Thanksgiving is literally only a few days away, and it feels like time has flown since the beginning of the semester. Out in the stores it looks more like Christmas, which I’ve always found a little sad. Thanksgiving should be celebrated with just as much fanfare. To me, Thanksgiving has always been mostly about family. My family is very big on cooking, we love making things from scratch and trying new recipes. The ability to be with my family, cooking, catching up, trading stories, is one of the most precious things in life. It’s certainly one of the main things I’m thankful for every holiday season.
It’s hard sometimes, to be 5 plus hours away from everyone, but at the same time it makes me appreciate the time we do spend together that much more. Everyone in my family seems to have a job at every gathering to help get the meal prepared, even if it’s as simple as staying out of my grandma’s way when she’s pulling something out of the oven. The food is always creative and delicious, especially my grandma’s five star desserts. I’m pretty sure she could’ve been a pastry chef in a past life. We are very fortunate to have a full table for the holidays. I’m also thankful for every moment I get to see my grandpa; he’s almost 90 now, and if a man could live forever on stubbornness, I believe he would. He also tells some of the best stories from when he was younger and served in the army during the Korean war. Our family is blessed to have my grandparents as the heads of the family.
My family also loves to have a few good games of cards after food and a short nap. We play a lot of different kinds of card games and usually there’s more laughing and yelling across the table than anything, it’s the best kind of uproar. At some point, one of my aunts or my cousin will get too loud and my grandpa yells at them to be quiet, it always makes us laugh more. That’s not to say we don’t have our family drama and our bickering moments, but at the end of the day we all know how important family is and how thankful we are for each other.
I am very excited for Thanksgiving. I will be visiting my grandma in Indianapolis! She is 91 and we are taking her to her friend’s house. I don’t like anything but turkey, biscuits and desserts! Every time I visit my grandma I take video of her and post it on Facebook. It usually gets over 100 views. I’m also excited for black Friday and cant wait to start shopping!
As some of you have heard, Fashion Week was last week in Saint Louis. Many designers showed their newest collections and new designers faced off in several competitions. ALIVE Magazine and SIBA put on amazing events and the whole week was a success. I wanted to take a moment to discuss how important fashion is, not just in all of the big cities who have their own fashion weeks.
Fashion is everywhere and in everything that we wear. If you want to wear something exactly as a store has it on display, go for it. If you want to wear stripes and polka dots, go for it. You should wear what makes you feel good and gives you the most confidence. If you feel your most successful in leggings and an oversized sweater, or a tight skirt and a tailored jacket, wear what makes you the best version of yourself.
The worst thing is feeling uncomfortable in your own clothes, or trying to make something your own just because it is the latest trend. As I have said before and will continue to say, trends are not investment pieces. You should buy trend pieces from places like H & M and Forever 21 for a lesser price before deciding to spend the big bucks. For example, you may love the look of a suede skirt, but you’re not sure if it’s the right look for you. Buy the cheaper version and if you fall in love with it, make it a staple in your wardrobe and go spend the proper amount of money on a good quality suede skirt. Always give things a test drive before you spend a great deal of money on a single item.
As my father always says, “If you buy quality, you won’t be disappointed.” By spending the money later on a piece you really enjoy, you will be able to ensure that the piece lasts enough time for you to get all the wears out it before you decide to sell or re-purpose it; hello suede jean patches.
Remember, you do not have to be walking in or attending Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, or even Saint Louis to be the Fashionista that you want to be. Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel beautiful.
Fall is my favorite season in Saint Louis. Although this is very stereotypical, you really cannot beat a Saint Louis fall. It is not too cold and not too hot. It is a nice mix of switching back and forth between shorts and jeans and each day is a new adventure when trying to figure out what to wear. I wanted to share with you some fun and fall activities you and your friends can participate in this fall at Fontbonne.
The first thing is to just go explore Forest Park. It is beautiful to just be outside and watch the leaves change colors all around you. I am more than sure that you will be joined by lots of people walking dogs and enjoying the fall weather. Walking or paddle boating by Art Hill will allow you to see all of the beautiful colors.
Another way to explore fall around Fontbonne is to go shopping and/or out to eat in the Loop. It is nice to walk up and down Delmar when it is this nice outside.
Lastly, take a trip to the zoo. Although not every animal enjoys the fall weather as much as this human does, it is nice to be able to walk around the zoo and see the animals that are out and not break a sweat. A nice cup of coffee and walking around to see the animals seems like the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Whether you’re looking for nature, food, fun, or animals, Saint Louis has a fall activity for you!