We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharron Clear and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharron, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Becoming by Michelle Obama is one of my favorite books. I have always loved Michelle Obama. Her grace and dignity always seemed to come as a gift from above. She is so like me. Her spirit is so incredibly deep and strong. I was moved by her stories from her childhood, her brother, her neighborhood, her family, informing us in a brilliant voice about what it was like in the place and time she grew up. Michelle Obama has the empathy and the depth of character so missing in her media portrayal. I always felt worried that we were suffocating her. But there is Michelle Obama who is bigger than the words on a page. She knows our pains, and she understands our lives. In this most private book, we get to know her in a way we could not have otherwise. Interesting that nothing here surprises me, it only affirms what I felt like I already knew. Michelle Obama is a person like us. She worked and suffered and overcame like so many of us. Her storytelling skills are exquisite. It left me a little breathless to hear her voice, unfettered and real.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m the creator and writer at Array of Faces.com, brand strategist, college professor, journalist and mom. In 2017, I began documenting my everyday #GirlBoss style on Instagram. The seeds of Array of Faces were planted over 7 years prior but halted by fear, severe procrastination and unwillingness to step out on faith. The idea was to share all the things I love and combine them into one. My love for fashion, lifestyle, motherhood, interior design, travel, fitness and beauty. Array of Faces is a destination for the girl boss to shine one day at a time. As a thrift master and severe budget shopper, I share the idea that you don’t have to break the bank to look good. And I always thought when you look good you feel good.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love brunch at 5Church Restaurant in Midtown.The Atlanta BeltLine is Atlanta’s newest outdoor space and comprises 22 miles of unused railroad tracks circling the core of the city’s in-town neighborhoods. From trails and walkways to open green space and parks, the Atlanta BeltLine works to connect people throughout the city. There you walk , ride bikes and explore new restaurants and have fun. Shopping at Ponce City Market and Walking or renting bikes on the Beltline is one of my favorite things to do. The Olympic Park is another great spot in the city. Located right downtown with a few of my favorite tourist attractions nearby like Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human rights, World of Coke and the infamous Ferris wheel directly across the street from the Park.
Piedmont Park located in Midtown is another spot to stroll and hang out with friends. You can Bring food and games and just hang out there all day. Then later catch some music at the City Winery in Ponce City Market.
Castleberry Hill Area in Downtown is another must visit in the city. There are Old factories turned lofts, galleries, beautiful murals and boutiques. Restaurants like The Old Lady Gang and No Mas! Cantina just steps away with good eats and great drinks. The historic Auburn Avenue area is an area with rich African American culture and historical sites. The birthplace of Martin Luther King, the church he attended Ebenezer Baptist and other murals and statues of African American Civil Rights leaders. One of my favorite restaurants is the Sweet Auburn Seafood Restaurant for a delicious brunch or lunch. Then later you can catch some live music and dinner at BQE Restaurant on Edgewood Avenue and Cafe Circa. Other notable breakfast/ lunch restaurants are Highlands Bakery and Buttermilk Kitchen both located in the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My late father, mom and sisters who supported everything I’ve ever done. They have been my biggest cheerleaders.
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