October 22, 2014

#STLFW Emerging Designer Competition

Last Wednesday night, I met up with my amazing new friend Alexa from A Life in the Fashion Lane for Saint Louis Fashion Week's "Emerging Designer Competition" presented by Brown Shoe Company. Contestants Daniella Kallmeyer, Jessie Liu, Lisa Panza and Liz Patelski (Remi Canarie),  Emily Koplar (Wai Ming Designs), Charles Harbison (Harbison), and Hillary Taymour (Collina Strada) let their collections speak for themselves on the lengthy runway of St. Louis' Union Station. 

Although she currently resides in New York City, Daniella Kallmeyer charmed both the judges and the guests in St. Louis alike, capping off the evening by claiming the the $15,000 prize given by Brown Shoe Company. After the runway show, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Daniella and ask her several questions regarding her collection...

Daniella Kallmeyer and Marci Ranger. (photo c/o ALIVE magazine)
ADITO: "Hi Daniella! Congratulations on your success here in STL. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration of your collection?"

DK: "So as always, its about the woman, her lifestyle and who she's influenced by. It's sort of who she wants to portray in the way that she carries herself. I'm always influenced by iconic, empowered women like the Katherine Hepburn's of the world. So that's what I want to portray, even through the dresses and the skirts, that's always what I'm influenced by. From season to season, she may be more influenced by here she's traveling or what she's reading or what music she's listening to or even who she's hanging out with, but those are such slight differences. You don't throw away your whole wardrobe from one season to the next. Each season you may be influenced by different things but you always carry yourself in the same way. Maybe last season she was more city influenced but this season, she's styled her own looks with the influences of the markets that she walked through or the mountains that she climbed and the colors that she saw there."

ADITO: "What do your goals look like for the line in the future? Like the next ten years or so?"

DK: "One of the things that I'm happy that I could express to the judges is that I've already introduced leather goods and I think that's been a strong interpretation of the brand so far. I want to expand and continue with leather goods, probably more with accessories. The goal from the beginning for me has always been to create a lifestyle brand. So once I feel that the essentials are provided to my customers, I want to have fun with objects for the home like candles, coasters, those kinds of things through collaborations so that I can create the full experience for this woman."

ADITO: "I'm a student and I wanted to ask you, as a young designer yourself, what is some advice you would give to someone who's not quite ready to jump into creating a line or pursuing a career in fashion, but so close to that point in my life?"

DK: "Work for other brands. You always think that you're ready, I mean I thought I was ready. But it's about more than what you learn from another designer and their mistakes and their experiences and their exposure. It's also about collaborating. And learning how to collaborate. Because a lot of times when you step out on your own, you don't have the money to pay a whole staff and that is so isolating. To create something that is really meant for other people...So that's why I say collaborate. Know what it's like to work for and with other people. Don't be competitive. Work with as many people as you can for as long as you can and keep those connections strong."

One of Daniella's dresses on the runway. All her pieces carry an effortlessness quality about them that you can't not love.

I am just so thankful that I could be a part of all the STLFW shows and events! More coverage coming to the blog soon about the other adventures I had at Fashion Week last week! There were just too many memorable moments!
Much love + xoxo,

October 14, 2014


Walking in, I heard the beats being played by DJ TrashTalk. Taking in all the darling boutiques, designers and other companies represented, I turned the corner. I spotted the glittering of the gold sequin backdrop of the photo booth. I smelled the delicious aroma coming from the food being provided by the venue, Scape American Bistro.  Doesn't that sound like only a night from your best, most wildest dreams? I thought so too until I experienced it firsthand...

Initially, when I was privileged enough to be invited to the the VIP Blogger Lounge presented by the Well Dressed Midwest network, I was thrilled. Then came the butterflies in the pit of my stomach. While I was thrilled at the opportunity, I was so nervous because I had no idea what to expect...networking with PR people and founders of companies sounded both exhilarating and stressful. 

 Since I went into it knowing that there would be plenty of brand representatives at the event, I decided that I needed to make a good impression no matter how nervous I was. As it turned out, all of those worries washed away the very minute I walked in the door. The comfortable atmosphere made it easy to converse with all of the amazing different companies that were represented. 

Photo c/o Saint Louis Fashion Week
I talked with brand representatives that had graduated from my university and majored in the same thing that I am currently majoring in. I met local business owners whose entrepreneurship skills are absolutely out of this world. I met people that I am SO having style my hair for my next big event. I even talked to wonderful people all about their experiences in different countries dealing with fair trade fashion and social justice.

I connected so much with the people from Partners for Just Trade, a non-profit that works with artisans in Cambodia, Peru and Haiti. Of course, if you've been following the blog for a little while, you'll know how passionate I am about fair trade and providing long-term relationships and fair wages to artisans. I even was able to get a coupon code for 25% on things from the website! If you enter code DOGOOD at the register, 25% is automatically deducted from your order! Supporting others around the globe and getting a good deal? How much better does it get? 

Photo c/o Sara's Social Booth
Through fun activities like getting flash tattoos, getting my nails done, turning a strip of my hair pink and having waaaay too much fun in the photo booth, this evening was not one that I will be forgetting any time soon! 

Photo c/o Saint Louis Fashion Week
Stay tuned for lots more Fashion Week fun + lots of runway looks! xoxo & much love, Olivia

*all photos taken by me unless otherwise noted*

October 12, 2014

Feelin' Fierce in Fur!

This weekend, I attended the Blogger Lounge presented by Well Dressed Midwest. Several weeks before the event, I had a great sleeveless dress picked out for the event that I kept obsessing over. Every time I caught a glimpse of it, I got another wave of excitement! But Friday morning came and I woke up to weather that was freezing cold! It was time for a change of plans... 

So, I put together an outfit that I ended up loving even more than my original plan! My top is a simple black & white striped top from Forever xxi that is such a staple for my wardrobe! Then, I accented the top with a new faux fur vest from the Buckle and one of my favorite necklaces ever, a hot pink knot necklace from Accessory Concierge. Then, I tucked the top into a thrifted black skater skirt, threw on my new heels from Target and headed to the event. 

Something I have been working on this year when it comes developing my style is to take risks that think outside the box but all the while making sure I still feel comfortable in what I'm wearing. Since I'm almost six feet tall, a lot of times I don't wear heels. But, with a killer new pair of shoes on and a fun outfit, I felt so confident and myself! 

The event was one of the first things to kick off Saint Louis Fashion Week, and let me tell you, if Friday night's event was anything like the rest of Fashion Week is going to be, it will easily be one of the best weeks of my life. If you're in the St. Louis area and haven't grabbed up some tickets, head over HERE and get some before they sell out! You definitely won't regret it! 

Have a great week & I will see you at Fashion Week!
  Much love, 

October 8, 2014

Freedom in Fashion!

Hello lovelies!

As I'm sure you know by now, I love anything that combines social justice and fashion. There are so many social issues that just strike a chord with my heart. Whether it be fair trade, adoption, human trafficking, etc., there are just so many causes that I feel so passionate about. The perfect thing, in my opinion, is when there are events that bring my group of fashion-loving friends together to take a stand in awareness for some of these causes. 

Enter, Freedom in Fashion. This is an event I am working on that will be taking place here in my new town of Columbia, Missouri. This is a fashion show featuring all fair trade clothing items as well as keynote speaker, Misty Losinger! If you are anywhere near Columbia, MO, I would definitely love to see you at the event! What a great evening to bring awareness about fair trade fashion as well as hope to victims of trafficking! 

If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at liv.b@att.net and I will definitely answer anything you'd like to know about the event! 

Much love & xoxo, 

October 7, 2014

Guest Post for The Root Collective!

Hello lovelies! 

Today I have the honor of posting over at The Root Collective, a company very near and dear to my heart. Bethany, the company's founder, and I connected when I was living in Guatemala and we both understood each other's hearts for the country as well as fair trade fashion. I would definitely encourage you to go check out the site and also read my post (which you can find HERE). 

If that's not enough to get you excited, just look at the beautiful ballet flats that were handcrafted in La Limonada, an extremely poverty-stricken area of Guatemala City. Bethany, along with the rest of her team at The Root Collective are shining the light of hope into an area that otherwise hadn't seen too much of that. I'm so excited to be guest posting today & can't wait to hear your thoughts! 

Much love and xoxo, 

October 4, 2014

Friends + Family Sale!

Hello lovelies, 

Within the past several years, Tory Burch has really come up on my radar as one of my favorite designers. From watching all of her Fashion Week shows online to literally stalking the sale section of her website, you could say the word for me and my relationship with Tory Burch is obsessed. So, FINALLY, they are having their annual Friends & Family Sale , which gives you a 25% discount using the code FRIENDLIEST. 

So check it out! Don't waste any time! And mom, if you're reading this, here are some great Christmas list options below... :) What are some of your favorites? Hit the sale HERE & again, don't forget to use the keyword FRIENDLIEST at the checkout! Happy shopping! 

xoxo & much love,

Tory Burch!

September 22, 2014

Fall Kitchen Wishlist!

Fall Kitchen Wishlist

With the arrival of fall, I am all about those pumpkin spice lattes and caramel apples. Before when the fall season approached, that was where it ended for me as far as cooking went. Trying out new coffee recipes? Yes. Start whipping up a new recipe in the kitchen? HA! Anything to do with the words cooking or kitchen made me cower in fear. 

However, when I stayed with my friend Lauren this summer in Guatemala, she not only taught me how to make some great coffee drinks, but she also taught me some delicious recipes like apple crisp & Parmesan chicken. After this, I kind of went on a Pinterest recipe rampage and I couldn't get enough of the idea of cooking! Unfortunately, since I headed off to college soon after, my collection of ideas were reserved for Internet bookmarks & scrawlings in my notebook. 

Whenever I go home for breaks (like this upcoming weekend for the St. Louis Fashion Week blogger awards!) I will definitely be trying to cook some of my new recipe ideas that I found on my Pinterest board! With that being said, I've also taken a hankering to some pretty adorable kitchen decor! Check out what I've been wishing for lately! 

Much love & xoxo, 

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!
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