August 2017


Gemstones are, whether in jewelry or merely stones, lovely. Gemstones are colorful, shiny, luxurious and bright. Perhaps one of the most popular and recognized gemstone is the gorgeous red ruby.
A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide). Oher varieties of gem quality corundum are called sapphires. Ruby is one of the traditional cardinal gems, together with amethyst, sapphire, emerald and diamond.
Red rubies make fabulous jewelry!

Ruby Fun Fact: The word ‘ruby’ comes from ‘ruber’, Latin for red. The color of a ruby is due to the element chromium. The quality of a ruby is determined by its color, cut and clarity, which, along with carat weight, affect its value. The brightest and most valuable shade of red, called blood-red or pigeon blood, commands a large premium over other rubies of similar quality.
Ruby is the traditional birthstone for the month of July and is usually more pink than garnet, although some rhodolite garnets have a similar pinkish hue to most rubies. The world’s most expensive ruby is the Sunrise Ruby.
Rise to the sunset, and to the occasion, decked out in gorgeous ruby jewelry decorating the fabulous skin that you’re in!

Rubies have a hardness of a 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Among the natural gems, only moissanite and diamond are harder, with diamond having a Mohs hardness of 10.0.
Rubies make for glamourous jewelry of stunning red…enough said!

Factors Affecting the Value of Rubies:

  1. Color – In the evaluation of colored gemstones, color is the most important factor. Color divides into three components: hue, saturation and tone.
  2. Cut
  3. Clarity
  4. Carat Weight
  5. Rubies are also evaluated on the basis of their geographic origin.

Ruby Fun Fact: Generally, gemstone-quality corundum in all shades of red, including pink, are called rubies. However, in the United States, a minimum color saturation must be met to be called a ruby; otherwise, the stone will be called a pink sapphire.
Jewelry Fun Fact: The word jewelry itself is derived from the word jewel. Jewelry can be made from a wide range of materials, including gemstones and similar materials such as amber, coral, precious metals, beads and shells. Although jewelry is popular worldwide, the most widespread influence on jewelry in terms of design and style have come from Asia.

Ruby Fun Fact: In 1837, Gaudin made the first synthetic rubies by fusing potash alum at a high temperature with a little chromium as pigment. Other processes in which synthetic rubies can be produced are through Czochralski’s pulling process, flux process, and the hydrothermal process.
Red ruby, red ruby: you shine with your beauty!
The finest ruby is described as being a vivid medium-dark toned red. Secondary hues add an additional complication. Pink, orange and purple are the normal secondary hues in ruby. Of the three, purples is preferred because it reinforces the red, making the bold color appear richer.

Rich ruby red: robust and regal! Ruby fitting for royalty!
Historically, rubies have been mined in Burma, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, India, Namibia, Japan and Scotland. A few rubies have been found in the United States in the states of Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Red ruby jewelry looks fit for a queen. Whether worn in necklaces, chokers, bracelets, rings, earring, anklets or crowns, decking out in lavish rubies turns any frown upside down. So smile away the ruby way!
Gorgeous, glorious, glamorous red ruby jewelry is here to stay!

Be wrapped in elegant splendor and sheer delight when you’re wrapped in rubies that fit and look just right!
“That large red stone in the ring on your hand is so stunning I can’t look away.”
“That’s my natural ruby ring. I don’t take it off…on my finger it stays.”
“What if you want to change it up a bit and wear a different ring one day?”
“Then I’ll add other ruby rings to other fingers…red gemstones all the way.”
“I want to get me some ruby jewelry that stands out…a ring that fits on my thumb!”
“Wow. I’ll get a ruby thumb ring too and we’ll both look like the bomb!”
Rubies: Red gemstones consisting of exquisite beauty and real red razz-ma-tazz!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

What is it about a lace fabric that gives the material that extra flare of femininity and beauty? It’s the delicate, demure, dazzling look that lace creates.
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or hand. Originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used to make lace, but now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available.
Dress lusciously and lovely in lace! Exquisite fashion taste!

Lace Fun Fact: The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, strin, from Latin laceum, akin to lacere, to entice or snare.
The origins 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 the year 1485 by Hans Memling. Since lace evolved from other techniques, it is impossible to say that it originated in any one place.
Win the fashion race: elegant and lovely in lace!

Nancy Mangano’s Lace Fashion Tip: Although I find all lace garments to be beautiful, beguiling and alluring, I feel lace clothing is the most regal and luxurious in black or white. Black lace denotes royalty and mystery, while white lace gives off an aura of innocence and youth. All lace clothing comes across as dainty, feminine and glamorous.
Lace Fun Fact: The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace; both needle lace and bobbin lace became dominant in fashion as well as home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.

Popular Types of Lace:

  1. Bobbin Lace – Made with bobbins and a pillow.
  2. Chemical Lace – The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif.
  3. Crocheted Lace – Includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
  4. Cutwork Lace – Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads are wrapped or filled with embroidery.
  5. Knitted Lace – Shetland lace, such as the ‘wedding ring shawl’, a lace shawl so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  6. Knotted Lace – Includes macramé and tatting.
  7. Machine Made Lace – Any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  8. Needle Lace – Lace made using a needle and thread.
  9. Tape Lace – Makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine or hand made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.

Fill your closet with droves of lace…a sure win and never a money waste!

Historical Patrons and Lace Makers:

  1. Giovanna Dandolo
  2. Barbara Uthmann
  3. Morosina Morosini
  4. Frederico de Vinciolo
  5. Rosa Elena Egipciaco
  6. Scranton Lace Company

In addition to fabulous clothing, lace is exquisite material for making doilies and ribbons.

Lace Fun Fact: 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 the European continent. The popularity of lace increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe.
In North America in the 19th century, missionaries spread the knowledge of lace making to the Native American tribes.
Wrap yourself in glorious lace for a stylish, elegant, great fashion vibe!

Lace Fun Fact: St. John Francis Regis guided many women into the lace making and embroidery trade, which is why he became the Patron Saint of lace making.
“I love the classy dress that you’re wearing and the way the fabric plays peek-a-boo.”
“This is my gorgeous black lace dress, it covers enough but leaves some skin showing through.”
“You are the most lavished dress woman in the room. Surely a lovely sight.”
“A true fashion diva has come to town. I’m having an exceptional, wonderful night.”
“I might try your signature style but add some leather to my lace.”
“Marvelous darling. You’ll show your over-the-top, dazzling fashion taste!”
Lace Clothing: Make no mistake about it, when dressed head-to-toe in lace garments you’ll be a stunning fashion hit!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Everyone cares about the look and feel of their skin, wanting to love, soothe and protect the skin that you’re wrapped in. When it comes to the face, this is particularly true, as your facial skin is one of the first things others will see and notice when they look at you.
One way to help keep your facial skin hydrated, nourished, moisturized, fresh, clean and clear is with facials, cleansers and creams.
A facial is a family of skin care treatments for the face, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, cleansers, facial masks, peels and massages. Facials are normally performed in beauty salons and spas, and can be used for general skin health as well as to treat specific skin conditions. Types of facials include the European facial, LED light therapy facials, mini-facials and the face cream moisturizing facial.

Most all facials are performed with some type of face cleansers and creams, or moisturizing creams. A cream is a topical preparation usually for application to the skin. Creams may be considered pharmaceutical products, as even cosmetic creams are based on techniques developed by pharmacies, and unmedicated creams are highly used in a variety of skin conditions.
Uses for Face Cleansers and Moisturizing Creams:

  1. To protect the skin
  2. To aid in the retention of moisture
  3. As a cleansing agent
  4. For emollient effects

Facial Cream Fun Fact: Although face creams use different ingredients, the four main ingredients in face creams are water, oil, emulsifier and a thickening agent.

Facials, cleansers and creams: your skin’s luxurious dream!
How to Do an At-Home Facial:

  1. Cleanse (Wash) Your Face: Cleansing removes dirt, oil and makeup and gives your face a clean slate.
  2. Exfoliate: Exfoliating is imperative for creating a healthier, smoother skin appearance.
  3. Steam: Steaming is generally the most relaxing and cleansing part of the facial, opening skin follicles/facial pores.
  4. Extractions: Helps remove blemishes.
  5. Treatment Mask: This is the heart of any facial. This is when your skin is most ready to receive nutrients, as the skin has been cleansed, exfoliated and steamed.
  6. Tone: Apply a cream or mist toner to the skin.
  7. Moisturize: Pick your favorite oil or face cream and apply to your face and around the eyes.
  8. Wahlah, a gorgeous you!

Facial Cleanser Fun Fact: But wait! With so many facial cleansers and moisturizers on the market to choose from, how does a busy fashion diva select one quickly so as not to waste any of her precious time, and ensure the product works?  Check out The Best Facial Cleanser article conducted and posted by for some fast, thorough, much needed help!

The Best Facial Cleanser

Facial Cleanser and Moisturizing Tips:

  1. The way you apply cleansers and moisturizers can have an affect on the outcome.
  2. Never skip your evening skin care routine.
  3. Pay attention to your skin’s specific needs.
  4. The best time to cleanse and moisturize your skin is during your morning and evening skin routine, or after bathing/showering.

Let’s give a round of applause to the soothing, shimmering, smooth results of facial cleansers and moisturizers! A delicious taste for your face!
Adore the skin that you’re in. Goopy gels never looked so good!

Every fashion gal cares about her skin. In addition to facial cleansers and creams, anti-aging creams are a major market seller. Anti-aging creams are predominantly moisturizer based, cosmetic skin care products marketed with the promise of making the consumer look younger by reducing, masking or preventing signs of skin aging. These signs are sagging skin, wrinkles, redness, skin yellowing and poor skin texture and tone. Traditionally, anti-aging creams have been marketed towards women, but products specifically targeting men are growing in popularity.

Nourish, replenish, cleanse, moisturize and feed the skin that your lovely face is wrapped in! Face cleansers and creams are a definite win!
“Your face looks so smooth and youthful. Your face radiates with warmth and light.”
“Yes, I use a facial cleanser and a moisturizer that shines and works just right.”
“You glow with the radiance of a child, no blemish or wrinkle in sight.”
“My cleanser and moisturizer works so well as I massage them into my face each night.”
“If I’m not overstepping my bounds, may I rub your facial skin so delicate and soft?”
“Certainly. Since my facial skin is so fresh and clean, they’ll be no makeup to rub off!”
Facial Cleansers and Creams: Keep your skin fit for a true fashion queen! You’ll definitely be seen!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Whether you know the correct name or not (Pixie Dress) most everyone recognizes a pixie dress when they see one. Flowing lace or chiffon fabric, layered hems, light, whimsical style. Pixie dresses give off a “girly girl” vibe.
Pixies are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the high moorland areas around Devon and Cornwell, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name. Akin to the Irish and Scottish Aos Si, pixies are believed to inhabit ancient underground ancestor sites such as stone circles, barrows, dolmens, ringforts or menhirs.
Let’s do the Pixie Prance and dance our way into fashion fun!

Pixie dresses very much resemble fairy clothing and are a popular garment for women and girls.
Pixie Fun Fact: In addition to dresses, there is the popular hairstyle known as the pixie cut. A pixie cut is a short hairstyle, generally short on the back and the sides of the head, and slightly longer on the top. The pixie cut is a variant of the crop cut. Depending on the style, pixie cuts range from as short as one half inch in some places to two or three inches long in others. Pixie cuts are easy to maintain and can be worn casually, or dressed up for special occasions. Celebrities who have sported pixie cuts include Anne Hathaway, Annie Lennox, Tyra Banks, Carey Mulligan, Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, Halle Berry, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Michelle Williams.
Pixie haircuts were first popularized in the 1950s when Audrey Hepburn wore the style in her debut film “Roman Holiday”, and later in the 1960s by actress Mia Farrow and British supermodel Twiggy.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). A dress consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs. A dress can be any one-piece garment consisting of a skirt in any length.
A plus of the pixie dress? Pixie dresses run the gamut from short to midi to maxi length, and can be worn as a formal or informal garment. The best way to wear a short pixie? With a rocking pair of knee length or thigh high boots. If you’re looking for a more dainty, demure look, go with a sandal or ballet slipper.
As for me, a staunch lover of the high heeled shoe, I would decorate a pixie dress by wearing a gorgeous 5 or 6 inch feminine heel! Let’s keep the exquisite style look real!

Pixie Fun Fact: In traditional regional lore, pixies are generally benign, mischievous, short of stature and attractively childlike. They are fond of dancing and gather outdoors in huge numbers to dance through the night. In modern times they are usually depicted with pointed ears, and are often wearing a green pixie outfit and pointed hat (think Tinkerbell)!
In modern use, the term pixie can be synonymous with fairies or sprites.
Pleasantly pretty in a pixie dress!

Pixie Fun Fact: The origin of the name ‘pixie’ is uncertain. Some have speculated the name comes from the Swedish dialectal ‘pyske’ meaning ‘wee little fairy’. Others have disputed this, claiming that the term pixie is Celtic in origin. Pixie mythology is believed to pre-date Christian presence in Britain.
Pixie Characteristics as Described in Folklore and Fiction:

  1. Pixies are often ill-clothed or naked.
  2. Some pixies are said to steal children or to lead travelers astray.
  3. Pixies bring blessings to those who are fond of them.
  4. Pixies are drawn to horses, riding them for pleasure and making tangled ringlets in the manes of the horses they ride.
  5. Pixies are great explorers, familiar with the caves of the ocean, the hidden sources of the streams and the recesses of the land.
  6. Some find pixies to have a human origin or to partake of human nature.

For lighthearted folklore and those who love mythology, stories of pixies will have you whistling Dixie!

Pixie Day is an old tradition which takes place annually in the East Devon town of Ottery St. Mary in the month of June. The day commemorates a legend of pixies being banished from the town to local caves known as the “Pixie’s Parlour.” The Pixie Day legend originates from the early days of Christianity, when a local bishop decided to build a church in Otteri (Ottery St. Mary), and commissioned a set of bells to come from Wales, and to be escorted by monks on their journey.
“I love the frilly, dainty dress you’re in. Do you sprinkle fairy dust?”
“I accent my dress with glitter, beads, and sparkles…bedazzle is a must!”
“Your dress is so light and airy, it looks as if you added wings you could fly away.”
“But I’m having so much fun at this party right here is where I want to stay.”
“You look so pleasantly appealing in a pixie…a mix of lady and little girl.”
“Stand up and dance with me…I’ll twirl the layered hem and give it a whirl!”
Pixie Dresses: Perfect feminine attire for women and girls!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano

Yes, as a fashion maven I am fully aware that showing one’s ankles is considered sexy and charming. As a shoe horse, I’m also completely sold on ankle boots,  a shoe that invariably covers the ankles! As in anything, there is a time and a place for everything!
A fashion boot is a boot worn for reasons of style and fashion rather than for utilitarian purposes (i.e., not hiking boots, riding boots, rain boots, etc.).  The term fashion boots generally applies to women’s boots. Fashion boots come in a variety of styles, from ankle boots to thigh length, and are worn for casual, formal and business attire.
Ankle boots give your feet something to glow about!

Ankle boots are the mostly widely worn style of fashion boots, a great shoe to wear under pants or with a skirt or dress of any length. Ankle boots can vary in length from booties or shoe boots (effectively a shoe boot that skims the ankle) to boots that cover the lower part of the calf.
Fashion Boot Fun Fact: Although boots were a popular style of women’s footwear in the Nineteenth century, they weren’t recognized as a high fashion item until the 1960s. Boots became widely popular in the 1970s and have remained a staple of women’s winter wardrobes to date.
Whether you arrive early or fashionably late, when you step in wearing alluring ankle boots, people will adore the shoes that you’re in!

American designer Beth Levine is widely credited as the first person to introduce boots into Haute Couture. As early as 1953, Beth Levine introduced under the Herbert Levine label a calf-length boot in white kidskin. In 1957, Herbert Levine produced an entire collection based around fashion boots, and calf-high, kitten heeled fashion boots for women began to grow in popularity.
Rising dress hemlines and the availability of new, brightly colored artificial materials such as PVC combined to make boots an attractive fashion option for women. As skirts became shorter during the 1960s (think miniskirts) there was a keen interest in ankle boots, knee high boots and thigh high boots.
Let’s clap our hands, move our feet and do the ankle boot scoot boogie to the music beat! Ah, a tempting treat for the feet!

Ankle Boot Fun Fact: Ankle boots look great with skirts, dresses, shorts and pants. No matter your outfit, no matter your mood, when you are dressed in ankle boots, your entire clothing ensemble is pulled together with a sexy fashion attitude!
The Standard Boot Design:

  1. Fashion boots employ the same range of soles and heels as found in other shoes (rubber, canvas, stiletto heel, flat, thick heel, high heel, etc.).
  2. In boots, the shaft height varies.
  3. Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches.
  4. Calf-length boots have a shaft height of 8 to 15 inches.
  5. Knee-length boots have a shaft height of 15 – 19 inches.
  6. Thigh-high boots have a shaft height of 19 or more inches.
  7. The shaft of a fashion boot can be fitted or loose.
  8. Boots can be pulled onto the foot or be fitted using fasteners, such as laces, zippers, and/or buttons.

A fun closet is a closet ankle deep in ankle boots!

Fashion Boots Fun Fact: Although fashion boots, and particularly ‘go-go boots’, are often described as typical of the 1960s fashion, it wasn’t until the 1970s that boots became a mainstream fashion staple for women. For many women in the 1960s, boots were seen as a superfluous accessory more suitable for teenagers and college girls than grown women. In a 1968 survey posted in The New York Times, 75% of office managers surveyed disapproved of their female staff wearing boots to work. By contrast, in 1977 boots made up 20% of all women’s shoe sales in the United States.  By the end of the 1970s, Sears, Montgomery Wards and Kays sold boots from their catalogs.

Ankle boots remain a very popular staple in women’s shoes.  Ankle boots can be worn with pants and look particularly eye catching with straight legged jeans. Ankle boots are also a splendid shoe to wear as a popular, pretty alternative to sandals.
Popular Types of Women’s Fashion Boots:

  1. Ankle Boots
  2. Cowgirl Boots
  3. Go-Go Boots
  4. Kinky Boots
  5. Knee-High Boots
  6. Over-the-Knee Boots
  7. Platform Boots
  8. Russian Boots
  9. Thigh-High Boots

Let’s give a shout out and a hoot to a great, rocking pair of ankle boots!

Whether you wear your ankle boots on the catwalk, the runway, or your own signature way, when your festive feet are decorated in ankle boots you’ll enjoy every step of your day!
“Your black suede ankle boots look simply stunning as you strut down the street.”
“Yes, not only are they gorgeous to stare at, but they fit so snug and comfy on my feet.”
“So your ankle boots are truly made for walking all around the town?”
“Yes, and they are just as splendid if I run, dance or merely just sit down.”
“I adore the glamour of the ankle boot that accentuates the shape of your calf.”
“They cover my ankles but expose my legs, so you still get half-and-half!”
Ankle Boots: Strike a pose as you wear your ankle boots everywhere that you go! Put on your own “ankle boot” fashion show!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano