PLEASANTLY PRETTY IN A PIXIE DRESS!

Whether you know the correct name or not (Pixie Dress) most everyone recognizes a pixie dress when they see one. Flowing lace or chiffon fabric, layered hems, light, whimsical style. Pixie dresses give off a “girly girl” vibe.

Pixies are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the high moorland areas around Devon and Cornwell, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name. Akin to the Irish and Scottish Aos Si, pixies are believed to inhabit ancient underground ancestor sites such as stone circles, barrows, dolmens, ringforts or menhirs.

Let’s do the Pixie Prance and dance our way into fashion fun!

Pixie dresses very much resemble fairy clothing and are a popular garment for women and girls.

Pixie Fun Fact: In addition to dresses, there is the popular hairstyle known as the pixie cut. A pixie cut is a short hairstyle, generally short on the back and the sides of the head, and slightly longer on the top. The pixie cut is a variant of the crop cut. Depending on the style, pixie cuts range from as short as one half inch in some places to two or three inches long in others. Pixie cuts are easy to maintain and can be worn casually, or dressed up for special occasions. Celebrities who have sported pixie cuts include Anne Hathaway, Annie Lennox, Tyra Banks, Carey Mulligan, Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, Halle Berry, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Michelle Williams.

Pixie haircuts were first popularized in the 1950s when Audrey Hepburn wore the style in her debut film “Roman Holiday”, and later in the 1960s by actress Mia Farrow and British supermodel Twiggy.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress 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 consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs. A dress can be any one-piece garment consisting of a skirt in any length.

A plus of the pixie dress? Pixie dresses run the gamut from short to midi to maxi length, and can be worn as a formal or informal garment. The best way to wear a short pixie? With a rocking pair of knee length or thigh high boots. If you’re looking for a more dainty, demure look, go with a sandal or ballet slipper.

As for me, a staunch lover of the high heeled shoe, I would decorate a pixie dress by wearing a gorgeous 5 or 6 inch feminine heel! Let’s keep the exquisite style look real!

Pixie Fun Fact: In traditional regional lore, pixies are generally benign, mischievous, short of stature and attractively childlike. They are fond of dancing and gather outdoors in huge numbers to dance through the night. In modern times they are usually depicted with pointed ears, and are often wearing a green pixie outfit and pointed hat (think Tinkerbell)!

In modern use, the term pixie can be synonymous with fairies or sprites.

Pleasantly pretty in a pixie dress!

Pixie Fun Fact: The origin of the name ‘pixie’ is uncertain. Some have speculated the name comes from the Swedish dialectal ‘pyske’ meaning ‘wee little fairy’. Others have disputed this, claiming that the term pixie is Celtic in origin. Pixie mythology is believed to pre-date Christian presence in Britain.

Pixie Characteristics as Described in Folklore and Fiction:

  1. Pixies are often ill-clothed or naked.
  2. Some pixies are said to steal children or to lead travelers astray.
  3. Pixies bring blessings to those who are fond of them.
  4. Pixies are drawn to horses, riding them for pleasure and making tangled ringlets in the manes of the horses they ride.
  5. Pixies are great explorers, familiar with the caves of the ocean, the hidden sources of the streams and the recesses of the land.
  6. Some find pixies to have a human origin or to partake of human nature.

For lighthearted folklore and those who love mythology, stories of pixies will have you whistling Dixie!

Pixie Day is an old tradition which takes place annually in the East Devon town of Ottery St. Mary in the month of June. The day commemorates a legend of pixies being banished from the town to local caves known as the “Pixie’s Parlour.” The Pixie Day legend originates from the early days of Christianity, when a local bishop decided to build a church in Otteri (Ottery St. Mary), and commissioned a set of bells to come from Wales, and to be escorted by monks on their journey.

“I love the frilly, dainty dress you’re in. Do you sprinkle fairy dust?”

“I accent my dress with glitter, beads, and sparkles…bedazzle is a must!”

“Your dress is so light and airy, it looks as if you added wings you could fly away.”

“But I’m having so much fun at this party right here is where I want to stay.”

“You look so pleasantly appealing in a pixie…a mix of lady and little girl.”

“Stand up and dance with me…I’ll twirl the layered hem and give it a whirl!”

Pixie Dresses: Perfect feminine attire for women and girls!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

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A FUN CLOSET IS A CLOSET ANKLE DEEP IN ANKLE BOOTS!

Yes, as a fashion maven I am fully aware that showing one’s ankles is considered sexy and charming. As a shoe horse, I’m also completely sold on ankle boots,  a shoe that invariably covers the ankles! As in anything, there is a time and a place for everything!

A fashion boot is a boot worn for reasons of style and fashion rather than for utilitarian purposes (i.e., not hiking boots, riding boots, rain boots, etc.).  The term fashion boots generally applies to women’s boots. Fashion boots come in a variety of styles, from ankle boots to thigh length, and are worn for casual, formal and business attire.

Ankle boots give your feet something to glow about!

Ankle boots are the mostly widely worn style of fashion boots, a great shoe to wear under pants or with a skirt or dress of any length. Ankle boots can vary in length from booties or shoe boots (effectively a shoe boot that skims the ankle) to boots that cover the lower part of the calf.

Fashion Boot Fun Fact: Although boots were a popular style of women’s footwear in the Nineteenth century, they weren’t recognized as a high fashion item until the 1960s. Boots became widely popular in the 1970s and have remained a staple of women’s winter wardrobes to date.

Whether you arrive early or fashionably late, when you step in wearing alluring ankle boots, people will adore the shoes that you’re in!

American designer Beth Levine is widely credited as the first person to introduce boots into Haute Couture. As early as 1953, Beth Levine introduced under the Herbert Levine label a calf-length boot in white kidskin. In 1957, Herbert Levine produced an entire collection based around fashion boots, and calf-high, kitten heeled fashion boots for women began to grow in popularity.

Rising dress hemlines and the availability of new, brightly colored artificial materials such as PVC combined to make boots an attractive fashion option for women. As skirts became shorter during the 1960s (think miniskirts) there was a keen interest in ankle boots, knee high boots and thigh high boots.

Let’s clap our hands, move our feet and do the ankle boot scoot boogie to the music beat! Ah, a tempting treat for the feet!

Ankle Boot Fun Fact: Ankle boots look great with skirts, dresses, shorts and pants. No matter your outfit, no matter your mood, when you are dressed in ankle boots, your entire clothing ensemble is pulled together with a sexy fashion attitude!

The Standard Boot Design:

  1. Fashion boots employ the same range of soles and heels as found in other shoes (rubber, canvas, stiletto heel, flat, thick heel, high heel, etc.).
  2. In boots, the shaft height varies.
  3. Ankle boots generally have a shaft height of less than 8 inches.
  4. Calf-length boots have a shaft height of 8 to 15 inches.
  5. Knee-length boots have a shaft height of 15 – 19 inches.
  6. Thigh-high boots have a shaft height of 19 or more inches.
  7. The shaft of a fashion boot can be fitted or loose.
  8. Boots can be pulled onto the foot or be fitted using fasteners, such as laces, zippers, and/or buttons.

A fun closet is a closet ankle deep in ankle boots!

Fashion Boots Fun Fact: Although fashion boots, and particularly ‘go-go boots’, are often described as typical of the 1960s fashion, it wasn’t until the 1970s that boots became a mainstream fashion staple for women. For many women in the 1960s, boots were seen as a superfluous accessory more suitable for teenagers and college girls than grown women. In a 1968 survey posted in The New York Times, 75% of office managers surveyed disapproved of their female staff wearing boots to work. By contrast, in 1977 boots made up 20% of all women’s shoe sales in the United States.  By the end of the 1970s, Sears, Montgomery Wards and Kays sold boots from their catalogs.

Ankle boots remain a very popular staple in women’s shoes.  Ankle boots can be worn with pants and look particularly eye catching with straight legged jeans. Ankle boots are also a splendid shoe to wear as a popular, pretty alternative to sandals.

Popular Types of Women’s Fashion Boots:

  1. Ankle Boots
  2. Cowgirl Boots
  3. Go-Go Boots
  4. Kinky Boots
  5. Knee-High Boots
  6. Over-the-Knee Boots
  7. Platform Boots
  8. Russian Boots
  9. Thigh-High Boots

Let’s give a shout out and a hoot to a great, rocking pair of ankle boots!

Whether you wear your ankle boots on the catwalk, the runway, or your own signature way, when your festive feet are decorated in ankle boots you’ll enjoy every step of your day!

“Your black suede ankle boots look simply stunning as you strut down the street.”

“Yes, not only are they gorgeous to stare at, but they fit so snug and comfy on my feet.”

“So your ankle boots are truly made for walking all around the town?”

“Yes, and they are just as splendid if I run, dance or merely just sit down.”

“I adore the glamour of the ankle boot that accentuates the shape of your calf.”

“They cover my ankles but expose my legs, so you still get half-and-half!”

Ankle Boots: Strike a pose as you wear your ankle boots everywhere that you go! Put on your own “ankle boot” fashion show!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

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COLORFUL, COOL CROCHET ON THE RUNWAY!

Crocheted clothing is a hit, whether being worn in the office, when attending events, or when models are flaunting the fabulous fashions on the runway!

Crocheted clothing makes a perfect purr on the catwalk!

Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. The name is derived from the French term crochet, meaning ‘small hook.’ These hooks are made of materials such as wood, metal or plastic and are manufactured commercially and produced in artisan workshops.

Crochet Fun Fact: The first known published instructions for crochet explicitly using that term to designate the craft in its present sense, appeared in the Dutch magazine Penelope in 1823. This includes a color plate showing five different style purses, of which three were intended to be crocheted with silk thread. The first is “simple open crochet”, the second starts in “semi-open form” and the third is “double-crochet stitches.”

Although crocheting is similar to knitting in the final appearance, each stitch in crochet is completed before proceeding with the next stitch, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at one time.

Crocheted clothing is light, airy, breezy and beautiful!

Basic Materials Required for Crochet:

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

The Crochet Process:

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

Hook yourself in when dressed in chic crocheted style!

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

Crocheted purses and crocheted shoes rule!

Five Types of Basic Crochet Stitches:

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

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

Colorful, cool crochet on the runway!

In recent fashion we’ve seen a revival of interest in crocheted clothing, as well as in do it yourself crochet fashions. There have been great strides in improvement of the quality and varieties of yarn, and there are many new pattern books with modern patterns being printed. Most yarn stores offer crochet lessons, in addition to the traditional knitting classes.

Gals look trendy, feminine and present a fashion sway when donned and dressed in the crochet way!

In addition to making a comeback on the streets, crochet clothing has experienced a revival on the catwalk as well. Also, crochet has been utilized many times by designers on the reality show Project Runway. Websites such as Etsy and Ravelry have made it easier for individual hobbyists to sell and distribute their patterns or projects across the Internet.

Crochet Fun Fact: A hairpin loom is often used to create lacy and long crochet stitches, known as hairpin lace. While this is not in itself a hook, it is a device used in conjunction with a crochet hook to produce stitches.

The beauty of crochet: have a yarn based fashion say!

Let your light, delicate crochet material swing and sway the crochet way!

“You’ve really hooked me in with that crocheted dress and your crocheted shoes.”

“I’m happy to hear that you agree with my head-to-toe crochet fashion attitude.”

“The fabric looks dazzling, dainty and dressy, but also airy, whimsical and light.”

“For an overall look and feel, crocheted clothing hits the mark just right.”

“Crochet stitched clothing can work for winter and summer, days of cold or hot.”

“That’s a true statement. Crocheted clothing rocks whether Mr. Sun is out or not.”

Crocheted Clothing: You’ll be a lovely fashion sight, day or night!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

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NANCY MANGANO’S NOVEL DEADLY DECISIONS – A NATALIE NORTH NOVEL IS RECOGNIZED BY THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL!

Nancy Mangano’s book Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North novel, received an “Honorable Achievement” award in the murder mystery/suspense genre by the Hollywood Book Festival.

The Hollywood Book Festival is an annual book festival based in Hollywood, California. Set in the capital of show business, the Hollywood Book Festival aims to spotlight literature worthy of further consideration by the talent-hungry pipeline of the entertainment industry.

The festival honors books that deserve greater recognition from the film, television, video gaming and multimedia communities. The Hollywood Book Festival is the only publishing festival geared toward adapting print into different media.

Winning authors are invited to attend an awards dinner on August 18, 2017 which will be held at the fabulous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. This is the home of the first Academy Awards ceremony and in the heart of the Hollywood action, making for an extra-special night. Congratulations!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

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SUMMER HAIR FUN: THE COOL, CHIC, BEAUTIFUL BUN!

Many people look for different trending cuts and varying hair styles, changing their hair style in much the same way as you change your clothes. Different day…different hairdo…different you!

Not sure what hair style to wear today? I have one…the off the shoulder bun!

A bun is a versatile hair style ranging from simply functional for household chores or bad hair days, to a dressy school look or a stunning, sophisticated hair style for a glammed up evening. No matter the event or your mood, there is a bun that works for any occasion.

Hair Fun Fact: Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin. The human body is covered in follicles that produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. The most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care. Attitudes toward hair differ depending on the person, their preference of  hair styles, hair removal, etc.

Hair refers to two distinct structures: the follicle, which is the part beneath the skin, which regrows hair after it has fallen out and regrows skin after a wound. The second is the hair shaft, which is the hard filamentous part that extends above the skin surface.  The hair shaft is divided into three zones: the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla.

The Most Popular Types of Buns:

  1. The Ballerina Bun
  2. The Braided Bun
  3. The Messy Bun
  4. The Regular Bun
  5. The Sock Bun
  6. The Topknot
  7. The Wispy Bun

Steps to Make the Regular Standard Bun:

  1. Brush your hair.
  2. Pull back your hair and use an elastic band to hold your hair tight and in place (like making a pony tail).
  3. Twist your hair.
  4. Wrap your hair into a circular shape around the base of the pony tail.
  5. Tuck any loose ends under the bun.
  6. Secure the bun with bobby pins, barrettes, etc.
  7. Leave a few thin, wispy strands of hair hanging down in front if preferred.
  8. Add flowers, a headband, etc. if you want decorations.
  9. Add hairspray to hold the bun.
  10. Spritz on hair gloss if preferred.

Summer hair fun: the cool, chic, beautiful bun!

Hair Fun Fact: Hair grows everywhere on the external human body except for the mucus membranes and glabrous skin, such as that found on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and lips. Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen and telogen phase. Each phase has specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. Al three phases occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another hair strand is in the telogen phase.

The human body has different types of hair, including vellus hair and androgenic hair, each with its own type of cellular construction. The different construction is what gives hair its unique characteristics, serving specific purposes, mainly, warmth and protection.

As is the case with all fashion, fashion divas have found a way to make hair’s purpose be aesthetic, gorgeous and wild! Oh, you wild hair child!

Bun Fashion Tips:

  1. Take any loose hairs and run them through a curling iron for spirals, or a hair straightener for sleek, straight hair wisps.
  2. You can make a bun with wet or dry hair.
  3. Braided buns look amazing!
  4. Tighter buns look sensual and sophisticated.
  5. Loose buns look casual and youthful.

For a festive, fun, fabulous looking bun, add fresh flowers or a head wreath to your hair when you are done!

No matter your hair color or your hair type, hair rolled up in a bun feels breezy, summery and light!

Natural Hair Types:

  1. Straight
  2. Wavy
  3. Curly
  4. Kinky
  5. A mixture of the four hair types.

This hair typing system is the most widely used system to classify hair.

Nancy Mangano’s Bun Fashion Tip: I feel that buns worn with large, long earrings look glamorous and adorable. Since your ears are on display, why not decorate them the fabulous earring way?

Another benefit of the beautiful bun? You neck looks elongated and elegant, feminine and flattering to everyone!

Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or having dinner at a five star hotel, pull your hair off your shoulders into a wispy bun for a look that is fashion forward and swell!

“I’m tired of the same old hairstyle. I think I’ll wrap my hair in a cool, fun bun!”

“You’re going to a concert…you’ll look like you belong in a library with a librarian.”

“Gorgeous, studious and smart? And someone who loves to read? Sign me up now.”

“When you’re confident you wear your hair however you want to,  no matter the crowd.”

“I’ll wear the bun loose off my shoulders and leave some baby wisps dangling down.”

“You’ll be the queen of the concert! Your bun will be your defining crown!”

The Bun: An in style, appealing hairstyle no matter your age, no matter your gown! A definite A+ all around!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

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THE DOSE FOR FASHION HAPPINESS? ENTER THE DYNAMITE DENIM DRESS!

Denim, the sturdy blue cotton fabric the world knows and loves. Denim is a thick 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 is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside.

It’s the indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, that creates denim’s signature fading characteristics.  Fashion fading at its finest!

Denim dresses look and feel sent from heaven. A denim dress can be glammed up or toned down merely by the accessories you wear with the dress. A glamorous night out? Try five inch black patent leather stilettos, a black velvet choker, dangle bracelets and long diamond earrings. Your denim dress has become high fashion. Walking an evening fair? A flat shoe or sandal and minimal jewelry keeps your denim dress casual and comfortable.

Denim Fun Fact: 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. The contemporary use of the word ‘jeans’ comes from the French word for Geneo, Italy (Genes), where the first denim trousers were made.

Denim has graduated from trousers to dresses and looks splendid when worn with long, short, curly or straight tresses.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress 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 consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs, containing a skirt of any desired length. All dresses, denim included, can be formal or informal.

Denim Fun Fact: Dry, or raw denim, (contrasted with washed denim) is denim that isn’t washed after having been dyed during production. Over time dry denim will fade, which is considered fashionable in some circumstances. During the process of wear, fading usually occurs on the parts of the garment that receive the most stress. On a pair of denim jeans, this includes the upper thighs, the ankles, and the areas behind the knees.

The dose for fashion happiness? Enter the durable, dazzling, dynamite denim dress!

Not sure what to wear to the Sunday brunch? Don’t stress! Always a hit is the denim dress!

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. In jeans made from dry denim, such fading is affected by the body of the person who wears them and by the activities of their daily life. This process creates what denim enthusiasts feel to be a more natural look than artificially distressed denim.

Denim Fun Fact: To facilitate the natural distressing process, some wearers of dry denim will abstain from washing their denim garments for more than six months. Most dry denim is made from 100% cotton and comes from several different countries, including the United States, Zimbabwe and Japan.

Denim Fun Fact: Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant ‘Indigofera tinctoria’, 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.

Rope dyeing is considered the best yarn dyeing method, as it eliminates shading across the fabric width. The alternative “slasher process” is cheaper because only one beaming process is needed. In rope dyeing, beaming is done twice.

Two Categories of Denim Dyeing:

  1. Indigo Dyeing: Produces the traditional blue color or similar shades.
  2. Sulfur Dyeing: Produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green (Think colored skinny jeans!)

The ever popular stretch denim incorporates a plastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of give in garments made from stretch denim. Only about 3% of spandex is required within the fabric to create a significant stretching capacity of about 15%.

Whether your denim dress flows to your ankles or fits short and tight like a miniskirt, when dressed in a denim dress you’ll be a fashion diva with a silent flirt!

“I normally wear denim jeans but tonight I’m going with a denim dress.”

“I love the faded denim look and the natural wear of the fabric distress.”

“Since I’m going out to dinner I wore my patent leather pumps and a flower in my hair.”

“Those two accessories do glam up the outfit and give you a stylish high fashion flair.”

“Perhaps you’d like to join us. There will be plenty of room for you.”

“Excellent. Let me change into my denim dress and we’ll match the whole night through.”

Denim Dresses: When only divine denim duds will do!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THEY STOKED HER BY SURPRISING HER WITH AN ELEGANT CHOKER!

What’s a simple, yet sure way to excite a gal and make her day? One sure way is to present her with a classy, elegant, beautiful choker. Gorgeous neck jewelry to be adored!

A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of various materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, leather, metal (such as silver, gold or platinum), etc. Chokers can either be a simple ribbon or strip of velvet, or lavishly adorned with sequins, studs or a pendant/charm.

Stoke her with a chic choker!

Choker Fun Fact: Chokers were worn as early as the First Century A.D. They are mentioned in the Talmud, book Shabbat, chapter 6 as a common women’s accessory. Historically, chokers are associated with high fashion.

Chokers are a popular piece of jewelry that doll up and decorate any face and outfit. The word ‘jewelry’ is derived from the word ‘jewel’, which was anglicized from the Old French “joule” and to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. Various forms of jewelry vary between cultures but have persisted since ancient times, most notably in European and Asian cultures.

Whether a dainty ribbon strip or an ornament that is thick, feminine chokers do the trick!

Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, ballerinas and the upper class wore certain types of chokers. Chokers were extremely popular into the 1920s and again in the 1940s. Chokers made of luxurious diamonds, pearls, lace and velvet were seen as objects of the elite, made to custom fit one’s neck perfectly.

Choker Fashion Tip: Chokers look their very best when they fit tight and snuggle the neck. A choker that sags looks dowdy and drags!

Popular Types of Necklaces:

  1. Choker: Sits high on the neck.
  2. Lariat Necklace: A very, very long variation on rope, with a clasp, often worn draped around the neck or crossed over and/or looped.
  3. Matinee Necklace: A single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.
  4. Opera Necklace: Long and sits at the breastbone.
  5. Princess Necklace: Longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee.
  6. Rope Necklace: Any necklace longer than opera length.

Out of all the types of necklaces to help one look their best, the choker stands out heads and tails above the rest!

So pretty, so elegant, so fair. What gorgeous choker should I wear?

Choker Fun Fact: In recent years chokers have been popular with a number of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner. In the realm of modern fashion, chokers rock!

They stoked her by surprising her with an elegant choker!

Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials – before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal sinew left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, colorful seeds, stones and/or gems. Eventually cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans.

After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make eye catching necklaces for both men and women, with the introduction of metal chains. Gem cutting and glass blowing allowed highly polished gemstones and/or beautiful art glass to be added to pieces.

We love our necklaces, one and all, where the choker stands out above them all!

Beautiful gemstones that make for lovely neck chokers include: amber, amethyst, diamonds, emerald, jade, jasper, pearls and rubies. Other gorgeous materials include beads, glass, shells and wood.

“I can’t wait for the party. My gown has a V-neck and I’m wearing my hair in a wispy bun.”

“Wear a thick, fitted, diamond choker around your neck and you’ll simply stun everyone!”

“Splendid. With dangling diamond earrings and a diamond bracelet to match.”

“You’ll scream elegance and money! You’ll be quite the catch!”

“I’ll carry a black velvet clutch with diamonds to accent the choker around my neck!”

“You’ll look polished and perfectly put together. Never be a fashion wreck!”

Ah, what the heck! Always the belle of the ball with a lavish choker around your neck!

Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, available now in online and retail bookstores.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying, Murder Can Be Messy and Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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