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Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated yearly on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions around the world.

The two most celebrated colors representing Valentine’s Day? Red and pink…mixed with white I think!

The color red is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy. Red is often used to express love, which is why the color is associated with Valentine’s Day. When you leave the house you’ll be noticed by all if dressed in red…from your toes to your head!

The color pink represents compassion, nurturing and love. Pink relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. A combination of the colors red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. When you leave the house dressed in pink you’ll be the daintiest, most feminine person on the planet…I think!

Pink and red clothes for Valentine’s Day! Dress Your Way!

Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th century England, Valentine’s Day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionaries and candies, and sending greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart.”

Popular Valentine’s Day Symbols Used Today:

  1. Heart Shaped Outlines
  2. Doves
  3. Cupid
  4. Flowers
  5. Handwritten Valentines
  6. Greeting Cards
  7. Candies
  8. Chocolates

Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Pink:

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

Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Red:

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

When you adorn your fabulous self in pink and red clothes you’ll steal the show, as all true fashion divas know!

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 27: Olivia Culpo is seen in Long Island City on July 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

For those of you that feel red and/or pink clothing is too brash or too girly to wear, why not try these various shades of red and pink:

Variations of the Color Red:

  1. Maroon
  2. Burgundy
  3. Crimson
  4. Scarlet
  5. Candy Apple Red

Variations of the Color Pink:

  1. Blush
  2. Rose Pink
  3. Salmon Pink
  4. Orchid
  5. Fuchsia
  6. Hot Pink

Step out on Valentine’s Day in ruffled, satin clothing of red and pink. You’ll turn every head in the room and definitely get a wink!

Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask him to perform marriage for them. Associated with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone for February, which is thought to attract love!

Lovey dovey…Valentine’s day gets you all warm and fuzzy!

“I see you dressed in red and pink for Valentine’s Day.”

“I did. But I adore red and pink and wear the colors in other ways.”

“So you step out in red when you’re feeling brassy, confident and strong?”

“Yes. And I adorn myself in pink when I want to feel girly all day long.”

“You seem like a cool gal with lots of spunk and love in your heart.”

“I live my days that way…it’s always a great way to start.”

Red and Pink: Colors that are perfect to wear on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the week, month or year! To red and pink garments we give a cheer!

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Hair Fun Fact: The word “hair” usually refers to two distinct structures: the hair follicle (the part beneath the skin), and the hair shaft, which is the hard filamentous part that extends above the skin surface. Hair fibers have a structure consisting of several layers, starting from the outside: the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla.

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

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

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

Three Ways to Straighten Your Hair:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WAYS TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR NATURALLY:

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

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

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

Four Types of Hair Classifications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. The dress was intended to be long lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible to the widest possible market in a neutral color.

The little black dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a rule of fashion that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, worn with a blazer and pumps for daytime business wear or worn with ornate jewelry, accessories and stiletto heels for evening wear or a formal event, such as a wedding, cocktail party or ball.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Wristwatches do more than tell time; they decorate your arm much like a fancy bracelet or  a decorative arm chain. I have fun with costume watches, and being a lover of jewelry and all things sparkly, I enjoy wearing festive, beautiful watches, the more bedazzled and glittery the better! I wear watches more for the mere fashionable aesthetic of the watch than to tell me the time!
Watches truly are a unique piece of fashion and often times, with costume watches, you can match your watch to your outfit. A watch is a timepiece intended to be carried or worn by a person. A watch is designed to keep working despite the motions caused by the wearer’s activities. A wristwatch is designed to be worn around the wrist, attached by a watch strap or other type of bracelet. A pocket watch is designed for a person to carry in a pocket.
Wristwatches: Time’s gift to bling!

Watch Fun Fact: Watches progressed in the 17th century from spring-powered clocks, which appeared as early as the 14th century. During most of its history, the watch was a mechanical device, driven by clockwork, powered by winding a mainspring, and keeping time with an oscillating balance wheel. In the 1960s the electronic quartz watch was invented, which was powered by a battery and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal. By the 1980s, the quartz watch had taken over the market from the mechanical watch.
For over the top arm candy, that also tells you the time of day or night, try the Trendy Crystal Stretch Bracelet Watch by Fashion Destination:
Trendy Fashion Jewelry Crystal Stretch Bracelet Watch By Fashion Destination | (Gold)

Wristwatches so gorgeous you’ll watch your own watch!
Wristwatch Fun Fact: The concept of the wristwatch goes back to the production of the very earliest watches in the 16th century. Elizabeth I of England received a wristwatch from Robert Dudley in 1571, described as an arm watch. The oldest surviving wristwatch (then described as a bracelet watch) is one made in 1806 and given to Josephine de Beauharnais. From the beginning, wristwatches were almost exclusively worn by women, while men used pocket watches up until the early 20th century.

Various Face Displays of Watches:

  1. Analog
  2. Digital
  3. Illuminated
  4. Tactile

For beautiful arm bling to match any turquoise ring, I suggest the Turquoise Bangle Watch by Moulin:
Moulin Women’s Bangle Watch Turquoise Blue 17114.60573

Developments of the watch in the 2010s include smartwatches, which are elaborate computer-like electronic devices designed to be worn on a wrist. They generally incorporate timekeeping functions, but these are only a small subset of the smartwatch’s facilities.
Wristwatch Fun Fact: Talking watches are available today, intended to be used for the blind or visually impaired. They speak the time out loud at the press of  button!
Watches so fine you’ll find them truly sublime!

Watch Fun Fact: A great leap forward in the accuracy of watches keeping up with correct time occurred in 1657 with the addition of the balance spring to the balance wheel, an invention disputed both at the time and ever since between Robert Hooke and Christiaan Huygens. The innovation increased watches’ accuracy enormously, reducing error from perhaps several hours per day, to perhaps ten minutes per day, resulting in the addition of the minute hand to the face of the watch from around 1680 in Britain and 1700 in France.
Can you imagine wearing a watch that is off the correct time by sometimes hour per day? Not a bad deal at all if you need an excuse to use on the boss of why you’re late for work! Blame it on the watch! Do that one too many times and you’ll most likely watch yourself be booted out the door!
Glamourous costume watches sure decorate your arm galore!


Wear watches so fun, ornamental and beautiful that no one looks at your watch for the time, but merely to admire the arm candy and arm bracelet you wear so divine!
“Excuse me, my dear lady, but I see you wear one watch on each arm.”
“My watches are all so gorgeous, I wear them more for the charm.”
“Wearing two jeweled watches at one time is quite interesting to me.”
“I am a true fashion diva. Inventing my own unique style comes easy to me.”
“Pray tell, will you please tell me the time?”
“It’s time for me to go. I have a new watch I want purchase in mind!”
Wristwatches: Whether you wear one, two, three or four, you’ll spend so much time deciding what lovely watches to wear you’ll be lucky to get out your door (on time)! Ha!

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
 
 
 
 
 

Nancy Mangano’s latest book in her murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, is now available for purchase on Amazon Kindle Direct and Smashwords:
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SMASHWORDS:
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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 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
 

Whether you know the correct name or not (Pixie Dress) most everyone recognizes a pixie dress when they see one. Flowing lace or chiffon fabric, layered hems, light, whimsical style. Pixie dresses give off a “girly girl” vibe.
Pixies are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the high moorland areas around Devon and Cornwell, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name. Akin to the Irish and Scottish Aos Si, pixies are believed to inhabit ancient underground ancestor sites such as stone circles, barrows, dolmens, ringforts or menhirs.
Let’s do the Pixie Prance and dance our way into fashion fun!


Pixie dresses very much resemble fairy clothing and are a popular garment for women and girls.
Pixie Fun Fact: In addition to dresses, there is the popular hairstyle known as the pixie cut. A pixie cut is a short hairstyle, generally short on the back and the sides of the head, and slightly longer on the top. The pixie cut is a variant of the crop cut. Depending on the style, pixie cuts range from as short as one half inch in some places to two or three inches long in others. Pixie cuts are easy to maintain and can be worn casually, or dressed up for special occasions. Celebrities who have sported pixie cuts include Anne Hathaway, Annie Lennox, Tyra Banks, Carey Mulligan, Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, Halle Berry, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Michelle Williams.
Pixie haircuts were first popularized in the 1950s when Audrey Hepburn wore the style in her debut film “Roman Holiday”, and later in the 1960s by actress Mia Farrow and British supermodel Twiggy.


Dress Fun Fact: A dress is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). A dress consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs. A dress can be any one-piece garment consisting of a skirt in any length.
A plus of the pixie dress? Pixie dresses run the gamut from short to midi to maxi length, and can be worn as a formal or informal garment. The best way to wear a short pixie? With a rocking pair of knee length or thigh high boots. If you’re looking for a more dainty, demure look, go with a sandal or ballet slipper.
As for me, a staunch lover of the high heeled shoe, I would decorate a pixie dress by wearing a gorgeous 5 or 6 inch feminine heel! Let’s keep the exquisite style look real!



Pixie Fun Fact: In traditional regional lore, pixies are generally benign, mischievous, short of stature and attractively childlike. They are fond of dancing and gather outdoors in huge numbers to dance through the night. In modern times they are usually depicted with pointed ears, and are often wearing a green pixie outfit and pointed hat (think Tinkerbell)!
In modern use, the term pixie can be synonymous with fairies or sprites.
Pleasantly pretty in a pixie dress!

Pixie Fun Fact: The origin of the name ‘pixie’ is uncertain. Some have speculated the name comes from the Swedish dialectal ‘pyske’ meaning ‘wee little fairy’. Others have disputed this, claiming that the term pixie is Celtic in origin. Pixie mythology is believed to pre-date Christian presence in Britain.
Pixie Characteristics as Described in Folklore and Fiction:

  1. Pixies are often ill-clothed or naked.
  2. Some pixies are said to steal children or to lead travelers astray.
  3. Pixies bring blessings to those who are fond of them.
  4. Pixies are drawn to horses, riding them for pleasure and making tangled ringlets in the manes of the horses they ride.
  5. Pixies are great explorers, familiar with the caves of the ocean, the hidden sources of the streams and the recesses of the land.
  6. Some find pixies to have a human origin or to partake of human nature.

For lighthearted folklore and those who love mythology, stories of pixies will have you whistling Dixie!


Pixie Day is an old tradition which takes place annually in the East Devon town of Ottery St. Mary in the month of June. The day commemorates a legend of pixies being banished from the town to local caves known as the “Pixie’s Parlour.” The Pixie Day legend originates from the early days of Christianity, when a local bishop decided to build a church in Otteri (Ottery St. Mary), and commissioned a set of bells to come from Wales, and to be escorted by monks on their journey.
“I love the frilly, dainty dress you’re in. Do you sprinkle fairy dust?”
“I accent my dress with glitter, beads, and sparkles…bedazzle is a must!”
“Your dress is so light and airy, it looks as if you added wings you could fly away.”
“But I’m having so much fun at this party right here is where I want to stay.”
“You look so pleasantly appealing in a pixie…a mix of lady and little girl.”
“Stand up and dance with me…I’ll twirl the layered hem and give it a whirl!”
Pixie Dresses: Perfect feminine attire for women and girls!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 

Yes, as a fashion maven I am fully aware that showing one’s ankles is considered sexy and charming. As a shoe horse, I’m also completely sold on ankle boots,  a shoe that invariably covers the ankles! As in anything, there is a time and a place for everything!
A fashion boot is a boot worn for reasons of style and fashion rather than for utilitarian purposes (i.e., not hiking boots, riding boots, rain boots, etc.).  The term fashion boots generally applies to women’s boots. Fashion boots come in a variety of styles, from ankle boots to thigh length, and are worn for casual, formal and business attire.
Ankle boots give your feet something to glow about!



Ankle boots are the mostly widely worn style of fashion boots, a great shoe to wear under pants or with a skirt or dress of any length. Ankle boots can vary in length from booties or shoe boots (effectively a shoe boot that skims the ankle) to boots that cover the lower part of the calf.
Fashion Boot Fun Fact: Although boots were a popular style of women’s footwear in the Nineteenth century, they weren’t recognized as a high fashion item until the 1960s. Boots became widely popular in the 1970s and have remained a staple of women’s winter wardrobes to date.
Whether you arrive early or fashionably late, when you step in wearing alluring ankle boots, people will adore the shoes that you’re in!


American designer Beth Levine is widely credited as the first person to introduce boots into Haute Couture. As early as 1953, Beth Levine introduced under the Herbert Levine label a calf-length boot in white kidskin. In 1957, Herbert Levine produced an entire collection based around fashion boots, and calf-high, kitten heeled fashion boots for women began to grow in popularity.
Rising dress hemlines and the availability of new, brightly colored artificial materials such as PVC combined to make boots an attractive fashion option for women. As skirts became shorter during the 1960s (think miniskirts) there was a keen interest in ankle boots, knee high boots and thigh high boots.
Let’s clap our hands, move our feet and do the ankle boot scoot boogie to the music beat! Ah, a tempting treat for the feet!

Ankle Boot Fun Fact: Ankle boots look great with skirts, dresses, shorts and pants. No matter your outfit, no matter your mood, when you are dressed in ankle boots, your entire clothing ensemble is pulled together with a sexy fashion attitude!
The Standard Boot Design:

  1. Fashion boots employ the same range of soles and heels as found in other shoes (rubber, canvas, stiletto heel, flat, thick heel, high heel, etc.).
  2. In boots, the shaft height varies.
  3. Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches.
  4. Calf-length boots have a shaft height of 8 to 15 inches.
  5. Knee-length boots have a shaft height of 15 – 19 inches.
  6. Thigh-high boots have a shaft height of 19 or more inches.
  7. The shaft of a fashion boot can be fitted or loose.
  8. Boots can be pulled onto the foot or be fitted using fasteners, such as laces, zippers, and/or buttons.

A fun closet is a closet ankle deep in ankle boots!


Fashion Boots Fun Fact: Although fashion boots, and particularly ‘go-go boots’, are often described as typical of the 1960s fashion, it wasn’t until the 1970s that boots became a mainstream fashion staple for women. For many women in the 1960s, boots were seen as a superfluous accessory more suitable for teenagers and college girls than grown women. In a 1968 survey posted in The New York Times, 75% of office managers surveyed disapproved of their female staff wearing boots to work. By contrast, in 1977 boots made up 20% of all women’s shoe sales in the United States.  By the end of the 1970s, Sears, Montgomery Wards and Kays sold boots from their catalogs.




Ankle boots remain a very popular staple in women’s shoes.  Ankle boots can be worn with pants and look particularly eye catching with straight legged jeans. Ankle boots are also a splendid shoe to wear as a popular, pretty alternative to sandals.
Popular Types of Women’s Fashion Boots:

  1. Ankle Boots
  2. Cowgirl Boots
  3. Go-Go Boots
  4. Kinky Boots
  5. Knee-High Boots
  6. Over-the-Knee Boots
  7. Platform Boots
  8. Russian Boots
  9. Thigh-High Boots

Let’s give a shout out and a hoot to a great, rocking pair of ankle boots!


Whether you wear your ankle boots on the catwalk, the runway, or your own signature way, when your festive feet are decorated in ankle boots you’ll enjoy every step of your day!
“Your black suede ankle boots look simply stunning as you strut down the street.”
“Yes, not only are they gorgeous to stare at, but they fit so snug and comfy on my feet.”
“So your ankle boots are truly made for walking all around the town?”
“Yes, and they are just as splendid if I run, dance or merely just sit down.”
“I adore the glamour of the ankle boot that accentuates the shape of your calf.”
“They cover my ankles but expose my legs, so you still get half-and-half!”
Ankle Boots: Strike a pose as you wear your ankle boots everywhere that you go! Put on your own “ankle boot” fashion show!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 

Many people look for different trending cuts and varying hair styles, changing their hair style in much the same way as you change your clothes. Different day…different hairdo…different you!
Not sure what hair style to wear today? I have one…the off the shoulder bun!
A bun is a versatile hair style ranging from simply functional for household chores or bad hair days, to a dressy school look or a stunning, sophisticated hair style for a glammed up evening. No matter the event or your mood, there is a bun that works for any occasion.

Hair Fun Fact: Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin. The human body is covered in follicles that produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care. Attitudes toward hair differ depending on the person, their preference of  hair styles, hair removal, etc.
Hair refers to two distinct structures: the follicle, which is the part beneath the skin, which regrows hair after it has fallen out and regrows skin after a wound. The second is the hair shaft, which is the hard filamentous part that extends above the skin surface.  The hair shaft is divided into three zones: the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla.

The Most Popular Types of Buns:

  1. The Ballerina Bun
  2. The Braided Bun
  3. The Messy Bun
  4. The Regular Bun
  5. The Sock Bun
  6. The Topknot
  7. The Wispy Bun

Steps to Make the Regular Standard Bun:

  1. Brush your hair.
  2. Pull back your hair and use an elastic band to hold your hair tight and in place (like making a pony tail).
  3. Twist your hair.
  4. Wrap your hair into a circular shape around the base of the pony tail.
  5. Tuck any loose ends under the bun.
  6. Secure the bun with bobby pins, barrettes, etc.
  7. Leave a few thin, wispy strands of hair hanging down in front if preferred.
  8. Add flowers, a headband, etc. if you want decorations.
  9. Add hairspray to hold the bun.
  10. Spritz on hair gloss if preferred.



Summer hair fun: the cool, chic, beautiful bun!
Hair Fun Fact: Hair grows everywhere on the external human body except for the mucus membranes and glabrous skin, such as that found on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and lips. Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen and telogen phase. Each phase has specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. Al three phases occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another hair strand is in the telogen phase.
The human body has different types of hair, including vellus hair and androgenic hair, each with its own type of cellular construction. The different construction is what gives hair its unique characteristics, serving specific purposes, mainly, warmth and protection.
As is the case with all fashion, fashion divas have found a way to make hair’s purpose be aesthetic, gorgeous and wild! Oh, you wild hair child!


Bun Fashion Tips:

  1. Take any loose hairs and run them through a curling iron for spirals, or a hair straightener for sleek, straight hair wisps.
  2. You can make a bun with wet or dry hair.
  3. Braided buns look amazing!
  4. Tighter buns look sensual and sophisticated.
  5. Loose buns look casual and youthful.

For a festive, fun, fabulous looking bun, add fresh flowers or a head wreath to your hair when you are done!


No matter your hair color or your hair type, hair rolled up in a bun feels breezy, summery and light!
Natural Hair Types:

  1. Straight
  2. Wavy
  3. Curly
  4. Kinky
  5. A mixture of the four hair types.

This hair typing system is the most widely used system to classify hair.

Nancy Mangano’s Bun Fashion Tip: I feel that buns worn with large, long earrings look glamorous and adorable. Since your ears are on display, why not decorate them the fabulous earring way?
Another benefit of the beautiful bun? You neck looks elongated and elegant, feminine and flattering to everyone!


Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or having dinner at a five star hotel, pull your hair off your shoulders into a wispy bun for a look that is fashion forward and swell!
“I’m tired of the same old hairstyle. I think I’ll wrap my hair in a cool, fun bun!”
“You’re going to a concert…you’ll look like you belong in a library with a librarian.”
“Gorgeous, studious and smart? And someone who loves to read? Sign me up now.”
“When you’re confident you wear your hair however you want to,  no matter the crowd.”
“I’ll wear the bun loose off my shoulders and leave some baby wisps dangling down.”
“You’ll be the queen of the concert! Your bun will be your defining crown!”
The Bun: An in style, appealing hairstyle no matter your age, no matter your gown! A definite A+ all around!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 

What’s a simple, yet sure way to excite a gal and make her day? One sure way is to present her with a classy, elegant, beautiful choker. Gorgeous neck jewelry to be adored!
A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of various materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, leather, metal (such as silver, gold or platinum), etc. Chokers can either be a simple ribbon or strip of velvet, or lavishly adorned with sequins, studs or a pendant/charm.
Stoke her with a chic choker!

Choker Fun Fact: Chokers were worn as early as the First Century A.D. They are mentioned in the Talmud, book Shabbat, chapter 6 as a common women’s accessory. Historically, chokers are associated with high fashion.
Chokers are a popular piece of jewelry that doll up and decorate any face and outfit. The word ‘jewelry’ is derived from the word ‘jewel’, which was anglicized from the Old French “joule” and to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. Various forms of jewelry vary between cultures but have persisted since ancient times, most notably in European and Asian cultures.
Whether a dainty ribbon strip or an ornament that is thick, feminine chokers do the trick!



Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, ballerinas and the upper class wore certain types of chokers. Chokers were extremely popular into the 1920s and again in the 1940s. Chokers made of luxurious diamonds, pearls, lace and velvet were seen as objects of the elite, made to custom fit one’s neck perfectly.
Choker Fashion Tip: Chokers look their very best when they fit tight and snuggle the neck. A choker that sags looks dowdy and drags!


Popular Types of Necklaces:

  1. Choker: Sits high on the neck.
  2. Lariat Necklace: A very, very long variation on rope, with a clasp, often worn draped around the neck or crossed over and/or looped.
  3. Matinee Necklace: A single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.
  4. Opera Necklace: Long and sits at the breastbone.
  5. Princess Necklace: Longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee.
  6. Rope Necklace: Any necklace longer than opera length.

Out of all the types of necklaces to help one look their best, the choker stands out heads and tails above the rest!


So pretty, so elegant, so fair. What gorgeous choker should I wear?
Choker Fun Fact: In recent years chokers have been popular with a number of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner. In the realm of modern fashion, chokers rock!
They stoked her by surprising her with an elegant choker!

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 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials – before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal sinew left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, colorful seeds, stones and/or gems. Eventually cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans.
After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make eye catching necklaces for both men and women, with the introduction of metal chains. Gem cutting and glass blowing allowed highly polished gemstones and/or beautiful art glass to be added to pieces.
We love our necklaces, one and all, where the choker stands out above them all!

Beautiful gemstones that make for lovely neck chokers include: amber, amethyst, diamonds, emerald, jade, jasper, pearls and rubies. Other gorgeous materials include beads, glass, shells and wood.
“I can’t wait for the party. My gown has a V-neck and I’m wearing my hair in a wispy bun.”
“Wear a thick, fitted, diamond choker around your neck and you’ll simply stun everyone!”
“Splendid. With dangling diamond earrings and a diamond bracelet to match.”
“You’ll scream elegance and money! You’ll be quite the catch!”
“I’ll carry a black velvet clutch with diamonds to accent the choker around my neck!”
“You’ll look polished and perfectly put together. Never be a fashion wreck!”
Ah, what the heck! Always the belle of the ball with a lavish choker around your neck!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s a given that colors can affect our moods. Colors appear to us in numerous forms. Man is able to perceive at least 2,000 different shades with the naked eye, and humans get 87% of our sensual impressions through a colored world.
One of the most striking colors for clothing is the neutral color of beige or nude. The other two colors categorized as neutral are white and brown. When dressing for an event, a day at the office or fun in the sun, beige/nude clothing is always in style and always works well.

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Beige Fun Fact: The color beige offers some of the warmth of the color brown and some of the crisp coolness of the color white. Though beige can be a relaxing color, there are many ways to wear beige so that the garments don’t come across as dull or boring. Add color, bling and zing with bright or neon colored accessories. Perhaps necklaces, bracelets and rings!
Colors in clothing are important in our lives as they can directly influence our well-being and mood. Each of us has a range of colors that we enjoy and become comfortable wearing. If you dress in beige/nude often, good for you. If not, why not give the neutral color a try? You can always spice up an outfit with colored accessories, shoes, handbags and jewelry.
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Color Fun Fact: It has been noted that colors can affect our health. A person’s perception of colors depends on several factors: shade; type of light (daylight or artificial – intense or dim); our general welfare; biological rhythms, etc.
Beige/Nude Fun Fact: The color beige is considered to denote dependability, flexibility and tends to run conservative. Beige is neutral, calming and relaxing. The attributes and meanings associated with the color beige can change based on other colors it accompanies.
Looking beautiful and natural dressed in neutral beige and nude tones!

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Beige/Nude clothing works in all weather temperatures and against all skin tones. If you want just a spice of beige/nude, add the elegant color through purses and shoes.
Ah, give me a dose of a beige handbag and nude glad rags to add chic glamour to myself and my closet.
Dressing in the demure yet sexy color of beige and nude tones adds warmth to our body and pizzazz to our bones!
Give me the bare bones…all girls stand out dressed in beige/nude tones!




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Words that Represent Various Shades, Tints and Values of the Color Beige:

  1. Biscuit
  2. Bone
  3. Buff
  4. Camel
  5. Cream
  6. Eggshell
  7. Ivory
  8. Off White
  9. Milk White
  10. Mushroom
  11. Nude
  12. Oatmeal
  13. Opaline
  14. Pearl
  15. Sand
  16. Tan

Lavish yourself in garments of beige and nude to set your mood! Walk with a beautiful beige attitude!
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Beige Fun Fact: A similar color to beige is ivory. Ivory is the traditional Fourteenth Wedding Anniversary gift and Pearl is the traditional Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary gift. Pearl and opal, which are shades of beige, are considered precious stones. The ivory tusks of elephants carry a high value and worth in many cultures and have long been used in the creation of fine and cosmetic jewelry.
For a look that is classy, sophisticated, high fashion and cool, wrap yourself in gorgeous garments of beige…the imperative fashion tip should be taught in school!

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From simple, to casual, to downright glamorous evening wear, step out in beige/nude clothing and toss away your cares!
“Your beige clothing blends with your skin tone. From a distance I thought you were nude.”
“Sorry if I disappointed you. My elegant outfit of beige gives me major fashion attitude.”
“Beige clothing works much like perfectly applied makeup…glamorous yet natural.”
“You are a vision of loveliness and our lighthearted chat has made me smile.”
“I decided to go all beige today, including my purse, lipstick, jewelry and shoes.”
“After seeing how splendid and sensual you look, beige clothing is the color I’ll choose.”
Beige/Nude Clothing: Who said beige is dull, boring and blah? This fashion diva gives beige/nude garments a shout out and cheer: rah rah rah!
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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