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Kelsea Ballerini Swears By These $98 Faux Leather Leggings

Glamour logo Glamour 5/11/2020 Caitlin Brody
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It’s no surprise that Kelsea Ballerini is a glass-half-full kind of person. Spend just five minutes talking to the Tennessee native—or, since that’s not really an option these days, cue up any one of her catchy country-pop songs—and it’s a near guarantee you’ll leave feeling lighter. Which is why when her third album, Kelsea, came out right as the pandemic took hold—ensuring her biggest nationwide tour to date would be postponed until who knows when—Ballerini had an outlook we can all learn from. “It took two years to write the songs that make the album, so I gave myself a couple of days to grieve what I thought was going to be my biggest release,” she says from her home in Nashville. “But then I zoomed out, got past the selfish disappointment, and focused on the fact that I still got to put it out. If there’s any album that I’ve put out where the music can stand on its own, it’s this one. I believe in the music.”

During these surreal times, Ballerini has been relying on music even more than usual—which says a lot. “Now is a good time for people to connect through music,” says the singer, who recently shared an inside look at her closet turned recording studio on Instagram. She and her husband, musician Morgan Evans, even recorded a tribute to the late Kenny Rogers. “This is the most time we’ve ever spent together,” she says with a laugh. “It’s like eight years of marriage in six months.”

While Kelsea Ballerini hints she might start working on some new material while in quarantine, she shares with Glamour some of the other ways she’s keeping busy.

A delicious dish to make at home

Both of my parents are such good cooks—they don’t even follow recipes, they just wing it. I truly thought that I did not get the gene because I’ve never been good in the kitchen, but I will say that this quarantine has started to turn me into a little chef. My husband’s a vegetarian, so I’ve been trying to get creative. I’ve been making burrito bowls and chickpea-pasta dishes, but my greatest accomplishment so far has been eggplant parmigiana. I love chicken parmigiana, but this felt LIKE a good compromise, and it was delicious.

My fave thing in my closet

My boyfriend jeans from Agolde. They’re baggy and a little too big for me, but they’re my favorite jeans in the world. I can wear them with heels and a cute crop top, or I wear them with a hoodie and sneaks. They’re the best.

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Agolde 90s Mid Rise Loose Fit

$188.00, Revolve

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Agolde Riley High Waist Straight Leg

$178.00, Nordstrom


The app I’m learning to love

I held off on TikTok for the longest time because I thought I was too old for it. But then quarantine happened, so I decided, What the heck? And now I am fully addicted. I feel like it’s going to keep me young. I’m going to start putting music on it. I have the Carole Baskin challenge saved to my drafts, but I'm too embarrassed to post it.

The best book I’ve read recently

My friend Nicolle Galyon, who’s an incredible songwriter, was going to the book tour for Glennon Doyle’s memoir, Untamed, and had an extra ticket so I joined her. I had just gotten the book two days earlier. The talk was wildly inspiring—there was no filter in how Glennon was talking about her womanhood, or how it took her her whole life to own it. I’ve been diving into the book—somehow it’s so personal to Glennon’s life, but it also applies to everyone else. It’s all about deconstructing all of the peripheral social cues that women are taught at a young age and breaking out of the box to truly find ourselves.

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"Untamed" by Glennon Doyle

$14.99.00, Amazon


My fave fashion trend from the early aughts

I would’ve been a kid then, and my mom often dressed me in overalls with cute T-shirts underneath. I still love a pair of cute overalls.

The reality TV show I can’t stop watching

Love Is Blind! I’m not big on shows that are super intense or dramatic. I really like shows that are going to make me forget about what’s happening in the world. So I try to go to reality TV—and kind of trash TV—to get my daily dose of drama.

Feel-good songs that spark joy

I have been rediscovering my love for Sheryl Crow. I grew up on her—her stuff is so incredible, and rediscovering it now has been such a treat. “Soak Up the Sun” and “All I Wanna Do” have been on repeat. Fall back in love with Sheryl Crow.

The best scent ever

It’s kind of bougie, but Mojave Ghost by Byredo smells like heaven. It’s my favorite thing in the world. I even have it in a travel size, a lotion, a hairspray…I’m crazy about it.

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Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum

$180.00, Nordstrom


My fave pair of leggings

Spanx, because, duh. They’re supercute and keep it all tucked in. They’re high-rise and almost look as if they’re made of leather, but they’re not too thick or hot the way leather can be sometimes, so I can wear them for a workout. But I’ve also worn them with little booties, a big oversized flannel, and some gold jewelry, and they look like cute leather leggings.

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

$98.00, Anthropologie


The last thing I bought

Groceries online. It’s boring, but it’s the truth.

How I self-care these days

I’ve been getting really into skin care, and I’ve been using NuFace. It has these little electric currents to help get all of the lymphatic fluid out of your face, but you can’t even feel it. If you do one side of your face and not the other, you can literally see a difference. It helps depuff, tighten, and lift the skin. It’s amazing.

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NuFace Mini Facial Toning Device

$199.00, NuFace


A beauty product that works best for me

I don’t like a heavy look, so I always start with a glowy primer. I’ve found that the one that works the best is from Honest. It gives a really beautiful dewy glow. Sometimes I’ll just use that and concealer if I don’t want to put on a full face of makeup. It’s really wonderful.

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Honest Everything Primer Glow

$22.00, Honest Beauty


My favorite colors to wear

I wear a lot of black, white, gray, and neutral. I’m not a big color person. I keep it simple.

The sneaker trend I can get behind

I hopped on the trend late, but over the last few years, I swear by Golden Goose. I wear them with sweatsuits in airports all the time, and it makes everything feel a little more fashionable. I have a few pairs—camo high-tops, and white low tops with silver studs all over them. They’re super blinged out, but I can’t wear them to the airport because they set off the metal detector!

The best movie snack

Hippeas. They’re chickpea puffs that remind me of Cheetos, but they’re healthier for you. The white cheddar flavor is so yummy. The whole bag will be gone.

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Organic Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs

$3.00, Thrive Market


A rom-com I’ll always love

I just rewatched Crazy, Stupid, Love, and it’s so good. You really can’t go wrong with that.

The workout that’s keeping me sane

I’ve been doing a lot of Tabatas. My trainer, Erin Oprea, has an app that I use, and I’ve also been using Carrie Underwood’s new app, Fit52. Who doesn’t want Carrie’s legs, right?

Caitlin Brody is the entertainment director for Glamour.


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