Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

May 20, 2022

“Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order.” – Marie Kondo

One: Spring Cleaning

As flowers bloom and temperatures change in the spring, it’s a good time to change your closet organization. Put away the heavy sweaters and take out some summer pieces. Change out your boots for flats and sandals.

Please read my post about my closet clean up: 

Don’t limit your cleaning to your closets; spring is a good time of the year to clean overlooked areas, including light fixtures, fans, cabinets, and the refrigerator.

This article gives you 38 Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

Two: What to watch


Jackass 4.5 — Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, and the rest of the gang return for another round of hilarious stunts featuring cut footage and outtakes from “Jackass Forever.” Released on Netflix on May 20, 2022.


Under the Banner of Heaven stars Andrew Garfield. It is a limited true-crime miniseries — based on the nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer. Five episodes are available to stream today, and new episodes will be released every week until Thursday, June 2.

Credit: Michelle Faye/FX

Prime Video (Amazon):

Night Sky is An eight-episode series that follows Franklin and Irene York, a couple who years ago discovered a chamber buried in their backyard, which inexplicably leads to a strange, deserted planet. From Rotton Tomatoes: “Night Sky reaches for the stars when it really should have settled on a feature-length finish, but the combined supernova of J.K. Simmons and Sissy Spacek shines bright.” With an 80% rating.

Outer Range is a sci-fi Western starring Josh Brolin. All eight episodes of Outer Range are streaming on Prime.


Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest Star Trek spin-off, only this one takes place in the decade before the original series.


Angelyne From Peacock: “A limited series about the self-proclaimed Rorschach test in pink, glow-in-the-dark queen of the universe, Angelyne.” From Vulture: “Over its five episodes, which drop all at once on May 19, Angelyne attempts to unravel the mystique of this “Billboard Queen” whose image loomed over the streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s.

Photo: Peacock

Apple TV+:

Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston unite in Apple TV+’s The Essex Serpent, based on the novel by Sarah Perry. Widow Cora (Danes) moves to Essex to investigate the sightings of a mysterious sea serpent. 

In Theaters:

Downton Abbey: A New Era

From left, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Tuppence Middleton and Allen Leech in “Downton Abbey: A New Era.”Credit…Ben Blackall/Focus Features

New York Times review:

Do you have to watch the series before seeing the film? Not according to this writer from Pure Wow: I Saw ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Without Watching a Single Episode & It Was Phenomenal

If you do want to watch the original Downton Abbey : Catch up before the series leaves Netflix on May 31.

Three: What to wear

Wide-leg and cargo pants:


Wide-leg pants: Call them wide-leg pants or puddle pants; I’ve read about this trend for several weeks.

APR 28, 2022 The 4 Best Shoes to Wear With the Pant Trend Everyone Loves to Hate dressed up like Meghan Markle or dressed down like Elle Fanning, baggy pants are absolutely everywhere right now. Slouchy, loose, voluminous, roomy, sagging—whatever you call it, there’s no doubt that the controversial trend has taken over the fashion set.” World Rights

MAY 7, 2022 Zoë Kravitz Wore Puddle Pants With the Flat Shoes We’re Downright Obsessed With

MAY 19, 2022. The 7 Best Shoes to Wear With Wide-Leg Trousers

Cargo Pants: From People magazine: Are Cargo Pants Cool Again? Hailey Bieber, Hilary Duff, and More Celebs Seem to Think So

See more choices available at Nordstrom: cargo pants for women

Baggy Cotton Cargo Pants BDG URBAN OUTFITTERS $74.00


The Best Flared and Bootcut Jeans: From GQ:

The ‘70s are back, baby. The world can’t seem to get enough slinky shirts, trucker hats, and cowboy boots. And the wave has come for jeans, too, in the form of bootcut and flared jeans. The mania hasn’t quite expanded to bell bottoms (yet), but a tasteful widening toward the hem is all you need to add a modern touch to your staid jeans collection. 

The jeans du jour for the hip set and the everyday dungaree for real-deal cowboys, Wrangler’s iconic Cowboy cut is best served with actual boots or some Adidas Sambas.

Wrangler Cowboy cut 13MWZ original fit jeans $40 Amazon

Abercrombie & Fitch bootcut jeans

A softer—and arguably better-tailored—bootcut alternative to the tried-and-true Wranglers above.$70 Abercrombie & Fitch


Shop cargo pants selections from Nordstrom: men’s cargo pants

Adicolor Trefoil Cargo Pants ADIDAS $60.00

Four: What to Try

Image Source: Courtesy of Starbucks

The Chocolate Cream Cold Brew at Starbucks. Starbucks’s New Chocolate Cream Cold Brew Tastes Like Summer Nostalgia

Five: What to do

Repurpose old clothing.

I had my old races t-shirts made into a quilt.

The final product, and it is one of my favorite blankets.

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