Dominican Republic Dreamin’: What I Miss the Most

The Dominican Republic will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only because it was my first country I went on a missions trip to or that I had my amazing first experience in jewelry and visual merchandising at 16 years old or that my uncle’s house is literally like paradise, but it’s the friendships and the people that I’ve had the blessing of getting to know. Many of which I still stay in contact with today. I never expected to meet such wonderful people; I just thought I would be in-and-out of a country my relatives had a connection with. But as you can see in the above photo, my face wasn’t red because I got burnt from the sun! No, those were tears on my last night with my newfound friends.

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Dominican Republic Dreamin’: My HARRISON’S Experience

Finally. The post of this Dominican Republic Dreamin’ series that will actually tell you a little bit and give a personal insider on the company that initiated this whole series in the first place: HARRISON’S!

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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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