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Make a Statement

A statement is defined as the expression of an idea or opinion through something other than words. So it makes perfect sense to express yourself with a statement necklace! Show off your style by what you wear around your neck. These necklaces will add a lot of personality to your profile while still keeping your look simple and chic. Every jewelry line out right now has statement pieces so you don’t have to look hard to find ones you love. Watch Gossip Girl to get some statement necklace inspiration… not an episode goes by without the classy and fabulous Upper Eastsiders donning them dazzlingly.

1. J.Crew, Statement-stripe necklace, $78
2. Tasha Pave, Flower Statement Necklace, $158
3. Tory Burch, Resin Chain Necklace in lagoon, $195
4. Betsey Johnson, Nautical Theme Frontal Necklace, $150
5. Modcloth, Statement of the Art Necklace, $49.99
6. Michael Kors, Multi-Chain Twist Necklace in gold, $262
7. Gala, Green and Blue Mosaic Statement Necklace, $110
8. Gold and Citrus, Mollusk Necklace, $285
9. Kate Spade, Baublebox Bib Necklace in flo pink, $298
10. Stella & Dot, Alexandria Necklace, $98


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Dominican Republic: Isla Catalina

Many tourists are afraid to leave resorts in foreign countries. However, there are always plenty of safe options you can take to discover what else is out there… especially in the Dominican Republic. For example, my Dad and I took a day trip to Isla Catalina. It was a few hundred dollars well spent (unlike the money I lost at the casino the night before). And what could be classier than spending the day on an exclusive island? Upon leaving our resort, the drive to the boat dock was about an hour and a half . Along the way we passed by many Dominican towns, schools, railroads, and sugar plantations.


At a tourist-friendly rest area along the way, I saw some little Dominican boys on the other side of a fence. They seemed happy and waved to the travelers but everyone was ignoring them. I walked up and started a conversation in Spanish. None of them could speak or understand much English besides “American dollars.” Although we were advised not to give money to any Dominicans or others who beg for it, my Daddy and I couldn’t help but give them some of that dinero they asked for. They thanked us gratefully and posed for some photos as a few travelers looked at us with disgust. As the famous verse goes, “And now abideth faithhopecharity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (Corinthians 13:13). Not only was helping these poor children the classy thing to do, but the Christian thing to do as well.


Once we arrived at the boat dock in La Romana, we hopped on board the boat and set sail to La Isla Catalina. Along the way we passed through Casa de Campo marina, which is famous for its waterfront celebrity estates. In about 45-minutes we arrived at the island of paradise… Isla Catalina.


 Isla Catalina has several private beaches, many  of which are owned by cruise companies (like Costa Concordia) so their travelers can explore and play on this heavenly island. There is no habitation or development on the island other than some tiki huts. Many swimmers, divers, and snorkelers visit Isla Catalina for its turquoise waters that are filled with coral reefs and sea creatures.


 Activities for the day included suntanning, snorkeling, banana boating, tubing, and swimming.

A Dominican barbeque was served for lunch, which included hot dogs, chicken kabobs, lobster, cajan pork, and all the typical backyard barbeque side dishes with a tropical island twist. I was definitely a bit nervous to eat the food for health purposes but I just had to trust it. It ended up being a unique (and tasty) cultural experience.


Daddy and I spent the last of our time on La Isla Catalina hanging out in our classy beach attire and praying that the storm clouds rolling in would hold off. Luckily they did.


As we headed back to the mainland, we enjoyed drinks and dancing on the boat. There was a fantastic view of the sugar mill that La Romana is known for. Each day sugar churns inside the factory and smoke pours out of its tall stacks. The sugary-scented breeze can be smelled for what seems like miles! Just around the corner, we passed by the largest Italian cruise ship, a Coasta Concordia. Please note it was not the same ship that was involved in the tragic accident off the coast of Italy in January.


Isla Catalina was an effortless exploration that I would love to experience again. Still, there was one last stop on our little adventure that turns out being one of my favorite places…Los Altos de Chavón.
Post. Coming. Soon.


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Swagga So Bright

For those of you who want to add some “swagga” to your style…look no further! You will definitely walk with confidence wearing any of these pieces so don’t forget to pack them for your spring break trip. Whether you are walking on a beach or into a bar, these bright beauties are sure to catch everyone’s attention, and like always, the compliments will bombard you.

1. Fornash, Channel Bracelet in Green, $25
2. Cosabella, Love Is In The “Aire” Three Pack, in Colbalt, Shocking Pink, and Sunshine, $55
3. J.Crew, Bubble Necklace in Turquoise, $150*
4. Betsey Johnson, Pink Strap Watch with Multicolor Dial, $65
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors, Jet Set Travel Tote in Tangerine, $278
6. NARS, Duo Eyeshadow in Rated R, $33
7. Chanel, Le Vernis Nail Color in Mimosa, $26
8. Tory Burch, Glitter Eddie Ballet Flat in Purple, $198
9. Kate Spade, “spring trellis” iPhone 4 & 4S Case in Pink Multi, $40

*Remember to present your student ID to receive 15% off each purchase (online and in-stores)!

“Swagga so bright I don’t need a light!” -Lil Wayne

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Go for the Gold

One of the classiest additions to any fashion ensemble is gold. This neutral color, which you can dress up or down, goes with just about anything. The classics (watch, earrings, and ring) can be kept for a lifetime. Yet, you will definitely get excellent use out of each of these pieces. Perhaps you can treat yourself, or maybe someone special will. Regardless, this glimmering gold gallery is sure to make your fall wardrobe sparkle and launch you right into this year’s holiday season.

1. Christian Louboutin, Lady Glittered Peep-Toe Pump, $895
2. J.Crew, Metallic Foil Jacquard Top, $128*
3. Kate Spade, Flicker Bon Shopper, $225
4. Burberry, Gold Plated Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch, $495
5. Zara, Fantasy Mini Skirt, $79.50
6. Tiffany and Co., Bow Earrings, $350
7. Tory Burch, Glitter Reva Ballet Flat, $235
8. Henri Bendel, Out of this World Necklace, $178
9. Cartier, Love Ring, $1,525
10. Deborah Lippman, Boom Boom Pow, $20

*Remember to present your student ID to receive 15% off each purchase (online and in-stores)!

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