Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

May 5, 2023

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

One: Stop and Smell the Flowers

“April showers bring May flowers.” Take some time to see and smell the beautiful spring flowers.

Ways to smell the flowers: plant a garden, visit a garden, or take time to observe the flowers around you.

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Two: What to watch

Sources: PureWow, Vulture, Netflix Tudum

Netflix: See the full list of movies and series New on Netflix in May 2023


A Man Called Otto (2022 film)


Photo: Liam Daniel/Netflix

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (drama series), The young queen’s marriage to King George of England ushers in an epic love story and transforms high society.

Jewish Matchmaking (reality), This eight-episode dating show features singles in the US and Israel as they turn their dating life over to top Jewish matchmaker, Aleeza Ben Shalom. 

Sanctuary (Japanese drama), A tough, desperate kid becomes a sumo wrestler, captivating fans with his cocky attitude — and upsetting an industry steeped in tradition.

Hulu: Full List of What’s New on Hulu — May 2023

In “A Small Light,” Miep Gies (Bel Powley), left, hides her employer Otto Frank (Liev Schreiber), center, and his family from the Nazis. Credit…Dusan Martincek/National Geographic for Disney

A Small Light (limited series/NatGeo), follows Miep Gies, who helped hide Otto Frank and his family from the Nazis during WWII.

Disney+: See full list of what’s new

Sofi Adams

Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All (4 part documentary series), For the first time, Ed Sheeran opens the doors of his private life as he explores the universal themes that inspire his music. He learns of life-changing news and reveals his hardships and triumphs during the most challenging period of his life.

Star Wars: Visions, Volume 2, Seven Japanese animation studios bring their unique perspectives to the “Star Wars” universe through a series of short films.

Prime Video: Full list, New on Amazon Prime Video: May 2023

Nothing newsworthy on the list, but you can binge some popular teen shows:

90210, seasons 1-5
Beverly Hills 90210, seasons 1-10
Freaks & Geeks
Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, seasons 1-7

HBO max: see the full list of movies and series- New on HBO and HBO Max: May 2023 and What’s New on HBO This May

The series portrays G. Gordon Liddy (Theroux, left) and E. Howard Hunt (Harrelson) as devoted to their cause and somewhat pathetic.Credit…Phil Caruso/HBO

White House Plumbers (political drama/five-part mini-series), A look at how Watergate masterminds E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy accidentally toppled the presidency they were zealously trying to protect.

HBO max

The Other Two (comedy/season 3), Two siblings work towards finding themselves, while confronting the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight internet fame of their younger brother.

1000% Me: Growing Up Mixed (documentary), Multiracial children and their families share the joys and struggles of growing up mixed in the Bay Area in California.

Peacock: The full list, New on Peacock: May 2023

Edie Falco and Pete Davidson in “Bupkis” Heidi Gutman / Peacock

Bupkis (action/comedy, season 1, episodes 1-8), A heightened, fictionalised version of American comedian Pete Davidson’s life.

Menendez + Menudo: Boys Betrayed (docuseries), A connection between Jose Menendez and Edgardo Díaz allows Roy Rosselló to tell his Menudo story.

On May 6th:

Kentucky Derby, 12 PM on NBC and Peacock

Live Event: Coronation of King Charles III (TODAY, NBC News Now, Sky News Channels)

Paramount+: Full list, New on Paramount+: May 2023


King Charles: The Boy Who Walked Alone (documentary film), “Using little-seen footage of Charles as a bachelor in old newsreels from the mid-’70s, we’re shown a funny and charming side to the Prince; he had yet to be drowned in a sea of tabloid drama about his marriage and affairs. Interviews with some of the women who dated him in that era corroborate the fact that he was not always stodgy and affection-withholding, that he was actually a charming guy.Decider

Apple TV+:

Apple TV+

Silo (drama series), In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant underground silo that plunges hundreds of stories deep; there, people live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Adapted from the riveting trio of New York Times bestselling novels from author Hugh Howey, the “Silo” series of books consists of “Wool” (2011), “Shift” (2013) and “Dust” (2013). 

In Theaters:


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (adventure/sci-fi),  Peter Quill must rally his team to defend the universe and protect one of their own. If the mission is not completely successful, it could possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

Sony Pictures

Love Again (rom-com), A young woman tries to ease the pain of her fiancé’s death by sending romantic texts to his old cell phone number, and forms a connection with the man the number has been reassigned to.

What’s Love Got to Do With It? (British rom-com), Zoe is a documentary filmmaker who uses a dating app that only delivers an endless stream of Mr. Wrongs. For Zoe’s childhood friend and neighbor, Kaz, the answer is to follow his parents’ example and opt for an arranged marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his hopeful journey to marry a stranger, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love.

Three: What to Wear

Hats with flowers:

Kentucky Derby hats

If you’re watching the coronation or the Kentucky derby, bust out your fancy hats and fascinators.

Kentucky Derby Feathered Fascinator $118 Vineyard Vines

Shop the full Kentucky Derby collection at Vineyard Vines. Lots of flowers in the collection.

Garden Party Derby Hat $74 Berkeley Hats
VECRY Women Church Derby Hats Tea Party Hat $34.87 Amazon

Men: Fedoras and straw hats are popular, add a flower to match the theme. Or try a hat with feathers.

Dockers Men’s Straw Fedora and Panama Hat $22.67 Amazon
Litestraw® Hanson Hat $165 Tommy Bahama

STACY ADAMS Wool Felt Derby Hat $85 Village Hat Shop

Four: What to Try

Black Eyed Susan:


From Southern Living, What Is A Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail? Say Hello To This Summery Drink.

Five: What to do

Celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders –

From GBH, Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Cultural Heritage Month. Explore these stories throughout the month with this collection presented by GBH and GBH WORLD.

From PBS, Documentaries Streaming in May Featuring Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Voices

For Cinco de Mayo – Drink a margarita:

Watch the Kentucky Derby


From NBC Sports, Kentucky Derby 2023 post positions: Draw announced, early odds for 149th Derby

Derby parties with mint juleps:

Watch The Coronation of King Charles III (CNN, ABC, NBC, Britbox and more) From Glamour, “Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s special live coverage of the Coronation of King Charles III beginning at 5 a.m. ET outside Buckingham Palace with analysis and reporting from CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Max Foster. Richard Quest and Julia Chatterley will contribute coverage from the network’s London studio alongside CNN royal historian Kate Williams, CNN royal commentators Emily Nash, Sally Bedell Smith and CNN contributor Trisha Goddard. They will provide expert analysis and share their unique perspectives on the historic coronation.

Sovereign’s Orb, 1661. Used in every coronation since 1661, the Sovereign’s Orb symbolizes royal power and the Christian world. It is made of two hollow gold hemispheres fitted together with an intricate band of jewels in white enamel settings. The orb is split into three sections which represent the three continents known during the medieval period. It’s set with 365 diamonds, 18 rubies, nine emeralds and nine sapphires, many of which are the original gemstones.The most precious jewel is the deep purple amethyst that surmounts the orb. Credit: His Majesty King Charles III 2023/Royal Collection Trust

From CNN, A visual guide to King Charles III’s coronation

Read more about the event from Glamour, Everything We Know So Far About King Charles III’s Coronation.

Coronation Chicken Sandwiches with An English Country Garden cocktail, left, and Fruity Pimm’s Cup, right. (Scott Suchman for The Washington Post/food styling by Nicola Justine Davis for The Washington Post)

From The Washington Post, 11 coronation recipes, including quiche, cake and scones

Buy a gift for your mom:

From PureWow, The 64 Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

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