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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!

Three Ways to Wear - The Alphabet!

Last week we discussed slogan jewellery but this week we are looking at a more personal trend – wearing the alphabet! Nowadays there are lots of different ways to add the personal touch to your jewellery but one of our favourites remains adorning your jewellery with the simple initial. More subtle than the name necklace, initialled or monogrammed pieces can give your outfits an injection of your personality without giving too much away. There are many options from the initial necklace to stamping them on the front of your favourite leather purse but we’ve put together our top three ways to wear the alphabet this Autumn Winter…
  1. Monogram it – Monogram initialing is a huge trend at the moment and in much part because it’s the less obvious form of personalisation. A monogram can look arty, creative and unusual and not like the regular initial stamp. Put your stamp in a bright colour on a leather cuff or simple bracelet.
  2. Initial It – For the more classic option, add your initial to a pair of simple gold earrings or long pendant a la Anna Della Russo.
  3. Spell it – similar to those slogan jewels we spoke about last week, adding multiple initials to a charm bracelet can be a great fun way to add personality. Spell out a word that means something to you, and once you’ve collected a few charms you can switch the words up daily to keep everyone guessing!
Do you have a favourite type of personalised jewellery? How would you wear yours? You can shop all of the Anna Lou of London alphabet jewellery here.

Stocking Fillers for Young Girls!

Still looking for a few more things to fill those socks on the mantelpiece with? No matter how much you put in them they just never seem to fill up do they? Today we thought we'd bring you a few easy and affordable ideas for stocking fillers for young girls! Although the obligatory tangerine and chocolate is a must, it's nice to treat them to something a little special too. Our younger Miss Anna range of jewellery consists of bright, colourful and fun pieces all made from acrylic and perspex ideal for younger jewellery fans. With everything from crystal necklaces to quirky cuffs we've got stocking fillers for the younger years sorted. And the best part? Nearly all of the items are under £20! Check out our pick of the top ten stocking fillers for young girls below: 1. Rainbow Necklace - £20 2. Crystal Bow Hairslide - £20 3. Cherry Hairband - £18 4. Crystal Initial Necklace - £20 5. Ice Cream Earrings - £22.50 6. Lovely Necklace - £20 7. Strawberry Cuff - £18 8. Heart Hairslide - £12.50 9. Cat Bangles - £15 10. Watermelon Earrings - £15   What do you think of our choices? Have you got any great ideas for stocking fillers?

The Anna Lou Christmas Wreath!

How excited are you getting about Christmas? We can't believe it's only a few more weeks to go (15 days to be precise)! If you haven't started putting your decorations up yet then perhaps today's blog post can give you a little inspiration! This weekend the ALOL team worked hard at putting together a festive Anna Lou Christmas wreath to hang outside the door to our offices and above is the finished result! Doesn't it look fab? We're feeling suitable festive now and suddenly have the urge to decorate the whole office in tinsel (but we won't, for now). We took a quick snap of the wreath for our annual Christmas postcard so every time you order from the site this December you'll receive one of these fab postcards in your delivery to hang on your fridge, mantelpiece or bookshelf and get you in the holiday mood. We decorated ours with Anna Lou inspired pieces such as the Miss Anna character and bits and bobs of jewellery inspiration but you can add any sort of decorations to them and they are super easy to do. Keep them colour co-ordinated with red and green Christmas bobbles or add a little reindeer to say hello to the postman each morning, the choice is yours! Hope you all had lovely weekends too!

Last Chance to Order Bespoke before Christmas!

This weekend is your last chance to order your personalised or bespoke pieces and guarantee Christmas delivery!! Yes it may only be the 7th December but remember that it can take up to two weeks to create your bespoke masterpieces, engrave those messages, add on those special dates, make sure the chain length is correct, get the font you've requested, you get the idea right? We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service that really caters to what YOU want and like to make sure we get all of the little details perfect for you to ensure you get an item/ gift you are truly happy with and want to treasure. But of course all of that care and attention requires a little time so if you are thinking of getting your other half/ best friend/ mum or yourself something unique and personal this Christmas then don't take any chances and get your order in by the end of day tomorrow. We can then work like super troopers to ensure it gets to you in time for Christmas and you don't have any disappointment when the presents under the tree get unwrapped on Christmas Day! For all of your other orders you have until the 13th but for bespoke items your last day to order is the Sunday the 8th! Email us today with your specifications or order straight from the site!

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!

Christmas Wishlist Competition - The Winner!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered our Christmas Wishlist competition on Pinterest, we were bowled over by the amount of entries and you all did a fab job of picking your most coveted items from the site. We hope Santa (or your friends and family) have taken note as there was some seriously good wish-listing abound. In case you missed it (I don't know how you could have with all of our tweets, posts and general competition chatter) for the last two weeks we've been holding a competition for Pinterest users to create a 'Christmas Wishlist' board and pin all of their favourite Anna Lou pieces to it in the hope of winning £100 to spend on said wishlist before Crimbo! We had lots of different takes on the wishlist which was lovely to see - some of you picked pieces to go with a Christmas party dress you had already picked out (great pre-planning), some of you chose pieces you knew your nearest and dearest would love (oh you generous souls), some of you created a theme around your picks and pinned a specific colour/ era/ trend (very creative) and some of you just went pin crazy and decided you wanted everything on the site (we can't blame you really)! But of course there could only be one winner and when we came across this specific board and spotted that the clever pinner behind it had not only created a fab wishlist but also written a fab poem to all of her friends and family as well, we knew she was a deserved winner! So without further ado, a festive filled CONGRATULATIONS to... Viv Gilbey - who created this wonderfully Christmassy board! Give her a follow on Pinterest too as she has some great inspiration boards. We loved her poem so much we thought we'd also share it on here - congrats Viv! "A note to my family & friends: Red is always a winner at Christmas time, in fact it's always been a fave colour of mine. Add some sparkle and some lovely shimmer, you're sure to be onto a festive winner. A monogrammed ring is ever so unique, a red daisy hair band looks really chic. Here's my wishlist so what you need to do, is log onto the most fantastic Anna Lou!" Even if you are not a winner this time, don't despair, as we have lots of fun offers running on the website this month so you can still pick up some of your wishlist at great prices (or leave not so subtle hints for your family to do so!). For the whole month of December if you spend £75 or more on the site you will receive an ALOL metallic wallet, worth £35, absolutely free AND from today we are starting #annasadvent where each day a different product on the site will be on offer so keep an eye out for your fave! Thanks again to everyone who entered and follow us on Facebook to hear about more exclusive competitions.