Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

September 23, 2022

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies.” – You’ve Got Mail

One: Fall Traditions

Fall has arrived! Yay! Can you tell it’s my favorite season?? Things I love about the fall: fall activities, fall foods, fall weather (in the northeast), and wearing layers, boots, jackets, etc. I also love fall decor, it’s hard for me to decorate my smaller space, but I love seeing the different ways people decorate their homes for this season.

I wrote about fall activities, foods, decor, and fashion:

Two: What to watch

My fall TV list has been updated:

Skylar Astin and Marcia Gay Harden, So Help Me Todd Michael Courtney/CBS

So Help Me Todd premieres Sept. 29 and will be available to stream on Paramount+.




A Jazzman’s Blues, (drama), Tyler Perry’s tale of forbidden love and family drama unravels 40 years of secrets and lies against a soundtrack of juke-joint blues in the Deep South. Written, directed and produced by Perry, the period drama tells the tale of forbidden love, starring Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer as Bayou and Leanne, a star-crossed couple navigating the world as young Black people in the deep South during the 1940s and the decades that follow. Variety

Lou (action, film)- “If you’ve ever wondered what a Taken-style vigilante thriller starring Oscar winner Allison Janney might look like, you can soon find out. She stars alongside Emmy nominee Jurnee Smollett in a race to save the latter’s kidnapped daughter. “It’s like a female Dirty Harry,” which also hits Netflix this month, Janney said on The Tonight Show.”

ATHENA (action, drama), The tragic killing of a young boy ignites an all-out war in the community of Athena, with the victim’s older brothers at the heart of the conflict.

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Photograph: Netflix

Blonde (film released on 9/28), Blonde is a 2022 American historical psychological drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The film is a fictionalized take on the life and career of American actress Marilyn Monroe, played by Ana de Armas. Blonde review – Ana de Armas gives her all as Monroe in otherwise incurious film in The Guardian


Designing Miami, (reality series) “For Ray and Eilyn Jimenez, marriage and business are a perfect match as their respective interior design firms remodel homes for high-end Miami clients.” 

Thai Cave Rescue (6-part limited series) “The world banded together in 2018 to watch anxiously and ultimately with relief as a dozen boys from youth soccer team the Wild Boars and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Now, the saga that captivated the globe is headed to Netflix in the limited series Thai Cave Rescue.”

Dynasty, season 5 on 9/24


The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist (3-part series) “A group of LA teenagers arrested in 2009 for stealing from celebrity homes inspired a media frenzy and a movie. Now, two of them tell their stories.”

Before watching the series, I recommend reading the original article by Jo Sales: THE SUSPECTS WORE LOUBOUTINS in Vanity Fair and watching the Sofia Coppola movie on Showtime.

From People Magazine ‘The Real Bling Ring’ True Story: All About Netflix’s New True Crime Series, “The difference between those accounts and Netflix’s? The streamer strives to shed new light on the past events as original Bling Ring members Alexis Haines (née Neiers) and Nick Prugo each share their perspectives. “The story of the Bling Ring is so much more nuanced and complex than how it’s portrayed in the book or in the movie, and that’s why I’m so excited for the docuseries,” Haines told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview. “Because it really talks about the complexities that were happening that were missed.”

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone (film) Sharing her journey from child to teen activist, Georgie Stone looks back at her life and historic fight for transgender rights in this documentary.

Fortune Seller: A TV Scam (series) Follow controversial slimming cream sellers turned con artists Wanna Marchi and Stefania Nobile, from their TV success to their scam and jail time. From IMDb

Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga (series available 9/28), This humorous documentary series follows a group of millennial misfits who banded together online to rescue their beloved GameStop from the clutches of Wall Street bigwigs, in a viral David vs. Goliath story for the 21st century.


photo from Disney

Andor (12 episode series released weekly, 3 released on 9/21), “Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård, Fiona Shaw and Genevieve O’Reilly Described as ‘a tense nail-biting thriller,’ the two-season prequel series leading up to 2016’s Rogue One follows spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) during the formative years of the Rebellion as Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) and others set out to ‘restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.’” ETonline



Reboot, (Hulu Original, season 1, episodes released weekly after first 3, started 9/20), “This inside-Hollywood farce pokes fun at the modern phenomenon of streaming services and TV networks reviving classic shows. “Reboot” is about a neurotic writer (Rachel Bloom) who sells Hulu an edgy update of a long-cancelled family sitcom, but then discovers that the original showrunner (Paul Reiser) still has the rights to make new episodes.” From the New York Times

The Kardashians, season 2 premiere 

Chefs vs. Wild (new series, 2 episodes released on 9/26), “Two different world-class chefs will be dropped into the wilderness, where they’ll embark on a grueling and unprecedented mission where they must survive and forage enough wild ingredients to create a restaurant-worthy, five-star meal.”

The D’Amelio Show (Season 2 starts on 9/28)


Reasonable Doubt (two-episode series premiere on 9/28, episodes released weekly), In Reasonable Doubt, you’ll judge Jax Stewart for her questionable ethics and wild interpretations of the law … until you’re the one in trouble.

Prime Video:

Firestarter (2022 film)


Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? (new interview series; starts September 25 on CNN, streams on HBOmax starting 9/23), Among the interviews lined up are actor-director Tyler Perry, Musician Shania Twain, author James Patterson, and baseball star turned businessman and broadcaster Alex Rodriguez, with others to follow. Season 1 releases weekly episodes consisting of three full-length interviews.

Hostages (documentary series, 4 parts, streaming on 9/28), Exploring the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 and the resounding consequences of the situation.


Kaley Cuoco, left, with Pete Davidson in “Meet Cute.”Credit…MKI Distribution Services/Peacock

Meet Cute  (film), “Meet Cute is an upcoming American romantic comedy film starring Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson, and directed by Alex Lehmann.” From the New York Times, ““Meet Cute,” like the 2020 film “Palm Springs,” brings the concept to bear on the rom-com: Sheila (Kaley Cuoco) is stuck on a time-looped first date with Gary (Pete Davidson), repeatedly meeting and re-meeting the guy she’s convinced is the man of her dreams.

Shadowland (documentary series), “a Peacock original series about the allure of dangerous conspiracies.”

Sex, Lies, and the College Cult (documentary series starts 9/28), The true story of a sex cult of students from Sarah Lawrence told in the victims’ own words — a tale of control, sex trafficking, violent assault and extortion, all orchestrated by a master manipulator.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022 film)


Jamila C. Gray in “On the Come Up.”Credit…Erika Doss/Paramount+

On the come up (drama), “Based on Angie Thomas’s 2019 novel of the same name, On the Come Up is a coming-of-age tale that follows 16-year-old Bri (Jamila C. Gray), who has big dreams of following in the footsteps of her later father, an underground hip-hop phenom who passed away right before he got his big break. Bri wants to do her father proud by becoming one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, but struggles in the meantime under the weight of family financial difficulties and being labeled a hoodlum at school. Channeling her rage, passion, and fierce spirit, Bri makes a song that goes viral for the wrong reasons, thrusting her into the center of a media controversy that puts her in a difficult position as she tries to take control of her own narrative all while trying to support her mom and chase her dreams. Prepare to be moved and inspired by Bri’s story in Paramount+ Original musical comedy-drama film On the Come Up.

11 Minutes (documentary series starts 9/27), a four-part documentary that takes viewers inside the heart-stopping stories of terror and survival experienced by those who were at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. 

Apple TV+:

Sidney Poitier as seen in the documentary “Sidney.”Credit. Apple TV+

Sidney, (documentary film), “The actor Sidney Poitier, who died earlier this year at 94, set a standard of excellence that placed him among the all-time greats. The documentary “Sidney” (directed by Reginald Hudlin for Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo) covers Poitier’s life from his childhood in the Bahamas through his rapid rise in the theater and then in Hollywood at a time when the opportunities for Black actors were slim. The film features an impressive slate of A-list actors and directors — plus one of the final interviews with the man himself — all explaining how Poitier’s influence as an artist and as a Civil Rights pioneer continues to endure.” From the New York Times

In Theaters:

Florence Pugh and Harry Styles in Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.”Credit…Warner Bros.

Don’t Worry Darling (drama), A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets. Read more about the movie and the drama surrounding the movie in Vogue, Ahead of Its Release, a Quick Recap of All the Don’t Worry Darling Drama

On the come up (drama), see description in Paramount+

Russell Crowe and Zac Efron in “The Greatest Beer Run Ever.”Credit…Golf Thanaporn/Apple TV+

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (war comedy/drama), Based on a book by Joanna Molloy and John “Chickie” Donohue “In 1967, John “Chickie” Donohue leaves New York to track down his army buddies in Vietnam and share a few beers with them, but instead is confronted with the horrors of the war.” *streaming on Apple TV+ 9/30

Bella Ramsey, the star of “Catherine Called Birdy,” said Dunham understood “what it was to be a teenage girl who didn’t fit the mold of a teenage girl.”Credit…Alex Bailey/Amazon

Catherine Called Birdy (adventure/comedy), In medieval England, the daughter of a financially destitute Lord thwarts her father’s plans to marry her off to a wealthy suitor. When the most vile suitor arrives, her parent’s love for her is tested.

Three: What to wear

The Shacket

For women:


Shoppers Say This Plaid Shacket Can ‘Magically Tie Together’ Most Outfits, and It’s Under $50

$43.99 on Amazon (+5% off coupon) Ainangua Women’s Casual Wool Blend Long Plaid Shirt Jacket Button Down Pocketed Shirt Shacket
Uaneo Womens Plaid Shacket Button Down Wool Blend Fall Flannel Shirt Jacket $35.99 (+8% off coupon)

For men:

Gafeng Mens Flannel Shirt Plaid Shacket Long Sleeve Button Down Casual Warm Fall Winter Camp Jacket Outwear Coat $34.99 (+10% off coupon) at Amazon

Four: What to Try

A simmer pot:

Source: The DIY Playbook

From The Every Girl, 9 Simmer Pot Recipes That Will Make Your Home Smell Like Fall. “A simmer pot–also sometimes called stovetop potpourri–is the internet’s favorite hack for a great-smelling home, and honestly, it couldn’t be simpler. You start by filling a pot with some sliced fruit, herbs, whole spices, or whatever fragrant ingredients you have on hand. Then add water, bring it to a simmer on the stove, and the entire room instantly smells incredible. Picture a witch brewing up a cauldron full of bubbling potion but with sweet autumn smells.

Five: What to do

Watch your favorite fall movies:

The 33 Best Fall Movies That Elicit All Those Cozy, Autumnal Vibes from Oprah magazine

The 55 Best Fall Movies We Can Watch Over & Over Again from PureWow

My top 10 list:

  1. You’ve Got Mail (watch on Prime Video)
  2. When Harry Met Sally (watch on Netflix)
  3. Good Will Hunting (watch on HBOmax)
  4. Dead Poets Society (watch on Prime Video)
  5. Knives Out (Chris Evan’s sweater! Watch on Prime Video)
  6. St. Elmo’s Fire (watch on Prime Video)
  7. Remember the Titans (watch on Disney+)
  8. The Lake House (watch on Netflix)
  9. Sweet Home Alabama (watch on Prime Video)
  10. Clue (watch on Prime Video)

Celebrate Oktoberfest:

A guide to Oktoberfest celebrations in Massachusetts, “Between September and October, breweries, bars, and restaurants across Massachusetts are celebrating this well-known German holiday with a variety of activities.”

20 Oktoberfest Celebrations around Boston

Sam Adams Octoberfest Weekend

When: Friday 9/23 through Sunday 9/25 Where: Downtown & Jamaica Plain  Cost: $10

Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing Everett

Info: One of Boston’s most beloved breweries is honoring Oktoberfest with a series of German inspired brews, three days of live music, a stein hoisting competition, and a special festival food plate complete with the obligatory bratwurst. 

When: Saturday 9/24 Where: Everett Cost: Free

Info: Go wild at the Night Shift Brewing Oktoberfest celebration featuring a very serious Stein Holding Competition, a costume contest, live music, food from The Sausage Guy, and featured German-style lagers.

Oktoberfest at Night Shift Brewing Lovejoy Wharf 

When: Sunday 9/25 Where: West End Cost: Free

Info: Sip stein pours of some of your favorite Night Shift Brewing beers at this Oktoberfest event, including One Mighty Festbier, Freudian Sip, and Prost Malone. We love a pun. Jam out to live music, eat off a special German menu, and arrive early for a limited edition stein.

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