Dominican Republic Dreamin’: My First DR Sunset

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Summer 2007…

I remember traveling to the Dominican Republic for the first time and seeing God’s beauty physically surrounding me. I arrived to my Uncle’s house after a long day of traveling; my initial emotions prior to take off in Michigan was excited, expectant, and curious of how my first trip to the DR would unfold. Ultimately after landing, those emotions became weary and ready for a good night’s rest. However, once I walked up the arched stairs to the second floor, across the kitchen and through the living room under archways and into the balcony… was my first sighting of a Dominican sunset. The view of the garden down below layered with palm trees and exotic flowers trickled further down into more greenery shadowed into the night which you could barely see, but all you could hear were the leaves rattling in the wind. Just a few meters more and my eyes reached the beach towards the endless sea where the sun met the ocean line. Taking a picture couldn’t even do justice. I remember those initial feelings of excitement were revived in me and I knew God would be doing great work in the days to come, just as He beautifully created in that sunset moment.

Dominican Republic Dreamin’: What I Packed

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
– Psalm 96: 11,12

Dominican Republic Dreamin’: What I Packed

Dominican Republic, 2009

In the next eight weeks, I’ll be collaborating with Harrison’s Fine Caribbean Jewelers by sharing my experiences in one of my favorite places in the world- the Dominican Republic! The DR holds dear to my heart for a number of reasons, a few of them being “firsts.” It was the first country I had my first missions trip abroad and the first place I dipped my feet into the fashion industry as a visual merchandise intern at Harrison’s. I also met and bonded with a group of girls from a local church, some that I still keep in contact with over the last nine years.

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Faith and Fashion Files: Dominican Republic

fashion- dominican republicWhen I visited the DR back in 2008, I remember my auntie and I went shopping at this little store and my excitement was over the moon. Keep in mind that it was just ready-to-wear and not a designer’s specialty boutique. But everything was bright and more unique than anything I’ve seen in a long time for such an affordable price. Tank tops had beaded straps with geometric cuts, tops were completely covered in sequins or tie-dyed and off the shoulder with a ruffle, and prints resembled a combination of a Moroccan mosaic and a zebra- but it worked! I soon found out that this was a normal sight as I went to a grocery store/mall called La Sirena with a few friends. They immediately brought me to the vibrant jewelry and clothing baskets that we dug through until the store closed. #goodtimes

Because of this past experience I wasn’t too surprised during my research for this “Faith and Fashion File.” Read on!

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My Spring/Summer Accessory Must-Haves

These are my recent accessory buys and, as you can tell, I couldn’t stray away from colorful, bejeweled pieces! Here are my Spring/Summer ‘12 accessory essentials:

  • Major oversize earrings
  • Bejeweled bracelets
  • Snake bracelets/bicep bracelets
  • Colorful, stackable tribal bracelets
  • Extra feminine floral pieces
  • Chunky, bejeweled statement necklaces
  • Quirky rings

Since we’re talking all about pretty body ornaments, what’s cooler than adornments straight from the Caribbean?

HARRISON’S Fine Caribbean Jewelers is the largest jewelry chain in the Dominican Republic. For over three decades, Harrison’s has specialized in offering its clients the unusual and the exotic. It is recognized for excellence and creativity by Frommer’s, Rough Guide, the Dominican Republic Handbook, and more. The Dominican Republic is known for having the only larimar mine in the world, which is offered at HARRISON’S. This stone is perfect for the upcoming warmer season! 🙂

Check out Harrison’s Fine Caribbean Jewelers on Facebook and their official website!

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