Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

September 16, 2022

Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.John Wayne

One: Saddle Up

Horses are beautiful animals. From Britannica,”The relationship of the horse to humans has been unique. The horse is a partner and friend. It has plowed fields and brought in the harvest, hauled goods and conveyed passengers, followed game and tracked cattle, and carried combatants into battle and adventurers to unknown lands.

There are two horse-related trends I’ve been reading about for the fall: cowboy and equestrian.

I wrote about these two popular trends:

Two: What to watch

From ETonline, “With a plethora of TV options to go to on streaming, as well as on cable and network television, there’s an overwhelming wealth of choices when it comes time to figure out what to watch when you sit down in front of your television, computer screen or phone.

I’ve been posting new releases in this section since April of 2022. This month the new release list has gotten much longer thanks to fall new releases on cable television. I’m going to highlight some shows in this section and create a new post with a full list of fall premieres.

Guy D’Alema / FX

Started 9/15/22 – Atlanta (FX) season 4 (last season, also available on Hulu)

Monarch is an epic, multi-generational musical drama about America’s first family of country music. Watch Tuesdays at 9/8c on FOX.

Quantum Leap (NBC) Premieres: Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, “A modern-day update of the classic ’90s sci-fi drama, the new Quantum Leap sees Kevin Can F**k Himself’s Raymond Lee taking the leap (and mantle) from Scott Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett nearly 30 years later as physicist Ben Song.” from ETonline 

Courtesy ABC

Abbott Elementary (ABC) Season 2 premiere Wednesday Sept. 21 at 9 PM. “The breakout comedy won three Emmys, boasts an impressive guest star lineup — including Leslie Odom Jr. and Lauren Weedman — and promises an exciting school year for our favorite teachers.” from ETonline



Camila Mendes, left, and Maya Hawke in “Do Revenge.”Kim Simms / Netflix

Do Revenge (dark comedy); “if you long for Y2K teen movies in the vein of Cruel Intentions or Clueless, you’re not alone. That was the impetus for Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s sophomore directorial effort, in which she aimed to dissect “the angst and trauma of existing when you’re a teenage girl while also bringing back the style and tone of the high school movies I grew up loving,” she told Vanity Fair. The stylishly vengeful cast includes many familiar Gen-Z faces, including Stranger Things’ Maya Hawke, Riverdale’s Camila Mendes, and Euphoria’s Austin Abrams.”

*watch for a Gen-Z update on a Hitchcock story

I Used to Be Famous (comedy, drama) “An impromptu jam session with autistic young drummer Stevie sparks an unexpected friendship between the two misunderstood musicians.”

Drifting Home, (animation, drama) “One fateful summer, a group of elementary school kids set adrift on an abandoned apartment building must look within themselves to find a way back home.

Mirror, Mirror, (a Spanish film, dubbed in English), “Employees at a cosmetics firm grapple with their respective desires by arguing with themselves in the mirror, ahead of their company’s anniversary party.”


The Brave Ones (drama, fantasy, sci-fi, six episodes), “An all-mighty goddess reincarnated as a young woman must harness her divine powers to avenge her sister’s death and protect her family from destruction.” IMDb

The Great British Baking Show (reality series, new episodes released)”A talented batch of amateur bakers face off in a 10-week competition, whipping up their best dishes in the hopes of being named the U.K.’s best.

Love Is Blind: After the Altar, season two (reality) “Hot on the heels of two cast divorces, this three-episode epilogue turns throwing exes under the bus into a blood sport.” Laura Bradley Daily Beast


Skandal! Bringing Down Wirecard (film) “Upstart payment firm Wirecard wowed the financial industry with its runaway success — until a tenacious team of journalists exposed massive fraud.” IMDb

Sins of Our Mother, (series) “A Docuseries About A Mother Who Became Obsessed With The Apocalypse And Turned To Murder.” 

Terim (series, sports) “Legendary manager Fatih Terim recounts his football journey, from his playing days to coaching and leading several teams to championship glory.”


Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Mija (documentary) “Follows Doris Muñoz, who began a career in music talent management and met Jacks Haupt, an auspicious young singer, and both share the ever-present guilt of being the first American-born members of their undocumented families.” IMDb


The Handmaid’s Tale, (Hulu Original, season 5, episodes released weekly), “After a discouraging day in a country that devalues women, what better way to escape than by watching a show about a society that devalues women? For real, if you’re the kind of person who found it oddly therapeutic to watch The Handmaid’s Tale in the past, season five may be the perfect thing for you to check out in this post-Roe moment.” —Jen Chaney New York Magazine

Welcome to Wrexham (documentary), “Hollywood A-listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney know very little about soccer (and especially about owning a team), but the duo decide to purchase the small Welsh team, Wrexham A.F.C., in an effort to help them see a change in luck. With a Ted Lasso-like premise, this docuseries will pull you in from the first minute.”

Best in Dough (reality, competition), “Best In Dough brings together pizza obsessed competitors from all walks of life to showcase their pizza slinging skills and battle it out for a cash prize.”

Prime Video:

(From left) Nicholas Crovetti, Naomi Watts, and Cameron Crovetti star in Goodnight Mommy.
Photo: Prime Video

Goodnight Mommy (film) “Twin brothers arrive at their mother’s house and begin to suspect that something isn’t right. Remake of the 2014 Austrian film.”


Los Espookys, (series, season 2, episodes released weekly), “Los Espookys is an American comedy television series created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, who also star alongside Bernardo Velasco and Cassandra Ciangherotti..”


Courtesy of Peacock

Vampire Academy (series, four of ten episodes released this week), “Vampire Academy is an American fantasy horror television series based on the novels of the same name by Richelle Mead.” 

Hell of a Cruise (documentary), “The harrowing tale of a cursed cruise ship in the early days of COVID-19, from frightened passengers and an oppressed crew to venal corporate powerbrokers and hapless government officials.”

Vengence (2022 film) “American black comedy film written and directed by B. J. Novak, in his directorial debut.”


My Dream Quinceanera (reality series) “Follow teens as they plan to celebrate the biggest day on their journey to adulthood, in their Dream Quinceañera.

In Theaters:

The Woman King. Credit: Sony 

The Woman King (action), “Centered on the Agojie, the West African all-female regiment that inspired Black Panther’s Dora Milaje, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film stars Viola Davis in full brawny action hero splendor as a general training up a new generation of fighters to face down the threat of European colonizers.” —Alison Willmore New York Magazine

Pearl (horror, thriller), “Pearl is a 2022 American slasher film directed by Ti West, and co-written by West and Mia Goth, who reprises her role as the titular character.”

See How They Run (suspense, comedy) “In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril.Fandango

The Silent Twins (drama) “is the astounding true story of twin sisters who only communicated with one another. As a result, they created a rich, fascinating world to escape the reality of their own lives. Based on the best-selling book The Silent Twins, the film stars Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance.” Fandango

Running the Bases (drama) “When a small-town baseball coach gets the offer of a lifetime from a larger 6A High School, he uproots his family and leaves the only home he’s ever known. But as a man of faith, he soon faces extreme opposition to his coaching methods from the school superintendent.” Fandango

God’s Country (suspense/thriller) “When a college professor in the remote mountains of the American West confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she’s drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences. GOD’S COUNTRY is based on the short story “Winter Light” by James Lee Burke.Fandango

Confess, Fletch (comedy) “While investigating a case of valuable stolen paintings, the roguishly charming and endlessly troublesome Fletch becomes the prime suspect in a murder. To prove his innocence, he must sift through a long list of suspects — from an art dealer to a missing playboy to a crazy neighbor to his own girlfriend.” Starring John Hamm. Fandango

Three: What to wear

Cowboy boots– low or high, embellished, patterned, or with sparkles.

For women:

From TZR, 3 Easy Ways To Make Cowboy Boots Your Go-To Footwear This Fall

Justin Boots Women’s Stampede Western Boot $203.95 Amazon

Shop all western-style boots at DSW and Zappos

For men:

From Esquire, The 10 Best Cowboy Boot Brands Prove That Western Style is Here to Stay. “It’s a style that falls in and out of fashion constantly. But for many guys, men with roots in, say, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, and Tennessee, cowboy boots are not a fad.

Justin Men’s Dusky Canter Cowhide Leather Western Boot Wide Square Toe $164.95 at Amazon

Shop all western-style boots at DSW and at Zappos.

Four: What to Try

Pesto Eggs

See the recipe: The Mediterranean Dish

Americans love their eggs, so when this recipe came along, it’s no surprise that it was an instant hit. To that end, pesto eggs videos have garnered more than 265 million views on TikTok. To make this viral breakfast, all you need to do is cook your eggs (pretty much any soft-cooked style works) in pesto instead of using butter or cooking oil. The oil from the pesto is enough to lubricate the pan, and the flavors from the earthy green sauce pair perfectly with the eggs.” From Real Simple

Five: What to do

Plan a fall trip:

It’s time to start planning some fall trips, and there are many destinations to visit to see some beautiful fall foliage.

Walden Pond November 2015

Where to go leaf peeping in New England

21 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in the United States

10 Best Fall Vacations for Foliage Views, Fewer Crowds, and Stunning Scenery

Attend a sporting event:

Football season kicked off Thursday, September 8th. I am the manager of a Fantasy Football team, but I honestly don’t pay too much attention to the weekly games. (I’m a lousy manager and fan!) I attended a concert at Gillette Stadium this summer and thought it might be fun to go back to watch the Patriots play. Unfortunately, I’ve only been to one game in person, and it was a freezing December game.

Watching any outdoor sporting in the fall can be fun (in the northeast) because the weather is usually quite pleasant.

college soccer match

One response to “Notes of a Fashionista”

  1. I love that quote! I lived that quote this summer when Uncle Nick and I went horseback riding with the girls!! I told my horse handler that I was nervous and he said, “Your horse will know. Take a deep breath!!

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