I wish that I could be like the cool kids

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Don’t forget to vote. It’s what all the cool kids are doing. 

My husband was out of town all day Saturday so I had this grand vision: I would take my laptop to the coolest coffee shop in what is arguably the coolest neighborhood in Chicago. I would get an Instagramable coffee and doughnut and set up my laptop and work.

Hahaha, yeah. I am not that cool.


Hat – boutique in Sausalito, CA (similar) |  Jacket – Zara (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same

The coffee shop was crazy busy. They were out of doughnuts. So, I got my coffee to go and instead went and bought running shoes and came home and worked on my couch.

On Sunday I wanted a re-do. I convinced Jason to walk to the coffee shop with me to get a doughnut AND bring the camera so we could take pictures by the awesome street art outside the place where all the cool kids hang out.


Of course, Jason went to take the picture only to find out we’d left the camera battery at home. iPhone to the rescue!

And, sadly, they were out of doughnuts. Again.

So we went across the street to Bombobar.

But, seriously, you guys. I feel like I’m the nerdiest, least cool fashion blogger in Chicago. And, in the interest of full disclosure, sometimes I’m okay with that and other times I’m not.

And sometimes I just want a doughnut and a cup of coffee and a cool picture so I can pretend I’m cooler than I really am.


P.S. While we’re being honest, I suppose I should say I wore this outfit two days in a row and hadn’t washed my hair when we took these photos.  Yay for weekends!


10 replies on “I wish that I could be like the cool kids

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Echosmith! Excellent song reference in your post title 🙂 I’m still kicking myself over not getting tickets to see them when they played Chicago last spring. Alas.

    For what it’s worth–and I’m promise I’m not saying this just to be nice–the fact that you’re “not one of the cool kids” is why I keep reading your blog (or, more accurately, the fact that you don’t act like you’re one of the cool kids – I think you’re pretty cool!). I know I’m beating a dead horse when I say this, because I’ve said it approximately 20834237 times on my own blog, but I HATE HATE HATE n pretension, and that is the exact reason why I don’t read…well, any of the “cool kid” blogs in Chicago. Or at all. Maybe the cool kids are wonderful people in real life, but the vibe I get from their white-aesthetic, artfully-washed-out, Insta-ready blogs just REEKS of fakeness, of putting on airs, of trying way, way too hard to seem perfect. I have absolutely no interest in reading about someone’s artificially perfect life. I don’t like perfection. I can’t relate to perfection, and I don’t buy the act of perfection half the time, anyway. I like people who are real, people who are honest, people I can relate to — both in blogging and in real life. And if that means not being cool, then you can consider me firmly anti-cool.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      “white-aesthetic, artfully-washed-out, Insta-ready blogs” – That is an excellent description.

      I just wish that being “not cool” translated to more readers. I mean, I don’t want to be a sell-out but it would be nice to occasionally get some love thrown my way in the form of dollars 🙂

      However, I read articles that say the way to get more followers on things like Instagram is to only post “beautiful” pictures, edit them all the same way, and have a consistent aesthetic. You know what? Life isn’t consistently aesthetic. It’s life. I’m not going to fake my Instagram or blog photos just because it would be nice to get more readers/followers.

      So, no worries. I don’t plan to become a big-time homogeneous blogger. I clearly wouldn’t even know how!

      1. Maggie

        I think you could get a lot more dollars with a good SEO strategy than with “perfect” Instagram pics. Maybe? I dunno. I may work on “the other side” in digital marketing but I still feel like it’s a crapshoot. But lazy publicists will fall for your SEO strategies …

    2. Maggie

      YES. THIS. The “cool” kids are “cool” because they try to craft their “effortlessly cool” vibe. And they come off as so perfect they are completely unrelatable. I enjoy the quirky imperfections, it’s what makes us interesting.

      Also, the act of trying makes something inherently uncool, right? Right??? That’s what makes a hipster a hipster, the lack of caring? Or maybe they care so much they’ve transcended caring?

      I don’t know, but after 30, I REALLY stopped caring. I’m OK with being the weird-and-not-in-a-cool-way person. Or maybe I just surround myself with a lot of fellow weirdos.

  2. Emily @ Out and About

    I echo everything Bethany said above!!! I look for REALNESS in my friends and bloggers because it is relatable. I hated high school because there was so much emphasis on being cool, and not always for the right reasons. I don’t read any of the” cool kid” blogs and have zero desire to do so because I don’t connect at all. I am proud of being uncool because at least I know I am being ME!!! You can’t put a price on being true to yourself!!!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      You know what’s interesting? I don’t really read them, either! There are a few who I enjoy even though their blog photos are more magazine than real life (Engineering in Style, comes to mind) but for the most part I read “real people” blogs, too.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      There are a few bloggers out there where I’m like “did you REALLY wear that??” Because I just can’t imagine how that outfit fits into their life. If I want unrealistic outfits I’ll read a magazine!

  3. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    Heeee, I loved this! I have NEVER been cool in my life, so three cheers to you for keepin’ it real! I got an interesting compliment recently from a co-worker, that I’m a nerd but an INTERESTING nerd. At least, I took it as a compliment! 😉

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      The funny thing to me is that multiple people at work have told me that I am the best dressed person in the office. Yet, when you compare me to other Chicago bloggers I’m the most BORING of them all! I guess it just all depends on perspective, right?

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