Confessions of a Cool Kid: Lindsay Simone

Bloggers unite.

So, I’ve never actually met Lindsay which probably makes me a creeper and, well, that’s OK. I think one day her name popped up on my LinkedIn as one of those people I may know which then led me to scope out her blog, The Life Muse.  And, then, after some hey-I’m-a-blogger-and-you’re-a-blogger-and-we-should-chat moments, I figured it was time to show her some Twenties Unscripted love.

So, here’s Lindsay.

Name: Lindsay Simone

Age: 23

Current location: Our Nation’s Capital

Tell us about your blogging history. How did you get started and what led you to begin The Life Muse?

Five or six years ago, I started a verrrrry small blog entitled “Calendar Eats” that basically documented what I consumed on a daily basis. At the time I was really into Calendar Eats, but then my Freshman year of college happened and life as a collegiate took over. A year or so later, during my sophomore year at NYU, I began a new healthy living blog and this time around, called it “Position: Transition.” Again, this blog outlined my daily eats but rather than for fun, I started this second blog out of my need to create some sort of accountability as, at the time, I was living alone and battling bulimia. Not a great combination. A few months after I started Position: Transition, a good friend tried to commit suicide, I relapsed on my bulimia treatment, and I found out my pseudo boyfriend was cheating on me via a drunk butt dial on New Year’s Eve. It’s no wonder that, at the time, I felt the need to want to live closer to home, eventually deciding to transfer from New York University to the University of Maryland. With so much going on, Position: Transition came to a screeching halt. At the time, I thought my days as a blogger were over, but earlier this year, I heard the blogosphere call my name once more. So come March 2012, I began to blog once again.

“The Quote I Wrote” was a great jumping point for me. It gave me the confidence as a blogger to “be real” all the while allowing for my “special” humor to shine through. TQIW had a small-ish but nice following. I received emails from girls that I knew, and from those that I had never met, both of whom expressed their feelings of gratitude for my quotespiration. Nonetheless, TQIW was an emotional place; a place that winded me on a daily basis, and one that made me feel sad. I know TQIW was supposed to be about lifting people’s spirits up, but all of that personal talk really weighed me down. So, with the support of my then boyfriend (now fiancé), I decided to start a new blog that would be a place for fun, funny, and pure blogging joy. And, seeing how the then BF always told me I was his “life muse” since I always knew how to do everything a certain way (then again, he’s a guy and therefore knows how to do nothing), I decided to make this new blog, “The Life Muse,” about providing readers life tidbits one day, one topic, and one bad joke at a time!

 What’s your blogging philosophy? Find a niche that’s unique to you and run with it. Also, follow your gut. You know yourself best.

Finish this sentence: In ten years, I will be… Assuming I just got engaged, I’m thinking I will be married. With Children. And a dog. CEO of my own company. Author. Life Muse extraordinaire.

Three things you never leave home without:

1.)    A notebook and pen—you never know when a good idea is going to come to you.

2.)    My health insurance card. I know this one sounds a little crazy, but I just have this fear that god forbid the one day/time I would leave my apartment sans card that I’d get into some horrible accident and then be rushed to the hospital and essentially have to go through a bazillion hoops since I DIDN’T HAVE MY INSURANCE CARD ON ME. And yes, this does include everything from midnight CVS runs to a night out at a bar. Safety first!

3.)    Bobby pins are a must seeing how they’re so multi-functional, way beyond the realm of hair (think: make-shift paper clip, lock pick, bookmark, impromptu screwdriver, etc). There are literally twenty something bobby pins floating around in the bottom of my purse as we speak.

What are some of your favorite blogs? Man Repeller. I Spy DIY. Eat the Damn Cake.

What are you currently reading? Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass. I was a sociology major in college so this kind of stuff is beyond interesting to me.

Open Mic—anything else you want us to know? Ummmm, (cue shameless self promotion) read my posts on The Huffington Post: Becoming Fearless page?!

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Confessions of a Cool Kid: Christopher Roberts

I met Chris during the second semester of my junior year when we both performed in UMD’s first installment of . Since then, his prolific Twitter feed has kept me apprised of his adventures all the way on the left coast. He’s a creative soul, an energetic spirit, and just plain good people. Learn more in this cool kid’s profile.

Age: 24, Aquarius shawty :-)

Current location: Oakland, California

 Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

 Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park

Major: Sociology, Social Stratification

Graduate School: San Francisco State University

Area of Study: M.A. in Ethnic Studies, Africana Studies

Your blog has a quote from Fred Hampton, “I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do.” What is it you were born to do?

 The quote from Fred Hampton is unique to me in that it reminds me daily to be inspired. Fred himself, was a young man in his twenties when he was assassinated, yet lived a life that has left an indelible mark on this world. I believe I was born to love on accident, live on purpose, to empower others, to be empowered by others, to create, and to be fearless in the pursuit of freedom for my people.

 Who are some of your favorite artists?

Some of my favorite artists huh?? Hahaha. There are SO many, but i guess I can give you eight. Kara Walker, Audre Lorde, Joshua Mays, Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye, and Emory Douglas, and Haile Gerima

 What’s your favorite piece you have ever written and why?

 There is not one particular piece that is my favorite. I believe that each piece has a purpose, and each word has its worth. So I don’t necessarily have a favorite piece, my favorite thing about poetry and spoken word is sharing. I believe that poetry is freedom in practice and everytime I share my practice of freedom with the world that is my favorite poem.

 What inspired the name for your blog, “ie the revolution?”

The name of my blog came from a line in my poem “My Dreams.” The line is “When you look up me, in the dictionary, it’s gonna say i.e. the revolution, cause I eat, I sleep, and I… breathe the revolution.” The term i.e. translated from Latin means “that is.” On my blog I would like for people in some way, shape or form to read any of the content on the blog and say to themselves “Hey, that is revolution.” Revolution meaning a lucid departure from the oppressive monotony that is this capitalistic American experience, that said, for a moment I hope that my readers find freedom in my phrases and liberation in my lines.

 What is something most people don’t know about you?

 There was a time when I was one of the top 100 Pokemon Trading Card players in Baltimore, D.C. Maryland, or Virginia.

 Any words you live by?

 Live life as if living is something you enjoy doing. Love is the only word that really means anything. Speak the truth. Forgive and remember. Pain will consume you until you release it. Black is bombastic and beautiful. My ancestors deserve my best; I have no choice but to do this. ← there are more phrases like this but these are some of the ones that are often on my heart and mind.

 What do you do for fun?

 I party and bullshit for fun. Like I really love to party. I kick it with my friends and classmates on the weekends to check out all the dope parts of the bay. Bars, clubs, art shows, community events, open mics, we do it all. I do exactly what I do everyday for fun. I read for fun. I write for fun. I teach for fun. And I breathe for fun.

 Where will you be in 10 years?

 In ten years. I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing. I’ll have this M.A. and PhD by then so that’ll be nice lol. I just know I want what I do to involve young people, art, culture, hiphop, education, and transformative change. Maybe Philly, maybe Oakland, maybe South Africa, maybe Baltimore, or maybe some new place that is created out of a revolution of oppressed peoples across the world. To be honest, I just want to be where freedom is.

 How long have you had the locs?

 11 years for the locs.

 What are you currently reading?

 I’m currently reading three things. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was reading just one book. I’m reading Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde, and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles edited by Sholeh Wolpe.

 Anything else we should know?

 If you are reading this I really have love for you; if not I have love for you as well. You are good enough. Tyece creating this space is amazing.  

Where can we find you? 

People can find my thoughts and my work at and on twitter

Confessions of a Cool Kid is the Twenties Unscripted profile series that features, well, people doing cool things. If you or someone you know is a cool kid, hit me up at

Confessions of a Cool Kid: Laura Saur

I met Laura (last name pronounced “so”) during my sophomore year of undergrad when she moved in to a crowded triple across the hall from me. Over a few semesters, particularly the last ones when she and I (and two other homies) shared the best apartment known to mankind, I got to know Laura as many things–a chef, a social butterfly, and a J Crew aficionado among other things. Today, Laura is a personal stylist for J. Crew, carving a beautiful beginning path for herself in the fashion industry. Check out the confessions of this cool kid.

Age: 22

Current Job: Personal Stylist for J.Crew

Any side hustles? Not as of now, but when I can find more time (and someone to help me photograph outfits) I would love to start a fashion blog.

What spurred you to step in to the fashion industry? Originally during undergrad my mind was set on nursing/the healthcare field but it wasn’t until after I received a bachelor’s and months later submitted my first nursing school application that I realized it just wasn’t for me. It was not a career I was passionate about or could see myself being happy with and nursing is not a career to take lightly. It was in college when I think I started narrowing down my personal style and my older sister and friends had always commented on how I have such an eye for detail that they started to turn to me for fashion advice. My sister always said to me that she could see me as a personal shopper because I’m honest, decisive, and I can tell what fits or compliments a person’s body type etc. I sat myself down one day and took a lot of time to really think about what it is that I love doing and what makes me happy. I basically started looking back to what I do with my free time (a.k.a the time I spend procrastinating) and realized that I fill that time with reading a lot of fashion blogs, pinning my favorite fashion finds on Pinterest, or keeping up with the trends on Once I realized I wanted to get my foot in the door for the fashion industry, I knew the first step to take was to start in retail. I applied to one of my favorite stores, J.Crew, and was initially hired as a Sales Associate but had my eye on the Personal Shopper position. After a little less than three months with the company, my boss had taken me on as one of the newest Personal Shoppers!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Of course I see myself living in Manhattan, working as a buyer for Barney’s New York or Bloomingdales (which will include traveling the world to find the best quality fashion pieces and trends), and having a styling gig on the side for movies or tv shows! It’s the dream I’m trying to make my reality.

Three things you never leave home without:

1. My iPod/iPhone for music. Can’t get through my day without an up-beat playlist to listen to on my way to and from work.

2. Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment. It’s amazing. It moisturizes perfectly for kissable lips and adds a rosy tint of color.

3. Bandaids–for when my toes blister in my heels during the times I choose fashion over comfort :)
Advice for up-and-coming fashionistas: This might sound like a typical answer but it’s one of the pieces of advice that is so key and really helps: networking! You have to be a little fearless by just putting yourself out there and take notice of people around you, kindly acknowledge them, start up conversation and you never know what sort of helpful and interesting information you will discover about this person. Share your passion with them and more times than not, they will most likely know someone who knows someone who works in the fashion industry. Save their contact information and follow through after the meet up. Following through is an even more important part of the process of networking; you may be a little hesitant at first but when you keep your eye on the prize you’ll be opening doors to many more opportunities.

Your daily/life mantra: If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs. –Tony Gaskins

Your fashion inspirations: Rachel Zoe, Emily Schuman (blogger for Cupcakes and Cashmere), Olivia Palermo (simple chic and classy look. pretty much what I would describe my personal style as), Diane Von Furstenburg (completely obsessed with her bright color patterns)

Anything else? I remember saying to my oldest brother (who my Mom wanted to be a doctor but instead he chose a career he loves, software engineering, and is so successful with it) that I guess I just went with the idea of nursing because it’s a career I thought people would respect me for and that others may think fashion is just a joke. But he said to me, “People will respect you more for pursuing your dream and doing something you love. They will find it admirable of you.” I loved that advice.

How can we get in touch with you?

Confessions of a Cool Kid is the Twenties Unscripted profile series that features, well, people doing cool things. If you or someone you know is a cool kid, hit me up at