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Guest Post: Rose Gold Jewellery by La Fashion Folie

We're back with our first guest post of 2014 and this week we hear from the lovely Sophie, who blogs about fashion, jewellery and all things stylish at La Fashion Folie, as she talks about the latest trend for rose gold jewellery. A Rosy Outlook ‘Say it with roses’ so goes the iconic Cadbury’s slogan, a saying that can also be applied to the key trend for 2014: rose gold jewellery. The taste for this metal has slowly been gathering momentum over the past couple of years and this fashion season it is set to go stratospheric. Personally I am a huge fan, rose gold is now my go-to alloy, with yellow looking brash and white paling into insignificance in comparison.  I now wear the warm hued metal on a near-daily basis with my Anna Lou of London initial necklace becoming a firm favourite in my jewellery wardrobe. The appetite for rose gold  looks set to become more than a seasonal fad too; in my day job I work in the fine jewellery industry and over the past year we have seen an increasing number of clients opting for rose gold engagement rings and eternity bands. I can see why - a pink sapphire gemstone glows when it is set in a rose gold reflecting the warm tones of the metal – an incredible option for an engagement ring! Another cool way to wear rose coloured jewellery is to mix your metals; rose, yellow and white gold enhance one another’s precious appeal when styled together. Try investing in a piece that combines all three alloys in one – Anna Lou of London can tailor bespoke pieces in a mixture of metals upon request. Rose Gold Jewellery by La Fashion FolieTo get you started I’ve put together my edit of my favourite rose gold Anna Lou of London pieces below – all of which would look chic worn alone or layered up together. 1. The Dream Tag Necklace 2. The Initial Sideways Necklace 3. The engraved Heart bracelet 4. The Love Necklace (perfect for Valentines, keep an eye on my blog for a little giveaway soon) 5. Happy Disc Necklace Will you be wearing rose gold this year? This post was written by Sophie Greene of the fashion blog, La Fashion Folie.  

Last Chance to Shop the Sale - Final Reductions!

We know you are super excited about the new product landing on ALOL at the moment but we thought we'd take a moment to remind you that our sale is nearing an end very soon... eek! And you know what that means? Final reductions and even better bargains that's what! So folks this next couple of weeks are your last chance to shop the sale!! If you've had your eye on a few pieces for a while and have been trying to decide which colour to choose or whether to splash the cash well now is the time to treat yourself (it is blue Monday after all) as those mega bargains won't be around much longer! In fact the 31st Jan is the final day of our post Christmas sale bonanza and you can now enjoy up to 75% off! Come Feb you can expect new products, some Valentines gift ideas and some more exclusives but for now, grab those reductions while you can! Above are our top picks from the sale, don't let them get away! 1. Teardrop necklace - a classic piece you will be wearing all year round, make the investment now! 2. Flamingo Bangle - cute and quirky, will add a bit of fun to your winter wardrobe. 3. The Chevron bangles - a bestseller and one of our personal favourites! Only £25! 4. Hyacinth bracelet - £19 is a serious bargain for this timeless beauty! 5. Forget me knot bangles - perfect for stacking, buy now and your summer festival arm candy is sorted! 6. Studded Bangles - an array of colours available and for only £20 you can choose a set! What are your favourite pieces from the sale? Tweet us @annalouoflondon or give us a follow on Facebook here.  

Our Top Ten Valentines Gift Ideas!

We know, we know, it's still only mid January but how quickly is the new year flying in already folks? Valentines is less than a month away so if you want to make sure you get your coveted piece from the other half you better start leaving those hints, like, about NOW! (Our bespoke items take two weeks to make remember!) So what are your hints going to look like? Well he was good to you at Christmas so maybe you shouldn't ask for too much? Eh as if! C'mon he needs all the help he can get if you don't want to end up with a pair of earrings even your Nan wouldn't wear. So to help you (and him) out we've put together our top ten Valentines gift ideas to give you a few ideas of what a great V-Day gift could look like! Happy Valentines Day 1. The Love Necklace - well it says it all really doesn't it? This necklace is simple and to the point and you really couldn't argue if you were given this as it shows he more than cares. Plus its gorgeous right? 2. Pearl Heart stud earrings - maybe the 'L' word hasn't quite been mentioned yet and you don't want to expect too much? These cute heart earrings come in three different colours and are only £17.50 in the sale at the moment. 3. Love hairclip - its cute and its affordable, its the perfect first time Valentines gift! 4. The engraved heart Charm bracelet - This simple bracelet can be engraved with anything you like, making the perfect personal gift. 5. Infinity Ring - simple, elegant and meaningful. If you're not into obvious, overly smushy V-day pressies then this one is for you. 6. JeTaime Necklace - team this with a trip to Paris boys and you are onto a winner. Too much? Really? Oh ok well the necklace is still a great present! 7. Pearl LOVE bracelets - Cute, fun and straight to the point. We like. 8. P.S I Love you ring - so your other half should really write the name of this item on the card to give you the full effect but this heart shaped cubic zirconia ring is just gawjus! 9. Cliffs of Dover Silk Scarf - not red, not Valentines related and no mention of love, are you sure this is a Valentines gift? Well not everything loves the cheese so this one's for you sophisticated gals who like to pretend that Valentines is all just a big marketing ploy (but still expect a gift, naturally) 10. The Love Locket - and finally this is the serious one. Nothing says love better than a gorgeous timeless locket engraved with your names/ marriage dates/ initials. If you opened to find a pic inside even more brownie points to him! Have you started thinking about Valentines? Let us know which products you love!

The Top Trends from The Golden Globes 2014

We love a good red carpet event here at ALOL and this years Golden Globes was a feast for the eyes as the celebrities hit the carpet in all sorts of beautiful gowns, statement accessories and to die for jewellery. Here we've rounded up some of our favourite trends from the night and do let us know what you loved too. Top Trends from the Golden Globes 2014... 1. Red Red at Golden Globes 2014 Red was the colour of the night with a whole host of celebrities ditching the usual black or metallic gowns for show stopping scarlet numbers, without even a hint of carpet clashing worry. Our favourite outfit of the night had to go to Emma Watson who pulled off this Dior backless dress and trouser combo to perfection, but we also loved Amy Adams plunging neckline and Nupita Nyoung's Caped Ralph Lauren showcase. 2. Turquoise jewels Turquoise jewels at Golden Globes 2014 A theme for the night was all black ensembles teamed with bright blue and turquoise jewellery. Obviously we approve of any stand out jewellery on the red carpet and we thought both Emma Roberts and Sofia Verbara pulled it off to perfection. Which do you prefer? Get the look with our top turquoise pieces. 3. Monochrome Golden Globes 2014 Fashion Clean lines and monochrome colourways were top of the bill for many of the stars, and Tom Ford could be thanked for most of these styles. Our favourite monochrome looks were Hayden Panitierre and Girls star Allison Williams in Alexander McQueen. Get the monochrome look here. 4. Emerald Green Emerald Green at Golden Globes 2014 On the jewellery side, many of our stars opted for emerald green gems. Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis and Helen Mirren were all spotted in beautiful emerald earrings, while Olivia Wilde went head to toe in the colour with a slinky Gucci gown. We were green with envy at it all. Shop emerald pieces here. 5. Slicked back Hair Hair Trends Golden Globes 2014 The top hair trend of the evening seemed to be of the slick variety. From Hayden Pannittiere and Jessica Chastain in backwards bouffants, and Kelly Osbourne and Drew Barrymore slicking it sideways. We're still not convinced on this hair trend, what do you think? Who were your best dressed at the Golden Globes? We'd love to hear your thoughts, Tweet us @annalouoflondon or leave us a comment on Facebook.

Back To Work Outfit Inspiration...

After all of the sparkle, sequins and colour that surrounds our outfits over the festive season, heading back into work wear territory come January can seem, well, a little dull can't it? It's easy to get stuck in a style rut (don't we know it) and reach for those easy black and grey pieces and comfort clothing on a cold January morning. But as we all know, a good outfit can do wonders for our mood, confidence and demeanour so even if its cold and dark outside and you are only going to the office, making a little more effort with your work outfits can really make all the difference to getting through January unscathed. So here at ALOL we are aiming to 'dress up' a little more for the office  and so far its been great fun! We thought we'd share some of our back to work outfit inspiration, the best celebrity and street style looks of course, which we've been gathering like crazy over on our Pinterest board of late. back to work inspiration We've been getting inspired by the likes of Poppy Delevigne and Miroslava Duma and below are our style tips on how to make more of your work wear this year: 1. Keep it masculine - we all love feminine looks but lets be honest, they do take more effort. If your version of work wear at the moment is jeans/ trousers and comfy shirts/ knits then you don't need to stray too far from that. Masculine styles can look sharp and totally chic as long as the cuts are right. Add at least one more girly piece such as the fur stole in the first look above, a statement necklace or a bright scarf and your look will be far from boring. 2. Add a fun print - Poppy Delevigne's jeans and blazer look above is nothing special but the polkadot print of the trousers makes this look stand out and seem far more creative. We also love the embroidered panel of a plain pencil skirt as seen above or a simple polkadot silk shirt as worn by Clemence Poesy. Easy to do, yet makes a true statement. 3. Inject some colour - Ok so not all of us could pull of Miroslava Duma's cobalt blue suit, but adding an injection of a bright colour like this will both lighten your mood and give you a lift in the style stakes. Not brave enough to do a coloured suit? Try a bright scarf or necklace or even a pair of colourful heels underneath a plain suit. 4. Stick with the classics - classic accessories will always update a more plain work uniform, and it also means you don't need to spend loads buying new season pieces. Whatever you wear, add a classic yet chic bag, and the jewellery you feel comfortable in and you'll instantly feel more confident at work. 5. Choose your empowering item - everyone has one thing which can give you that air of confidence even on the worst of bad hair days, whether its a slick of red lippy, your favourite sparkly heels or just a pendant that means something to you. On those days when you wake up tired and reluctant, throw this on and make it a great day! What gives you confidence at work? Do you have any tips for making back to work less dull? Tweet us @annalouoflondon or follow us on Facebook here.

Everyone's Wearing - Insect Inspired Jewellery!

Creepy crawlies around your neck, eight legged monsters hanging from your ears and winged beasties adorning your wrists... No don't worry you haven't gone back in time and landed on a Halloween post, although you could be forgiven for thinking so. No we are in fact talking about insect inspired jewellery! Despite their less than favourable appearances and ability to make even grown men scream, it seems insects and creepy crawlies are crawling onto the jewellery scene in a big way for 2014 and everyone's got the bug for the trend. (sorry couldn't resist!) Ok so you've probably dabbled in the insect thing before, maybe a bee around your neck or a dragonfly on your ring. But this time we are not talking about those cute and colourful, buzzing around in the sunshine and landing on daisies, kind of insects. For the newest amalgamation of the trend, the bigger and uglier the beast the better. Get the Look - Bug JewelleryFirst spotted on the Lanvin SS14 catwalk, where gold and bejewelled beetles, mosquitos and wasps adorned every model's wrists, neck and hair, these creatures have been swarming their way into the fashion world ever since. Insects have always been a source of inspiration for jewellery designers but never before has the trend been so literal in fashion. There are plenty of options if you want to try the trend from designer to high street (check out ASOS for insect laden statement necklaces) and you can even start slow with our fun spider pendants. So can't imagine having an insect on your wrist? Well how about in your hair or around your neck? Now may be the time to embrace the creepy crawlie, just like Blake Lively! Let us know what you think of the trend by tweeting us @annalouoflondon or leaving us a comment on our Facebook page!

How to Beat the January Blues...

Poor old January really does get a rough deal - it must be everyone's least favourite month. After all of the festivities, sparkle and warmth that fills December, January is associated with grey winter mornings, dark days, back to work blues and boring non sparkly outfits. We liken January to a Monday - you always dread its arrival, it's terribly slow to get going and you're usually pretty glad when it draws to a close. But why not turn January on its head and make it a month to remember? Let's be honest. so much of its dull demeanour is due to our bad attitudes (and of course the weather, which by the by is horrible right now). Why shouldn't January be a month to look forward to? So this 2014 we are vowing to beat the January blues and fill the month with as many exciting, fun and memorable activities as possible! Here's our top tips on how to beat the January blues... 1. Take up a new hobby - well it is the month of resolutions after all so if your going to do something new this year, you really might as well start right now, otherwise it may be a resolution that gets relegated to the 'I'll definitely do it next year' bin. Putting your mind to something new will give you an exciting new focus and we bet you'll get so engrossed the month will fly by! So if you've always wanted to learn the drums, go fly fishing or take up sky diving - now is the time. 2. Listen to upbeat music - At the ALOL offices, we've decided to veto any sad or dreary songs this January and listen to fun, upbeat tunes that get us through the day with a smile. Music is a great way to lift your mood so why not download some new (happy) tracks to your ipod this month and make a 'work commute' playlist that will help you start your day with the right attitude. 3. Make time for friends - During January there is a tendency amongst most of us to want to stay indoors, huddle up under the duvet and drink endless cups of tea. While we're not against that at all (it might just be a favourite pastime for all of us), giving in to your hermit tendencies certainly doesn't help rid you of the blues. So although it seems like a huge effort to get up, get dressed and head out into the rain to see friends, do it anyway as good times and giggles will definitely leave you feeling happier. 4. Get glammed up - Ok so after too much partying over Christmas, the last thing you might want in January is to go out on the razzle dazzle, but even if it's just a wine and cheese party with the girls, we all love getting glammed up for the evening. And besides who said sparkle and stilettos are only for Christmas? Putting your new make up on and a posh frock will have you feeling like you again in no time. 5. Pamper yourself - a big part of the January blues for most of us is down to tiredness brought on after a super hectic end to the year. Put all those lovely lotions and potions you were given at Christmas to good use and give yourself a night (or a full day) of pampering. 6. Get plenty of fresh air - you know when your parents used to take you on long Sunday walks when you were younger and you hated them for it but you're now kind of coming around to the fact that they were on to something? Yup that's what we are talking about - put your wellies on, grab your dog/ husband/ kids and get a bit of fresh air in your lungs, unfortunately your parents were right - it's good for the soul. What are your tips for getting through the January slump? Tweet us @annalouoflondon, Follow us on Facebook or catch us on Instagram.

Happy 2014 - New Season Arrivals!

Happy New Year! Hope you had a fantastic time celebrating and are ready to kick start 2014 in the best possible way! Here at Anna Lou of London we certainly are, and already have plenty of treats to help you see in the new year in style! First up is of course our sale, to which we have added new lines in time for January, offering the serious bargain hunters lots of choice. Secondly we're giving you the chance to shop some of your favourite pieces from 2013 with 50% off our bestselling items for a limited period only, so don't let your faves get away. Lastly and perhaps most excitingly, we have launched a whole host of new season arrivals this week! Yes that's right, brand spanking new, never been seen before, 2014 products are now available on the site and we've got some goodies we know you are going to love! Here's our top picks; new season arrivals1. Jade Necklace - £55 - After the success of our Jade bracelet last season (a favourite within our Luxe range) we've adapted the design to create a necklace with the same jewels and colours! We think it's a great day necklace to wear over a crisp white shirt - what do you think? 2. Name Bar Necklace - £80 - You've seen the name necklace and you've seen the bar necklace but let us introduce you to our latest in personalised style, the name bar necklace. Choose two names or words up to 9 letters long and see them engraved on this chic pendant along with a special freshwater pearl. Perfect new year gift! 3. Monogram signet ring - £75 - Monogramming is still big news for 2014 so we've adapted our popular monogram ring to offer an alternative style, the signet. If you love bold rings then engrave your initials into a monogram on this solid sterling silver number. 4. Miss Anna Surprise Cherry Cuff - £25 - Another addition to our fun Miss Anna range, available in either red  or black and made from easy to wear perspex, ideal for the younger jewellery fans. 5. Alphabet stud earrings - £45 - Remember this recent post on how to wear the alphabet? Well you may remember us mentioning a certain Anna Della Russo and her initial earrings. You too can now personalise your jewellery in  a new way with our initial studs. 6. Initial Crystal Disc Necklace - £58 - Our disc pendants were so popular last year that we've created a new line of them for this season, complete with initial engraving and crystal charms. 7. Chevron Earrings - £18 - Chic, statement, monochrome - some things never go out of fashion and you can't go wrong with these monochrome drop earrings which will literally go with everything in your wardrobe. What do you think of our new season pieces? We'd love to hear your thoughts! Tweet us @annalouoflondon, Follow us on Facebook here or catch us on instagram here.  

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