I was so excited to discover that a few bits from Primark are now available to buy from ASOS.. I would toughen up these pretty floral dresses (all £13) with rough tough black ankle boots and socks, and style up the striped dugarees (£14) with a floral crop top.

Have you bought any Primark clothes from ASOS yet?


Today I started my summer work experience at a great company in Ipswich.. ISCRE provides all sorts of legal services, ranging from basic advice to taking on cases for those facing discrimination, and who cannot afford a private solicitor. It's a pretty small company, but that means lots of hands on work for me. This is definitely a huge bonus, as in many large law firms they can't give students much responsibility, and so you don't get to do much useful work.

The dress code isn't overly smart, so I wore black jeggings and a monochrome striped top that I picked up in America and shoes from New Look. My blue blazer is from River Island; I'm not sure the blue one is available any more, but I did notice that the website has red version which I am very tempted to pick up as I love the shape and quality! My sunnies are from Topshop.. And of course I had to take my trusty Zara bag, which I can't find on the website, but I think it's still available in some stores.. The weather was beautiful again today and the office was lovely and cool, but when I stepped out for lunch I was roasting. I really don't know what to wear tomorrow as I don't really have any work appropriate dresses or skirts..

What do you guys wear to the office in the summer?


I've been back over a week now, and I miss being on holiday but I couldn't have come back to better weather.. My day's have been spent lounging in the garden in shorts and a t-shirt and building on my Florida tan. I start work experience on Monday, so expect a few OOTD's, but for now I thought I would share a few of my holiday pictures with you..

The first week of our holiday was spent at the beautiful Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa, where the wedding was held. My maxi dress is from T.K.Maxx, my sunglasses from Topshop and belt and necklace are vintage. In the picture below, my vest top is from New Look, my skirt from Primark and my hat from Forever 21.



The wedding was absolutely beautiful 


And the reception was so much fun.. I discovered my new favourite drink at the open bar - Whisky and Ginger Beer - and I might have indulged in a few too many!

The cruise and island stops provided much need R&R after the busy days and late nights at the wedding..

The food was fantastic onboard.. 

And then there was the shopping..

So another picture heavy "life" post, but I hope you guys enjoyed seeing my holiday pictures.. Are you going away this summer? If you blog will you include your pictures in a post or do you prefer to stick to beauty/ style posts?


I didn't get much of a chance to go shopping when I was over in Florida, as we spent the majority of the holiday at the wedding and then on the cruise. I did however, wander into Sephora, Bath & Body Works and of course Walmart, where I found some absolute gems. The Revlon nail polishes were a steal at $3 and I also picked up a LA Colours calcium nail treatment and an OPI gold shatter polish for a mere $2 each. I'm sure that the L'Oreal Telescopic Explosion mascara isn't available over here, but I'm hoping it will be drugstore dupe for my favourite Givenchy mascara. Burts Bees tinted lipbalm was on sale for a dollar.. And Seche Vite for $4! The Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush is again a product not available in UK drugstores, but it's something I have wanted to try for ages so watch out for my thoughts on it! The Rimmel eyeshadow quads were on sale, and as I mostly have larger palettes which aren't great for travelling I thought these would make a nice basic neutral (019) and smoky (026) eye when I am away from home.

Unfortunately towards the end of my holiday I suffered from a really bad breakout. I'm not sure what caused it but I had large red bumps on my skin which were extremely painful. My aunt bought me some triple antibiotic gel to calm them down and it worked a treat. Whilst not a spot treatment as such, it really soothed my skin, and would be great for cuts, burns and bites too. In Walmart I was reunited with an old favourite: Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. A a product I used for years, it kept my skin feeling healthy and kept spots at bay, until they stopped producing it in England. Now they may well have changed the formula - I am pretty sure they have changed the name - but, it's worth a try and I will report back to you after a few weeks use. I really wanted to try out a Neutrogena foundation, but none of the stores seemed to have any testers!

From Bath & Body Works I picked up shower gel and body lotion in Cashmere Glow. I really wanted to get a few things from the Juniper Breeze and Stress Relief range, but I knew that I just didn't have the room to bring them back. Bath & Body Works does ship to the UK; the delivery charge is a little steep but totally worth it as all the products would make great gifts or treats for yourself.

And lastly, on a quick trip to Sephora I bought two pro lip brushes, and two nano eyeliners in Blue Jean and Iced Brown. I've been a massive fan of Sephora's eyeliner pencils for many years now, and they do some great shades if you feel like mixing it up with a bit of colour. These half sizes are even better, allowing you to try more shades without committing to full sizes and the higher price tags. I repurchased the waterproof liquid eyeliner, but this time in Grey Glitter too. I also grabbed one of my favourite lip balms - Minted Rose - at the checkout.. Will I ever stop impulse buying? Lastly, I was really excited by the Sephora by O.P.I nail polish collection and ended up picking out four shades; mostly pinky/ plum taupes but also one gorgeous khaki grey shade.

I was really gutted that I missed out on the chance to go to Victoria's Secret, Target and Barnes & Noble, but I know Victoria's Secret will have arrived in the Trafford Centre by the time I get back up to Manchester, if it hasn't already.

Has anyone been over to the States recently - or are you planning a trip? What are your favourite American stores?


001. These are a few pictures of my holiday to Florida. We went for a family wedding, so it was really lovely to catch up with cousins over there. After the wedding we went on a Royal Caribbean cruise, which I have to say was great fun, BUT/ there is no Internet out at sea! I didn't know this until I got on board, and a week away from the world almost killed me.. I'm not the type of person to switch off and relax; not having my phone actually really stresses me out. So all I can say is that it's so good to be back home and back to blogging.

002. My first year Uni results were a BIG wake up call. They weren't terrible, but I really was expecting more. My first year didn't really live up to any of my expectations, I didn't make the most of it, and I regret that. If anyone is starting Uni in September then make sure you don't miss out on any opportunities, whether it's out of laziness or fear of what others will think. You will regret it if you do. For me, I'm pretty sure that just because I didn't do everything I wanted to in my first year, it doesn't mean it's too late. In September I plan to get my arse down to the careers service, join a few societies that I'm interested in, and just put myself out there and meet more people. I'm also thankful that my first year didn't count towards my degree. I can pass it off as a 'trial run' and now having seen how much harder I need to work I can actually do that where it counts.

003. I've started driving lessons which so far are going really well. Fingers crossed I can pass before I go back to Uni.

004. Now on to the bloggy stuff - I heard that Google Reader/ Google Friend Connect were going away on the 1st of July, but mine is still working as normal.. Does anybody know what is going on there? I don't want any of you to miss my posts, so here are a few more ways you can find and follow me online:

Bloglovin': I've been using Bloglovin for a while now to follow my favourite blogs.. It's a whole lot nicer to look at than the Google version, and much easier to find new blogs to follow. You can also import all of the blogs you already follow with Google in one simple step when you sign up. Click here to follow me.
Twitter: I tweet everytime I post on my blog, so if you follow me you'll be sure not to miss any of my posts. I also tweet a lot about things that I've been doing / watching / reading, and if you want to ask me anything then  feel free to tweet me at @nishKpatel
Instagram: I Instagram alot more when I am at Uni, simply because I do more interesting things, but I post quite regularly. My pictures tend to be of food, drink, any shopping I do and any products I'm testing for HIW. Follow me @nishKpatel

005. Post wise, expect to see more of my holiday snaps and an America haul. I've also got beauty posts lined up of products I bought in the States. Is there anything else you would like to see?

006. When I started HIW I expected it to be more of a style blog, with me posting ootd's regularly. So far I've only done one, due to not having anywhere to take pictures at in my university halls, and no one to take them outside for me. L is going to take pictures for me starting in September, but for now I may do a few mirror snaps, particularly of some smarter outfits when I go for work experience in a few weeks.. Let me know if you would like to see more outfit/ style posts?

 007. Apologies for the long catch-up post, and have a great weekend everyone! 


Batiste Dry Shampoo £3.99
Ojon Full Detox Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Spray £18

Dry shampoo is essential for any student wishing to spend more time in bed. Perfect to use between washes to keep hair feeling fresh, or in the morning after a heavy night out, when you have to be in lectures at 9am looking fresh as a daisy.

I've been pretty loyal to Batiste over the years, and I usually use the original dry shampoo. On my last trip to boots they didn't have it in stock and I ended up picking up the XXL Volume version. This had a really pleasant smell and left my hair feeling fresh and volumised, but it does leave more white marks in my hair than the original.

The Ojon product has a really strange smell to it; it's quite natural and 'earthy' (not sure I want to smell like a field of potatoes) and can linger for a while and really overpower your fragrance.  Unfortunately it also seemed to irritate my scalp, leaving it itchy and dry. On the plus side it leaves no white marks and absorbs lots of oil, leaving hair feeling cleaner than when I use the Batiste. 

I was quite disappointed with the Ojon spray, as I usually love all Ojon products. It's quite pricey at £18, with the bottle being slightly smaller than the Batiste, and coupled with the fact that it irritates my scalp, it's definitely one product I won't be repurchasing.

Verdict: Batiste Dry Shampoo 

I've heard good things about the Tresemme and Charles Worthington dry shampoos - has anyone tried those?