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Prince was a pop culture music icon. Tom Cruise dominated the box office. Bell bottom pants were the rage and big hair ruled. Wearing bright colored clothing of yellows, oranges, and greens made you a stand out fashion queen or king. Along with bands such as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Pink Floyd, the 1980s rocked! MTV brought us music videos which were something the world had never seen. Remember Michael Jackson’s Thriller?

The 1980s were a decade of flamboyance and fun, and its fashion trends are making a major comeback this Fall. Great trends stand the test of time and never truly go away.

Popular 80s Trends that are Fashionable for Fall 2018:

Bell Bottom Jeans: Both bell bottom and hip hugger jeans were all the rage in the 80s. Eric Clapton’s hit “Bell Bottom Blues” proves this to be true! Bell bottom and flared pants are back in fashion today, especially in low waisted pants. Let bell bottom jeans ring your bell.

Short Shorts and Hot Pants: In the 80s, gals wore their shorts and their skirts extremely short. Hot pants and miniskirts set the stage for contemporary fashion. Today, think Daisy Dukes for short shorts and the adored miniskirt has never gone away! To really spice the look up and go full retro, wear your short shorts with fishnet or opaque stockings! Priceless!

Big Hair: Big hair and bouffant hairdos ruled in the 80s. Guess what? Long, plush, coveted heads of hair are back in style. While short haircuts are cool and sassy, long, teased, big hair looks bold and brassy! This fall, large curled hair rules them all.

Platform High Heeled Shoes: In the 80s, if you were decked out in bell bottom jeans, the only fitting shoe that would do your look true justice was the platform shoe. Whether the heel was thin and spiked or large and chunky, platform shoes were the bomb. Even Mick Jagger, Elton John, and Freddie Mercury performed live on stage in platform shoes. Step into Fall 2018 where once again the gorgeous platform high heeled shoe takes center stage.

Bright Colored Clothing: Before the earth colors of blues, browns, and mauves took over in the 90s and early 2000s, bright colors of yellows, oranges, and greens defined the 80s color schemes. From clothing to furniture to houses, bright bold colors were in. Even yellow cars dominated the road. Welcome Fall 2018, where the fun colors of yellow, orange, and green are coming back in a big way. Top your bright colored clothing off with a straw or felt hat and turn heads from every which way.

Patent Leather Boots: These beautiful patent leather boots were all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s, spilling over into the 1980s. Whether your choice is thigh high patent leather boots, knee high boots or ankle boots, it’s true that all boots are made for fashionable walking. Walk yourself into Fall 2018 with these fabulous, bold boots!

No matter what your favorite fashion decade might be, clothing and beauty trends may come and go, but what works best for you should always be your main choice. Treating yourself and going through each day in style with a smile on your face means you’ll always win the fashion race! Other popular trends of the 80s that you can bring back if you desire are feathered, layered haircuts, shoulder pads, Ray-Ban sunglasses, fringe suede purses, dark blue eyeshadow and pink frosted lipstick.

Return of the 1980s: 80s trends making a comeback this Fall 2018! Don’t wait to be a retro-1980s fashion plate!

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

 

If you took a moment and truly contemplated fashion, one element that is definitely at the forefront is that fashion takes practical items and sews and molds them into aesthetic masterpieces. Clothing items that are meant to protect our skin from the cold and hot elements become visual and gorgeous garments, footwear to keep our feet covered turn into stunning stilettos and stockings to keep our legs warm mesh into colorful, opaque nylons. The beautiful world of fashion turns practical into pretty and pleasing.

This is also true in the area of purses and handbags. Purses originally began as small bags used for holding coins. Handbags were introduced to hold objects beyond currency, such as personal items. For the fashion forward women of today, the looks, designers and materials used to make our purses/handbags matters almost more than needing a carrier type bag to hold our daily items. In fashion, looks trump practicality every time!

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As the wonderful fashion accessory that purses/handbags are, they can be categorized according to the silhouette (shape) of the bag, as well as the type of handle. The type of bag you carry can make a difference merely by how you spend your day. Clutch bags take up one hand, whereas a shoulder strap bag can hang over your shoulder, freeing up both of your hands. My personal preference in handbags are satchel bags. Satchel bags are the perfect size, large enough to hold what I need throughout the day, but small enough that they are easy to carry. The straps of a satchel purse can be held in your hand, or draped over your arm.

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Popular Types of Purses/Handbags:

1. Baguette
2. Barrel
3. Bucket Bag
4. Clutch
5. Drawstring
6. Half-Moon
7. Hobo
8. Muff
9. Pocketbook
10. Pouch
11. Saddle Purse
12. Satchel
13. Tote

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Why not indulge in a Mobile Styles makeover to match the pretty purse or hot handbag that you carry? Another fashion tip: no matter what color outfit you are wearing, if you match the color of your purse with the color of your shoes, you come out fashion strong!

Purses/Handbags can be made from many materials, including leather, patent leather and crochet. Many purses/handbags are known and purchased more due to the fashion designer rather than the looks and/or comfort of the purse.

Famous purse designers include Calvin Klein, Coach, Juicy, Guess, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Steve Madden and Nine West to name a few.

So many outfits, so many purses, what’s a girl to do? Why not mix and match your purse to your clothing? One bag is never enough to carry cosmetics, brushes, wallets, notepads and so much other stuff!

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Purse/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. By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe were moving toward a slender shape to hold coins and other accessories, as women decided they wanted purses that wouldn’t be bulky or untidy in appearance. As I’ve stated, one major rule of fashion: aesthetics beats practicality every time!

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No matter what style of handbag you prefer, carrying darling, adorable, hot handbags is part of the fun of being a girl!

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Pretty Purses and Hot Handbags. Every glamour girl creates a lovely mix of beautiful gladrags and happening handbags!

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

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.

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Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if applied 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 and wrinkles and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.
4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

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If you crave perfect skin but don’t feel like your at home makeovers match professional beauty makeovers like you see on television and magazine covers, contact Mobile Styles! Simply download the Mobile Styles on demand health and beauty app and hire the perfect professional hair and makeup stylist to apply your concealer and foundation to the level of makeup heaven that you desire. Use promo code lookbook18nm for a $50.00 discount off your first professional makeup job.

Let Mobile Styles experts turn your face into regal royalty by masking dark circles, age spots, large pores and other small blemishes, making your face oh so lovely and gorgeous for the world to see!

Put a flawless makeup job and a smile on your face by booking a Mobile Styles pro who will come directly to you, allowing you to be pampered in elegant style and avoid the traffic rat race!

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To learn more about Mobile Styles visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com You may also follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat.

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

 

Even if you don’t follow celebrities or Hollywood, most everyone around the world has heard of and is aware of the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. Since the 90th Academy Awards is coming up, to be televised worldwide on March 4, 2018, I thought I’d give you some interesting trivia of how the fashionable, star studded red carpet event came to be the biggest awards annual show in the motion picture industry.

The Academy Awards are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, which has become known by its nickname “Oscar”.  The sculpture was created by George Stanley.

Academy Awards Fun Fact: The awards ceremony was first broadcast on radio in 1930 and televised for the first time in 1953, and is now seen live in more than 200 countries and can be streamed live online. The Academy Awards ceremony is the oldest worldwide entertainment awards event. Its equivalents – the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater and the Grammy Awards for music – are modeled after the Academy Awards.

Academy Awards Trivia:

  1. The awards, first presented on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The first presentation had an audience of approximately 270 people and the ticket cost was $5.
  2. Since 1941, the Academy uses sealed envelopes to announce the name of the winner in each category.
  3. The first Best Actor awarded went to Emil Jannings for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh.
  4. At the 29th ceremony, held on March 27, 1957, the Best Foreign Language Film        category was introduced.
  5. The 74th Academy Awards, held in 2002, presented the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
  6. Since 1973, all Academy Awards ceremonies have ended with the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  7. Traditionally, the actors present the awards for actresses, and the actresses present the awards for actors.
  8. Since 2004, Academy Award nomination results have been announced to the public in January.
  9. The major awards are presented at a Hollywood venue during a live televised ceremony, commonly in late February or early March, and six weeks after the announcement of the nominees.
  10. While the Academy Award is owned by the recipient, the statuette is not on the open market. Although some Oscar sale transactions have been successful, some buyers have returned the statuettes to the Academy, which keeps them in its treasury.
  11. The red carpet event allows viewers an opportunity to see the designer clothing, jewelry and shoes worn by the nominees.

Academy Awards trivia for the movie buff in all of us!

Academy Awards/Oscar Fun Fact: The origin of the name Oscar is disputed. One biography of Bette Davis, who was president of the Academy, claims she named the Oscar after her first husband, band leader Oscar Nelson. Another claimed origin is the Academy’s executive secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette’s reminding her of her “Uncle Oscar” (a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce). One of the earliest mentions of the term Oscar dates to a Time magazine article about the 1934 64th Academy Awards. Walt Disney also thanked the Academy for his “Oscar” as early as 1932. The trophy officially received the name “Oscar” in 1939 by the AMPAS.

The Academy Awards is the only awards show televised live in all United States time zones, Canada and the United Kingdom. The broadcast gathers millions of viewers elsewhere throughout the world.

There is no doubt that people tune in to see the outcomes of their favorite movies, and also to take in the glitz and glamour and all of the pamper!

The Academy Awards: A ceremony to honor and celebrate the motion pictures of the year…allowing the world to participate in the fashion, opulence and aura, and be the star that you are!

Whether you refer to the black tie event as the Oscars or the Academy Awards, there is no denying that for a movie and fashion buff, the evening gowns and tuxes are always stylish and fashion forward!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it’s all in the eyes, and the eyes are the windows to our souls, why not draw from the magnetism, mystery and hard-to-read feline that is the cat? Cats very much beat to their own drum, and live their nine lives on their own terms, answering to none!

Everyone, even if you aren’t a cat lover, are drawn into cats’ eyes! Mysterious, mesmerizing and wise!

In the realm of fashion and cosmetics, the cat eye is a dramatic, classic look that often takes time and practice to master to perfection. The flick, or wing, is the toughest, but by far the most important, part of creating the perfect cat eye. With the help of eye shadow, mascara, and the infamous eyeliner, you can wear the alluring, appealing, coveted cat eye to sheer magnetic genius.

The cosmetic item that makes the distinct cat eye like no other is all in the eyeliner. Heavy, thick, usually black eyeliner, drawn out as the flick or the wing.

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is a cosmetic used to define the eyes. It is applied around the contours of the eye(s) to create a variety of aesthetic effects. Eyeliner was first used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a dark black line around the eyes. As early as 10,000 BC, Egyptians and Mesopotamians wore various cosmetics, including eyeliner, not only for visual effect but to protect the skin from the desert sun. The characteristic of having heavily lined eyes has been frequently depicted in ancient Egyptian art.

The Cat Eye: Slinky, sultry, sensational!

How to Make the Dramatic Cat Eye with Eyeliner:

  1. Put on the eye shadow of your choice, starting at the lash line and extending out to the crease of the eye.
  2.  Find the right angle for your wing (the extended line made with eyeliner that gives a slimming, catlike appearance to the eye).
  3. Make a dot to indicate the tip of your wing on each eye.
  4. Draw a line connecting the dot to the outer corner of your eye.
  5. Draw another line connecting the dot to the middle of your upper lash line.
  6. Fill in the outline you have made.
  7. Clean up any mistakes with a pointed Q-tip.
  8. Draw a thin line along your upper lash line, beginning at the inside corner of your eye, near your tear duct.
  9. Thicken the line as it gets closer toward the outer corner of your eye.
  10. Extend the eyeliner past the corner of your eyes.
  11. Finish with heavy, thick black mascara for a look that is provocative, sexy and dramatic!

Cat Eye Tip: If you have a round eye try a thicker wing and line. If you prefer to extend your lash line and make your eyes look bigger, draw a curved line instead of a straight line. Make sure that the line is curving downward!

How to perfect cat eyes to the cats meow!

The perfect cat eye is all in the eyeliner!

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is commonly used in a daily makeup routine to define the eye and/or create the look of a wider or smaller eye. Eyeliner can be used as a tool to create various looks, as well as highlighting different features of the eyes. Eyeliner can be placed in various parts of the eye to create different looks with a winged eyeliner or tight lined at the waterline.

Tight lining is the use of eyeliner against the waterline and under the lashes of the upper lid, and above the lashes of the lower lid. Tight lining is a technique which makes the eyelashes appear to start father back on the eyelid, thus making them look longer. Gel eyeliner and a small angled brush work best to create this look.

Eyeliner can be drawn above upper lashes or below lower lashes, or both. Eyeliner’s primary purpose it is to make the lashes look lush and long, but it also draws attention to the eye, and can enhance or even change the eye’s shape.

Eyeliner Fun Fact: Eyeliner is available in a wide range of hues, from the common black (mega-dramatic), brown, gray, bright primary colors, pastels, frosty silvers, golds and glitter-flecked colors.

Slink yourself into any room in any town with a dramatic, mysterious cat eye wing in a daring black or brown!

Cat eyes are simply stunning!

In order to make the most exquisite, energizing cat eye, your eyeliner should be clearly defined. Save a smudged or lighter eyeliner for a more subtle, yet still beautiful, eye.

The Five Main Types of Eyeliner Available on the Market:

  1. Gel Eyeliner: A softer, gel liner.
  2. Kohl Eyeliner: A soft powder available in dark matte shades.
  3. Liquid Eyeliner: An opaque liquid that usually comes in a small bottle and is typically applied with a small sharp-tipped brush.
  4. Powder Based Eyeliner:  Eyeliner that comes in a wood pencil.
  5. Wax Based Eyeliner: Pencils are softer pencils and contain waxes that ease application.

Whichever eyeliner you choose, whichever wing type you prefer, when drawing the perfect cat eyes, you’ll create a sultry purr!

Traditional wax based eyeliners are made from about 20 components. Stearyl heptanoate is found in most cosmetic eyeliner. Typical pigments include black iron oxide, as well as smaller amounts of titanium dioxide and Prussian blue.

“I think I’ll spend my time at home tonight attempting to master the cat.”

“I saw you as a dog lover…I would have never guessed cat. Imagine that!”

“You know I’m a true glamour girl. I’m referring to drawing on the perfect cat eyes.”

“The trick is all in the eyeliner. Black, heavy, dramatic, thick, altering the eye size.”

“The perfect cat eye needs the wing or the flick to extend out past the corner of the eye.”

“I believe you’ll master the mysterious, alluring, sultry cat eye on your very first try!”

Cat Eyes: No matter your skin type, skin tone, eye shape or eye color, if you enter the party with marvelous cat eyes you’ll stand out like no other!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most people think of sweaters as  knitted garments intended to cover the torso and arms to keep warm. Sweaters can also be worn as dresses for the comfort, appeal and sheer aesthetic pleasure of being wrapped in visual and chic pleasure.

Sweater dresses are perfect clothing items to be worn in cool weather, allowing the wearer to pass on a blazer or jacket, yet still maintain a comfortable body temperature. Not only are sweater dresses stylish and trendy, but they are cozy, fashionable and easy to move in.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress (also known as a frock or gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one piece garment). A dress can be any one piece garment containing a skirt of any length. Dresses can be both formal or informal.

Sweater Fun Fact: The term ‘sweater’ is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Although the term often refers to a pullover, a sweater can also refer to a cardigan, a garment that opens and fastens down the front. Various necklines are found, although the V-neck, turtleneck and the crew neck are the most popular.

Sweater dresses mix the eye candy appeal of the garment along with the practicality of maintaining easy body movement and warmth.

Wear your comfort everyday…the splendid sweater dress way!

For eye catching, gorgeous sweater dresses, every closet should hold this practical yet body hugging turtleneck:

V28 Women Vintage Cowl Neck Stripe Kint Stretchable Elasticity Long Sleeve Slim Fit Sweater Dress XS/S US 2-8 Black

The sweater dress: a fashion must that’s never a miss!

Sweater Dress Fun Fact: Knitted fabrics are generally somewhat elastic and have a softer hand (feel or drape) than woven fabrics. Sweaters that are more tightly fitted, or have soft drape, may conform well to the body without requiring the tailoring often necessary in a woven garment such as darts, flares and gores. Even when such shaping is used, it can be knit into the fabric itself, without requiring seams.

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: Of all the dresses on the fashion market, I find sweater dresses wear the best when worn with a great pair of high heeled boots. Be it ankle boots, knee high boots or thigh high boots, a wonderful pair of boots mixed with a darling, sensual sweater dress brings out your best boot scoot boogie!

My oh my…your elegant sweater dress is pretty, provocative and pleasing to the eye!

Dress Fun Fact: Before the Victorian period, the word ‘dress’ usually referred to a general overall mode of attire for either men or women, as reflected in such phrases as “evening dress”, “morning dress”, “travelling dress”, and so on, rather than to a specific garment. By the early 20th century, both ‘gown’ and ‘frock’ were essentially synonymous with ‘dress’, although gown was more often used for a formal, heavy or full length garment, and frock or dress for a lightweight, shorter, or informal dress. Only in the last few decades has gown lost its general meaning of a woman’s garment in the United States in favor of ‘dress.’

Popular Types of Sweaters:

  1. Hoodie
  2. Jacket
  3. Sweater Curse
  4. Sweater Design
  5. Twinset
  6. Cardigan
  7. Jersey
  8. Sweater Vest

Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor. For the next fifty years fashionable dresses became short (1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years with their restrictions on fabric), then long (the “New Look”). Today? Any preferred dress length goes…as all true fashion divas know!

Sweater Fun Fact: The uniforms that present day ice hockey players wear are sometimes referred to as ‘sweaters’, although they usually more closely resemble the jerseys worn in other sports like soccer. This is because original uniforms were simply sweaters with the team’s logo stitched on the front. As technology changed, so did the uniforms, as actual sweaters absorbed too much moisture and became weighed down and bulky throughout the course of the game.

However, with all the excitement of watching an ice hockey game, wearing a sweater to the game as a spectator is a grand idea, as ice rinks can get freezing! A whole lot of freezing, fashion fun for everyone!

Who said sweaters were simply to keep warm? Step out in a lovely, versatile sweater dress for a fashion adrenalin shot in the arm!

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: For a perfect hour glass figure look, wear a loose fitting sweater dress with a belt around the waist! This will accentuate the waistline while making the bust and hips look smaller.

“Excuse me, but I didn’t anticipate the cold. May I borrow the sweater you’re in?”

“If you look harder you’ll see my sweater is my actual dress. Take it off, I show skin!”

“That would probably be uncomfortable for you. Embarrassed am I.”

“That is fine. I suggest a sweater dress for you…they are comfortable and simply divine.”

“The sweater does hug your body in all the right places and looks cozy at the same time.”

“Yes. You’ll need to get your own sweater dress for the experience. I’ll be keeping mine!”

The Sweater Dress: A gorgeous garment and conversation piece for the fashion gal who’s ahead of her time!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most people can agree that glitter is fun to use, pretty to look at and adds sparkle and shine to even the most mundane items. Glitter describes an assortment of small, colorful, reflective particles that come in a variety of shapes. Glitter particles reflect light at different angles, causing the surface to sparkle or shimmer. Glitter is similar to confetti, sparkles or sequins, but somewhat smaller. Glitter is shiny, glorious and glamorous.
As the holidays near, a fun, youthful, hypnotic way to add oomph and pizzazz to your already intriguing eyes is with powerful glitter eye shadow. Eye shadow adds depth and dimension to your eyes, complements the eye color and makes your eyes appear larger. When you wear glitter eye shadow, your eyes stand out big time and you look major attractive and festive!

Glitter Fun Fact: Since prehistoric times, glitter has been made and used as decoration, from many different materials including stones such as malachite, galena, mica and glass. Modern glitter is usually manufactured from plastic.
The first production of modern plastic glitter is credited to the American machinist Henry Ruschmann, who found a way to cut plastic or mylar sheets into glitter in 1934.  During World War II with German glass glitter available, Ruschmann found a market for scrap material ground into glitter made of plastics. He founded Meadowbrook Inventions, Inc. in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and the company is still a large producer of glitter.
When painted in sparkly glitter of colors galore, the eyes have it, forevermore!

Eye Shadow Fun Fact: Civilizations across the world use eye shadow. Many people use eye shadow to enhance and improve their appearance, but the alluring cosmetic is also used in theater and other plays to create a memorable look, with bright, bold colors. Depending on your skin tone and experience, the effect of eye shadow generally brings out glamour and gains much attention.
Up the volume with glittered eye shadow for off the charts glorious glam!
Glitter eye shadow can be applied in a variety of ways depending upon the desired look and formulation. Typically application is done using fingers and brushes. The most important aspect of applying eye shadow is blending well. When using glitter eye shadow, which gives a more dramatic look than cream or powered eye shadow, not blending the colors together can give off a powerful, majestic look that is filled with mystery and mystique! Magical eyes! Glittered size!

Glitter Fun Fact: Today over 20,000 varieties of glitter are manufactured in a vast number of different colors, sizes and materials. Over 10,000,000 pounds of glitter was purchased between the years of 1989 and 2009 alone. Holy kamoly…that’s mountains of glitter! Commercial glitter ranges from 0.002 square inches to 0.25 square inches. First, flat multi-layered sheets are produced combining plastic, coloring and reflective material such as aluminum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide and blemish oxychloride. These sheets are then cut into tiny particles of many shapes including squares, rectangles and hexagons.
Glittered and glowing glamorous eyes truly hypnotize!
My oh my, you’ve gone over the top glitter wise, making for some sensational eyes!
Eye Shadow Removal: To remove eye shadow, including glittered eye shadow, a commercial makeup remover can be used, though a rich face wash with warm water will generally remove all traces of color. Vaseline works great for removing eye shadow, and all makeup! Eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara may also be removed using baby oil. Another great way to remove both light and heavy eye shadow is using makeup wipes, which can be found at many drugstores and beauty supply stores.
Glitter Fun Fact: Over 6,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians produced glittering cosmetics from the iridescent shells of beetles, as well as finely ground malachite crystal. Researchers believe Mayan temples were sometimes painted with red, green and gray glitter paint made from mica dust, based on infrared scans of the remnants of paint still found on the structures in present-day Guatemala.

Common ingredients in eye shadows consist of talc, mica, sericite, magnesium stearate, colorants and preservatives. For a royal, regal look, let’s add glitter!  Fillers in eye shadows are primarily talc. The liquid binders are typically a silicone and the dry binders are typically magnesium stearate. In order to make eye shadow, there has to be a balance between the fillers, dry binders and the liquid binders.
Glitter Fun Fact: Due to glitter’s unique characteristics, glitter has been proven to be useful forensic evidence. Because of the tens of thousands of different commercial glitters, identical glitter particles can be compelling evidence that a suspect has been at a crime scene. Glitter particles are easily transferred through the air by touch, yet cling to bodies and clothing, often unnoticed by suspects! Interesting! Moral of the story? If you’re setting out to commit a crime, only wear cream or powdered eye shadow. No glitter!
Have you ever got glitter on your couch or in your carpet? You’re best to adapt to the stunning sparkles and leave them there, as trying to remove all the glitter will have you pulling out your hair!

Get a real fashion rise with glittered eyes!
“You absolutely sparkle in your glittered eye shadow. Reds, greens and blues!”
“It adds magic to my eyes and complements my blue eye color too!”
“If you bat your eyes at me I can get a glitter show of intrigue and glamour.”
“If I bat my eyes at you, you’ll be so mesmerized and want it over and over.”
“Some glitter has fallen below your eyes and is running down your cheek.”
“I decorated my face this way. Cosmetics and fashion is bold…not meek.”
Glitter Eye Shadow: Paint your eyes to cool and chic!

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

We hear the term fashion so frequently, but what exactly is fashion? Fashion can be described as a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often constant trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behavior and the newest creations of textile designers. Although aspects of fashion can be feminine or masculine, some trends are androgynous.
One item of fashion that stands the test of time is the ever comfortable, ever attractive pantsuit. A pantsuit, also known as a trouser suit outside the United States, is a woman’s suit of clothing consisting of pants and a matching or coordinating jacket, coat or blazer.
  

Pantsuit Fun Fact: Formerly, the prevailing fashion for women included some form of a coat, paired with a skirt or a dress – hence the name pantsuit. The pantsuit was introduced in the 1920s, when a small number of women adopted a masculine style, including pantsuits, hats, canes and monocles. Pantsuits had been used in Britain during the First World War, with reference to women working in heavy industry.
The notion of a global fashion industry is a product of the modern age. Prior to the mid-19th century, most clothing was custom made. It was homemade for individuals, either as home production or on order from dressmakers and tailors. By the beginning of the 20th century – with the rise of new technologies such as the sewing machine, the development of the factory system of production and the growth of retail outlets such as department stores – clothing had increasingly come to be mass produced in standard sizes at fixed prices.

Nancy Mangano’s Pantsuit Fashion Tip: For all you fashion divas who adore wearing flats, I feel the pantsuit is one item of dress where you must wear a high heel to accent the pantsuit well. The heel can be in the form of ankle boots or other boots, pumps, stilettos or wedges. But in order to carry a dressy pantsuit off well, your heels shouldn’t be flat to the ground!
Express your passion for fashion in pleasing, dressy pantsuits!

Pantsuit Fun Fact: During the 1960s pantsuits for women became increasingly widespread. Designers such as Foale and Tuffin in London and Luba Marks in the United States were early promoters of the pantsuit. In 1966, Yves Saint-Laurent introduced his ‘Le Smoking’, an evening pantsuit for women that mimicked a man’s tuxedo. In 1967, Lady Chichester, wife of the navigator Sir Francis Chichester, wore a pantsuit when her husband was publicly knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Fashion Trend Influences:

  1. Political Influences
  2. Economical Influences
  3. Social Influences
  4. Technological Influences


Pantsuit Fun Fact: Pantsuits at one time were deemed inappropriate for women’s wear. Until 1933, women weren’t permitted to wear pantsuits (or pants of any kind) on the United States Senate floor. In 1933, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Carol Moseley Braun wore pants onto the floor in defiance of the rule, and the female support staff followed, with the rule being amended later that year by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Martha Pope. This amendment allowed women to wear pants on the floor as long as they also wore a jacket, thus allowing pantsuits.
What United States political woman has become known for her trademark pantsuits? That would be Hillary Clinton.
Whether you break fashion rules or make fashion rules…there really are no set in stone fashion rules. Wear what you want when you want…in whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident.

The Fashion Industry Consists of Four Levels:

  1. The production of raw materials, principally fibers and textiles, but also leather and fur.
  2. The production of fashion goods by designers, manufacturers, contractors and others.
  3. Retail sales.
  4. Various forms of advertising and promotion.

These four levels consist of many separate but interdependent sectors. These sectors are:

  1. Textile Designs
  2. Production
  3. Fashion Design
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Fashion Retailing
  6. Marketing
  7. Merchandising
  8. Fashion Shows
  9. Media

These sectors are devoted to the goal of satisfying consumer demand for apparel under conditions that enable participants in the industry to operate at a profit.

Although the fashion industry developed first in Europe and America, as of 2015, the fashion industry is an international and highly globalized industry, with clothing often designed in one country, manufactured in another country, and sold worldwide. For example, an American fashion company might source the fabric in China and have the clothes manufactured in Vietnam, finished in Italy and shipped to a warehouse in the United States for distribution to retail outlets internationally.
There is no doubt about it, the fashion industry is big clothes, big business and big bucks all around the world. People love their style, fashion, glamour and look!

The four major current fashion capitals are acknowledged to be Paris, Milan, New York City and London. In recent years, Asian fashion has become increasingly significant in local and global markets. Countries such as Japan, India and Pakistan have traditionally had large textile industries, which have often been drawn upon by Western designers. Asian clothing styles have gained great influence based on their own design.

If you want to look smashing and pull off a major fashion hoot, may I suggest you doll yourself up in a fabulous, fantastic, fashionable pantsuit? Even dressed in durable, affordable pantsuits, you’ll look like you spent major loot!
“Although I know that you have lovely legs, your legs look great even covered by pants.”
“I adore wearing elegant pantsuits. They look wonderful whether I’m going shopping or out to dance.”
“The cut of you blazer accents the slender style of the pant leg. I love the bottom flare.”
“And my pantsuit sets off my major appeal, no matter how I wear my hair.”
“Yes. Whether your hair hangs long and straight or up in a bun, you look simply divine.”
“I pull off my signature pantsuit look. I’ve developed a style of dress that makes it all mine!”
Pantsuit: Let’s give a nod to the pantsuit whether traditional, casual, dressy or mod! Pantsuits look sensational on any female bod!

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, fashion/beauty/style influencer, 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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yes, as a fashion maven I am fully aware that showing one’s ankles is considered sexy and charming. As a shoe horse, I’m also completely sold on ankle boots,  a shoe that invariably covers the ankles! As in anything, there is a time and a place for everything!
A fashion boot is a boot worn for reasons of style and fashion rather than for utilitarian purposes (i.e., not hiking boots, riding boots, rain boots, etc.).  The term fashion boots generally applies to women’s boots. Fashion boots come in a variety of styles, from ankle boots to thigh length, and are worn for casual, formal and business attire.
Ankle boots give your feet something to glow about!



Ankle boots are the mostly widely worn style of fashion boots, a great shoe to wear under pants or with a skirt or dress of any length. Ankle boots can vary in length from booties or shoe boots (effectively a shoe boot that skims the ankle) to boots that cover the lower part of the calf.
Fashion Boot Fun Fact: Although boots were a popular style of women’s footwear in the Nineteenth century, they weren’t recognized as a high fashion item until the 1960s. Boots became widely popular in the 1970s and have remained a staple of women’s winter wardrobes to date.
Whether you arrive early or fashionably late, when you step in wearing alluring ankle boots, people will adore the shoes that you’re in!


American designer Beth Levine is widely credited as the first person to introduce boots into Haute Couture. As early as 1953, Beth Levine introduced under the Herbert Levine label a calf-length boot in white kidskin. In 1957, Herbert Levine produced an entire collection based around fashion boots, and calf-high, kitten heeled fashion boots for women began to grow in popularity.
Rising dress hemlines and the availability of new, brightly colored artificial materials such as PVC combined to make boots an attractive fashion option for women. As skirts became shorter during the 1960s (think miniskirts) there was a keen interest in ankle boots, knee high boots and thigh high boots.
Let’s clap our hands, move our feet and do the ankle boot scoot boogie to the music beat! Ah, a tempting treat for the feet!

Ankle Boot Fun Fact: Ankle boots look great with skirts, dresses, shorts and pants. No matter your outfit, no matter your mood, when you are dressed in ankle boots, your entire clothing ensemble is pulled together with a sexy fashion attitude!
The Standard Boot Design:

  1. Fashion boots employ the same range of soles and heels as found in other shoes (rubber, canvas, stiletto heel, flat, thick heel, high heel, etc.).
  2. In boots, the shaft height varies.
  3. Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches.
  4. Calf-length boots have a shaft height of 8 to 15 inches.
  5. Knee-length boots have a shaft height of 15 – 19 inches.
  6. Thigh-high boots have a shaft height of 19 or more inches.
  7. The shaft of a fashion boot can be fitted or loose.
  8. Boots can be pulled onto the foot or be fitted using fasteners, such as laces, zippers, and/or buttons.

A fun closet is a closet ankle deep in ankle boots!


Fashion Boots Fun Fact: Although fashion boots, and particularly ‘go-go boots’, are often described as typical of the 1960s fashion, it wasn’t until the 1970s that boots became a mainstream fashion staple for women. For many women in the 1960s, boots were seen as a superfluous accessory more suitable for teenagers and college girls than grown women. In a 1968 survey posted in The New York Times, 75% of office managers surveyed disapproved of their female staff wearing boots to work. By contrast, in 1977 boots made up 20% of all women’s shoe sales in the United States.  By the end of the 1970s, Sears, Montgomery Wards and Kays sold boots from their catalogs.




Ankle boots remain a very popular staple in women’s shoes.  Ankle boots can be worn with pants and look particularly eye catching with straight legged jeans. Ankle boots are also a splendid shoe to wear as a popular, pretty alternative to sandals.
Popular Types of Women’s Fashion Boots:

  1. Ankle Boots
  2. Cowgirl Boots
  3. Go-Go Boots
  4. Kinky Boots
  5. Knee-High Boots
  6. Over-the-Knee Boots
  7. Platform Boots
  8. Russian Boots
  9. Thigh-High Boots

Let’s give a shout out and a hoot to a great, rocking pair of ankle boots!


Whether you wear your ankle boots on the catwalk, the runway, or your own signature way, when your festive feet are decorated in ankle boots you’ll enjoy every step of your day!
“Your black suede ankle boots look simply stunning as you strut down the street.”
“Yes, not only are they gorgeous to stare at, but they fit so snug and comfy on my feet.”
“So your ankle boots are truly made for walking all around the town?”
“Yes, and they are just as splendid if I run, dance or merely just sit down.”
“I adore the glamour of the ankle boot that accentuates the shape of your calf.”
“They cover my ankles but expose my legs, so you still get half-and-half!”
Ankle Boots: Strike a pose as you wear your ankle boots everywhere that you go! Put on your own “ankle boot” fashion show!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 

Although sarongs are worn around the world and denote different dress traditions, in North and South America, as well as Europe, sarongs are mainly worn as beach wear or as a cover-up over swimwear.
A sarong is often made of a thin, light fabric, often rayon, and may feature decorative fringe on both sides. The sarong may have ties, which are long thin straps of fabric which the wearer can tie together to prevent the wrap from falling down. Sarongs in the western culture are worn mostly by women as beach cover-ups. Western men who wear male sarongs are often influenced by the Scottish style men skirts known as kilts.
Summer days…sensational sarongs!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The fabric used for sarongs often have woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be highly colorful by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants. Colorful, gorgeous sarongs are all that!
The American public is most familiar with the sarong for the dozens of motion pictures set in the South Seas, most of them romantic dramas made in the 1930s and 1940s. Dorothy Lamour is by far the actress most linked with the sarong, which was designed by Edith Head. Lamour was nicknamed “The Sarong Girl” by the press and wore a sarong on occasion in traditional films.
Sarongs: Free moving and feeling groovy in a Hollywood movie!
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Various Ways to Tie and Wear a Sarong:

  • Wear the Sarong as a Short Skirt: Fold the sarong diagonally, wrap the sarong around your waist, gather the two ends of the sarong and tie a knot on the side.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Halter Dress: Hold the sarong horizontally, bring the top corners together in front of your body, twist the two corners around each other twice.
  • Wear the Sarong as a Long Skirt: Hold the sarong horizontally, take a corner of the sarong in each hand, make a knot, twist the material to the side of the hip, fluff out the corners, alternately tie the skirt to cover you up as you desire.

Other Popular, Fashionable Ways to Wear a Sarong:

  1. One Shoulder Dress
  2. Side-Slit Dress
  3. Draped Dress
  4. Toga Dress
  5. Wrap Dress
  6. Jumpsuit

Why not get inventive and wear your sarong any way you see fit, to fit your particular diva style?
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Sarong Fun Fact: Numerous tying methods exist to hold a sarong to the wearer’s body. In some cases, techniques customarily differ according to the sex of the wearer. If a sarong has ties, the ties may be used to hold the garment in place. Sarong ties give you extra hold and security. If the sarong doesn’t have ties, a pin or broach may be used to clamp the sarong together, the fabric may be tightly tucked under itself in layers, the corners of the main sheet may be wrapped around the body and knotted, or a belt may be worn to hold the sarong in place.
Wear a sarong and get hooked! Let the sarong become a stronghold in your favorite fashion choice!
Summer strong in a sarong!
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Sarong Fun Fact: The basic garment known as the sarong is worn around the globe, where the garment shows variations in style and name. The sarong is extremely popular in:

  1. Africa
  2. Brazil
  3. Canada
  4. Europe
  5. Middle East
  6. North America
  7. Pacific Islands
  8. Somalia
  9. South America
  10. South Asia
  11. Southeast Asia
  12. Sri Lanka

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Sarong Fun Fact: In Singapore, the term Sarong Party Girl refers to local single Singaporean women, especially of Chinese ethnicity, who favor socializing and having relationships with Caucasian men rather than the local males.
Party hearty in the surf and the sun, wear your sarong and join in the fun!
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Sarong Fun Fact: If you’re enjoying a day at the beach, covered in a sarong, and you long to go ride the waves or bathe in the sun, simply remove your sarong and use the fabric as a beach towel! Lay down on your sarong all day long!
Sarong Fashion Tip: Sarongs can also be worn as scarves and shawls! Across the shoulder or around the neckline, sarongs when draped look simply divine!
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Sarongs are apparel that work for a number of occasions. The beach, a party or an Island vacation!
“I love the new bikini bathing suit I bought for summer beach days.”
“I adore my new sarong. I can wear the silky, colorful garment in a variety of ways.”
“Wow, your sarong is gorgeous all right. May I borrow it? What a great thought.”
“But the sarong will cover up a portion or all of the bathing suit you just bought.”
“Yes, but the sarong looks even more fashionable than the bikini, don’t you think?”
“Stunning! Let’s lay in the sun and sand wearing sarongs and enjoy a refreshing drink!”
Sarong: Put a skip in your step and a song in your heart when dressed in a sarong all day and night long!
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Nancy’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