Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

March 31, 2023

It’s like our time together is just ours. It’s our own creation. It must be like I’m in your dream and you’re in mine or something.” — Celine, Before Sunrise

One: Rom-Com Core and Spring Trends

13 Going on 30 (skirt + cute top + flower necklace + tote with scarf = perfect spring outfit), Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Spring is in the air, occasionally, when the weather cooperates. April showers bring May flowers, but we might start to see some flowers blooming in April. So there are signs that spring has officially begun.

We can start thinking about springtime activities and start taking more walks outside. The start of spring is also a great time to change our outfits; if the weather cooperates, we can put away heavy coats and bulky sweaters.

To inspire your spring outfits, now is an excellent time to watch or rewatch some rom-coms. From Vulture in 2018, Spring Is the Best Season for Rom-Coms. “Spring is famously known as the time when a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy turns to thoughts of love. It’s not surprising, then, that so many of the best and most beloved contemporary rom-coms are strongly associated with the season of renewal, rising temperatures, and cherry blossoms.

Most rom-coms have the perfect spring outfit featured at some point in the movie, even if the scene takes place in another season. A dress with a cardigan (there are lots of cardigans in rom-coms), a fun top, a crisp white button-down shirt, and an outfit with a blazer are some of the top trends featured.

Read about it:

Two: What to watch

Sources: PureWow, Netflix Tulum, What’s on Netflix

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



Scott Yamano/Netflix

Murder Mystery 2 (action/comedy sequel), Four years after solving their first murder mystery, Nick and Audrey Spitz (Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston) are now full-time detectives struggling to get their private eye agency off the ground when they’re invited to celebrate the wedding of their friend the Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar) on his private island. But trouble follows the Spitzes again when the groom is kidnapped for ransom soon after the festivities begin — making each glamorous guest, family member, and the bride herself a suspect. 

Kill Boksoon (Korean thriller), At work, she’s a renowned assassin. At home, she’s a single mom to a teenage daughter. Killing? That’s easy. It’s parenting that’s the hard part.


Picture: Netflix

Unstable (Season 1) Rob Lowe comedy series about a biotech entrepreneur working to make the world a better place.

Copycat Killer (season 1), Taiwanese crime mystery series set in 90s Taipei. When a spate of grisly murders throws a city into chaos, a tenacious prosecutor must brace for a cat-and-mouse game against a dangerous manipulator.

Unseen, A nondescript house cleaner desperately searches for her husband as a shadowy conspiracy dredges up past tragedies and ultimately drives her to murder.

Wellmania (season 1, Australian comedy series), When a health crisis forces Liv to rethink her “live fast, die young” attitude, she jumps into a wellness journey to get better — even if it kills her.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (season 2), A ninja master and the mutated turtles who were once his pets rise from the sewers of Manhattan to fight evil alien forces that threaten the city.


Emergency: NYC, Go from helicopter to hospital with trauma team professionals across New York City as they provide life-saving aid and share their personal stories.

Big Mäck: Gangsters and Gold, A man is convicted of a robbery he didn’t commit and spends nine years in jail. Decades later, he becomes a suspect again — but is he still innocent?



FX’s Great Expectations (two-episodes series premiere), FX’s Great Expectations is a six-part limited series adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name by award-winning writer Steven Knight.

Attack on Titan (final season, part 2)

Rye Lane (Hulu Original rom-com film), Following two youngsters reeling from bad breakups who connect over a particularly eventful day in South London.


Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Chapter 21 *Disney+ Original

Prime Video:

Photo: Katie Yu | Prime Video

The Power (series premiere, 3 episodes released), An adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s 2016 novel. Teenage girls suddenly and mysteriously develop a special power that allows them to electrocute people at will. From Den of Geek, The Power: A New Sci-Fi Series for Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale


Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021 film)


The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1
The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2


Queen of the Universe (Season 2)

Apple TV+:

Image Credits: Apple

Tetris (drams/comedy film), Henk Rogers discovers Tetris in 1988, and then risks everything by travelling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov to bring the game to the masses.

Apple TV+

The Big Door Prize (comedy series), A small town is forever changed when a mysterious machine appears, promising to reveal everyone’s true potential; soon, residents start changing jobs, rethinking relationships and questioning long-held beliefs.

Eve the Owlet (animated series) Based on the best-selling book series Owl Diaries.

In Theaters:

Image via Paramount

Dungeons & Dungeons: Honor Among Thieves (action/adventure/fantasy), A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people.

Aaron Ricketts/Focus Features

A Thousand and One (crime drama), Unapologetic and free-spirited Inez kidnaps her 6-year-old son, Terry, from the foster care system. They set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity and stability in a rapidly changing New York City.

Hero Entertainment

Spinning Gold (Biography, Drama, Music, Musical), Neil Bogart launches Casablanca Records in the 1970s, giving rise to such musical acts as Donna Summer, Parliament, Gladys Knight, the Isley Brothers, the Village People, Bill Withers and KISS. Along with a rag-tag team of young music lovers, Casablanca Records rewrites history and changes the industry forever.

Angel Studios

His Only Son (drama), Abraham is commanded by God to sacrifice his son, and finds his faith tested during the three-day journey to the mountain of Moriah.

Three: What to wear

Clean out your closet:

From InStyle, Spring 2023 Is All About Loving What You Already Own. Fashion experts say the best trends are already in your closet.

And find your favorite spring scarf (another rom-comcore trend):

Sleepless in Seatle, SONY HOME VIDEO
It’s Complicated, Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Here Comes Polly, IMDb

Four: What to Try

Buy some plants for your home.

I’m not very good at taking care of plants. I’ve killed a few over the years, but I love having plants at home. I found a solution to my plant challenges, The Easy Plant. “Beautiful, live indoor plants potted in our innovative self-watering pots

How it works
How it arrives
Unpacking and setting up.

I purchased my first plant last year and managed to keep it alive!

One year later.

From Good Housekeeping, 22 Best Indoor Plants for Any Room

Five: What to do

Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women-owned beauty brands:

From Refinery 29, 22 Women-Owned Beauty Brands That We Love To Love.

Glow Recipe

Celebrate Spring:

From The Everygirl, 50 Ways to Romanticize Your Life This Spring.

#3. Transition your closet to spring. Lighter fabrics and brighter colors—the time to romanticize your closet is now. If you haven’t heard, Romcom core is in, and we’re ready to let Nora Ephron lead the way.

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