Monday, 12 May 2014


This is my 100th post. And last I looked I had had 12121 views. So thank you everyone who has spent the time to visit my little space on the internet. It may not be the biggest or flashiest of blogs, but I'm proud of it and people seem to read it. So thank you.

This week I've been home for the first time in five months; the weather has been erratic, the dogs have been cuddly and the food has been fantastic. I've spent the majority of it attempting to find a job now that graduation is imminent, but also having fun with my acrylics. I posted an early picture on Instagram (@msmilliemae), but I'm always wary of posting 'in development' pictures because I can see the flaws and don't feel ready to show them to everyone else. My large scale paintings act as a little bit of escapism whereas my fashion sketches are an easy way to express visuals in a matter of minutes.

I didn't really fancy compiling my favourite images from my blog in celebration (if you want me to by all means comment below). Instead I was perusing the images from the Met Gala and have compiled a few of my favourites for your own viewing pleasure...

 Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta. This dress with black bodice and full blush pink skirt features a hand-painted and signed panel by the designer.

 Lupita Nyong'o in Prada. An emerald green feather flapper dress with a simple slip; it has a theatricality about it that was perfect for the event.

 I am so in love with Suki Waterhouse's dress. As with several celebrities she chose a pinky nude, but this Burberry number consisted of layers and layers of tulle. It was ethereal and beautiful and I want it just so I can sit and stare at it.

 Victoria Beckham wore Victoria Beckham and accessorised with David Beckham. It was so simple and I envy anyone who can wear all white and not get a stain on it...

 Beyonce in Givenchy was amazing, but at the same time it was very Beyonce. It would have been nice to see something slightly more unexpected.

 Kim Kardashian in Lanvin was better than her custom Givenchy gown from last year. However the material needed for the thigh-split created a voluminous skirt that didn't really flatter her figure.

Anne Hathaway in Calvin Klein. I've never been a big fan of Anne Hathaway and the old rule book says 'No red on the red carpet,' but the slither of flesh caused by the crop top  and the high slit breaks up the block colour to provide a modern twist on a classic silhouette.

 Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera. I like Emmy Rossum and I love antique wallpaper. So I loved this dress.
 Georgia May Jagger in Thierry Mugler. This dress featured yet another thigh split but it was the bodice detail that made it stand out.
 Selena Gomez in Diane Von Furstenberg. It was Selena's first Met Gala and she looked stunning. It was a gorgeous shade of purple and the ruffle round the collar was a really interesting detail.

 Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen. This is one of my favourite sketches that I've done for a while. I loved the blush pink and red tints within the dress and the flouncy mermaid skirt was a perfect finish to the crescendo of curves.

 Chloe Grace Moretz in Chanel Couture. I think someone described this look like a 'high-end Cowgirl.' I love that she looks stylish without looking childish or overtly sexual.

Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere was perhaps one of the most beautiful things I've seen. Of course it helps that she is gorgeous, but the dress itself was perfect for the red carpet- vintage glamour and just the right amount of skin.

I hope your week has got off to a good start and that the weather isn't as miserable as it is in Suffolk.


Sunday, 4 May 2014


So on Thursday I handed in my final piece of university work ever. I am completely finished, graduate in under two months and then that's it; four years of university completed and I'll be out in the big wide, terrifying world. At this moment in time I literally have no idea what I want to do. Ideally I'd want to be invited to fabulous parties and then just sit in the corner and draw the glamorous people. But I don't think that is a possibility... 
Anyway, the lack of posts recently has been due to a broken laptop, a wiped hard drive, looming deadlines and the horrible prospect of saying goodbye to all the fantastic people I've met up here in St Andrews.
Due to deadlines I've become a recluse and a) barely got out of pyjamas and b) barely left the house, so there's been very little drawing.

 I picked up these vintage Escada trousers from one of the charity shops for a few pounds. Sadly they are too small for me, but they'll hopefully fit the sister...  They are a gorgeous pale pink wool, high-waisted and tapered to the ankle. It is such a classic style and the perfect spring/summer colour.
 As procrastination I was looking up Coachella fashion after a friend sent me a link. Most photos were celebrities attempting to look 'cool' without the help of a stylist which more often than not resulted in a very expensive car crash of an outfit. That said there were a few decent images out there. These three are a green, floral printed two piece, a striped and chevron outfit and a pair of minute shorts with a massive floppy hat. I loved the stripes and chevron look because it was simple and classic; it would have been as effective on the street as it was at the festival.
This is Vanessa Hudgens. I loved this outfit for the combination of the loose flowing layers, the flashes of leg and the contrast between the black accessories and the rich fuchsia. 
I decided to look through my own festival photos... Which was both a mistake and a delight. This one is my trusty cotton kimono, my old brown Docs, a Topshop bodycon dress and a polka-dotted headscarf. I know that kimonos have become a staple for many festival goers but for me they are perfect as I hate the sun, but love having something to swish round in.
 Oh the days when I felt that everything could be solved by a pair of thigh high striped socks... I wore these with a mint green playsuit. I believe I looked a little ridiculous. I also don't recommend playsuits because it means going to the loo takes an age... 
We had an end of year korfball dinner that was wonderful but emotional. This is what my academic daughter Stef wore. She gave us the choice of high street or 1970s vintage; you can probably guess which one we picked... Apparently this was her grandmother's, and she looked wonderful.

I hope you all had a great week. I'm off home this week for the first time since January. I'm excited.