Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

June 17, 2022

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
– Bill Bryson

One: Travel tips and tools

From my 2019 trip to Iceland

Self Magazine’s 19 Packing Tips Frequent Travelers Swear By

This is my favorite tip from the article: “6. Choose a clothing color scheme. “As a full-time traveler with limited wardrobe space, I create a capsule wardrobe with items that effortlessly go together,” YouTuber Alina McLeod tells SELF. “That means choosing neutrals with one or two pops of color.” When everything coordinates, it’s easy to layer when you move between different places and changing weather. “This allows me to utilize all the items I bring instead of having four or five random outfits that don’t really mix,” McLeod adds.”

My sister-in-law calls this step “creating a color story,” I love a good color story.

Read my post about more travel tips and tools:

Two: What to watch


Spiderhead:Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski reunites with Miles Teller in Spiderhead, a thriller adapted from The New Yorker short story by George Saunders. Teller and Jurnee Smollett star as two inmates forced to participate in various experiments with mind-altering drugs run by a twisted creative, played by Chris Hemsworth. There’s seemingly no shirtless volleyball or football playing here, but Spiderhead is still shaping up to be an entertaining trip. (Streaming June 17.)” from Vulture.

The Martha Mitchell Effect – Netflix. “This documentary profiles the Cabinet wife who spoke out during Watergate — and the Nixon administration’s campaign to gaslight her into silence.

God’s Favorite Idiot – “Mid-level Tech support employee Clark Thompson falls in love with co-worker Amily Luck at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God, filling his world with roller skating, a lake of fire, and an impending apocalypse.” Starring Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, unfortunately, this series is not getting good reviews.

Prime Video:

The Summer I Turned PrettyBased on the book by Jenny Han, ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ follows teenage Belly (Lola Tung) over the course of a romantic summer.

The book: The Summer I Turned Pretty is a trilogy of young adult romance novels written by American author Jenny Han, and published by Simon & Schuster.

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty is pretty damn delightful

The Lake “Justin returns from living abroad in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption. His plans go awry when he finds out his father left the family cottage to his stepsister.” From IMDb


Players“Remember how great American Vandal was? Remember thinking, Hey, I wonder what happened to those guys? Wonder no longer: They have a new series, also in the mockumentary style, this time about the petrifying, mysterious world of … e-sports. One of the characters is named Organizm”. — Kathryn Van Arendonk New York Magazine


Good Luck to You, Leo Grande – “Emma Thompson is a skittish widow who hires a sex worker, played by Daryl McCormack, in hopes of finally achieving her first orgasm, though what follows is an exploration of the way that pleasure can mean learning to relinquish a lifetime of baggage about shame and self-consciousness.” — A.W. New York Magazine


Father of the Bride – From Wikipedia, “is a 2022 American romantic comedy film directed by Gaz Alazraki and written by Matt Lopez, based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Edward Streeter. The film stars Andy GarcíaGloria EstefanAdria ArjonaIsabela MercedDiego Boneta, and Chloe Fineman. It is the third filmed version of the story, after the original 1950 film and the 1991 remake. Produced by Plan B Entertainment, it was released on June 16, 2022, by Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max.

In Theaters:

Lightyear – “Legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside ambitious recruits Izzy, Mo, Darby, and his robot companion, Sox. As this motley crew tackles their toughest mission yet, they must learn to work together as a team to escape the evil Zurg and his dutiful robot army that are never far behind.” From Rotten Tomatoes

Three: What to wear

A stylish, easy-to-pack travel shoe:

Rothy’s – comfortable, machine washable, and made from sustainable materials. They are having an archive event. “That’s why for a limited time, we’re offering styles you know and love at special prices. From seasonal favorites to classic staples, this collection has everything you need to enjoy summer in sustainable style. Ends 6/22.

For women:

The point

For men:

The driving loafer

Four: What to Try

Sign up for a travel program:

TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, NEXUS And CLEAR: What You Need to Know from Forbes.

TSA PreCheck provides dedicated lines and expedited screening at domestic airports in the United States. Global Entry allows expedited entry into the United States for international travelers and includes TSA PreCheck. NEXUS provides dedicated lanes at select border crossings between the U.S. and Canada while also offering full TSA PreCheck and Global Entry benefits when flying. CLEAR provides identity verification and a shortcut through airport screening.

I have Global Entry and CLEAR, both have saved me time getting through security.

FYI: Your credit card might offer you deals when you sign up for one of these programs.

Five: What to do

Be a tourist at home. When was the last time you took a local tour or visited a popular tourist spot?

Find a fun, exciting spot close to home to visit. Find a local tour – you might learn something new about a local site.

Listen to a podcast about travel:

From Travel and Leisure: 14 Best Travel Podcasts to Listen to Right Now (Video) These travel podcasts will both inform and inspire.

A new podcast: Unpacked by AFAR The world is complicated. Being an ethical traveler doesn’t have to be.

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