Black, White and Red all over

I APOLOGISE !! Lads I’m sorry I have been so MIA lately like hello last time I did a fashion post was in summer?? I’m chronic. I had my official last ever day of college last Wednesday and I’m all set for 9 months of my final year of nursing internship¬†ūüė≥

So we all know red is the colour of the season but it can be hard to style up such a bold colour especially if you are used to wearing a lot of safe colours like black and grey. There are loads of red pieces availible and affordable in your high street shops like these boots from Stradivarious which were only ‚ā¨30!! I adore these and I love the Gold detail on the heel. Try motivate yourself to buy at least one red statement item this season.

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Boots – Stradivarious, Coat – NewLook, Tshirt dress – H&M
Below are some different red pieces I styled into looks that can be worn Day or Night.

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Boots – Stradivarious, Skirt – Topshop, Jumper – Calvin Klein
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“Tearaway” shirt from Topshop

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Mens Large t shirt tied up from SportDirect.com ‚ā¨5!!
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Heels – Shoerack, Skirt – Topshop, Coat – H&M
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Coat – H&M, Jumper – Zara, Skirt – Topshop
Go Red or Go home this autumn! If you aren’t feeling like you can pull off a bright red shoe or coat, try add a little hint of red through your makeup. I wore Satin from Mac today which I have had for yearsss.

Mini Mint x

 

Palawan: The Philippines

About Palawan
Palawan is one of the largest islands in the Philippines however over half is completely undeveloped. It has been voted the world’s most beautiful island in 2013 and 2015 and they weren’t exaggerating. It is without a doubt the most beautiful and breathtaking place I have ever been and would 110% recommend putting it on your bucket list.
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Getting there
From Ireland it is a big journey. We had already been in Boracay (another island in the Philippines) so we flew on a little 20 seater plane from Boracay to El Nido direct which took an hour. We flew with Air Swift which is a tiny airline that only flies to El Nido. AirSWIFT has daily flights from El Nido to Manila, Boracay and Cebu. El nido is a group of islands located in the north of Palawan and we stayed there for a week.
Accomodation
We stayed in a hostel called “Spin Designer Hostel” which I definitely will not be recommending to anyone. We were given a towel each on arrival which was so damp and moist you couldn’t dry your hands on it but that would not have been too bad except when we got to our room it was destroyed in ants. We said we would give it a chance and stayed there that night but oh my god when we woke up we were covered head to toe in bites. Our bed sheets were nearly black there was so many ants and we couldn’t stop scratching ourselves. Nightmare. We were gone for the day on the ATV tour and when we came home and showered we were so depressed about having to stay another night we just packed our bags and left. We arrived at the Sea Cocoon Hotel down the road and managed to get two rooms super cheap and it made such a difference to our trip because when we came home at least now we had air conditioning!!
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Hidden Lagoon and Secret Beach
What we did
  • The ATV day tour was one of the best days of my life. We went quad biking all over the island including Nacpan beach and Duli beach which have the clearest waters and whitest sands on earth.
  • We booked our island hopping tour on the website¬†elnidoparadise.com¬†and we did the Tour A & C combo. It includes 10 destinations including the secret lagoon and secret beach where you have to literally swim through a cave to get to the beach. There is genuinely no words to describe that day other than pure MAGIC.
  • Las Cabanas beach for a day of relaxation
  • Go out: the 3 main spots are Sava, Coco Bar and Pukka club. Great tunes and such a good way to make friends because they are the only places you can properly go dancing.

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ATV Tour with our guides

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Duli Beach
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Las Cabanas Beach
Food
We had the best meals in El Nido over the course of our travels. I’ll leave a list of the places we ate in here :
Sava: fab dinner
Lucky Alofe: vegetarian burrito and the burgers are lovely
Gustos: ice cream / crepes
Altrove pizzeria: we went here twice it was so delicious
V and V: a nice breakfast spot
Art Cafe: fab for lunch or dinner
Side note: we got food included on our day trips and it was amazing,creative and so tasty. Have a look down below!
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To sum it up El Nido is the most beautiful destinations I have ever been to and I think it has ruined any other trip I go on because nothing will compare to it. Definitely make it your mission to visit the Philippines before you die. We all said we would go back on our honeymoons because it just has the best mix of relaxation and adventure.
Mini Mint x

Electric Picnic 2017

Hey everyone! I have been so busy lately between moving back to college for my final year (cue nervous laughter) and attending electric picnic aswell as the all Ireland final. We won’t talk about that last one. I’m severely wrecked and broke but I’m gonna quickly fill you in on the last weekend for anyone thinking of buying electric picnic tickets for 2018 which are on sale NOW!!
Getting there
So my first year I went from Waterford and it was a breeze, we drove up at¬†7 am¬†and didn’t meet any traffic. We got a clear run and stopped for breakfast on route. We parked in the yellow car park which is a 5 minute walk from the Jimmy Hendrix campsite where we stayed. I would definitely recommend bringing your car if you have one because you can leave stuff in it and go back and forth as opposed to a bus where you have to carry everything at once.
This year we drove up from limerick around half 8 and didn’t meet too much traffic but we had to park in the red car park which was a fair trek to the campsite especially when you’re carrying 20 cans and 4 litres of mixer.
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My outfits
Day 1:
Luckily the weather was actually ok this year so I was able to wear this tie-dyed maxi dress which I purchased on holidays in El Nido. I wore this oversized festival jacket from boohoo.com and just an old pair of converse because as we all know festivals are not the place for fancy footwear. I wore this (what I thought was funky) septum piercing from Penneys also and got the piss taken out of me for the weekend lol.
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Day 2:
I wore this slogan t shirt dress which had the saying “stop everything and dance” paired with a multicoloured kimono/dressing gown which I purchased in a market in Vietnam for about 20 cent. These boots are years old and they’re from schuh.
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Day 3:
Day 3 I went up to Croke park to the all ireland so the attire was fairly basic in jeans and a jersey. I was devastated about the result but if Waterford couldn’t win, I was glad it was Galway if that makes sense. Hopefully this time next year it will be a different story. We are some of the best supporters in the country and I’ve no doubt they’ll come back stronger than ever.
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What to do
  • Body and soul is hands down the coolest place ever also they have a bonfire so when you’re freezing I would deffo recommend heading in there.
  • I know it’s super tempting to stay in the campsite and drink with all your mates but do make the effort to actually go inside and see some acts, you’re after paying ‚ā¨240 in fairness
  • Exploring the food trucks is also a great shout because you can get anything you possibly want, don’t be afraid to try something different inside or getting a burger every day.
  • The salty dog and trailer park are also such cool places to go explore at night time.
So that’s ep in a nutshell really. Even if there is a “bad line up” I would still recommend going because you might be surprised what you could find for example we went to see The Magician at the Heineken stage and going in we only knew one song, but it was the best two hours ever and we had such an unreal time.
Mini mint x

Boracay: The Philippines

About Boracay
Boracay is a small island located in the Philippines. Boracay was awarded as the 2012 best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. In 2014, the resort island was at the top of the Best Islands in the World list published by the international magazine Cond√© Nast Traveler. It now has an excess of over 350 beach resorts ranging from 5 star to budget accommodation. We went in August which is their rainy season but were blessed enough that we didn’t get any rain and had 30 degree heat everyday and sunshine.
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Getting there
From Ireland it was a bit of a trek, I won’t lie. We flew to Dubai with Emirates first and spent a day at the Oceana beach club on The Palm Jumeirah which was a great way to kick start our tans. We then flew to Manila (with Philippine Airlines) which is the capital of the Philippines and had to stay there for a night until our flight the next day. Manila is super overcrowded and dangerous so I would definitely say to try to go straight to the islands if you can and if not, stay in a hotel near the airport for the night. Manila is the most densely populated city in the world FYI so good luck trying to sleep there.
We flew from Manila to boracay caticlan airport with Cebu Pacific. However to get to the actual boracay island you have to get a speed boat but we were lucky enough our hotel arranged the private transfer for us at an additional cost.
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Accommodation
We stayed in Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast resort which is located north of the island. It’s a massive resort with loads of restaurants and facilities including an 18 hole golf course, 5 infinity pools, private beaches, zip lining, horseback riding etc. The staff were so polite and helpful and our rooms were so luxurious especially because they weren’t even that expensive. The hotel provides a shuttle bus down to the town every couple of minutes which is handy as well.
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What we did
  • The pools and beaches in the resort are to die for, the water is so clear and there’s not a bit of pollution. The pictures speak for themselves.
  • Zip lining and horseback riding provided by the hotel.
  • Day trip to Ariels point which is unreal, they provide kayaks and snorkelling gear and there’s a selection of diving boards. Probably our best day in Boracay.
  • The Boracay pub crawl. This was SO MUCH FUN! You’re forced to make friends with everyone and you all get drunk together in yellow t-shirts and end up in Galaxy Nightclub at the end.

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Food
We ate in the hotel a good bit in their restaurants but in hindsight it was very expensive compared to places down at D’Mall which is like the beachfront and a hive of activity. Down there we ate at the Red Coconut and Epic. Both meals were lovely and looking back we should have gone down to the town more often for dinner.
Overall we loved Boracay and it was a great spot to start our holiday. There’s a really good balance of nightlife and relaxation there and it’s probably one of the most touristy islands in the Philippines so we made a couple of friends along the way! I cannot recommend this country enough so definitely put it on your bucket list.
Mini Mint x

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)

Longitude 2017

Hey everyone!
As some of you know I attended Longitude Festival this weekend all thanks to my sister for my amazing 21st present!!ÔłŹ I love outdoor concerts and festivals because it’s the one time we all get to truly experiment with our style and just wear whatever the heck we want and no one cares. I know we all try to do it in our day to day lives but if you walk into work with glitter splashed in your hair and a tie-dyed crop top you are going to receive some strange looks. Anyways, I’ve just gone through some looks I helped style over the weekend as well as the overall experience so enjoy xx
The Outfits
For starters I wore a cream dress I have owned for years from Forever 21 and paired it with an orange kimono from H&M and a brown belt from Primark to give it a more boho look. I kept my makeup pretty basic except I did a statement orange eye (cause realistically I’m not going to be able to wear orange eye shadow to work so decided to experiment) and black liner. My hair was so so simple to do, I just sprayed some texture spray to give it a messy look and parted my hair into a middle parting with two mini space buns.
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The second outfit I styled was different in a sense that I took one piece of clothing (the shirt) and worked the outfit around it. I bought this shirt in TopShop for my sister for her birthday and thought it was perfect for a festival. I paired it with this frayed denim skirt from New Look and black belt with some red converse to bring out the red detailing on the back.
Getting there
I’m lucky enough to have a sister who lives in Dublin so we drove up¬†Friday¬†night and stayed with her. (For those who don’t know, longitude is a non-camping festival) we woke up and cracked open some cans then started plowing into the glitter and face paint. We found an unbelievably nice taxi man called Joe canning lol (Sidenote: he is not from Galway) and he brought us there and back and into town again after. We came home from Marley Park and then just went straight to coppers. Standard.
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What we did
For starters we had to queue up and have our bags searched etc and once we got in we got a round of pints. We took the necessary pictures and got that out of the way then went exploring the venue. We met up with all of the college crowd and my sisters friends and we just chilled because the weather was actually unreal thank god. We then parted ways to see All Tvvins and Skepta then all of us went to the Weeknd. WHO WAS AMAZING BTW.

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Who won Longitude?
I know my friends reading this are rolling their eyes so far into the back of their head that they can see last week cause I have not stopped talking about it. Niamh Cullen won the Most Stylish Woman of all time at Longitude yesterday. I basically had a mini heart attack when I saw her and asked for a picture like the ultimate creeper that I am. She is so sound and just an all-round deadly girl I mean do you see this jacket? No words. Fabuulous!!
Hands down one of the best days ever, everyone was just in such a good mood and the acts were unbelievable. I would really recommend going next year to anyone thinking about buying tickets. It’s kind of nice that you get to go home to sleep in a proper bed as well as opposed to camping in a tent with no showering facilities.
Mini Mint x
SHOP THE LOOK
boohoo Aeryn Aztec Batwing Maxi Kimono - orange £20.00 by Renata Dias Lopes
LINK: http://indulgy.com/post/VDUsLIZmD3/boohoo-aeryn-aztec-batwing-maxi-kimono-orange

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- ‚ā¨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-‚ā¨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 – ‚ā¨15 and ¬†‚ā¨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.

Tshirt- NewLook

Leather jacket- Topshop

Boots- Newlook

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The jacket- ‚ā¨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 – ‚ā¨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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India

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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.

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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.

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