My Magazine is LIVE!

Classyandchic Gems Magazine is here!

Whew! My labor of love is complete and while there’s a few mechanical things I want to change next month…I’m so pleased to be doing exactly what God told me to do. I mean, I have a WHOLE magazine! Next, your girl will have a PODCAST!

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that God would choose me to do this. I’m a Counselor, not a Graphic Designer.

The best thing about all of this is, my family and friends knew exactly what this magazine meant to me and they prayed for me throughout the entire process. I am blessed to be sharing my testimony, creators are sharing their gifts and God is being glorified. I can’t say I didn’t question why I never minored in Graphic Design in college, haha! But, overall this has been such a blessing to me.

Instead of releasing a magazine with only my articles, God showed me to share the talents of others in the first couple of issues. Isn’t it amazing to be walking in the will of God? I love the way God shows us to be obedient to His will and He will take care of the rest.

Your sweet messages throughout this process have made this heart of mine so full. Encouraging souls need to be encouraged at time, as well. So, thank you! Be sure to head on over to my magazine Instagram @classyandchicgemsmagazine and share it with your friends! God is so good!

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World Mental Health

Mental Health Professional, Boutique Owner, Speaker, Writer and Fashion Blogger-Anita Ford

Happy Sunday, friends! Yesterday was World Mental Health Day.As many of you know I’m a therapist. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology. I love sharing about my field, but most of all I am blessed and humbled to be able to serve in a field where I have an opportunity to give people the tools to make their lives better. I figured there’s no better time than now to release the second chat in my Mental Health Matters series.

Tonight I am talking about social media and the effects comparison and competition have on the human psyche. I believe social media is be a blessing and a curse. Social media is a blessing because it’s nice to be able to connect with people all over the world. But, unhealthy thinking starts when a person begins to compare their lives to people they see on social media. You see perfectly curated feeds, gorgeous houses, beautiful relationships, pretty clothes and flawless skin, but you don’t know what a person had to walk through in order to get where they are. The problem with social media is you only see a person’s highlight reel. You never see the raw, messy moments that have transformed someone into the person you see today. After viewing other people’s lives on a daily basis, it’s easy for comparison to set in. Once comparison sets in, it’s easy for a person to experience a downward spiral of emotions that often alter self esteem and self worth. But, the truth is, your mind was never meant to be in constant comparison with the next person. Comparison often creates anxiety, low self esteem, anger, jealousy and even hate towards people you know nothing about.

So, how does a person overcome feeling as if they don’t measure up? You have to allow joy and peace to inhabit your space. Live in a space where you treat people well. Live in a space where you are secure within yourself. If you love yourself, you treat people the way you would like to be treated. Often times, if you don’t love yourself, you treat people poorly. You have to realize that you are valuable just the way you are. You are brave. You are smart. You are talented, and you are not a mistake.

Comparison is the thief of joy. My prayer is that you look in the mirror every morning and know that you matter to God. Here are 6 amazing “I Am” statements I wrote as a reminder for you to remember that you are treasured.

I am enough.

I am brave. Everything I’ve been through has made me into a beautiful person.

I am unique.I refuse to let the world change me.

I am strong.

I am capable.

I am loved.

Living someone else’s life won’t make me happy.. I choose to live out the life that was planned for me!

Stay tuned for another Mental Health Matters chat tomorrow…

MaeLove Skincare Collaboration

Hey Friends!

If you’re like me, you’re always searching for products that are cost effective and truly make a difference in your every day routine. I’m someone who tries different skincare routines to provide you, my friends with options that are available in every price range. So, I’ve got a skincare line that I must tell you about.

I’m someone with problematic skin. Over the years, I’ve had cystic acne, chickenpox pigmentation, and scarring that I have tried several different avenues at home, spas and dermatologists offices to fix. Before the pandemic started, I was getting Glycolic Acid peels for my skin and I had seen great improvement in the scarring. Well, here we are and the pandemic is still going on, so I have made the choice not to return to the spa at this point. So, I needed a skincare routine that would give me at spa results at home. Little did I know, Maelove was going to reach out to me and send me some of their products soon.

Friends, when I tell you these products work… I have truly seen a difference in my skin! I use Maelove products day and night. I am not someone who tests a product one day and reports back about it. I enjoy being authentic with my audience, so I am continuing to use Maelove products until the bottles run out and I will replenish my skincare routine with more MaeLove products after that. I will report back again in two weeks to tell you about the products and my results. But, for now, here’s a look at some of the products I’ve been using.

Reviewing MaeLove Skincare Products

Fall Vacation Spots

Hey Friends!

If you’re like me, you love making memories. Even though times are uncertain in our world, a great socially distanced road trip is still good for the soul. So, on this first day of fall, I am sharing with you a guest article that suggests many beautiful places to visit during this time of the year. I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you visit any of these places or plan to visit them soon.

Crisp cool air, colorful foliage, and fewer travelers clogging up the highways makes fall the perfect time to take a vacation. Whether you are driving an RV across the country, exploring a national park, playing cowboy at a dude ranch, or leaf peeping by bicycle, we have rounded up six of the best autumn vacations for every type of traveler.

  1. Fall Under the Big Sky: Fall in Big Sky, Montana, brings golden aspen and cottonwood trees, fly fishing for feisty trout and bugling elk. Hike a local trail, wade a world-class river or go on a wildlife safari in nearby Yellowstone National Park, then enjoy the hospitality and comfort of suite accommodations at The Wilson Hotel in Big Sky’s Town Center. https://thewilsonhotel.com/
  2. Leaf Peeping by Bike: Take a two-wheeled tour beneath canopies of gold, orange and red leaves in the Green Mountains with Adventure Cycling Association. Plan your own trip on the Green Mountains Loop, riding from Burlington, Vermont, into New Hampshire and along the Connecticut River, then back across to New York and the shores of Lake Champlain. An organized tour is also available in 2021. https://www.adventurecycling.org/
  3. RV Fall Foliage Road Trip: Blacksford is a new recreational vehicle rental business offering fully stocked Mercedes-Benz Sprinter overland adventure vehicles from Winnebago with an all-inclusive pricing model that includes unlimited miles, no generator fees, bedding, bath and kitchen supplies, free Wi-Fi, a free annual pass to national parks and 24-hour roadside assistance. https://www.blacksford.com/
  4. Glamp Near a National Park: Just minutes from Jackson Hole, Fireside Resort offers 25 pint-sized, luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus. The resort is located a stone’s throw from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes. It is a great place to post up for a fall getaway.https://www.firesidejacksonhole.com
  5. Play Cowboy at a Dude Ranch: Red Reflet Ranch is a 28,000-acre luxury resort and working ranch on the west slope of the Bighorn Mountains, just three hours from Yellowstone National Park. Guests stay in private chalets and enjoy family-friendly activities like horseback riding, ATVing, ziplining, swimming, hiking, fishing, shooting and feasting on farm-to-table cuisine. http://redrefletranch.com/
  6. National Park Bicycle Tour:  Escape Adventures has been leading cycling vacations through some of the most awe-inspiring natural destinations in the world since 1992. From road cyclists and mountain bikers to electric bikers, Escape Adventures offers an array of bicycle tours in iconic destinations like Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, the Oregon Coast, and the Grand Canyon. https://escapeadventures.com/

Mental Health Matters

As many of you know I’m a therapist. I have a Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychology. I love sharing about my field, but most of all I am blessed and humbled to be able to serve in a field where I have an opportunity to give people the tools to make their lives better. I figured there’s no better time than now to kick off a Thursday series about mental health called, Mental Health Matters. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 tips on how to improve your self esteem. Instagram is great, but you only see perfectly curated feeds and you never see the raw, messy versions of people. Adversity is truly what makes or breaks a person. And, this leads me to my first tip… 1) Comparison is the thief of joy. Stop comparing your life to other people’s lives. You never know what someone has to walk through on a daily basis to become who they are. 2) Know your worth. Now this is tricky sometimes because we live in a world that defines people by their marital status, careers, wealth, fame and looks. So, even though the world may say one thing… It’s important you always remember there is value found inside of you. You were created by a God who makes no mistakes. 3) Let go of the past. Yes, you read that correctly. You can never move forward in life if you continuously playback all of the mistakes you’ve made or revisit all of the bad breaks you’ve had. Your brain can only hold on to so much information. It’s time you realize that your future is in front of you, not behind you. 4) Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Let go of anyone that doesn’t bring peace in your life. If your friends don’t support you and pray for you, it’s time to get new friends. Don’t spend your time convincing people to believe in you. I’m a firm believer that your squad will eventually find you. 5) Be a supportive person. Love is a verb, friends. And, the more you willingly serve and support others, you will begin to realize that the only competion you have is the person you see in the mirror. Jealousy and hate have no place in the life of a person who has a healthy self worth. Beautiful people cultivate an attitude of gratitude and choose to see the good even when their worlds are crashing down. -Anita Ford

July Ellie Activewear

Stylish, functional and comfortable.

Whether you’re on the go or you’re headed to the gym, @EllieActiveWear has so many cute options for you. I’ve been teaming up @EllieActivewear for quite some time now and July’s box totally knocked it out of the park. I mean… Give me all the leopard print! @EllieActivewear is a subscription box that’s useful and loved by many who wear athletic gear. A new collection launches the first of every month. Choose 1 of 3 pre-styled fitness

looks, designed by women for women. That’s an entire 3-piece outfit to keep for just $39.95—plus free shipping. Or add 2 fitness accessories for just $10 more!

Try this on for size. You don’t have time for complicated. Ellie understands this. You can log in to adjust your sizing preferences for each item before it ships. If the fit or feel of an item doesn’t excite you, we’ll replace it at no extra charge.

On your terms. Commitment shy? Don’t sweat it. No long-term contracts to sign here. You can skip a month or cancel at any time.“

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June Ellie Activewear Collaboration

Stylish, functional and comfortable.

Whether you’re on the go or you’re headed to the gym, @EllieActiveWear has so many cute options for you. I’ve been teaming up @EllieActivewear for quite some time now and June’s box totally knocked it out of the park. I mean… Give me all the polka dot prints! @EllieActivewear is a subscription box that’s useful and loved by many who wear athletic gear.  A new collection launches the first of every month. Choose 1 of 3 pre-styled fitness

looks, designed by women for women. That’s an entire 3-piece outfit to keep for just $39.95—plus free shipping. Or add 2 fitness accessories for just $10 more!

Try this on for size. You don’t have time for complicated. Ellie understands this. You can log in to adjust your sizing preferences for each item before it ships. If the fit or feel of an item doesn’t excite you, we’ll replace it at no extra charge.

On your terms. Commitment shy? Don’t sweat it. No long-term contracts to sign here. You can skip a month or cancel at

any time.“

#loveellie #ellieactivewear #fitness #lifestyle #vacation #activewear #outdoors #gym #elliepartner #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgirl @ellieactivewear #LoveEllie #juneellie #ElliePartner #sponsored #collaboration #savedclassyandchic #destinfl #florida

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Trendy Tuesday

Hey Friends!
It’s just me today sharing Jumpsuit Style, but more importantly, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about a challenge I’m starting called the Stand By Me challenge. I want to be transparent, I’ve seen messages talking about influencers only being able to influence people with their shopping needs and it’s disappointing because this influencer cares about people’s hearts. I’m not confined to only fashion content. I spread inspiration and encouragement. Fashion is something that I enjoy, but my main goal in this life is to be a blessing to others. My voice is loud alone, but with a group of people who stand for love, light and positivity we can be a change factor in our world. I’m opening up this challenge to bloggers and our follower friends. So, if you’re a person who stands for love and positivity, I want to see you participating in this challenge. I will share your pictures on Instastories and collages, so don’t forget to be creative. It’s a pivotal time in our world, so let’s take a few minutes to show others we are praying for change.
If you would like to be a part of my challenge:
1. Take a picture of yourself holding up this sign in your picture—-🤟🏾-LOVE
3. Tag @savedclassyandchic and @classyandchicgems
4. Be sure to use the hashtag #savedclassyandchicstandbymechallenge.
5. My goal is to get 100 people to participate. Share this message in your stories and let your friends know. We want to make a difference by spreading LOVE in a time of uncertainty.
If you love seeing our style challenges, please be sure to follow our hashtag #ClassyandchicGems or follow our page @classyandchicgems. We love seeing your looks as well, so tag us in your photos! We are looking for more fashion and beauty bloggers to join us. If you’re interested, please send us a DM. Have a great week!
@savedclassyandchic
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Tie Dye-Woman Crush Wednesday!

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On Wednesday’s we will share our hearts AND amazing outfit ideas through our Woman Crush Wednesday loop. Each week, we will have a power color or patten that represents our theme. This week our power pattern is TIE DYE and our theme is LOVE.
Tie dye is all the rage here lately, but when you think about it… Tie dye was a symbol of peace and love during the Vietnam War. Fast forward to 2020, and our world needs a reminder of what love, peace, hope and diversity looks like. When you look at our world, we have a variation of skin tones that make our world beautiful. Every single person is created by a God who makes no mistakes and we are His most prized possessions. We have a choice to spread love or hate, but there is one constant in our lives that will always remain the same and that’s LOVE.
We at @Classyandchicgems plan to share our stories and continue spreading love and light during this time. How are you sharing love during this time? We enjoy hearing from you. As always, you can connect with us by using the hashtag #classyandchicgems or by following our new Instagram page-@classyandchicgems.

Be sure to head over to @nawaterman and k_colburn14 to see their great looks!

The Lord Will Fight For You…

 

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When you experience racism, hate, and spiritual warfare, it’s an attack from the enemy. We all know, when you become a Christian you will walk through trials and tribulations. This past year, I experienced constant racism and bullying, but I chose to use the weapon that was formed against me for my good. I could’ve walked through life being mad at everyone because of the way a certain race treated me, but instead I chose to pray. I want to be very clear when I say this, You do not have to become like the people who are discriminating against you. You can choose to be a better person. It’s hard to speak out about the pain people have tried to inflict on you about something that’s beyond your control, but at the same time there is so much power found in knowing your worth. The devil only fights people who have a purpose on their lives and unfortunately, he will use anyone he can to come against you. But, I’m here to say the glow up from God hits different when you never question your worth. Every smiling face in this world has experienced situations that shook them to the core and pointed them to the cross. Listen to other people’s stories during this time. Be a part of the solution, not the problem. As for me, I choose to love and spread love. I choose to believe this world can change. Hate will never have a place in my heart and I will never allow pain from the past to rob me of my future. @inspirationalspeakeranitaford