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Since I’m on a roll with colored clothing (green, black/white), to keep in the realm of the gorgeous seasons of spring and summer, let’s highlight yellow clothing!
With the weather warming, plants growing and sun shining, now is the time to put away  your black and gray winter wardrobe and dress in lighter, brighter, bolder colors. What better color to warm your heart and uplift your mood than the beautiful color yellow?
Yellow  is the color between green and orange on the spectrum of visible light. Yellow is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 570-590 nm. In traditional color theory used in painting, and in the subtractive color system used in color printing, yellow is a primary color! The color yellow relates to acquired knowledge, resonates with the left or logic side of the brain that stimulates mental faculties and creates mental agility and perception.


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Yellow Fun Fact: The word yellow comes from the Old English ‘geolu’, meaning yellow or yellowish. It has the same Indo-European base, ‘gel’ as the word gold and yell, or cry-out.
Let’s give a cry-out and shout-out for the glorious color yellow; always in fabulous fashion no doubt!
Yellow is the lightest hue of the color spectrum, emitting uplifting and illuminating feelings, offering hope, cheerfulness and fun.
Walk, no run, to your nearest clothing store and fill your closet with yellow clothing for having fun in the mid-day sun!


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Yellow Fun Fact: According to surveys in Europe, Canada and the United States, yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, gentleness and spontaneity. The color yellow plays an important role in China, where it is seen as the color of happiness, glory, wisdom, harmony and culture.
Yellow, in the form of yellow ochre pigment made from clay, was one of the first colors used in prehistoric cave art. The cave of Lascaux has an image of a horse colored with yellow, estimated to be 17,300 years old.
When dressed in the color yellow, look magnificent, majestic and bold…never old! Even in yellowish shades of gold!
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Positive Keywords Associated with the Color Yellow:

  1. Optimism
  2. Cheerfulness
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Fun
  5. Good-Humored
  6. Confidence
  7. Originality
  8. Creativity
  9. Challenging
  10. Academic
  11. Analytical
  12. Wisdom
  13. Logic

It makes perfect sense to walk into spring and summer dressed in the electrifying and mellowing color of yellow! All true fashion divas know you can’t go wrong with yellow clothes!


Be it a yellow purse, lips or fingernails, you’ll knock the fashion world off its rails!
If you find neon yellow clothing a bit too bright, why not try dapper duds in various shades of yellow? Ah, what a fine looking lass and fellow!
Popular Variations of the Color Yellow:

  1. Light Clear Yellow
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Citrine Yellow
  4. Golden Yellow
  5. Cream
  6. Dark Yellow
  7. Gold

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Yellow Fun Fact: Yellow is the most highly visible of all colors, which is why yellow is used for pedestrian crossings, firetrucks, road maintenance equipment, school buses and taxicabs. Yellow is often used for safety and accident prevention information, and for warning signs, since the color yellow is traditionally used to signal caution, rather than danger (Slow down as opposed to Stop)! Take note of crossings which are marked in white – they are less easy to see than those marked in yellow, particularly on wet and cloudy days.
Slow down and smell the yellow flowers – flower power! By the way, yellow is the number one color of all fresh flowers in the world.
Dress in glorious shades of yellow to wipe the rain and clouds away and bring back a sun-filled day!
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Mix the colors yellow and black for an absolute fashion heart attack!
Yeah for yellow clothes – as every fashion diva knows!
Complementary Colors Fun Fact: Traditionally, the complementary color of yellow is violet; the two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel long used by painters. Vincent Van Gogh, an avid student of color theory, used combinations of yellow and violet in several paintings for the maximum contrast and harmony. This validates the  phrase, “Opposites attract!” Think “The Starry Night!”
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Remember the Golden Rule: Yellow dresses, yellow shorts, yellow skirts, yellow pantsuits, yellow fingernails, yellow lipstick, yellow purses and yellow shoes are sometimes the only festive color of clothing items and accessories that will do!
“You look like a million bucks in your darling yellow outfit. A lovely sight to be seen.”
“Thank you, fashion judge. I almost passed up yellow and dressed myself in green.”
“The yellow pencil skirt and gold silk blouse are pleasing to the eye.”
“With my yellow 6 inch stilettos I almost touch the sky.”
“You sure turned my head, and everyone else’s, when you strutted on by.”
“I suggest dressing in yellow. Come on, you’ll be thrilled you gave it a try!”
Yellow: A beguiling, cheerful, stunning color to give you a natural high!
When you’re dressed in vibrant yellow, no one will be able to just walk on by!
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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, 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
                                                                                                                           

Perhaps the best way to spruce up and highlight an outfit is to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. The right set of jewelry, shoes and handbag can add top notch pizzazz to any outfit. One popular, pretty way to accessorize to perfection is with pearls.
A pearl is a hard object produced within a soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk or another animal, such as a conulariid. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.
The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes, known as baroque pearls, can occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries.
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Pearl Fun Fact: Pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Think a “pearl” of a car, a “pearl” of a find, etc. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or formed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of the pearls currently sold.
Pearl Fashion Tip: Imitation pearls are widely sold as inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually poor and easily distinguishable from that of genuine pearls. However, costume jewelry is fun, chic and easy on the pocket book. Whatever suits your tastes!


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Pearl Fun Fact: The English word for ‘pearl’ comes from the Fench ‘perle’, originally from the Latin ‘perna’ meaning leg, after the ham-or mutten leg-shaped bivalve. All shelled mollusks can, by natural processes, produce some kind of “pearl” when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within its mantle folds, but the majority of these “pearls” are not valued as gemstones. Natural (or wild) pearls, formed without human intervention, are rare.
The unique luster of pearls depends upon the reflection, refraction and diffraction of light from the translucent layers. The more thin and more numerous the layers in the pearl, the finer the luster.
Get as much shine as your pearls will muster…wear pearl jewelry with luscious luster!
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Freshwater and saltwater pearls may sometimes look quite similar, but they come from different sources. Freshwater pearls form in various species of freshwater mussels (Unionidae family) which live in lakes, rivers, ponds and other bodies of fresh water. Saltwater pearls grow within pearl oysters (Pteriidae family), which live in oceans. Saltwater pearl oysters are usually cultivated in lagoons or volcanic atolls.
Natural Pearl Fun Fact: Natural pearls are nearly 100% calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Natural pearls form under a set of accidental conditions when a microscopic intruder or parasite enters a bivalve mollusk and settles inside the shell. The mollusk, irritated by the intruder, forms a pearl sac of external mantle tissue cells and secretes the calcium carbonate and conchiolin over the irritant. This secretion process is repeated many times, thus producing the pearl.
Wow, who knew natural pearls start out as irritants? Interesting! The finished product is beautiful and magnificent!
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Pearls make for clothing and jewelry to be adored by all. Whether you work in an office, step out on the town or are still a school girl…dress up your outfit with the always gorgeous, always glamorous, always stunning pearl!
Cultured Pearl Fun Fact: Cultured pearls are the response of the shell to a tissue implant. A tiny piece of mantle tissue (called a graft) from a donor shell is transplanted into a recipient shell, causing a pearl sac to form into which the tissue precipitates calcium carbonate.
Cultured pearls can be distinguished from natural pearls by X-ray examination. A cultured pearl shows a solid center with no concentric growth rings, whereas a natural pearl shows a series of concentric growth rings.
Wear pearl rings and set your fingers a glow…let your hands put on a splendid jewelry show!


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Imitation Pearls Fun Fact: Some imitation pearls (shell pearls) are made of mother-of-pearl, coral or conch shell, while others are made from glass and are coated with a solution containing fish scales called “essence d’Orient”.  Although imitation pearls look the part, they don’t have the same weight or smoothness as real pearls, and their luster will dim greatly.
One reason pearl jewelry is so glamorous and gorgeous is because fine quality natural pearls are very rare jewels. Their values are determined similarly to those of precious gems, according to shape, size, color, quality of surface, orient and luster. Single natural pearls are often sold as collectors’ items, or set as centerpieces in unique jewelry. Present day natural pearling is confined to seas off Bahrain. Australia has one of the world’s last remaining fleets of pearl diving ships.
Ship your fabulous self off to the nearest jewelry store and buy yourself some fantastic, fashionable pearls to adore! You, fashion diva, never wore it so well!

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Be the queen bee you were born to be when you wear a crown of pearls, gems and diamonds. Sheer beauty!
Pearl Jewelry Fun Fact: The value of pearls in jewelry is determined by a combination of the luster, color, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry that are appropriate for the type of pearl under consideration. Among these attributes, according to jewelers, luster is the most important differentiator of pearl quality. All factors equal, the larger the pearl the more valuable it is. Large, perfectly round pearls are rare and highly valued. Teardrop shaped pearls are often used in pendants.
Whether you prefer to wear pearl earrings, rings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets, anklets, purses or hats, when you’re decked out in elegant, exquisite pearls you’ll look like a fashion plate! Imagine that!
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Pearls: Accessorize to pleasing perfection!
“I need something to doll up these jeans and crop top that I have on.”
“I have the perfect answer for you. Pearls, pearl, pearls…you can’t go wrong.”
“I’ll put on a layered pearl necklace, a large pearl bracelet and a black pearl ring.”
“Now you look sensational my dear…you’ve come to life with your pearl bling!”
“I think I’ll put my hair in a bun and dress it up with a pearl headband.”
“You sure are a sight for sore eyes. Your casual to chic outfit deserves a hand!”
Pearls: From frumpy, to casual, to grand!

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, 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
 

Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel on sale now in online and retail bookstores.
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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 collided.
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, including the Best of Anaheim award three years in a row. She resides in Orange County, California and in 2016 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, 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
 
 
 
 
 

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
 

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
 
 
 

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
 

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
 
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Plaids, tartan, checkered? All are similar fashion material patterns, but each print a bit different with its own unique look, blend and posh pizzazz.
In the realm of plaid, the popular design never goes out of style. Plaid is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Plaid originated in woven wool, but now plaids are made in many different materials.
Plaid is made with alternating bands of colored (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colors cross, which gives the appearance of new colors blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as “sett.”
On your mark, get ‘sett’…plaid clothing stands out, you bet!

 

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Plaid Fun Fact: The pattern of plaid is called sett. The sett is made up of a series of woven threads which cross at right angles. The word ‘plaid’ is derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘plaide’, meaning blanket. The word plaid was first used to describe any rectangular garment, sometimes made up of tartan, which preceded the modern Scottish kilt. In time, plaid was used to describe blankets themselves. In Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.
To create the popular plaid pattern, each thread on the warp crosses each thread on the weft at right angles. Where a thread in the warp crosses a thread of the same color in the weft, they produce a solid color on the plaid, while a thread crossing another of a different color produces an equal mixture of the two colors. Thus, a set of two base colors produces three different colors, including one mixture. The sequence of threads, known as the sett, starts at an edge and either repeats or reverses on what are called pivot points.
Point me toward the pizzazz filled pattern called plaid!


Plaid Fun Fact: The shades of color in plaid can be altered to produce variations of the same plaid. The resulting variations are termed:

  1. Modern Plaid: A plaid that is colored using chemical dye, as opposed to natural dye.
  2. Ancient Plaid: Refers to a lighter shade of plaid. These shades are meant to represent the colors that would result from fabric aging over time.
  3. Muted Plaid: Plaid which is a shade between modern and ancient. This type of plaid developed in the early 1970s, and the shade is said to be the closest match to the shades attained by natural dyes used before the mid-19th century.

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Plaid Fun Fact: The idea that various colors used in plaid have a specific meaning or symbolism is a modern myth:

  1. Red Plaids: Battle Plaids
  2. Green Plaids: Prairies and Forests
  3. Blue Plaids: Lakes and Rivers
  4. Yellow Plaids: Various Crops

No matter the colors, no matter the clothes, when dressed in pretty plaids you’ll stand out at fashion shows!
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Plaid In Fashion: In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, plaid garments featured in fashion catalogues. By then, plaid had shifted from mainly being a component of men’s clothing to becoming an important fabric in women’s fashion. Due to plaid’s association with the British aristocracy and the military, plaid patterns developed an air of dignity and exclusivity. Because of this, plaid has made reappearances in the world of fashion several times.
In the 1970s, plaid patterns made a resurgence in the use of punk fashion. The unorthodox use of plaid, which had long been associated with authority and gentility, was then seen as the expression of discontent against modern society. In this way, plaid, worn unconventionally, became an anti-establishment symbol.
Whether you beat to your own unique style drum, or dress to fit into a crowd, when donned in pleasing plaid you’ll look dazzling, dapper and fashion proud!

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Depending upon how different plaids are defined, it has been estimated that there are about 3,500 to 7,000 different plaid patterns, with around 150 new designs created every year. With four distinct ways of presenting colors in plaid patterns, there are approximately 14,000 recognized variations of plaid to choose from.
Run, don’t walk, to your nearest store and stock your closet with plaid garments galore. Plaid to adore!
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Plaid Fun Fact: Since the Victorian era, authorities on plaid have stated that there is an etiquette to wearing plaid, specifically plaid attributed to clans or families. This concept of entitlement to certain plaids has led to the term of ‘universal plaid’, or ‘free plaid’, which describes plaid which can be worn by anyone. Traditional examples of such are Black Watch, Caledonian, Hunting Stewart and Jacobite plaids. In the same line of opinion, some plaid patterns attributed to the British Royal Family are claimed to be off limits to non-royalty.
Strut like royalty and feel like a million dollars when dressed in plaid skirts, dresses, pants, blouses, shorts, jackets and collars!
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Plaid Fun Fact: The most popular color combination in plaid patterns? Red and black…imagine that!
“I love the colorful pattern and criss-cross lines going across your coat.”
“You adore my wool plaid jacket do you? I wear it well, but I’m not one to gloat.”
“Will plaid work for all types of garments? If so, perhaps I’ll get me some plaid too.”
“You can find darling plaid purses, pants, dresses, skirts and plaid high heels for you.”
“The plaid pattern is bold, bright, playful, youthful, chic and fun.”
“That it is my fashion queen. If I dress head to toe plaid, the fashion prize I have won!”
Take in the chic, elegant, noble, splendid look of plaid! Wow, you wear it well…not half bad!
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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