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.
Hey Monday! After a couple of bleh weeks, I’m kick starting this one with a lot of things to smile about . . .
One: I tidied my desk – a task often underestimated by me in its rewards – hello#tidydesktidymind
Two: said desk currently boasts a beautiful rose from Oli.
Three: said man is making a guest appearance on the blog today! Say what?!
Oli and I had the rare pleasure this weekend of shooting a his n’ hers outfit post, decked out in Forever 21’s holiday collection. Blessed with a day of Winter sunshine, we headed to one of our favourite locations – Grange Park – where we attended the opera this past Summer.
Sure I am biased, but I have always loved Oli’s style. The three piece suit he chose for our holiday shoot is just the type of dapper getup he dons when we are headed to a special occasion.
I don’t often wear monochrome, but the moment I clocked this jumpsuit I knew I was sold. I love wearing a one piece for a party – no need to get embroiled in a skirt/top/tights scenario, and trousers always seem less fussy to me than a skirt. I’ve been on the look out for a white coat for a while. This one is warm, simple and looks great dressed up like this, and equally over jeans and ballet pumps.
Around this time of year I get major personal shopping guilt, should I be buying a whole new outfit when my Christmas list is still this long?! Gestures very long arm span. Oli and I managed to wangle both of our outfits for under £100 each! For reals. Guilt free, outfit awesomeness? YES!!
Forever 21 has long been my secret destination for affordable jewellery. Seriously, just browse for a few seconds and you’ll see what I mean. I opted for a statement collar to amp up the glamour with this look, and then added a few dedicate rings, and ear cuffs for a little edge.
When layering jewellery I like to stick to one statement piece, and keep everything else low key.
I should say finally in this post, that you guys may have noticed a few differences on The Elgin Avenue! We have had a mini makeover, and couldn’t be happier with our more streamlined design. I will go into it in more detail in another post, but if you see anything quirky pop up, or something which isn’t reading right – please do drop me a line!
At the moment we are trying to smooth out a crease with the comments options, but I’d love to know what you guys think of mine and Oli’s first his n’ hers post? Would you like to see more of our style together? Let me know your thoughts, and how you’re faring with holiday dressing so far on Twitter and Instagram using #F21Unwrapped !
Have an awesome start to your weeks all!
Love, Monica x
Thank you to Forever 21 for sponsoring this post – and to you guys for supporting our partners!
Well hey there festive lovers! Boy do I have a treat for you . . . !
Gorgeous jewellery brand PANDORA are hosting a special Christmas evening this Thursday December 11th, to celebrate the holiday season with singer Gabrielle Aplin. Gabrielle sang the beautiful Christmas track for PANDORA’s Christmas TV campaign, and will be performing an exclusive acoustic set at the event on Thursday, held at the Marble Arch London flagship boutique.
I have a ticket to give away for one of you, plus a guest, and a £50 voucher too!
To enter:drop me an e-mail on email@example.com by midday GMT tomorrow, Wednesday 10th December, with a little note stating your interest. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced by me on my social channels in the afternoon. The winners must be able to get themselves to the Marble Arch flagship store between 6-8pm on December 11th.
I’ll be at the event on Thursday also, and I am so excited to hang out with one of you and the lovely Gabrielle!
The first 50 people to que for the event will also gain entry, but hey, might as well try your hand at guaranteed entry first, right?!
Super excited to meet a couple of you on Thursday! Get involved with #PANDORALounge
It’s an Insta-fact according to me that word play is one of the most fun things on Instagram.
Mondaze? I think we can all relate.
Recently I’ve been taking things slower, and I am sure some of you have noticed that I have been posting a little less frequently on the blog. It’s been around a year since I’ve been blogging full time, and I’ve felt the need in recent weeks to take time to stop, reflect and plan. With the year coming to an end, it’s felt like a natural time to do this.
The extra time I am dedicating to research (thank you Kindle app), sleeping, and generally feeding the inspiration part of my brain (which y’know, has a filing system and everything), has got me bursting with ideas and plans.
A couple of weeks ago, Oli and I travelled to Swanage with some friends for the weekend. The change of scene was just what we needed to recharge our batteries. 48 hours of laughter, long walks and many many “oh my gawwwd do you remember when . . . ” recaps (local cider. Killer.) had us driving home on the Sunday with smiles all round.
In times gone by I wouldn’t have allowed myself time to slow down and reflect, but I’ve come to learn how important it is, both personally and on a business level. I’m embracing the slower pace, and yes, it actually feels really good.
I’d love to know if you have any thoughts on changing up the pace? Do you take time to do the same? And are you looking forward to the New Year too?!
I’ve always adored the feeling of an independent retailer; boutiques, coffee shops, salons . . . it’s a charming sentiment to think that the business owner has a hand in every element of their enterprise. Both of my parents own small businesses, so I’ve had an inherent respect for business owners from day dot – it’s tough! – but on the flip side, I’ve witnessed how rewarding it can be too.
Given my love of independent stores, I was so excited to be approached to work on Small Business Saturday; an initiative focusing on small retailers, supported by American Express.
Mark the date in your diary guys – retailers up and down the country are partaking in Small Business Saturday tomorrow on the 6th of December, this weekend. It is my pleasure to have visited one of the lovely independent stores American Express works with – The Dressing Room in St Albans. I sat down with the boutique’s owner Deryane Tadd, for a chat about her store, and what it means to be an independent retailer.
I may have squeezed in a little shop of my own too . . . !