Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

December 9, 2022

“Of all the months of the year there is not a month one half so welcome to the young, or so full of happy associations, as the last month of the year.” – Charles Dickens

One: December Holidays

Can you name all the major holidays that occur in December with the dates? Of course, everyone knows when Christmas happens, but what about Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Boxing Day?


Read about all the December holidays:

Two: What to watch



Aubrey Plaza plays an art-school dropout who resorts to credit card fraud in Emily the Criminal.
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Emily the Criminal (2022 film) Saddled with debt and unable to get a job because of past crimes, Emily takes a gig as a “dummy shopper” in a credit card scam. But while the work starts as a leg up from her past, she soon finds herself pulled even deeper into the world of crime.

(L-R:) Gepetto (voiced by David Bradley) and Pinocchio (voiced by Gregory Mann) in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. Netflix

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reinvents the classic story of a wooden puppet brought to life in this stunning stop-motion musical tale.

Delivery by Christmas When a spiteful co-worker sabotages her deliveries, a courier and a helpful customer must race to return Christmas presents to their intended recipients.

Burning Patience, A young man becomes Pablo Neruda’s mail carrier and gets involved in a world of words that fuels his desire to be a poet to woo the woman of his dreams.

The Marriage App, Tangled in a troubled marriage, a frustrated couple finds hope in a watch-based app that rewards good deeds — until unhealthy obsessiveness takes over.


Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area (Part 2) Thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea. With hostages trapped inside, the police must stop them — as well as the shadowy mastermind behind it all.

I Hate Christmas (Italian dubbed in English/romance) After lying to her family about having a boyfriend, a single nurse begins a desperate search to find a partner by Christmas — which is in 24 days.

Smiley Two men and their friends in Barcelona navigate hesitations, hangups and missed connections as they search for the true love they’ve been missing.

Too Hot to Handle (season 4 – new episodes weekly)

CAT Living under an alias, a former police informant is summoned to infiltrate a major drug empire but uncovers a dangerous connection to his dark past.

How to Ruin Christmas: The Baby Shower (season 3) After two chaotic Christmases, will the Sello and Twala families be able to put their differences aside to welcome Beauty and Sbu’s first baby?



Harry & Meghan (Volume I: Episodes 1-3), Harry & Meghan is an unprecedented six-part documentary series that explores the span of their relationship, from the early days of the couple’s courtship to the challenges and controversies that prompted them to step back from the royal family. Tulum. Read more in Marie Claire, Netflix’s ‘Harry & Meghan’: What to Expect, According to Royal Experts.

In Broad Daylight: The Narvarte Case (film) This documentary unveils evidence of corruption in the investigation into the murder of five people in the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City in 2015.

The Elephant Whisperers (film) Bomman and Bellie, a couple in south India, devote their lives to caring for an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu, forging a family like no other.


The Night House Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

The Night House (2022 film), Directed by David Bruckner, The Night House is a potent little psychological horror that seems like it went a bit under the radar last year. You can stream it on Hulu very soon if you want to feel the hairs on your neck pop up a bit — or if you want a good cry. Rebecca Hall plays a woman who mourns the death of her husband in an isolated lake house he built for them, though, when she starts to sense weird presences, things progressively unravel. Savannah Salazar Vulture


Prime Video:

Something From Tiffany’s Photo: Erin Simkin/Prime Video

Something From Tiffany’s (film), Holiday season is here, which means so are the cheesy Christmas rom-coms! It’s truly magical. And while Netflix and Hallmark dominate the field, Prime Video is premiering a Christmas rom-com of its own, Something From Tiffany’s. Zoey Deutch and Kendrick Sampson star as two strangers who meet each other after their gifts accidentally get mixed up. Classic. Savannah Salazar Vulture


Unveiled: Surviving La Luz del Mundo, HBO Original docuseries premiere, This documentary series explores the horrifying, yet relatively unknown story of the Christian church La Luz del Mundo (LLDM) and the sexual abuse that scores of members, many of them minors, say they have suffered at the hands of its successive leaders, known as the “Apostles.

Doom Patrol, Max Original season 4 premiere
South Side, Max Original season 3 premiere

Silos Baking Competition: Holiday Edition, special
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies 


The Most Colorful Time of the Year (2022 Hallmark movie), A colorblind elementary school teacher meets an optometrist who helps bring color into his life in time for the holidays.

Christmas Class Reunion (2022 Hallmark movie) Reuniting at Christmastime for their 15-year high school reunion, two former classmates challenge each other to remember who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.

The Gift of Peace (2022 Hallmark movie) Traci is a once-devout Christian who stopped believing in God after her husband tragically died despite her prayers. As her second Christmas without him approaches, she tries going to a support group for inspiration and comfort.

Ticket to Paradise (2022 film)

Apple TV+:

Apple TV+

Emancipation (2022 movie), Peter, a slave, flees a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped within an inch of his life. He has to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north.

In Theaters:

Brendan Fraser plays an obese man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter in ‘The Whale.” A24

The Whale (drama), From Darren Aronofsky comes ‘The Whale,’ the story of a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. Starring Brendan Fraser and based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter. Fandango

Father Stu: Reborn (drama), Based on a true story, Father Stu is an unflinchingly honest, funny and ultimately uplifting drama about a lost soul who finds his purpose in a most unexpected place. When an injury ends his amateur boxing career, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) moves to L.A. dreaming of stardom. Fandango

Empire of Light (drama/romance), Set in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, EMPIRE OF LIGHT is a compelling and poignant drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, from Academy Award® winning director Sam Mendes.

Three: What to wear

Flannel Shirts-

For women:

Women’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt, Relaxed $59.95 at L.L. Bean
Fjord Flannel Shirt $68.99 at Patagonia


The Best Men’s Flannel Shirts of 2022-2023

Great Plains Fire from Patagonia $99
Men’s Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt, Slightly Fitted, $59.95 at L.L. Bean

Four: What to Try

A Hearty Bowl of Winter Soup or Stew

From Insanely Good Recipes, 32 Best Winter Soups and Stews

Five: What to do

Be safe during the holidays.

The 12 days of Christmas safety from 3B training

From Mayo Clinic, 8 tips for keeping children safe during the holidays.

From Martha Stewart, Here’s How to Pet-Proof Your Christmas Tree.

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