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Most people that hear the word makeover consider it a radical change in appearance. In the world of beauty and fashion, a makeover may imply a change in clothing, your hairstyle or cosmetics. A complete personal makeover might also include cosmetic surgery. For the faint of heart that wants to avoid all surgeries and look gorgeous, refreshed and youthful no matter your age, allow Mobile Styles to take center stage!

Let’s be honest! Beauty, health and vitality matters. For many people, cosmetic makeovers, or simply wearing the right touch of makeup to keep you looking natural and rested, is an integral part of your daily routine. Even for those of you that prefer a makeup free face, swiping your eyelashes with mascara and coating your lips with clear gloss or nude shades of lipstick is something you do everyday.

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Ooh la la! Makeup makeovers that make you all that!

Did you know that makeup can actually enhance and sculpt your facial features? Eye shadow and eyeliner can add depth and dimension to your eyes, bright colored lipsticks can make your entire face stand out and rouge/blush can add a youthful, radiant glow to your face, as well as enhance your cheekbones. Make no bones about it, cosmetic makeovers are admired, fun and adored by all. Makeovers are so revered in today’s culture that they have become popular television subjects. Think Queer Eye, What Not to Wear, Extreme Makeover, MADE and Ambush Makeover to name a few.

So much makeup, so little time to apply it, what’s a glamour girl to do? Mobile Styles health and beauty experts will help you.

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Download the Mobile Styles on demand health and beauty app and let their professional health and beauty experts give you a glam makeover like you’ve never had before. You’ll radiate, glow and look lovely when you’re ready to step out your door. Be the va va voom glamour vixen that you’ve never been before.

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Beauty generally entails cultural perception, or individual views of a person’s preference. Much like some people prefer chocolate ice cream and others prefer vanilla, some women adore wearing heavy makeup, while others go with light makeup or none at all. For those of you who prefer a natural look, only applying a light concealer and foundation in the morning can do wonders for the appearance of your skin, making you look rested, youthful and virtually makeup free. Me personally, I love the glamour girl look. A complete cosmetic makeover can include concealer, foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyebrow liner and a chic, colorful lipstick. I find the full makeup look to be especially beautiful when applied to perfection. Even false eyelashes can look like sheer heaven!

Bat your baby eyes and make them look twice their size simply by applying lots of heavy black mascara or a set of long false eyelashes.

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but makeup makeovers that make you look “all that” are loved worldwide. Everyone wants to look their very best everyday as we go on our lifetime journey and enjoy the ride!

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Ooh La La! Makeup Makeovers that Make You All That. Wear your favorite cosmetics everyday to take you to a realm of beauty where you’re a glamour winner all the way!

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

 

Living in a fast paced, busy, densely populated area can be exhilarating, culturally rewarding and a stimulating experience. Metropolitan cities generally offer great theater, exquisite dining, fashionable events and numerous things to do. You can truly avoid boredom in cities that never slow down, such as Los Angeles and New York City. No matter how much you love living life on the edge, everyone needs to shut down once in awhile and connect with family, friends and nature. Welcome to small town living!

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When making a change from living in a metropolitan area to connecting with your inner self in a smaller town, you’ll definitely need to pack a few items that you wouldn’t particularly use much in a large city environment. What would I pack, you say?

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Layered Clothing: Odds are in a small town you’ll have larger, open areas of trees, grass, farm land, etc. Outside temperatures can change dramatically from day to night, and if you relish a hefty hike or a walk in the woods, the weather can go from warm to nippy in no time. Dressing in layers allows you to remove or add various clothing items as needed.

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Versatile, Comfortable Footwear: For a small town atmosphere, you may choose to trade out your gorgeous high heels for a sturdier, more comfortable walking shoe. There are cute, stylish flat shoes on the market for the glamour girl that lives in all of you.

Thermos/Water Bottle: In a small town you won’t find a fast food joint or restaurant on every corner, so you’ll want to carry a thermos/water bottle with you to keep yourself refreshed and hydrated. Whether you drink water, coffee or tea, a thermos to keep your beverage cold or warm is a wonderful idea indeed.

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Sunscreen/Moisturizer: We all know how important a strong sunscreen/moisturizer is for our skin and our health. In a metropolitan area you may spend a large portion of your day indoors in an office, a mall, a restaurant, etc. With a small town, simpler life, you’re likely to spend more time outdoors, in the sun. Pack a strong sunscreen and moisturizer to keep your skin soft, block out any damaging effects from the sun and simply have fun!

Fitness Supplies: In addition to gaining more quiet time in a small town, you’ll probably unwind with more time to exercise. Packing an exercise band and a yoga mat will give you the luxury and benefits of exercising while maintaining your peace and serenity at the same time.

Bathing Suit: Even if you live near the ocean in a large, crowded city, perhaps you were too busy to enjoy a day at the beach, or maybe you didn’t want to deal with all the people and the traffic in a highly populated beach city. In a small town, you can find a relaxing river to wade in or a soothing stream to play in. Put on that bathing suit and be the bathing beauty that you are.

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Books, iPod, Movies: Small town living will slow you down, allowing you more time to read your favorite books, listen to your prefered style of music and watch movies that make you feel alive and good inside.

Whether you live in a metropolis environment or are surrounded by serene small town living, you look and feel your best when you have an active, healthy, balanced lifestyle. How do achieve this for your mind, body and soul? Mobile Styles professionals, of course! Merely download the on demand health and beauty app from your phone and book an appointment with a professional hair stylist, nail artist, and/or beauty stylist and pamper yourself from head-to-toe. No matter where you live, a Mobile Styles expert will come directly to you, fighting the traffic or the back roads to get to you!

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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’s true that different colors can make you feel various moods, but to say that yellow is mellow can be challenged. The color yellow brings out feelings of cheerfulness, sunshine and happiness. Yellow, in colors and in fashion, is warm, inviting and stylish.

Yellow is the color between green and orange on the spectrum of visible light. Although yellow is considered a secondary color made by combining red and green at equal intensity, the color yellow rates number one in 2018 on the fashion runways.

Yellow is considered the lightest hue of the spectrum, and in color psychology, the color yellow relates to acquired knowledge. It is the color which resonates with the left or logic side of the brain, stimulating our mental faculties and creating mental agility and perception. The color yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.

Whether you’re hitting the fashion runway or strolling down the street, when dressed in yellow clothing you’ll look effervescent, radiant and sweet!

Positive Traits of the Color Yellow:

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

You adore the color yellow, you say, but full yellow clothing is just a bit too bright for your taste? I suggest you carry a yellow handbag, or slip your fabulous feet into fancy yellow high heels. Even a splash of yellow will wash away any mellow melancholy you may be feeling!

For those of you that prefer to mix and match colors, yellow clothing looks exceptionally flattering when mixed with black, white or orange garments.

Yellow is anything but mellow! Yellow fashion cheer all year!

Yellow Color Psychology Fun Fact: Yellow is considered the color of new ideas and helps you find new ways of doing things. Yellow also helps with clear thinking and quick decision-making. Yellow is uplifting to the spirit and helps create enthusiasm for life. The color yellow also awakens you to greater confidence and optimism. Yellow power in fashion and in flowers!

For the fashion diva that dares to stand out in a crowd, you’ll get noticed wearing yellow without having to resort to dressing gaudy or loud. Think yellow fire trucks and yellow sports cars! They get noticed both near and far!

Variations of the Color Yellow:

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

For a day as a beauty queen or a day at the beach, when dressed in vibrant yellow you’ll look and feel as scrumptious as a peach!

“I simply adore your yellow bathing suit. You’re definitely a beach baby.”

“My only color choice is yellow. No ifs, buts, or maybes.”

“Your bright cheery yellow swimsuit matches the smile on your face.”

“Let’s go wade in the beach water. First one in wins the race.”

“In the fashion place, you and your yellow bathing suit already took first place.”

“Get running. I want to enjoy the sunshine and water so there’s no time to waste!”

Yellow Fashion: They call me mellow yellow? How about happily yelling yellow?

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’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
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sure, bikinis and two piece bathing suits are alluring, sensual and a fashion staple of summer, pools, beaches and vacations. For those that dread slinking into two piece swimsuits, or for those of you that find one piece bathing suits more attractive, there are many one piece suits that are sexy as well as comfortable, darling and adorable.
Fit for the body, fit for the ocean…make a summer splash that is sure to last!
A one piece swimsuit is usually a skin tight garment that covers a female’s torso, except the back or upper chest. Many one piece suits are cut stylish and provocative, covering the crucial body parts, yet exposing a semblance of the stomach, back and ribcage.


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Swimsuit Fun Fact: Swimwear is described by a number of names, including swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, swimming suit, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossies and swimming trunks.
The most common type of one piece swimsuit is the maillot, or tank suit, which resembles a sleeveless leotard or body suit. There are variants of the one piece bathing suit, including halter neck styles and plunge front swimsuits. Another innovation in one piece swimsuits is the body skin, which resembles a unitard or wetsuit.
One Piece Swimsuit Fun Fact: The modern one piece swimsuit made its appearance in the mid-1900s, when the style was widely described as a maillot. Its widespread acceptance is attributed to Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman. Kellerman marketed these bathing suits and the style became known as “the Annette Kellerman.”

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Swimsuit Fun Fact: Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of the tight fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also sometimes being used. In the 1930s, new materials were being developed and used in swimwear, particularly latex and nylon, and swimsuits gradually began hugging the body.
Sassy and classy: sexy one piece bathing suits!

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During the 1920s and 1930s people began to shift from “taking in the water” to “taking in the sun,” and swimsuit designs shifted from functional considerations to incorporate more decorative features. By the 1930s, the necklines of women’s swimwear plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. With the development of new clothing materials, swimsuits began hugging the body, with shoulder straps that could be lowered for tanning.
Hollywood endorsed this new glamour with films such as Neptune’s Daughter, in which Esther Williams wore provocatively named costumes like ‘Double Entendre’ and ‘Honey Child’.
Create a stir when on the beach in a one piece swimsuit. Durable, attractive, comfortable and downright sensual to boot!



Most swimsuits in western culture leave the head, shoulders, arms and legs exposed. Women’s bathing suits generally cover at least the aereola and bottom half of the breasts, and many one piece suits have amazing cuts and styles as more material can be used to create an eye catching, alluring garment.
Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn that wearing damp swimwear for long periods of time can cause a number of infections and rashes in children and adults.

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Whether you go to the beach for a swim, a good time, a walk or a run, dress up in a fancy, sassy, classy one piece bathing suit and soak up the glorious sun!
One Piece Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Wartime production during World War II required vast amounts of cotton, silk, nylon, wool, leather and rubber. In 1942 the United States War Production Board issued regulation L-85, cutting the use of natural fibers in clothing, and mandating a 10% reduction in the amount of fabric in women’s beachwear. To comply with the regulations, swimsuit manufacturers produced two piece swimsuits with bare midriffs, and dispensed with the skirt panels and other superfluous material.  Enter the two piece swimsuit!
Even with the popularity of the two piece bathing suit, the one piece swimsuit has held her ground and often times is the most dynamic, beautiful, stunning swimsuit around!
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So much for swimsuit practicality. Although some swimsuits are designed specifically for swimming competitions or diving competitions, most bathing suits are designed for aesthetic reasons, as is most fashion! Hail the fashion queen…arrive on the summer scene looking better than you’ve ever been seen!
“I bought me the most gorgeous, flattering, fashionable one piece bathing suit today!”
“If you wear it to the beach, I bet you blow every bikini, thong and two piece swimsuit away.”
“I’ll definitely blow everyone else out of the water. My suit is sexy, playful and full of style.”
“I’ll come with you when you make your grand entrance. Watch everyone around you smile.”
“The suit is black with ruffled white trim. Hugs all the right places and makes me look thin.”
“So grand and glorious. Everyone needs to feel wonderful in the skin and the suit they’re in!
One Piece Bathing Suits: A definite fashion win!
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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
 
 
 
 
 

Jewelry is ornamental, alluring, pretty and admired by most cultures. Jewelry adds posh and pizzazz to outfits and many times holds significant meaning to the wearer. Whether you prefer your jewelry to be gold, silver, copper, gems, jewels, pearls, beads or a blend, there’s no denying that jewelry is dazzling and decorative.
One type of jewelry that is popular and pleasing is feathered jewelry. We all know feathers as things which cover birds, helping to keep birds warm and protect them from injury. In addition, feathers help birds to fly. However, we also know that feathers make for fabulous, gorgeous jewelry (synthetic feathers look just as natural as real feathers and the birds thank you)!
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Jewelry consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as pins, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and anklets. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewelry, but other materials such as shells, plants and feathers may be used.
Jewelry Fun Fact: In most cultures jewelry can be understood as a status symbol, for its material properties, its patterns and for meaningful symbols. Adult women have been the most consistent wearers of jewelry, but men and children have also been known to wear exquisite jewelry.
Fabulous feathered jewelry creates a look of elegance and light fashion flair, whether worn on your body or in your hair!
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Feathers look airy, summery and light. In addition to being used as earrings, bracelets and necklaces, feathers are often used to decorate hats.
Feather Fun Fact: Although feathers cover most parts of the body of birds, they arise only from certain well-defined tracts on the skin. Feathers aid in flight for the birds, thermal insulation and waterproofing. The coloration of the feathers helps in bird communication and protection. Plumology is the name for the science that is associated with the study of feathers.
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Forms and Functions of Wearing Jewelry:

  1. Functional, generally to fix clothing or hair in place, or to tell the time (watches).
  2. As a marker of social status and personal status, as with a wedding ring.
  3. As a signifier of some form of affiliation, whether ethnic, religious or social.
  4. To provide protection.
  5. As an artistic display.
  6. As a carrier or symbol of personal meaning – such as love, mourning or luck.
  7. To add sparkle, pizzazz and flair to an already dapper outfit.

In addition to using feathers in jewelry and for decoration, people use feathers in pillows, cushions, mattresses, coats and quilts stuffed with down.
Give your outfit some top notch spice when donned in feathered jewelry. Wow, you look nice!
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Feathers come in many colors that draw happiness and beauty for the wearer and the observer. However, colored feathers serve an extremely important function in birds:

  1. Camouflage: The colored feathers hide the birds in their natural environment, especially when the birds are stationary in their nest. Camouflage is often backed up with behavior.
  2. Display: Birds carry display colors when they need to be noticed by other birds. Often the male of a pair will do the display and wear its colors, while the female remains camouflaged. Display is used to attract a mate and signal and defend the birds’ territory.

Humans also use bird feathers for display purposes when they glitz and glam themselves up in glorious feathered jewelry!
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Feather Fun Fact: There are two main types of bird feathers:

  1. Vaned Feathers – These feathers cover the exterior of the bird’s body.
  2. Down Feathers – Feathers that are underneath the vaned feathers.

Feather Fun Fact: Flight feathers are stiffened so as to work against the air in the bird’s downstroke, but yield in the other direction. The fibers of the feathers are better aligned in the middle of the feather and less aligned towards the tips.
Jewelry Fashion Tip: Fly sky high when adorned in fantastic feathered jewelry that truly catches the eye!
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Classic, light as a feather fashion jewelry!
“Your eye catching feathered jewelry looks amazing and divine.”
“If you play your feathers right I might let you borrow it some time.”
“Your feathered earrings hang so delicate and long. Do they weigh the ear down?”
“Not at all. These earrings are as light as a feather and spruce up a night on the town.”
“Did a poor birdie suffer so you could prance colorful in feathered jewelry so rare?”
“No. These are synthetic feathers…man made…the only kind of feathers I will wear.”
Let your feathered jewelry be your fine feathered friend!
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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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846