January 2018


Grunge fashion is the clothing, accessories and hairstyles of the grunge music genre and subculture which emerged in mid-1980s Seattle, and had reached wide popularity by the early 1990s. Embraced by Generation X as anti-fashion, grunge contrasts from the flashy excessiveness of the 1980s. Grunge fashion is characterized by durable and timeless thrift-store clothing, often worn in a loose, androgynous manner to de-emphasize the human physique/silhouette.

The grunge style of clothing was popularized by music artists Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and Pearl Jam.

Grunge Fun Fact: The term grunge was adopted by the music industry for a style of music that had become widely popular in the American northwest during the early 1990s. The term grunge first appeared in 1972, but it didn’t become a used term in widespread media until the late 1980s, influenced by the surge and decline of punk. This view made its mark on the youth of the time and translated into their choice of fashion.

The grunge fashion look started out as a combination of male and female fashion, consisting of mundane everyday clothing that could be worn everywhere. Grunge consisted of such garments as oversized striped sweaters, ripped jeans, converse tennis shoes, and unkempt hair. As grunge fashion entered the mainstream, flannel shirts and Doc Martens boots were worn as anti-fashion statements.


Grunge clothing returns with fashion action!

In women’s fashion in the 1990s, less was more and dressing down was an acceptable norm. For shoes, women started wearing clunky combat boots and Doc Martens. They typically wore slip dresses with flannels, flannels and ripped jeans, and plaid garments in layers. The clothing was paired with simple jewelry such as chokers and hoop earrings, along with dark, rich colored lipsticks. Bell bottom jeans from the 1970s came back into grunge fashion, along with baby doll T-shirts. When flannels were worn, they were oversized or tied around the waist. Hairstyles included the half-up, half-down style, and messy hair highlighted the grunge look.

Grunge Fun Fact: Fashion designer Marc Jacobs was the first designer who brought grunge to the luxury platform. In 1992, Jacobs, as the creative director of women’s design at Perry Ellis, debuted a spring collection that was inspired by grunge. The collection included some iconic grunge lines such as flannel shirts, printed grassy dresses, Doc Martens boots and knitted skullcaps. This collection became a badge of cool to the grunge culture. A few years later in 1997, Jacobs joined the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton.

Grunge clothing as a true fashion statement marches on!

Grunge Fun Fact: Grunge in men’s fashion is popular and making a mainstream comeback. Grunge is influenced by disheveled and androgynous thrift-store clothing, defined by a looseness that de-emphasizes the body’s shape. The male grunge look consists of second hand or shabby T-shirts with slogans, band logos, etc. A plaid shirt generally accompanies the T-shirt, along with ripped or faded jeans. Black combat style boots top off the outfit. Basically, the clothing is inexpensive, durable and timeless. It also runs against the grain of the flashy aesthetics in fashion that existed in the 1980s.

Grunge fashion is pure fashion fun for all generations…fashion king and queens everyone!

Grunge Today: According to a 2013 Today magazine article, the 1990s grunge is making a comeback after New York Fashion Week (NYFW), when designers shared their interpretations of Seattle’s early 1990s boho chic. This led to grunge fashion appearing in shopping malls and grunge inspired back to school looks, helping to bring the grunge look back in style today.

As fashion and music often mix, much like models and rock stars often marry, grunge fashion was born from the grunge subculture of alternative rock during the mid 1980s. The early grunge movement revolved around Seattle’s independent record label Sub Pop, and that region’s underground music scene. By the early 1990s, the popularity of grunge music had spread, with grunge bands appearing in California, then emerging in other parts of the United States and Australia, building strong followings and signing major record deals.

A byproduct of grunge music? A passion for wearing grunge fashion!

From haute couture to grunge…there is no denying that dressed down, comfortable, non-conforming grunge fashion can appeal to everyone!

“I love your ensemble of loose fitted clothes and ripped up jeans.”

“Whether I’m dressed for the Oscars or dressed in grunge, I am a fashion queen!”

“You carry the grunge style off as if the look is timeless and effortless.”

“I adorn myself in grunge in either flannels, skirts and boots or a baby doll dress.”

“My tastes tend to run more dressy and upscale. I doubt the grunge look will work on me.”

“Anyone can acclimate their style to the recognizable grunge look. Try it and see!”

Grunge: An off-beat, trendy mode of dress that works for everyone, is stylish and fun!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website




Did you know that you can completely change the look and tone of your outfit merely by the accessories you choose to wear? A casual outfit of jeans and a blouse can be turned into a dressier look by adding patent leather high heels, perhaps a strand of pearls, diamond or gemstone earrings and bangle bracelets. Jewelry, hats, scarves and other accessories can turn a drab outfit into a dazzling outfit that works for all occasions.

Why not take it a step further and let a Mobile Styles beauty specialist paint your face to cosmetic perfection? Everything you need to go the “glamour girl” direction!





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Jewelry is adored by both women and men and is worn for personal adornment. Various items of jewelry consist of rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants, chokers, bracelets, anklets and pins. Other popular types of accessories include gloves, scarves, body piercings, stockings and hats.

Sheer fabric, sometimes referred to as see-through clothing, is fabric which is made using thin thread and/or low density knit, and which results in a semi-transparent and flimsy cloth. Some fabrics become transparent when wet. Sheer clothing is often made with lace, mesh or sheer material that allows the wearer’s body or undergarments to be seen through the fabric. Other see-through materials include chiffon, georgette and fine-denier knits used in tights and stockings, dancewear and lingerie.

Sheer garments that look incredible when worn consist of pants, shirts, dresses and gowns!

The sheerness of a fabric is expressed as a numerical denier which ranges from 3 (extremely rare, very thin, barely visible) to 15 (standard sheer for stockings) up to 30 (semi opaque) until 100 (opaque). The materials which can be translucent include gossamer, silk, rayon and nylon. Sheer fabric comes in a wide variety of colors, with white and shades of white, such as cream, eggshell, winter white and ivory being very popular. Black is another great color for sheer clothing. In some cases, the sheer fabric is embellished with embroidered patterns or designs. Sheer beauty!

Wearing sheer clothing for the sheer pleasure of it!

Sheer fabric is extremely popular in evening gowns. As sheer clothing tends to look sultry, elegant and fashionable, dressy clothing is the perfect item to show off the beauty and bold look of sheer fabrics.

Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: Sheer fabrics wear well in warmer months, although they work all year round. Sheer fabrics look spectacular covering undergarments, providing a provocative yet conservative style at the same time. Throughout the 19th century women’s dresses, particularly for summer or evening wear, often featured transparent fabrics. However, these were almost always lined or worn over opaque undergarments, or  underdresses, so that the wearer’s modesty was preserved.

Wrapping your diva self in sheer clothing brings sheer delight!

A fashionable garment in the early 20th century was the “peekaboo waist”, a blouse made from sheer fabric. See-through and transparent clothing became very fashionable in the latter part of the 1960s. The see-through look was presented by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and in London, Ossie Clark presented sheer chiffon dresses intended to be worn without underwear. This trend led to jewelry designers creating “body jewelry” to be worn with sheer blouses and low-cut dresses.

Sheer clothing offsets a woman’s physique and beauty when worn with either long or short tresses!

Famous Portraits Showing Women in Sheer Clothing:

  1. Marie Antoinette
  2. Point de Convention
  3. Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Levesen Gower
  4. Portrait of Elena Cherikova Stroganova
  5. Portrait of Two Sisters
  6. The Gallery of H.M.S. Calcutta
  7. Portrait of Sonja Knips

Create your own fashion portrait of sheer sensual style when you dress in sheer fabrics…bring on that smile!

See-through materials of various kinds continue to be available for a wide range of clothing styles. Sheer fabrics have been featured on high-fashion runways since 2006. This use of see-through fabrics as a common element in designer clothing resulted in the “sheer fashion trend” that has been predominant in fashion circles since 2008.

Sheer fabrics, due to their sultry, soft, elegant appeal and allure work well as material to use in true haute couture!

Sheer Fabric: High end clothing, for sure!

Sheer Clothing Fun Fact: A see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to a charity fashion show in 2002 was sold at auction on March 17, 2011 for $127,500.

“I cannot pass up this chance to tell you of my sheer delight in viewing your sheer clothing.”

“My see-through garments look fantastic whether I’m off to a party or merely strolling.”

“You do wear them well, presenting dainty undergarments and a little bit of skin.”

“In order to pull this look off you should be 100 percent comfortable in the skin you’re in.”

“You do move like a fashionista…sensual, confident with much sass and style.”

“I walk with the grace and charm of a diva…whether I move one step or one mile.”

Sheer Clothing: For the sheer royal pleasure of it!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website



It makes no difference if your hair length preference is long or short, there is no denying that sleek, silky, straight hair looks fabulous! Lustrous, smooth, straight hair frames all face shapes and wears well with all types of clothing and garments. Even hats!

What exactly is this “hair” that we all love and crave and spend so much time washing, drying, styling and cutting? Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus  hair. Most common interests in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably alpha-keratin.

Curls are glorious and represent a girl with her sugar and spice, but straight, sensuous, sexy hair always looks nice!

For a knock-out look that will bang one out of the park, wispy or blunt bangs worn with straight hair look youthful, playful and fabulous!

Hair Fun Fact: The word “hair” usually refers to two distinct structures: the hair follicle (the part beneath the skin), and the hair 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: the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla.

Each and every strand of hair is made up of the cuticle, cortex and medulla.

Silky straight hair, when flowing down the back, can cause an eye popping, alluring heart attack! Sheer straight beauty.

How do you obtain straight hair, especially if your hair tends to be naturally wavy or curly?

Three Ways to Straighten Your Hair:

  1. Using a hot iron or flat iron
  2. Using a blow dryer or hair dryer
  3. Using natural ways

Hot irons work well because they provide heat, and heat acts as a hair straightener. If you take small sections of your hair, and run the hot/flat iron down each section from the scalp to the ends, your hair will obtain the silky straight texture that you are trying to create.

Hair dryers and blow dryers work much the same way. If you take a sturdy, good styling brush and place the blow dryer on your roots, then take the brush the entire way down to your ends, keeping the blow dryer moving along with the brush, your hair will automatically straighten. This is why if your hair is damp and wavy, applying heat from the blow dryer and continually brushing the hair, the waves will be removed.

For cost effective flat irons and blow dryers that work magical hair wonders, why not try one of these items?

KIPOZI Professional Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straightener with Digital LCD Display ,Dual Voltage,Instant Heat Up(1.75 inch wide,black)

Magnifeko 1875W Professional Hair Dryer with Ionic Conditioning – Powerful, Fast Hairdryer Blow Dryer – 2 Speeds, 3 Heat Settings

For hair that is sure to mesmerize and illuminate, go straight!

Straight Hair Fashion Tip: For those of you with brittle or damaged hair, you can still obtain glamorous, silky, straight tresses naturally! Good news!


  1. Brush wet hair until it dries.
  2. Wrap wet hair tightly. You can wrap your wet hair in a silk scarf and sleep on it to reduce frizz.
  3. Roll your hair. This works with large rollers. Let your hair dry completely before you remove the rollers, then brush.
  4. Ponytails. Divide damp hair into two low ponytails, then add additional elastics every inch or so down the ponytail to hold the hair together. When the hair is dry, remove the ponytails and elastic. Brush to straighten.
  5. Twist hair into a bun. Wrap damp hair into a bun and don’t cover…let your hair air dry, the brush out.

To all of these methods, add a few drops of sweet almond or coconut oil to tame frizz and smooth out the look. For selfie or magazine ready hair, spray hair gloss over the hair. Beautiful, alluring and easy hair care!

Straight hair is chic, stylish, trendy and classy, for a head of hair that mixes sweet school girl with savvy and sassy!

Four Types of Hair Classifications:

  1. Straight Hair
  2. Wavy Hair
  3. Curly Hair
  4. Kinky Hair

Whatever your natural hair type, yes, attractive all, even kinky, wavy and curly hair can be styled for a straight fall.

Sleek, straight hair for the long and short of it!

“Your hair is so straight and soft. May I run my fingers through your tresses?”

“You can look but don’t touch. Would you want me pawing all your dresses?”

“I would think hair that straight would look thin, but your hair is thick and full.”

“My hair is also chic, shiny and glimmering….never breaking, dry or dull.”

“Is your hair naturally straight or do you style it to fall luxuriously straight down?”

“I use a flat iron strand by strand for a hairstyle that works in business and around town.”

Straight Hair: A classic hairstyle that needs no explanation…either for the long or short of it!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website









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.


If it’s all in the eyes, and the eyes are the windows to our souls, why not draw from the magnetism, mystery and hard-to-read feline that is the cat? Cats very much beat to their own drum, and live their nine lives on their own terms, answering to none!

Everyone, even if you aren’t a cat lover, are drawn into cats’ eyes! Mysterious, mesmerizing and wise!

In the realm of fashion and cosmetics, the cat eye is a dramatic, classic look that often takes time and practice to master to perfection. The flick, or wing, is the toughest, but by far the most important, part of creating the perfect cat eye. With the help of eye shadow, mascara, and the infamous eyeliner, you can wear the alluring, appealing, coveted cat eye to sheer magnetic genius.

The cosmetic item that makes the distinct cat eye like no other is all in the eyeliner. Heavy, thick, usually black eyeliner, drawn out as the flick or the wing.

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is a cosmetic used to define the eyes. It is applied around the contours of the eye(s) to create a variety of aesthetic effects. Eyeliner was first used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a dark black line around the eyes. As early as 10,000 BC, Egyptians and Mesopotamians wore various cosmetics, including eyeliner, not only for visual effect but to protect the skin from the desert sun. The characteristic of having heavily lined eyes has been frequently depicted in ancient Egyptian art.

The Cat Eye: Slinky, sultry, sensational!

How to Make the Dramatic Cat Eye with Eyeliner:

  1. Put on the eye shadow of your choice, starting at the lash line and extending out to the crease of the eye.
  2.  Find the right angle for your wing (the extended line made with eyeliner that gives a slimming, catlike appearance to the eye).
  3. Make a dot to indicate the tip of your wing on each eye.
  4. Draw a line connecting the dot to the outer corner of your eye.
  5. Draw another line connecting the dot to the middle of your upper lash line.
  6. Fill in the outline you have made.
  7. Clean up any mistakes with a pointed Q-tip.
  8. Draw a thin line along your upper lash line, beginning at the inside corner of your eye, near your tear duct.
  9. Thicken the line as it gets closer toward the outer corner of your eye.
  10. Extend the eyeliner past the corner of your eyes.
  11. Finish with heavy, thick black mascara for a look that is provocative, sexy and dramatic!

Cat Eye Tip: If you have a round eye try a thicker wing and line. If you prefer to extend your lash line and make your eyes look bigger, draw a curved line instead of a straight line. Make sure that the line is curving downward!

How to perfect cat eyes to the cats meow!

The perfect cat eye is all in the eyeliner!

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is commonly used in a daily makeup routine to define the eye and/or create the look of a wider or smaller eye. Eyeliner can be used as a tool to create various looks, as well as highlighting different features of the eyes. Eyeliner can be placed in various parts of the eye to create different looks with a winged eyeliner or tight lined at the waterline.

Tight lining is the use of eyeliner against the waterline and under the lashes of the upper lid, and above the lashes of the lower lid. Tight lining is a technique which makes the eyelashes appear to start father back on the eyelid, thus making them look longer. Gel eyeliner and a small angled brush work best to create this look.

Eyeliner can be drawn above upper lashes or below lower lashes, or both. Eyeliner’s primary purpose it is to make the lashes look lush and long, but it also draws attention to the eye, and can enhance or even change the eye’s shape.

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is available in a wide range of hues, from the common black (mega-dramatic), brown, gray, bright primary colors, pastels, frosty silvers, golds and glitter-flecked colors.

Slink yourself into any room in any town with a dramatic, mysterious cat eye wing in a daring black or brown!

Cat eyes are simply stunning!

In order to make the most exquisite, energizing cat eye, your eyeliner should be clearly defined. Save a smudged or lighter eyeliner for a more subtle, yet still beautiful, eye.

The Five Main Types of Eyeliner Available on the Market:

  1. Gel Eyeliner: A softer, gel liner.
  2. Kohl Eyeliner: A soft powder available in dark matte shades.
  3. Liquid Eyeliner: An opaque liquid that usually comes in a small bottle and is typically applied with a small sharp-tipped brush.
  4. Powder Based Eyeliner:  Eyeliner that comes in a wood pencil.
  5. Wax Based Eyeliner: Pencils are softer pencils and contain waxes that ease application.

Whichever eyeliner you choose, whichever wing type you prefer, when drawing the perfect cat eyes, you’ll create a sultry purr!

Traditional wax based eyeliners are made from about 20 components. Stearyl heptanoate is found in most cosmetic eyeliner. Typical pigments include black iron oxide, as well as smaller amounts of titanium dioxide and Prussian blue.

“I think I’ll spend my time at home tonight attempting to master the cat.”

“I saw you as a dog lover…I would have never guessed cat. Imagine that!”

“You know I’m a true glamour girl. I’m referring to drawing on the perfect cat eyes.”

“The trick is all in the eyeliner. Black, heavy, dramatic, thick, altering the eye size.”

“The perfect cat eye needs the wing or the flick to extend out past the corner of the eye.”

“I believe you’ll master the mysterious, alluring, sultry cat eye on your very first try!”

Cat Eyes: No matter your skin type, skin tone, eye shape or eye color, if you enter the party with marvelous cat eyes you’ll stand out like no other!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website








Whether you’re wearing a boot, giving someone ‘the boot’, or unclamping a boot from your car wheel, make no bones about it, the boot is a popular item! In the realm of fashion and style, a sure fire way to boot up your closet with an ideal fashion boost is by adding a knock-out, gorgeous, sensual pair of thigh high boots!

A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle, while some also cover some part of the lower calf, the knee and on up the thigh. I’ve even seen some over-the-top boots that extend up the hip. How hip is that boot?

Ah, the eye turning, eye catching, eye popping boot wonder that is known as the thigh high boot!

Thigh high boots, known also as thigh length boots or simply thigh boots, are boots that extend above the knee to at least mid-thigh. Other terms for this stunning footwear include over-the-knee boots, and especially when cuffed, pirate boots. Lengths vary from reaching just over the knee to reaching almost to the crotch (referred to as crotch boots or crotch high boots).

Thigh High Boots Fun Fact: Thigh high boots are made of materials ranging from various leathers to various synthetic materials (including vinyl, polyurethane or latex), to various fabrics such as silk or polyester microfiber. Many are constructed with zippers, but some are designed as pull on boots. Heel heights vary, but most styles are with heels greater than 3 inches (7.5cm). Heel styles vary from metal spikes to chunky or platform soles.

There is no other footwear on the fashion market as daring, bold, beautiful and provocative as a stiletto heeled thigh high boot!

Does the va va voom vixen in you silently wish to wear thigh high boots, but you’re too meek to show them off? Make this the year of giving in to the true fashion diva that you are, no matter anyone’s opinion, no matter if you’re walking or riding in a car!

Guilty Shoes Sexy Pull Up Stiletto Slouchy High Heel Over The Knee Thigh High Boots Boots, Taupev1 Suede, 7.5 (B) M US

Women’s Over The Knee Boots Block Heel Drawstring Thigh High Stretchy Boot Black 9

Thigh High Boot Fun Fact: Laced leather boots were fashionable for women throughout the Victorian period. In the world of women’s fashion, thigh high boots run through cycles of both popularity and design. As referenced by many authors, the popularity of the motion picture Pretty Woman hurt the credibility of thigh high boots being worn as wardrobe staples. Nevertheless, in any fall fashion season, at least one or more designers and retailers will take a chance on the thigh high boot’s magnetic appeal and showcase the vixen thigh high boot.

Marketing Channels for the Thigh High Boot:

  1. Couture Fashion Designers
  2. Fashion Designers
  3. Couture Shoe Designers
  4. Boutique Brands
  5. Fashion Retailers
  6. Shoe Retailers

A number of couture shoe design houses regularly include thigh high boots in their collections, and the price point will be at a premium, just as with the couture fashion designer.

Designers that Premiere Thigh High Boots in Their Collection:

  1. Brian Atwood
  2. Manolo Biahnik
  3. Jimmy Choo
  4. Gucci
  5. Halston
  6. Christian Louboutin
  7. Sergio Rossi (Gucci Group)
  8. Louis Vuitton
  9. Stuart Weitzman
  10. Giuseppe Zanotti (Vicini S p.A.)

Italian Boutique Brands that are Staples of Thigh High Boots:

  1. Gianmarco Lorenzi
  2. Left and Right
  3. Le Silla
  4. Loriblu
  5. Icone

The price for these exquisite boots can be very high, particularly at retail boutiques, but will vary more than for couture designs.  The boots run up the thigh, the price may be sky high, but the fabulous boot is always worth your fashion try!

Boot Fun Fact: Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 BC, these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the feet and lower leg, often up to the knee. A type of soft leather ankle boots were worn by nomads in eastern Asia and carried to China, India and Russia around AD 1200 to 1500 by Mongol invaders.

And, as with all fashion, the practicality of the boot went out the window and the aesthetic pleasure and allure of the boot stepped in, in the fantastic, fabulous form of the thigh high boot! A sexy, sensual boot that looks and fits just right!

The thigh high boot: provocative, alluring, bold and cute!

That boot that goes up over your thigh has certainly caught my eye!

Perhaps I ought to buy me a pair and give the courageous boot a try!

Whether you’re on the catwalk, taking a Sunday stroll or walking a mall, when you step out in a glamorous pair of thigh high boots you’ll stand tall above them all!

“I can’t help but notice your long legs and how you walk with a strut and style.”

“I’m sure it’s my thigh high boots that caught your eye and brought about your smile.”

“The black patent leather material shimmers and glows and looks soft to the feel.”

“Not to mention the boots hug my thighs and stand high on a six inch heel.”

“I do believe that I must dub you the queen of the daring, sensual, appealing shoe.”

“I’ll wear the title proudly because as a shoe connoisseur only the thigh high boot will do!”

Thigh High Boots: The beautiful boot that let’s you stand out in a crowd! The oomph of the boot shouts style out loud!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website




Just like your body requests water to quench thirst, hydrate your body and stay healthy, your skin requests water and moisture to stay soft, smooth and blemish free. A great way to feed your facial skin from the outside is with a relaxing, nourishing facial.

A facial is a family of skin care treatments for the face, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels and massages. Facials are often performed in beauty salons, but are also a common spa treatment. Then there are the easy yet rewarding do it yourself facials, which you can perform in the privacy of your own home.

Facials are used for general skin health, as well as to treat specific skin conditions. Popular types of facials include the European facial, LED light therapy facials and mini-facials.

Facial Fun Fact: There are different types of facial masks (cactus, cucumber, etc.) used for different purposes:

  1. Deep Cleansing: Penetrates the pores, healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation.
  2. Brightening: Brings a gradual illumination to your skin tone.

Some masks are designed to dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster, while other masks remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing and refreshing the skin, yielding temporary and long term benefits.

Facial Mask Fun Fact: Facial masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping off with a damp cloth, or peeling a dry mask off the face. Duration for wearing a mask varies with the type of mask, and manufacturers’ usage instructions. The time of wearing the mask can range from a few minutes to overnight.  Facial masks can be found anywhere from drugstores to fine department stores, as well as beauty supply stores and salons.  Facial masks vary in consistency and form, depending on the ingredients.

Facial Moisturizer Fun Fact: A large part of the success of the facial is the type of moisturizers used. Moisturizers or emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents (often occlusives help hold water in the skin after application, humectants attract moisture and emollients help smooth the skin), specifically designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. Moisturizers increase the skin’s hydration (water content) by reducing evaporation.

Attractive woman applying moisturizer

How to Give a Facial or a Do It Yourself Facial:

  1. Start with a clean, makeup free face.
  2. Take a close look at your skin, preferably with a lamp over your face, or bright lighting. Determine the skin type: normal, dry, combination, oily.
  3. Massage your face gently with your fingertips.
  4. Steam the pores on your face using a steamer and/or very hot water.
  5. Take a paint brush or a spatula and apply a mineral rich mud or clay mask, and smooth it all over the face.
  6. Leave the beauty mask on for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Wash, rinse or peel the mask off.
  8. Apply a skin toner or astringent to the face.
  9. Apply moisturizer to the skin.
  10. Give a light spray of water to the skin to hydrate the skin.
  11. The facial is complete and your face looks youthful, radiant and glowing!

Moisturizers prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture and mask imperfections.

Preservation of Skin Types with Moisturizers:

  1. Normal Skin: Moisturizers can be used to prevent the skin from becoming too dry or oily, such as with light, non greasy water-based moisturizers. Such moisturizers often contain lightweight oils, such as cetyl alcohol, or silicone derived ingredients, such as cyclomethicone.
  2. Dry Skin: For treating skin dryness, the most appropriate moisturizers are heavier, oil based moisturizers that contain ingredients such as antioxidants, grape seed oil or dimethicone. For very dry, cracked skin, petroleum based products are preferable, as they are longer lasting than creams and are more effective in preventing water evaporation.
  3. Oily Skin: For oily skin, moisturizers can still be useful after activities causing skin dryness. For oily skin, water based moisturizers that are specifically non-comedogenic are preferable.
  4. Aging Skin: Appropriate moisturizers to keep aging skin soft and well hydrated are oil based ones that contain petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants or alpha hydroxy acids against wrinkles.
  5. Sensitive Skin: On sensitive skin, (skin susceptible to skin irritations, redness, itching or rashes), it is preferable to use moisturizers which contain soothing ingredients such as chamomile or aloe, and that minimize potential allergens such as fragrances or dyes.

Fancy faces deserve fresh facials!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a marvelous face cream!

Facial Fun Fact: Using natural ingredients, nuts or sugar may be used as exfoliants, while honey, mayonnaise, cucumber, strawberries or even chocolate may be used as facial masks. Warning: These face masks are made to be worn, not eaten!

“Your face has such a healthy glow; with a radiance and illumination divine.”

“I gave myself a face mask treatment and moisturizer…a facial that intertwined.”

“The results are truly exquisite: your skin looks supple and healthy as can be.”

“You left out youthful, stunning and smooth…completely blemish free.”

“I believe I’ll book a facial so my skin looks as young and lovely as yours.”

“Or do an at home facial…you’ll be impressed with the results and hide facial pores.”

Facials: For a healthy, luscious face with firm skin and wrinkles erased!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website







Most people think of sweaters as  knitted garments intended to cover the torso and arms to keep warm. Sweaters can also be worn as dresses for the comfort, appeal and sheer aesthetic pleasure of being wrapped in visual and chic pleasure.

Sweater dresses are perfect clothing items to be worn in cool weather, allowing the wearer to pass on a blazer or jacket, yet still maintain a comfortable body temperature. Not only are sweater dresses stylish and trendy, but they are cozy, fashionable and easy to move in.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress (also known as a frock or gown) 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 can be any one piece garment containing a skirt of any length. Dresses can be both formal or informal.

Sweater Fun Fact: The term ‘sweater’ is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Although the term often refers to a pullover, a sweater can also refer to a cardigan, a garment that opens and fastens down the front. Various necklines are found, although the V-neck, turtleneck and the crew neck are the most popular.

Sweater dresses mix the eye candy appeal of the garment along with the practicality of maintaining easy body movement and warmth.

Wear your comfort everyday…the splendid sweater dress way!

For eye catching, gorgeous sweater dresses, every closet should hold this practical yet body hugging turtleneck:

V28 Women Vintage Cowl Neck Stripe Kint Stretchable Elasticity Long Sleeve Slim Fit Sweater Dress XS/S US 2-8 Black

The sweater dress: a fashion must that’s never a miss!

Sweater Dress Fun Fact: Knitted fabrics are generally somewhat elastic and have a softer hand (feel or drape) than woven fabrics. Sweaters that are more tightly fitted, or have soft drape, may conform well to the body without requiring the tailoring often necessary in a woven garment such as darts, flares and gores. Even when such shaping is used, it can be knit into the fabric itself, without requiring seams.

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: Of all the dresses on the fashion market, I find sweater dresses wear the best when worn with a great pair of high heeled boots. Be it ankle boots, knee high boots or thigh high boots, a wonderful pair of boots mixed with a darling, sensual sweater dress brings out your best boot scoot boogie!

My oh my…your elegant sweater dress is pretty, provocative and pleasing to the eye!

Dress Fun Fact: Before the Victorian period, the word ‘dress’ usually referred to a general overall mode of attire for either men or women, as reflected in such phrases as “evening dress”, “morning dress”, “travelling dress”, and so on, rather than to a specific garment. By the early 20th century, both ‘gown’ and ‘frock’ were essentially synonymous with ‘dress’, although gown was more often used for a formal, heavy or full length garment, and frock or dress for a lightweight, shorter, or informal dress. Only in the last few decades has gown lost its general meaning of a woman’s garment in the United States in favor of ‘dress.’

Popular Types of Sweaters:

  1. Hoodie
  2. Jacket
  3. Sweater Curse
  4. Sweater Design
  5. Twinset
  6. Cardigan
  7. Jersey
  8. Sweater Vest

Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor. For the next fifty years fashionable dresses became short (1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years with their restrictions on fabric), then long (the “New Look”). Today? Any preferred dress length goes…as all true fashion divas know!

Sweater Fun Fact: The uniforms that present day ice hockey players wear are sometimes referred to as ‘sweaters’, although they usually more closely resemble the jerseys worn in other sports like soccer. This is because original uniforms were simply sweaters with the team’s logo stitched on the front. As technology changed, so did the uniforms, as actual sweaters absorbed too much moisture and became weighed down and bulky throughout the course of the game.

However, with all the excitement of watching an ice hockey game, wearing a sweater to the game as a spectator is a grand idea, as ice rinks can get freezing! A whole lot of freezing, fashion fun for everyone!

Who said sweaters were simply to keep warm? Step out in a lovely, versatile sweater dress for a fashion adrenalin shot in the arm!

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: For a perfect hour glass figure look, wear a loose fitting sweater dress with a belt around the waist! This will accentuate the waistline while making the bust and hips look smaller.

“Excuse me, but I didn’t anticipate the cold. May I borrow the sweater you’re in?”

“If you look harder you’ll see my sweater is my actual dress. Take it off, I show skin!”

“That would probably be uncomfortable for you. Embarrassed am I.”

“That is fine. I suggest a sweater dress for you…they are comfortable and simply divine.”

“The sweater does hug your body in all the right places and looks cozy at the same time.”

“Yes. You’ll need to get your own sweater dress for the experience. I’ll be keeping mine!”

The Sweater Dress: A gorgeous garment and conversation piece for the fashion gal who’s ahead of her time!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website







Happy New Year! With each new year, we bring in parties, dreams, resolutions, new beginning and hope. As is true with so many things, out with the old and in with the new.

New Year is the time in which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many countries celebrate the event in some manner, and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday!

One sure thing about bringing in the new year are New Year’s Eve parties galore. The New Year is recognized around the world and festivities, fireworks, food and fun are celebrated worldwide. For those of you attending a party, New Year’s Eve is generally a time of dress up and feasting in fancy duds. May I suggest the always popular, never out of style, always elegant little black dress?

A little black dress (LBD) is 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 was intended to be long lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible to the widest possible market in a neutral color.

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 should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, worn with a blazer and pumps for daytime business wear or worn with ornate jewelry, accessories and stiletto heels for evening wear or a formal event, such as a wedding, cocktail party or ball.

The little black dress is the most stunning, glamourous and gorgeous of them all!

For those of you that want to own a little black dress that lives inside all of us:

Doramode Womens Spaghetti Strap Bodycon Sleeveless Backless Velvet Sexy Short Club Dress

LOSRLY Womens Off The Shoulder Skater High Low Homecoming Party Cocktail Dress Little Black S 4 6

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: Black has always been a color rich in symbolism. In the early 18th century, black represented romance and artistry. Black is poetic and diplomatic. In the early 20th century, black was adopted by the Romantics such as Byron, Shelley, and Keats, due to its melancholic aura. As the Victorian era began, black transitioned from a color of art to one of grief and mourning – widows were expected to wear black for at least four years!

Whether in mourning or celebrating, wearing a little black dress should not be hesitating!

Beguiling and bedazzling in the little black dress! A fashion best!

The little black dress: glamour and style for a mile!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: Since the little black dress is meant to be a staple of a woman’s wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend wouldn’t qualify because it would soon appear dated in fashion.

In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. The dress was calf length, cut straight and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford”.  Like the automaker Ford’s Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. It was also said that the little black dress would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste.’ This, as well as other designs by the house of Chanel, helped disassociate black with mourning, and reinvent it as the color of the high class, wealthy and chic.

Wear the little black dress and everyone will speak…compliments of course!

The popularity of casual fabrics, especially knits, for dress and business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress to the forefront of fashion. The grunge culture of the 1990s saw the combination of the little black dress with both sandals and combat boots, though the dress itself remained simple in cut and fabric.

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: A number of songs are titled “Little Black Dress”, with such musical talents as The Hollies, Gavin Friday, Donnie Iris, Chris Young, Fall Out Boy’s, One Direction, Sara Bareilles, and the San Diego based roots reggae band One Drop.

You are only one step away from stepping out in the little black dress that is sure to brighten your day!

The Little Black Dress: No need to play “Who wore it best?” Every fashion diva, one and all, looks regal, royal and chic dressed in the little black dress and standing tall!

“Are you going to a New Year’s Eve cocktail party? I heard they are all the rage.”

“I’ll be making a stunning entrance in a little black dress…I’ll take center stage.”

“I’ll accompany you and wear a black pin striped suit…we’ll turn every head.”

“I’ll accessorize with diamond earrings, a diamond choker and a clutch that is red.”

“Splendid. And may I ask what will be on your feet as we dance the night away?”

“Six inch stiletto black patent leather heels that will shine as we swing and sway!”

The Little Black Dress: Make no mistake about it. The little black dress will always stand out from the rest! Fashion at its best!

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, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website