Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

August 19, 2022

The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.” — George R.R. Martin

One: Five Basic Pieces

The first day of fall is September 22, 2022. Fall is my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, the changing color of the leaves, and the cozy clothing items I wear on repeat.

The few weeks leading up to the official start of fall can include some pleasant weather days in the northeast. I wrote about five basic pieces you can rotate and combine during this time of year:

Two: What to watch

More groundbreaking and trending documentaries are coming out in the next couple of weeks.


Manti Te’o in “Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist.” The sports documentary on Netflix explores the infamous girlfriend hoax of 2013.

Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist (documentary two-parts of a nine-part series) “From Notre Dame to the NFL, Manti Te’o’s future in football showed promise until a secret online relationship sent his life and career spiraling.”

Untold: Volume 2 – (Documentary, new episodes released weekly) Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1 – released on Tuesday 23rd August. “The Rise and Fall of AND1 tells the story of how footwear company AND1 reinvented the billion-dollar basketball industry after starting out in the playgrounds of New York City, with the documentary speaking to AND1 co-founders as well as street ball legends.

Inside the Mind of a Cat – (Documentary), “Cat experts dive into the mind of the feline to reveal the true capabilities of the pouncing pet in this captivating and cuddly documentary.” Read a review, ‘Inside The Mind Of A Cat’ Netflix Review – A purr-fectly informative documentary

Lili Reinhart in “Look Both Ways.”Credit…Felicia Graham/Netflix

Look Both Ways – (Film) “On the eve of her college graduation, Natalie’s life diverges into two parallel realities: one in which she becomes pregnant and must navigate motherhood in her Texas hometown, the other in which she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her career.”

High Heat – (Mexican drama series with 39 episodes), “When clues to his brother’s murder lead Poncho to a fire brigade, he joins it to investigate further and finds romance, family… and a serial killer.”

Unsuspicious – (9 episodes, Brazilian crime series) “Conned by the same playboy, three women and their families go to his mansion to get answers and must stay for an investigation into his death.”

Michelle Monaghan in Echoes Photograph: Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix

Echoes – (7-episode drama suspense series), “Identical twin sisters Leni and Gina decide to swap their lives. However, there are dire consequences when one of the twins goes missing, causing both of their lives to rapidly fall apart.

The Girl in the Mirror  – (Spanish drama 10 episode series), “After losing her memory in a bizarre accident that kills most of her classmates, Alma tries to unravel what happened that day and regain her identity.”

Kleo – (German 8-episode series), “After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a former East German spy resolves to find out who betrayed her and why — and use her lethal skills to exact revenge.”

The Next 365 Days (film), “Laura and Massimo’s relationship hangs in the balance as they try to overcome trust issues while a tenacious Nacho works to push them apart.

Fullmetal Alchemist The Revenge of Scar – (film, released August 20th), “The Elric brothers meet their toughest opponent yet — a lone serial killer with a large scar on his forehead. As they attempt to catch him, they learn a series of dark secrets about some of their fellow alchemists.


House of the Dragon Photo: HBO

House of the Dragon Photo, (series, episodes released weekly)– From HBO,The reign of House Targaryen begins. House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is coming to HBO and HBO Max on August 21. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.

House Of The Dragon lives up to its name in dragon-heavy final trailer

Children and others evacuate New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo courtesy of HBO)

On August 24th, Katrina Babies, (documentary film). “Director Edward Buckles, Jr. provides an intimate look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the children of New Orleans.”

Katrina Babies’: HBO Sets Documentary About Hurricane’s Impact On New Orleans Youth

Prime Video:

Making the Cut on Amazon Prime Video

Making the Cut, season 3 (reality series, 8 episodes finishing on Sept. 9th), “Hosted by style savants Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the reality competition show Making the Cut offers 10 emerging fashion designers the chance to transform their small businesses into globally recognized brands.” Read more about the show and purchase items featured on the show on Amazon.


Tatiana Maslany on ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’| CREDIT: MARVEL STUDIOS

She-Hulk: Attorney At Law – (action comedy series, 9 episodes released weekly), “Jennifer Walters has a complicated life as a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.


Photo: Jonathan Birch/Playground Entertainment/Peacock

The Undeclared War, season one, (drama, sci-fi, thriller series, episodes one through six. Peacock Original), “In 2024, a leading team of analysts buried in the heart of GCHQ secretly works to ward off a foreign cyber-attack on the country’s electoral system.” from IMDb


Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther in “Orphan: First Kill” on Paramount Plus (Steve Ackerman/Paramount Pictures). (Steve Ackerman/Paramount Pictures)

Orphan: First Kill (horror suspense film) “Esther escapes from a psychiatric facility in Estonia and targets another family in America by impersonating their missing daughter.”


DARK SIDE OF THE 90S (10-episode documentary series, season 1) “Dark Side of the 90’s takes a deep dive into the decade’s untold history, revealing secrets, and perspectives.” Season 2 available on ViceTV.

Dragons: The Nine Realms, (animation, series) complete season three (Hulu Original), “Dragons have now become a legend for the world. After the occurrence of a crack in the surface of the Earth, scientists go to study it. Soon a group of kids discover the dragons are hiding and they decide to hide them.” from IMDb
International Falls (2019 film), “A woman stuck in a small, snowbound border town has dreams of doing comedy when she meets a washed up, burned out comedian with dreams of doing anything else.” from IMDb

Apple TV+:

Apple TV+

Bad Sisters (10-episode series released weekly) “This dark comedy series follows the Garvey sister, who are bound together by the early deaths of their parents.

In Theaters:

Idris Elba in the movie “Beast.” (Lauren Mulligan / Universal Pictures)

Beast – Rated R – Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, From IMDb, “A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.”

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – (animated action adventure), “The Red Ribbon Army was once destroyed by Son Goku. Individuals, who carry on its spirit, have created the ultimate Androids, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2. These two Androids call themselves “Super Heroes”. They start attacking Piccolo and Gohan… What is the New Red Ribbon Army’s objective? In the face of approaching danger, it is time to awaken, Super Hero!Fandango

ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (horror), also available to stream on Paramount+

Three: What to wear

Barbicore or bright colored outfits

What Is Barbiecore? Everything to Know About the Viral Fashion Trend Inspired by Barbie. “Aligning with the highly-anticipated Barbie film slated to premiere in 2023, pink has been top of mind for many since photos of Margot Robbie in the role of the iconic Mattel doll were captured on set in June.


In case you missed it, the Barbiecore fashion trend is alive and well, and with A-listers jumping on board, we have a feeling it won’t be losing steam anytime soon.

“There’s simply one color that encapsulates the essence of Barbicore and that is — you guessed it — pink! “



Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Rebel Wilson, and More Celebs Have Hopped on the Barbiecore Bandwagon, read article for a list of Barbiecore clothes and accessories.

Ruffled Tie-Neck Dress, $59.40 at Macy’s. View more pink dresses at Macy’s.
Zella pants $79 at NORDSTROM


The ‘Barbie’ Movie Is Coming. So Is the Trend of Dressing Like Ken.Soon it seemed the actor was favoring a Mattel-approved wardrobe offset as well. To one film premiere, he wore a luminous mint blazer; to another, pink pants. When Brad Pitt joined the party, sporting sorbet-hued tailoring in July, the trend could no longer be denied. “Kencore”—bright, fun and a little silly—is a thing.

Ryan Gosling attends a film premiere in July wearing a Ken-worthy pastel palette. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Searching for Ken style men’s clothes brought me to the Bonobos website, where you can find many pieces that would work for this trend.

Stretch Washed Chino 2.0 $59 Bonobos
Stretch Riviera Short Sleeve Shirt $79 at Bonobos

A search for pink shirts at Macy’s results in more great finds:

Men’s Short-Sleeve Linen Button-Up, $66

Four: What to Try

Swicy flavors:

From Pure Wow From Mezcal to Sunflower Milk, These Food Trends Will be Everywhere in Fall 2022, “Summer 2022 saw the rise of sweet and spicy flavor combinations (aka “swicy”), and they’re not showing signs of letting up. The pairing is everywhere—the Maille and Mike’s Hot Honey collab Hot Honey DijonSweet Hot Mister Mustard, and even sweet and spicy sunflower seeds.

Five: What to do

Outdoor shopping:

Mall shopping is great when the temperatures are uncomfortably hot or cold. This time of year take your shopping outside. Most cities and towns have a main street or town center that holds great local shops. Or search for an outdoor shopping center near where you live.

In Boston:

Shop on Newbury Street – Open Newbury Street 2022, The City of Boston is relaunching Open Newbury Street starting on August 21, 2022, for six consecutive Sundays of car-free Newbury Street.Newbury Street will be car-free from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. The intersections of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street and Hereford Street will be car-free.” 

Fisherman’s Feast

North End Fisherman’s Feast 2022

The 112th Annual Fisherman’s Feast on August 18th-21st, 2022, “The Fisherman’s Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900’s, they brought their traditions with them. Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.”

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