Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

April 21, 2023

Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don’t lose the passion and the love for what you do.” — Nadia Comăneci

One: Five on Friday

I started my weekly newsletter, Notes of a Fashionista, on Friday, April 22, 2022. I’ve been updating it and editing the content weekly, but the format has stayed the same. It’s called Five on Friday; I have five sections to the newsletter: One changes every week and covers trends, life events, travel, or celebrities; Two is what to watch; Three is what to wear, Four is what to try, and Five is what to do.

The goal of my newsletter is to share trends in fashion, beauty, food, travel, and entertainment.

Read about it:

Two: What to watch

Sources: PureWow, Vulture, Netflix Tudum, and



Alex Bailey/Netflix 

The Diplomat (drama/thriller), Amid an international crisis, a career diplomat juggles her new high-profile job as ambassador to the UK and her turbulent marriage to a political star.

Scott Ly and Rachel Leigh Cook – Picture. Netflix

A Tourist’s Guide to Love (adventure/comedy/romance), After an unexpected breakup, a travel executive accepts an assignment to go under cover and learn about the tourist industry in Vietnam. Along the way, she finds adventure and romance with her Vietnamese expat tour guide.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always (action/adventure/family), When Rita Repulsa returns, the Power Rangers are the only ones who can stop her! But after 30 years, can the team still be the heroes the world needs?

One More Time (Swedish rom-com), On her 40th birthday, Amelia makes a fateful wish to be 18 again back in 2002 but soon regrets it when she’s stuck reliving the day over and over again.


Bob Odenkirk plays lawyer Saul Goodman on the Breaking Bad prequel/spin-off, Better Call Saul. Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Better Call Saul (season 6), The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the years leading up to his fateful run-in with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.The sixth season is composed of 13 episodes.

Indian Matchmaking (season 3), From London to New Delhi, matchmaker Sima Taparia helps more marriage-ready singles find romance while providing plenty of reality checks along the way. 

Rough Diamonds (Belgian drama), When a prodigal son sends his family’s empire into crushing debt, his estranged brother returns to Antwerp’s diamond district to pick up the pieces.


Longest Third Date (series), A documentary that follows a real-life couple who went out of the country for a third date and got stuck thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two were forced to have an extended stay in Costa Rica and extensively get to know each other in the middle of a global lockdown.

How to Get Rich (docu-series), Money holds power over us — but it doesn’t have to. Finance expert Ramit Sethi works with people across the US to help them achieve their richest lives.

Chimp Empire (4-part series), A vast community of chimpanzees thrives in a forest in Uganda, navigating complex social politics, family dynamics and dangerous territory disputes.  Narrated by Mahershala Ali.


Tupac Shakur and Afeni Shakur-Davis FX/Annette Brown/Getty Images

Dear Mama (docuseries), diving into the personal relationship of 2Pac and his mother, Afeni Shakur.

Secrets of the Elephants (National Geographic docuseries premiere), Traveling the globe to meet different families of elephants, each with their own set of remarkable cultural behaviors that they’ve adapted to suit the environment in which they live. Narrated by Natalie Portman and featuring renowned National Geographic Explorer and elephant expert Dr. Paula Kahumbu.

From left, Jay Chandrasekhar, Adrianne Palicki and Paul Soter in “Quasi.”Credit…Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Studios/Hulu

Quasi (comedy film), A hapless hunchback yearns for love, but finds himself in the middle of a deadly feud between the Pope and the King of France when they each order the misfit to kill the other.

Poker Face (Peacock series), The show follows Charlie Cale, a casino employee with a remarkable ability to detect lies, as she embarks on a journey across the United States. After being implicated in a suspicious death, Charlie goes on the run from a powerful casino boss, encountering a variety of eccentric characters and solving crimes along the way.


Secrets of the Elephants (National Geographic docuseries premiere), Traveling the globe to meet different families of elephants, each with their own set of remarkable cultural behaviors that they’ve adapted to suit the environment in which they live. Narrated by Natalie Portman and featuring renowned National Geographic Explorer and elephant expert Dr. Paula Kahumbu.

Prime Video:

Rachel Weisz as the Mantle twins, Elliot and Beverly, in ‘Dead Ringers.’ COURTESY OF AMAZON STUDIOS

Dead Ringers (drama mini-series), Twin gynaecologists, Elliot and Beverly Mantle, perform ethically questionable procedures on infertile women. Six-episode limited series adaptation of David Cronenberg’s 1988 feature Dead Ringers. Review from The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Dead Ringers’ Review: Rachel Weisz Delivers a Stunning One-Two Punch in Amazon’s Unsettling Drama Series.

“Judy Blume Forever,” a new documentary from Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, pays tribute to Blume and her imprint on young adult literature.Credit…Amazon Prime

Judy Blume Forever (documentary film), The film features Blume narrating the milestones of her life and career, along with interviews of her famous fans. An‘Judy Blume Forever’ Review: The Y.A. Author Who Went There First. NYT’s Critic’s pick, ‘Judy Blume Forever’ Review: The Y.A. Author Who Went There First


Fired on Mars (HBO series premiere/adult animated series), Existential workplace comedy set on the Martian campus of a modern tech company.

Diary of an Old Home (season 2), Homeowners offer an intimate look at the original features and modern renovations that make their old homes unique.

Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? (season 3), Chris Wallace has conversations across the spectrum of news, sports, entertainment and culture.

On April 23rd:

Jeff Hiller, left, and Bridget Everett in a scene from the comedy series “Somebody Somewhere.” (HBO via AP)

Somebody Somewhere (2nd season), Sam (Bridget Everett) is dealing with the loss of her sister and trying to fit in within the town of Manhattan, Kansas. However, through her crisis, she finds a ragtag group of friends who help her to grow. 

Doctor Who: Power of the Doctor (2022 special/on 4/29/23), The Master brings the Daleks and Cybermen together to wipe the Doctor and Earth from existence.


Photo: Sophie Kohler/Peacock

Mrs. Davis (comedy/drama/sci-fi series, season 1, episodes 1-4 (new episodes Thursdays)), Sister Simone partners with her ex-boyfriend Wiley on a globe-spanning journey to destroy Mrs. Davis, a powerful artificial intelligence. From NPR, Get thee to this nunnery: Fun, fast, freewheeling ‘Mrs. Davis’ is habit-forming.

The 355 (2022 film), American action spy thriller starring Jessica Chastain as Mason, Penélope Cruz as Graciela, Fan Bingbing as Lin Mi Sheng.

Apple TV+:

Photo courtesy of Apple TV

Ghosted (action/adventure/comedy film), Salt-of-the-earth Cole falls head over heels for enigmatic Sadie—but then makes the shocking discovery that she’s a secret agent. Starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. 

Drops of God (drama series), While the world of wine mourns the death of Alexandre Léger, his estranged daughter, Camille, learns his extraordinary collection is now hers.

Big Beasts (docuseries), Travel from freezing poles to tropical rainforests to meet nature’s most captivating giants, who prove being big comes with enormous challenges.

In Theaters:

Image via Searchlight Pictures

Chevalier (drama/music), The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Joseph Bologne rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with a love affair and falling out with Marie Antoinette.  Inspired by the real-life life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. 

Dar Salim as Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal as Sgt. John Kinley in “Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant.”Credit…Christopher Raphael/MGM

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant (Action/War), During the war in Afghanistan, a local interpreter risks his own life to carry an injured sergeant across miles of grueling terrain.

Image via Warner Bros

Evil Dead Rise (horror/fantasy), A reunion between two estranged sisters gets cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.

Ray Romano and Laurie Metcalf in “Somewhere in Queens.”Credit…Mary Cybulski/Roadside Attractions

Somewhere in Queens (drama/comedy), Leo and Angela Russo live a blue-collar life, surrounded by the big personalities of their overbearing Italian-American family. When their son’s chance at a life-changing basketball scholarship is jeopardized, Leo risks everything to help him, but may tear the family apart trying to make it happen.

Shailene Woodley in ‘To Catch a Killer.’ Vertical

To Catch a Killer (thriller/mystery), A troubled police officer is recruited by the FBI’s chief investigator to help profile and track down a disturbed individual terrorizing Baltimore, Maryland.

From left, Virginie Efira, Callie Ferreira-Goncalves and Roschdy Zem in “Other People’s Children,” directed by Rebecca Zlotowski.Credit…Music Box Films

Other People’s Children (comedy/drama/romance, French film), Rachel, 40 and childless, loves her life. When she falls in love with Ali, she becomes attached to his 4-year-old daughter, Leila. A NYT critic’s pick.

Three: What to wear

Eco-Friendly Clothing:

Women’s Capilene® Cool Daily Shirt $39 Patagonia

From The Good Trade, 15 Best Eco-Friendly Clothing Brands In 2023.

Vintage clothing:

From The Good Trade, 9 Thrift Stores For Buying Vintage Clothing Online

For inspiration follow: New in the Old on Instagram.

Four: What to Try

Buy eco-friendly products:

$14.99 Earth Hero

From Sustainable Jungle, 15 Sustainable Stores For All Your Ethical Online Shopping

From Treehugger, The 9 Best Eco-Friendly Online Stores

Five: What to do

Celebrate Earth Day and be kind to the Earth:

Read my post on Earth Day from 2022:

In Boston: Arbor Week 2023 with Speak For The Trees

Boston Globes’ Sustainability Week:

The Boston Globe is proud to present the third annual Sustainability Week – a week-long virtual event series focusing on the climate crisis, current environmental issues and actionable solutions. Experts from the private and public sectors will share insight into how we can mitigate this crisis with decisive action and supportive policies.

Celebrate National Library Week (April 23-29, 2023) 

National Library Week

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