April 2016


A popular mode of dress recognized by all is the suit! The suit is an article of clothing that works well for both males and females, and speaks elegance, sophistication and business.
In clothing, a suit is a set of garments made from the same cloth, usually consisting of at least a jacket and pants. For women, suits can also consist of jackets and skirts. Business suits, which originated in Britain as country wear, are the most common style of Western suit. Other popular suits still worn today are the dinner suit and the morning suit.
The earliest women’s suits were riding habits, which consisted of a tailored coat or jacket and a matching skirt from the 1660s. Riding habits were worn not only on horseback, but also for travel and other daytime pursuits. Jacket and skirt ensembles for women not intended for riding appeared later in the 19th century.
Today, women wear suits (skirts or pantsuits) for many occasions! And ah, she wears it well!

Suit Fun Fact: In the first half of the 20th century, the skirted suit became the common daytime city dress for women, both in and out of the workplace. Dressmaker suits featured softer fabric and feminine details, and cocktail suits were worn for semi-formal occasions in mid-century.
Under the influence of Dress for Success, a working woman’s uniform of a skirted suit, tailored shirt, and floppy tie evolved in the 1970s and 1980s. Pantsuits were introduced by designer Andre Courreges in 1964 but were only gradually accepted as formal business attire.
Suit Fashion Tip: If you want to dress for the office in a business suit, but need to add a spark of femininity and individuality, doll up the suit with a ruffled, silk blouse or a lace blouse rather than a cotton blouse. Add a colorful scarf or tie to accessorize, and slip your feet into high heeled pumps. Your business suit just when from business to beautiful brassiness!

Well, well! Your suit suits you well!
Over the past half-century, the wearing of suits for women has become far less common than it once was, and is now usually reserved for formal or business activities. During the 1990s, many businesses in North America adopted casual dress codes, beginning with “casual Fridays” and then extending to the entire business week. A similar trend followed in Europe.
Suit Fun Fact: The word suit derives from the French word suite, meaning following, from the Latin derivative form of the verb sequor (“I follow”) because the component garments (jacket and trousers, vests, waistcoats, skirts) follow each other, have the same cloth and color and are worn together.
Wow, you look mighty fashion together in that stylish, super suit!

Man oh man, what a suit wearing woman!
Suit Fashion Tip: If wearing a suit seems too formal or business to you, then by all means, add some color. While black, brown, beige and blue suits are more traditional colors for suits, dress yourself in suits of pink, orange, green, burgundy, red, purple or yellow for suit sensibility mixed with fabulous fashion flair!
Also, for a more feminine, edgy look, merely dress in the suit jacket, and a skirt or slacks. The jacket alone (without a blouse or shirt underneath) adds sexiness and individuality to your overall suit appearance!

Parts of a Suit:

  1. The Cut: The silhouette of a suit is the outline. The two main cuts are the double breasted suit and the single breasted suit.
  2. The Fabric: Suits are made in a variety of fabrics, but most commonly from wool.
  3. The Jacket: Most single breasted suits have two or three buttons, while double breasted jackets have only half their outer buttons functional, as the second row of buttons is for display only.
  4. The Lapel: The jacket’s lapel can be notched, peaked, shawl or trick.
  5. The Pockets: Many jackets have a variety of inner pockets, and two main outer pockets, which are generally either patch pockets, flap pockets or jetted pockets.
  6. The Sleeves: Suit jackets typically have three or four buttons on each cuff, which are often purely decorative.
  7. The Vent: A vent is a slit in the bottom rear (the “tail”) of the jacket.
  8. The Waistcoat/Vest: Vests were almost always worn with suits prior to the 1940s.
  9. The Pants: Suit pants or trousers are always made of the same material as the jacket.
  10. The Skirt: For women, a skirt can replace pants. In a suit, the skirt is also made of the same material as the jacket.

Accessories for suits include neckties, scarves, shoes, wrist and pocket watches, pocket squares, cuff links, bows and hats. Wow, accessorize with all that!

Suit Fun Fact: Traditional business suits are generally in solid colors or with pinstripes. The main four colors for suits worn in business are black, light gray, dark gray and navy, either with or without patterns. In particular, gray flannel suiting has been worn widely since the 1930s. In less formal business context, brown is an important color for suits, as well as olive. In summer, lighter shades such as tan and cream are in demand.
Some popular suits of the past century include the Jazz suit, the Zoot suit, the Western suit, the Beatle suit, the Mod suit, the Safari suit, the Disco suit, the Mandarin suit and the Power suit.
Prance around pretty and powerful when donned in the power suit!
Power Suit Fun Fact: The power suit of the mid 1980s and early 1990s is a double breasted suit characterized by sharp cuts, wide shoulder pads and a stiff rigidity. And who can remember the color of the power tie? Yellow, of course! More power to the color yellow – I simply adore the color yellow!

Suit Fashion Tip: If you’re wearing a black or gray suit, I feel the best color of shirt or blouse to add shine and shimmer to your overall look is pink or maroon. Lovely and striking! Even for men! Masculine and feminine! Tough and tender no matter your gender!
I salute the suit!
“I need to find a suit that simply makes a statement all on its own.”
“One that says you’re confident and powerful with a style that’s tightly sewn?”
“Yes, one that fits to my girlish figure but also shows off my brilliant mind.”
“Than I suggest a fitted jacket with straight legged matching pants as the best kind.”
“The suit will be black and the lace shirt will be pink.”
“Yes, that’s the perfect mix saying “beauty and brains”, I think!”
The modern day suit for the modern day girl! Give it a whirl!
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

Sometimes one is better than two: first place over second place, those moments when you crave some downtime and no one else is around, and when you only have one floor to mop and not two!
And sometimes, even in fashion, one beats two. No matter how much you might enjoy swim related activities, and how good of shape you may be in, there are times when wearing a one piece bathing suit trumps dressing your divine self in a two piece.
Not only are one piece bathing suits extremely cute and stylish, but they are also quite comfortable. And if you still want to be a sexy bathing beauty, there are one piece suits on the market that are downright sensual and slinky!

A one piece swimsuit most commonly refers to swimwear worn by women and girls when swimming in the ocean or in a pool, or when participating in sun activity, such as sun bathing. The one piece swimsuit is usually a skin-tight garment that covers a female’s torso, although the back or upper chest may be exposed.
Before the popularity of the two piece swimsuit, and then the bikini, virtually all female swimwear completely covered at least the wearer’s torso. Some people prefer the one piece suit over a two piece swimsuit for both modest and practical reasons, as well as functionality.
Have you ever come down a water slide at such fast speed that when you hit the water, your two piece slinky swimsuit slinks right off?
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: The modern one piece swimsuit made its appearance in the mid 1900s, when the style was widely described as a maillot. The one piece swimsuit’s widespread acceptance is attributed to Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman, who attracted further attention to the style in 1907, when she was arrested on a Boston beach for indecent exposure because her swimsuit showed her arms, legs and neck. Kellerman marketed these bathing suits and the style came to be known as “the Annette Kellerman”.

The one piece swimsuit became accepted swimsuit attire for women in parts of Europe by 1910 and was the authorized attire for women’s swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics, the first at which women competed.
One in a million in that one piece bathing suit!

Swim in style in a one piece wonder!
The most common type of one piece swimsuit is the maillot or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or body suit. There are variants of the one piece swimsuit, including halterneck styles and plunge front swimsuits, as well as wrap-round and bandeau styles. The pretzel swimsuit is another style of the one piece bathing suit.
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Recently, athletic swimsuits have used a variety of new shoulder strap styles, including the racerback, fastback and flyback styles.

The bathing beauty wears a one piece wonder!
I myself think that one piece bathing suits are quite flattering to a female figure. Not to mention, merely because there is more material to work with, also more stylish as a true fashion garment. If you’re a lover of clothing with an eye for fashion, the more fabric you have to work with, the more opportunity you have to put together an aesthetically pleasing garment. This doesn’t take away from the two piece swimsuit or the bikini in any stretch of the imagination.
Simply wear whatever swimsuit that you feel makes a splash! And you’ll look like a smash!

One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: By the 1920s and 1930s, people began to shift from “taking in the water” to “taking in the sun” at bathhouses and spas, and swimsuit designs shifted from functional considerations to incorporate more decorative features. Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also being used.
By the 1930s the necklines of women’s swimwear plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. With the development of new clothing materials, particularly latex and nylon, swimsuits gradually began hugging the body, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
Whether worn for swimming or to get a tan, the one piece bathing suit deserves a hand!

The one piece bathing suit is fashion and functionality mixed together at its finest!
Although the bikini has gained popular acceptance since the 1960s, the one piece bathing suit lives on! A one piece swimsuit is still mandatory in the case of most school swimming events. Olympic women’s swimming and other international swimming events still use the one piece swimsuit.

Swimwear Fun Fact: Public nudity was a major concern in designing early swimwear. It was a major factor behind the non-participation of American women in the 1912 Olympics. Even men wore one piece swimsuits that covered the body from hips to shoulders up to the 1940s.
Heading to the beach and you’re not sure of slipping into a one piece or a two? Perhaps both will do!  Start out with one an change into the other. The only thing you’ll mess up are your tan lines!
“You slipped quite nicely into that one piece swimsuit.”
“I’m heading to the water. Step out of my way or I’ll give you the boot.”
“Pardon me but your flattering figure in that suit is beyond compare.”
“A compliment is nice but you don’t have to stare.”
“May I join you in the ocean for a frolic or two?”
“I guess that is ok. We’ll have fun, me and you!”
Have fun in your one piece swimsuit. So full of fashion and flair people can’t help but stare!
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 believe that most of you fashion readers today know all about the “smokey eye” and the gorgeous, dramatic effect that the eye makeup application adds to bring out your eyes. Although you can’t deny the beautiful look of the smokey eye, many people aren’t sure how to obtain the look, and want to know how to create a smokey eye effect on themselves. For that, I will help you.
Of all the different face makeup combinations, no matter if your skin tone is pale, medium or dark, my favorite is a dark, deep blue to black smokey eye with a nude lip. There is something about the contrast of the mysterious, mesmerizing smokey eye with a light, almost bare lip. The overall completed masterpiece is stunning!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love pinks, reds, oranges, purples, greens and golds in eye shadows and lipstick combinations, but I give the first place blue ribbon of a glamour makeup job to dark smokey eyes and nude lips!

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow is commonly used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out or look more attractive. Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger or simply draw attention to the eyes.
Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture and protection to the lips.
I’m sure you’ve all seen smokey eyes, even if you’ve never created the look on your own face. The smokey eye is popular with many celebrities and makeup artists. Smokey eyes definitely radiate high end glamour, and the smokin’ hot appearance can be captured in a few easy steps.

How to Create the Smokin’ Hot Smokey Eye:

  1. Prep the Eyelid: Swipe an eye shadow primer (base) across the upper and lower eye area and let it dry.
  2. Apply Eyeliner: Apply eyeliner above the entire upper lash line, drawing the line thicker in the middle of the eye.
  3. Blend in Color on Bottom Eyelashes: The bottom color is one of the main elements of the smokey eye look. Run an eyeliner pencil under the entire bottom lashes and smudge the line with your fingertip or a Qtip. You can also apply some eye shadow and smudge the shadow and the eyeliner together.
  4. Apply the Base Color: The key to the smokey eye is pairing a lighter base with a darker hue. Sweep a light, glistening eye shadow over the eyelids to the browbone.
  5. Blend in the Darker Color: Blend in the darker eye shadow color starting at your lash line, blending up. Blend the color into the lash line so that the eyeliner disappears.
  6. Check Your Work: Make certain that both eyes match and rub out any smears or smudges with your fingertip or a Qtip.
  7. Apply Globs of Mascara: Okay, I threw in the word globs here. Thick, dark, preferably black mascara is a crucial element to bring out the smokey eye to its full glamour. You don’t want a dab of mascara with a smokey eye. You want dark, full, thick, long eyelashes to highlight the overall effect. Be a mascara maniac with the smokey eye!

Wahlah, your gorgeous smokey eyes are mastered. But wait. Something is missing. That’s right…the nude lip. Nude lip doesn’t mean a bare lip. You still want a hint of lipstick  or lip gloss over your kissable lips, but you want the lip to be a natural color. Nude, nude and more nude, for the lips, that is!

Smokey Eye Fun Fact: Generally, the smokey eye is accomplished using darker eye shadow shades, such as deep blues, dark grays, silvers and blacks. However, if you want to shake things up a bit and make your own signature smokey eye, simply use the same steps to achieve the smokey eye and use whatever colors your unique heart desires.
Smokey eyes are alluring, hot, eye catching and sultry. They can also be playful and fun! So, the next time that you go to a fancy dinner, a party, dancing, or any place that you want to glam up to the nines, you can’t go wrong with a smokey eye and nude lipstick.
Smokey Eye Glamour Tip: If you are a true fashion diva, and you simply adore makeup, you can obtain the smokey eye effect to merely go gas up your car or take a trip to the grocery store. Your makeup preferences are for you…whatever makes you feel confident and glamorous, go for it. As long as you don’t hurt someone else in the process!

Eye Shadow Removal Tip: To remove eye shadow, a commercial eye makeup remover can be utilized, though a rich face wash will often remove all traces of color. Simple water and soap can also be used. Eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara also comes off easily with baby oil, petroleum jelly and/or makeup wipes.
Smokin’ it with a smokey eye and nude painted lips!
Elegant, sexy and hip!

Civilizations around the world use eye shadow, predominantly on females but occasionally on males. In Western society, eye shadow is seen more as a feminine cosmetic, even when used by men. In Gothic fashion, black or similarly dark colored eye shadow and other types of makeup are popular among both genders.
The smokey eye definitely creates a look that is bright, bold, mesmerizing and alluring. Add a nude lip and the outcome? Simply stunning! Marvelous! Magnificent!

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow and various cosmetics have been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Bible in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burials dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmetae” was first used to describe Roman slaves whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.
Lipstick Fun Fact: Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first people to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips and faces for decoration.

Create a smokey eye and a nude lip! Sensual, eye popping glamour at your fingertips!
“What are we doing in this club? There is so much smoke in the room.”
“But the signs say no smoking and I don’t smell a single smoke fume.”
“No silly, every glamour girl in this place has amazing smokey eyes.”
“Wow, you are correct. Every gal has a beautiful face to mesmerize.”
“And their lips a la natural nude add a heightened level of wow.”
“Yes. Their masterpiece faces add an element of oomph, zip and pow!”
“This is a club that I’ll be frequenting more.”
“Add me in too. That’s for sure!”
The smokey eye and a nude lip: start a makeup glam war!
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

Swimwear! Ah, love it or hate it, we all want it, and at various times in our lives, wear it. So, if you’re chomping at the bit to wear a two piece bathing suit,  or you’re a bit shy and not so sure, you may as well rest assured that you can wear a two piece bathing suit well!
Swimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in a water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving, surfing or sun related activities. Or, perhaps you merely want to sun bathe and suck up the marvelous feeling of warm sun rays soaking through your skin. Ah, serious thoughts of summer! Bring it on, baby! (I love the heat, long days and lounging moods)!
Women’s swimwear is generally a one piece bathing suit or a swimsuit that consists of two pieces (a top and bottom). A bikini is an abbreviated two piece swimsuit with a bra type top for the chest and panties cut below the navel. The bikini breaks down to a basic design: two triangles of fabric on top to cover the breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom to cover the groin area and the buttocks. The size of a bikini bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or a G-string design.

Swimwear Fun Fact: There are many different names for the swimsuit around the world, such as swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, bathing costume, swimming suit, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossie (short for costume), or swimming trunks. Whatever word works for you to convey the bathing suit will do!
Bikini Fun Fact: The bikini design became common in most Western countries by the mid-1960s as beachwear, swimwear and underwear. By the late 20th century, the bikini had become common as sportswear in sports such as volleyball and bodybuilding.
The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Reard, the designer of the bikini. He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. How fun is that fact?
Bombs away as a beach baby bombshell barely covered in a beautiful bikini!

Despite the bikini’s initial success in France, worldwide women stuck to the more traditional one piece bathing suit. Louis Reard, with his sales stalling, went back to designing and selling orthodox knickers. In 1950, American swimsuit mogul Fred Cole, owner of mass market swimwear firm Cole of California, told Time magazine that he had “little but scorn for France’s famed bikinis.” Louis Reard would later describe the bikini as a “two-piece bathing suit which reveals everything about a girl except for her mother’s maiden name.”
Bikini Fun Fact: In 1952, the bikini was banned on the French Atlantic coastline, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Australia and was prohibited in a number of states in the United States.
You’ve come a long way baby to wear that bikini today!

If you aren’t one who is comfortable in a bikini, there are many two piece bathing suits that still contain modesty and look fantastic. Waist snug bottoms that fit more like a pair of shorts and a crop top make for some darling two piece swimsuits, yet cover more of the body.

Increasingly common glamour shots of popular actresses and models on either side of the Atlantic Ocean played a large part in bringing the bikini into the mainstream. Hollywood stars such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Tina Louise, Marilyn Monroe, Esther Williams and Betty Grable took advantage of the risqué publicity associated with the bikini by posing for photographs wearing them – thus becoming pin ups beauties.
My oh my! You in that two piece bathing suit caught my eye!

Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn that wearing damp swimwear for long periods of time can cause a number of infections and rashes in children and adults, and warn against sharing bathing suits with others.
Some people sunbathe in bikinis merely to get a tan. Tan lines created by the wearing of a bikini while tanning are known as a bikini tan. A 1969 innovation of tan-through swimwear uses fabric which is perforated with thousands of micro holes that are nearly invisible to the naked eye, but which let enough sunlight through to produce a line-free tan.
Bikini Warning: In addition to creating a visual stir dressed as the beautiful, bountiful bikini goddess that you are, since bikinis leave most of the body exposed to potentially dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation, overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn and/or skin cancer. I know, I know, I shouldn’t dumb a bucket of water over your love and desire to sunbathe. Just be cautious and use a sunscreen if you’ll be in the sun for a period of time.

Be brave. Wear a terrific two piece bathing suit and be the beach baby fashion rage that you crave!
Bikini Fun Fact: Louis Reard’s (the creator of the bikini) company folded in 1988, four years after his death. (That part isn’t fun – he never got to see the true success of his product). However, by the end of the century, the bikini had become the most popular beachwear around the world.
“Louis Reard, every woman and man who adores the bikini tips their hat off to you! (And maybe they’re bikini too)! I sure do!” says Nancy Mangano.
“I’ve been invited to a beach party and I need a new swimsuit.”
“You must get something smashing and over the top cute.”
“Go a bit risqué and wear a two piece thong.”
“One bad move and the whole thing can go wrong.”
“I want a suit that gives me some coverage but is still teenie weenie.”
“Then darling, go with the lovely, always in fashion string bikini!”
The bikini: be bold, be brassy, be bikini brave and sassy!
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

Dressed in a little bit of leather and a little bit of lace means you rock with immense fashion taste all over the place.
“Give to me your leather…take from me my lace!”
Leather and lace, as polar opposites, represent tough and tender, but these blends work fabulously together to soften one (leather) and strengthen one (lace). Much like yin and yang…or masculine and feminine…leather and lace works well together!
In the realm of clothing, wearing a mixture of the two fabrics looks downright splendid.

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.
People use leather to make various goods – including clothing (shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers and belts). Leather is produced in a wide variety of types and styles, decorated by a wide range of techniques.
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open, weblike pattern. Lace can be made either by machine or by hand.
Originally lace was made with linen, silk, gold or silver threads. Today lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace is generally made from synthetic fibers.

I feel that leather and lace wear so well together simply because they do represent such opposite characteristics, and when blended, the two work magically as one!
Leather Fun Fact: Several tanning processes transform hides and skins into leather: chrome-tanned leather, vegetable-tanned leather, aldehyde-tanned leather, formaldehyde, brain-tanned leather,  chamois leather, rose-tanned leather, synthetic-tanned leather, alum-tanned leather and rawhide.
Lace Fun Fact: The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, string and from Latin laqueus.
Types of Leather:

  1. Full-grain
  2. Top-grain
  3. Corrected-grain
  4. Split
  5. Buckskin
  6. Patent leather (my favorite…all shiny and pretty)
  7. Fish leather

Types of Lace:

  1. Needle lace
  2. Bobbin lace
  3. Cutwork
  4. Tape lace
  5. Knotted lace
  6. Crocheted lace
  7. Knitted lace
  8. Machine-made lace
  9. Chemical lace

Display your great fashion taste donned in a mix of leather and lace!

Probably because leather jackets are associated with many things, and often a staple for motorcycle groups, I love adding a pinch of lace when dressed in a stylish leather jacket. I particularly like the look of a blouse with laced sleeves worn underneath a leather jacket, where the lace collar of the blouse shows and a layer of lace peeks out of the jacket arms (around the wrists). It’s a tough and tender look! I think I’ll ride my motorcycle to the fashion show!
Leather Fun Fact: The leather manufacturing process is divided into three fundamental sub-processes: the preparatory stage, the tanning stage and the crusting stage.
Lace Fun Fact: The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace; both needle lace and bobbin lace became dominant fashion as well as home décor. Lace was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of Europe.

Leather and Lace: A clothing mix to embrace!
Leather Fun Fact: Enzymes like proteases, lipases and amylases have an important role in the soaking, dehairing, degreasing and bating operations of leather manufacturing. Proteases are the most commonly used enzymes in leather production. The enzyme must not damage or dissolve collagen or keratin, but should hydrolyze casein, elastin, albumin, globulin-like proteins and non-structured proteins that aren’t essential for leather making. This process is called bating.
Lace Fun Fact: The origin of lace is disputed by historians. An Italian claim is a will in 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb of a worshipping priest in a painting around 1485 by Hans Memling.
Combined Leather and Lace Fun Fact: Dressed in leather and lace, looking both sweet and strong, a true fashion diva can never go wrong!

In addition to making for great garments, leather is also used for bookbinding, wallpaper, furniture, etc. Lace is often used for drapes, doilies and table cloths.
However, leather when used to make clothing, and lace when used to make clothing, equals stunning, smashing and sexy.
Leather and Lace: An adorable clothing combination in all kinds of weather, with great fashion taste!
“My leather runs circles around your lace.”
“My lace looks feminine but your leather overrides your face.”
“Are you saying people will notice my leather but not notice me?”
“That’s exactly what I’m saying, but lace has the opposite affect, can’t you see?”
“Do you have an idea of how both my clothes and my face will stand out?”
“Wear leather and lace together. All eyes will be on you from head to toe, no doubt!”
Leather and Lace: Make an eye-catching, entrancing entrance!
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

Who ever knew that small, medium or large circles on fabric could add so much pizzazz to clothing? Everyone who adores the polka dot! A pattern of polka dots hits the fashion spot!
Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of filled in, various sized circles. Polka dots differentiate from the spot pattern, as polka dots are perfectly even and sized. Many modern polka dot prints include more randomly spaced, sized and colored dots.
Polka dots aren’t only for children’s clothing. Adults wear the fun, partying dots well!

Polka Dot Fun Fact: Polka dots became common on clothing in the late nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The pattern shares its name with the dance form, making one suspect there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. However, the name polka dot was likely settled upon merely because of the dance’s popularity at the time the circled pattern became fashionable.
Spot on in style while dressed in the pleasant, playful polka dot!
For those fashion divas that want to look like a scrumptious dessert in great, whimsical, summery clothes that give off a vintage vibe or a throwback to the Hollywood glamour era, stepping out in a polka dot outfit literally can stop traffic!

Polka dot patterns look festive and fun on everyone!
Polka Dot Fun Fact: Traditionally, polka dots are used in the clothing of flamenco dancers and performers. In 1965, Bob Dylan wore a large print green polka dot shirt in the photo on the cover of his single Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues. Professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes was given a black outfit covered in yellow polka dots during his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). His outfit went on to become a successful and memorable gimmick.
Do you want to be noticed? Then notice the next time you see someone dressed in the priceless, playful polka dot. You  can’t help but notice them.
Do you find the eye catching polka dot pattern a bit too much for you? Then merely carry a polka dot purse or have the catchy circles on your shoes!

Some people associate polka dots with Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who used polka dots on most of her dresses during the 1980s and 1990s, as well as on the boxes of perfume Carolina Herrera, Herrera for Men, Aquaflore and Flore. In the Tour de France, the leader in the mountains competition wears a distinctive polka dot jersey (French: maillot a pois rouge).
Make the knock-out, stand out polka dot your own fashion signature trademark garment!

Polka Dot Fun Fact: In addition to clothing, the polka dot is so popular that the fun dots have found a place in music. How about Paul Vance’s and Lee Pockriss’ song lyrics “She wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini…”  The hit song was first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland and tells the story of a shy girl dressed in a revealing bathing suit who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide from view.
Hide from view? Not a fahion diva like you! Show off that itsy bitsy teenie weenie polka dot bikini. You’ve earned the right!
In the year 2006, polka dot skirts, dresses, scarves and tops spiked in popularity and became a fad in the United Kingdom. However, the always alluring pattern remained at the fashion forefront, never completely disappearing from catwalk and runway shows.
Walk, no run, to the nearest store to purchase pleasing, beautiful, precious polka dot prints!

Hot for the ever popular polka dot!
Other popular polka dot items include polka-hats and polka- jackets. Most disappeared with the fad of the actual polka dance. Only the profound polka dot fabric pattern remained at the forefront, worn by many. The polka dot has truly found its place in modern fashion!
The polka dot will never run away…the fancy, fun wardrobe dots are here to stay!
If you’re not one who generally wears polka dots, give the fierce fabric a whirl! The zany dots wear well on any boy or girl!
“Don’t you look lovely all speckled with spots!”
“This pattern is the popular, stylish polka dot.”
“One can clearly see you coming a mile away.”
“Yes. Once your eyes land on polka dots that’s where they’ll stay.”
“I think I need to go buy me a skirt with circles of color.”
“Marvelous. Because that plain beige skirt of yours has never looked duller!”
For a more full, haute couture fashion look, trot the streets in fabulous polka dots!
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

Long, beautiful eyelashes can definitely make you stand out in a crowd. When your luscious lashes, elongated and eye catching, frame your eyes, you will be noticed whether with or without makeup.
There is something about long eyelashes that is absolutely lovely; so visually appealing. Dark, full eyebrows and long, thick eyelashes pull a gorgeous face together. If eyes are the window to the soul, then eyelashes are the fancy drapes that add glamour to all windows.

Long, voluptuous eyelashes are a symbol of natural beauty and are an asset to any face. There are ways to grow natural, longer, stronger and healthier eyelashes. Just like the hair on your head, your fingernails and toenails, eyebrows, etc., your eyelashes need nourishment to grow and ensure that the vixen lashes you crave remain elongated and extended.
Eyelash Fun Fact: There are practical reasons for eyelashes, as opposed to merely being an ornament to decorate your eyeballs. Eyelashes help to keep dust and debris from getting into your eyes.

Eyelash Fashion Tip: You can visually  improve the length of your eyelashes merely be applying coats of mascara. Mascara adds length and volume to your lashes, looking luscious and lovely! Generally two coats of mascara to both your upper and lower eyelashes adds volume and depth to the lashes, highlighting your eyes. To really make your eyes pop, frame your eyes with black eyeliner!
I have found with mascara, the thicker the applicator brush, generally the thicker the finished product, which is longer, fuller, va va voom eyelashes!

Easy, Inexpensive Steps to Growing Natural, Gorgeous Eyelashes:

  1. Use a lash lengthening gel underneath your mascara. Some lengthening gels not only grow and lengthen your own lashes, but the gel conditions and protects the eyelashes, making the lashes stronger.
  2. Apply olive oil or castor oil to your eyelashes before you go to bed. Rub the oil between your thumb and your finger, then pat the oil onto your lashes, or use a clean mascara brush to apply.
  3. Apply petroleum jelly to your eyelashes. Let the petroleum jelly sink into your lashes overnight. Wash off in the morning. (Petroleum jelly also works wonders for removing mascara)!
  4. Avoid Eyelash Curlers: Although curled eyelashes look divine, eyelash curlers have a tendency to pull out your lashes or break them off. If you do use an eyelash curl, curl bare eyelashes, then apply mascara. If you curl mascara covered lashes, the eyelashes stick to the curler.
  5. Eat a nutritious, well balanced diet high in B vitamins and protein. Eyelashes are hair, and just like the hair on your head, eyelashes need to be fed a healthy diet to grow thick and full.
  6. Glycerin and egg whites mixed with castor oil, applied to your eyelashes, feeds and strengthens your lashes.
  7. Invest in a good eye makeup removal product that removes your mascara easily, without having to scrub or tug your lashes.

Wahlah! Gorgeous, glorious, extended, effervescent eyelashes!

Extended eyelashes you’d bat an eye for!
Eyelash Fashion Tip: Black mascara is stunning, and by far my favorite color for mascara. However, especially if you’re feeling playful and need a change, colored mascara gives your eyes just the oomph they need to pop open and highlight your eyes. Blue, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple mascaras are fun to mix and match with your clothes and with your eye shadow and lipstick shades. Colored mascaras can be purchased at most drug stores and beauty supply stores.
Eyelash Fun Fact: In some cultures, long, natural eyelashes are a sign of youth. Since youth suggests good genes, and ultimately, fertility, it is said that men (subconsciously) are attracted to women with longer eyelashes.

All fashion divas need to dress and wear makeup in the manner and style that suits and works well for you. As a lifelong glamour girl, I would want to wear darling clothes and experiment with makeup and hairstyles even if I lived on an island of one: me! Fashion fun at its finest!
Mascara Removal Tip: In addition to petroleum jelly, organic, extra virgin coconut oil removes even the toughest of eye makeups. (Put the lime in the coconut and drink them both together; put the lime in the coconut and then you’ll feel better)!

Long, thick, full, natural eyelashes. Natural never looked so glamorous!
“I love the false eyelashes that make your eyes pop.”
“My eyelashes are the real thing…no added prop.”
“Wow. Lashes that long and lovely are generally fake.”
“I nourish them with a well balanced diet, though I splurge on cake.”
“Perhaps you and your gorgeous lashes would like to go to dinner with me.”
“Let me apply one more coat of mascara and what will be will be.”
Get the look – the extended eyelash look!
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 are an item of clothing that can be worn all year round, from cold to warm weather and with many different fashion choices. Scarves work well wrapped around the neck, worn over the head, tied at the waist, or any other creative way that the wearer comes up with.
A scarf, also known as a muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn for warmth, cleanliness, religious reasons or merely for fashion fun. Headscarves are scarves covering most or all of the top of a woman’s hair and head, leaving the face uncovered.

Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. This scarf was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth” and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. Scarves were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using scarves, which were made of cloth, wool, pashmina or silk, and now scarves have become a fashion favorite among women.
Women seem to always find ways to turn practical garments into fashion fabulous!
Male or female, scarves offer fashion ideas and tend to pull an outfit together terrifically!

Scarf Fun Fact: 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 for both genders. Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items. Celebrity endorsements have not only made scarves and shoes worn by film actors and actresses more accessible but provide the public with the opportunity of wearing celebrity-first accessories.
Printed scarves are offered internationally through high fashion design houses. Among the latter are Burberry, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Cole Haan, Chanel, Etro, Lanvin, Hermes, Nicole Miller, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Headscarf Fun Fact: Headscarves are worn for a variety of purposes, such as protection of the head or hair from rain, wind, dirt, cold, warmth, for sanitation, recognition of social distinction, religious significance and of course, fashion!
Fashion, fashion, fashion, feed your inner fashion passion!
The three basic scarf shapes:

  1. Square
  2. Triangular
  3. Rectangular

The main manufacturer of fashion scarves used today is China, with India, Hong Kong and Indonesia close behind. The most common materials used to make fashion scarves are silk, fleece, pashmina and cashmere.

Scarf Fun Fact: Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers and the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century.
Men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French word cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie.
Sweet and sassy in scarves!

Headscarf Fun Fact: Headscarves many times have a religious significance or function. In Christian and Muslim countries women may cover their hair. Until at least the Renaissance, some form of cover for the hair was regarded as appropriate for married women in most European cultures, to agree with the contemporary notions of modesty and as an indication of married status. The “matron’s cap” is a general term for these.
In many rural areas, some women still observe the custom of wearing headscarves, especially in eastern and southern Europe. Until the 1960s, the Roman Catholic Church required all women to wear at least a veil over their hair in church.

Scarves – Practical and pleasing. A look for all seasons!
“That’s a lovely scarf you have tied around your waist.”
“Yes, it’s quite apparent that you have great fashion taste.”
“I own many different scarves for a variety of social occasions.”
“You’re definitely a fixture in fashion persuasion.”
“Does my fabulous look influence you to wear a scarf too?”
“Why yes indeed. I want to look as stylish as you do!”
Do you want to ramp up your fashion look? Tie a scarf wherever you please, but beware, you’ll be hooked!
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

Author and Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano has been selected two years in a row for the 2016 Best of Anaheim Award (she also received the 2015 Best of Anaheim Award) and now has been inducted into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame!

Author and Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano is among a very small group of companies that have won the Best of Anaheim Award for two consecutive years. This distinction has qualified Nancy Mangano for the 2016 Anaheim Business Hall of Fame. To commemorate her inclusion in this elite group an exclusive Hall of Fame Award, available only to Hall of Fame inductees, has been created. Congratulations, Nancy!
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