Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

October 14, 2022

This is my costume. I’m a homicidal maniac. They look just like everyone else.” – Wednesday, The Addams Family (1991)

One: Halloween Prep

Witches, ghosts, and monsters, oh my!

Things to do for Halloween:

  • Decorate your home.
  • Create your costume.
  • Get treats ready and make Halloween-themed foods. 
  • Plan a party.
  • Find a fun Halloween activity.

Read more in my Halloween post:

Two: What to watch

My fall TV list has been updated:



Frank Masi/Netflix

The Curse of Bridge Hollow (horror) A father (Marlon Wayans) and his teenage daughter (Priah Ferguson) are forced to team up and save their town after an ancient and mischievous spirit causes Halloween decorations to come to life and wreak havoc.


Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in “The Watcher,” based on the true tale of 657 Boulevard in Westfield. Eric Liebowitz | Netflix

The Watcher (drama/horror/mystery), The series follows the true story of a married couple who, after moving into their dream home in New Jersey, are harassed through letters signed by a stalker named The Watcher. Based on actual events that started in 2014, starring Naomi Watts, and Bobby Cannavale.

Easy-Bake Battle: The Home Cooking Competition (series premiere), “One of the most iconic toys — and an introduction to the joys of cooking and baking for generations of kids — is the Easy-Bake Oven. Now, Netflix is turning that classic toy into a whole reality series!” PopSugar

Black Butterflies (Netflix original series)
Everything Calls for Salvation (Netflix original series)
Holy Family (Netflix original series)
Mismatched—Season 2 (Netflix original series)
Take 1 (Netflix original series)


LiSA Another Great Day (film, on 10/18), a documentary that follows the debut 10th anniversary year of anisong singer LiSA.

Island of the Sea Wolves (series), Explore wild, wondrous Vancouver Island, where the ocean nurtures all life, from bald eagles who go fishing to sea wolves who swim in frigid waters. 


Big Shot (Season 2)

Into the Woods (Sing-Along Version)
The New Mutants


Rosaline (film), A comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” told from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex, Rosaline, the woman Romeo first claims to love before he falls for Juliet.

Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers (Hulu, new documentary series)

Prime Video:

On Freevee:

Michelle Faye / Amazon Freevee

High School (Amazon Freevee, new drama series), “From executive producer Clea DuVall and based on musicians Tegan and Sara’s bestselling memoir, High School follows the story of twin sisters who struggle to find their own identities as their self-discovery journeys mirror each other’s. Told through a backdrop of ’90s grunge and rave culture, the show weaves between parallel memories of sisters growing up down the hall from one another.


Nick Wall / HBO

Avenue 5 (Season 2), From HBO”All aboard for a hilarious journey across the universe in this HBO comedy series from Armando Iannucci (HBO’s “Veep”). Set 40 years in the future when travelling the solar system is a booming business, the series follows life on board Avenue 5, a mash-up of a cruise liner and an interplanetary rocket ship packed with luxury amenities. Hugh Laurie stars.

Fixer Upper: The Castle (reality series via Magnolia Network), Join Chip and Joanna Gaines as they take on one of their biggest projects to date. Can they transform a famous Waco castle and maintain its historical significance?

38 at the Garden, (documentary film), 38 At The Garden chronicles the extraordinary ascendance of point guard Jeremy Lin during his landmark 2012 season with the New York Knicks.

Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (animated film)


Halloween Ends. Photo: Ryan Green/Universal Pictures

Halloween Ends (2022 film), Halloween Ends will stream on Peacock and be in theaters, giving scaredy cats the comfort of being at home covering their eyes behind mountains of blankets and adrenaline seekers the rush of being in the open theater.

I Love You, You Hate Me (documentary series), About Barney and Friends television show. “In the trailer for the upcoming two-part docuseries “I Love You, You Hate Me,” multiple talking heads, from Bill Nye the Science Guy to NBC’s Al Roker, share stories of how quickly the world turned against the friendly dinosaur, rejecting its values of inclusion and respect.” Variety


Never Seen Again (series), Families share the stories of their lost loved ones and reach out to the public for answers.

Apple TV+:

Roland Neveu / Apple TV+

Shantaram (series, episodes released weekly), In his first starring TV role since Sons of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam returns to TV with Shantaram. The series follows a fugitive named Lin Ford, who is looking to get lost in vibrant and chaotic 1980s Bombay. Alone in this unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid the troubles he’s running from. After falling for a mysterious woman named Karla, Lin must choose between freedom or love and the complications that come with it. Buzzfeed

In Theaters:

(from left) Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley and Jalyn Hall as Emmett Till in Till, directed by Chinonye Chukwu. Photo: Orion Pictures

Till (drama), The true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.

Joe Alwyn and Maragret Qualley in Stars at Noon

Stars at Noon (Romance/drama), A young American journalist stranded in present-day Nicaragua seduces an enigmatic Englishman who seems like her best chance of escape. She soon realizes, though, that their torrid affair has only put her in more danger.

Decision to Leave (thriller), From a mountain peak in South Korea, a man plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed? When detective Hae-joon arrives on the scene, he begins to suspect the dead man’s wife Seo-rae. But as he digs deeper into the investigation, he finds himself trapped in a web of deception and desire. Rotten Tomatoes

Halloween Ends Halloween Ends will stream on Peacock and be in theaters, giving scaredy cats the comfort of being at home covering their eyes behind mountains of blankets and adrenaline seekers the rush of being in the open theater.

Three: What to wear

Leather – Leather for the fall? Groundbreaking.

Reese Witherspoon Broke Out the Practical Fall Jacket Style Whose Return We Eagerly Anticipate Every Year from People. “A black leather jacket is one of those wardrobe staples that never goes out of style. But the undeniably chic jacket always seems to return like clockwork around Hollywood this time of year, and Reese Witherspoon is proof.

She’s not the only A-lister appreciating a good leather jacket moment: Gigi Hadid recently rocked a longer knee-length version, which she styled with a button-down shirt and jeans like Witherspoon (though she left the bottom half unbuttoned to reveal her midriff). Hailey Bieber also wore a boxy, oversized leather jacket paired with low-key sweat shorts, sneakers, and a baseball cap. Then, there was Bella Hadid, who expertly paired a leather shacket with a colorful mini dress.

$199.90 at Nordstrom

Shop leather and faux leather options at Nordstrom: Women’s Leather & Faux-Leather Jackets

From Marie Claire, The 18 Best Leather Jackets for Women in 2022. “First worn by motorcycle gangs and later popularized by ’50s male movie stars, women only began wearing leather jackets circa the 1970s as they quietly became popularized amongst mainstream musicians like Joan Jett and Blondie,” explains celebrity stylist Shea Daspin. “Leather jackets are unique in their ability to challenge gender norms,” she says. “They exude a toughness, while they can still embrace femininity.”

“A rebellious mood filled the Fall 22 runways, with black leather leading the charge.  Tough as nails moto jackets, edgy bombers, and leather micro minis should be on everyone’s shopping list this fall.” — Arielle Siboni, RTW Fashion Director at Bloomingdale’s. Refinery 29

$329.99 at Nordstrom

Shop Nordstrom for leather and faux leather.

Top men’s and women’s leather jacket picks for Fall 2022

Four: What to Try

A fall cocktail:

Image: / Tim Nusog

The Left Hand

From, “Ross (the drink was created by Sam Ross) has described the drink as “a love child between a Negroni and a Manhattan,” and the influence of both drinks can be easily seen.”

Image: / Tim Nusog


Easy to make and refreshingly bitter, the Negroni is said to have been invented in Florence by the dauntless Italian Count Camillo Negroni in the early 20th century. While at Bar Casoni in Florence, he demanded that the bartender strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by replacing the usual soda water with gin. To further differentiate the drink, the bartender also employed an orange peel rather than the typical lemon peel.” Read more and find the recipe at

Trending this week: Negroni sbagliato

From NPR, Why everyone is talking about Negroni sbagliato — and how to make your own. This drink swaps the gin for prosecco.

Order it correctly at the bar: “While fans will forever know the meme as “Negroni… sbagliato… with prosecco in it,” that’s not how someone would usually order it. Sbagliato means “mistaken” or “broken” in Italian — a reference to substituting the gin in a traditional Negroni for sparkling wine. So saying “with prosecco” is redundant.

Five: What to do

In Boston:

Watch a scary movie or show:

All the Spooky TV Shows Coming to Netflix Will Have You Covered This Halloween from PopSugar

From BuzzFeed, 31 Horror Films You Might Not Have Seen (But Can Stream This Spooky Season)

Read a scary book:

The 39 Best (and Only a Little Spooky) Halloween Books for Kids from PureWow.

Amazon $16.19

Anyone who has ever seen Poltergeist might initially question the premise of harmless ghosts, but fear not: We’re in safe children’s book territory, friends. This whimsical story about getting to know the things that go bump in the night reads like a how-to guide—and its message of friendship will make any young child feel much more comfortable with the holiday.

Spooky Book List from The Boston Public Library: BostonPL_Spooky Stories to Read This October

Another list: Spooktacular Countdown to Halloween!

From GoodReads, The 60 Most Popular Horror Books of the Past Five Years

Scary stories:



From Cosmopolitan, The 24 Scariest Podcasts Are Spookier Than the Thought of Losing Just One AirPod. “Whether you’re looking for true crimezombie stories, or old-fashioned ghost tales, there’s something for everyone on this list.”

Tell scary stories:

My dad used to tell us a scary story called The Golden Arm. There are many versions of this story. For one example, read CAMPFIRE STORIES: THE GOLDEN ARM. From Wikipedia, Mark Twain went on a reading tour with George Washington Cable in 1884–1885. During this tour he would constantly feature his “Ghost Stories” where he told the story of The Golden Arm. He would get reactions from the audience that involved jumping in their seats and screaming in fear.[1] In his book How to Tell a Story and Other Essays he references The Golden Arm. 

Here are a few more stories to check out, 10 Best Scary Stories for Kids

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