STEP INTO SPRING IN FESTIVE FLORAL FABRICS!

Flowers have long been admired by humans to beautify the environment, and also as objects representing romance, ritual, religion and medicine. The Spring season has long been admired as a season of rebirth, life, sunshine and abundant flowers.

Fashion is an easy, excellent way to change how we feel, mentally and physically. Wearing lighter, brighter colors can make us feel lively and upbeat, while dressing in dark winter colors can make us feel more subdued. As we bring on the spring season, fill your world and your closet with colorful, youthful, playful, uplifting floral fabrics.

Floral fabric flower power!

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Flower Fun Fact: A flower, sometimes known as a blossom or bloom, is the reproductive structure found in plants that are floral. The biological function of the flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop. Many flowers have evolved to be attractive to animals, so as to cause them to be vectors for the transfer of pollen. After fertilization, the ovary of the flower develops into fruit containing seeds.

Step into spring in festive floral fabrics!

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Floral print clothing looks elegant, summery, pretty and stunning!

Flower Fun Fact: A flower develops on a modified shoot or axis from a determinate apical meristem (determinate meaning the axis grows to a set size). It has compressed internodes, bearing structures that in classical plant morphology are interpreted as highly modified leaves. Detailed developmental studies, however, have shown that stamens are often initiated more or less like modified stems that in some cases may even resemble shoots. Taking into account the whole diversity in the development of the androecium of flowering plants, we find a continuum between modified leaves, modified stems and modified shoots.

In addition to floral fabrics, floral design includes making wreaths, nosegays, garlands, festoons, floral displays, boutonnieres, corsages and bows.

Flowers to the left, flowers to the right. Everywhere I look, a lovely flower sight!

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Floral Design Fun Fact: Floral design, or flower arrangement, is the art of using plant materials and flowers to create a pleasing and balanced composition. Evidence of refined floristry is found as far back as the culture of Ancient Egypt. Professionally designed floral designs, arrangements or artwork incorporate the elements of floral design: line, form, space, texture, and color, and the principles of floral design: balance, proportion, rhythm, contrast, harmony and unity. Creates a beautiful flowery masterpiece!

Many flowers have important symbolic meanings in Western culture. The practice of assigning meanings to flowers is known as floriography.

Common Symbolic Flower Meanings:

  1. Red roses are given as a symbol of love, beauty and passion.
  2. Poppies are a symbol of consolation in time of death. In the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, red poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in times of war.
  3. Irises/Lilies are used in burials as a symbol referring to “resurrection/life”. It is also associated with stars (sun) and its petals blooming/shining.
  4. Daisies are a symbol of innocence.

Look feminine and like a true glamour girl when dressed in a mirage of flowers and pearls!

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Because of their varied and colorful appearance, flowers have long been a favorite subject of visual artists. Some of the most celebrated paintings from well-known painters are of flowers, such as Van Gogh’s sunflowers series or Monet’s water lilies. Flowers are also dried, freeze dried and pressed in order to create permanent, three-dimensional pieces of flower art.

Flower Fun Fact: The Roman goddess of flowers, gardens, and the season of Spring is Flora. The Greek goddess of Spring, flowers and nature is Chloris. In Hindu mythology, flowers have a significant status. Vishnu, one of the three major gods in the Hindu system, is often depicted standing straight on a lotus flower.

Crave it hour after hour…flower power!

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Winter, spring, summer and fall. Every season gives a true fashion diva an opportunity to wear floral prints…one and all!

Events and Functions Where Flowers are Used Around the World:

  1. For new births or christenings.
  2. As a corsage or boutonniere worn at social functions or for holidays.
  3. As tokens of love and esteem.
  4. For wedding bouquets and reception decorations.
  5. As gifts of remembrance and celebrations.
  6. For funerals and expressions of sympathy for the grieving.
  7. For friendship.

Flowers are so attractive and so beautiful that people often grow flowers around their homes, dedicate entire parts of their living space to flower gardens, pick wildflowers, or buy flowers from florists. Do I hear Valentine’s Day, anyone?

Dress like you’re ready for a day in the sun covered in floral fabrics that look fabulous on everyone!

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When draped in floral fabrics of neon colors and style, you’ll radiate glamour and loads of sunshine for miles and miles!

“Today is such a lovely spring day I think I’ll stop and buy some flowers after work.”

“I have a better idea for a glamour girl. Why not invest in a floral dress or skirt?”

“That’s a marvelous idea. Something to wear will last much longer than a living flower.”

“Although fresh flowers will bring a smile to your face, they won’t last much longer than an hour.”

“I’ll treat myself to the mall tonight. I have the entire floral outfit in my head.”

“A floral silk blouse, black stilettos, a flowery belt and pencil skirt with roses of red.”

Wear floral prints: the festive clothing is sure to bring you a smile that will last a long, long while.

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DECORATE YOUR HEAD IN A HAT THAT’S ALL THAT!

Hats are hip. The decorative head coverings can fit flat on the head or be wide brimmed, tight or floppy, simple or flamboyant, work related or worn for fashion, but hats always add a special touch of “something” to an outfit and to your overall appearance.

A hat is a head covering which is worn for various reasons, including protection against the elements like rain or wind, ceremonial reasons such as university graduations and religious reasons, safety such as when working on a construction site, and for all fashion divas, as a flattering fashion accessory!

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Hat Fun Fact: In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, hats may denote nationality, branch of service, rank, and/or regiment. Police typically wear distinctive hats such as peaked caps or brimmed hats, such as those worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

While there aren’t many official records of hats before 3,000 BC, they probably were commonplace before that. Archaeologists think that the Venus of Brassempouy 26,000 years ago may depict a hat. One of the earliest confirmed hats was worn by a bronze age man, whose body (including his hat) was found frozen in a mountain between Austria and Italy, where he’d been since around 3,300 BC. He was found wearing a bearskin cap with a chin strap, made of several hides stitched together, resembling a Russian fur hat without the flaps.

Decorate your head in a hat that’s all that!

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Popular Styles of Hats Include:

  1. Ascot Cap
  2. Baseball Cap
  3. Beanie
  4. Bearskin Cap
  5. Beret
  6. Cowboy Hat
  7. Chullo
  8. Cricket Cap
  9. Coonskin Cap
  10. Custodian Helmet
  11. Deerstalker
  12. Fedora
  13. Hard Hat
  14. Kippah
  15. Montera
  16. Panama
  17. Pillbox Hat
  18. Santa Hat
  19. Sombrero
  20. Top Hat
  21. Toque
  22. Turban

So many types of hats to choose from…so many choices to make. I’ll wear one hat to the theater, one hat to the store and one to my birthday party as I dine on delicious cake!

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Who can deny that not only women can rock great hats, but men look dapper, suave and sophisticated when they strut cool with a hat on their head!

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Let’s just take a moment to suck in and savor Prince’s beauty and style!

Hat Fun Fact: The Philippi Collection is a collection of religious headgear assembled by a German entrepreneur, Dieter Philippi, located in Kirkel. The collection features over 500 hats, and is currently the world’s largest collection of clerical, ecclesiastical and religious head coverings. One of the most famous London hatters is James Lock & Co. of St. James’ Street. The shop claims to be the oldest operating hat shop in the world.

The tradition of wearing hats to horse racing events began at the Royal Ascot in Britain, which maintains a strict dress code. All guests in the Royal Enclosure must wear hats. This tradition has been adopted at other horse racing events, such as the Kentucky Derby in the United States.

I tip my hat off!

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Hat Fun Fact: Extravagant hats were popular in the 1980s, and in the early 21st century, flamboyant hats made a comeback, with a new wave of competitive young milliners designing creations that include turban caps, felt hats and tall headpieces made of human hair. Some new hat collections have been described as “wearable sculpture.” Many pop stars, among them Lady Gaga, have commissioned hats as publicity stunts.

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Traditional hat size is worked out by adding the fore and aft and side to side measurements (in inches) and then dividing by two. In the United Kingdom, an equivalent hat size is an eighth of an inch smaller than in the United States.

Are you looking for a gorgeous, great, playful or funky way to add appeal and allure to your outfit? Why not place a fashionable hat on your head? Enough said!

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Peek a Boo. Who is that hiding behind that fabulous hat? Oh, it’s you!

“Excuse me. Your hat is lovely, but it sits so high you’re blocking my movie view.”

“My flashy hat and I are the view…sorry to break it to you.”

“While I agree you look stunning in your haute couture hat, I paid to see the screen.”

“I can give you a movie and your money’s worth…in my fabulous hat I look like a sexy screen queen.”

“I’ll ask one more time nicely. Will you please remove your hat?”

“A true fashion plate wears what she prefers. Just change seats and solve that.”

In fashion, proper etiquette styles are made to be broken! Always remember that, and wear a flamboyant, frilly hat!

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

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

 

 

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GIVE A HAND TO THE HAND-HELD CLUTCH HANDBAG!

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It’s refreshing to see what an impact such a tiny item as the clutch purse can make on an overall outfit! Clutch bags add something special to your attire, and generally, clutch bags are elegant and royal looking.

A clutch purse, or clutch bag, is a women’s accessory item designed to hold a few necessities such as makeup. a driver’s license and more than likely, your cell phone.  A true clutch purse is designed to be carried by hand, with no attached chain or strap that can be placed over your wrist or over your shoulder.  A clutch purse is intended to be clutched beautifully in your delicate hand or gripped by your fabulous fingers!

Clutch bags come in a variety of shapes, brands, styles and colors, and as with all purses, the clutch that you choose to carry may change between outfits and seasons. You can find clutches made from leather…

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IF DIAMONDS AND CHOCOLATE ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND, I SUGGEST CHOCOLATE DIAMONDS!

Regarding simple pleasures in life, diamonds and chocolate make the list. While diamonds are revered and beautiful in various forms of jewelry, and chocolate candies and flavorings are adored by the taste buds, mixing the two together to create chocolate diamonds is a definite win!

Chocolate (brown) diamonds are the most common color variety of natural diamonds. In most mines, chocolate diamonds account for 15% of production. Although brown diamonds don’t glimmer as shimmery as their clear diamond sisters, in Australia and the United States, brown diamonds have become valued gemstones and have taken on the appetizing name chocolate diamonds.

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Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: A significant portion of the output of Australian diamond mines is brown stones. A large amount of scientific research has gone into understanding the origin of the unique brown color. Several causes have been identified, including irradiation treatment, nickel impurities and lattice defects associated with plastic deformation; the latter is considered as the predominant cause, especially in pure diamonds. A high pressure, high temperature treatment has been developed that heals lattice defects and converts brown diamonds into yellow or colorless stones.

Baumgold Bros., a popular diamond cutter and fine jewelry importer in the 1950s and 1960s, rebranded brown diamonds in order to hike sales. Names included champagne, amber, cognac and chocolate. Other companies followed the Baumgold Bros. lead and named different shades such as clove, coffee, caramel, cappuccino, mocha, espresso and cinnamon.

Whatever name you prefer to use, the chocolate diamond makes gorgeous jewelry in any style you choose!

Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: In the year 2000, the fine jewelry company Le Vian trademarked the term “chocolate diamond” and introduced a new brown jewelry line. Le Vian worked with the supplier Rio Tinto and partnered with the retailer, Signet Jewelers. The brand heavily advertised the ‘chocolate diamond’ line including a massive television media spend. The campaign was a success; in 2007 virtually no one was searching for ‘chocolate diamonds’. By the year 2014 the search number jumped to 400,000 times a year.

If chocolate and diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I suggest chocolate diamonds! The allure never ends!

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Diamonds occur in various colors including blue, yellow, green, orange, various shades of pink and red, brown, gray and black. The Argyle mine, with its 35 million carats (7,000 kg) of diamonds per year, makes about one third of global production of natural diamonds. 80% of argyle diamonds are brown.

Natural Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The majority of natural brown diamonds don’t show any characteristics of absorption peaks. The brown color relates to the plastic deformation.

Synthetic Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: Synthetic diamonds are created by compressing graphite to several gigapascals and heating to temperatures above 1500 C. Nitrogen in these diamonds is dispersed through the lattice as single atoms and induces a yellow color. Nickel is added to graphite to accelerate its conversion into a diamond. The incorporation of nickel and nitrogen into the diamond induces the brown color.

Chocolate or brown…when dolled up in chocolate/brown shimmering diamond jewelry, you’ll rock the town!

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Notable Chocolate Diamonds:

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

Chocolate diamonds…yummy and delicious to the eyes! Dress in elegant chocolate diamond splendor and be fashion wise! You’ll sparkle lovely…no surprise!

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Heat Treated Chocolate Diamond Fun Fact: The concept that the brown color of chocolate diamonds might be related to lattice imperfections has led to a technique to convert brown diamonds into light yellow or even colorless diamonds. The diamond is subjected to high pressures of 6 to 10 GPa and temperatures above 1600 C that heals those defects. The technique has been demonstrated in several research laboratories in Russia and the United States. Since 1999, several companies around the world have adopted the technique and use various brand names for the processed diamonds.

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Chocolate Diamonds: Alluring, appetizing, appealing and amazing!

“I’m aching to eat some chocolate but I’ve started a no sugar diet.”

“I’ve got another way for you to get your chocolate fix that will cause a fashion riot.”

“Are you suggesting I dangle delicious chocolate squares on my ears?”

“I’m saying wear chocolate diamond earrings…the finest diamond in years,  I hear.”

“That is a marvelous idea. Would you like to buy me a pair?”

“Certainly. Let’s treat ourselves…chocolate is scrumptious to wear!”

Chocolate diamonds: A sure cut above, my fashion diva love!

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Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to online and retail bookstores on February 24, 2017!

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

 

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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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