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2013 Brand Highlights!

Can you believe 2013 is almost at an end? It's been a crazy but great year for the Anna Lou brand and although we are sad to see it go, we're all looking forward to whatever 2014 will bring! As a little farewell to this year and to thank all of our customers for their support over the past 365 days we've brought back some of our most loved pieces to the site and are offering you the chance to shop our bestsellers at reduced prices today. So if there was ever a jewellery item that passed you by earlier in the year, then this is your chance to grab it before it's gone! For your viewing pleasure we've also collated some of our 2013 brand highlights into a fun montage as a little reminder of all that the brand has achieved this past year! So without further ado, these were our 2013 moments (and please do share yours too!)... 2013 brand highlights January - We shoot our new look book and team up with the lovely Olivia Purvis as she becomes our 2013 brand ambassador. February - We launch our products in House of Fraser stores across the country. March - The ALOL brand goes global as we visit Tokyo for the first time! April - Anna Lou of London takes part in Jewellery Week and  we show our collections to a whole new set of jewellery lovers. May - The now much loved social tag necklaces launch online for the first time! June - We host our first blogger event and have a ball doing it too, with our 'Anna Lou gets personal' evening! July - Our bespoke 'design your own' service gets bigger and better than ever! August - We launch our new evening wear Luxe collection to much acclaim and our new fashion blog is born! September - We hit LFW and take part in the Handpicked Media suite with our new collection. October - It's Tokyo take two and the launch of our new younger collection - Miss Anna! November - Anna Lou of London products make up the goody bags at the Cosmo Blog Awards and we see our girl Liv Purvis take home the prize of best fashion blogger! December - Ahead of Christmas we launch our collection in Selfridges and host our very own design your own jewellery events! What a year! Do tell us what your highlights have been in 2013! We hope you all have a fantastic New Years Eve and celebrate in style - Here's to 2014 and all it brings!

Inside Anna's Stocking...

Inside Anna's StockingInside Anna's Stocking...

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas this week and are enjoying the holidays (eating plenty of mince pies) and gearing up for the new year celebrations! I had a great day with the family and despite the stormy weather it was the perfect Christmas! As something a little different on the blog this week I thought I'd do a more personal post and tell you what was inside my stocking this season. Santa was very good to me this year and brought me plenty of my most coveted items (thank you hubby) and these were a few of my faves: 1. An adorable lingerie set from Freya Lingerie 2. A new iPhone case from Lazy Oaf 3. A chic clutch from the Cambridge Satchel Company 4. The Anatomy of Fashion by Colin McDowell 5. A DIY gingerbread biscuit kit from Biscuiteers 6. My favourite scent - Chanel No. 5 7. Smokey Eye shadow set from Bobbi Brown 8. A pair of sprinkle socks from Happy Socks What did you get in your stocking? Send me a tweet @annalouoflondon and tell me all about your Crimbo pressies! Anna  

Happy Christmas from the ALOL Team!

Just a quick post today to wish all of our customers and readers a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS from us all here at Anna Lou of London! We hope you all have a fantastic day however you celebrate it - eat, drink and be merry! Thank you for all of your support over the last year and many happy returns! Festive wishes The ALOL Team x

Sale starts Today!

It may only be a couple more days until Christmas and more than likely your last day of work (happy days!) but we have an extra little treat for you ahead of the festive season! Yes our end of season sale starts today! Hurrah! From today you can expect up to 50% off some of our bestsellers on the website AND as if that wasn't enough there is also free shipping on all orders over £25 every day during the sale! So as well as picking up some of your favourite pieces at half price, you can sit back and let them arrive at your doorstep hassle free! It's a Christmas miracle! So now that Christmas pressies are out of the way, why not indulge yourself!

Anna's Christmas Playlist!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWKsDemzH58 The holidays are almost here and we're all in those last couple of working days before the Christmas period which let's face it hardly ever revolve around that much 'work'. At ALOL HQ we're busy packing up Christmas orders, gearing up for a big end of season sale (stay tuned!) and getting into the festive spirit by banging out our favourite Christmas tunes as loud as they will go in the office! We found this Christmas playlist on Youtube by Vevo and thought we'd share it with you so that you too can get into the mood on your walk/ drive/ cycle home this evening! Here's to a fab holiday season!

Everyone's Wearing... Slogan Jewellery!

You've heard of slogan tees but now allow us to introduce you to slogan jewellery (and the slogan necklace to be precise). Not to be confused with the name necklace or initial necklace, the slogan necklace is from an altogether different family of jewels! While the name and initial necklaces are personal, often quite dainty and fairly subtle, its slogan counterpart is bold, loud, powerful and aims to make a statement. First seen on the likes of Lanvin's AW13 catwalk show, this trend has slowly filtered down to the high street and strong messaging through jewellery is now big news. There have been many variations of Lanvin's now infamous words of 'happy', 'cool' and 'help' but you can find lots of other options too. Whether you prefer handwritten scrolls or block capital charms doesn't really matter, the key with this trend is to choose powerful and inspiring words to really give your jewellery the wow factor. So what words or phrases speak to you? What would you choose to dangle around your neck? Although you may already be aware of our bespoke name necklaces at Anna Lou of London, what you perhaps didn't know is that we can create that same design with any word or words of your choice. So if instead of 'Anna' you'd rather have 'Awesome' then that's no problem. We also do the same thing with our name bracelets and our knuckle duster rings and we can even add a hashtag if you want to be really of the moment. If this all sounds a little too in your face for your style then check out our engraved tag necklaces which come with various inspirational words adorned such as 'Dream' 'Happy' and 'Achieve'. If you want something quirky, and more affordable, then peruse the Miss Anna range of slogan necklaces with everything from 'Billionare' to 'Lady' in bright colours. Will you be joining the slogan crew this season?  

#AnnasAdvent - A treat a day for 24 days!

Can you believe it's the 2nd of December already? Us neither but we are definitely getting excited for Christmas now that the official December countdown has begun! To make the Christmas countdown even more fun and to help you save a few pennies in the run up, we are hosting an advent calendar like no other. #Annasadvent will open the door to a treat a day for 24 days! You can expect to see a different product discounted by up to 50% on the website every day from now until the 24th December. The discount will run for 24 hours only so you need to be quick to secure your favourites! We kicked things off yesterday with an almighty flash sale where everything was up for grabs at 20% off but starting from today you'll see a daily rotation of pieces at totally bargainous prices! Today it's the turn of the knotted stud earrings, available in gold, silver and rose gold options all with an amazing 50% off for today only! Buy them now while stocks last and stay tuned for another offer tomorrow!

Celebrate Bonfire Night with all things Sparkly!

Image source here Happy Bonfire night folks! Although we can't quite believe it's the 5th November already we do love a good celebration and bonfire night is no different. Seeing as tonight fireworks will be going off and sparklers will be donned in honour of Guy Fawkes, we thought we'd do our own tribute to all things sparkly - sparkly jewellery of course! With the party season upon us and bonfire night the first truly wintery event of the calendar, we figured it was time to set out sights on those coveted items that shine and sparkle their way into our wishlist every winter season. So for a slightly safer way to light up the skies tonight why not check out our edit of (jewellery) sparklers below! sparkly jewellery 1. The Chandelier necklace - simple and striking. 2. Crystal initial necklaces - sparkly and colourful, what could be more fun? 3. Fortune Crystal Hair Barette - treat your hair to a  touch of shimmer! 4. Crystal teardrop studs - sophisticated and eye catching. 5. Jade bracelet - this makes a serious style statement! 6. Miss Anna crystal embellished cuff - cute, bright, sparkly, this will brighten up any winter day. Will you be watching the fireworks this evening? Stay safe and stay sparkly!

Get The Look - Kim Kardashian's Name Necklace

Whether you love her or hate her, there is no denying that Kim Kardashian always makes a statement with her fashion choices. There has been a defininite Kim shaped hole in those best dressed/ worst dressed (you decide) lists ever since she went into new baby hibernation and here at Anna Lou HQ we are rather excited to see her back on the fashion scene recently with a new post baby figure, new blonde hairdo and a brand new wardrobe (most of which has already set the fashion critics tongues wagging!).

We were even more excited when we spotted her not once but twice sporting, celeb favourite, a name necklace with little baby North West’s nickname ‘Nori’ adorned around her neck. She joins other celebrities including Miranda Kerr and Nicole Richie in sporting this trend of wearing jewellery to mark the new arrivals in their life. Kim was in Paris with boyfriend Kanye West for Paris Fashion Week and teamed her coveted name necklace with both an all Camel dress and coat look one day and a pink PVC pencil skirt and white tee the next. You can get Lim K’s look with your very own name necklace from Anna Lou of London which can be easily personalised with the name of your own children through our unrivalled bespoke service. Alternatively if you’d rather you can stick with your own name too! Welcome back Kim!

Anna Lou of London at The Cosmo Blog Awards 2013

Last Thursday the 3rd October saw the 2013 Cosmo Blog Awards, an annual blogger event put together by the magazine to highlight the best in British blogging. This year we were proud to be one of the goody bag sponsors for the event and treated all of the guests to an item of Anna Lou jewellery to take home. Held at the fabulous OXO Towers in London, the event was host to a bevvy of gorgeous fashion, lifestyle, beauty and interior bloggers and vloggers who were treated to beauty treatments, delicious cocktails and cupcakes throughout the night before taking their seats to hear who the winners of the coveted awards were. cosmo blog awards 2013 It was great to see some of our favourite bloggers nominated and shortlisted and we were extremely happy to see our ambassador and lookbook model Olivia Purvis take home best established fashion blog for her fab site What Olivia Did! Huge congrats Liv! You can see the rest of the winners below and for the full list of all of the shortlisted blogs check out Cosmo's blog post here.

BEST CRAFT BLOG

Winner: The New Craft Society

BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG

Winner: The Londoner

BEST FOOD BLOG

Winner: The Cake Hunter

BEST TRAVEL BLOG

Winner: 40 Before 30

BEST SEX & RELATIONSHIPS BLOG

Winner: Reasons To Be Single

BEST INTERNATIONAL FASHION BLOG WITH IFB

Winner: Style Me Curvy

BEST NEW FASHION BLOG SPONSORED BY BEST BRITISH BLOGGERS

Winner: Love Cloth

BEST ESTABLISHED FASHION BLOG

Winner: What Olivia Did

BEST VLOG

Winner: Fleur de Vlog

BEST BEAUTY VLOG

Winner: Tanya Burr

BEST ESTABLISHED BEAUTY BLOG

Winner: Hello October

BEST NEW BEAUTY BLOG

Winner: One Nail To Rule Them All

BEST INTERIORS BLOG SPONSORED BY NEXT

Winner: Love Chic Living

NEXT NEWCOMER

Winner: Laura Louise and Her Naughty Disease

It was a great event to be a part of so a big thanks to Cosmo for including us. We gave away a mixture of necklaces, earrings and brooches so we would love to see what you took home in your goody bag! Tweet us a link to your blog post or a pic of your item to @annalouoflondon!