Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

September 30, 2022

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” Lewis Carroll

One: Birthday Celebrations

Today is my birthday. As the above quote mentions, we have one day a year to celebrate. (Technically, you can celebrate for more extended periods, but you only get one official day) How do you like to celebrate your birthday? I’ve had many fun celebrations over the years.

I wrote about some of my favorite celebrations and other ways to make your day special:

Two: What to watch

My fall TV list has been updated:



Anikulapo (drama/fantasy), “After an affair with the king’s wife leads to his demise, a zealous traveller encounters a mystical bird with the power to give him another chance.


Entergalactic – Netflix Special (animated), Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Kenya Barris join forces to present Entergalactic, an original animated story about a young artist named Jabari (Mescudi) — as he attempts to balance love and success.

Floor is Lava, (game show, season three)

Forever Queens (original series available Oct. 2), If you love reality shows about the rich, glamorous, and famous, then this Mexican series is definitely for you! PopSugar

The Fight for Justice: Paolo Guerrero (series, available Oct. 5), Peruvian soccer star Paolo Guerrero wages a difficult legal battle after testing positive for cocaine months before the World Cup.


What We Leave Behind (film), Following the life of Julian Moreno, an 89-year-old who has made a 17 hour bus ride every month from Primo de Verdad, Mexico, to visit family in El Paso, Texas.

Image Source: Netflix

Human Playground  (Series), Narrated by Idris Elba, this docuseries explores the origins and evolution of play across the globe, from age-old rituals to billion-dollar businesses.


Image via Disney

Hocus Pocus 2 (comedy/horror), Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.

Airbnb Lists Hocus Pocus Cottage Ahead of Halloween, Two lucky mortals will get to stay in a recreation of the Sanderson sisters’ Salem cottage on October 20.

image via Hulu

Ramy (Series, season 3), Ramy Hassan is a first-generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. He becomes caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that believes life has no consequences.

Prime Video:

Ambulance (2022 film)


Gotham, seasons 1-5


Nothing Compares (documentary film, 10/2), Following the career of singer Sinéad O’Connor and her exile from the pop mainstream.


The Amber Ruffin Show (new season), A signature smart-and-silly take on the week.

Apple TV+:

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.”

Wolfboy and the Everything Factory (Season 2)
Get Rolling with Otis (Season 2)

In Theaters:

Courtesy of Paramount

Smile (horror), “After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain.


Bros (romantic comedy), Bros marks a step forward in rom-com representation — and just as importantly, it’s a whole bunch of fun to watch. 

Dead for a Dollar (western/thriller), The film follows a famed bounty hunter who runs into his sworn enemy, a professional gambler and outlaw that he had sent to prison years before.

The Good House (drama/romance) A New England realtor ignites long-buried emotions and family secrets when she rekindles a romance with her old high school flame.

God’s Creatures (psychological drama), A mother tells a lie for her beloved son that rips apart their family and close-knit Irish town — ultimately testing her own sense of right and wrong.

Three: What to wear

The letter jacket (varsity jacket)- I never earned a varsity jacket when I went to school; I didn’t play a sport to earn a letter, and I never dated the jock who might lend me his jacket. So maybe this is why I love this trend: I finally get to wear the letter jacket.

From PureWow, The One Jacket Trend Everyone Will Be Wearing This Fall (& 7 Ways to Style It)

You can dress it up or keep it casual:


I like the selection at H&M: baseball jackets


From MENSXP, Hrithik Rocks A Bomber Jacket For Vikram Vedha Promotions, Here Are 5 Reasons To Buy One

For men, ASOS Men’s Varsity Jackets


Four: What to Try

Make a photo album:

Do you remember when people made photo albums? Before, everything was digital. You developed your pictures, bought an album, and carefully placed your photos with handwritten descriptions.

You can still create albums like these classics, but you can also use a website to turn your digital photos into a book without yellowing pages!

I use Shutterfly for my projects:

Five: What to do


One of my favorite birthday celebrations was arranging a group volunteer activity at The Boston Food Bank. We put together boxes of food.

Check out volunteer opportunities:

I also volunteered in Houston in 2017 around my birthday:

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