Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

August 12, 2022

What a documentary is very special at doing very well is depicting somebody experiencing something, so that the viewer experiences that as well.” – Albert Maysles

One: Documentaries

As an avid book reader, television show binger, and movie viewer, I love stories that entertain and educate me. Documentaries provide entertainment and history lessons and let people tell their stories.

I’m fascinated by the creators of these films and series. Some creators take risks when filming extreme sporting events, and some take risks talking about popular famous people.

The number of documentary films and series available to watch is too high to share them all, but in my recent blog post, I’ve shared the top reasons why I watch documentaries with a few suggestions on what to watch: https://lifestyleofafashionista.com/2022/08/12/documentaries/

Two: What to watch

Netflix:

The Sandman – (series, based on a comic book) “After years of imprisonment, Morpheus — the King of Dreams — embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power.”

Never Have I Ever season 3. Photo: Lara Solanki/Netflix

Never Have I Ever Season 3  (series) From Vulture, “Daxton, baby! After two seasons of will they, won’t they, season three of Never Have I Ever is setting up a strong start to Devi and Paxton’s relationship, buuuuut this is high-school television, so we know that it won’t be smooth sailing. The trailer even gives us a look into that rocky road ahead of them, even introducing a hot new contender in the race for Devi’s heart.

Indian Matchmaking, season 2 – (Netflix Reality Series) From BGR, In Season 2 of Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, matchmaker Sima Taparia is back with eight hour-long episodes. Once again, they’ll find her helping young singles around the world find their perfect match. Per Netflix, “This season, Sima will manage more expectations than ever before from clients, old and new — with wishlists ranging from man-buns to an “ovo-lacto-semi-vegetarian” diet, to a shared love of Taco Bell.”

Locke & Key, season 3 – (Netflix Series), “A fantasy series about three siblings and their mother who move to an ancestral manor, this show is based on a bestselling graphic novel series. In it, the kids discover magic keys that unlock powers and reveal secrets.”

I Just Killed My Dad – (3-episode docuseries), From BGR, “The story: Anthony Templet, at the time a 17-year-old from Louisiana, shot his father Burt Templet to death in their home in June 2019. But the truth, as you might imagine, is not so straightforward.

Day Shift (movie) is a movie about a vampire hunter in Los Angeles starring Jamie Foxx.

Uncharted – From IMDb, “Street-smart Nathan Drake is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan, and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada.” Starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg

A Model Family: (series), “In this crime thriller, a man named Dong-ha who’s on the verge of bankruptcy and divorce stumbles across a dead man’s money. Of course, it’s a windfall that’s tied to a criminal organization. The man comes to realize that the only way out of his current jam is by agreeing to work as a drug courier.” 

Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist (documentary film),  “A real-life Money Heist is coming next week, in the form of this Netflix release that revisits the most famous bank robbery in Argentina from back in 2006. The documentary is built around candid interviews that detail how the perpetrators carried out the brazen crime.

HBOmax:

Diana, Princess of Wales, in the documentary “The Princess.”Credit…Kent Gavin/HBO

The Princess, (original documentary)– “The story of Princess Diana is told exclusively through contemporaneous archive creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death.” From Rotton Tomatoes

From People, Exclusive Clip of HBO’s Princess Diana Documentary Shows Public Scrutiny She Faced Ahead of Royal Wedding

From The New York Times, ‘The Princess’ Review: An Unsparing Look at Princess Diana

Prime Video:

Roberta Colindrez (Lupe), Kate Berlant (Shirley), Abbi Jacobson (Carson), D’Arcy Carden (Greta), Melanie Field (Jo) and Molly Ephraim (Maybelle)
Anne Marie Fox/Anne Marie Fox/Prime Video

A League of Their Own – (series) From Vulture, “Fire up your Prime accounts and batter up! Adapted from the iconique film, Prime Video’s A League of Their Own is a whole different spin on the baseball scene of the ‘40s. Led by Abbi Jacobson and Chanté Adams, the series follows the Rockford Peaches with a whole new crop of characters and situations. D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Nick Offerman, Kate Berlant, and more round out the cast.

Review from NPR: New Peaches, new problems: ‘A League of Their Own’ makes a successful move to TV

Cosmic Love – (reality series) From IMDb, “A mystical guide, the Astro Chamber, leads four individuals as they attempt to find their perfect spouse via astrological matchmaking. They mingle, match, date, eliminate, and eventually make the biggest decision of their lives.”

Disney+:

Disney Summer Magic Quest
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride II

Peacock:

Alyssa Limperis: No Bad Days (Peacock Original)– “In her personal and unique debut comedy special, Alyssa Limperis shares an honest portrayal of grief following the loss of her father that’s also playful and packed with jokes.

Paramount+:

Secret Headquarters (movie) – From Decider, “In this highly-anticipated Paramount+ Original superhero film, Charlie Kincaid (Walker Scobell) and his friends start to believe his estranged father (Owen Wilson) is a superhero after they discover a secret headquarters underneath his house. In order to protect both the headquarters and his father’s hidden double life, Charlie and his pals team up to defend both the base and the world from evil villains that have come in to threaten them all. The heartwarming and action-packed film features Scobell, Wilson, Keith L. Williams, Momona Tamada, Jesse Williams, Michael Peña, Charles Melton, Lucius Baston, DK Metcalf, Abby James Witherspoon, and Kezii Curtis, so be sure to check out their super work by watching Secret Headquarters as soon as it drops this August for a fun for the whole family viewing experience to finish your summer off strong!

Hulu:

This Fool – (series) From Vulture, “If the trailer is any indication, Chris Estrada’s new comedy is shaping up to be just incredibly hilarious. This Fool follows Estrada’s “punk-ass bitch” character, Julio Lopez, who works at the nonprofit Hugs Not Thugs, as he helps out his ex-gang-member cousin, Luis (Frankie Quiñones).

Apple TV+:

Credit: Courtesy of Apple

Five Days at Memorial (Medical drama) – From Digital Trends, “An episodic adaptation of the 2013 nonfiction book of the same name, Five Days at Memorial follows the chaotic and catastrophic ripple effects of Hurricane Katrina on the staff and patients of a New Orleans hospital. Taking place during the throes of the storm, doctors and nurses are forced into a number of life-or-death choices as the weather batters and rages. With a cast led by Vera Farmiga, Adepero Oduye, and Cherry Jone, amongst others, the limited series premieres on August 12.

In Theaters:

Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Chase Sui Wonders, and Rachel Sennott in a scene from Bodies Bodies Bodies, directed by Halina Reijn. A24

Bodies Bodies Bodies – (Horror). From NPR, “Bodies Bodies Bodies starts with a fairly standard horror-movie premise: A group of wealthy and attractive pleasure-seekers gather at a mansion to party and ride out an oncoming hurricane. But things get quickly messy when one of them turns up dead. With a cast that includes Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Chase Sui Wonders, Myha’la Herrold, Rachel Sennott, Pete Davidson, and Lee Pace, the movie mixes horror, comedy, Gen-Z satire, and a whodunit-style mystery that will keep you guessing.”

Aubrey Plaza in “Emily the Criminal.”Credit…Roadside Attractions/Vertical Entertainment

Emily the Criminal – (drama, suspense) “Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles.Fandango

New York Times Review, Emily the Criminal’ Review: Survival Strategy

Mack & Rita – (comedy). “When 30-year-old self-proclaimed homebody Mack Martin (Elizabeth Lail) reluctantly joins a Palm Springs bachelorette trip for her best friend Carla (Taylour Paige), her inner 70-year-old is released — literally. The frustrated writer and influencer magically transforms into her future self: “Aunt Rita” (Oscar®-winner Diane Keaton). Freed from the constraints of other people’s expectations, Rita comes into her own, becoming an unlikely social media sensation and sparks a tentative romance with Mack’s adorable dog-sitter, Jack (Dustin Milligan). A sparkling comedy with a magical twist, Mack & Rita celebrates being true to yourself at any age.” From Fandango.

Fall – (suspense, thriller). “For best friends Becky (Grace Caroline Currey) and Hunter (Virginia Gardner), life is all about conquering fears and pushing limits. But after they climb 2,000 feet to the top of a remote, abandoned radio tower, they find themselves stranded with no way down. Now Becky and Hunter’s expert climbing skills will be put to the ultimate test as they desperately fight to survive the elements, a lack of supplies, and vertigo-inducing heights in this adrenaline-fueled thriller costarring Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Fandango

Three: What to wear

Visors

Love them or hate them, visors provide excellent sun protection. For women, there are sporty options and more “fashionable” options. For men, most options would be considered sporty.

How to Wear a Visor, https://soxy.com/blogs/how-to-wear-a-visor/. “To wear a visor, you must be fearless. Like a pair of Crocs, this particular hat is known to be quite controversial. It’s the type of accessory that divides people since its capless design and exaggerated brim are usually perceived as either stylish or ugly by some trendsetters.

Women:

12 Visors for Women That Offer Stylish and Effective Sun Protection, https://www.prevention.com/beauty/style/g40744922/best-visors-for-women/, These stylish hat alternatives are a great way to keep yourself protected while out in the sun. “A good visor can protect your skin and eyes from damaging UVA/B rays from the sun,” Dr. Amin explains, and while you might be thinking that sun hats pose a better sun protection option, he disagrees. “The visor has the advantage over hats because you can stay cool and protected at the same time, [and they also accommodate] long hair and ponytails. Not to mention [there are] lots of great stylish options available.”


A “fashionable” option, Straw Visors for Women, $16.99 on Amazon
A sporty option that keeps you cool, MISSION Cooling Stretchy Visor- Lightweight, No Slip Band, UPF 50, $14.48 on Amazon

Men:

When I think of visors for men, I think of Ted Lasso and pro-golfers. Some might consider visors on men a “dad” fashion item.

Ted Lasson on Apple TV+

The Best Men’s Visors, https://www.lifesavvy.com/reviews/the-best-mens-visors/, “A men’s visor is a great way to keep the sun out of your eyes while keeping cool.”

Best Men’s Visors, “Are you looking for the men’s visors from different brands on the market, such as adidas, Champion, Under Armour, MISSION, Nike, but don’t know where to start? We have done a lot of research to find the top 19 Best Men’s Visors available.

Adidas Men’s Superlite 2 Performance Visor, $14.97 on Amazon
Headsweats Lightweight Performance Running Visor for Men and Women, Bigfoot Collection, $24.99

It’s harder to find “fashionable” visor styles for men. Most men wear visors for function, not fashion. If you want to choose a more stylish type, you can try a designer brand, but it will cost you.

Men’s Diorclub V1U Sun-Shield Visor, $560
Burberry Men’s Check Visor Hat $390

Ralph Lauren has partnered with the US Open to create a line of tennis gear, including visors. View the collection: https://www.ralphlauren.com/usopen?ab=NA_PDP_US-OPEN_Slot_1_S1_L1_SHOP

Polo Ralph Lauren $45.00

Four: What to Try

A French Aperitif:

I’m a fan of drinking a refreshing aperitif before dinner. So what is it? “an alcoholic drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite.” My favorite Italian pre-dinner beverage in the winter is the Negroni, which includes Campari. In the summer, I enjoy an Aperol Spritz. 

Now that summer is officially here, my favorite aperitif to drink has got to be an Aperol Spritz,” says Manuel Gonzalez, beverage manager at the AC Hotel Sawgrass Mills. “The smell of zesty orange complementing complex herbal scents makes for smooth sipping all summer long.”
Aperol is indeed a classic aperitif to use in this Spritz, which is popular both in its home country of Italy and all around the US. Just combine Aperol with prosecco, add a splash of soda, and garnish with a slice of orange.
From Liquor.com, The 11 Best Aperitifs to Drink in 2022

Thanks to Buzzfeed and TikTok, I’ve recently discovered this French aperitif made with Lillet.

After Trying This “Summer In A Glass” Two-Ingredient Cocktail, I Just Want To Thank The People Of France (And This TikToker) For Their Exquisite Taste

It’s super popular over in France, though it’s become quite buzzy here in the States thanks to the Lillet spritz and the James Bond–adjacent Vesper martini. For TikToker Claire Dinhut (aka @clairefromwhere) and her family, it’s also their “aperitif of choice” to sip during hot French summers.

Claire Dinhut / Via tiktok.com (full video,  viral TikTok)

As for why the orange works so nicely, flavor-wise? As Claire explained, Lillet is actually made with orange cordials, so as the frozen orange thaws, it continues to release all that zesty, orangey goodness into your drink. “You’re keeping it in the family,” Claire explained. “You’re just amplifying the flavor that’s already there.”

The verdict, I love it!

If you would prefer more of a mixed drink aperitif, try the Lillet Spritz. From Liquor.com, “People have been enjoying Lillet Blanc since 1872 when this Bordeaux aperitif made from grapes and orange peels was created. The Blanc in particular, but also the Rouge and Rose, are crisp and refreshing when served chilled or over some ice. But Lillet & Tonic is a bright, vibrant cocktail to enjoy in the early evening.

Non-alcoholic Italian options: Best non-alcoholic Italian aperitivo (aperitif) drinks

Image credit: Crodino

Katy Perry has launched her non-alcoholic own collection, De Soi. “De Soi is a range of non-alcoholic apéritifs made with natural adaptogens founded by Katy Perry and Morgan McLachlan.”

Five: What to do

Visit a Science Museum:

https://www.mos.org/exhibits/new-england-climate-stories

I love science museums. Maybe it’s because I taught middle school science for over ten years, but I think I’ve always been fascinated with science. In science classes, you study dinosaurs, space, the human body, the Earth, and other living creatures. If you don’t remember what you learned in school, a science museum is a great place to refresh your memory or learn new information. In addition, most science museums have interactive areas for kids of all ages to immerse themselves in the learning process.

Science museums also have planetariums and an IMAX theater. Most museums have temporary traveling exhibits to check out and explore. The Museum of Science in Boston has one coming up that I want to check out. Mental Health: Mind Matters, Temporary Exhibit Opens August 27.

Good mental health is an important aspect of everyone’s life. Like physical illness, mental illness is not a ‘choice’ or a personal flaw but a medical condition that requires care. Yet misunderstanding often leads to lack of treatment and needless suffering, making it a personal, social, and economic issue. Mental Health: Mind Matters, the Museum’s newest special exhibition, provides a safe space for important conversations about mental illnesses through four key themes.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science currently has the Body Worlds exhibition. BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life

To Do in Massachusetts:

Dine Out Boston (August 7 – 20): https://www.bostonusa.com/dine-out-boston/. Dine Out Boston is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of delicious deals at participating restaurants offering indoor or outdoor dining options, with many offering take out and delivery service.

Tresca: https://www.bostonusa.com/listing/tresca/11052/

Shop tax-free:

The sales tax holiday for 2022 will be held on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax.” from Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions. This tax break includes online purchases.

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