American Fashion Journalist Nancy Mangano


Hairstyles can make or break a look, but one popular, classic hairdo is the braid. A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire, and, of course, hair! Compared to the process of weaving, which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow interlaced strands of hair.

In other words, completed braids resemble a criss-cross hair pattern!

Popular Types of Braids:

1. Box Braids – Hair braids which are characterized by boxy or square shaped hair divisions. They are typically created by adding synthetic braiding hair. This hairstyle is a means of protective styling.
2. Cornrows – An ancient traditional African style of hair grooming, in which the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed in simple, straight lines.
3. Crochet Braids – Also known as latch hook braids, this type of braiding involves crocheting synthetic hair extensions to a person’s natural hair with a latch hook or crochet hook.
4. Fishtail Braids – Also known as the Herringbone, this braid includes the weaving of separate strands where the finished braid resembles the tail/bones of a fish.
5. French Braids – This braid includes three sections of hair that are braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. The Dutch braid is a form of the French braid.
6. Standard Braids – Two or three sections of hair are overlapped, creating the standard, twisted braid.

Braid Fun Fact: The oldest known reproduction of hair braiding may go back about 30,000 years. The Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is a female figurine estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BC. It has been disputed whether or not her hair was braided or its a sort of woven basket on her head. The Venus of Brassempouy is estimated to be about 25,000 years old and shows a braided hairstyle.

The braided hairstyle began growing in popularity around the world. During the Bronze Age and Iron Age many peoples in the Near East, Asia Minor, Caucasus, East Mediterranean, North Africa, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Babylonians, Amorites, Hittites, Mitanni, Israelites, Persians, Medes, Chaldeans, Armenians, and more are depicted in art with braided hair.

Long or short, here to there, look spectacular and splendid with braided hair!

Braiding is traditionally a social art. Because of the time it takes to braid hair, people have often taken time to socialize while braiding and having their hair braided. It began with elders making simple knots and braids for younger children. Older children watched and learned from them, started practicing on younger children, and eventually learned the traditional braid designs. This carried on a tradition of bonding between elders and the new generation.

Cornrow Braids Fun Fact: Depending on the region of the world, cornrows are often worn by men and women and are often adorned with beads or cowry shells. Cornrows are easy maintenance, as rows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through the careful washing of hair and regular oiling of the scalp.

Crochet Braids Fun Fact: While crochet braids are a hybrid of traditional braids, they’re considered to be more similar to weaves. The natural hair can be twisted or braided but is most commonly styled into cornrows before affixing the synthetic hair. Using a latch hook or crochet hook, the synthetic hair (in the form of loose bulk) is then attached. Parts of the hair extensions are grabbed by the hook and pulled through the underside of each cornrow, working from the front of the hair to the back at a 90-degree angle.

A Not So Fun Fact About Braiding: Braids pulled too tight or worn for considerable lengths of time can cause a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia.

Whether your braid preference is box, crochet, cornrow, fishtail, standard or French, no matter which braids you step out in, be assured you and your hair will look and feel your 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



Whether you’re walking the runway, stepping into the office, or strolling a mall, how you look and feel is paramount to how you approach and tackle your day. From your clothes to your hair to your makeup and skin care, beauty and fashion elevate every aspect of your mood and confidence, allowing you to share your unique signature style and gifts with the world.

Beauty and fashion are topics that are important and revered worldwide. From fashion designers to people in all facets of jobs and careers, glitz and glam are alluring to everyone.

For the beauty-minded, cosmetics are fun, striking, and magnetic — much like an artist painting a portrait on a canvas. Cosmetics are products that enhance or alter the appearance or fragrance of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for your face and hair. Common cosmetics include lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, eyeshadow, foundation, rouge, skin cleansers, skin lotions, shampoo, hair styling products, perfume, and cologne. Cosmetics applied to the face to enhance your appearance are often referred to as makeup.

Other areas of cosmetics and beauty that are all the rave, and definitely a stunning fave, are false eyelashes, nail polish, eyebrow pencils, face powders, concealers, toners, and facial masks. Cosmetics that are used on the face and eye area are usually applied with a brush, a sponge, or your fingertips.

Beauty Tip: How you wear your makeup and enhance your face is all up to you. Show your individuality by running your own beauty race! Gorgeous you!

In addition to achieving beauty through cosmetics, there is no denying the global passion and love affair with fashion. Fashion is a popular style or practice involving clothing, footwear, makeup, and hairstyle. As distinctive as it is, fashion constantly changes and determines how a person dresses.

Popular fashion trends are influenced by several factors:

1. Political Influences
2. Social Influences
3. Technology Influences
4. Economical Influences

Fashion makes a major statement without stating a verbal word. From haute couture to grunge: beauty and fashion appeal to everyone!

Whether you’re a diehard fashion diva or someone who prefers a more dress down casual style, we’ve all heard the term haute couture. What exactly does that phrase mean? Haute couture is French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” and is the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. True haute couture is high-end fashion that is hand-made from start to finish. Oftentimes, it is made from high quality, special fabric and is sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable professionals.

However, to the avid fashion lover, all clothes are fine, and style is merely a personal preference. Dressing down doesn’t have to mean sloppy duds. Oftentimes inexpensive, casual outfits that are mixed and matched become sheer perfection when wrapped around the wearer. Also, fashion fads and trends can be playful, youthful, and provocative.

Remember grunge? Grunge is making a comeback in a major way. Grunge is an anti-fashion movement which emerged in Seattle’s subculture in the mid-80s and reached global popularity in the 90s. From clothing, accessories, hairstyles, and music, grunge was embraced by the Generation X as a statement that contrasts from the flashy excessiveness of 80s mainstream fashion. Grunge is characterized by durable and timeless thrift-store clothing, often worn in a loose, androgynous manner to de-emphasize one’s body shape. 90s icons like Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, and bands like Pearl Jam helped popularize grunge fashion.

Whether you’re jamming through your day in business or pleasure, the garments you are wearing are your absolute treasure!

Regardless if you’re a beauty or fashion maverick or a novice, one thing is for sure…glitz and glam make the woman or man!

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


There’s no denying that pencil skirts are indeed a wonderful fashion garment to write home about! Hail the pencil skirt! With its slinky cut and hip hugging style, the pencil skirt takes top honors in skirt types in my opinion!

As you know, a skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the wearer from the waist downwards, or a separate garment serving the same purpose. A pencil skirt is a slim fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut, giving the skirt its slinky, sensual look. Generally the hem stops at, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close, tight fit. The pencil skirt gets its name for its long, slim cut, much like a pencil.

Pencil skirts can be worn as separate clothing or as part of a suit. Do you want a professional, businesslike look? Add a blazer and a white blouse with your pencil skirt. Are you out for a different vibe, say sexy, sensual and youthful? Pencil skirts and crop tops make a sensational combination. Add patent leather high heels or sandal stilettos for a look that is sophisticated, trendy and chic! Sexy sirens adore pencil skirts!

Narrow fitting skirts are a popular staple in women’s fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre World War I fad. The hobble skirt fits tight at the hem, which impedes walking with long strides. One is forced to walk in small, shorter steps, which almost gives off a hobble effect. Hence, the hobble skirt was named!

Due to the pencil skirt’s tight, slinky fit, running or riding a bicycle can be quite challenging. Getting into and out of a vehicle takes practice. But if you master the art  of strutting gracefully in a pretty pencil skirt, the outstanding look you give off is like no other!

Fans of the pencil skirt? Pencil me in!

For those of you that adore pencil skirts, and all skirts, this one is for you!

Popular Types of Skirts:

  1. A-line Skirt: A skirt with a slight flare, roughly in the shape a capital letter A.
  2. Bell Shaped Skirt: Flared from the waist out.
  3. Circle Skirt: A skirt cut in sections to make one or more circles with a hole for the waist, so the skirt is full but hangs smoothly from the waist without darts or pleats.
  4. Culottes: A garment constructed like a pair of shorts but hangs like a skirt.
  5. Full Skirt: A skirt with fullness gathered into the waistband.
  6. Pleated Skirt: A skirt with fullness reduced in the waist by means of regular pleats or folds, which can be attached flat to the hip level or free hanging.
  7. Short Skirt: A skirt with the hemline well above the knees.
  8. Wraparound Skirt: A skirt that wraps around the waist with an overlap of material.

For those of you into fashion fads, some darling skirts are: ballerina skirts, cargo skirts, denim skirts, hobble skirts, leather skirts, maxi skirts, miniskirts, poodle skirts, sarongs, skater skirts and trouser skirts.

Since the 1970s, the rise of women wearing pantsuits has become an option for casual and formal wear, however one can never go wrong when you attend an event dressed in a perfectly popular pencil skirt. A pencil skirt gives off an aura of business and pleasure, whether worn at the office or at an event of leisure!

If you’re getting ready for an elegant night on the town and would like to buy yourself a fashionable outfit consisting of a ruffled blouse, a strand of pearls, 5″ high heeled shoes and a radiant pencil skirt, pencil me in! I’ll shop with you until we drop (or at least find the most gorgeous pencil skirts in the store)! Could a true glamour girl really want more?

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

Oh how we all wish we could adore the skin that we’re in: blemish free, soft and smooth with a healthy, happy glow. I’m thrilled to say it can be so. By eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and protecting and nurturing your skin with the right products and daily skincare routine, you truly can love the skin that you’re in.

Skincare can seem overwhelming with so many serums, products, and brands on the market that promise radiant, wrinkle-free, and blemish-free skin. What’s a glamour girl or guy to do when you walk down the store aisles and you see so many lotions, moisturizers, and soaps standing out at you?

Your basic skin care can be simple with great results by using 5 essential products to help you relish the skin that you’re in!

• Facial Cleanser: Facial cleansers will clean your skin and are easier and more gentle on your skin than soap. When cleansing, start at the bottom of your face and work your way up to stimulate the skin and open the pores. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

• Skin Toner: A strong skin toner works wonders for a healthy skin care routine. Toners close pores, remove traces of built-up oils and help seal in moisture.

• Moisturizers/Oils: Once your face is fresh and clean, you’ll want to prevent dryness by applying a moisturizer or facial oil. Dry skin leads to premature aging, clogged pores, and dull looking skin. Oils help to moderate your skin’s oil production as opposed to making oily skin oilier.

• Facial Masks: Although you don’t need to use a facial mask every single day, once a week is a grand idea to help firm and cleanse your skin. All beauty supply stores carry face masks geared for different skin types (dry, normal, oily, combination) and skin conditions (deep-pore, mid-pore and topical). Cream, clay, and mud masks are very popular and can either be wiped off or peeled off when your mask treatment is complete.

• Clean, Soft Makeup Brushes: Once your skin care routine is finished for the evening or morning and it’s makeup time, you’ll likely want to brush a light dose of translucent powder over your face to give you a healthy, radiant glow. Always use soft, clean brushes to keep your pristine skincare routine at its best.

After only a few weeks of sticking to your routine, your face will thank you. You’ll not only feel shiny clean, but your face will appear smoother, younger, and more supple. You’ll definitely have healthy, blemish-free skin! Radiant!

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

We all enjoy the pampering and pleasure we experience when we indulge ourselves in a fabulous facial at our favorite spa. The luxury creates a soothing, relaxing effect. We feel refreshed and rejuvenated! Added benefits include a healthy, younger looking skin. Ah, to love the skin that you’re in!

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

Depending on your preferred results, your skin type, and your complexion, 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.

Facials are performed using moisturizing creams, masks, or a combination of both. A large part of the success of your facial is determined by the type of moisturizer that you use. Moisturizers are complex mixtures of chemical agents specifically designed to smoothen the skin and make external layers of the skin softer and more pliable.

Facial masks help hold in moisture, making your skin supple and adding a healthy glow. Some masks are designed to solidify on the face, almost like plaster, while others remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing, and refreshing the skin, yielding temporary and long-term benefits. Facial masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping the mask off with a damp warm cloth, or peeling a dry mask off the face.

Fabulous facials make your skin look and feel healthy and younger!

Why not rejuvenate your skin and your mind with a professional facial, or better yet, master your own do it yourself facial? Be kind to yourself and the skin that you’re in!

Fabulous Facials Preserve All Skin Types:

  1. Normal Skin
  2. Dry Skin
  3. Oily Skin
  4. Combination Skin
  5. Aging Skin
  6. Sensitive Skin

Fancy, youthful, stress-free faces deserve fantastic, fresh facials!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for an indulging facial using marvelous masks and face creams.

Put your best face forward by keeping your skin hydrated, radiant and glowing! Your oh so beautiful skin is showing!

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


Nearly everyone feels at times like they need more hours in a day. Why is it that we all get 24 hours in each day, yet some people tend to thrive with productivity while others lag behind no matter how much effort they feel they invest? It can all come down to how you choose to spend a pivotal ten minutes of your day. Even if a 10-minute routine is difficult for you to fit into an already busy schedule, once you make the routine a daily priority you will soon complete it without any effort, as it will become a welcomed habit. You’ll even enjoy it!

We all need time to ourselves in order to have the strength and energy to get through our daily tasks and give our time to others!

10-Minute Routines to Boost Productivity:

• Stretch/Yoga: Taking 10 minutes of your day to fit in stretch exercises and/or yoga can cause you to relax and free your body and mind of stress. This will make you more inclined to tackle projects, deadlines and responsibilities in a positive manner.

• Walk/Run: If you’re someone who prefers the outdoors, taking a 10 minute walk or jog can help you boost your productivity throughout the day. Whether you do this first thing in the morning, or later in the day, the exercise and fresh air will rejuvenate you much like taking a desirable, much needed nap.

• Read a Magazine or Book: You’d be surprised how far you can get in a good book in 10 minutes. Or merely get comfortable in your favorite chair and thumb through a magazine. You’ll be focused on the stories, articles and pictures, and your mind will clear itself of all the daily clutter. You’ll be recharged and able to focus on the tasks at hand that your daily life demands.

• Meditate: The definition of ‘meditate’ is to think deeply or focus the mind for a period of time, in silence or chanting, in order to relax you. At some point during your day take a 10 minute break, go to a quiet place and simply meditate. Your clear mind and thriving energy level will thank you.

• Wake Up 10 Minutes Earlier/Relax: If you wake up 10 minutes earlier each morning and do nothing but relax or merely rest in bed, you’ll be wide awake by the time you put your feet on the floor. This will ensure you have plenty of energy as soon as you start your day.

Another great way to have a stress free, wonderful, productive day is to set time aside to do something you love. Whether you call a friend, eat yummy food, shop or just chill and watch YouTube videos, setting 10 minutes aside each day to do something  you want to do will not only make you feel better, but give you an enjoyable reason to get out of your comfy bed in the morning!

Having something pleasant to look forward to helps build a healthy, happier, happening you!

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


In fashion, no matter how much you pay for a particular garment, you always get value by wearing velvet. Velvet is a fabric that always looks regal, lovely, rich and luscious, be it a velvet skirt, blouse, dress, jacket or shoes. Velvet rules!

Velvet is a type of woven fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive soft feel. The word velvety actually means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either natural fibers or man made synthetic fibers. No matter which type of velvet you wrap yourself in, your velvet outfit will always be a hit.

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This process made velvet expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric even today.

Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, the most expensive being silk. Much of the velvet today sold as silk velvet is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton can also be used to make velvet, as well as linen, mohair and wool.

The fabulous fashion value of wearing velvet!

Velvet Fun Fact: Due to velvet’s unusual softness and luxurious appearance, as well as its high cost of production, velvet fabric is associated with royalty and nobility. Velvet was first introduced in Baghdad, and in the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. This gorgeous fabric was then exported to Venice, where it spread through Europe. In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed “in velveto.”

Velvet clothing looks simply magnificent and magnetic in all colors, but black velvet always looks regal, stunning and ravishing!

Popular Types of Velvet:

  1. Chiffon: Lightweight velvet on a sheer silk or rayon chiffon base.
  2. Cisele: Velvet where the pile uses cut and uncut loops to create a pattern.
  3. Crushed: Luscious velvet with a patterned appearance that is produced by either pressing the fabric down in different directions, or mechanically twisting the velvet while wet.
  4. Devore: Velvet treated with a caustic solution to dissolve areas of the pile.
  5. Embossed: A metal roller is used to heat stamp the fabric, producing a pattern.
  6. Hammered: Extremely lustrous, appears dappled and somewhat crushed.
  7. Lyons: A densely woven, still, heavier weight pile velvet used for hat and coat collars.
  8. Mirror: Exceptionally soft and light crushed velvet.
  9. Nacre: The velvet pile is woven in one or more colors and the base fabric is another color, creating a changeable, iridescent effect.
  10. Panne: Crushed velvet.
  11. Pile-on-Pile: A luxurious velvet woven with piles of differing heights to create a pattern.
  12. Plain: Made of cotton, plain velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes.
  13. Utrecht: A pressed and crimped velvet.
  14. Velveteen: Imitation velvet, normally made of cotton or a combination of cotton and silk.
  15. Voided: Woven with areas of pile free ground (usually satin) forming a pattern.
  16. Wedding Ring: Velvets that are fine enough to be drawn through a ring.

No matter what type of velvet you prefer, every form of dainty, stunning velvet looks like the real thing!

Be runway, catwalk and camera ready when you step out in velvet so lovely and steady!

Velvet Fun Fact: The earliest sources of European artistic Italian velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, which continued to send out rich velvet textures. The art was then taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that matched those of the great Italian cities. The soft properties of velvet, the splendid colors, the fabric being used and associated with royal and state robes, the material being fit for ecclesiastical vestments and the richness of velvet made the Italian velvets the most magnificent textures of their time.

Whether you’re attending a black tie event, a fancy dinner or stepping out in a warm gorgeous jacket in the dead of winter, dressing in the glorious fabric velvet is always a winner!

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




Everyone admires gorgeous, glossy hair, but it isn’t always easy to capture the look of healthy, thick, abundant hair. Glossy hair generally means healthy hair, but obtaining and keeping shiny hair takes effort. Our hair matters to us, even if we prefer the bald look. Caring for your hair and styling your hair ensures you will look your best. If you want shiny, glowing, happy hair, put these stylist approved shiny hair tips to the test!

Steps for Achieving Shiny, Glossy Hair:

  1. Rinse Your Hair with Cold Water:  Cold water seals and smooths the hair cuticle, locking in moisture and adding a natural shine.
  2. Minimize Heat Styling: Heat styling and over blow drying wears away your hair’s cuticles, causing the hair to become dry, frizzy and breakable. Air drying is safer for the health of your hair.
  3. Use an Iconic Blow Dryer: If you prefer to blow dry your hair, an iconic blow dryer will dry your hair faster and help reduce static. Hold the blow dryer a few inches away from your head to moderate heat damage. This will enhance shine.
  4. Use Hair Protective Products: Pollution and UV sun rays damage your hair. Use hair products that protect your hair from the elements and adds moisture, helping to have healthy, shiny hair.
  5. Use Hair Oils: Nourishing hair oils add radiance. Hair products with various oils and moisturizing vitamin E work wonders for your hair.
  6. Healthy Nutrients: Eating a diet rich in protein, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and B vitamins nourishes not only your body but your hair.
  7. Use Boar Bristle Hair Brushes : Boar bristle brushes help eliminate breakage, split ends and tangles due to their soft bristles. Harsh brushes can pull out and break hairs while you brush.
  8. Add Hair Shine: Once you’ve washed and styled your hair, spray on or wipe in shiny hair gloss for a finishing touch.

Ooh la la, your shiny hair looks glorious and is so soft to the touch!

If you’re one who frequents a hair salon, ask your stylist for a gloss treatment. A clear gloss can deliver the ultimate shine. Once you step outside, the way the light reflects off your hair after a gloss treatment makes it look luxurious, lustrous and lovely! For those of you that prefer the do it yourself method, you can purchase high gloss treatment kits at beauty salon stores and invest in your own head of healthy, shiny, glamorous hair!

Shiny, lustrous locks takes more than hair shine! However, hair shine when applied to your hair makes your tresses look simply divine!

Back view of a woman with long straight hair

Did you know that natural hair falls into four categories?

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

No matter how your hair grows naturally, glossy, shiny hair ensures a vital voluminous head of hair. Learn to love the hair you were born with, but if you want to play it up sometimes, I get it. Curling straight hair and straightening wavy hair is fun, not to mention relishing the various hair styles it gives you!

Whether your hair is blond, brunette, auburn, red, black or dyed pink, blue or green, shiny, glossy hair is always revered and certain to be seen!

Take care of your hair! Remember, it takes more than hair shine to maintain a glorious, healthy mane, but spritzing your hair with a perfect hair shine before you go out the door makes your terrific tresses shine even more!

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



Lace is a dainty fabric that is easily recognizable due to its delicate, feminine charm. Lace is indeed lovely. Lace is a fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern and can be made either by machine or hand. Originally materials such as linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used to make lace. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace can also be made using synthetic fiber.

Lace has its origin in the late 1400s, with Italian and Flemish roots. The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace, when both needle and bobbin lace became dominant and used in fashion and home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.

Dress in lace for elegant fashion taste!

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. Afterwards, the stitching is removed and the embroidery remains.
  3. Crocheted Lace: This group includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
  4. Cutwork Lace: Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled by embroidery.
  5. Knitted Lace: Lace so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  6. Knotted Lace: This tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle, including 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: This lace makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine or hand made textile strip formed into the design, then joined and embellished with needle and bobbin lace.

Step out in luscious lace and show off your exquisite fashion taste! Gorgeous and glorious!

Lace Fun Fact: Lace was used by the clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of the 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 the gorgeous lace fabric increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe. In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria was married in a gown made of lace, influencing the wedding dress style to this day.

On your wedding day and all other days, dressing in fabulous garments of lace is a winning way! The ever popular fabric lace is here to stay!

To enhance your outfit with style and charm, dangle a lace made purse on your arm!

Popular Patrons and Lace Makers:

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

Whether you prefer to dress up in lace from head to toe, or wear one piece of lace in a skirt or pantsuit, dolling yourself up in the stunning fabric of lace will always suit you!

I simply adore the dainty, feminine, beautiful fabric that is lace! Always a definite win in the fashion race!

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





What’s the easiest and most fun way to decorate an outfit to sheer perfection? Accessorize and accessorize. By adding the right jewelry, shoes, scarves, etc., and carrying a matching handbag, you can take a “10” outfit to an even higher level. You can also turn a casual look into a dressy look, and take a top notch garment and tone it down, all by the accessories you wear.

One accessory that is always a hit is the bracelet. A bracelet is an article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist, up the arm or around the upper arm (arm cuffs). Bracelets are worn as ornaments and may also have a supportive function, such as holding charms and pendants.

If a bracelet is a single, inflexible loop it is called a bangle. A large group of bangles worn together looks adorable.  Arm cuffs are also a favorite of mine, as well as beaded, bedazzled bracelets.

Bracelet Fun Fact: Bracelets are manufactured from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, beads and other materials, and jewelry bracelets often times contain jewels, rocks, shells, crystals, metal, plastic hoops, pearls and many more materials.

The origin of the term “bracelet” is from the Greek word “brachile”, meaning ‘of the arm’, via the Old French ‘bracel’. A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm guard used by archers).

Popular Types of Bracelets:

  1. Alternative Health Bracelets: This group contains ionized bracelets, karma bracelets, magnetic bracelets, etc., and are a group with a beneficial function claimed for them by their manufacturers and distributors.
  2. Bangles: Rigid bracelets that make a solid loop. They can be smooth, textured or set with stones.
  3. Beaded Bracelets: Bracelets made from loose beads with a center hole and connected by a piece of string or elastic band through the holes.
  4. Charm Bracelets: These bracelets carry personalized charms, decorative pendants or trinkets which are significant and important in the wearer’s life.
  5. Link Bracelets: Bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components or jewelry findings. These bracelets are often made of metals and gemstones.
  6. Slap Bracelets: Flat, felt covered strips that curve around your wrist when gently hit against it.
  7. Slave Bracelets: Bracelets with attached rings.
  8. Sports Bracelets: The use of colored silicone rubber as a material for producing sports bracelets was popularized by Nike and Lance Armstrong through the Yellow Livestrong wristband starting in May 2003.
  9. Tennis Bracelets: Single strand diamond bracelets. Elegant!

Brace yourself for gorgeous arm candy when adorned in beautiful bracelets!

Bracelet Fun Fact: The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BCE, starting with materials such as bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. The Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The Scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved Scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies.

Bangles and beads: Beautiful bracelets!

Let’s also give a shout out to terrific turquoise bracelets! Always alluring, always bedazzling!

As much as bracelets made from gold and silver are regal and stunning, bracelets made with gemstones, beads, rhinestones and diamonds  are in the top running!

When your fashionable outfit need a perfect touch, slip your arms into fabulous bracelets and look top notch!

Whatever your preference in jewelry, beautiful bracelets are always beguiling!

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