January 2016


“So what becomes of you my love, when they have finally stripped you of, the handbags and the gladrags that your poor old granddad had to sweat to buy you?” Handbags and Gladrags – Rod Stewart.
Sorry, got off an a tangent there! Great song, by the way!
A handbag, as most of you know, is a purse. To me, as a lover of fashion, the most aesthetically pleasing bag is a satchel. A satchel bag is often box shaped or rectangular, with small straps that are held in the hand. Satchel bags tend to look great while being carried, and add extra oomph to your overall ensemble.
Gladrags are clothes for special occasions, often meant to mean one’s best clothes.

Satchel bags look fabulous and stylish when hand held, not when worn with a longer strap creating a shoulder bag. Satchel bags tend to look dainty and feminine.
Satchel Fun Fact: Much of the popularity of the satchel as a fashion accessory since 2008 is driven by the Cambridge Satchel Company, whose  product was on a Guardian gift guide in 2009, and was described as a cross-body bag in a 2010 article.
A satchel is typically designed to hold women’s necessary items, since the bag is generally not as large as a tote bag or shoulder bag. However, a satchel holds more items than a clutch purse. Kind of the inbetween bag of purses.

Popular Purses In Addition to the Satchel:

  1. Baguette
  2. Bucket Bag
  3. Clutch Purse
  4. Drawstring
  5. Hobo
  6. Muff
  7. Pocketbook
  8. Pouch
  9. Saddle Purse
  10. Tote Bag
  11. Trapezoid
  12. Wristlet

Purse Fun Fact: The need to organize one’s belongings is universal, therefore handbags exist in differing forms in cultures all around the world. People have been clever in thinking of ways to use materials at hand to create their bags.

Satchel Fashion Tip: A great satchel bag can complement your outfit in much the same way as your shoes set off your ensemble. For an excellent fashion choice that adds a higher level of oomph and pizzazz to your overall look, match your satchel bag with your shoes!
Purse/Handbag Fun Fact: The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, the word purse is still used to refer to a small coin bag. A “handbag” is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency/money, such as a woman’s personal items. American English typically uses the terms purse and handbag interchangeably.
Women’s bags grew larger and more complex during the 1900s, becoming highly valued for their stylishness as visual accessories as well as for their function. Always in fashion; always in style! It’s a woman’s prerogative!

Handbag Fun Fact: The verb “handbagging” in the meaning of “treating ruthlessly” comes from Margaret Thatcher’s habit of pulling scraps of paper out of her handbag in meetings and reading aloud the comments she had written on them!
Satchel handbags to spruce up your gladrags!
The choice is endless!

In the 17th century, young girls were taught embroidery as a necessary skill for marriage. This also helped them make beautiful handbags. By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe were moving towards a slender shape for these accessories, inspired by the silhouettes of Ancient Greece and Rome.
The modern purse, clutch, pouch and handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.
Travel for miles with spectacular satchel styles!

During the 1940s, the rationing of textiles for World War II led to the manufacturing of handbags made in materials like raffia or crocheted from yarn. Some women crocheted their own small handbags from commercial patterns during this period.
A Satchel Summary: A satchel can be recognized by the square or rectangular shape of the bag, as well as by the hand held handle.
“I need a purse I can drape on my arm.”
“Easy to carry, with style and charm?”
“Yes. A bag that offsets my outfit just right.”
“Go with a satchel. Oozes style and its weight is light!”
For the perfect bag that is always right: I recommend the satchel!
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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

The color purple: Inspiration, Royalty, Creativity, Mystery, Fantasy
The color pink: Unconditional Love, Innocence, Compassion, Romance, Sweetness
Purples and pinks together, in the realm of cosmetic makeup, sets off the face with an air of elegance and grace.
Purple is defined as a deep, rich shade between crimson and violet, as a range of hues between blue and red. The color pink is a pale red color, which takes its name from the flower of the same name. When purple is combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity and seduction.

Purple and pink shades of eye shadow, blush and lipstick or lip gloss look attractive and feminine on all skin types. With fair skin, a lighter shade of purples (perhaps lavender) and pinks sets the stage for a girly, dreamy, feminine look. With medium or dark skin tones, deep shades of purples and pinks look dynamite, creating a sophisticated yet youthful look.
I particularly love purple and lavender lipsticks and lip glosses. I prefer glosses for their shiny, shimmering nature. For luscious lips that are sure to stand out, purple and lavender lipstick is what it’s all about!

Purple Fun Fact: The word purple comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek Porphura.
Pink Fun Fact: Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century.
The colors purple and pink are complimentary colors, meaning they match. Although both colors wear beautifully as eye shadow, for a knock-out, pop out eye, try this:

  1. Brown Eyes: Deep purple eye shadow with dark pink highlights.
  2. Green/Auburn Eyes: Violet eye shadow with lavender highlights.
  3. Gold Eyes: Lavender eye shadow with pink highlights.
  4. Blue Eyes: Lavender eye shadow with pale pink highlights.

Of course, since there are no absolute rules in fashion, all shades of purples and all shades of pinks make all colors of eyes appear va va voom sexy and slink!

Purple Fun Fact: The first recorded use of the word purple in the English language was in the year 975 AD. In heraldry, the word purpure is used for purple. Purple was the color worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy.
Pink Fun Fact: A combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of the color red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. Pink is the power and the passion of red softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white. The deeper the shade of pink, the more passion and energy the color exhibits.
Let’s face it: A face highlighted with purples and pinks is always elegant, stylish and pretty, don’t you think?

I have alabaster skin with blue eyes, and I tend to stick to shades of blues for eye shadows and either pinks or peach shades of lip gloss. I try different color schemes occasionally, but blues and pinks are by far the colors I wear the most cosmetically. After seeing these pictures of the purple and pink makeup combinations, tomorrow I am going to do my face in purple and pink shades. A little switch-a-roo does a girl good sometimes!
Purple and Pinks: Cosmetic elegance, don’t you think?

The color purple has a power all its own. Purple has a richness and quality to it that demands respect. Purple is ambitious, self-assured and denotes a leader. Although purple and violet are similar, purple is closer to red. In optics, there is an important difference: purple is a composite color made by combining red and blue, while violet is a spectral color, with its own wavelength on the visible spectrum of light.
Add a touch of pink to your painted up purple face for a finish that looks just right!

1-18-1-Copy.jpgThe color pink represents the sweetness and innocence of a child, while coming across in makeup as all woman! Pink signifies good health, as in “being in the pink” and success as in “everything is rosy.”
Purple and pink in cosmetics and fashion is a color mixture that exudes femininity and sophistication!
“What color dress are you wearing to the party?”
“I think I’ll go with all white.”
“Are you wearing makeup or a more natural face?”
“Purple eyes; lavender lips. Do you think I’ll look all right?”
“It sounds simply stunning. You’ll turn lots of heads.”
“Purple and pink cosmetics are gorgeous. Eye to eye with reds!”
Purple and Pink: Great for the office when you want to dress down, and fabulous for the evening with a night on the town!
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Happy Birthday, Kate Moss! The queen of fashion cool!

This girl has style!
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

The flowery, whimsical, contemporary print that is paisley is easily recognizable. Paisley or a paisley pattern is a term in English for a design using the boteh or buta, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian (i.e. Iranian) origin.
Paisley designs became popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal versions of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then imitated locally.
Pretty in paisley prints!

Paisley Fun Fact: The paisley pattern is sometimes called Persian pickles by American traditionalists, especially quilt-makers, or “Welsh pears” in Welsh textiles as far back as 1888.
The paisley print resembles a twisted teardrop. The Western name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center for textiles where paisley designs were produced.
Paisley Fun Fact: The paisley pattern is popular in Iran and South and Central Asian countries. Paisley prints are woven using gold or silver threads on silk or other high quality textiles for gifts, for weddings and special occasions.

Paisley prints tend to be colorful, giving off a playful vibration. One plus of paisley fabrics is that paisley prints are worn well on women of all ages. Whether you’re donned in a paisley mini skirt or maxi skirt, or paisley pants or shorts, there is no shortage of fun-filled fashion when you step out in the alluring print that is paisley.
Paisley Fun Fact: The modern French words for paisley are boteh and palme, with palme being a reference to the palm tree, which, along with the pine tree and the cypress tree, is one of the traditional botanical motifs thought to have influenced the shape of the paisley element as it is known. In the Chinese language, paisley is known as the “ham pattern.”
Wearing paisley clothing is a bit too much for you? Perhaps an eye-catching, alluring paisley handbag will do.

Paisley became identified with psychedelic style due to its emerging mainstream popularity. Of particular note is the influence of The Beatles, who often publicly wore paisley shirts starting in 1966 (before they were publicly associated with things psychedelic). The paisley style was particularly popular during the Summer of Love in 1967.
Flower power? Let’s try paisley power!
Paisley Fun Fact: Fender Guitars made a pink paisley version of their Telecaster guitar, by sticking paisley wallpaper onto the guitar bodies. Prince paid tribute to the rock and roll history of paisley when he created the Paisley Park Records recording label and established Paisley Park Studios, both named after his 1985 song “Paisley Park.”
Walk the park in Paisley prints. Stroll in style, dressed in paisley and a smile!

Paisley print is quite popular indeed. Paisley was a favorite design element of architect Laurie Baker. He’s made numerous drawings and collages of what he called “mango designs.” He also included paisley shapes in the buildings he designed.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Azerbaijan’s team sported colorful paisley trousers.
Paisley print pandemonium!

In various languages of India and Pakistan, the paisley design’s name is related to the word for mango:

  1. Bengali: Kalka
  2. Tamil: Mankolam
  3. Marathi: Koyari
  4. Hindu/Urdu: Carrey or Kerii
  5. Punjabi: Ambi

Always popular, always pretty, always powerful, always paisley!
“I’d like a colorful, springtime time print to lift my winter mood.”
“I’d say go with paisley. Pretty, powerful and filled with attitude.”
“What a fabulous idea. Feminine, frilly and lacey.”
“If you want to be brave and bold, pick a paisley design that is racy.”
Enter the paisley print race: always in style and full of great taste!
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

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. And I’ll probably continue to say it no matter the fashion fad or trend of the moment. I adore high waisted pants (high-rise fashion). Don’t get me wrong, I love hip hugger and low rise pants also, but there is something alluring and aesthetically pleasing when someone wears a pair of high waisted pants well!
Pants are an item of clothing worn from the waist or hips down to the ankles, covering both legs separately. High waisted or high-rise pants are a garment designed to sit high on, or above, the wearer’s hips, the belt area hugging the waist.
Get a fashion high in high waisted pants!

High Waisted Pants Fun Fact: Due to the longer length of material and the accenting of the waist from the hips, high waisted pants create a long, lean look for the wearer.
In Western culture, high waisted pants tend to have long zippers, ranging from about 7 to 10 inches long, and leave the navel completely covered or barely showing. Zipper lengths are not to be confused with rises. High waisted pants have rises typically 10 inches long or longer.
In European menswear, pants sat level with the navel until the 1950s, and were help up by a pair of suspenders. During the 1940s, Zoot suiters wore pants with a waistband so high that they often reached the chest.

High waisted pleated pants look adorable. Pleats just below the waistband on the front typify many styles of formal and casual pants, including suit trousers and khakis. There may be one, two, or three pleats, which may face either direction. When the pleats are open towards the pockets they are called reverse pleats (typical of most trousers today) and when the pleats open toward the fly or zipper they are known as forward pleats.
Another cute way to spice up a pair of high waisted pants are cuffs (much like cuffs on a pair of denim jeans). A cuff finishes the legs by hemming the bottom to prevent fraying. Pants with turn-ups/cuffs after hemming are rolled outward and sometimes ironed or stitched into place.
High Waisted Pants Fashion Tip: Since high waisted pants show off the waist and elongate the legs, the pants look great when worn with a tucked in blouse or a crop top. Add a stylish, fancy belt for the final touch!
Go high-fashion in high waisted pants!
During the mid 2010, high waisted pants underwent a revival among younger women, in reaction to low rise skinny jeans worn previously. These so called “mom jeans” remained tight in the leg, but had a more relaxed fit in the waist. Female celebrities who were seen in high rise clothing included Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez.
High Waisted Pants Fun Fact: High waisted pants does not equal “mom jeans.” High waisted pants, when worn right (often with a high heel and modern top) rocks a high fashion look for all ages! Glamorous, gorgeous, sexy!
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Pants Fun Fact: In May 2004, in Louisiana, United States, Democrat and state legislator Derrick Shepherd proposed a bill that would make it a crime to appear in public wearing trousers below the waist and thereby exposing one’s skin or “intimate clothing.” The Louisiana bill did not pass.
In California, United States, Government Code Section 12947.5 (California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)) expressly protects the right to wear pants.
We retain our right to show up to work rocking a vogue pair of high waisted pants (unless we wear a standard uniform, of course)!
Pants Fun Fact: In the United Kingdom and Ireland the words “trousers” or “slacks” were historically used for women’s trousers. In Scotland, trousers are occasionally known as trews, which is the historic root of the word “trousers.” In North America and Australia pants is the general category term.
Pants, slacks or trousers…when they button or zip at the waist you’re always dressed in good taste!
Generally, when dressed in high waisted pants, you don’t want to cover the waist. If you need a jacket, a waist jacket or waist-length sweater is the best way to go.
“I don’t want to waste my money. I want a nice pair of pants that will remain in style.”
“It’s never a waste to go with high waisted pants. Adorable and well worth while.”
“I can go with a wide leg pant or a straight legged pant. Perhaps a palazzo will do.”
“And celebrate such a classic look with a flashy high heeled shoe.”
“I must get a pair of high waisted pants for my closet right now. I can’t wait.”
“You must hurry. The store closes at 8:00 and you cannot be late.”
High waisted pants: Doesn’t your closet deserve a pair?
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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

Leather in fashion tends to conjure up masculine images, while lace tends to run on the feminine side. However, leather clothing is a widely popular style trend and provides the wearer with a chic, vogue, fashionable look.
Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry.
In fashion, leather items include shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, dresses, vests, pants, belts and gloves. Even leather accessories exist for diehard leather fans.

Typically leather is sold in four forms:

  1. Full-grain: Hides that haven’t been sanded, buffed or snuffed. The grain remains allowing the fiber strength and durability.
  2. Top-grain: Has a split layer separated away, making it thinner and more pliable than full-grain. Top-grain is the most common type in high-end leather products.
  3. Corrected-grain: Any leather that has had an artificial grain applied to its surface. The leather imperfections are corrected or sanded off, and an artificial grain is embossed into the surface and dressed with stain or dyes.
  4. Split: Split leather is created from the fibrous part of the hide that is left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide.

Other Types of Leather:

  1. Buckskin
  2. Patent Leather
  3. Fish Leather
  4. Vachetta Leather
  5. Slink
  6. Deerskin
  7. Goatskin
  8. Nubuck

Black leather: always tough, always tender, always spot on!

Leather Fun Fact: Today most leather is made of cattle skin, but lamb and deerskin are used for soft leather in more expensive apparel. Deer and elkskin are widely used in gloves and shoes. Kangaroo leather is used to make items that must be strong and flexible.
Leather gloves provide warmth and class to hands and arms, providing mounds of elegance and feminine charm!

Leather Fun Fact: For all the animal lovers, many pseudo-leather materials (synthetic – man made) have been developed. In some instances, artificial leather is stronger than real leather when manufactured with strength in mind. Ranges of synthetic polymeric materials provide features rivaling or exceeding those of various types of leather, including vegan microfiber, pleather and Naugahyde.
Luscious and lovely in leather!

Leather Manufacturing Process:

  1. Preparatory Stages: The hide/skin is prepared for tanning.
  2. Tanning: This process stabilizes the protein of the raw hide or skin to prevent putrefying.
  3. Crusting: A process that thins, re-tans and lubricates the leather. This process can also include a coloring operation.

Who knew so much process goes into the making of your fabulous leather clothing?
Leather: Suburb to look at and wearable in all kinds of weather!

Leather garments work well on jackets, pants, skirts and dresses. Whether your preference is wearing full-leather (from head to toe for a tough, edgy look) or a dash of leather (only one garment for a trendy yet more toned down look) leather always gives off a flattering look and vibration.
Leather Fun Fact: Due to leather’s excellent resistance to abrasion and wind, leather found a home in pop culture. Think cowboys in leather chaps and motorcycle riders in leather jackets. Heavy leather jackets protect from road rash and wind blast. They probably protect from road rage too. I sure don’t want to mess with a gang of motorcycle riders clad in lovely leather!

For a look that mixes the allure of leather with the sexiness of fitted-clothing, try a leather pencil skirt and a cute crop top! Stylish and sleek!
Leather Not so Fun Fact: The natural fibers of leather break down with the passage of time. Acidic leathers are particularly vulnerable to red rot, which causes powdering of the surface and a change in consistency. There are treatments that can add handling strength and prevent disintegration of red rotted leather.
“Hello. I’m shopping for a leather skirt that will not rot.”
“Will a pseudo leather interest you or not?”
“That works for me if the leather of the skirt looks real.”
“Not one person will know the difference either by the look or the feel.”
“Then pseudo leather is fine. I’ll save an animal or two.”
“Marvelous choice. And you’ll remain a spit-shined, fashionable you!”
Dress in leather: you’ll never look better!
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

I want to give a heartfelt thank you and shout out to all the readers/followers around the world of my fashion magazine, Strutting in Style, and my Natalie North murder mystery novels. My highest reader statistics for the year 2015 are noted from Italy, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Mexico, France, Brazil and many more countries, with a readership of 184 countries total.
I plan to continue writing interesting and helpful fashion and style information, as well as release a new Natalie North novel in 2016, currently titled Deadly Decisions (if not changed by the publisher)!
Thank you! Write 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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano