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.
A few snapshots from Bologna! Although the weather wasn’t quite as sunny as we were hoping for, the city still looked so beautiful sparkling in the rain.
Rosalind and I hopped out of bed super early in the morning to shoot some outfit pics for one another, before we had the opportunity to explore the most incredible vintage palace – ANGELO’s – an hour outside of the city.
I can’t wait to share all of the treasures we unearthed at ANGELO’s, and how you too can have a rifle through these fantastic vintage gems. In person. Real soon. Excited . . . ?!
Hope you guys all have an awesome start to your weekends!
Styling out an injury – honestly, that’s the real reason I’m hopping on board the wide leg trousers, culotte – loving train! Now that I’m along for the ride though, I’m kinda liking it!
As you guys already know, I’ve been city hopping around Italy for the past 24hrs. Later today I am headed to Milan, however currently I am holed up in a sweet little hotel near the airport, right leg propped up on pillows.
Unfortunately over the weekend a small disaster struck and I dislocated my right knee. Thankfully nothing tore and everything is back exactly where it should be, however it does mean that I am moving at a snail’s pace and my knee is approximately 5 x it’s normal size.
With this injury comes a number of hurdles, movement being number one, but what to wear is a conundrum all of its own.
SHOP WIDE LEG TROUSERS + CULOTTES
On knowing that I would have this injury over a series of jobs I have been SO looking forward to, I felt pretty bummed out. That feeling lasted for about five minutes when I realised that this is small fish, and I can totally style an injury out. Here’s how I’m dealing with my beefy ol’ knee. Starting with wide leg trousers, culottes and a few extra helpful accessories:
Culottes. Sure I didn’t know if I even liked them before, but given that I am now glued to my knee support for a few weeks, the wide-legged goodness of culottes is looking way more appealing. I picked up this chic jumpsuit from Zara for a hen do over the weekend.
Wide legged trousers. Similar to culottes, these bad boys skim over all knee bulk. And they’re on trend. And SO comfortable. I nabbed these from my Next shoot a couple of weeks back.
New Balance 410 trainers. Well if I MUST buy new trainers for support, who am I to argue? Knowing that I wouldn’t be able to wear the cute shoes I had planned for Italy prompted me to make this purchase, which I had been thinking about for a while anyway.
Boyfriend jeans. The only denim I can fit in to right now. I’d been lusting after the Hayden Topshop boyfriend jeans, and my injury was the push I needed to buy them. Sure they have rips on the knees, so my support will show. That’ll probably look creepy but I love the jeans all the same.
Pretty flat shoes. Aint no injury going to stop me from dressing up in the evening. I may well have to go from car, to sitting, sitting, to car, car to bed but it doesn’t mean that my outfit can’t be well accessorised whilst doing it! I’ve invested in a tonne of grey and white recently, so these simple chic white flats felt like the perfect bad-knee compromise.
In terms of styling out wide legged trousers and culottes, it’s a pretty easy formula. Large on bottom, slim on top. I’ve been sticking to simple thin T-shirts and my trusty biker jacket.
Are you guys loving wide leg trousers, and culottes too? Have you taken the plunge?!
Stay updated with my Milan adventures on Instagram. I am headed over for a SUPER exciting project, I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Boho is a recurring trend for Spring Summer, one which pops up the second murmurs of Coachella start flying around. Yes, the anticipation has begun.
I for one am all for island vibes, I love the simplicity of sheer cotton and even gentle nods to full boho – beads, fringing and neon accents get my heart beating too. But what about every day? Floor sweeping maxis look beautiful in Ibiza, but on a gloomy English day?
It pays to know your ratios, one part boho to three parts clean cut work well for a more city feel.
I’m heading to Italy today! I’m off on a speedy 24 hour visit to Bologna, to explore something very special indeed. I can’t wait to share with you guys what I am up to – a full blog post will follow.
For now, follow along on Instagram, trust me it is going to be spectacular!
Oli and I visited Bologna a few years ago and totally fell in love with the city. It’s a completely underrated destination – perfect for a weekend away. This will be my first trip abroad this year, and I’m already getting excited for the change of scene, Italian vibes and – of course – the food!
Although I’ve been before, it was a while ago, I’d love to know of any tips you have for exploring Bologna?