Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

February 3, 2023

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

One: 2023 Goals

From Gallop, Seven in 10 Americans Likely to Set Goals for 2023. Seven in 10 U.S. adults are poised to set goals for themselves at the start of the new year, with one-third telling Gallup they are “very likely” to do so and another 38% “somewhat likely.”

Read about it:

Two: What to watch


Sources : Tulum: New on Netflix and Vulture


Cliff Curtis and Teagan Croft in “True Spirit.”Credit…Julian Panetta/Netflix

True Spirit (Netflix original movie), When Jessica Watson sets out to be the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world, she must overcome her greatest fear as she navigates the world’s most challenging stretches of ocean. Based on a true story. 

Infiesto (Netflix original movie), As the coronavirus upends their lives, two detectives doggedly pursue those responsible for an abduction they realize is part of a sinister pattern.

Stromboli (Netflix original movie), Haunted by memories of her broken marriage and a fight with her daughter, a woman joins an intense self-help retreat, but her vacation goes awry.

Viking Wolf (Netflix original movie), After witnessing a grotesque murder at a party in her new town, a teenager starts having strange visions and bizarre desires.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022 film)


Kevin Estrada/Netflix

Freeridge, Four teen friends work to reverse a curse after a peculiar old box seems to bring misfortune — and more — into their lives.

The Great British Baking Show: The Professionals (season 6)

Class, a Hindi-language adaptation of the Spanish series Elite. Three students from a poor neighborhood join an exclusive high school for Delhi elite where dark secrets and rumors ultimately lead to murder.

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, season 2


Gunther’s Millions (series), A dog with a trust fund isn’t the strangest part of this story. Gunther’s eccentric handler also lived a luxe life — with a cult-like entourage.


Killing County (complete docuseries),  Killing County follows the case of the Ramirez family, who tragically lost their son during a police shooting. 


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (season 2 premiere)

The Chorus: Success, Here I Go (season 1 premiere)

Prime Video:

Meagan Good, Shoniqua Shandai, Grace Byers, and Jerrie Johnson in ‘Harlem’ CREDIT: EMILY V. ARAGONES/AMAZON PRIME

Harlem (season 2), Four ambitious best friends, Camille, Tye, Quinn, and Angie, navigate relationships and careers.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank


Another Country (film), The story takes place in 1956 in Mississippi and follows the struggles of an interracial couple raising their mixed child. Adapted to the screen and directed by Sherif Alabede; inspired by the poem by Natasha Trethewey.

Dionne Warwick is the subject of the documentary “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over.”Credit…CNN Films

Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over (Max Original documentary film), Chronicling the iconic singer Dionne Warwick’s six-decade career in both music and Black and LGBTQ activism.

Super Villains, The Investigation (Supervillains, l’enquête) (documentary film), An in-depth exploration of supervillains across comic book history, this French documentary zooms in on the complex motivations, origins, and morals behind these sinister yet fascinating characters.

Flordelis: A Family Crime (Flordelis: Em Nome da Mãe), A federal deputy is accused of orchestrating her husband’s death with the help of six children and a granddaughter.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014 Extended Version), Bilbo and company battle the dragon Smaug and a massive Orc army in this third and final film in Peter Jackson’s epic ‘Hobbit’ series.


Spoiler Alert (2022 film)


Live on February 5th: The Grammys

Apple TV+:

Plane-crash TV … Colin O’Brien and Taylor Schilling in Dear Edward. Photograph: Apple TV+

Dear Edward (10 episode series premiere, new episodes released weekly), Based on the novel by Ann Napolitano. The story of Edward Adler, a boy who survives a plane crash that kills every other passenger, including his family members; as Edward and others try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed.

In Theaters:

From left, Dave Bautista, Abby Quinn and Nikki Amuka-Bird in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Knock at the Cabin.”Credit…Universal Pictures

Knock at the Cabin (horror/mystery), Knock at the Cabin is a 2023 American apocalyptic psychological horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote the screenplay from an initial draft by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman. It is based on the 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay, the first adaptation of one of his works. 

If you are sad about Brady retiring (for the 2nd time), check out:

Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures

80 for Brady (comedy/drama), Four best friends live life to the fullest when they embark on a wild trip to see their hero, Tom Brady, play in the 2017 Super Bowl.

From Entertainment Weekly, 80 for Brady stars love that it’s inspired by a true story

Miller (Ryan Phillippe) spends a decade in prison after being framed for his friend’s murder in “The Locksmith,” directed by Nicolas Harvard.Credit…Screen Media

The Locksmith (mystery), A thief fresh out of prison tries to work his way back into the life of his daughter and ex-fiancée. He is forced to use the skills he has as a gifted locksmith, and things take a tumultuous turn after an unexpected disappearance.

Pathaan (action/drama/thriller), Filled to the brim with action set pieces, “Pathaan” stars Shah Rukh Khan as a secret agent saving India from havoc unleashed by a vengeful former operative. NYT

Godland (drama), In this striking drama set in the late 19th century, a Danish priest travels to Iceland and is gradually undone by a world he can’t understand. NYT

Three: What to wear

Hybrid Sneakers – “What happens when you cross the always-cool sneaker silhouette with a practical, winter-proof shoe? Believe it or not, you get an ultra-trendy hybrid model that can take you from outdoor excursions to indoor reservations — no footwear change required.” From Refinery 29 2023 Shoe Trends

For women:

HOKA Anacapa Mid Sneakers $185 at Free People


Nike ACG Air Mada $99.97 at Nike
Hybrid Green Label Rayne Men’s Leather High-Top Sneakers $165 at Kohl’s

Four: What to Try

Pour-over coffee – I have been making coffee with a pour-over maker for many years, thanks to this tried and true family method of brewing coffee. I’ve mostly used a cone filter but tried a Chemex pot with good results.

This is your basic cone filter. Buy #2 filters in the grocery store or online.

Fino Pour-Over Coffee Brewing Filter Cone, Number 2-Size, Red, Brews 2 to 6-Cups $7.80 Amazon

Upgrade to a ceramic cone:

Segarty #2 Pour Over Coffee Maker, Single Cup White Ceramic Coffee Dripper $13.99 on Amazon

From People, The 7 Best Pour-Over Coffee Makers of 2023, Tested and Reviewed. For coffee connoisseurs, the best brew comes from a pour-over coffee maker. 

From People: Best Overall: Origami Japan Pour-Over Coffee Dripper $37.95 plus $14.95 for the bottom piece at Williams Sonoma

Five: What to do

Celebrate Black History Month

In Boston: 16 conversation-starting and joyful ways to celebrate Black History Month in Greater Boston

In NYC, 10 Things to Do During Black History Month in NYC

Read about Black history.

From the Boston Globe, The visionary thinking behind Black History Month. Finding a way to pay tribute to Black history in February, with a book written almost a century ago.

The Mis-education of the Negro $15 on Amazon

Support Black creators:

In fashion:

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson x Target’s Future Collective Is The Joyful Answer To Winter Wardrobe Blues

PSK Collective at Kohl’s

$29 at Kohl’s

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