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

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

Popular Types of Braids:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://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

 

 

Oh, the joys of winter weather. Rain, snow, sludge, cold, ice, hail and wind. And occasionally, days of glorious sunshine to remind us that yes, spring will eventually get here. As a girl who loves abundant sunny days, even Southern California winter weather can be cold and difficult to deal with. So how do I add spice to my chilly days when Mr.  Sunshine is taking a break? By enjoying the winter fashion, since makeup and clothing for me is a fun passion!

We often bring out our coats and sweaters at this time of year, in various styles and colors. Why not step out in style wearing a trendy trench coat, a coat that can not  only keep you warm and also act as a raincoat, but shouts chic and cool? Trench coats are made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill, leather or poplin. Trench coats generally have a removable insulated lining, raglan sleeves and the classic versions come in various lengths, ranging from just above the ankles to the knees.

Traditionally trench coats are double-breasted with 10 front buttons, have wide lapels, storm flaps and pockets that button closed. The coat is belted at the waist, as well as having straps around the wrists that buckle (to keep water from running down the forearm in the rain). True trench coats also have shoulder straps that button closed, which were a functional feature in military uniforms. The traditional color of the trench coat is khaki, although newer versions can now be found in all colors.

Trench Coat Fun Fact: The trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers during World War I. Invention of the trench coat belongs to two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum. Aquascutum claims starting the trendy trench coat in the 1850s. Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 and submitted a design to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901 to have the sturdy, practical coat act as the Army officers’ raincoat.

Wade through the trenches of inclement weather in a trendy trench coat!

Trench coats have remained fashionable since their inception, long after the end of World War I, and are still popular jackets and/or raincoats today. Trench coats look business like, yet savvy. They keep you warm and dry with a look of sheer cool. For those of you that adore trench coats but find them to look too military, if you tie the belt in front of the jacket, as opposed to using the buckle, you will create a more casual look than strict military. Since trench coats tend to be long,  often going past the knee, it works to wear lighter fabric trench coats as dresses. Button up, slip on some leather or patent leather high heels and turn your coat into a one piece dress! Always look your best!

Just remember you can’t take your coat off if you get too warm. Unless you want to start a new fashion trend of your own! I guarantee you’ll stop traffic in a heartbeat!

The trench coat was originally sized to wear over clothing, to offer water protection when the temperature was cold enough to require a heavier coat than a windbreaker or rubber raincoat. This is why trench coats often fit as a larger size then a normal jacket. In recent years many manufacturers have resized the fit and cut of trench coats to conform more closely to the body.

As always, to fit into fashion, there are versions of the terrific trench coat that have been  modified where the hem stops at mid-thigh level, much like the miniskirt. The classic trench coat looks stunning and stylish no matter the length, showing off a woman’s femininity, power and strength!
Floor length, mid calf, to the knee or above, bundle up in the eye catching, always gorgeous trench coat as the jacket that’s a cut above.

I think I’ll buy myself a truly adorable trench coat this winter season. After all, the coat is so durable and fantastic that I really don’t need a reason!

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 https://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

Long, beautiful eyelashes can definitely make you stand out in a crowd. When your lustrous lashes are real, as opposed to fake eyelashes or eyelash extensions, your eyes will be noticed with or without eye makeup. There is something about long eyelashes that looks absolutely lovely. Dark, full eyebrows and long, thick eyelashes bring out the true allure of your face.

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Long, voluptuous eyelashes are a symbol of natural beauty and are an asset to any face. If you prefer extended, natural eyelashes there are easy, inexpensive ways to grow out your own enchanting lashes. Just like the hair on your head, your eyelashes and eyebrows need nourishment to grow and ensure that your vixen lashes remain extended and eye catching.

Bat your eyes for the good news! There are ways to grow thicker, longer, stronger and healthier natural eyelashes!

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Natural Ways to Grow Long Eyelashes:

1. Use a lash lengthening gel underneath your mascara. Some lengthening gels not only grow and lengthen your own lashes, but the gel also conditions and protects your eyelashes, making your lashes stronger.
2. Apply olive oil or castor oil to your eyelashes before you go to bed. Rub the oil between your thumb and finger, then pat the oil onto your eyelashes, or use a clean mascara brush to apply.
3. Apply petroleum jelly to your eyelashes. Let the petroleum jelly sink into your lashes overnight, then wash the jelly off in the morning.
4. Avoid eyelash curlers! Eyelash curlers have a tendency to pull out and/or break your eyelashes, especially if you use the curler on lashes coated with mascara.
5. Eat a nutritious, well balanced diet high in B vitamins and protein. Your eyelashes need to be fed a healthy diet to grow thick and full, just like the hair on your head.
6. Glycerin and egg whites mixed with castor oil, applied to your eyelashes, feeds and strengthens your lashes.
7. Invest in a good eye makeup remover that allows for your mascara to come off easily, where you don’t have to scrub or tug at your lashes.

Once you’ve grown your eyelashes to a lovely length, why not book a pamper session with a Mobile Styles health and beauty expert? Treat yourself to a complete makeover that will make your entire face shine and glow as you go through your busy day.

In order to ensure that your natural, long eyelashes stand out even more, apply two coats of black mascara and watch your pretty peepers come to life. Long, dark, thick eyelashes do wonders for highlighting your face. I say that if I could only wear one cosmetic my choice would be mascara (with lipstick a close second)! The first thing people notice when they look at your face is your eyes. Long, mascara coated eyelashes help beautify and enlarge the size of your eyes. Sheer glamour!

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Where did you get those eyes? Your natural, lustrous, long eyelashes truly hypnotize!

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Lovely, long eyelashes are the bomb! Natural ways to grow eyelashes that are lengthy, lustrous and strong.

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 https://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

 

Hairstyles can make or break a look, and a popular hair do that never goes out of style is the braid. A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by interlacing three or more strands of flexible material such as textile yarns, wire and of course, hair! Compared with the process of weaving, which usually involves two separate, perpendicular groups of strands (warp and weft), a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others.

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

Popular Types of Braids:

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

Happening types of hair braids that are easy to be made!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Braid Fun Fact: The Dutch braid and the Fishtail braid are both variations of the gorgeous French braid!

“The length of your hair is spectacular, it goes almost to the floor.”

“Shorter haircuts are beautiful also, sometimes less is more.”

“I see you braided your hair; it must have taken hours to do.”

“A professional hair stylist made my braid; I sat in a chair, she made the do.”

“The type of braid is exquisite with a different braided look than I know.”

“This here is the fishtail braid. When I walk it swings too and fro.”

Braids: A trendy, well known hairstyle that works every time…mile to mile!

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 https://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

 

Velvet – Soft on the eyes; soft to the touch! A beautiful fabric, in the fashion world, used so much!
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive feel. By extension, the word ‘velvety’ means ‘smooth like velvet.’
Velvet can be made either from synthetic or natural fibers. Velvet makes a garment look fancy, elegant and classy!

Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. Velvet pile is created by warp or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.
Fill up your fashion fancy taste with soft, fun to feel, velvet!
Velvet is a fabric that looks expensive, merely by its portrayal of elegance and elan! Velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly product. No matter the cost, velvet is a rich looking fabric!
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Velvet garments look luxurious and appealing in all colors!
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely of silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in less luxurious fabric. Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wool. No matter the fibers used, velvet always looks amazing and, as far as garments go, always a cut above.
Velvet Not So Fun Fact: Velvet is difficult to clean because of its pile, but modern dry cleaning methods tend to work well to clean velvet to its lustrous appeal!
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Velvet pants! How wow is that? Thank you Victoria’s Secret!
Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as the high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet.
Velvet Fun Fact: In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in ‘velveto’.
Velvet, a gorgeous material truly fit for kings and queens! Be victorious in velvet!
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She wore whatever color velvet she preferred!
The girl can’t help it! She’s earned the right!


Due to velvet’s high class look and feel, the fabric makes for glamorous evening wear. However, velvet clothing and accessories also work for a casual, yet fashionable, look. Think a velvet blouse with skinny jeans and pumps. How adorable is that ensemble? The velvet dolls the look up, yet the denim jeans add a touch of office or daytime look to the outfit.
Can you say, “I’m dressed and velveted up to go pump gas, people! I’m a true fashion diva!”
The art of velvet weaving originated in the Far East, and it isn’t until the beginning of the 14th century that we find any mention of the soft textile. The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. The art was later taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that were similar to those from the great Italian cities.

Popular Types of Velvet Fabrics:

  1. Chiffon
  2. Crushed
  3. Devore
  4. Embossed
  5. Hammered
  6. Lyons
  7. Mirror
  8. Nacre
  9. Panne
  10. Pile-On-Pile
  11. Plain
  12. Utrecht
  13. Velveteen
  14. Voided
  15. Wedding Ring Velvet

No matter the color, no matter the type, when dressed in velvet you’ll look and feel just right! I understand the velvet hype!
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Although there are other fabrics that are similar to velvet, such as corduroy and velour, velvet is by are a fashionable fabric that oozes glamour, royalty, richness and class!

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Fashion strong? The answer has been velvet clothing all along!
“Sir, didn’t your mother teach you to keep your hands to yourself?”
“I merely needed to feel the material of your dress, see how soft it felt.”
“Much like when my little brother would get a buzz haircut and I would rub his head?”
“Exactly. Except that haircut feels prickly and rough. Your garment is smooth instead.”
“Yes. Velvet is easy on the eyes and feels marvelous to the hands.”
“Let’s give a hand to velvet. The finest fabric in all of fashion land!”
Velvet: Rich, elegant, luxurious and truly grand!
Wear velvet and take a winning style stand!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 

Denim duds…a main staple of American (and world) fashion! Where would we be without denim clothing? Almost as lost as when Chevrolet discontinued the Camaro (a muscle car of vast performance)…until Chevrolet redeemed that mistake and brought the popular car back on the market. Vroom, vroom!
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.  “Quack, quack…those are some mighty fine denim duds you’ve got on there!”
While denim is a popular material for jeans, denim makes for fabulous dresses, skirts, jackets, purses, shoes, overalls, etc. Pretty much any garment can pull off denim. Do I hear a denim wedding dress, anyone?


Blue Jean Denim Fun Fact: 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 remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
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The name ‘denim’ derives from the French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes.”
Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans, although “jean” formerly denoted a different, lighter, cotton fabric. The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Delicious, dazzling, delightful denim duds!

Denim Fun Fact: Denim has been used in the United States since the mid 19th century. Denim initially gained popularity in 1873 when Jacob Davis, a tailor from Nevada, manufactured the first pair of ‘rivet-reinforced’ denim pants. His concept for making reinforced jeans was inspired when a female customer requested a pair of durable and strong pants for her husband to chop wood in. When Davis was about to finish making the denim jeans, he saw some copper rivets laying on a table and used the rivets to fasten the pockets. Necessity, the mother of invention!
Dry denim (or raw denium) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time, dry denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some people. During the process of wear, fading will usually occur on those parts of the material that receives the most stress.
“My dear, how would you like your denim?”
“Faded, ripped, threaded and shredded!”
Who knew that type of denim would become a mainstream fashion must have?

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Washed Denim Fun Fact: After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. In addition to being washed, 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. In jeans made from dry denim, fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates a more natural look rather than an artificially distressed denim.
Downright darling, your denim duds!

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One thing is certain with denim. The sturdy material creates garments of upscale, youthful appeal, as well as an overall look of casual…as in, well, denim overalls!

For those that adore faded jeans:
Patterns of Fading:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – 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 stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending to the upper calf.
  4. Train Tracks – These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades, which resemble train tracks.


Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant Indigofera trintoria, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a repeated sequence of dipping and oxidation – the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.
Dip that dyed denim, darling!
Denim fabric dying is divided into two categories:

  1. Indigo Dying – Produces the traditional blue color and similar blue shades.
  2. Sulfur Dying – Produces specialty black colors with other colors, such as red, pink, purple, grey, rust, mustard and green.

No matter the denim color, blue, red, black or green, you’ll always be a fashion hit in denim on any style scene!

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Whether you prefer to wear your denim ripped or solid, it’s your choice. Create your own unique fashion voice!
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Denim duds: Always a hit, never a miss. Now give those favorite jeans of yours a thank you kiss!
“My denim jeans outshine your denim jeans.”
“But the style of our jeans looks very much the same.”
“Mine aren’t faded, are neatly pressed, the material even and long.”
“Mine are faded, ripped, shredded and cut…definitely fashion strong.”
“Mine have more fabric and look more expensive. I paid a hefty price.”
“My tattered denim look is free…I tore them up myself. Ah, fashion nice!”
Denim sugar and spice. No matter how you prefer to wear your denim, don’t allow anyone to make you think twice!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

High heeled shoes are footwear that raises the heel of the wearer’s foot significantly higher than the toes. Sandals are an open type of footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep and, sometimes, around the ankles. Sandals are generally flat, but can have a heel.
What do you get when you combine high heels with strappy sandals? A glamorous, highly sexy shoe!
Strappy sandaled high heels allow your feet to put on a fashion show everywhere that you go!

People generally wear sandals in warmer climates or during hot parts of the year in order to keep their feet cool and dry. Add a high heel to the sensible sandal, and you’ve added alluring appeal that can cause both a raised height and a visual high!
There is no denying that high heeled shoes look lovely on the feet and add posh glamour to any outfit. Strappy sandaled high heels add extra elegance and a sassy, sexy, classy look.
Positive Effects of Wearing High Heels:

  1. High heels change the angle of the foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of the calves.
  2. High heels change the wearer’s posture, requiring a more upright and altering gait in what is considered a seductive fashion.
  3. High heels make the wearer appear taller.
  4. High heels make the legs appear longer.
  5. High heels make the foot appear smaller.
  6. High heels make the arches of the feet higher and better defined.

Even with the benefits of wearing high heels, I believe most people wear them for the same reason I do. High heels are beautiful! Fashion is a creative, visual, aesthetic field!

High Heel Fun Fact: Medieval Europeans wore wooden-soled patten shoes, which are regarded as the ancestors to contemporary high heels. The high heel has been traced back to Persian horse riders in the Near East who used high heels for functionality, because they helped hold the rider’s foot in stirrups. It has been suggested that raised heels were a response to the problem of the rider’s foot slipping forward in stirrups while riding. These features are evident today in riding boots, most notably cowboy boots!
Ah, shall we boot scoot boogie in a seductive pair of strappy sandaled high heels? Let’s give the pretty girl a whirl and a twirl! Yeehah!
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Sandal Fun Fact: The oldest known sandals were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the United States, in the state of Oregon. Radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years. The Ancient Greeks distinguished between ‘baxeae’, a sandal made of willow leaves, twigs or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers, and the ‘cothurnus’, a boot sandal that rose above the middle of the leg, worn by tragic actors, horsemen, hunters and men of rank and authority.
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Seal the stylish shoe deal with strappy sandal high heels!

High Heel Fun Fact: According to high fashion shoe websites like Jimmy Choo and Gucci, a “low heel” is considered less than 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters), while heels between 2.5 and 3.5 inches (6.4 and 8.9 cm) are considered “mid heels”, and any heel over 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) is considered a “high heel.” Extremely high heeled shoes, such as heels above 6 inches (15 cm), can be viewed as ‘eye candy jewelry for the feet’! Sweet! Give your fabulous feet a treat!
Sandal Fun Fact: A typical sandal may have a sole made from rubber, leather, wood, tatami or rope. Sandals are often held to the foot by a narrow thong that passes between the first and second toe, or by a strap or lace, called a latchet, sabot strap or sandal, that passes over the arch of the foot and around the ankle.
Mix together the strappy high heel with the open sandal, and you have a shoe that will never look drabby or dull! Wonderful footwear everywhere that you go!

A major benefit of the strappy sandal high heel is that the fabulous shoe can be worn as a dressy shoe or a casual shoe. Depending on how you’re dressed, either in a stunning evening gown, or a pair of cuffed denim jeans, with a strappy sandal high heel on your foot the outfit says “I always dress like a queen!”
Create a strappy sandal high heel scene, as the sensual shoe makes the leg appear long and lean.
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High Heel Fun Fact: During the 16th century, European royalty, such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of England, started wearing high heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. By 1580, men wore heeled shoes, and a person with authority or wealth was often referred to as “well heeled.”
In modern society, high heeled shoes are a large part of women’s fashion. High heels force the body to tilt, emphasizing the buttocks and breasts.
There is no denying that women adore their high heels! A survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association showed that 42% of women admitted they would wear a high heeled shoe they liked, even if the shoe caused them discomfort!
Occasional clothing pain is a fashion diva’s gain!
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The strappy sandal high heel equals pure fashion gold! How do I know? It’s simple. I wear them everywhere that I go! The foot doctor says, “Say it ain’t so!” I say, “I’m proud to say it is so!” Oh so lovely, the strappy sandal high heel!
“Excuse me dear, but how do you walk in heels that high?”
“It’s elegant and easy. You should give it a try.”
“Your shoes are spectacular, but I think I’d fall down.”
“With these strappy beauties on my feet I can dance my way through town.”
(Demonstrates. Skips, walks, jumps up and down).
“How do you do that? Stilts on your feet yet you maneuver so well.”
“The secret stays with me. A true glamour girl will never kiss and tell!”
Strappy sandal high heels slide on the feet just right and always emit a sensual sight!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

Choker necklaces are by far one of the most elegant, beautiful pieces of jewelry by far. Whether the choker consists of real diamonds, or merely a thin piece of velvet material, the look and appeal of the choker gives the wearer a look of majestic opulence.
Chokers are, to sum it up, a gorgeous piece of neck wear!
A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of a variety of materials, including lace, velvet, plastic, beads, stones, gemstones, metal (silver, gold, platinum) and ribbon. Chokers can be adorned and decorated in many ways, including with sequins, studs or pendants.
Chokers hug the neck in all the right places!

A necklace is an article of jewelry that is worn around the neck and can either fit tightly (choker), loose, or hang down to the wearer’s waist. Necklaces are worn by both men and women in cultures around the world for purposes of adornment and social status. However, in Western culture, the necklace often carries female connotations.
Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 4,000 years, coming to life during the stone age. The oldest necklaces were made of natural materials, such as shells, bones, teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, seeds and stones.
I love the elegant, feminine look of the choker, above all necklaces. The choker, a chic cut above! With such a fabulous piece of jewelry, what’s not to love?
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Choker Fun Fact: Common types of chokers include Victorian, vintage, open collar, Gothic, pendant, gemstones or tattoo.
Chokers are associated with high fashion, for their look of beauty and graceful appeal. Ballerinas and the upper middle class in the late 19th century often wore certain types of chokers.
Chokers became popular among women and girls in the 1990s, with this fashion trend resurfacing in the 2010s through today. For high glamorous neck wear, the fabulous choker is here to stay.
Chokers can be simple, yet oh so full of pizzazz. A bare chested dress, with merely a choker to offset the garment, speaks volumes!
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Popular Types of Necklaces:

  1. Chokers – Sit and fasten on the neck.
  2. Princess Necklace – Rests right below the neckline.
  3. Matinee Necklace – A single strand that rests on top of the cleavage.
  4. Opera Necklace – The necklace sits at the breastbone.
  5. Rope Necklace – Any necklace longer than an opera necklace.
  6. Lariat Necklace – A very long variation of the rope necklace, without a clasp, often worn draped around the neck. The ends can be crossed over, looped or knotted.

Popular Adornment Necklaces:

  1. Cross Necklace – Features a Christian cross.
  2. Diamond Necklace – Needs no explanation, often given as gifts of love.
  3. Pearl Necklace – Pearls can either be all the same size or various sizes, with one or more strands.
  4. Tooth Pendant Necklace – Animal teeth, such as a shark tooth.
  5. Prayer Bead Necklace – A long, beaded necklace typically in the form of a wide lasso, usually with a religious symbol.
  6. Riviere Necklace – A single strand of gemstones of the same size and cut.

So many necklaces, only one neck. What’s a jewelry lover to do? Wear more than one type of necklace at one time (i.e. a choker with a rope necklace, a diamond princess necklace with a long strand of dangling pearls). Or, when in doubt, give the choker a try out!

Mixing and matching necklaces can really doll up a neck, and an outfit!
Choker Chic: The elegant, knock-out necklace!
Choker Fun Fact: Chokers appeared in 1798 as a French cultural jewel that was worn by wealthy women. In 1874 the choker necklace was worn by ballerinas and in the early 1880s, by queens. Radiant necklace royalty!
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Necklace Fun Fact: Cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans. Twine and string enabled the development of smaller, more durable, intricate necklaces. After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, copper, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make gorgeous necklaces for both men and women.
And, wahlah, metal chains came onto the fashion scene. Gem-cutting and glassblowing allowed highly polished gemstones and beautiful art glass to be added to making glamorous necklaces.

Deck out your neck for a look that is spicy, effervescent and sure to impress the rest!
Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker had ties to prostitution, as seen in Manet’s “Olympia (1861)”.
Today, hey, a plain, thin, red or black ribbon choker can merely be an aesthetic way to add class and glamour to your outfit choice of the day!

Necklace Fun Fact: If a necklace includes a primary hanging feature, such as a charm or a large stone, it is called a pendant. If the pendant has a small container, the necklace is called a locket. It is common practice to place pictures of loved ones inside a locket, such as a spouse, lover or children.

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You love the looks of chokers but you don’t own one? Then either run to your nearest jewelry store and treat yourself to a nifty necklace. Or, better yet, make one yourself with velvet or ribbon. Remember the famous cameo chokers? Why not place a cameo at the center of your choker and bring the dainty cameo choker back to the forefront of fashion?
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The Choker: A necklace lover’s passion and a staple of high fashion!
“Although the choker around your neck is lovely, don’t you find it fits too tight?”
“It fits snug and hugs the neck. The fit feels oh so right.”
“The choker gives you a look that is dainty, soft and darling.”
“That’s the choker’s great appeal. It matches with everything.”
“So whether your blouse or dress neckline is high or low, the choker wears well?”
“Precisely. Just look at the way I wear this choker. Any fashion diva can tell!”
The choker is a necklace lover’s first choice…always a stylish sell!
Marvelous…absolutely swell!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

When you consider the various colors of the most popular eye shadows (blue, gray, brown, gold, bronze, purple, lavender, pink, hazel, green) I feel one of the best colors to bring the pop, sizzle and punch out of your eyes is gorgeous shades of greens. Green eye shadows, for adding so much glamour to your face, tend to fade into the background of more popular cosmetic colors. Such a  glamour girl pity!
Green eye shadows complement all color of eyes and match well with lipstick shades of reds, pinks and golds. The color green is a positive color, the color of growth, spring, renewal and rebirth. Eyes painted with glorious greens evoke a beautiful face fit for a queen.

Eye shadow is  a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. It can also be worn underneath the lower eyelashes. Eye shadow, in addition to adding sparkle to your eyes, can also be used to make the wearer’s eyes stand out and look more attractive.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow can add depth and dimension to one’s eyes, complement the eye color, make one’s eyes appear larger, or simply make the wearer’s eyes more noticeable. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures.
Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Eye shadow is generally made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream and mousse form.

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Cosmetics, also known as makeup, are substances or products used to enhance the appearance or scent of the body. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering one’s appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”
Ah, glimmering, glorious green eye shadows. I see cosmetics as an art form, much like a painter filling in a canvas with breathtaking brush strokes of paint colors!
There are many shades of green that make for glamorous eyes, some being pale green, sea green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, dark green, aqua, olive green, yellow green and grass green. In the realm of eye shadow colors, a green eye screams to be seen!
Powerful and serene in just a few swipes! I understand all the green hype!

Eye catching glamour with green eye shadows!
Many people use eye shadow simply to improve their appearance, but it is also commonly used in theater and other plays to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on the wearer’s skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention.
How to Apply Eye Shadow:

  1. Place a primer on the eyelid area where you wish to apply the eye shadow.
  2. Decide if you would like to apply cream eye shadows, powder eye shadows, or a combination.
  3. Apply the color where you prefer with either an applicator brush or your fingertips.
  4. If you prefer, eye shadows look particularly pretty when you use both lighter and darker shades of the same basic color. With green eye shadow, a dark green or olive shade just above and below the eyelashes, with a lighter green or pale green shade above the upper eyelid (much like a smokey eye using greens) looks lovely.
  5. Blend well.

Now give a hand to your wowing green eye shadow wonderland!

Green Eye Shadow Fashion Tip: If you want to wear green eye shadow but feel a completely green eye is too bold and bright, green eye shadows look particularly appealing when toned down with gold shades or aqua shades. A mix of these colors match splendidly for an attractive, stunning look!

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Eye Shadow Removal: To remove your eye shadow, a commercial eye makeup remover cream works well, and can be purchased at department stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores. Petroleum jelly works wonders for removing eye shadow (and other cosmetics such as mascara, blush, eye liner and lipstick) with ease. Also, warm water and soap works, but be careful with soap near the eyes. Ouch!
Cosmetic Fun Fact: Cosmetics have been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40), and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burials dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmetae” was first used to describe Roman slaves whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.
Be a glam queen and reign supreme in eyes decorated with colors of cool, serene green!

Green Fun Fact: In color psychology, the color green is the color of balance and harmony. Green renews and restores depleted energy. Green is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. Green is an emotionally positive color and gives us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.
Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Restoration
  4. Self-Reliance
  5. Reliability
  6. Calm
  7. Well-Balanced
  8. Nature
  9. Family Oriented
  10. Sympathetic
  11. Kind
  12. Loyal
  13. Generous

Nice words to be associated with, right? For an eye that is cool, chic, glamorous and sweet, go with green eye shadows! Give your eyes a treat!
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Green Eye Shadow: A definite glam eye grand slam!
“Your eyes of green are the most becoming eyes I’ve ever seen!”
“Why thank you, but my eyes are brown.”
“I was referring to your eye shadow; fabulous shades of green abound!”
“My gorgeous green cosmetic colors highlight my dazzling brown eyes.”
“And add beauty, dimension, glamour, depth, intrigue and size.”
“Not to mention emit a vibe of mesmerizing and wise.”
No matter your color of eyes, why not give glamorous shades of green eye shadows a try?
Ooh la la, you beauty queen! You look fly!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 
 

Most people, if given the choice of things they love, would choose a maximum amount over a mini amount. Large candy bars over fun sized bars, big gulps over little gulps, three scoops of ice cream over one scoop, one million dollars over one dollar, etc.
Where is this universal concept reversed? With the miniskirt!
Whether you’re one who adores wearing a fashionable miniskirt, or whether you’re a person who loves to see a great pair of female legs walking in a miniskirt, the fabulous miniskirt is a garment where the less material, the better! Yes, longer skirts can be just as beautiful and certainly have their place in fashion, but it is the miniskirt that remains a constant signature fixture of mainstream culture.

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A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress. A micro-miniskirt, or microskirt, is a miniskirt where the hemline stops at the upper thigh.
My oh my, your to-die-for skirt is thigh-high! Such a pleasure to the eye!

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: While the miniskirt looks visually appealing with any shoe (even flats or bare feet) the short skirt is such a show stopper that a high heel or high heeled platform shoe adds extra glamour, allure and oomph. A high heeled boot ramps the sexiness of the miniskirt to even higher levels of posh pizzazz.
Short skirts have existed for a long time, though they were generally not called ‘mini’ until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was linked to a miniskirt.

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How to be an unassuming, silent flirt? Strut your darling diva self in a magnificent miniskirt!
Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London-based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian Andre Courreges. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first to offer fashionable miniskirts.
From 1969 and onward, the fashion industry largely returned to longer skirts such as the ‘midi’ and the ‘maxi.’ A longer skirt hemline coincided with the feminist movement. In the spring of 1982, short skirts began to reemerge. By the mid-1980s, many women began to incorporate the miniskirt into their business attire, a trend which grew during the remainder of the century.

An extremely popular miniskirt is the denim skirt. Denim skirts are always in high demand, whether the skirt is long or short. Denim miniskirts? A diva dream girl’s dazzling desire!

If you tend to dress fancier than denim, and feel denim skirts need some glamming up, add bedazzled jewelry for accessories, perhaps a rhinestone necklace and a pearl belt! Or, better yet, add gems, stones and jewels to the denim skirt to bedazzle that already pretty skirt to over-the-top fashion flair and fun!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: Extremely short skirts became a staple of 20th century science fiction, particularly in 1940s pulp artwork such as that by Earle K. Bergey, who depicted futuristic women in a “stereotyped combination” of metallic miniskirts, bras and boots. The “sci-fi miniskirt” was seen in genre films and television programs as well as on comic book covers.

Major ‘max’ appeal: the miniskirt!
Miniskirts make for some fun, modern, eye catching garments. Whether you prefer a tight, pencil miniskirt, or a flared, A-line hem, the miniskirt is by far a sensual style gem!
Miniskirt Fun Fact: In 2003, Tom Ford, at that time described as one of the few designers able to effortlessly dictate changes in fashion, stated the micro-skirts would be the height of fashion for the Spring/Summer 2003. At this time, an even briefer version of the micro-miniskirt emerged, creating a garment sometimes described as a ‘belt-skirt’.

Miniskirt Fashion Tip: For summer wear, the miniskirt look great when worn with a bare set of legs. For those more modest, or during cooler weather, miniskirts worn with opaque stockings or leggings look particularly fashionable and avoid revealing too much!
Peek-a-boo! But don’t peek. The miniskirt will tease to please!
Despite the miniskirt’s popularity, the skirt is still seen as controversial by some people. The miniskirt remains subject to bans and regulations, many times in office dress codes and school dress codes.

Not sure what to wear? A miniskirt will do the trick. Always a trendy fashion pick!
“Pardon me, but I believe that you lost a good chunk of your skirt.”
“You’re showing your lack of fashion sense. I’m wearing the fabulous miniskirt.”
“Do you find it difficult to bend or to walk in such a short dress?”
“Golly gee, I really don’t. Let’s put your question to the test.”
“I believe a girl of your radiant class and charm would move with style and grace.”
“You have guessed correctly. I have exquisite panache and glorious fashion taste.”
The miniskirt: A staple of here-to-stay fashion for the entire human race!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846