Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

February 24, 2023

I knew my life would be a fight, and I realized this: I had it in me.” ― Viola Davis, Finding Me.

Viola Davis achieves EGOT with Grammy win for her audiobook

One: Get Creative

What are your hobbies? Do you like to create things? Draw? Paint? Or do you feel like you need more creativity in your life?

I love creative hobbies, and I have tried several over the years. However, when choosing your hobby, you must pick something that makes you happy. You won’t stick to your hobby if you don’t enjoy it. That’s what happened to me when I tried sewing. I bought a sewing machine, took a sewing class, and made a pillow case and a tote bag. Unfortunately, after realizing I didn’t enjoy sewing, I gave away my machine.

The benefits of creative hobbies: Why you should take up a creative hobby this year

This time of year is perfect for trying a new creative hobby or returning to one you’ve abandoned. Creative hobbies are fun family activities but can also be excellent solo activities where you take a break from screens and life stresses.

Read about it:

Two: What to watch

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

Read: What to Watch, or Rewatch. I compiled a list of movies added to streaming services at the beginning of the month.



We Have a Ghost, Finding a ghost named Ernest haunting their new home turns Kevin’s family into overnight social media sensations. But when Kevin and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of Ernest’s past, they become a target of the CIA.Based on the short story “Ernest” by Geoff Manaugh

The Strays, A light-skinned Black woman’s meticulously crafted life of privilege starts to unravel when two strangers show up in her quaint suburban town.

Call Me Chihiro, An unapologetic former sex worker starts working at a bento stand in a small seaside town, bringing comfort to the lonely souls who come her way.

The Women King (2022 film) starring Viola Davis. In the 1800s, a group of all-female warriors protects the African kingdom of Dahomey with skills and fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen.


Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix

Outer Banks (season 3) follows a group of close-knit friends who embark on a journey to find long-lost treasure.

Who Were We Running From? Harboring a painful past, a mother lives like a nameless fugitive with her daughter as they make hotels their home and see everyone else as a threat.

Triptych, After finding out she is one of three identical triplets, a relentless detective embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth about her past.

Oddballs, season 2 – Netflix Family
Married at First Sight, season 12
Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series, part 2 – Netflix Family
The Real World, season 12


Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal, The Murdaughs were one of South Carolina’s most prominent families, but the death of teenager Mallory Beach in a drunken boating accident began the unraveling of their legacy. When Paul Murdaugh — the alleged driver of the boat — and his mother Maggie are found brutally murdered, a century of corruption, power and cover-ups in the Low Country is brought to light. The three-part series will feature firsthand accounts from those on the boat that fateful night, many of whom have not spoken about the crash or double homicide of Maggie and Paul until now, including: Paul Murdaugh’s longtime girlfriend, Morgan Doughty; Mallory Beach’s childhood friends, Miley Altman and Connor Cook; Mallory’s boyfriend, Anthony Cook; and several others.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive (season 5), Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane — both on and off the track — during each cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.


Dan Anderson/Hulu

Bruiser (Hulu Original/Onyx Collective movie), 14-year-old Darious explores the boundaries of his manhood with Malcolm, his strict but loving father, and Porter, a charismatic drifter.

211 (2018 action film) The film stars Nicolas Cage, Dwayne Cameron, Sophie Skelton, Michael Rainey Jr., Alexandra Dinu, and Ori Pfeffer.
A Million Little Pieces (2018 drama film), based on the novel by James Frey.
Prisoners of the Sun (2013 horror film)
The Reef: Stalked (2022 horror)
Spin Me Round (2022 dark comedy) Flown to an Italian immersion programme on her company’s dime, what starts as a romantic getaway devolves into chaos. Stars Alison Brie and Aubry Plaza.


To Catch a Smuggler, season 4
Ultimate Airport Dubai, seasons 1-3
The Low Tone Club, premiere (Disney+ original)
Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever, premiere (Disney+ original)

Prime Video:

Christoph Waltz plays a company’s mysterious new leader in “The Consultant.” Andrew Casey/Prime Video

The Consultant (8-episode thriller series), Adapted from Bentley Little’s novel. After an unspeakable tragedy at CompWare, a games studio based in downtown Los Angeles, a mysterious consultant, Regus Patoff, blows into town and takes charge.

Die Hart (satirical action-comedy), starring Hart, John Travolta, Nathalie Emmanuel, Josh Hartnett, and Jean Reno. Hart playing a fictionalized version of himself, as he sets out to pivot away from being pigeon-holed as a comedy wingman to being taken seriously as an action movie star. Kevin Hart attends ‘action hero school’ run by Ron Wilcox, played by Travolta, where he attempts to learn the ropes on how to become one of the industry’s most coveted action stars. Deadline

A Simple Favor (2018 mystery/thriller) stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart.

Smile (2022 horror)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 2014


Read: What to Watch, or Rewatch. HBO has a nice collection of Bond movies.

Looking for a rom-com: Read Rom-Com part 1 and part 2. HBO also has a great selection of classic rom-coms.


Will and Uncle Phil in Bel-Air season 1. 2021 Peacock TV LLC

Bel Air (Season 2, 10 episodes)

M3gan (2023 movie)

PGA Tour: The Honda Classic


Babylon (2023 movie)

The Equalizer (Season 3)

Apple TV+:

Vincent Cassel and Eva Green in Liaison. Photograph: Apple TV+

Liaison (thriller series), Two agents — and former lovers — must work together to combat international cyberattacks threatening the United Kingdom while also confronting the buried secrets of their destructive relationship.

The Reluctant Traveler: (Season 1)


Party Down (season 3), While chasing dreams of stardom, six Hollywood wannabe actors and writers make ends meet by working for a posh Los Angeles catering company.

In Theaters:

Keri Russell and the Cocaine Bear in Cocaine Bear. Universal

Cocaine Bear (thriller/action), After a 500-pound black bear consumes a significant amount of cocaine and embarks on a drug-fueled rampage, an eccentric gathering of cops, criminals, tourists, and teenagers assemble in a Georgia forest.

This movie is loosely based on true events. Vox interviewed a person who studies bears to find out more information about this event, What really happens if a bear does cocaine, explained by an ursinologist

Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn in “Linoleum.”Credit…Shout! Studios

Linoleum (sci-fi/drama), The sci-fi dramedy stars Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn in a twisty story of life, relationships, and rockets. NYT’s critic pick, ‘Linoleum’ Review: Rocket Plan


Jesus Revolution (drama) The true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970’s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California.

Mummies (comedy/animation), The film follows three mummies on their journey to present-day London to search for an old ring belonging to a royal family, stolen by an ambitious archeologist.

Ambush (action/thriller), Led by Aaron Eckhart and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the story is based on real-life events and follows a group of soldiers who are tasked with invading enemy territory during the Vietnam War. Their mission is to retrieve documents that can change the entire outcome of the conflictCollider. Also available to rent or buy.

Liz Caribel Sierra and Dion Costelloe in “God’s Time.”Credit…IFC Films

God’s Time (mystery/comedy), Two best friends race against time to stop the woman they’re both in love with from committing murder. Available to rent or buy.

Three: What to wear

Loungewear Sets: Yes, these sets look like pajamas and can be worn as pajamas, but you can also own a set that you use strictly for relaxing, working on your creative hobbies, or practicing hygge. Loungewear sets can also be a sweatshirt and sweatpant combo.

11 Sustainable Loungewear Brands For The Most Ethical R&R


For women:

From People, Mindy Kaling Sipped a Smoothie in This Comfy Loungewear Set — Here’s Why You Need It in Your Closet

CloudKnit Wide Leg Pant $78 Outdoor Voices
CloudKnit Heavyweight Longsleeve $68 at Outdoor Voices

Cheaper options are available on Amazon: Women’s Loungewear sets

Saeklia Cozy 2 Piece Outfits Lounge Sets for Womens Loungewear Long Sleeve Tops and Joggers Sweatpants Sweats Track Suits Set $32.99


5 Best Men’s Loungewear Sets in 2023: Relax in Style

COOFANDY Men’s 2 Pieces Cotton Linen Set Henley Shirt Long Sleeve and Casual Beach Pants Summer Yoga Outfits $46.99
Men’s Powerblend Fleece Hoodie $50 at Macy’s
Men’s Powerblend Fleece Zip Hoodie $55 at Macy’s
Men’s Powerblend Fleece Joggers $45 at Macy’s

Four: What to Try


Set up a cozy space and try hygge.

From Harper’s Bazaar (2020), How hygge will help you survive lockdown

From The New Yorker (2016), The Year of Hygge, the Danish Obsession with Getting Cozy. “Winter is the most hygge time of year. It is candles, nubby woolens, shearling slippers, woven textiles, pastries, blond wood, sheepskin rugs, lattes with milk-foam hearts, and a warm fireplace.”

From Rank & Style, Cozy Candles. If You Love A Cozy Candle, You Have To Check Out These 20.

Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony (Water Lily Pear), Medium $12.99 on Amazon

Five: What to do

Celebrate Black History Month

Support Black creators and actors:

The Women King, streaming on Netflix. Sony

From Slashfilm, Viola Davis Is The Best Actor Ever

From QuickFrame, 8 Black Filmmakers Who Revolutionized the Entertainment Industry

From Scribe, Scribeing Cinema for Black History Month: Top 10 Films from Black Creators

From E!News (2021), Honor Black History Month With These TV Shows and Movies By Black Creators

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