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There’s no denying that you can change the overall look of an outfit merely by changing your shoes. I feel the two items that pull an outfit together are shoes and purses. So, depending on your mood, your unique style and your fashion preference, whatever shoes you slink your feet into can truly alter your garment appearance.
For those of you that feel brave, a bit daring and enjoy pushing fashion to its limits, I suggest you take a walk in gorgeous gladiator style with great gladiator sandals and boots.

A gladiator was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals and condemned criminals. Gladiators offered spectators an example of Rome’s martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they could inspire admiration and proper acclaim. Characteristics sought after to depict true gladiators are strong, brave, aggressive and one’s who never back down!
A sandal is an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes around the ankle. Sandals can also have a heel. Usually people wear sandals in warmer climates or during warmer parts of the year in order to keep their feet dry and cool.
Rule the runway in gladiator shoe cool!

Gladiator Games Fun Fact: The origin of gladiatorial combat is open to debate. There is evidence of gladiator events in funeral rites during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BC, and thereafter it rapidly became an essential feature of politics and social life in the Roman World. The gladiator games lasted for nearly a thousand years, reaching their peak between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD. The games finally declined during the early 5th century after the adoption of Christianity as state church of the Roman Empire in 380.
Regardless of sport, fashion always finds a way to make it all about the look!
Get hooked on the tough, rough gladiator sandal look!

The gladiator’s oath as cited by Petronius (Satyricom, 117): “He vows to endure to be burned, to be bound, to be beaten, to be killed by the sword.”
Okay, that’s a bit too intense for me. But dressing to kill in killer looking gladiator shoes is permissible in by book!
Sandal Fun Fact: The word sandal is derived from the Greek word sandal. The ancient Greeks distinguished between baxeae, a sandal made of willow leaves, twigs, or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers; and the cothurnus, a boot sandal that rose above the middle of the leg, worn principally by tragic actors, horsemen, hunters and by men of rank and authority. The ancient Egyptians wore sandals made of palm leaves and papyrus.

Release your inner fashion beast and give your feet a fierce gladiator feast!
Images of gladiators could be found throughout the Republic and Empire, among all social classes. Walls in the 2nd century BC “Italian Agora” at Delos were decorated with paintings of gladiators. Mosaics dating from the 2nd through 4th centuries AD have been invaluable in the reconstruction of combat and its rules, gladiator types and the development of munus.
Throughout the Roman world, ceramics, lamps, gems, jewelry, mosaics and wall paintings offer the best evidence of the clothing, props, equipment, names, events and rules of gladiatorial combat.
What’s still with us to remind us of gladiator times even today? Gladiator shoes to take us all the way!

Gladly walk a mile in gladiator sandal style!
Gladiator Fun Fact: Some Roman reenactors attempt to recreate Roman gladiator troupes. Some of these groups are part of the larger Roman reenactment groups, and others are wholly independent, though they might participate in larger demonstrations of Roman reenacting or historical reenacting in general. These groups usually focus on portraying mock gladiatorial combat in as accurate a manner as possible.
Gladiator fights have been depicted in a number of peplum films (also known as “sword-and-sandal” movies). This is a genre of largely Italian made historical epics (costume dramas) that dominated the Italian film industry from 1958 to 1965.
Dare to dress dramatically by stepping into gladiator sandals and gladiator boots. A real forward stepping fashion hoot!

For a fashion look that is bold, sassy, daring and brave offset your clothes with gladiator sandals that are all the rage!
“Those are some spectacular gladiator boots that you have on! My oh my!”
“Yes. They go sky high they nearly hug your thigh.”
“And dare I say it was your lovely face that caught my eye.”
“I know my gladiator boots make one stop and stare. You don’t have to lie.”
“I think I’ll head to the mall right now and get me a brand new tie.”
“Aw come on, it’s me you’re talking to. It’s gladiator boots that you want to buy!”
Combat your fear of dressing demure and modest. Do something daring and place a pair of gladiator sandals in your closet!
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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

We all recognize crocheted clothing when we see it, even if we aren’t quite sure what the yarn-like, dainty material is called. Crocheted items have a unique look and feel, and an always popular appeal. Crocheted apparel provides a look of spring, style and elegance.
Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of material using a crochet hook. The name crochet is derived from the French term “crochet”, meaning small hook. The word crochet was used in 17th century French lace making: crochetage designating a stitch used to join separate pieces of lace, and crochet designating both a specific type of fabric and the hooked needle used to produce it.
Fashion speak in crochet chic!

For those of you fashion divas that prefer to crochet your own clothing, basic materials required for crochet are a hook and some type of material that will be crocheted, most commonly yarn or thread. Additional tools are convenient for keeping stitches counted, measuring crocheted fabric, or making related accessories. Cardboard cutouts can be used to make tassels and fringe, and a pom-pom circle makes cute dangling pom-poms.
For the fashion divas that adore crocheted clothing yet don’t enjoy the process of crocheting your own clothes, you will need cash or a credit card and some styling clothing stores.
Yes, either way, wearing crocheted clothes is here to stay!

Crochet Fun Fact: Yarn for crochet is usually sold as balls or skeins (hanks), although the yarn may also be wound on spools or cones. Crocheted fabric is begun by placing a slip-knot on the hook, pulling another loop through the first loop, and repeating the process to create a chain of a suitable length. The chain is either turned and worked in rows, or joined to the beginning of the row with a slip stitch and worked in rounds. At any one time at the end of a stitch, there is only one loop left on the hook.
Whether you prefer a crocheted dress, skirt, vest or purse, no matter the look, you’ll be hooked!
Crochet your way into darling duds!

Crocheted clothing gives an elegant, regal appeal to the clothing as the fabric is dainty, feminine and flows with the body.
The Five Main Types of Basic Crocheted Stitches:

  1. Chain Stitch – The most basic of all types of stitches used to begin most clothing projects.
  2. Slip Stitch – Used to join chain stitches to form a ring.
  3. Single Crochet Stitch – This is the easiest stitch to master.
  4. Half Double Crochet Stitch – The ‘in-between’ stitch.
  5. Double Crochet Stitch – An unlimited use stitch.

Advanced Crocheted Stitches Include:

  1. Shell Stitch
  2. V Stitch
  3. Spike Stitch
  4. Afghan Stitch
  5. Butterfly Stitch
  6. Popcorn Stitch
  7. Crocodile Stitch

Stitch your way into sassy, sensual, stunning crochet!

Crochet Fun Fact: Although crocheted and knitted clothing looks similar, crochet stitches can only be crafted by hand, while knitted garments can be accomplished with a machine. The height of crocheted and knitted stitches is also different: a single crochet stitch is twice the height of a knit stitch.
The first substantive evidence of crocheted fabric relates to its appearance in Europe during the 19th century. Earlier work identified as crochet was commonly made by nalebinding, a separate looped yarn technique.
Crochet Fun Fact: The first known published instructions for crochet appeared in the Dutch magazine, Penelope, in 1823. This includes a color plate showing five different style purses, three crocheted with silk thread.

Due to the open, skin showing aura of crochet, crocheted clothing is perfect for warm weather months. But you say you prefer to wear crochet in rain and snow? Then placing clothing under your crocheted garments is the perfect way to go (i.e., a turtleneck underneath a crocheted sweater or vest).
Crochet Fun Fact: In the 19th century, as Ireland was facing the Great Irish Famine (1845-1849), crochet lace work was introduced as a form of famine relief, as the production of crocheted lace became an alternative way of making money for impoverished Irish workers. Mademoiselle Riego de la Blanchardiere is credited with the invention of the Irish Crochet, publishing the first book patterns in 1846. Irish lace then became popular in Europe and America, and was made in quantity until the first World War.
Crochet your way into fabulous high fashion elegance!
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Fashions in crochet changed with the end of the Victorian era in the 1890s. Crocheted laces in the new Edwardian era, peaking between 1910 and 1920, became even more elaborate in texture and complicated stitching.

Crocheted clothing has seen a revival of interest in do it yourself garments in women’s wardrobes. Crochet has experienced a reappearance on the catwalk as well. Websites such as Etsy and Ravelry have made it easier for individual hobbyists to sell and distribute their patterns and projects across the internet.
Whether you prefer crocheted clothing in whites and neutral tones or blacks and navy blues, crocheted apparel holds major appeal with every color of the rainbow! Whatever colors suit you!

I think crocheted clothing in whites and nude tones looks lovely, elegant and says bring on the summer!
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Crocheted sophistication! Crocheted style! Crocheted fashion! Always classy, always popular, always a glamour girl’s passion!
“Have you finished the crocheted skirt that you’re making?”
“No. I thought I would go faster than it’s taking.”
“Better get moving. By the time you’re done it will be next spring.”
“I know. I’m just so busy with work, school and everything.”
“You have more patience than I do. I would go buy one.”
“It might be easier but it takes away some of the crocheting fun.”
“I love crocheted clothes. I think I’ll go buy a crocheted dress right now.”
“Sounds marvelous. I’ll come with you. We’ll wear our crochet and wow!”
Why wait to crochet your days away when you can head to your nearest clothing store and walk away with a wardrobe of fantastic crochet today?
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Everyone deserves a little self-pampering now and then. A luxurious, easy grooming treatment can provide big pluses to your appearance and to your mood, in minimal time and with minimal effort. What better way to luxuriate your stress away than with a do it yourself facial?
A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels and massage. They are performed in beauty salons, spas and your very own home.
An at home facial makeover not only lifts your skin and makes the skin glow, but it lifts your spirits as well. The end result is well worth the time, whether you finish off your clean, fresh face look with or without makeup.

Lavish looks! Lavish luster!
Facial Fun Fact: Facials are used for general skin health as well as for treatment of specific skin conditions. There are different kinds of facial masks for different purposes: deep-cleansing, the penetrating of pores, healing acne scars and hyper-pigmentation, skin brightening and for illumination of the skin tone.
In addition to creams and lotions, natural plants and foods can be used to assist in facials, such as aloe vera, cactus, lemon and cucumbers.

Facial Masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping off with a damp cloth, or peeling the mask off of the face. The duration for wearing a mask varies with the type of mask. The time can range anywhere from a few minutes to overnight. A glycolic mask should only be used once a month to prevent the risk of burning the skin.
An at home facial makeover is a great way to rebuild your energy and lower your fester limit without breaking your bank account! The reward for your work? A clean, youthful, glowing face.
How to Perform a Do It Yourself Facial:

  1. Take a warm bath or a steamy shower. The steam will open up your pores and soften and hydrate the skin.
  2. Cleanse your face well with a gentle facial cleanser. Gently exfoliate the entire facial skin area and apply a mask appropriate for your skin type (oily, dry or a combination of both). While the mask dries on your face, you may want to lay down and place sliced cucumbers over the eyes. This natural home remedy helps reduce puffiness and eliminate circles under the eyes that give you a tired appearance.
  3. Wash the mask off your face with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
  4. If needed, pluck the eyebrows to your desired shape and remove unwanted facial hair (crème hair dyes, hair removers and tweezers work well).
  5. If you want to face your day with a fabulous, healthy fresh face, wahlah, you’re finished and good to go. (You may want to apply a topical moisturizer with sun screen).
  6. If you now wish to apply makeup to your sparkling clean canvas of a face, begin with a concealer under the eyes, and apply a light coat of foundation (cream or powder) that works for your skin tone (fair, medium or dark).
  7. Experiment with your makeup or apply what works best for you (eye shadow, mascara, lipstick, blush).
  8. Sweep bronzer or dry powder over your face to seal in the foundation and to add to your skin’s radiant, healthy glow.
  9. Frame your beautiful face with the hairstyle of your choice!


Facial Fun Fact: Facials are generally categorized as European facials, LED light therapy facials, mini-facials, do it yourself (DIY) facials.
If you want to invest in a great facial mask, masks can be found anywhere from drugstores to department stores, beauty supply stores, salons and spas. Setting masks include:

  1. Clay – Thick in consistency and draws out impurities from the pores.
  2. Cream – Stays damp and hydrates the skin. (Drinky, drinky)
  3. Sheet-Style – A paper mask is dampened with liquid to tone and moisturize the skin.
  4. Hybrid/Clay and Cream – Small beads that remove dead surface skin cells.

These different forms of facial masks are made to suit different skin types (i.e., oily, dry, combination) and address different skincare goals or needs.
Facial Mask Fun Fact: Clay and mud masks suit oily and combination skin types, while cream and lotion based masks tend to suit dry and sensitive skin types.

Fabulous facials – Rejuvenate the skin you’re in!
The rewards for lavishing in the time and effort it takes to conduct an at home, do it yourself facial are much like the rewards of the time and effort of baking: instead of eating the yummy cakes and cookies you’re investing in your skin’s health and youthful appearance.
If your skin is healthy, women look great either with or without makeup. Your mood, your choice, your whim, your unique fashion voice!

A makeup free face still screams glamour, and a made up face is equally as beautiful!
Protect the skin you’re in! Fashion facials for a revitalized, energized face!
“Wow, your glowing skin is truly hard not to mention.”
“Of course you say that with the utmost affection.”
“Yes, I’m blinded by your skin’s exquisite illumination.”
“I believe you have the most radiant skin in the nation.”
“Let’s take this conversation in a different direction.”
Rejuvenating Facials – Your healthy, vibrant skin will last through the duration!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We all know the incredible power of a gorgeous flower! Flowers are beautiful, graceful, delicate, colorful and make you feel good. Flowers bring out the same warm emotions when printed on our garment fabrics and materials.
Flowers are sometimes known as blooms or blossoms and have long been admired and used by  humans to beautify their environment, and also as objects of romance, ritual, religion and medicine.
Flower patterns – fashion fierce!
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Do you have flowery words for someone you admire but don’t know how to articulate your words? Bring them a breathtaking bouquet of flowers! They’ll understand!

Flower clothing patterns not only bring happiness to others who see your fine apparel, but to you, the wearer, as well. Did you wake up in a blue mood or without much energy? Dress in the powerful flower prints and brighten your mood and your day!
Flower Fun Fact: The essential parts of a flower can be considered in two parts: the vegetative part, consisting of petals and associated structures in the perianth, and the reproductive sexual parts. A stereotypical flower consists of four kinds of structures attached to the tip of a short stalk. Each of these kinds of parts is arranged in a whorl on the flower’s receptacle. The four main whorls are the calyx, corolla, androecium and the gynoecium.
Too much flower information? In the fashion realm, all you really need to know is that flower and floral print clothing puts a spring in your step and beauty on your body!

Flower prints are pretty, pleasing and perfectly suited for any occasion or event that you may be attending.
Flowers come in all glorious colors. Many flowering plants reflect as much light as possible within the range of visible wavelengths. Flowers that reflect the full range of visible light are generally perceived as white by a human observer. The color model used by human color technology (CMYK) relies on the modulation of pigments that divide the spectrum into broad areas of absorption.
Absorb luscious life and alluring aesthetics into your daily environment by wearing fabulous flowery fashions!

Many flowers have important symbolic meanings in Western culture. The practice of assigning meanings to flowers is known as floriography. Common examples of floriography are:

  1. Red roses are given as a symbol of love, beauty and passion.
  2. Poppies are a symbol of consolation in the time of death.
  3. Irises/Lillies are used in burials as a symbol referring to “resurrection/life” and are associated with stars and the sun and petals blooming/shining.
  4. Daisies are a symbol of innocence.

Flower Fun Fact: In the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, red poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in times of war.
Fight your way to fashion fierce in fantastic, festive flower garments!

Although flowers are highly associated with spring and summer, sunshine and light, youth and playfulness, winter garments splattered with flowers look amazing. Black garments coated with colorful flower prints add sparkle and happiness to your clothing with an elegant, sensual black backdrop!
Frivolous flower fun for any day that you want to play!

Flower Fun Fact: In modern times people have sought ways to cultivate, buy, wear or be around flowers and blooming plants, partly because of their pleasant appearance and swell smell. Around the world, people use flowers for a wide range of events and functions:

  1. Births and Christenings
  2. Parties
  3. Friendships
  4. Engagements
  5. Weddings
  6. Bon Voyage Parties
  7. Funerals

Many cultures draw a connection between flowers and life and death, and because of a flower’s seasonal return, flowers also suggest a rebirth. In ancient times, the Greeks would place a crown of flowers on the head of the deceased, as well as cover tombs with wreaths and flower petals. Rich and powerful women in ancient Egypt would wear floral headdresses and necklaces upon their death as representations of renewal and a joyful afterlife.
Are you ready for a fashion change and a new you? Adorn your body in flowery prints and pose like you own it! Because, fashion divas, you certainly do!

Fashion power in fun florals and flowers!
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The great variety of delicate and beautiful flowers has given popularity and power to fashion, hour after hour!
“I told him not to bring me flowers on Valentine’s Day.”
“You must have had a headache if I dare to say.”
“Oh no. I wanted flowers in the form of a dress.”
“Were you testing his love ? Did he pass the test?”
“I merely wanted his money to go the distance and the mile.”
“So you got a flower print dress that will last and make you smile?”
“Yes. I picked it out myself and I look smashing in the outfit.”
“The whole package. Sexy, beautiful, smart and you have a great wit!”
Flower print power!
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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
 
 
 
 
 

What is one cosmetic that can change the entire look of your face, as well as your mood? Lipstick or lip gloss, by far. No matter the size of your lips, when coated with lipstick or gloss, eyes are drawn to your mouth when they look at your face. Especially bright, bold, knockout colors. If you want to test my theory, stand in front of the mirror wearing nude or neutral lipsticks. Pretty, right? Now take that gloss off and apply a bold red, purple or orange lipstick and see how much more your face pops (and I’ll bet your mood elevates also)! There is no denying that powerful colors of lipstick pack a powerful punch.
Now, what is the one color of lipstick that always stands out, elicits images of romance, confidence and love, and brings out your sexy, sensual side? Red, hands down!

Red is the color at the end of the spectrum of visible light next to orange and opposite violet. Red is a warm color associated with positivity, exuding a strong and powerful masculine energy. The color red energizes, stimulates and excites!
Sultry and hip in a radiant red lip!
Red Fun Fact: Red is an additive primary color of visible light, along with green and blue, which in the Red Green Blue (RGB) color systems combined to create all the colors on a computer monitor or television screen. Red is also one of the subtractive primary colors, along with yellow and blue, of the RYB color space and traditional color wheel used by painters and artists.
Enhance your artistic makeup direction – paint your lips to red perfection!

Reds can vary in shade from a near pink to a dark maroon or burgundy, and in hue from the bright orange-red scarlet or vermilion to the bluish-red crimson.
For lips that are kissable and killer, go with bright, bold, rock-on reds!

The color red represents energy, action, desire and passion. The same is true for red lipsticks, they always stay in fashion!
Positive Word Associated With the Color Red:

  1. Action
  2. Energy
  3. Speed
  4. Attention-getting
  5. Assertive
  6. Confident
  7. Stimulating
  8. Exciting
  9. Powerful
  10. Passionate
  11. Driven
  12. Courageous
  13. Strong
  14. Spontaneous
  15. Determined
  16. Motivating

Not too shabby! Never look dull or drab.
Did I mention that red lips demand attention?

Red lipstick and lip gloss shades don’t play favorites. No matter what your skin tone (pale, alabaster, medium or dark) the perfect red shade exists for you and demands to be noticed!
Red Fun Fact: The word red is derived from the Old English read. The word can be further traced to the Proto-Germanic rauthaz and the Proto-Indo European root rewd. In Sanskrit, the word rudhira means red or blood. In the Akkadian language of Ancient Mesopotamia and in the modern Inuit language of Inuit, the word for red is the same word as “like blood”. In the Russian language, the word for red, Kpachlih (krasniy) comes from the same Slavic root as the words for beautiful (krasiviy) and excellent (prekrasniy).
Luscious lips of red – enough said!
 

Red Fun Fact: It is a common belief in the United States that red cars are stopped for speeding more often than other color cars. However, there is no statistical evidence to prove this true. The next time a red fire truck passes by, you’ll see there is no way you can miss the red color!
Red is such a popular, powerful color that the word Red has been used numerous times in movie titles:

  1. The Woman in Red
  2. Reds
  3. Raise the Red Lantern
  4. Three Colors: Red
  5. Red
  6. Red Dog
  7. Red State
  8. Red Dawn
  9. Red Lips: Mind Trips (OK, I made that one up, but come on, when you see a gorgeous pair of red lips your mind wanders dreamily)!


There is no denying that bountiful, beautiful red lips look really ravishing!
Red Lip Tip: If you want to step out in desirable, robust red lips yet you prefer a dry look, go with a matte lipstick. If you want your lips to shimmer and shine with a wet look, go for red lip gloss! Either way, your finished product will be lips that are impossible to miss and supple enough to kiss!
Red Fun Fact: Red is the color most commonly associated with joy and well being. Red is the color of celebration and ceremony. Red is also the most traditional color of seats in opera houses and theaters.
For a makeup look that is both dramatic and theatrical, the red lip will take you to the top step! Magical!

Red is the color that attracts attention, associated with dynamism and activity.
Nancy’s Glamour Tip: If you want to exude off the charts sensuality and sexuality, paint your mouth with a regal red lip!
“You turn heads dressed in all red garments with your bright red lipstick!”
“Yes, everywhere you go you better carry a big stick.”
“You’ll attract fans, groupies and maybe a few unwanted stalkers.”
“People will gawk at you, watch you walk by, and you’ll get stopped by talkers.”
“Everywhere you go in red you give off an eye catching reflection.”
“That is okay. I can handle the mounds of super attention!”
Red Lipstick Warning: When you walk the streets wearing red lips so fine, watch who’s coming up behind you from time to time!
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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
 
 
 
 

Plush, popular, pretty and powerful. Four Ps that can describe the power of a velvet fabric and the absolute allure that velvet garments bring to the wearer.
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving a soft distinctive feel. By extension, the word velvety means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet fabrics can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.
Silky, vibrant velvet!

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This complicated process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made natural velvet remains a fairly costly fabric even today.
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, the most expensive being silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and can cost several hundred US dollars per yard.
Other fibers used to make velvet are linen, mohair and wool. No matter the fiber used, velvet fabrics shimmer, shine and stun. Soft, plush, feminine, delicate!

Because of the elegant look and feel of velvet, the fabric works wonders for both day wear and evening wear. Are you attending an event where you want to dress to the nines? Try velvet from head to toe. Are you heading to the office but prefer a feminine, fancy fabric to offset a business suit? Go with a velvet blazer and perhaps a velvet pump!
Various Types of Velvet:

  1. Chiffon: Lightweight velvet on a sheer silk or rayon chiffon base.
  2. Cisele: Velvet where the pile uses cut and uncut loops to create a pattern.
  3. Crushed: Produced by pressing the fabric down in different directions.
  4. Devore: A velvet treated with a caustic solution to dissolve areas of the pile, creating a velvet pattern on sheer or lightweight base fabric.
  5. Embossed: A metal roller heat-stamps the fabric, producing a pattern.
  6. Hammered: Extremely lustrous velvet, appearing dappled and crushed.
  7. Mirror: Exceptionally soft and light crushed velvet.
  8. Pile-On-Pile: The velvet is woven with piles in differing heights to create a pattern.
  9. Velveteen: Imitation velvet normally made of cotton or silk.
  10. Voided: The velvet is deliberately woven with areas of pile free ground (usually satin) forming the pattern.
  11. Wedding Ring: Velvets fine enough to be drawn through a ring.

What is a fashion diva to do? Make quick decisions! So many types of velvet to choose from; so many velvet garments to mix and match!

Velvet Fun Fact: Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as its high cost production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet.
The art of velvet weaving originated in the Far East around the 14th century. The popular properties of velvet, and the softened depth of dye-color the fabric exhibited, marked velvet as a fine material for ecclesiastical vestments, royal and state robes and beautiful fabric hangings.
Plush, crushed velvet: a cut above!
Velvet Fashion Tip: A fabulous way to spruce up a casual outfit is with velvet accessories. If you’re attending a brunch, baby shower, birthday party, etc. and you’re dressed in jeans and a blouse, take your outfit up a notch merely by carrying a velvet purse and slipping your feet into velvet high heels. You’ve gone from daytime chic to fancy fashion! Much like the cherry on an ice cream sundae or vanilla ice cream on a slice of fruit pie!

Velvet fabrics look beautiful in all colors, but I feel the four colors of velvet that bring out a royal, regal finish are black, royal blue, burgundy and purple!
Velvet Fun Fact: The most magnificent textures of medieval times were Italian velvets. In 1399 King Richard II directed in his will that his deceased body be clothed in velveto.

Velvet Fun Fact: Most synthetic velvets are made from polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate and combined synthetics and fibers (viscose mixed with silk produces a very soft, reflective fabric). Spandex can be added to give the final material a certain amount of stretch.
Stretch your beautiful body into fabulous high end fashion dressed in vivacious velvet!

I feel that velvet clothing makes for some of the most stunning, gorgeous, sensual garments in the fashion world. In addition to being visually appealing, velvet garments feel smooth against the skin and comfortable to the wearer. Velvet fabric moves with the body, making even velvet jackets less cumbersome and heavy.

Velvet: Always gorgeous, always glam, always in style, always grand! Let’s give vibrant velvet a hand!
“I’d like to hold your hand, so silky and soft!”
“I don’t want to take my velvet gloves off.”
“I would never ask you to. It’s the plush gloves I want to feel.”
“Did I hear you right? Are you for real?”
“I’m sure your skin feels fabulous,  but a velvet touch is my favorite by far.”
(Holds out her right hand regal in a velvet glove).
“Very well, you can walk me to my car.”
Strut like the fashion star that you are dressed in glorious, gorgeous velvet!
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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
 
 
 
 

Ah, the joys of dressing boho chic! The clothes are magical, whimsical and conjure up images of free spirited fashion power! 1960s, 1970s and 1980s throwbacks!
Boho chic is a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences, which in the year 2005 was associated with actress Sienna Miller and model Kate Moss. Boho chic garments give off a gypsy vibe, flowery, flowing and easy to move in. Many elements of the boho chic look became popular in the late 1960s.
Boho Chic Fun Fact: Boho is an abbreviation of the word bohemian. The original Bohemians were travelers and refugees from Central Europe. The French word Bohemien translates to “Gypsy or Roma people.” Chic was borrowed from the French in the late 19th century to mean stylish or elegant.

The boho look, which owes much of its fashion to the hippie styles that developed in the late 1960s, became popular after Sienna Miller’s appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2004. The postal district of W10 (North Kensington) is an area of London associated with Bohemian culture since the mid-1950s.
Boho Fun Fact: In advance of Glastonbury 2004, the Sunday Times coined the term “festival chic” for a style with similarities to boho. The Telegraph coined the term “foho” to describe the evolution of the boho style in the summer 2007. The foho is said to have taken its influence from both boho style and the heavy influence of folk culture.
Oh, dress in a mix of boho and foho for fabulous fashion elegance!
Boho chic can consist of flowery bell bottoms, loose skirts, short skirts, heavy jewelry, flowing garments and flowing tresses. Floppy hats, tassels and lace also decorate the boho look.

Look oh so chic in boho chic!
Boho Chic Shoe Fashion Tip: Boho chic is one look where flat shoes do the outfit justice. I normally prefer high heels (the higher the better) but flats, sandals and tennis shoes can pull a boho chic outfit together. I also think boho skirts and bell bottom pants are fabulously complemented by darling ankle boots! If you’re up to it, loose fitting boho dresses look absolutely gorgeous with just a bare foot (polished toes and an ankle bracelet helps)!
Boho chic can very much resemble the vintage look. Think actress Zooey Deschanel, who in June 2008 appeared on the front cover of BlackBook magazine in a black lace-edged swimsuit looking like a graceful version of boho chic.

Boho chick gives off a vibe of cool, elegant, graceful sophistication mixed with a free-spirited, gypsy lifestyle image.
Flirty, fashionable, confident and chic all rolled into one!
Boho chic is sometimes referred to as “hippie chic”, a term used in the 1990s with references to the velvet kraftans created by Tom Ford for the Italian house of Gucci. Fashion Union marketed “hippie chic” tops in 2010.
Remember the peasant blouse? Oh, such a perfect garment, great for putting together a boho chic look.

Boho chic is a youthful, playful yet high fashion ensemble!
Boho chic clothing emits a romantic, beat to your own drum mode of fashion! For all fashion divas, dare to find your own unique brand of boho chic!

A stylish, superb way to accessorize with the boho chic look is lots of long, dangling neck jewelry (beads, chains, etc.), headbands and hair ornaments, and large tote and shoulder handbags.
The more tassels and the more fringe, the more your boho chic look wins!

If you really want to spice up your boho chic vibe in the air, wear a headband of flowers in your hair!
“I want to look knock-out unique at the party tonight.”
“Then dress boho chic for a look that’s just right.”
“I’ll stand out in the crowd with a blend of high fashion and chic.”
“A mix of beatnik and hippie with a layer of sexy yet sweet.”
“I think I’ll wear a flowing, loose fitting short dress and a floppy hat.”
“Add lots of bling, sheer fabric and boots for a look that’s all that!”
Boho chic for a look that is classy, chic and oh so sweet!
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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
 

Suede: A fabric we all know; a fabric we all love. Suede material is soft, stylish and pleasing to the touch and the eye. Suede leather is fancier than leather, but more subtle than crushed velvet.
Suede is a type of leather with a napped finish, commonly used for jackets, shoes, shirts, purses and dresses. Real suede leather is made from the underside of the animal skin, primarily lamb, although goat, calf and deer are commonly used. Artificial suede leather is synthetically made but just as attractive as real suede.

Suede Fun Fact: The term suede comes from the French “gants de Suede”, which literally means “gloves from Sweden”.  Suede was originally used for women’s gloves.
Since suede comes from the underside of animal skin, not containing the tough exterior skin layer, suede is less durable but softer than standard (full-grain) leather. Due to the soft, thin material, suede makes for fabulous, fashionable clothing. Clothing that fits the body and moves with the body – looking striking and sensual on the body!
Simply stunning in sensational suede!

Suede material, due to its versatile nature, looks fabulous for either dressing up to the nines, or down, if you’re in a mood for a more casual dress.
Alternatives to Suede:

  1. Fabrics can be manufactured with a brushed or napped finish to resemble suede leather. These garments provide a look and feel similar to suede, but have advantages such as increased liquid or stain resistance.
  2. Suede silk, cotton and similar suede fabrics are brushed, sanded and chemically treated for extra softness.
  3. Suede yarns are thick and plush.
  4. Ultrasuede is a term for a microfiber plush resembling soft suede, but more durable and resistant to liquid, stains and crushing.
  5. Microsuede is a microfiber knit blend fabric with a soft finish, but is easily distinguishable from actual suede leather, with a great deal of stretch.

Stretch your way into fashion glam rocking a “suede garment” grand slam!

In addition to a fabric that makes for stylish, fashionable clothing, suede purses and handbags are highly alluring and tie together most any fashion ensemble.

Suede Fashion Tip: Suede material works great for tasseled clothing. Think suede vests, handbags, and of course, moccasins. However, take this advice firsthand. If you wear moccasins on a rainy day, stay off wet streets and sidewalks, if you prefer staying on your feet and not your bum!
Suede Fun Fact: In addition to clothing, the popular material that is suede leather is used for upholstery, other accessories and often as a lining for leather products.
Suede Not So Fun Fact: Due to the delicate fabric that is suede, with its textured nature and open pores, suede may become dirty and quickly absorb liquids. If you’re shopping for a suede raincoat, stick with synthetic suede!

Step out “made in the shade” in soft suede!
Suede is a versatile fabric that always remains in style and popular. Whether you’re going for a high fashion look or a look suitable for office wear, you’ll never fade in the background donned in super suede!

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Whether your platform is the catwalk or the sidewalk, walk with style and flair with a swagger in your air, covered in sexy suede!
“That’s a lovely jacket. So soft and pretty.”
“If that’s a come on line, you’re not too witty.”
“As beautiful as you are, your suede jacket catches my eye by far.”
“Thank you. I simply adore my suede jacket too.”
“Do you mind if I feel the soft material with my fingertips?”
“You can look but don’t touch. Just savor the sweetness of it!”
Every eye will be on you, the fashion status quo, when dressed in sensual suede from head to toe!
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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