Olivia Pope Style

I am currently obsessed - and I mean, OBSESSED - with Scandal. The US drama set in and around the White House has so many 'WHAAAATT?!!' moments that I cannot be disturbed whilst watching it - I am gripped. Alongside the crazy far-fetched yet intriguing storylines is the other main draw in this show - Olivia Pope's wardrobe. Olivia is the main character, played by Kerry Washington, and, oh my, her wardrobe! If you've not seen Scandal before, it's like this:

So basically, PERFECT. In the US, Kerry's become something of a style icon as she manages to look perfectly groomed off set as well as on. One of my favourite US stores The Limited caught onto this a while ago and last month launched The Scandal Collection inspired by Olivia Pope's so-stylish-it-hurts wardrobe. There are some lovely pieces in the collection, and The Limited do ship to the UK, but what about our own UK high street? It's handled.*

Do you watch Scandal? Have you seen any Olivia-inspired pieces on the high street?


*This is a little gag - an 'in-joke', if you will, for those who watch Scandal. If you don't, you will have zero clue what I am talking about. So...this is awkward.

My Little Box - October

A few weeks ago I stumbled across French subscription box My Little Box on Twitter, and immediately tweeted my Paris-mad blog buddy Kayleigh to let her know about it as it looked right up her street! I was very restrained and didn't order for myself (I'm not a huge fan of monthly boxes in general) but when I saw Kayleigh's post I really wished I had as it looked beaut! I then kind of forgot about it, until my copy of Elle magazine arrived this month, and I read that October's My Little Box was to be in collaboration with Diane Von Furstenberg...I think I may have squealed a little. As you probably know Diane is a US fashion designer and her label DVF are famous for their beautifully flattering wrap dresses in the most gorgeous prints (I mean, look at this  beauty!) and I have been coveting one FOREVER (I WILL own one, one day. I WILL!).

Anyway, as soon as I read that I hot-footed it over to the MLB website and placed my order for the October box. It arrived today and I am thrilled with it!

The box came beautifully presented and I couldn't open it fast enough. There is a cute drawstring bag inside containing L'occitane hand cream, Kerastase hairspray and My Little Beauty Micellar Water Cleanser - all of which I will use.

 One of my favourite items in the box is a super-cute Lips pin on a card stating 'A Kiss from Diane'.

But the piece de resistance - the thing I was waiting for - is a specially designed My Little Box DVF scarf which I got a little giddy about when I took it out of the packaging! I knew from Elle mag that there were three scarf options, and I had everything crossed that I'd get the one I really wanted - the pink leopard print - and I did! Woohoo!

The box also contains a copy of My Little World which is a super cute mag filled with MORE GORGEOUS DVF DRESSES THAT I MUST HAVE IMMEDIATELY! I'd better get saving (the box also contains a 20% off DVF code though, so if I did buy one, I suppose I'd be saving money really.) In the meantime, I am over the moon with my scarf and the rest of the box.

My Little Box is brilliant value at only £11 plus p&p, and even though this was an extra special DVF edition, which is why I bought it, I'd still definitely be tempted by future boxes.

Have you tried My Little Box?


Getting my US Beauty On at Rose's Beauty Store

I’m a beauty junkie. This is probably obvious from some of my previous posts, and, also, from the title of the tab above, saying 'Beauty Junkie’. *cough*

What this basically means is that, if I see a innovative new product on a blog, read a rave review, watch an impressive advert or just basically hear about something I haven’t tried yet, I MUST HAVE IT. Since I read a lot of US based beauty blogs, this presents me with a problem, as a lot of these amazing new beauty products are found in Sephora, or US drugstores, and not here in the UK. Which, of course, only makes me want them more. MOAARRRRR!!

So every time I visit the US, I fill my boots (not literally - that’d be weird, and I imagine getting through customs would be awkward) with all the covetable products I’ve been eyeing up, which is great. Then I get home, and about a week later, discover another must-have product that I’m kicking myself for not noticing before I went. Not great. So, if I’m here in the UK, where can I buy these awesome US goodies? On one of my favourite beauty sites, that’s where.

Iif you haven’t heard of it already, I’m talking about the fabulous Rose’s Beauty Store. Rose’s is based in the UK but stock so many of the amazing US brands that are near impossible to get hold of here; think Kat Von D, Bite Beauty, Makeup Forever, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Josie Maran and Tarte to name a few. Alongside the premium brands, Rose’s also stock some US drugstore products which I was over the moon about as, when I was in Florida earlier this year, I fell in love with Covergirl Outlast Foundation and was worrying about how I’d be able to replace my bottle when it ran out - luckily Rose’s came to my rescue!

As we know, Sephora now ship to the UK, however once you add on taxes, shipping, and take into account that there are quite a few products Sephora won’t ship over here (like the Tarte bronzing set I had my eye on - grrr!) it becomes a bit of a hassle, so for me, ordering my US beauty must-haves is so much easier from Rose’s. The thing I love best is that if there is something you really want (like the Sephora Give Me Some Lip kit. I. NEED. THIS.), then the ladies at Rose’s will make every effort to get hold of it for you. I’ve used Rose’s a few times and the service has always been brilliant, shipping quick, and I’ve been over the moon with my goodies. The other fab thing is that a lot of the foundations are available as samples to try before you splash out on the real thing (and I was so glad of this, as it gave me the chance to try Kat Von D foundation which did absolutely nothing for me, without forking out for a full size bottle).

Some of the stuff I've had in Rose's awesome Sample Packs
Another thing I love about Rose’s - but you need to keep this under your hat because frankly it’s freakin’ AWESOME - if you love trying new products (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) the site offers sample packs for £1 each which contain three different beauty/hair/skincare samples - these obviously vary but I’ve had a few of these and some have had some amazing contents like mini Nars and Marc Jacobs lip glosses, Makeup Forever primer in a cute bottle and Hourglass mascara. Much cheaper than a beauty box but you still have the fun of getting a surprise and trying something new. What’s not to love?!

Let me know if you’ve tried Rose’s Beauty Store!