Sarah Neely

Stylish Feminist

Sarah Neely
Stylish Feminist

“I’m a feminist, but you’re still a whore…” Kate Nash.  Being a feminist doesn’t mean you cant be interested in fashion and also have your personal style (some will say its contradictory).  The fashion industry promotes an unrealistic notation, a hardly achievable idea of what it means to be beautiful.  Some women are compromising their health just to try to reach this unrealistic beauty standard.  I'm here to tell you that you do not have to make a point to fit the ideal beauty standard.  It's okay to be creative and choose clothing as a means of self expression to tell the world a story about who they are.  I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with an amazing fashionista, CEO and owner  Lesheka Cameron of GrapFrut/Fly Boutique.  Lesheka’s company embodies self expression and creativity.  Not only is her company eclectic but she is also a free spirit and creative as well.  I had the opportunity to talk with her and I must say her clothes is just an accessory but her mind is intriguing.  Continue reading below

 Photographed by  Courtney Little

Photographed by Courtney Little

How did you get your start in the fashion industry?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  I came up with a plan and went for it. It was one of the scariest things I've done but I'm glad I did it.

The boutique is based in Alabama. What are some of the fashion trends you’ve taken note of in that city?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  I distress T-shirts. It's been a huge trend in the past few months.

 Photographed by  Courtney Little

Photographed by Courtney Little

What makes you passionate about the brand?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  Being unique makes me very passionate about my brand. I love diversity. My brand is about dressing how you feel; break all the rules if it makes you happy. I try to emphasize that when styling my models for my photo shoots

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  OMG! I'm obsessed with chokers, high neck shirts, anything that goes around the neck. Lol! I think it's sexy. I'm also obsessed with dresses with pockets. Pockets are a must!

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  OMG! I'm obsessed with chokers, high neck shirts, anything that goes around the neck. Lol! I think it's sexy. I'm also obsessed with dresses with pockets. Pockets are a must!

 Photographed by  Courtney Little

Photographed by Courtney Little

Who would you say is your number one fashion inspiration?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  Honestly, I don't know. I haven't thought about. I'm inspired by different things from different people in the fashion industry.

 Photographed by  Courtney Little

Photographed by Courtney Little

Who are some of your favorite designers, fashion writers, stylists, photographers, etc.?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  @marnixmarni is one of my favorite stylist I don't know her real name but that's her Instagram. name.

Which celebrities have the best style to you?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  I love Beyoncé’s style. She just goes for it. I also like Rihanna's style. It's a true definition of dressing how you feel without a care in the world. I can't forget about Marlo Hampton, love her style as well.

 Photographed by  Courtney Little

Photographed by Courtney Little

How do you think the fashion industry can improve?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  I feel the fashion industry is constantly changing and evolving. So, it's improves with time.

What do you like outside of fashion?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  I love nursing. I love the feeling knowing I've made someone feel better or I've helped them.

 Tell me about a time when you had to balance multiple competing priorities?

Grapfrut/Fly Boutique:  I have this issue everyday between working full time as a nurse, being a mom, and coming up with my next move for my boutique. These are all competing priorities I deal with daily.

 Photographed by  Courtney Little

Photographed by Courtney Little

TOP:  (GrapFrut/Fly Boutique) HERE

JACKET:  (Thrift Store)

JEANS:  (DIY)

SHOES:  (Old, River Island)

Makeup:  (Beautymarked_ ) HERE