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Most people can agree that glitter is fun to use, pretty to look at and adds sparkle and shine to even the most mundane items. Glitter describes an assortment of small, colorful, reflective particles that come in a variety of shapes. Glitter particles reflect light at different angles, causing the surface to sparkle or shimmer. Glitter is similar to confetti, sparkles or sequins, but somewhat smaller. Glitter is shiny, glorious and glamorous.
As the holidays near, a fun, youthful, hypnotic way to add oomph and pizzazz to your already intriguing eyes is with powerful glitter eye shadow. Eye shadow adds depth and dimension to your eyes, complements the eye color and makes your eyes appear larger. When you wear glitter eye shadow, your eyes stand out big time and you look major attractive and festive!

Glitter Fun Fact: Since prehistoric times, glitter has been made and used as decoration, from many different materials including stones such as malachite, galena, mica and glass. Modern glitter is usually manufactured from plastic.
The first production of modern plastic glitter is credited to the American machinist Henry Ruschmann, who found a way to cut plastic or mylar sheets into glitter in 1934.  During World War II with German glass glitter available, Ruschmann found a market for scrap material ground into glitter made of plastics. He founded Meadowbrook Inventions, Inc. in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and the company is still a large producer of glitter.
When painted in sparkly glitter of colors galore, the eyes have it, forevermore!

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Civilizations across the world use eye shadow. Many people use eye shadow to enhance and improve their appearance, but the alluring cosmetic is also used in theater and other plays to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on your skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow generally brings out glamour and gains much attention.
Up the volume with glittered eye shadow for off the charts glorious glam!
Glitter eye shadow can be applied in a variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. Typically application is done using fingers and brushes. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well. When using glitter eye shadow, which gives a more dramatic look than cream or powered eye shadow, not blending the colors together can give off a powerful, majestic look that is filled with mystery and mystique! Magical eyes! Glittered size!

Glitter Fun Fact: Today over 20,000 varieties of glitter are manufactured in a vast number of different colors, sizes and materials. Over 10,000,000 pounds of glitter was purchased between the years of 1989 and 2009 alone. Holy kamoly…that’s mountains of glitter! Commercial glitter ranges from 0.002 square inches to 0.25 square inches. First, flat multi-layered sheets are produced combining plastic, coloring and reflective material such as aluminum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide and blemish oxychloride. These sheets are then cut into tiny particles of many shapes including squares, rectangles and hexagons.
Glittered and glowing glamorous eyes truly hypnotize!
My oh my, you’ve gone over the top glitter wise, making for some sensational eyes!
Eye Shadow Removal: To remove eye shadow, including glittered eye shadow, a commercial makeup remover can be used, though a rich face wash with warm water will generally remove all traces of color. Vaseline works great for removing eye shadow, and all makeup! Eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara may also be removed using baby oil. Another great way to remove both light and heavy eye shadow is using makeup wipes, which can be found at many drugstores and beauty supply stores.
Glitter Fun Fact: Over 6,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians produced glittering cosmetics from the iridescent shells of beetles, as well as finely ground malachite crystal. Researchers believe Mayan temples were sometimes painted with red, green and gray glitter paint made from mica dust, based on infrared scans of the remnants of paint still found on the structures in present-day Guatemala.

Common ingredients in eye shadows consist of talc, mica, sericite, magnesium stearate, colorants and preservatives. For a royal, regal look, let’s add glitter!  Fillers in eye shadows are primarily talc. The liquid binders are typically a silicone and the dry binders are typically magnesium stearate. In order to make eye shadow, there has to be a balance between the fillers, dry binders and the liquid binders.
Glitter Fun Fact: Due to glitter’s unique characteristics, glitter has been proven to be useful forensic evidence. Because of the tens of thousands of different commercial glitters, identical glitter particles can be compelling evidence that a suspect has been at a crime scene. Glitter particles are easily transferred through the air by touch, yet cling to bodies and clothing, often unnoticed by suspects! Interesting! Moral of the story? If you’re setting out to commit a crime, only wear cream or powdered eye shadow. No glitter!
Have you ever got glitter on your couch or in your carpet? You’re best to adapt to the stunning sparkles and leave them there, as trying to remove all the glitter will have you pulling out your hair!

Get a real fashion rise with glittered eyes!
“You absolutely sparkle in your glittered eye shadow. Reds, greens and blues!”
“It adds magic to my eyes and complements my blue eye color too!”
“If you bat your eyes at me I can get a glitter show of intrigue and glamour.”
“If I bat my eyes at you, you’ll be so mesmerized and want it over and over.”
“Some glitter has fallen below your eyes and is running down your cheek.”
“I decorated my face this way. Cosmetics and fashion is bold…not meek.”
Glitter Eye Shadow: Paint your eyes to cool and chic!

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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com
 
 
 

For most high schoolers, May is the month of gearing up to study for finals, planning summer vacations and celebrating that the school year is coming to a close by attending the famous dance known as “prom.”
A prom is a semi-formal (black tie) dance or gathering of high school students. The prom is typically held near the end of the junior and senior year. Proms figure greatly in popular culture and are major events among high school students. The event is often a combined junior/senior dance.
A popular tradition at prom, besides exchanging corsages and boutonnieres, are formal, gorgeous, glorious dresses and gowns to be worn by the females.

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Prom Fun Fact: At a prom, a Prom King and Prom Queen may be revealed. These are honorary titles awarded to students elected in a school-wide vote prior to the prom, and these titles are generally awarded to seniors. Other students may be honored with inclusion in a “Prom Court.” The Prom King and Prom Queen are often given crowns to wear. Members of the Prom Court may be given sashes to wear and photographed together.
In the early days of high school proms, the nighttime dance served a function similar to a debutante ball. Early proms were times of firsts: the first adult social event for teenagers; the first time taking the family car or fancy limousine out after dark; the first real dress up affair, etc., similar to a milestone event such as a First Holy Communion or a wedding.
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Prom Fun Fact: Usage of the term ‘prom’ is becoming more common around the world and appears to be a colloquial and regional practice. Formal English usage suggests “Prom” is a noun and should be preceded by an article, although it is often not a practice. “Prom” is a shortened version of promenade.
Popular Prom Attire:

  1. Girls wear traditional ladies’ dresses or evening gowns and adorn themselves with fancy jewelry such as earrings and a necklace. Girls often wear perfume, makeup, lipstick and blush. Girls also wear a corsage (either wrist or pin-on) given to them by their prom dates. Many times girls have their hair professionally styled for their big night.
  2. Boys often dress in black or white formal wear, sometimes paired with ties or bow ties with vests, in some cases in colors matching their date’s dress. Boys are given matching boutonnieres to be worn on their lapels by their dates.



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Prom Fun Fact: After the prom, parents or a community may host a “prom after-party” at a restaurant, entertainment venue or a student’s home. Other traditions often include trips to nearby attractions, such as amusement parks, regional or local parks, or family or rented vacation houses. Some of these post-prom events are chaperoned and some are unsupervised. Most after-prom events are held at the school, and involve bringing entertainment such as interactive games, artists and other entertainers to the school.
Always follow the golden rule: dress off the charts glam for the Prom held at school!
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Prom Fun Fact: The concept of extending prom to homeschooled students has increased in recent years. Although some school districts in the United States and Canada allow homeschool students to attend prom in the school district where they reside, many homeschool groups also organize their own proms. Some states, such as Oregon, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan also host statewide homeschool proms, which any homeschool student is welcome to attend. Glorious!
Primped and poised for a perfect prom!

Although all of these prom dresses are beautiful, I am particularly fond of this off-the-shoulder, sleek dress in the baby doll pink. I love the dainty look, the silk fabric and the mermaid style cut! Stunning!
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The custom of the high school prom exists in many parts of the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Africa, Asia, the Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and most Caribbean countries, Uruguay and many others.
Prom Fun Fact: While high school year books didn’t start covering proms and including prom pictures until the 1930s and 1940s, historians believe proms have existed in high schools as early as the 19th century. The prom has since taken on a larger-than-life meaning for high school students.
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As people gained more money and leisure time, proms have become more extravagant and elaborate. Junior and senior proms are often held at hotel ballrooms and country clubs, as opposed to the school gymnasium. Where arriving in a compact or standard car was once acceptable, luxury cars and limousines often transports high schoolers today. In some ways, the prom has become the pinnacle of high school events in a student’s life.
Be prom smart, dress the stylish, fashionable, gorgeous, sensational part!
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Step into an evening of the high life…dress and dance away the stress and strife of homework and daily life.
“I find you to be extremely caring and nice.”
“I fit the stereotype of  a girl? Made of sugar and spice?”
“I would be honored  if you would accompany me to the Prom as my date.”
“I’m thrilled to accept your invitation. I’m excited and can hardly wait.”
“When you select your gown let me know the colors so we can match.”
“We’ll make a fabulous, fashionable pair. With you I have a great catch!”
Dress prom perfect: Steal the fashion scene from the king and queen!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 

Since I’m on a roll with colored clothing (green, black/white), to keep in the realm of the gorgeous seasons of spring and summer, let’s highlight yellow clothing!
With the weather warming, plants growing and sun shining, now is the time to put away  your black and gray winter wardrobe and dress in lighter, brighter, bolder colors. What better color to warm your heart and uplift your mood than the beautiful color yellow?
Yellow  is the color between green and orange on the spectrum of visible light. Yellow is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 570-590 nm. In traditional color theory used in painting, and in the subtractive color system used in color printing, yellow is a primary color! The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge, resonates with the left or logic side of the brain that stimulates mental faculties and creates mental agility and perception.


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Yellow Fun Fact: The word yellow comes from the Old English ‘geolu’, meaning yellow or yellowish. It has the same Indo-European base, ‘gel’ as the word gold and yell, or cry-out.
Let’s give a cry-out and shout-out for the glorious color yellow; always in fabulous fashion no doubt!
Yellow is the lightest hue of the color spectrum, emitting uplifting and illuminating feelings, offering hope, cheerfulness and fun.
Walk, no run, to your nearest clothing store and fill your closet with yellow clothing for having fun in the mid-day sun!


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Yellow Fun Fact: According to surveys in Europe, Canada and the United States, yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, gentleness and spontaneity. The color yellow plays an important role in China, where it is seen as the color of happiness, glory, wisdom, harmony and culture.
Yellow, in the form of yellow ochre pigment made from clay, was one of the first colors used in prehistoric cave art. The cave of Lascaux has an image of a horse colored with yellow, estimated to be 17,300 years old.
When dressed in the color yellow, look magnificent, majestic and bold…never old! Even in yellowish shades of gold!
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Positive Keywords Associated with the Color Yellow:

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

It makes perfect sense to walk into spring and summer dressed in the electrifying and mellowing color of yellow! All true fashion divas know you can’t go wrong with yellow clothes!


Be it a yellow purse, lips or fingernails, you’ll knock the fashion world off its rails!
If you find neon yellow clothing a bit too bright, why not try dapper duds in various shades of yellow? Ah, what a fine looking lass and fellow!
Popular Variations of the Color Yellow:

  1. Light Clear Yellow
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Citrine Yellow
  4. Golden Yellow
  5. Cream
  6. Dark Yellow
  7. Gold

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Yellow Fun Fact: Yellow is the most highly visible of all colors, which is why yellow is used for pedestrian crossings, firetrucks, road maintenance equipment, school buses and taxicabs. Yellow is often used for safety and accident prevention information, and for warning signs, since the color yellow is traditionally used to signal caution, rather than danger (Slow down as opposed to Stop)! Take note of crossings which are marked in white – they are less easy to see than those marked in yellow, particularly on wet and cloudy days.
Slow down and smell the yellow flowers – flower power! By the way, yellow is the number one color of all fresh flowers in the world.
Dress in glorious shades of yellow to wipe the rain and clouds away and bring back a sun-filled day!
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Mix the colors yellow and black for an absolute fashion heart attack!
Yeah for yellow clothes – as every fashion diva knows!
Complementary Colors Fun Fact: Traditionally, the complementary color of yellow is violet; the two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel long used by painters. Vincent Van Gogh, an avid student of color theory, used combinations of yellow and violet in several paintings for the maximum contrast and harmony. This validates the  phrase, “Opposites attract!” Think “The Starry Night!”
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Remember the Golden Rule: Yellow dresses, yellow shorts, yellow skirts, yellow pantsuits, yellow fingernails, yellow lipstick, yellow purses and yellow shoes are sometimes the only festive color of clothing items and accessories that will do!
“You look like a million bucks in your darling yellow outfit. A lovely sight to be seen.”
“Thank you, fashion judge. I almost passed up yellow and dressed myself in green.”
“The yellow pencil skirt and gold silk blouse are pleasing to the eye.”
“With my yellow 6 inch stilettos I almost touch the sky.”
“You sure turned my head, and everyone else’s, when you strutted on by.”
“I suggest dressing in yellow. Come on, you’ll be thrilled you gave it a try!”
Yellow: A beguiling, cheerful, stunning color to give you a natural high!
When you’re dressed in vibrant yellow, no one will be able to just walk on by!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
                                                                                                                           

Green is a beautiful color!
That sentence deserves a line of its own, because if you take the time to really look at plants, grass, pistachio ice cream, limes, trees, U.S. paper currency and green clothes, you will notice that the color green is gorgeous.
Green is the color between blue and yellow on the spectrum of visible light. Green is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 495-570 nm. In the subtractive color system, used in painting and color printing, green is created by a combination of yellow and blue in the RGB color model, used on television and computer screens.
Fashion lovers appreciate green clothes…lovely to look at as true divas know!

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The color green relates to balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, green is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. Green is also the color of growth, spring, renewal and rebirth. When you look at the color green, you are renewed and restored with energy, bringing you back to a sense of well being.
Green Fun Fact: The modern English word green comes from the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon word ‘grene’, from the same Germanic root as the words ‘grass’ and ‘grow’.  Green is the color of living grass and leaves, and as a result, is the color most associated with springtime, growth and nature.
Strut the catwalk in green you stylish, glamorous fashion queen!

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One reason green is such a lovely color is that it is considered an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. A natural peacemaker, green allows us to avoid the tendency to become a martyr.
See the positive side of life…dress in green to reduce daily stress and strife!
Green Eyes Fun Fact: There is no green pigment in green eyes; like the color of blue eyes, it is an optical illusion, its appearance caused by the combination of amber or light brown pigmentation of the stroma, given by a low or moderate concentration of melanin, with the blue tone imparted by the Rayleigh scattering of the reflected light. Green eyes are most common in Northern and Central Europe.  Among European Americans, green eyes are most common among those of Celtic and Germanic ancestry (approximately 16%).
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Positive Keywords Associated with the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Renewal
  4. Restoration
  5. Self-Reliance
  6. Reliability
  7. Dependability
  8. Tact
  9. Emotionally Balanced
  10. Calm
  11. Nature Lover
  12. Family Oriented
  13. Down to Earth
  14. Practical
  15. Sympathetic
  16. Generous
  17. Kind
  18. Loyal
  19. Adaptable
  20. Nurturing

Everyone wearing the glorious color green will be noticed and seen!

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Clothing looks great in all shades of green. Variations of the color green include:

  1. Pale Green
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Jade Green
  4. Lime Green
  5. Dark Green
  6. Aqua
  7. Olive Green
  8. Yellow Green
  9. Grass Green

Fashion queens dressed in green steal the scene! Every time! Dress in lime!

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Symbolisms and Associations with the Color Green:

  1. Safety and Precaution (Thing Green street signals meaning Go).
  2. Nature, Vivacity, Life
  3. Springtime, Freshness, Hope
  4. Youth and Inexperience
  5. Calm, Tolerance, Agreeable
  6. Jealousy and Envy
  7. Love and Sexuality

And let’s not forget, for everyone familiar with U.S. Paper Cash: Money!
Money, money, money, honey. Never too much money!
How much “green” do you have in your purse? Enough to make going out and having a green clothing fashion spree a priority first!

Scarlett Johansson: Queen of the big screen…sexy siren queen in green!
Green Fun Fact: Political groups advocating environmental production and social justice describe themselves as part of the Green movement, some naming themselves Green parties. This has led to similar campaigns, as companies have sold green, environmentally friendly products.

Get with the scene – go green!
“I want to wear a head turning color to the fancy dinner party next week.”
“When you decide the color of your gown, tell me. I won’t let it leak.”
“I generally dress up in black or red. I need something new, a brand new scene.”
“You know you only have one color choice. The fashionable, fantastic green.”
“That’s a marvelous idea. The color green is cool, calm, and full of beauty.”
“You’ll be an elegant, chic, lovely woman with a mix of youth and cutie!”
When dressed in soothing, peaceful green clothing be ready to start a fashion riot! A wonderful color for casual and dressy wear. I highly suggest you try it!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

Denim fabric never goes out of style…never has…never will. People all around the world adore their denim.
Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remain white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
Dominate the streets and the runways dressed in dazzling, durable denim!


Denim Fun Fact: The name ‘denim’ derives from French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes”.  Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans. The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes) where the first denim trousers were made.
Durable, delicious denim fabric has been used in the United States since the mid 19th century. Denim initially gained popularity when Jacob W. Davis, a tailor from the state of Nevada, manufactured the first pair of “rivet-reinforced” denim pants. Davis wrote a proposal to wholesaler Levi Strauss & Co. who had been supplying Davis with bolts of denim fabric.  His proposal was to patent the design of the rivet-reinforced denim pants, with Davis listed as the inventor, in exchange for certain rights of manufacture. Levi Strauss & Co. came on board with their possibilities of profit in the manufacture of the garment and then hired Davis to be in charge of the mass-production in San Francisco.
What marvels come about when an inventor takes a leap of faith! Jacob W. Davis dreamed his denim jeans into a fashion and money dynasty! Gotta’ get me some of that magnificent Davis denim!
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Denim Fun Fact: Over time denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some people. During the process of wear, fading will often occur on those parts of the material that receive the most stress. On a pair of jeans, that includes the upper thighs, ankles and the areas behind the knees.
After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. Washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. This process creates what many feel to be a look more natural than artificially distressed denim.
Never a fashion drought when dressed in denim!
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When shopping for denim a true fashion diva will say, “Denim jeans, denim dresses, denim skirts, denim shirts, denim belts, denim shorts, denim shoes, denim purses and denim jewelry will do just fine!” So thrilled all this denim is mine!
Denim garments? Give me everything. I adore being dressed like a denim glamour queen!
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Dry Denim Fun Fact: Dry denim is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their jeans for more than six months. Most dry denim is made with 100% cotton and comes from several different countries. The United States, Zimbabwe and Japan produce popular sources of cotton for making raw denim.
Dry denim also varies in weight, typically measured by the weight of a yard of denim in ounces. 12 ounces or less is considered light denim, 12 to 16 ounces is considered mid-weight, and over 16 ounces is considered heavy weight denim.
Whether you prefer to don your diva self in light, mid or heavy weight denim, one thing is certain. When dressed in dazzling denim you’ll look better than the all rest of them!
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There’s no denying that people love their faded jeans! Fade patterns have helped personalize denim clothing articles!
Preferred Denim Fading Patterns in Jeans:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – These are faded lines that are found behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
  3. Stacks – These are created by having the inseam of the jeans hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length. The extra fabric then stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up the to calf area.
  4. Train Tracks – This appears on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades which resemble train tracks.

And just what is selvage, you ask?  Selvage is the edge of a fabric as it comes from the loom. Selvedges are woven or knitted so they won’t fray, ravel or curl.
Who is that sexy denim girl?
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Denim Fun Fact: Denim fabric is divided into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dying. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color or similar shades. Sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green. Stretch denim incorporates an elastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of ‘give’ in garments made from stretch denim. It only takes about 3% of spandex within the denim fabric to create a stretch capacity of about 15%.
Stretch your beautiful body into a slinky, glamorous, stylish pair of stretch jeans. Move with the style of a true fashion icon and stay comfortable at the same time. Your denim duds truly move with you, every step you take, all of the time.
Make no fashion mistake. Denim is the garment road to take!
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Denim: Durable, dainty, dazzling clothing to adore!
“Who was the one who stood out the most at Sunday brunch yesterday?”
“The one dressed in denim skinny jeans, a ruffled denim blouse, denim high heels and a strand of denim pearls.”
“I agree one-hundred percent.  What a denim-dressed, head turning girl!”
“I was so mesmerized by the way she wore her denim that I barely finished my meal.”
“Her denim fashion show was worth far more than the price of the brunch. I’d say we got a great deal.”
Denim: Let’s give the divine fabric a shout out. A true fashion steal!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy
 
 
 
 
 

Perhaps the best way to spruce up and highlight an outfit is to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. The right set of jewelry, shoes and handbag can add top notch pizzazz to any outfit. One popular, pretty way to accessorize to perfection is with pearls.
A pearl is a hard object produced within a soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk or another animal, such as a conulariid. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.
The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes, known as baroque pearls, can occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries.
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Pearl Fun Fact: Pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Think a “pearl” of a car, a “pearl” of a find, etc. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or formed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of the pearls currently sold.
Pearl Fashion Tip: Imitation pearls are widely sold as inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually poor and easily distinguishable from that of genuine pearls. However, costume jewelry is fun, chic and easy on the pocket book. Whatever suits your tastes!


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Pearl Fun Fact: The English word for ‘pearl’ comes from the Fench ‘perle’, originally from the Latin ‘perna’ meaning leg, after the ham-or mutten leg-shaped bivalve. All shelled mollusks can, by natural processes, produce some kind of “pearl” when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within its mantle folds, but the majority of these “pearls” are not valued as gemstones. Natural (or wild) pearls, formed without human intervention, are rare.
The unique luster of pearls depends upon the reflection, refraction and diffraction of light from the translucent layers. The more thin and more numerous the layers in the pearl, the finer the luster.
Get as much shine as your pearls will muster…wear pearl jewelry with luscious luster!
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Freshwater and saltwater pearls may sometimes look quite similar, but they come from different sources. Freshwater pearls form in various species of freshwater mussels (Unionidae family) which live in lakes, rivers, ponds and other bodies of fresh water. Saltwater pearls grow within pearl oysters (Pteriidae family), which live in oceans. Saltwater pearl oysters are usually cultivated in lagoons or volcanic atolls.
Natural Pearl Fun Fact: Natural pearls are nearly 100% calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Natural pearls form under a set of accidental conditions when a microscopic intruder or parasite enters a bivalve mollusk and settles inside the shell. The mollusk, irritated by the intruder, forms a pearl sac of external mantle tissue cells and secretes the calcium carbonate and conchiolin over the irritant. This secretion process is repeated many times, thus producing the pearl.
Wow, who knew natural pearls start out as irritants? Interesting! The finished product is beautiful and magnificent!
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Pearls make for clothing and jewelry to be adored by all. Whether you work in an office, step out on the town or are still a school girl…dress up your outfit with the always gorgeous, always glamorous, always stunning pearl!
Cultured Pearl Fun Fact: Cultured pearls are the response of the shell to a tissue implant. A tiny piece of mantle tissue (called a graft) from a donor shell is transplanted into a recipient shell, causing a pearl sac to form into which the tissue precipitates calcium carbonate.
Cultured pearls can be distinguished from natural pearls by X-ray examination. A cultured pearl shows a solid center with no concentric growth rings, whereas a natural pearl shows a series of concentric growth rings.
Wear pearl rings and set your fingers a glow…let your hands put on a splendid jewelry show!


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Imitation Pearls Fun Fact: Some imitation pearls (shell pearls) are made of mother-of-pearl, coral or conch shell, while others are made from glass and are coated with a solution containing fish scales called “essence d’Orient”.  Although imitation pearls look the part, they don’t have the same weight or smoothness as real pearls, and their luster will dim greatly.
One reason pearl jewelry is so glamorous and gorgeous is because fine quality natural pearls are very rare jewels. Their values are determined similarly to those of precious gems, according to shape, size, color, quality of surface, orient and luster. Single natural pearls are often sold as collectors’ items, or set as centerpieces in unique jewelry. Present day natural pearling is confined to seas off Bahrain. Australia has one of the world’s last remaining fleets of pearl diving ships.
Ship your fabulous self off to the nearest jewelry store and buy yourself some fantastic, fashionable pearls to adore! You, fashion diva, never wore it so well!

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Be the queen bee you were born to be when you wear a crown of pearls, gems and diamonds. Sheer beauty!
Pearl Jewelry Fun Fact: The value of pearls in jewelry is determined by a combination of the luster, color, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry that are appropriate for the type of pearl under consideration. Among these attributes, according to jewelers, luster is the most important differentiator of pearl quality. All factors equal, the larger the pearl the more valuable it is. Large, perfectly round pearls are rare and highly valued. Teardrop shaped pearls are often used in pendants.
Whether you prefer to wear pearl earrings, rings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets, anklets, purses or hats, when you’re decked out in elegant, exquisite pearls you’ll look like a fashion plate! Imagine that!
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Pearls: Accessorize to pleasing perfection!
“I need something to doll up these jeans and crop top that I have on.”
“I have the perfect answer for you. Pearls, pearl, pearls…you can’t go wrong.”
“I’ll put on a layered pearl necklace, a large pearl bracelet and a black pearl ring.”
“Now you look sensational my dear…you’ve come to life with your pearl bling!”
“I think I’ll put my hair in a bun and dress it up with a pearl headband.”
“You sure are a sight for sore eyes. Your casual to chic outfit deserves a hand!”
Pearls: From frumpy, to casual, to grand!

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

Pedicures are a treat to pretty up and pamper your feet. A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, similar to a manicure for the hands and fingernails. Pedicures are done for cosmetic, therapeutic and medical purposes and can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders. They are popular throughout the world, especially among women.
Pedicures include care not only for toenails, but also for the feet, and skin care is often provided up to the knee, including granular exfoliation, moisturizing and massage.
Pedicure and polish your toenails to pleasing perfection!
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Pedicure Fun Fact: The word ‘pedicure’ is derived from the Latin words “pedis”, which means “of the foot”, and “cura”, which means “care.” People have been pedicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years. In Southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further.
Originating in China in 3000 BC, nail color indicated one’s social status, according to a Ming Dynasty manuscript; royal fingernails were painted red and black. Ancient Egyptians have been manicuring all the way back to 2300 BC.
Let’s get matching pedicures…paint your toenails fancy with me!

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

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

Wahlah! Fancy, fabulous, fashionable feet. Ah, what a treat!
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Tools and Nail Cosmetics Needed for a Successful Pedicure:

  1. Acetone
  2. Cotton Balls
  3. Cuticle Cream
  4. Cuticle Pusher
  5. Foot Bath
  6. Lotion
  7. Nail File
  8. Nail Polish
  9. Toenail Clippers
  10. Toe Spacers
  11. Towels
  12. Pumice Stone
  13. Pedicure Spa
  14. Paper Towels
  15. Polish Base Coat
  16. Cuticle Cream
  17. Cuticle Remover
  18. Nail Polish
  19. Nail Dryer
  20. Nail Polish Remover
  21. Decals, Stones, Gems, Decorations

Pretty pedicures for princess toes!


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Popular Types of Pedicures:

  1. Regular Pedicure: Foot soaking, foot scrubbing, nail clipping, etc.
  2. Spa Pedicure: Paraffin dip, masks, mud or seaweed treatment.
  3. Paraffin Pedicure: Parrafin wax.
  4. Stone Pedicure: A foot massage with essential oils.
  5. French Pedicure: White polish on the nail tips with a sheer pink color on the base.
  6. Chocolate Pedicure: Chocolate foot soak, chocolate foot mask, chocolate moisturizing lotions.
  7. Margarita Pedicure: Salt scrub, soaking water with fresh limes, a lime based massage oil, moisturizer (and sipping margaritas if preferred)!

So many types of pedicures…only ten toes. Should I paint each nail the same color, or mix and match in shoes where my fashionable toes show?
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Pedicures are pretty! The pedicure industry began to grow in 2000. There were approximately 50,000 nail salons located throughout the United States at that time; today there are approximately 2000,000 nail salons in the U.S.
Pedicure Fun Fact: Pedicures take 45 minutes to an hour or so to complete. Not too much time for an outcome that gives you stunning, fun, pleasing, festive feet! Sweet!
“Would you like to spend a girls’ day out getting a manicure and pedicure?”
“That sounds simply divine and will ramp up my mood for sure.”
“I think I’ll get matching decals placed on my left and right big toe.”
“Flowers or rhinestones or beads would look lovely and put on a fabulous show.”
“I’ll paint my toenails and fingernails raven red and make the decals white.”
“Ah, your toes will look magnificent. A fashionable and lovely sight!”
Pedicures: Paint your toes up right!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating husbands with their pants down, then worse, having to report to the wives what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.
Nancy Mangano is an author, screenwriter and fashion journalist, writing the Natalie North murder mystery series and the global online fashion magazine Strutting in Style. With degrees in Communications and Criminal Justice, she has blended her love of writing and her interest in law enforcement into her novels. Nancy’s work has received several awards. She resides in Orange County, California and received both the 2015 and 2016 Best of Anaheim award. In 2016 Nancy was inducted into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame.
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

Hats are hip. The decorative head coverings can fit flat on the head or be wide brimmed, tight or floppy, simple or flamboyant, work related or worn for fashion, but hats always add a special touch of “something” to an outfit and to your overall appearance.
A hat is a head covering which is worn for various reasons, including protection against the elements like rain or wind, ceremonial reasons such as university graduations and religious reasons, safety such as when working on a construction site, and for all fashion divas, as a flattering fashion accessory!


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Hat Fun Fact: In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, hats may denote nationality, branch of service, rank, and/or regiment. Police typically wear distinctive hats such as peaked caps or brimmed hats, such as those worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
While there aren’t many official records of hats before 3,000 BC, they probably were commonplace before that. Archaeologists think that the Venus of Brassempouy 26,000 years ago may depict a hat. One of the earliest confirmed hats was worn by a bronze age man, whose body (including his hat) was found frozen in a mountain between Austria and Italy, where he’d been since around 3,300 BC. He was found wearing a bearskin cap with a chin strap, made of several hides stitched together, resembling a Russian fur hat without the flaps.
Decorate your head in a hat that’s all that!
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Popular Styles of Hats Include:

  1. Ascot Cap
  2. Baseball Cap
  3. Beanie
  4. Bearskin Cap
  5. Beret
  6. Cowboy Hat
  7. Chullo
  8. Cricket Cap
  9. Coonskin Cap
  10. Custodian Helmet
  11. Deerstalker
  12. Fedora
  13. Hard Hat
  14. Kippah
  15. Montera
  16. Panama
  17. Pillbox Hat
  18. Santa Hat
  19. Sombrero
  20. Top Hat
  21. Toque
  22. Turban

So many types of hats to choose from…so many choices to make. I’ll wear one hat to the theater, one hat to the store and one to my birthday party as I dine on delicious cake!
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Who can deny that not only women can rock great hats, but men look dapper, suave and sophisticated when they strut cool with a hat on their head!

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Hat Fun Fact: The Philippi Collection is a collection of religious headgear assembled by a German entrepreneur, Dieter Philippi, located in Kirkel. The collection features over 500 hats, and is currently the world’s largest collection of clerical, ecclesiastical and religious head coverings. One of the most famous London hatters is James Lock & Co. of St. James’ Street. The shop claims to be the oldest operating hat shop in the world.
The tradition of wearing hats to horse racing events began at the Royal Ascot in Britain, which maintains a strict dress code. All guests in the Royal Enclosure must wear hats. This tradition has been adopted at other horse racing events, such as the Kentucky Derby in the United States.
I tip my hat off!

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Hat Fun Fact: Extravagant hats were popular in the 1980s, and in the early 21st century, flamboyant hats made a comeback, with a new wave of competitive young milliners designing creations that include turban caps, felt hats and tall headpieces made of human hair. Some new hat collections have been described as “wearable sculpture.” Many pop stars, among them Lady Gaga, have commissioned hats as publicity stunts.
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new-vintage-women-shirts-print-h-is-most-glamorous-paris-looks-blouse-shirtHat sizes are determined by measuring the circumference of a person’s head about 1 centimeter (one-half inch) above the ears. Inches or centimeters may be used depending on the manufacturer. Felt hats can be stretched for a custom fit. Some hats, like hard hats and baseball caps, are adjustable. Some hats come in standard sizes, such as small, medium and large.
Traditional hat size is worked out by adding the fore and aft and side to side measurements (in inches) and then dividing by two. In the United Kingdom, an equivalent hat size is an eighth of an inch smaller than in the United States.
Are you looking for a gorgeous, great, playful or funky way to add appeal and allure to your outfit? Why not place a fashionable hat on your head? Enough said!
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Peek a Boo. Who is that hiding behind that fabulous hat? Oh, it’s you!
“Excuse me. Your hat is lovely, but it sits so high you’re blocking my movie view.”
“My flashy hat and I are the view…sorry to break it to you.”
“While I agree you look stunning in your haute couture hat, I paid to see the screen.”
“I can give you a movie and your money’s worth…in my fabulous hat I look like a sexy screen queen.”
“I’ll ask one more time nicely. Will you please remove your hat?”
“A true fashion plate wears what she prefers. Just change seats and solve that.”
In fashion, proper etiquette styles are made to be broken! Always remember that, and wear a flamboyant, frilly hat!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

Regarding simple pleasures in life, diamonds and chocolate make the list. While diamonds are revered and beautiful in various forms of jewelry, and chocolate candies and flavorings are adored by the taste buds, mixing the two together to create chocolate diamonds is a definite win!
Chocolate (brown) diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. In most mines, chocolate diamonds account for 15% of production. Although brown diamonds don’t glimmer as shimmery as their clear diamond sisters, in Australia and the United States, brown diamonds have become valued gemstones and have taken on the appetizing name chocolate diamonds.


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Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: A significant portion of the output of Australian diamond mines is brown stones. A large amount of scientific research has gone into understanding the origin of the unique brown color. Several causes have been identified, including irradiation treatment, nickel impurities and lattice defects associated with plastic deformation; the latter is considered as the predominant cause, especially in pure diamonds. A high pressure, high temperature treatment has been developed that heals lattice defects and converts brown diamonds into yellow or colorless stones.
Baumgold Bros., a popular diamond cutter and fine jewelry importer in the 1950s and 1960s, rebranded brown diamonds in order to hike sales. Names included champagne, amber, cognac and chocolate. Other companies followed the Baumgold Bros. lead and named different shades such as clove, coffee, caramel, cappuccino, mocha, espresso and cinnamon.
Whatever name you prefer to use, the chocolate diamond makes gorgeous jewelry in any style you choose!


Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: In the year 2000, the fine jewelry company Le Vian trademarked the term “chocolate diamond” and introduced a new brown jewelry line. Le Vian worked with the supplier Rio Tinto and partnered with the retailer, Signet Jewelers. The brand heavily advertised the ‘chocolate diamond’ line including a massive television media spend. The campaign was a success; in 2007 virtually no one was searching for ‘chocolate diamonds’. By the year 2014 the search number jumped to 400,000 times a year.
If chocolate and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I suggest chocolate diamonds! The allure never ends!
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Diamonds occur in various colors including blue, yellow, green, orange, various shades of pink and red, brown, gray and black. The Argyle mine, with its 35 million carats (7,000 kg) of diamonds per year, makes about one third of global production of natural diamonds. 80% of argyle diamonds are brown.


Natural Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The majority of natural brown diamonds don’t show any characteristics of absorption peaks. The brown color relates to the plastic deformation.
Synthetic Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: Synthetic diamonds are created by compressing graphite to several gigapascals and heating to temperatures above 1500 C. Nitrogen in these diamonds is dispersed through the lattice as single atoms and induces a yellow color. Nickel is added to graphite to accelerate its conversion into a diamond. The incorporation of nickel and nitrogen into the diamond induces the brown color.
Chocolate or brown…when dolled up in chocolate/brown shimmering diamond jewelry, you’ll rock the town!

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Notable Chocolate Diamonds:

  1. The Golden Jubilee Diamond is the largest cut diamond in the world. It was founded in 1985 as a rough stone of 755.5 carats in the Premier mine in South Africa, which is operated by De Beers.
  2. The Earth Star Diamond was found at another South African mine of De Beers, the Jagersfontein Mine on May 16, 1967. The diamond came from the 2,500 foot level of volcanic diamond-bearing pipe. The rough gem weighed 248.9 carats and was cut into a 111.59 carat pear-shaped gem with a strong brown color and extraordinary brilliance. The diamond was purchased in 1983 for $900,000.
  3. The Incomparable Diamond is another African diamond, one of the largest ever found in the world (890 carats). In 1984 a young girl discovered it in a pile of rubble from old mine dumps of the nearby MIBA Diamond Mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  4. In 1974, American actress Elizabeth Taylor wore a chocolate diamond ring and earrings to the Oscars. The jewelry was a gift from Richard Burton for their tenth wedding anniversary.

Chocolate diamonds…yummy and delicious to the eyes! Dress in elegant chocolate diamond splendor and be fashion wise! You’ll sparkle lovely…no surprise!
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Heat Treated Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The concept that the brown color of chocolate diamonds might be related to lattice imperfections has led to a technique to convert brown diamonds into light yellow or even colorless diamonds. The diamond is subjected to high pressures of 6 to 10 GPa and temperatures above 1600 C that heals those defects. The technique has been demonstrated in several research laboratories in Russia and the United States. Since 1999, several companies around the world have adopted the technique and use various brand names for the processed diamonds.
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Chocolate Diamonds: Alluring, appetizing, appealing and amazing!
“I’m aching to eat some chocolate but I’ve started a no sugar diet.”
“I’ve got another way for you to get your chocolate fix that will cause a fashion riot.”
“Are you suggesting I dangle delicious chocolate squares on my ears?”
“I’m saying wear chocolate diamond earrings…the finest diamond in years,  I hear.”
“That is a marvelous idea. Would you like to buy me a pair?”
“Certainly. Let’s treat ourselves…chocolate is scrumptious to wear!”
Chocolate diamonds: A sure cut above, my fashion diva love!
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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to online and retail bookstores on February 24, 2017!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846