ALWAYS A HIT, NEVER A MISS, WHEN DRESSED IN LUSCIOUS LACE!

Lace fabric is beautiful. The delicate material is feminine, frilly, doll like and gorgeous. For a fancy fabric that mixes elegance and innocence, lace is a sure hit.

Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern, made by machine or hand. Originally linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fibers, and a few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.

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Lace Fun Fact: The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, strin, from Latin laceum, akin to lacere, meaning to entice or ensnare.

The origin of lace is disputed by historians. An Italian claim is a will of 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb or a worshiping priest in a painting about 1485 by Hans Memling. Since lace evolved from other techniques, it is impossible to say that the enticing fabric originated in any one place.

Win the fashion race…dress head to toe in lovely lace!

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The late 16th century marked a rapid development of lace, both needle lace and bobbin lace became dominant in both fashion and home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.

Lace fabric was used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies, but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of the European continent. The popularity of lace increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe.

Vintage lace equals great fashion taste!

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Popular Types of Lace:

  1. Bobbin Lace: Lace made with bobbins and a pillow.
  2. Chemical Lace: The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif.
  3. Crocheted Lace: Includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
  4. Cutwork (Whitework) Lace: Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled with embroidery.
  5. Knitted Lace: Includes Shetland lace, such as the ‘wedding ring shawl’, a lace shawl so fine it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  6. Knotted Lace: Includes macramé and tatting. Tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle.
  7. Machine Made Lace: Any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  8. Needle Lace: Lace made using a needle and thread. This is the most flexible of the lace making arts.
  9. Tape Lace: This lace makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine or hand made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.

Spring to the store at a quick pace to buy glorious, gorgeous garments made of chic, lavish lace!

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Lace Fun Fact: In North America in the 19th century, missionaries spread the knowledge of lace making to the Native American tribes. Saint John Francis Regis helped many country girls stay away from the cities by establishing them in lace making and embroidery trade, which is why he became the Patron Saint of lace making.

The English diarist Samuel Pepys often wrote about the lace used for his, his wife’s and his acquaintances’ clothing, and on May 10, 1669, noted that he intended to remove the gold  lace from the sleeves of  his coat “as it is fit he should”, in order to avoid charges of ostentatious living.

Live in the lap of luxury that lace creates. All fine fashion divas deserve a ‘grand life’ taste!

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Popular Lace Makers:

  1. Giovanna Dandolo
  2. Rosa Elena Egipciaco  Contemporary Lace Maker
  3. Morosina Morosini  1545-1614
  4. Frederico de Vinciolo  16th Century
  5. Barbara Uthmann  1514-1575

To date, inspiring journalists, guilds and foundations show that old techniques with a new twist can challenge young people to create works that can definitely be classified as art.

Show your style, creativity and fashion flair through the elegant, feminine, soft lace that you wear!

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Items Associated with Lace:

  1. Anglo Scotian Mills
  2. Doily
  3. Lippitt Mill
  4. Lacebark
  5. Ribbons
  6. Scranton Lace Company
  7. See-through Clothing

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Always a hit, never a miss, when dressed in luscious lace!

“Your girly girl clothing suits you well, so lovely to the eyes.”

“When you want to dress doll like and fancy, selecting lace fabric is wise.”

“You must have exciting plans to be wearing a dress so fine and fair.”

“I’m a true fashion diva…whether I attend the opera or pump gas I find great clothes to wear.”

“I give your clothing selection today an ultra strong A plus!”

“I request you dress in lovely lace. It’s not a suggestion…it’s a must!”

Lace clothing: A girl never looked so girly and gorgeous!

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

 

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DEADLY DECISIONS – A NATALIE NORTH NOVEL COMING TO BOOKSTORES ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017!

Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel will be available in online and retail bookstores on February 24, 2017!

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Super sleuth Natalie North is tired of catching cheating partners with their pants down, then worse, having to report to her clients what they hired her to find out, photos and all. Quick on her feet and smart in her head, Natalie aches to use her training to solve real crimes, criminal cases, the grittier the better. When her client Victoria Belmont’s billionaire husband is found dead, Natalie puts her life on the line to find the killer, determined to beat the Los Angeles Police Department at their own game. Toss in Natalie’s unsettled  love life, torn between Darren McAllister, a prosecuting attorney, LAPD officer Vincent Sherburne and a mysterious taxi driver, Alfonso Di Paolo, and explore what happens when betrayal, greed, passion and murder collide.

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

 

 

 

 

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GLITZY, GLAMOROUS NAIL ART – DO IT YOURSELF MANICURES ARE A GREAT PLACE TO START!

Lavish, luscious, knock-out fingernails are frilly, fun and festive. Whether you spend most of your time in an office, out and about on the town, or you prefer staying in the comfort of your own home, painting and decorating you fingernails adds glitz and glamour to your hands, your mind and your mood!

A manicure is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands, performed at home or in a nail salon. A manicure consists of filing and shaping of the free edge, pushing (using a cuticle pusher) and clipping (with cuticle nippers) any nonliving tissue such as hangnails, treatments, massage of the hands and the application of fingernail polish.

Fingernails polished to sheer perfection!

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Nail art, in addition to painting the fingernails, includes the painting of pictures and designs on the nails, or applying small decals or imitation jewels. Other nail treatments may include the application of artificial nail gel nails, tips, or acrylics, a popular one being the French manicure.

Manicure Fun Fact: The English word ‘manicure’ comes from the French word ‘manucure’, meaning “care of the hands”, which originates from the Latin word ‘manus’ for “hand” and ‘cura’ for “care”.

The popularity and fascination with nail art has increased in recent years due to a flourishing online community that shares tips, tricks and designs via social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.

Put your manicure know how to the test, decorate your nails so they stand out heads and tails above the rest!

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Manicure Fun Fact: Manicures began about 5,000 years ago. Jeff Pink, founder of professional oil brand Orly, is famed with creating the natural nail look later called the French manicure in 1976. French manicures are characterized by a lack of base color, or a natural pink base nail with white tips. The nail tips are often painted white, while the rest of the nails are polished in a pink or suitable nude shade. Another popular technique is to whiten the underside of the nail with white pencil and paint a sheer color over the entire nail.

Hot Oil Manicure Fun Fact: A hot oil manicure is a specific type of manicure that cleans the cuticles and softens them with oil. Types of oils that can be used are mineral oil, olive oil, lotions or commercial preparations in an electric heater.

Heat your hands and nails up to 100% va va voom allure with glamour, fancy nail art! A winner for sure!

How to Perform a Do It Yourself Home Manicure:

  1. Remove any old or chipped nail polish. For natural nails, use a nonacetone polish remover.
  2. File the nails into your desired shape. What looks modern now is shorter with rounded edges. File your nails in one direction.
  3. Soak your fingers in warm soapy water for a couple of minutes to soften the cuticles.
  4. Rub cuticle cream into the cuticles of the nails.
  5. Use a Qtip or nail stick to gently push back the cuticles.
  6. Wipe the nails with a damp cloth to ensure that you remove any oils or residue left from the cuticle cream. Pat the nails dry.
  7. Apply a clear base coat to the bare nails and let them dry (this permits the polish to stick to the nails easier and prevents smudging).
  8. Stroke your nails with the fingernail polish color or colors of your choice. A good, thick polish should only need one coat of color. Generally a nail needs three brushes of polish: one stroke down the center and one stroke on the left and right side of the nail.
  9. Once dry, apply a topcoat of clear polish. This will provide a lustrous shine and help seal the color, eliminating chips and divots.
  10. If desired, display your creativity by decorating away! You can use jewels, glitter, decals, various colors of polish, etc. to add glitz, glamour and pizzazz to your nails and hands!

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Common Manicure Tools and Supplies:

  1. Bowl of warm water or finger bath
  2. Cuticle knife and clippers
  3. Cuticle pusher/Hoof stick
  4. Manicure table
  5. Nail art
  6. Nail brush
  7. Nail buffer
  8. Nail clippers
  9. Nail file/Emery board
  10. Nail scissors
  11. Orange stick
  12. Cotton Balls/Qtips
  13. Hand cream
  14. Hand towels
  15. Massage lotion
  16. Nail polish
  17. Nail polish remover

Great Nail Decorating Tools:

  1. Nail art cane slices
  2. Flocking powder
  3. Glitter
  4. Gems, stones, jewels
  5. Decals
  6. Small dried flowers

Glitzy, glamorous nail art – do it yourself manicures are a great place to start!

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Paraffin Wax Treatment: Hands can be dipped in melted paraffin wax for softening and moisturizing. Paraffin wax is used because it can be heated to temperatures of over 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) without burning or injuring the hands. The intense heat allows for deeper absorption of emollients and essential oils. The wax is usually infused with various botanical ingredients such as aloe vera, azulene, chamomile, tea tree oil and fruit waxes such as apple, peach and strawberry.

After the hands have been dipped in the paraffin wax, they are wrapped in either plastic or aluminum foil, or a special type of plastic bag or glove, then covered with a towel or special mitten to retain warmth. The hands are left for a few minutes before the paraffin wax is cooled and dried.

Soft, sensual hands and striking nail art make for a glorious blend of hand happy grand!

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Nancy Mangano’s Manicure Fashion Tip: The shape and length of the nails can make all the difference in a fancy, festive, fun manicure. Various nail shapes include almond, oval, pointed, round, square, square oval, square with rounded corners and straight with a rounded tip. The square oval shape is sometimes known as the ‘squoval’, and is considered a sturdy shape, useful for those who work with their hands.

Let’s give a hand and take stand for the decorated, ornamental nail art plan!

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Jeweled up nails make a girl as happy as jeweled up body jewelry!

“I booked a professional manicure tomorrow and I’m not sure what nail polish color to choose.”

“May I suggest something bold, neon and spicy? Or perhaps a more elegant color will do.”

“I think I’ll do a burgundy nail with clear rhinestone studs.”

“Decorate them with glitter and flowers; too plain you’ll have nail duds.”

“Maybe I’ll paint each nail a different color and add a matching stone.”

“How about doing the nails in bright red, and the pinky fingers in pink all its own?”

The joys of nail happy manicures? You can be creative, artsy crafty and come up with nail designs that are all your own!

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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 bookstores and online bookstores in February 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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

 

 

 

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VA VA VOOM VALENTINE’S DAY FASHIONS!

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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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in February 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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

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PLAID PANDEMONIUM: A TARTAN PASSION FOR FASHION!

Plaids, tartan, checkered? All are similar fashion material patterns, but each print a bit different with its own unique look, blend and posh pizzazz.

In the realm of plaid, the popular design never goes out of style. Plaid is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Plaid originated in woven wool, but now plaids are made in many different materials.

Plaid is made with alternating bands of colored (pre-dyed) 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 distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as “sett.”

On your mark, get ‘sett’…plaid clothing stands out, you bet!

 

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Plaid Fun Fact: The pattern of plaid is called sett. The sett is made up of a series of woven threads which cross at right angles. The word ‘plaid’ is derived from the Scottish Gaelic ‘plaide’, meaning blanket. The word plaid was first used to describe any rectangular garment, sometimes made up of tartan, which preceded the modern Scottish kilt. In time, plaid was used to describe blankets themselves. In Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.

To create the popular plaid pattern, each thread on the warp crosses each thread on the weft at right angles. Where a thread in the warp crosses a thread of the same color in the weft, they produce a solid color on the plaid, while a thread crossing another of a different color produces an equal mixture of the two colors. Thus, a set of two base colors produces three different colors, including one mixture. The sequence of threads, known as the sett, starts at an edge and either repeats or reverses on what are called pivot points.

Point me toward the pizzazz filled pattern called plaid!

Plaid Fun Fact: The shades of color in plaid can be altered to produce variations of the same plaid. The resulting variations are termed:

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

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Plaid Fun Fact: The idea that various colors used in plaid have a specific meaning or symbolism is a modern myth:

  1. Red Plaids: Battle Plaids
  2. Green Plaids: Prairies and Forests
  3. Blue Plaids: Lakes and Rivers
  4. Yellow Plaids: Various Crops

No matter the colors, no matter the clothes, when dressed in pretty plaids you’ll stand out at fashion shows!

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Plaid In Fashion: In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, plaid garments featured in fashion catalogues. By then, plaid had shifted from mainly being a component of men’s clothing to becoming an important fabric in women’s fashion. Due to plaid’s association with the British aristocracy and the military, plaid patterns developed an air of dignity and exclusivity. Because of this, plaid has made reappearances in the world of fashion several times.

In the 1970s, plaid patterns made a resurgence in the use of punk fashion. The unorthodox use of plaid, which had long been associated with authority and gentility, was then seen as the expression of discontent against modern society. In this way, plaid, worn unconventionally, became an anti-establishment symbol.

Whether you beat to your own unique style drum, or dress to fit into a crowd, when donned in pleasing plaid you’ll look dazzling, dapper and fashion proud!

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Depending upon how different plaids are defined, it has been estimated that there are about 3,500 to 7,000 different plaid patterns, with around 150 new designs created every year. With four distinct ways of presenting colors in plaid patterns, there are approximately 14,000 recognized variations of plaid to choose from.

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest store and stock your closet with plaid garments galore. Plaid to adore!

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Plaid Fun Fact: Since the Victorian era, authorities on plaid have stated that there is an etiquette to wearing plaid, specifically plaid attributed to clans or families. This concept of entitlement to certain plaids has led to the term of ‘universal plaid’, or ‘free plaid’, which describes plaid which can be worn by anyone. Traditional examples of such are Black Watch, Caledonian, Hunting Stewart and Jacobite plaids. In the same line of opinion, some plaid patterns attributed to the British Royal Family are claimed to be off limits to non-royalty.

Strut like royalty and feel like a million dollars when dressed in plaid skirts, dresses, pants, blouses, shorts, jackets and collars!

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Plaid Fun Fact: The most popular color combination in plaid patterns? Red and black…imagine that!

“I love the colorful pattern and criss-cross lines going across your coat.”

“You adore my wool plaid jacket do you? I wear it well, but I’m not one to gloat.”

“Will plaid work for all types of garments? If so, perhaps I’ll get me some plaid too.”

“You can find darling plaid purses, pants, dresses, skirts and plaid high heels for you.”

“The plaid pattern is bold, bright, playful, youthful, chic and fun.”

“That it is my fashion queen. If I dress head to toe plaid, the fashion prize I have won!”

Take in the chic, elegant, noble, splendid look of plaid! Wow, you wear it well…not half bad!

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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 bookstores and online bookstores in February  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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beat the Winter Blues with Blah-Busting Yellows!

STRUTTING IN STYLE! NANCY MANGANO'S FASHION/STYLE/BEAUTY BONANZA

I love the color yellow, and every happy emotion that the color yellow elicits! Be it in fashion, flowers, cars, houses, etc., the color yellow shouts sunshine and abundant happiness.

If you read color charts and color descriptions, yellow is commonly associated with reason, optimism and pleasure. If yellow is your favorite color, it means that you are ambitious and eager to please. If yellow is your second, third, or fourth favorite color, you are positive, optimistic and you look to the future, never backwards. You find life easy, free from worry, and you lead a carefree life, but this does not mean that you are lazy!

Think back to school when you learned about the color wheel. The warm colors are yellow, orange and red, while the cool colors are green, blue and violet.

How does a person beat the winter blues and warm themselves up through the cold…

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VELVET: SOFT, PLUSH, THE MAGIC TOUCH!

Velvet is a material that is rich, plush and soft to the touch. Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive feeling. By extension, the word ‘velvety’ means ‘smooth like velvet’.

Velvet, with  its royal look and its regal feel, can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers. No matter how velvet material is made, there is no denying the fabric is feminine, divine and upscale fine.

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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 completed process meant that velvet was expensive to make before industrial power looms became available, and well made velvet remains a fairly costly fabric today.

Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, the most expensive being 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 US dollars per yard. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in a less luxurious fabric.

Be it silk, cotton or rayon, when dressed in elegant, chic velvet, you’ll get your fashion frenzy on!

Velvet fabric works well with all garments. Be it dresses, skirts, blazers, shoes, purses, pant suits, tops and men’s suits, velvet looks va va voom sensual and sexy in all items of clothing.

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Velvet Fun Fact: Because of velvet’s unusual softness and appearance, as well as its 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, Italy, where velvet spread through most of Europe.

Soft and soothing to the touch, velvet garments are loved and adored so much!

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Popular Types of Velvet:

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

No matter your velvet preference, no matter the type, when dressed in the splendor of luxurious velvet you’ll do fashion just right!

Nancy Mangano’s Velvet Fashion Tip: Velvet is such an alluring fabric that one can never be dressed in too much velvet. However, one way to spice up a casual outfit is to carry a velvet handbag, or slide your feet into a pair of gorgeous, scrumptious velvet shoes. For a fashion diva like you, only the finest of fabrics will do, go velvet!

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Any one of these lovely purses and fantastic high heels would add glamour and off the charts beauty to any outfit.

Materials Similar to Velvet:

  1. Corduroy
  2. Silk
  3. Velour
  4. Viscose (More similar to silk velvet than cotton velvet)

Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair and wood.

Synthetic velvets are mostly made from polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate and from mixtures of different synthetic materials. A small percentage of spandex is often added to give the final material a certain amount of stretch (hence ‘stretch velvet’).

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Velvet: Soft, plush, the magic touch!

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Mix velvet and lace…fantastic, feminine fashion taste!

“Excuse me, keep your hands to yourself and you’re invading my personal space.”

“I couldn’t resist rubbing your gorgeous velvet jacket with its ruffles and tapered waist.”

“I suppose the urge to feel the soft velvet is much like rubbing a prickly buzz haircut.”

“Yes, exciting and exhilarating. Pulls me out of my own fashion rut.”

“May I suggest you invest in a velvet outfit of your own. The money will be well spent.”

“No doubt I’d be the best dressed person around and get looked at everywhere I went!”

Velvet: An uptown, upscale, chic looking material…a cut above velour, I’m sure!

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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 bookstores and online bookstores in February  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 http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846

 

 

 

 

 

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