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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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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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Have you done what it takes to prepare for unexpected occurrences in your and your family’s lives?  Life insurance, estate planning, living wills and more are all important parts of a contingency plan for dealing with and being prepared for unexpected events.

Camille Hicks, a Principal Broker at C. Hicks Agency, an insurance and financial services brokerage agency led Classy Living Society’s CLS Talks segment on June 16.  C. Hicks Agency focuses on insurance and financial solutions to protect family, assets, business and wealth.  The agency also offers personal and business insurance and represents the top insurance companies in the industry.

In her informative talk with CLS members, Camille, who is a Houston Society CLS member, provided the strategies necessary to prepare members and their families for life’s expected and unexpected events.  She discussed what insurance and financial coverage is required along with the important documents needed to protect family and assets and, most importantly, how to organize it all.  She offered links to technology that distributes instructions and documents during future life events, including medical emergencies, accidents, and legacy plans.  She also offered information regarding estate planning and insurance planning.

Life happens, and as the saying goes, “If you stay read, you don’t have to GET ready!”  Camille provided all of the necessary and valuable information to put CLS members’ contingency plans on the right track.

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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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and what better way for CLS to acknowledge the importance of this awareness than to do a mental health check-in with its members!  On May 26, 2020, members of CLS had an opportunity to join a live virtual talk with Corey Minor Smith, an attorney, author and transformational speaker.  Corey Empowers!

From a childhood filled with instability, broken relationships, a parent with mental illness, and countless other demoralizing life situations – Corey’s posture is that of a fighter.  As a result of her life experiences, she was unyielding in her determination to make her dream of becoming a lawyer and servant leader a reality.

During the virtual chat on Facebook Live, Corey presented the story of her compelling journey and provided strategies to make mental health a top priority and encourage those who chimed in to use their voices to advocate for others.  Corey empowered her CLS Talks audience to be their very best while managing life’s most challenging undesirable circumstances. Her heartwarming account of her journey will serve as a constant reminder and source of inspiration on how to turn problems into power.

For more information on Corey, Corey Empowers, follow her on social media and to pick up the motivational memoir #Driven, visit her website: Corey Empowers

“Corey is one of the most engaging presenters and knowledgeable speakers I’ve encountered, a brilliant woman who will inspire you to soar above your circumstances and navigate your way from negativity to positive outcomes. She’s the real deal!”
— Dr. Michael Eric Dyson | Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and New York Times Bestselling Author

CLS Talks is an exciting 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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On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Classy Living Society observed a Virtual Wednesday – a day to focus on a very important virtual community service event – sending text messages to first responders through Text for Humanity.   By way of history, Text for Humanity was created to counter online negativity by exchanging positive messages between strangers.  It is the world’s first texting switchboard that allows strangers to send and receive personal, positive text messages.  During Covid-19, however, they extended their service to allow anyone to send a message of gratitude to front line heroes.  Teamwork makes the dream work, as Text for Humanity is performing this worthwhile gesture in collaboration with Sinch, a communications company, and Mental Health America.

Through Text for Humanity, CLS members anonymously sent positive text messages to front line heroes and received a positive message in return.  What a way to make the world a little happier, one text at a time!  Virtual Wednesday was a huge success!

Text for Humanity’s philosophy is that although we are using our phones to communicate 24/7, we feel worse mentally – not happier. It must be working, because over 86,000 positive messages have been sent so far!  It’s time for our mobile phones to love us back.

Click on the links below for more information on Text for Humanity and Mental Health America.

Text for Humanity

Mental Health America

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

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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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