of a shoe.
  3. Outsole – The layer of the shoe in direct contact with the ground.
  4. Midsole – The layer of the shoe between the outsole and the insole, typically there for shock absorption.
  5. Heel – The bottom rear part of the shoe.
  6. Vamp – The front part of the shoe, starting behind the toe, extending around the eyelets and tongue and towards the back of the shoe.
  7. Tongue – A tongue is used to help seal a laced opening and protect the foot from abrasion from the laces.
  8. Medial – The part of the shoe closest to a person’s center of symmetry.
  9. Lateral – The part of the shoe on the opposite side of the medial, away from the center of symmetry.
  10. Toe Box – The part of the shoe that covers and protects the toes.

Ooh, la, la. The heel of the shoe provides the major fashion clue to the real you. Practical or princess? To each their own unique style!
“That is one head turning pair of shoes that you have on your feet.”
“You like them, do you?”
“They’re lovely. A mix of naughty and sweet.”
“I adore them myself. Stilt stilettos that are feminine and fun.”
“When it comes to the world of shoes, you certainly can’t be outdone!”
Walk, no run, in stiletto pumps and platform heels. Keep fashion forward and real!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Let’s face it, when it comes to the face, the two strongest features to bring out with the help of cosmetics are the lips and the eyes. Luscious kissable lips and alluring, eye-catching eyes. Both features can be brought out to appear almost double their original size with the help of lipstick, eye shadow and mascara.
Although many women wear some shade of eye shadow for special occasions or even daily, most want to ramp and vamp up the volume around the holidays. My suggestion? Paint your eyes, no matter the eye color and no matter the shape, with glittered gold or green colors.
Pinks, purples, browns, blues and other eye shadow shades look lovely, but for festive wear and a party atmosphere, glittered shadows of cool golds and sparkly greens highlight your face in a dazzling way!

As you can see, it isn’t only the colors of eye shadow that make your eyes pop, it’s the sparkly glittered effect that adds to the artistic allure.
Where the color green signifies wealth and moving ahead, the color gold equates to success, achievement and triumph. Both gold and green shadows give off an aura of luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication.
Green and Gold Fun Fact: The color green sits on the color wheel between yellow and blue. The color gold is a masculine color linked to the power of the sun.

Gold and green shadows can be worn well with most shades of lipstick, but these two colors look particularly desirable when worn with gold, nude or pale pink lipstick shades.
While gold and green glittered eye shadows come across as shiny and glistening, applying a thin amount of shadow (perhaps a thin line above and below the eyelids, much like applying eye liner) gives off a happy vibe, yet more muted and traditional. The brighter shades of golds and greens catch the eye with their brilliance while the muted, more subdued shades are deep, warm and intense.
Eye, eye, eye! Gold and green shadowed holiday eyes!

To add extra oomph to an already over-the-top eye, add black mascara, black eyeliner and painted eyebrows. Off the charts glamour.
Eyes Fun Fact: Eyes are the organs of vision. They detect light and convert the light into electro-chemical impulses and neurons. In higher organisms, the eye is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates the light’s intensity through a diaphragm, focuses it through an adjustable assembly of lenses to form an image, converts the image into a set of electrical signals, and transmits these signals to the brain through complex neural pathways that connect the eye via the optic nerve to the visual cortex and other areas of the brain. Whew! Powerful puppies these eyeballs!
All the more enchanting to see you with when your magnificent peepers are decorated in gold and green eye shadow opulence and splendor!
Complex eyes can distinguish shapes and colors. After all, it is because of your eyes ability to see that you can enjoy and take in the beauty of the makeup you’ve used to enhance your eyes’ appeal.
Eyes Fun Fact: The visual fields of many organisms, especially predators, involve large areas of binocular vision to improve depth perception. In other organisms, eyes are located so as to maximize the field of view, such as in rabbits and horses, which have monocular vision.
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Holiday party in style with a vogue, trendy eye and a million dollar smile!
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Where glittered gold and green eye shadows look extraordinary when worn alone, blending these two colors together adds a pop and pizzazz to an already unique eye. The colors green and gold match, thereby complementing each other for a look that sizzles and shimmers.
Green: Cool, calm, life affirming, wealth, prosperity, moving forward, soothing.
Gold: Success, abundance, understanding, self-worth, wisdom, compassion, winning.
Combine the two when dressing your eyes for an absolutely breathtaking you!
“Where are you going? You’ve ignored me all night.”
“I’m sorry. Someone, I mean something, has captured my sight.”
“Is it the gal with the beguiling large brown eyes?”
“I’m so enamored by her makeup job that I  haven’t noticed the size.”
“So my eyes painted up with blues and browns aren’t enough for you?”
“Why of course. But her glittered gold and green shaded peepers look too good to be true.”
Eye, eye, eye. Mesmerizing eyes!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Allure, charm, pull, excitement, desirability, fascination. All synonyms of glamour…glamorous appeal! Fashion is big business, big bucks and big confidence. Fashion throws practicality out the window and invites in fabulousness, uniqueness and harmless, playful fun!
Whatever clothing style you prefer, and whether you feel more comfortable dressed in solid prints or a rainbow of colors, there is no denying that garments in all shades of green are fit for a fantastic fashion queen.
Green is the color between blue and yellow on the spectrum of visible light. Green encompasses the mental clarity and optimism of yellow with the emotional calm and insight of blue, inspiring hope and a generosity of spirit.

The modern English word green comes from the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon word grene, from the same Germanic root as the word “grass” and “grow”.  Green is the color of living grass and leaves, and as a result is the color most associated with springtime, growth and nature.
Green Fun Fact: In surveys taken in Europe and the United States, green is the color most commonly associated with nature, youth, spring, hope and envy. Does the phrase “Green with envy” ring a bell? And let’s not forget the monetary bills in the United States. Green, baby, green. Fill my wallet with boatloads of green!
And fill my closet with boatloads of glamorous, eye-catching, great clothes of green. A wardrobe fit for a royal queen.

The Color Green Represents:

  1. Harmony
  2. Balance
  3. Growth
  4. Hope
  5. Rejuvenation
  6. Nurturing
  7. Dependability
  8. Diplomacy
  9. Possessiveness
  10. Envy

Green garments come in various shades of green, all beautiful in their own right: pale green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, dark green, aqua, olive green, yellow green and grass green, to name a few.
Precious and few are the moments we two can share, me and my green! Steal the fashion scene!

The color green makes for a splendid color to wear for all occasions. Green looks great on dresses, skirts, blouses, pants, evening gowns, summer dresses, shorts and handbags. And let’s not forget gorgeous green makeup items. Various shades of green eye shadows look superb with all eye colors. And green nail polish? Too cool for school, although green painted nails enhance any campus aura!
Green Fun Fact: By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage (think lizards and desert turtles).
The glamour queen wears green!

In addition to looking fantastic as clothing wear, green is also the traditional color of safety and permission; a green light means go ahead, and a green card permits permanent residence in the United States.
Move ahead and stand out in any line when dressed long and lean in shades of glorious green.

The color green conjures up feelings of balance and harmony, restoring us to a sense of well being. Green promotes prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. Green also relates to the business world, to real estate and property. Prosperity gives a feeling of safety and security to green.
Feel secure in your stylish look when dressed in the always stand out, stylish shade of green.

If you’ve ever doubted the power and allure that green garments emit, just run your eyes over these fashion photos. All shades of green clothing provide a cool calmness and a rare beauty that not all colors can capture.
Dressed in green, you truly are fit as a queen!
“I’m not sure what color to wear to the office party.”
“You want something eye-catching but not too tarty.”
“Something appropriate for business but with a subtle flirt.”
“How about a silk blouse and a tight pencil skirt?”
“Yes. Form fitting, slinky, and I’ll look long and lean.”
“Give off an aura of too cool and successful, wrapped in gorgeous green.”
Breathe in, breathe out. Green garments are what it’s all about! Let’s give a shout out to green!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

What goes together better than chunky knits in chilly weather? Bulky, chunky knitted sweaters and garments make for perfect winter wear, or excellent wraps to take away a crisp cold in the air.
Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric. Knitted fabric is a textile that results from knitting. Its properties are distinct from woven fabric in that it is more flexilite and can be more readily constructed into smaller pieces, making knit ideal for socks and hats!
Knitting Fun Fact: Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitting has multiple active stitches on the needle at one time. Knitted fabric consists of a number of consecutive rows of interlocking loops. As each row progresses, a newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row, placed on the gaining needle, and the loops from the prior row are then pulled off the other needle.
Knitted chunky sweater wonderland! Fashion grand!

Different types of yarns (fibre type, texture and twist), needle sizes and stitch types may be used to achieve knitted fabrics with diverse properties (color, texture, weight, heat retention, water resistance and integrity). Knitted fabric properties are distinct from nonwoven fabric in that it is more durable, but takes more resources to create, making knitted fabric suitable for multiple purposes.
Knit Fabric Fun Fact: There are two major varieties of knit fabric: weft-knit and warp-knit fabrics. Warp-knitted fabrics such as tricot and Milanese are resistant to runs and are commonly used in lingerie. Weft-knitted fabrics are easier to make and more common. When cut, they will unravel (run) unless repaired.
Knitted fabrics are warm, cozy, comfortable to wear, and cool to look at!

Structure of Knitted Fabrics:

  1. Courses and Wales
  2. Weft and Warp Knitting
  3. Knit and Purl Stitches
  4. Right and Left-Plaited Stitches
  5. Cables, Increases and Lace
  6. Edges and Joins Between Fabrics
  7. Ornamentations and Additions

Knit Fun Fact: The word knit is derived from knot and ultimately from the Old English cnyttan, to knot.

Knitted garments make for great shawls, scarves, sweaters, hats, coats, handbags and socks. Knitted vests and gloves are particularly vogue and add fashionable flair to any outfit.
For all fashion preferences, knitted garments can be purchased that are made with one single color of yarn, or made and woven with many different colors. Some yarns are dyed to either change color with every few stitches or to change colors with every few rows. Knitted garments can also be made that permit large fields of color, busy small-scale patterns of color, or both.
Burst onto the style scene dressed in a rainbow of eye-catching knitted colors.
Chunky funky knits!

The process of knitting has three basic tasks:

  1. The active (unsecured) stitches must be held so they don’t drop.
  2. These stitches must be released sometime after they are secured.
  3. New bights of yarn must be passed through the fabric, usually through active stitches, thus securing them.

In very simple cases, knitting can be done without tools, using only your fingers to do these tasks. Generally, knitting is carried out using knitting needles, knitting machines or rigid frames.
Knitted, knock-out knits!

Overgrown, oversewn, chunky, clunky knits. Styling!
Knitting Fun Fact: Studies have shown that hand knitting, along with other forms of needlework, provide significant health benefits. The rhythmic and repetitive action of hand knitting can help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system, as well as creates a relaxation response in the body which can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, help prevent illness and have an overall calming effect. Ah, much like clothes shopping and picture book coloring.
Fix your mess and de-stress dressed in nifty knits!

Buy a garment that’s the perfect fit made of durable, chunky, knock-out knit!
“I’m looking for a sweater that allows me to move with ease.”
“Something that doesn’t bind but keeps out a cold breeze?”
“Yes, a sweater that is cool to wear and keeps me warm.”
“How about a knitted fabric? You’ll stay cozy and dry in a storm.”
“That heavy looking sweater actually feels quite light.”
“Stylish, alluring and fits just right”
Snuggle up and snuggle down in a chunky knitted fabric…a definite win!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Scarves have been a popular fashion staple for generations, often worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion and religious reasons. Scarves come in a variety of different colors and patterns.
A scarf serves many purposes. In addition to the above listings, scarves make for attractive, alluring skirts and dresses. Whether you take a large scarf or scarves and sew them together to make a skirt, or whether you buy a scarf skirt off the rack, the dainty, flowing look of a scarf skirt catches the eye. My oh my!

Scarf Fun Fact: Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth”, and was used to wipe perspiration from the neck and face in hot weather. Scarves were originally worn by men around their neck or tied around their belt. Soon women started using scarves, which were made of cloth, and wahlah, the scarf became a fashionable item.
Women turn all practical garment items into fantastic fashion statements. Golly gee, we girls can’t help it!
Scarf skirts and dresses are particularly pleasing in that the body of the garment tends to flow, appear ruffled and feminine, and consists of bright, bold prints.

The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century, scarves became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories. Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items, including the scarf skirt.
Some scarf skirts resemble sarongs, which consist of a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist. The fabric most often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be brightly colored by means of batik or ikat dying. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants.
Scarf skirt madness!
Sarong skirt madness!
Mad for them all!

Scarf Fun Fact: Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century.

Scarf skirts and dresses can go from mini to maxi, depending on the wearer’s length preference. At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of material, but most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist and hips. Skirts made of thin or clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape better, and for modesty.

A great way to add punch and pizzazz to your scarf skirt is to wrap a matching scarf around your neck, or tie a scarf around the strap of your handbag or purse.
Since scarf skirts tend to be feminine and frilly in appearance, a patent leather pump goes well, or perhaps jeweled sandals.
Scarf skirts resemble sugar and spice and everything nice.
Naughty or nice, a scarf skirt looks and fits just right!

Ooh, la, la. Flirt with your scarf skirt!
In the western world, skirts are more commonly worn by women. Some fashion designers, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, have shown men’s skirts. In other cultures, men traditionally wear skirts.
Scarf skirts tend to look frilly and lacy, as the body of the skirts can appear pleated with a jagged, decorative hem.
Wrap that scarf skirt around your pretty little waist and step out in style with exquisite fashion taste!
“A girl can’t have too many diamonds or too many skirts.”
“Offset your garment with a scarf and let your outfit flirt.”
“I tend to wear my scarves the very same way.”
“That gets boring. Mix and match them on a different day.”
“Shall I tie a scarf around my bouffant hair?”
“Sew your scarves into skirts for true fashion flair!”
Scarf skirts and dresses wear well with short or long tresses!
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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano