Hi! My name is Monica Beatrice Welburn and I am a blogger, occasional presenter, and style lover.
The Elgin Avenue is named after a magnificent long road, in the area of London which I was lucky enough to call home for four years. I now live in a beautiful nook of the English countryside, a stone's throw away from London, where I can still get the perfect extra hot, dry, cappuccino, but with a little extra room to roam.
This is my space for sharing my personal style, beauty, love of interiors, travel and much more.
This week has whizzed on by! It’s been a fun creative one for me; Oli and I have been able to shoot almost every day (awesome!) and I was able to catchup with some of my best blogging friends yesterday (and make some new ones!) at the launch of Iris & Ink’s new SS’15 collection.
This week also saw THIS happen *gestures upwards and below in cabin-crew like manner.*
I cut my hair into a long lob.
Well technically Oli, my hairdressing dynamo of a boyfriend, did.
Thanks handsome fella!
What’s a lob you ask? Easy! A lob is simply a long bob.
My lob is actually more mid length, but hey, I want to be part of the lob gang too (which actually sounds quite hostile?!) so long lob it is!
I first saw the lob on Lauren Conrad, as created by her longtime hair stylist Kristin Ess.
Kristin co-founded the brilliant beauty web site thebeautydepartment.com. If you haven’t checked it out before – do so now!
All in all I am SUPER happy I cut a good few inches off of my hair!
If you are toying with the idea of cutting your own hair, here’s my two cents on the issue:
A proper chop will greatly help the condition of your hair, it’ll look thicker for not having wispy broken ends, and a shorter length is FUN. The long lob is a great middle ground if you are scared of going bob-length or even lob-length short, and it’s easy to grow out should you decide it’s not for you! Bonus: if like me, you like to tie your hair up (especially important for a concentration bun when working!) then you can easily do this with the long lob.
A skinny silhouette is my go-to style (recently I’ve been wearing Topshop Jamie and ASOS Ridley) but I’ve been looking to expand my denim horizons.
I picked up this pair of custom made jeans from ISKO denim over LFW last season. ISKO is a bit like Lycra, in that it’s a quality ‘fabric ingredient’ brands look for. More history here.
I wore these wide leg, cropped jeans to meetings last week, and received so many compliments. The shorter hem allows shoes to take centre stage, and the flash of ankle feels Spring-like, whilst staying warm!
These Topshop jeans are similar, I love them worn high waisted with a tan belt – it lends a vintage feel.
Side note: I’m going to tally up the amount of times I’ve worn my Karen Millen leather biker in outfit photos! It’s the best money I’ve ever spent on a single item! The more it ages, the more I love it. And surely, that’s TRUE love?!
Readers in hot hemispheres you may want to look away.
NB: hot Aussie gals, you’re my Instagram guilty pleasure! But man does our terrain not look like yours right now!
Fellow UK, and rainy-land dwellers – welcome! Let’s talk RAIN.
Rain’s great. It’s great for the garden, and the environment, and for snuggly Sundays when you don’t need to leave bed and you’ve got coffee on tap.
Rain SUCKS when you have to go to work, you have a big meeting, and your hair is pumping up the volume, and not in a good way. Frizz fighters, I feel your pain!
So what to wear when you open your curtains and there’s a downpour?
First up, invest in a good jacket! I am actually not adverse to a pac-a-mac. One which you can slip in your handbag for freak showers. This one from ASOS is £22, and not ugly. Bonus!
For a jacket you can wear day in day out, which is chic and versatile, this Jack Wills number is just the ticket. I love the pleat detail at the back; I would be more than happy turning up to work in this, and equally dressing it down for the weekend. This is an all weather jacket, which is actually super cute, and appropriate long past the rain.
Footwear. Argh, rain footwear! On rainy days I stick to trainers. I have a couple of pairs which are stylish, but practical, and suit my purpose of walking between appointments whatever the weather. I work in an industry where I can get away with trainers most of the time, however if you work in an office where heels are more the norm, keep a pair of smart shoes under your desk and change out of your trainers when you arrive at work.
I was dubious as to the value in buying a lipstick which rang in at around the £30 mark, but after my first try, I was hooked.
The formula of Tom Ford lipsticks is so long lasting, I’ve found myself wearing the same coat from morning through till the evening, with minor top ups only. The matte versions can be a little drying, so I like to prep my lips with a balm before hand. My favourite is from Burts Bees.
The Tom Ford packaging is my favourite amongst high-end beauty brands. Glamorous, masculine (sounds incongruous for a lipstick – but it’s gorgeous!), and for sure my favourite casing to display on my beauty table.
The beauty table which, BTW, in my dreams looks like this.
And duh, Tom Ford lipsticks look really pretty on Instagram too.
My favourite way to wear red lips is either nonchalantly with a causal outfit (oh heyAshley – third look down is heaven to me!) – at which point a flick of black liquid eyeliner can also come into play, or with a gorgeous evening look. If I am wearing red lips in the evening, I tend to ditch the eyeliner, and focus on lashes, and a bronzy eye colour.
Have you tried Tom Ford beauty yet? What’s your favourite way to wear red lips?
The Elgin Avenue’s Pinterest now has a dedicated Lipstick Board, head on over for a peruse of our favourite looks!
Oh, and if you’ve been trying to comment on The Elgin Avenue recently I am so sorry! The commenting box was doing all sortsa crazy stuff, but luckily an awesome reader let me know (thank you!) and we’ve upgraded our commenting system to disqus! It’s my favourite way to interact with all of the blogs I read, and I hope you’ll love it too.