Author Nancy Mangano


Just as you have your own signature style, you probably have your own concept of what beauty and fashion mean to you. With beauty and fashion being a great way to express ourselves, we all develop a unique, individual style that works well for us and shows the world who we are without speaking a word.

Beauty in the realm of fashion can be described as characteristics or attributes that lead to harmony, balance, attraction, and well-being. Beauty, both physical and spiritual, are positive traits that are globally revered and strived for. For most people, beauty entails an overall healthy, balanced, fulfilled lifestyle that pleases our highly visual, aesthetic senses. The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity and elegance, and outer beauty, which includes physical attributes which are valued on an aesthetic basis.

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

Beauty is in some ways a form of pleasure. For those of you that love pampering and treating yourselves, experimenting with makeup, hair, and fashion, you’ve probably noticed that your mood and the way you feel about yourself can be elevated simply by applying makeup on your face, styling your hair, and dressing in a sexy outfit.

Where beauty focuses more on your visual perception of your overall appearance, fashion is the perfect match to complement your looks by handpicking the right clothing, footwear, and accessories. A nice fancy ring on your finger can ramp up your style.

Fashion is your distinctive, signature look. It’s your own personal style. Some people dress in such a unique way that they become known merely by their choice of garments and their signature look (think Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Bebe Rexha).

Your personal fashion choices may be influenced by several factors including the film, celebrities, weather, and by clothes that catch your eye and make you feel fantastic when you wear them. The clothes that you drape yourself in are a significant factor in your feelings and your mood. How many times have you thought about what you might wear to an event, only to tell yourself that you’ll sleep on it and see what you feel like putting on in the morning?

The notion of the global fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the end of the 19th century, most clothing was custom made. By the beginning of the 20th century, with the rise of new technologies and sewing machines, the rise of global capitalism and the development of the factory system of production, including the rise of retail outlets and department stores, clothing came to be mass-produced and sold at fixed prices.

It is true that no matter how you define beauty and fashion, each person needs to come up with what works best for you and fulfill your own beauty and fashion passion!

Makeup and clothing are much more than beauty and fashion, they are a style of life expression of ourselves. Social media is one of the biggest platforms to exhibit and connect beauty and fashion trends with millions of people at once worldwide. Fashion trends go beyond our aesthetic values and emerge as expressive tools for designers to deliver their message about society. With the influence of social media, celebrities and bloggers, their voice is being heard and has a major impact on fashion and style at all times.

From glamour girls to casual chic darlings to the natural you, how you perceive beauty and fashion is distinctively up to you!

How do you define beauty and fashion?

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


Makeup is used for many reasons, most notably to enhance and bring out our fine facial features. Perhaps the one cosmetic item that can most highlight and define your face is lipstick, be it matte, glossy, or bright-colored. Out of all the vibrant and beautiful colors of lipsticks, the bold red lips will always be a classic!

We all know that human lips are a sensory organ, creating blissful, fuzzy effects when we kiss. What puckered pout could be more glamorous and mesmerizing than a mouth painted in royal shades of red? Enough said!

In color psychology, red is a positive color associated with our most physical needs. Red exudes a strong, powerful masculine energy. The color red is energizing and motivates us to take action.

The color red is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day (think red boxed chocolates and red roses)! For the glamour girl and true fashion diva, red lipstick signifies confidence, assertiveness, and control. Wearing radiant shades of red lipsticks allows you to feel in control of your fashion and style!

Lipstick Fun Fact: Lipsticks are a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. Wax provides the structure to solid lipsticks. Several waxes may be used, including beeswax, ozokerite and candelilla wax. Various oils and fats are also used in lipsticks, such as olive or mineral oil, cocoa butter, lanolin, and petroleum.

I know, when surfing social media or thumbing through fashion magazines, models wearing sensual shades of red lipsticks stand out! When selecting red lipsticks, for those of you that prefer a dry look, go with a matte lipstick. If you prefer a wet, shiny look, then go for fire engine red lip gloss! Either way, when your magnificent mouth is decorated in red, you’ll be the queen from your toes to your head!

If you’re normally a toned down fashionista, who tends to stick to nude or pink lipsticks, dare to give red a try! You’ll get noticed by everyone who walks by. Positive keywords associated with the color red include:

1. Action
2. Energy
3. Speed
4. Attention-Getting
5. Assertive
6. Confident
7. Stimulating
8. Exciting
9. Powerful
10. Passionate
11. Driven
12. Courageous
13. Strong
14. Spontaneous
15. Determined

If you need additional reasons to wear legendary red lipsticks all day long, toss in “bold” and “never go wrong!”

If bright red lipstick is too attention-getting for you, perhaps other shades of red lipsticks will work better for you. I suggest maroon, burgundy, crimson and/or scarlet.

Turn heads in lipsticks of classic reds!

Have you ever wondered why firetrucks are red? Or why red Porsches and Ferraris look as if they are flying by you on the road? Because the color red steals the show and is noticed both near and far.  Step out with lips of glossy red and be the Hollywood movie star that you are!

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 of us  have a relationship with our hair. Whether you prefer your hair to be long, short, curly or straight, the color and hairstyle you choose is important. Having strong, shiny, healthy, vibrant hair not only radiates youthfulness and beauty, but makes you feel confident and assured.

Hair is actually 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. Our most common interests in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care.

There are many ways to keep your hair happy and healthy, including hair products, diet, washing and drying and hair care, such as hair trims.

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy and Happy:

  • Hair Products – Products such as hair masks, deep conditioners, shampoos and conditioners and serums all help soften, nourish and moisturize your hair. Using products that help fight frizz, leave in conditioners, mousse and products that add heat protection will help you maintain healthy and happy hair!

  • Diet – Your hair needs to be fed just like your body. To ensure healthy hair you need a diet high in protein, iron, B Vitamins and water.  Foods such as salmon and white meat chicken, walnuts, eggs, spinach and fruits and vegetables nourish your hair, making it strong, shiny and vibrant. Feed your hair a nutritious protein diet and watch it grow!

  • Washing and Drying – Although many of us wash our hair daily, this isn’t necessary.  The longer, thicker, curlier and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes. Use gentle moisturizing and nourishing shampoos and follow up with a good conditioner. When your hair is wet, always use a thick toothed comb over a brush to prevent breakage. Towel dry gently or use a low heat blow dryer. Air drying is best for saving the integrity of your hair.

Hair stylists advise you to get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. I don’t trim my hair that often and it still grows without breakage. When I do get a trim I merely go 1/4 inch. When you tie your hair up or back, use material bands over rubber bands to prevent hair pulling out.  Whether your have hair that is naturally straight, wavy, curly or kinky, our hair is one characteristic that defines us. For gorgeous, glorious, terrific tresses, these easy steps will help your hair to be one of your full, radiant, beautiful and best assets!

Give me a head with hair! Short or long, from here to there. True beauty is heightened by our hair!

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




If you’re like most women, and some men, you never leave your house without your purse or handbag. With so many styles of bags (tote, satchel, clutch, shoulder strap, hobo) to name a few, and many colors and designers to choose from, purse and handbag lovers could carry a different bag every day of the year and never use the same one.

For most of us, even the deepest of purse adorers, we do carry the same bag frequently. Fashion lovers tend to, well, fall in love with their handbags, and for good reason. A rocking purse or handbag can spruce up an outfit much the same way as a sensational pair of shoes! For those of you with lots to carry, the tote bag will be a perfect purse for you.

A handbag or purse is often fashionably designed and used to carry personal items. A “tote” is a large double handed bag with an open top and an open main compartment. The straps of tote bags tend to be parallel and large enough to sling the bag over your shoulder, and the bag itself is often large and boxy.

Tote Bag Fun Fact: The tote is generally made of sturdy cloth, often using thick leather at its handles or bottom; leather versions often have a pebbled surface. Common fabrics used for totes include heavy canvas (often dyed and treated to resist moisture and mold), jute, nylon, easy care synthetics and natural fibers.

The term ‘tote’ means “to carry,” and can be traced back to the 17th century, but wasn’t used to describe handbags until 1900. The major tote bag craze in the United States began in the 1940s with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag in 1944. Because they were easier and less cumbersome than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags.

During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter mainstream culture. Come the 1960s, the tote bag began to embrace personal style (as many practical items do that get crossed over into fashion), at which time Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags, which combined style and functionality. And…the tote as a fashion staple purse was born! To be carried, adorned and worn!

Canvas tote bags have been sold as a more eco-friendly replacement for disposable plastic bags given how they can be used multiple times over. Many stores offer inexpensive or even free tote bags at the register, and they have become a common marketing tool stamped with logos and used by nonprofit businesses as promotional gifts.

Many people prefer carrying tote bags not only for their stylish appeal, but also for the size. For those of you who carry many items, totes are both pleasing to look at and practical. Let’s face it…you can stuff many, many “can’t leave the house without them” items in a tote bag! Fabulous totes that will float your boat!

Purse and Handbag Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as women. The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.

With so many colors, fabrics and designs available to spice up your tote bag, all fashion divas should invest in a trending tote that will match any outfit and be practical to boot. A real style treat for the glamorous you!

Terrific totes truly will float your boat!

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



All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations and can be used alone or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

To differentiate between the two cosmetics, concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots. large pores and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but thicker, and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. Foundation is a skin colored makeup applied to the face to cover flaws and/or change the natural skin tone. Some foundations also function as moisturizers, sunscreens and astringent base layers.

In a complete facial makeover, concealer is applied first and foundation is applied over the concealer. This gives you the canvas for applying various cosmetics to your face and creating makeup magic!

Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if used too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.

2. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.

3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.

4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

Concealers and foundations come in both powder and liquid formulas. For gorgeous, glowing skin with no makeup cake up, brush a small amount of translucent face powder over your foundation. This will create a blemish free base to work with when applying eye shadow, blush and lip gloss, as well as blend your concealer and foundation together to give off a “perfect” face!

Both concealers and foundations are available in a variety of shades, although concealers tend to be more  heavily pigmented. When applying foundation, try to match your skin tone or go one shade darker than your natural skin tone to avoid makeup lines and see preferred results. Concealers with yellow undertones are used to hide dark circles. Don’t go with white concealers as this can sometimes cause a gray hue where applied.

Love the skin that you’re in by applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation, ensuring your makeup flatters your face and doesn’t cake up!

You now look magnificent. Go attend that brunch, concert, baby shower or birthday party in style. Let the only cake in the room be on the table and not your face! Win the makeup glamour race with your exquisite cosmetic taste!

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 the realm of cosmetics, mascara is by far one of the main makeup items that brings out the luster and allure of your eyes and face.  Mascara is a cosmetic used to enhance the eyelashes by darkening, thickening, lengthening and/or defining the eyelashes. Mascara normally comes in three forms – liquid, cake or cream – and is made using various formulas. Most mascaras contain the basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.

With the majority of mascara colors being shades of black and brown, colored mascara is a refreshing change and can be used to highlight and magnetize your eyes. Ways to wear colored mascara is matching the mascara shade with your eye color or eye shadows, or matching your color of mascara with your lipstick and/or your outfit. No matter how you choose to wear it, colored mascara is chic, cool and fun for everyone.

Cool colors for a magical mascara experience!

As all fashion divas know, aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal practice. The beauty business is a billion dollar industry and revered worldwide. Mascara can be documented in ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyelids and eyebrows. If you want to grasp the true allure of mascara and long, luscious eyelashes, coat one eye with heavy black mascara and leave the other eye  mascara free. Check your look in the mirror. The eye that has lashes coated with mascara will look larger and more noticeable than the bare eye. Give it a try!

Colored mascaras come in shades of purple, blue, green, gold, silver, pink and orange, to name a few. For the cosmetics lover who has so many choices, what’s a gal to do? Much like you mix and match your lipstick and blush shades, why not experiment with various colors of mascara? Even if you prefer blackest black (definitely my preference) doing something different and ramping up the colors of your mascara will give you a new look and elevate your mood. Let colored mascara change your beauty  attitude!

Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara is used around the world on a daily basis. In 2016, U.S. consumers (this includes me) spent 335.6 million dollars on the top 10 leading brands of mascara. Yes, the beauty and makeup business is truly a much adored universal business. Most mascaras have a shelf life of two to four months. If you ever find your mascara stick drying out, merely add a few drops of water to the brush before inserting the brush into the mascara stick, and the mascara will once again go on thick and lustrous. Swipe away the glamour girl way!

Top brands of excellent mascaras include L’Oreal, Revlon and Maybelline. I use L’Oreal Voluminous and love the product. You can find mascaras on the market that include lash-boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas, along with waterproof mascaras.

Mascara Removal: I have found that petroleum jelly works best for removing mascara! Eye makeup removal creams are also available in finer stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores.

For eyes that sparkle, shimmer and shine, make sure to have plenty of colored mascaras filling up your makeup drawer! That’s for sure!

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



Hot, neon pink is an amazing, youthful, fun, energetic color, don’t you think? Apparently so do fashion designers and people all over the world. Hot pink (also known as fuschia) is by far the hottest color trend to come off the Fall/Winter 2018 fashion weeks, most notably in New York and Milan. Famous fashion designers such as Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui and Oscar de la Renta wowed the runways with hot pink festive fashions!

Not only is hot pink a feminine, romantic color to wear, but the flamboyant color can be spotted from far away, making you noticeable to all others as you go about your busy day. A combination of the colors red and white, hot pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. Hot pink provides the power and passion of the color red, softened with the purity and innocence of white. The deeper and hotter the pink, the more passion and energy your clothing will exhibit.

Hot pink fashion is definitely hot!

Our clothing choices offer insight into our personality and our unique signature style. Pink is affectionate, intimate, thoughtful and caring. Hot pink clothing exudes a gentle, loving energy with a splash of riskiness.  If hot pink is too bold and bright of a color for you to wear from head to toe, why not offset your outfit with a lovely hot pink handbag and high heels? Combining pink accessories with dark clothing such as blue, dark green, black or gray adds strength and sophistication to your garments. Even men can rock a fantastic hot pink shirt when paired with a black or gray suit!

Pink is such a girly, gorgeous color that when donned in hot pink clothing you’ll feel beautiful and womanly all over! For a special touch, go with hot pink lipstick. Hot pink lipsticks highlight and bring out your facial features, much like bright red lipsticks! Hot pink and Barbie pink lips are the bomb and a definite turn on!

Positive Traits of the Color Pink:

  1. Unconditional Love
  2. Romantic Love
  3. Compassion
  4. Understanding
  5. Nurturing
  6. Romance
  7. Warmth
  8. Hope
  9. Calmness
  10. Sweetness
  11. Naivete
  12. Feminine
  13. Intuitive Energy

Hot pink is the hottest color for Fall/Winter 2018 fashion weeks!

Dress yourself in passionate pink and feel your emotions become calmer, more affectionate and fun. You’ll exhibit style from head to toe and your chic, trendy fashion sense will impress everyone!

If you still feel hot pink is too hot a color for the more fashion conservative you, why not dress in variants of pink such as blush, rose pink, salmon pink or orchid? Hot pink truly is the hottest fashion and beauty color by far, don’t you think?

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 being groomed and pampered by health and beauty specialists in the relaxing environment of salon spas. Spa resorts originated to offer various health treatments, most notably using mineral-rich spring water to give medicinal baths. Day spas now offer much more, including massages, beauty masks, laser hair removal, waxing, and milk baths. With so many options offered at spas, it helps to know what services are worth the money and which treatments are as beneficial when performed yourself from home.

Love and take care of the skin that you’re in.

Spa Services That Are Worth the Cost:

• Laser Hair Removal: All skin tones and complexions are safe for using laser hair removal. You will experience dramatic hair reduction on dark, coarse hairs from those pesky areas you prefer to keep hair free. Laser hair removal doesn’t work on gray or white hairs. For those hairs, you can try wax, cream hair bleach, or tweezers.

• The Milk Bath: A luxuriating milk bath works wonders for softening and soothing your skin. Yes, you truly bathe in milk. Having this service done at a professional spa is worth the cost. Can you imagine if you fill your own bathtub with milk, the effort, and cost that it will take you? Milk truly does a body good, inside and out.

• Hydrotherapy Massage: Submerge yourself in a deluxe scented, salt-infused tub for an invigorating underwater experience. This service is relaxing and will soothe your sore, tight muscles by pulsating jets of air that stroke your body as you soak in luxurious warm water.

• Brazilian Bikini Wax: Sure, there are over the counter Brazilian bikini wax kits that you can buy and use at home, but ouch! For a thorough, fairly pain-free front and back bikini wax, this service is best left to the professionals. Enjoy how you look in your barely there thong bikini with this popular wax service.

• Manicure/Pedicure: Even if you are someone who prefers to paint your own fingernails and toenails, everyone should experience the luxury and occasional treat of partaking in a professional salon manicure/pedicure. You can kick back and read a book, surf your iPhone or just close your eyes and relax while pro nail artists fancy up and massage your hands and feet. Grooming your fingers and toes never felt or looked so good.

• Decolletage Rejuvenation: Eventually gravity begins to take a toll on everyone. One of the first places you may notice loose or sagging skin is with your breasts and your neck (think the turkey neck). With decolletage rejuvenation, this regenerative skin tightening treatment helps firm loose, cleavage and sagging neck skin. Treat yourself to a professional decolletage rejuvenation and love your firm skin once again.

There are so many wonderful, invigorating spa services that will make you feel like the youthful, confident man or woman that you are. Why not treat yourself to the pampering you deserve? ,Spa services never felt so spectacular! Luxurious, lovely, luscious!

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



Long, short, thin or full, our hairstyle and hair type matters to all of us. How we choose to wear our hair, the color, the length, and the texture reflects how we view our personal look and style as much as the makeup and clothes that we enjoy.

Our hair is actually a protein filament that grows from follicles in the dermis. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair type, and hair care. Many of us define ourselves by our trending tresses. The Andre Walker Hair Typing System is the most universal system used to classify hair. According to this system, there are four types of hair: straight, wavy, curly and kinky. In the realm of our luscious locks, it seems that many of us wish to change our basic hair type. People with straight hair long for curls, while those with naturally wavy hair wish for straight tresses. Even if you only want to change your hair type once in a while, there are various hairstyles that work wonders for every hair type.

Hairstyles That Work Well for All Hair Types:

• Curly Ponytail: A ponytail is the easiest hairstyle that you can try. Simply pull your hair back into a high ponytail, securing it with an elastic band so you don’t break the hair. Divide the ponytail into 2 or 3 sections and use a curling iron to add curl section by section. Secure the curls with hairspray, if desired.
• The Bob: Since the bob is a short haircut that tends to curl in under the chin. This hairstyle works well for everyone. If you just can’t seem to grow your hair long or you prefer hair that is short and sassy, then why not opt to go short and trendy? This hairstyle fits all hair types.
• Off The Forehead: Hairstyles that are parted down the middle of your head or are blow-dried and brushed back off the forehead can be done with all hair types. To keep the hair completely off of your forehead, wear a headband, which not only secures the front section of your hair but is a great way to accessorize.
• Straight Hair: Yes, even wavy, curly and kinky hair can be made straight by using a flat iron and a hair straightening leave in conditioner.
• Cornrow Braids: While some people with kinky hair are blessed to have natural looking cornrow braids, even those of you with straight or wavy hair can wear a head full of cornrow braids. If you desire this beautiful, exotic look, go for it!
• Twisted and Wavy Hairstyle: Create a middle part and take one inch of hair from both sides. Twist these sections at the back with a pin to achieve this look. Jazz up this feminine, flowing hairstyle with a flashy hair accessory.
• Wet Hair/Slick Back Look: This look is sleek and sexy. Simply run some gel on your hair from the hairline to the crown and spread the gel evenly throughout your hair, using a wide tooth comb to neatly comb your hair back. Congrats! You’ve got the wet head look.

Most of us have gone to a professional hair salon at some time, got a fantastic weave, color, haircut, and hairstyle only to discover that once we got home and shampooed for the first time, we never get our hair looking as wonderful as it did when we left the salon. How do you remedy this disappointment?  Practice, practice, practice. Over time you’ll be able to get your hair looking simply divine!

No matter what hair type you have, there are ways to change it up with hair and beauty professionals and products. Do you love stick straight hair? Loose, feminine waves? Tight spiral curls? Tighter S curls?  Experiment with various hair types from time to time for looks that are elegant, youthful, chic, trendy and purely sublime!

With the right hair products and time, you truly can master the perfect hairstyle that makes you the signature, unique you that you are. Your hair stands out by far, from color to style to shine. Are you ready for a new you? I suggest changing up your hairstyle and see for yourself the fashion and beauty wonders that it will do!

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 was announced in the news today that Michael Kors Buys High-Fashion Label Versace for $2.2 Billion. Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. will buy Italian fashion label Gianni Versace SpA for 1.83 billion euros ($2.2 billion), bringing the American luxury company closer to its goal of becoming an international house of fashion brands. Versace adds high end couture credibility and heritage to Kors. Last year, Versace had revenue of 686 million euros and returned to profit. Donatella Versace is the house’s creative director and will continue to lead the company’s creative vision. She and her brother, Santo, will become shareholders in Michael Kors. CNBC

If you follow fashion, you are familiar with lead brands such as Michael Kors and Versace, along with Gucci, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Coach and many more.  What is behind the world’s fascination with purchasing and wearing designer clothing and designer purses?

Calvin Klein, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Steve Madden, Coach, Gucci, Guess: the list of famous fashion designers goes on. Shopping online or in finer stores presents you with numerous clothing items and purses/handbags with a status symbol designer label attached.

Have you ever wondered what it is about designer fashion products that intrigue the public and have become so popular around the world? Certain knock-offs often look the same, and store brands can look and feel just as attractive and appealing. Yet if our clothes or handbags are kissed by a designer manufacturer and label, it somehow makes us feel more stylish and powerful.

It’s all in the power of the name, and the way you feel about yourself when you wear and hold your favorite designer name of choice.

The glory of the bag! The handbag/purse is the one item that every designer brand counts on to bring in major sales. Every season the showrooms of the world’s biggest fashion houses are filled with new ranges of bags to tempt you. Devoted public relation campaigns present the newest and most distinguished details of the handbags, from the material used to the clasps and handles. Let’s not forget the inside of the bag. Oftentimes, the fabric that lines the inside is just as attractive and expensive as the outside look of the purse.

Your handbag is often viewed as a way to convey your individual style to the world. Beautiful, alluring purses not only hold your personal items. They make you feel good as well, especially when you have matched the bag to your outfit.

Designer clothing works in the same way. Sure, many lovely pantsuits, dresses, or blouses fill the racks of stores, but sew a Calvin Klein or Versace label on the garment, and see how the clothes look and feel even lovelier when you put them on. Designer brands exude a feeling of being rich or classy attached to them. This feeling begins in your mind, as it all boils down to how you feel about yourself when you are wrapped in designer clothing. A brand doesn’t necessarily sell clothes or products, it sells hope that you will look as good in their items as the models do, and leave you with a feeling of status and charm.

Oftentimes, designer branded clothing and purses are made with better fabrics, have a better fit and an all-around better quality. People are willing to pay high-end dollars for designer products, but they expect the products to be made of a finer quality and last far longer than less expensive fashion items.

Isabel Marant RTW Fall 2018

For most women, our handbags and clothing are items that combine the virtues of practicality and utility along with displaying our personal taste and style. Designer brands often come attached with a feeling of power and economic prosperity, which makes us feel good and successful. Designer clothing for men is as popular as branded garments for women.

Everyone relates to their own identity and prefers to look chic and cool in their choice of dress. Wearing designer clothes isn’t something to obsess about but it certainly can be fun, even if you only splurge for your favorite designer label once in a while.

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