Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

May 19, 2023

As you commence to your paths, press on with pride and press on with purpose.” Chadwick Boseman: Howard University commencement (2018)

One: Advice for Graduates

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Graduation season is here! Students of all ages dress in caps and gowns and pick up their hard-earned diplomas. These students might be graduating from high school, college, grad school, law school, or medical school.

Graduating is exciting but also scary for graduates. Commencement speeches should inspire grads as they venture into new territories. So I put together some advice and words of wisdom for grads using famous speeches and quotes about success or new beginnings.


Two: What to watch

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


Faithfully Yours (Dutch thriller), Using each other as alibis, two friends sneak off to indulge in secret affairs — but their elaborate web of lies unravels when one of them goes missing.

Fanfic (Polish drama), Two high school students form an intense connection as they navigate the challenges of discovering and expressing their truest selves.



XO, Kitty (comedy/drama), A new love story unfolds when teen matchmaker Kitty reunites with her long-distance boyfriend at the same Seoul high school attended by her late mother.

Adam Rose/Netflix

Selling Sunset (reality, season 6), The stakes and stilettos are as high as they’ve ever been at the brokerage, as longtime agents make big changes and two new team members bring the heat.


Courtesy of Netflix

Working: What We Do All Day (series), What brings you joy in work? What gives you purpose? What makes a good job…good? These are the questions at the center of Working: What We Do All Day, a compelling documentary series that explores the ways in which we find meaning in our work and how our experiences and struggles connect us on a human level. Narrated by President Barack Obama, who makes appearances alongside everyday people in their homes and places of work, the series follows individuals at all levels of the workforce — from service jobs all the way up to the C-suite — across the industries of home care, tech and hospitality.

McGREGOR FOREVER (series), Conor McGregor embarks on the most important year of his career, fighting three times and trying to climb back to the top of the UFC ladder. This series will be an all-access look at this polarizing superstar, along with the deeper history of what brought him to this point.

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

Rap star Jack Harlow, left, and actor Sinqua Walls in the remake of “White Men Can’t Jump.” (Parrish Lewis / 20th Century Studios)

White Men Can’t Jump (comedy/drama/sports), Two ballers, opposites who are seemingly miles apart, find they might have more in common than they imagined possible.

Tinsley Mortimer in the documentary “Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl.” Credit…Hulu

Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl (documentary film), In the height of heiress-era NYC, an anonymous blogger infiltrated Manhattan’s elite, bringing socialite celebrities to new heights; when the website’s creator was unmasked, the mastermind was not who anybody expected.

Disney+: New on Disney+: May 2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023 action/adventure film)

Prime Video: New on Amazon Prime Video: May 2023

She Said (2022 film)

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

Courtesy of HBO Max

Spy/Master (action/thriller series), Following Victor Godeanu, a high-ranking officer in Romania’s secret service, advisor to president Nicolae Ceaușescu – and a spy – who decides to defect in 1978.


(on May 20th) Love to Love You, Donna Summer, a 2023 American documentary film, directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano. It follows the life and career of Donna Summer. 

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

Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, episodes 1-5 (Peacock Original docuseries)

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

The Family Stallone (reality series), The Family Stallone introduces viewers to the entire Stallone family, helping you get to know not only the true Sylvester Stallone and his wife, Jennifer Flavin, but also their three daughters, 26-year-old Sophia, 24-year-old Sistine, and 20-year-old Scarlet. 

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023 film), An epic heist for a lost relic goes awry when a band of adventures cross the wrong people.

Apple TV+: See the full list of Apple Originals

Photo: Apple TV+

High Desert (comedy series), Peggy Newman, a woman with a checkered past, makes the life-changing decision to become a private investigator following the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California. Starring Patricia Arquette.

Stillwater (animated series, season 3), Siblings Karl, Addy and Michael live next door to a wise panda named Stillwater, who gives the children a deeper understanding of their feelings, as well as tools that help them face day-to-day challenges.

In Theaters:


Fast X (action/adventure), Dom Toretto and his family are targeted by the vengeful son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes. The tenth film in the Fast and Furious Saga. Fast X stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Jason Statham, John Cena and Scott Eastwood, with Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, and Rita Moreno.

Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver in Master Gardener. Photo: Magnolia Pictures

Master Gardener (thriller/indie film), A meticulous horticulturist is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate owned by a wealthy dowager. When he’s told to take on her troubled great-niece as an apprentice, his life is thrown into chaos and dark secrets from his past emerge.

Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott in “Sanctuary.” Credit…Neon

Sanctuary (thriller/drama), Disaster ensues when Hal, a wealthy man, tries to end his relationship with his dominatrix. NYT critic’s pick.

Three: What to Wear

Jewelry with a message: (great gift for grads)

$25.00 Little Words Project

Graduation collection:

Mantraband bracelets can be worn by men and women.

They have a graduation collection:

Four: What to Try

Decorate your mortarboard: (grads of all ages)

A simple thank you on the cap is a nice message. (image: 1993 graduation)

Or, create a piece of art to cherish:

“Decorating graduation caps has long been a tradition among graduates, many of whom do all the gluing, beading and glittering themselves or with friends. But those who would rather outsource the task can now hire a growing number of artisans to create elaborate artwork that is placed flat on top of a cap.” From the New York Times, Don’t Toss These Grad Caps!

Five: What to do

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month:

From NPR, The story behind Asian Pacific American Heritage, and why it’s celebrated in May. May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

From Today, 7 books to read during AAPI month, according to Read With Jenna authors

In Boston:

Join PROJECT PAULIE BOCCE CLUB at the seaport. Project Paulie Bocce Club is located at 88 Seaport Boulevard open daily from 11:00am to 8:00pm. It is $10 per person to play, and up to 4 people allowed per lane. Reserve your lanes via Booksy. Two lanes are reservations-only, and the third is always available for walk-ups. There is staff and rules onsite to help guide those who are new to bocce. A portion of the proceeds from bocce lane reservations is donated to Project Bread, supporting their fight against hunger and initiative to make healthy food accessible to people of all ages.

Boston Harbor Islands open up for the season on Saturday! And you can take a free ferry ride to Spectacle or Georges Island. BSide

Get ready for the swifties:

It’s Woodstock for Swifties this weekend. Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour kicks off its three-day takeover of Gillette Stadium tonight. And whether you’re Swift-obsessed or just a Swift observer, the frenzy around this tour has infected the stateBSide

Understand the swifties dedication: From the Huffington Poste, I’ve Been With Taylor Swift Through All Her Eras — But Her Concert Meant Everything

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