Chloe Rylee Medium Boot – High Street and High-End Dupes

So here I am again, obsessing over shoes I cannot afford and therefore scouring the high-street for affordable options.

My latest infatuation is with the Chloe Rylee Medium Boots, in all the various colours and materials that they come in, however at £920-995 a pop, I’ll probably never own a pair.

So after a few weeks of searching both online and in-stores, I have found two most similar dupes. One of which being high-street and one being somewhere between high-street and high-end.

  1. Office Ambassador Lace-up Boots

At only £95, you can afford to look beyond the lack of the recognisable cutouts from the original boots and focus on the many similarities such as the shape and heel size and the buckles and lace. They also come in both Black and Tan. Total win.

2. All Saints Lucie Boots

I’m not sure All Saints can pass as high-street but these dupes for £228 are still considerably cheaper. The Lucie boots flew off the shelves and just recently got restocked, proving just how popular they are. However, they only appear to come in Black and they are also lacking the iconic cutouts.

If anyone has managed to find an even more accurate dupe, please let me know! I can never get enough of them.

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

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Instagram Inspired Haul

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If you ever wanted an insight into my Instagram feed, it 99% consists of bloggers that inspire me and 1% dogs. I’ve been seeing everyone snapping their new spring wardrobes and following so many bloggers, inevitably, there are some pieces which appear repeatedly. This inspired me to take a little trip to Topshop.

  1. Long Sleeve Lace Top

This top is trending all over Instagram at the moment, I’m loving the way that @sophiemilner_fs and @amyfuchsia styled this square neck top and I know this is going to look good with everything in my wardrobe.

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      2.  Petite Basic Cropped T-Shirt

This was mostly because I needed a new staple black t-shirt, but also because I love the quality of the Topshop t-shirts and they’re only £6.

3. MOTO Hacked Off Crop Denim Jacket 

This was inspired by @naomigenes  who I’ve seen rocking the cropped denim jacket as part of a double denim look. This is going to be an absolute staple for Summer!

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4. Petite Half Zip Leopard Skirt

I’ve seen leopard print coming back around recently, but I feel like there are some pieces that come across tacky but this skirt is definitely more subdued.

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5. Bumbag from LoveLeeUk

This Bumbag is an extremely affordable dupe for the real thing, at only £20, I couldn’t say no to this viral trend.

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Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

Mental Health at University: Do Universities need to invest more into Mental Health?

With 2 weeks left of my first year of University, my flatmate’s and I have been discussing how mentally challenging it has been for all of us. Mental Health at university is crucial to talk about, especially as it is such a turning point in your life. For most of us, it’ll be our first time moving away from our family home and chucked into an environment with complete strangers; as well as having to cope with the pressure of a difficult degree and join societies which I found weren’t as ‘beginner friendly’ as they made out to be.

Having considered that, the facilities at my university for helping with mental health are DIRE. We have a counselling service which asks you to rate your need for help from 1-10 and that they will allocate more serious cases with counselling sessions faster. From a friend’s experience, she applied for counselling and rated herself as fairly serious (a.k.a a priority) and was not offered an appointment for MONTHS. On their website, it says this: Due to the unprecedented demand on our service, we regret it is likely that your appointment will be up to twelve weeks after applying. However, we will be prioritising finalists and students most in need of an appointment. When the appointment finally came around, it was cancelled.

Now I understand that there are thousands of students at each Uni and a small number of counsellers in comparison, but this should not be the case! 12 weeks is not acceptable in any person’s case, regardless of if your situation is less or more severe. If you apply for counselling you most likely need it now and not in 3 months time. You would think that after all the awareness raised over recent years and the influx of people opening up about their mental health that a ‘demand on their service’ would not come as a surprise. Every University should be prioritising mental health support alongside their educational services because they often go hand in hand. In my experience, a proportion of my anxiety comes from stress caused by my assignments and exams so I would expect a little of my £9,250 to be put towards hiring more counsellers and improving those services.

I know, of course, that I cannot speak for any University aside from my own. Please let me know in the comments below or on my Instagram – @ironic_jess if your experience has been the same or different! I’d love to hear from you either way.

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

 

OOTD + New Look Haul

Inspired by @lissyroddyy and @sophiemilner_fs I started browsing the New Look website after seeing some fab OOTD’S featured on their Instagrams. They have some really great and affordable transitional pieces to help build your spring wardrobe.

My first purchase was this Saturday slogan print t-shirt, which is part of the 2 for £12 deal so it’s really good value for money and fits very true to size, I’m wearing a size 6.

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Secondly, I’m trying to incorporate more cardigans into my wardrobe to transition away from coats once the weather gets warmer. The reviews of the cardigans from New Look were very positive so I ordered this Pink Cropped Cardigan. It’s very thick and cosy but for those of you with sensitive skin its good to know that it has a kind of itchy feel to it, but it’s definitely bearable!

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Next is this amazingly insta-worthy graphic jumper which I am totally in love with. This red La Femme jumper has 5 star reviews and is probably my favourite thing from this haul. Plus it’s only £19.99!

Now for the items, I liked just a little bit less…and by that I mean I’m returning them lol. So firstly this Cameo Rose Pale Pink Ruched Front Blouse. It doesn’t show it very well on the website by the material is too similar to crepe paper for my liking and is less of a pale pink and more of a bright, and translucent, coral. Not for me thanks!

The final item is this pair of Light Brown Stud Ankle Boots. They looked slightly more pink in the pictures which were slightly deceiving but on top of that the ankle area is really wide so they didn’t sit very well on my ankles, however, if you were bigger than me then they would probably sit better around your legs!

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The rest of my outfit:

Coat: H&M

Jeans: Monki

Shoes: Vans

Handbag: Zara (Similar)

Hat: Missguided

Please comment and let me know anything from New Look that I should have picked up or that you have bought loved!

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

Skincare Haul + Being part of a Skincare research group

As you may have seen on my Instagram, I work with Botanics skincare regularly to share their affordable and natural products with all of you guys. I was recently invited to a research group hosted by Botanics with other influencers which was an amazing experience. I was chosen alongside 7 other girls (I felt very special lol) and it was a really friendly atmosphere with lots of honest discussion about the products.

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They were kind enough to send me away with a tote bag full of goodies which I want to share with you! (Although, some of them I bought myself)

I’m yet to try all of these products because I don’t want to freak out my skin but I’ll keep you updated if I find any absolute gems.

First of all the Botanics products! I was gifted the Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser from their hydrating range and the Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm which I have tried and LOVED. It’s a really naturally glowy primer that boosts your complexion, although it isn’t much of a tacky primer, it’s actually very smoothing.

Next is the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes and the Botanics Organic Facial Oil 100& Organic which I have not tried yet but will keep you updated!

They also gifted me the N07 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser for Normal/Oily skin and the N07 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil. I might gift my mum the oil since I have quite a few in this haul (You’re welcome Mum 😉 )

I’m really excited to try the YourGoodSkin Balancing Skin Concentrate because it has really great reviews on the Boots website and is supposed to essentially fix all skin issues which may or may not be a little farfetched but I can’t wait to test it for myself. Comment below if you’d be interested in me trying this!

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As if I didn’t have enough skincare already, I decided to visit The Ordinary store in Covent Garden as I’ve heard so many bloggers and friends rave about their products. I bought the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% which evens out skin texture and after only one night of use, it removed the rough dry layer around the perimeter of my skin so I’m really impressed so far.

Then I purchased the Lactic Acid 5% which is intended to exfoliate the skin (Maybe I bought too many acids? oops) and the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which is formulated to reduce blemishes and congestion and I have seen the most people rave about this product in particular so I’m excited to see if it reduces my redness and regular breakouts on my cheekbones.

I’m so thankful to Botanics for inviting me to their Research group, it was a really exciting and interesting experience to make a difference to a skincare brand based on their audience’s opinion.

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

OOTD: Acne Studios Linne Shearling Jacket Dupe

I’ve recently been lusting over this Acne Studios jacket that I originally saw on blogger, Aimee Song’s instagram (which you can see here.)

The original jacket (found here) is usually £2,000. Definitely outside of my price range, so I started looking for dupes. I couldn’t find any other bloggers who had successfully found one, so I started looking on depop. (Definitely have a look on there since the Camel colour is currently sold out)

I found a Camel Borg Jacket from prettylittlething.com which had the most similar shape and texture! You can find the grey one here.  Side note: Definitely size up, I’m a size 6 and I’m wearing a size 12 here!

I styled the jacket with these red Topshop boots, a Valentino style bag and a classic baker boy hat.

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo

Reflecting on 2017

Happy new year! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and New Year and that you’ve had the time to be thankful for everything you achieved in 2017.

For me, 2017 has been a huge year for personal growth. Over this year I have surprised myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone and saying Yes to more opportunities. In this post, I wanted to highlight the bits of the past year that I’m most proud of, not only for me to look back on but to hopefully inspire you to set bigger and better goals for 2018.

  1. Finishing my A-Levels 

Summer of 2017 consisted of many hours slaving away at the library revising for my exams. I stressed myself out more than ever to push myself further and further in order to achieve my best. A lot of stress and tears went into those exams and I honestly believe I did the best that I could. I was relieved, to say the least, when on results day I got into my first choice of University. It just goes to show that the hard work really pays off.

2. My first flight + first time abroad

One of my proudest moments was travelling to Berlin with my boyfriend in August. Having never been abroad before I was terrified at the airport but, at the same time, it was the most exciting experience I’d ever had. Berlin was beautiful and I had an incredible time. I’d love to travel more in 2018!

3. Moving Out

Once I’d got into university, I decided to apply for Halls. Meaning that I’d be moving out to live in shared accommodation. Although it was difficult for my parents, especially as I had absolutely 0 cooking skills (couldn’t even fry an egg), I settled in quickly enough and was lucky enough to be put in a flat with some really amazing people.

4. Surviving Freshers Week

My main concern when starting Uni was how I would cope with Freshers week. I’m not a massive drinker and I was scared that I’d be left out, however, I was so lucky to find people who were understanding rather than pushy and allowed me to still go out and have fun, but within my own personal limits.

5.  Opportunities

I promised myself that when I started Uni I would involve myself in all that the Uni had to offer, even if it was outside of my comfort zone, and I’m so glad I did! I applied for roles of responsibility and tried out new societies. Although they didn’t all work out, the experience was a lesson worth learning.

6. Completing my first term

This December the first term of Uni ended. I learnt a whole lot of new information, made new friends, went to many socials and wrote my first academic essays. It has been an insane learning curve and I can’t wait to work even harder in the second term.

There are so many other things that have made me proud in 2017, like my friends getting into university, the work I’ve done on my blog, going to my first festival, going to my first Pride, seeing my favourite artists in Concert etc but these 6 were just the few that really made me the happiest to think about.

It’s so important to take time out at the end of the year to reflect on how hard you’ve worked and how much you’ve achieved because of it. You deserve to feel proud! I hope this has allowed you to reflect on your 2017 and think ahead to 2018 – Happy New Year Everyone!

Speak Soon,

IronicJess xo