Sunday, 28 June 2015


Afternoon all,

It's been nigh on four months since I last posted, so apologies for that.

It's not that I haven't been drawing, it's just that fashion really isn't interesting me anymore. The runway shows are rarely showing pieces that render me speechless, with the exception of the D&G menswear collection. The majority of Award Shows seem to lack inspiration & the current 90s trend just repulses me. Any attempt at individuality of the high-street tends to be emulated by the 15 other 'fashionistas' strutting down the road behind them.

I've also moved on from blogs to a certain degree. There are still a few I read religiously due to beautiful imagery (Sea of Shoes),and a great sense of personal style (Vintage Vixen) to name a few. Though these two bloggers have very different styles & lifestyles, what I love about both of them is their ability to write eloquently, informatively & passionately about a topic. Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@MmlWilkinson) knows that I can't stand that the social generation has forgotten simple grammar, punctuation & spelling, something which is, sadly, all too clear on blogs. Your photography may be beautiful, but if you can't spell or there are too many you're/your confusions I can't read any further. Of course there will be occasional mistakes, we all make them, but when it's a flagrant disregard it ruins the whole experience.

For those reasons I tend to move to Instagram now which is where you are far more likely to find me these days. Check out my feed here.

I'll still occasionally post here when I can gather enough illustrations on a theme, hence the title.

So here are some of my favourite outfits I've worn or seen in the last few weeks.

 I bought these Whistles shorts a few months back at my local Oxfam (£3 when they still had the £80 tag on...) High-waisted and a silk-linen mix, they are perfect for dressing up or down in this weather. Worn with my trusty silk Hawaiian shirt & Topshop wedges.

 I saw this girl walking down Long Acre last week. It was a really simple look, but what I loved about her skirt was that the pleats were finished with small metal plates, giving a simple silhouette a tougher finish.

 This is actually an outfit inspired by someone from work. I loved the vibrant red of her linen skirt, especially as it had pockets, which are always important. The t-shirt is one of Jake Boys'- a YouTuber we manage at work- I love the simplicity of the design.

This dress was bought during a family trip to Burghley House last summer. It's a heavy linen shift dress with massive pockets on the front. It's perfect for summer in London as it won't fly up on the Tube, doesn't show sweat, and is conservative enough that I can wear it to work.

Both of these items are beautiful in their own right, but together look divine, The duck-egg blue silk shirt is originally from Country Casuals of all places, but I managed to get it new from a local charity shop for £2. It's practically sheer which makes the underwear choice tricky, but it's just so stunning & feminine. The silk Ralph Lauran shorts were bought last week from TK Maxx. They are so baggy they almost look like a skirt, and are mulberry-silk-lined crepe-de-chine.

Finally able to enjoy the galleries of London, I've been making use of my Art Fund card to see as many of the amazing exhibitions that I can. Maggi Hambling, Marlene Dumas and the Summer Exhibition have been my favourites so far.

This has to be one of the most spectacular pieces I've ever seen- Tim Shaw's Erebus. It's a larger than life sculpture of a man on fire running- as you can properly gather. But, unlike so many appallingly curated exhibitions that I've been to (the Magna Carta at the British Museum for one) it was perfectly positioned. Instead of running out of a corner, the figure forces the viewer to get up close and see the terror and strain of the limbs and face. It's worth going to the Summer Exhibition purely to see it.

Apologies for the text-heavy post, & hopefully see you next time.


Sunday, 1 March 2015


I promised I would do a post on the Oscars, and I've finally got round to it. My picture quality is pretty shoddy at the moment as I don't have access to a scanner, I'm rarely in my house during daylight hours and my shitty Nokia doesn't have a flash.

I chose my favourites as the vast majority of the dresses were so uninspiring that there really seemed no point wasting paper on them.

Cate Blanchett in Maison Margiela.
As Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award last year she presented the Best Actor this year. She is the epitome of elegance in my eyes, an absolute ageless beauty. This sketch really does not get across just how black this dress is, which stands in stark contrast to her brilliant turquoise necklace and pale skin. 

Scarlett Johansson in Versace
Scarlett got a lot of stick for this outfit as the addition of the necklace was deemed too much considering the neckline of the dress. I personally think that the turquoise jewellery elevated the entire outfit. Equally the triangle accents of the dress are a beautiful addition. 

 Emma Stone in Elie Saab
I love this dress. The chartreuse colour is so intriguing and the fit was perfect. It's the ultimate high-end granny chic with all-over lace and a high neck, But the backless style and sheer sleeves made it very modern Hollywood.

 Hannah Bagshawe in Alexander McQueen
As some of you may know Hannah Bagshawe is married to the delectable Eddie Redmayne who won the Best Actor award. This dress is gorgeous and, in my eyes, is classic McQueen. Though looking initially understated, the bodice is heavily pleated and the 'pouches' on her hips were like feathered saddle bags. I thought she looked wonderful, and was definitely one of the best dressed there.

 Marion Cotillard in Dior
Marion Cotillard always looks unfailingly French. I feel this style just wouldn't work on most people, but she is so darn chic. The simple black strip just made the entire dress.

Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
Like Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike is one of those eternally elegant women. The neckline of this dress is stunning and I love that she kept the jewellery simple enough to let the details on the dress really shine through.

I hope you've all had a good weekend. The rugby was disappointing, but the weather was gorgeous. Hope you all have a great week ahead. I'm just looking forward to going home on Friday.


Saturday, 21 February 2015


I started this blog three years ago which seems like madness. So thanks to the people who actually read it and nudge me to put a post up. For Lent this year I'm planning on doing something every evening whether it's training, going to exhibitions, or just painting. I'm training for Tough Mudder at the moment which, to anyone who knows me personally, is hilarious. But, equally, I've massively neglected my blog and painting in general so I'm going to be updating more... hopefully...

I was going to post on the Baftas and the Grammys but quite literally nothing grabbed my attention at all. Equally with LFW at the moment, but I'll hit on that at the end.

 I'm loving stripes at the moment, to the extent that most days I am wearing something striped be it a dress, a jumper. a top or socks. I've had this dress for the longest time. It's from Hobbs, but naturally I picked it up from one of the local charity shops. It's long-sleeved, high-necked and reaches mid-calf, yet the slit is mid-thigh which makes it a little risque...

 My mum bought these jeans for me when I was 16, yet I grew out of them within two years. Lucky for me my mum kept hold of them and I can fit back into them again. They are just a simple straight cut that I have been living in for the past month. I'm currently loving them with a white shirt and Doc Martens.

 I picked this striped number up from the local charity shop down the road which always seems to have an amazing collection... I love this Massimo Dutti silk-cotton top because it buttons in the back.

 This is a cheeky print mixing number and another quality item I kept with the hope I'd lose weight. It's a vintage grey Jaeger wool skirt with velvet polka dots. It's almost ankle length on me and there is so much fabric. I love wearing it with a striped angora jumper I've stolen from my younger sister while she's away Down Under.

Despite working in Central London it's amazing how rarely I see an outfit that I actually love.  Especially when London Fashion Week is happening 200m away...
 Walking round Somerset House yesterday evening after work we were surrounded by badly dressed celebrities, ridiculous outfits and a lot of trash, however this one girl stood out from the crowd. I was recently told that the craze for full-length coats is due to Kim Kardashian, I just don't like letting my backside get cold... I loved this outfit because it's a very sophisticated version of my own personal uniform. A white shirt, cashmere jumper, black skinnies, brogues and a long coat. Except she was about 5'2" and really petite. She just looked 1000% times better than everyone else there, yet no one wanted her photo.

 I loved this outfit because she just knew how to layer so well. A khaki long coat, a tweed jacket, a silk shirt and a yellow silk scarf... It was perfect.

After a day of searching through LFW photos this was the only outfit I actually wanted to draw... It's Jasper Conran, and I may just like it because I feel that a black polo-neck will make my wardrobe yet I can't seem to find one below £20...  The whole collection was inspired by Japanese paintings and this black kimono-like jacket is a perfect example of how he translated that. I love the 60s vibe given by the polo neck and the great silhouette it creates.

So there's a small collection of looks I'm loving. I'm patiently waiting for it to heat up a bit, but for now I'm definitely going to be wearing tweeds under my coats...

If you fancy commenting below, please do. I'm trying to work out whether to just upload what I feel like or if there are particular things, celebrities, or styles that spark your interest...

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!