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If eyes are truly the window to our soul, then cosmetics (in this case eye makeup) is truly the drapes and décor to highlight and frame the window.
Cosmetics, also known as makeup, are substances or products used to enhance the appearance or scent of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use on the face and hair. Common cosmetics include lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, blush, skin cleansers, skin lotions, and of course, mascara!
To make your eyes pop, look gorgeous and be seen more vividly by others, applying coats of mascara is surely the way to go. Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyes. Mascara darkens, thickens and lengthens your eyelashes, adding distinct definition to the eyes.
With black being the most basic color of mascara, why don’t you step up your artistic creative flair with abundant, alluring colored mascara!

No matter what shape of eyes you have, and what color eyes you have, all colors of mascara look great and make their own power statement!
Colored Mascara Fashion Tip: When wearing colored mascara, match the colors to your eyeshadow and clothing, as opposed to the actual color of your eyes. This way you truly match from head to toe, pulling your gorgeous garments together and radiating style. Symmetry and matching are the true elements of style!
Mascara Fun Fact: The word mascara is thought to be based from the Spanish word mascara meaning ‘mask’ or ‘stain’ and the Italian word maschera meaning ‘mask’. The Oxford English Dictionary also cites an alternative Catalan definition that describes soot or a black smear.

Aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal tradition and mascara can be documented in ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyes and eyebrows. Kohl was used to mask the eyes, believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the soul.
Cosmetic Fun Fact: The word cosmetics derives from the Greek kosmetike tekhne meaning “technique of dress and ornament.”
Color your way to lovely, lively, longer lashes!
Simply marvelous, darling!

The product that we recognize as mascara today didn’t develop until the 19th century. A chemist named Eugene Rimmel developed a cosmetic using the newly invented petroleum jelly. The name Rimmel became synonymous with the substance and still translates to “mascara” in the Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Romanian and Persian languages today.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, in 1913, a man named T.L.Williams created a remarkably similar substance to the Rimmel mascara for his sister Maybel. In 1917, T.L. Williams started a mail-order business from the product that grew to be Maybelline.
Ah, get the London Rimmel look and get the American Maybelline look. With colored mascara, you’ll always have the look!

Mascara Fun Fact: The increased demand for mascara led to the development of the many formulas seen in the current market. Despite the many variations, all mascara formulas contain the same basic elements: pigmentation, oils and waxes. An urban legend mentions the use of bat guano as one of the ingredients in mascara. The ingredient is guanine, not guano, that is authorized as a color additive for cosmetics by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European regulations, and it must be extracted from fish scales, not guano bat.
Allow your lashes to bat a thousand when coated in colored mascara abounding!
Color me silly, color me fun. Colored mascara is sure to excite and never run!
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The Two Methods of Mascara Production:

  1. Anhydrous – All waxes, oils and pigments are mixed, heated and agitated simultaneously in formulated ratios. The result is a semi-solid substance that is ready to be placed in tubes, packaged, shipped and sold.
  2. Emulsion – Water and thickeners are combined. Separately, waxes and emulsifiers are mixed and heated. Pigment is then added individually to both mixtures. All elements are then combined in a homogenizer, which acts as a high speed agitator in order to thoroughly mix the oils, water, waxes and emulsifiers.

No matter how your mascara is mixed, mix your eyes up to lovely, lengthy lashes with a mixture of fabulous, rainbow colors!

Yes it’s true, there is no one else with eyes quite like you! Be playful, experimental and chic –  in colored mascara – always bold, never meek!
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Popular colors for mascara include blue, red, purple, green, yellow, gold, pink, burgundy, brown and black. I tend to adore black mascara and I feel that mascara is a necessary cosmetic. By far, extending your lashes with black mascara and adding a touch of lipstick to your lips is the most basic and the most result oriented cosmetic combination to achieve a fantastic face. But hey, we all need a change once in a while, and you can never go wrong with cool, colored mascara.
Coat your eyelashes the colorful way! Colored mascara is here to stay!
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Mascara Fashion Tip: For a unique, playful, dramatic look, take the same colored mascara stick that you are applying to your eyelashes and run a thin layer over your eyebrows. What? you say! Try it, you might like it. We add pinks, greens, purples, reds and blues to our hair. Why not our eyelashes too? Oh, you daring fashion diva, you!
“I couldn’t help but notice your exquisite eyes. They cast a spell on me.”
“It’s most likely the bouquet of colors on my eyelashes that you can’t help but see.”
“Ah yes, as I look close I see gorgeous lashes of red, blue, yellow and green.”
“I’ll bet my rainbow lashes are the most beautiful that you have ever seen.”
“I truly must say that your interesting eyes have caught my eye.”
“I will bat my lovely painted lashes for you and you can watch as I walk by.”
Colored Mascara – Lively lashes for your and others viewing pleasure! A true glamour girl treasure!
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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

In fashion, one of the main accessories that adds flair, beauty and style to any look is the hat. Hats are all that, and then some!
A hat is a head covering which is worn for various reasons, including protection against the elements, ceremonial reasons, religious reasons, safety, and, as the most recognized way, as a fabulous fashion accessory. At one time, hats were an indicator of social status. Today, hats are still seen as a sure fire way of adding a touch of class to your garment ensemble.

Hat Fun Fact: While there are not many official records of hats before 3000 BC, they probably existed before that time. Archaeologists think that the Venus of Brassempouy from 26,000 years ago may depict a hat. One of the earliest known confirmed hats was worn by a bronze age man (nicknamed Otzi) whose body (including his hat) was found frozen in a mountain between Austria and Italy, where he’d been since around 3300 BC. He was found wearing a bearskin cap with a chin strap, made of several hides stitched together, essentially resembling a Russian fur hat with flaps.
Make no flap about that, everyone looks smashing and divine when wearing a hat!

Some Popular Types of Hats Include:

  1. Ascot Cap – A man’s cap distinguished by its hardness and rounded shape.
  2. Balmoral Bonnet – A traditional Scottish bonnet or cap worn with Scottish Highland dress.
  3. Baseball Cap – A soft, light cotton cap with a rounded crown and a stiff, frontward projecting bill.
  4. Beanie – A brimless cap with or without a small visor.
  5. Beret – A soft round cap, usually of wollen felt, with a bulging flat crown and tight-fitting brimless headband.
  6. Fedora – A soft felt hat with a medium brim and lengthwise crease in the crown.
  7. Montera – A crocheted hat worn by bullfighters.
  8. Pillbox Hat – A small hat with straight, upright sides, a flat crown and no brim.
  9. Sombrero – A hat with a conical crown and a very wide, saucer-shaped brim, highly embroidered made of plush felt.
  10. Top Hat – A tall, flat-crowned, cylindrical hat worn by men in the 19th and 20th centuries with morning dress or evening dress.
  11. Turban – A headdress consisting of a scarf-like single piece of cloth wound around either the head itself or an inner hat.

A glad hatter – sure to flatter!
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Hat Fun Fact: Hat sizes are determined by measuring the circumference of a person’s head about 1/2 inch above the ears. Some hats, like hard hats and baseball caps, are adjustable. Other hats come in standard sizes such as small, medium, large and extra large. Traditional hat size is worked out by adding the front and back and side-to-side measurements, then dividing by two. In the United Kingdom, an equivalent hat size is 1/8 inch smaller than in the United States.
And, for all the music lovers and fashion divas around the world, who wears a hat better than Prince?
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Hats add dignity, flair and pizzazz to any outfit, and add a unique signature style to the wearer! One of the most famous London hatters is James Lock and Co. of St. Jame’s Street. The shop claims to be the oldest operating hat shop in the world. In the United States, the well-known cowboy hat manufacturer Stetson made the headgear for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Texas Rangers. John Cavanagh was one of the notable American hatters. Italian hat maker Borsalino has covered the head of Hollywood stars and the world’s rich and famous with his glorious hats.
Hat Fun Fact: The tradition of wearing hats to horse racing events began at the Royal Ascot in Britain, which maintains a strict dress code. This tradition was adopted at other horse racing events, such as the Kentucky Derby in the United States.
Race your beautiful self to your nearest hat shop and reward your hard working self with a hip, high fashion, haughty hat!

Extravagant hats were popular in the 1980s, and in the early 21st century, flamboyant hats made a comeback, with a new wave of competitive young milliners designing creations that include turban caps, felt hats and tall headpieces made of human hair. Some new hat collections have been described as “wearable sculpture.” Many pop stars, such as Lady Gaga, have used hats as publicity stunts.

Hat Fun Fact: One of the first pictorial depictions of a hat appears in a tomb painting from Thebes, Egypt, which shows a man wearing a conical straw hat, dated to around 3200 BC. Hats were commonly worn in ancient Egypt. Many upper class Egyptians shaved their heads, then covered their heads in a headdress intended to help them keep cool. Ancient Mesopotamians often wore conical hats, or ones shaped somewhat like an inverted vase.
Whether you wear your hat to hold in heat, keep cool, look cool or to look fine walking down the street, a gorgeous hat on the top of your lovely head is hard to beat!


In the Middle Ages, hats were a marker of social status and used to single out certain groups. Hats for women ranged from simple scarves to elaborate hennin, and denoted social status as well. Structured hats for women similar to those of male courtiers began to be worn in the late 16th century.
Hat Fun Fact: The term “milliner” comes from the Italian city of Milan, where the best quality hats were made in the 18th century.
In the first half of the 19th century, women wore bonnets that gradually became larger, decorated with ribbons, flowers, feathers and /or gauze trims. By the end of the century, many other hat styles were introduced, among them hats with wide brims and flat crowns, the flower pot and the toque. By the middle of the 1920s, as women began to cut their hair short, hats that hugged the head like a helmet became popular.

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So many hats, so many events, what’s a girl to do? Wear a different hat everyday, and to thine own self be true!
“I think I’ll be a haute couture hat maker when I grow up.”
“I thought you’d work at a pet store since you love cats and pups.”
“But I love clothes stores too, and simply adore wonderful hats on heads.”
“With your sense of fashion taste and brains you can do anything, you’re so well read.”
“Why you’re right. I can do both and work with animals and fashion.”
“Design hats for critters and start a powerful pet passion!”
Who said hats are only for people? Start your own trend, my fantastic fashion friends!
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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
 
 
 
 
 

For fashion fun and fashion flair, especially for a day in the sun, you always win wearing a halterneck. Whether you prefer a halter top or a halter dress, the halter style is always, well, in style!
A halterneck is a style of strap which holds up women’s clothing which features a single strap of material that runs from the front of the garment, around the back of the wearer’s neck, and that enables most of the wearer’s back to be uncovered.
The halter style is commonly used with swimsuits, which enables the wearer to maximize sun tan exposure on the back and minimize tan lines. The halter style also looks smashing used with dresses and shirts, to create a backless dress or top.
Open, airy, sexy and sweet!

Halterneck Fun Fact: The term halterneck is derived from the halter, which is placed around an animal’s neck.
Halterneck styles look lovely when appearing on both shirts and dresses.
A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice for a matching bodice, giving off the effect of a one-piece garment. In most cultures, dresses are most often worn by women and girls.
A shirt is a cloth garment for the upper body, popular with men and women.
Hail the halterneck!


When wearing a halterneck, the neck strap can be covered by your hair, leaving the impression from behind that nothing is holding up the dress or the shirt.
Halterneck Fashion Tip: Halternecks are generally designed to be worn without a bra. If a bra is worn with a halterneck, it is generally either a strapless bra or, the bra itself is of halterneck construction, so as to avoid exposing the back straps of the bra. However, some people enjoy revealing delicate bra straps, often times colorful straps!18

Halter tops are sleeveless shirts similar to tank tops, but with straps being tied behind the neck. In another style of the halter top, there is only a narrow strap behind the neck and a narrow strap behind the middle of the back, so that it is mostly backless.
Halterneck garments are always visually hot and help to keep you from getting too hot and heating up on a hot, sunshiny day!
Don’t overheat – wear a halterneck!

Various Types of Halterneck:

  1. Decolletage
  2. Spaghetti Strap
  3. Tank Top
  4. Dudou and Yem, traditional East Asian undershirts incorporating a halterneck

Halterneck Fashion Tip: Halternecks look stunning when worn with your hair swept up, exposing the back and the neck. Elongating your neck makes for a graceful look, and with the bare shoulders and exposed back, emits an elegant, feminine vibe.


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Are you soon to be a blushing bride? Halterneck wedding dresses are gorgeous. To ramp up the elegant appeal, walk down the aisle in a mermaid style dress and your hair swept up, with dainty wispies flowing down. The crown on your head? A wreath of real fresh flowers. Luscious and lovely, you beautiful bride!
Shirt Fun Fact: The world’s oldest preserved garment, discovered by Flinders Petrie, is a “highly sophisticated” linen shirt from a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarkan, e. 3000 BC: “the shoulders and sleeves have been finely pleated to give form-fitting trimness while allowing the wearer room to move. The small fringe formed during weaving along one edge of the cloth has been placed by the designer to decorate the neck opening and side seam.” (Not a halterneck, but quite a handsome collar, no doubt)!
Happy in a halterneck!

European and American women began wearing shirts in 1860, when the Garibaldi shirt, a red shirt as worn by the freedom fighters under Giuseppe Garibaldi, was popularized by Empress Eugenie of France. At the end of the nineteenth century, the Century Dictionary described an ordinary shirt as “of cotton, with linen bosom, wristbands and cuffs prepared for stiffening with starch, the collar and wristbands being usually separate and adjustable.”
Fast forward to today, and the halterneck is one of the most popular styles of tops and dresses worn and adored by women!
Adorn yourself in a hip halterneck!


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Hail the halterneck! Hip hip hooray! The halterneck is here to stay!
Halterneck Dress Fun Fact: Since the 1970s, no one dress type or dress length has dominated fashion for long, with short and ankle length styles often appearing side-by-side in fashion magazines and catalogs. However, the halterneck style is always a dominant fashion force and will continue to be for decades to come!

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Feel the heat sizzling in a knock-out halterneck!
“Your halterneck shirt looks like a bathing suit top.”
“It’s merely a bare midriff shirt, or a crop top.”
“Your bare shoulders are divine, such a beautiful sight.”
“And your hair swept up in a loose bun sets the top off just right.”
“The halterneck always looks grand whether as a top or a dress.”
“I think I’ll buy me one. What color do you suggest?”
The halterneck: simply better than all the rest!
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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
 
 

Are you one of the many who wear their sunglasses in the dark, at night, even though it dims your eyesight? Why? Because any fashion diva walking behind sunglasses creates a stunning visual: striking, trendy and cool.
Sunglasses are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes. Sunglasses also function as a visual aid, featuring lenses that are colored or darkened, and frames that are cool, chic and sexy.

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Sunglasses Fun Fact: The American Optometric Association recommends wearing sunglasses whenever a person is in the sun to protect the eyes from ultraviolet radiation (UV) and blue light, which can cause serious eye problems. Fashion experts recommend wearing sunglasses whenever you wish to appear hot.

Sunglasses have long been associated with celebrities and film actors primarily from a desire to mask their identity, or to add mystery to their mass appeal. Since the 1940s, sunglasses have been popular as a fashion accessory, especially on the beach.


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Sunglasses have become popular for many reasons, one is to keep sun and glare out of one’s eyes. Sunglasses can also be worn to hide the eyes, making eye contact virtually impossible, which can be intimidating to those not wearing sunglasses.
Fashion trends is another major reason for wearing sunglasses, particularly designer sunglasses from high-end fashion brands. Sunglasses of particular shapes and sizes may be in vogue as a fashion accessory. Fashion trends can also count on the “cool” image of sunglasses and their association with a prominent lifestyle, especially the close connection between sunglasses and beach life. Sometimes, the image sunglasses gives off serves as the core concept behind an entire brand.
On a downer end, lawbreakers have been known to wear sunglasses during or after committing a crime as an aid to hiding their identities.


Sunglasses Construction:

  1. Lens: The color of the lens may vary depending on style, fashion and purpose, but for general use, red, grey, green and brown are recommended to avoid or minimize color distortion.
  2. Frames: Frames are generally made of plastic, nylon, metal  or a metal alloy. Frames can be thin, thick, colorful, wire, and various shapes.
  3. Nose Bridge: Nose bridges provide support between the lens and the face. They also prevent pressure marks caused by the weight of the lens or frame on the cheeks.

I wear my sunglasses in the dark! Simply because I can!
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Fashionable Types of Sunglasses:

  1. Aviator
  2. Oversized
  3. Shutter Shades
  4. Teashades (John Lennon Glasses)
  5. Wayfarer
  6. Wrap-Around
  7. Clip On
  8. Flip-Up
  9. Gradient Lenses
  10. Mirrored

Sunglasses Fun Fact: Various names for sunglasses are shades, glares, glints, sun spectacles, sun shades, dark glasses, sunnies, smoked spectacles, solar shades, glecks and cooling glasses.
Some major brands include Foster Grants, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, Luxottica and Serengeti.
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Sunglasses Fun Fact: In prehistoric and historic times, Inuit peoples wore flattened ivory “glasses,” looking through narrow slits to block harmful reflected rays of the sun. It is said that the Roman Emperor Nero liked to watch gladiator fights with emeralds. Sunglasses made from flat panes of smoky quartz, which offered no corrective powers but did protect the eyes from glare, were used in China in the 12th century.
I wear my sunglasses morning, noon and night. They fit oh so right, making me a lovely sight!

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Peek-a-boo, I see you hiding behind those sunglasses that look great on you!
“I can’t help but notice that you have been staring at me.”
“I believe you need glasses if that is what you see.”
“From my line of sight, there is something about me that compels you to stare.”
“It just looks that way to you from these dark sunglasses that I wear.”
“So it isn’t me that your mysterious eyes are focused on?”
“Sorry to disappoint you. Yes, you are wrong.”
“May I ask why it appears your lenses are stuck on me?”
“It’s actually the person standing behind you that I see!”
Sunglasses: Spectacles that make you look spectacular!
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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
 
 
 
 

Are you someone who simply adores your hair? Or perhaps someone ready to change the color of your hair or your hairstyle? A wonderful fact about hair is that hair grows, so even a messy or disastrous haircut can be repaired over time.
Okay, you love your hair, you’re satisfied with the color, texture and length of your hair, and you don’t want or need a haircut. You just want a change, maybe for a day, maybe for a week. A hair treatment that brings beauty, color and major fun to your fabulous head of hair? Hair chalk!
Vivid colors make everything brighter and life sweeter. Think beautiful colors of flowers, rainbows, ice cream, snow cones, crayons…colors spike your mood and are pretty and pleasing on the eyes!
Fun in the fresh air…fun in your fabulous hair!

Chalking your hair is a creative art, much like a radiant painting or a beloved song. By adding a rainbow of chalked color to your hair, you can’t go wrong.
Chalk is a soft, porous sedimentary carbonate rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. Chalk forms under reasonably deep marine conditions from the gradual accumulation of minute calcite shells (coccoliths) shed from micro-organisms called coccolithophores. Chalk has greater resistance to weathering and slumping than clays with which it is usually associated.
No more talk! The answer? Hair chalk!


Chalking hair works on light, medium and dark hair – all colors of hair! If you have black hair, lighter shades stand out and add shimmer and shine. Blond or lighter hair? Go with darker colors for a gorgeous hair contrast.
Depending on the application process and the type of chalk used, the color added to your hair can last for a couple of days or a couple of weeks. The chalk application can be done by a hair professional or done yourself, in the privacy of your own home.
Hair Fun Fact: Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care!

DIY hair chalking? All you’ll need is colored chalk, water, heat and rubber gloves!
How to Apply Temporary Colors to Your Hair With Chalk:
Temporary Color Lasting One or Two Days:

  1. Purchase colored chalk from a beauty supply store or salon.
  2. Brush your hair to remove tangles.
  3. Spray the area of hair that you want to color lightly with water.
  4. Separate the hair that you want to color into small, manageable sections.
  5. Wearing rubber gloves, rub the colors of chalk that you prefer over the strands of hair that you wish to color (rub the chalk downward toward the ends).
  6. Using a flat iron or curling iron, run the heat over each colored strand.
  7. Brush and style your hair.

Wahlah, you have a head of colorful, clever, creative splendor!
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Temporary Color That Lasts One to Two Weeks:

  1. Brush your hair to remove tangles.
  2. Cut small pieces of colored chalk from the colors you select to use, and soak the desired pieces of chalk in a bowl of hot water, until the chalk melts.
  3. Dampen the area of hair that you want to color with water.
  4. Apply the chalk/water mixture directly onto your selected hair pieces with a paint brush or a makeup brush, or your rubber gloved fingertips.
  5. Let your hair dry without brushing, until the color mixture clings to your hair.
  6. Style your hair to preferred perfection.

Let the chalk talk for you: “Stare at my colorful hair!”

Hair Fun Fact: The word “hair” usually refers to two distinct features:

  1. The part beneath the skin, called the hair follicle, or, when pulled from the skin, the bulb. This organ is located in the dermis and maintains stem cells, which not only re-grow the hair after it falls out, but also regrow skin after a wound.
  2. The shaft, which is the hard filamentous part that extends above the skin surface.

Hair fibers have a structure consisting of several layers, starting from the outside:

  1. The cuticle
  2. The cortex
  3. The medulla

No matter how you choose to wear your hair, handle the fabulous fashion feature with sweet loving care!

Whether you choose to chalk the ends of your hair, the scalp, or long strands, the fancy, fun looks that you can pull off with splendid, splashy color are simply splendid!
Spectacular colored chalk hair care!
Hair Fun Fact: With hair, the shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is. People with straight hair have round hair fibers. Oval and other shaped fibers are found on those with wavy and/or curly hair.
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Give me a head with hair! Colorful, rainbow, chalked hair!
“I see you’re a feisty, brave, wild one with flair.”
“How did you peg me that way?”
“By the unique, signature, vivid colors weaved through your hair.”
“Yes, I’m not one to follow the crowd.”
“You beat to your own drum?”
“I break barriers and do what I deem allowed.”
“The rainbow glistening in your hair is truly divine.”
“Thank you! This beautiful chalk artwork is all mine!”
Chalk your hair to chic, colorful glory if you dare!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cultures around the world use ornaments and art to decorate, beautify and sparkle things up, including themselves. Beautification is visually appealing and makes people feel good. A way to add loveliness to ourselves for centuries has been through the wearing of jewelry, one of the most popular pieces being bracelets.
A bracelet is an article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist, lower arm and/or upper arm. Bracelets may have a supportive function, such as holding a wristwatch or other items of jewelry such as religious symbols or charms, or merely as ornamental jewelry to add posh and pizzazz to an outfit.
Bracelets are often worn for personal adornment and can be made from a wide range of materials.

Bracelets can be made from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, jewels, rocks, wood, shells, crystals, pearls and many more materials.
Bracelet Fun Fact: Although the term armlet may be technically similar to the word bracelet, an armlet is taken to mean an item that sits on the upper arm. The origin of the term “bracelet” is from the Greek “brachile” meaning “of the arm” via the Old French “bracel.”
Jewelry Fun Fact: The word jewelry is derived from the word jewel, which was Anglicized from the Old French “joule”, and beyond that to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything.
For an exquisite piece of jewelry that will never disappoint you, lather your arms with bracelets.  Bangle and jangle in bracelet beauty!

Various Types of Popular Bracelets:

  1. Charm Bracelets: Carries personal charms, pendants or trinkets which are signifiers of important things and events in the wearer’s life.
  2. Bangles: Rigid bracelets, usually made from metal, wood or plastic, worn in groups so that arm movement causes them to make a gracious sound.
  3. Slap Bracelets: Flat, felt covered metal strips that curve around one’s wrist when gently hit against it. These were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, often made of neon colors and vivid graphics.
  4. Beaded Bracelets: Made from loose beads with a center hole and connected together by a piece of string or elastic band through holes.
  5. Link Bracelets: Bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components of jewelry findings.
  6. Health Bracelets: Examples are ionized bracelets, karma bracelets and magnetic bracelets.
  7. Sports Bracelets: The use of colored silicone rubber as a material for producing sports bracelets was popularized by Nike.

So many bracelets but only two arms. Stack the bracelets one by one to add style and charm.

Bracelet Fun Fact: The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 3000 BC. Starting with materials like bone, stones and wood, bracelets were worn to serve religious and spiritual interests. From the National Geographic Society, the Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies. Myth told of the scarab God, Khepri, pushing the sun across the sky.
Bracelet Fashion Tip: I find bracelets to be a lovely piece of jewelry to wear. I find it particularly appealing when a tight bracelet is worn around the upper arm, or mid-lower arm, above the wrist. I also adore bangles. These bracelets spice up all arms and all outfits to sheer perfection.
Beautify your arms with bracelets!
 

Bracelet Fun Fact: In some parts of India, the number and type of bangles worn by a woman denotes her marital status. In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called Martenitsa, which sometimes involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Marta in order for spring to come sooner.
Jewelry Fun Fact: In American English, the word jewelry is spelled with one L. In British English, New Zealand English, Hiberno-English, Australian English and South African English the word is spelled jewellery.
However you spell it, however you wear it, jewelry is girly girl gorgeous!

Bracelets – beautiful arm candy!
Bracelet Fun Fact: In 2008, Russian archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Novosibirsk, working at the site of Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, uncovered a small bone fragment from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominin, dubbed the “X woman.” A bracelet excavated in the cave at the same level were carbon dated to around 40,000 BP.

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Bracelets, whether skinny, large, elegant, chunky or clunky, are always fashionable, always cool!
“Your arm looks exquisite dressed with bracelets galore.”
“A beautiful look that is sure not to bore.”
“Magnificent colors of blue, orange, red, purple, yellow and green.”
“Made with some of the most brilliant and spectacular jewels I’ve seen.”
“You truly know how to wear jewelry right”
“A bracelet fashion plate is a lovely sight!”
Wear bracelets right…dangling on your arm with sheer delight!
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Prince was a pop culture music icon. Tom Cruise dominated the box office. Bell bottom pants were the rage and big hair ruled. Wearing bright colored clothing of yellows, oranges, and greens made you a stand out fashion queen or king. Along with bands such as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd, the 1980s rocked! MTV brought us music videos which were something the world had never seen. Remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

The 1980s were a decade of flamboyance and fun, and its fashion trends are making a major comeback this Fall. Great trends stand the test of time and never truly go away.

Popular 80s Trends that are Fashionable for Fall 2018:

Bell Bottom Jeans: Both bell bottom and hip hugger jeans were all the rage in the 80s. Eric Clapton’s hit “Bell Bottom Blues” proves this to be true! Bell bottom and flared pants are back in fashion today, especially in low waisted pants. Let bell bottom jeans ring your bell.

Short Shorts and Hot Pants: In the 80s, gals wore their shorts and their skirts extremely short. Hot pants and miniskirts set the stage for contemporary fashion. Today, think Daisy Dukes for short shorts and the adored miniskirt has never gone away! To really spice the look up and go full retro, wear your short shorts with fishnet or opaque stockings! Priceless!

Big Hair: Big hair and bouffant hairdos ruled in the 80s. Guess what? Long, plush, coveted heads of hair are back in style. While short haircuts are cool and sassy, long, teased, big hair looks bold and brassy! This fall, large curled hair rules them all.

Platform High Heeled Shoes: In the 80s, if you were decked out in bell bottom jeans, the only fitting shoe that would do your look true justice was the platform shoe. Whether the heel was thin and spiked or large and chunky, platform shoes were the bomb. Even Mick Jagger, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury performed live on stage in platform shoes. Step into Fall 2018 where once again the gorgeous platform high heeled shoe takes center stage.

Bright Colored Clothing: Before the earth colors of blues, browns, and mauves took over in the 90s and early 2000s, bright colors of yellows, oranges, and greens defined the 80s color schemes. From clothing to furniture to houses, bright bold colors were in. Even yellow cars dominated the road. Welcome Fall 2018, where the fun colors of yellow, orange, and green are coming back in a big way. Top your bright colored clothing off with a straw or felt hat and turn heads from every which way.

  • Patent Leather Boots: These beautiful patent leather boots were all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s, spilling over into the 1980s. Whether your choice is thigh high patent leather boots, knee high boots or ankle boots, it’s true that all boots are made for fashionable walking. Walk yourself into Fall 2018 with these fabulous, bold boots!

No matter what your favorite fashion decade might be, clothing and beauty trends may come and go, but what works best for you should always be your main choice. Treating yourself and going through each day in style with a smile on your face means you’ll always win the fashion race! Other popular trends of the 80s that you can bring back if you desire are feathered, layered haircuts, shoulder pads, Ray-Ban sunglasses, fringe suede purses, dark blue eyeshadow and pink frosted lipstick.

Return of the 1980s: 80s trends making a comeback this Fall 2018! Don’t wait to be a retro-1980s fashion plate!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

Whether you’ve topped yourself off in headgear, headwear, a headdress or a headband, wearing some form of an ornamental garment on your head can add fashion flair and stylish sass to any outfit.

Headgear and headwear is the name given to any element of clothing which is worn on the head. Headgears serve a variety of purposes, and of course decoration or fashion is one of them.  For the purpose of this particular blog post, I am focusing strictly on elegant headgear made of chains and stones, used to add class and sexiness to your attire.

Hold your head high in elegant, charming, gorgeous headgear.

Fabulous, fun, ring bling! Most people who want to know the time of day rely on their wrist watches, or, glance at their iPhones or mobile phones. While these items are great indicators to let you know if you’re running late, are early, or will be right on time, a much more colorful way to read the clock is to look at your decorated fingers!

Ring watches: let your ring bling do the time talking!

If I could only use one word to describe the ring watch, my choice would be “cool!” Ring watches are one cool piece of fun jewelry.

It’s a given that colors can affect our moods. Colors appear to us in numerous forms. Man is able to perceive at least 2,000 different shades with the naked eye, and humans get 87% of our sensual impressions through a colored world.
One of the most striking colors for clothing is the neutral color of beige or nude. The other two colors categorized as neutral are white and brown. When dressing for an event, a day at the office or fun in the sun, beige/nude clothing is always in style and always works well.