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"THE TIMELESS WOMAN" EDITORIAL FOR ELEGANT MAGAZINE, STYLED & CREATIVELY DIRECTED BY SHARRA GREENE, FEATURING MODEL JENNIFER CELINE, PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAMON RICE, MAKEUP BY KRISTIN PATTERSON

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With everyone in society still referencing iconic trends from every era under the sun in order to create memorable looks for themselves and others, I wanted to style and direct an editorial showcasing the versatility of women’s style as it relates to time, making the point that with confidence, you can channel any point in history and still make it fresh and modern, yet timeless. My main inspirations for the looks were the eclectic, tomboyish charm seen in the 70’s and the unapologetically sexy swag of the 90’s.

Model Jennifer Celine posed fiercely and accordingly for the spread seen in gorgeous cat eye makeup looks by artist Kristin Patterson. My genius creative partner Damon Rice killed the concept visually, per usual. (If you follow my blog, you’re more than familiar with his work.) See a few of my top faves from the spread below, featured in Elegant Magazine’s February Fashion #5 Issue.

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Contemplating .  Jennifer is wearing a  Zara  blouse and shorts, red tights, Jeffrey Campbell boots,  WANT bag ,  Forever 21 gold and printed bangles .  Nasty Gal earrings , Charlotte Russe rings.

Contemplating. Jennifer is wearing a Zara blouse and shorts, red tights, Jeffrey Campbell boots, WANT bag, Forever 21 gold and printed bangles. Nasty Gal earrings, Charlotte Russe rings.

Freely  . Jennifer is wearing a PLT sheer frill top,  Mistress Rocks   Prowess Jacket  and  Bloom skirt , fishnet tights,  Lemon Drop by Privileged feather boots , Nasty Gal earrings, Steve Madden beret, Bebe stretch bracelet.

Freely. Jennifer is wearing a PLT sheer frill top, Mistress Rocks Prowess Jacket and Bloom skirt, fishnet tights, Lemon Drop by Privileged feather boots, Nasty Gal earrings, Steve Madden beret, Bebe stretch bracelet.

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It really is true that we millennials borrow every bit of our fresh from past eras. Which time period in fashion has impacted you the most and how do you express that through your style? Let me know in the comments!

Go cop your digital or print copy of Elegant Magazine’s Fashion #5 Issue to see more images from the spread! Which is your favorite look? Comment below!

More content coming to the blog next week! Stay tuned, loves!

Sharra,

“The definition of walking art.”

EXPLORING THE COMPLEXITY OF WOMEN'S INTERESTS: MY INTERVIEW WITH CREATIVE AND FUTURE EDUCATOR COACH CANDO

Written by Sharra Greene and Candace Scott

     Working with all types of creatives from models to makeup artists to photographers, I'm always intrigued by how versatile women can be when it comes to their passions. One thing that I love is meeting someone who's super creative and then discovering that they also have interests that are on the opposite end of the spectrum, or something that is unexpected. Meeting people like this inspires me not to ever limit myself, or feel like I only have to stick to one thing as a creative. I can be as versatile as I want.

     This brings me to my latest guest on the Walking Art Blog, creative, youtuber, and aspiring educator Candace Scott, aka Coach Cando. Having known Candace since we were young teens (we're in our 20's now), I've been able to see just how much she's grown. Not only is Cando a gorgeous girl with a bomb sense of style, who unapologetically pursues several of her passions, but she also has a genuine spirit and a heart of gold. In this interview, Candace and I talk her interests, and what drives her to pursue her passions, issues women face when it comes to being "categorized", as well as personal style. 

First things first, Why do they call you coach?

     It's a long story, it's a name that just stuck after my sophomore year of college. I just claimed it after one of my guy friends needed some advice on how to handle a situation with a girl he liked and he responded "thanks coach" and it went from there. I also think a coach is better than a teacher so it fits my lifestyle pretty well too. 

I talked briefly with you before about how complex your interests are... Your passion for creativity and art is evident through your various photo shoot collabs and unique sense of style, yet you are majoring in education, what drove you to want to study this and what changes would you like to see/ contribute to making in the system?

     Well, initially I wanted to be an actress and I wanted to pursue this dream more than anything before I fell in love with the idea of being an educator. I made my mom take me to an agency, she paid for acting classes and I even went to Baltimore Talent for acting my freshman year of high school. I left Baltimore Talent after a that year because my mom was concerned about my safety, Baltimore Talent was over west Baltimore, I was fine with being in the hood (laughing) Well, I ended up being enrolled at Mergenthaler high school/trade school for my sophomore year and the only trade available was teacher academy. Clearly, the choice was already made for me and I felt like it was a start to see what my true purpose in life was.

       I was reluctant at first and if I did have a better choice it wouldn't have been education. But it was like it was picked for me to see my true purpose in life. I was a weird child, I failed the 5th grade, I was bullied, I was emotional, I hated school... Children deserve someone who will fight for them, push them to succeed, open their minds.. and our school systems need help, severely. I'm going to make my way in and make some serious changes. 

How did you discover that you like being in front of the camera? 

     It's really just for fun. A lot of people would ask me to do shoots so I would just yes, I'm pretty awkward in front of the camera at times. It's something that I'm still practicing. 

Talking more about diverse interests, in addition to being apart of dope photography projects and studying to be an educator, you also have produced positive content for women via your youtube channel, Girls Tour, where you and your best friend Maya feature everything from tutorials, to personal friendship milestones, to women's empowerment keys with special guests, specifially my blog boo and self care activist Jasmyn Ruja (see our interview here), what inspired you to start the channel and what can we expect from you via youtube in the future?     

     It's funny you asked that because I've actually been M.I.A from the social media scene for some time now. I needed some personal time away. So many things were going on in our personal lives we had to make a decision to end Girls Tour. BUT, I've been working on a big project for everyone and I'm super excited about creating a new channel! I should be coming back officially in August and I'm really happy with everything right now. 

In society, we as women often encounter people who are uncomfortable with our versatility/ our diverse interests, gifts, and skillsets. If we look, act, or dress a certain way, people often want to only see us in that light. Or, they want to use certain attributes to define for us, what type of woman we are. However, I feel like there's no better time for women to pursue and succeed in a range of different things, regardless of what others may think, especially with so many of us taking our creative, and financial destinies into our own hands. Have you ever encountered this issue in your own life and if so, how do you choose to respond?

      As women we face many injustices and inequalities on an everyday basis. People are intimidated by women that have any power, if we have a strong work ethic, have goals that are fiercely set or they don't settle for less they are automatically labeled the meanest names in the book when they should be admired!!

     I was in a emotionally abusive relationship where that person made me feel like I couldn't be better than him, it was like competition. I couldn't say certain things, wear certain things, it was painful. I decided that I'm going to do what I want and go for what I want no matter the circumstance because I only have 1 life to live and it won't go to waste because of what people THINK of me. Women are making changes in this world, great changes with even greater limitations and that's why it's important to encourage and empower young girls and young women to keep the change going. 

The Walking Art concept is all about expressing an attitude/message through style. Since I've known you since we were young teens, I've watched your personal style evolve and you're always serving such bomb, versatile looks. How would you describe your personal style and what do you think it says about you?

      Aw Thank you beautiful, my style definitely evolved a lot. I felt like I didn't find my style until later on in my life. I was always the one that dressed weird or I guess "couldn't dress". I was a bit tacky to be honest (laughing) I honestly just wear what I'm feeling and I've gotten better at it now that I have an adult budget and I can piece cool things together, I feel like I have a fetish for weird conversation pieces like my shoes and bags that make my style more unique. 

What would you say is your dream creative project to work on? 

     My dream project is probably working with "She's the First" She's the First is a non-profit organization based in New York City, they sponsor education for young girls in low-income countries. I also would like to work with the boys and girls club!

Comment your thoughts below. Candace, I'm so proud of you and I'm looking forward to your success in your future endeavors.  

Stay tuned for more inspiration and new looks coming very soon to the blog!

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art." 

ELEGANT MEETS SULTRY FOR FALL/ WINTER ' 17: VERSATILE LOOK INSPIRATION

Styled & Curated by Sharra Greene

     A curated selection of alluring looks where charming and sexy meet in the middle.  Combine both elegant and sexy elements for an alluring aesthetic this season. Think lace embroidery & florals alongside luxe fur & leather, tall boots, and just the right amount of skin.

Shop the Look: Model Shamika wearing the  Necessary Clothing bodysuit ,  Lola Shoetique Hitlist boots , vintage kimono from my wardrobe (similar one  here ),  Bebe choker , and  belt .   Photo by D. Rice Photography. Makeup by Alesia Sad'e

Shop the Look: Model Shamika wearing the Necessary Clothing bodysuit, Lola Shoetique Hitlist boots, vintage kimono from my wardrobe (similar one here), Bebe choker, and belt. Photo by D. Rice Photography. Makeup by Alesia Sad'e

Jaded, Foresta, and Floral Fatale on Polyvore.

Jaded, Foresta, and Floral Fatale on Polyvore.

Tulle Couture by Sharra. Photography by Eliza Romero-Kovalsky of Aesthetic Distance. Model: Polina Kopii.

Tulle Couture by Sharra. Photography by Eliza Romero-Kovalsky of Aesthetic Distance. Model: Polina Kopii.

Photography by Travis Curry. Makeup by Carolyn Thombs. Model: Amanda Nell.

Photography by Travis Curry. Makeup by Carolyn Thombs. Model: Amanda Nell.

Kool Kat & Textured on Polyvore.

Kool Kat & Textured on Polyvore.

Photography by Rasheedha Essence. Model: Cierra Nicole.

Photography by Rasheedha Essence. Model: Cierra Nicole.

Moving & Harsh Winter on Polyvore.

Moving & Harsh Winter on Polyvore.

Photos by Eliza Romero-Kovalsky & Kelvin Bulluck. Models: Viktoria Ivanova & Polina Kopii.

Photos by Eliza Romero-Kovalsky & Kelvin Bulluck. Models: Viktoria Ivanova & Polina Kopii.

Rosa de Vita & Transparency on Polyvore.

Rosa de Vita & Transparency on Polyvore.

More look inspiration for this season coming very soon to the blog.

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."

" A SARTORIAL STROLL" WEB EDITORIAL : BY SHARRA GREENE STYLING, D. RICE PHOTOGRAPHY, SOPHIA YESHI, AND BRITTANY MAIN

Directed and Styled by Sharra Greene

Credits: 

Photographer/ Co Creative Director: D. Rice Photography

Model: Sophia Yeshi

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Brittany Main

Styling and Creative Direction by Me

     This editorial started as a daydream of mine... a daydream of a woman dressed in styles inspired by the 90's high fashion street style stories that we'd see featured in Vogue, Elle and other major publications (specifically, Tyra Banks and Susan Holmes for Elle US 1993), but with some modern look updates. For onlookers, the woman is extremely hard to miss. Her bold sense of style, self-evident confidence, and radiant beauty that shines from within, all disrupt whatever street she's strolling and strutting on. People want to know where she's headed, why, and who's lucky enough to have her time. Of course, she is the definition of walking art.

     I wanted to convey the theme through a series of looks that featured the mixing of busy prints and patterns with rich textures, sultry silhouettes and cut outs that reveal just enough, along with statement jewelry and accessories that accent the body impeccably. 

     My team and I chose a downtown area filled with versatile scenery, cute shops and bistros, that visually complimented the attire.  Onlookers gaze at Sophia as she strides in gorgeous shots, some candid and some with intentional strong, emotional deliverance. Fresh and subtle makeup and hair styling by Brittany Main. Phenomenal photography and co creative direction by Damon Rice. See more images below.

Her moment.  

Her moment. 

A Tropical Time. 

A Tropical Time. 

Observant Opulence.

Observant Opulence.

I Spy with My Little Eye. 

I Spy with My Little Eye. 

Awaiting.

Awaiting.

Wave of Change.  Sophia flaunts her  Keeper's Vintage  printed wrap dress, with a studded  Bebe medallion belt ,  Urban Outfitter's choker , Forever 21  double bangle set ,  gold ring set , and  chunky strap sandals . 

Wave of Change. Sophia flaunts her Keeper's Vintage printed wrap dress, with a studded Bebe medallion belt, Urban Outfitter's choker, Forever 21 double bangle setgold ring set, and chunky strap sandals

Gaze and Glance.

Gaze and Glance.

A Path of Her Own.

A Path of Her Own.

Comment your thoughts below. Stay tuned for an interview with featured model Sophia Yeshi, coming very soon to the blog. 

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."