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God’s Not Dead: New Film in Theaters March 21

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Inspirations | 0 comments

Hi Bubbling Readers,

Can you stand up to what you believe in? If someone says to you God is Dead and completely nonexistent what would you say to them? Tough questions, yes.

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I am excited about a new film that will be coming out March 21st in theaters called “God’s Not Dead.”  Those questions above made me think about my own faith and if I were to stand  up to the microphone. What would I say?
I am not perfect and I am a work in process.

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In order to stand up for what I believe, I know I have to read and study God’s word. But there’s an important key I have to talk to him and develop daily my relationship with him.

Has your faith ever been tested? When you want to say something about why you believe in God and nothing came out of your mouth because you didn’t know what to say.

This movie focuses on faith being tested and why we have to stand up for what we believe in.

Take a look at the trailer here:

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You will see some familiar faces in this film. Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Dean Cain (Superman) and David A. R. White (Brother White).
Also special appearances from the Newsboys, Willie and Korie Robertson.

Tell your friends and everyone you know to come out and show this film support.

This film is rated PG for brief violence and an accident scene.



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Winter Time Sparkles and Speak Life!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Accessories, Fashion, Inspirations | 2 comments

Hello Elegant Readers!

JT being silly

Thank you for stopping by my lovely boutique blog.
Sit back, relax and enjoy.

All I hear around me is talk about the weather.
It’s snowing? It’s raining? It’s a wintry mix? Is it spring yet?

I will get to the outfit post;
but first I wanted to offer a little food for thought.

Thank you God for protecting me, leading me and guiding me. Each day I want to be better, do better. I heard a saying that many of you have heard that quitters never win and winners never quit.  I don’t ever want to give up on my dreams, goals and aspirations in life. This last two weeks have been like a whirlwind; but praise God He is still on the throne. My goal is to seek Him more and more each day. I looked at this scripture from my Joyce Meyer calendar

Proverbs 18:20
A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words
he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].

So I declare that I will do my best to purpose to speak positive words from my mouth. Is it easy?
No way. Do I have what I say? Yes. Speak Life!

My outfit that I wore to work or church is so fun and carefree.  It brightens the darkest of days. My boots were a recent purchase from HSN that I got at a real good deal.  The Joan Boyce “Emily” Sequined Boot with Faux Fur Lining retailed for $69.90 but I bought them for a whopping price of $24.95 (with free shipping). I am not one to usually be shy when it comes to what I wear; but these boots were shining bright like I need to wear shades. Well you know me, so I wore them to church. Way cool! Not only are they an eye catcher, but the boots are also very warm and cozy. I received so many compliments on these boots that it was like they had there on fan following.

Joan Boyce "Emily" Sequined Boot with Faux Fur LiningAnother bonus is the shoes have a side zip and a rubber sole with great traction.
Styling with Joan Boyce Emily Sequined Boot with Faux Fur LiningThis outfit was a bit of this and that, pulled together. I purchased the ribbed turtleneck from Macy’s last year. The skirt was gifted to me from Lettuce Stitch Skirts, I am linking its Facebook page because its site is not active. My Dooney and Bourke Vacheeta leather handbag has become one of my favorites. My two-year-old burgundy tights from Marshalls coordinated and finished the look. It all came together and Vinny, my sweet doggie, is my trusty photo buddy.

My necklace is from the Missouri History Museum gift shop. I liked the different textures used in the necklace. Textures of metal, crystals, crochet yarn, glass beads, pearls and a timepiece.

Mixed Medium Necklace

I wear bracelets every day, it finishes my look. I am giving another cudo to the Missouri History Museum gift shop.
I bought this silver cameo bracelet about three years ago and I got such a good deal on it.

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Isaac Mizrahi Watch and Jaqueline Kennedy  & Judith RIpka bracelet

My watch is a must every day. I collect watches and this one is a ceramic Isaac Mizrahi watch. It is so versatile and has become a classic on my accessory list. The sterling silver cuff is is by Judith Ripka.  The gold Jacqueline Kennedy bracelet was an wedding anniversary gift from my hubby. I love this bracelet so much that I will be doing a future post about it.

I mentioned that we should speak life.  This latest video from Tobymac really speaks loud about how we should treat each other.

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Winter Jam 2014 Rocks the Scottrade Center

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in From the Heart, Inspirations, Music Corner | 2 comments

Ten musical acts, one pastor.
Five hours of ministry, one mission.

The Winter Jam 2014 tour stormed into the Gateway City last night and left the 18,000 concert-goers with a message of hope for the future and God’s enduring love.

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Billed as one of the largest concert tours of the year, now in it’s 19th year, Winter Jam features many of today’s biggest and newest acts in the Christian music scene. I had not been to many Christian concerts. However, when our friends Eugene and Roxanne invited us, we immediately jumped at the opportunity when we saw that the performer list included Newsboys, Lecrae, Plumb and Newsong. By going to the concert, we were introduced to Derek Minor, Everfound, Love & the Outcome, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Tenth Avenue North. It was mixture of hip-hop, rap, pop, rock and heavy metal. Not your typical mixture of musical acts, but than again, this not your typical concert.

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It was awesome to see, in total, ten musical acts take to the stage during the five-hour event. Each act took to the stage and performed between fifteen and thirty minutes. Keep in mind that this was much more than a concert with chart-topping singles and Grammy-winning performers. The artists and their music will pull you in. However, when the artists share with you their message about how important God is in their lives and how He has changed their life, you know that this is much more than a concert. It is an opportunity for you to see and to experience that same joy and peace of knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ. The performers offered their testimonies on what brought them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pastor Nick Hill also gave a brief lesson on The Prodigal Son, coming to Christ and ministered salvation. People stood up all over the hall, accepting Christ in their lives.
What an awesome and beautiful sight to see!

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Another blessing, concert goers had an opportunity to learn more about Holt International, an organization that helps families adopt needy in foreign countries for over 60 years. They also provide sponsorship a child in a bridge program that prepares the child for adoption.  The bridge program allows you to sponsor a child for $30 a month, which will help if the child with necessary surgeries or  shots before the adoption is finalized. Holt’s motto is, “every child deserves a home”. It was special to see a local family who was brought on stage to share about how they adopted six children. Holt International had volunteers at the Winter Jam concert. If you would like be a Holt International volunteer please check out its site.  To learn more about adopting a child or helping a child by sponsoring a child through the bridge program please click on HoltInternational.


Plumb takes to the stage.

Concert organizers want to make the event available to as many people as possible. So, instead of charging a high price tag, tickets were only ten dollars, payable at the door and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. VIP tickets can also be purchased prior to the show. There are two levels of VIP tickets, one for the individual rate ($50) and one for the group rate ($40). With a VIP ticket, you get a concert ticket, a T-shirt, access to the hall an hour before it is open to the genera public with first-choice of seating, and a question-and-answer session with some of the performers. A third option is available for ($30), if you do not want a T-shirt.

I would recommend that you consider the VIP (Jam Nation) ticket if you are planning to attend a future Winter Jam concert, for a couple of reasons. 1) You have your own red-carpet entrance into the hall and you can avoid standing in the general admission lines. We arrived an hour and a half before the start time and there were already at least a thousand or more people waiting. 2) You can get into the hall early and not have to wait outside, especially now if you are in a winter weather climate. 3) If you are planning to purchase a T-shirt at the show, the price already includes one for you. 4) You get early access to the merchandise tables if you would like to purchase additional T-shirts and CDs.

One insider tip if you have a VIP ticket for a future show: you will want to find out where the VIP entrance is. When we arrived at the concert and parked in the garage and walked towards the hall, lines were forming all around the building. However, we saw no signs that indicated where we needed to go. We stood in a line thinking it was for all of the VIP ticket-holders. However, as the line started to move and as we got closer towards the entrance, some people were being moved into another line and the VIP entrance came into view; and we got in with no problem. As we entered in and were checked in, security checked our bags to made sure that we did not bring any food or cameras into the building.  We picked up our T-shirts and lanyards because we purchase a last minute pass online. We found a great seat and settled in. It was only a little after four o’clock. And the general admission ticket people would be coming in for another 45 minutes.
Paying a little extra was well worth it.

JT enjoying the concert!

JT enjoying the concert!


Jay helping with the offering near the end of the concert.

The Winter Jam 2014 is just getting underway and will be on the road until at least the end of March. Check here for tour dates and time of the shows in your area. If the tour is coming to a city near you, you don’t want to miss it.


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Without Compromise! Review of Charles Swindoll’s “Living the Psalms”

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in From the Heart, Inspirations | 0 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,



I was recently given the opportunity to review a book for Faith Village called “Living the Psalms,” by Charles Swindoll.

 The book is a devotional that gives encouragement for the daily grind.

 I have dreams! I am not unworthy!

However, sometimes I feel I am overweight and look in the mirror and realize I am not twenty anymore.

JT working out.

JT working out.

I run to my Lord and Savior for strength and wisdom.  This devotional takes you through a week of thought-provoking questions that need to be answered and involves self examination. Self examination helps keep me in check because I want to live with purpose and in order to live with purpose this is an important key.

The first week sets the stage with The Grind of Compromise: Psalms 1.  I read Psalms 1 and was asked the question. What are my priorities in life? This entails soul searching and really makes me look at what I am putting first in my life.

My relationship with Christ has to be first. If He is not first; nothing else will go right in my life.

That means:
1. In order for my marriage to flourish, I have to put God first.
2. In order for me to treat my doggies and family well, I have to put God first in my life.
3. In order for me to be stellar in my career and as a professional blogger, I have to put God first in my life.
4. I have to put God first in every area of my of life.

Swindoll says.
“Compromise occurs when our behavior fails to reflect our priorities. In what ways have you compromised, and how can you get back on track?”

Wow, I get hit right between the eyes with that one. Soul searching time.

The things of life try to take my time away from my relationship with God and I have to rebuke that and cast those imaginations down.

Swindoll’s book makes you look at where you are in life and if you are putting more before God.
I am keeping a notebook because I want to record what I need to work on and any prayers or ideas that come to my mind.

Here’s an excerpt from Youtube on a brief snippet of the book.

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I recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow deeper in his or her relationship with God.  The book stretches you to dive into the word of God.
For me to have an impact I have to walk the walk. Not perfect by no means but growing from day to day because I am a Child of the King.

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Highlights Part II: Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity Exhibition

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Fashion, Inspirations, Travels | 0 comments

The last day of the Impressionism, Fashin, & Modernity exhibit in Chicago is tomorrow so if you are in the area, please go and see this exceptional exhibit. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary in Chicago and wanted to see this exhibit.  In my first post, Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity Exhibition: Perfection!  I touched on some of my favorites and wanted to come back to show more photos because I couldn’t just pick a specific part of the exhibit.

This dress is exquisite and the shawl is gorgeous. Do you notice that the focus is not on the lady but what she’s wearing?  Her face is looking away.

Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The dress and shawl on the mannequin below is the interpretation of what she’s wearing in the portrait above. It is so similar that I had to really take a second look to make sure I read that it was not the original pieces.


Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Edgar Degas interpretation of a lady in a hat shop. I have always seen Degas’s ballet portraits; but this is a first for me to see him show a lady either getting ready to try on a hat or has just taken the hat off.  The portrait is done in pastels and shows blurred flowers and ribbons on the hats.


Edgar Degas. Millinery Shop, 1879/86. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection.

Edouard Manet was a sharp dresser and it was interesting to see him portrayed in a top hat carrying a walking stick. I guess I thought he would of been portrayed with a paint brush.

Henri Fantin-Latour. Édouard Manet, 1867. The Art Institute of Chicago, Stickney Fund.

Henri Fantin-Latour. Édouard Manet, 1867. The Art Institute of Chicago, Stickney Fund.

This portrait by Édouard Manet below shows a women reading a book in the park. It looks like a park or a Forest?  What do you think?

The brush work lets the viewer peak in to her world. What is she reading? The gloves on her hands or the ruffle around her neck. Is it cold?

Édouard Manet. Woman Reading (La Lecture de l’illustré), 1879/80. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection.

Édouard Manet. Woman Reading (La Lecture de l’illustré), 1879/80. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection.

The exhibition has so much to see.

This is another portrait by Édouard Manet that shows a lady surrounded with a background of fans behind her. She is laying on her couch or bed so effortlessly. It almost seems like she’s saying with her eyes, “Édouard I have been in this pose for hours, are we close to being finished?” What do you think she’s saying?


Édouard Manet. Lady with Fans (Portrait of Nina de Callias), 1873. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rouart, RF 2850.

In the next post I will be focusing on portraits of Renoir, Seurat and some of my favorite dresses from the Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity Exhibition.

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* All photos courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Highlights Part I: Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity Exhibition

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Fashion, From the Heart, Inspirations, Travels | 0 comments

Hi Elegant Lovelies,

I enjoyed my visit to Chicago, my mornings were so relaxing and serene.

JTWisdom in Chicago for Wedding Anniversary

JTWisdom at Under the Ginkgo Tree Bed & Breakfast in Chicago for Wedding Anniversary

Going the the Art Institute of Chicago really verified what I always say, “a person never stops learning.”  We are growing and changing and should pursue learning something new everyday. This is an exhibition I am so happy I had the opportunity to see it.

JTwisdom having tea before going to the Art Institute of Chicago

JTwisdom having breakfast before going to the Art Institute of Chicago

I have quite a few favorites. Click on the portrait to enlarge and see the brush strokes and dresses in more detail.

This painting is of Madame Georges Charpentier and her children. Her son is sitting on the couch and her daughter is sitting on the cute doggie and they are dressed the same. Renoir paid attention to detail in this portrait. Do you see the pleating in her son’s and daughter’s dress? Madame Georges Charpentier’s dress is beautiful and her gold jewelry is exquisite.

 Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Madame Georges Charpentier and Her Children, 1878. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Madame Georges Charpentier and Her Children, 1878. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund.

Renoir looks so relaxed and at ease in this portrait. He is dressed very dapper and looks very approachable and care free.

Frédéric Bazille. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1867. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, on deposit to the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, DL 1970 3.

Frédéric Bazille. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1867. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, on deposit to the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, DL 1970 3.

This  portrait was quite risque for the time. A woman being painted in her robe. She’s a very brave lady to be painted this way. I know we consider this very tame now but back then it was as if she had not a single bit of clothes on.


Édouard Manet. Young Lady in 1866 (also called La Femme au perroquet, 1866. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gift of Erwin Davis.

This is one of the famous paintings that’s house at the Art Institute of Chicago, Georges Suerat (1859-1891), A Sunday on La Grande Jatte-1884. Everyone looks so relaxed and having fun at the Park. This painting is amazing to see with all of those series of continuous dots.


I had to add a couple of  pictures of favorite dresses.

Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The portrait in the foreground is by Édouard Manet, The Parisienne, 1875. This dress is haute couture of the time. Fashion at it’s best, this lady struts and holds her head up high in this dress. Beautiful!


Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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