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Faux animal prints in clothing and fashion is making a roaring comeback in the 2018 summer/fall collections. Animal print clothing is made to resemble the pattern of the skin and fur of an animal such as a leopard, cheetah, zebra, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena, giraffe and monkey. The three most popular animal prints in fashion are the zebra, tiger and leopard.

In addition to clothing, trendy, fierce, feisty animal prints look fantastic on handbags, footwear and accessories.

 

A major difference between animal prints and fur clothing is that animal prints generally use fake fur instead of actual animal coat.

Animal prints have long been a popular garment in the fashion world. Animal prints generally exude a certain style, appearing expensive and exotic looking, hence they are a symbol of wealth and status. Throughout history, kings and other high people have used animal print rugs and such as a sign of status.

Animal prints became extremely popular for women in the United States in the 1960s during the Bohemian movement.

Grrr…unleash your inner animal!

Release your inner roar in animal prints!

Animal print clothing is sexy, fierce and fun. Much like animals, the print even looks sleek and fast. If you want to be noticed in a crowd, dress in animal prints and your inner roar will be heard out loud!

 

Animal Print Fun Fact: In addition to clothing, animal prints may also refer to artwork of animals printed on canvas or paper. The art prints may replicate the same skin or fur pattern found on the animal, but a flat photographic representation printed on artistic media, such as wall decorations. Art prints are commonly used for other decorations, including rugs, wallpaper and painted surfaces.

So many animals, so many animal prints. Wrap yourself in the attractive appeal of animal fashion and step out in animal fashion passion!

Slink down the runway or slink down the street with animal print clothing on your body and your feet!

“That leopard jacket you are wearing is striking to my eyes.”

“Perhaps you can wear it sometime. You look about my size.”

“I’d truly like to have one of my own. I’ll wear it with my leopard dress.”

“You have a leopard dress? With your fashion taste I’m truly impressed.”

“I adore animal prints of all kinds on all types of clothes.”

“I’ll get me a tiger striped skirt with matching tiger striped hose.”

Animal Prints: Unleash your inner animal in animal prints galore. You’ll be roaring for more!

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

 

 

 

Oh how we all wish we could adore the skin that we’re in: blemish free, soft and smooth with a healthy, happy glow. I’m thrilled to say it can be so. By eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and protecting and nurturing your skin with the right products and daily skin care routine, you truly can love the skin that you’re in.

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Skin care can seem overwhelming with so many serums, products and brands on the market that promise radiant, wrinkle free, younger and blemish free skin. What’s a glamour girl or guy to do when you walk down the store aisles and you see so many lotions, moisturizers and soaps standing out at you?

Your basic skin care can be simple with great results by using 5 essential products to help you relish the skin that you’re in!

The 5 Most Important Steps of Your Skin Care Routine:

• Facial Cleanser: Facial cleansers will clean your skin, and are easier and more gentle on your skin than soap. When cleansing, start at the bottom of your face and work your way up to stimulate the skin and open the pores. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.

• Skin Toner: A strong skin toner works wonders for a healthy skin care routine. Toners close pores, remove traces of built up oils and help seal in moisture.

• Moisturizers/Oils: Once your face is fresh and clean, you’ll want to prevent dryness by applying a moisturizer or facial oil. Dry skin leads to premature aging, clogged pores and dull looking skin. Oils help to moderate your skin’s oil production as opposed to making oily skin oilier.

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• Facial Masks: Although you don’t need to use a facial mask everyday, once a week is a grand idea to help firm and cleanse your skin. All beauty supply stores carry face masks geared for different skin types (dry, normal, oily, combination) and skin conditions (deep-pore, mid-pore and topical). Cream, clay and mud masks are very popular and can either be wiped off or peeled off when your mask treatment is complete.

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• Clean, Soft Makeup Brushes: Once your skin care routine is finished for the evening or morning and it’s makeup time, you’ll likely want to brush a light dose of translucent powder over your face to give you a healthy, radiant, lasting glow. Always use soft, clean brushes to keep your pristine skin care routine at its best.

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After only a few weeks of sticking to your healthy skin care routine, your face will thank you. You’ll not only feel shiny clean, but your face will appear smoother, younger and more supple. You’ll definitely look like a happy, healthy, blemish free skin king or queen!

Download the Mobile Styles on demand health and beauty app on your phone to book an appointment with a professional beauty expert who will help you set up your own unique skin care routine. Use promo code lookbook18nm when you book your first appointment and receive a $50.00 discount off your session. Even better, Mobile Styles professionals travel directly to you so there’s no reason to put it off any longer. Your skin demands it and deserves it.

For more information on Mobile Styles, visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

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5 sure skin care steps to ensure clean, shiny, stunning skin.

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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Massages are a wonderful, luxurious way to help you unwind, relax and melt your cares away. Massage techniques are commonly applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearms, feet or a device. Massages work by acting on the body with pressure, helping in the treatment of relieving body stress and pain. In a professional or salon setting, clients are treated while laying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair or laying on a floor mat. If you are lapping up the luxury of a massage in your own home, a bed or the floor works wonders.

For those of you that relish a magnificent massage by an expert, yet prefer to be rubbed and oiled in the privacy of your own home, enter a Mobile Styles on demand health and beauty masseuse. Simply download the Mobile Styles app on your phone or visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com to book an appointment with an expert massage therapist who will rub and massage you the right way! Goodbye stress; hello happiness!

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Did you know that massages became increasingly popular in the United States in the middle part of the 19th century based on techniques that were developed in Sweden? In 2015, research estimates that massage therapy was a $12 billion dollar industry. Yes, the health and beauty business is revered worldwide.

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How to Give a Professional or At Home Massage:

1. Use your body weight so you don’t get tired. A good massage has to do with your positioning, being less about your grip and more about your stance.
2. Oils, Oils, Oils. To prevent uncomfortable friction and help your hands glide easily, use body lotion, body oil or a little bit of olive oil. Use the oils on your own hands and warm them up before massaging them into the body.
3. Avoid pinching or grabbing muscles. You can prevent this by keeping your fingers together and using your whole hand in the massage.Think sculpting and use the same technique.
4. Massage the neck and the shoulders. Make a soft, loose fist and use the base of your hand to apply pressure on the right shoulder, up the side of the neck, then back down. Repeat on the left side.
5. Massage the back. With the base of your hand and the pads of your thumbs, rub circles up and down the spine to warm up the muscles. Then use a kneading motion with your entire hand to gently squeeze and knead the muscles along the spine.

Wow, my heavenly Mobile Styles massage feels simply divine!

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Lay down, relax and enjoy a masterful massage by a pro. We all carry the burdens, demands and daily stresses of life along with us and sometimes you need to let them all go.

Use promo code lookbook18nm when booking your first Mobile Styles massage and receive a $50.00 discount.

Follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat.

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You deserve a break today. Treat yourself to a Mobile Styles professional massage to melt your cares away.

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

 

Spring is the perfect time of year to paint everything pastel, including your fingernails and toenails!

We all know what pastel colors look like, softer, muted shades of our favorite colors, such as pink, green, yellow, purple, orange and blue. What makes a pastel color lighter than it’s original color? A true pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation.

Pastel colors are quite lovely, and even more so when our nails are painted pastel pretty!

Pastel Fun Fact: Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork made using pastels is called simply, a ‘pastel’.

With the season of spring almost here, and then all through the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, pastel nail art is fashionable, fun and festive! Why not splurge at a professional salon and get your nails done, enjoying the relaxing, splendid manicure and pedicure treatment? All fashion divas need to spoil themselves once in awhile; it keeps glamour girls in a mood to smile!

Spring forward with pretty pastel nail art!

How to Treat Yourself to a Do It Yourself (DIY) Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish. For natural nails, use a nonacetone nail polish remover.
  2. File the nails into your desired shape.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple of minutes to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
  5. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residue left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
  6. Apply a clear nail polish base coat to the bare nails and let them dry.
  7. Stroke your nails with the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. Generally a nail needs three brush strokes of polish: one stroke down the center of the nail, one stroke on the left and right side of the nail.
  8. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear nail polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
  9. If desired, display your creativity by decorating away! You can add jewels, glitter, decals, various shades of nail polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour and pizzazz to your nails and hands!

Ah, your pleasing, pretty pastel nail art looks truly grand!

Pastel Fun Fact: Pastel sticks or pastel crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. Pastels also vary by individual manufacturers. Dry pastels have historically used binders such as gum arabic and gum tragacanth. Methyl cellulose was introduced as a binder in the 20th century. Often a chalk or gypsum component is present.

No matter how pastels are made, there is no denying that when your nails are decorated in beautiful shades of pastels, your hands and feet will look stunning and well, truly swell!

Dry Pastels Can Be Subdivided as Follows:

  1. Hard Pastels
  2. Oil Pastels
  3. Pan Pastels
  4. Pastel Pencils
  5. Soft Pastels
  6. Water Soluble Pastels

In order to create hard and soft pastels, pigments are ground into a paste with water and a gum binder and then rolled or pressed into sticks. The name “pastel” comes from Medieval Latin ‘pastellum’, meaning woad paste. The French word ‘pastel’ first appeared in 1662.

There are times that with gorgeous, festive, marvelous nail art, only pastel polish will do! Select the perfect pastel colors for you!

“I’m admiring the way you’ve painted each fingernail in a different pastel shade.”

“I do believe that this particular manicure I’m wearing deserves an A+ grade!”

“Although all soft colors are pretty, I feel yellow, green and blue look best.”

“I also adore the orange, lavender and pink. All pastel colors pass the test!”

“I think I’ll go out and get a pastel nail art manicure done on my nails too.”

“Copying is the greatest form of flattery. In fashion, those words are very true!”

Pastel Nail Art: A great place for a true fashion diva to start!

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

 

 

Fashion boots equals boots at their finest! Perhaps one style of boot that always stands out and is always in style is the high heeled ankle boot. Ankle boots are the most widely worn style of fashion boots for women, worn both under pants and with skirts and dresses. Ankle boots can vary in length from booties or shoe booties (shoes that skim the ankle) to boots that cover the lower part of the calf.

The defining characteristic of the boot is the length of the shaft. For those of you that adore wearing boots, you’re probably familiar with boots having various shaft lengths, including a shaft that follows the curve of your calf, straight legged, loose fitting or slouchy. With ankle boots, the shaft is shorter, going to or slightly above the ankle.

Ankle Boot Fun Fact: Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches (20cm). In the 19th and early 20th century, ankle boots were common footwear for women. Even with rising dress hemlines, ankle boots add a cute, youthful, playful look and feel to the overall outfit.

While many ankle boots are made of leather and/or patent leather, some boots are also adorned with decorative features such as elaborate stitching and fur trims.

Sometimes, when it comes to shoes, only a high heeled ankle boot will do!

Popular Boot Designs:

  1. Ankle Boot
  2. Calf Length Boot
  3. Knee Length Boot
  4. Over the Knee Boot
  5. Thigh High Boot

Of course, various types of boots include combat boots, cowboy boots, construction boots, Russian boots, Ugh boots, vinyl boots, go-go boots and more!

Boots, boots, boots galore!

Fashion Boots Fun Fact: Although fashion boots and particularly go-go boots are often described as “typical” of 1960s fashion, it wasn’t until the 1970s that boots became a mainstream staple of women’s fashion. By contrast, in 1977, boots made up approximately 20 percent of all women’s shoe sales in the United States. The end of the decade saw fashion boots occupying pages of mainstream mail-order catalogs by companies such as Sears, Wards and Kays.

Exquisite women’s fashion boots of the 1960s and 1970s are just as trendy today!

Have you ever wondered if wearing boots feels cumbersome and bulky, or how people strut easily when their feet and legs are poured into boots? In close fitting boots, flexibility is achieved by the use of gussets: slits in the material either at the top of the shaft (in knee length boots) or wider panels at the sides of the shaft (in ankle boots), which are backed with elasticized fabric. Compression folds around the ankle allow for movement of the foot. In thigh high boots, flexion of the knee is usually attained by a vent at the back of the boot, running from the top of the shaft to the back of the knee. This may be closed with laces, elastic or left open.

Where a vent isn’t used, freedom of movement is achieved by either having the top of the shaft flare outwards above the knee, or making all or part of the shaft out of a stretchable material.

Come one, come all, let’s dance the boot scoot boogie in cowboy boots and high heeled ankle boots…stand tall!

Ankle boots are chic, cool, popular footwear for girls and women everywhere!

“That stiletto boot you’re wearing is delightful to the eye.”

“They’re so fun to wear. I feel like I can touch the sky.”

“The black vinyl boots decorated with rhinestone studs adds immense style.”

“And with the platform sole, I can strut and easily walk a mile.”

“You possess such exquisite fashion taste. Especially in the shoe.”

“There are times only a gorgeous high heeled ankle boot will do!’

High Heeled Ankle Boot: You’ll want to walk farther than a mile in your shoes! That’s true!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the 90th Academy Awards preparations well under way, many of you will be hosting and/or attending Oscar parties. Whether you’re mingling with celebrities at after Oscar parties such as Vanity Fair, or hosting and/or attending an Oscar party with family and friends, the fun bash/celebrations take your evening into an exciting direction.

The 2018 Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 4, 2018, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Although you certainly don’t need a reason to throw a party, the Oscars is the epitome of award ceremonies, and it presents the “to the nines” party opportunity.

Tips for Hosting the Perfect Oscar Party:

  1. Select a theme: Hollywood, Glamour, Movies, etc.
  2. Prepare and strut your own Red Carpet event.
  3. For delicious food and munchies, serve popcorn, or go for the catered affair if you are hosting a fancier event, or do it “potluck” style where each guest brings a dish.
  4. Have all guests dress to Oscar proportions and give a prize to the first place male and female winner.
  5. Have your guests guess their favorite nominee (winner) in each category. First place wins a prize.
  6. Supply fun goodie bags for the guests.
  7. Enjoy!

2018 Movies Nominated for Best Picture:

  1. Call Me by Your Name
  2. Darkest Hour
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Get Out
  5. Lady Bird
  6. Phantom Thread
  7. The Post
  8. The Shape of Water
  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor:

  1. Timothee Chalamet     Call Me by Your Name
  2. Daniel Day- Lewis        Phantom Thread
  3. Daniel Kaluuya             Get Out
  4. Gary Oldman                 Darkest Hour
  5. Denzel Washington      Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress:

  1. Sally Hawkins                The Shape of Water
  2. Frances McDormand   Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  3. Margot Robbie               I, Tonya
  4. Saoirse Ronan                Lady Bird
  5. Meryl Streep                   The Post

Best Director:

  1. Christopher Nolan         Dunkirk
  2. Jordan Peele                    Get Out
  3. Greta Gerwig                   Lady Bird
  4. Paul Thomas Anderson Phantom Thread
  5. Guillermo del Toro         The Shape of Water

And the Academy Award goes to? You! For throwing the best Oscar party in town and looking like the star that you are!

Oscar Party Tip: If you’re hosting an Oscar party, why not stick to the Red Carpet theme and use red party essentials? Red plates, napkins, decorations, etc. Or, go with the always elegant and beautiful color scheme of black and silver. Better yet, why not go with opulent gold party essentials, to mix in with the Oscar gold statuette?

Your party, your theme, your way. Look gorgeous, handsome and red carpet ready on this special Hollywood day!

Camera ready, that’s you. Get your Red Carpet best on as you enjoy the night away dressed your classy, magical way!

“Wow. With you in that glorious evening gown and me in this tux we’re quite the pair.”

“Yes. You with your caramel skin kissed by the sun and my Southern belle skin so fair.”

“We look glamorous enough to go to the Academy Awards. I’ll rent the limousine.”

“We’ll walk in like royalty: you dressed regal as a king and me your shining queen.”

“Well attend a glorious after Oscar party and fit in like the stars that we are.”

“I would adore attending the Vanity Fair party. We’re Hollywood royalty by far.”

Oscar Parties: Whether your Oscar party is a black tie affair or more casual wear, everyone hopes to see you there!

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

 

 

Occasionally playing dress up is fun: getting dolled up, spruced up, pampered and prettied up for a special party or event. For the fashion lover, and those who prefer a more dressed down look, wrapping yourself in a gorgeous, glamorous evening gown can be downright enjoyable.

An evening gown is a long flowing women’s dress, usually worn to a formal affair. The dress can range from tea and ballerina to full length.  Evening gowns are usually made of luxurious fabrics such as chiffon, velvet, satin, organza, etc. Silk is a popular fiber for many evening gowns.

Evening Gown Fun Fact: Although the terms are often used interchangeably, ball gowns and evening gowns differ in that a ball gown will always have a full skirt and a fitted bodice; in contrast, an evening gown can be any silhouette — sheath, mermaid, A-line or trumpet shaped, and may have an empire or dropped waist.

Evening wear for women, sometimes also known as court dress based on its creation at royal courts, has its origins in the 15th century with the rise of the Burgundian court and its fashionable and fashion-conscious ruler Philip the Good. Wool was the most dominant of fabrics for dresses, and the ladies of the court simply added a train to their kirtle for formal occasions. Rich fabrics and fibers were usually the domain of the nobility, and clothing was still used as an identifier of social ranks 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.

Ah, the allure, appeal and style of the elegant evening gown is now revered the world ’round!

Evening gowns are particularly popular in black, with royal blue and red or burgundy close behind!

White Tie Occasions: When worn to white tie occasions, the evening gown is generally more elaborate than when worn to black tie events. Often the silhouette will be fuller, to match the “very formal” white tie attire worn by men. Today, the evening gown is becoming more frequent in women’s formal wear, even at white tie occasions, but fashion etiquette states that ball gowns must be worn. (Fashion Divas often make their own rules)!

Black Tie Occasions: When attending a black tie event, evening gowns can range from tea length (mid calf to the ankle) to full length (to the floor). In general, the same rules of a white tie event apply to a black tie event, although in some cases a cocktail dress is acceptable (think New Year’s Eve)!

Although all evening gowns are stunning, my most favorite and preferred gown by far is the mermaid. With it’s form fitting, hip hugging style and the outward drape of the hemline, the mermaid dress is beautiful…the queen of land and sea!

Eye catching evening gowns for a special night on the town!

Evening Gown Fun Fact: Evening gowns gained prominence in beauty pageants, both national and international. Judges in the beauty pageants score the contestants in the evening gown segment, the highest of which is propelled to the top 5. Most pageants offer awards such as “Best in Evening Gown” to the contestants with the most beautiful dresses. Usually, the crowning moment shows the winner and the rest of the pageant contestants in evening gowns.

Evening Gown Fun Fact: During the Edwardian era, the s-shaped figure was fashionable, which included a very narrow waist. Immediately preceding and during World War I, style lines and cuts became looser and more fluid as a precursor to the boyish silhouettes of the 1920s. During this time, the hemlines of evening gowns rose and cuts were simple, to match the new lifestyle of the Flapper era.

The 1930s introduced bias cuts and artificial fibers. Along with the empire cut, over the years the sheath, mermaid, A-line and trumpet shapes became popular. The dropped waist and princess styles were also trending, depending on the era. Grace Kelly is noted for wearing understated evening gowns!

Evening gowns are extraordinary dresses to be worn to extraordinary events such as formal dinners, the opera, theater premieres, formal dances, The Academy Awards, other awards events, evening wedding receptions and charity balls.

“Your black gown is lovely; you are by far the most exquisite lady on the dance floor.”

“This is my sultry, slinky mermaid gown…the material is less but the beauty is more.”

“Why don’t you do me a favor and swim across the dance floor for me?”

“A true mermaid moves only elegantly, gracefully and beautifully.”

“I’d like to have the next slow dance with you if you are up for that.”

“I’ll be happy to swing and sway with you, but for fashion etiquette, remove your hat!”

Evening Gowns: Always take center stage and be the style boss as you dance dressed splendidly through the town in an opulent, glamorous evening gown!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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
 
 

Lavish, luscious, knock-out fingernails are frilly, fun and festive. Whether you spend most of your time in an office, out and about on the town, or you prefer staying in the comfort of your own home, painting and decorating you fingernails adds glitz and glamour to your hands, your mind and your mood!
A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure consists of filing and shaping of the free edge, pushing (using a cuticle pusher) and clipping (with cuticle nippers) any nonliving tissue such as hangnails, treatments, massage of the hands and the application of fingernail polish.
Fingernails polished to sheer perfection!


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Nail art, in addition to painting the fingernails, includes the painting of pictures and designs on the nails, or applying small decals or imitation jewels. Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail gel nails, tips, or acrylics, a popular one being the French manicure.
Manicure Fun Fact: The English word ‘manicure’ comes from the French word ‘manucure’, meaning “care of the hands”, which originates from the Latin word ‘manus’ for “hand” and ‘cura’ for “care”.
The popularity and fascination with nail art has increased in recent years due to a flourishing online community that shares tips, tricks and designs via social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Put your manicure know how to the test, decorate your nails so they stand out heads and tails above the rest!
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Manicure Fun Fact: Manicures began about 5,000 years ago. Jeff Pink, founder of professional oil brand Orly, is famed with creating the natural nail look later called the French manicure in 1976. French manicures are characterized by a lack of base color, or a natural pink base nail with white tips. The nail tips are often painted white, while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or suitable nude shade. Another popular technique is to whiten the underside of the nail with white pencil and paint a sheer color over the entire nail.
Hot Oil Manicure Fun Fact: A hot oil manicure is a specific type of manicure that cleans the cuticles and softens them with oil. Types of oils that can be used are mineral oil, olive oil, lotions or commercial preparations in an electric heater.
Heat your hands and nails up to 100% va va voom allure with glamour, fancy nail art! A winner for sure!



How to Perform a Do It Yourself Home Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish. For natural nails, use a nonacetone polish remover.
  2. File the nails into your desired shape. What looks modern now is shorter with rounded edges. File your nails in one direction.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple of minutes to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
  5. Use a Qtip or nail stick to gently push back the cuticles.
  6. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residue left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
  7. Apply a clear base coat to the bare nails and let them dry (this permits the polish to stick to the nails easier and prevents smudging).
  8. Stroke your nails with the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. A good, thick polish should only need one coat of color. Generally a nail needs three brushes of polish: one stroke down the center and one stroke on the left and right side of the nail.
  9. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
  10. If desired, display your creativity by decorating away! You can use jewels, glitter, decals, various colors of polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour and pizzazz to your nails and hands!



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Common Manicure Tools and Supplies:

  1. Bowl of warm water or finger bath
  2. Cuticle knife and clippers
  3. Cuticle pusher/Hoof stick
  4. Manicure table
  5. Nail art
  6. Nail brush
  7. Nail buffer
  8. Nail clippers
  9. Nail file/Emery board
  10. Nail scissors
  11. Orange stick
  12. Cotton Balls/Qtips
  13. Hand cream
  14. Hand towels
  15. Massage lotion
  16. Nail polish
  17. Nail polish remover

Great Nail Decorating Tools:

  1. Nail art cane slices
  2. Flocking powder
  3. Glitter
  4. Gems, stones, jewels
  5. Decals
  6. Small dried flowers

Glitzy, glamorous nail art – do it yourself manicures are a great place to start!
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Paraffin Wax Treatment: Hands can be dipped in melted paraffin wax for softening and moisturizing. Paraffin wax is used because it can be heated to temperatures of over 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) without burning or injuring the hands. The intense heat allows for deeper absorption of emollients and essential oils. The wax is usually infused with various botanical ingredients such as aloe vera, azulene, chamomile, tea tree oil and fruit waxes such as apple, peach and strawberry.
After the hands have been dipped in the paraffin wax, they are wrapped in either plastic or aluminum foil, or a special type of plastic bag or glove, then covered with a towel or special mitten to retain warmth. The hands are left for a few minutes before the paraffin wax is cooled and dried.
Soft, sensual hands and striking nail art make for a glorious blend of hand happy grand!

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Nancy Mangano’s Manicure Fashion Tip: The shape and length of the nails can make all the difference in a fancy, festive, fun manicure. Various nail shapes include almond, oval, pointed, round, square, square oval, square with rounded corners and straight with a rounded tip. The square oval shape is sometimes known as the ‘squoval’, and is considered a sturdy shape, useful for those who work with their hands.
Let’s give a hand and take stand for the decorated, ornamental nail art plan!
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Jeweled up nails make a girl as happy as jeweled up body jewelry!
“I booked a professional manicure tomorrow and I’m not sure what nail polish color to choose.”
“May I suggest something bold, neon and spicy? Or perhaps a more elegant color will do.”
“I think I’ll do a burgundy nail with clear rhinestone studs.”
“Decorate them with glitter and flowers; too plain you’ll have nail duds.”
“Maybe I’ll paint each nail a different color and add a matching stone.”
“How about doing the nails in bright red, and the pinky fingers in pink all its own?”
The joys of nail happy manicures? You can be creative, artsy crafty and come up with nail designs that are all your own!
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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in February 2017.
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