Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

September 9, 2022

“The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.” — James Baldwin

One: Back to School

one of my stylish back-to-school outfits?

The school year has officially started for most of the United States. I’ve seen many back-to-school photos on my social media feeds, and I enjoy seeing all the back-to-school outfits. Seeing these outfits has inspired me to write about how to prepare your closet for back-to-school days.

If you rotate clothes in your closet a few times a year, this is an excellent weekend to move some things around, even if you aren’t preparing to return to school.

I wrote about closet changes and pieces to add to your back to school outfits:

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. Women’s singles final match played 4 PM Saturday, men’s finals 4 PM on Sunday.

The Emmy’s: 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will be at 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Monday September 12th. Host Kenan Thompson on NBC or Peacock



image via Netflix

End of the Road, (action, crime, drama), Recently widowed mom Brenda fights to protect her family during a harrowing road trip when a murder and a missing bag of cash plunge them into danger.

*Watch it if you’re a fan of Queen Latifah kicking butt. IMDb

No Limit, (French- drama, romance, sport) Roxana Aubrey decides to drop her studies and escape her life in Paris for a free diving course in the south of FranceIMDb

*Watch if you are okay with subtitles and holding your breath while viewing.

Diorama, (Swedish film, dubbed in English), It follows Frida and Björn’s love story, from passion to marriage to family life, from a scientific perspective. IMDb.

*Watch it if you like to analyze the complexities of relationships.


Courtesy of Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix

Cobra Kai, (Season 5) “Cobra Kai is an American martial arts comedy-drama television series and a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films by Robert Mark Kamen.” 

*Watch if you’re into karate, revenge, and the 80s.

Narco-Saints (Korean: crime series)”An ordinary entrepreneur joins a secret government mission to capture a Korean drug lord operating in South America. Based on true events.

*Watch if you’re into Korean crime drama.


Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer (Season 2, 3 episodes) “When a suspect is found in a journalist’s murder, the case is considered closed until a secret diary suggests 13 more victims and possible cannibalism.”

Untold: The Race of the Century (film, sports) The Australia II yacht crew looks back on the motivation, dedication and innovation that led to their historic victory at the 1983 America’s Cup.

The Anthrax Attacks, (film) This documentary by Dan Krauss revisits the case against a scientist the F.B.I. maintained was responsible for a series of bioterrorism attacks after Sept. 11.


Pinocchio (2022 film), The latest Disney animated film to get the live-action treatment is Pinocchio, and the studio certainly pulled out the big guns with their casting, as the movie stars Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key and more. 

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022 film), One of the biggest releases for Disney+ Day was Thor: Love and Thunder, the latest Marvel film, which collected over $700 million at the box office. Now, the fourth installment in the Thor franchise is finally available to stream, so grab your popcorn (and your hammers) and prepare for a whole lot of action-packed fun. PureWow

Cars on the Road, (series premiere)



Tell Me Lies, based on Carola Lovering’s novel. (Hulu Original, episodes released weekly after the first 3), “Follows a tumultuous but intoxicating relationship as it unfolds over the course of 8 years.” Warning from Decider, “When you have to deal with toxic people in your life — or you’ve managed to separate from them in order to improve your life — do you want to see them on TV?

*Watch if you’re not bothered by characters who are awful people.

Wedding Season (series- action, adventure, comedy. 8 episodes available 9/8) Gavin Drea and Rosa Salazar star in this nuptial-filled eight-part series that toys with romantic comedy conventions.

*Watch if you’re interested in an escapist to binge-watch and a breezy rom-com.

Prime Video:

Aline (2020 film) “With the support of her family and the man she loves, the 14th child of a modest family will become the most famous singer in the world.”

*Watch if you are a fan of Celine Dion; it is a fiction freely inspired by the life of Céline Dion.


Moonfall, (2022 action, adventure, sci-fi film), “A mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit and sends it hurtling on a collision course toward earth.”

*Watch if you want to see Halle Berry as a determined astronaut.


The 74th Emmy Awards (NBC), (awards show on September 12th)

Last Light (limited series), “Your family. Your world. What if it all disappeared tomorrow? If society were collapsing, how far would you go to save the ones you love?

*Watch for the return of Matthew Fox in an environmental thriller series based on a novel by Alex Scarrow.


The Good Fight, (season 6) Watch if you enjoy legal dramas with a strong female lead cast—a spin-off of The Good Wife.

Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins’ family host a concert to celebrate his life. From Wembley Stadium in London.

Apple TV+:

Gutsy, (reality series), “An eight-episode docuseries placing viewers alongside Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, Gutsy follows the mother-daughter duo across America as they have encounters with some of the nation’s most inspiring women, from much-lauded celebrities to ladies less known.”

*Watch if you don’t care about the emails.


Jon Bernthal in “American Gigolo”. photo: Warrick Page/ Showtime

American Gigolo, (drama series, episodes released weekly) “a present-day reimagining of the iconic 1980 film, follows Julian Kaye (Jon Bernthal) after his wrongful conviction release from 15 years in prison as he navigates his complicated relationships with his former lover Michelle (Gretchen Mol), his troubled mother, and the people who betrayed him.”

*Watch if you enjoy a sleazy crime story with a lead who is attractive, macho, and susceptible to their darker impulses. From Indiewire.

In Theaters:

Courtesy of 20th Century Studios

Barbarian (horror, suspense, thriller), “In “Barbarian,” a young woman traveling to Detroit for a job interview books a rental home. But when she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked, and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.” From Fandango. “A simple premise involving a double-booked vacation rental gets downright demented as it goes along in Zach Cregger’s unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable debut.” Variety

Speak No Evil (horror, thriller), A weekend visit turns nightmarish for an innocent Danish couple in this coldblooded satirical thriller. NY Times Review

photo: Rotton Tomatoes

About Fate (romantic comedy) “In this romantic comedy is a tale of two strangers who believe in love, but seem to never be able to find its true meaning. In a wild twist of events, fate puts each in the other’s path one stormy New Year’s Eve, and comedy and chaos ensue.” Fandango

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva (action, adventure, fantasy) This is the story of Shiva who sets out in search of love and self-discovery. During his journey, he has to face many evil forces that threaten our existence. IMDb

Midevial (action, drama) The story of fifteenth century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire. IMDb

The Class (drama) A coming of age film about a group of high school seniors forced to spend a Saturday at school completing an exam they either missed taking or failed. By the end of the day, they find their own values, betrayals and love within themselves and their classmates. IMDb Does the plot remind you of another movie starring Anthony Michael Hall?

Three: What to wear

Vest – Late summer/fall is the best time to wear a vest; tailored vests and sweater vests are trendy and stylish.

From Vogue: We’re Nominating the Suit Vest as Fall’s Must-Have Item

For women:

Topshop longline fitted vest in ivory $49 ASOS
knit sweater vest $27.99 H&M

For men:

Slim suit vest $24.99 H&M
relaxed v-neck sweater vest $29.99 H&M

Four: What to Try

Jalapeños in rosé? Our wine critic weighs in on the viral TikTok trend, “If you like spicy agave cocktails, you will probably like jalapeño rosé. It’s kind of like a lazy mixologist’s spicy margarita or paloma, melding the pepper’s heat with the dependable dry-rosé elements of high acidity and citrusy flavors.”

From Bon Appetit, Turns Out, Sliced Jalapeños Make Cheap Rosé Way Better, This TikTok trend is actually worth trying, but only with certain wines.

I tried this mix and didn’t hate it, but I don’t think I would drink it again.

Five: What to do

Check out trending stories, topics, and announcements:

Trending fashion news:

The Zara x Narciso Rodriguez Collection Includes Slip Dresses & Bustiers

Woman in a red dress


In case you missed it, ’90s minimalism is back by way of trends like tube dresses, sleek waistcoats, and all things slinky and timeless. While contrary to Y2K’s statement prints and colorblocking, the minimal look is perfect for this almost-fall period. From Posh Spice’s all-black fits to Kate Moss’ simple jeans-and-tee combos, one of the ’90s era’s most iconic minimal moments has to be Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s floor-length slip wedding dress, designed by Narciso Rodriguez in 1996.

Which brings us to today, as Zara announces their new collaboration with Rodriguez himself, the Cuban-American designer who has pioneered minimalist fashion over his 30-year career. The collection, which drops in 10 countries on September 8, will consist of 25 pieces — both clothes and accessories — reproduced from the designer’s archive. “This has been an amazing experience for me,” Rodriguez said of the process. “It was great to go through the archive and revisit things that we loved.”

Shop the collection at Zara

Kith Pinehurst Horses Sherpa Full Zip $250.00

Jerry Seinfeld for Kith Fall 2022, Kith presents its latest seasonal collection for Fall 2022. This assortment includes original apparel and accessories by Kith, inclusive of the brand’s ongoing Classics Program™. Kith Fall 2022 also features a range of partnerships, including capsules developed with Russell Athletic for The City University of New York (CUNY) by way of Queens College and Brooklyn College.

Biggest news story of the week:

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has died at 96 in Scotland. The world’s longest-serving monarch reigned for seven decades.

From Vogue: Queen Elizabeth: A Life in Photos

From the New York Times, An Inscrutable Monarch, Endlessly Scrutinized Onstage and Onscreen. “Queen Elizabeth II was portrayed in plays and highbrow films, in made-for-TV movies and broad comedies and, of course, in “The Crown.” Many sought to answer the question: What was she like?

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