To The Fab 5, Y'all Each Have A Permanent Place In My Heart

To The Fab 5, Y'all Each Have A Permanent Place In My Heart

Thank you, Fab 5, for being everything the world needs right now.

Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo, and Tan will always have a place in my heart. They are here to make us all more politically correct and aware, and they are going to be fab doing it. I spent one lazy Friday laughing, crying, and getting sassy watching "Queer Eye" for eight hours and my life hasn't been the same since.

In all seriousness, those beautiful men are exactly what 2018 needed. The concept of the show is perfect and the timing of the comeback is perfect. With the way society is shifting and fighting over opinions, "Queer Eye" is more relevant and necessary than ever. They have given everyone an opportunity to see the beauty of the LGBTQ community, which is something I've always had the privilege of.

While we get the entertainment of watching them perform "make-betters" on some very deserving straight men, which they call "heroes"; we also get some lessons on what is acceptable in the LGBTQ community. For anyone who didn't know, asking who wears the pants in any relationship is a big no-no!

The love I have for the five men behind the beauty of the show is so strong! The best decision I have ever made, after watching "Queer Eye," was following them on all social media. I absolutely adore how they all bring something unique to the table.

They didn't just change the lives of the men getting made better, they changed mine, too.

Antoni is the most fabulous Canadian foodie, who smells everything and I admire him for all of it. He could cook me anything and I would devour it. I don't even like avocado or grapefruit that much, but it is something I want to try. He is so reassuring and uplifting. Antoni never overwhelms the heroes by showing off his cooking skills, he's just there to teach them things that are realistic in their daily lives which is really beautiful. He also values tradition and ties family into the dishes he teaches the men to make. I can just tell he has a heart of gold!

I am now devoted to flossing every day, thanks to Jonathan. He does the most! He has the hair of a god, his own language, and I want to be his best friend. Because of him, I know what to look for in the ingredients in shampoo and I am eternally grateful for that and all he is. After spending a day watching him, I feel so connected with him. He's had a permanent place in my heart since he convinced Tom to gain some confidence in the first episode. Also, everyone should invest some time into listening to his podcast, "Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness" so we can all be as woke as he is.

When it comes to Karamo, I just want him to fix my whole life because I know he would do it better than anyone and I could trust him with anything. His conversation with Cory in episode 3 is something every person needs to watch. He was so honest and open and I can only hope others can be as well. We also have the same taste in men (Superman, I mean you). Therefore, he can take over my Tinder any time and I would not be mad!

Tan is a dreamboat with amazing eyebrows and style. I love everything about him, from his accent to his shoes that pull his outfits together. The guy is full of miracles and fashion sense. And after watching the show, I'm even more appalled by Crocs and cargo shorts than I was before (which let's be honest, it was a lot). Tan really knows what he is doing and I would trust him with my life.

Bobby kind of gets overlooked because we don't see him much until he's finished, but he definitely has the biggest job and he is so talented it's actually ridiculous! He is also not afraid to be vocal about his thoughts and I have so much respect for him. With Bobby, the Christian dad of six, he was so straightforward with asking him about his thoughts on homosexuality. It also opened my heart hearing the hero's response.

So thank you, Fab 5 for being everything the world, and especially America, needs right now. Thank you for changing my life and making a lazy Friday of bingeing Netflix the best Friday I've had in a while. And most importantly, thank you for being yourselves! I love y'all so much!

Cover Image Credit: Netflix

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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