OK, You’ve Got Your Ballot: Now What?

Non Partisan Election Info to Help You Voice Your Vote

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[TLDRs: Jump to Non Partisan Guide links at the bottom of this post.]

SO much has happened since my last post, especially here in the U.S. A global pandemic has infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands of people. The publicized murders of black Americans have forced a spotlight on the racial injustices baked into our country’s foundation. We’ve lost Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a powerful advocate for women’s rights. Our poor leadership has prioritized hate, greed, and ignorance over the health and financial wellbeing of the nation’s citizens. It’s been…a real shit show.

As for ethimode, quite honestly, the busyness of my last year in school, along with the fact that I haven’t been buying clothes lately has left me little to share over the last year. While I do have some ideas in the works, today I want to focus on voting. More specifically, I want to talk about how to vote–not the signing up part. I mean how to determine your best choices for candidates and policies.

I’m sure almost everyone has an idea of who they’re choosing for President. Great. How do you feel about the other candidates running for your state and local governments? What measures do you support? I admit, when I was younger, I only voted in Presidential elections. I eventually realized this wasn’t the best way to participate in our democracy. While voting for President is important, making informed choices on who else represents you is key to putting your political beliefs into action.

I’m sure plenty of people–even many young voters–are actively informed on their local races and that’s great. This post is for those who are ready to vote, but need a little help with making informed decisions. So, you’re registered, you have your sample or mail-in ballot, now what? Every election, I find a few resources are key to helping me have confidence in my vote. Yeah, it takes a little reading and some research, but if I have to time to watch countless Korean dog grooming videos, I got time to look up what I’ll be voting on.

First, I suggest reading through the information likely to come with your mail-in/sample ballot. There once was a local election where the ballot guide listed one candidate’s platform on space aliens. Not really my thing. [This is also a good reason why you may not want to vote for anyone at random.]

Second, I find a guides with my local races and measures and spend some time going over what lines up with my ideals. Here you’ll find platform statements, candidate Q&A’s, and which organizations support each candidate and measure. Some guides are skewed in favor of a particular party, so keep that in mind. I prefer info from non-partisan organizations, so that’s what I’m sharing here (though some of these orgs may be considered slightly skewed). If you are going to vote in-person, fill in your sample ballot and bring it with you.

Lastly, know you’re doing the best you can. Sometimes, these choices aren’t clear-cut, and I just have to go with what I feel is best. I’ll be real honest: I usually don’t start this process until the week before I vote, and I may spend up to a few hours on research. Some may say that’s not enough, but it’s what works for me. Also, with the uncertainty of this election, I suggest mail-in voters to do this ASAP. The important thing here is that you’re working towards being an informed voter, and that’s something to be proud of.

Here are a few non-partisan voting guides:

As always, though I try to be honest and accurate as possible, what I present here are my opinions. There are more options than what I’ve listed and some may work better for you. Do your research! Let me know in the comments of other resources you recommend or if this post helped you!

Every Day is Earth Day

 

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! Since it’s been nearly a year since I started this blog (and a while since I dropped the ball on posts :/), I thought it was appropriate to create a post for Earth Day.

While 2019’s theme is protecting threatened species, I want to start focusing more on last year’s ongoing theme: End Plastic Pollution. This post is going a little off the rails to address the general use of plastic in our daily lives, but plastic does play a big part in fashion (more on that later!). Recently, National Geographic published a disturbing article on micro plastic pollution in the air. We are at a point where, even in remote regions, plastic pollution is unavoidable. Studies on aquatic life have shown plastic’s adverse effects on health, however, scientists are only beginning to study the effects of the plastic we are inhaling. Unfortunately, recycling and using biodegradable plastics doesn’t prevent the eventual breakdown of plastic into micro particles. So, the best way to avoid plastic pollution is by reducing plastic consumption.

A quick search will bring up a ton of blogs and social media accounts on going plastic-free. When you start to notice how much plastic we use everyday, cutting down can seem  pretty daunting. I’m definitely far from being plastic-free, but there are some small steps you can take–switching to reusable water bottles, shopping and produce bags are a good start. For today, I’m just going to leave links to a couple resources from the Earth Day Organization’s site:

Have any good tips on reducing plastic use or full-on going plastic-free? Leave them in the comments!

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! Starting the Year of the Pig with a long-overdue post seems appropriate (school kicked my ass last semester). A tradition for Lunar New Year is to wear new clothing from head to toe. O.K., so Lunar New Year has already started, but if you are looking to pick up some new threads, Grana, is having an ongoing Lunar New Year Sale of selected items up to 70% off.

Grana also is offering a Lai See or red money envelope promo code “celebrate” for $10 off $60 purchase, good through February 19th, 2019 PST. *Above links contain my referral code.

My picks from the sale:

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Chinese Silk Wrap Jumpsuit, $125.40 (originally $209). Also available in Indigo Blue.

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Mongolian Cashmere Joggers, $74 (originally $149). Also available in Navy.

 

Last Chance! My Sister Final Sale Ends Wednesday

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My Sister is a clothing and accessories B corp that supports and empowers sexual abuse survivors, and, unfortunately, the company is closing its doors this week on September 26th. Until then, I suggest checking out their collection of bold statement tees and tanks, jewelry and novelties. All items are offered at deep discounts and proceeds go to a good cause. URL: https://www.mysister.org

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: Angela Roi Morning Cross-Body

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Clockwise from top left: Mustard, Scarlet, Dusty Rose, and Dark Green; all $145 each.

These Angela Roi Morning Cross-Body Bags so got me like Kylie Minogue circa 2001.

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Angela Roi is a NYC-based, luxury vegan “leather” bag maker I recently discovered while flipping through an Amour Vert catalog. I love the array of colors (that Mustard, tho), and they have such a variety of designs, you could easily find something to fit any aesthetic. I should write a whole post on this, but I think it’s difficult to find responsible clothing and accessories that don’t read as very basic or even–uh, ahem–“matronly.” I understand that the movement leans towards making long-term investments which translates to classic pieces, but, hey, I like color! BTW, all the links to the site contain my Angela Roi affiliate URL: http://www.angelaroi.com?ref=263