VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE


What is there left to even say on this election?  All that can be said has already been said.  In my time as a fashion blogger, I have remained relatively neutral on my world views.  I felt like the best way to build an audience was to be a blank canvas as to not alienate potential followers.  Honestly, I've grown to regret this decision.  I think I come across hella boring without the things that make me me.  I have followers and fellow bloggers alike who have expressed their world views, and while I don't always agree with them, I still like them as people.  If I ever got more personal with my perspective, I would do it with respect and I would ask for the same kindness in return.

I genuinely went into 2016 thinking this would be the year where I would be more transparent about my world views on the blog.  You see, I used to be a blogger on religion and politics (I will admit to being pro-separation of church and state right now) but I had to let that go for a millions reasons that's not worth tackling in this post.  Parts of 2016 made me miss the gig, but mostly I was so thankful to turn off my brain at some moments.  And unlike the most recent handful of presidential elections, religion played WAY less of a factor in any of the presidential hopeful's campaigns so I suppose I didn't miss out on writing potential gold.  

I've recently started taking an online comedy writing program with famed Saturday Night Live breeding ground Second City (more on that another time) so obviously a lot of joke's I've concocted and turned in are topical and about this election.  One project I'm working on has to do with this election and my teacher emailed me this article from the NY Times on how even parody newspaper The Onion is a little burned out on this election. I felt relieved reading this.  Whether it was for Just Shair or just hanging with my friends, I'm not sure I've ever made less jokes about a presidential election.  It's been utterly exhausting.  Both main parties are officially fractured and divided and the third parties have been louder, all while everyone involved is angry.  Lewis Black recently said many times over that this year has not been a comedian's dream come true because the news is already funny and therefore there's not much comedians can add to make it funnier.  If people who have been doing this professionally for so many years are getting stumped as to how to joke about recent times, I guess that means my beginner self is in good company.  And, if the funniest people ever are struggling to be funny about this election then we are in trouble.  (Thank-you, SNL for being hilarious though!)

I'm appalled at the media and I hold them accountable for most of this.  Some years back ratings became more important than reporting factual and neutral news.  This led to feeding an already exhausting 24 hour news cycle with stories that were meant to fuel the flames of fear mongering via mostly reporting the emotional aspects of the news without the matter of fact parts.  And while the Internet is the alleged "super highway of information", more of what gets shared and read are memes with quotes out or context (or that have never even been said in the first place) and opinion pieces that are largely not fact checked.  Add in social media and suddenly everyone is an "expert,"--regardless of any actual political science background--and everyone feels like not only their opinion matters, but is more important than virtually anyone else's.  Fact checking is a dead art.  Reading non-fiction books that both expand on one's world view and challenge one's world view doesn't even occur to anyone.  Documentaries are only watched if they are playing into the opinion's hand of the viewer.  Don't even get me started on the school board that  controls all of the text books nationally or other cracks in our education system.  But the bottom line is that people have forgotten that opinions are not facts.  People have lost sight that emotion is not the same thing as logic or intelligence.  People have lost interest in learning over in being favor of appearing right.  And more than ever, people have forgotten that being kind and decent to those you disagree with is an important skill to have.  Though I love the media because I love the first amendment, and while I obviously love the Internet because hell, I wouldn't be blogging here without it, I am still hella critical about the media and the Internet because I can't see how they're not to blame.  We need to get back to a time of responsible journalism and we need to start implementing responsible social media habits.  Period.

I'm genuinely not sure what will happen tonight when the results come in.  There is someone that I am totally behind and someone that I beyond fear.  No matter who wins, we have a lot of trouble ahead of us.  The problems of this election are not going to go away.  We are divided in this country and we need to spend the next four years having some tough love with ourselves about how to become more united than we have been for a while, or it's only going to get worse.

Please vote, but not only that, vote in an informed way.  And start educating yourself now on topics you don't understand.  There's four years until the next presidential elections, but there will be other elections before then that are also very important.

What does Just Shair think about this election?  Below is a lighted hearted Just Shair video on this election.  I'm proud of it because we had some funny material that we scraped because it was worn territory and only kept the stuff that nobody has said yet, and all of it is silly and innocuous as opposed to being aggressive.  Mind you, it is obvious to see who we're aligned with and I am a little more vocal in my opinions than Shannon, but it's all more goofy and to support and silly point/idea than it is for the sake of being opinion.  So be mindful of that before you hit play:
  
(Yes, I filmed this video and the photoshoot for this post in the same day)


Style Details:  Historically I have worn shirts for the candidate I'm voting for on actual election day.  This is NOT today's outfit but one from two weeks back.  If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see what I'm wearing when I vote and you'll know how I'm voting.

Andrew WK is one of my favorite musicians and frankly he put on the best live show I've ever seen.  Earlier in this year, based on his career motif of "partying", he started The Party Party capitalizing on this year being an election year.  I thought it was hilarious and as a concert tee collector, I had to get one.  Being that it's November I went for a rare look in my arsenal, jeans, but a pair with rips all over them to go along with the Andrew WK part of the outfit.  Then I added girly frills like a hair flower (I used to wear them all the time but ceased when I grew out my bangs for some reason) and sparkly heels.  My blue footed booby brooch...well, it felt appropriate to wear a booby considering so many politicians are boobys.

Jacket- Forever 21
Brooch- Erstwilder
Shirt- Andrew WK Merch Store (sold out but there's other options still available)
Jeans- Target
Shoes- Nine West

I know not all of us our on the same side, but best of luck to us all.  I think we all need it.  And hugs.  We need hugs.  

~Lauren-Blair Donovan

  


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  1. I loved the Andrew W.K. party party T-shirt! The jeans are also great! As the shoes, so I loved your outfit! As for the election, I had to smile "we promise never to run for the election", so never to be a candidate - we never know :) Well, I am glad you write about your views and I agree with you, opinions are not facts, emotions are not logic - I loved to see things this way! Hope you have a nice day!
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  2. Love those glittery heels and it's nice to see you in jeans - I don't see that often (in fact I can't remember the last time!).

    Hope you had a good day voting and you aren't too upset with the result - lot of craziness going on around it, from what we hear in the media here anyway. Stay safe :)

    Hope you've had a wonderful weekend :)

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  3. My heart goes out to you guys, it was clearly a very brutal election and well honestly I don't know what else to say without getting angry...except that I hope that America can recover and isn't destroyed by this in the process. <3 xoxoxo

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  4. Well... the outcome was shocking... cute look!!!!!


    Amber
    All the Cute

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  5. Such a great t-shirt and outfit in general for voting/the election! Loved the Jist Shari video too haha. I think we all need a good laugh after everything that has been happening.

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  6. Love ur fun glittery heels Lauren! Always have the best shoes!! Definitely been a crazy election for you all and been tuned in from Canada :)

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  7. You two are so funny! I love this bit. Yes, this election has been interesting to say the least. You Look Fabulous and your glitter heels are so pretty. They are the perfect touch to this casual chic outfit.

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  8. I hope you don't mind, but if you ever decide to sell that brooch, please let me know!!

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