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.
[mass noun] the action or skill of reading, whilst simultaneously consuming pastries. Often enjoyed in conjunction with freshly brewed coffee, and many hours spent in a cosy bed
Are you guys happy to see croissant reading BACK IN YOUR LIVES?! After a two week hiatus I am so happy to be bringing new links your way.
This weekend’s Croissant Reading is comprised of stories that have just made me smile, from celebrity sisters wrestling, to an interview with my first ever fashion boss (back in my interning days!) and swimsuits which make me swoon – it’s all here!
As a child my Mum and I used to work on craft projects for hours together. From DIY fish tanks circa age five (made with cereal boxes, cling film and felt tip fish) to watercolour paintings, I have such great memories of sitting together, making things, and admiring the results. I still love the quiet occupation of creating something and over the next few week’s I’d love to get my hands mucky/glittery/glue-y with a few of these super cool fashion DIY’s.
Have a look at the ones I’ve rounded up and let me know if you’re tempted to give them a whirl too!
3. Frayed Edge White Shirt | Lucinda Chambers of British Vogue announced this style tip to the Vogue Festival audience last year, cut along the hems of a simple white shirt and pull at the threads to fray. A cool update which makes this office classic a little more dishevelled.
4. DIY Inspiration Board | One of my favourite tutorials from The Elgin Avenue. I need to update my images as I’ve still got the ones seen in this post!
HAPPY FRIDAY guys!! I hope you have an awesome weekend. I’ll be celebrating mine and Oli’s best friends’ engagement (!!!) and having some sister time – and maybe, just maybe, attempting some craft too.
Are you going to pick up a glue gun and try any of these stylish DIYs?!
Hey guys! How’s your week going?! It is press day season right now, which means brands are sharing their collections for Autumn/Winter ’15 at special showcases all around London. It’s always a super fun, super busy few weeks and I’ve been booking in as many appointments as possible to see some of my favourite brands and people. I outfit repeated this day dress + New Balance 410 trainers for yesterday’s press day treadmill and I’ve previously worn it for lunch with Ella last week.
Is outfit repeating lazy?! Probably – but it makes early mornings SO much easier!
This SEA dress is such a great shape – I love an A line mini skirt – it’s super flattering and feels really fun. I kept getting asked if my dress was a skirt and top, it’s not, but I have found a skirt which is SUPER similar from Next (at £26!!). This silhouette is really easy to replicate with a cute short A line skirt, and printed T-shirt. It’s definitely one I’ll be repeating with a variety of skirt and top combinations over the summer months.
Also – exciting news – did you notice I’m not wearing a knee support in these pics?!! My knee is feeling so much better (after I dislocated it a few weeks ago) and I’ve been going without a support for most of the day now. I’m still glued to my New Balance 410s for the time being but wearing a dress (as opposed to wide leg trousers to cover a big brace) feels like such a luxury!
Trainers look really cute with a shorter hemline and I’m so happy it’s warm enough to have bare legs now. Oh and I HAVE to mention how awesome Next’s suede bags are. I love my fringed hobo bag, Next have some of the best 70s accessories I’ve seen on the high st and their price points are so good!
Do you guys love an A line mini too? How are you styling up your day dresses?
As much as I love creating content for The Elgin Avenue, I am a huge personal consumer of blogs and sites too. There are so many amazing online destinations out there; these are ten which I never fail to check in with:
. 10 SITES I CHECK INTO DAILY .
A House In The Hills | I love Sarah’s sunny style, and honest posts about life and all it can throw at us! Sarah suffers with Crohns disease and has turned her ailment in to a (greater) reason to cook up amazing, healthy food – and share this with her readers! A House In The Hills covers recipes, style, interiors and more – an inspiring destination for a beautiful chic bohemian-tinted lifestyle.
Gal Meets Glam | Julia’s outfit updates always brighten up my day! Julia and her husband Thomas make a formidable pair – they travel the globe, have set up a beautiful home in San Francisco and somehow manage to upload new, stunning outfit photos five days a week – WOW. Julia has been my must-read style blog for years.
Cupcakes & Cashmere | Emily is the blogger I most look up to personally; her content is always impeccable, original and each article is one I genuinely want to read. A great site to get lost in.
CocosTeaParty | Ella is one of my closest friends now, and she was also my very first blogging friend way back when! Despite the bias of our friendship, Ella’s site is one which I genuinely love checking in to. Ella has flawless taste, and her style tips are ones which I always take on board! Ella is also a celebrity buff, and many of her posts have a celebrity angle – good for a fashion-led gossip!
Pinterest | Of course I check in to Pinterest every. day. Don’t we all?! The Elgin Avenue has just reached an amazing milestone of tipping over 100K followers! I can’t quite believe the growth we’ve experienced – especially since we started in January with little over a thousand followers! My favourite boards right now are Style | Mixed Prints and Home | Inspiration.
The Everygirl | This is my one-stop shop site for life inspiration! The Everygirl is a balanced site tackling issues – both light hearted and more serious – which affect twenty – thirty something year old women. I love the career profiles in particular, and the home tours.
Advice From A Twenty Something | I’ve been a follower of Amanda’s blog for a while (I actually found it through The Everygirl) I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda in real life on my last visit to NYC and can confirm that she’s as awesome and knowledgable as her blog would lead you to believe! From tackling relationship queries, to how to decorate a rented apartment – Amanda covers all the bases that us young women want to know AND takes questions from her readers directly in her ‘Ask Amanda’ series.
With Love From Kat | I have such a girl crush on Kat and her chic pared-back style. I feel like With Love From Kat is the East Coast counterpart to Gal Meets Glam! I always head to Kat’s site for style inspiration – her look is polished and feminine – just the type of style worth taking notes on if you’re on the hunt for the perfect work or date outfit.
Stephanie Sterjovski | I think that Stephanie Sterjovski is one of the coolest girls out there! Not only is her personal style site gorgeous – so well shot, lovely outfits, attainable price points – but she has her OWN PRINT STORE too! I’m a big fan of ladies forging their own paths, and Stephanie’s one is an impressive path indeed. Check out her prints, which I want literally everyone of, here.
The Lifestyle Edit | The Lifestyle Edit’s founder Naomi is a great friend of mine (we got to know each other about the same time as Ella from CocosTeaParty and I met too! Old timers!) I couldn’t be prouder of Naomi’s new site The Lifestyle Edit – you know when you’re expecting something to be good, and then it’s SO much more amazing that you’d anticipated? Naomi is a hardcore journo, having previously held stints at The Metro and City AM, no wander The Lifestyle Edit’s articles are so well written and targeted. I love the celebrity features, and life dialogues in particular.
Do you guys already check in with all of the sites I’ve mentioned? Have I missed off any which you absolutely love?! Let me know in the comments below.