Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

January 6, 2023

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

One: Pantone Color of the Year

2023: Viva Magenta:Viva Magenta is a nuanced crimson red with pink tones that presents a balance between warm and cool. Rooted in nature, this hybrid colour is powerful, empowering and assertive, but not aggressive – it encourages experimentation and self-expression without restraint. Ultimately, this electrifying, boundary-less shade promotes optimism, joy and strength.

From Refinery 29, Viva Magenta: What Does Pantone Color Of The Year Say About 2023

I’ve never paid too much attention to Pantone’s color of the year choices, but I was intrigued by this year’s choice and the process behind the decision.

Read about it:

Two: What to watch



The Pale Blue Eye (2022 film), Veteran detective Augustus Landor investigates a series of grisly murders with the help of a young cadet who will eventually go on to become the world-famous author Edgar Allan Poe.

How I Became a Gangster, An ambitious gangster works his way up the ranks of Warsaw’s criminal underworld and ultimately takes his shot at the big time.


Kaleidoscope. Photo: Netflix

Kaleidoscope Eric Garcia’s new series Kaleidoscope is eight episodes that span 25 years as its crew of thieves plan the ultimate heist. The twist, though, is Netflix claiming you can watch this series in almost any order. Vulture

Valeria Golino as Vittoria (left) and Giordana Marengo as Giovanna in The Lying Life of Adults. Photograph: EDUARDO CASTALDO/NETFLIX

The Lying Life of Adults (6 episodes), Giordana Marengo and Valeria Golino star in this Edoardo De Angelis series based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novel. Guardian review, The Lying Life of Adults review – another impeccable Elena Ferrante TV show

Lady Voyeur, A talented, voyeuristic hacker finds herself thrust into a dangerous investigation after her sex worker neighbor leaves for a weekend trip.

Copenhagen Cowboy, After a lifetime of slavery, Miu seeks justice and revenge. She meets her nemesis, Rakel, and they embark on an odyssey through the natural and supernatural in the perilous landscape that is Copenhagen’s criminal underworld.


Ginny & Georgia (season two), Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy. 

Woman of the Dead, In a vengeful quest to find out who killed her husband, a woman ends up exposing her small community’s deepest and ugliest secrets.

The Ultimatum: France, (season one, part two) 


MADOFF: The Monster of Wall Street ( 4 part series), The rise and fall of financier Bernie Madoff, who orchestrated one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in the history of Wall Street.

Mumbai Mafia: Police vs The Underworld (film), In 1990s Mumbai, a crime boss and his network wield unchecked power over the city — until the rise of “encounter cops,” who brazenly kill their targets.


Death in the Dorms, complete limited series, The kind of danger that no college student is ever prepared for: a life cut short just when it was getting started, not by accident but by foul play; each procedural episode will examine a different murder of a college student in the U.S.


The Boonies, season one
Locked Up Abroad, season 12
Lost Treasures of Egypt, season four
Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, season two
Primal Survivor: Over the Andes, season one
Underworld, Inc., seasons 1-2

Star Wars: The Bad Batch, two-episode season-two premiere, Members of a unique squad of clones find their way in a changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone War.

Strangest Bird Alive (National Geographic movie), Discover the remarkable oddities of the strangest bird alive — the ostrich — through the story of one male that dances his way to impressing an array of females.

Prime Video:

Jurassic World Dominion (2022 film)

Riches (6 episode series), Stephen Richards has built a cosmetics empire, but when he suffers a stroke, his family’s secrets and lies rise to the surface and the future of his multi-million-pound company is at stake. I discovered this fun series thanks to a recommendation from a family member. Read this review from Variety for more information, ‘Riches’ Is a Juicily Fun Family-Empire Soap: TV Review


The Menu. Photo: Eric Zachanowich/Searchlight

The Menu (2022 film)

DC’s Stargirl, season 3

Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?, season 2


Paul T. Goldman in the docu-reality-comedy series “Paul T. Goldman,” playing on Peacock. Tyler Golden/Peacock

Paul T. Goldman, (season one, episodes 1-3 of 6), One man’s efforts to uncover the truth thrust him into a labyrinth of fraud, deception, and criminality that transform him “from wimp to warrior” Read more in UpRoxx, Jason Woliner Explains Why It Took Ten Years To Shoot Peacock’s ‘Paul T. Goldman’

In Theaters:

M3GAN (horror/suspense), M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.

The Old Way (action), Academy Award® winner* Nicolas Cage stars in his first-ever Western as Colton Briggs, a cold-blooded gunslinger turned respectable family man. When an outlaw and his gang put Colton and his family in peril, Colton is forced to take up arms with an unlikely partner — his 12-year-old daughter (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) — in this action-filled film that builds toward its fateful showdown with pulse-pounding suspense.

Universal Pictures

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%! (documentary), based on the book. “In this feature documentary adaptation, we will bring this incredibly successful book to the screen with an engaging, thought provoking and entertaining journey into modern life. And in doing so we will allow our audience to take away from the theatre the powerful message that has caught on worldwide. How not to give a f*ck about that which doesn’t matter, and how to love that which does.” Streaming Jan. 10th.

Three: What to wear


From Marie Claire, 2023’s Velvet Trend: A Deep Dive. “In winter 2023’s capsules and runway collections, one material stood out as a clear favorite amongst designers. No, not luxe leather or ‘ol reliable denim—but velvet.

You might associate velvet with holiday parties and events, but you can wear velvet items through the winter and look stylish.

For women:

I love a velvet blazer: $99.50 (35% off with code) at Torrid
THE FLARE VELVET JEAN $69.97 at Banana Republic
Lia Sneaker JACK ROGERS $59.99 at Nordstrom


Men’s Slim-Fit Solid Velvet Blazer, Created for Macy’s $88.50
Slim Fit Velvet Suit Pants $49.99 at H&M
Chuck 70 Beyond Retro Velvet $100.00 Unisex at Converse

Four: What to Try

A lip mask

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photo: Retailer

From the Strategist, What Actually Is It About the Laneige Lip Mask?The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask dominated 2022. That’s the key to the Laneige lip mask’s success: It’s an intense treatment product that’s transitioned to being a surprisingly effective staple, and it’s the word-of-mouth recommendations that have made it go viral (along with over 14 million mentions on TikTok” 

$24 at Amazon or Sephora

Or try a cheaper version recommended by PureWow, We Compared the Beloved Laneige Lip Mask with a $14 Dupe

$14.99 at Amazon

    Five: What to do

    Take down Christmas decorations.

    As Taylor Swift says in Lover, “We could leave the Christmas lights up ’til January.” The question is, when in January do you put away the decorations? I enjoy seeing Christmas lights during the month of January, they brighten up a dark month. So I don’t mind if businesses and homes keep up the lights into the month of January.

    Friends: Season 1 episode 16, the one with two parts. Rachel waits too long to take down the lights and falls while trying to remove them. (In the next episode, George Cloney and Noah Wyle gueststar as doctors)

    If you still have a real Christmas tree, it’s time to take it down. From Better Homes and Gardens, Don’t Take Down Your Christmas Tree Until January 6—Here’s Why.  “According to Christian tradition, January 6 marks the day the three kings actually arrived in Bethlehem after Jesus was born, so this day signals the official end of the Christmas celebrations.

    How long should you leave your Christmas tree up? Some people believe it’s bad luck to take your Christmas tree down before January 6, so many leave their trees up until January 6 or later. Beyond that, you should take your tree down once it stops taking water, the needles turn brown and begin to fall off in large numbers, and/or the branches droop so much that they cannot support your ornaments.

    Where and How to Recycle or Dispose of Christmas Trees in Massachusetts after Christmas 2022 and in January 2023

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