R.A.G Week 2018

Hey everyone! I literally have not been able to bless myself lately between finishing up my FYP (one step closer to possibly graduating woo woo) and working through my internship. The last time I actually wrote a blog post was New Years.. So now that I am finally a free woman, I hope to start belting out more posts as often as I can!

So to kick start the new me, I have decided to put together a little list here in the spirit of Charity Week aka RAG week because let’s face it, we all end up bringing half of our wardrobe with us back to college and only end up wearing the same old reliables.

This list I have put together has been tricky as I have constantly added then removed then added items.. These are just the basic items to bring with you that are versatile to wear both day and night, (which is handy when you are going straight from stables to icon hehe)

  • Midi Skirt

Day: Pair with a t-shirt, jacket and ankle boots or runners.

Night: Change into heels/sock boots.


LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/search?q=midi+skirt

  • Slogan T-Shirt

Day: Pair with jeans, denim skirt, midi skirt, tracksuit.

Night: Same as above, just throw on some heels.

*Tip* Raid your brothers and parents wardrobes for a vintage t-shirts, half of my Dad’s jumpers and T-shirts have “mysteriously” gone missing over the years….


LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/category/clothing-485092/t-shirts-6864662

  • Oversized Shirt

Day: Pair with mom jeans and boots/trainers over a t-shirt.

Night: Wear as a dress. (standard for me really lol)


LINK: https://www.missguided.eu/dresses/shirt-dresses

  • Denim Skirt

Day: Pair with tights and boots, with a jumper/tshirt/cardigan.

Night: Wear with a bodysuit and heels.


LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/category/clothing-485092/denim-485562

  • Bodysuit

Day: Wear under an oversized denim jacket and track pants/jeans.

Night: Wear with jeans and heels or a midi skirt.


  • Ankle boots

Day: Literally with everything, comfy shoes are a must this week especially ones you can dance in!!

Night: Five nights in heels is tough going, ankle boots are stylish yet comfy. These are from River Island, a bit pricey but I have not removed them from my feet since I bought them. #Obsessed


LINK: https://www.riverisland.ie/p/black-leather-studded-western-boots-711069

  • Statement Jacket

Due to the unpredictable Irish weather, a jacket is essential. Variations include a bomber, denim jacket, blazer, leather jacket.. why not try a duster or trench coat? Some of my faves are down below.


LINK: https://www.riverisland.ie/search?keyword=duster&f-division=women


LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/search?q=Bomber


LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/category/clothing-485092/jackets-coats-2390890

  • A chunky cardigan

For days when it’s not raining and you don’t want to bring a coat, a big cardigan is ideal to still keep you warm.


LINK: https://www.riverisland.ie/search?keyword=cardigan&f-division=women


LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/womens/knitwear?sz=80&start=80

  • Slip Dress

Day: Wear over a plain white t-shirt with tights, jacket and boots.

Night: Wear under a leather jacket and some heels.


LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/product/square-neck-mini-slip-dress-7433012?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=slipdress


LINK: http://eu.boohoo.com/search?q=Satin+slip+dress

  • Mom Jeans

Day: Pair with a t-shirt/shirt/jumper

Night: Change into heels and a “nice top”

*Mom jeans are my favourite type of jeans because they’re so funky and I just genuinely think they look deadly with heels and a crop top compared to most girls in skinny jeans. Be different and all that..


LINK: http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/product/moto-bleach-mom-jeans-7295430?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=mom%20jeans


LINK: http://www.newlook.com/row/womens/clothing/jeans/blue-side-stripe-tori-mom-jeans/p/572235940?comp=Search

Hope you all have a fab week ahead and make sure to stay safe,

Mini Mint x



Hiya! A couple of years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Kolkata, India in transition year with the Hope Foundation. It was here that I fell in love with the idea of nursing that led me down my career path of helping others. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken and I am going to share some insight into what we experienced and what India has to offer.

The country and why I went

India is the most populated country in the world with Kolkata (formally Calcutta) hosting a population of over 4.6 million people. There are approximately 800,000 street children in Kolkata and I had the privilege of meeting these beautiful young people. I have such a selection of pictures of these little kids that would melt your heart but I am unable to publish them online for security reasons. I’m sorry they are actually gold ahaha. Our school organised this immersion program with our guidance counsellor and the selection process was tough so in the end myself and sixteen other students from our school travelled to India along with other colleges in Ireland who we became very close with. We travelled to Dubai and then made our connecting flight to Kolkata.


The Programmes

Over the course of our time in Calcutta we were brought to several different programmes that the Hope Foundation had set up including orphanages, schools and hospitals. The work that these people do is amazing. They do everything in their power to help as many people as they can. Even something as simple as taking a shipping container into a slum and using it as a safe place where kids can gather to learn their basic alphabet is mind blowing.  Hope’s main priority is helping the street children however they also run programmes for the mothers such as sewing classes and tutorials on weaving and creating your own jewellery from basic materials. These are simple little skills that these people can use to earn a living.

What we saw

While visiting the orphanages, slums and hospitals were the main reason for our trip we also managed to squeeze in a visit to Mother Theresa’s Tombstone in the Mother House in Kolkata. We had the opportunity to visit some temples as well which are simply gorgeous. The architecture is mesmerising and the buildings are so full of colour it is a stark contrast to our catholic churches back home. I wish we could have had more time in India but it is on the top of my list of countries I want to go back to. While our visit was short and sweet, the experience was life changing for me. I felt I came back a better person who understands how lucky we are to be born in a first world country and to make the most of it!

So that is just a quick synopsis of my time in India. We stayed at a pretty basic hotel in Kolkata and got our dinner every night included in our expenses. We had to fund-raise 3,500 euro each before we left which was tough going but very worth it. My advice would be to take these opportunities when they come at you! I was nervous going as I was only fifteen and had never been on a trip without my parents before but it was the best thing for me and the whole journey taught me some serious life lessons.

Mini Mint x