Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

April 14, 2023

I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you.” — Reese Witherspoon

One: Reese Witherspoon

You know her from her movies and successful series, but she is more than a famous actress. Reese Witherspoon has a clothing line, book club, and production company.

Her newest series, The Last Thing He Told Me, is premiering this week on Apple TV+. Her production company has created over 15 movies and series with women leading the stories.

Read about it:

Two: What to watch

Sources: PureWow, Vulture, Netflix Tulum, and




Seven Kings Must Die (action/drama), In the wake of King Edward’s death, Uhtred of Bebbanburg and his comrades adventure across a fractured kingdom in the hopes of uniting England at last.

Queens on the Run (Mexican action/comedy), Four best friends — and their newfound pet chicken — finally take the road trip they planned in high school. Will they manage to steer clear of trouble?



Florida Man (7-episode series, comedy/drama), A disgraced cop in debt is forced to return to his home state of Florida for a shady mission only to get swept up in a wild — and deadly — treasure hunt. Produced by Jason Bateman. 

Kim Ji-yeon/Netflix

Queenmaker (Korean political drama), After a crisis of conscience, a powerful fixer uses her skills to propel a civil rights lawyer’s mayoral campaign — and take down her former employer.

Obsession (thriller/drama), A respected London surgeon’s affair with his son’s fiancée turns into an erotic infatuation that threatens to change their lives forever.


American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing (3-episode series), The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing paralyzed a great American city on what was supposed to be its happiest day. Ten years later, this three-part series delves into the massive manhunt that followed the tragedy, as remembered by the law enforcement officials who brought the bombers to justice and the survivors caught in the crossfire. From Boston, Netflix’s ‘Boston Marathon Bombing’ documentary is a thorough but difficult watch. “Viewers unfamiliar with the Boston Marathon bombings will get a lot out of Netflix’s three-part documentary. Those who lived through it may want to avoid it altogether.”



A Black Lady Sketch Show (season 4 premiere)

#BringBackAlice (mini-series, Polish thriller), After missing social media influencer Alicja Stec returns with no memory of the past year, the drug-dealing brother of another missing teen sets out to prove the cases are connected… and unravel the truth behind his sister’s disappearance.

Starting April 16th:

Courtesy of HBO

Barry (4th and final season), In this HBO dark comedy, Bill Hader stars as Barry Berkman, a hitman whose career takes a surprising turn when he joins an acting class and ends up loving it. From Variety, In Its Final Season, ‘Barry’ Bares Its Protagonist’s True Supervillain Self: TV Review.


100 Foot Wave (documentary series, season 2 premiere), A look at the decade-long odyssey of big-wave pioneer Garrett McNamara to ride a 100-foot wave.


On April 16th:

Photo: Ursula Coyote/SHOWTIME

Waco: The Aftermath, Five-part drama series portraying the searing aftermath of the disastrous FBI 1993 standoff at the Branch Davidian compound – an event that galvanized American militia movements and helped radicalize Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and many others. From CNN, ‘Waco: The Aftermath’ chillingly connects the standoff’s past to the present.



Single Drunk Female (Freeform complete season 2), Sam is a year and a half sober, but her struggles are nowhere near their end. 


Am I Being Unreasonable? (Dark British comedy, complete season 1), Twisted comedy thriller about two mums, marital angst, maternal paranoia and a dead cat. 

On April 17th:

New Girl (complete series)



Rennervations (premiere of four-part series), Jeremy Renner teams up with expert builders to acquire large, decommissioned government vehicles and re-imagine them as “mind-blowing creations” that serve kids in communities worldwide.


Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (animated short), For the first time in nearly 95 years, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios in an all-new animated short.

Prime Video:


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (season 5 premiere, 3 episodes with new episodes released weekly), “its final season with a new career opportunity for Midge, trouble ahead for the comedy’s core duo and an emotional farewell.Variety

Greek Salad (drama),  Tom’s and Mia’s grandfather has just died. He’s bequeathed them a building in Athens, where Mia is supposed to be studying.

Apple TV+:

Image via Apple TV+

The Last Thing He Told Me (a series based on a book by Laura Dave), When Hannah (Jennifer Garner) realizes that her husband has disappeared in the midst of an embezzlement investigation, she forges an unexpected relationship with her stepdaughter, Bailey (Angourie Rice). 

Jane (Season 1 Premiere), Jane is a live-action animated educational adventure television series. 

In Theaters:

MAFIA MAMMA, front, from left: Toni Collette, Monica Bellucci, 2023. © Bleecker Street Media / Courtesy Everett Collection

Mafia Mamma (comedy/adventure), A mild-mannered suburban mum unexpectedly inherits her late grandfather’s mafia empire in Italy. Guided by the firm’s trusted consigliere, she hilariously defies everyone’s expectations as she finds herself stuck in the middle of a deadly mob war.

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Russell Crowe as Father Gabriele Amorth in a scene from Screen Gems’ “The Pope’s Exorcist.” (Jonathan Hession/Sony Pictures via AP)

The Pope’s Exorcist (horror), Father Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist for the Vatican, battles Satan and innocent-possessing demons. A detailed portrait of a priest who performed more than 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime. From AP, Russell Crowe stars as Vatican’s ‘James Bond of exorcists’

Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult star in Renfield. Universal Pictures

Renfield (horror/comedy), Renfield, the tortured aide to his narcissstic boss, Dracula, is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding. However, after centuries of servitude, he’s ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of the Prince of Darkness.

From left, Nathan Lane, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Ryan bring their usual charisma to “Beau Is Afraid.”Credit…Takashi Seida/A24

Beau Is Afraid (horror), Joaquin Phoenix plays a sad sack who endures a crucible of suffering to see his monstrous mother. NYT

Three: What to wear

Pants with prints:

From People, Kate Hudson’s Comfy and Colorful Pants Will Persuade You to Play with Prints This Spring.

$59 Nordstrom
Vans Men’s Authentic Print Cotton Chino Pants $38.70 Nordstrom

Four: What to Try

The Hugo spritz:

Image: / Tim Nusog

From PureWow, Spritz Girl Summer Is Approaching: Here’s the Drink Everyone Will Be Ordering. “The Hugo spritz hails from Naturo, an idyllic alpine town nestled along the Italian-Austrian border. And while it’s currently one of the most sought-after summer drinks in Europe, the crisp cocktail isn’t a new invention. According to Mixology magazine, South Tyrol-based bartender Roland Gruber dreamed up the concoction in 2005 by marrying Prosecco, lemon balm syrup and mint leaves. Lemon balm, a sweet citrus-y herb, was later traded with elderflower in the recipe. And since elderberry plants aren’t always abundant, mixologists are reaching for elderflower liqueur instead.

Five: What to do

In Boston:

From The B Side: How to Marathon Monday like a pro

Saturday is One Boston Day, when we honor those lost in the 2013 marathon bombings and recognize the strength of community with acts of service and kindness. Find ways you can give back to Boston here.”  

Watch the Boston Marathon:

Image: Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff. Illustration: Katie Cole

The world’s oldest annual marathon is back. Over 30,000 runners from 121 countries will make the trek from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday. The course covers eight cities and towns: Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston.

Keep an eye out for a few familiar faces. Big Papi is the grand marshal of the race and Bruins legend Zdeno Chara is running the 26.2 miles for the Hoyt Foundation. Former Red Sox players Brock Holt and Ryan Dempster are running for Dana-Farber and the Lingzi Foundation, respectively.” 

Take your dog to the park and have a beer:

New England’s first-ever dog bar is open for business. Park 9 Dog Bar in Everett held a leash-cutting ceremony to officially open their bar and dog park combo this week. The new spot has an indoor bar and lounge where dogs can hang (on leash) with their humans, along with indoor and outdoor dog park areas. Don’t have a pooch? No worries. All are welcome. It’s the one place where cocktails and Cocker Spaniels can co-exist.

Go for a ride on the swan boats. Opening Day – Saturday, April 15, 2023

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