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Everyone's Wearing... Personalised Bar Necklaces

Want to know what the latest jewellery trend to sweep the celeb nation is? Of course you do. Now what if we also told you that this is one of the easiest celebrity trends to try this year? And it's a piece of jewellery that you can literally wear with anything? Frantically nodding at your computer screen about now, eager to hear more? Well folks we've noticed that everyone who's anyone has been wearing the oh so chic and oh so beautiful personalised bar necklaces of late. Celebrities wearing bar necklacesFrom Drew Barrymore and Elle Fanning to the gorgeous Blake Lively, the celebs can't get enough of this sleek trend. More subtle than the name necklace, more sophisticated than the initial necklace, this piece can be worn for day or night, dressed up or dressed down. Bloggers wearing Bar NecklacesYou only need to take a quick look at the bloggers and street style stars to get more than a few options of how to wear this gem, from Aimee Song's professional look to Jules Sarinana's weekend downtime option. But the best part about this trend is that everyone can wear it and everyone can be unique at the same time. At Anna Lou of London you can personalise your bar necklace with any name or phrase you choose and with our designs starting at just £30, getting the look won't break the bank. Check out our mini gif below for some ideas and shop our range here. Bar Necklace Gif What do you think of this trend? Would you wear a personalised bar necklace?

How the Bloggers Wear it... LFW AW14

If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen that the last few days we've been  Somerset House bound for the bi-annual style-fest that is London Fashion Week. As we've been working with some super stylish bloggers of late we were keen to see how they worked our accessories for the cobbled streets and we definitely weren't disappointed! If it was up to the weather I think it would have had us all at home in our PJ's, but us Brits have never let the weather dampen our fashion spirit and bright colours, bare legs and sans coat were just some of the brave trends we spotted. Here's just a few of our fave fashion bloggers spotted accessorising their stylish LFW AW14 outfits with Anna Lou of London accessories. Shop the looks below. Bloggers at LFW AW14Clockwise from left to right; Julia from Stylonylon wears our rose gold stacking rings Wendy from ThankFifi teams her bright yellow ensemble with our stacking bangle Lucie from Lucie Loves looks fab in our dreamy luxe earrings Lois from Bunnipunch matches her pink hair with our love at first sight earrings Van from Chopstick Panorama accessorises to perfection with our Achieve tag necklace Jen from A Little Bird Told Me compliments her new blonde barnet with our dreamy earrings What do you think? What would you wear if you went to LFW?

NYFW AW14 Street Style Trends

Fashion month is under way and while we are excited about everyone descending on the cobbled streets of Somerset House for London Fashion Week in a few days, the style on the streets of New York has been pretty captivating this season. With the recent snow storms and sub zero temperatures that the city has been experiencing, the fashionable have had to rethink their usual stylish combos and seek out clothes that can both wow the photographers and keep them from hypothermia. Because of this the NYFW AW14 street style trends have given way to some exciting new fashion movements. As we've been keeping a beady eye on the trends as they happen (AW14 catwalk trends to come in a seperate post) we've done the scouring and collating for you and put together the top five styles to try this season as seen on some of our favourite bloggers, journalists and celebs. Street Style from NYFW1. Monochrome It may seem an obvious choice for fashion week (you can't go wrong with all black right?) but not such an obvious choice for Spring. Yet every combo of monochrome possible has been spotted over the last week from prints to geometry to leather to stripes. Luckily this is one trend that's relatively easy to do year round so pick up some key monochrome pieces to add to your wardrobe now. Street Style from NYFW2. Pastels We've mentioned it already over on Facebook and Twitter but pastels are big news for this Spring, maybe even more so than last. The ubiquitous pink coat still seems to be going strong, but shades of ice blue and creamy whites are to be added. For top fashion brownie points this season however, it seems you need to team a pastel ensemble with a bright fluoro accessory. Pastel meets neon, we like? Grab some pastel pieces here. Street Style from NYFW3. Bright Accessories So we hate to brag but didn't we call this one just last week? Yup we predicted an outbreak of winter bright accessories and we were right! bright pink and blue bags were spotted everywhere and a micro trend of bright printed scarves around the head warned off the cold. You can shop printed scarves here and see our range of neon accessories here. Street Style from NYFW4. Fur The cold weather may have had a big part to play in this one but everyone who's anyone was sported a teddy bear fur coat this NYFW season and leading on from the above trend, the brighter the better. As well as coats all other fur accessories are game too from hand muffs to bag accessories and Russian style hats. Street Style from NYFW5. Prints The number one print this season had to be the tartan check, closely followed by stripes and geometric florals. Bright colours once again reigned but adding printed pieces to an outfit was the best way to layer up in the cold weather. Those were our top five trends from NYFW Aw14, we'd love to hear from you if you spotted any others? We'll be back with a post on the jewellery trends from fashion week soon but as always in the meantime tweet us @annalouoflondon or chat to us on Facebook.

Radiant Orchid - How to Wear the Colour of the Year

Every year colour experts, Pantone, announce an official colour of the year. The decision is made through a variety of measures by a worldwide team of representatives from colour standards groups, and can depend on all sorts of influences such as trends, economy and the overall zeitgeist of the time. For example when the colour Honeysuckle was declared as the colour of 2011 it was stated as so because; "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.". The colour is decided upon almost a year in advance and then distributed throughout so you can often expect a peak of the colours use in floral, fashion and consumer trends. 2014's shade has been declared as Radiant Orchid, a sweet and punchy light purple hue. We're pretty sure this colour will be whinging its way onto the high street and into your wardrobes before long so we thought we'd put together some ideas on how to wear the colour of the year. street style inspiration of colour purpleAs you can see from the above inspiration, there is plenty of ways to introduce this colour into your wardrobe from girly skirts to statement coats and shoes. But of course as per usual we are most excited about the accessories (well c'mon it is the best way to inject colour into your outfits no?) This purple colour works perfectly in the shape of a statement necklace against a crisp white shirt and looks great tied into hair of all shades. It may just be one of the easiest colours of the year to pull off. Radiant OrchidHere's our top picks... 1. Double heart hairclip 2. Miss Anna star crystal hair clip 3. Crystal acrylic earrings 4. Beetlejuice Acrylic necklace 5. Purple Haze Luxe necklace 6. Purple emperor rose earrings 7. Miss Anna strawberry hairband 8. Miss Anna crystal bow hairslide 9. Penny strawberry pendant What do you think of the colour of the year? How will you be wearing it this season? Tweet us @annalouoflondon or leave us a comment on our Facebook page.

Meet the Anna Lou Blogger Ambassadors...

2014 is already proving to be a busy yet rewarding year for the Anna Lou of London brand and we've got some pretty exciting plans afoot which we can't wait to fill you in on! First up though, we're thrilled to announce our latest online campaign, which sees us partner up with some of our favourite fashion and lifestyle bloggers! You may have spotted an #annalouambassador tag being bounced around the Twittersphere lately and we can finally reveal what the mystery is all about. Starting this month, we are working with 11 of the UK's brightest fashion and lifestyle blogging stars in order to showcase our new collections and give you different ideas on how to style our jewellery. Our bloggers will be incorporating their favourite items from the Anna Lou of London collection into their outfits over the next few months, stamping their own personal style on the products as they go. We firmly believe that there is something in the Anna Lou of London range for every women and that's why we have chosen a wide range of different bloggers, who all epitomise the brand but still have their own very unique style. So without further ado, let us introduce you to our new Anna Lou blogger ambassadors! Be sure to check out their blogs and keep an eye on their upcoming posts for tips and ideas on how to wear Anna Lou of London jewellery! Kim Love Cloth1. Kim - Love Cloth If you feel like you recognise Kim and her gorgeous fashion and style blog, Love Cloth, that's because she was the winner of best new fashion blog at the most recent Cosmo Blog Awards, and her adorable style has been winning us all over ever since. We love Kim's preppy cool take on high street fashion and her smiley happy photographs even more! You can follow Kim on Twitter @lovecloth. Catherine Not Dressed as Lamb2. Catherine - Not Dressed as Lamb Catherine describes her blog as 'waving the fashion flag for the 40 somethings.', a mix of 'personal style, photo tips, musings and great eyebrows' but we think this style maven and her gorgeous blog will inspire women of any age to find their fashion feet, whether it's in the form of colour clashing and pattern mixing or amazingly creative hairstyles. Besides, they really are great eyebrows. Follow Catherine on Twitter @notlamb. Dunya Dearest Deer3. Dunya - Dearest Deer Dunya's vintage meets high street style with a dose of too cool for school, is hard not to fall in love with. She rocks a collar like no other and makes you want to dig out your old school uniform and pull on a pair of knee highs without a second thought. Her blog is full of beautiful photography from London and Brighton and simply put, she is just.too.cute. Follow Dunya on Twitter @dearestdeer_ Anneli Wiliis WIBT4. Anneli - What I Bought Today If you hadn't already guessed from the title, Anneli's blog, What I Bought Today, is dedicated to opening up the contents of her vast and extremely covetable wardrobe as she shares her daily buys and bargains from fashion to beauty to homewares. We love her casual yet luxe style, her ability to wear leather trousers so well and constantly have major hair envy. Check out this gorgeous site and we bet it becomes your daily read. Follow Anneli on Twitter @anneliwillis Lucie Loves5. Lucie - Lucie Loves This gorgeous redhead gives us plenty to get excited about on her lifestyle blog, from fashion to food to reviews to news of her recent engagement (scream!) and we can't get enough of her beautifully photographed posts. Her outfit posts showcase her love for vintage fashion and up and coming designers and we always find ourselves trying to recreate her glam meets grunge style. She calls herself an accidental fashion blogger, but boy are we pleased that accident happened. Follow Lucie on Twitter @luciekerley Julia Stylonylon6. Julia - Stylonylon A London based fashion journalist, Julia documents her adventures in the city and beyond through her blog Stylonylon. A mix of fashion and shopping tips, outfit posts and lifestyle rundowns with her gorgeous son, this blog is easy like a Sunday morning. Julia has that laid back luxe style down to a tee and she rocks a top knot like nobodies business! Follow Julia on Twitter @stylonylon Kylie Memoir Mode7. Kylie - Memoir Mode Apart from having the most beautiful barnet on the planet, Kylie is also an amazing photographer and her blog showcases this beautifully. Memoir Mode brings together her girly yet grown up style posts, with fashion, shopping and beauty news, views and reviews thrown in. That's not to mention her posts on being a mummy to the adorable Eva, we're addicted! Follow Kylie on Twitter @memoirmode Callie From the corners of the Curve8. Callie - From the Corners of the Curve We love Callie's fearless approach to fashion and her triumph of body confidence! With her keen eye for style, she makes even the plainest of outfits ooze serious sass! Plus we can't get over her ability to make pieces we never thought would work together, seem like they were always meant to be part of the same outfit. You might recognise her as one of the faces of a recent Evans campaign with Clements Ribiero and we're thrilled she is now going to be representing ALOL! Follow Callie on Twitter @calliethorpe Emily Divine9. Emily - Emily Divine Emily makes us want to wear a bright red lip and a beehive all day long, if only we could master that modern retro vibe she does so well. Her well designed blog documents her life through wonderfully rosy glasses. She shares her daily outfits, snaps her weekend adventures and is pretty great on camera too filling is in on her life musings through her vlogs. She mentions tea and biscuits a lot, and that makes her a girl after our own heart. Follow Emily on Twitter @_emilydivine Van Chopstick Panorama10. Van - Chopstick Panorama Van's blog, hands down just oozes cool factor. She documents her various travel escapades along with her quirky, edgy style all through beautiful shots and wait for it, she blogs in both English and German. This, all while studying Economics and Politics in London. Whew, we want some of what she's got for sure.  Follow Van on Twitter @iamchopstick Jen Little Bird Told Me11. Jen - A Little Bird Told Me And finally, last, but most certainly not least is the gorgeous and talented Jen who writes the all encompassing lifestyle blog A Little Bird Told Me. A trove of all things fabulous yet frugal, Jen has a wonderful ability to mix her vintage finds with both high street and high end pieces, while still making it all seem totally wearable to boot. Her blog which documents personal style, travel, interiors and even a glimpse into her to-die-for wedding, is one of the wittiest we know of and her posts are as enjoyable to read as they are to look at. Follow Jen on Twitter @MsJenAllison So now you've met them all, keep an eye out to see how these fab folks style up their Anna Lou of London jewellery and accessories over the next little while! You can keep up to date with all the news using the hashtag #annalouambassador Don't forget, we've got our ambassadors on board but we'd still love for you to get involved in this campaign too. Bought a piece of jewellery from our site recently? Want to share how you style it? Send us a pic on either Twitter or Instagram tagging @annalouoflondon #howtowearannalou and you might just find yourself featured on this blog very soon!  

Join in our Instagram Valentines Campaign...

Have you joined in our Instagram Valentines campaign yet? If not then get involved now as your pictures could end up being featured on this blog come the 14th February! We're aiming to find out what Valentines Day means to you and how you are sharing the love this February. Whether you are loved up or not doesn't matter, we just want you to share your perfect Valentines moment with us! The premise is simple, just instagram your perfect Valentine pic - it could be of the gift your giving/ lusting after, of who your spending your V-day with or just of the dinner you are eating on the day, whatever you feel sums up this day or romance for you. Make sure you tag @annalouoflondon and #ALOLVDay so that we can see your masterpiece and if it's for someone special why not mention them too? We'll be regramming our faves from now until the 14th and then on V-Day itself we will feature the best and most creative pics on this blog, crediting the winners of the campaign! So perhaps you want to surprise your other half by getting them a mention on a top fashion and jewellery site or perhaps you want to promote your photos! Either way, join in the fun today! We can't wait to see your pics! You can also tweet your pics to @annalouoflondon using the same hashtag #ALOLVDay

Trend: Heavy Metals

You may be a bigger fan of Kylie than Kiss when it comes to metal of the music variety, but there is no reason why you can't be a full on heavy metal fan in jewellery terms. Heavy metals are big news this season which means abandoning that usual mantra of less is more. In this game, the thicker, heavier and shinier, the better. Heavy Metal Jewellery inspiration pics So how to tackle the trend? Well contrary to what you may be thinking, you don't need to overhaul your style and start wearing lashes of black eyeliner and shaping your hair into spikes. Despite the connotations, the trend for heavy jewellery doesn't necessarily come with that of heavy grungy fashion. In fact, so far in the style stakes, it's been quite the opposite and we've seen models and celebs alike donning thick metal jewels with either glam sophisticated evening wear or casual weekend wear. Simple items work best such as all black or all white ensembles teamed with one shade of heavy metal bling, or denim and separates accentuated with a lashing of hammered and textured jewels. Pieces to look out for with this trend include chunky choker style necklaces or thick chains, simple stacking rings in various metal shades and hammered metal bracelets and arm bands. Here's five of the best from the ALOL collection... Anna Lou of London heavy metal jewellery items1. Gold hammered ID bracelet 2. Couture Luxe Necklace 3. White frost Studded bangle 4. Darkness chain bracelet 5. Monogram signet ring What do you think of the heavy metal trend?  

How the Bloggers Wear It... Winter Brights!

We loved how fashion blogger Lucy from Shiny Thoughts styled our hot pink studded wrap bracelet in this colourful outfit post so much we've decided to create a whole post around it! As seen on Shiny Thoughts Image from Shiny Thoughts As a self confessed lover of all things colourful and shiny (hence the blog name) Lucy doesn't play by the rules when it comes to fashion and will often be seen sporting bright colours  and bare legs (so brave!) in the winter months. What we loved about this Winter brights outfit particularly was the fun and energy it exuded, and all simply by adding a touch of colour to your winter wear. Even if your not quite ready to put the black opaques away (brr!) and are still bundling up in your winter coat every day, adding punchy primary's and zesty neon's through your accessories is an easy way to make sure your outfit stays on the bright side of the colour spectrum and doesn't edge into the dull. colour_crush With Lucy's fearless approach to colour as our inspiration, we've put together a colour wheel of ideas to get you started... 1. Green - The Checkerboard bangle (see all green items here) 2. Yellow - the Shooting Star bangle (see all yellow items here) 3. Orange - the Love at First Sight Earrings (see all orange items here) 4. Red - the Juicy lips necklace (see all red items here) 5. Pink - The Bonito chain bracelet (see all pink items here) 6. Purple - The Purple Rose earrings (see all purple items here) 7. Blue - The Mesmerise Silk Scarf (see all blue items here) 8. Turquoise - The Jade bracelet (see all turquoise items here) What do you think of bright colours for Winter? Will you be rocking the trend? Tweet us @annalouoflondon, send us a pic of Instagram or Follow us on Facebook.

Everyone's Wearing... Ear Cuffs!

The trend for ear cuffs has come and gone over the last year without really making too much of a splash. After last year's Punk inspired Met Ball where Sienna Miller and Cara Delevigne were both seen adorning ear jewels of the edgy and spiky variety, there were ripples to suggest that this might be a trend about to blow up. But alas, apart from within the true punk scene, so far the ear cuff hasn't really taken off in mainstream fashion. Celebrities wearing ear ciffs Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie and Cara Delvigne at the Met Ball 2013. Image sources here. But after seeing a few of the, shall we say, less risque celebrities donning some upper ear bling on the red carpet lately, we are here to ask; Could 2014 be the year of the ear cuff? This year's revival already seems a little different however. Instead of being an accessory to toughen up your leather jacket and give off a 'don't mess with me' vibe, the ear cuff now seems to be taking a much more sophisticated route, being worn alongside chic up-do's, evening gowns and flawless make up. Celebrity Ear Cuff trend From L-R: Emma Watson, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Alba, Lara Bingle and Sarah Hyland. Images sources here. First spotted on our favourite quintessential English rose, Emma Watson, who is normally known for her demure red carpet style, her cuff of choice was adorned with tiny swarovski crystals proving this accessory needn't be pigeon holed. This statement was followed swiftly by Miranda Kerr, who donned her cute as a button cuff with an oh so casual outfit, Jennifer Lawrence who wore a beautiful sparkling number at The Hunger Games Catching Fire premiere, Jessica Alba who chose a sophisticated snaking number and most recently with Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland choosing to compliment her chic up-do with a blingtastic cuff at The Grammy's this week. Yup, you heard it here first. It looks like the ear cuff is re-appearing in a much more glamourous form, and this time it might just be here to stay. What do you think of the ear cuff trend and how would you wear it? Tweet us @annalouoflondon, send us a pic of yours on Instagram or leave us a comment on Facebook.

Trend: The January Blues...

Have you been feeling blue this January? Well, fear not as we are here to tell you that it's ok. In fact better than ok, your bang on trend! Yes blue hues are the hottest (or maybe we should say coolest) shade on the fashion colour wheel this season, so it's time to turn your January blues into a style statement! Blue Fashion TrendIf you think about it, most of us wear blue on a regular basis through denim, so adding some more obviously indigo tones into our outfits is the perfect way to accessorise those casual every day fail safes. Head to toe blue can be tricky to pull off for most of us (we know double denim is in these days but c'mon it's not for everyone) so our favourite way to wear this trend is through bright accents. Whether you prefer dark royal shades or piercing azures is really up to you, both go remarkably well with a pair of jeans and a navy striped breton tee. Alternatively, if you work in an environment where denim is a no-go, bright shoes, scarves or jewellery accents can be a great way to jazz up your otherwise corporate work outfit. Blue Jewellery TrendAbove are some of the street style images that are inspiring us right now and below we've rounded up our favourite blue jewels from the Anna Lou of London collection, so that your path to mastering this trend is only a click away! 1. Admiral Chain bracelet 2. Blueberry leather bracelet 3. Sapphire Earrings 4. Cliffs of Dover Scarf 5. Blue Insignia Necklace (now only £7.50!!) What do you think of the blue trend? Are you a fan of the colour? Tweet us @annalouoflondon, send us a pic on Instagram or Follow us on Facebook.