Meet Erika: Founder & Senior Fashion Stylist of French Vendette
My name is Erika Degraffinreaidt and I'm the Founder / Senior Fashion Stylist of a brand called French Vendette' which has been established since 2011. As I sit here and think of my journey as an Entrepreneur, Senior Fashion Stylist, and now having the opportunity to write; I would say that never in a million years did I think I would be where I am now.
Throughout my journey in the fashion industry, I've been blessed with numerous opportunities to style for fashion editorials, music videos, films, and plays, which have taken me throughout the nation. There have been many ups and downs, but I will say each project has been very rewarding within its own. I know that many of these opportunities that were given to me were definitely not by my hand or any other human hand. This gives reason to why my love for Christ and Fashion truly reign over my life.
When I was first approached with this opportunity to share my thoughts and expertise to the masses on this social platform, I admit the feeling of fear and doubt came over me. Many questions swarmed my mind like bees to a honey comb. My questions were, if I could write great words of encouragement to lead others to push and accomplish their dreams; and would I be able to effectively communicate my thoughts to people and give them hope based upon my own experiences? It really made me ask the question what truly is fear?
Yes, it is definitely something that has been embedded in our DNA as a mechanism to respond to a physical or emotional danger. It’s something that is very important; but why out of every scary moment that I’ve experienced in my life, the fear of sharing my words and innermost thoughts was the scariest. I quickly thought of every great moment, from every great leader who was given the opportunity to inspire others with their words and thoughts.
The leaders that came to mind were Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Also, to not forget our fearless and powerful ladies such as; Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, and of course Michelle Obama...who have paved the way for so many. As I look at all of these amazing people who have displayed great acts of bravery; and shared their words of wisdom that inspired not just the nation, but the world; I quickly got over my fear and doubt.
To tell you the truth, when I felt the feeling of doubt...it was because I’ve never been in the position to write anything besides updating and sharing my statuses on my social media platforms. After much prayer, God reminded me trust in him with all of my heart and do not lean on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:3-6).
As I truly look back at all of the moments that I shared with words of encouragement on my social media over the years, I can say that he has been preparing me for this moment all along. I can truly say, that I’ve been able to witness the promises that he made in Jeremiah 29:11.
Through this blog we will explore the latest news in Fashion, and the Building of Faith ( and what that truly consist of). As well as Quick Tips and Inspirational Quotes on staying Focused towards following our Dreams.
I would love to interact with all of you...by answering your questions, in hopes of this being an outlet to help us all get through this Journey called, Life. Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to an Amazing 2017! A Journey of Living Fearless, Loving Limitless, and Becoming who we are Called To Be!
“Live to Love, Live to Inspire, Live to Drive towards not just a Dream; but your Reality!