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We all enjoy being groomed and pampered by health and beauty specialists in the relaxing environment of salon spas. Spa resorts originated to offer various health treatments, most notably using mineral-rich spring water to give medicinal baths. Day spas now offer much more, including massages, beauty masks, laser hair removal, waxing, and milk baths. With so many options offered at spas, it helps to know what services are worth the money and which treatments are as beneficial when performed yourself from home.

Love and take care of the skin that you’re in.

Spa Services That Are Worth the Cost:

• Laser Hair Removal: All skin tones and complexions are safe for using laser hair removal. You will experience dramatic hair reduction on dark, coarse hairs from those pesky areas you prefer to keep hair free. Laser hair removal doesn’t work on gray or white hairs. For those hairs, you can try wax, cream hair bleach, or tweezers.

• The Milk Bath: A luxuriating milk bath works wonders for softening and soothing your skin. Yes, you truly bathe in milk. Having this service done at a professional spa is worth the cost. Can you imagine if you fill your own bathtub with milk, the effort, and cost that it will take you? Milk truly does a body good, inside and out.

• Hydrotherapy Massage: Submerge yourself in a deluxe scented, salt-infused tub for an invigorating underwater experience. This service is relaxing and will soothe your sore, tight muscles by pulsating jets of air that stroke your body as you soak in luxurious warm water.

• Brazilian Bikini Wax: Sure, there are over the counter Brazilian bikini wax kits that you can buy and use at home, but ouch! For a thorough, fairly pain-free front and back bikini wax, this service is best left to the professionals. Enjoy how you look in your barely there thong bikini with this popular wax service.


• Manicure/Pedicure: Even if you are someone who prefers to paint your own fingernails and toenails, everyone should experience the luxury and occasional treat of partaking in a professional salon manicure/pedicure. You can kick back and read a book, surf your iPhone or just close your eyes and relax while pro nail artists fancy up and massage your hands and feet. Grooming your fingers and toes never felt or looked so good.

• Decolletage Rejuvenation: Eventually gravity begins to take a toll on everyone. One of the first places you may notice loose or sagging skin is with your breasts and your neck (think the turkey neck). With decolletage rejuvenation, this regenerative skin tightening treatment helps firm loose, cleavage and sagging neck skin. Treat yourself to a professional decolletage rejuvenation and love your firm skin once again.

There are so many wonderful, invigorating spa services that will make you feel like the youthful, confident man or woman that you are. Why not treat yourself to the pampering you deserve? ,Spa services never felt so spectacular! Luxurious, lovely, luscious!

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

 

 

The pretty and pleasing fabric known as plaid never goes out of style. As early as the 1830s, plaid was a popular fabric pattern in the world of fashion. Plaid is a recognizable pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands of multiple colors. Plaid originated in woven wool, but today plaid fabrics are available in many other materials.

Plaid is made with alternating bands of colored threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread at each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colors cross, which gives the appearance of new colors blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of color repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinct pattern of squares and lines known as a ‘sett’.

Ready, set, go…look fabulous from head to toe when you are dressed in the cool, chic, rad fabric that is plaid!

Plaid Color Shades and Meanings:

  1. Modern: A plaid that is colored using chemical dyes as opposed to natural dyes.
  2. Ancient: A lighter shade of plaid that represent the colors that would result from the fabric aging over time.
  3. Muted: Plaid which is shade between modern and ancient. This type of plaid is very modern, dating only from the 1970s. This shade is said to be the closest match to the shades attained by natural dyes used before the mid-19th century.

For those of you that prefer a splash of plaid as opposed to being wrapped in plaid, why not carry a plaid handbag or doll yourself up in plaid accessories? A touch of plaid looks exceptionally graceful and elegant on anyone, yes, even men!

Plaid Fun Fact: Plaid is recorded by counting the threads of each color that appear in the sett. The thread count not only describes the width of the stripes on a sett, but also the colors used. For example, the thread count “K4 R24 K24 Y4” breaks down as 4 black threads, 24 red threads, 24 black threads and 4 yellow threads. The first and last thread of the thread count are the pivot points.

The word ‘plaid’, derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘plaide’, meaning blanket, was first used to describe any rectangular garment. Over time, the term ‘plaid’ was used to describe blankets themselves.

Today plaid is a pretty, pleasing pattern that looks both elegant and fun and is adored and recognized by everyone!

The fashion pandemonium plaid is never a fad!

Although plaid prints can be found in all colors, plaid fabrics consisting of black, red and yellow are the most popular. For a striking, stunning sight, dress in plaid garments of black and white.

“I feel that I can play checkers on your checkered dress.”

“This pattern is plaid. Checkered is cute but plaid is the best.”

“Can you explain the difference between checkered and plaid to me?”

“Checkered patterns make only squares; plaid is squares and lines that are easy to see.”

“The different blocks of color in the material seem to run up and down.”

“Horizontal and vertical. Plaid is one of the most beautiful patterns around.”

Plaid: A fashionable and stylish pattern that looks fantastic on skirts, dresses, jackets and shoes, or any other garments you choose!

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

 

 

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All makeup lovers understand the importance of carrying a perfectly filled cosmetic bag with them throughout the day. A great cosmetic bag should be large enough to hold your 5 favorite makeup products, yet small enough to fit easily into your purse. Deciding which makeup items to carry around with you for touch ups and makeup emergencies can be an overwhelming process. So I decided to help you out a bit, and compiled a list of 5 makeup essentials that will save you from a cosmetics disaster!

  • Mascara, Eyeliner and Makeup Brush Combo

Of all makeup items to never leave the house without, mascara and eyeliner take first place. By highlighting your eyes with black mascara and eyeliner, the definition of your eyes will pop and appear larger. This is an essential and magnetic makeup must have.

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Your Favorite Tube of Lipstick or Lip Gloss

A touch of color and shine to your lips throughout the day not only adds pizzazz to your face, but keeps you looking awake and refreshed. Do you look bland when you look in the mirror? Swipe some wow colored lipstick over your lips and watch your look come to life.

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• Spray Spritz Moisturizer

Spraying a light mist of moisturizer to your face throughout the day will not only keep your foundation and powder looking fresh, but your skin will look supple and youthful. Not sure how to look wide awake in that afternoon boardroom meeting? Wipe the tiredness away with a quick moisturizer spray.

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Concealer

You never know what the day holds for you or your makeup, so it’s smart to keep a solid beauty warrior in your cosmetic bag in case redness or blemishes start to show. Cover up those pesky flaws with a concealer that matches your skin tone.

Makeup Sponge

Always have a makeup sponge handy to wipe away face oils as the day wears on, or blend eye shadow and/or blush back in place that might be fading away. A few wipes with a dry makeup sponge can save a glamour girl’s day.

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Much like a glorious pair of high heeled shoes, your makeup bag can be your fashion and beauty best friend, going everywhere you go and saving you from unexpected and unwanted makeup mishaps!

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Let Mobile Styles professional makeup artists come to you bringing their own product filled cosmetic bags for a day of health and beauty filled pampering and style. Use promo code lookbook18nm to receive a $50.00 discount off your first glamour session.

For a gorgeous makeup job that looks exquisite and lasts all day long, contact Mobile Styles and you can’t go wrong. Simply download the Mobile Styles app or visit their website at www.mobilestyles.com Follow Mobile Styles on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at 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

 

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
 

The City of Anaheim, CA is proud to honor author and fashion journalist Nancy Mangano three years in a row, receiving the 2017 Best of Anaheim Awards for Business Services and  again being recognized as an official inductee into the City of Anaheim Business Hall of Fame.
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The City of Anaheim congratulates Nancy on this achievement.
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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
 

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

Regarding simple pleasures in life, diamonds and chocolate make the list. While diamonds are revered and beautiful in various forms of jewelry, and chocolate candies and flavorings are adored by the taste buds, mixing the two together to create chocolate diamonds is a definite win!
Chocolate (brown) diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. In most mines, chocolate diamonds account for 15% of production. Although brown diamonds don’t glimmer as shimmery as their clear diamond sisters, in Australia and the United States, brown diamonds have become valued gemstones and have taken on the appetizing name chocolate diamonds.


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Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: A significant portion of the output of Australian diamond mines is brown stones. A large amount of scientific research has gone into understanding the origin of the unique brown color. Several causes have been identified, including irradiation treatment, nickel impurities and lattice defects associated with plastic deformation; the latter is considered as the predominant cause, especially in pure diamonds. A high pressure, high temperature treatment has been developed that heals lattice defects and converts brown diamonds into yellow or colorless stones.
Baumgold Bros., a popular diamond cutter and fine jewelry importer in the 1950s and 1960s, rebranded brown diamonds in order to hike sales. Names included champagne, amber, cognac and chocolate. Other companies followed the Baumgold Bros. lead and named different shades such as clove, coffee, caramel, cappuccino, mocha, espresso and cinnamon.
Whatever name you prefer to use, the chocolate diamond makes gorgeous jewelry in any style you choose!


Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: In the year 2000, the fine jewelry company Le Vian trademarked the term “chocolate diamond” and introduced a new brown jewelry line. Le Vian worked with the supplier Rio Tinto and partnered with the retailer, Signet Jewelers. The brand heavily advertised the ‘chocolate diamond’ line including a massive television media spend. The campaign was a success; in 2007 virtually no one was searching for ‘chocolate diamonds’. By the year 2014 the search number jumped to 400,000 times a year.
If chocolate and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I suggest chocolate diamonds! The allure never ends!
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Diamonds occur in various colors including blue, yellow, green, orange, various shades of pink and red, brown, gray and black. The Argyle mine, with its 35 million carats (7,000 kg) of diamonds per year, makes about one third of global production of natural diamonds. 80% of argyle diamonds are brown.


Natural Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The majority of natural brown diamonds don’t show any characteristics of absorption peaks. The brown color relates to the plastic deformation.
Synthetic Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: Synthetic diamonds are created by compressing graphite to several gigapascals and heating to temperatures above 1500 C. Nitrogen in these diamonds is dispersed through the lattice as single atoms and induces a yellow color. Nickel is added to graphite to accelerate its conversion into a diamond. The incorporation of nickel and nitrogen into the diamond induces the brown color.
Chocolate or brown…when dolled up in chocolate/brown shimmering diamond jewelry, you’ll rock the town!

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Notable Chocolate Diamonds:

  1. The Golden Jubilee Diamond is the largest cut diamond in the world. It was founded in 1985 as a rough stone of 755.5 carats in the Premier mine in South Africa, which is operated by De Beers.
  2. The Earth Star Diamond was found at another South African mine of De Beers, the Jagersfontein Mine on May 16, 1967. The diamond came from the 2,500 foot level of volcanic diamond-bearing pipe. The rough gem weighed 248.9 carats and was cut into a 111.59 carat pear-shaped gem with a strong brown color and extraordinary brilliance. The diamond was purchased in 1983 for $900,000.
  3. The Incomparable Diamond is another African diamond, one of the largest ever found in the world (890 carats). In 1984 a young girl discovered it in a pile of rubble from old mine dumps of the nearby MIBA Diamond Mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  4. In 1974, American actress Elizabeth Taylor wore a chocolate diamond ring and earrings to the Oscars. The jewelry was a gift from Richard Burton for their tenth wedding anniversary.

Chocolate diamonds…yummy and delicious to the eyes! Dress in elegant chocolate diamond splendor and be fashion wise! You’ll sparkle lovely…no surprise!
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Heat Treated Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The concept that the brown color of chocolate diamonds might be related to lattice imperfections has led to a technique to convert brown diamonds into light yellow or even colorless diamonds. The diamond is subjected to high pressures of 6 to 10 GPa and temperatures above 1600 C that heals those defects. The technique has been demonstrated in several research laboratories in Russia and the United States. Since 1999, several companies around the world have adopted the technique and use various brand names for the processed diamonds.
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Chocolate Diamonds: Alluring, appetizing, appealing and amazing!
“I’m aching to eat some chocolate but I’ve started a no sugar diet.”
“I’ve got another way for you to get your chocolate fix that will cause a fashion riot.”
“Are you suggesting I dangle delicious chocolate squares on my ears?”
“I’m saying wear chocolate diamond earrings…the finest diamond in years,  I hear.”
“That is a marvelous idea. Would you like to buy me a pair?”
“Certainly. Let’s treat ourselves…chocolate is scrumptious to wear!”
Chocolate diamonds: A sure cut above, my fashion diva love!
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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to online and retail bookstores on February 24, 2017!
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
 

Valentine’s Day. Ah, love is in the air. If I’m going to dinner, the movies, the theater or even staying home, the dilemma is “what shall I wear?”
If you go with traditional Valentine’s Day colors, you want to dress in reds, pinks and whites, or a version of the three shades. The color red signifies fire, romance, passion, while the color pink draws up images of love, softness and sweetness. White? Purity and innocence.
So, you fashion diva vixen, even if you’ve been naughty and mischievous, celebrate Valentine’s Day in a vivacious, vibrant fashion way!
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Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionaries, and sending greeting cards. Romance at its best!

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Popular Valentine’s Day Symbols That are Used Today:

  1. Heart Shaped Outline
  2. Doves
  3. Cupid
  4. Handwritten Valentine’s
  5. Flowers
  6. Chocolates

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Countries/Regions Around the World that Celebrate Valentine’s Day or a Similar Holiday:

  1. America
  2. China
  3. France
  4. Finland
  5. Greece
  6. India
  7. Iran
  8. Israel
  9. Japan
  10. Lebanon
  11. Malaysia
  12. Pakistan
  13. Philippines
  14. Portugal
  15. Romania
  16. Saudi Arabia
  17. Scandinavia
  18. Singapore
  19. South Korea
  20. Spain
  21. Taiwan
  22. United Kingdom

Va Va Voom Valentine’s Day fashions around the world; sure to create quite a love stir!

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What better time to express your love than in the season of love? Not only through clothes, but through the tummy! Chocolate candies and heart shaped cookies speak volumes of love, satisfy, delight and taste oh so yummy!
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Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: While the European folk traditions connected with Saint Valentine and Saint Valentine’s Day have become marginalized by modern Anglo-American customs connecting the day with romantic love, there are some remaining associations connecting the saint with the advent of Spring. While the customs of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the United Kingdom, Valentine’s Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England.
No matter how you choose to spend the day, bask in your own love and your own sense of personal style and dress the fabulous, festive day in your own selected way!
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Sensual, sexy, alluring, passionate, sinful, loving, affectionate. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate all the pleasurable emotions and speak volumes through the clothing you slink yourself into on this romantic loving day!
“Do you have a date for Valentine’s Day?”
“Me, myself and I. A great date I must say!”
“Are you going to pamper yourself with a new outfit and sit in front of the TV?”
“Yes. Relax, dress to kill and eat as many chocolate candies that will fit in my tummy.”
“I’m glad to hear that you know how to love and pamper yourself.”
“I’m my own best cheerleader. Never put yourself on the back shelf!”
Valentine’s Day: Love others, love yourself! Fashion fierce!
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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

Velvet – Soft on the eyes; soft to the touch! A beautiful fabric, in the fashion world, used so much!
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving the material a distinctive feel. By extension, the word ‘velvety’ means ‘smooth like velvet.’
Velvet can be made either from synthetic or natural fibers. Velvet makes a garment look fancy, elegant and classy!

Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of the material at the same time. The two pieces are cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. Velvet pile is created by warp or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.
Fill up your fashion fancy taste with soft, fun to feel, velvet!
Velvet is a fabric that looks expensive, merely by its portrayal of elegance and elan! Velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly product. No matter the cost, velvet is a rich looking fabric!
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Velvet garments look luxurious and appealing in all colors!
Velvet Fun Fact: Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely of silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred United States dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in less luxurious fabric. Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wool. No matter the fibers used, velvet always looks amazing and, as far as garments go, always a cut above.
Velvet Not So Fun Fact: Velvet is difficult to clean because of its pile, but modern dry cleaning methods tend to work well to clean velvet to its lustrous appeal!
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Velvet pants! How wow is that? Thank you Victoria’s Secret!
Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as the high cost of production, velvet has often been associated with nobility. Velvet was introduced to Baghdad during the rule of Harun al-Rashid by Kashmiri merchants and to Al-Andalus by Ziryab. In the Mamluk era, Cairo was the world’s largest producer of velvet.
Velvet Fun Fact: In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in ‘velveto’.
Velvet, a gorgeous material truly fit for kings and queens! Be victorious in velvet!
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She wore whatever color velvet she preferred!
The girl can’t help it! She’s earned the right!


Due to velvet’s high class look and feel, the fabric makes for glamorous evening wear. However, velvet clothing and accessories also work for a casual, yet fashionable, look. Think a velvet blouse with skinny jeans and pumps. How adorable is that ensemble? The velvet dolls the look up, yet the denim jeans add a touch of office or daytime look to the outfit.
Can you say, “I’m dressed and velveted up to go pump gas, people! I’m a true fashion diva!”
The art of velvet weaving originated in the Far East, and it isn’t until the beginning of the 14th century that we find any mention of the soft textile. The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice. The art was later taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Bruges attained a reputation for velvets that were similar to those from the great Italian cities.

Popular Types of Velvet Fabrics:

  1. Chiffon
  2. Crushed
  3. Devore
  4. Embossed
  5. Hammered
  6. Lyons
  7. Mirror
  8. Nacre
  9. Panne
  10. Pile-On-Pile
  11. Plain
  12. Utrecht
  13. Velveteen
  14. Voided
  15. Wedding Ring Velvet

No matter the color, no matter the type, when dressed in velvet you’ll look and feel just right! I understand the velvet hype!
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Although there are other fabrics that are similar to velvet, such as corduroy and velour, velvet is by are a fashionable fabric that oozes glamour, royalty, richness and class!

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Fashion strong? The answer has been velvet clothing all along!
“Sir, didn’t your mother teach you to keep your hands to yourself?”
“I merely needed to feel the material of your dress, see how soft it felt.”
“Much like when my little brother would get a buzz haircut and I would rub his head?”
“Exactly. Except that haircut feels prickly and rough. Your garment is smooth instead.”
“Yes. Velvet is easy on the eyes and feels marvelous to the hands.”
“Let’s give a hand to velvet. The finest fabric in all of fashion land!”
Velvet: Rich, elegant, luxurious and truly grand!
Wear velvet and take a winning style stand!
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 

Denim duds…a main staple of American (and world) fashion! Where would we be without denim clothing? Almost as lost as when Chevrolet discontinued the Camaro (a muscle car of vast performance)…until Chevrolet redeemed that mistake and brought the popular car back on the market. Vroom, vroom!
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.  “Quack, quack…those are some mighty fine denim duds you’ve got on there!”
While denim is a popular material for jeans, denim makes for fabulous dresses, skirts, jackets, purses, shoes, overalls, etc. Pretty much any garment can pull off denim. Do I hear a denim wedding dress, anyone?


Blue Jean Denim Fun Fact: 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 remains white, creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.
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The name ‘denim’ derives from the French serge de Nimes, meaning “serge from Nimes.”
Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans, although “jean” formerly denoted a different, lighter, cotton fabric. The contemporary use of the word “jeans” comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Delicious, dazzling, delightful denim duds!

Denim Fun Fact: Denim has been used in the United States since the mid 19th century. Denim initially gained popularity in 1873 when Jacob Davis, a tailor from Nevada, manufactured the first pair of ‘rivet-reinforced’ denim pants. His concept for making reinforced jeans was inspired when a female customer requested a pair of durable and strong pants for her husband to chop wood in. When Davis was about to finish making the denim jeans, he saw some copper rivets laying on a table and used the rivets to fasten the pockets. Necessity, the mother of invention!
Dry denim (or raw denium) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time, dry denim will usually fade, which is considered desirable by some people. During the process of wear, fading will usually occur on those parts of the material that receives the most stress.
“My dear, how would you like your denim?”
“Faded, ripped, threaded and shredded!”
Who knew that type of denim would become a mainstream fashion must have?

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Washed Denim Fun Fact: After being made into an article of clothing, most denim garments are washed to make them softer and to reduce or eliminate shrinkage. In addition to being washed, 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. In jeans made from dry denim, fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates a more natural look rather than an artificially distressed denim.
Downright darling, your denim duds!

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One thing is certain with denim. The sturdy material creates garments of upscale, youthful appeal, as well as an overall look of casual…as in, well, denim overalls!

For those that adore faded jeans:
Patterns of Fading:

  1. Combs or Honeycombs – 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 stacks on top of the shoe, causing a faded area to form around the ankle, extending to the upper calf.
  4. Train Tracks – These appear on the outseams of the denim. This pattern showcases the selvage by forming two parallel lines of fades, which resemble train tracks.


Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant Indigofera trintoria, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a repeated sequence of dipping and oxidation – the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.
Dip that dyed denim, darling!
Denim fabric dying is divided into two categories:

  1. Indigo Dying – Produces the traditional blue color and similar blue shades.
  2. Sulfur Dying – Produces specialty black colors with other colors, such as red, pink, purple, grey, rust, mustard and green.

No matter the denim color, blue, red, black or green, you’ll always be a fashion hit in denim on any style scene!

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Whether you prefer to wear your denim ripped or solid, it’s your choice. Create your own unique fashion voice!
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Denim duds: Always a hit, never a miss. Now give those favorite jeans of yours a thank you kiss!
“My denim jeans outshine your denim jeans.”
“But the style of our jeans looks very much the same.”
“Mine aren’t faded, are neatly pressed, the material even and long.”
“Mine are faded, ripped, shredded and cut…definitely fashion strong.”
“Mine have more fabric and look more expensive. I paid a hefty price.”
“My tattered denim look is free…I tore them up myself. Ah, fashion nice!”
Denim sugar and spice. No matter how you prefer to wear your denim, don’t allow anyone to make you think twice!
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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