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“Bell bottom blues, you made me cry. I don’t want to lose this feeling. And if I could choose a place to die it would be in your arms!” Bell Bottom Blues – Eric Clapton

Okay, Eric Clapton may be singing to a woman, but this is the same way denim lovers feel toward their cherished blue jeans.  Yes, to many people their denim duds are that desirable!

Denim is a sturdy cotton warp faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by 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!

No matter the decade and no matter the style, denim bell bottoms are fun, beautiful and fashionable. Bell bottoms are a style of pants that become wider from the knees downward, forming a bell-like shape of the pant leg. Did you know that in the 1970s Sonny and Cher helped popularize bell bottoms in the United States by wearing them on their variety television show?

Bell Bottoms Fun Fact: In 1989 bell bottoms rose in popularity after bands such as The Rolling Stones, Happy Mondays and the Charlatans wore them while performing on stage.

Create a bell bottom blues revival by parading around in denim bell bottoms on your own stage! Set a glorious fashion rage!

Dazzling denim duds welcomes bell bottom blues!

How Denim is Made:

  1. Cotton is harvested by hand or machine.
  2. A cotton gin separates the cotton fiber from the seeds.
  3. The fiber is put into bales. A bale weighs around 550 pounds and can make around 400 pairs of jeans.
  4. The cotton fiber is spun into yarn.
  5. The yarn is dyed, giving it color such as the classic denim blue.
  6. The yarn is then woven in a shuttle loom or projectile loom into denim.
  7. The denim is then sent to the manufacturer for use.

Dry or raw denim, contrasted with washed denim, is denim that hasn’t been washed after having been dyed during production.

Some people prefer their denim dark blue while others prefer the washed, faded look. Patterns of fading jeans caused by prolonged periods of wearing them are a way of personalizing the garment.

Popular Patterns of Faded Jeans:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – Meshes of faded line-segments that form behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that form rapidly from the crotch area.
  3. Stacks – Irregular bands of fading above the ankle caused by according of the fabric due to contact with the foot or shoe.
  4. Train Tracks- Fading along the out-seams due to abrasion.

One of my most favorite clothing ensembles that always looks classy, stylish and trendy are flared bell bottom blue jeans worn with black patent leather high heels, a white or black blouse and a black velvet blazer. Striking! Add accessories and a great handbag for a look that works in the office, at parties or out at your favorite restaurant enjoying brunch or dinner!

Bell bottom blues are a true garment winner!

Denim fabric dyeing is divided into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color while sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green.

More comfortable in stretch denim? Stretch denim incorporates an elastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of “give” when putting on, wearing and removing your delicious denim duds!

Whether skinny jeans, daisy duke shorts, miniskirts, dresses or bells bottom jeans, let’s toast the beloved material worn worldwide known simply as denim! Hats off to the denim king and queens!

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

 

 

 

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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating husbands with their pants down, then worse, having to report to the wives what they hired her to find out, photos and all.
Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD Officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/ Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com
 

Of all the types of skirts on the fashion market, my favorite by far is the pencil skirt. Yes, I adore the miniskirt and I find maxi skirts to be casual and pretty, but there is just something about the pencil skirt that gives the garment that “it” factor that makes the skirt stand out heads and tails above their sister skirts.
Pencil skirts (true pencil skirts where the  hemline fits right at the knee) come across as sultry, sexy, beautiful, form-fitting, enticing, alluring, slinky and appealing. Not a bad combination for one skirt!
There’s no need to speak flirty lingo when dressed in a pencil skirt: no words needed because the skirt will control the flirt! A true glamour girl always lets her clothes do the talking; she does the strut filled walking!

A skirt is the lower part of a dress or gown, covering the wearer from the waist downwards, or a separate outer garment serving this purpose.
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally, the hem falls to, or just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. The pencil skirt gets its name for its shape: long and slim like a pencil.
Pencil skirts look great when worn as a separate piece of clothing (especially worn with a crop top) or as part of a dress suit or business suit. A pencil skirt usually has a vent or pleat in the back, or sometimes on the side of the skirt, since its slim, narrow shape can restrict walking and movement of the wearer. Due to the tight fit of the pencil skirt, the wearer is forced to take smaller, delicate, sexy steps!

The pencil skirt clings and hugs the body in all the “write” places. Show off your hips, curves and lower legs and catch the attention of people’s grateful faces!
Nancy Mangano’s Pencil Skirt Fashion Tip: The ideal shoes for wearing with a pencil skirt are high-heeled pumps, platform stilettos, strappy heeled sandals or high-heeled ankle boots. The higher the heel, the better the look. The high heel, when paired with the pencil skirt, emits a highly pleasing aesthetic fashion vibe and adds some sway and swagger to your sexy, feminine walk! For over the top glamour, go bare legged, or wear opaque stockings or sheer stockings! Beautiful!

Pencil skirts and narrow fitting skirts have a long history in western fashion. The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt, a pre-World War I fad inspired by the Ballets Russes. This full length skirt with a narrow hem seriously impeded walking, but wow, was it ever worth the costs. Fashion isn’t meant to be practical, but practically aesthetically pleasing and perfect!
A true fashion diva struts her stuff like a queen! No “behind the scenes” effort to be seen!
Pencil Skirt Fun Fact: The French designer Christian Dior introduced the classic modern pencil skirt in his 1954 Autumn Winter collection. This skirt quickly became popular with women, particularly for office wear, since the skirt is business appropriate yet still sensual, sleek and sexy. The success of the pencil skirt was due to women’s desire for new fashions in the wake of the Second World War rationing, coupled with the austere economic climate, when fabrics were expensive.

The pencil skirt feels different from looser fitting skirts, and impacts the wearer’s movements and posture. Due to the form fitting hemline, walking needs to be done in short strides, and entering and leaving a car gracefully may take some practice.  When sitting, the legs and knees are close together.
The outcome? Activities such as climbing ladders and riding bicycles can be very difficult in a pencil skirt. However, activities such as turning heads and feeling va-va-voom sexy when dressed in a pencil skirt are a sure deal!
The pencil skirt by far is the “write” skirt for a right high heel! Fashion and style ideal!
Basic Types of Popular Skirts:

  1. A-line skirt
  2. Bell shaped skirt
  3. Circle skirt
  4. Divided skirt
  5. Full skirt
  6. Inverted Pleated skirt
  7. Pencil skirt
  8. Pleated skirt
  9. Short skirt
  10. Straight skirt
  11. Underskirt
  12. Wrap skirt

The pencil skirt: the “write” skirt for all occasions!


Since the 1970s and the rise of pants for women as a fashion option, no one skirt length has dominated fashion for long, but the alluring pencil skirt is at the top for a stylish, glamorous look that always remains fashion strong!
“I dare say, watching you walk in that sleek fitting skirt is a pleasing sight to behold.”
“I adore my hip hugging pencil skirt. I feel empowered, sexy, feminine and bold.”
“Your skirt paired with the ruffled blouse and your five inch heels makes me want to stare.”
“If you ever master the pencil skirt and stiletto heels it’s all you’ll want to wear.”
“I’d ask if I could borrow your pencil, but you’ll probably give me a yellow number 2.”
“You’ll need to write your own fashion ticket and buy a pencil skirt for you!”
Pencil Skirt: Take the test…dress in a pencil skirt! You’ll not only pass the test, but you’ll never go wrong. Be fashion strong all day long!

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
 
 
 
 

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

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

The Most Popular Types of Buns:

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

Steps to Make the Regular Standard Bun:

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



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


Bun Fashion Tips:

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Beach season equals bikini season. Love it or loathe it, warm summer days in the surf and sun are enjoyable and fun for everyone!
Swimwear is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving, surfing or sun bathing. Although many types of bathing suits exist, a bikini (or two piece bathing suit) is one of the most popular.
A bikini is usually a women’s abbreviated two piece swimsuit with a bra type top for the chest and underwear cut below the naval. The basic design is simple: two triangles of fabric on top cover the women’s breasts and two triangles of fabric on the bottom cover the groin in front and the buttocks in back (unless you prefer to wear a thong bikini. Then all buns are out)! In a bikini or two piece bathing suit, the size of the bottom can range from full pelvic coverage to a revealing thong or G-string design.

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Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also 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.
The modern two piece bathing suit design first attracted public notice in Paris on July 5, 1946. French mechanical engineer Louis Reard introduced a design he named the ‘bikini’, taking the name from the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Four days earlier, the United States had initiated its first peace-time nuclear weapons test at Bikini Atoll as part of Operations Crossroads. Reard hoped his swimsuit’s revealing style would create an “explosive commercial and cultural reaction”, similar to the explosion at Bikini Atoll.  His hunch paid off, it did, big time!
Beach baby…beach baby…there on the sand from July to the end of September…Surfing was fun, we’d be out in the sun everyday! (The Beach Boys)

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Bathing Suit Fun Fact: Bathing suits are often lined with another layer of fabric incase the outer material becomes see through when wet. Most swimsuits in modern culture leave at least the head, shoulders, arms and legs exposed.
Bathing Suit Not So Fun Fact: Germs, bacteria and mold can grow very quickly on wet bathing suits. Medical professionals warn against sharing bathing suits with others.
When donned in a darling bathing suit of your own, you’ll stand out like no other! Beach bomb!
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Bikini beach bonanza – two pieces of material never looked so good!
Bikini Fun Fact: Common glamour shots of popular actresses and models played a large part in bringing the bikini into mainstream fashion. During the 1950s, Hollywood stars such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Esther Williams, Tina Louise, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe took advantage of the risqué publicity associated with the bikini by posing for photographs wearing the two piece bathing beauties. In Europe, 17-year-old Brigitte Bardot wore scanty bikinis in French films.



Bikini Fun Fact: By the 1960s the bikini caught on to mainstream fashion popularity, and by 1963, the movie Beach Party, starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon led a wave of films that made the bikini a pop-culture symbol. In 1965, it was reported in Time magazine that “65% of the young set had crossed over to wearing bikinis in public.”
Raquel Welch’s fur bikini in One Million Years B.C. (1966) gave the world the most iconic bikini shot of all time and the poster image became an iconic moment in cinema history.
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Louis Reard’s company folded in 1988, four years after his death. By the end of the century, the bikini had become the most popular beachwear around the world. This global credit is given to the power of women more than the power of fashion.
Bikini Fun Fact: By the early 2000s, bikinis had become an $811 million business annually, according to the NPD Group, a consumer and retail information company, and had boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the sun tanning industries.
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Bikini Fun Fact: Bikini variations include string bikinis, monokinis, tankinis, skirtini, granny bikini, hikinis, tie-sides, teardrops and thongs.
“I can’t take my eyes off of you with that shapely, stunning bikini you have on.”
“This is my favorite bathing suit for taking a swim or simply soaking up the sun.”
“You must exercise day and night to keep that swimsuit fitting just right.”
“All body shapes and sizes can wear a bikini…fitted loose or fitted tight.”
“Your bikini is so lovely I imagine you don’t want to change out of the bathing suit.”
“Yes. Sometimes I wear it in the winter months…braving the cold is quite a hoot!”
Bikini/Two Piece Bathing Suits: Good for soaking up the sun or taking an early winter morning run! Pure fashion fun!
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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
 
 
 

Although sarongs are worn around the world and denote different dress traditions, in North and South America, as well as Europe, sarongs are mainly worn as beach wear or as a cover-up over swimwear.
A sarong is often made of a thin, light fabric, often rayon, and may feature decorative fringe on both sides. The sarong may have ties, which are long thin straps of fabric which the wearer can tie together to prevent the wrap from falling down. Sarongs in the western culture are worn mostly by women as beach cover-ups. Western men who wear male sarongs are often influenced by the Scottish style men skirts known as kilts.
Summer days…sensational sarongs!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The fabric used for sarongs often have woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be highly colorful by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Colorful, gorgeous sarongs are all that!
The American public is most familiar with the sarong for the dozens of motion pictures set in the South Seas, most of them romantic dramas made in the 1930s and 1940s. Dorothy Lamour is by far the actress most linked with the sarong, which was designed by Edith Head. Lamour was nicknamed “The Sarong Girl” by the press and wore a sarong on occasion in traditional films.
Sarongs: Free moving and feeling groovy in a Hollywood movie!
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Various Ways to Tie and Wear a Sarong:

  • Wear the Sarong as a Short Skirt: Fold the sarong diagonally, wrap the sarong around your waist, gather the two ends of the sarong and tie a knot on the side.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Halter Dress: Hold the sarong horizontally, bring the top corners together in front of your body, twist the two corners around each other twice.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Long Skirt: Hold the sarong horizontally, take a corner of the sarong in each hand, make a knot, twist the material to the side of the hip, fluff out the corners, alternately tie the skirt to cover you up as you desire.

Other Popular, Fashionable Ways to Wear a Sarong:

  1. One Shoulder Dress
  2. Side-Slit Dress
  3. Draped Dress
  4. Toga Dress
  5. Wrap Dress
  6. Jumpsuit

Why not get inventive and wear your sarong any way you see fit, to fit your particular diva style?
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Sarong Fun Fact: Numerous tying methods exist to hold a sarong to the wearer’s body. In some cases, techniques customarily differ according to the sex of the wearer. If a sarong has ties, the ties may be used to hold the garment in place. Sarong ties give you extra hold and security. If the sarong doesn’t have ties, a pin or broach may be used to clamp the sarong together, the fabric may be tightly tucked under itself in layers, the corners of the main sheet may be wrapped around the body and knotted, or a belt may be worn to hold the sarong in place.
Wear a sarong and get hooked! Let the sarong become a stronghold in your favorite fashion choice!
Summer strong in a sarong!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The basic garment known as the sarong is worn around the globe, where the garment shows variations in style and name. The sarong is extremely popular in:

  1. Africa
  2. Brazil
  3. Canada
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East
  6. North America
  7. Pacific Islands
  8. Somalia
  9. South America
  10. South Asia
  11. Southeast Asia
  12. Sri Lanka

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Sarong Fun Fact: In Singapore, the term Sarong Party Girl refers to local single Singaporean women, especially of Chinese ethnicity, who favor socializing and having relationships with Caucasian men rather than the local males.
Party hearty in the surf and the sun, wear your sarong and join in the fun!
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Sarong Fun Fact: If you’re enjoying a day at the beach, covered in a sarong, and you long to go ride the waves or bathe in the sun, simply remove your sarong and use the fabric as a beach towel! Lay down on your sarong all day long!
Sarong Fashion Tip: Sarongs can also be worn as scarves and shawls! Across the shoulder or around the neckline, sarongs when draped look simply divine!
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Sarongs are apparel that work for a number of occasions. The beach, a party or an Island vacation!
“I love the new bikini bathing suit I bought for summer beach days.”
“I adore my new sarong. I can wear the silky, colorful garment in a variety of ways.”
“Wow, your sarong is gorgeous all right. May I borrow it? What a great thought.”
“But the sarong will cover up a portion or all of the bathing suit you just bought.”
“Yes, but the sarong looks even more fashionable than the bikini, don’t you think?”
“Stunning! Let’s lay in the sun and sand wearing sarongs and enjoy a refreshing drink!”
Sarong: Put a skip in your step and a song in your heart when dressed in a sarong all day and night long!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pretty pedicures for princess toes!


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Popular Types of Pedicures:

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

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

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