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12 WAYS TO SLAY ALL OF 2019 (FEAT. FELLOW STYLE BLOGGER LYNN SHAZEEN OF STYLE ME SHAZ)

WRITTEN BY SHARRA GREENE & LYNN SHAZEEN

The new year is finally here and me and my fellow blogger bae, Lynn Shazeen have created a list of 12 style tips to help our readers slay 24/7, 365. What’s better? They’re all super simple and easy to apply! If you listen to my podcast, you’ve probably heard of Shaz. But if you didn’t already know, Lynn Shazeen of Style Me Shaz is a stylista, blogger, and content creator, who curates looks and advice for “luxe baddies on a budget”. She combines her eye for great pieces with her talents for hunting down affordable places to shop to bring her audience bomb digital content that they can apply to their own personal style. Check out the tips we came up with for 2019.

SEE WHAT SHAZ SAYS…

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Wanna see what advice Shaz is giving style lovers for the New Year? Head on over to stylemeshaz.com for the first 6 tips… See mine below.

 

7. INVEST IN LONG, LAYERING PIECES

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Long outerwear is definitely my secret weapon. It allows me to get away with shorter, skimpier pieces while still keeping warm and still having a chic look, appropriate for any occasion. This year, especially, while it’s still Winter, invest in long kimonos and duster coats. It will automatically widen your wardrobe options because you'll be able to layer them over your sleeveless tops, shorts, and mini skirts during any season.

Shop My Look: I am wearing a snakeskin print top and maxi faux fur coat from Boohoo, faux suede mini skirt from Missguidedblack thigh high boots from Miss LolaHouse of Rehab quilted crossbody bag, and earrings that I bought from who knows where forever ago.

8. STEP UP YOUR LBD GAME

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Not saying that yours has to be as poppin' as RiRi's but every girl should have a little black dress that makes her feel like the baddest thing walkin'. This year, step outside of the popular spandex dress trend and opt for a black dress that has more detail to it. Whether it be a corset shape, lace or fringe detail, or flirty ruffles, explore different silhouettes to make your "classic" black dress stand out. Also, adding on belts with gold accents and eye-catching designs can instantly make your look appear a lot more expensive. Here are a few LBD picks that I’m eyeing right about now: black vegan leather zip front dress, viktoria black matte sequin dress, vegan leather shrug your shoulders mini dress, fawn black feather skirt bodycon dress.

9. SPICE UP YOUR SWEATS & DENIM

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Casual doesn't have to equal boring. No days off can still apply to an everyday slay. During those days where you only feel like throwing on your fave sweatshirt, hoodie, joggers, or plain jeans, you can instantly elevate the look with statement earrings and a BOMB printed handbag. Pro tip: Nareashawillis.com and Houseofrehab.com sell some BOMB statement sweats.  

Shop the look: hoodiejeansbootsbagearrings.



10. DO AN ACCESSORIES HAUL

Model Amanda Nell, #styledbysharra. Photo by  Travis Curry .

Model Amanda Nell, #styledbysharra. Photo by Travis Curry.

Sometimes we don’t realize just how important the finishing touches are… Planning (or not planning) even the smallest details can really make or break an outfit. Instead of waiting til the very last minute to throw on accessories from home to complete your look, try doing a shopping trip beforehand that focuses only on the details: earrings, bags, hats, bangles, watches, rings, etc. You’d be surprised how much stocking up on the extras can shift your style.

Though you want to make sure that you buy pieces that speak to your style, when shopping, reach outside your comfort zone and explore a few different jewelry shapes, bag colors, and textures, and styles that you normally don’t gravitate to. It’ll add in an element of surprise when you get dressed. A couple of my current fave places to grab bold accessories are houseofrehab.com & olayemii.com.


11. FIND YOUR “RIDE OR DIE” PAIR OF HEELS

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 Your "ride or die" heels are the heels that will be there for you through everything! They go with just about any look in your closet, you can dress them up or down, and most importantly, you can wear them for a long time without your feet hurting! My black thigh high boots (above) are my go to. They've been with me when I worked at a boutique and had to be on my feet for hours at a time, on movie and dinner dates, and even handling business in NYC.

      To find YOUR ride or die heels, it's important to know your heel tolerance (how long you can wear them without wanting to pull em off your feet), what heel shape fits your foot shape best (for my deep arch sis, you probably can do stilettos like me, if you have more of a flat foot, you can try platforms with a chunkier heel), and also what type of fits you wear most of the time (that way, you know whether to do an open toe, thigh high boot, ankle boot, etc. Here are a few of my current fave places to shop heels: Miss Lola, Jessica Rich, Steve Madden.

12. SHOP FOR YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE, NOW.

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Even though it's January, It's never too early to get a head start on your summer wardrobe. The smartest way to shop is to buy summer clothes in the Winter, and vice versa. Instead of just keeping an eye out for cute summer pieces, start creating full looks from all of the summer pieces that are on clearance right now!

Which tips will you be applying this year? Comment below! Stay tuned. New content coming very soon to the blog! Happy New Year, loves!

Sharra,

“The definition of walking art.”

#BLACKBRANDSMATTER: 5 BLACK OWNED BRANDS TO SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

CURATED BY SHARRA GREENE

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#BlackBrandsMatter: I am wearing Brazen Bundles Virgin Indian Hair in 20,22, 24 lengths)

So, for the next 3 weeks, I'll be curating holiday gift guides for my BOMB subscribers! Each list will feature a variety of different online finds that would make great gifts and each list will have a DIFFERENT theme! Reminder: The full list is EXCLUSIVELY for my subscriber’s eyes only! This will be the only gift guide posted to the blog so MAKE SURE YOU’RE SUBSCRIBED to receive the weekly list, leading up to the holidays!
     This week's theme is Black-Owned Brands! On my 
podcast (returning 11/27), I express how important I think it is to support minority-owned fashion and lifestyle brands, as so many minority groups contribute so heavily to the culture. With Black Friday deals coming right around the corner, I wanted to plug you guys to save those coins! Happy Shopping! 

HOUSE OF REHAB BAG

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These BOMB statement bags from black-owned brand House of Rehab are a remixed, yet original take on the well-known Chanel signature bags (except way less coin) . Know somebody who's a fashion lover? (obvi, yourself, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this) This is the perfect gifted accessory.

I just received the black and white version of the one above and I was more than impressed with the bag’s quality and not to mention, the BOMB customer service! I ordered my bag a few days ago and it shipped and tracked within HOURS! On top of that, they offer $3 flat rate shipping! Go check them out! P.S.  House of Rehab offers more than just bags! They also sell some fly tee's, hoodies, and sweats to keep you warm during this harsh Winter season!

KINGDOM NATIVE SWEATERS

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Kingdom Native designs dope casual wear with empowering, faith-based messages on each piece. Their array of sweaters, tees, and jackets, and hats would make for a unique and special gift. Their KN Racing Unisex Navy Blue Sweater (above)  is my top pick from their collection! But there's plenty more where this came from, for both men and women! Click below to see their full collection!

 

BRAZEN BUNDLES

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SO, Idk about y’all but this is one gift that I would LOVE to receive this year! I’m fairly new to the weave game but when I do rock inches, Brazen Bundles is my go to hair destination! Selling premium yet affordable virgin Indian hair, Brazen Bundles provides accessible quality goods and great customer service. Soft textured hair with minimum shedding and tangling is definitely the perfect present. P.S., for those in the Baltimore area, delivery is available!

HOODIES & TEES FROM BLACK VOGUE BY NAREASHA WILLIS

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Know someone who loves making political statements through personal style? The well known anti-appropriation brand Black Vogue by Nareasha Willis has the cutest worded clothing! I already have some merch from the brand, which I love! But Nareasha's tee dress is currently on my wishlist so I thought I'd share! Check out what they're offering for the holidays!

SUITS BY CONNAISEUR PARIS

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Tryna splurge on something special for bae? Connaisseur Paris takes custom orders for luxurious suits online! Their line offers a variety of unique colors and patterns. They also sell bow ties, dress shirts, and more! Have measurements ready!

Need more help shopping? I would love to style you and your loved ones for the holidays! Send styling inquiries here!

If you happen to try any of these pieces, I would love to see them! Send your style pic mail & style advice requests to styleadvicebysharra@gmail.com! I can't wait to see what you guys have in mind!

Last but not least, don’t forget to subscribe for the full holiday gift guide! New posts coming to The Walking Art Blog very soon!

Sharra,

“The definition of walking art.”

A FASHION FINESSE: 3 TIPS THAT I GIVE MY CLIENTS TO QUICKLY LEVEL UP WHAT’S ALREADY IN THEIR CLOSET

WRITTEN BY SHARRA GREENE

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         First rule of searching for a bomb look: SHOP YOUR CLOSET FIRST! Though each client that I work with has different needs, there are always a few life hacks that I often give them to help make their life easier with what they already have at home. In this post, I'm sharing some of the simple yet major keys that I give my clients by sharing a few ways to flip your go-to pieces in your wardrobe! 

SWAP OUT YOUR COMFY TEES FOR A SEXY TOP TO GO WITH YOUR FAVE DENIM

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This one is the perfect compromise, especially if you're a jeans and flats type of girl. If comfort typically comes first for you when it comes to dressing, going with the v cut top with spaghetti straps or ruffles that we typically save for date night with bae, can add more of a dressier take to your everyday denim ensembles.

My client Wanda (below) recently took this approach. As a busy mompreneur, comfort is super important to her. She's now starting to incorporate ruffles and sultry designed tops into her wardrobe and to say it's working for her would be an understatement!

 

SPICE UP YOUR SWEATS WITH COLORFUL SHOES & ACCESSORIES

     This closet hack is the perfect way to upgrade those faded sweatshirts and bottoms that you've considered throwing away! By pairing a worn out, faded, stretched out piece with another sexy-fitting separate and eye-catching accessories, you'll give your damaged goods a fresh and presentable look. 

 

GET MORE WEAR OUT OF YOUR SPRING SHOES WITH TIGHTS THAT MAKE A STYLE STATEMENT

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Before you say goodbye to your favorite spring heels for a few months, don't forget to try them out with a pretty pair of sheer stockings and tights to keep your legs warm while you slay in low cut shoes all year long. Floral tights or ones with a lace design typically go nicely with open toe strappy heels or pointy toe pumps.

     I hope you enjoyed these closet hacks!

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You can always send outfit pic mail to me if you use the advice I offer to styleadvicebysharra@gmail.com! I love seeing what you all put together!

     P.S. if you found these tips useful and would like more, be sure to subscribe to my weekly style advice newsletter to receive exclusive style advice from me every week, the inside scoop on my brand, blog post alerts, and more! New interviews, photo shoots, and outfit inspiration coming to The Walking Art Blog very soon! Stay tuned!

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."

#STYLEADVICEBYSHARRA: A BRAND NEW CURATED STYLE TIP SERIES, EXCLUSIVELY FOR MY SUBSCRIBERS... ARE YOU ON THE LIST??

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Well, are you?

SO, I don't think I say enough on here how truly thankful and appreciative I am of all of my readers and everyone who visits my site often, likes posts, comments, etc. But, I am especially grateful to those who decide to subscribe to my content by signing up for my mailing list. Every time that I see someone new added, I'm reminded that my support system and audience is growing and it means more than you know so, thank you!  

With me constantly juggling both my personal and stylist life, as well as creating a few updates a month here on The Walking Art Blog, I really wanted to go a step further to provide valuable content that is exclusively available to the people who have invested in me and my brand by subscribing to my site. Style Advice By Sharra is a weekly newsletter that will provide style tips curated by me of course, right into your inbox every single Thursday!

I also want YOUR feedback on the content. If you're subscribed and would like some advice on a certain topic, I want you to send your topic or question to styleadvicebysharra@gmail.com and I will be sure to cover it! I really want to have some fun with this advice newsletter while also getting more of a sense on what people need assistance on when it comes to their personal style of dress. I'll be looking forward to hearing from you! 

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE...

In addition to getting exclusive style advice every week, my subscribers will also be eligible for my Spring / Summer Style giveway! Over the next few weeks, I'll be choosing one heavily engaged subscriber to receive a free shopping consultation with me as well as a gift bag full of complimentary style essentials! Don't miss all of this exclusive content. If you haven't already, enter your email address in the subscribe box on the right and sign up! This will all be rolling out TOMORROW, April 26th, 2018 so make sure you're on the list!

P.S... more content coming very soon to the blog! Stay tuned!

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."