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Here’s a fashion tip that is always in style: if you want to ‘wow’, think red painted fingernails and red painted lips. Then, to add to the universal cosmetic appeal, dress in garments of black. This is the perfect combination for a fashion heart attack!
Some women think they can’t pull off red lipstick and red nails, when in reality, every woman can wear the color red well. No other color of lipstick draws attention more than bright red, luscious lips. Your  lips speak volumes without moving!

Simple Steps to Pull off Red Lipstick or Red Lip Gloss:

  1. Exfoliate the lips with a Qtip or brush and then dry the lips.
  2. With a red lip liner pencil, trace the surrounded natural lip line to keep the lipstick from bleeding and to create a frame.
  3. Apply the lipstick inside the lip lines, either from the tube or with a brush. A matte lipstick will give a dry look, where a lip gloss will give a wet look.
  4. Blot the lipstick if you are using a matte lipstick.
  5. If desired, use a Qtip to blend the lip liner in with the lipstick or lip gloss.

Five easy steps for a luscious, sexy, gorgeous, kissable mouth of red!

Red Fun Fact: A large reason why red lips and red fingernails conjure up images of sensuality and sexuality is because the color red is associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong, powerful masculine energy, yet in the realm of cosmetics, the color red shouts 100% woman!
Red fingernails, when paired with red lips, exude movie star high glamour. Bright red is a definite head turner, but various shades of red produce ‘on fire’ glamour as well. Think maroon, burgundy, crimson and scarlet. A variety of red shades that scream “I’m here and I’m not going anywhere…taking over this town! Beware, this fashion diva is around!”

Okay, so you’re heading out for a fabulous evening of fun. Or, let’s say you’re going to the theater, or perhaps dinner and a movie. You’ve revved up your lips with raven red color, fancied your fingernails in roaring red. Now, for the final act? Dress in black! What a great way to ramp up the fantastic fashion vamp in you and stand out from head to toe! In the mix of color schemes, this if by far the best, most sensational way to go!

Black Fun Fact: The color black is secretive and unknown, and as a result, creates an aura of mystery. Black means power and control, much like red, and mixing red cosmetics with black garments makes one ooze power and mystique.
The color black is often seen as the color of sophistication, affluence and success. Be a true fashion success when your beautiful body is draped in a riveting black dress.
If in doubt, think the ‘little black dress.’ This dress is known as a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. The dress is intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and a neutral color.
Red lips and red nails plus a little black dress for a look that’s the absolute best!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: The little black dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a ‘rule of fashion’ that every woman own a simple, elegant black dress that can be gussied up or down, depending on the occasion. A little black dress worn with a blazer and pumps is suitable for office daytime wear, while a little black dress offset with five inch high heels and numerous jeweled accessories turns the same dress into off-the-charts evening wear!
Now, add bright red lips and roaring red nails into the mix and you have a full fledged over the top fashion affair!
And how about the hair? For a sexy, youthful look, have your hair hang down straight or lightly curled. To look more elegant and sophisticated, give the off-the-shoulders bun or swept up hair a whirl! Ah, what a lovely girl!

Although wearing the color black has been a fashion mainstream for centuries, the popularity of casual fabrics, especially knits, for dress and business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress into vogue. The little black dress is so well-known that it is often referred to as the LBD.
The LBD, popular for centuries!

Put fashion to the test – red lips and red nails and a little black dress! Ah, simply the best!
“I see you’re fashion daring with lips and nails so red, and a dress of black.”
“This combination is a definite win for a fabulous woman’s clothing rack.”
“You look absolutely stunning. I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
“Yes, I get that a lot. What’s a glamour girl to do?”
“Are you saying that the constant attention bothers you?”
“I’m merely saying dress how you please. To thine own self be true.”
“So the constant stares are just a hazard of dressing to kill?”
“If it’s a by product of what I have to put up with, this fashion plate will!”
The perfect combination of red and black will always win the test – heads and tails above all the rest!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 

Haute Couture is a phrase one often hears in the fashion world, but what does the phrase truly mean? Although haute couture is a term used to describe fashion in general, the French phrase actually means high or elegant sewing (high fashion women’s clothing). In French, the word haute means ‘high’ or ‘elegant’, while couture means ‘sewing’.
Original haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail, finished by the most experienced and most capable sewers, often times using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.
Hence, Haute Couture: high sewing, high dressmaking, high end fashion!

Haute Couture Fun Fact: To be called a haute couture house, a business must belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris, which is regulated by the French Department of Industry. Members must employ 15 or more people and present their collections twice a year. Each presentation must include at least 35 separate outfits for day and evening wear.
The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992. To earn the right to call itself a couture house, members of the Chambre Syndicale de la haute couture must follow these specific rules:

  1. Design made-to-order garments for private clients, involving one or more fittings.
  2. Have a workshop in Paris that employs at least 15 full-time members.
  3. Have at least twenty full-time technical people, in at least one workshop.
  4. Present a collection of at least fifty original designs to the public every fashion season (January and July each year) of both day and evening garments.


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Haute Couture Fun Fact: The term haute couture has been used in a manner ignoring the legal restrictions, by ready-to-wear brands and in the popular media since the 1980s, so the actual original meaning has become blurred when describing fashion. Many top designer houses, such as Chanel, use the phrase for some of their special collections, such as collections that aren’t for sale, or collections that are very difficult to purchase.
Haute Couture : High end fashion passion!

True haute couture clothing is made from scratch for each customer, typically requiring three fittings. It usually takes from 100 to 400 hours to make one dress, costing anywhere from $26,000 to over $100,000. A tailored suit starts at approximately $16,000 while the price for evening gowns generally starts around $80,000.
Haute Couture Fun Fact: Of women who purchase true haute couture clothing items today, 60% are American. Often, name fashion designers will loan clothes to movie stars and other public figures for publicity (does the red carpet ring a bell)?

Socialites such as the Duchess of Windsor, Babe Paley and Gloria Guiness would order whole haute couture collections at one time. What a wardrobe! Style for a mile!

Today, the term haute couture is used loosely to describe all high fashion custom fitted clothing, whether the garments are produced in Paris or other fashion capitals such as London, Milan, New York or Tokyo. The term can refer to the fashion houses or fashion designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions, or to the actual fashions created.
Haute Couture Not So Fun Fact: Due to the high cost of true haute couture garments, custom made clothing is no longer the main source of income for haute couture houses, the clothes often costing more than they earns through direct sales. More sales are made with ready-to-wear clothing and related luxury products such as shoes, perfumes and handbags.

The 1960s featured a revolt against established fashion standards by mods, rockers and hippies, as well as an increasing internationalization of the fashion scene. Jet travel spawned a jet set that partied and shopped just as happily in New York as in Paris. Wealthy women no longer felt that a Paris dress was necessarily better than one sewn elsewhere. While Paris is still huge in the fashion industry, the glamorous city is no longer the sole supplier of fashion.
Haute Couture Fun Fact: The largest private collector of true haute couture clothing is most likely Mouna Ayoub, whose collection is estimated to encompass more than 1,600 items.
Wow, wouldn’t it be a fashion lover’s dream to see inside that closet(s)?

The Syndical Chamber of Haute Couture has about 18 members, including such fashion moguls as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin. The haute couture houses generate more than $1 billion (one-billion) in annual sales and employ approximately 5,000 people, including 2,200 seamstresses. Workers often specialize in one area, such as feathers, fabric, buttons, etc. Before World War II, over 35,000 people were employed at couture houses.
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What a true luxury to wrap yourself in the lavish that is haute couture: that’s for sure!
“Your gown looks absolutely amazing. An excellent fashion find.”
“Thank you, I had it sewn special. This garment is one of a kind.”
“Did you have it made in Paris, London or New York?”
“This dress was created in Los Angeles, another fashion city, of course.”
“I must say the dress fits you splendidly and hugs you in all the right places.”
“Thank you for noticing my fancy dress, but you should also notice women’s faces!”
Haute Couture: A race to the finish line of luxurious, fine end fashion!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 

In the world of colors, yellow holds a place of its own. The color yellow puts a smile on your face…turns a frown upside down. Yellow represents sunshine, cheerfulness, friendship, hope and happiness, to name a few. Yellow, in the realm of fashion, is always a winner.
Yellow is the color between green and orange in the spectrum of visible light. Yellow is the color of ripe lemons and delicious bananas. Yellow is considered a primary color in subtractive color, used in color printing.
Yellow is bright yet soothing. There’s a reason yellow is often referred to as “mellow yellow.”

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. Yellow plays an important role in Asian culture, particularly in China, where it is seen as the color of happiness, glory, wisdom, harmony and culture.
Spread some cheer dressed in yellow this year!

The word yellow comes from the Old English geolu, geolwe, meaning “yellow, yellowish”, derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwax “yellow.” Yellow has the same Indo-European base, gel, as the words gold and yell. Gel means both bright and gleaming, to cry out. Thus, yellow is a color that cries out for attention.
If you doubt the attention-grabbing power of yellow, just watch a yellow firetruck or a yellow sports car whiz on by. The fast paced vehicle will truly catch your eye!
Yellow Fun Fact: 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 and is estimated to be approximately 17,300 years old.

As I’ve stated many times, perhaps you adore the color yellow, but feel that wearing too much yellow is overpowering, even blinding. A great way to combat that is to only wear one item of yellow (i.e., pants, skirt, etc.) or doll yourself up in yellow accessories. As a true fashion lover knows, it only takes a small amount of a good thing and you’re always good to go.
So, by adding yellow to your outfit with your purse, jewelry or shoes, you’re certain to fit the bill of all fashion and style rules!

Merely by running your eyes over the yellow fashion photographs, it is evident that yellow screams to be seen and always gets an A+, every day (even rainy days)!

There is no denying that colors are vibrant and beautiful to look at. Colors both affect and display our moods. Feeling down? Dress in yellow and turn your frown upside down!
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. Academic
  10. Analytical
  11. Wisdom
  12. Knowledge

Ah, not a bad group of keywords to belong to, that’s for sure!

Yellow Fun Fact: In Ancient Egypt, yellow plus blue was associated with gold, which was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. The skin and bones of gods were believed to be made of gold. The Egyptians used yellow extensively in tomb paintings; they usually used either yellow ochre or the brilliant orpiment, though it was made of arsenic and was highly toxic. A small paintbox with orpiment pigment was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Men were shown with brown faces; women with yellow ochre or gold faces.
The ancient Romans used yellow in their paintings to represent gold and also in skin tones. The color yellow is found frequently in the murals of Pompeii.
Let’s give a clap and a shout out to the fabulous color yellow! Applause, applause and a hip hip hooray!

It is no surprise that with the meaning of colors, yellow is known as the great communicator and loves to talk. Yellow is the color of the networker and the journalist, all working and communicating on a mental level.
Yellow Fun Fact: Yellow if the most highly visible of all colors, which is why it is used for pedestrian crossings painted on streets (crosswalks, children crossing, etc.).
Yellow roars like a lion…one almost can’t look away when their eyes spot the color yellow!
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Yellow clothing: beautiful color, beautiful fabric, beautiful fashion!
“You look smashing in the color yellow…simply divine.”
“If you don’t mind my saying so, you look gorgeous…so fine.”
“Thank you. When I wear adorable yellow it puts a spring in my walk.”
“And a shout from your body. Like your clothing can talk.”
“When you see me dressed in glorious yellow, what do I say?”
“I see you noticing me. Can we get together on another day?”
Let the sunshine in and go out and play! Say what you have to say dressed the yellow way!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

Thank you to all of the readers around the world who make my ability to write and edit struttinginstyle.com possible and keep the online fashion magazine a global success. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my love and help with fashion, style and beauty with all of you!

Nancy

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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

Pedicures, in addition to being soothing to the feet and summery on the eyes, are pleasant and pretty! Luxuriate with a gentle foot massage and creative artistic flair painted on your toenails for feet that stand out and are ready to show off no matter where they walk you to!
A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails. Pedicures provide a similar service as a manicure, except spoiling the feet rather than the hands. Pedicures are extremely popular throughout the world, primarily among women.
Pamper your feet and get toes suitable for a princess!

Pedicures not only paint up the toenails, but also remove dead skin cells from the bottom of the feet using a rough stone called a pumice stone. Also, leg care below the knee became a common service included in pedicures, along with granular exfoliation, application of moisturizing creams and brief leg massages.
Pedicure Fun Fact: The word ‘pedicure’ is derived from the Latin word ‘pedis’, which means of the foot, and ‘cura’, which means care.
Treat your tootsies to the tender loving care they deserve with a pleasurable pedicure!

Pedicures are a luxury when you visit a nail salon, but can feel just as invigorating and maintain the same finished appearance as a professional pedicure when done in the privacy of your own home!
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How to Give Yourself a Do It Yourself (DIY) Pedicure:

  1. Buff your feet when dry, not wet, and use a foot file on the heels, balls of the feet and the edges of the toes.
  2. Fill a large bowl with warm water and a reviving foot soak solution. Soak the feet for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Massage your feet with a foot scrub to get rid of dead skin, then rinse.
  4. Dry your feet and push back the cuticles of your toes with a Qtip or cuticle cream.
  5. Cut, file and shape your toenails to your desired length and shape.
  6. Massage your clean feet with a rich foot lotion.
  7. If you want to paint your toenails, wipe away any excess foot lotion and apply a clear base coat of nail polish to the toes.
  8. Polish the nails with the color(s) of your choice. Add jewels, stones, etc. if preferable.
  9. Apply a top coat of clear polish to add shine and shimmer to your toenails, and to prevent the nail polish from chipping.

Wahlah, fancy, fabulous feet! Ah, what a treat!
Whether barefoot or shown off in sensational shoes, a completed pedicure looks sweet!

Terrific toes with sensational summer pedicures!
Pedicure Fun Fact: People have been pedicuring their nails for more than 4,000 years. In southern Babylonia, noblemen used solid gold tools to give themselves manicures and pedicures. The use of fingernail polish can be traced back even further. Originating in China in 3000 BC, nail color indicated one’s social status, according to a Ming Dynasty manuscript, with royal fingernails being painted black and red. Ancient Egyptians have been manicuring all the way back to 2300 BC.
Let’s see, I dare say manicures and pedicures are a popular luxury service for you and me!


Perfect pedicures for feet to adore! What glamour girl could ask for more?
Basic Tools Needed for Pretty Do It Yourself Pedicures:

  1. Acetone
  2. Cotton Balls
  3. Cuticle Cream
  4. Cuticle Pusher or Cuticle Clipper
  5. Foot Bath
  6. Nail File
  7. Nail Polish
  8. Orangewood Sticks
  9. Toenail Clippers
  10. Toe Spacers
  11. Towels
  12. Pumice Stone

Whether you use some of the listed tools or all of the above, an at home pedicure is something you will truly love!
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Pedicure Fashion Tip: When wearing sandals or open toed shoes, pedicures look exceptionally sexy when your legs and feet are bare, meaning not covered with nylons or stockings. However, as always, fashion is your own unique preference. If you want to cover your toes with nylons or opaque stockings, then by all means, do so! Style is unique to a fabulous, fashionable you!
“I would love for you to join me at the movies this evening.”
“I’m attending a pedicure party, it’s sure to be a scream.”
“Why that sounds like an event that will be social and fun.”
“Yes. Would you like to join us? I’m sure you can come.”
“Are you going to paint your toenails an array of lovely colors, bold and bright?”
“I intend to do so. Fantastic feet that will look just right.”
“I’m sure your finished feet will be a precious pedicured sight!”
Pedicures: Whether your paint your toenails as a rainbow or a French pedicure, you will have the finest toes in town, I’m sure!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 

Fringe is a fun, festive, fabulous fashion accessory to add flair and flamboyant fabulousness to any outfit. Although fringe begins with an ‘F’, the flowing fabric deserves an ‘A’.
Fringe is an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of a textile item, such as tops, dresses, skirts, handbags, moccasins, etc. Fringe is also popular on draperies and flags.
Fringe Fun Fact: Fringe originated as a way of preventing a cut piece of fabric from unraveling when a hemming wasn’t used. Several strands of threads would be removed, and the remaining warp threads would be twisted or braided together to prevent unraveling. Think cut-off denim shorts. In modern fabrics, fringe is often made separately and sewn on to the material.
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The fashionable fringe benefits of wearing fringe!

There are many types of fringe. Particularly in Western Europe, as wealth and luxury items proliferated during the Renaissance, types of fringe began to assume commonly accepted names. Styles of fringes were clearly defined in England by at least 1688.
Types of Fringe Include:

  1. Bullion Fringe: This is twisted yarn which generally contains threads of silver and gold.
  2. Campaign Fringe: From the French word campane, meaning ‘bell’. Campaign fringe consists of small, bell-like tassels on the end.
  3. Thread Fringe: Untwisted and unbraided loose warp threads.

Fringe Fun Fact: Modern bullion fringe varies widely in texture and width, but averages only 3 to 9 inches (7.6 to 22.9 cm) in length.

If flowing tresses of fringe are too much for you, just add a slight touch of fringe to your outfit with your accessories, most notably handbags and shoes. When wearing fringe on your feet, fringe boots and moccasins will do!
Oh how lovely. What a cool you!

To fashion divas, all clothing is fun and fabulous, but fringe adds an extra element of flair and style to your wardrobe. What would a glamour girl do and where would a glamour girl be without exciting fashionable clothing to love, feel and see?
Clothing Fun Fact: According to archaeologists and anthropologists, the earliest clothing likely consisted of fur, leather, leaves or grass that were draped, wrapped or tied around the body. Knowledge of such clothing remains inferential, since clothing materials deteriorate quickly compared to stone, bone, shell and metal artifacts. Dyed flax fibers that could have been used in clothing have been found in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia that date back to 36,000 BC.

Nancy Fashion Fun Fact: I love fashion and clothing so much that I often say if I was stranded on an island of one (me) I would still want to dress in fine clothing and apply makeup everyday. To me, fashion, makeup and beauty is an art! Creative artistic genius! Not to mention fabulous fun!

Since humans pretty much wear clothing everyday, have you ever really thought about the basic definition of clothing? Clothing is a fiber and textile material worn on the body. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of nearly all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depends on physical, social and geographic considerations.
Some say clothing serves as protection from the elements, and can enhance safety during hazardous activity such as hiking and cooking. True fashion divas say clothing is a splendid form of self expression, an absolute pleasure to shop for, and so aesthetically pleasing that fashion throws practical clothing purposes out the window!
Welcome to my wonderful world of fashion! Style all the while! Sure to give you a smile!

Cultural Aspects of Clothing Include:

  1. Gender Differentiation
  2. Social Status
  3. Religion
  4. Specific Dress Codes
  5. Special Occasions and Holidays

As you know, the world of fashion is always changing, as new cultural influences meet technological innovations. No matter the style, no matter the time period, no matter the fad…fringe clothing will always be one of the best types of clothing to be had!

Treat yourself to festive fringe: you’ll love the fantastic clothes you’re draped in!
“You look like you’re going to a party with your cool tasseled clothes.”
“You love the fringe look do you? A fashion girl always knows.”
“When you walk do your tassels swing and sway?”
“Yes. That’s part of the fun of wearing fringe both night and day.”
“From the looks of the material I’d say fringe is here to stay.”
“Yes. Now be prepared for some flaired movement when I sashay away.”
Fringe: Walk and rock away the fashionable fringe way!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

I am thrilled to announce that Deadly Decisions, my next novel in the Natalie North murder mystery series, will be released in fall 2016. I will keep you informed as the book goes through production with the publisher and we have an exact release date. I hope you are ready for a fun, unique, thoroughly entertaining read!
This is the closest I can give you, at this time, to a sneak peek. The cover page of the completed manuscript!

DEADLY DECISIONS

 A Natalie North Novel

 by Nancy Mangano

 77,215 Words 

 
Represented by:
Toni Lopopolo
Toni Lopopolo Literary Agency
So happy to be at this point with the series!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

Ah, we yearn for fabulous heads of hair…whether you prefer your hair short and sassy, or long and way down to there! Although it’s always fun to mix up your hairstyles (curly, chalked, buns, braids, ponytails, bobs) one always hits one out of the park when wearing their hair sleek, straight and sexy.
Give me a head with hair, long, beautiful hair…
Give me a head with hair, short, bouncy hair…
As long as my hair is sleek and straight, the length I truly don’t care!

Toss your glorious mane when straightened and glossed…hair that is tame!
The best way to achieve fantastic results when straightening your hair is by using a flat iron, along with hair straightening products.


Who said ironing is just for clothes? Sleek, straight hair is the way to go!

How to Flat Iron Hair for Beautiful Results:

  1. Find a flat iron that works well for you. Flat irons can be purchased at hair salons, drug stores, beauty supply stores and department stores.
  2. If you wear bangs, iron the bangs first. Pick up sections of the bangs, place the flat iron at the top near the scalp, hair section between the tongs of the flat iron and work your way down, applying pressure to the flat iron. The heat and pressure combined straighten the hair in the process.
  3. Use the flat iron over your entire head, beginning at the sides, section by section. Place the flat iron close to the scalp, section the hair inside the tongs, and slide the flat iron down (with pressure) to the ends of the hair.
  4. The more heat and pressure that you exert, the straighter the hair.
  5. Once your hair is straightened to your preference, a light finishing spray of hair gloss works wonders.
  6. Show off your shimmery, shiny, sleek, straight hair.
  7. Mesmerizing masterpiece!


Flat Ironed Hair Not So Fun Fact: Excessive heat causes hair to dry and break. Daily use of a flat iron can damage hair, cause hair to fry and brittle ends to break. If you do use a flat iron, help your hair by applying a leave in conditioner before you begin the process, and when completed, if you desire. A deep conditioner once a week also works wonder!
For those of you who love straight, sensational hair but don’t love the damage heated flat irons can case, I have good news! You can straighten hair without heat.
Nancy, how do you do that, you ask? Wow! I will show you right now!
How to Straighten Your Hair Without Heat:

  1. Towel dry your hair after showering, then blow dry your hair using the cool setting.
  2. Use a flat paddle brush until your hair is straight and dry.
  3. For added straightening, apply a hair straightening mask/conditioner to your hair (available at beauty supply stores, drug stores and department stores).
  4. In addition to blow drying your hair on a cool setting, use straightening products as you blow dry (straightening shampoo, straightening cream rinse, straightening serums).
  5. Apply a setting lotion or foam.
  6. When your hair is to your desired straightening consistency, apply a light hair spray and/or hair gloss.
  7. Mesmerizing masterpiece.

Now toss that glamorous head of hair shiny with gloss!
Wah lah, you, fashion diva, are simply gorgeous! That’s no surprise. Your stylish straight hair is easy on the eyes!

Hair Straightening Fun Fact: Although placing small curlers in wet hair can add a braided, wavy effect to your hair, you can also use curlers to straighten wavy hair. The larger the curler, the better!
Roll your damp hair loosely in large curlers, apply a setting lotion or foam, and let your hair dry. When you remove the curlers, your hair should have body, but be fairly straight. Run a brush through your hair to help the straightening process.


Give it to me straight! Is full, glorious, straight hair well worth the wait?
 
Ah, you can never go wrong with easy, breezy, straight hair! A popular hairstyle beyond compare!
Are you a gal who adores her lovely, luscious, wavy curls? Why not mix your hairstyles up a bit…fashion change is part of the fun of being a girl!
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Straighten your hair and wear a halo masterpiece of magnificence!
“Oh glamour girl, glamour girl, let down your hair.”
“Your straight, sexy tresses are too much to bear.”
“A sight most lovely on my eyes, so tired and weary.”
“Yes, thank you for pulling me out of my mood so dreary.”
“Your halo of hair is vibrant, exquisite with body so alive and sleek.”
“You look like a fierce, confident lion with a mane so lively…not meek.”
Straight, sexy hair! So sleek and chic. A hairstyle that all fashion divas seek!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

In the love land of rich, soft, vibrant fabrics, silk ranks among the top materials in fashion today. Silk is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. The protein fiber of silk is composed mainly from fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. The best known silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori reared in captivity.
The shimmering appearance of silk is due to the triangular prism-like structure of the silk fiber, which allows silk cloth to refract incoming light at different angles, thus producing different colors.
Color me clothing chic, silk is a luxurious fabric that I seek!
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Silk Fun Fact: Silk is produced by several insects, but generally only the silk of the moth caterpillars has been used for textile manufacturing. The word silk comes from Old English sioloe, from Greek serikos ‘silken’, and from an Asian source si, sirghe and sirkek.

Italy, known for fashion, was the most important producer of silk during the Medieval age. The first center to introduce silk production to Italy was the city of Catanzaro during the 11th century in the region of Calabria. The silk of Catanzaro supplied almost all of Europe and was sold in a large market fair in the port of Reggio Calabria, to Spanish, Venetian, Genovese and Dutch merchants.
King James I introduced silk-growing to the American colonies around 1619. The Shakers in Kentucky adopted the practice. In the 19th century a new attempt at a silk industry began with European-born workers in Paterson, New Jersey, and the city of Paterson became a silk center in the United States.
Soft, gorgeous, glorious silk!

Silk is an elegant fabric that works for many types of garments, from evening gowns to pantsuits and to, of course, pajamas. The fabric of silk, being soft to wear as well as beautiful and pleasing to the eyes, is a favorite of both men and women!
Manly and masculine in silk! Mmmm!

Silk’s absorbency makes it a comfortable fabric to wear in warm weather and while being active. Silk’s low conductivity keeps warm air close to the skin during cold weather. Silk is often used for clothing such as shirts, ties, blouses, formal dresses, high fashion clothes, lining, lingerie, pajamas, robes, dresses and purses.
Not one to the drape yourself in the dressy fabric that is silk, yet you love the silk look? Why not carry a silk handbag to add class and style to your daily outfit. You’re always sensational in silk!
Sassy and sensational in silk!
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I simply adore silk handbags. They represent to me a mix of modern elegance and retro vintage all wrapped into one!
Silk Fun Fact: Fabrics that are often made from silk include charmeuse, habutai, chiffon, taffeta, crepe de chine, dupioni, noil, tussah and shuntag.

Silk is a perfect fabric to hold in your hand! You, fashion diva, look simply grand!
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Silk Not So Fun Fact: As the process of harvesting the silk from cocoon kills the larvae, the process of making silk has been criticized by animal welfare and animal rights activists. Mohandas Gandhi was critical of silk production based on the Ahimsa philosophy which led to the promotion of cotton and Ahimsa silk, a type of silk made from the cocoons of wild silk moths. Due to the fact that silk cultivation inherently kills the silkworms, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urges people not to buy silk items.
World War II interrupted the silk trade from Asia and silk prices increased dramatically.  The United States silk industry began to look for substitute fabrics, which led the synthetics such as nylon. Synthetic silks have also been made from lyocell, a type of cellulose fiber, and are often difficult to distinguish from real silk.
For every true lover of the fabric silk, think synthetic, synthetic, synthetic! Synthetic silk looks identical to real silk and feels just as soft and lovely against the skin.


Silk anyone? For fantastic, fabulous fashion fun!
Love the skin you’re in when donned in shimmering, sensational silk!
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Soft and silky silk!
“That pantsuit you are wearing looks so lovely and smooth.”
“Yes, it’s a mix of elegant and hip, a real fashion groove.”
“Is it nylon perhaps? The color as white as milk.”
“That’s a good fabric guess, by this suit is real silk.”
“Striking…but I ask is it hard to keep clean?”
“No, make sure the cleaner’s uses the right drying machine!”
“So if I buy a suit as gorgeous I shouldn’t throw it in the wash?”
“Only if you plan to keep it around and not have to toss!”
Silk – is there a finer fabric for the fashion icon that is you to come across?
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 

In the world of fashion, clothing speaks. Depending on your dress, you can radiate an aura of fun, casual, funky, stuffy, dressy, and of course, romantic. Various fabrics that illustrate romance are lace, sheer material and ruffles, to name a few.
Ruffles, also referred to as frill or furbelow, is a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to a garment as a form of trim. Ruffles appear elegant, soft, feminine and dainty.


 
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Ruffles make for darling clothing no matter the garment that carries the ruffles. The most popular garments that contain ruffles are blouses, tops, shirts, skirts and dresses.
Ruffle Fun Fact: Ruffles appeared at the draw-string necklines of full chemises in the 15th century, and evolved into the separately constructed ruffle of the 16th century. Ruffles remain a fashionable form of trim in modern times.
Whether you prefer dresses or skirts, when wearing ruffles you’ll fabulously flirt!

Ruffle Fun Fact: The term flounce is a particular type of fabric manipulation that creates a similar look as ruffles, but with less bulk. The term derives from earlier terms of frounce and fronce. A wavy effect without gathers or pleats is created by cutting a curved strip of fabric and applying the inner or shorter edge to the garment. The depth of the curve, as well as the width, determines the depth of the flounce.
Ruffles exude flouncy, bouncy, beautiful, feminine fun! Fashion at its finest!
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If you love ruffles, you may be familiar with a godet. A godet is a circle wedge that can be inserted into a flounce to further deepen the outer floating wave, without adding additional bulk at the point of attachment to the body of the garment, such as at the hemline, collar or sleeve.
Ruffles radiate the flowing fabulousness of floating waves!
Ruffled blouses have been popular with women and men for decades. A blouse is a loose fitting upper garment, often times gathered at the waist or hips so that it hangs loosely over the wearer’s body. Ruffles add class and dressiness to any garment.
Blouse Fun Fact: Blouse is a loan word to English from French: blouse means ‘dust coat’, possibly brought back from their travels as French crusaders.

Ruffled dresses and skirts always emit vibes of elegance, class and style. Ruffles work well on evening gowns, wedding dresses, pencil skirts and mini-skirts. Well, perhaps all dresses and skirts!
Dress Fun Fact: A dress, also known as a frock or a gown, is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice, or a matching bodice that gives the effect of a one-piece garment. In Western culture, dresses are most often worn by women and girls. The hemlines of dresses vary depending on the whims of fashion and the personal taste of the wearer.
The wearing of dresses increased dramatically to the hoopskirt styles in the 1860s; then fullness was draped and drawn to the back. Dresses had a ‘day’ bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves, and an ‘evening’ bodice with a low neckline and short sleeves or sleeveless.

Ruffles speak romance!
Ruffles Fashion Tip: Because of the sheer elegance and dainty femininity that ruffles bring to clothing, ruffled garments work well when worn to wedding or baby showers, fancy brunches or evening events. If you adore ruffles but feel that too many are too girly, why not wear a ruffled blouse with jeans, or a ruffled skirt with a tucked in T-shirt?
Of course, as every fashion diva knows, the shoes that you step into can make or break your outfit, as well as make casual attire more dressy, and dressy attire more casual. With ruffles, as with all clothing, I prefer high heels. For those of you who prefer flats or a low heel, go for it!
Your style, your glamour, your unique you!

Your rippled ruffles are sheer loveliness, my dear!
Ruffled patterns are so gorgeous and so popular that they work for many other items in addition to clothing. Think ruffled bedspreads, pillows and drapes! Ah, why not try a ruffled cape?
And we certainly want to give a shout out to Ruffles potato chips. Mmmm, I wish I was eating yummy potato chips right now! Ruffles have ridges…okay, mind back on clothing!


Ruffles have sway and ruffles have swagger. Flowing elegantly and beautifully, and in a style that truly matters!
“That lovely dress you are draped in has ruffled my feathers.”
“Hopefully in a good way, giving you visual pleasure.”
“Why yes, you look whimsical and girly in that flowing material.”
“Creative, unique and fashionably lyrical.”
“Ruffled garments rank high on my list of breezy, beautiful clothes.”
“An expert in fashion. Ruffles rock as everyone knows.”
Ruffles – when you want to dress chic, fancy and cool! That’s the ruffle fashion rule!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846