For Thanksgiving, I returned to Connecticut for the first time since the summer. Welcomed by the crisp air and the fall foliage that is specific to where I grew up, I was ecstatic to see old friends, talk about what boys we’ve kissed at college and, as always, see how everyone has grown up in the time we had been away from one another.

This Fashionista grew up in Connecticut with me, but moved to New York City for college. Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of watching her sense of style evolve. She was always been someone who was well put-together; she used to favor preppy button-downs and luxe denims, but now has accumulated quite the collection of accents, which makes those basics flourish. In particular, she has a pension for statement necklaces and tasteful bags that only seem to increase in their wow-factor every time I see her.

At our reunion lunch, this suburbanite turned city girl wore black leather boots from Tory Burch, army green jeggings from Car Mar, a black silk top by Vince and a vintage fur vest bought at Starstruck on Greenwich Avenue in NYC. For her accessories, she had Ray-Ban aviators, a turquoise and gold statement necklace made by Nicole Miller, a black leather bag by Celine, a David Yurman ring and her arm party included a silver Rolex watch and a gold studded wrap bracelet by Tory Burch. Lastly, her nails were painted in Russian Roulette by Essie, which, in my opinion, is the perfect shade of red nail polish.

Underneath the bling and the fur, my dear friend and fellow Fashionista was still consistent in her polished uniform of jeans and a button-down, but with all of her accessories she transformed her outfit into a show stopping ensemble.

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