July 2016


Most people, if given the choice of things they love, would choose a maximum amount over a mini amount. Large candy bars over fun sized bars, big gulps over little gulps, three scoops of ice cream over one scoop, one million dollars over one dollar, etc.
Where is this universal concept reversed? With the miniskirt!
Whether you’re one who adores wearing a fashionable miniskirt, or whether you’re a person who loves to see a great pair of female legs walking in a miniskirt, the fabulous miniskirt is a garment where the less material, the better! Yes, longer skirts can be just as beautiful and certainly have their place in fashion, but it is the miniskirt that remains a constant signature fixture of mainstream culture.

A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress. A micro-miniskirt, or microskirt, is a miniskirt where the hemline stops at the upper thigh.
My oh my, your to-die-for skirt is thigh-high! Such a pleasure to the eye!

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: While the miniskirt looks visually appealing with any shoe (even flats or bare feet) the short skirt is such a show stopper that a high heel or high heeled platform shoe adds extra glamour, allure and oomph. A high heeled boot ramps the sexiness of the miniskirt to even higher levels of posh pizzazz.
Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called ‘mini’ until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was linked to a miniskirt.

How to be an unassuming, silent flirt? Strut your darling diva self in a magnificent miniskirt!
Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London-based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian Andre Courreges. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first to offer fashionable miniskirts.
From 1969 and onward, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the ‘midi’ and the ‘maxi.’ A longer skirt hemline coincided with the feminist movement. In the spring of 1982, short skirts began to reemerge. By the mid-1980s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century.

An extremely popular miniskirt is the denim skirt. Denim skirts are always in high demand, whether the skirt is long or short. Denim miniskirts? A diva dream girl’s dazzling desire!

If you tend to dress fancier than denim, and feel denim skirts need some glamming up, add bedazzled jewelry for accessories, perhaps a rhinestone necklace and a pearl belt! Or, better yet, add gems, stones and jewels to the denim skirt to bedazzle that already pretty skirt to over-the-top fashion flair and fun!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th century science fiction, particularly in 1940s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K. Bergey, who depicted futuristic women in a “stereotyped combination” of metallic miniskirts, bras and boots. The “sci-fi miniskirt” was seen in genre films and television programs as well as on comic book covers.

Major ‘max’ appeal: the miniskirt!
Miniskirts make for some fun, modern, eye catching garments. Whether you prefer a tight, pencil miniskirt, or a flared, A-line hem, the miniskirt is by far a sensual style gem!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: In 2003, Tom Ford, at that time described as one of the few designers able to effortlessly dictate changes in fashion, stated the micro-skirts would be the height of fashion for the Spring/Summer 2003. At this time, an even briefer version of the micro-miniskirt emerged, creating a garment sometimes described as a ‘belt-skirt’.

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: For summer wear, the miniskirt look great when worn with a bare set of legs. For those more modest, or during cooler weather, miniskirts worn with opaque stockings or leggings look particularly fashionable and avoid revealing too much!
Peek-a-boo! But don’t peek. The miniskirt will tease to please!
Despite the miniskirt’s popularity, the skirt is still seen as controversial by some people. The miniskirt remains subject to bans and regulations, many times in office dress codes and school dress codes.

Not sure what to wear? A miniskirt will do the trick. Always a trendy fashion pick!
“Pardon me, but I believe that you lost a good chunk of your skirt.”
“You’re showing your lack of fashion sense. I’m wearing the fabulous miniskirt.”
“Do you find it difficult to bend or to walk in such a short dress?”
“Golly gee, I really don’t. Let’s put your question to the test.”
“I believe a girl of your radiant class and charm would move with style and grace.”
“You have guessed correctly. I have exquisite panache and glorious fashion taste.”
The miniskirt: A staple of here-to-stay fashion for the entire human race!
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

Jewelry and jewels are adored by men and women alike…precious stones and gems are bedazzling, beautiful, and for avid jewelry and accessory lovers, downright addicting. As fashion lovers know, both fine and costume jewelry can add instant glamour and appeal to any outfit.
Are you in the mood for an upbeat attitude? Drape yourself in diamonds!
Diamonds are perhaps the most treasured of all gemstones. Diamonds are comprised of a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. The diamond is renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities, most of which originate from the strong covalent bonding between its atoms.
Diamonds dazzle…visually and emotionally!

Diamond Fun Fact: Diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any bulk material. The properties of diamonds determine the major industrial application of diamond in cutting and polishing tools and the scientific applications in diamond knives and diamond anvil cells.
Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure depths of 140 to 190 kilometers in the Earth’s mantle.
The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek addmas, meaning ‘proper’, ‘unalterable’, ‘unbreakable’, ‘untamed’. Diamonds are thought to have been first been recognized and mined in India, where significant alluvial deposits of the stone could be found many centuries ago along the rivers Penner, Krishna and Godavari.

Diamonds add sparkle and shine to every garment, as well as mass visual appeal.
Let’s get real! Diamonds, my fashion darlings, are gemstones fit for all diva queens…and kings!

Diamonds never go out of style!
The cutting of diamonds is a process which consists of mining rough diamonds and converting them into gems through a multi-step process called ‘cutting’. Diamonds are extremely hard, but also brittle and can be split up by a single blow. Therefore, diamond cutting is traditionally considered as a delicate procedure requiring skills, scientific knowledge, tools and experience.
The final goal of the diamond cutting procedure? To produce a faceted jewel where the specific angles between the facets would optimize the diamond luster, that is dispersion of white light, whereas the number and area of facets would determine the weight of the final product.
The final goal of jewelry lovers? Dress themselves in fabulous jewels, dripping of diamonds!

Steps of the Cutting Diamonds Process that Must Be Considered:

  1. The hardness of diamond and its ability to cleave strongly depend on the crystal orientation.
  2. Most diamonds contain visible non-diamond inclusions and crystal flaws. The cutter has to decide which flaws are to be removed by the cutting and which could be kept.
  3. The diamond can be split by a single, well calculated blow of a hammer to a pointed tool, which is quick, but risky. Also, the diamond can be cut with a diamond saw, which is a more reliable, but tedious procedure.
  4. After the initial cutting, the diamond is shaped in numerous stages of polishing.

Dazzling diamonds! Delightful!

The marketing of diamonds has placed an added increase on the value, prestige and luxury with which the diamond is associated. N.W. Ayer & Son, the advertising firm retained by De Beers in the mid 20th-century, succeeded in reviving the American diamond market. De Beers dominated the diamond market throughout the 20th century. The campaign lasted for decades and was best captured by the slogan “a diamond is forever.”
Forever fashionable, forever lovely, forever envied!  Diamonds, diamonds, diamond!
Why? Because as everyone knows, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”

Synthetic diamonds are diamonds manufactured in a laboratory, as opposed to diamonds mined from the Earth. The gemological and industrial use of diamond have created a large demand for rough stones. This demand has been satisfied by synthetic diamonds, which have been manufactured by various processes for more than half a century. However, in recent years, it has become possible to produce gem-quality synthetic diamonds of significant size.
While it is now possible to make colorless synthetic gemstones that, on a molecular level, are identical to natural stones and visually so similar that only a gemologist with special equipment can tell the difference, real diamonds mined from the Earth wrap a guy or gal up real good!
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How do you make a guy or girl smile? Shower them with diamonds, class and style!
“Your diamond is so large and bright I need sunglasses for my eyes.”
“The dark lenses will dim the dazzle of my gorgeous gem so your idea isn’t too wise.”
“And the visual appeal of my diamond matches the value the precious gemstone holds.”
“More beautiful than silver, more coveted than pearls, more lovely than gold.”
“You don’t need to sell me on the mesmerizing power of the diamond…I’m sold.”
“And the envied stone always sparkles and shines brand new…never looks dull or old.”
Diamond: A gem that lasts a lifetime, never loses its value and is admired by all!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Silver has long been valued as a precious metal, most notably used to make jewelry, ornaments, tableware, currency, mirrors and silverware. While silver is a soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it does however, possess the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and reflectivity of all metals. As much as we adore silver, silver is also a color that shimmers and shines in clothing!
Although lovely colors themselves, I’m not talking about certain shades of gray or various shades of blue that take on a silver hue. I’m speaking of ‘pure’ silver garments, clothes that radiate appeal and glitz and glamour purely because the fabric is the color silver.
No matter the garment, no matter the cut, silver clothing pulls you out of a fashion rut!

The color silver has feminine energy and is related to the moon, with the ebb and flow of the tides. Silver is fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious. What words come to your mind when you think of or see the color silver? Perhaps soothing, calming and purifying?
Silver Fun Fact:  Silver is a very ductile, malleable (slightly less so than gold), univalent coinage metal, with a brilliant white metallic luster that can take a high degree of polish. Protected silver has higher optical reflectivity than aluminum at all wavelengths longer than 450nm. At wavelength’s shorter than 450 nm, silver’s reflectivity is inferior to that of aluminum and drops to zero near 310 nm.
Reflect your inner and outer glamour girl when stepping out in silver material!

When dressed in sensational silver, even silver accessories help bring out the color’s majestic appeal.  When draped in silver from your head to your feet you will look mesmerizing and oh so sweet!
There are some colors that are so solid, that if worn too heavily, a break is often needed (i.e., if wearing all black, go with a silver or white accessory; if draped in navy blue you may want to break the solid dark color with a splash of light blue). However, with silver being a rich, lighter color, dressing in all silver (including your shoes and purse) makes for an illuminating, fashionable look!
Go out on the town wearing all silver and you’ll definitely be hooked! You silver fox, you’ve got the look!

Silver Fun Fact: Silver, being the rich color and metal that it is, has long been used to confer high monetary value to objects (such as silver coins and investment bars) or make objects symbolic of high social or political rank. Silver salts have been used since the Middle Ages to produce a yellow or orange color in stained glass, and more complex decorative color reactions can be produced by incorporating silver metal in blown, kiln-formed or torch-worked glass.
For the jewelry lover in most all females, silver jewelry is always appealing, always alluring and always in style!

I ‘heart’ silver!
For you fashion dolls that adore the color silver, but do find the color overbearing if too much, a sexy, sophisticated look is a silver pencil skirt with a black blouse, or some other color top. Pencil skirts are adorable to begin with, with their slinky fit, then add a lovely, luscious colored blouse or shoes into the seductive clothing mix, and you have sheer style bliss!

The Color Silver Represents:

  1. Illumination
  2. Reflection
  3. Prestige
  4. Wealth
  5. Feminine Power
  6. Calmness
  7. Dignified
  8. Responsible
  9. Glamour
  10. Modern

Go glam, go modern, go gorgeous! Look cool, calm and dignified with every step you take! Silver garments take the cake!

Scrumptious as the silver fashion fox!
Silver Fun Fact: Silver, with a balance between black and white, is seen as a good critic, unbiased and compassionate, with a mature sense of justice.
Walking around donned in all silver garments makes a fashion statement that is so marvelous and so magnificent that it ought to be illegal! When dressed in silver, you’ll turn heads like riveting shades of reds!
Although the color silver is similar to gray, silver pops out more than gray. Gray seems more fit for winter clothing, whereas silver garments hold mass popularity in both summer and winter months. The color silver conjures up feelings of light-heartedness and optimism!
“I’m guessing silver is your favorite color since you have it on from head to toe.”
“Wearing silver makes a splash entrance at all events, no matter where you go.”
“If I bought you a ring of gold would you put it on your hand?”
“Not when I’m wearing this outfit. Only pure silver will look grand.”
“Why even the color of your eyes match. A divine grayish blue.”
“Don’t let this lighting fool you. In the sunlight my eyes look silver too.”
“I dare say, the color silver is most becoming on you!”
Silver: A sensational color for a glitzy outfit that is truly out of this world! Superb!
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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Here’s a fashion tip that is always in style: if you want to ‘wow’, think red painted fingernails and red painted lips. Then, to add to the universal cosmetic appeal, dress in garments of black. This is the perfect combination for a fashion heart attack!
Some women think they can’t pull off red lipstick and red nails, when in reality, every woman can wear the color red well. No other color of lipstick draws attention more than bright red, luscious lips. Your  lips speak volumes without moving!

Simple Steps to Pull off Red Lipstick or Red Lip Gloss:

  1. Exfoliate the lips with a Qtip or brush and then dry the lips.
  2. With a red lip liner pencil, trace the surrounded natural lip line to keep the lipstick from bleeding and to create a frame.
  3. Apply the lipstick inside the lip lines, either from the tube or with a brush. A matte lipstick will give a dry look, where a lip gloss will give a wet look.
  4. Blot the lipstick if you are using a matte lipstick.
  5. If desired, use a Qtip to blend the lip liner in with the lipstick or lip gloss.

Five easy steps for a luscious, sexy, gorgeous, kissable mouth of red!

Red Fun Fact: A large reason why red lips and red fingernails conjure up images of sensuality and sexuality is because the color red is associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong, powerful masculine energy, yet in the realm of cosmetics, the color red shouts 100% woman!
Red fingernails, when paired with red lips, exude movie star high glamour. Bright red is a definite head turner, but various shades of red produce ‘on fire’ glamour as well. Think maroon, burgundy, crimson and scarlet. A variety of red shades that scream “I’m here and I’m not going anywhere…taking over this town! Beware, this fashion diva is around!”

Okay, so you’re heading out for a fabulous evening of fun. Or, let’s say you’re going to the theater, or perhaps dinner and a movie. You’ve revved up your lips with raven red color, fancied your fingernails in roaring red. Now, for the final act? Dress in black! What a great way to ramp up the fantastic fashion vamp in you and stand out from head to toe! In the mix of color schemes, this if by far the best, most sensational way to go!

Black Fun Fact: The color black is secretive and unknown, and as a result, creates an aura of mystery. Black means power and control, much like red, and mixing red cosmetics with black garments makes one ooze power and mystique.
The color black is often seen as the color of sophistication, affluence and success. Be a true fashion success when your beautiful body is draped in a riveting black dress.
If in doubt, think the ‘little black dress.’ This dress is known as a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. The dress is intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and a neutral color.
Red lips and red nails plus a little black dress for a look that’s the absolute best!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: The little black dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a ‘rule of fashion’ that every woman own a simple, elegant black dress that can be gussied up or down, depending on the occasion. A little black dress worn with a blazer and pumps is suitable for office daytime wear, while a little black dress offset with five inch high heels and numerous jeweled accessories turns the same dress into off-the-charts evening wear!
Now, add bright red lips and roaring red nails into the mix and you have a full fledged over the top fashion affair!
And how about the hair? For a sexy, youthful look, have your hair hang down straight or lightly curled. To look more elegant and sophisticated, give the off-the-shoulders bun or swept up hair a whirl! Ah, what a lovely girl!

Although wearing the color black has been a fashion mainstream for centuries, the popularity of casual fabrics, especially knits, for dress and business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress into vogue. The little black dress is so well-known that it is often referred to as the LBD.
The LBD, popular for centuries!

Put fashion to the test – red lips and red nails and a little black dress! Ah, simply the best!
“I see you’re fashion daring with lips and nails so red, and a dress of black.”
“This combination is a definite win for a fabulous woman’s clothing rack.”
“You look absolutely stunning. I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
“Yes, I get that a lot. What’s a glamour girl to do?”
“Are you saying that the constant attention bothers you?”
“I’m merely saying dress how you please. To thine own self be true.”
“So the constant stares are just a hazard of dressing to kill?”
“If it’s a by product of what I have to put up with, this fashion plate will!”
The perfect combination of red and black will always win the test – heads and tails above 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, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Haute Couture is a phrase one often hears in the fashion world, but what does the phrase truly mean? Although haute couture is a term used to describe fashion in general, the French phrase actually means high or elegant sewing (high fashion women’s clothing). In French, the word haute means ‘high’ or ‘elegant’, while couture means ‘sewing’.
Original haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail, finished by the most experienced and most capable sewers, often times using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.
Hence, Haute Couture: high sewing, high dressmaking, high end fashion!

Haute Couture Fun Fact: To be called a haute couture house, a business must belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris, which is regulated by the French Department of Industry. Members must employ 15 or more people and present their collections twice a year. Each presentation must include at least 35 separate outfits for day and evening wear.
The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992. To earn the right to call itself a couture house, members of the Chambre Syndicale de la haute couture must follow these specific rules:

  1. Design made-to-order garments for private clients, involving one or more fittings.
  2. Have a workshop in Paris that employs at least 15 full-time members.
  3. Have at least twenty full-time technical people, in at least one workshop.
  4. Present a collection of at least fifty original designs to the public every fashion season (January and July each year) of both day and evening garments.

Haute Couture Fun Fact: The term haute couture has been used in a manner ignoring the legal restrictions, by ready-to-wear brands and in the popular media since the 1980s, so the actual original meaning has become blurred when describing fashion. Many top designer houses, such as Chanel, use the phrase for some of their special collections, such as collections that aren’t for sale, or collections that are very difficult to purchase.
Haute Couture : High end fashion passion!

True haute couture clothing is made from scratch for each customer, typically requiring three fittings. It usually takes from 100 to 400 hours to make one dress, costing anywhere from $26,000 to over $100,000. A tailored suit starts at approximately $16,000 while the price for evening gowns generally starts around $80,000.
Haute Couture Fun Fact: Of women who purchase true haute couture clothing items today, 60% are American. Often, name fashion designers will loan clothes to movie stars and other public figures for publicity (does the red carpet ring a bell)?

Socialites such as the Duchess of Windsor, Babe Paley and Gloria Guiness would order whole haute couture collections at one time. What a wardrobe! Style for a mile!

Today, the term haute couture is used loosely to describe all high fashion custom fitted clothing, whether the garments are produced in Paris or other fashion capitals such as London, Milan, New York or Tokyo. The term can refer to the fashion houses or fashion designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions, or to the actual fashions created.
Haute Couture Not So Fun Fact: Due to the high cost of true haute couture garments, custom made clothing is no longer the main source of income for haute couture houses, the clothes often costing more than they earns through direct sales. More sales are made with ready-to-wear clothing and related luxury products such as shoes, perfumes and handbags.

The 1960s featured a revolt against established fashion standards by mods, rockers and hippies, as well as an increasing internationalization of the fashion scene. Jet travel spawned a jet set that partied and shopped just as happily in New York as in Paris. Wealthy women no longer felt that a Paris dress was necessarily better than one sewn elsewhere. While Paris is still huge in the fashion industry, the glamorous city is no longer the sole supplier of fashion.
Haute Couture Fun Fact: The largest private collector of true haute couture clothing is most likely Mouna Ayoub, whose collection is estimated to encompass more than 1,600 items.
Wow, wouldn’t it be a fashion lover’s dream to see inside that closet(s)?

The Syndical Chamber of Haute Couture has about 18 members, including such fashion moguls as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin. The haute couture houses generate more than $1 billion (one-billion) in annual sales and employ approximately 5,000 people, including 2,200 seamstresses. Workers often specialize in one area, such as feathers, fabric, buttons, etc. Before World War II, over 35,000 people were employed at couture houses.
What a true luxury to wrap yourself in the lavish that is haute couture: that’s for sure!
“Your gown looks absolutely amazing. An excellent fashion find.”
“Thank you, I had it sewn special. This garment is one of a kind.”
“Did you have it made in Paris, London or New York?”
“This dress was created in Los Angeles, another fashion city, of course.”
“I must say the dress fits you splendidly and hugs you in all the right places.”
“Thank you for noticing my fancy dress, but you should also notice women’s faces!”
Haute Couture: A race to the finish line of luxurious, fine end fashion!
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

In the world of colors, yellow holds a place of its own. The color yellow puts a smile on your face…turns a frown upside down. Yellow represents sunshine, cheerfulness, friendship, hope and happiness, to name a few. Yellow, in the realm of fashion, is always a winner.
Yellow is the color between green and orange in the spectrum of visible light. Yellow is the color of ripe lemons and delicious bananas. Yellow is considered a primary color in subtractive color, used in color printing.
Yellow is bright yet soothing. There’s a reason yellow is often referred to as “mellow yellow.”

Yellow Fun Fact: According to surveys in Europe, Canada and the United States, yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, gentleness and spontaneity. Yellow plays an important role in Asian culture, particularly in China, where it is seen as the color of happiness, glory, wisdom, harmony and culture.
Spread some cheer dressed in yellow this year!

The word yellow comes from the Old English geolu, geolwe, meaning “yellow, yellowish”, derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwax “yellow.” Yellow has the same Indo-European base, gel, as the words gold and yell. Gel means both bright and gleaming, to cry out. Thus, yellow is a color that cries out for attention.
If you doubt the attention-grabbing power of yellow, just watch a yellow firetruck or a yellow sports car whiz on by. The fast paced vehicle will truly catch your eye!
Yellow Fun Fact: Yellow, in the form of yellow ochre pigment made from clay, was one of the first colors used in prehistoric cave art. The cave of Lascaux has an image of a horse colored with yellow and is estimated to be approximately 17,300 years old.

As I’ve stated many times, perhaps you adore the color yellow, but feel that wearing too much yellow is overpowering, even blinding. A great way to combat that is to only wear one item of yellow (i.e., pants, skirt, etc.) or doll yourself up in yellow accessories. As a true fashion lover knows, it only takes a small amount of a good thing and you’re always good to go.
So, by adding yellow to your outfit with your purse, jewelry or shoes, you’re certain to fit the bill of all fashion and style rules!

Merely by running your eyes over the yellow fashion photographs, it is evident that yellow screams to be seen and always gets an A+, every day (even rainy days)!

There is no denying that colors are vibrant and beautiful to look at. Colors both affect and display our moods. Feeling down? Dress in yellow and turn your frown upside down!
Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Yellow:

  1. Optimism
  2. Cheerfulness
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Fun
  5. Good-Humored
  6. Confidence
  7. Originality
  8. Creativity
  9. Academic
  10. Analytical
  11. Wisdom
  12. Knowledge

Ah, not a bad group of keywords to belong to, that’s for sure!

Yellow Fun Fact: In Ancient Egypt, yellow plus blue was associated with gold, which was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. The skin and bones of gods were believed to be made of gold. The Egyptians used yellow extensively in tomb paintings; they usually used either yellow ochre or the brilliant orpiment, though it was made of arsenic and was highly toxic. A small paintbox with orpiment pigment was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Men were shown with brown faces; women with yellow ochre or gold faces.
The ancient Romans used yellow in their paintings to represent gold and also in skin tones. The color yellow is found frequently in the murals of Pompeii.
Let’s give a clap and a shout out to the fabulous color yellow! Applause, applause and a hip hip hooray!

It is no surprise that with the meaning of colors, yellow is known as the great communicator and loves to talk. Yellow is the color of the networker and the journalist, all working and communicating on a mental level.
Yellow Fun Fact: Yellow if the most highly visible of all colors, which is why it is used for pedestrian crossings painted on streets (crosswalks, children crossing, etc.).
Yellow roars like a lion…one almost can’t look away when their eyes spot the color yellow!
Yellow clothing: beautiful color, beautiful fabric, beautiful fashion!
“You look smashing in the color yellow…simply divine.”
“If you don’t mind my saying so, you look gorgeous…so fine.”
“Thank you. When I wear adorable yellow it puts a spring in my walk.”
“And a shout from your body. Like your clothing can talk.”
“When you see me dressed in glorious yellow, what do I say?”
“I see you noticing me. Can we get together on another day?”
Let the sunshine in and go out and play! Say what you have to say dressed the yellow way!
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Pedicures, in addition to being soothing to the feet and summery on the eyes, are pleasant and pretty! Luxuriate with a gentle foot massage and creative artistic flair painted on your toenails for feet that stand out and are ready to show off no matter where they walk you to!
A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails. Pedicures provide a similar service as a manicure, except spoiling the feet rather than the hands. Pedicures are extremely popular throughout the world, primarily among women.
Pamper your feet and get toes suitable for a princess!

Pedicures not only paint up the toenails, but also remove dead skin cells from the bottom of the feet using a rough stone called a pumice stone. Also, leg care below the knee became a common service included in pedicures, along with granular exfoliation, application of moisturizing creams and brief leg massages.
Pedicure Fun Fact: The word ‘pedicure’ is derived from the Latin word ‘pedis’, which means of the foot, and ‘cura’, which means care.
Treat your tootsies to the tender loving care they deserve with a pleasurable pedicure!

Pedicures are a luxury when you visit a nail salon, but can feel just as invigorating and maintain the same finished appearance as a professional pedicure when done in the privacy of your own home!

How to Give Yourself a Do It Yourself (DIY) Pedicure:

  1. Buff your feet when dry, not wet, and use a foot file on the heels, balls of the feet and the edges of the toes.
  2. Fill a large bowl with warm water and a reviving foot soak solution. Soak the feet for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Massage your feet with a foot scrub to get rid of dead skin, then rinse.
  4. Dry your feet and push back the cuticles of your toes with a Qtip or cuticle cream.
  5. Cut, file and shape your toenails to your desired length and shape.
  6. Massage your clean feet with a rich foot lotion.
  7. If you want to paint your toenails, wipe away any excess foot lotion and apply a clear base coat of nail polish to the toes.
  8. Polish the nails with the color(s) of your choice. Add jewels, stones, etc. if preferable.
  9. Apply a top coat of clear polish to add shine and shimmer to your toenails, and to prevent the nail polish from chipping.

Wahlah, fancy, fabulous feet! Ah, what a treat!
Whether barefoot or shown off in sensational shoes, a completed pedicure looks sweet!

Terrific toes with sensational summer pedicures!
Pedicure Fun Fact: People have been pedicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years. In southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further. Originating in China in 3000 BC, nail color indicated one’s social status, according to a Ming Dynasty manuscript, with royal fingernails being painted black and red. Ancient Egyptians have been manicuring all the way back to 2300 BC.
Let’s see, I dare say manicures and pedicures are a popular luxury service for you and me!

Perfect pedicures for feet to adore! What glamour girl could ask for more?
Basic Tools Needed for Pretty Do It Yourself Pedicures:

  1. Acetone
  2. Cotton Balls
  3. Cuticle Cream
  4. Cuticle Pusher or Cuticle Clipper
  5. Foot Bath
  6. Nail File
  7. Nail Polish
  8. Orangewood Sticks
  9. Toenail Clippers
  10. Toe Spacers
  11. Towels
  12. Pumice Stone

Whether you use some of the listed tools or all of the above, an at home pedicure is something you will truly love!
Pedicure Fashion Tip: When wearing sandals or open toed shoes, pedicures look exceptionally sexy when your legs and feet are bare, meaning not covered with nylons or stockings. However, as always, fashion is your own unique preference. If you want to cover your toes with nylons or opaque stockings, then by all means, do so! Style is unique to a fabulous, fashionable you!
“I would love for you to join me at the movies this evening.”
“I’m attending a pedicure party, it’s sure to be a scream.”
“Why that sounds like an event that will be social and fun.”
“Yes. Would you like to join us? I’m sure you can come.”
“Are you going to paint your toenails an array of lovely colors, bold and bright?”
“I intend to do so. Fantastic feet that will look just right.”
“I’m sure your finished feet will be a precious pedicured sight!”
Pedicures: Whether your paint your toenails as a rainbow or a French pedicure, you will have the finest toes in town, I’m sure!
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

Fringe is a fun, festive, fabulous fashion accessory to add flair and flamboyant fabulousness to any outfit. Although fringe begins with an ‘F’, the flowing fabric deserves an ‘A’.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item, such as tops, dresses, skirts, handbags, moccasins, etc. Fringe is also popular on draperies and flags.
Fringe Fun Fact: Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. Several strands of threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling. Think cut-off denim shorts. In modern fabrics, fringe is often made separately and sewn on to the material.
The fashionable fringe benefits of wearing fringe!

There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to assume commonly accepted names. Styles of fringes were clearly defined in England by at least 1688.
Types of Fringe Include:

  1. Bullion Fringe: This is twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver and gold.
  2. Campaign Fringe: From the French word campane, meaning ‘bell’. Campaign fringe consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe: Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.

Fringe Fun Fact: Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but averages only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 to 22.9 cm) in length.

If flowing tresses of fringe are too much for you, just add a slight touch of fringe to your outfit with your accessories, most notably handbags and shoes. When wearing fringe on your feet, fringe boots and moccasins will do!
Oh how lovely. What a cool you!

To fashion divas, all clothing is fun and fabulous, but fringe adds an extra element of flair and style to your wardrobe. What would a glamour girl do and where would a glamour girl be without exciting fashionable clothing to love, feel and see?
Clothing Fun Fact: According to archaeologists and anthropologists, the earliest clothing likely consisted of fur, leather, leaves or grass that were draped, wrapped or tied around the body. Knowledge of such clothing remains inferential, since clothing materials deteriorate quickly compared to stone, bone, shell and metal artifacts. Dyed flax fibers that could have been used in clothing have been found in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia that date back to 36,000 BC.

Nancy Fashion Fun Fact: I love fashion and clothing so much that I often say if I was stranded on an island of one (me) I would still want to dress in fine clothing and apply makeup everyday. To me, fashion, makeup and beauty is an art! Creative artistic genius! Not to mention fabulous fun!

Since humans pretty much wear clothing everyday, have you ever really thought about the basic definition of clothing? Clothing is a fiber and textile material worn on the body. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of nearly all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depends on physical, social and geographic considerations.
Some say clothing serves as protection from the elements, and can enhance safety during hazardous activity such as hiking and cooking. True fashion divas say clothing is a splendid form of self expression, an absolute pleasure to shop for, and so aesthetically pleasing that fashion throws practical clothing purposes out the window!
Welcome to my wonderful world of fashion! Style all the while! Sure to give you a smile!

Cultural Aspects of Clothing Include:

  1. Gender Differentiation
  2. Social Status
  3. Religion
  4. Specific Dress Codes
  5. Special Occasions and Holidays

As you know, the world of fashion is always changing, as new cultural influences meet technological innovations. No matter the style, no matter the time period, no matter the fad…fringe clothing will always be one of the best types of clothing to be had!

Treat yourself to festive fringe: you’ll love the fantastic clothes you’re draped in!
“You look like you’re going to a party with your cool tasseled clothes.”
“You love the fringe look do you? A fashion girl always knows.”
“When you walk do your tassels swing and sway?”
“Yes. That’s part of the fun of wearing fringe both night and day.”
“From the looks of the material I’d say fringe is here to stay.”
“Yes. Now be prepared for some flaired movement when I sashay away.”
Fringe: Walk and rock away the fashionable fringe way!
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