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Diamonds aren’t only a girl’s best friend…guys love the stunning, sparkling gems too!
Diamond jewelry has long been loved, admired and coveted by people. A diamond is a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. A diamond is less stable than graphite, but the conversion rate from diamond to graphite is negligible at standard conditions.
A diamond is renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities, most of which originate from the strong covalent bonding between its atoms. In particular, a diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any bulk material.
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Diamond Fun Fact: Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 118 mi) in the Earth’s mantle. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years (25% to 75% of the age of the Earth). Diamonds are brought close to the Earth’s surface through deep volcanic eruptions by magma, which cools into igneous rocks knowns as kimberlites and lamproites.
Diamonds can also be produced synthetically in a HPHT method which approximately stimulates the conditions in the Earth’s mantle. An alternative, and completely different growth technique, is chemical vapor deposition.
Whether your diamonds are natural or synthetic, drape yourself in diamonds for a royal, regal, lavish fit!


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Diamond Fun Fact: The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek adamas, meaning proper, unalterable, unbreakable, untamed. Diamonds are thought to have first been recognized and mined in India, where significant alluvial deposits of the stone could be found many centuries ago along the rivers Penner, Krishna and Godavari. Diamonds have been known in India for at least 6,000 years.
Diamond jewelry has long been loved and lavished by people for centuries, and revered in countries all around the world.
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Marketing has significantly affected the image of the diamond as a valuable commodity. N. W. Ayer & Son, the advertising firm detained by De Beers in the mid-20th century, succeeded in reviving the American diamond market. The firm created new markets in countries where no diamond tradition had existed before. N. W. Ayer’s marketing included product placement, advertising focused on the diamond product itself rather than from the De Beers brand, and associations with celebrities and royalty.
Today, diamonds signify wealth, affluence, romance, love and commitment. Marriage anyone? Say it with diamonds for excitement and fun when you’ve found your special one!



Mined rough diamonds are converted into gems through a multi-step process called “cutting.” Diamonds are extremely hard, but also brittle and can be split by a single blow. Therefore, diamond cutting is considered a delicate procedure requiring skills, scientific knowledge, tools and experience.
Issues Considered When Cutting Diamonds:

  1. The hardness of the diamond and the gem’s ability to cleave strongly depend on the crystal orientation. The crystallographic structure of the diamond to be cut is analyzed using X-ray diffraction to choose optimal cutting directions.
  2. Most diamonds contain visible non-diamond inclusions and crystal flaws. The cutter has to decide which flaws are to be removed by the cutting and which could be kept.
  3. The diamond can be split by a single, well calculated blow of a hammer to a pointed tool, which is quick, but risky. It can also be cut with d diamond saw, which is a more reliable but tedious procedure.

After the initial cutting, the diamond is shaped in numerous stages of polishing, which can be performed by technicians.
Polish yourself into pretty, pizzazz like fashion when donned in polished diamonds!
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Diamond Fun Fact: Several non-diamond materials, which include cubic zirconia and silicon carbide and are often called diamond stimulants, resembling diamonds in appearance and many properties. Special gemological techniques have been developed to distinguish natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds and diamond stimulants.
Stimulate and whet your appetite for fabulous real and costume jewelry by accessorizing in dazzling, delicious and delicate diamonds!
Your diamonds demand attention!
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Diamond Fun Fact: The conditions for diamond formation to happen in the lithospheric mantle occur at considerable depth corresponding to the requirements of temperature and pressure. Those depths are estimated between 140 and 190 kilometers (87 and 118 mi), though occasionally diamonds have crystallized at depths about 300 kilometers (190 mi).
Get a fashion rise out of yourself and your friends when your array of diamond jewelry is on fabulous display with no end!
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Did I hear you say ‘diamonds’? Of course, because diamonds, diamonds, yes diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
“I think I’ll splurge today and indulge in a gigantic ice cream cone!”
“I think I’ll treat myself to a lavish gem, bead or stone.”
“Depending on what’s in your wallet, are you thinking jewelry that’s large or small?”
“Money is no object where diamonds are concerned, perhaps I’ll buy them all.”
“I guess a glamour girl does love to dress herself in diamonds from head to toe.”
“I’ll wear diamond earrings, diamond bracelets, diamond rings and put on a diamond fashion show!”
Treat yourself to diamonds…the only way to go!
Diamonds: The perfect daytime jewelry or glamour for a night on the town. Diamonds are by far the most splendid jewelry around!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

The City of Anaheim, CA is proud to honor author and fashion journalist Nancy Mangano three years in a row, receiving the 2017 Best of Anaheim Awards for Business Services and  again being recognized as an official inductee into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame.
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The City of Anaheim congratulates Nancy on this achievement.
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating husbands with their pants down, then worse, having to report to the wives what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.
Nancy Mangano is an author, screenwriter and fashion journalist, writing the Natalie North murder mystery series and the global online fashion magazine Strutting in Style. With degrees in Communications and Criminal Justice, she has blended her love of writing and her interest in law enforcement into her novels. Nancy’s work has received several awards. She resides in Orange County, California and received both the 2015 and 2016 Best of Anaheim award. In 2016 Nancy was inducted into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame.
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

Flowers have long been admired by humans to beautify the environment, and also as objects representing romance, ritual, religion and medicine. The Spring season has long been admired as a season of rebirth, life, sunshine and abundant flowers.
Fashion is an easy, excellent way to change how we feel, mentally and physically. Wearing lighter, brighter colors can make us feel lively and upbeat, while dressing in dark winter colors can make us feel more subdued. As we bring on the spring season, fill your world and your closet with colorful, youthful, playful, uplifting floral fabrics.
Floral fabric flower power!
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Flower Fun Fact: A flower, sometimes known as a blossom or bloom, is the reproductive structure found in plants that are floral. The biological function of the flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop. Many flowers have evolved to be attractive to animals, so as to cause them to be vectors for the transfer of pollen. After fertilization, the ovary of the flower develops into fruit containing seeds.
Step into spring in festive floral fabrics!
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Floral print clothing looks elegant, summery, pretty and stunning!
Flower Fun Fact: A flower develops on a modified shoot or axis from a determinate apical meristem (determinate meaning the axis grows to a set size). It has compressed internodes, bearing structures that in classical plant morphology are interpreted as highly modified leaves. Detailed developmental studies, however, have shown that stamens are often initiated more or less like modified stems that in some cases may even resemble shoots. Taking into account the whole diversity in the development of the androecium of flowering plants, we find a continuum between modified leaves, modified stems and modified shoots.
In addition to floral fabrics, floral design includes making wreaths, nosegays, garlands, festoons, floral displays, boutonnieres, corsages and bows.
Flowers to the left, flowers to the right. Everywhere I look, a lovely flower sight!
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Floral Design Fun Fact: Floral design, or flower arrangement, is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Evidence of refined floristry is found as far back as the culture of Ancient Egypt. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: line, form, space, texture, and color, and the principles of floral design: balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony and unity. Creates a beautiful flowery masterpiece!
Many flowers have important symbolic meanings in Western culture. The practice of assigning meanings to flowers is known as floriography.
Common Symbolic Flower Meanings:

  1. Red roses are given as a symbol of love, beauty and passion.
  2. Poppies are a symbol of consolation in time of death. In the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, red poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in times of war.
  3. Irises/Lilies are used in burials as a symbol referring to “resurrection/life”. It is also associated with stars (sun) and its petals blooming/shining.
  4. Daisies are a symbol of innocence.

Look feminine and like a true glamour girl when dressed in a mirage of flowers and pearls!
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Because of their varied and colorful appearance, flowers have long been a favorite subject of visual artists. Some of the most celebrated paintings from well-known painters are of flowers, such as Van Gogh’s sunflowers series or Monet’s water lilies. Flowers are also dried, freeze dried and pressed in order to create permanent, three-dimensional pieces of flower art.
Flower Fun Fact: The Roman goddess of flowers, gardens, and the season of Spring is Flora. The Greek goddess of Spring, flowers and nature is Chloris. In Hindu mythology, flowers have a significant status. Vishnu, one of the three major gods in the Hindu system, is often depicted standing straight on a lotus flower.
Crave it hour after hour…flower power!
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Winter, spring, summer and fall. Every season gives a true fashion diva an opportunity to wear floral prints…one and all!
Events and Functions Where Flowers are Used Around the World:

  1. For new births or christenings.
  2. As a corsage or boutonniere worn at social functions or for holidays.
  3. As tokens of love and esteem.
  4. For wedding bouquets and reception decorations.
  5. As gifts of remembrance and celebrations.
  6. For funerals and expressions of sympathy for the grieving.
  7. For friendship.

Flowers are so attractive and so beautiful that people often grow flowers around their homes, dedicate entire parts of their living space to flower gardens, pick wildflowers, or buy flowers from florists. Do I hear Valentine’s Day, anyone?
Dress like you’re ready for a day in the sun covered in floral fabrics that look fabulous on everyone!
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When draped in floral fabrics of neon colors and style, you’ll radiate glamour and loads of sunshine for miles and miles!
“Today is such a lovely spring day I think I’ll stop and buy some flowers after work.”
“I have a better idea for a glamour girl. Why not invest in a floral dress or skirt?”
“That’s a marvelous idea. Something to wear will last much longer than a living flower.”
“Although fresh flowers will bring a smile to your face, they won’t last much longer than an hour.”
“I’ll treat myself to the mall tonight. I have the entire floral outfit in my head.”
“A floral silk blouse, black stilettos, a flowery belt and pencil skirt with roses of red.”
Wear floral prints: the festive clothing is sure to bring you a smile that will last a long, long while.
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

Hats are hip. The decorative head coverings can fit flat on the head or be wide brimmed, tight or floppy, simple or flamboyant, work related or worn for fashion, but hats always add a special touch of “something” to an outfit and to your overall appearance.
A hat is a head covering which is worn for various reasons, including protection against the elements like rain or wind, ceremonial reasons such as university graduations and religious reasons, safety such as when working on a construction site, and for all fashion divas, as a flattering fashion accessory!


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Hat Fun Fact: In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, hats may denote nationality, branch of service, rank, and/or regiment. Police typically wear distinctive hats such as peaked caps or brimmed hats, such as those worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
While there aren’t many official records of hats before 3,000 BC, they probably were commonplace before that. Archaeologists think that the Venus of Brassempouy 26,000 years ago may depict a hat. One of the earliest confirmed hats was worn by a bronze age man, whose body (including his hat) was found frozen in a mountain between Austria and Italy, where he’d been since around 3,300 BC. He was found wearing a bearskin cap with a chin strap, made of several hides stitched together, resembling a Russian fur hat without the flaps.
Decorate your head in a hat that’s all that!
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Popular Styles of Hats Include:

  1. Ascot Cap
  2. Baseball Cap
  3. Beanie
  4. Bearskin Cap
  5. Beret
  6. Cowboy Hat
  7. Chullo
  8. Cricket Cap
  9. Coonskin Cap
  10. Custodian Helmet
  11. Deerstalker
  12. Fedora
  13. Hard Hat
  14. Kippah
  15. Montera
  16. Panama
  17. Pillbox Hat
  18. Santa Hat
  19. Sombrero
  20. Top Hat
  21. Toque
  22. Turban

So many types of hats to choose from…so many choices to make. I’ll wear one hat to the theater, one hat to the store and one to my birthday party as I dine on delicious cake!
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Who can deny that not only women can rock great hats, but men look dapper, suave and sophisticated when they strut cool with a hat on their head!

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Let’s just take a moment to suck in and savor Prince’s beauty and style!
Hat Fun Fact: The Philippi Collection is a collection of religious headgear assembled by a German entrepreneur, Dieter Philippi, located in Kirkel. The collection features over 500 hats, and is currently the world’s largest collection of clerical, ecclesiastical and religious head coverings. One of the most famous London hatters is James Lock & Co. of St. James’ Street. The shop claims to be the oldest operating hat shop in the world.
The tradition of wearing hats to horse racing events began at the Royal Ascot in Britain, which maintains a strict dress code. All guests in the Royal Enclosure must wear hats. This tradition has been adopted at other horse racing events, such as the Kentucky Derby in the United States.
I tip my hat off!

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Hat Fun Fact: Extravagant hats were popular in the 1980s, and in the early 21st century, flamboyant hats made a comeback, with a new wave of competitive young milliners designing creations that include turban caps, felt hats and tall headpieces made of human hair. Some new hat collections have been described as “wearable sculpture.” Many pop stars, among them Lady Gaga, have commissioned hats as publicity stunts.
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new-vintage-women-shirts-print-h-is-most-glamorous-paris-looks-blouse-shirtHat sizes are determined by measuring the circumference of a person’s head about 1 centimeter (one-half inch) above the ears. Inches or centimeters may be used depending on the manufacturer. Felt hats can be stretched for a custom fit. Some hats, like hard hats and baseball caps, are adjustable. Some hats come in standard sizes, such as small, medium and large.
Traditional hat size is worked out by adding the fore and aft and side to side measurements (in inches) and then dividing by two. In the United Kingdom, an equivalent hat size is an eighth of an inch smaller than in the United States.
Are you looking for a gorgeous, great, playful or funky way to add appeal and allure to your outfit? Why not place a fashionable hat on your head? Enough said!
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Peek a Boo. Who is that hiding behind that fabulous hat? Oh, it’s you!
“Excuse me. Your hat is lovely, but it sits so high you’re blocking my movie view.”
“My flashy hat and I are the view…sorry to break it to you.”
“While I agree you look stunning in your haute couture hat, I paid to see the screen.”
“I can give you a movie and your money’s worth…in my fabulous hat I look like a sexy screen queen.”
“I’ll ask one more time nicely. Will you please remove your hat?”
“A true fashion plate wears what she prefers. Just change seats and solve that.”
In fashion, proper etiquette styles are made to be broken! Always remember that, and wear a flamboyant, frilly hat!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

Regarding simple pleasures in life, diamonds and chocolate make the list. While diamonds are revered and beautiful in various forms of jewelry, and chocolate candies and flavorings are adored by the taste buds, mixing the two together to create chocolate diamonds is a definite win!
Chocolate (brown) diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. In most mines, chocolate diamonds account for 15% of production. Although brown diamonds don’t glimmer as shimmery as their clear diamond sisters, in Australia and the United States, brown diamonds have become valued gemstones and have taken on the appetizing name chocolate diamonds.


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Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: A significant portion of the output of Australian diamond mines is brown stones. A large amount of scientific research has gone into understanding the origin of the unique brown color. Several causes have been identified, including irradiation treatment, nickel impurities and lattice defects associated with plastic deformation; the latter is considered as the predominant cause, especially in pure diamonds. A high pressure, high temperature treatment has been developed that heals lattice defects and converts brown diamonds into yellow or colorless stones.
Baumgold Bros., a popular diamond cutter and fine jewelry importer in the 1950s and 1960s, rebranded brown diamonds in order to hike sales. Names included champagne, amber, cognac and chocolate. Other companies followed the Baumgold Bros. lead and named different shades such as clove, coffee, caramel, cappuccino, mocha, espresso and cinnamon.
Whatever name you prefer to use, the chocolate diamond makes gorgeous jewelry in any style you choose!


Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: In the year 2000, the fine jewelry company Le Vian trademarked the term “chocolate diamond” and introduced a new brown jewelry line. Le Vian worked with the supplier Rio Tinto and partnered with the retailer, Signet Jewelers. The brand heavily advertised the ‘chocolate diamond’ line including a massive television media spend. The campaign was a success; in 2007 virtually no one was searching for ‘chocolate diamonds’. By the year 2014 the search number jumped to 400,000 times a year.
If chocolate and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I suggest chocolate diamonds! The allure never ends!
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Diamonds occur in various colors including blue, yellow, green, orange, various shades of pink and red, brown, gray and black. The Argyle mine, with its 35 million carats (7,000 kg) of diamonds per year, makes about one third of global production of natural diamonds. 80% of argyle diamonds are brown.


Natural Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The majority of natural brown diamonds don’t show any characteristics of absorption peaks. The brown color relates to the plastic deformation.
Synthetic Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: Synthetic diamonds are created by compressing graphite to several gigapascals and heating to temperatures above 1500 C. Nitrogen in these diamonds is dispersed through the lattice as single atoms and induces a yellow color. Nickel is added to graphite to accelerate its conversion into a diamond. The incorporation of nickel and nitrogen into the diamond induces the brown color.
Chocolate or brown…when dolled up in chocolate/brown shimmering diamond jewelry, you’ll rock the town!

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Notable Chocolate Diamonds:

  1. The Golden Jubilee Diamond is the largest cut diamond in the world. It was founded in 1985 as a rough stone of 755.5 carats in the Premier mine in South Africa, which is operated by De Beers.
  2. The Earth Star Diamond was found at another South African mine of De Beers, the Jagersfontein Mine on May 16, 1967. The diamond came from the 2,500 foot level of volcanic diamond-bearing pipe. The rough gem weighed 248.9 carats and was cut into a 111.59 carat pear-shaped gem with a strong brown color and extraordinary brilliance. The diamond was purchased in 1983 for $900,000.
  3. The Incomparable Diamond is another African diamond, one of the largest ever found in the world (890 carats). In 1984 a young girl discovered it in a pile of rubble from old mine dumps of the nearby MIBA Diamond Mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  4. In 1974, American actress Elizabeth Taylor wore a chocolate diamond ring and earrings to the Oscars. The jewelry was a gift from Richard Burton for their tenth wedding anniversary.

Chocolate diamonds…yummy and delicious to the eyes! Dress in elegant chocolate diamond splendor and be fashion wise! You’ll sparkle lovely…no surprise!
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Heat Treated Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The concept that the brown color of chocolate diamonds might be related to lattice imperfections has led to a technique to convert brown diamonds into light yellow or even colorless diamonds. The diamond is subjected to high pressures of 6 to 10 GPa and temperatures above 1600 C that heals those defects. The technique has been demonstrated in several research laboratories in Russia and the United States. Since 1999, several companies around the world have adopted the technique and use various brand names for the processed diamonds.
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Chocolate Diamonds: Alluring, appetizing, appealing and amazing!
“I’m aching to eat some chocolate but I’ve started a no sugar diet.”
“I’ve got another way for you to get your chocolate fix that will cause a fashion riot.”
“Are you suggesting I dangle delicious chocolate squares on my ears?”
“I’m saying wear chocolate diamond earrings…the finest diamond in years,  I hear.”
“That is a marvelous idea. Would you like to buy me a pair?”
“Certainly. Let’s treat ourselves…chocolate is scrumptious to wear!”
Chocolate diamonds: A sure cut above, my fashion diva love!
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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 online and retail bookstores on February 24, 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
 

Lace fabric is beautiful. The delicate material is feminine, frilly, doll like and gorgeous. For a fancy fabric that mixes elegance and innocence, lace is a sure hit.
Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or hand. Originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fibers, and a few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.


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Lace Fun Fact: The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, strin, from Latin laceum, akin to lacere, meaning to entice or ensnare.
The origin of lace is disputed by historians. An Italian claim is a will of 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb or a worshiping priest in a painting about 1485 by Hans Memling. Since lace evolved from other techniques, it is impossible to say that the enticing fabric originated in any one place.
Win the fashion race…dress head to toe in lovely lace!
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The late 16th century marked a rapid development of lace, both needle lace and bobbin lace became dominant in both fashion and home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.
Lace fabric was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of 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 lace increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe.
Vintage lace equals great fashion taste!

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Popular Types of Lace:

  1. Bobbin Lace: Lace made with bobbins and a pillow.
  2. Chemical Lace: The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif.
  3. Crocheted Lace: Includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
  4. Cutwork (Whitework) Lace: Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled with embroidery.
  5. Knitted Lace: Includes Shetland lace, such as the ‘wedding ring shawl’, a lace shawl so fine it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  6. Knotted Lace: Includes macramé and tatting. Tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle.
  7. Machine Made Lace: Any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  8. Needle Lace: Lace made using a needle and thread. This is the most flexible of the lace making arts.
  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 a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.

Spring to the store at a quick pace to buy glorious, gorgeous garments made of chic, lavish lace!
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Lace Fun Fact: In North America in the 19th century, missionaries spread the knowledge of lace making to the Native American tribes. Saint John Francis Regis helped many country girls stay away from the cities by establishing them in lace making and embroidery trade, which is why he became the Patron Saint of lace making.
The English diarist Samuel Pepys often wrote about the lace used for his, his wife’s and his acquaintances’ clothing, and on May 10, 1669, noted that he intended to remove the gold  lace from the sleeves of  his coat “as it is fit he should”, in order to avoid charges of ostentatious living.
Live in the lap of luxury that lace creates. All fine fashion divas deserve a ‘grand life’ taste!
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Popular Lace Makers:

  1. Giovanna Dandolo
  2. Rosa Elena Egipciaco  Contemporary Lace Maker
  3. Morosina Morosini  1545-1614
  4. Frederico de Vinciolo  16th Century
  5. Barbara Uthmann  1514-1575

To date, inspiring journalists, guilds and foundations show that old techniques with a new twist can challenge young people to create works that can definitely be classified as art.
Show your style, creativity and fashion flair through the elegant, feminine, soft lace that you wear!
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Items Associated with Lace:

  1. Anglo Scotian Mills
  2. Doily
  3. Lippitt Mill
  4. Lacebark
  5. Ribbons
  6. Scranton Lace Company
  7. See-through Clothing

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Always a hit, never a miss, when dressed in luscious lace!
“Your girly girl clothing suits you well, so lovely to the eyes.”
“When you want to dress doll like and fancy, selecting lace fabric is wise.”
“You must have exciting plans to be wearing a dress so fine and fair.”
“I’m a true fashion diva…whether I attend the opera or pump gas I find great clothes to wear.”
“I give your clothing selection today an ultra strong A plus!”
“I request you dress in lovely lace. It’s not a suggestion…it’s a must!”
Lace clothing: A girl never looked so girly and gorgeous!
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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 online and retail bookstores on February 24, 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
 

Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel will be available in online and retail bookstores on February 24, 2017!
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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating partners with their pants down, then worse, having to report to her clients what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled  love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.
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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 online and retail bookstores February 24, 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
 
 
 
 

When it comes to the face, the eyes have it! Sure, the mouth runs a close second, but as most people know, your eyes are the first feature that people notice when they look at you (even if they aren’t aware of it). When applying makeup, even minimally, for attention getting results, focus on the eyes. For starters and most importantly? Long eyelashes!
Extra coats of mascara help turn lashes into long layers of lusciousness, but false eyelashes bring out your eyes, and accentuate other facial features, in a way no other item can. False eyelashes kick every other makeup accessory to the curb!
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False eyelashes are available in different shapes and sizes, from a more subdued, natural look to an over-the-top theatrical look.
False Eyelashes Tip: If you prefer a rounder, more symmetrical eye, have the lashes extend longer in the center. For dramatic, almond eyes, the lashes should extend longer at the ends.
How To Apply False Eyelashes:

  1. Select the size and length of lashes that work for you.
  2. If you want to add extra curl to the lashes, use an eyelash curler before applying the lashes.
  3. If using eyelash glue, apply a thin line to the lash strip from the tube. Allow the glue to dry for ten seconds. If the lashes already contain adhesive, you won’t need glue.
  4. Apply the strip of lashes so they lie against your own lash line (your fingers or tweezers work well to position the lashes). Pat them into place.
  5. Apply mascara if you prefer. This helps blend your natural lashes and false lashes together.

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False Eyelash Fun Fact: You can go to any beauty supply store and purchase individual lashes and create your own row of eyelashes. Also, eyelash extensions can be applied to save you the time and effort of putting on fake lashes.
The longer the lashes – the more popping the peepers!
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Whenever I see someone wearing false eyelashes, their eyes look beautiful and I notice them right away. Your own eye is just drawn to the gorgeous aura that it radiates. Long, splendid eyelashes bring out your face in a way nothing else can.
I’ve said it before, as a fashion gal who loves wearing makeup, if I could only pick one item to apply, it would have to be mascara! (Long, fake lashes look even better). Lipstick or lip gloss runs a close second!
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False Eyelash Tip: Another fun way to make your lashes stand out is to apply coats of colored mascara. Blue, purple, yellow, pink…you lashes look lovely, give me a wink!
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When you’re ready to remove the lashes (“But I don’t want to!” you say) oh, well just put them back on another day! Apply warm water to a wash cloth and dab the water on your eyes. Grasp the outer edge of the false eyelash strip and gently pull the strip from the corner.
False Eyelashes Not So Fun Fact: Don’t pull the false lash strip too strongly or you might pull some actual eyelashes out as well. Ouch!
When you wear false lashes your face will be a hit – because as any fashion diva knows, the eyes have it!
Powerful pizzazz those peepers!
Yes, you’ll never go wrong when your peepers are decorated with lashes oh so long!
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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
 
 

Today, February 5, 2017, Super Bowl Sunday in the United States, one thing is certain. Whether you are rooting for the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons, there will be a whole lot of kicking going on!
Hut, hut, hike! Kick a field goal!
Do  you want to watch great football, dine on good food and stay stylish in the process? How about going to a Super Bowl party or restaurant kicking yourself up to a higher fashion notch?
Knee-high boots! Always makes a fashion list at the top!
I have written prior style blog posts on boots in general, ankle boots, thigh-high boots, and from reader responses, people around the world love their boots. Today, let’s highlight knee high boots.
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A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Boots can cover the foot and ankle, extend up the leg, to the knee, up the thigh, or to the hip. Most boots have a heel that  is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made from one piece.
Whether you prefer your boots flat soled, a minor heel, or spiked heels, knee high boots add charm, style and glamour to your feet, as well as to your outfit.
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Boots are traditionally made from leather or rubber, modern boots made from a variety of materials. Boots are worn for functionality, as in protecting your feet and legs from water, snow, mud or hazards, and for providing ankle support. For fashionistas and those who want to rock a gorgeous or a trendy outfit, boots are worn for style and fashion.
Boot Fun Fact: The phrase “give one the boot” means to kick one out of a job, club, or expel someone, literally or figuratively.
If the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, they will be giving the Atlanta Falcons the boot. If the Falcons take the NFL 2017 Championship, the Patriots get the boot.
Have you got your knee high boots on, ready to spur your preferred team on?
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Knee High Boots Fashion Tip: Knee high boots look best when worn with a skirt or dress that leaves a few inches of leg visible from the top of the boot to the hem of the garment, or when your pant legs are tucked into the boots.
If you are wearing knee high boots, then by all means, show the vogue footwear off!
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Boot History Fun Fact: Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 B.C. these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the feet and lower leg, often up to the knee. A type of soft leather ankle boots were worn by nomads in eastern Asia, and carried to China, India and Russia, around 1200 to 1500 A.D.
Boot scoot boggie on, global boot lovers! A great pair of boots is a fashion turn on!
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Here a boot, there a boot, everywhere a boot, boot, What a hoot!
Today, if New England comes up to win from a potential loss, or if the Atlanta Falcons are being defeated, and then end up on top, you can break up the party atmosphere by shouting out the popular boot phrase, “The boot is on the other foot now!” Then eat more munchies for emphasis and to heighten the overwhelming excitement!
Knee high boots add glitz and glamour to fabulous fashion power!
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Super Bowl Sunday boot kick! Right over the goalpost!
Popular Types of Boots:

  1. Thigh High Boots
  2. Knee High Boots
  3. Combat Boots
  4. Military Boots
  5. Ankle Boots
  6. Cowboy Boots
  7. Cowgirl Boots
  8. Wedge Boots
  9. Chap Boots
  10. Flat Sole Boots
  11. Snow Boots
  12. Rain Boots
  13. Utility Boots
  14. Moccasin Boots
  15. Go-Go Boots
  16. Ugg Boots
  17. Chelsea Boots
  18. Dress Boots
  19. Valenki Boots

Let’s give a shout and a toot to the fantastic boot!
Whichever team you root for, let your knee high boots give a roar!
Today, on Super Bowl Sunday, may the best boots win!
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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