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In fashion, no matter how much you pay for a particular garment, you always get value by wearing velvet. Velvet is a fabric that always looks regal, lovely, rich and luscious, be it a velvet skirt, blouse, dress, jacket or shoes. Velvet rules!

Velvet is a type of woven fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive soft feel. The word velvety actually means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either natural fibers or man made synthetic fibers. No matter which type of velvet you wrap yourself in, your velvet outfit will always be a hit.

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This process made velvet expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric even today.

Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, the most expensive being silk. Much of the velvet today sold as silk velvet is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton can also be used to make velvet, as well as linen, mohair and wool.

The fabulous fashion value of wearing velvet!

Velvet Fun Fact: Due to velvet’s unusual softness and luxurious appearance, as well as its high cost of production, velvet fabric is associated with royalty and nobility. Velvet was first introduced in Baghdad, and in the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet. This gorgeous fabric was then exported to Venice, where it spread through Europe. In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed “in velveto.”

Velvet clothing looks simply magnificent and magnetic in all colors, but black velvet always looks regal, stunning and ravishing!

Popular Types of Velvet:

  1. Chiffon: Lightweight velvet on a sheer silk or rayon chiffon base.
  2. Cisele: Velvet where the pile uses cut and uncut loops to create a pattern.
  3. Crushed: Luscious velvet with a patterned appearance that is produced by either pressing the fabric down in different directions, or mechanically twisting the velvet while wet.
  4. Devore: Velvet treated with a caustic solution to dissolve areas of the pile.
  5. Embossed: A metal roller is used to heat stamp the fabric, producing a pattern.
  6. Hammered: Extremely lustrous, appears dappled and somewhat crushed.
  7. Lyons: A densely woven, still, heavier weight pile velvet used for hat and coat collars.
  8. Mirror: Exceptionally soft and light crushed velvet.
  9. Nacre: The velvet pile is woven in one or more colors and the base fabric is another color, creating a changeable, iridescent effect.
  10. Panne: Crushed velvet.
  11. Pile-on-Pile: A luxurious velvet woven with piles of differing heights to create a pattern.
  12. Plain: Made of cotton, plain velvet has a firm hand and can be used for many purposes.
  13. Utrecht: A pressed and crimped velvet.
  14. Velveteen: Imitation velvet, normally made of cotton or a combination of cotton and silk.
  15. Voided: Woven with areas of pile free ground (usually satin) forming a pattern.
  16. Wedding Ring: Velvets that are fine enough to be drawn through a ring.

No matter what type of velvet you prefer, every form of dainty, stunning velvet looks like the real thing!

Be runway, catwalk and camera ready when you step out in velvet so lovely and steady!

Velvet Fun Fact: The earliest sources of European artistic Italian velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, which continued to send out rich velvet textures. The art was then taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that matched those of the great Italian cities. The soft properties of velvet, the splendid colors, the fabric being used and associated with royal and state robes, the material being fit for ecclesiastical vestments and the richness of velvet made the Italian velvets the most magnificent textures of their time.

Whether you’re attending a black tie event, a fancy dinner or stepping out in a warm gorgeous jacket in the dead of winter, dressing in the glorious fabric velvet is always a winner!

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

 

 

 

Lace is a dainty fabric that is easily recognizable due to its delicate, feminine charm. Lace is indeed lovely. Lace is a fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern and can be made either by machine or hand. Originally materials such as linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used to make lace. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace can also be made using synthetic fiber.

Lace has its origin in the late 1400s, with Italian and Flemish roots. The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace, when both needle and bobbin lace became dominant and used in fashion and home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.

Dress in lace for elegant fashion taste!

Popular Types of Lace:

  1. Bobbin Lace: Made with bobbins and a pillow.
  2. Chemical Lace: The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif. Afterwards, the stitching is removed and the embroidery remains.
  3. Crocheted Lace: This group includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
  4. Cutwork Lace: Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled by embroidery.
  5. Knitted Lace: Lace so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  6. Knotted Lace: This tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle, including macramé and tatting.
  7. Machine Made Lace: Any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  8. Needle Lace: Lace made using a needle and thread.
  9. Tape Lace: This lace makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine or hand made textile strip formed into the design, then joined and embellished with needle and bobbin lace.

Step out in luscious lace and show off your exquisite fashion taste! Gorgeous and glorious!

Lace Fun Fact: Lace was used by the clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of the vestments in religious ceremonies, but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of the European continent. The popularity of the gorgeous lace fabric increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe. In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria was married in a gown made of lace, influencing the wedding dress style to this day.

On your wedding day and all other days, dressing in fabulous garments of lace is a winning way! The ever popular fabric lace is here to stay!

To enhance your outfit with style and charm, dangle a lace made purse on your arm!

Popular Patrons and Lace Makers:

  1. Giovanna Dandolo
  2. Barbara Uthmann
  3. Morosina Morosini
  4. Frederico de Vinciolo
  5. Rosa Elena Egipciaco
  6. Anglo Scotian Mills
  7. Scranton Lace Company

Whether you prefer to dress up in lace from head to toe, or wear one piece of lace in a skirt or pantsuit, dolling yourself up in the stunning fabric of lace will always suit you!

I simply adore the dainty, feminine, beautiful fabric that is lace! Always a definite win in the fashion race!

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

 

 

 

 

What’s the easiest and most fun way to decorate an outfit to sheer perfection? Accessorize and accessorize. By adding the right jewelry, shoes, scarves, etc., and carrying a matching handbag, you can take a “10” outfit to an even higher level. You can also turn a casual look into a dressy look, and take a top notch garment and tone it down, all by the accessories you wear.

One accessory that is always a hit is the bracelet. A bracelet is an article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist, up the arm or around the upper arm (arm cuffs). Bracelets are worn as ornaments and may also have a supportive function, such as holding charms and pendants.

If a bracelet is a single, inflexible loop it is called a bangle. A large group of bangles worn together looks adorable.  Arm cuffs are also a favorite of mine, as well as beaded, bedazzled bracelets.

Bracelet Fun Fact: Bracelets are manufactured from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, beads and other materials, and jewelry bracelets often times contain jewels, rocks, shells, crystals, metal, plastic hoops, pearls and many more materials.

The origin of the term “bracelet” is from the Greek word “brachile”, meaning ‘of the arm’, via the Old French ‘bracel’. A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm guard used by archers).

Popular Types of Bracelets:

  1. Alternative Health Bracelets: This group contains ionized bracelets, karma bracelets, magnetic bracelets, etc., and are a group with a beneficial function claimed for them by their manufacturers and distributors.
  2. Bangles: Rigid bracelets that make a solid loop. They can be smooth, textured or set with stones.
  3. Beaded Bracelets: Bracelets made from loose beads with a center hole and connected by a piece of string or elastic band through the holes.
  4. Charm Bracelets: These bracelets carry personalized charms, decorative pendants or trinkets which are significant and important in the wearer’s life.
  5. Link Bracelets: Bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components or jewelry findings. These bracelets are often made of metals and gemstones.
  6. Slap Bracelets: Flat, felt covered strips that curve around your wrist when gently hit against it.
  7. Slave Bracelets: Bracelets with attached rings.
  8. Sports Bracelets: The use of colored silicone rubber as a material for producing sports bracelets was popularized by Nike and Lance Armstrong through the Yellow Livestrong wristband starting in May 2003.
  9. Tennis Bracelets: Single strand diamond bracelets. Elegant!

Brace yourself for gorgeous arm candy when adorned in beautiful bracelets!

Bracelet Fun Fact: The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BCE, starting with materials such as bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. The Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The Scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved Scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies.

Bangles and beads: Beautiful bracelets!

Let’s also give a shout out to terrific turquoise bracelets! Always alluring, always bedazzling!

As much as bracelets made from gold and silver are regal and stunning, bracelets made with gemstones, beads, rhinestones and diamonds  are in the top running!

When your fashionable outfit need a perfect touch, slip your arms into fabulous bracelets and look top notch!

Whatever your preference in jewelry, beautiful bracelets are always beguiling!

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

 

What is one fabric that’s popular around the world, worn daily by many people, and is immediately recognizable? If you guessed denim, congratulations!

Whether in a great pair of jeans, jackets, or skirts, we all know denim when we see ’em! But what exactly is denim? Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck.

Denim Fun Fact: It is characteristic of most denim that only warp threads are dyed, whereas the weft threads remain plain white. As a result of this warp-faced twill weaving, the outside of your jeans shows the blue warp threads and the inside shows the white weft threads!

Sometimes it’s fun to dress in denim from head to toe, but in order to add a more elegant look to rugged denim, wearing softer materials such as lace, satin, or chiffon blouses with denim skirts or pants is a great way to mix tough and tender. This combination makes for a graceful, trendy look. So don’t shy away from dressing up in denim!

When dressed in this stylish, vogue material, you may snarl traffic by causing a major denim disruption!

Over time, denim will usually fade. Some people adore their faded denim!

Types of Faded Denim Patterns Include:

1. Combs or Honeycombs: Faded lines that are found behind the knees.
2. Whiskers: Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
3. Stacks: The inseam of the jeans are hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length, with the extra fabric stacking on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up the calf.
4. Train Tracks: These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern forms two sets of parallel fades which resemble train tracks.

The massive, popular blue jean production has caused a major fashion seduction around the world. Cheers to denim for helping to take fashion into a whole new direction! Is denim just a fad? No way! The revered fabric known as denim is here to stay!

The world’s love affair with denim is no secret!

Although denim is a durable, sturdy fabric, often associated with jeans, overalls, and outdoor activities, adding the right materials and accessories to your denim creates a look that radiates and dazzles.

High rise or low rise: rise to any occasion dressed in delicious denim duds!

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

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

If boots are made for walking, they’re certainly made for styling with each and every step. Boots are both practical and fashionable footwear that generally covers the foot and ankle, and some the lower calves, knees and thighs. Boots clear up your thighs? Oh my!

Most boots have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made from one piece. Many boots are made from leather, patent leather or rubber, but can be made from a variety of materials. Although boots such as work boots and construction boots are designed for practical reasons, most boots worn today are for fashion and style. Hence, may I introduce you to rocking knee high, thigh high and slouch boots? Righteous!

Slouch boots look anything but slouchy!

Slouch boots get their name because the leg of the boot fits loose and rippled, as opposed to tight or straight up and down.

Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 BC, these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the foot and lower leg, often up to the knee. Step in fashion and aesthetic design and boots that went over the knee and up the thigh became high on the priority list. Knee high, thigh high and slouch boots, when worn with dresses and skirts, take your outfit to off the chart levels that are sky high!

You fashion diva vixen you, don’t be shy!  Give these sexy boots a try!

Boots Fun Fact: The early Dutch Masters were the first to define the boot in European iconography, in spite of the fact that the Chinese had been using footwear that the Frenchman or Portuguese sailor of the day would have recognized as a boot for centuries at that time. Historians agree that the first codified definition of the boot was entered into law by Royal decree during the Hundred Years’ War, noted by the Duke of Wales. European boots were influenced by military styles, featuring thick soles and turnover tops that were originally designed to protect horse mounted soldiers.

Today, boots of all types are worn for all occasions!

Popular Types of Boots Include:

  1. Ankle Boots
  2. Calf High Boots
  3. Knee High Boots
  4. Thigh High Boots
  5. Slouch Boots
  6. Cowboy Boots
  7. Cowgirl Boots
  8. Construction Boots
  9. Work Boots
  10. Rain Boots
  11. Snake Skin Boots

So many styles of boots to choose from when dancing the Boot Scoot Boogie!

Any time you’re going out for a night on the town and you want to take center stage, slip on a pair of knee high, thigh high or slouch boots and you’ll become all the rage! The best thing about boots? They look great and stay in style no matter what your age!

Get the latest scoop on knee high, thigh high and slouch boots!

A rocking, trendy pair of boots look lovely when worn with skirts and dresses, particularly pencil skirts and miniskirts. Another fantastic way to pull off a beautiful pair of boots is by tucking your straight legged jeans or pants into the leg of the boot. Always in style and sure to give you a fashion plate smile!

I’d walk a mile or more in a glorious pair of boots that I simply adore!

Whether you prefer boots with a flat sole, a wedge sole or heels so high you can touch the sky, I highly recommend giving knee high boots, thigh high boots and the always fashionable slouch boots a try.

My oh my, you and our boots look absolutely magnetic when you strut on by!

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

 

 

 

In the world of beauty, I feel the two cosmetic items that are the most important to add glamour, allure and magic to your face are mascara and lipstick. If I was ever stranded on a desert Island, alone with only myself and my makeup bag, I would hope my bag contained a tube of mascara and a tube of lipstick. A true glamour girl enjoys dolling herself up for all occasions!

Long, thick, luscious eyelashes are a sign of health and beauty. Not only do lush eyelashes look beautiful, they also draw out the appeal and allure of your eyes. Your eyelashes are to your eyes what a fabulous frame is to a photograph; an aesthetic highlight that tops your look off!

For the most dramatic eyelash look of all, jet black mascara outdoes them all. However, colored mascara is fun to experiment with and something different to wear when you’re feeling unique, magical and whimsical.

Tips for Growing Long, Lush, Healthy Eyelashes:

1. Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin B12: Just like your body, hair needs protein, iron, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E to stay strong and healthy. Eyelashes are hair and they need to be fed nutrients, just like the hair on your head. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that adds to healthy hair growth.
2. Biotin (Vitamin H): Promotes hair growth, texture and thickness.
3. Petroleum Jelly: Apply petroleum jelly to mascara free eyelashes and leave on overnight, while you sleep. This helps your eyelashes grow faster, thicker and stronger.
4. Castor Oil/Olive Oil: These oils help promote hair growth.
5. Enriched Mascara: Many mascaras that are available for purchase today include lash boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas.

Lush eyelashes for a luxurious look!

Extremely long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty in many cultures. Did you know that you can enhance your eyelashes artificially, either by applying false eyelashes or using eyelash extensions? Permanent eyelash tints have also become a popular procedure provided in many salons. It is also possible to get eyelash transplants, which are similar in nature to hair transplantations done on the head. Today, mascara is often used on a daily basis around the world. In 2016 alone, U.S. consumers spent 335.6 million dollars on the top ten leading mascara brands.

Who said beauty isn’t a billion dollar business?

Eyelash Fun Fact: The average eyelash takes about seven to eight weeks to grow back if pulled out!

Eyelashes bedazzling and beguiling being lush, lovely, luxurious and long are truly a fashion and beauty bomb!

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

 

 

Just as you have your own signature style, you probably have your own concept of what beauty and fashion mean to you. With beauty and fashion being a great way to express ourselves, we all develop a unique, individual style that works well for us and shows the world who we are without speaking a word.

Beauty in the realm of fashion can be described as characteristics or attributes that lead to harmony, balance, attraction, and well-being. Beauty, both physical and spiritual, are positive traits that are globally revered and strived for. For most people, beauty entails an overall healthy, balanced, fulfilled lifestyle that pleases our highly visual, aesthetic senses. The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity and elegance, and outer beauty, which includes physical attributes which are valued on an aesthetic basis.

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

Beauty is in some ways a form of pleasure. For those of you that love pampering and treating yourselves, experimenting with makeup, hair, and fashion, you’ve probably noticed that your mood and the way you feel about yourself can be elevated simply by applying makeup on your face, styling your hair, and dressing in a sexy outfit.

Where beauty focuses more on your visual perception of your overall appearance, fashion is the perfect match to complement your looks by handpicking the right clothing, footwear, and accessories. A nice fancy ring on your finger can ramp up your style.

Fashion is your distinctive, signature look. It’s your own personal style. Some people dress in such a unique way that they become known merely by their choice of garments and their signature look (think Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Bebe Rexha).

Your personal fashion choices may be influenced by several factors including the film, celebrities, weather, and by clothes that catch your eye and make you feel fantastic when you wear them. The clothes that you drape yourself in are a significant factor in your feelings and your mood. How many times have you thought about what you might wear to an event, only to tell yourself that you’ll sleep on it and see what you feel like putting on in the morning?

The notion of the global fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the end of the 19th century, most clothing was custom made. By the beginning of the 20th century, with the rise of new technologies and sewing machines, the rise of global capitalism and the development of the factory system of production, including the rise of retail outlets and department stores, clothing came to be mass-produced and sold at fixed prices.

It is true that no matter how you define beauty and fashion, each person needs to come up with what works best for you and fulfill your own beauty and fashion passion!

Makeup and clothing are much more than beauty and fashion, they are a style of life expression of ourselves. Social media is one of the biggest platforms to exhibit and connect beauty and fashion trends with millions of people at once worldwide. Fashion trends go beyond our aesthetic values and emerge as expressive tools for designers to deliver their message about society. With the influence of social media, celebrities and bloggers, their voice is being heard and has a major impact on fashion and style at all times.

From glamour girls to casual chic darlings to the natural you, how you perceive beauty and fashion is distinctively up to you!

How do you define beauty and fashion?

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

 

If you’re like most women, and some men, you never leave your house without your purse or handbag. With so many styles of bags (tote, satchel, clutch, shoulder strap, hobo) to name a few, and many colors and designers to choose from, purse and handbag lovers could carry a different bag every day of the year and never use the same one.

For most of us, even the deepest of purse adorers, we do carry the same bag frequently. Fashion lovers tend to, well, fall in love with their handbags, and for good reason. A rocking purse or handbag can spruce up an outfit much the same way as a sensational pair of shoes! For those of you with lots to carry, the tote bag will be a perfect purse for you.

A handbag or purse is often fashionably designed and used to carry personal items. A “tote” is a large double handed bag with an open top and an open main compartment. The straps of tote bags tend to be parallel and large enough to sling the bag over your shoulder, and the bag itself is often large and boxy.

Tote Bag Fun Fact: The tote is generally made of sturdy cloth, often using thick leather at its handles or bottom; leather versions often have a pebbled surface. Common fabrics used for totes include heavy canvas (often dyed and treated to resist moisture and mold), jute, nylon, easy care synthetics and natural fibers.

The term ‘tote’ means “to carry,” and can be traced back to the 17th century, but wasn’t used to describe handbags until 1900. The major tote bag craze in the United States began in the 1940s with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag in 1944. Because they were easier and less cumbersome than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags.

During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter mainstream culture. Come the 1960s, the tote bag began to embrace personal style (as many practical items do that get crossed over into fashion), at which time Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags, which combined style and functionality. And…the tote as a fashion staple purse was born! To be carried, adorned and worn!

Canvas tote bags have been sold as a more eco-friendly replacement for disposable plastic bags given how they can be used multiple times over. Many stores offer inexpensive or even free tote bags at the register, and they have become a common marketing tool stamped with logos and used by nonprofit businesses as promotional gifts.

Many people prefer carrying tote bags not only for their stylish appeal, but also for the size. For those of you who carry many items, totes are both pleasing to look at and practical. Let’s face it…you can stuff many, many “can’t leave the house without them” items in a tote bag! Fabulous totes that will float your boat!

Purse and Handbag Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as women. The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.

With so many colors, fabrics and designs available to spice up your tote bag, all fashion divas should invest in a trending tote that will match any outfit and be practical to boot. A real style treat for the glamorous you!

Terrific totes truly will float your boat!

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