September 13, 2014

Game Day Wishlist!

Game Day Wishlist

As many of you know, it is prime football season. Saturdays where I'm at mean game day, so tailgating, watch parties and lots of school spirit are in store each weekend. Being in the SEC at the University of Missouri means that we don't take our school spirit lightly. Even though I could throw on a Mizzou t-shirt and Nike shorts on game day, I definitely crave being able to pull together a spirited look that also integrates my style. Here's my wish list of things for this fall that would be in my dream game day outfit.

 I've also been so obsessed with this style of purse lately so when I saw this one from Aldo for only $55, I was obsessed. Definitely something that's going on my Christmas list! And, the best part about so many of these items is that they are really popular items for fall as well, so you can easily incorporate them into any outfit that you're not wearing on game day! My transitional wardrobe into fall is definitely full of striped tops and black boots like these! Absolutely perfect staples to have! 

Much love & hope you got some cute game day inspiration! 

September 11, 2014

Blogger Awards!

Hello lovelies, 
First of all, I just wanted to say how much I love blogging here at A Drop in the Ocean! It has really ingrained in me even more the desire to be involved in the world of fashion, yet I can also blog about other things important to me such as traveling, Jesus and fair trade! That being said, I am so excited to announce that A Drop in the Ocean was nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Use of Photography for St. Louis Fashion Week 2014! I am just so excited about this opportunity! 

If you have a spare moment to vote for A Drop in the Ocean, you can do so by filling out the short form here

Have a great day and thank you all for being the best, most encouraging readers ever! 

September 9, 2014

Rosy Cheeks + Hues of Blue

Hello lovelies 
Here at the University of Missouri, there are countless evening activities that I am a part of. Whether that looks like leadership meetings, ministry events, dinner with the girls or a movie on the quad, there are always things going on! Since the sun is down by 8-ish, it makes it a little more challenging to decide what to wear for a night out since it can get a little more chilly as the evening goes on. My recent go-to outfit is a dressy tank with a pair of airy palazzo pants! 

By wearing this type of outfit, you won't get too hot if the sun's still up when you go out, but you still will stay warm once the sun goes out! Since these pants from Forever XXI are out of stock, I found similar ones for you to check out from NordstromFree People and Francesca's. It's a great way to be dressy-casual and be right on point with the trends! 

Palazzo Pants!

September 7, 2014

A Step into My New World...

Hey lovelies, 
Well, if you don't follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you wouldn't know that in the last couple of weeks, I have made the transition from living at my house to a new dorm at the University of Missouri! Of course, moving away to live in a dorm is a huge change for everyone, but I knew that I wanted to make my dorm a "put together" space with a good design aesthetic, but still be able to maintain a little "homey-ness". Now that I've been here for several weeks and had time to organize, I have to say...I am extremely proud of my room and I can't wait to share it with you! If I weren't a fashion major, I would definitely be an interior design major, because I absolutely love perusing Pinterest, Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware and IKEA for new ideas about how to decorate! So, without further ado, here is the last couple week's labor of love! 

One of my favorite aspects of the room definitely has to be my gallery wall! Since I have been collecting prints for the last couple of years, I knew that my curated collection would be coming to college with me! I think it just makes the room so uniquely me and not just some room that 10,000 other students could have. In the gallery wall, I incorporated my love for travel, fashion, Jesus and vintage all in one place! I'm so pleased with the way that it turned out, but the best part is that I can continually be adding to it as well! 

The prints from my gallery wall that are still available are listed here ~ 

Of course my roommate and I decided we had to have a place to display our cactus! 

 My other favorite part about my room is my desk! It is such a bright and colorful place that it already is helping me get into the mode to study! My favorite couple of things from my desk are my Lilly Pulitzer planner to keep me ultra - organized, my potted grass from Crate & Barrel to liven things up, and my wire storage baskets for school supplies and coffee mugs! 

Here is my side of the room in all its glory! Hope you like it! 
  Much love, 

September 3, 2014

We're Going to the Chapel...

Several weeks ago, I returned once more to Guatemala for a wedding for my dear friends Celina and Eleazar. The two of them are so in love, so I had been counting down the days until their wedding for as long as I can remember. Well, the day finally came and August 16th, these two got married. Eleazar had asked me to be the official wedding photographer, so I thought I would share some of the photos of their beautiful day with you. A Guatemalan wedding is unlike anything I had ever experienced, so I am so, so grateful that I was given this experience to know what a Guatemalan wedding consisted of. Here is basically a play-by-play of the day...

First, an unbelievable amount of decorating, vegetable chopping and tamale making took place. Side note ~ I learned how to make tamales and made 117 in one day. That was a proud moment for me! :)

Next, the groom's family all walked to the bride's house, where we all stayed for around an hour. There, the bride and groom shared some sweet stories and the bride gave the groom's family gifts. After this, we all walked to the church where Celina and Eleazar got married! The ceremony was over two hours, but although very lengthy, it was the sweetest thing I have ever been a part of. Not only did they share more stories about how the Lord brought their relationship to be, but they even sang a love song to each other. Let's just say that many guests shed some tears (yes, this means me!). After the ceremony, we all walked to the reception where everything was beautifully decorated and ready to go! There was confetti and flower petals everywhere

SO many family members were there to congratulate Celina and Eleazar...we think around 400 people in total were in attendance! That is one large wedding! 

Probably my most favorite part about the wedding was that there were mini hot air balloons that said "Celina y Eleazar" that we all kept lighting and sending up into the sky. It was the most unique thing ever! There was also a worship band for the beginning of the evening that was playing, and then a mariachi band came to end the evening. Even though I've been to several exquisite weddings for friends here in the United States, this was hands down the best. What an incredible experience! If you ever get the chance to go to a wedding in a different country, do it. Do it. I can't encourage you enough to take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and try the experience! 

 Much love, 

August 28, 2014

A Case for Smiling...

Hello lovelies,

I just recently returned back to the US from Guatemala, where I lived for most of the summer. For part of the time, I stayed with my friend, Lauren, a teacher at Wisdom & Grace Christian School. Since I was staying with her, I was able to attend school with her each day, a treat for me, to spend my days with Guatemalan grade schoolers! From helping teach classes to attending singing competitions, I was able to spend each day at Wisdom and Grace in the best ways possible! This part of my trip will always bring with it some of my most favorite memories ever. 

Here I am with my friends Genesis and Steysi
While living in Guatemala, I realized how many people I was coming in contact with needed access to better healthcare. Whether this meant they were in need of easy, simple solutions to their health problems or whether they had serious issues like diseases or severe illnesses, so, so many people were living with issues and going untreated.   

One day, I met Valeska, a second grader. She was celebrating her eighth birthday that day and had the cutest, brightest smile. After telling Lauren just how cute I thought Valeska was, Lauren proceeded to tell me how she had recently had surgery for a cleft lip. Previously, Valeska was so shy and embarrassed about her situation that she would never speak or even smile. Once she had the surgery, she was no longer embarrassed and wanted to show the whole school her beautiful smile. It was so touching to me personally to hear about Valeska's story, because I just can't imagine having to go through life being so self conscious that I wouldn't even want to speak.  

One of the companies that I found out about that works directly with those affected is called Operation SmileOperation Smile works in over sixty countries around the world to help children with cleft palates, but they work extensively in Guatemala. I think it's so amazing that there are companies out there like Operation Smile that can give so many children hope in an otherwise hopeless situation and that over 220,000 free surgeries have been performed worldwide.

Here is Valeska on her 8th birthday, showing me her Bible story coloring page!

And, another perk is, if you're a college student like me, there's great companies out there like Campus Book Rentals that donate a percentage of each sale to Operation Smile, too, so you can get great book rental deals all the while helping out a great cause! Or, you can even be a volunteer and travel the world with Operation Smile and help out with the program. 

I just felt so passionately excited about Operation Smile and what they stand for, especially since I have the personal connection of knowing Valeska, and I just thought that by sharing this story with you too, you would be excited by the work that companies around the world are doing to bring hope! 

Much love,

August 11, 2014

Cue the palazzos...

Hey lovelies, 
Well, as you read this, I'm a little farther away than normal. 1,700 miles away from my home in St. Louis, to be exact! Yes, you read that correct...which could only mean one thing...I'm back in Guatemala! One of my closest friends, Eleazar, is getting married! I knew I just had to be there for him on his big day! The thought of him getting married to his precious fiancĂ© Celina just makes my heart so incredibly happy! You know those people who you just know were just made for each other? Yeah, that would be Eleazar & Celina for you!

One of the things I struggled with when I was planning the details of living in Guatemala for the month of June was the fashion. Because I lived in a small, indigenous pueblo, the clothing was very, very, very conservative. We're talkin' ankle length skirts, high ~ necked blouses that had around 3/4 length sleeves. While I wanted to abide by this in order to be respectful & not seem like some indecent gringa, my fashion ~ obsessed self was having an inner meltdown at the thought of what my outfit choices would look like. 

Enter palazzo pants. Thank you Jesus for making these style of pants an actual trend for summer 2014 ~ modest, cool & breezy and fashionable?! Cue the fist pumping. So, during the month of June when I lived in Guatemala, even though I brought a plethora of maxi skirts, dresses and various other styles of pants, palazzo pants were the ones I chose to wear over and over again. For this current trip, I online stalked all my options from Forever 21 before finally deciding to add THIS pair to my collection. SO incredibly obsessed. 

Below, you will see an outfit I created that utilizes palazzo pants with travel in mind {click the photo for a link for purchasing info for the items}. If you're traveling to a part of the world where you don't have to worry about being very conservative, you can definitely pair palazzo pants with a crop top like the one I chose below from Topshop. Otherwise, a simple tee will work just fine! Most days in Guatemala, I would wear palazzo pants, a black t-shirt and a scarf for an effortlessly bohemian vibe, all the while staying very modest. 

If I could, I'd grab each of these items right off of the computer screen in front of me. But, even though I don't own any of these things, this is definitely the vibe I'm channeling for my outfits for Guatemala round dos! Well, I've gotta go ~ I have a wedding to get ready for! 

Much love! 


August 7, 2014

Explore KC ~ Coffee 2.0

Hello lovelies, 
If you've been reading the blog for any time at all, you definitely have picked up on the fact that I love coffee. At any given point of the day, I am caffeinated and range from 2 ~ 7 cups of coffee a day.  My local baristas know my order by heart, we're good enough friends that we exchange stories about our lives on a daily basis, follow each other on Instagram, know each other's friends, etc. It's a little ridiculous, truth be told... :) Now, I realize that because of the convenience of Starbucks (exactly 1.9 miles from my house to be exact.) I have gotten used to the mediocre quality of their coffee. Now, I am a huuuugggee fan of local coffee shops and always opt for one of those when I'm not running short on time. 

Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters

 Thanks to an Instagram recommendation, I found out about Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters! The shop is located in the Crossroads Art District in downtown KC and has just such a great vibe. Not only do I love supporting local coffee shops, but Thou Mayest served up the best latte I have ever had. Not even lying. And I've tasted a lot of lattes in my eighteen years...

The Roasterie

The Roasterie was such a great place to explore! Saturday morning, we took a tour of the factory to see how air roasted coffee is made. What a process! Probably my favorite part though of the tour was the end when we saw cupping demonstrations and learned how to properly brew, store and serve coffee in your home. I want to learn how to brew coffee better and a Chemex brewer is definitely on my Christmas list (yes, I know it's only August, but hey, you can never be too prepared, am I right?!) so these demonstrations definitely had my full attention! 

Quay Coffee

Another fave was Quay Coffee, located in the River Market District. Along with the super mod, chic decor, I loved this coffee shop also because of their mission statement. Quay coffee does everything they can to promote social justice, so they support many organizations both locally and globally. I'm so impressed with their coffee and their hearts. <3 

Hope you have time on your next trip to KC to check out some of these new faves of mine! 
Much love, 

August 6, 2014

Explore KC - Things to Do!

Hello lovelies, 
As I mentioned the other day, we spent this past weekend in Kansas City, MO for a getaway weekend! We went for a friend's birthday party, but also turned it into a family adventure since I don't have that many days left here in St. Louis with the family before I head off to college. Thanks to Instagram and some recommendations from friends, we not only hit some of the typical tourist spots but also some local's favorites as well! Only having three days to cover the city, I feel like we did quite the impressive job! 

Country Club Plaza is such a great place to shop! Not only are there typical stores you'd find at the mall like American Eagle and J.Crew, there are also some really amazing high end fashion houses like Valentino and Burberry that are in the Plaza as well. Live musicians, painters, and all kinds of street performers fill the streets to create an amazing atmosphere that clearly attracted tourists and locals alike. I could definitely spend a ton more time here if given the opportunity! 

I loved spending time walking around the grounds of the Nelson Atkins Art Museum! The lawn sculptures are such a well known attraction, but it just doesn't seem right to go to KC and miss the opportunity to take pictures with them in person!

I just love a good shopping center and I love it even more when that shopping center is basically a little city within itself. Zona Rosa is a little bit of a drive from downtown KC but well worth it. There are so many shopping opportunities, restaurants and other fun things to do in Zona Rosa...and the layout is just the coolest thing! Definitely check it out on your next trip to KC! Photo of Zona Rosa found here...

Here are some more photos from our fun weekend! I just love Kansas City! Definitely want to head back for another weekend soon to see even more sights (I'm definitely trying to grab up some tickets to the October concert to see Enrique Iglesias in KC so I can have another excuse to come back to this incredible city, haha)!

Have a happy Wednesday, lovelies!
xoxo & much love,

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