I will admit to being a bit of a TV addict. I love nothing better than watching a drama series that *may* show a more glamorous, exaggerated or unrealistic side of life.
I don’t want to sit and watch soaps about everyday issues and problems – I want to watch totally mad, unbelievable characters that you can’t help but love.
So when I was asked by Netflix to be part of the #StreamTeam (a group of bloggers to trial Netflix and share what we’re watching) I was pretty excited to catch some new shows and some that I’d missed first time round.
I had my first official invite as part of the #StreamTeam last night. We were some of the first to catch the premiere of the third season of Orange Is the New Black before it officially launches (and streams) on Netflix TONIGHT!
|The OITNB screening room || ‘Piper Screwdriver’ cocktails with our own screwdriver
cocktail stick || Prison food with style – risotto in sardine cans || Setting the scene
|The character cocktail and canape menus | ‘Vee’s Vice’ cocktail || Fancy some
‘Crazy with your Pie?’ || Litch Bitch Tattoos, Ice-lolly lipsticks and lots of oranges…
I admit this invite came a few days after I had literally just started watching the show. It was a show I had desperately wanted to watch but had a few others I needed to get through first. (Don’t know about you – but I hate starting a new series when your already watching loads – make my head spin!)
But, the event and launch date were coming soon – so I had to catch up and I mean catch up. I have literally watched the first two seasons in 10 days!
This might sound doable but this was alongside working, family time, the laundry pile etc. so it was a bit of a challenge!
I think I only just did it because I was ill last weekend – so managed to watch loads back to back, I also watched an episode on my laptop in my lunch break and another on my phone while commuting to work…(one of the joys of Netflix you can watch anywhere with WI-FI of course!)
All a bit extreme I admit, but I really wanted to have watched the first two seasons before the third one (cannot bear to start a series half way thorough!) thankfully though Orange Is the New Black is so darn additive – I didn’t mind staying up late every night …
If you too have missed this – it’s basically a series about Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in Litchfield Penitentiary. Her sentence comes after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.
Meaning Chapman is forced to trade her kale smoothies, designer clothes and apartment living for prison orange, roommates and bland prison food.
The series explores her journey as she adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.
It’s also based on a real memoir by Piper Kerman – Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison.
My verdict? This has to be one of my fave shows already – the characters and the dark humour is brilliant. Plus it a real change from my fave glossy shows like Nashville and Revenge – as none of the female led cast are classically ‘actress beautiful, thin or young’.
I also love the flashback storytelling that gives you an insight into each inmates life before and how they may have ended up in behind bars.
And, what can I say?
Series three look set to be the best yet. With some new faces arriving, some familiar faces returning, a new fall line ‘Blue Is the New Orange’ * (episode 2!), guest stars and of course a whole new round of inmate issues.
The pilot episode is set on Mothers Day – so its quite a heart wrenching episode to watch.
Now, although “(insert colour) is the new black” is an over-used fashion slogan you wouldn’t immediately think that this show could be fashionable!
Well, I’ve watched it so intensely that I was determined to find some stylish buys inspired by OITNB (yes, I am that obsessed!) – so here’s my selection.
Tattoos and handcuffs are optional!
The Litchfield Collection
A denim smock dress is the only frock the ladies get to wear…
Dress, £43 Cath Kidston
They all start out in orange shell tops and trousers rather than old-style ‘standard’ boiler suits..
Shell Top £22.50 Marks & Spencer
Fancy food inspired by the Litchfield kitchen? Gloria would be so proud!…
Cookbook £16.99 OITNBshop (Launches 17th September)
The inmates are so on trend in their grey sweats…
Hoodie £14.90 Uniqlo
Morello is famed for her bright lips – but this shade is so much more this season
Lipstick Morange £15.50 MAC
Am sure the prisoner’s would rather loose those lace-up boots and rock their uniform beige with heels
Broken-in Boyfriend Chinos £75 J.Crew
Alex does ‘sexy secretary’ with style or, as she’s often refereed to – the Betty Page of Litchfield
See Concept glasses £30 Selfridges
Red is never without her glasses on her rope glasses chain – up the glam factor with this one…
Glasses chain £75 Frame Chain at Liberty
Cats eye and thick flicks NO matter what you have to do to get it smuggled in…
All Nighter Eyeliner in Perversion £15 Urban Decay
Canteen trays at mealtimes are the law!
Prison food tray – no longer available from Firebox (found loads of alternatives on Etsy)
For work, rest and more work! These pumps also come in orange…
Plimpsolls £25 Toast
Orange Is the New Black series 1-3 is available to stream now on Netflix