Turning 21

Hey everyone! I’m turning the grand ole age of 21 this week and this is going to be a bit of a different blog post compared to what I have done so far as I’ve been feeling severely contemplative about what I’ve achieved and what I have not achieved in my life so far. I know I’m only 21 not 60 and what could I have possibly have to share? I mean I’m only starting off in life right? Well here is the story..
  1. No one is going to hand you your dreams. I always thought if you were a good person and went to mass, that good things would fall in your lap. This is not true. You seriously have to work to get what you want in life. You want to travel? Work and save and then book your holiday. You want to go to college? Study and organise yourself. You want to meet someone special? Then go out and ask someone out. If you want something in life you are going to have to go and get it yourself. No one gets handed success and opportunities, you have to want and work for them                IMG_6585[1]
  2. It is physically impossible to be everyone’s friend. This is very true for me in the case of college especially. Throughout school I tried to be friends with everyone and I learnt that it’s just not feasible. When I went to college it was an eye opener as to who truly cared about me and who didn’t. Hang onto the people who text you to see how you’re doing and actually make an effort to meet up because they are the ones who are actively making an effort in keeping you in their life. I’m not saying to ditch people or to be mean. I still love going home at Christmas and seeing practically my whole school year out because it’s nice to see how much people change and grow but you don’t need to be everyone’s best best friend. Just be kind. IMG_6588[1]
  3. Your parents are right (most of the time) It legit took me 21 years to realise this one hahaha. They have been through more ups and downs in life than you so they have a better perspective. It’s just common sense. They’ve been through more in life and can offer some pretty decent advice when it comes down to it. I know “times were different when they were teenagers” and “they don’t understand what it’s like nowadays” TRUST ME I have used all the excuses in the book but at the end of the day you are their child and they really do want what’s best for you so take a step back and listen.                                                                                                                              IMG_6586[1]
  4. Time is a great healer. If it’s overcoming a great loss or a lost relationship, it becomes more bearable as the days go on. I know it’s super cliche but I lost some great people over the years from people passing away to just drifting from good friends and I found that it doesn’t hurt as much now to when it happened. Just something to bear in mind if you feel like your world is ending.
  5. Hangovers get so much worse the older you get. Seriously. Our older brothers and sisters weren’t joking about this one.
  6. Food can cure most arguments. Your boyfriend is mad at you? Buy him a chicken burger. Your sister is thick you stole her dress? Buy her a bag of jellies. Sorted.

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These are just some things I thought I would share because I’ve been feeling very emotional all week. I found a letter I wrote to myself in Leaving Cert and bawled crying which is so unlike me. One last thing I would say is to live your life for yourself. It is too short to waste your whole life pleasing others. Now I’m off to pack for my 3 week trip to Asia and I’ll be sure to post about everything we do. I’m sure there will be loads of mistakes ahah, see you soon.
Mini mint x
(P.s We went to Bellissimo in Waterford City for dinner)

Penneys Haul

Today I’m just going to show off a few bits I purchased in Penneys the other day. I hadn’t planned on doing this type of post but I went in to get a belt and ended up spending a small fortune on clothes so here we are!

The floral dress- €16

This is my favourite so I’m putting it first. I am obsessed with this dress, it is so comfortable and flowy so you aren’t at all body conscious. The slit up the middle gives it a real elegant vibe and the colours are perfect for this heatwave we are currently having. It can be dressed down with sandals or pair with some heels for a nice dinner outfit.

Shoes- River Island (old stock)

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The T shirt dress-€8

This lilac dress comes in a variety of colours and is perfect for lounging around the house or even to throw on over your swimwear heading to the beach. I’m going to be wearing this for quick trips into town with a pair of trainers or sliders. The gathered hem is a nice little detail to give the outfit some character.

Shoes- Adidas Gazelle

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The high waist shorts and belt – €15 and  €5 respectively

These black high waist shorts are so fabulous for summer with the studded detailing on the front make them my must-have for any festival-goer this season. I paired them with a retro black black belt also from penneys. What I love about these is they actually fit so well. Most jeans from penneys I can’t wear because they gather in all the wrong places but these are suprisingly perfect. They have one top button and a zip which I waaaay prefer over a line of buttons down your crotch! So much easier to go to the bathroom lol.

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Leather jacket- Topshop

Boots- Newlook

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The jacket- €21

This was the first thing I tried on and instantly fell in love with it. It is super light weight so ideal for summer for nights out or dinner when there  can be a bit of an Irish-chill in the air. The colour is bright and fun for the time of the year and the ties at the wrists are on trend, but still subtle. If you’re going on a “jeans and a nice top” kind of night out, this is perfect for you!

Bodysuit- Forever21

Jeans- Topshop

Shoes-Penneys

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The Shoes – €5 each

Sliders are on trend and you are not living unless you have a pair to throw on this summer! I wore mine into town with some culottes and a top just casually but add some glam to your pool side style by adding a pair of metallic or gingham  ones in penneys. A must have if you’re going away this summer.

(Apologies for the terrible paint job on my nails, I was in a rush)

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Last but not least, these fab little sandals had been on my radar for a while now and when I walked in the other day they were reduced to a fiver. Such a bargain. I am going to be wearing these bad boys with white, denim and black jeans aswell as with some of my summer dresses. They are so handy for when you want to have a casual night out with your pals and so great for dancing.

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That’s all for now, I would strongly recommend heading into Penneys on your day off or lunch break to pick up a few bits. I should also mention I have a bundle of swimwear ready to go for my holiday in August so I will have the outfit diary of that trip up when we get home.

Mini Mint x

Flower power

Hiya! It’s me, back at it again with the crazy pictures of myself… A thing most girls think when deciding on an outfit for a night out that they can’t wear floral because they feel it is “too girly” I’ll throw my hands up and admit this as well, cause when you’re out in a nightclub you want to be seen as “sexy” so we all go for the outfits that are black and tight! Admit it, we are all guilty. Nothing to be ashamed about.

I made this post to showcase how versatile floral can be and to INSPIRE you guys to step out of the mainstream way of thinking. I mean fair enough wear a choker and a crop top with jeans on a night out, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it! Just don’t be afraid to switch it up from time to time because that is what your clothes are for, to showcase your uniqueness and individuality!

The floral dress

I am in love with this dress for the simple reason that it’s flattering AF and I think blondes pull off red really well. This dress can be worn casual or throw on some heels to class it up a bit. The tie at the neck and waist are there to suit your own body shape so it is so flattering to all body types. The daisy print is small and subtle but gives you a real cute and feminine look.

Details:

  • Miss Selfridge- Red floral dress (petite section)
  • Newlook-          Gold Heels
  • Rayban-             Sunglasses
  • Michael Kors-   Watch

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The floral skort

Skorts are making a huge comeback and I am a happy camper! I had two skorts in first year of college that I wore to death cause they are so flipping comfy. Super handy when you’re in a bathroom at 2am cause there is no hassle and you can continue to boogie the night away without being conscious of making sure your dress is pulled down or your playsuit isn’t giving you camel-toe. I picked up this one in Bershka cause I loved the plait down the front and the colours in it mean it can be worn with so many different types of tops! This would be perfect for a holiday cause you could mix&match, save yourself from packing loads of different shorts!

Details:

  • Bershka-        Skort
  • Mango-          Crochet jumper
  • Vans-              Gold trainers
  • Accessorize-  Necklaces
  • Primark-        Sunglasses

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The floral playsuit

Now this is something more like what you could wear for a night out. A simple playsuit with pockets! This blush pink colour is on trend at the moment and you could pair it with khaki green heels and some gold hoops. I threw on some sandals for this to show a more casual vibe. Can we appreciate that I am in a tree? Absolute lol.

Details:

  • Primark-   Playsuit
  • Primark-   Sandals
  • Rayban-    Sunglasses

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The floral accessories

If you are too nerve to try the whole floral ensemble, take baby steps and wear a statement necklace or handbag. A simple black and white outfit can really spark some character if you throw on a cute clutch or a blazer with floral print. The main thing is to just do what works for you and what you will feel comfortable in!

Details:

  • Bershka-        White blouse
  • Primark-        Black ruffled pants and sunglasses
  • Newlook-       Grey heels
  • Parfois-           Yellow floral strap handbag
  • River Island-  Floral blazer

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There you have it folks. I hope this will get you to at least try to add in some flower power to your wardrobe this summer. Enjoy the good weather we are having lately and make the most of it!

*runs to have a huge bag of cans with the lads*

Mini Mint x

 

 

Co-Ord for Summer

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Hiya! So this is my first fashion post and I am so excited to share it with you! One trend that I have loved for years is the co-ord set so I have broken down four different looks that can be suited for all occasions.

The smart-casual look

This combo is perfect for strolling around the shops, attending a function or even a night out. The best thing about this look is you can dress it up with heels or pair it with sandals for a more casual vibe. You can’t go wrong with a simple blazer and high waisted shorts co-ord!

Details:

  • Bershka-   Blazer and Shorts
  • Newlook-  Wrap around sandals
  • H&M-         Orange ruffled crop top
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The classic Denim co-ord

Two of my favourite styles rolled into one. Create a more edgy vibe with pairing a denim jacket with your denim shorts/jeans. I put a sheer crop top with this outfit and a bright red bralette. The best thing about this combo is you can literally make it work over and over again by changing up the tops and adding in a belt or a choker.

Details:

  • Bershka-   Oversized Denim Jacket
  • H&M-        White sheer crop top
  • Folkster-   Ankle boots
  • Primark-   Patchwork shorts and bralette

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The Fancy Co-Ord

Ok so this one is definitely not suited for a casual day time look, however the pants can be worn with a simple white tee and some trainers for casual vibe. This look would be more suited for a night out or an occasion of some sort such as a christening or birthday party. The white piping on the black silk give a luxurious feel to the outfit and is on trend with the pyjama style sported by Kendall and GiGi.

Details: 

  • Primark-  Black blazer and pants (an absolute golden find!)
  • Topshop-  White lace crop top
  • Office-       Heels

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The Festival Co-Ord

I am obsessed with this outfit! The bardot top and wide leg pants are so on trend at the moment and can be swapped around to create so many various looks. my personal favourite though is wearing the two together. I paired this look with gold wedges and a simple black floppy hat. Perfect for anyone heading to a festival this summer.

Details:

  • H&M-       Top and Pants combo
  • Aldo-        Gold wedges
  • Primark- Black floppy hat

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London

Hiya! London is one place that I will never get tired of visiting due to the vast amount of things to see and do there. I have included a couple of things I have personally enjoyed while being over there but take into consideration some things are not for everyone so with any trip just make sure to do what you want to do.

Places to see & Tourist spots

London is full to the brim of famous landmarks which are pretty much compulsory to visit. I mean have even been to London if you haven’t gotten a picture with Big Ben? Buckingham palace and Trafalgar Square are also great tourist spots. I actually attended Gay Pride here in 2015 and it was such an unreal day. There were thousands of people decked out in multicoloured clothes and just a huge sense of happiness and we bopped to Blue. M&M world is also super fun and you can get photo booth pictures with all your pals, find out what type of m&m you are and even get personalised m&ms with whatever you want written on them. We also did the London Dungeons tour which is kind of like walking through a haunted house but so much craic. It’s located just opposite the London Eye and was actually one of my highlights. Madame Tousauds is another must-do in London. It’s not like I’m going to be in a position where I get to kiss David Beckham on the cheek in real life so I can settle with his wax doppelganger!

 

 

Places to go

If you’re looking to do some serious shopping where else to go only Oxford Street? Home to thousands of your most-loved shops including my personal favourite Topshop. It is HUGE. No words to describe this Mecca to fashion lovers only go and see if for yourself. I dare you to go and try to not spend any money. If you are not that into high street fashion, Camden is a real cool and edgy alternative. Browse through the stalls and soak up the atmosphere. you can locate some great finds in the various vintage shops scattered across the area. Speaking of vintage shopping, Brick Lane is also impeccable for finding some used clothing. The Sunday market in Brick Lane is where poor fashion tastes go to die. you can literally find anything you could possibly want here. It’s also home to the famous Cereal Killer Cafe so why not start your day off right and have a bowel of peanut butter cups for brekkie?

Things to do

My number one thing I would recommend when in London is to climb the O2 arena at sunset. It was one of the coolest and most surreal experiences ever and by far was the best thing I have done in London. The Emirates cable cars are also another cool way to see the whole city and you sail over the Thames but I would not recommend if you don’t like heights as they can sometimes swing a bit. If you can manage to squeeze in a show at the West End you will not regret it. This is actually a perfect excursion if you are on a family trip or with an older crowd. We saw Billy Elliott and is was sensational. To this day no show has beaten it! Unreal. The Tower Bridge promenade or Hyde Park are two places I would suggest if the weather is warm in London. you can chill out and get an ice cream and watch the world go by whilst listening to some performers.

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That’s just some suggestions of things to see and do in one of the greatest cities in the world. I stayed with a friend while in London for a week but have stayed in hotels the other times.

Mini Mint x

Accommodation List

  • Kensington Hotel
  • The Hilton Kensington

Note: When travelling to London it is easiest to fly into Heathrow and get an Oyster card for travelling around. The tube is located at the airport so you just hop and it can take you to anywhere in London.

Alternatively: You can fly into the surrounding airports such as Stansted, Luton or Gatwick and get the train to King’s Cross station. from here you can get the bus or tube to wherever you wish to see. this is sometimes cheaper for flights.

Getting Started…

Hi. Welcome. Bonjour. Dia Duit.

For whatever reason you have stumbled across this little page of mine, buckle up and get ready for the best, semi-decent, mediocre blog experience of your life. Many of you have arrived here because you’re dear friends of mine and I’ve asked you all to check this out. So thank you.

I got a notion a week ago to start documenting my outfits and start posting anonymously on Instagram with an account I set up called Mini Mint.  It started off well enough, I got a couple of followers and likes but I want this persona to actually grow instead of me just posting pictures of deadly outfits in my sitting room on a timer camera on my phone lol.

To begin with I will start off by just posting some outfits and explaining a quick summary of it and we will take it from there. All suggestions are welcome and I can’t wait to see what this experience brings in the future.

Lots of love,

Mini Mint xmint car