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There is something sleek, sensual and sassy about showing just a tad bit of the midriff section. When you are dressed elegantly, or femininely, or playfully, yet a mere portion of your midriff skin is exposed, the look can be classy and clean.

Fashionably fit and flashy in a crop top, as the midriff is on display and out to play when wearing a crop top.

A crop top is a piece of clothing, covering the upper body, but cut short to end above the naval, thereby exposing the midriff area. Midriff is a particular term referring to the human body between the thorax/chest and the pelvis/hips.

In some cultures, exposure of the midriff is socially discouraged or even banned, and the Western culture has historically been resistant to midriff-baring styles. Baring the midriff was introduced into Western fashion in 1932 by Madeleine Vionnet when she presented an evening gown with strategically cut openings at the waist. Fashion designer Bill Blass, when speaking of the crop top/midriff shirt once said, “It is too difficult. Women will much more readily wear bare-back or plunging neckline styles.” However, crop tops do indeed make many appearances on the catwalks/runways of high fashion!

The crop top: haute couture.

Women’s fashion in the 1960s saw a spike in crop tops and midriff baring shirts due to the sexual revolution, and in the 1970s with the popularity of halter tops and tube tops.

Midriff Fun Fact: Midriff is a term used to describe:

  1. The belly area.
  2. A synonym for the waist.
  3. A name for the area below the diaphragm (particularly including the stomach region).

During the 1980s, pop star Madonna appeared in bare midriff looks in her performances and music videos, which helped spread the crop top into mainstream fashion.

For Indian women, baring the midriff has always been considered fashionable attire. Indian women have traditionally worn saris that bare the midriff, especially South Indian women. The cholis, worn by Indian women, exposes a thin section of midriff, usually 3 to 4 inches. And, as we all know, the Eastern art of belly dancing places the female midriff on center stage!

Currently in Hollywood, the bare midriff is becoming the trend. This midriff look flaunts one of the most desired symbols of beauty and health today: a flat, toned abdomen (abs). Jane magazine fashion editor Elizabeth Kiester stated, “A woman’s stomach and waist is the most feminine part of her body. It’s sexy, but not overtly sexy like cleavage.” Many celebrities have been draped in crop top midriff outfits while walking the red carpet, on stage and in fashion photo shoots.

In addition to the sexy front side that crop tops show off, many crop tops have adorable styles on the backside as well!

During the 1940s, schools with dress codes added the bare midriff look and all crop tops to the forbidden list. The enforcement of such rules depends on the school itself, although the majority of public and private schools ban the crop top, unless a tank top or undershirt is worn underneath that covers up the midriff skin.

When abs are toned and only a wee section of midriff is showing, crop tops add a fit, flashy, fashionable demeanor to a stylish outfit!

Midriff Fun Fact: According to the PBS Frontline documentary, “The Merchants of Cool”, “midriff” is a marketing classification for an American teenage female who is characterized as prematurely adult and consumed by appearances.

Crop tops accentuate health and vitality, with a hint of peek-a-boo playfulness, when worn with skirts, pants, trousers, shorts or capri pants! When adorned with the proper accessories and shoes, crop tops can make or break an outfit.

Comfortable and classy in a crop top. Sexy yet subtle.

Crop Top Tip: A crop top can be worn with a bottom garment that fits either above or below the naval. Both ways present their own flattering flair!

Go chic. Go cool. Go crop top. Ramp up your outfit in a cool crop top!

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

 

Spring is the perfect time of year to paint everything pastel, including your fingernails and toenails!

We all know what pastel colors look like, softer, muted shades of our favorite colors, such as pink, green, yellow, purple, orange and blue. What makes a pastel color lighter than it’s original color? A true pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation.

Pastel colors are quite lovely, and even more so when our nails are painted pastel pretty!

Pastel Fun Fact: Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork made using pastels is called simply, a ‘pastel’.

With the season of spring almost here, and then all through the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, pastel nail art is fashionable, fun and festive! Why not splurge at a professional salon and get your nails done, enjoying the relaxing, splendid manicure and pedicure treatment? All fashion divas need to spoil themselves once in awhile; it keeps glamour girls in a mood to smile!

Spring forward with pretty pastel nail art!

How to Treat Yourself to a Do It Yourself (DIY) Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish. For natural nails, use a nonacetone nail polish remover.
  2. File the nails into your desired shape.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple of minutes to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
  5. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residue left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
  6. Apply a clear nail polish base coat to the bare nails and let them dry.
  7. Stroke your nails with the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. Generally a nail needs three brush strokes of polish: one stroke down the center of the nail, one stroke on the left and right side of the nail.
  8. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear nail polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
  9. If desired, display your creativity by decorating away! You can add jewels, glitter, decals, various shades of nail polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour and pizzazz to your nails and hands!

Ah, your pleasing, pretty pastel nail art looks truly grand!

Pastel Fun Fact: Pastel sticks or pastel crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. Pastels also vary by individual manufacturers. Dry pastels have historically used binders such as gum arabic and gum tragacanth. Methyl cellulose was introduced as a binder in the 20th century. Often a chalk or gypsum component is present.

No matter how pastels are made, there is no denying that when your nails are decorated in beautiful shades of pastels, your hands and feet will look stunning and well, truly swell!

Dry Pastels Can Be Subdivided as Follows:

  1. Hard Pastels
  2. Oil Pastels
  3. Pan Pastels
  4. Pastel Pencils
  5. Soft Pastels
  6. Water Soluble Pastels

In order to create hard and soft pastels, pigments are ground into a paste with water and a gum binder and then rolled or pressed into sticks. The name “pastel” comes from Medieval Latin ‘pastellum’, meaning woad paste. The French word ‘pastel’ first appeared in 1662.

There are times that with gorgeous, festive, marvelous nail art, only pastel polish will do! Select the perfect pastel colors for you!

“I’m admiring the way you’ve painted each fingernail in a different pastel shade.”

“I do believe that this particular manicure I’m wearing deserves an A+ grade!”

“Although all soft colors are pretty, I feel yellow, green and blue look best.”

“I also adore the orange, lavender and pink. All pastel colors pass the test!”

“I think I’ll go out and get a pastel nail art manicure done on my nails too.”

“Copying is the greatest form of flattery. In fashion, those words are very true!”

Pastel Nail Art: A great place for a true fashion diva to start!

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

 

 

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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

Sun dresses are light, airy, beautiful, fun dresses! For a cool, comfortable garment that can still look dressy and elegant, the sun dress is a sure to win bet!
A dress is a frock or gown garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice that gives the effect of a one piece garment). A dress consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs. A dress can be any one piece garment or skirt of any length.
During the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, sun dresses doll up and cool down all fashion divas.

Sun dresses look great at any length, from short to knee to calf to the ankles. Also, necklines of sun dresses vary any where from strapless, to halter, to spaghetti straps!
Sun Fun Fact: Most people view sunny summer days as days to go out and have fun. Perhaps a visit to the beach, a river vacation, or merely a barbeque in the backyard. But did you know the sun is the star at the center of the Solar System? The sun is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma, with internal connective motion that generates a magnetic field via a dynamo process. The sun is by far the most important source of energy for life on Earth. The sun’s diameter is about 109 times that of the Earth, and its mass is about 330,000 times that of Earth, accounting for roughly 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.
Pretty amazing, that sun! In my estimation, a sunny day is always a great one!

Sun dresses can be made to look completely casual, or accessorized to look almost formal. Great events to wear sun dresses are baby showers, birthday parties, lunch or dinner events, beachwear or just plain anywhere!
Dress Fun Fact: Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor for good. For the next fifty years fashionable dresses became short (think the 1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years with their restrictions of fabric), then long (the New Look).
Today, any dress length goes, from just below the buttocks to the hemline flowing over your toes!
Okay, this blue tasseled dress below isn’t categorized as a sun dress, but I had to show this dress as it is gorgeous/adorable all rolled into one! I would love to own this dress and just may try to find me one! Beautiful!

Now, back to dresses made to wear in the sizzling sun!


Sun Fun Fact: The English proper name ‘sun’ developed from Old English ‘sunne’ and may be related to ‘south’. The English weekday name ‘Sunday’ stems from Old English and is ultimately a result of Germanic interpretation of Latin ‘dies solis’, a translation of the Greek “hemera heliou’. The Latin name for sun (Sol) isn’t common in the general English language, however the adjectival form is the related word ‘solar’.
Display your solar power and fashion power when dressed in an airy, elegant sun dress, hour by hour!

Sun Fun Fact: For most people, the sun’s rays feels luxurious on the skin. Think sun worshipers who love to tan or lay out on the beach sand and soak up the sun. Solar deities and sun worship can be found throughout most of recorded history in various forms, including the Egyptian Ra, the Hindu Surya, the Japanese Amaterasu, the Germanic Sol, and the Aztec Tonatiuh, among others.
From at least the 4th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, the sun was worshipped as the god Ra, portrayed as a falcon-headed divinity surmounted by the solar disk, and surrounded by a serpent.
Enjoy the sand and the surf by stepping out in a sensual, sassy sun dress and rule the fashion turf!

Sun Dress Fashion Tip: Sun dresses are a garment that radiate joy and look fun and youthful on any woman! Beautiful, breezy, whimsical fashion! Whatever your style, whatever your passion!
Sun Dresses: The long and short of it! Always a hit!

If you wake up in the morning and Mr. Sun is shining bright, slip into a pretty, dainty, comfy sun dress for a look and feel that’s right! You will be a radiant sight!
“I’m attending the opening of a great deli bistro and need to find something to wear.”
“Since the weather is a pleasant 80 degrees, how about a sun dress and a flower in your hair?”
“That’s a perfect idea. I won’t be overdressed but I’ll look dainty and demure.”
“The best dressed person at the party. A real looker for sure.”
“You don’t think I’ll look too dressy for a sandwich shop place?”
“Why do you care? All true fashion divas dress to fit their own taste!”
Sun Dresses: A standard summer attire for all girls and women!

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

Denim fabric never goes out of style…never has…never will. People all around the world adore their denim.
Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remain white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
Dominate the streets and the runways dressed in dazzling, durable denim!


Denim Fun Fact: The name ‘denim’ derives from French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes”.  Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans. The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes) where the first denim trousers were made.
Durable, delicious denim fabric has been used in the United States since the mid 19th century. Denim initially gained popularity when Jacob W. Davis, a tailor from the state of Nevada, manufactured the first pair of “rivet-reinforced” denim pants. Davis wrote a proposal to wholesaler Levi Strauss & Co. who had been supplying Davis with bolts of denim fabric.  His proposal was to patent the design of the rivet-reinforced denim pants, with Davis listed as the inventor, in exchange for certain rights of manufacture. Levi Strauss & Co. came on board with their possibilities of profit in the manufacture of the garment and then hired Davis to be in charge of the mass-production in San Francisco.
What marvels come about when an inventor takes a leap of faith! Jacob W. Davis dreamed his denim jeans into a fashion and money dynasty! Gotta’ get me some of that magnificent Davis denim!
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Denim Fun Fact: Over time denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some people. During the process of wear, fading will often occur on those parts of the material that receive the most stress. On a pair of jeans, that includes the upper thighs, ankles and the areas behind the knees.
After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. Washed denim is sometimes artificially distressed to produce a worn look. Much of the appeal of artificially distressed denim is that it resembles dry denim which has faded. This process creates what many feel to be a look more natural than artificially distressed denim.
Never a fashion drought when dressed in denim!
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When shopping for denim a true fashion diva will say, “Denim jeans, denim dresses, denim skirts, denim shirts, denim belts, denim shorts, denim shoes, denim purses and denim jewelry will do just fine!” So thrilled all this denim is mine!
Denim garments? Give me everything. I adore being dressed like a denim glamour queen!
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Dry Denim Fun Fact: Dry denim is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their jeans for more than six months. Most dry denim is made with 100% cotton and comes from several different countries. The United States, Zimbabwe and Japan produce popular sources of cotton for making raw denim.
Dry denim also varies in weight, typically measured by the weight of a yard of denim in ounces. 12 ounces or less is considered light denim, 12 to 16 ounces is considered mid-weight, and over 16 ounces is considered heavy weight denim.
Whether you prefer to don your diva self in light, mid or heavy weight denim, one thing is certain. When dressed in dazzling denim you’ll look better than the all rest of them!
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There’s no denying that people love their faded jeans! Fade patterns have helped personalize denim clothing articles!
Preferred Denim Fading Patterns in Jeans:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – These are faded lines that are found behind the knees.
  2. Whiskers – Faded streaks that surround the crotch area of the jeans.
  3. Stacks – These are created by having the inseam of the jeans hemmed a few inches longer than the actual leg length. The extra fabric then stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending up the to calf area.
  4. Train Tracks – This appears on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades which resemble train tracks.

And just what is selvage, you ask?  Selvage is the edge of a fabric as it comes from the loom. Selvedges are woven or knitted so they won’t fray, ravel or curl.
Who is that sexy denim girl?
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Denim Fun Fact: Denim fabric is divided into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dying. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color or similar shades. Sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green. Stretch denim incorporates an elastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of ‘give’ in garments made from stretch denim. It only takes about 3% of spandex within the denim fabric to create a stretch capacity of about 15%.
Stretch your beautiful body into a slinky, glamorous, stylish pair of stretch jeans. Move with the style of a true fashion icon and stay comfortable at the same time. Your denim duds truly move with you, every step you take, all of the time.
Make no fashion mistake. Denim is the garment road to take!
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Denim: Durable, dainty, dazzling clothing to adore!
“Who was the one who stood out the most at Sunday brunch yesterday?”
“The one dressed in denim skinny jeans, a ruffled denim blouse, denim high heels and a strand of denim pearls.”
“I agree one-hundred percent.  What a denim-dressed, head turning girl!”
“I was so mesmerized by the way she wore her denim that I barely finished my meal.”
“Her denim fashion show was worth far more than the price of the brunch. I’d say we got a great deal.”
Denim: Let’s give the divine fabric a shout out. A true fashion steal!
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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 https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy
 
 
 
 
 

Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel on sale now in online and retail bookstores.
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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating husbands with their pants down, then worse, having to report to the wives what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collided.
Nancy Mangano is an author, screenwriter and fashion journalist, writing the Natalie North murder mystery series and the global online fashion magazine, Strutting in Style. With degrees in Communications and Criminal Justice, she has blended her love of writing and her interest in law enforcement into her novels. Nancy’s work has received several awards, including the Best of Anaheim award three years in a row. She resides in Orange County, California and in 2016 was inducted into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame.
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 
 
 
 
 

Pedicures are a treat to pretty up and pamper your feet. A pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet and toenails, similar to a manicure for the hands and fingernails. Pedicures are done for cosmetic, therapeutic and medical purposes and can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders. They are popular throughout the world, especially among women.
Pedicures include care not only for toenails, but also for the feet, and skin care is often provided up to the knee, including granular exfoliation, moisturizing and massage.
Pedicure and polish your toenails to pleasing perfection!
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Pedicure Fun Fact: The word ‘pedicure’ is derived from the Latin words “pedis”, which means “of the foot”, and “cura”, which means “care.” 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; royal fingernails were painted red and black. Ancient Egyptians have been manicuring all the way back to 2300 BC.
Let’s get matching pedicures…paint your toenails fancy with me!

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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 wish to paint your toenails, wipe away any excess foot lotion and apply a clear base coat of nail polish to your 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 nail polish to add shine and shimmer to your toenails, and to prevent the nail polish from chipping.

Wahlah! Fancy, fabulous, fashionable feet. Ah, what a treat!
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Tools and Nail Cosmetics Needed for a Successful Pedicure:

  1. Acetone
  2. Cotton Balls
  3. Cuticle Cream
  4. Cuticle Pusher
  5. Foot Bath
  6. Lotion
  7. Nail File
  8. Nail Polish
  9. Toenail Clippers
  10. Toe Spacers
  11. Towels
  12. Pumice Stone
  13. Pedicure Spa
  14. Paper Towels
  15. Polish Base Coat
  16. Cuticle Cream
  17. Cuticle Remover
  18. Nail Polish
  19. Nail Dryer
  20. Nail Polish Remover
  21. Decals, Stones, Gems, Decorations

Pretty pedicures for princess toes!


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Popular Types of Pedicures:

  1. Regular Pedicure: Foot soaking, foot scrubbing, nail clipping, etc.
  2. Spa Pedicure: Paraffin dip, masks, mud or seaweed treatment.
  3. Paraffin Pedicure: Parrafin wax.
  4. Stone Pedicure: A foot massage with essential oils.
  5. French Pedicure: White polish on the nail tips with a sheer pink color on the base.
  6. Chocolate Pedicure: Chocolate foot soak, chocolate foot mask, chocolate moisturizing lotions.
  7. Margarita Pedicure: Salt scrub, soaking water with fresh limes, a lime based massage oil, moisturizer (and sipping margaritas if preferred)!

So many types of pedicures…only ten toes. Should I paint each nail the same color, or mix and match in shoes where my fashionable toes show?
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Pedicures are pretty! The pedicure industry began to grow in 2000. There were approximately 50,000 nail salons located throughout the United States at that time; today there are approximately 2000,000 nail salons in the U.S.
Pedicure Fun Fact: Pedicures take 45 minutes to an hour or so to complete. Not too much time for an outcome that gives you stunning, fun, pleasing, festive feet! Sweet!
“Would you like to spend a girls’ day out getting a manicure and pedicure?”
“That sounds simply divine and will ramp up my mood for sure.”
“I think I’ll get matching decals placed on my left and right big toe.”
“Flowers or rhinestones or beads would look lovely and put on a fabulous show.”
“I’ll paint my toenails and fingernails raven red and make the decals white.”
“Ah, your toes will look magnificent. A fashionable and lovely sight!”
Pedicures: Paint your toes up right!
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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
 
 
 

Diamonds aren’t only a girl’s best friend…guys love the stunning, sparkling gems too!
Diamond jewelry has long been loved, admired and coveted by people. A diamond is a metastable allotrope of carbon, where the carbon atoms are arranged in a variation of the face-centered cubic crystal structure called a diamond lattice. A diamond is less stable than graphite, but the conversion rate from diamond to graphite is negligible at standard conditions.
A diamond is renowned as a material with superlative physical qualities, most of which originate from the strong covalent bonding between its atoms. In particular, a diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any bulk material.
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Diamond Fun Fact: Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 118 mi) in the Earth’s mantle. Carbon-containing minerals provide the carbon source, and the growth occurs over periods from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years (25% to 75% of the age of the Earth). Diamonds are brought close to the Earth’s surface through deep volcanic eruptions by magma, which cools into igneous rocks knowns as kimberlites and lamproites.
Diamonds can also be produced synthetically in a HPHT method which approximately stimulates the conditions in the Earth’s mantle. An alternative, and completely different growth technique, is chemical vapor deposition.
Whether your diamonds are natural or synthetic, drape yourself in diamonds for a royal, regal, lavish fit!


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Diamond Fun Fact: The name diamond is derived from the ancient Greek adamas, meaning proper, unalterable, unbreakable, untamed. Diamonds are thought to have first been recognized and mined in India, where significant alluvial deposits of the stone could be found many centuries ago along the rivers Penner, Krishna and Godavari. Diamonds have been known in India for at least 6,000 years.
Diamond jewelry has long been loved and lavished by people for centuries, and revered in countries all around the world.
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Marketing has significantly affected the image of the diamond as a valuable commodity. N. W. Ayer & Son, the advertising firm detained by De Beers in the mid-20th century, succeeded in reviving the American diamond market. The firm created new markets in countries where no diamond tradition had existed before. N. W. Ayer’s marketing included product placement, advertising focused on the diamond product itself rather than from the De Beers brand, and associations with celebrities and royalty.
Today, diamonds signify wealth, affluence, romance, love and commitment. Marriage anyone? Say it with diamonds for excitement and fun when you’ve found your special one!



Mined rough diamonds are converted into gems through a multi-step process called “cutting.” Diamonds are extremely hard, but also brittle and can be split by a single blow. Therefore, diamond cutting is considered a delicate procedure requiring skills, scientific knowledge, tools and experience.
Issues Considered When Cutting Diamonds:

  1. The hardness of the diamond and the gem’s ability to cleave strongly depend on the crystal orientation. The crystallographic structure of the diamond to be cut is analyzed using X-ray diffraction to choose optimal cutting directions.
  2. Most diamonds contain visible non-diamond inclusions and crystal flaws. The cutter has to decide which flaws are to be removed by the cutting and which could be kept.
  3. The diamond can be split by a single, well calculated blow of a hammer to a pointed tool, which is quick, but risky. It can also be cut with d diamond saw, which is a more reliable but tedious procedure.

After the initial cutting, the diamond is shaped in numerous stages of polishing, which can be performed by technicians.
Polish yourself into pretty, pizzazz like fashion when donned in polished diamonds!
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Diamond Fun Fact: Several non-diamond materials, which include cubic zirconia and silicon carbide and are often called diamond stimulants, resembling diamonds in appearance and many properties. Special gemological techniques have been developed to distinguish natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds and diamond stimulants.
Stimulate and whet your appetite for fabulous real and costume jewelry by accessorizing in dazzling, delicious and delicate diamonds!
Your diamonds demand attention!
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Diamond Fun Fact: The conditions for diamond formation to happen in the lithospheric mantle occur at considerable depth corresponding to the requirements of temperature and pressure. Those depths are estimated between 140 and 190 kilometers (87 and 118 mi), though occasionally diamonds have crystallized at depths about 300 kilometers (190 mi).
Get a fashion rise out of yourself and your friends when your array of diamond jewelry is on fabulous display with no end!
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Did I hear you say ‘diamonds’? Of course, because diamonds, diamonds, yes diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
“I think I’ll splurge today and indulge in a gigantic ice cream cone!”
“I think I’ll treat myself to a lavish gem, bead or stone.”
“Depending on what’s in your wallet, are you thinking jewelry that’s large or small?”
“Money is no object where diamonds are concerned, perhaps I’ll buy them all.”
“I guess a glamour girl does love to dress herself in diamonds from head to toe.”
“I’ll wear diamond earrings, diamond bracelets, diamond rings and put on a diamond fashion show!”
Treat yourself to diamonds…the only way to go!
Diamonds: The perfect daytime jewelry or glamour for a night on the town. Diamonds are by far the most splendid jewelry around!
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Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846
 

A popular, pretty and never outdated top to wear with skirts, pants and shorts is the beautiful and feminine top known around the globe as the blouse!
A blouse is a loose-fitting upper garment that can be either gathered at the waist or hang loosely over the wearer’s body. Blouses come in various styles, patterns (floral, print, solid color) cuts and are made from a variety of fabrics! Some common material for blouses is cotton, lace and silk cloth, and blouses may or may not include a collar and sleeves.
Blouses run the gamut from standard, no nonsense, professional attire all the way to frilly, lacy, fancy apparel. Many blouses resemble men’s dress shirts in the way the blouse buttons up the front, has a firm collar and long sleeves that button at the wrists.
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Blouse is a French word meaning “dust coat” and has become a common word in the English language. Blouses were rarely a part of the fashionable woman’s wardrobe until the 1890s. Before that time, blouses were popular for informal wear in styles that mirrored peasant or traditional clothing. A simple blouse with a plain skirt was the standard dress for the female workforce in the 1890s. In the early 1900s, elaborate blouses, such as the lingerie blouse (heavily decorated with lace and embroidery) and blouses with tucks and pleats became immensely sought after for both office and evening wear.ImageImage
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Tailoring can provide a closer fit to the wearer’s shape. This form fitted look is achieved with sewing of features such as princess seams or darting in the waist and/or bust. I think that tailored, form fitted blouses look real nice with plain skirts or either high waisted or hip hugger pants!
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Generally a front button up blouse should be worn with the top button or two top buttons open, for better comfort. This look wears real well when the blouse is worn as the sole top, or when the blouse is worn underneath a blazer or a jacket. A striking necklace or choker to decorate the neck and open chest area when added with the blouse creates a stylish, feminine look.
Other cuts of blouses zip up the side, slip on over your head or button up the back. Many of these blouses are fancier to look at compared to the standard shirt blouse, and they can dress up and doll up your outfit merely by their divine elegance.
Sheer blouses and lace blouses are ultra feminine and sensual. These blouses can be worn with dress slacks and skirts to create a fancier look, or they can be worn with casual or denim slacks, skirts and shorts to give off a more youthful, yet alluring vibe!
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A blouse is by far a nice, comfortable flowy shirt that is much more classy than a shirt!
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Tip for wearing a long-sleeved blouse on a warm day: Roll up the sleeves to above the elbows. I think rolled-up sleeves is a great, fun look! Not only does it allow you to wear the blouse even in warm weather, but it emits a cute, cool, fashionable image!
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If earrings and/or a necklace were added to this ensemble, this outfit could be taken up a notch, depending on your mood or where you are going!
Blouses are elegant, pretty and always in style!
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So whether your tastes run more casual and sporty, or more girly girl and dolly, there are numerous styles and types of blouses to satisfy your particular, unique fashion sense.
From sensible to sensational!
From practical to prissy!
From downplay to darling!
No matter your wardrobe preference, blouses are beautiful!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her flair for fashion into her novels. Visit her author website at www.nancymangano.com, her author/style blog at www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and Facebook Nancy Mangano.