Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

February 10, 2023

“Happy: smile. Sad: frown. Use the corresponding face for the corresponding emotion.” ― Meg Ryan as Kate in French Kiss

One: The Rom-Com

French Kiss

Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is a few days away. In honor of this mushy holiday, I’m going to write about rom-coms.

What is a rom-com? The short answer is a movie that has romance and comedy. There is a distinctive formula for many rom-com movies. Similar to the cheesy holiday movies I wrote about in December. The rom-com formula can include a meet-cute, hate/disgust turned to love, a clumsy character, love in a major city, love on vacation, a love triangle, obstacles to love, misunderstandings, cheating partners, mismatched partners, heartstring-tugging speech, a profession of love, running through the airport, a kiss in the snow, rain, etc., a makeover, and fabulous outfits. These movies provide us with iconic moments and quotable lines.

While creating this post, I realized there are too many rom-coms to write about. I made some categories and added quite a few movies to those groups, but I needed more time. So, I will update this post and create new posts to continue my lists. Expect finished posts by Valentine’s Day.

Here is the first part of my rom-com series:

Two: What to watch

Sources : Tulum: New on Netflix, Vulture, The Seattle Times, Slate, PureWow



Aline Brosh McKenna makes her feature directorial debut with “Your Place or Mine,” starring Reese Witherspoon (left) and Ashton Kutcher. The film will be released on Netflix Feb. 10 . NETFLIX (source: Boston Globe)

Your Place or Mine (rom-com), Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher star in this rom-com about two best friends who decide to switch houses for a week. 

Dear David, A straight-A high schooler’s life is turned upside down when her risqué fantasy blog about her crush is leaked to everyone at school.

10 Days of a Good Man, A lawyer turned private investigator takes on a missing person case, propelling him on an unexpected and life-altering quest.



You (season 4), Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is returning for season 4—but this time, he assumes a new identity in London: Jonathan Moore.

My Dad the Bounty Hunter (family), An intergalactic bounty hunter takes dad duty to new extremes when his two kids accidentally hitch a ride with him to outer space and crash his mission.

The Exchange, Inspired by real events, two women set out to pioneer the cutthroat stock market of 1980s Kuwait — and disrupt its corrupt boys club along the way.

Love to Hate You (Korean/rom-com), For an attorney who despises losing to men and an A-list actor who distrusts women, love means nothing — until they’re forced to date each other.

MTV Floribama Shore (season 1), In this reality series, 8 young adults spend their summer partying in a beach town on the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach.

Love is Blind: After the Altar (Season 3), Check in with this season’s former fiancés, one year since their big decisions to get married or walk away single. 


Bill Russell: Legend (series), Featuring an interview with Bill Russell prior to his passing in 2022, Bill Russell: Legend is the definitive telling of the remarkable life and legacy of an NBA superstar and civil rights icon. 


Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence (documentary mini-series), Director Zach Heinzerling on Hulu’s three-part docuseries Stolen Youth, which features firsthand footage and audio of Larry Ray and his young followers: “Each video seemed more horrible than the next.” Vanity Fair


Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The Owl House, season 3

Marvel Studios Legends: “Ant-Man,” “Hank & Janet,” and “Wasp,”

Prime Video:


Somebody I Used to Know (rom-com), “The movie tells the story of Ally (Brie), a workaholic who returns to her hometown in the wake of a career disaster and finds herself turning to her ex-boyfriend, Sean (played by Insecure‘s Jay Ellis), for comfort. However, when Ally discovers that Sean is engaged, she starts to question everything about who she’s become.” from PureWow


Empire of Light. Photo: Searchlight Pictures

Empire of Light (2022 film)

Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special, season 3B

Marc Maron: From Bleak to Dark 

Puppy Bowl XIX on 2/12/23

For All Humankind


Murder in Big Horn (documentary series) follows the struggle of Native American families and activists to get justice for missing Indigenous women and girls in Montana ignored by law enforcement.


Sam & Kate (comedy/drama/romance), Four characters become tangled in a love triangle. Because of this, they are forced to confront their pasts and make new love work in their life. *stars Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek as the on-screen parents of their real-life children (Jake Hoffman, Schuyler Fisk).


Image via Paramount+

At Midnight, An actress (Monica Barbaro) reeling from a bad breakup falls for a charming hotel manager (Diego Boneta) in the romantic comedy.

In Theaters:

John Lithgow and Julianne Moore in Sharper

Sharper ( Mystery/Psychological thriller), Motivations are suspect, and expectations are turned upside down, as a con artist takes on Manhattan billionaires. Streaming on Apple TV+ on 2/17/23. Review from The Guardian, Sharper review – classy cast lead delectable caper about fraudsters and the super-rich

Salma Hayek Pinault and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike’s Last Dance. Credit…Claudette Barius/Warner Bros

Magic Mike’s Last Dance (comedy/drama), Mike Lane takes to the stage once again when a business deal that went bust leaves him broke and bartending in Florida. Hoping for one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse — and an agenda all her own.

Full Time (drama/narrative), After finally getting an interview for a job that will help her provide for her family, a woman must contend with a national transit strike.

Official poster for the 2023 re-release of “Titanic” SOURCE: PARAMOUNT

Titanic (1997 hit), Paramount’s 4K HDR 3D 25th-anniversary re-release in theaters.

Three: What to Wear

Sweater pants

My interest in sweater pants started after I read this article about Jennifer Aniston’s tree-shopping outfit, Jennifer Aniston Wore a Pair of Cozy Sweater Pants While Christmas Tree Shopping. “For the holiday excursion, Aniston went monochrome with a pair of simple, gray sweater pants and a long gray coat, a perfect match for hugging trees and lounging in cars.

I found this pair and the Gap, and I love them!

For women:

Mid Rise Split Flare Sweater Pants $54.99 at The Gap. +30% off with code MORE until 2/15


Merino Wool Joggers $74.99 at H&M

Four: What to Try

Superbowl Snacks – Whether you are watching the game for the football action, the commercials, or the halftime show, having the best snacks is important on Superbowl Sunday. Dips and small bites are easy to prepare and serve.

From Real Simple, 43 Crowd-Pleasing Super Bowl Snack Ideas. “Whether there’s team spirit in the air, mixed feelings about the half-time show, or you’re just there for the commercial breaks, everyone can agree on one thing: Super Bowl appetizers (with tasty chicken wings recipes, of course) are part of the excitement.

Photo: QUENTIN BACON Recipe: Fancy Pigs in a Blanket
Photo: JENNIFER CAUSEY Recipe: Deeply Caramelized Onion Dip

If you’re pressed for time, use a french onion soup mix with sour cream or nonfat greek yogurt.

From Food & Wine, Our 32 Best Super Bowl Recipes

Five: What to do

Get Ready for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day:

The gifts: From PureWow, 12 Valentine’s Day Gifts on Sale We’ve Got Total Heart Eyes For and The 35 Best Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts (Because You *Almost* Forgot This Year)

The outfit: From People, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pink Pants from the ‘And Just Like That…’ Set Look Straight Out of ‘Sex and the City’


From People (via Yahoo), Reese Witherspoon’s Little Red Skirt Set Is the Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspiration We Needed

Reese Witherspoon/Instagram

Watch your favorite shows Valentine episodes: 15 Great Valentine’s Day TV Episodes You Can Stream Right Now

Get Galentine’s Day (created in 2010 thanks to the show) inspiration from Parks and Recreation. “While all the Parks and Rec Valentine’s Day episodes do feature a little romance, they are first and foremost about the importance of friendships and of realizing that you don’t need a partner to be happy — a reminder that some of us need to prompt us to call our friends every now and again.

From Cosmopolitan, Your Everything-to-Know Guide to Celebrating Galentine’s Day (Ahem, *the* Best Day of the Year)

From People, Nordstrom Has Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone in Your Friend Group

Celebrate Black History Month

Read about Black history.

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From PopSugar, The New “1619 Project” Docuseries Trailer Examines Black American History With a New Lens.


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The Best New (and New-ish) Books to Read This Black History Month

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This was a favorite of mine in 2020. $16.20



From Celebrate Black History Month! 20% off at checkout with code: BLACKHISTORY

From Barnes and Noble: Black Voices

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