Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

September 2, 2022

“Life is grey and dull, so you might as well have a little fun when you dress.” — Iris Apfel

One: Breaking Fashion Rules

When I think of breaking fashion rules, Iris Apfel is the first person that comes to mind. She just turned 101; follow her on Instagram for fashion inspiration and her fun style of dressing up. “More is more & less is a bore.”

Oh, I love to work. It’s fun because I enjoy it,” Apfel said. “And then I can help people. I can give employment. People tell me I inspire them. So many good things come out of it.” CHRIS CARTER / H&M

The first fashion rule to break is, “Fashion rules are meant to be followed and taken seriously.” Read 50 Fashion Rules to Break Right Now in Stylecaster.

This weekend, the most popular fashion rule that comes to mind is “Don’t wear white after Labor Day.” How did this rule come to be? The History Behind the ‘No White After Labor Day’ Rule. I hope you will be comfortable breaking this rule after reading the history of how it began.

Since Labor Day typically represents the end of summer, a ‘rule’ was established that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day if you didn’t have the money to take fall and winter vacations. It was also used as a way to identify those who needed to work and those who didn’t. Those who didn’t have to work could wear white because it wouldn’t get dirty, while those working would wear dark clothing to hide the dirt they’d pick up working or walking through the city.”

I wrote about breaking fashion rules:

Two: What to watch

The US Open: US Open 2022: How to watch, seeds, schedule, scores, results for the final Grand Slam of the season



I Came By on Netflix stars Hugh Bonneville as a judge who becomes a victim of a crime but is hiding a sinister secret. (Image credit: Netflix)

I Came By, (suspense) From Netflix, “A graffiti artist who targets homes of the elite uncovers a twisted secret in a hidden basement — triggering events that put his loved ones in danger” From What to Watch, “With George Mackay, Hugh Bonneville, Percelle Ascott and Kelly Macdonald starring, the movie follows the dangerous game being played out by a young graffiti artist who breaks into the homes of the wealthy then finds something horrendous and sinister that turns his life into a nightmare.” 

Riccardo Ghilardi/Netflix

Love in the Villa, (rom-com) “A young woman (Kat Graham) takes a trip to romantic Verona, Italy, after a breakup, only to find that the villa she reserved was double-booked, and she’ll have to share her vacation with a cynical and very good-looking British man (Tom Hopper).”

Fenced In, (comedy) “Walter is stressed and collapses. Following medical advice, he abandons the urban rhythm and seeks peace in a small town, surrounded by nature. But his plans for peace and tranquility won’t last long in this new neighborhood, where Toninho da Vila, a drum master, is rehearsing with his samba school for the next carnival.

Ivy + Bean, (family) “Ivy and Bean never expected to be friends. Ivy is quiet, thoughtful and observant. Bean is playful, exuberant and fearless. However, sometimes an adventure reveals that opposites can become the best of friends.” Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go and Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance also released September 2nd.



Devil in Ohio, (limited series, 8 episodes) From Netflix, “Determined to protect a young patient who escaped a mysterious cult, a psychiatrist takes the girl in, putting her own family — and life — in danger.” “Based on Daria Polatin’s bestselling book of the same name, Devil in Ohio is inspired by a true story.” From Tudum

Family Secrets (Polish drama series) From Netflix, “A couple’s wedding day threatens to turn disastrous when they begin to unravel a web of secrets and lies that connects their two families.

Off the Hook (French series) From Netflix, “Realizing they both have a toxic relationship to the Internet, roommates Léa and Manon decide to do the unthinkable: abandon all devices for 30 days.

Little Women (K-Drama, New episodes will be released twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays, with the finale airing on October 9, 2022) “Little Women is an upcoming internationally licensed South Korean drama series and a modern adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel of the same name. About three sisters with a close bond who grew up in poverty. It is the exciting story of the sisters as they get embroiled in a major incident and face off against the wealthiest family in the nation.” From What’s on Netflix


I am a killer (season 3, 5 episodes) “I Am A Killer is the joint Netflix and Crime & Investigation UK series that features interviews from death row inmates. It initially premiered on Netflix back in 2018 and since then, the two seasons have provided shocking insights, tales and anecdotes from some of the most chilling crimes.” From Stylist


America’s National Park, season 1 (documentary), America’s National Parks depicts the adventure, beauty and wonder of natural spaces. Each park is a valuable and important haven for flora and fauna.
Europe From Above,
season 2, A spectacular aerial journey across Europe revealing things not so easily seen from the ground National Geographic for everyone in everywhere.
Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under,
season 3

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Episode 3

Prime Video:

Cynthia Addai-Robinson, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Ben Rothstein/Amazon Studios

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Series Premiere, “Set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy, the Lord of the Rings series takes viewers to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.” Two episodes will be released on the premiere date, followed by a one-episode-per-week release schedule afterward. Season 1 of the show will be eight episodes total, and the finale is scheduled to air on Oct. 14. 


Wolf, (drama film), From HBO, “A young man who believes he is a wolf living in the body of a human is sent to a clinic where he meets the mysterious Wildcat.”

Elvis, (2022 film) If you didn’t watch Elvis in theaters, now’s your chance. Austin Butler transforms into the king in the musical film, which documents the musician’s life, career and tragic death.


Jurassic World Dominion, (2022 film)

Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul, (comedy film), From IMDb, “In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation.

Murdered by Morning (Oxygen channel true crime documentary, seasons one and two), “Murdered by Morning showcases stories where individuals are unaware that the night in question will be their last.


Daryl Hall & John Oates: From Philly to Chile, Daryl Hall & John Oates tour South America for the first time in 2019.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (family movie), In this fun-filled family adventure, a hard-on-his-luck hound Hank (Michael Cera) finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s (Ricky Gervais) evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs!


Mike, (Hulu Original, episodes released weekly after the first two), From Hulu, “The 8-episode limited series explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah.”

Apple TV+:

Life by Ella, (series, released weekly), From Apple, “After a life-changing experience, 13-year-old Ella is eager to seize the day. As she learns to appreciate each moment, she faces the fears that once defined her – and encourages others to do the same.”


McEnroe, (documentary) From the New York Times, “In “McEnroe,” a new documentary chronicling his meteoric rise in the world of tennis, the champion who still holds more titles than any other male player certainly expresses regret over his past behavior, both on the court and off.”

In Theaters:

GiGi & Nate (drama/family), “Gigi & Nate is the story of Nate Gibson, a young man whose life is turned upside down after he suffers a near-fatal illness and is left a quadriplegic. Moving forward seems near impossible until he meets his unlikely service animal, Gigi – a curious and intelligent capuchin monkey. Although she is trained to assist Nate with his basic needs, Gigi helps Nate find what he needs most of all: hope.” From Fandango

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown in ‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.’

Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul, (comedy film), From IMDb, “In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist Mega Church, attempts to help her pastor-husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation.*also streaming on Peacock

Kaepernick & America, (documentary) Rent or buy on Apple TV, Google Play and other streaming platforms and pay TV operators. A documentary examines race in football via Colin Kaepernick’s career.

Three: What to wear


Read the history of loafers at Fratelli Borgioli 

For women:

Featured in the Tenniscore article from Stylecaster: While you obviously wouldn’t wear this pair of loafers on the tennis court, they’d look so cute with tall socks and a tennis skirt post hypothetical match.”

Metallic Accent Almond-Toe Penny Loafers – Black Textured $56 at Charles and Keith

Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner Are Already Swapping Their Summer Sandals for These Classic Fall Shoes

$79 at Zappos

For men:

From VMAN, MODERN LOAFERS TO HAVE ON DECK AS FALL APPROACHES. “Whether you’re walking a mile to work (common among fellow new yorkers) or taking a boat ride through the Amalfi, these menswear staples are essential to thoroughly compliment any occasion while still remaining effortlessly composed.

Johnston & Murphy Hayes Tassel Loafer $99.95 at Zappos
$155 at G.H. Bass

Four: What to Try

Bathroom topics get debated on Twitter and written about a few times a year. Topics include how many towels to keep, how often to wash the towels, and how to arrange the toilet paper roll. I’m sharing my unsolicited opinion on a different bathroom issue, the closing of the lid before you flush.

Put the toilet seat cover down in your home before you flush (and while visiting friends and family):


Six Reasons to Put the Toilet Lid Down The number one reason mentioned in this article should convince you: “When you flush the toilet, bacterial mist of aerosolized fecal waste is created. Studies have shown that the mist can travel several feet every time you flush, meaning any toothbrushes, towels, shower curtains, or surfaces in the vicinity are being blanketed in bacteria. You, too, are probably receiving a blow of gaseous bacteria to the face.

This reason is gross but not too harmful to your health.

From microbiologist Dr. Janet Hill , “The chances of getting an infection from toilet aerosols is really, really low” In this Today article, Here’s why you should always close the toilet lid when you flush

I like a closed lid to avoid the mist spreading and dropping items into the toilet.

If you’re into Feng shui, you will appreciate reason five: “Feng shui, pronounced “fung shway,” literally translates to wind, water. Also known as geomancy, it is an ancient Chinese science based on natural energy, or chi, in our environment. The Queen of feng shui is Lillian Too. She often writes about the power of water and how to use it effectively. Lillian Too says toilets should always be closed because water has drawing power. You don’t want to draw the energy in your home down the toilet. The open toilet will also draw your wealth down the toilet, says she. Need I say more?

Don’t say my blog is “going down the toilet”; clearly, it can’t be with a closed lid.

Five: What to do

Find a Labor Day Celebration:

“Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.” From the History Channel

Shop Labor Day Sales:

All The Best Labor Day Fashion Deals from Buzzfeed.

From Real Simple, The 35 Best (and Only) Amazon Labor Day Sales You Need to Know About This Year

The Tory Burch Private Sale Is Here, & We’re Adding These 10 Items Straight to Cart

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