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If you asked a crowded room full of people to raise their hand if they feel busy, overloaded and stressed, most likely nearly every hand would go up. While being busy brings us positive feelings such as gives us a purpose, makes us feel fulfilled, keeps our minds occupied, etc., being too busy can make us feel frantic, worried and ready to quit. While some people feel too busy to take good care of themselves, it is actually when we are at our wits end that it is imperative we look out for ourselves first. No one wants to completely burn out.

One thing you should never do when you’re stressed to your limit is to let your physical appearance go, or come last. When you look good you feel good, period. Feeling beautiful and healthy is vital to your mood, and an optimistic attitude will keep you calm under pressure and add strength and endurance to allow you to get through your busy days with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Let Mobile Styles professionals keep you calm and gorgeous as you get through your day-to- day rat race!

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Various ways to treat yourself during stressful times to ensure you maintain a gorgeous glow and a cheerful attitude is with exercise and a nutritious diet. Exercise releases endorphins, which are known to make you feel happy. Healthy food feeds your body and mind, giving you energy to get through your daily tasks with a fit physique and a clear head.

For all the glamour girls and glamour guys in the world, which is most everyone if we’re honest, the best pick-me-up you can give yourself to stay beautiful and healthy in your busy life is to book a Mobile Styles day, or better yet, make Mobile Styles professionals a part of your everyday life. When you download the Mobile Styles app, you can request a nail artist for a knockout manicure, a masseuse to rub out every body ache and pain, a hair stylist to color, cut, weave or highlight your hair, or a beauty expert to lavish you with a lustrous facial and a superb makeup job that matches the Hollywood stars!

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Mobile Styles is an on demand health and beauty app that you can download at any time. Think of Mobile Styles as the “Uber” of beauty. If your schedule is already jam packed, taking time out to get to a salon to be pampered by pros and experts probably seems out of the question, right? Great news! Mobile Styles experts travel to you, at your requested time and destination. No need to dress up, use your gas or fit in another outside appointment. Mobile Styles brings the glitz and glam to you, and booking your session is all you have to do!


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Since you work so hard, you deserve a special “rest and beauty” treat, especially when you’re tired on your feet! Spoiling yourself with Mobile Styles is a need you can’t ignore. Stay looking fantastic and healthy without even having to go out your front door!

Use promo code lookbook18nm when you book your first appointment for a $50.00 discount.

For more information on Mobile Styles, visit the Mobile Styles website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat

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You can be busy and stay beautiful and healthy. In your busy, fast paced life, to keep your health and gorgeous glow, booking a Mobile Styles health and beauty expert is the best way to go!

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

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Cosmetic makeovers can “make you over” in major ways. Merely by applying makeup to your face and features, you can radically change your appearance and transform your looks to a gorgeous, aesthetically heightened level. After all, cosmetics are substances or products used to enhance or alter the appearance of the face, or fragrance and texture of the body.

For the ultimate facial makeover you’ll need concealer, foundation, translucent powder, eyebrow liner, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, blush, lip liner and lipstick/lip gloss. Depending on your preference and the amount of makeup you choose to wear, you can go with minimal makeup, where sometime less is more.

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We all long to look beautiful and feel our best each day, but not everyone has the time to apply their own makeup, or feels as skilled as professional makeup artists, to give us the desired outcome where our final cosmetic job resembles glamour shots we all see on social media, in fashion magazines and on television.

To obtain the ultimate glamour makeover and look like the star that you are, why not book a professional Mobile Styles beauty technician to doll you up to movie star proportions?

In addition to various makeup products, common cosmetics include body lotions, shampoos and conditioners, hairstyling products, perfumes and colognes. Don’t embark on your exquisite beauty makeover alone!

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Download the Mobile Styles on demand health and beauty app on your phone and book expert makeup artists, hair stylists and nail artists to come to you at your scheduled time and at the destination of your choice. Imagine that! You can get glitz and glammed to off the charts proportions in the comfort and privacy of your own home, office, hotel suite, etc. Mobile Styles pros will give you the care, pampering and catering that you need to unwind and relax from the daily grind.

Lovely as Lace: A Mobile Styles Makeover for Your Face!

You, dear glamour girl, have impeccable fashion and beauty taste! Let Mobile Styles pros treat you like the queen that you are, where you are the star!

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To learn more about Mobile Styles and book a day of well deserved and much needed radical rejuvenation, visit the Mobile Styles website at www.mobilestyles.com and follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat. Enter promo code lookbook18nm and receive a $50.00 discount off your first professional health and beauty session.

Glam all the way! Book Mobile Styles today!

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

 

Whether you’re wearing a boot, giving someone ‘the boot’, or unclamping a boot from your car wheel, make no bones about it, the boot is a popular item! In the realm of fashion and style, a sure fire way to boot up your closet with an ideal fashion boost is by adding a knock-out, gorgeous, sensual pair of thigh high boots!

A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle, while some also cover some part of the lower calf, the knee and on up the thigh. I’ve even seen some over-the-top boots that extend up the hip. How hip is that boot?

Ah, the eye turning, eye catching, eye popping boot wonder that is known as the thigh high boot!

Thigh high boots, known also as thigh length boots or simply thigh boots, are boots that extend above the knee to at least mid-thigh. Other terms for this stunning footwear include over-the-knee boots, and especially when cuffed, pirate boots. Lengths vary from reaching just over the knee to reaching almost to the crotch (referred to as crotch boots or crotch high boots).

Thigh High Boots Fun Fact: Thigh high boots are made of materials ranging from various leathers to various synthetic materials (including vinyl, polyurethane or latex), to various fabrics such as silk or polyester microfiber. Many are constructed with zippers, but some are designed as pull on boots. Heel heights vary, but most styles are with heels greater than 3 inches (7.5cm). Heel styles vary from metal spikes to chunky or platform soles.

There is no other footwear on the fashion market as daring, bold, beautiful and provocative as a stiletto heeled thigh high boot!

Does the va va voom vixen in you silently wish to wear thigh high boots, but you’re too meek to show them off? Make this the year of giving in to the true fashion diva that you are, no matter anyone’s opinion, no matter if you’re walking or riding in a car!

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Thigh High Boot Fun Fact: Laced leather boots were fashionable for women throughout the Victorian period. In the world of women’s fashion, thigh high boots run through cycles of both popularity and design. As referenced by many authors, the popularity of the motion picture Pretty Woman hurt the credibility of thigh high boots being worn as wardrobe staples. Nevertheless, in any fall fashion season, at least one or more designers and retailers will take a chance on the thigh high boot’s magnetic appeal and showcase the vixen thigh high boot.

Marketing Channels for the Thigh High Boot:

  1. Couture Fashion Designers
  2. Fashion Designers
  3. Couture Shoe Designers
  4. Boutique Brands
  5. Fashion Retailers
  6. Shoe Retailers

A number of couture shoe design houses regularly include thigh high boots in their collections, and the price point will be at a premium, just as with the couture fashion designer.

Designers that Premiere Thigh High Boots in Their Collection:

  1. Brian Atwood
  2. Manolo Biahnik
  3. Jimmy Choo
  4. Gucci
  5. Halston
  6. Christian Louboutin
  7. Sergio Rossi (Gucci Group)
  8. Louis Vuitton
  9. Stuart Weitzman
  10. Giuseppe Zanotti (Vicini S p.A.)

Italian Boutique Brands that are Staples of Thigh High Boots:

  1. Gianmarco Lorenzi
  2. Left and Right
  3. Le Silla
  4. Loriblu
  5. Icone

The price for these exquisite boots can be very high, particularly at retail boutiques, but will vary more than for couture designs.  The boots run up the thigh, the price may be sky high, but the fabulous boot is always worth your fashion try!

Boot Fun Fact: Early boots consisted of separate leggings, soles and uppers worn together to provide greater ankle protection than shoes or sandals. Around 1000 BC, these components were more permanently joined to form a single unit that covered the feet and lower leg, often up to the knee. A type of soft leather ankle boots were worn by nomads in eastern Asia and carried to China, India and Russia around AD 1200 to 1500 by Mongol invaders.

And, as with all fashion, the practicality of the boot went out the window and the aesthetic pleasure and allure of the boot stepped in, in the fantastic, fabulous form of the thigh high boot! A sexy, sensual boot that looks and fits just right!

The thigh high boot: provocative, alluring, bold and cute!

That boot that goes up over your thigh has certainly caught my eye!

Perhaps I ought to buy me a pair and give the courageous boot a try!

Whether you’re on the catwalk, taking a Sunday stroll or walking a mall, when you step out in a glamorous pair of thigh high boots you’ll stand tall above them all!

“I can’t help but notice your long legs and how you walk with a strut and style.”

“I’m sure it’s my thigh high boots that caught your eye and brought about your smile.”

“The black patent leather material shimmers and glows and looks soft to the feel.”

“Not to mention the boots hug my thighs and stand high on a six inch heel.”

“I do believe that I must dub you the queen of the daring, sensual, appealing shoe.”

“I’ll wear the title proudly because as a shoe connoisseur only the thigh high boot will do!”

Thigh High Boots: The beautiful boot that let’s you stand out in a crowd! The oomph of the boot shouts style out loud!

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

 

 

 

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 

Crocheted clothing is a hit, whether being worn in the office, when attending events, or when models are flaunting the fabulous fashions on the runway!
Crocheted clothing makes a perfect purr on the catwalk!
Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning ‘small hook.’ These hooks are made of materials such as wood, metal or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshops.


Crochet Fun Fact: The first known published instructions for crochet explicitly using that term to designate the craft in its present sense, appeared in the Dutch magazine Penelope in 1823. This includes a color plate showing five different style purses, of which three were intended to be crocheted with silk thread. The first is “simple open crochet”, the second starts in “semi-open form” and the third is “double-crochet stitches.”
Although crocheting is similar to knitting in the final appearance, each stitch in crochet is completed before proceeding with the next stitch, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at one time.

Crocheted clothing is light, airy, breezy and beautiful!
Basic Materials Required for Crochet:

  1. The Crochet Hook – Hooks come in many sizes and materials. Sizing is categorized by the diameter of the hook’s shaft.
  2. Yarn – Yarn for crochet is usually sold as balls or skeins, although it may be wound on spools or cones.

The Crochet Process:
Crocheted fabric is begun by placing a slip-knot loop on the hook, pulling another loop through the first loop, and repeating the process to create a chain of a suitable length. The chain is either turned and worked in rows, or joined to the beginning of the row with a slip stitch and worked in rounds. Rounds can also be created by working many stitches into a single loop. Stitches are made by pulling one or more loops through each loop of the chain. At any one time at the end of the stitch, there is only one loop left on the hook.
Hook yourself in when dressed in chic crocheted style!

If you love the look of crochet but don’t want to dress in crochet from head-to-toe, how about crocheted heels or a crocheted handbag? A touch of crochet goes a long way!


Crocheted purses and crocheted shoes rule!
Five Types of Basic Crochet Stitches:

  1. Chain Stitch – The basic beginning stitch.
  2. Slip Stitch – Used to join a chain stitch to form a ring.
  3. Single Crochet Stitch – Easiest stitch to master.
  4. Half Double Crochet Stitch – An ‘in-between’ stitch.
  5. Double Crochet Stitch – An unlimited use stitch with many uses.

More advanced stitches are often combinations of these five basic crochet stitches. More advanced stitches include the Shell Stitch, V Stitch, Spike Stitch, Afghan Stitch, Butterfly Stitch, Popcorn Stitch, Cluster Stitch and Crocodile Stitch.


Colorful, cool crochet on the runway!
In recent fashion we’ve seen a revival of interest in crocheted clothing, as well as in do it yourself crochet fashions. There have been great strides in improvement of the quality and varieties of yarn, and there are many new pattern books with modern patterns being printed. Most yarn stores offer crochet lessons, in addition to the traditional knitting classes.
Gals look trendy, feminine and present a fashion sway when donned and dressed in the crochet way!


In addition to making a comeback on the streets, crochet clothing has experienced a revival on the catwalk as well. Also, crochet has been utilized many times by designers on the reality show Project Runway. Websites such as Etsy and Ravelry have made it easier for individual hobbyists to sell and distribute their patterns or projects across the Internet.
Crochet Fun Fact: A hairpin loom is often used to create lacy and long crochet stitches, known as hairpin lace. While this is not in itself a hook, it is a device used in conjunction with a crochet hook to produce stitches.
The beauty of crochet: have a yarn based fashion say!

Let your light, delicate crochet material swing and sway the crochet way!
“You’ve really hooked me in with that crocheted dress and your crocheted shoes.”
“I’m happy to hear that you agree with my head-to-toe crochet fashion attitude.”
“The fabric looks dazzling, dainty and dressy, but also airy, whimsical and light.”
“For an overall look and feel, crocheted clothing hits the mark just right.”
“Crochet stitched clothing can work for winter and summer, days of cold or hot.”
“That’s a true statement. Crocheted clothing rocks whether Mr. Sun is out or not.”
Crocheted Clothing: You’ll be a lovely fashion sight, day or night!

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
                                                                                                                             
 
 
 
 

In the realm of jewelry and accessories in fashion, belts are one of the best items to decorate and dress up an outfit. Yes, belts do much more than merely hold your pants up! Perhaps the loveliest of all belts is the chain belt.
A belt is a flexible band or strap, typically made of leather or a heavy cloth, and worn around the waist, or sometimes directly under the rib cage. Chain belts are typically made from precious metals, mainly gold and silver. Platinum, palladium and steel may also be used. These metals are used because they keep their intricate shape and strength, and require minimal maintenance to keep their lustrous shine.
Chain-belts


Chain belts and body chains are designed mainly for aesthetic purposes.
Popular Types of Jewelry Chains:

  1. Byzantine: An intricate chain that can be made by the hobbyist from jump rings.
  2. Figaro: A number of standard chain links precede an elongated link all the way through.
  3. Rolo: Round links joined in a simple alternating sequence.
  4. Rope: Rope chain creates the effect of two twisting strands spiraled together, created by many small links which are not completely joined.
  5. Singapore: Links are joined in such a way that even when the chain is untwisted, there is a natural curve to it.
  6. Trace: The simplest chain. The links are uniform in breadth and thickness.
  7. Twisted: The links are joined to where the chain has a twisted look.
  8. Wheat: Long, thin teardrop-shape links that all point in the same direction.

A chain belt around the waist shows off your exquisite fashion taste!
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Chain Belt Fun Fact: Chain belts are often made from “fancy” chains, which can be any form of fine metal that can be replicated and joined onto each other to make a chain. Many fancy chains are variations of the standard styles, for example a trace chain formed of heart-shaped links or a curb chain with every other link set with a gemstone.
Bead chains are another popular choice for chain belts. A bead chain is formed of small balls of metal joined by small lengths of wire, not longer than each bead in between.
Chic in chain belts: would I yank your fashion chain?

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Chain belts look gorgeous and can doll up a casual outfit or add extra elegance and pizzazz to ritzy, evening attire.
Belt Fun Fact: Belts have been documented as male clothing since the Bronze Age. However, both genders have used belts depending on the current fashion. In the Western world, belts were more common for men, with the exception of the early Middle Ages, late 17th century Mantua, and skirt/blouse combinations between 1900 and 1910. Today, belts are as popular for women as for men, often worn with skirts, dresses and pants.
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Other Popular Types of Chains:

  1. Anchor
  2. Belcher
  3. Briolette
  4. Curb
  5. Herringbone
  6. Prince of Wales
  7. Snake
  8. Spiga

With so many types of chains to choose from, and so many styles of belts, you can find a beautiful chain belt for any occasion, ranging from wide to svelte.
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Chain Jewelry Fun Fact: In addition to making fabulous belts, chain jewelry is made to encircle parts of the body, namely the neck, wrists and ankles, and they also serve as points to hang decorative charms or pendants.
Make great fashion gains wearing elegant, stunning, chic chains!
“I never knew chain that resembles a chain link fence can look so pretty and chic.”
“Yes, the wide chain links on my belt look large and open,  but also sleek.”
“I love the way the layers of chain drape slinky around your waist and over your hips.”
“Did you notice the way I matched my gold chain belt with the gold lip gloss on my lips?”
“And the gold nail polish on your fingernails and your perfectly polished toes.”
“When mixing and matching your gold chain belt, anything ‘gold’ goes!”
Chain Belts: Sensual, stimulating, stunning in silver too! Would a true fashion diva lie to you?
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paisley prints look fun, exciting, colorful and whimsical. One might even describe paisley fabrics as magical and dreamy.
Paisley print pandemonium!
The Paisley pattern is a term for a design using the ‘buta’ or ‘botch’, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin. Buta is an almond-shaped ornament with a sharp-curved upper edge. Such designs became very popular in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries, following imports of post-Mughal versions of the design from India, especially in the form of Kashmir shawls, and were then imitated locally.

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Resembling a twisted teardrop, the fig-shaped paisley is of Persian origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in West Scotland, a center for textiles where paisley designs were produced. Some design scholars believe it is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity.
Paisley Print Fun Fact: The floral motif was originated in the Sassanid Dynasty and later in the Safavid Dynasty of Persia (from 1501 to 1736), and was a major textile pattern in Iran during the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties. In these periods, the pattern was used to decorate royal regalia, crowns, and court garments, as well as textiles used by the general population.
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Imports from the East India Company in the first half of the 17th century made paisley and other Indian patterns popular, and the Company was unable to import enough to meet the demand. Paisley was popular in the Baltic states between 1700 and 1800 and was thought to be used as a protective charm to ward off evil demons. Local manufacturers in Marseilles began to mass-produce the paisley patterns via early textile printing processes in 1640.
My oh my, when dressed in paisley prints you’ll get noticed walking by!


Paisley Park Fun Fact: Known around the world, the paisley pattern is a popular, colorful, youthful looking pattern. In addition to a fabulous fashion fabric, Paisley Park is known worldwide for music superstar Prince’s record label and recording studio, as well as living quarters.  Paisley Park was funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. It was started in 1985, following the success of a film and album Purple Rain. Paisley Park was opened to the public as a museum and memorial to Prince following his death on April 21, 2016.
Prince performing in paisley prints! Music and style icon!
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Paisley Prints Fun Fact: Paisley fabrics/prints became identified with psychedelic style due to a resurgence in the pattern’s mainstream popularity leading up to the mid and late 1960s. Of particular note is the influence of The Beatles. The style was particularly popular during the Summer of Love 1967. Fender Guitars made a Pink Paisley version of their Telecaster guitar, by sticking paisley wallpaper onto the guitar bodies.
Create a fashion stint in a powerful paisley print!



Paisley Print Fun Fact: At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Azerbaijan’s team sported colorful paisley trousers. Paisley was also a favorite design element of architect Laurie Baker. He has made numerous drawings and collages of what he called ‘mango designs’. He also used to include the paisley shape in the buildings he designed.
The modern French words for paisley are boteh, cachemire and palme, palme being a reference to the palm tree, which along with the pine tree and cypress tree, is one of the traditional botanical motifs thought to have influenced the shape of the paisley element as it is now known.


Often psychedelic, always fun, dressing in paisley prints offers excitement and style for everyone!
Paisley Print Fun Fact: In addition to the loom-woven fabric, Paisley became a major site for the manufacturer of printed cotton and wool in the 19th century, according to the Scotland’s Paisley Museum and Art Gallery. The paisley pattern was being printed, rather than woven, on to other textiles, including cotton squares which were the precursors of the modern bandana. The key places of printing paisley were Britain and the Alsace region of France.
We tip our paisley hats off around the globe for paisley fashions of dresses, skirts, pantsuits, shorts, blazers, pajamas and robes!
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Don’t be late, don’t hesitate. Jumping on the paisley bandwagon will add energy and glamour to any diva fashion plate!
The paisley pattern remains popular in many countries. Paisley is woven using gold or silver threads on silk and high quality textiles for gifts, for weddings and special occasions.
Feel special and oh so sensational when draped in paisley. A true fashion professional!
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Whether you’re bored with nothing to do, or so busy that you’re stressed, treat yourself to something special and buy a paisley pantsuit or dress!
“Pardon me, but I clearly see that you look adorable dressed in the perfect paisley.”
“Why thank you. I am fond of many prints and patterns, but paisley is number one for me.”
“The fabulous colors, the busy print and the beautiful shape will catch everyone’s eye.”
“Yes. I noticed that by the number of people that have stopped me as I walked on by.”
“As lovely as you look makes me what to go buy some paisley print garments of my own.”
“Go paisley and you’ll never take the clothes off. Not outside; not even in your own home.”
Leave the home draped in paisley prints: put the fashion suggestion to the test! I see a definite “A” coming your way!
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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
 

Green is a beautiful color!
That sentence deserves a line of its own, because if you take the time to really look at plants, grass, pistachio ice cream, limes, trees, U.S. paper currency and green clothes, you will notice that the color green is gorgeous.
Green is the color between blue and yellow on the spectrum of visible light. Green is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 495-570 nm. In the subtractive color system, used in painting and color printing, green is created by a combination of yellow and blue in the RGB color model, used on television and computer screens.
Fashion lovers appreciate green clothes…lovely to look at as true divas know!

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The color green relates to balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, green is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. Green is also the color of growth, spring, renewal and rebirth. When you look at the color green, you are renewed and restored with energy, bringing you back to a sense of well being.
Green Fun Fact: The modern English word green comes from the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon word ‘grene’, from the same Germanic root as the words ‘grass’ and ‘grow’.  Green is the color of living grass and leaves, and as a result, is the color most associated with springtime, growth and nature.
Strut the catwalk in green you stylish, glamorous fashion queen!

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One reason green is such a lovely color is that it is considered an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. A natural peacemaker, green allows us to avoid the tendency to become a martyr.
See the positive side of life…dress in green to reduce daily stress and strife!
Green Eyes Fun Fact: There is no green pigment in green eyes; like the color of blue eyes, it is an optical illusion, its appearance caused by the combination of amber or light brown pigmentation of the stroma, given by a low or moderate concentration of melanin, with the blue tone imparted by the Rayleigh scattering of the reflected light. Green eyes are most common in Northern and Central Europe.  Among European Americans, green eyes are most common among those of Celtic and Germanic ancestry (approximately 16%).
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Positive Keywords Associated with the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Renewal
  4. Restoration
  5. Self-Reliance
  6. Reliability
  7. Dependability
  8. Tact
  9. Emotionally Balanced
  10. Calm
  11. Nature Lover
  12. Family Oriented
  13. Down to Earth
  14. Practical
  15. Sympathetic
  16. Generous
  17. Kind
  18. Loyal
  19. Adaptable
  20. Nurturing

Everyone wearing the glorious color green will be noticed and seen!

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Clothing looks great in all shades of green. Variations of the color green include:

  1. Pale Green
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Jade Green
  4. Lime Green
  5. Dark Green
  6. Aqua
  7. Olive Green
  8. Yellow Green
  9. Grass Green

Fashion queens dressed in green steal the scene! Every time! Dress in lime!

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Symbolisms and Associations with the Color Green:

  1. Safety and Precaution (Thing Green street signals meaning Go).
  2. Nature, Vivacity, Life
  3. Springtime, Freshness, Hope
  4. Youth and Inexperience
  5. Calm, Tolerance, Agreeable
  6. Jealousy and Envy
  7. Love and Sexuality

And let’s not forget, for everyone familiar with U.S. Paper Cash: Money!
Money, money, money, honey. Never too much money!
How much “green” do you have in your purse? Enough to make going out and having a green clothing fashion spree a priority first!

Scarlett Johansson: Queen of the big screen…sexy siren queen in green!
Green Fun Fact: Political groups advocating environmental production and social justice describe themselves as part of the Green movement, some naming themselves Green parties. This has led to similar campaigns, as companies have sold green, environmentally friendly products.

Get with the scene – go green!
“I want to wear a head turning color to the fancy dinner party next week.”
“When you decide the color of your gown, tell me. I won’t let it leak.”
“I generally dress up in black or red. I need something new, a brand new scene.”
“You know you only have one color choice. The fashionable, fantastic green.”
“That’s a marvelous idea. The color green is cool, calm, and full of beauty.”
“You’ll be an elegant, chic, lovely woman with a mix of youth and cutie!”
When dressed in soothing, peaceful green clothing be ready to start a fashion riot! A wonderful color for casual and dressy wear. I highly suggest you try it!

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
 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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