My semester in Madrid was probably one of the most rewarding things I've done thus far in my college career. I was so nervous and anxious before going because I didn't know what to expect. When I arrived, I found that most of the other students felt exactly the way I did and I was able to put myself out there to new people and an entirely new culture. I came out with amazing new friends and knowing myself better than I ever have! My self-discovery came with the evolution of my fashion sense and I've become more open to different trends that I wouldn't have been willing to try in the past.
Alas, all good things come to and end, as they say, and my semester abroad is over. Once again, I feel so conflicted: am I excited to go home or am I devastated to leave Madrid? I'm home now and I still can't decide! I can say, however, that I love seeing Fashionistas come home as a chic version of themselves. No more sloppy outfits to spend the holidays with your family; when girls (and boys) come home for winter break, they're more conscious of their sartorialism. Their college adventures, whatever they may be, help them grow up and teach them a thing or two about good fashion.
This Fashionista is the perfect example of pairing your good fashion sense with the fact that you're home and want to wear pajamas: all day, every day. She's wearing a great pair of riding pants, which give her the benefits of feeling like she's wearing leggings while actually wearing pants. She's also rocking a nice pair of suede boots with tassels and a striped oversized shirt, which is perfectly falling off her shoulder. Her Longchamp bag is big enough to carry her laptop and red sweater, but small enough that it doesn't take over her outfit when she puts it on.
I would say this look is laidback but super chic, which is perfect for the holiday season with your family—a time where you don't want to put much effort into anything other than sleeping and eating. With that in mind, I hope everyone has a wonderful break with their families, or wherever their adventures may take them. I hope you eat as much homemade food you can get your hands on and that you have a wonderful new year!