‘Braska Life.


(Photos by my lovely sister, Erin.)

Being home for Christmas was awesome, and the weather was completely up and down while I was back, but that’s what you get in Nebraska. A forecast literally doesn’t mean crap. The first portion of my trip was pretty cold, but the second half started to drastically warm up. So much so, that at about 43 degrees, the little neighbor boys decided to play basketball in their driveway in shorts and t-shirts. Ummm…that may be a bit of an over-compensation, kids. Put some clothes on. It’s still December in the Midwest.

This outfit combines a few of my amazing gifts received this year! I couldn’t wait to pair this new bag (from my mom), and pumps (from my sister), with these ultra-comfy stretch coated skinnies. Coated skinnies are the greatest thing since sliced bread this past year, and I can’t even have bread so that’s saying a lot. They are more affordable and manageable than leather pants, but still have that sleek, edgy look. The best way to do anything whether it be actual leather or a coated finish is skin tight. Trust me, nothing is worse than a leather-look pant that is sagging in the butt and knees and loose at the ankles. They should essentially be like a legging, but with a normal pant/jean-style thickness, seaming, and pocket structure. That said, you should typically size down as long as the stretch factor is decent. It will seem like there is no way you are gonna get them up at first, but that’s what you want because they will always stretch like mad after the first wear. Tip: do NOT put on leather or coated pants of any kind after just moisturizing your legs. I may or may not have learned my lesson yanking them on too soon post-shower and ripping some belt loops clean off. FAIL.

To stay cozy, I added warmth with a super-soft oversized sweater that is definitely my most over-worn piece of this winter by far, and an awesome sweater headwrap to keep my little ears warm in that winter wind! For the cherry on top, I added the totally rad Nebraska outline necklace my awesome sister got me, reppin’ a little of the homeland! I wore this running some errands, meeting a friend for coffee, and transitioned it right into dinner and a night out with friends in downtown Lincoln.

Coated Skinnies: Cotton On
Sweater: H&M
Bag: DSW (Gifted)
Pumps: Jessica Simpson (Gifted — Now on Clearance!)
Headwrap: Aldo (Gifted)
Nebraska Necklace: (Gifted)
Ring: Zara

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