5 Ways To Give A Friend The 'Queer Eye' Makeover They Deserve

5 Ways To Give A Friend The 'Queer Eye' Makeover They Deserve

With this knowledge & know how, you can be all Fab 5 in 1 and change a friend's life!


Netflix's 2018 reboot "Queer Eye" (formerly "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy") has stolen the hearts of internet users far and wide. Nicknamed "The Fab Five," Tan France, Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski are given a not-so-simple challenge: to transform a struggling individual into the most attractive, confident version of themselves. In just a week's time, the five men teach their nominee, or "hero," self-care, personalized fashion and cooking tips, advice in regards to their social life, and even a redecoration of their living space.

Producers on the show weed through thousands of applicants each season to find the perfect lineup of 'heroes' to makeover, and the chances of someone you know being hand-picked are very slim. So, instead of waiting for months & months for your troubled friend to be one of the lucky chosen few, why not be their own personal life coach? Think about it: you know this person inside & out, they already trust you, and this can only strengthen your friendship! Ready to get started? Good, because here's everything you need to know to set your friend/family member/significant other/coworker on the path to success. Good luck!

1. Wardrobe: Tan France

This may be the hardest adjustment out of five, considering how nice clothes can be either expensive, difficult sizing, uncomfortable, or just plain unconventional. Approach the situation just as Tan does: by first finding the nominee's unique style. Designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, "Fashions fade, but style is eternal." Tan certainly applies this motto to his work by dressing the heroes in clothing that suits their body type and personality so that they will actually wear the items he suggests. Follow these pointers from Tan...

- purchase a wide variety of basic pieces (white t-shirts, casual jeans, tailored suits, everyday dress shoes)

- buy clothing that is truly your size (you'll look worse if you're an XL trying to squeeze into an L)

- dress in colors that compliment your hair color and skin tone

- accessories can make or break your outfit (add a hat, scarf, or patterned belt for a pop of color)

2. Interior Design: Bobby Berk

Whether they're residing in an apartment, 2-story house, dorm room, or still living at home, there are many enhancements that can be made to declutter & redecorate their space. Remember, you don't have to spend a fortune to spruce up a room or two. Brands like IKEA, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock.com, & AllModern offer cheaper alternatives to furniture and decor, whilst still providing beautiful, quality goods. Follow these pointers from Bobby...

- less is more

- paint your walls lighter colors (dark colored walls often make the room feel smaller/more congested)

- organization is key (invest in storage bins, shelves, closets, & cubbies *especially if you have kids*)

- keep your space clean and tidy (one pair of shoes left out can lead to a messy bedroom floor covered in dirty laundry)

3. Food & Wine: Antoni Porowski

Most likely, your 'hero' is notorious for living solely off of fast food, frozen meals, convenience store snacks, and booze. Though these treats are acceptable in moderation, they're not sustainable for a healthy lifestyle. Throughout his career in the food industry, Antony quickly realized that food, though tasty and fun to create, has the main purpose of fueling and energizing our bodies. He teaches the nominees simple recipes to follow, yet caters each one to the individual's unique tastes, background, and personality. Follow these pointers from Antoni...

- the right spices will make anything taste better

- your wine should mirror your choice of protein (red wine with red meat, white wine with chicken/fish)

- crockpot meals are a GOD SEND for busy people who often don't have time at night to cook

- adding texture to your food can be a big game changer (pineapple in guacamole, peas in mac & cheese, whole almonds on salad)

4. Grooming: Jonathan Van Ness

This element of the transformation might turn your 'hero' away, especially since men tend to view grooming & self-care as feminine practices. As Jonathan states many times throughout the show, "self-care isn't selfish". Wanting to look good for your partner, family, spouse, kids, coworkers, or even just for yourself is encouraged! When your 'hero' is feeling confident in their own skin, they can do anything they put their mind to. Follow these pointers from Jonathan...

- invest in a green stick to cover any red spots or acne scars

- you can make a DIY face mask with the simplest of ingredients (oats, sugar, coconut oil, honey, yogurt, coffee grounds)

- you don't need to wash your hair everyday (it actually makes your scalp drier & flakier)

- sunscreen is a major necessity (pretty sure he says this at least once every episode)

- don't be afraid to experiment with different products or brands

5. Culture: Karamo Brown

Hopefully, this step comes easy between you and your 'hero'. Since you both are already close, you should be able to speak truthfully and kindly to one another. Karamo begins by lightening the mood: join in for a hug, sit down comfortably on the couch, or share a pot of coffee together. Typically, finding the root of your friend's problems will help pull all the pieces of their life back together. Letting them know that you are there for them, that you support them, and that you will help them with their goals will ignite their fire for change. Like Karamo always says, "being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness", so don't be afraid to open up to one another. Follow these pointers from Karamo...

- create both a long-term and short-term timeline

- develop a written daily/weekly routine and stick to it (laundry on Sundays, pay rent on Thursdays, walk dog after work)

- physical exercise releases endorphins, keeps you active, and puts you in a social setting at the gym

- be honest with yourself and with your family

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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The Process Of Registering For College Courses, As Told By 'How I Met Your Mother'

It's arguably worse than one of Marshall's slaps to Barney's face.


If you're a college student, there are only two words that are guaranteed to immediately send chills down your spine: class registration. This is the most stressful part of the semester because you're trying to figure out which classes to take, how many credits you need, or even worse, what you want to do with your future. Here are a few gifs that perfectly describe the entire process if you're not familiar with how much stress and time goes into it.

1. You finally decide to check your school's portal and you realize that registration is only one week away, and you haven't done anything to prepare

2. So you immediately set a bunch of hours aside to research all the classes you still need to take

3. Everything is looking fine until one of your major requirements is an early class

4. Once you take a look at all the classes in your shopping cart, you just have to accept that you won't have a social life next semester

5. But when you meet with your advisor, they remind you to add backups to your top picks, so you have to back to the drawing board and pick more classes

6. You're so focused on trying to get the perfect schedule that you don't have time for distractions, not even talking to your parents

7. You start to become more irritated once all your friends are talking about how their registration times are earlier than yours

8. The night before registration you're basically preparing for the worst and expecting to not get any of your top choice classes

9. It's the day of registration and you could not be any more nervous or anxious just to get your schedule 

10. When it's finally your turn to register, you see one of your top choices is already full 

11. So now you have to accept that you're going to take some courses that you're mildly interested in

12. Once you press the "enroll in courses" button, you see your schedule pop up and you feel like it's not real life

13. But after looking at your schedule you suddenly realize that it's actually not as bad as you thought it'd be and that you got some of your top choice classes

14. So now you're just chilling for the rest of the semester

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