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The power of technology gathered 40 Classy Living Society members from Atlanta, Dallas, Tennessee, California, and Houston for a fun Saturday evening of laughter, wine sipping, sisterhood and art expression!  Hosted by CLS and facilitated by BE Creative Arts Center, the ladies painted for a cause via Zoom video on August 29.  “Release, Relax, Rejuvenate” was the painting of choice.  Wearing their artist hats, the ladies each painted their own rendering of RR&R – a sister girlfriend enjoying a leisurely soak, wine glass in hand, in a clawfoot bathtub overflowing with bubbles.  BE Creative Arts Center made it possible for each lady to create her own vision at home.  Upon advance registration, each artist received a “Paint Party to Go” packet containing a pre-drawn canvas, paints, brushes, and all of the supplies needed to create, create, create!

BE! Creative Arts Center is a Black woman-owned business in the Atlanta area that provides a creative way to have a party.  They provide mobile and virtual dance and paint parties for adults and children looking to have fun, express themselves creatively, socialize, and build relationships on location or via Zoom video.

The evening’s activities were for a worthy cause – a CLS fundraiser to raise money for the Homeless Population.  For each registration, CLS donated dollars to this worthy cause and collected a total of $1,100 to donate!  

A night of sisterhood bonding, socializing, wine, laughter, and a beautiful painting for each lady to hang on her wall – and all in the name of community service! 

 

Website link:

BE! Creative Arts Center

 

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The spotlight’s on our Oh So Classy member Jeanette Whipple!

She’s part of a core group of ladies who’ve decided to engage with Classy Living Society on the highest membership level…the Oh So Classy level.

Jeanette is originally from Paterson, New Jersey. She’s lived in Georgia for the past 20 years, so she definitely calls the Peach State her home. Jeanette’s been happily married to the love of her life for 12 beautiful years, and even though she has no children, she does have a lovely pet Shih Tzu named Jada. Jeanette served in the Armed Forces for seven years and is now a U.S. Armed Forces veteran who served in the Gulf War. We thank Jeanette for her service to this country. She is the youngest of a fantastic family of six.

Jeanette has had a remarkable career in the Information Technology (IT) industry for over 30 years, and she recently achieved a dream of hers by becoming an entrepreneur. She established a Real Estate Investing LLC.

Jeanette has an extreme love for travel. Her adventures have taken her to Spain, London, Aruba, Barbados, Rome, Cabo San Lucas, Grand Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Puerta Vallarta, Acapulco, Cozumel, Cancun, Bahamas, Hawaii, St. Thomas and many other exciting destinations.

Along with amazing travel comes amazing cuisine! Some of the most memorable dishes she’s savored abroad include Keri-Keri (a main dish in Aruba), Stoba (a fantastic stew), Conch Stew, Paella, Kabsa (a mixed rice dish originally from Saudi Arabia), Chicken Tikka Masala (a dish of chunks of roasted marinated chicken in a spiced curry that’s popular in the United Kingdom), and Flying Fish with Cou Cou (the national dish of Barbados).

Jeanette also enjoys exercising and doing some serious shopping.

Jeanette was asked why she joined Classy Living Society?
She said she joined CLS because she wanted to be part of an organization whose focus is to support and generously give back to the community in various ways. Jeanette also wanted to meet and connect with other women from diverse backgrounds. She wanted to engage with women with varying goals and expansive aspirations, along with being involved with a group that knew how to have fun always with a purpose in mind. Jeanette says that CLS checked all of the boxes for her, and she hasn’t been disappointed. She is delighted to be a member and looks forward to many more years of membership and service.

Become an Oh So Classy member today.
https://cls-volunteer.org/become-a-member/

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POLKA DOTS & TENNIS SHOES FOR A CAUSE – GET ON THE BUS TO SAVANNAH, GEORGIA!

On August 1, Classy Living Society members and their guests boarded a luxury chartered motorcoach and traveled to Savannah, Georgia for the day!  What better way to bring in the month of August than a summer day trip to a beautiful place!

The attire of the day was polka dots, polka dots, and more polka dots!  The ladies were asked to rock their polka dots in whichever way they chose – sunglasses, tops, dresses, skirts, pants, hats and so on!  Each lady kept it casual in their favorite pair of sneakers/tennis shoes as well.

The ladies arrived bright and early to board the bus.  When they arrived at their seats, they each found a surprise gift awaiting them, a bag of goodies which included a CLS branded polka dot mask – to ensure the ladies were equipped to follow mask mandates and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The masks were custom made by 14-year-old Mia, owner and operator of Mia’s Masks in Moreno Valley, California.  Mia volunteers her time to create and donate masks for senior citizens.  Be sure to click the link below to read the May 14, 2020 Classy Chronicles article about Mia and other young people making a difference in their communities during the pandemic: Young Community Heroes of COVID-19

The bus rolled away from their meeting spot promptly at 6:30 a.m.  CLS was on the move!  As they headed to their destination, Founder LaShanda Pitts opened the day with an introduction to the most important part of the trip – the giveback mission.  Each day tripper brought swimsuits to be donated to underserved children ages 2-10 who are attending the Salvation Army’s summer day camp programs.  

Statistics show that children adorned with new swimsuits are more likely to feel included among peers, are more eager to acquire swimming skills, and attend pools and beaches with their friends and families with pride and confidence.  CLS came to the rescue by collecting and donating over 100 swimsuits for boys and girls!  Hooray!

The Salvation Army Summer Day Camp provides youth with a safe, structured, and enjoyable environment during the summer months. While running, jumping, and playing, kids will meet new friends, have fun, and learn about God through Bible studies and Vacation Bible School programs. Click on the link at the end of this article for more information about this worthwhile program for the children.

Let the games begin!  The ladies broke off into teams, and using their own personal items, each team was charged with the task of dressing a doll for the annual CLS Red Dress Gala. Comedian Lady Q hosted the game and, as usual, she had the ladies rolling in the aisle with laughter.  Speaking of the aisle…the ladies had the bus rocking and rolling on the road as they danced and sang up and down the aisle.  The best way to let your hair down!

The fan down game – led by member Agnes Jamison – was also loads of fun and congratulations goes out to the winner, member Sylvia Webb!  Finally, a pit stop game!  As the bus stopped at a gas station for a break, a lively scavenger hunt ensued.  Each gamer was given a list of things to find during the stop and the one with the most finds was crowned the winner – congratulations to Cherret Callam.  The scavenger hunt game is always a popular get on the bus game for CLS as it involves interacting with people at the stop.  This time was no different – the people at the stop were quite intrigued by the crazy bunch of ladies who were all wearing polka dots!  “Who are you?” Hilarious!

Soon, the bus arrived in Savannah and the first stop was Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar & Cocktails, famous for their Frosé cocktail – a delicious frozen rosé drink that is always popular for CLS members on trips to Savannah.  Oh, and yes, there was food!  Sorry Charlie’s laid out a socially distanced, delectable brunch of fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, mac n’ cheese, collard greens, roasted chicken, blue crab pasta and shrimp and grits.  Yum!  During the brunch, the ladies continued to laugh, take photos, dance and have a great time!  

Stuffed and happy after indulging in brunch foods and Frosé drinks, the ladies were off to paint the town with polka dots!  The remainder of the afternoon was dedicated to exploring Savannah; taking in Savannah’s delicious custom fare (pralines from River Street Sweets anyone?), plus shopping, sightseeing, people watching, visits to rooftop bars and soaking up the sun.  It was a hot, hot day! 

Back on the bus for the ride back to Atlanta, the uproarious fun continued!  More dancing, more singing, more laughter!  Who says you can’t have a good time while wearing masks and socially distancing!  Everyone gets in on the fun – even the bus driver had a great time; he declared that he is going to be CLS’s “forever” bus driver!  CLS’s women in business members who were present were also provided an opportunity to speak to the ladies about their offerings.

Arriving safely back to the Atlanta area, the bus trip to Savannah owed the ladies nothing!  CLS bus trips are always moving caravans of festivities, sisterhood and giving back and this time was no different…it was another successful occasion of celebrating the cause!

Important Links:

Mia’s Masks

Salvation Army Summer Day Camp

Sorry Charlie’s Oyster Bar & Cocktails

Photography:  EnPhocus Photography

 

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On the evening of August 11, Classy Living Society hosted a CLS Talks with special guest International Beauty Expert and Brow Esthetician Kim Roxie. Ms. Roxie, who is also the Founder and CEO of LAMIK Beauty, took over Facebook Live and delivered a vivacious presentation titled, “Your Eyes are Front and Center; Learn to Smize Them!”

Smize: to assume a playful or alluring expression of the eyes.

These days during the pandemic, our eyes are more front and center than ever before.  With Zoom video conferences peppered throughout our remote work days and wearing masks in public, our eyes are the focal point.  So why not make sure they’re visually appealing!   Ms. Roxie demonstrated how to do just that – with LAMIK Beauty’s Celebrity Brow kit.  In the session, CLS members learned a few great tips about how to DIY their brows and eye makeup.  They also learned how the brow kit can be used four different ways: concealer, eyeshadow primer, eyeliner, and eyeshadow!  

The session was truly amazing, as Ms. Roxie is as lively, spirited and engaging as they come!  It is nearly impossible to interact with her and not get caught up in her dynamic energy!  The ladies learned, laughed and came away armed with new techniques to get those eyebrows popping!  There were a few giveaways as well!  

Kim Roxie has been at the forefront of celebrating the beauty of multicultural women since she founded LAMIK in 2004, while still a college student in Atlanta. She didn’t set out to become an entrepreneur at 21, but was inspired to create her own line when she researched the ingredients in the brands available to her customers while working at a cosmetics counter part-time while in school. Dismayed by the unhealthy ingredients she uncovered, Kim decided to become the change she was looking for and founded LAMIK, an environmentally conscious cosmetics line that would not only look good on women of color but also be good for them. By naming her brand LAMIK, which means Love and Makeup in Kindness, Kim signaled that her brand was about more than makeup. She believes in promoting a deeper meaning of beauty, that it emanates from the inside out.

Want more info about Kim Roxie, LAMIK and her Celebrity Brow Kit?  Click here:  LAMIK Beauty.  

Follow her on social media:

Facebook:  LAMIK Cosmetics / Facebook

Twitter: LAMIK Beauty / Twitter

Instagram: LAMIK Beauty / Instagram

CLS Talks is an exciting virtual platform by which CLS will bring informative insights to support, among other things, women’s physical, relational and financial health.  The goal of CLS Talks is to educate the participants of these unique video sessions on important topics related to women’s health.

 

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When it comes to reaching out…

Classy Living Society’s new REACH membership level is designed to connect and unite  members who live outside of the state of Georgia. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, providing a unique sisterhood bonding experience for our members by offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind perks and opportunities that will empower women to produce positive change.  As a successful volunteer organization, CLS is committed to impacting communities around the world and transforming lives through dedicated service to those in need. CLS’s REACH level membership is currently being offered in lieu of our “stand-alone” societies, in order to promote a more comprehensive and first-rate experience for our out-of-state members. 

If you’d like to join CLS on the volunteer journey and you live outside of Georgia, choosing the REACH membership level is easy!  Simply select REACH and read the amazing details about your level. If you want to make a difference…make a lasting impact…give back to those who need a hand up and be part of a unique sisterhood…the REACH membership tier provides the perfect opportunity for you to do so … from wherever you live!

$14 (monthly) – REACH (outside of Georgia)

*$50 admin fee – one time processing fee to cover the cost of the online on-boarding process, branded CLS t-shirt for volunteering.  A portion of the admin fee will go towards supporting young women on their collegiate journey. We are aware and understand that formal education is only one stepping stone towards establishing professional success and meeting career goals, and is certainly not the only manner in which one may be successful in business. However, we also understand that sisterhood cultivated in a collegiate environment is equally pivotal to shaping future leaders. Helping young, aspiring women of color reach beyond themselves and grow into successful, and philanthropic women is a cause we are passionate about. With your support, an education-focused nonprofit will receive a donation in your name. Your giving begins today!

Learn more at: https://cls-volunteer.org/become-a-member/

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Oh So Classy Member Spotlight

Classy Living Society is proud to highlight our Oh So Classy member Lady Q!  Lady Q is a member of one of our highest membership tiers and shares an elite status with other members on this Oh So Classy level.  

Her  motto “Laughter is Healing, My Purpose, My Passion” truly comes through as she dazzles audiences around the country with her special form of comedy.  She was awarded the PrazyeFactor People’s Choice Awards in 2014 and 2018, for Best Christian Comedian. She was also an Honoree for the Community Service Award, given by the Gospel Choice Awards in July, 2019.  Lady Q has also served as Classy Living Society’s Mistress of Ceremony at numerous Red Dress Galas, CLS’s annual fundraiser.  As a native of Charleston, SC, and now living in Atlanta, Georgia, Lady Q has been making people laugh for many years.  As a stand-up comedian, she brings her own brand of humor to events, from weddings to birthday parties and everything in between.  Lady Q doesn’t hesitate to share her own take on everyday life events and makes it her mission to bring joy to her audience. She definitely sees the humor in life and her glass is always full of what makes us smile.  

She’s the mother of two amazing young adults who’ve supported her journey without fail. They understand her mission and have never left her side. Starting out as a youth pastor and former preschool teacher, Lady Q was led to her destiny after speaking at her church. She was so well received that she knew she had found her true calling.  After her “One Woman Show” in 2008, she was well on her way to becoming the well known and sought after comedian she is today.  She is currently busy with bookings and clings to her heart of service to others. Lady Q has been noted to say, “There is so much joy in making people laugh and being relatable.  I always tell people that comedians have the privilege of saying what other people think.”  Lady Q is living life to the fullest, as she enjoys traveling the world and bringing individuals together through laughter. We look forward to hearing more from this fabulously spirited Oh So Classy lady and know that she’ll continue to combine her love of God with her love of laughter!!

You can find Lady Q on these platforms:

comedianladyqlaughter.com

Twitter: Lady Q Laughter (@LaughterQ)

Email: ladyqlaughter@gmail.com

Phone: (1) 678 516 6889

Facebook: Comedian Lady Q

 

 

 

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Welcome to the NEW Classy Chronicles!

Formerly, the Classy Chronicles was the official online digital magazine of Classy Living Society. The newly revamped Classy Chronicles is now a platform housed on the Classy Living Society website! Through easy-to-navigate dropdown menus, the Classy Chronicles provides an outlet to many subjects of interest at the click of a mouse – articles and features that highlight people who are doing amazing things in the community, health and wellness, work-life balance, beauty and fashion and more!

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