Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

February 17, 2023

I think the most important thing in skiing is you have to be having fun. If you’re having fun, then everything else will come easy to you.” Lindsey Vonn     

One: Winter Sports and Activities

This winter has been mild in the northeast; it was 50 degrees in Boston this week. Eight years ago, we had crazy amounts of snow.

Winter weather in the northeast varies from year to year, but there are winter sports and activities you can enjoy without a massive snowstorm. You can easily travel to places with snow and various winter activities options. You can plan trips to fun winter sports destinations in the United States and other countries from wherever you live.

I grew up in New Jersey and Georgia; when I lived in New Jersey, we did a lot of fun winter sports and activities, including skiing and sledding.

and building snow forts

Read about it:

Two: What to watch

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



In “Unlocked,” Chun Woo-hee plays a woman whose cellphone is hacked to spy on her.Credit…Jeon Young-wook/Netflix

Unlocked, A woman’s life is turned upside-down when a dangerous man gets ahold of her lost cell phone and uses it to track her every move. Read the New York Times review.


The Upshaws (part 3), Still striving for success and surviving every mess, the Upshaws face a series of obstacles that put their resilience — and relationships — to the test.

The Law According to Lidia Poët, Forbidden from practicing law, a woman prepares to fight the court’s decision. Inspired by the true story of Lidia Poët, Italy’s first female lawyer.

CoComelon (season 7), Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with JJ in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!

Eva Lasting, A mysterious teen girl arrives at an all-boys school in 1970s Colombia, breaking stereotypes, rules… and a few hearts.

#NoFilter, Bored with her studies, Marcely drops out of college to chase a new goal in life: becoming an influencer. But life online is harder than it looks…

Red Rose, A ragtag crew of teens must survive a summer of terror after downloading an app that makes dangerous demands with deadly consequences.

A Girl and an Astronaut, An astronaut’s return after a 30-year disappearance rekindles a lost love and sparks interest from a corporation determined to learn why he hasn’t aged.

Community Squad, A ragtag civilian patrol squad created to improve the image of the police force faces unexpected danger after stumbling on a drug trafficking operation.

Gangland (season 2), Mehdi, Liana and Tony find their plans to leave Belgium thwarted by the arrival of a new enemy — one that forces them to ally with former foes.


Full Swing (8-episode series), This immersive documentary series follows a diverse group of professional golfers on and off the course across a relentless season of competition. From Golf, The new Netflix ‘Full Swing’ series is now out. Here are 7 things to know.

African Queens: Nijinga (series), From executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith comes a new documentary series exploring the lives of prominent and iconic African queens. The first season will cover the life of Njinga, the complex, captivating and fearless 17th century warrior queen of Ndongo and Matamba, in modern day Angola. The nation’s first female ruler, Njinga earned a reputation for her blend of political and diplomatic skill with military prowess and became an icon of resistance. 


ABC/Eric McCandless

The Company You Keep Series premiere 2/19/23 on ABC (2/20/23 on Hulu), A night of passion leads to love between con man Charlie and undercover CIA officer Emma, who are unknowingly on a collision course professionally.

Animal Control (series premiered on Fox 2/16/23), Joel McHale stars in Fox’s ‘Animal Control,’ a workplace sitcom about employees dealing with wildlife-related mishaps.

American Idol (season 21 premiere 2/19/23 on ABC, 2/20/23 on Hulu)

Animaniacs, (complete third and final season)

Accident Man: Hitman’s Holiday (2022 film)
All Roads Lead to Rome (2016 film) stars Sarah Jessica Parker
Black November (2012 film)
Forsaken (2015 western) stars Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole and Demi Moore. 
Game of Love (2022 romance/drama)
La Boda De Valentina (2018 film)
Rogue Agent (2022 thriller)
Shut In (2022 film)


Inside Airport Lost & Found (documentary)
Making the Wish: Disney’s Newest Cruise Ship (documentary)

Prime Video:

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022 film), stars  Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. It is based on the short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye” by A. S. Byatt 


Poor Devil (adult animated series), A typical 18-year-old who happens to be the Antichrist is sent by his father to Earth to cause disaster, but he has other plans for his life.


Jay Hernandez (l.) and Perdita Weeks are back as Magnum P.I. makes its move from CBS to NBC. (Image credit: Zach Dougan/CBS/Universal Television)

On 2/19/23 (NBC) or 2/20/23 on Peacock. Magnum P.I. (Season 5), I’m excited about this premiere because I thought this show was finished. From NextTV, ‘Magnum P.I.,’ Left for Dead, Is Reborn on NBC . I’m not usually a fan of a remake, especially when the original series was so good (Tom Selleck in Hawaii is must-see TV). Thanks to the strong supporting characters, including a female Higgins, I got into this remake, and Jay Hernandez does a decent job of being the new Magnum. Plus, I still love the theme song.


Star Trek: Picard (Season 3 premiere), Admiral Picard and his Star Trek: The Next Generation crew are reuniting for one last mission that will thrill longtime Star Trek: Picard fans and new recruits alike.

Apple TV+:

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

Apple TV+

Hello Tomorrow! (weekly 30-minute series, The first three episodes will be made available on February 17, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday through April 7), In a retro-futuristic world, charismatic salesman Jack Billings leads a team of fellow sales associates determined to revitalize their customers’ lives by hawking timeshares on the moon.

In Theaters:

Paul Rudd, left, as Ant-Man and Jonathan Majors as Kang in the third installment of this Marvel franchise. Credit…Marvel Studios/Disney

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (action/adventure), Ant-Man and the Wasp find themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that pushes them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible.


Marlowe (mystery/thriller), MARLOWE, a gripping noir crime thriller set in late 1930’s Bay City, centers around a brooding, down on his luck detective; Philip Marlowe, played by Liam Neeson, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Diane Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Jessica Lange). Rotten Tomatoes

Emma Mackey as Emily Brontë in Frances O’Connor’s directorial debut.Credit…Michael Wharley/Bleecker Street/Obscure Pictures

Emily (drama/biography/romance), Imagines the transformative, exhilarating, and uplifting journey to womanhood of a rebel and a misfit, one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic, and provocative writers who died too soon at the age of 30.

Park Ji-min’s remarkable lead performance elevates this withholding yet moving meditation on identity and culture to a masterwork. Photo: Aurora Films

Return to Seoul (drama), A 25-year-old French woman returns to South Korea, where she was born, for the very first time. She decides to look for her biological parents, but her journey takes a surprising turn.

Craig David Dowsett in “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey.”Credit…ITN Studios and Jagged Edge Productions

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey (horror), Now feral and bloodthirsty, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet terrorize Christopher Robin and a group of young women at a remote house. Why did someone do this to Winnie? From USA Today, How can Winnie the Pooh be made a killer in ‘Blood and Honey’? The public domain, explained.So how, in the name of sweet honey, is this possible? Because Pooh and Piglet, introduced in the 1926 book “Winnie-the-Pooh,” entered the public domain in 2022.

Three: What to Wear

Winter Boots

From The New York Times, The Best Winter Boots

From Switchback Travel, Best Winter Boots of 2023

For women:

From Rank & Style, Reviewers Have Spoken: These Are The Best Winter Boots To Buy Now

SOREL Tivoli IV Snow Boot $144.99 at DSW $20 off with code FABULOUSFEB, Valid February 16–19, 2023 in stores & online


SOREL Buxton Lace Snow Boot at DSW $20 off with code FABULOUSFEB, Valid February 16–19, 2023 in stores & online

Four: What to Try

Use Vaseline for dry lips (and other beauty needs)

From Byrdie, 15 Mind-Blowing Vaseline Uses You Never Knew About (Until Now). We like to think of Vaseline as the OG moisturizer. It dates back to 1865 when chemist Robert Chesebrough patented the petroleum jelly formula to heal dry skin. Its thick consistency does work wonders on our skin, especially when it gets cold out. “Vaseline is the holy grail in skincare for dermatologists,” says Onyeka Obioha, MD, board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist. “Petroleum jelly allergies are very rare, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin types,” says David Petrillo, chemist and founder of Perfect Image.

From People, The 17 Best Lip Balms for Smooth, Hydrated Lips, According to Dermatologists and Shoppers

Five: What to do

Be kind.

From ABC, The surprising health benefits of kindness: Feb 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Engaging in selfless acts not only serves the people around you, but also gives your mind and body a healthy boost. There’s a term for that warm glow you feel when doing something kind for others: the “helper’s high.”

Celebrate Black History Month

Support Black creators:

I discovered Riches on Prime Video thanks to a recommendation from a family member. I watched the first season in one weekend.

Deborah Ayorinde in “Riches” David Hindley/Prime Video

Riches is a British drama television series created by Abby Ajayi, starring Deborah Ayorinde, Hugh Quarshie, and Sarah Niles. Riches follows the exploits of the stylish, privileged, super-successful Richards family. From BuzzFeed, People On Twitter Are Calling “Riches” The Black “Succession” Because The Family Drama In This Show Is Wild.

From Essence, 2023 Entertainment Preview: 14 Black TV Shows To Watch This Year

From Parade, We’re Celebrating These 21 Boundary-Pushing, Boss Black Women Behind the Scenes in Hollywood


From BuzzFeed (2022 article), 22 Of The Best Black-Created TV Shows That You Need To Start Watching (And Rewatching) Immediately

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