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

Denim, the sturdy blue cotton fabric the world knows and loves. Denim is a thick cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck.
The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside.
It’s the indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, that creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.  Fashion fading at its finest!

Denim dresses look and feel sent from heaven. A denim dress can be glammed up or toned down merely by the accessories you wear with the dress. A glamorous night out? Try five inch black patent leather stilettos, a black velvet choker, dangle bracelets and long diamond earrings. Your denim dress has become high fashion. Walking an evening fair? A flat shoe or sandal and minimal jewelry keeps your denim dress casual and comfortable.
Denim Fun Fact: 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. The contemporary use of the word ‘jeans’ comes from the French word for Geneo, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Denim has graduated from trousers to dresses and looks splendid when worn with long, short, curly or straight tresses.

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, containing a skirt of any desired length. All dresses, denim included, can be formal or informal.
Denim Fun Fact: Dry, or raw denim, (contrasted with washed denim) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time dry denim will fade, which is considered fashionable in some circumstances. During the process of wear, fading usually occurs on the parts of the garment that receive the most stress. On a pair of denim jeans, this includes the upper thighs, the ankles, and the areas behind the knees.
The dose for fashion happiness? Enter the durable, dazzling, dynamite denim dress!

Not sure what to wear to the Sunday brunch? Don’t stress! Always a hit is the denim dress!
After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. Washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. In jeans made from dry denim, such fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates what denim enthusiasts feel to be a more natural look than artificially distressed denim.
Denim Fun Fact: To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their denim garments for more than six months. Most dry denim is made from 100% cotton and comes from several different countries, including the United States, Zimbabwe and Japan.



Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant ‘Indigofera tinctoria’, 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.
Rope dyeing is considered the best yarn dyeing method, as it eliminates shading across the fabric width. The alternative “slasher process” is cheaper because only one beaming process is needed. In rope dyeing, beaming is done twice.
Two Categories of Denim Dyeing:

  1. Indigo Dyeing: Produces the traditional blue color or similar shades.
  2. Sulfur Dyeing: Produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green (Think colored skinny jeans!)


The ever popular stretch denim incorporates a plastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of give in garments made from stretch denim. Only about 3% of spandex is required within the fabric to create a significant stretching capacity of about 15%.

Whether your denim dress flows to your ankles or fits short and tight like a miniskirt, when dressed in a denim dress you’ll be a fashion diva with a silent flirt!
“I normally wear denim jeans but tonight I’m going with a denim dress.”
“I love the faded denim look and the natural wear of the fabric distress.”
“Since I’m going out to dinner I wore my patent leather pumps and a flower in my hair.”
“Those two accessories do glam up the outfit and give you a stylish high fashion flair.”
“Perhaps you’d like to join us. There will be plenty of room for you.”
“Excellent. Let me change into my denim dress and we’ll match the whole night through.”
Denim Dresses: When only divine denim duds will do!

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

Sun dresses are light, airy, beautiful, fun dresses! For a cool, comfortable garment that can still look dressy and elegant, the sun dress is a sure to win bet!
A dress is a frock or gown garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice that gives 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 or skirt of any length.
During the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, sun dresses doll up and cool down all fashion divas.

Sun dresses look great at any length, from short to knee to calf to the ankles. Also, necklines of sun dresses vary any where from strapless, to halter, to spaghetti straps!
Sun Fun Fact: Most people view sunny summer days as days to go out and have fun. Perhaps a visit to the beach, a river vacation, or merely a barbeque in the backyard. But did you know the sun is the star at the center of the Solar System? The sun is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with internal connective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process. The sun is by far the most important source of energy for life on Earth. The sun’s diameter is about 109 times that of the Earth, and its mass is about 330,000 times that of Earth, accounting for roughly 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.
Pretty amazing, that sun! In my estimation, a sunny day is always a great one!

Sun dresses can be made to look completely casual, or accessorized to look almost formal. Great events to wear sun dresses are baby showers, birthday parties, lunch or dinner events, beachwear or just plain anywhere!
Dress Fun Fact: Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor for good. For the next fifty years fashionable dresses became short (think the 1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years with their restrictions of fabric), then long (the New Look).
Today, any dress length goes, from just below the buttocks to the hemline flowing over your toes!
Okay, this blue tasseled dress below isn’t categorized as a sun dress, but I had to show this dress as it is gorgeous/adorable all rolled into one! I would love to own this dress and just may try to find me one! Beautiful!

Now, back to dresses made to wear in the sizzling sun!


Sun Fun Fact: The English proper name ‘sun’ developed from Old English ‘sunne’ and may be related to ‘south’. The English weekday name ‘Sunday’ stems from Old English and is ultimately a result of Germanic interpretation of Latin ‘dies solis’, a translation of the Greek “hemera heliou’. The Latin name for sun (Sol) isn’t common in the general English language, however the adjectival form is the related word ‘solar’.
Display your solar power and fashion power when dressed in an airy, elegant sun dress, hour by hour!

Sun Fun Fact: For most people, the sun’s rays feels luxurious on the skin. Think sun worshipers who love to tan or lay out on the beach sand and soak up the sun. Solar deities and sun worship can be found throughout most of recorded history in various forms, including the Egyptian Ra, the Hindu Surya, the Japanese Amaterasu, the Germanic Sol, and the Aztec Tonatiuh, among others.
From at least the 4th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, the sun was worshipped as the god Ra, portrayed as a falcon-headed divinity surmounted by the solar disk, and surrounded by a serpent.
Enjoy the sand and the surf by stepping out in a sensual, sassy sun dress and rule the fashion turf!

Sun Dress Fashion Tip: Sun dresses are a garment that radiate joy and look fun and youthful on any woman! Beautiful, breezy, whimsical fashion! Whatever your style, whatever your passion!
Sun Dresses: The long and short of it! Always a hit!

If you wake up in the morning and Mr. Sun is shining bright, slip into a pretty, dainty, comfy sun dress for a look and feel that’s right! You will be a radiant sight!
“I’m attending the opening of a great deli bistro and need to find something to wear.”
“Since the weather is a pleasant 80 degrees, how about a sun dress and a flower in your hair?”
“That’s a perfect idea. I won’t be overdressed but I’ll look dainty and demure.”
“The best dressed person at the party. A real looker for sure.”
“You don’t think I’ll look too dressy for a sandwich shop place?”
“Why do you care? All true fashion divas dress to fit their own taste!”
Sun Dresses: A standard summer attire for all girls and women!

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

Ah, the beauty and allure of stilettos and high heels rates tops in women’s shoes, in my foot fashion opinion. The elevated heel presents a look that is elegant, classy and makes a difference in how you feel.
A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while the wearer does various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration and fashion! The foot fetish fashion! Although the design of shoes varies through time and from culture to culture, appearance is often tied to function. However, as is always the way with fashion and style, fashion often dictates shoe design elements (flat sole, high heels, patent leather pumps, sandals, boots, etc.).

High heeled footwear raises the heel of the wearer’s foot significantly higher than the toes. When both the heel and the toes are raised in equal amounts (wedges, platforms), it isn’t technically a high heeled shoe, however, there are high heeled platform shoes.
High Heel/Stiletto Fun Fact: High heels tend to give the aesthetic illusion of longer, more slender legs and help accentuate the calf muscles when you walk. High heels come in a wide variety of styles, and are found in many different shapes, including stiletto, pump, block, tapered, blade and wedge.
For a striking, sensual, stunning, fun shoe, only a high heel or stiletto will do!

Stiletto Fun Fact: A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on boots and shoes. The stiletto heel is named after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s. A stiletto heel may vary in length from 1 inch to 10 inches or more if a platform sole is used, however, to me the true definition of a stiletto heel is a heel anywhere between 5 to 10 inches.
Stilettos, like all similar high heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.
Let’s get shoe real: Stilettos and high heels give a “lift” to how you feel!


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, while heels between 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches are considered mid heels. All heels higher than 3.5 inches are categorized as high heels. Heels from 4 to 5 inches are considered relatively high heels, while heels that measure 6 inches or more are considered extremely high heels.
Go to extreme heights in high heels that look and feel just right!
Stilettos and high heels are pleasing and sweet – giving off an aura of jewelry for feet!

High heels aren’t a modern invention. Research shows that high heels can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. In the middle of the second millennium BC, Egyptians began to frequently use high heeled sandals.
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 and larger than life.
Brush away the cares and stress of your daily life and allow your high heels and stilettos to walk you away from your strife!


Positive Aesthetic Effects of Wearing High Heels and Stilettos:

  1. The shoe changes the angle of the foot with respect to the lower leg, which accentuates the appearance of the calves.
  2. The shoe changes a woman’s posture, requiring a more upright carriage and altering the gait in what is considered a seductive fashion.
  3. The wearer appears taller.
  4. The legs appear longer.
  5. The foot appears smaller.
  6. The toes appear shorter.
  7. The arches of the feet are elevated and bring better definition.
  8. They look absolutely gorgeous and add style, pizzazz and oomph to any outfit!


Various Types of High Heels:

  1. Cone
  2. Kitten
  3. Platform
  4. Prism
  5. Pump
  6. Puppy
  7. Spike
  8. Stiletto
  9. Spool
  10. Viennese
  11. Wedge

Walk your way into a magical sea of fabulous shoes when only a stiletto or high heeled shoe will do!
What type of heel will interest you?

High Heel Fun Fact: In terms of design, high heels can be seen with plain construction or with embellishment. Depending on the design concept, embellishment materials include leather, wood, metal chains, plastic appliques, lace and others. The majority of embellishments are for aesthetic purposes, with some adding functional support.
“I dare say, how do you walk in a heel that is so high?”
“I walk with an air of grace, I feel I can touch the sky.”
“Your high heeled shoes are lovely, they stand out from all the rest.”
“Both in looks and in height. High heels are simply the best.”
“I would try to walk in them but feel I might fall or walk with a tilt.”
“You’d be amazed at how straight your gait will be, you’ll glide like on a stilt!”
High Heels and Stilettos: Longer legs, more height, smaller feet and shorter toes. Are high heeled shoes for you? Only the fashion diva inside of you knows!

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

Halter tops and halter dresses (referred to as halternecks) are perfect garments to wear in the lazy, hazy, crazy and oh so hot days of summer!
A halterneck is a style of women’s clothing straps that run from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, and leaves most of the back uncovered. The name comes from livestock halters.
The halter style is used with swimsuits, which maximizes sun tan exposure on the back and minimizes tan lines. The halter style also looks cool, chic and gorgeous on tops and dresses, especially sun dresses.

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Halter Top Fun Fact: A halter top is a type of sleeveless shirt similar to a tank top, but with straps being tied behind the neck. In another style of halter top, there is only one narrow strap behind the neck and a narrow strap behind the middle of the back, so that it is mostly backless. This design resembles many bikini tops, although it covers the chest more and may cover some or all of the abdomen at the front.
Neckline Fun Fact: The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially the front view. Neckline also refers to the overall line between all the layers of clothing and the neck and shoulders of a person, ignoring the unseen garment. For each item of clothing worn above the waist, the neckline is primarily a style line and may be a boundary for further shaping of the upper edge of a garment with a collar, cowl, darts or pleats.
Wear a halterneck for a look and feel that is fashion sweet! Sweep the fashion world off its feet!
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Halter Dress and Halter Top Fashion Tip: Most halter tops and halter dresses are made to wear braless, or come with a built in/sewn in bra. If you choose to wear a bra with a halterneck, the bra is generally strapless to avoid exposing the bra straps. However, as with all fashion, some people choose to wear bras with halternecks either in the same color or a different color as the garment to create a style effect.
With longer hair, the neck strap of a halterneck can be covered by the wearer’s hair, leaving the impression that nothing is holding up the dress or the top. With shorter hair, or for a look that is classy and sassy, wearing the hair in a bun or swept off the shoulders accentuates the stunning halter neckline!
Halt the presses! Break into summer in styling halter tops and halter dresses!

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From casual tops, to dresses, to sun dresses, to evening gowns, halterneck clothing is like wearing a diamond on the town!
Dress Fun Fact: A dress (also known as a frock or gown) 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 can also be a one-piece garment containing a skirt of any length. Dresses can be formal or informal, dressy or casual. The hemlines of dresses vary depending on the whims of fashion and the modesty or personal taste of the wearer.
Halter dresses are fun and whimsical and help to wipe away the day’s daily stresses.
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Top Fun Fact: A top is an item of clothing that covers at least the chest, but which usually covers most of the upper human body between the neck and the waistline. The bottom or hem of tops can be as short as mid-torso (think darling crop tops), or as long as mid-length. Women’s tops are generally paired with skirts, pants or shorts. Tops may be worn loose or tight around the bust or waist, and may have sleeves or shoulder straps, spaghetti straps or noodle straps, or be strapless. The back may be covered or bare.
Halter tops make for a look that is elegant, chic, cool, youthful and are stylish and fun to wear!
Step into the hot days of summer in a sizzling, sensual, hot halterneck, if you dare!
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Before the Victorian period, the word ‘dress’ referred to a general overall mode of attire for either men or women, as reflected today in such phrases as “evening dress”, “morning dress”, “traveling dress”, “full dress”, and so on, rather than to a specific garment. By the early 20th century, the words ‘gown’ and ‘frock’ became synonymous with “dress”, with ‘gown’ more often used for formal, heavy or full-length garments. A ‘frock’ or ‘dress’ generally refers to a lightweight, shorter or informal gown.
In the last few decades in the United States, “gown” has lost its general meaning of a woman’s garment in favor of the word “dress”.
Whether you are draped in a gown or a dress, when donned in a halterneck you’ll look and feel your smashing best!
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Dress Fun Fact: Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor. For the next fifty years, fashionable dresses became short (think the 1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years put restrictions on fabric amounts), then long (the “New Look”).
Since the 1970s, no one dress type or dress length has dominated fashion, with short and ankle-length styles appearing side-by-side in fashion magazines and catalogs.
No matter the decade, no matter the years, halter tops and halter dresses deserve fashion shouts and cheers!
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In the magical days of summer, it is the season to throw caution to the wind and feel brave, courageous and glamorous in whatever garments and whatever skin you’re in!
“I see you chose to beat the heat dressed in a halter top, leaving your neckline bare.”
“Summer is a season to leave your stresses behind and get rid of every care.”
“The cut of the top looks fabulous and elongates your sleek, long neckline.”
“Omitting a necklace or a choker leaves a natural look that is truly spot on and sublime.”
“I love the bare back look of the halter. It adds to the playful, youthful look of the top.”
“Halter dresses and halter tops come in all styles: long or short, loose or tight, bare midriff or cropped!”
Halternecks: When dressed in halter tops and halter dresses you’ll feel the exquisite fashion heat! A true fashion diva’s treat!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

Polka dot materials are pleasant, playful and pretty. They are also “spot” on in current fashion!  Polka dot is a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles (discs). Polka dots differentiate from a general spot pattern as polka dots are perfectly even in shape and size, while spots can be irregular in spacing and size (although many people refer to spotted garments as polka dotted).
Many modern polka dot prints include more randomly spaced, sized and colored dots. Polka dots became common on clothing in the late 19th century in the United Kingdom.
Polka dots will remain a garment rated number one until kingdom come!

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Polka Dot Fun Fact: The polka dot pattern rarely appears in formal clothing contexts and is generally confined to a more playful attire such as bathing suits and lingerie. Polka dots also make a spotted splash on summery skirts, dresses, shorts and stockings, perfect to wear when running or walking!
The term ‘polka dot’ originated in popularity from the polka dance which was big at the time the polka dot pattern became fashionable. Traditionally polka dots are used in clothing of flamenco dancers and performers due to their stylish flair and festive fun vibration!
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Polka Dot Fabulous Fun Facts Featuring Performers:

  1. Frederic Bazille’s 1867 painting Family Reunion depicts two women in blue polka dot dresses.
  2. In 1962, DC Comics introduced Polka-Dot Man, with irregularly-sized and different colored dots.
  3. Bob Dylan wore a large print green polka dot shirt in the photo on the cover of his single Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.
  4. Musician Randy Rhoads used a Flying V guitar with polka dots.
  5. Professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes was given a black outfit covered in yellow polka dots during his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

So may ways, so many reasons, to wear those signature spots known as polka dots. Oh, we love them lots!

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In addition to clothing, there are many other polka dot items to choose from, some of which include polka hats and polka jackets. Since its inception, the polka dot fabric pattern has remained popular, and the name polka dot has stayed intact over the years.
Spread fashion cheer when dressed in the polka dot pattern year after year!
For a look that is elegant, ritzy and right, doll up in polka dot patterns colored black and white!
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Polka Dot Fun Fact: Some people associate polka dots with Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who used polka dots on most of  her dresses during the late 1980s and early 1990s, as well as on her boxes of perfume Carolina Herrera, Herrera for Men, Aquaflore and Flore.
Polka Dot Crazy Fun Fact: The world’s first crack pipe vending machines are polka dotted, for a fashion trip sure to make you see spots!
Why is the catwalk filled with spots? Oh, it’s classic polka dots!
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Polka Dot Fabulous Fun Facts Featured in Popular Music:

  1. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” is a novelty song telling the story of a very shy girl in a very revealing bathing suit who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide her from view. The song was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and was first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland.
  2. “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” was a popular song with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1940. The song was Frank Sinatra’s first hit recorded with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. The song has become one of the top 100 most frequently recorded jazz standards with arrangements by Gil Evans and others and notable recordings by Lester Young, Sarah Vaughn and many musicians.

Whether its jazz, rock, punk, blues, instrumental, funk, metal or classical, dress in polka dotted fabrics to look mystical, magical and lyrical.
Frilly, frolicking fun! Delightful dots and splashing spots!
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Polka Dot Fun Fact: In the Tour de France, the leader in the mountains competition wears a distinctive polka dot jersey (French: maillot a pois rouge). Although the King of the Mountains was first recognized in the 1933 Tour de France, the distinctive jersey wasn’t introduced until 1975.
Felling down in the dumps? Get yourself pumped by dressing in youthful, pleasing, popular polka dots for a mood that is happy where you’ll thrive and feel alive!
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Cover yourself in pizzazz filled polka dots for a fashion look that is splendidly “spot on!”
“Your polka dot ensemble is the most fun, alluring outfit I’ve seen all day.”
“The entertaining spots are pleasing to the eye and definitely have a lot to say.”
“The dots create a party atmosphere that lifts your mood and brings you joy.”
“You’ll turn heads in the delicious dots so don’t wear them if you are shy or coy.”
“I look at you and I want to dance the polka or twirl you around and have fun.”
“The festive dots are perfect to dress in whether you stay indoors or go out in the sun.”
Polka Dot Clothing: Your polka dot garments will bring a smile to the face of everyone who walks on by. Some might even give the polka dot pattern their own fashion try!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

For a defining face that stands out and radiates, decorating the eyes is the key. If you choose to only accentuate one facial feature with cosmetics, go with the eyes. The second? Line and color your luscious lips.
When it comes to the eyes, no matter the color or shape, your color choice of cosmetics can make a big difference. The two main eye cosmetics for eyes that shine bright are mascara and eyeliner. If you wish to doll up your eyes with eye shadow, go for the overall look. But if you are toning down, colored mascara and colored eyeliner will do the trick!
Since eyes are the organs of the visual system, use your ornamental eyes to see the world!

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Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyelashes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen and/or define the eyelashes and the eyes. Black and colored mascara comes in three forms – liquid, cake or cream – and modern mascara has various formulas.  Most all mascaras contain basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.
The Collins English Dictionary defines mascara as, “a cosmetic substance for darkening, lengthening, curling, coloring and thickening the eyelashes, applied with a brush or a rod.”  Mascara can also be used to define the eyebrows, as well.
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Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is a cosmetic used to define the eyes. It is applied around the contours of the eyes to create a variety of aesthetic effects. Eyeliner is often worn directly above the top eyelashes and directly below the eyes.  Eyeliner was first used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a dark black line around the eyes. As early as 10,000 BC, Egyptians and Mo wore various cosmetics including eyeliner not only for aesthetics, but to protect the skin from the desert sun.
The characteristics of having heavily lined eyes has been frequently depicted in ancient Egyptian art. The Egyptians produced eyeliner with a variety of materials, including copper ore and antimony.
No matter the color or shape of your eyes, when wearing colored mascara and eyeliner, your mesmerizing eyes will be super sized!

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Nancy Mangano’s Makeup Tip: Although I adore heavily made up eyes using black mascara and black eyeliner (a very dramatic effect), colored mascara and colored eyeliner is a beautiful, alluring, fun way to add variety and spice to your face that is oh so nice!
Aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal art and mascara and eyeliner are documented in Ancient Egypt beginning around 4000 BC. At this time, kohl was used to darken eyelashes, eyes and eyebrows. Through Egypt’s influence, kohl usage persisted in Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires.
Colored mascara and colored eyeliner adds oomph, pizzazz and a pleasing effect to help your face shine brighter!


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Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is commonly used in a daily makeup routine to define the eyes or to create the look of a wider or smaller eye. Eyeliner can be placed in various parts of the eyes to create different looks with a winged eyeliner or tight lined at the waterline.
Eyeliner can be drawn above upper lashes or below lower lashes or both, even on the waterlines of your eyes. Eyeliner helps your lashes to look lush and full, while also drawing attention to the eyes, or enhancing or changing the eyes’ shape.
Gorgeous colors of colored eyeliner range from black, brown, gray, neon colors, primary colors, pastels, glittered colors and frosty golds and silvers! Is there a color you love? Use your favorite color of eyeliner to highlight your eyelashes both below and above!
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If you truly want to bring out the magic and allure of your eyes, match your colored eyeliner and mascara to the color of your eyes. If you’re more bold and daring, mix and match to whatever color choices your prefer. Giver your eyes a special whirl!
Tight Lining Fun Fact: Tight lining is the use of eyeliner tight against the waterline under the eyelashes of the upper lid, and above the eyelashes of the lower lid. Due to the proximity of the membranes, and the surface of the eye itself, waterproof eyeliner is preferred. Tight lining is a technique that makes the eyelashes appear to start further back on the eyelid, making the lashes look longer. Gel eyeliner and a small angled brush may be used to create this look.
All eyes on you: the eye makeup guru!

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Eyeliner can be softly smudged or clearly defined. I prefer clearly defined for an edgy, dramatic, eye catching eye!
Five Main Types of Eyeliner:

  1. Liquid Eyeliner
  2. Powder Based Eye Pencil
  3. Wax Based Eye Pencil
  4. Kohl
  5. Gel Eyeliner

Traditional wax based eyeliners are made from about 20 components. About 50% by weight are waxes (Japan wax, fats, or related soft materials that easily glide onto the skin). Typical pigments include black iron oxides, as well as smaller amounts of titanium dioxide and Prussian blue.

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Mascara Fun Fact: An increased demand for mascara has led to the development of the many formulas seen in the current market. Despite the many variations, all mascara formulas contain the same basic elements: pigmentation; oils and waxes. Water resistant mascaras have their basis in substances that rebuff water, like dodecane. Non water resistant mascaras have base ingredients that are water soluble.
Mascaras designed to lengthen or curl the eyelashes often contain nylon or rayon microfibers. Additionally, ceresin, gum tragacanth and methyl cellulose are regular ingredients added to act as stiffeners.
Stiffen those luscious, lavish eyelashes with colored mascara that adds length and allure to all lashes!
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Mascara and Eyeliner Psychology Fun Fact: The use of mascara and eyeliner to mimic a youthful, childlike appearance exists in various cultures. The typical characteristics include soft cheeks, a round face, soft skin, upturned nose and short chin – often seen as ideal facial characteristics for women. Mascara pulls away the eyelashes from the rim of the eye, creating a doe-like illusion of larger, more open eyes.
No matter your face shape and facial features, you fashion divas, are lovely creatures!
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When it comes to stand out features and windows to the soul make no mistake about it: the eyes truly have it!
“I love your yellow eyeliner and your bold orange eyelashes. Mesmerizing!”
“The warm colors highlight my brown eyes and add some super sizing!”
“Your large, colorful eyes are the first feature I see when I look at your face.”
“And my orange blush and nude lipstick add glamour with my exquisite makeup taste.”
“I’ll buy me some colored eyeliner and colored mascara for a much needed change.”
“Buy a variety of colors allowing for a fun, festive, off the charts makeup range!”
Colored Mascara and Colored Eyeliner: Buy colors that match every garment you own for signature eyes that are only your own!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

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Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel
By Nancy Mangano
Book Review by Elspeth Senz
Book Expo America New York 2017 – The Expo Book Review
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Be prepared for a heart-racing adventure through Natalie’s life of murder and love in Deadly Decisions by Nancy Mangano. From the very first page of this novel, Natalie North has an energy that leaps off the page in search of a worthy cause. She is constantly berated by men who think her pretty figure and stylish appearance make her a weak and likely target, even when she has a gun in their face. Her work as a PI shows she has nothing to prove, as her very existence is proof that she is a highly capable woman. When a client’s husband is found dead, Natalie seizes the opportunity to solve a real criminal case ahead of the LAPD, all the while navigating relationships with three completely different men.
Mangano knows how to show the gun in her writing, not just talk about it. With this straightforward approach to storytelling, there are also sudden twists and turns that flip situations on their head for a new and unexpected perspective. This exciting murder mystery will have you gasping as much as swooning, as Mangano reverses traditional gender tropes and turns them into a truly exhilarating adventure for any reader. If it’s not relatable, it will for sure leave you with envy for Natalie’s life – one of the best outcomes a reader could ask for.
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846