Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

April 7, 2023

“I wish you well,” — Gwyneth Paltrow

One: The Gravity of Gwyneth

Like it or not, Gwyneth Paltrow has the ability to pull us in. We are pulled to her news stories, her products, her diet, and, most recently, her trial.

Pool / Getty Images

Read about it:

Two: What to watch

Sources: PureWow, Vulture, and



BEEF (comedy/drama), A road rage incident between two strangers — a failing contractor and an unfulfilled entrepreneur — sparks a feud that brings out their darkest impulses. Starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, which PureWow’s own Nakeisha Campbell called a must-watch. From PureWow, Steven Yeun & Ali Wong’s Netflix Comedy Just Hit #2 on Netflix (& It’s So Good)

Albert O. Hirschman (Lucas Englander) and Varian Fry (Cory Michael Smith) in “Transatlantic.” The two men were part of a rescue operation for artists and writers in Nazi-occupied France in World War II.Credit…Anika Molbar/Netflix

Transatlantic (drama/history), Two Americans and their allies form a scrappy rescue operation in 1940 Marseilles to help artists, writers and other refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. Read the NY Times review

Thicker Than Water (drama), A journalist’s life devolves into chaos when she shields her brother from the law, inadvertently entangling her family in a drug lord’s merciless scheme.



On April 8th: Hunger (Thai drama film), A talented young street-food cook pushes herself to the limit after accepting an invitation to train under an infamous and ruthless chef.

Oh Belinda (Turkish comedy/drama), A young actor’s perfect life takes a madcap turn when she agrees to star in a commercial — and suddenly gets transported to her character’s world.

Chupa (Adventure), While visiting family in Mexico, a lonely boy befriends a mythical creature hiding on his grandfather’s ranch and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. Warning: there is a lot of buzz about the title of this film; many people have pointed out that the word “chupa” can be used as an inappropriate slang word.

Kings of Mulberry Street: Let Love Reign (adventure/comedy/drama), When Granny Chetty is abducted by an evil ex-cop, Ticky and Baboo return for a wild rescue mission, complete with a prized necklace and a musical show.


Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now (movie), This intimate, all-access documentary chronicles Lewis Capaldi’s journey from ambitious teen with a viral performance to Grammy-nominated pop star.

Surviving R. Kelly Part III The Final Chapter (season 1), In this documentary series on the tangled history of allegations against musician R. Kelly, women give detailed accounts of sexual and mental abuse.


Photo: ABC News Studios

Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields (2-part documentary), Now the most famous woman to graduate college, Brooke finds her voice, but when she tries to use it, a toxic culture will do anything to shut her up. From the New York Times, Brooke Shields and the Curse of Great Beauty. “Pretty Baby,” a new documentary on Hulu, explores the toll that sexual and commercial objectification takes on women.

Courtesy of Hulu

Tiny Beautiful Things (complete limited series, Hulu Original based on the book by Cheryl Strayed), A woman reluctantly takes on an anonymous, unpaid position with an advice column called Sugar. Unsure of herself at first, she finds a way to weave her life experiences together to help those seeking guidance. From Variety, Kathryn Hahn Shines as Cheryl Strayed in ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’: TV Review

Prime Video:


On a Wing and a Prayer (drama), After their pilot dies unexpectedly mid-flight, Doug White’s (Dennis Quaid) has to safely land a plane and save his entire family from insurmountable danger. Based on a true story.


Looney Tunes Cartoons, Max Original season 5 premiere

The Winchesters (season 1), A prequel to the long-running series “Supernatural,” “The Winchesters” tells the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester met Mary Campbell and put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.

Kung Fu (season 3), A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen, to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China.

Music Box: Jason Isbell: Running With Our Eyes Closed (documentary), The multiple Grammy winner shows the struggles in the studio and on the homefront as he records his 2020 album Reunions.


Chloe Bailey, left, and Anjelika Washington in “Praise This.”Credit…Jessica Miglio/Universal Pictures

Praise This (Peacock Original Film, musical/comedy), A young woman with dreams of being a superstar joins an underdog Atlanta praise-team choir in the lead up to the national competition.


Eduardo Araquel/Paramount+

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies (10-episode series), Grease (1978) may have focused on the romantic couple at its center, but in the new Paramount+ musical series, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, we learn the story of the popular girl gang, The Pink Ladies, and how exactly they came to be some of the most revered (and feared) figures at Rydell High.

80 for Brady (2023 movie)

The Masters (golf)

Apple TV+:

Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong and Tituss Burgess in “Schmigadoon!” season 2. Apple TV+

Schmigadoon! (season 2 premiere), In a parody of 1940s musicals, backpacking couple Melissa and Josh get trapped in Schmigadoon, a magical town filled with singing and dancing townspeople; they learn they can’t leave without finding true love, which they thought they already had.

In Theaters:

Matt Damon as a Nike exec and Viola Davis as Michael Jordan’s formidable mother in “Air.” Credit…Amazon Studios

Air (drama/sports), Sonny Vaccaro and Nike pursue basketball rookie Michael Jordan, creating a partnership that revolutionizes the world of sports and contemporary culture.

Photo courtesy of The Avenue.

One True Loves (romantic comedy), a modern twist on a classic love story from NY Times bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid. A woman is unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiance who has finally brought her back to life.

Nintendo and Universal Studios via AP

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (adventure/comedy), With help from Princess Peach, Mario gets ready to square off against the all-powerful Bowser to stop his plans from conquering the world.


How to Blow Up a Pipeline (thriller/drama), With the climate crisis at a point of no return, a group of environmental activists come up with a daring plan to make their voices heard and disrupt an oil pipeline.

Owen Wilson in ‘Paint’ IFC Films

Paint (comedy), Owen Wilson stars as Carl Nargle, Vermont’s #1 public TV painter who is convinced he has it all: a signature perm, custom van, and fans hanging on his every stroke… until a younger, better artist steals everything (and everyone) Carl loves.

Quiver Distribution

You’re Killing Me (horror/suspense) Limited release and available to stream. Follows Eden Murphy (McKaley Miller), who goes to a coveted ‘Heaven and Hell’ party, hoping to get a letter of recommendation to an elite university from the wealthy parents of her classmate, but the party quickly turns into a fight for her life. It Is One of Anne Heche’s Final Movies

Credit: Courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories

Joyland (drama/narrative), One day, Haider finds work as a dancer in a cabaret. He falls in love with one of the star dancers, Biba, a transgender woman. For her part, his wife Mumtaz finds it hard to bear his less and less free life.

Three: What to wear

Carry a capacious bag (aka large tote):

From Fashionista, SEARCHES FOR THAT LUDICROUSLY CAPACIOUS BURBERRY BAG SPIKED AFTER ‘SUCCESSION’ PREMIERE. What was the problem with this tote? One of the characters in Succession had things to say. Tom calls her tartan Burberry tote bag “ludicrously capacious.” He continues to trash the bag, “What’s even in there? Flat shoes for the subway? Her lunch pail? I mean, Greg, it’s monstrous,” he says. “It’s gargantuan. You can take it camping. You could slide it across the floor after a bank job.”

Photo: Nordstrom $2,890 at Nordstrom

Ignore Succession trash talk about the tote. Vogue named it as one of its essentials for a spring capsule wardrobe. “When it comes to handbags, 2023 is the year of the tote bag. With offerings from DeMellier, Dragon Diffusion, and Cuyana, you’ll be in on the trend in total style, whether you’re commuting to and from the office or packing up for a weekend getaway.10+ Essentials for the Chicest Spring Capsule Wardrobe. Vogue also wrote in February 2023 Is the Year of the Chic Tote Bag.

In 2022 the New York Times wrote, The 6 Best Tote Bags to Match Any Style. “If I was Sarah Snook on Succession, I would have this bag,” said Wirecutter’s Anna Perling during testing. She was contemplating the $250 Leatherology Belmont Structured Tote while referring to the impossibly chic-yet-corporate wardrobe of character Shiv Roy on HBO’s satirical comedy-drama about the owners of a global media empire.

Sarah Snook would not have worn it to a birthday party if she owned such a tote bag. Use your totes for daily activities but don’t bring one to a fancy party. (According to Succession characters and fans of that brutal scene from episode 1)

My favorite tote for spring and summer is the L.L. Bean Tote:


Four: What to Try

Spring items at Trader Joe’s:


From Real Simple, 13 Spring Foods You Must Buy at Trader Joe’s, According to Employees, and 10 New Trader Joe’s Spring Must-Haves, According to Employees

Five: What to do

Celebrate Easter

From PureWow:

30 Best Easter Movies to Get You in the Holiday Spirit,

60 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Kids of All Ages

12 Fun Things to Do on Easter for Kids and Grown-Ups Alike

Easter meals and treats:

Easter Bread with icing

Make your own: (with or without icing) Easter Bread or Traditional Italian Easter Bread

Make some delicious side dishes (on Easter or anytime) from PureWow, 60 Easter Side Dishes to Go with Ham, Lamb and Everything in Between

photo: KATHERINE GILLEN Recipe: Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: