Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

May 12, 2023

“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.” — Jack McBrayer

One: Prep for Summer

The official first day of summer is Wednesday, June 21, 2023. The unofficial start to summer is Memorial Day weekend. It’s not too early to prepare for warmer temperatures and summer activities.

Read more about summer prep:

Two: What to watch

Sources: PureWow, Vulture,

Netflix: See the full list of movies and series New on Netflix in May 2023 and Netflix Tudum (full list with descriptions)


Doane Gregory/Netflix

The Mother (action/thriller), A deadly female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men.

Hannah Gadsby: Something Special (Netflix Comedy special), Emmy and Peabody Award–winning comedian Hannah Gadsby is back for their third Netflix comedy special, Something Special, and it’s a feel good show. Seriously. In this smart and dare we say… feel good set, the comedian talks about a wedding (theirs!), more than one traumatic encounter with a bunny and much more. 

Royalteen: Princess Margrethe (Norwegian young adult drama), In the wake of her prom scandal, Princess Margrethe longs for normalcy as she struggles to maintain her perfect facade while dealing with family drama.


Image via IFC

Documentary Now! (comedy, season 4), Elevating the art of parody, this sharply comic series spoofs high-profile documentaries such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line.

Queer Eye (reality, season 7), Join the party with the Fab Five in the city of New Orleans for a new season of inspirational heroes — and beautiful before-and-afters.

Black Knight (Korean sci-fi), In a dystopian 2071 devastated by air pollution, the survival of humanity depends on the Black Knights — and they’re far from your average deliverymen.

Dance Brothers (drama), Two brothers trying to make it as dancers open their own club, but their artistic drive soon clashes with the business, threatening their relationship.


Missing: Dead or Alive? (series), Follow officers from a South Carolina sheriff’s department as they urgently search for individuals who’ve disappeared under troubling circumstances.

Queen Cleopatra (series), From executive producer Jada Pinkett Smith comes a documentary series exploring the lives of prominent and iconic African Queens. This season will feature Queen Cleopatra, the world’s most famous, powerful and misunderstood woman — a daring queen whose beauty and romances came to overshadow her real asset: her intellect. Cleopatra’s heritage has been the subject of much academic debate, which has often been ignored by Hollywood. Now our series reassesses this fascinating part of her story.

On May 16th:


Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me (documentary film), From the heights of her modeling fame to her tragic death, this documentary reveals Anna Nicole Smith through the eyes of the people closest to her.



Class of ’09 (drama/thriller series, episodes released weekly after first two), A suspense thriller limited series, “Class of ’09,” follows a class of FBI agents set in three distinct points in time who grapple with immense changes as the U.S. criminal justice system is altered by artificial intelligence. 

The Great (comedy/drama, season 3), A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th-century Russia following the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great.

Saint Omer (2022 drama film), Rama is a novelist who attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter. Testimonies from witnesses and Coly’s own words soon shake Rama’s convictions. Based on a true story.


Image via Disney+

Crater (adventure, drama, family film), Caleb Channing is about to be relocated to an idyllic faraway planet following his father’s death. To fulfill his dad’s last wish before leaving, he and his three best friends hijack a rover to explore a mysterious crater.

The Muppets Mayhem (comedy/musical series), The Electric Mayhem Band, the old-fashioned Muppets band, takes on the current music world in their attempt to finally go platinum.

Prime Video: the full list – New on Amazon Prime Video: May 2023

Movies streaming this week:

Till (2022 historical drama), The true story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.

Air (2023 drama), Sonny Vaccaro and Nike pursue basketball rookie Michael Jordan, creating a partnership that revolutionizes the world of sports and contemporary culture.

HBOmax: full list – New on HBO and HBO Max: May 2023

Image credit: Legion-Media

Rick and Morty (animated series, season 6), an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom

On May 16th:

Natalie Portman

Angel City (three-part documentary series premiere), Angel City is a gripping docuseries that goes behind the scenes and onto the pitch of the groundbreaking Los Angeles-based professional women’s soccer team, Angel City Football Club. Pulling back the curtain on the origin story through the 2022 inaugural season of the female-founded and led team, the series reveals the passion and grit needed to build a franchise from scratch and blaze a bold trail in the world of professional sports.  

Peacock: see full list of movies and series – New on Peacock: May 2023

Credit: Expectation Entertainment

Intelligence: A Special Agent Special (British comedy series), The latest threat to our gang at the Government Communications Headquarters is personal. With the future of CySec at stake, the team have to go rogue to save their reputations and their jobs. Starring  David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed.

Paramount+: See full list – New On Paramount+ May 2023


RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (season 8), RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty sashay back onto the runway for a chance at snatching the All Stars crown and nabbing a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

Apple TV+: See the full list of Apple Originals

Apple TV+

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie (documentary), A short kid from a Canadian army base becomes the international pop culture darling of the 1980s, only to find the course of his life altered by a stunning diagnosis. The actor who is an incurable optimist is forced to confront an incurable disease.

Photograph: Zach Dilgard/Apple

City on Fire (drama series), After an NYU student is found dead, her connection to a series of citywide fires begins to reveal itself.

In Theaters:

Riccardo Ghilardi

Book Club: The Next Chapter (romantic comedy), Four best friends take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.

Sony Pictures

Knights of the Zodiac (action/adventure/fantasy), When a headstrong street orphan unwittingly taps into hidden powers, he discovers he might be the only person alive who can protect a reincarnated goddess who was sent to watch over humanity.

Ben Affleck and Alice Braga in Hypnotic. Photograph: Ketchup Entertainment

Hypnotic (action/thriller), When a detective learns that his missing daughter and a string of high profile bank robberies might be connected, he must go on a mind-bending journey to find his daughter and stop the secret government agency behind the madness.

Ken Jeong and Charlie Day in “Fool’s Paradise”

Fool’s Paradise (comedy/satire), A down-on-his-luck publicist discovers a former mental health patient who looks just like a misbehaving movie star. He soon becomes an unlikely celebrity when he gets thrown into the bright lights and behind-the-scenes bustle of Hollywood. Also starring Ray Liotta in one of his final performances.

Jay Baruchel as Mike Lazaridis in “BlackBerry.”Credit…IFC Films

BlackBerry (comedy/drama), The company behind the first smartphone, the BlackBerry, meets a catastrophic demise. NYT Critic’s Pick

Three: What to Wear

Short Sleeve button-down shirts: This is a great layering piece for spring and summer.


From Rank and Style, Right Now, These Short Sleeve Button-Downs Are Dominating The Internet

White Cotton Courier Shirt $65 Madewell


From Esquire, The 15 Best Short Sleeve Button-Ups to Wear All Summer Long

Airing Easy Short-Sleeve Shirt $88 Lululemon

Four: What to Try

Practice self-care and do something beneficial for your mental health.

From the B-Side, “It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Which means it’s time to check in on the state of your head space. Brigham and Women’s Psychologist Dr. Natalie Dattilo uses the ESCAPE method with her patients, a low-cost and effective set of habits that are clinically proven to support one’s mental health.” ESCAPE = exercise, sleep, connect, appreciation, play, and exhale. Read more: B-Side

From CNN, ‘You’re not alone’: CNN Heroes share advice for Mental Health Awareness Month

From Forbes Health, How Gratitude Can Transform Your Mental Health

From the Guardian, The secret to why exercise is so good for mental health? ‘Hope molecules’

Five: What to do

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

From the Boston Library, BostonPL_Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2023: 75 Books for Children, Teens & Adults

Counterfeit is a fun read by Kirstin Chen

In Somerville, MA – Porchfest 2023

PorchFest Somerville 2023 will take place on Sat. May 13th (RD the 14th)! Similar to prior years, to ensure guests can move orderly through the city and view the music, porches located West (west of Willow) will perform during the slot from 12-2; Central (from Willow to Central) from 2-4; East (east of Central) from 4-6. This year, more than 200 musical acts will perform on porches, stoops, and front yards all over town. Genres range from cosmic Americana and killer blues to Afrobeat, acid folk, and space rock. 

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