26 February 2017

Fishnets Under Jeans | A Twist On T-Shirt & Jeans

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Velvet Heeled Boots - Public Desire (Old)

When I think of t-shirt and jeans, I usually think of a pretty standard, slightly boring outfit. It doesn't have to be. You know those days where you just can't be bothered, but still want to look half decent? Yeah, me too. Don't worry, your gal Alice has got ya covered. Throw on a t-shirt that's like 27 sizes too big, layer up some fishnets under your ripped skinny jeans, and you've got yourself a slouchy, grunge-esque, but still put together look. Pretty comfy too, might I add. For extra comfort, throw on those Nikes (or Adidas', whichever takes your fancy), but I've gone for my velvet heeled boots to make the outfit a bit less casj.

Right, let's talk about fishnets under jeans. I've seen this look all over Instagram, and it's getting more and more popular by the day. I've gotta say it, I've been wearing this combo for years. Now it just looks like I've jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else. Most annoying. I'm gonna have to find a new and innovative way to wear fishnets now, so watch this space.

Talking about jumping on bandwagons, I loove these lace up chokers that a lot of folk have right now. I got one for myself from Happiness Boutique, and I love how it looks paired with a simple t-shirt. Happiness Boutique have also given me a 10% discount code (thevelvetblack) for y'all to use if you spend over 19 euro on their site. So come jump on the bandwagon with me and get your own lace up choker! They have free shipping as well, so don't worry about them being based outside the UK.

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23 February 2017

Styling Joggers | Sequins and Pom Poms


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Cropped Hoodie - Missguided (Old)
Joggers - Warehouse (Old)
Converse - Office

I don't style joggers in an outfit often, but when I do, I gotta say I love the result. I did my own take on the joggers and heels trend a few months back (see here), and this time I thought I'd go for joggers and a cropped hoodie. I've seen this combo lurking around and had to get in on the action. When you think of hoodie and joggers you think one of two things: gym or chilling in the house with no makeup. A cropped hoodie and tight fitting joggers changes the game up. This is a comfy, cosy, lounge wear outfit that looks stylish, especially with some added accessories. I've chosen a double pom pom had with a sequin backpack, as you do. This outfit is a life hack. It looks so good (well, in my opinion anyways) and you're still comfy af.

Also, back to the cropped hoodie. Been my fave thing for a while now, but I only own one. What is this?! I wear this thing all the time, I need more. I've seen a pretty appealing camo number in H&M that I've got my eye on. Think I'll have to treat myself next time I'm there...

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20 February 2017

Glitter Lips Tutorial

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Ok so, I'll be the first to say I wouldn't actually wear this out. It's definitely not the most practical of glitter makeup looks. I'm pretty sure I end up eating most of my lipstick throughout the day, so I dread to think how much glitter would get ingested! This is why it's important to use cosmetic grade glitter! I've seen it floating around Instagram and think it looks pretty sick, so thought I would put together a little tutorial anyway. You are definitely a braver person than I am if you dare to wear this out!

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Products Used
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick - Stark Naked
Nyx Wicked Lippies - Sinful
Cosmetic Grade Glitter
Vaseline

I ended up doing two glitter lips looks, one silver and one mermaid green/blue. You don't have to put a lipstick on underneath, but it's good to chose a colour that sort of matches with the glitter. For the silver I went with a subtle nude (Urban Decy Vice in Stark Naked). Obviously for the mermaid green glitter lips I had to pick a blue shade (Nyx Wicked Lippies in Sinful).

Once you've applied your chosen lipstick, the glitter is fairly easy to apply. I scooped a finger of Vaseline out of the pot into the lid, poured around a quarter of a teaspoon of glitter on top (lol and my description of measurements), and used a concealer brush to mix them together. Once you've got ya glitter/Vaseline paste, just use the concealer brush to apply to your lip. Easy mate. 

Would you ever rock glitter lips? I think it would be a good addition to a festival glitter makeup look.

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17 February 2017

A Winter Grunge Outfit Idea

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Jumper - Primark
Doc Martens Boots - Old

I'll be the first to say that I hate dressing for winter. I hate winter, full stop. I hate that it's dark (although it's been getting a lot brighter and sunnier recently, wahey), I hate the cold, the rain, the bitter wind. I hate having to wrap up in layers of clothes, only to start sweating out on my daily power walk to the station. I hate having to lug a coat around with me. There's a lot of hate for winter. 

I think my hate of having to wear a coat has pushed me into buying a more interesting selection this winter. I got my hands on a big silver bomber (featured in this post), and a bright pink faux fur number (featured in this post). I think my fave has got to be my leopard faux fur coat. I feel like most people have a leopard coat, and I can see why. It became a staple by accident. Honestly, it goes with most things I own. It's warm and I wear it almost everyday. It can be worn on a night out, can be made to look girly, made to look grunge, like in this grunge inspired outfit. So versatile, I'm telling ya now, you'd be a fool not to have one.

Another accidental staple is these extreme ripped skinny jeans from Missguided. I mentioned this in a previous post, but they are honestly the comfiest jeans I have ever worn. They have all the stretch, and paired with some Doc Martens, they add 'grunge' and interest to an otherwise basic outfit.

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13 February 2017

80s Crimped Hair | Babyliss 210 Crimper Review

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First off, thoughts on my new hair? I was getting a bit bored of the blue dip dye. I wanted more of my hair to be blue, but didn't want to get rid of the blonde completely. I've decided to settled for blue ombre hair. I luv it.

So, talking of new hairstyles, I got my paws on the Babyliss Professional 210 crimper. At £20, it's an absolute bargain. It heats up fairly quickly, in about a minute or two. Obviously not the quickest heat up time, but I can't complain. There are ten heat settings to choose from, which to be honest, I'm not really fussed about. I'm the kind of person to stick it on the hottest setting and hope for the best (probably not great for my poor hair), but it's good if you like a choice of settings. 

Crimping is super quick as well. I'm not going to lie to y'all, I hate doing my hair. I love having it curly, but it takes forever, so I don't usually bother. With this baby, I had it all crimped within 15 minutes. Perfect. The plates are really wide, which means you can get a good chunk of hair on the go each time. The crimper only takes 2-3 seconds to work it's magic on each section of hair. I mean, that might be because I have it on the hottest setting, but quicker is always better, am I right?

Let's talk about 80's crimped hair. I'm still a bit unsure. It will be fun for a festival or a night out. 80's fashion is going to be big this year, so it meshes well with that. I think it's because I've never ever had crimped hair before, I just need to get a bit more used to it.

Would you ever crimp your hair? 


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6 February 2017

Leopard, Fishnets & Velvet Boots | Night Out Outfit

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Black Slip Dress - Motel (Old)
Black Fishnets - Asos

Greetings y'all. I've got another night out outfit idea for ya. As sad as it makes me to say, I'm no longer somebody who goes out on the regs. I get nostalgic over the uni days, getting wrecked multiple times a week. Honestly don't even think I could hack that now, can barely handle one hangover a month these days #whatislife #whoami. I feel as though that is why I've been posting more and more night out outfit ideas. I want to showcase them somewhere, and if I'm not gonna do that being a drunk mess in a club, it's gotta be here. 

 I picked up this black slip dress months and months ago for a night out, and haven't worn it since. That's what I do at the moment. I buy a new outfit for every night out and don't really wear it again. Bad, isn't it? I've decided it's gotta stop, so the black slip is coming back out. I've paired it with some black fishnets to give that stripper-esque look (soz not soz), and everyone's fave copper velvet ankle boots. By far my fave boots right now, and they go perfectly with my much loved leopard faux fur coat. 

I've got a few more night out outfit ideas planned, they are my fave to share on my blog and Instagram at the moment! It's just a bitch shooting them because it's so bloody cold out. 

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2 February 2017

Dr Martens & Ripped Sequin Jeans | 90's Grunge My Way

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Cropped Hoodie - Missguided (no longer on site)
Dr Martens Boots - Old, very old

If you've been a long time reader of this blog then shout out to y'all. I know for sure you're gonna be bored of me saying, for the 74793741th time, 90's grunge fashion. Is. My. Fave. Out of all the decades of fashion, 90's wins by 7 miles. I think it's just a way of life for me now. I just don't really feel fully comfortable in an outfit unless up 'grunged it up' a tad. 

Take these jeans, for example. Ripped sequin boyfriend jeans? A big yes from me. They're like a 2017 upgrade from the 90's, with the big gaping rips and the camo sequins. I like how past fashion is recycled and modernized. I've been dying to pair these Liquor N Poker beauties with my cropped hoodie. I dunno, they just work so well together. I think it's because they are both quite edgy pieces. Shame it's too cold to actually wear this outfit for any purpose other than blog photos right now. It's deffo one for the archives. Gotta bring it back it in the Spring.

Let's talk about the Dr Martens boots. It had never actually occurred to me to pair my trusty Doc Martens with these jeans. I'm in such a trainers rut recently, I don't think any other type of footwear ever occurs to me anymore, woops (apart from those beaut copper velvet boots in this post). I threw the Dr Martens on, on a bit of a whim, but just look at da result. All the grunge. I enjoy how masculine (is that the right word???) they look together. 

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P.S. I've just seen on Asos that these jeans are on sale for £13.50 WHHAATTTT, go go go!


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