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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terrific totes truly will float your boat!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations and can be used alone or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

To differentiate between the two cosmetics, concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots. large pores and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but thicker, and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. Foundation is a skin colored makeup applied to the face to cover flaws and/or change the natural skin tone. Some foundations also function as moisturizers, sunscreens and astringent base layers.

In a complete facial makeover, concealer is applied first and foundation is applied over the concealer. This gives you the canvas for applying various cosmetics to your face and creating makeup magic!

Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if used too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.

2. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.

3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.

4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

Concealers and foundations come in both powder and liquid formulas. For gorgeous, glowing skin with no makeup cake up, brush a small amount of translucent face powder over your foundation. This will create a blemish free base to work with when applying eye shadow, blush and lip gloss, as well as blend your concealer and foundation together to give off a “perfect” face!

Both concealers and foundations are available in a variety of shades, although concealers tend to be more  heavily pigmented. When applying foundation, try to match your skin tone or go one shade darker than your natural skin tone to avoid makeup lines and see preferred results. Concealers with yellow undertones are used to hide dark circles. Don’t go with white concealers as this can sometimes cause a gray hue where applied.

Love the skin that you’re in by applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation, ensuring your makeup flatters your face and doesn’t cake up!

You now look magnificent. Go attend that brunch, concert, baby shower or birthday party in style. Let the only cake in the room be on the table and not your face! Win the makeup glamour race with your exquisite cosmetic taste!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

In the realm of cosmetics, mascara is by far one of the main makeup items that brings out the luster and allure of your eyes and face.  Mascara is a cosmetic used to enhance the eyelashes by darkening, thickening, lengthening and/or defining the eyelashes. Mascara normally comes in three forms – liquid, cake or cream – and is made using various formulas. Most mascaras contain the basic components of pigments, oils, waxes and preservatives.

With the majority of mascara colors being shades of black and brown, colored mascara is a refreshing change and can be used to highlight and magnetize your eyes. Ways to wear colored mascara is matching the mascara shade with your eye color or eye shadows, or matching your color of mascara with your lipstick and/or your outfit. No matter how you choose to wear it, colored mascara is chic, cool and fun for everyone.

Cool colors for a magical mascara experience!

As all fashion divas know, aesthetic adornment is a cultural universal practice. The beauty business is a billion dollar industry and revered worldwide. Mascara can be documented in ancient Egypt. Records from around 4000 BC refer to a substance called kohl that was used to darken eyelashes, eyelids and eyebrows. If you want to grasp the true allure of mascara and long, luscious eyelashes, coat one eye with heavy black mascara and leave the other eye  mascara free. Check your look in the mirror. The eye that has lashes coated with mascara will look larger and more noticeable than the bare eye. Give it a try!

Colored mascaras come in shades of purple, blue, green, gold, silver, pink and orange, to name a few. For the cosmetics lover who has so many choices, what’s a gal to do? Much like you mix and match your lipstick and blush shades, why not experiment with various colors of mascara? Even if you prefer blackest black (definitely my preference) doing something different and ramping up the colors of your mascara will give you a new look and elevate your mood. Let colored mascara change your beauty  attitude!

Mascara Fun Fact: Mascara is used around the world on a daily basis. In 2016, U.S. consumers (this includes me) spent 335.6 million dollars on the top 10 leading brands of mascara. Yes, the beauty and makeup business is truly a much adored universal business. Most mascaras have a shelf life of two to four months. If you ever find your mascara stick drying out, merely add a few drops of water to the brush before inserting the brush into the mascara stick, and the mascara will once again go on thick and lustrous. Swipe away the glamour girl way!

Top brands of excellent mascaras include L’Oreal, Revlon and Maybelline. I use L’Oreal Voluminous and love the product. You can find mascaras on the market that include lash-boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas, along with waterproof mascaras.

Mascara Removal: I have found that petroleum jelly works best for removing mascara! Eye makeup removal creams are also available in finer stores, drug stores and beauty supply stores.

For eyes that sparkle, shimmer and shine, make sure to have plenty of colored mascaras filling up your makeup drawer! That’s for sure!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

Long, short, thin or full, our hairstyle and hair type matters to all of us. How we choose to wear our hair, the color, the length, and the texture reflects how we view our personal look and style as much as the makeup and clothes that we enjoy.

Our hair is actually a protein filament that grows from follicles in the dermis. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair type, and hair care. Many of us define ourselves by our trending tresses. The Andre Walker Hair Typing System is the most universal system used to classify hair. According to this system, there are four types of hair: straight, wavy, curly and kinky. In the realm of our luscious locks, it seems that many of us wish to change our basic hair type. People with straight hair long for curls, while those with naturally wavy hair wish for straight tresses. Even if you only want to change your hair type once in a while, there are various hairstyles that work wonders for every hair type.

Hairstyles That Work Well for All Hair Types:

• Curly Ponytail: A ponytail is the easiest hairstyle that you can try. Simply pull your hair back into a high ponytail, securing it with an elastic band so you don’t break the hair. Divide the ponytail into 2 or 3 sections and use a curling iron to add curl section by section. Secure the curls with hairspray, if desired.
• The Bob: Since the bob is a short haircut that tends to curl in under the chin. This hairstyle works well for everyone. If you just can’t seem to grow your hair long or you prefer hair that is short and sassy, then why not opt to go short and trendy? This hairstyle fits all hair types.
• Off The Forehead: Hairstyles that are parted down the middle of your head or are blow-dried and brushed back off the forehead can be done with all hair types. To keep the hair completely off of your forehead, wear a headband, which not only secures the front section of your hair but is a great way to accessorize.
• Straight Hair: Yes, even wavy, curly and kinky hair can be made straight by using a flat iron and a hair straightening leave in conditioner.
• Cornrow Braids: While some people with kinky hair are blessed to have natural looking cornrow braids, even those of you with straight or wavy hair can wear a head full of cornrow braids. If you desire this beautiful, exotic look, go for it!
• Twisted and Wavy Hairstyle: Create a middle part and take one inch of hair from both sides. Twist these sections at the back with a pin to achieve this look. Jazz up this feminine, flowing hairstyle with a flashy hair accessory.
• Wet Hair/Slick Back Look: This look is sleek and sexy. Simply run some gel on your hair from the hairline to the crown and spread the gel evenly throughout your hair, using a wide tooth comb to neatly comb your hair back. Congrats! You’ve got the wet head look.

Most of us have gone to a professional hair salon at some time, got a fantastic weave, color, haircut, and hairstyle only to discover that once we got home and shampooed for the first time, we never get our hair looking as wonderful as it did when we left the salon. How do you remedy this disappointment?  Practice, practice, practice. Over time you’ll be able to get your hair looking simply divine!


No matter what hair type you have, there are ways to change it up with hair and beauty professionals and products. Do you love stick straight hair? Loose, feminine waves? Tight spiral curls? Tighter S curls?  Experiment with various hair types from time to time for looks that are elegant, youthful, chic, trendy and purely sublime!

With the right hair products and time, you truly can master the perfect hairstyle that makes you the signature, unique you that you are. Your hair stands out by far, from color to style to shine. Are you ready for a new you? I suggest changing up your hairstyle and see for yourself the fashion and beauty wonders that it will do!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Joe Black outfit on the catwalk at Docklands.

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

Positive Keywords of the Color Orange:

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

Positive Keywords of the Color Black:

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

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

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

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

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

If we added up how much money we spend each year on health and beauty products, it would most likely be lots of hard earned cash! Even if you aren’t one who lavishes yourself with makeup, perfumes, toiletries, etc. you still need to buy basic health and beauty products from time to time.  I know that it is often true in products and other items that you get what you pay for, meaning the more expensive something is, it most likely is also higher in quality and performance.  This is true sometimes, but not always. Much like the saying all that glitters is not gold.

I have outlined for you  6 basic beauty products that can be purchased for a reasonable price at most drugstores and grocery stores that really do work as well, or better, than salon or beauty store brands.

6 Drugstore Available Beauty Products That Really Work:

Vaseline – Vaseline, a brand of petroleum jelly, works wonders for many beauty needs. Vaseline helps soothe dry skin, remove makeup, heal and/or prevent chaffing, moisturizes chapped lips and soothes minor cuts and burns, helping them heal. Vaseline is cost effective and makes the list for the variety of beneficial, effective  ways that the product can be used.
SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color by Maybelline – I generally prefer to wear lip glosses, as I like the shine. However, for those of you that prefer a more dry lip, you want matte lipsticks all the way! I recommend Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color. The lipstick is long wearing without coming off, doesn’t smear or smudge and the colors pop. For a great colored lip that lasts all day, Maybelline makes the way!

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer – This moisturizer made by Jergens works wonder for dry and sensitive skin. When you apply it your skin will soak it right up, not leaving an oily or greasy residue. Whether you apply the moisturizer to your hands and skin throughout the day, or after you shower for the night, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer will leave your skin soft and smooth.

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner/Sheer Volume: I’m recommending the Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Volume because this is my most favorite of all Pantene hair products (they have lots). With that said, I want to note that all Pantene shampoos and conditioners give you your money’s worth in how they work and leave your hair shiny, silky and healthy. As someone who cares about her hair, I have tried expensive salon products through the years and I still feel Pantene surpasses many of them for a great shampoo and conditioning!

LOREAL Paris Voluminous Super Star Waterproof Mascara: If you want long, luscious, natural eyelashes then I suggest you try LOREAL Voluminous Super Star waterproof or regular mascara. This mascara comes with  a primer application that you swipe onto your eyelashes before applying the mascara, which allows your lashes to look longer and thicker once you put on the actual mascara. For dramatic eyes, I suggest you use Blackest Black or Black, as these two colors stand out to highlight your eyes in a fierce way.

Sally Hanson Nail Polish – Whether you prefer Sally Hanson’s Insta-Dri, Regular Nail Polish, Gel, Argan Oil, and their other types, you can’t go wrong with Sally Hanson nail polishes. The polish brushes easily on your fingernails, looks thick and luscious, is difficult to chip and stays on for a lengthy period of time without needing a retouch. Apply a clear nail polish as a basecoat and topcoat and your perfectly polished nails will look like you indulged in a professional salon manicure.

We all want beauty products that work and we’re disappointed when we try a new item and it just doesn’t perform like promised. For health and beauty products that don’t disappoint you or your wallet, give these 6 items a try. Beauty never looked and felt so easy on your eyes and your pocketbook.

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

If “these boots are made for walking” it couldn’t be more true than on the 2018 Fall/Winter catwalk! This season boots of sparkling gold are all the rage. A definite throw back to the 1980s and 1990s fashions are reappearing in 2018!

A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle, while some also cover some part of the lower calf. Knee high boots and thigh high boots extend up the leg, to the knee, or over the knee covering some or most of the thigh. My oh my, gold boots that are thigh high look long enough to touch the sky!

Most boots have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece. Traditionally made of leather or rubber, modern boots are made from a variety of materials. Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles, and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 BC, these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the feet and lower leg, often up to the knee.

Boots are gorgeous in all colors, but gold boots take the gold star. The color gold represents success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, the psychology of the color gold implies affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

These gold boots are made for walking down paths of pure gold!

Popular Types of Boots:

  1. Ankle Boots
  2. Calf Boots
  3. Knee High Boots
  4. Thigh High Boots
  5. Platform Sole Boots
  6. Cowboy Boots
  7. Leather Boots
  8. Snakeskin Boots

Beautiful boots of gold!

Positive Traits Associated With the Color Gold:

  1. Success
  2. Abundance
  3. Wealth
  4. Understanding
  5. Self-Worth
  6. Wisdom
  7. Compassion
  8. Love
  9. Passion
  10. Charisma
  11. Winning
  12. Optimistic
  13. Positive
  14. Masculine

Walk proudly, elegantly and tall in gorgeous gold boots and be the star that you are!

Boots look great when worn with dresses and skirts, or when your jeans or pants are tucked into the boot. For a sexy look, go with boots and a nude leg. For a more sophisticated look, wear opaque stockings or fishnets with your boots. Boot scoot boogie on down to the store and buy yourself a glorious pair of gold boots that you’ll adore!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

How many of you get dressed in the morning in a cozy, flexible, comfortable T-shirt dress and then slip your feet into sneakers? I personally would consider a nice pair of high heels or jeweled sandals as the best shoes to wear with my T-shirt dress, but the style of mixing the dress and tennis shoes together has become widely popular. So much so that I now find the look cute and girly.

Many people who work in offices wear high heels with their office dresses or dress suits, then slip into tennis shoes on their breaks and lunch time to do some walking. The style now is to simply wear you sneakers all day and night long, to offset your trendy T-shirt dress. A mix and match fashion statement at its best!

Sneakers, also known as athletic shoes, tennis shoes, gym shoes, sports shoes, runners and trainers, are shoes primarily designed for sports or other forms of physical exercise, but which are now also worn for everyday footwear. Sneakers have flexible soles made of rubber or synthetic material and an upper part made with leather or synthetic fabrics.  The name “sneakers” originally referred to how quiet the rubber soles were on the ground, in contrast to noisy standard hard leather sole dress shoes. If you wear sneakers you can sneak up on someone, while someone wearing heels or hard soled shoes cannot.

Sneakers Fun Fact: The name “sneaks” is used by prison inmates to refer to warders because of the rubber-soled shoes they wore.

Notable Brands of Sneakers Include:

Adidas, Air Jordan, Brooks, Converse, Diadora, Dunlop, Ethletic, Hummel, Kappa, Keds, Lescon, Merrell, Mizuno, Nike, PF Flyers, Pro-Keds, Puma, Reebok, Skechers, Umbro, Vans and Yeezy.

Popular Types of Sneakers:

  1. High Tops (Cover the ankle).
  2. Low Tops (Expose the ankle).
  3. Mid-Cut Sneakers (In-between high tops and low tops).
  4. Sneaker Boots (Extend to the calf).
  5. Slip-Ons (Expose the ankles and don’t have shoe laces).

T-shirt dresses and sneakers aren’t only for office breaks!

T-shirt dresses normally have short sleeves and a round neckline, much like the T-shirt. T-shirt dresses are made of cotton textile in a stockinette or jersey knit and have a distinctively pliable texture compared to dresses made of cloth or finer fabrics. The hemlines of T-shirt dresses vary from miniskirt to ankle length, depending on the cut of the garment and your personal preference. No matter the length, T-shirt dresses paired with sneakers gives off a youthful, fun, sexy vibe.

Whether you’re walking down the street, strutting through the mall or merely dressing hip, mixing T-shirt dresses and tennis shoes definitely gives off a look and style that says “I have it and I know it!”

Get the “it” factor when dressed in a trendy T-shirt dress and sassy sneakers.

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

Most everyone has a favorite color, and there is no denying that bold, beautiful, bountiful colors add a vibrancy and splendor to our surroundings. Color is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink, to name  few. On the color wheel, colors such as red, orange and yellow are known as warm colors and exude a masculine influence, while colors such as blue, green and purple are referred to as cool colors with a feminine vibe.

In fashion, colors speak loudly. Although neutral tones of blacks and whites are always stylish, neon, bold, bright colors are making a big splash on the Fall/Winter 2018 catwalk!

The psychology of color is one of the most interesting aspects of fashion, branding and marketing. Did you know that yellow is psychologically the happiest color in the color spectrum? It’s always been my favorite color as it represents sunshine, warm days and happiness.  If you’ve done any online or in-store clothes shopping recently, you’ll see garments in yellows, oranges, greens and purples are huge, much like during the decadent years of the 1980s and 1990s. Wearing effervescent colors not only stands out to others, but they make you as the wearer feel good and cheerful as well.

If you want to stand out in a crowd, think pink. The brighter and more neon shades of pink make you noticeable and stunning. No matter what you think of the color pink (too girly, too feminine, too dainty) when dressed in pink fashions you’ll show your passion for finer fashion.

If you tend to dress in more basic colors, such as navy blue, gray, black or white, you can add some pizzazz and bang to your outfit through colorful shoes and purses. Imagine wearing an all black outfit and carrying a neon yellow handbag! Or add a roaring red purse to your white silk pantsuit. Then slip your feet into beautiful colored pumps and you’ve elevated your overall outfit to runway status!

Fall/Winter 2018 brings colored clothing back to the catwalk!


Bold colors in clothing exude clarity, warmth, cheerfulness, confidence, boldness and youthfulness. Beautiful bright colors come across as optimistic, friendly and exciting. In a study titled “Impact of Color on Marketing”, researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgements made about products can be based on color alone. If you doubt this, think about automobiles. The color of the car has a huge impact on the looks and preference of the auto. You can take a vehicle that is the same year, make and model, but depending on the color of the car, the car can look either cool and classy or standard and average. The same car; a different color!

Color makes an extreme difference in the look of your outfit and how you feel when wrapped in the clothing! Cheerful colors equals a cool mood and a positive attitude!

Colors both influence and show windows of our personality. Think ravenous reds and bashful blues. Think of your own perceptions of various colors. Perhaps you see red as exciting, pink as feminine, brown as rugged, green as cool, etc. In much the same way as you perceive the colors, you will feel these same feelings when you wear clothing in these colors. If you think of black clothing as sophisticated and cool, you’ll feel elite and sexy when adorned in black garments.
Harness the powerful effects of color in clothing and step into Fall/Winter 2018 like the colorful fashion queen that you know you are. A colorful clothing star!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Even if you aren’t a true beach fan, most all of us have a day or two over the summer months when a day at the beach sounds lovely! If not the beach, then lounging by a pool, or taking a swim, is a sure way to beat the summer heat. What about those times when you want to wade in the surf, walk the strand or sit comfortably in a lounge chair, yet you don’t want to do those activities in only your bathing suit? That’s when a sultry sarong or a classic bathing suit cover up will work perfectly for you!

A sarong is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist. The fabric often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, and my be brightly colored by means of dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Did you know that different types of sarongs are worn in different places in the world, notably the lungi in India and the izaar in the Arabian Peninsula?

A true sarong consists of a length of fabric about a yard wide and two-and-a-half yards long. In the center sheet, across the narrower width, a panel of contrasting color or pattern about one foot wide is woven or dyed into the fabric, which is known as the “head” of the sarong. This sheet is stitched at the narrower edges to form a tube. As you step into the tube, you bring the upper edge above the level of the navel (the hem should be level with the ankles),  position the head at the center of the back, and fold in the excess fabric from both sides to the front center, where they overlap and secure the sarong by rolling the upper hem down over itself.  Wahlah, a perfect fit!

Sultry sarongs and bathing suit cover ups!

Hip wrap sarongs make for perfect beach wear by themselves or as a cover up over a bathing suit. Some sarongs have ties, which are long, thin wraps of fabric that you can tie together to prevent the sarong from falling down.

Sarong Fun Fact: The American public is most familiar with the sarong for the dozens of films set in the South Seas, most of them romantic dramas made in the 1930s and 1040s. Dorothy Lamour is by far the actress most linked with the sarong, which was designed by Edith Head. Lamour was nicknamed “The Sarong Girl” by the press and even wore a sarong on occasion in more traditional films.

For all of you fashion divas, you can mix and match your sarong to any garment you have on! Who said sarongs are only beachwear?

Sing your favorite summer song lounging on the beautiful beachside, enjoying the glorious sunshine, eating your favorite food and styling in your sultry sarong. You can’t go wrong!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com