Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

July 22, 2022

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” –John Muir

One: Hiking

The great outdoors is fun to explore. You are wandering around the trees, plants, and wildlife, taking in the beauty of nature. Does this sound nice to you? If so, hiking might be a great activity to try (or get back into).

Jenny Lake hike in Wyoming
Blue Hills Reservation hike

Read my post about hiking:

Two: What to watch


The Gray Man – (streaming on Netflix and in theaters) “The Gray Man is a far cry from Ryan Gosling’s technicolor Barbie, but if you’re looking for a gritty action flick (or background noise), watch the Russo brother’s new Netflix film — out in select theaters a week before it debuts on the streamer. Gosling plays a man on the run as he uncovers some unfavorable CIA assets. He’s hunted down by Chris Evan’s pornstache and Regé-Jean Page and crosses paths with a fellow agent (played by Ana de Armas). It probably won’t be the next John Wick, but it’s got all the buzzy celebrities needed to make you or your parents spend an afternoon watching it.

Blown Away – Season 3. From Netflix: “Blown Away is back for season 3 with some of the glass world’s heaviest hitters, all competing for the title, Best In Glass. Ten glass artists have come to North America’s largest hot shop to push themselves to their creative limits. In each episode, the glassblowers must impress the Evaluators or risk being eliminated. At stake is a life changing prize that will send their careers to new heights. Blown Away is hosted by Nick Uhas with Resident Evaluator and Glass Master Katherine Gray.

Prime Video:

Don’t Make Me Go – From Pure Wow, “John Cho and Mia Isaac star in the new Amazon Original film, Don’t Make Me Go, about a father dying from a terminal illness, who decides to take his daughter on a road trip to teach her everything he can before his time is up. The movie premieres tomorrow, July 15, and we have a feeling that we’ll be grabbing the tissues for this one.


THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD – From Pure Wow, “The gist of The Worst Person in the World sounds fairly simple. A woman searches for meaning in her life and navigates various romantic and work-related challenges. However, while we’ve seen this narrative play out before, The Worst Person offers something fresh, and it was considered so great that it received noms for Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay at the 94th Academy Awards. And now that it’s available to stream on Hulu, we will definitely be giving it a rewatch.


Rap Sh!tJuly 21st: “Issa Rae’s new series is similar Insecure in how it tracks pair of best female friends trying to figure out their lives, but this time in the heavily male rap industry.” —Roxana Hadadi From New York Magazine


No, Rap Sh!t Isn’t Insecure — And That’s A Good Thing

The Last Movie Stars, HBOMax Original six-part documentary premieres on July 21st. From Variety, “HBO Max will premiere its six-part original documentary from CNN Films, “The Last Movie Stars,” on July 21. The docuseries centers on Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, and explores their personas, talent and love story. Four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (“Seymour: An Introduction”) directs, with Academy Award-winning director, writer and producer Martin Scorsese as executive producer.


The Day the Music Died – Documentary. From YouTube, “The story of America – our past and our future. More than just a song or a man, this film is about a cultural moment in America’s history that has followed us from the 1970s. Featuring a new generation of artists, inspired by the same values & ideas that inspired Don McLean in writing American Pie — one of the great musical touchstones of pop music and culture.”

In Theaters:

Nope – “No one knows anything about Jordan Peele’s latest yet except that it seems to involve cowboys and UFOs? (In the trailer, a bolo-wearing Steven Yeun promises an “absolute spectacle.”) But there’s no chance the writer and director of Get Out and Us hasn’t made something strange and interesting.” —B.E. From New York Magazine

Three: What to wear

A Bandana – This accessory item has been a popular wardrobe staple for many years.

Remember in the 90s and early 2000s, when it was a popular headpiece featured in popular television shows?

Friends on HBOmax

Or in March 2020 when we made masks with them?

The bandana is still a fashionable and practical accessory to add to an outfit. For hiking: you could bring it on your hike to wipe away sweat or get it wet when you are near flowing water and use it to cool down.


A bandana is a versatile accessory. Here are some of the most common uses for bandanas:

  • A bandana easily doubles as a face mask, preventing dust and other allergens from making their way to your lungs. 
  • It also doubles as a handkerchief that you can use to wipe away sweat and excess moisture.
  • It is also possible to style a bandana as a headband or a hair tie. 
  • There are special bandana bibs available for babies that are both stylish and functional.
  • You can also get a pet bandana so that your furry friend can keep up with your style. 
  • A bandana worn around the wrist works well as a wristband. 
  • You can also use your bandana as a pocket square. 



“Thanks to its unchanging versatility, the bandana or kerchief remains a central part of accessorizing, with brands of all kinds trying their hand at updating the design. While some look to traditional paisley-derived prints, others look to completely alter the visual characteristic of bandanas to put their own spin on the accessory.”

Silk Bandanas Are A Go-To Summer Accessory. 12 To Shop Now


Four: What to Try

A Velveeta Martini????

It’s not like we need another weird martini, but if you think you’ll like cheese-infused vodka with a pasta garnish, check this out:


This $15 Velveeta Martini Is Now on the Menu at Restaurants Across the Country

Starting today, Velveeta has teamed up with the BLT Restaurant Group to release the Velveeta Veltini, billed as an “unapologetic, outrageously cheesy” spin on a martini. The unexpectedly upmarket cocktail will be served specifically between the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at five BLT-owned restaurants across the country, namely BLT Steak New York, BLT Steak Washington DC, BLT Steak Charlotte, and BLT Prime New York, as well as at their Italian concept The Florentine in Chicago.” If you don’t live near one of these locations, don’t worry, you can buy a set of materials to make your own. “The brand has also teamed up with the nationwide delivery service Goldbelly on a limited number of Velveeta Veltini kits to make one yourself at home. The $50 packages — which can be found on — include two martini glasses, a gold cocktail shaker, two Velveeta coasters, a jar of olives, cocktail picks, a box of Velveeta Jumbo Shells & Cheese, Velveeta cheese sauce for infusing the vodka and garnishing the rim, a Velveeta brick for stuffing the olives, and a Velveeta Veltini recipe card to make sure everything is prepared just right.

What will they think of next?

A snack to go with your cheesy martini:

Need an Easy Summer Dip? Try This Cowboy Caviar Recipe Going Viral on TikTok


Five: What to do

Visit a National Park (not to hike):

Things you can do in a National Park besides hiking: Have a history lesson, picnic, go camping, ride a bike, walk your dog, and take a family stroll.

Find a park here:

For example, in Boston:

Visitors Center. First Floor, Faneuil Hall

The Visitor Center is staffed by park rangers and volunteers eager to help you plan your visit to Boston’s historic sites. Maps, brochures, videos, free ranger guided tours, and information about sites along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail® can all be found here.

Visit Boston Harbor Islands, “where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston. Youth programs, visitor services, research, wildlife management, and more are coordinated on the park’s 34 islands and peninsulas by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.

Read, The Most Beautiful Place in Each U.S. State for ideas on places to visit in your state. Some of these locations are national parks.

For example, I saw the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Wyoming on a recent trip.

If you are heading to a National Park with an indoor building, be aware Mask Mandates Are Returning at These National Parks. “While masking isn’t required in most outdoor areas, it will be necessary for national park service buildings (like visitor centers, gift shops, offices, restaurants, and bus depots) and on all tour buses and shuttles. Currently, in Denali, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Yosemite all visitors age two and older are required to wear masks in indoor areas, regardless of vaccination status.” 

For more non-hiking activity suggestions, read 13 things you didn’t know you could do at a park in Miami for a list of fun things to do in the Miami area. 

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