Meet Devyn

You hear it all the time, talk of “the girl-next-door,” a woman who is supposed to be the perfect blend of pretty and gorgeous, kind and spunky, smart and charismatic.  But how is it possible that a girl truly exists that men adore and women admire?  A girl who truly puts others before herself?  A girl who is so genuine, so sincere, and so beautiful inside and out that you can’t not be her friend?  Well, we don’t know how it’s possible, but we know that this woman is Devyn Layne. 

At 20 years of age, she is one of the most mature, selfless, focused, light-hearted, loving young women we have ever met.  Currently attending Western Kentucky University studying fashion merchandising, her dream is to one day run her own store.  Her love of fashion is evident every time you see her, even in sweatpants she could grace the cover of your favorite magazine.  And we love her aspirations to be an entrepreneur!  Very soon, we hope that By Grace will be alongside the wonderful other brands Devyn chooses to showcase in her storefront!  In the meantime, we are lucky to call her one of our Brand Ambassadors, and would like you to know just a bit more about our beloved partner.

The Basics

Hometown: Wilmore, KY

Siblings: 2 sisters

Favorite Memory: Any family vacation growing up

Favorite Food: Greek

Favorite Animal: Orca Whale

A Little Something More

A trip I will never forget is... My mission trip to Haiti.

If I could go anywhere in the world… I would go to Rio de Janeiro.

Where is one place in the world you wish you lived? Haiti.

My favorite thing about myself is… that I love to be around people.

Getting Serious

An insecurity I overcame was… learning to love my body the way God made me.

The best compliment I ever received was… that I have a good work ethic.

I am passionate… about helping others.

What is your proudest moment? When I helped put on weddings in Haiti.

Do you have a role model? My mom because she has style and grace, and has never left my side.

The Deeper Stuff

A quote or Bible verse that has always inspired me is... I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

What is one area in your life where you can currently see God working? At school, on campus. The Lord is opening up some great discussions about the gospel with a lot of people.

Do you think it is possible for one person to make an impact? Yes, if he or she is driven and believes strongly in a cause.

If you could change one thing about our society, what would it be?  I would change the pressure for women and girls to look perfect and have the perfect body. Also, I’d eliminate the focus on the idea that sex sells.

What is the best way for women to support women?  Positive encouragement.

See?  We told you she was amazing.  We have much to learn from having such a wise and caring fashionista in our life.  With her classic and feminine style, Devyn’s favorite brands are By Grace, Zara, H&M, and Anthropologie.  When we asked her for advice on how to wear a By Grace original, she said, “The dresses are fun and vibrant, so I pair my dress and skirt with neutral shoes and tops.”  Beautiful and insightful?!  We are lucky to have her on our team. 

Until next time,

Emily and Kelsey