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About Me

Mercedes Ritchie

I decided to start blogging for a few reasons:  One, I really just wanted somewhere to show my daily finds & passions.  To be able to come back and see all the memories down the road is a bonus! Two,  I am obsessed with fashion, everything about it fascinates me.  From the yearly New York Fashion Week to everyday outfits, I just can’t seem to get enough.  I use to wake up in the morning and turn my phone on just to see what my favourite bloggers had posted and now I am one of them!  It’s such a supportive community once you start to make blogger friends and I have made some real life ones, too.

I am extremely passionate about body confidence.  I grew up in a family that always had healthy meals on the table and exercised daily but they also didn’t make life revolve around it and how much we ate or didn’t eat.  I have never been considered small or skinny.  This is such a big issue in society today and most people don’t realize how much size or even just talking about size can affect a person. From 2017-2019 I gained over 50 pounds due to health reasons and not putting my body first. I can excitedly say that I have lost all 50 pounds and I have NEVER felt better. It isn’t the weight loss that makes me feel better, I just didn’t feel good in my skin. I wasn’t taking care of myself. Today, I am staying consistent with my workouts and eating to fuel my body and it has done wonders for my mental health among the other amazing benefits.  The best part is I was able to get pregnant naturally because I started putting myself first and nourished my body.

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Over the past few years, I have learned how loving yourself is the biggest obstacle when it comes to your own confidence and self-worth. A huge part of my mindset change was because of daily exercise and focussing on my self and what I needed.  Being fashionable is as much about confidence as it is about style. We all have things that make us special [whether you like it or not] so why not just be yourself! It’s all of these things put together that makes us unique and different and we have to stick together and support each other.

Finally, I have gone to school for what seems like forever. Everything I’ve taken just hasn’t ‘wowed’ me. In someway it feels like I have failed because I don’t have a degree after all these years of school.  I think this is a huge reason why I started House of Classy, to have something that’s mine, a creative outlet, because this girl has never really dabbled in her creative side. One thing I do know is money makes life a little easier, but it definitely isn’t what makes you happy– that comes from within.  It takes consistent work and getting uncomfortable when you start to feel comfortable to see your dreams come true.

 

I have a 4 pound chihuahua named Fernando [Nando] and he is my everything! I bring him everywhere with me so I’m sure you will see photos with him on the regular.  I also have an amazing man in my life, Nick.  He is the sweetest person I have ever known, so thoughtful and romantic, he really just gets me. It’s nice to have someone like that next to you through everything.  We motivate each other and it just seems to work!  We got married September 27, 2019!  I can’t wait to spend life with him by my side. Update: we are expecting a little baby February 14, 2021!  We can’t wait to meet you Baby Racchi!