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How we choose to wear our hair reveals much more about us than our basic personality. The texture, shine, vitality and thickness of our hair can reveal if we are vibrant and healthy, or perhaps show that our bodies are lacking in essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Often times our health on the inside of us is revealed on the outside through the condition of our hair.

Gorgeous, shiny hair is intrinsically linked to beauty! Did you know that each strand of your hair is a protein filament that grows from the follicles around the dermis layer of your skin? This is no surprise, as one of the main nutrients our bodies need to provide us with the shimmery, healthy looking head of hair that we crave is protein. Two other nutrients needed to feed your hair from the inside out are Vitamin B12 and iron. Also, drinking lots of water will help your hair to grow and maintain a radiant shine.

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No matter how you cut and style your hair, we all have a certain basic hair type that we are born with: straight, wavy, curly and kinky/coiled. If you want to know your natural basic hair type, wash and condition your hair and then let it air dry, without brushing, blow drying or adding gels and mousse to your hair. Your hair will either dry straight, wavy, curly or kinked/coiled. Sometimes it’s fun to change your basic hair type using curling irons, hair straighteners, etc. but all hair types are beautiful and you should love the hair that you have!

If you adore your hair, yet prefer to change it up once in a while, let a Mobile Styles professional hair stylist doll up your hair with a cut, style, color change, highlight or weave. Your glorious head of hair will thank you for a much needed new look, which gives you a “new you!”

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Steps to Ensure a Gorgeous, Shiny, Healthy Head of Hair:

1. Wash and Condition Your Hair: This doesn’t need be done everyday, but should be done on most days. When the shampoo instructions say “lather, rinse, repeat” you are better off to only lather once. Shampooing too much can strip your hair of essential natural oils needed for hair strength and shine.
2. Argan Oil Really Works: Use a shampoo and conditioner that contains argan oil, which will make your hair look shiny and healthy.
3. Vitamin E: Liquid Vitamin E applied to your scalp can help increase circulation to the scalp, which will make for stronger, shinier hair.
4. Use a Soft Bristle Brush: Combs and hard bristle brushes can tug at your hair, causing breakage and split ends. A soft bristle brush will prevent breakage and draw natural oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair.
5. Eat a Balanced, Healthy Diet: To ensure a healthy, happy, gorgeous, shiny head of hair your body needs protein, iron, Vitamin B12, Omega 3 fatty acids and water.

Feed your body, hair and skin from the inside out to obtain true health and glamour, and that, dear fashion divas, is what it’s all about.


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Much like beauty is revered worldwide, so is great, glamorous hair. Women and men “getting their hair done” is a trend and luxury that will always be with us. Like the clothing we choose to dress in, how we style and wear our hair reveals an area of our personality that shines through for the world to see. Show them your health, desires and vitality by showing off your magnificent, gorgeous, shiny mane.

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For a fantastic head of hair that shimmers and shines, book a Mobile Styles professional hair expert to take your hair from flat to fabulous.

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

 

In fabric land, velour and velvet materials have similarities, as well as distinct differences. To the naked eye, the two rich, smooth fabrics look near identical, creating difficulty telling them apart. So, for all of you fashion divas who aren’t quite sure of the difference between velvet and velour clothing, this post is for you.
(See my post She Wore Whatever Color Velvet She Preferred! for additional velvet information and clothing ideas).
Velour: Velour is a plush, knitted fabric or textile usually made from cotton, but can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester. Velour looks and feels very similar to velvet, but is a knit fabric with a structure known as pile knit.
Velvet is most commonly known for its smoothness and luster. Velvet is a woven fabric with a structure known as the pile weave, where the yarns are woven into little loops in one direction, giving the fabric its smooth hand and luster.
And there is your basic difference. Velour is knitted and velvet is weaved. Now, to your beautiful, most likely made up eyes, I’m sure these velour fashion photos look very much like velvet!
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Velour Fun Fact: Velour can also refer to a rough natural leather sometimes called velour leather. Chrome tanned leather is ground from the inside, which forms a delicate, soft layer on the surface. Velour leather is used for footwear, clothing and upholstery. Velour leather looks similar to velvet suede and chamois.
Velour material is stretchable and the fabric combines the stretchy properties of knits with the rich appearance of velvet. In addition to clothing garments, velour is popular in tracksuits and loungewear due to its softness and comfort.
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Velour Fun Fact: Velour is a favorite fabric of the character Zapp Brannigan of the television show Futurama. Zapp’s quarters (known as the love-nasium) are host to a wide variety of velour made items, including carpet, uniforms and bed sheets.
Velour fabrics also make for gorgeous, elegant and fuzzy feeling shoes, handbags and hats. If you don’t want to dress in full velour, merely wearing the smooth material on your feet, head or purse is the way to go! Add sparkle, shine and richness to your body from head to toe.
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Velour vs. Felt Fun Fact: Velour also resembles the material felt. Where velour is a knitted fabric, felt is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers together. Felt can be made from natural fibers such as wool or synthetic fibers such as acrylic. While many felts have a soft consistency similar to velour, some forms of felt are tough enough to form construction materials.
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The soft felt, velvety feel of velour!
Glorious and glamorous for sure!
Velour and Velvet Difference: While velour is most often made from a blended cotton fabric, velvet is most often made with a silk pile on top.
Velour Fun Fact: Velour is a French invention: the word doesn’t appear before the 18th century. “Velours” is the French word for velvet. Velour fabric has only been around since it was invented in 1844 France. Velour is often considered a budget-conscious version of velvet, although velour garments can be expensive in their own right.
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You don’t own any velour garments? What a fashion waste! There are numerous valuable velour clothing items to fit your signature taste.
Your closet looks very bare, you say? Spice it up with effervescent velour garments in every way!
Velour Fun Fact: In the last decade, velour has been used for pillow covers and mattress coverings. Luxury memory foam mattresses often come outfitted with Jacquard velour covers, for their comfort, elasticity and flame resistance.
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Start a fashion fire frenzy dressed in smooth, chic, felty and velvety velour!
“The rich velvet material of your skirt is absolutely striking, that’s for sure!”
“Thank you, but your eyes have deceived you. My skirt is made of velour.”
“I have to disagree. I can tell by the material’s shine, feel and fuzz.”
“My skirt is not now made of velvet. Never will be and never was.”
“Wow, velour fabrics ooze with elegance, ritz and class.”
“Yes. A beautiful velvety fabric with stretch, glamour and sass.”
Are you a staunch velvet kind of a girl? Why not branch out in your fashion choices and give velour a whirl!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An evening gown isn’t a garment that you wear every night, but when you are dolling yourself up to beauty magnificence to be the belle of the ball or the princess of the party, slipping yourself into just the right evening gown is definitely a glamour girl’s paradise!
You will shine in an awe inspiring evening gown when engaging in a special night on the town!
An evening gown is a long-flowing woman’s dress usually worn to semi-formal or formal affairs. Gowns are designed to be worn for night time events such as the opera, formal dinners, cocktail parties and evening wedding receptions.
As a general fashion rule, evening gowns are only worn at night; there are other types of formal wear for daytime occasions such as day weddings, day receptions and teas.
Evening gowns are usually made of luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, velvet, satin and organza. Evening gowns are typically associated with glamour and luxury and are designed to be highlighted with high quality jewelry.
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Evening gowns most often appear at events like the Academy Awards in the United States, the opening of the society season in urban areas, and formal receptions.
In most instances, evening gowns are designed to be worn only once! So if you are covering your fabulous self in evening gown wonder, be sure to go all out with your nails, makeup, jewelry and hairstyle. Party like a spoiled, pretty princess!
Evening gowns differ from ball gowns in that ball gowns will always have a full skirt and a fitted bodice. In contrast, an evening gown can be any silhouette (sheath, mermaid, A-line,  princess or trumpet shaped) and may have an empire or a dropped waist.
I find mermaid evening gowns to be the most attractive style of all gowns. Sexy and elegant all wrapped into one! Mermaid gowns actually fit snug around the hips and thighs, draping out around the ankles and blanketing the floor!
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Evening gowns have their origin in the 15th century with the rise of the Burgundian court and its fashionable and fashion-conscious ruler Philip the Good. Rich fabrics and fibers were usually the domain of the nobility, and clothing was used as an identifier of rank and status. The dawn of the Renaissance slowly changed the rigid social rank system, and allowed wealthy Patricians and merchants to visibly display their success through their clothing.
I find these red and burgundy evening gowns to be absolutely stunning in such rich color!
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Evening gowns can be distinguished from conventional or day dresses by two primary features:

  1. The Cut: The cut tends to be couture and in line with the latest fashions.
  2. The Fabric: Silk, velvet, chiffon, etc. and they may be richly embroidered or decorated with beads, sequins, jewels and other ornaments.

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When the back of the gown is cut and styled as splendidly as the front of the evening gown, you will want to sweep long hair up off of the shoulders to show off your fabulous backside!
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If you are following strict fashion etiquette rules on the nights that you are glamming yourself up to off the chart proportions, when the gown is worn to white tie events, the evening gown is generally more elaborate than when worn to black tie events. Special gowns for white tie invitations will be fuller, to match the “very formal” white attire worn by men.
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When deciding on what shoes to wear with your evening gown, either a closed toe or an open toed high heeled shoe is acceptable, depending on the cut and the style of the dress. However, to achieve the ultimate glam look, I feel that you should wear as high of a heel that you are able to walk in without looking awkward, clumsy or wobbly on your feet.
Along with an evening gown, the higher the heel the higher the premium glam level!
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For your purse, you will want to carry an evening clutch bag. No bulky or shoulder strap purses please!
Drape yourself in evening gown dazzle!
Quality meant for a queen!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her love of glitz and glamour into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/style blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.