Usually, if I weren’t in a daze from a combination of an amazing Thanksgiving dinner and crazed studying for my up-coming finals/presentations/papers/hello-what-is-my-name-again-I-can’t-remember-I’m-studying-for-this-exam-it’s-the-only-thing-i-can-think-about-whatever-it-is academic challenge, I’d be writing you a chic update on things to buy this Black Friday as you return from your jaunts abroad to greet your family members with the new and Sabrina-inspired you. But, I’m going to break with tradition today. Fashion isn’t just about what we wear, after all, it’s about the way we live our lives.
I am so grateful for my family this year. Specifically for my mother and my brothers. Little things like my brother Guido hugging me at the moment when I really am in desperate need of a big bear hug that only my 6’3” Dante-reading Italian historian brother could give me. And my brother Bobby just giving me his contagious smile across the room when he is in the middle of one of his delightful bursts of laughter. And my mom, patiently listening to another one of my over analytical moments as she whips up the pumpkin pie and stuffs the turkey, calmly dolling out the life advice alongside an enthusiastic endearment (“Chucha!!!”), a well filled glass of prosecco and the same pat on my back she used to give me when I was three and in her arms crying about some apple juice I had spilt carelessly on my Jessica McClintock dress.
There is nothing better than being surrounded by the people you love and the people who truly love you, Study Abroad Fashionistas. And as we finish up our semesters abroad, and look forward to the ones to come, let’s remember - the Eiffel Tower and the Duomo will always be there, but your family is in the here and now, waiting to welcome you home with open arms.