Monthly Archives: July 2015
July has been my first full month back in London since finishing for the summer although with jury service, visits from a couple of uni friends and a trip across the channel to France I haven’t felt as though I have had much time to waste lounging around the house, which is how I imagine a university student may be expected to spend their long holidays. Since being at home and seeing how busy my family are, working long hours 5-days a week, I am even more aware now than I was before of how much I could potentially get done during my rather long time away from studying. I have made an effort to make some ‘improvements’ (for lack of a less serious sounding phrase) such as joining the gym, taking up cycling and following a french language course. Being a fashion student, I also really enjoy using my time to keep up the creativity and although blogging is my favourite way to do so, I have also enjoyed experimenting lots more in the kitchen with new recipes and foods, as well as taking out my sewing machine for a bit of fun.
Some of the things I have been loving throughout July include Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird that I re-read (and re-fell in love with) in advance of the release of the sequel. I have also been really enjoying Stylist magazine for a more light-hearted read. My most-worn clothing item of the month is definitely my denim jacket, which I picked up back in Manchester at a Vintage Kilo Sale, although I have only been able to wear more recently as the weather has brightened up. Finally are a couple of make-up products from Malin & Goetz that I actually got free with ELLE a couple of months back. Out of the three that came in the pack, the lip moisturiser and vitamin E face moisturiser have been my favourites.
Tea party on the palace terrace
Views of the palace and the giant water slide
Listening to the live music in the sun
Boating lake complete with swan and dragon pedalos
My outfit for the day and an amazing stain glass window at the front of the palace
Fancy festival pimms and a cider later on
|Shirt- Gap | Skirt- Topshop | Shoes- Topshop|
- Barrister’s and judges can have a personality. From trying to make us laugh with their jokes, to 50 Shades of Grey references (as was the case in my trial); their persuasive and presentation techniques vary massively.
- Trials are open to the public and the most common people found sitting in the public galleries are the family of those on trial, school kids who noisily enter half way through a key piece of evidence and old men who appear to fall asleep within 5 minutes of arrival.
- Getting picked to sit as part of a jury is random and they will shuffle cards in front of you as part of the selection process, however any member may be removed if the defence don’t like the look of you!
- Court hours are 10am- 4.30pm daily although you can expect more ‘comfort breaks’ than you ever got at infant school and starting on time is something I never experienced.
- When it comes to the juror dress code, smart casual is key (don’t be the one in a suit, or the one in trackies and trainers).
The Old Bailey
Coffee break with a view of St Paul’s
Patnernoster Square with live swing music, dancers and deck chairs one lunch time
Another view of the beautiful St Paul’s (I couldn’t stop taking photos!)
Admiring the London skyline with a walk home over Waterloo Bridge