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With the holidays being in full swing, houses are decorated, Christmas trees are trimmed and presents are being wrapped. As with all holidays, various colors are traditionally associated with the Christmas season, most notably green, red and gold. Have you ever wondered what those colors represent and how they originated? The Christmas colors get their meaning from the western/northern European traditions and customs, where Christmas being in the middle of winter is dark and cold.

Green: Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during long winters. Green also reminds people that spring will come and that winter won’t last forever. Green is also the color of the ever adored Christmas Tree!

Red: The early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam and Eve in Christmas plays. Red is also the color of Holly berries.

Gold: Gold is the color of the sun and light – both important in the dark winter. Gold is also the color of fire that people used to keep warm. Gold was one of the presents brought to baby Jesus by one of the three wise men, and is the color used to show the star that the wise men followed to the manger.

‘Tis the season to be seen wearing green!

The color green is serene, beautiful and magical. In color psychology, green relates to balance and harmony, a great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. The color green also represents growth, spring, and rebirth. This relaxing color is found abundantly on earth, and acts as a sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us to a sense of well being.

Make a holiday party entrance and feel like a queen when dressed divine in glorious green!

Green is considered a cool color on the color wheel and is known as an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.

Positive Traits of the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Renewal
  4. Restoration
  5. Reliability
  6. Tactful
  7. Calm
  8. Nature Lover
  9. Down-To-Earth
  10. Family Oriented
  11. Sympathetic
  12. Compassionate
  13. Generous
  14. Loyal

Dress in stunning green clothing and look and feel regal and royal!

For those of you that adore the color green, good news! You have various shades of this gorgeous color to choose from to spice up your winter (and summer) wardrobe!

Various Shades of the Color Green:

  1. Aqua
  2. Dark Green
  3. Emerald Green
  4. Grass Green
  5. Jade Green
  6. Lime Green
  7. Olive Green
  8. Pale Green
  9. Yellow Green

To thine own heart be true. Green is a clothing color that works perfectly well for you!


Green Fun Fact: Green is known as the color of prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. Green relates to the business world, real estate and property.

Since green is the color of U.S. currency (money), step out in green and look like a million bucks, you fashion honey! You’ll be right on the money!

Tis the holiday to dress in green and know you’ll stand out in a crowd, sight unseen!

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 https://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

 

Genuine leather always looks like a touch above. Think leather sofas and furniture, car upholstery and clothing. From leather boots to leather dresses, leather jackets to leather purses, leather clothing items carry off a look of fine, luxurious fashion.

Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide, mostly cattle hide. Leather can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry. Leather is produced in a wide variety of types and styles and decorated by a wide range of techniques. The earliest record of leather artifacts dates back to 2200 BC.

The leather manufacturing process is divided into three subprocesses:

  1. Preparatory Stage: This is where the hide is prepared for tanning. Processes include liming, deliming, hair removal, degreasing, bleaching and pickling.
  2. Tanning Stage: This process stabilizes the proteins of the raw hide so that it doesn’t putrefy, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
  3. Crusting Stage: This is the process that thins and lubricates the leather, including coloring operations. Chemicals added during crusting must be fixed in place. Crusting brings on the drying and softening process of the leather, including splitting, shaving, dyeing, whitening and other methods.

How do you keep your luscious leather garments water resistant? By applying oils such as mink oil, neatsfoot oil, or a similar material that keeps the leather supple and improves its lifespan dramatically.

I remember when I was in high school I bought myself the most gorgeous pair of knee high, burgundy leather boots. I also bought a $100 container of leather oil to apply to my beautiful boots to keep them looking lovely and new!

 

Various Tanning Methods Include:  

  1. Vegetable Tanned Leather
  2. Chrome Tanned Leather
  3. Aldehyde Tanned Leather
  4. Brain Tanned Leather
  5. Alum Leather

Leather is a durable, stunning, comfortable type of clothing to wear in all types of weather!

Loving on the leather look!

Leather Fun Fact: Today, most genuine leather is made from cattle hides, which constitute about 65% of all leather produced. Other animals that are used for leather include sheep, goats, pigs, horses, lambs and kangaroos. Ostriches are now becoming known for producing ostrich leather.  Of course there is also synthetic leather, which looks like the real thing but is manufactured from materials that aren’t living animals!

In addition to looking chic and trendy, leather clothing maintains excellent resistance to abrasion and wind. For this reason, leather clothing is used in many occupations. Think sturdy leather work boots, and of course the always recognizable black leather motorcycle jacket. Happening leather action for complete leather satisfaction!

Top Leather Grades Include:   

  1. Top Grain Leather
  2. Full Grain Leather
  3. Corrected Grain Leather
  4. Split Leather
  5. Patent Leather (My favorite…so shiny and fancy)
  6. Bonded Leather

No matter what color leather you prefer to wear, and if the hemline goes from here to there, step out in luscious leather without a fashion care!

Leather clothing truly becomes you! Fill your fashion closet with garments of leather. “I have way too much leather in my closet,” said no one ever!

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 https://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

 

 

Various Tanning Methods Include:

 

 

Whether worn for style and fashion because an ankle boot can make an outfit, or you choose to slip your feet into  a grand pair of ankle boots to keep your feet warm and dry in the rain, the ankle boot in fashion is here to stay! Most ankle boots are worn for reasons of style and fashion over practicality and often times signifies women’s boots.

Ankle boots are the most widely worn style of fashion boots, often under pants but also with skirts, shorts and dresses. Ankle boots are also the only type of fashion boot commonly worn by both men and women, and this awesome boot has remained popular since the 19th century. Ankle boots vary in length from booties or shoe boots (a boot that skims the ankle), to boots that rise to the mid-calf. The soles of ankle boots can be flat or platform, with heels that are stiletto, chunky, wedge, one inch or higher.  Those incredibly high ankle boots make you look sizzling…on fashion fire!

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, ankle and calf-length boots were common footwear for women. Rising  hemlines made longer styles of boots popular. Worn with knee length skirts, ankle boots were often adorned with decorative features such as elaborate stitching, gems, stones and fur trims.

A fashion salute to the adorable ankle boot!

Fashion ankle boots are defined from a pair of shoes by the length of the shaft. Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches (20cm), while calf length boots have a shaft anywhere from 8 to 15 inches (20-38cm). The shaft of fashion boots can be fitted, loose, slouched (straight legged or loose fitting).

Ankle Boot Fun Fact:  Close fitted ankle boots achieve flexibility by the use of gussets; slits in the material either at the top of the shaft, or wider panels at the sides of the shaft, which are backed with elastic fabric. Compression folds around the ankle allows for movement of the foot.  Move in saucy style when your feet are adorned with colorful, cool ankle boots. Boots so glorious you’ll want to walk that extra mile! Even with a smile!

 Ankle boots display a variety of fasteners. Laces are commonly used in ankle boots, along with zippers and/or elastic. Slip on ankle boots and button up ankle boots also make for a pair of boots that are easy to get on and off, as well as look stylish and trendy aesthetically.

I’m literally up to my ankles in all the latest styles of adorable, beautiful, playful ankle boots!

Whether your ankle boots are made from leather, patent leather, vinyl,  velvet, rubber or suede, any outfit that is highlighted by a stunning pair of ankle boots on your feet definitely gets an A+ grade!

“I love your ankle boots. They’re oh so cute!”

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 https://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

 

 

 

 

Oh, the joys of winter weather. Rain, snow, sludge, cold, ice, hail and wind. And occasionally, days of glorious sunshine to remind us that yes, spring will eventually get here. As a girl who loves abundant sunny days, even Southern California winter weather can be cold and difficult to deal with. So how do I add spice to my chilly days when Mr.  Sunshine is taking a break? By enjoying the winter fashion, since makeup and clothing for me is a fun passion!

We often bring out our coats and sweaters at this time of year, in various styles and colors. Why not step out in style wearing a trendy trench coat, a coat that can not  only keep you warm and also act as a raincoat, but shouts chic and cool? Trench coats are made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill, leather or poplin. Trench coats generally have a removable insulated lining, raglan sleeves and the classic versions come in various lengths, ranging from just above the ankles to the knees.

Traditionally trench coats are double-breasted with 10 front buttons, have wide lapels, storm flaps and pockets that button closed. The coat is belted at the waist, as well as having straps around the wrists that buckle (to keep water from running down the forearm in the rain). True trench coats also have shoulder straps that button closed, which were a functional feature in military uniforms. The traditional color of the trench coat is khaki, although newer versions can now be found in all colors.

Trench Coat Fun Fact: The trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers during World War I. Invention of the trench coat belongs to two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum. Aquascutum claims starting the trendy trench coat in the 1850s. Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 and submitted a design to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901 to have the sturdy, practical coat act as the Army officers’ raincoat.

Wade through the trenches of inclement weather in a trendy trench coat!

Trench coats have remained fashionable since their inception, long after the end of World War I, and are still popular jackets and/or raincoats today. Trench coats look business like, yet savvy. They keep you warm and dry with a look of sheer cool. For those of you that adore trench coats but find them to look too military, if you tie the belt in front of the jacket, as opposed to using the buckle, you will create a more casual look than strict military. Since trench coats tend to be long,  often going past the knee, it works to wear lighter fabric trench coats as dresses. Button up, slip on some leather or patent leather high heels and turn your coat into a one piece dress! Always look your best!

Just remember you can’t take your coat off if you get too warm. Unless you want to start a new fashion trend of your own! I guarantee you’ll stop traffic in a heartbeat!

The trench coat was originally sized to wear over clothing, to offer water protection when the temperature was cold enough to require a heavier coat than a windbreaker or rubber raincoat. This is why trench coats often fit as a larger size then a normal jacket. In recent years many manufacturers have resized the fit and cut of trench coats to conform more closely to the body.

As always, to fit into fashion, there are versions of the terrific trench coat that have been  modified where the hem stops at mid-thigh level, much like the miniskirt. The classic trench coat looks stunning and stylish no matter the length, showing off a woman’s femininity, power and strength!
Floor length, mid calf, to the knee or above, bundle up in the eye catching, always gorgeous trench coat as the jacket that’s a cut above.

I think I’ll buy myself a truly adorable trench coat this winter season. After all, the coat is so durable and fantastic that I really don’t need a reason!

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 https://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

Most of us  have a relationship with our hair. Whether you prefer your hair to be long, short, curly or straight, the color and hairstyle you choose is important. Having strong, shiny, healthy, vibrant hair not only radiates youthfulness and beauty, but makes you feel confident and assured.

Hair is actually a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Our most common interests in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care.

There are many ways to keep your hair happy and healthy, including hair products, diet, washing and drying and hair care, such as hair trims.

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy and Happy:

  • Hair Products – Products such as hair masks, deep conditioners, shampoos and conditioners and serums all help soften, nourish and moisturize your hair. Using products that help fight frizz, leave in conditioners, mousse and products that add heat protection will help you maintain healthy and happy hair!

  • Diet – Your hair needs to be fed just like your body. To ensure healthy hair you need a diet high in protein, iron, B Vitamins and water.  Foods such as salmon and white meat chicken, walnuts, eggs, spinach and fruits and vegetables nourish your hair, making it strong, shiny and vibrant. Feed your hair a nutritious protein diet and watch it grow!

  • Washing and Drying – Although many of us wash our hair daily, this isn’t necessary.  The longer, thicker, curlier and more processed your hair, the longer it can go between washes. Use gentle moisturizing and nourishing shampoos and follow up with a good conditioner. When your hair is wet, always use a thick toothed comb over a brush to prevent breakage. Towel dry gently or use a low heat blow dryer. Air drying is best for saving the integrity of your hair.

Hair stylists advise you to get a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. I don’t trim my hair that often and it still grows without breakage. When I do get a trim I merely go 1/4 inch. When you tie your hair up or back, use material bands over rubber bands to prevent hair pulling out.  Whether your have hair that is naturally straight, wavy, curly or kinky, our hair is one characteristic that defines us. For gorgeous, glorious, terrific tresses, these easy steps will help your hair to be one of your full, radiant, beautiful and best assets!

Give me a head with hair! Short or long, from here to there. True beauty is heightened by our hair!

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 https://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

 

 

 

We all enjoy being groomed and pampered by health and beauty specialists in the relaxing environment of salon spas. Spa resorts originated to offer various health treatments, most notably using mineral-rich spring water to give medicinal baths. Day spas now offer much more, including massages, beauty masks, laser hair removal, waxing, and milk baths. With so many options offered at spas, it helps to know what services are worth the money and which treatments are as beneficial when performed yourself from home.

Love and take care of the skin that you’re in.

Spa Services That Are Worth the Cost:

• Laser Hair Removal: All skin tones and complexions are safe for using laser hair removal. You will experience dramatic hair reduction on dark, coarse hairs from those pesky areas you prefer to keep hair free. Laser hair removal doesn’t work on gray or white hairs. For those hairs, you can try wax, cream hair bleach, or tweezers.

• The Milk Bath: A luxuriating milk bath works wonders for softening and soothing your skin. Yes, you truly bathe in milk. Having this service done at a professional spa is worth the cost. Can you imagine if you fill your own bathtub with milk, the effort, and cost that it will take you? Milk truly does a body good, inside and out.

• Hydrotherapy Massage: Submerge yourself in a deluxe scented, salt-infused tub for an invigorating underwater experience. This service is relaxing and will soothe your sore, tight muscles by pulsating jets of air that stroke your body as you soak in luxurious warm water.

• Brazilian Bikini Wax: Sure, there are over the counter Brazilian bikini wax kits that you can buy and use at home, but ouch! For a thorough, fairly pain-free front and back bikini wax, this service is best left to the professionals. Enjoy how you look in your barely there thong bikini with this popular wax service.


• Manicure/Pedicure: Even if you are someone who prefers to paint your own fingernails and toenails, everyone should experience the luxury and occasional treat of partaking in a professional salon manicure/pedicure. You can kick back and read a book, surf your iPhone or just close your eyes and relax while pro nail artists fancy up and massage your hands and feet. Grooming your fingers and toes never felt or looked so good.

• Decolletage Rejuvenation: Eventually gravity begins to take a toll on everyone. One of the first places you may notice loose or sagging skin is with your breasts and your neck (think the turkey neck). With decolletage rejuvenation, this regenerative skin tightening treatment helps firm loose, cleavage and sagging neck skin. Treat yourself to a professional decolletage rejuvenation and love your firm skin once again.

There are so many wonderful, invigorating spa services that will make you feel like the youthful, confident man or woman that you are. Why not treat yourself to the pampering you deserve? ,Spa services never felt so spectacular! Luxurious, lovely, luscious!

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 https://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

 

 

No matter how busy, fun and energetic our lives are, we all need an occasional mood boost. For those days when you’re not reeling in excitement or busyness, or perhaps you’re  feeling blah or a bit off, generally two things lift your mood! Food and/or makeup. So at these times reach for those potato chips or French fries, or experiment with cosmetics in your makeup drawer. Your not so good mood will vanish and rule no more!

Get an instant mood boost from these simple beauty products!

6 Beauty Products that Brighten Your Mood:

  • Ravishing Red or Barbie Pink Lipstick: As a fashion and makeup buff, I feel that all shades of lipstick act as mood enhancers, but colors of ravishing reds and Barbie pink lipsticks take the cake. If you doubt me, just try it. When your lips are coated in reds and pinks, your entire face stands out, and this ups your mood. It’s hard to feel blah or down when your ruby painted lips light up the town!

  • Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette: As we enter into the fall, why not paint your eyes in shades of oranges, golds, tans and peach? This eye shadow palette offers numerous colors to choose from and tends to last once applied. For those of you that prefer to stick to blue, green or purple eye shadows, why not change your routine and shoot for the gold? Too peachy!

  • False Eyelashes: If you want to watch your mood go from a 5 to a 10 in no time, put on a pair of false eyelashes. I feel natural long eyelashes, or false eyelashes, are the number one beauty item to bring out the luster of your face. No matter what event you are attending, or what clothes you are wearing, add false eyelashes and high heels and rev up your outfit and your mood in seconds!

IT Bye Bye Under Eye Cream: Sleep is a beautiful thing, but for many of us, it’s very hard to get a full 8 hours of sleep a night. The result? Bags or black marks under the eyes. To cover these bags and rejuvenate your eyes and your appearance, try IT Bye Bye Under Eye Cream. You may be dog tired, but your eyes won’t show it and no one else will know it! Say Bye Bye to under eye bags!

  • Glamour Nail Art: Most everyone adores a professional manicure and pedicure, especially when you’ve earned it by working so hard. You deserve a break. After your next pro manicure, or even a do it yourself manicure, paint your nails with a glamorous, classy polish and nail art. Colorful, fun nails look cute and youthful, but sometimes you want to feel like a sophisticated fashion gal. Go for black polish with strips of gold, or add rhinestones and gems. Gorgeous and classy!

  • Estee Lauder Beautiful Sheer Perfume: Now that you’ve dolled yourself up and improved your mood, top it off with a splash of Estee Lauder Beautiful Sheer perfume. The fabulous scent of this perfume is neither too heavy or too light, but perfectly right. For perfume that smells delicious but doesn’t over power, Beautiful Sheer continues to smell good hour by hour.

When you find yourself needing an instant mood boost, beauty products never disappoint. For those of you that prefer a more natural look, if you glam yourself up only once in a while you’ll adore the finished look! A definite glamour girl will be hooked!

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 https://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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most people think of the colors orange and black relating to autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Although wearing these two colors together does look seasonal, orange and black garments work well all year round. Autumn, known as fall in North American English, is one of the four temperate seasons, marking the transition from summer to winter, beginning in September in the Northern Hemisphere and March in the Southern Hemisphere. Fall is when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools down considerably from the summer months. One of the main features of fall is the shedding of leaves from trees and the changing of color. Many leaves change from green to rich golds, yellows and oranges.

Season Fun Fact: Many people believe that the changing of seasons occurs due to the rotation of the earth and the proximity of where you live to the sun. This actually doesn’t make much difference in temperature. The changing of the seasons is due to the axis of the earth and the slight tilt of that axis!

In the United States fall begins on September 21 and ends on December 21, transitioning us into winter. In the United States, Halloween and Thanksgiving are recognized and celebrated, with pumpkins, gourds, sweet potato pie, witches, broomsticks and many other festivities with the colors orange and black. In the fall, dressing in garments of orange and black is back!

The color orange is bold, brazen and fun. In color psychology, orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. The color orange represents the optimism, uplifting and rejuvenation or our spirit. Orange is such a bright, happy color that it helps us bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in the recovery from grief.

The color black is sexy, diplomatic, secretive and mysterious. In color psychology black gives us protection from external emotional stress. Black is the absorption of all color and the absence of light. Black hides, while white brings to light. Black covers, white uncovers. Mix orange and black for a fashion passion heart attack!

Since orange is such a bright, bold color, some people prefer to wear less subtle shades or orange. For those of you that adore orange but feel the color is too powerful or brazen for you, why not wear various shades of orange? There is peach, golden orange, amber, burnt orange and dark orange. Another way to wear orange in a fun, youthful way is through your cosmetics. Orange eye shadows, lipsticks and nail polishes conjure up images of frivolity, festivities and fancy fun!

You can always dress in black or white and let your orange and black purse or handbag do the fall fashion talking!

The color black in fashion is often seen as a color of sophistication and elegance, as in the little black dress or the black tie event. Affluent and success oriented men and women often select black clothing as it can give an impression of elegance, sophistication, power and confidence. Black is associated with sexiness and seduction (think black lingerie) and is one of the most widely worn colors in clothing.  Black clothing looks formal, dignified and sensual.

Mix your black garments with orange clothing to add a splash of stimulation and pizzazz to your outfit. Orange is a warm and inviting color, is highly noticeable and gets people thinking and talking. You do the walking and let your garments do your confident, flirty talking!

A Joe Black outfit on the catwalk at Docklands.

For Fall 2018, be the fashion siren queen when you step out in garments of orange and black! You’ll look and feel spectacular…imagine that!

Positive Keywords of the Color Orange:

  1. Sociable
  2. Enthusiastic
  3. Cheerful
  4. Confident
  5. Optimistic
  6. Flamboyant
  7. Adventurous
  8. Creative Flair
  9. Warm Hearted

Positive Keywords of the Color Black:

  1. Protection
  2. Comfort
  3. Strong
  4. Contained
  5. Formal
  6. Sophisticated
  7. Seductive
  8. Mysterious
  9. Endings and Beginnings

Fall is back! Spice up your wardrobe with orange and black!

Mix in with the fashionable fall season, but stand out dressed in glorious orange and black garments. You’ll not only steal the show, but you’ll be the best dressed fashion plate wherever you go!

Orange is the new black? There’s room for both of them, and they mesh together as deliciously as peanut butter and chocolate! Visual stimulation at its finest!

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 https://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

 

 

 

T-shirts are comfortable, trendy and popular garments in most people’s closet and/or drawers.  A T-shirt, known as the basic tee, is a style of cotton fabric named after the T shape of its body and sleeves. Most tees are short sleeved with a round neckline, known as the crewneck, which lacks a collar. V-shaped necklines are also popular. T-shirts are typically made of cotton textile in a stockinette or jersey knit and have a distinctively pliable texture compared to shirts made of woven cloth.

T-shirts originally started as undergarments and have transitioned from undergarment wear to general, all use casual clothing. The most popular color for T-shirts is white, but the sturdy shirt can be found in all color choices.  For those of you that own one basic white T-shirt, there are numerous ways to wear the one shirt that makes it useful for casual to dressy wear!

Various Ways to Wear the White T-Shirt:

  1. Under a printed or floral jacket: By leaving the jacket open, showing the white tee, your jacket will take on a different look.
  2. Under a jumper or overalls: The basic white tee works wonders when worn with  a jumper or overalls.
  3. With lots of denim: Denim clothing is stylish and fashionable. If you are dressed in head to toe denim, it might help to break the look by wearing a white tee. I personally feel that when wearing a T-shirt with blue denim, a white T-shirt is the best looking way to go.
  4. With high waisted dress pants: There is something about the mix of a casual white T-shirt and dressy, high waisted pants that complement each other with style. Add a dress belt, high heels and jeweled accessories to make youy uptown outfit feel a bit casual. This is a striking look.
  5. With a pencil skirt: Tuck a white tee into the waist of your pencil skirt and I guarantee you that you will love the look!
  6. With shorts: T-shirts work well with all lengths of shorts. From short shorts to Bermuda shorts, a basic white tee will look lovely.

The best thing about mixing and matching your white tee? It matches and goes with everything!

Most T-shirts extend to the waist or sit on the hips. Hip hop fashion calls for tall T-shirts which may extend all the way down to the knees. A similar item is the T-shirt dress or T-dress, a dress length T-shirt that can be worn without pants. T-dresses look great with fishnets or opaque stockings!

Numerous ways to wear a basic white T-shirt!

Since the 1960s T-shirts have flourished as a form of personal expression. Think of T-shirts with quotes, sayings, pictures, designer logos, etc. splashed across the front for all to see. Share a portion of your personality with a slogan that means something to you printed across your white tee.

A plain white tee can literally be the glue that holds your outfits together. Change up your garments and your outfits with one basic shirt, the white tee. It really is that easy.

The white tee can worn with so many garments that the comfortable, trendy shirt can work for any occasion. An evening at the theater, a fine dining dinner, a fast food lunch, a Sunday brunch. Are you stepping out for coffee or tea? Why not go dressed chic and cool in a defining white tee?

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 https://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

 

Last week I was watching abc7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles and noticed as the anchor Leslie Sykes was broadcasting a story, her makeup job looked gorgeous. Yes, even amidst often times unhappy news stories, when you are a fashion and makeup buff, you notice the cosmetics and clothing of people on TV and in the movies. For the fashion buffs, think Holland Taylor on Two and a Half Men. She was always impeccably dressed.

On this particular newscast, Leslie Sykes was wearing blue shades of eye shadow with a pinkish/lavender frosted lipstick. She looked beautiful and her makeup job was perfection. Almost as a throwback to the 1980s (as so much of these fashion and beauty trends are popular today in 2018), this color combination worked well and looked stylish and regal. Although I love all colors and shades of eye shadows and lipsticks, blue eye shadow and pink or lavender lips has always been my favorite combination. With my alabaster skin, blond hair and blue eyes, I feel the most like myself when I stick to wearing these lovely cosmetic colors.

Eye shadow is a cosmetic that is applied on the eyelids and under the eyebrows. Eye shadow makes your eyes stand out and look more attractive by adding depth and dimension to your eyes, complementing your eye color, making your eyes appear larger, or simply drawing attention to your eyes. Eye shadow comes in many different colors and textures and is usually made from a powder and mica, but can also be found in liquid, pencil, cream or mousse form. Popular shades of eye shadow include brown, gold, purple, lavender, pink, green and of course various hues of blue.

Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. Lipsticks come in many colors and are generally found in matte (dry) and gloss (wet) formats. Dark red was one of the most popular lipstick shades throughout the 19th and 20th century. In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to introduce different shades of lipsticks and lip glosses as well. Today, you can find lipsticks in almost all colors, including blue, green, black and brown, yet the most standard colors are reds, pinks, purples, golds and oranges.

Lipstick Fun Fact: Frost lipsticks are making a comeback. Shimmery or frosty lipsticks may contain mica, silica, synthetic pearl particles, such as bismuth oxychloride, to give them a glittery or shimmering shine. Lipstick is made from grinding and heating ingredients, then heated waxes are added to the mix for texture. Oils and lanolin are added for specific formula requirements. Afterwards, the hot liquid is poured into a metal mold and the mixture is chilled. Once they have hardened, they are heated in flame for half a second to create a shiny finish and to remove imperfections.

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Depending on skin tone, the effect of eye shadow usually brings out glamour and gains attention. Natural eye shadow can range anywhere from a glossy shine to your eyelids, to a pinkish tone, or even a silver look. Eye shadow can be applied in a wide variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well, however, I find blunt, dramatic applications of eye shadow to look bold and sexy, especially for evening wear.

Blue eye shadows and pink lipsticks make a 2018 splash – but never go out of style!

Cosmetics are lovely and attractive. Makeup has been used for as long as there have been people to use them. Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Book of Ezekiel 23:40) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burial dating back to 10,000 BC. The word “cosmatae” was first used to describe Roman’s whose duty was to bathe men and women in perfume.

From eye shadow, to lipstick, to blush, to perfume, when it comes to cosmetics, make sure to make room! Your cosmetic bag and your gorgeous makeup application will thank you!

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 https://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