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What Your Handbag Says About You

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Accessories | 0 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

Carlos Falchi Handbag

Carlos Falchi Handbag

I enjoy collecting handbags of all kinds because we all have different occasions that sets the tone for a different design but believe it or not, a handbag says a lot about our personality. Besides the ability of carrying all our important belongings and complementing our style, a purse is also the mirror of our character. We spend time comparing different models and in the end we buy the one that suits our look best so obviously a handbag represents an important part of who we are. Do you want to know what your bag says about you? Continue reading.

Clutch Bag
This is one of the most discrete and classy purses around. Women who wear a clutch are very natural and refined. They are always following the latest trends, they like to be well dresses and have a very full social life. Elegance and simplicity are the key qualities of their look.

Shoulder Bag

Dooney and Bourke Croco Satchel

Dooney and Bourke Croco Satchel

A shoulder bag is very practical, versatile and functional. It has that longer strap that makes it so easy to carry the purse on the shoulder, and to quickly get things out or in. This handbag is excellent for those who lead a very active life style and need a very spacious and comfortable bag that is able to accommodate all their essentials. It says about you that you are very determined, confident and active.

Carlos Falchi Calf hair handbag

Carlos Falchi Calf hair handbag

Duffle Bag
This was initially a sports bag because it is quite spacious and it can easily carry around one change of clothes and sports apparel. If you are the type of gal that needs to have everything with her when she goes out then this is probably the best option for you. It tells everyone that you are tenacious, full of energy and powerful.

Designer Bag
Women who prefer designer bags are very passionate about luxury, beauty and fashion. They want to always look good and to appear sophisticated and trendy. You always pay attention to the way others perceive you and you use your appearance to impress. This is why you love meeting new people and building new relationships. And let’s not forget that you are very generous with every detail that influences your personal style.

Carlos Falchi Leather Leaf handbag

Carlos Falchi Leather Leaf handbag

Replica Bag
Usually, replica bags are very poor imitations of designer bags. This says about you that you love creating a glamorous image for yourself even if this means not paying what it’s really worth, lying and deceiving people. You want to enjoy the pleasures of leaving a rich, classy and luxurious life and you won’t let anything get in your way. You are clearly ambitious; you are able to recognize beauty when you see it and you will definitely fight to achieve it. I long time ago I bought two replica designer handbags and a wallet from a flea market  and I said never again because you are taking credit  from the designer who originated the piece.

Counterfeit Coach and Louis Vutton Handbags

Counterfeit Coach and Louis Vutton Handbags

Bucket Bag
Those who wear a bucket bag are the type of women who have a more practical sense. They are continuously trying to balance their personal life with their profession, and will never accept a compromise. Clearly, these women are flexible, ambitious and communicative.

Dooney & Bourke Bucket design

Dooney & Bourke Bucket design

Backpack Bag
A woman with a backpack is ready for everything, even for taking on the world. This very practical bag allows you to carry all your important things without any setbacks. It is comfortable, functional and practical. It is the perfect option for a confident, bold and independent lady. My dream is to get a leather backpack with  or without fringes.

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Anomaly Tour 2.0 Storms Into the Gateway City

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Music Corner | 2 comments

I must Tell The World, Tell The World Everywhere I Go!

Lacrae

Lecrae

I am unashamed to say that my wife and I attended a rap and hip-hop concert earlier this week at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

The Fabulous Fox

The Fabulous Fox

Grammy award-winning rapper Lecrae brought his Anomaly Tour to the Gateway City on April 30, 2015. The three-hour concert, featuring Andy Mineo and DJ Promote, provided uplifting messages of hope and heavy doses of realness.

An anomaly is defined as something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected. Lecrae’s Anomaly 2.0 concert definitely had it’s share of anomalies. Let me see, where shall I begin.

Anomaly #1
I grew up listening to rock-n-roll, heavy metal and even a little country music. For me, rap was not on my playlist. I didn’t even like the music. The most rap that I listened was “Parents Just Don’t Understand!” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Did I just date myself?).  But as I have matured, so have my music selections. While I still will listen to some of my favorites, I now also listen to music that has an uplifting message, no matter the genre. Lecrae is currently one of my favorite artists because he delivers a message of overcoming the obstacles that life throws at you.

Lacrae

Lecrae

Anomaly #2
This is the third time in just over a year that my wife and I have seen Lecrae in concert. Last year, we attended our first Winter Jam concert and the Summer Shed concert when they stopped here in Saint Louis; both of which featured Lecrae. Lecrae is now the artist that I have seen in concert the most, more than Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and REO Speedwagon – all of which were bands that I attended concerts while in high school and college.

Lacrae

Lecrae

Anomaly #3
Prior the concert, my wife and I eat dinner with our friends who are also big Lecrae and Andy Mineo fans. Eugene and Roxanne grew up in Los Angeles. Although the LA area is vastly different and much larger than Vienna, MO where I grew up (3.8 million people versus 603 people), we all came together and enjoyed the food, fellowship and then the concert.  They were so sweet because they blessed us with dinner. We got to get a picture together next time, enjoying the fellowship. We didn’t get a chance to take a picture this time. They are also true-blue Laker fans (but I won’t hold that against them). We also were able to see our other friends Marc and Peggy and their family.

My wife and I eating dinner at the City Diner before the concert.

Anomaly #4
We purchased our tickets back in February and were able to get awesome seats in Row J — about ten rows from the stage. Considering how costly some concerts can be today, paying only $48 for these tickets was such a great deal. Plus, the fact that the show lasted three hours made it an even better value. Not long ago, when Mrs. Carter had her concert in Saint Louis, we paid almost three times as much, for seats much further from the stage and the show lasted only an hour and a half. Still shaking my head over that one! What was I thinking? (I don’t know!!) You learn.

Anomaly #5
We purchased these tickets as deluxe tickets, which meant we were able to arrive early for a ‘meet and greet’ with Andy Mineo. My prior experiences with VIP tickets that give you an opportunity to meet the band, you will be paying two, three or four hundred dollars a ticket, maybe even more. I never bought VIP tickets because I didn’t want to pay such a high price, but for only $48 – what a deal! People asked Andy questions and he answered them and shook people’s hands as well as ours.

Andy Mineo

Andy Mineo

 After the meet and greet, we purchased a STL Lecrae tour T- shirt and I had to wear it to represent. Pretty nice don’t ya think.

Anomaly STL T-Shirt

The Anomaly STL T-Shirt in Cardinal Red

Anomaly #6
It was great to see many people attend this concert as a family unit. I saw many parents jamming with there teenaged-children, posing for selfies, taking pictures and having a great time. In my experiences with previous concerts, I usually would see adults, and teenagers, but they did not come together as a family. This concert was different, and it was good to see.

Anomaly #7
When I was growing up, rap and hip hop were considered alternative music and only a small group of people listened to the music. But today, more people accept these genres and the music has moved into the mainstream, so much so that the concert’s demographics surprised me. The audience was very diverse and I can I say, I was there. The concert included a guest appearance from Saint Louis’ own Thi’sl for duet on Lecrae’s hit song, Fakin’.

Lacrae and thistl

Lacrae and Thi’sl getting ready to perform Fakin’

Anomaly #8
In all that I have said about the concert, I have not mentioned that Lecrae, Andy Mineo and DJ Promote are Christians and their music promotes strong Christian values. Why? I didn’t want you to have a prejudiced view of Christian rap and hip hop before I talked about the concert. That being said, I believe it is an awesome gift these men bring to the stage. There are some people who would say that Christian rap and hip hop are not true Christian music, almost to the point of being considered ungodly. However, I would disagree. Any music, no matter the style or genre, that has an objective to reach an audience with uplifting words and inspirational messages, and that can tell the world about God and His Son, Jesus Christ, is worth having on your playlist. These three men succeed at making music that achieves this objective.

If had a chance to catch the Anomaly Tour, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought about the show.

J and JT at Lacrae Concert

Jay and JT at Lacrae Concert

Jay

This post is dedicated to our concert rodees Roxanne and Eugene!  Until the next concert.

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The Amazing Benefits Of Learning To Play An Instrument

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Inspirations, Music Corner | 0 comments

Hi Beautiful People,

JT going over her piano class session

JT going over her piano class session

I enjoy playing on my piano and listening to music.  I have to put time on the calendar to practice. I grew up with my mother and father listening to all kinds of music.  My mother use to sing jazz when she was in college, so it’s in my blood. I play intermediate piano and now taking a refresher piano-at-home course to sharpen my skills and learn more.  I played piano in college and had to do recitals for my final grade.  I was a late bloomer, so I had to really focus to learn to play piano and read music. You can learn to play a musical instrument no matter what age because you are never to old to do what you enjoy.

JT studying piano

JT studying piano

Recently I’ve read about the many and remarkable benefits that you can get from learning to play a musical instrument. I know I enjoy it and keeps the mind smart and alert. This info has made me want to schedule in a lot more time for playing music! Here are some of the main advantages of learning a musical instrument. I hope you find them as motivating as I have!

It improves your memory
Our memory becomes less and less sharp as we get older. Apparently, because music requires the use of both sides of our brains, it can actually help to improve memory. Considering the amount of times I forget where I’ve left the house or car keys, this is a very appealing benefit for me!

It relieves stress
In modern life, stress gets to us all. But studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can help to reduce the physical and psychological impact of stress. By lowering the blood pressure, this in turn reduces the stress hormone cortisol in your body, leaving you feeling calmer and more peaceful. Bliss!

It is rewarding
And the rewards keep coming too, the more practice you put in and the better you get. Naturally, it’s very challenging as a beginner, but once you get the hang of it and start playing a tune without mistakes, it is so worth it! Playing music for your family and friends and making them smile is another aspect of this hobby that makes it so rewarding.

It is sociable
If you decide to take up guitar lessons, for example, not only might you become friends with your teacher, but also with many other people who play this instrument. This could be within your circle of friends, or through your wider community. You may love it so much that you have regular jamming sessions with friends or join a music group.

It boosts your confidence
All of us suffer moments of low self-esteem. This might be in our personal life, work life or both. But taking up a new hobby and realising that you can do well at it, could help to restore confidence in yourself and your abilities.

It’s great for your CV
Prospective employers will realise that you have many important and useful skills if you let them know that you play a musical instrument. For example discipline, organization, commitment and creativity. I first started playing piano and had never played before and would practice in the study rooms to fine tune my  homework so if you really want to learn to play an instrument it can be done.

It helps you to be more patient
Because we can gain access to information so quickly and effortlessly these days, it’s made us all very impatient! When learning a musical instrument, there’s no way of speeding things up, you just have to go as fast as your body and mind will allow. Inevitably, you will make lots and lots of mistakes at the beginning, but the more you practice, the better you will get so it’s all about being patient! Practice, Practice, Practice and more Practice!

As well as these, I also think one of the biggest advantages of a musical hobby is that it’s fun! It gives you the chance to be even more involved in the music you love.

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