Notes of a Fashionista

Five on Friday

May 26, 2023

Oooh nice vest, Wambsgans. It’s soooo puffy. What’s it stuffed with, your hopes and dreams?” — Roman Roy in Succession to Tom

One: Quiet Luxury

“Quiet luxury” or “stealth wealth” have been trending recently. These terms define a style that has been around for years, but the labels are new. Part of the popularity of these labels is due to the HBO show, Succession, and some buzz is due to the obsession with the Gwyneth Paltrow court case. 

In their leisure time, the men of the Roy family prefer logoless baseball caps with perfectly curved bills. Photograph by Peter Kramer / HBO

Read more about this popular trend and how to shop the looks:

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)

Wanda Sykes: I’m An Entertainer (special), Legendary comedian, actress and producer Wanda Sykes returns for her second hour-long Netflix comedy special. From the challenges of raising Gen Z teens to the dilemmas of being a liberal in a hyper charged political climate, Sykes, renowned for her social commentary, delivers her insightful and ferocious wit and candor audiences have come to know and love.


Robert Maaser as Heinrich in the Netflix movie “Blood & Gold.” Image source: Netflix

Blood & Gold (German action/drama), At the bitter end of WWII, a German deserter and a young woman are drawn into bloody battle with a group of Nazis hunting for hidden gold.


Image: Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix

FUBAR (comedy/drama), When a father and daughter learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, the series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, action and humor. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s TV debut.

The Ultimatum: Queer Love (reality), Tie the knot or call it quits? Five long-term couples are put under pressure to get married or move on in this queer-centric spin-off of The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On.


‘Victim/ Suspect’ is a tale of survivor advocacy wrapped inside a scathing take on the nation’s legal system. Credit: Netflix

Victim/Suspect (documentary film), When a journalist digs into a case of a woman charged with falsely reporting a rape, a pattern emerges: authorities turning the tables on victims. From Mashable, Netflix documentary ‘Victim/Suspect’ digs into systemic scrutiny of sexual assault survivors

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

Carl Lentz in an interview for “The Secrets of Hillsong.” (FX)

The Secrets of Hillsong (documentary series), FX’s “The Secrets of Hillsong” is a four-part documentary series based on the explosive original reporting on the megachurch’s scandals by Vanity Fair journalists Alex French and Dan Adler. The series features the first interviews with former pastors Carl and Laura Lentz since their public ouster from the church, which for years counted musicians, actors, athletes and other celebrities among its flock. Many of the congregants navigating the global reckoning also offer their perspectives as the church faces a rash of fresh revelations.


How I Met Your Father (season 2B), Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love.

Credit: Hulu

The Clearing (drama/thriller series), A woman must face the demons from her past in order to stop the kidnapping and coercion of innocent children in the future. Based on J.P. Pomare’s bestselling novel In the Clearing, Hulu’s new eight-part psychological thriller tosses you into the nightmarish underbelly of a mysterious cult residing in Australia. Mashable

The Kardashians, (season 3 premiere)

Broker (2022 movie), The film follows two brokers who sell orphaned infants, circumventing the bureaucracy of legal adoption, to affluent couples who can’t have children of their own. After an infant’s mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a journey to find the right couple, building an unlikely family of their own.

Disney+: New on Disney+: May 2023

immy Liu and Michelle Yeoh in ‘American Born Chinese.’ COURTESY OF DISNEY/CARLOS LOPEZ-CALLEJA

American Born Chinese (action/comedy series), Jin Wang, an average teenager, juggles his high school social life with his home life; when he meets a new student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods.

Prime Video: New on Amazon Prime Video: May 2023

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


Being Mary Tyler Moore (documentary film), With unprecedented access to Mary Tyler Moore’s vast archive, Being Mary Tyler Moore chronicles the screen icon whose storied career spanned sixty years.

May 28 at 9 pm: Succession series finale
May 28 at 10 pm: Barry series finale
May 28 at 10:30 pm: Somebody Somewhere season finale

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

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


The Family Stallone (reality series), featuring Stallone; his wife, Jennifer Flavin Stallone; and their daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet. After playing some of the most legendary characters in cinematic history three-time Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone is ready to give cameras access into what he would consider the greatest role of his lifetime – dad. Get to know Sly, Jennifer & their daughters in the new reality series.

Apple TV+: See the full list of Apple Originals


Platonic (comedy series), A 10-episode, 30-minute comedy about a pair of best friends who reconnect after a long rift.More than 30 years after When Harry Met Sally … asked if men and women can be just friends, this series — co-created by the married couple Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco, who also collaborated on the streaming comedy Friends From College — asks more specifically if a man and woman can be platonic friends in middle age after a yearslong falling out.” Jen Chaney New York Magazine

Apple TV+

Prehistoric Planet (documentary series, season 2), Experience the wonders of our world like never before in this epic docuseries from Jon Favreau and the producers of “Planet Earth.” “Prehistoric Planet” combines award-winning wildlife filmmaking, the latest paleontology learnings and state-of-the-art technology to unveil the spectacular habitats and inhabitants of ancient Earth for a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. 

In Theaters:

Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture

The Little Mermaid (fantasy/musical), the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. There is an all-star cast including Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Art Malik, Jonah Hauer-king and Jacob Tremblay. The film will also have several new songs from original songwriter Alan Menken and Encanto songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as plenty of memorable scenes recreated for those who fondly remember the 1989 animated movie and almost an hour of new story.

Sebastian Maniscalco and Robert De Niro in Laura Terruso’s “About My Father.” Photo Credit: Dan Anderson.

About My Father (comedy), Encouraged by his fiancee, a man and his father spend the weekend with her wealthy and exceedingly eccentric family. The gathering soon develops into a culture clash, allowing father and son to discover the true meaning of family.

One slip of the tongue prompts a reassessment of the marriage between Don (Tobias Menzies) and Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in “You Hurt My Feelings.”

You Hurt My Feelings (comedy/drama), A novelist’s long-standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book.

Image via Sony Pictures

The Machine (comedy/adventure), The past comes back to haunt Bert Kreischer when a murderous mobster tries to kidnap him to atone for his crimes. With help from his estranged father, Bert must retrace the steps of his younger self as a sociopathic crime family goes to war.

Quiver distribution

The Wrath of Becky (horror/thriller), Two years after she escaped a violent attack on her family, 16-year-old Becky attempts to rebuild her life in the care of an older woman — a kindred spirit named Elena. However, when a violent group known as the Noble Men break into their home, attack them and take their beloved dog, Becky must return to her old ways to protect herself and her loved ones.


Kandahar (action/thriller), An undercover CIA operative gets stuck in hostile territory in Afghanistan after his mission is exposed. Accompanied by his translator, he must fight enemy combatants as he tries to reach an extraction point in Kandahar.

Three: What to Wear

Sneakers to a formal event? (or in the oval office?)

Pool photo by Yuri Gripas

This past week, there was a lot of buzz about senators wearing sneakers to a meeting in the Oval Office. From the New York Times, Do Dress Sneakers Belong in the Oval Office?. “For Jim Moore, the creative director of GQ and the stylist largely responsible for Roger Federer’s impeccable swagger, a hard-soled shoe serves as a “sign of courtesy and good manners” in most formal settings.”

The rules of fashion are constantly changing. People have been dressing in more casual clothing for special events. However, after the pandemic work-from-home period ended, some people wanted to avoid getting dressed up again in uncomfortable clothes and shoes.

I am okay with relaxed dress codes, but only if the rules apply to men and women. For example, if men can wear sneakers, so should women. Caveat – the sneakers and the outfit should look nice; many stylish sneaker choices and hybrid sneaker shoes are available.

Examples of relaxed dress codes:

Prom – I’ve noticed boys wearing sneakers with their suits. The girls should put on sneakers with their dresses. From Teen Vogue, Prom Sneakers Are the New Heels — Shop the Best Styles Now.

Weddings – As a guest, sneakers are still a fashion don’t but many brides are changing into sneakers for the reception. From Vogue, Say I Do in Bridal-Worthy Sneakers—16 Perfect Pairs to Wear to Your Wedding


Cannes Film Festival – Jennifer Lawrence wore flipflops instead of heels. From Huffington Post, Jennifer Lawrence Shrugs Off Cannes’ Unofficial Dress Code With Choice Of Footwear. And Natalie Portman called out the fashion double standard women face at the events. From BuzzFeed, Natalie Portman Called Out The Double Standards Women Face At Cannes A Day Before Jennifer Lawrence Was Critiqued For Wearing Flip Flops On The Red Carpet Instead Of Heels

I’m ready for women to ditch the uncomfortable heels and embrace stylish, less painful footwear.

Four: What to Try

Pimm’s Cup: / Tim Nusog

From, “The Pimm’s Cup started as a health drink in 1840s London. Take a swig, and you’ll see why—its blend of mid-proof spirit with lemon, ginger and fruit is as revitalizing as cocktails can be. And its charms are especially effective on a hot day.

And a fake British accent?

From the Guardian, Why are so many young Americans adopting fake British accents?, Whether deflecting an awkward moment or lightening the mood in an argument, affecting an accent has become a Gen Z verbal tic

Five: What to do

Remember people we’ve lost on Memorial Day:

From the History Channel, Memorial Day Traditions and Rituals . Some traditions include parades, barbeques, visiting cemeteries and memorials.

Volunteers planted 37,000 American flags on the Boston Common ahead of Memorial Day. CBS BOSTON

In Boston, volunteers placed flags in Boston Common. Since 2010, we and hundreds of volunteers have created a majestic garden of flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day weekend.  “Each of the 37,000+ flags we plant every year at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument represents every brave Massachusetts service member who gave his or her life defending our country since the Revolutionary War. The completed garden is a breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a powerful message of community support to the families of these fallen heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.” Memorial Day Flag Garden

Shop Memorial Day Sales:

Almost every retailer has a sale going on this weekend. If you need to stock up on summer clothes, electronics, furniture, etc., now is the time to shop.

From Prevention, The Best Memorial Day Deals on Apple Gadgets are at Walmart and Amazon This Year

65+ Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop in 2023

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