HOW TO PERFECT CAT EYES TO THE CATS MEOW!

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

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

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

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

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

The Cat Eye: Slinky, sultry, sensational!

How to Make the Dramatic Cat Eye with Eyeliner:

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

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

How to perfect cat eyes to the cats meow!

The perfect cat eye is all in the eyeliner!

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

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

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

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

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

Cat eyes are simply stunning!

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

The Five Main Types of Eyeliner Available on the Market:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE THIGH HIGH BOOT: PROVOCATIVE, ALLURING, BOLD AND CUTE!

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!

Guilty Shoes Sexy Pull Up Stiletto Slouchy High Heel Over The Knee Thigh High Boots Boots, Taupev1 Suede, 7.5 (B) M US

Women’s Over The Knee Boots Block Heel Drawstring Thigh High Stretchy Boot Black 9

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

Marketing Channels for the Thigh High Boot:

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

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

Designers that Premiere Thigh High Boots in Their Collection:

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

Italian Boutique Brands that are Staples of Thigh High Boots:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR A MARVELOUS FACE CREAM!

Just like your body requests water to quench thirst, hydrate your body and stay healthy, your skin requests water and moisture to stay soft, smooth and blemish free. A great way to feed your facial skin from the outside is with a relaxing, nourishing facial.

A facial is a family of skin care treatments for the face, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels and massages. Facials are often performed in beauty salons, but are also a common spa treatment. Then there are the easy yet rewarding do it yourself facials, which you can perform in the privacy of your own home.

Facials are used for general skin health, as well as to treat specific skin conditions. Popular types of facials include the European facial, LED light therapy facials and mini-facials.

Facial Fun Fact: There are different types of facial masks (cactus, cucumber, etc.) used for different purposes:

  1. Deep Cleansing: Penetrates the pores, healing acne scars or hyper-pigmentation.
  2. Brightening: Brings a gradual illumination to your skin tone.

Some masks are designed to dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster, while other masks remain wet. The perceived effects of a facial mask treatment include revitalizing, healing and refreshing the skin, yielding temporary and long term benefits.

Facial Mask Fun Fact: Facial masks are removed by either rinsing the face with water, wiping off with a damp cloth, or peeling a dry mask off the face. Duration for wearing a mask varies with the type of mask, and manufacturers’ usage instructions. The time of wearing the mask can range from a few minutes to overnight.  Facial masks can be found anywhere from drugstores to fine department stores, as well as beauty supply stores and salons.  Facial masks vary in consistency and form, depending on the ingredients.

Facial Moisturizer Fun Fact: A large part of the success of the facial is the type of moisturizers used. Moisturizers or emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents (often occlusives help hold water in the skin after application, humectants attract moisture and emollients help smooth the skin), specifically designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. Moisturizers increase the skin’s hydration (water content) by reducing evaporation.

Attractive woman applying moisturizer

How to Give a Facial or a Do It Yourself Facial:

  1. Start with a clean, makeup free face.
  2. Take a close look at your skin, preferably with a lamp over your face, or bright lighting. Determine the skin type: normal, dry, combination, oily.
  3. Massage your face gently with your fingertips.
  4. Steam the pores on your face using a steamer and/or very hot water.
  5. Take a paint brush or a spatula and apply a mineral rich mud or clay mask, and smooth it all over the face.
  6. Leave the beauty mask on for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Wash, rinse or peel the mask off.
  8. Apply a skin toner or astringent to the face.
  9. Apply moisturizer to the skin.
  10. Give a light spray of water to the skin to hydrate the skin.
  11. The facial is complete and your face looks youthful, radiant and glowing!

Moisturizers prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture and mask imperfections.

Preservation of Skin Types with Moisturizers:

  1. Normal Skin: Moisturizers can be used to prevent the skin from becoming too dry or oily, such as with light, non greasy water-based moisturizers. Such moisturizers often contain lightweight oils, such as cetyl alcohol, or silicone derived ingredients, such as cyclomethicone.
  2. Dry Skin: For treating skin dryness, the most appropriate moisturizers are heavier, oil based moisturizers that contain ingredients such as antioxidants, grape seed oil or dimethicone. For very dry, cracked skin, petroleum based products are preferable, as they are longer lasting than creams and are more effective in preventing water evaporation.
  3. Oily Skin: For oily skin, moisturizers can still be useful after activities causing skin dryness. For oily skin, water based moisturizers that are specifically non-comedogenic are preferable.
  4. Aging Skin: Appropriate moisturizers to keep aging skin soft and well hydrated are oil based ones that contain petrolatum as the base, along with antioxidants or alpha hydroxy acids against wrinkles.
  5. Sensitive Skin: On sensitive skin, (skin susceptible to skin irritations, redness, itching or rashes), it is preferable to use moisturizers which contain soothing ingredients such as chamomile or aloe, and that minimize potential allergens such as fragrances or dyes.

Fancy faces deserve fresh facials!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a marvelous face cream!

Facial Fun Fact: Using natural ingredients, nuts or sugar may be used as exfoliants, while honey, mayonnaise, cucumber, strawberries or even chocolate may be used as facial masks. Warning: These face masks are made to be worn, not eaten!

“Your face has such a healthy glow; with a radiance and illumination divine.”

“I gave myself a face mask treatment and moisturizer…a facial that intertwined.”

“The results are truly exquisite: your skin looks supple and healthy as can be.”

“You left out youthful, stunning and smooth…completely blemish free.”

“I believe I’ll book a facial so my skin looks as young and lovely as yours.”

“Or do an at home facial…you’ll be impressed with the results and hide facial pores.”

Facials: For a healthy, luscious face with firm skin and wrinkles erased!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE SWEATER DRESS: A FASHION MUST THAT’S NEVER A MISS!

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

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

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

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

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

Wear your comfort everyday…the splendid sweater dress way!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Popular Types of Sweaters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BEGUILING AND BEDAZZLING IN THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS!

Happy New Year! With each new year, we bring in parties, dreams, resolutions, new beginning and hope. As is true with so many things, out with the old and in with the new.

New Year is the time in which a new calendar year begins and the calendar’s year count increments by one. Many countries celebrate the event in some manner, and the 1st day of January is often marked as a national holiday!

One sure thing about bringing in the new year are New Year’s Eve parties galore. The New Year is recognized around the world and festivities, fireworks, food and fun are celebrated worldwide. For those of you attending a party, New Year’s Eve is generally a time of dress up and feasting in fancy duds. May I suggest the always popular, never out of style, always elegant little black dress?

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. The dress was intended to be long lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible to the widest possible market in a neutral color.

The little black dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a rule of fashion that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, worn with a blazer and pumps for daytime business wear or worn with ornate jewelry, accessories and stiletto heels for evening wear or a formal event, such as a wedding, cocktail party or ball.

The little black dress is the most stunning, glamourous and gorgeous of them all!

For those of you that want to own a little black dress that lives inside all of us:

Doramode Womens Spaghetti Strap Bodycon Sleeveless Backless Velvet Sexy Short Club Dress

LOSRLY Womens Off The Shoulder Skater High Low Homecoming Party Cocktail Dress Little Black S 4 6

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: Black has always been a color rich in symbolism. In the early 18th century, black represented romance and artistry. Black is poetic and diplomatic. In the early 20th century, black was adopted by the Romantics such as Byron, Shelley, and Keats, due to its melancholic aura. As the Victorian era began, black transitioned from a color of art to one of grief and mourning – widows were expected to wear black for at least four years!

Whether in mourning or celebrating, wearing a little black dress should not be hesitating!

Beguiling and bedazzling in the little black dress! A fashion best!

The little black dress: glamour and style for a mile!

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: Since the little black dress is meant to be a staple of a woman’s wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend wouldn’t qualify because it would soon appear dated in fashion.

In 1926 Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue. The dress was calf length, cut straight and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford”.  Like the automaker Ford’s Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. It was also said that the little black dress would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste.’ This, as well as other designs by the house of Chanel, helped disassociate black with mourning, and reinvent it as the color of the high class, wealthy and chic.

Wear the little black dress and everyone will speak…compliments of course!

The popularity of casual fabrics, especially knits, for dress and business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress to the forefront of fashion. The grunge culture of the 1990s saw the combination of the little black dress with both sandals and combat boots, though the dress itself remained simple in cut and fabric.

Little Black Dress Fun Fact: A number of songs are titled “Little Black Dress”, with such musical talents as The Hollies, Gavin Friday, Donnie Iris, Chris Young, Fall Out Boy’s, One Direction, Sara Bareilles, and the San Diego based roots reggae band One Drop.

You are only one step away from stepping out in the little black dress that is sure to brighten your day!

The Little Black Dress: No need to play “Who wore it best?” Every fashion diva, one and all, looks regal, royal and chic dressed in the little black dress and standing tall!

“Are you going to a New Year’s Eve cocktail party? I heard they are all the rage.”

“I’ll be making a stunning entrance in a little black dress…I’ll take center stage.”

“I’ll accompany you and wear a black pin striped suit…we’ll turn every head.”

“I’ll accessorize with diamond earrings, a diamond choker and a clutch that is red.”

“Splendid. And may I ask what will be on your feet as we dance the night away?”

“Six inch stiletto black patent leather heels that will shine as we swing and sway!”

The Little Black Dress: Make no mistake about it. The little black dress will always stand out from the rest! Fashion at its best!

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

 

 

 

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THE MINISKIRT FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT!

Sometimes less truly is more…especially when you’re dolling up for an evening out and your choice is an eye stopping, alluring miniskirt.

A miniskirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees, generally at mid-thigh level, normally no longer than 4 inches (10 cm) below the buttocks. A dress with such a hemline is called a minidress, or a miniskirt dress. A micro-miniskirt or microskirt is a miniskirt with the hemline at the upper thigh.

Miniskirt: A skirt so short with thighs so high you truly touch the sky!

Short skirts have existed for many years, though they were generally not called “mini” or became a real fashion trend until the 1960s. Instances of clothing resembling miniskirts have been identified by archaeologists and historians as far back as 1390-1370 BCE. In the early 20th century, the dancer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt that she wore for her mid-1920s performances in the Folies Bergere was subsequently likened to a miniskirt.

Always a fashion flirt when dressed in a stunning, short, sensual miniskirt!

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The miniskirt for maximum effect!

Miniskirt Fun Fact: Hemlines were just above the knee in 1961, and gradually climbed upward over the next few years. By 1966, some designs had the hem at the upper thigh. Stockings worn with suspenders or garter belts were not considered practical with miniskirts and were replaced with colored tights or opaque stockings. The popular acceptance of miniskirts as mainstream apparel peaked in the ‘swinging London’ of the 1960s, and has continued to be commonplace in fashion, particularly among younger women and teenage girls. Before that time short skirts were only seen in sport and dance clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players, figure skaters, cheerleaders and dancers.

Ooh la la, the miniskirt. Rah, rah, rah!

Miniskirt Fun Fact: Several designers have been credited with the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, most significantly the London based designer Mary Quant and the Parisian designer Andre Courreges. Although Quant reportedly named the skirt after her favorite make of car, the Mini, there is no consensus as to who designed the flashy skirt first. Valerie Steele has noted that the claim that Quant was first is more convincingly supported by evidence than the equivalent Courreges claim. However, the contemporary fashion journalist Marit Allen, who edited the influential “Young Ideas” pages for UK Vogue, firmly stated that the British designer John Bates was the first designer to offer fashionable miniskirts. Other great designers, such as Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent, had also been raising hemlines at the same time

No matter the designer, no matter the brand…as a true fashion diva the sexy, leg showing miniskirt deserves a congratulatory hand!

Nancy Mangano’s Fashion Fun Tip: Miniskirts look especially cute and alluring when worn with a high heeled ankle boot or a stiletto heel or pump. The higher the heel and the shorter the skirt, the more eye popping the look! And isn’t that the main goal of the miniskirt? To open eyes, turn heads and show off legs for days!

Stop traffic as you walk across the street when draped in a darling miniskirt and high high heels on your feet! A delightful eye candy treat!

Skirt sweet!

Miniskirt Not So Fun Fact: In the early 21st century, miniskirts were still seen as controversial, and remain subject to bans and regulations. Valerie Steele told the BBC in 2014 that even though miniskirts no longer had the power to shock in most Western cultures, she would hesitate to wear one in most parts of the world.

Whether your choice is a miniskirt or a maxi skirt, when donned in a flamboyant and playful miniskirt be prepared to flirt, flirt, flirt!

What’s that you say? The miniskirt is a surefire fashion hit all the way!

“I feel I need to tell you that the bottom of your skirt has fallen off.”

“My skirt hemline is sewn this short…a look that’s sexy and tough.”

“I do believe I like the look…less fabric truly is more.”

“And my legs are long and lean…legs to truly adore.”

“What do you call a skirt that is so short yet adorable all in one?”

“The miniskirt. A definite fashion A+ whether at home or on the run!”

Miniskirt: A fashion hit out of the ball park every time. A winner skirt, truly sublime!

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

 

 

 

 

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ROCK IT FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN HAPPENING VELVET!

There’s never a point where one tires of wearing velvet. You can never have or own too much velvet clothing. The beautiful soft material is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive soft, smooth feel and look. After all, the word ‘velvety’ means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.

What better fabric to wear around the holidays than velvet? The look alone is feminine, fancy and festive. All velvet garments truly do fit as easily and elegantly as a velvet glove!

If you’re not sure what to get that great gal for the holidays, remember all women adore velvet!

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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 then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls. This complicated process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well-made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric even today. Velvet pile is created by warp or vertical yarns and velveteen pile is created by weft or fill yarns.

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 from silk is rare and usually has market prices of several hundred U.S. 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.

For over-the-top elegance and opulent style and glamour, wrap your delicious self in velvet and regal apparel forevermore!

Popular Types of Velvet:

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

Rock it for the holidays in happening velvet!

Velvet Fun Fact: Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as the fabric’s 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.  Much of it was exported to Venice, where velvet spread to most of Europe.

Today, velvet is worn worldwide and no matter your background or heritage, everyone dressed in velvet looks regal and royal! Velvet loyal!

Velvet Fun Fact: In 1399, King Richard II of England directed in his will that his body should be clothed in ‘velveto’ after his passing.

The earliest sources of European artistic velvets were Lucca, Genoa, Florence and Venice, which continued to send out rich velvet textures. Later, the art was taken up by Flemish weavers, and in the sixteenth century, Burges attained a reputation for velvets that were not inferior to those of the great Italian cities.

Wherever you walk, wherever you go, when dressed in gorgeous velvet you’ll put on a fashion show!

Even if you’re dressed in the sister threads of corduroy and/or velour, there is no mistaking true velvet attire on men, women, boys and girls!

“Excuse me, sir, but I don’t believe that I gave you permission to rub my shirt.”

“I can’t resist feeling the softness of your velvet top; I’m not trying to flirt.”

“I’ll give you a free pass on that one because I rub my own velvet clothes.”

“Glad it’s your shirt that is velvet and not your legs wrapped in velvet hose.”

“I believe if you rubbed my velvet stockings I would certainly understand.”

“Everyone is tempted to feel the smoothness of velvet; not only an interested man.”

Velvet: I challenge you not to feel the luxury of the feminine fabric, even if you can!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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