LaShanda Pitts

Underfunded & Overlooked

44% of businesses in the United States are controlled by diverse women.  Yet they receive a fraction of the 2% of venture capital given to women-owned companies.

Our mission is to be ground zero for black women business owners by providing an ecosystem of services to include mentorship, coaching, access to capital, and connections that foster the ability to scale and build profitable businesses.

We Understand

The One Million Dreams Foundation understands that diverse supplier development is a core element of effective supply chain management. It offers the opportunity for an intensive collaboration with stakeholders across the enterprise while empowering our diverse businesses. The goal of The One Million Dreams Foundation is to establish a succession plan that will grow and sustain diverse supplier participation with government agencies, corporations, municipalities, and prime suppliers.

The One Million Dreams Foundation is the path forward. With a focus on operations, management, and financial performance, it will ensure continuous growth and development of the untapped potential among black women-owned businesses.

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A few days ago, as I prepared to make my grocery store run to pick up a few “essentials”, I stopped short at my reflection in the mirror.  One month into this pandemic quarantine stay at home shelter in place situation has done a number on my hair! I’m missing my periodic visit to my hairstylist or barber for a trim and/or to spruce up my ‘do!  These days certainly call for bad hair day alternatives – a baseball cap or sporty fedora…or…a head wrap!  Scarves, turbans and head wraps are extremely versatile and offer the opportunity of wrapping your head in variety of colorful fabrics to suit your mood and style.  Here are 5 links to fun and easy “how-to’s” that will have you on your way to becoming a head wrap expert!



Essence Magazine recently shared “5 Easy Head Wrap Tutorials to Try Before Your Next Zoom Meeting“, which will provide a great start to variety of head wraps.  Click on the title link to be on your way!

I was drawn to YouTube as well because there are a number of tutorials offered there.  Here’s one that caught my eye because of the gorgeous fabrics!

I learned also that the structure and look of the head wrap depends on whether your hair is long or short.  I also learned you can create a tall turban even if you don’t have a bushel of hair! Like so:

Head wraps are also a great way to cover hair loss as a result of bouts with alopecia, or from chemotherapy treatments for our warrior sisters battling cancer.  Tune in to ZsjaZsja!

Finally, here’s one for my sisters with the big curlies or long braids!

There are many many awesome tutorials on Youtube that are easy to follow and just entertaining to watch!  Choose the one that speaks to your style and start wrapping!

For my grocery store journey, I went with one of the turban style head wraps featured in the Essence Magazine article, added earrings, lip gloss and was out the door!  Which of these did you like the most?  Do you wear head wraps, scarves or turbans as a regular style choice?  Tell me your head wrap story in the comments!



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The fact that your favorite nail salon might be is closed is actually a blessing in disguise. Experts agree that constant manis, acrylic treatments, gel polish, and more wreak havoc on nails, so what we have here is a built-in excuse to give your claws a break. Here are some tips for getting super glowy at-home nails between manicures. 

No Biting

Now’s a super stressful time, there’s no way around it. But if you use nail biting as a coping mechanism you’re doing a lot more harm than good. Not only does this habit forcefully peel off layers of your nails, it also makes you vulnerable to ingesting a lot of bacteria. Kick it by wearing a thin layer of topcoat, this will add a visual and taste deterrent to stop you from chowing down. Or, find another tactile way to express anxiety, like a fidget spinner or a stress ball. Your nails will thank you for making this healthy choice.

Keep Cuticles Cute

The cuticle is a protective layer of skin that forms on your nails to keep bacteria out. To maintain healthy cuticles, gently push them back with a wooden cuticle stick about once a week. Then slather on some cuticle oil to keep them soft and reduce dryness.


Painting your nails dries them out. Quench them by rubbing lotion all over your hands once a day. Nails are porous so they’ll be able to absorb the moisture from the lotion just like your skin does. You’ll also want to apply SPF lotion to your hands before going outside to avoid aging sun damage.

Work from the Inside

Your outer appearance is a reflection of the kind of things you put into your body. To this end, you might want to consider adding a few supplements to your routine. Some experts suggest taking a multivitamin that includes biotin and vitamin E, both of which promote nail growth. Ask your nail Pro if they have any more ideas for taking a holistic approach to your nail health.

If you take time to do all of these things, you’ll have strong, gorgeous nails the next time you stroll into a salon.

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The bathroom is a common place in our homes that we all spend a consistent amount of time per day. Still, a few simple additions can turn your everyday bathroom experience into a daily ritual that rejuvenates, calms, and relaxes.

The ritual of cleansing is an ancient global practice that consists of many forms of sensory experiences that have pampered royalty, and was a symbol of preparation, focus, or a retreat from daily stress. A few simple changes to your bathroom can create an experience that manifests a spa-like ambiance that you can experience regularly. The key to creating a truly relaxing oasis is to trigger all five senses in one ecosystem.

Appeal to Your Sense of Vision by Starting With Decor

A great place to start when creating your in-home oasis is to begin with your physical space by making a few simple changes to your bathroom decor.

  • Upgrading your bathroom fixtures will take your cleansing experience to another level. Installing a different shower head that’s detachable or has multiple spray patterns is an easy do-it-yourself project that can enhance your time in the shower. A rain shower head creates an instant feeling of relaxation and also conserves water. Decorative curtain rods, cabinets, and light fixtures can add another unique touch that will make your design more cohesive.
  • Changing your shower curtain can instantly create a different vibe. There are many stunning patterns, textures, and imagery currently on the market that can add a lively picture or touch of color to your bathroom.
  • Choose calming colors for any new enhancements that you make to your space. Anything in the blue, violet, green, gray, or tan family are standard color bases that often create a soothing environment. If bright colors cheer you up, splashes of yellow, pink, or other vibrant colors or fixtures will enrich your space.
  • Adding small plants or other greenery can be part of your ritual. If you have a small space, making a habit of bringing in and watering your plants as part of your bathroom routine could add additional purpose and excitement to your cleansing ritual.


Incorporating High-Quality Materials Will Invigorate Your Sense of Touch

The higher the quality of materials in rugs, towels, or bath wear, the more comfortable the material will feel against your skin. Avoid scratchy or hard fabrics for your rug, bath wear, and towels. An ultra-plush bath rug that has memory foam and a soft texture can provide relief for tired joints or sore feet. A pair of bathroom slippers can also provide extra foot support, and a bathrobe will help keep you warm.



Organically Bath & Beauty

Inspired to start making products in 2013 when our now 15-year-old daughter developed severe eczema. Organically Bath & Beauty was established to create organic vegan beauty products that nurture and repair. Infusing the most precious minerals in all our products. Every item is freshly made and preserved with all-natural additives to ensure the vitality of ingredients.

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Written by New Member, Tyra Smith

Ladies, the 7th Annual Red Dress Gala is steadily approaching and Classy Living Society kicked off its 2020 VIP package of events in celebration of the Gala this past weekend. My experience thus far as a new member of Classy Living Society has been nothing but exceptional. When I first became a member, I was told that when Classy Living Society hosts an event, they do it big!  I must say, the first of the events in the line-up of the Red Dress Gala VIP events proved this statement to be true!

The fantastic debut event was the VIP Summer Soiree – a fabulous Yellow & White Champagne Bar and Winery Brunch day trip. When I arrived at our designated meeting location, it was a beautiful sight to see.  Everyone looked amazing in various shades of yellow and white!  After we said our good mornings, we boarded our private luxury motorcoach and each of us were handed a perfectly chilled cocktail as we stepped inside.  When we arrived at our seats, we were surprised by a lovely gift:  a burlap tote filled with goodies – a branded bottle of water, beautiful yellow fan and delicious snacks! This was truly VIP treatment and as a new member, I was thoroughly impressed.  Most importantly, I felt special and proud to be part of something so beautiful.

At 10:00 a.m., we promptly took to the highway. Our drive was only 45 minutes, but we used the time as an opportunity to make introductions, showcase members’ businesses, listen to great music, laugh, and of course, enjoy plenty of refills on those cocktails!  Our destination was a surprise, so it was somewhat of an adventure for us. 

Shortly afterward, we arrived at the beautiful Montaluce Winery located in Dahlonega, Georgia. We exited the bus and did a group photoshoot in front of the Winery and Restaurant. Other guests of the winery noticed us as we walked by and complimented us on how beautiful we were in our yellow and white. Some even asked, “Who are you?” “We’re the ladies of Classy Living Society,” someone replied. After the group photo, we entered the building and were led to an exquisite outdoor patio area where the view was simply breathtaking. One of my favorite moments of the entire experience was how elegant and beautiful our table setting was. Once again, it was VIP status, and the CLS Events Team did an outstanding job. Each setting was personalized with our names and there were beautiful and vividly colored flowers decorating the table.  Glasses of sparkling champagne awaited us.

We were served quickly and we ordered and enjoyed a number of fantastic wines offered by the winery. Everything was delicious! As we were finishing our meals, we were each treated to individual professional photos with the beautiful North Georgia Mountains and the vineyards as a backdrop. 

Afterwards, we headed to our next destination, which was close by. We arrived minutes later at the rustic and serene Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery. Here we broke off into groups, or individually, to explore, relax, and enjoy the tasting rooms, live music, food, and wine pairings or simply a glass of wine and soak in the scenic views.

After this amazing visit came to an end, we all boarded the bus and headed back to Atlanta. Just because we were headed back home did not mean the fun was over! This was indeed the definition of a “Party Bus”. We played games, listened to more music, danced in the aisle, and partied until we arrived back in Atlanta.

Everything about this day was beautiful! The Summer Soiree, the ladies of Classy Living Society in their yellow and white, the Scenic North Georgia Mountains, and most importantly, the sisterhood and celebration of the day made for a memorable experience. As a new member who joined early this year, this was my first of many events shared with CLS, and I excitedly look forward to the next. 

Classy Living Society’s Red Dress Gala VIP experience is something that you won’t ever want to miss!

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On Saturday, June 26, Classy Living Society hosted the Beautiful Survivor Picnic as CLS members and guests honored all women – the Beautiful Survivors.

What does it mean to be a Beautiful Survivor?  As we live, we experience hardships and trials – we endure heartbreak, illness, death, loss, financial problems and so on. But through it all, we are survivors – Beautiful Survivors! When we come out on the other side of our storms, we have a story to tell – a testimony.

All members were asked to bring a woman guest who is a Beautiful Survivor that inspires them – the Queen who has survived cancer, domestic violence, divorce, etc.  They were asked to choose a woman who uplifts and adjusts other women’s crowns as needed; a lady who encourages others to keep going – just by being the Beautiful Survivor they are.  Each member was also asked to bring a gift of love valued at $20 to present to their guest at the picnic.

The ladies were also asked to wear a special Beautiful Survivor tank top and to carry a Beautiful Survivor tote crafted specifically for CLS.

Get creative!  The ladies were also asked to put their heads together and come up with their best creative picnic setting – and they showed up and showed out!  Special congratulations to member Nameica Craig and her special guest Monique Hines for their outstanding picnic decor!  (You did that, Sisses!)  They are the winners of V.I.P. seating at the 2020 Red Dress Gala coming up in October.

The ladies enjoyed fun times celebrating the Beautiful Survivor in themselves and their guests.  In addition, they created lovely floral arrangements that were delivered to nurses at a local Atlanta hospital.  We love our essential workers!

The King Kabob food truck was on hand as well, providing the ladies with delicious and original versions of food on a stick.  Yum!

A sunny Saturday outdoors, beautiful picnic settings, sisterhood, laughter and love, great food and celebrating the Beautiful Survivor in all of us and all of you – now that’s Classy!

Congratulations! Best Picnic Decor Winners!

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Talk to people nowadays, and some will tell you they have been successful at sticking to their healthy eating and workout regimen … then there are others who have packed on the pounds during the quarantine!  Wheww!

Seems like a great time to discuss good clean, healthy eating with an expert!  On the evening of July 8, Personal Chef, Fitness Instructor and Natural Beauty & Wellness guru Candace Burney was Classy Living Society’s guest on its forum, CLS Talks.  Through Living Simply with Candace, Candace helps women embrace the sensuality of their strength, and helps us realize how strong and masterfully powerful we are.

In the CLS Talks session with Candace, she taught the virtual viewers on her Facebook Live how to turn the simplest ingredients into a dish to fall in love with.  She also talked about natural herbs and spices that pack a punch when it comes to ways to infuse tons of flavor in the dishes we prepare (simply of course!)  She also gave a few simple tricks to get children to eat more veggies – imagine that!  She demonstrated how to make and enjoy sweet treats without the guilt, and why it is so important (as well as easier and better) to eat fruits and veggies that are in season.

A wealth of knowledge was gained in the session and gave the ladies a lot to look forward to in their pursuit of health and wellness, particularly when it comes to eating simple, but making it delicious!
For more information on Candace Burney, visit her website by clicking here:  Living Simply with Candace
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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Overhauling your financial and credit situation is a bit like losing weight; it will take time and there is no quick way to fix a credit score. The best advice for rebuilding your credit is to manage it responsibly over time.  Here are some tips to being well on your way to a more solid financial condition.

1. Setup Payment Reminders
Making your credit payments on time is one of the biggest contributing factors to your credit scores. You could also  consider enrolling in automatic payments through your credit card and loan providers to have payments automatically  debited from your bank account, but this only makes the minimum payment on your credit cards and does not help instill a sense of money management.

2. Reduce the Amount of Debt You Owe
The first thing you need to do is stop using your credit cards. Use your credit report to make a list of all of your accounts and then go online or check recent statements to determine how much you owe on each account and what interest rate they are  charging you. Come up with a payment plan that puts most of your available budget for debt payments towards the highest interest cards first, while maintaining minimum payments on your other accounts.

3. Payment History Tips
Contributing 35% to a FICO Score calculation, this category has the greatest effect on improving your scores, but past problems like missed or late payments are not easily fixed. Pay your bills on time. Delinquent payments, even if only a
few days late, and collections can have a major negative impact on your FICO Score. If you have missed payments, get current and stay current. The longer you pay your bills on time after being late, the more your FICO Scores should increase.  Older credit problems count for less, so poor credit performance won’t haunt you forever. Be aware that paying off a
collection account will not remove it from your credit report.  It will stay on your report for seven years.

4. Amounts Owed Tips
This category contributes 30% to a FICO Score’s calculation and can be easier to clean up than payment history, but that requires financial discipline and understanding the tips below:
• Keep balances low on credit cards and other “revolving credit”. High outstanding debt can affect a credit score.
• Pay off debt rather than moving it around. The most effective way to improve your credit scores in this area is by paying  down your revolving (credit cards) debt. In fact, owing the same amount but having fewer open accounts may lower your scores.
• Don’t open a number of new credit cards that you don’t need, just to increase your available credit. This approach could  backfire and actually lower your credit scores.

5. Types of Credit Use Tips
• Apply for and open new credit accounts only as needed. Don’t open accounts just to have a better credit mix – it probably won’t raise your credit score.
• Have credit cards – but manage them responsibly. In general, having credit cards and installment loans (and paying timely payments) will rebuild your credit scores. Someone with no credit cards, for example, tends to be higher risk than someone who has managed credit cards responsibly.
• Note that closing an account doesn’t make it go away. A closed account will still show up on your credit report, and may  be considered by a score.

6. Check Your Credit Report
Repairing your credit score begins with your credit report. If you haven’t already, request a free copy of your credit report and check it for inaccuracies. Check to make sure that there are no late payments incorrectly listed for any of your accounts  and that the amounts owed for each of your open accounts is correct. If you find errors on any of your reports, dispute them  with the credit bureau.

7. How to Dispute Inaccuracies on your Credit Report
First, tell the credit bureau what information you believe is inaccurate. The credit bureau must investigate the item(s) in  question – usually within 30 days – unless they consider your dispute frivolous. Include copies (NOT originals) of documents that support your position. In addition to providing your complete name and address, your letter should:
• Clearly identify each item in your report you dispute.
• State the facts and explain why you dispute the information.
• Request deletion or correction. Second, write to the appropriate creditor or other information provider, explaining that you are disputing the information provided to the bureau.

Again, include copies of documents that support your position. Many providers specify an address for disputes. If the provider again reports the same information to a bureau, it must include a notice of your dispute. Request that the provider copy you on correspondence they send to the bureau. Expect this process to take between 30 and 90 days.

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On Wednesday, June 24, in honor of Survivor Awareness Month, Classy Living Society will be honoring a beautiful survivor.  The definition of a survivor is a person who copes with a bad situation who is determined to live through that affliction. This month is a celebration for women who have survived cancer, domestic violence, illnesses, tragedies, or any other situation.

The members of Classy Living Society are bringing awareness to support Beautiful Survivors in our lives and Beautiful Survivors everywhere by honoring them for their tenacity. They have encouraged us to keep going and we love them.

Members chose someone who is a survivor that they know and love – mother, sister, daughter, cousin, friend, or co-worker, and honored them by wearing the color lavender.  In doing so, CLS raised awareness in our communities and honored all survivors on social media by showing the world that life after illness, trying situations or tragedy can be fruitful, rewarding and even inspiring.

Using the hashtags #NationalCoalitionforCancerSurvivorship #ClassyLivingSociety#BeautifulSurvivor#SisterhoodMagic, members posted photos of themselves wearing the color lavender, or a photo of them and their beautiful survivor on their social media timelines.

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Who among us wouldn’t want to possess the keys to unlock valuable information to obtain healthy, glowing, younger-looking skin?  On Tuesday evening, June 23, Classy Living Society members were treated to a CLS Talks virtual forum presented by The BeYouty Therapist, Esthetician Erica Hague and got the “skinny” on skincare.

Erica shared valuable information on the five most common skincare concerns for people of color, as well as tools to incorporate in our beauty regimen right now.  Subjects discussed included:

-ACNE: Causes and tips to reduce inflammation.
-DISCOLORATION: Why? What to avoid and treatment options.
-SKIN TYPES: Four skin types and how to treat them
-AGING: The three most important tips for younger looking skin.
-PRODUCTS- What should I be using and how?

Ms. Hague recently launched her own line of skincare products (that is sold out already!) called Beyouty Therapy Skincare.  She offers a number of amazing products and services at her spa.  Click her to visit her website TheBeYoutytherapist

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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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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