PASSION MAKES IT EASIER: THE LESSON I'M CURRENTLY LEARNING ABOUT CELEBRATING PROGRESS & BEING PATIENT WITH MYSELF AND MY BRAND

WRITTEN BY SHARRA GREENE AND CAPTURED BY ALLEN STEWART

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I'm sure that all creatives and people with a dream can relate to having so many ideas, so many things that we want to do that our thoughts and feelings are sometimes all over the place. We want to know that these things will be executed to the best of our ability and that we will benefit from the accomplishment of these goals in one way or another. We just want to know. I've recently discovered  that these goals have to be completed one step at a time and all we can do is focus in and clap for ourselves after each step until we see it through. 

A lot of times, we tend to wish that we could see the future. We wish we could know exactly what will happen and exactly how to be prepared for it all, ahead of time. Essentially, we are asking for a cheat sheet to life. I, myself still wish for this sometimes. But what I am realizing is that there are actually some things that we're not supposed to know before we start on the pursuit of our dreams. Maybe if we knew everything that it would take, some of us wouldn't even begin.

When I started this journey at 17 years old (I'm 21 now),  taking my love for fashion and style seriously and establishing it as a real career goal, I had no idea the amount of personal development it would take to even get started in this industry. (let alone, the amount of money, resources, quality contacts, etc.) Most importantly, though, I had no idea the amount of patience that would be required of me to grow in this field. Looking back, I'm honestly glad that I didn't know. In this situation, ignorance was in fact bliss for me. True passion and love for what I was pursuing replaced knowing it all. I now know how important it was for me to embrace the unknown and I'm proud of myself for starting  when I did.

Today, I am no different from others in the way that I often see where I want to be in life and the things that I want to accomplish and it makes me anxious and sometimes impatient. I've recently been given some opportunities that can really help me to expand my brand and my audience and to continue to hone my craft so that the people who are supposed to receive it, will. (you will see these opportunities unfold if you follow my blog posts) Imagining the possiblities, of course causes me to want to know what's on the other side for me. But I'm learning to just put my best foot forward with every photoshoot, meeting, magazine submission, new client, blog post, and everything else that I'm working on and to let my passion drive me, being proud of myself every single time for my effort, no matter the outcome, and to be patient and keep pushing forward. 

When all we can see and feel at the moment is the unrelenting passion that we have for what we want to do and who we can be, that passion makes it much easier to stay the course and be patient, even when we don't know all that the future holds. I feel this is one of the greatest life lessons I'm learning right now and I hope it will be for you, as well. 

Shop my look: I am wearing a bebe wrap crop top, Mistress Rocks cameo skirt, major attitude boots. and jewelry from my wardrobe.

Shop my look: I am wearing a bebe wrap crop top, Mistress Rocks cameo skirt, major attitude boots. and jewelry from my wardrobe.

Credits:

Photographer: Allen Stewart of Stewdio Photography

Makeup Artist: Beauty by Idris

Styled by and Featuring Me

Stay tuned for more blog posts, both featuring and styled by me, coming very soon! 

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."

"MY SISTA'S KEEPER" EDITORIAL: BY SHARRA GREENE STYLING, D. RICE PHOTOGRAPHY, TENEA CUMMINGS & DOMINIQUE HARRIS

"They hurt together. They heal together. They slay together."

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Credits:

Photographer/ Creative Director: D. Rice Photography

Models: Tenea Cummings and Dominique Harris

Styling and Creative Direction by Me

     This shoot was all about two beautiful, vintage loving, well dressed women who know how to take anything and make it their own. They know who they are as individuals but they experience life's highs and lows with each other. Their bond is unbreakable. They hurt together. They heal together. They slay together.

     I was very inspired by the idea of strength, confidence, and sisterhood, all in one image. Creating with these beauties and our phenomenal photographer was nothing but good vibes and even better execution. You can definitely expect to see me collaborating with this team again in the near future. 

Don't Touch... Tenea is wearing a vintage faux leather little black dress with fur trim, Inari fishnet stockings, vintage earrrings and rings, thigh high boots, gold scale necklace from my wardrobe collection. Dominique is wearing a vintage Janine New York geometric print metallic dress, Public Desire Kassidy gladiator heels, Urban Outfitters choker, bangles, rings, and earrings from my wardrobe collection.

Don't Touch... Tenea is wearing a vintage faux leather little black dress with fur trim, Inari fishnet stockings, vintage earrrings and rings, thigh high boots, gold scale necklace from my wardrobe collection. Dominique is wearing a vintage Janine New York geometric print metallic dress, Public Desire Kassidy gladiator heels, Urban Outfitters choker, bangles, rings, and earrings from my wardrobe collection.

What's The Move? Tenea is wearing a vintage Suede in Texas patchwork oversized jacket, lace plunging neckline bodysuit, Missguided faux leather belted mini skirt, Jeffrey Campbell colorblock thigh high boots, vintage brim hat, jewelry, and circle frame shades. Dominique is wearing the Off the Edge denim crop top by Naked Wardrobe, Missguided blue mid rise extreme flare skinny jeans, denim caged ankle boots, vintage sequin beret, Missguided 99 problems earrings and Pretty Little Thing sunglasses, Forever 21 bangles, necklace from my wardrobe collection. 

What's The Move? Tenea is wearing a vintage Suede in Texas patchwork oversized jacket, lace plunging neckline bodysuit, Missguided faux leather belted mini skirt, Jeffrey Campbell colorblock thigh high boots, vintage brim hat, jewelry, and circle frame shades. Dominique is wearing the Off the Edge denim crop top by Naked Wardrobe, Missguided blue mid rise extreme flare skinny jeans, denim caged ankle boots, vintage sequin beret, Missguided 99 problems earrings and Pretty Little Thing sunglasses, Forever 21 bangles, necklace from my wardrobe collection. 

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Empathy. 

Empathy. 

United Front.

United Front.

Comment your thoughts on this shoot below! Stay tuned and subscribe for more bomb content coming very soon! 

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."

"MY SISTA'S KEEPER" SNEAK PEEK: NEW EDITORIAL COMING VERY SOON TO THE BLOG

Styled + Directed by Sharra Greene

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Credits:

Photographer/ Creative Director: D. Rice Photography

Models: Tenea Cummings and Dominique Harris

Styling and Creative Direction by Me

     I know it's been a little while since the Walking Art Blog's last post, but I've been busy working on some bomb brand new content coming very soon; namely, this new web editorial coming soon to the blog! If you haven't already, subscribe on the right so that you don't miss a post! In the meantime, check out my latest interviews with bomb lady creatives, style inspiration posts, past editorials, and more. Thank you lots for your readership and support! Xoxo

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." 

THE VALUE IN A VAYCAY: HOW MY LATEST GETAWAY REAWAKENED MY CREATIVITY AND HUSTLER SPIRIT

Written by Sharra Greene

     When you're in the process of leveling up and doing some things now so that you can live the way you want later, after a while, you can start to feel burned out, and even somewhat uninspired. This was exactly how I was feeling a few weeks ago. Though I was still actively producing content and working towards my short term goals, my vision of my long term goals started getting a little blurred. I was honestly beginning to feel a bit overwhlemed as I'm at a point where I'm trying to focus on a lot at once,for my brand, my personal life, and for the people that care about me. I was beginning to notice that I wasn't as easily inspired and motivated when it came to creating, as I usually was. These were the reasons why I was especially looking forward to my vaycay to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. By the time I returned from my trip, all that I felt I was losing sight of, I regained focus there. 

     Though I've been out of the country several times before, this time was different. I'm currently in a different chapter of my life and I really believed that made all of the difference for this trip. While there, I really spent some time relaxing my body, mind, and spirit. I stopped worrying about my day to day life and started living in the moment. I took time to appreciate the nature and change of scenery around me. I ate amazing cuisine (around the clock, lol),  I grew closer with family, and I also had some great conversations with so many people, especially natives of Mexico who dream of coming to the states or having a better opportunity to provide for themselves and their family.

     This made me feel particularly grateful, as I reflected on my journey and progress thus far and all of the experiences I've been able to have in my lifetime. Most of all, this trip really made me excited for the future. This includes all of the things I am working towards coming to fruition, sharing more experiences like this with family and friends, and all of the amazing things that I have yet to experience. Needless to say, it definitely raised my level of drive, creativity, and focus. I arrived back feeling rejuvenated, inspired, and ready to work. 

     This vacation has definitely taught me how important self awareness and self care is and how crucial it is that we make time for ourselves to enjoy life and what it's currently trying to teach us. Stay tuned, I will definitely be investing in a break from the day to day grind more often, even if it's just for a quick change of scenery and a fresh perspective. You should, too. 

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Stay tuned for more projects and insight by me, coming very soon. Xoxo

P.S. Shop My look: 

My tribal print swimsuit is from whatwears.com but they took forever to deliver so order at your discretion, bangle: forever 21, earrings: my wardrobe. My olive scuba bikini is from nakedwardrobe.com, bangles and earrings: my wardrobe.

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."

MY INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA WILLIAMS, DESIGNER OF IRREGULAR EXPOSURE CLOTHING

WRITTEN BY SHARRA GREENE AND JESSICA WILLIAMS

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      As promised, I'm back sharing the stories of more inspiring creatives who are building a brand and building up others in the process. As a stylist, I'm always researching new designers and brands that I would like to collab with (and shop with, of course). Upon discovering Irregular Exposure on my Instagram explore page, I noticed that the brand offers really chic pieces that can also serve as capsule wardrobe essentials. I also couldn't help but notice that IE designs were being worn by the likes of Evelyn Lozada and Claire Sulmers (founder of Fashion Bomb Daily and my favorite blogger, ever).  Even better, I discovered that the designer had just recently held the grand opening of her showroom in the downtown area of my city, Baltimore, Maryland. I had to know more... Read my interview with Jessica Williams, inspiring Designer and Creator of Irregular Exposure and IE Fashion Academy, where she coaches other aspiring fashionpreneurs.

Upon tuning in to an Irregular Exposure IG LIVE this past week, I heard you say that you yourself sketch and design the pieces. How long have you been designing?     

     I currently sketch all of my designs. I have multiple manufacturing companies that I partner with to create the collections. I used to cut and sew all designs however I am in a place where I simply don't have the time anymore so I am now outsourcing. This is pretty common with most fashion designers. I've been designing for 11 years. I began as a custom seamstress and I've been a ready to wear designer for about 4 years now.

The name of your brand is definitely one of the first things that caught my attention. How did you come up with the name Irregular Exposure?

     I created the name when I was really young. I actually was inspired by a footwear line, "Irregular Choice." I was infatuated with their crazy designs and I really began to sketch clothing around their shoes. I always wanted to help women expose their irregular vibes and there it was, the name was birthed!

On the Irregular Exposure blog, you talk about how you reached out to over 100 emerging designer shows in hopes of showing at NYFW and were told "no", only to be told 3 days before a show (and with $200 to your name) that you were next in line and accepted. After this show, sales grew by %238. what did you end up doing to prepare for something so major at such short notice and what has this experience taught you?

     Well I am a firm believer in the motto, "don't get ready, stay ready." I had created my collection in advance with faith on my side knowing that God would cover me and allow my collection to be seen by who it was intended for. I was actually working a 9-5 making good money however this particular week was bill week and I was broke! I had faith and it turned out to be the opportunity that changed my life. The experience taught me that consistency, faith, and determination is required. It also taught me that someone is always watching so remain humble and clear on your brand story at all times. Your next opportunity is already watching you.

What does your Fashion Academy offer and what inspired you to start it?

     The IE Fashion Academy is a digital coaching program for aspiring and emerging fashion entrepreneurs. We offer 6-12 month programs to guide emerging designers, stylist, bloggers, fashion show producers and other fashionable creatives, through the process of concept to profit. With my education and experience, I am able to guide clients through the online classes and events. We are known for our 3 day quarterly retreats which is when the clients meet for 3 days to build. We just wrapped our NYC Fashion Retreat which is when we take clients through the garment district, fashion week and more. My academy is the most important thing to me right now and we are growing. We currently have over 25 private clients in 16 different cities so it's definitely worth the value. Check us out online at IEFashionAcademy.com 

So, Claire Sulmers is one of my favorite women in the industry. I seriously love her. I especially love how she's contributed to the black fashion community. What opportunity allowed you to meet her and how was the experience? 

      I was able to meet Claire at an event in Atlanta almost 2 years back. I reconnected with her through one of her Cocktails with Claire events and she really spoke highly of my brand so we agreed to wear a look on social media. She noticed the investments I was willing to make to be in a room with her. Whether it meant flying to ATL or vending at an event she attended, I knew I wanted her guidance within my network. The experience was very natural. She's a regular lady from the ATL with cool vibes just like us lol! I always am very chill when I meet people. I never like to come off as too much of a stalker lol so I remained calm and gave clear intent. It was really just me going to her letting her know that I wanted to build with her and the rest was history! She's a great person.

What would you call this chapter of your life and why?

      I would call it womanhood. I feel that I am becoming the woman I will be for my lifetime. At age 25, I am seeing clearer. My life consists of God, family, love & business and that's all that really matters. The business allows me to have more time for what matters. I feel so grateful at this point. I just opened my first store and my business is extremely successful. I am at a point where I just want to help others and that's definitely grown woman tendencies lol.

Any advice for aspiring creative entrepreneurs out here?

     Man's rejection is God's protection. Those "no's" you keep hearing are getting you closer to those "yes's." Cover and protect your energy and thoughts. Only share with like minds. Do things for the first time because that's where the opportunity lies.

Shop Irregular Exposure online or stop into their new showroom at 910 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. I know I will! Keep up with Jessica and all of her upcoming events by following her on Instagram and comment your thoughts on our interview below

Images from the IE lookbook. 

Images from the IE lookbook. 

More photo shoots and inspirational content coming very soon. Xoxo

Sharra,

"The definition of walking art."