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Jewellery Trends: How to Wear Barely There Jewellery

This spring everyone’s talking about ‘Barely There’, the trend of mixing and matching daintier pieces as opposed to going for one bold piece. Statement jewellery has definitely had its time but now is not it. We have a look at how to wear barely there jewellery Anna Lou style! Anna Lou of London cross bracelet engraved heart bracelet name bracelet barely there jewellery This is great news for people who feel a bit over done in a big cuff or a chunky pair of earrings. You can start small, and gain momentum, layering up gradually whilst maintaining a delicate and feminine look. Anna Lou of London arrow necklace love bar necklace side initial necklace barely there jewellery Rules about which metals can be put together have totally gone out the window! It’s ok to mix gold and silver and even throw in a rose gold or two! Mix up styles too, going for thick or thinly banded rings, worn on different fingers and at different points on the fingers, welcome studs, knots, twists and twirls! Combining colours and styles will add to the overall because layering isn’t about one item, it’s about an overall look.

 Anna Lou of London initial ring ps i love you heart ring infinity ring barely there jewellery

Think thin chains, studs, stacking delicate rings up and an array of feminine bracelets, and don’t forget - wear as many as you want and be creative!   Shop barely there at Anna Lou of London. By Daisy Searle

Spring Summer Honeymoon Essentials

With your wedding day on the horizon you'll perhaps be a little bit pre occupied and forget what happens after the big day! Make sure you maintain style on your honeymoon with our Spring Summer Honeymoon Essentials. Passport Case Travellers need their passport and therefore, every traveler has the opportunity to jazz theirs up and turn it into a style accessory! Right now, we’re loving what Getting Personal has to offer with their World Map Passport cover, available here.

World Map Passport Cover Honey Moon Travel Essentials

  Pastel Bangles Pastel is a colour that never goes out of season. It can lift winter outfits, and add to summer ones. At Anna Lou, we’re all wearing pastel shades of Chevron Bangles. They’re easy to mix and match and style differently depending on your outfit making them definite Honeymoon accessories every girl needs.

Anna Lou of London Chevron Pastel Bangles Fabulous Footwear

When you’re on a summer holiday, you have the difficult decision to make about footwear. Flips flops are very practical for the beach but not always the most stylish of choices. Especially on your Honeymoon, you want a pair of shoes that you can wear on the beach but that also look fabulous! We’re loving these from New Look, available here.  

New Look Summer Sandals

  Floral Phone case We all know how catastrophic it is to drop an unprotected Iphone! This season, protect yours with a floral twist. We love this case by Cath Kidston, which not only gives you peace of mind but also a gorgeous spring accessory available here. Don't forget to take plenty of holiday snaps to show off about upon your return!

 Cath Kidston Floral Iphone Case

Personalised Necklace Having successfully shed winter and with it the trusty scarf, we’re now looking for décor in a slightly more delicate and feminine style, perhaps even in the style of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw?  Why not go for a piece that you know no one else will have with one of Anna Lou’s bespoke necklaces, adding delicate class to any outfit.

Anna Lou of London personalised Emily NecklaceSunglasses

With lazy sunny afternoons on the horizon, we’ve found ourselves the perfect pair of summer specs. Ray-ban offers a range of styles but we love the Wayfarers as a timeless classic, which go perfectly with any spring style available here.

Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

 Stacking Ring The stacking ring is an easy way of layering without even having to try! We love it as a relaxed and simple piece to wear adding natural style to any outfit.

Anna Lou of London Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials Stacking Ring Rose GoldSleeveless Dress

If you’re getting away from England to go somewhere hot it’s time to ditch the sleeves! Missguided’s strappy floral number is the perfect summer dress, which goes beautifully with a statement necklace available here.

Missguided Floral Strappy Dress Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

  Brightwell Bookbag Every girl needs her bag for the beach. We really love Jack Wills’ Union Jack tote bag for its ease of use and simplicity and of course it’s subtle tribute to Great Britain available here.

Jack Wills Brightwell Bookbag Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

Pearl Bracelet

It’s the graceful slightly pink glow that makes us fall in love with pearls time and time again and this season is no different. Pearls will fit perfectly with your spring and summer wardrobe, adding a little shimmer to any outfit. Why not opt for our heart pearl bracelet to complete your Honeymoon look.

 Anna Lou of London Personalised Heart Pearl Bracelet Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

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by Daisy Searle

10 Spring Essentials every Brit Needs...

This time of year can be a royal pain in the behind at times with regards to the weather. The sun likes to deceive us and then we leave the house with only a light jacket to find its actually arctic levels of freezing and don't even get us started on those hailstones. Sun one minute, golf ball sized hail the next. Us Brits have to be prepared for it all, and so there's certain items that no Briton should be without. We've compiled the top ten spring essentials every Brit needs to own if they want to survive a Spring in the land of all weathers, and most of them should preferably be kept on your person at all times. 1. The umbrella - well of course this has to be the number 1 essential. It's best to carry a small umbrella in every bag you own just to avoid getting caught out! 2. The Parka Jacket - ah the parka, the jacket which will see you through every eventuality from muddy festivals to weekend trips abroad. Normally they are fleecy on the inside to keep you warm and have that all important waterproof exterior. Win win. 3. Wellington Boots - can you see a trend developing here? Welly boots are now seen as a pretty fashionable item though so you can easily get away with them for more than just a festival. We love the colourful Hunter styles. 4. A Pair of Sunglasses - did you know that the sun can harm your eyes even through clouds? Apparently in cities we are much more susceptible to sun damage because most of the time we don't even realise the sun is hitting us through all of the pollution. Always carry your favourite sunnies and even if you feel a bit silly wearing them on a cloudy day, we promise it's doing you good. 5. The multifunctional scarf - as well as your winter woolies, everyone needs a lighter scarf which can work with all of your outfits and easily be thrown into your bag. One amazing scarf can be tied around your hair when it gets warmer, around your neck when its a bit cooler and added to bag when you just need a bit of colour injected into the outfit. 6. A transitional dress - a dress that's easy to throw on in a fun floral print is a must for a british spring. Add tights and boots on colder days, go bare legged and add a denim jacket on warmer days. 7. A pair of 'wear with anything' boots - its not quite sandal weather but your ready to give up the winter shoes so a cute ankle boot is definitely your friend at this time of year. Wear with that dress we mentioned above and layer your legs as appropriate. 8. The lightweight knit - it may look sunny sometimes but once the sun goes so does any heat that came with it and you can be left rather cold come evening so a lightweight knit is the ideal in between. Keep it thin and easy to throw over tees and under jackets and that way it can be rolled up and slipped in your bag should the sun come out. 9. A great hair accessory - you know the scenario, you do your hair lovely first thing in the morning and by the time you reach the office having battled the elements you look as if you crawled backwards through a bush. Keep a jazzy hair accessory on you at all times to save you from having to survive a whole day of bad hair. Whether its a stylish bobble or glam headband, it's worth keeping in your handbag. 10. A bag big enough to fit all of the above!

The Ultimate DIY Mother's Day Hamper

As you may have heard us mention a few times, Mother’s day is very fast approaching. For those who haven’t quite got around to it yet (eek pull your finger out), now is the time to turn your mind to one of the women you love the most. This year, instead of the half wilted flowers and slightly rubbish card, why not go for something a little bit special with the ultimate DIY Mother's Day Hamper. This is something you could even do with your own little ones on a rainy afternoon with little else for entertainment.  The Photo Album We all know how much Mum’s love to wander back down memory lane with the aid of a sentimental photo album. Find or buy a notebook and get creative! You can cover with sequins, make glitter hearts or even get funky with some florescent paint! Pull together some silly photos of you both from years gone by, and with a little bit of prit stick, some page decor and some cheeky annotations, you have yourself a cheap yet charming home made photo album. The Biscuits Because which Mummy doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Baking a batch of biscuits is a lovely and simple task that will leave your house smelling gorgeous and will be a lovely home-made treat to accompany Mummy’s afternoon cuppa! Wait for them to cool before putting into a clear cellophane bag and finishing with a ribbon. Here’s a recipe for some exceptionally scrummy custard and white chocolate biscuits! The Necklace that Says it all Although time’s run out to order a bespoke piece, there’s still just about time to really show her you love her with one of Anna Lou’s ‘Love you’ pieces. This necklace is one of our favourites. The Decoration Cover an old shoe box in wrapping paper (you knew you’d use it one day!), plump up with some tissue paper and fill with your goodies! The perfect Mother’s Day Hamper from the perfect daughter!

Choose it, Style It, Shoot it... The Love Necklace by What I Bought Today

We're loving an all gold jewellery look at the moment and it seems one of our blogger ambassadors, Anneli of the blog What I Bought Today is in agreement. We asked her to style up one of our most popular necklace designs, the love necklace, and along with some of our gold stacking rings she's put together a great easy weekend look. She's made double denim look pretty damn stylish and the gold tones of her jewellery compliment the subtle shades of her outfit perfectly. Read more about Anneli's styling tips below... The Love Necklace by What I Bought Today What I bought Today Love NecklaceLove Necklace by What I Bought Today"I am so into gold at the moment; layered, dainty, statement and unique styles are my current favourites and I love anything personalised." "I was so pleased to be asked to be one of the blogger brand ambassadors for Anna Lou of London! So much of the range is right up my street, and fits perfectly in together with my existing jewellery. I chose the dainty ‘Love' chain, which looks great together with other gold pieces on my wrists and hands, to complement the overall look" Love Necklace by What I Bought TodayWhat I Bought Today gold jewellery"I also adore the more chunkier gold trio ring, which I layered together with two simple gold rings. It’s all about adding your own touches to your jewellery." Love Necklace by What I Bought Today"I'll be wearing my Anna Lou of London pieces stacked, layered or on their own - simple pieces go with everything." We're also pretty pleased to have Anneli on board as a brand ambassador. To see the full post and get more tips on how to style this outfit, check out her feature here. All images courtesy of What I Bought Today. Thank you to Anneli for the short interview.

Get the Look: Spring Outfit Inspiration

This time of year can sometimes be the most difficult to dress for. It's not quite warm enough to thrown on a summer dress and lose the coat, yet with the sun shining down on us we want to feel suitably Spring- like. So as always we're looking to our favourite celebs for some spring outfit inspiration on what to wear during this transitional period. These are some of our favourite ways to look Spring ready without being caught out should the heavens open. get the look, spring outfit inspiration Add some florals a la Gisele Bundchen Ditch those black and grey skinny jeans and embrace a floral trouser or pastel print denim. Being a trouser you don't need to brave bare legs just yet, yet you give a nod towards summer trends. get the look spring outfit inspiration Inject a pop of colour a la Reese Witherspoon No need to move away from the monochrome colours completely but by adding an electric hue you can turn your everyday office look into the perfect transitional outfit. get the look celebrity spring outfit inspiration Go sheer a la Allison Williams Nothing says Spring ready better than a smart but sexy sheer white shirt. It's the perfect transitional piece as it works for day and for evening, throw on a pair of courts with your smart trousers and you are ready for cocktails after work. get the look spring outfit inspiration Dress up your denim a la Karolina Kurkova It's the oldest trick in the book but denim is your best friend during the season change. A pair of distressed boyfriend jeans will look great with flats and a comfy sweater at the weekend and equally as good with heels and a blazer for week day meetings. Layer a warmer coat over the top of your blazer for added warmth. What's your go to style during this transitional period? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @annalouoflondon or following us on Facebook.

Choose It, Style It, Shoot It... The Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as Lamb!

Time for another Choose it, Style it, shoot it and this week we're talking to blogger ambassador Catherine from the style blog, Not Dressed as Lamb about how to wear dressy earrings for day. Rose Gold Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as Lamb Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as LambWe love how Catherine has taken quite a dressy, sophisticated earring and turned it into the perfect day wear piece with pastel hued clothing and statement pieces. The rose gold of the earrings works perfectly with the blush pinks and whites of her outfit while the burgundy shoes pull the whole look together. "I chose the rose gold teardrop stud earrings because they're subtly glamorous - very pretty but quite fierce at the same time. I'm really loving rose gold over standard gold at the moment so it was nice to have the different colour options." Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as Lamb"I wore them with winter white and blush pink - one of my favourite colour combinations this winter. I liked the contrast of the soft chunky knit of my scarf against the sparkle of the earrings; scarves always hide necklaces in winter so I like to wear fabulous earrings instead." "They'll look great with my hair up come Summer, which I'll be more likely to do once it's a bit warmer. I'm always partial to yellow dresses for the summer (I have three), so they'll be a lovely piece to wear with sunshine yellow - and white too. I like the idea of an all-white outfit with rose-gold jewellery: very chic and simple - let the accessories do the talking, I say!" Sounds great to us! To check out the full post and see more about Catherine's outfit, take a look at her Blush pink post here and stay tuned for another Choose it, Style it, Shoot it next week! All Photos courtesy of Not Dressed as Lamb and thank you to Catherine for the interview.

The Most Stylish Celebrity Mums

With Mother's Day just around the corner (if you don't have a gift sorted yet then look here) we thought we'd pay homage to some of our favourite and most stylish celebrity mums, those women who seem to juggle career with bringing up children and still manage to look great doing it (We're sure their happy bank balance has a lot to do with that, of course). These are the gals we look to for style inspiration that can be both functional enough for the school run but still show off a bit of personality, and so we've put together a few Anna Lou pieces which we think would work well with their designer wardrobes. So no matter who's style you prefer, here's our guide to perfecting their look. Most Stylish celebrity mumsVB just had to get the number one spot, seeing as she's turned herself from Spice girl to fashion designer and s often seen carrying a, just as stylish, Harper on her hip while wearing 4 inch heels. If this high glamour princess of posh is your style inspiration then recreate her look with a chic silk scarf, rose gold stacking rings, sophisticated engraved disc necklace and adorable heart charm bracelet. most stylish celebrity mumsYou'd hardly know Jessica ever had children, the speed at which she leapt back into shape but as far as style goes, she has to be one of the most polished mum's we know of. She never sets a foot wrong and cleverly sticks to key pieces such as skinny jeans, well cut blazers and cute yet comfortable footwear. Style points all the way. To get her look add colourful details to a basic outfit such as our bright blue silk scarf and stacking bangles and keep your hair in check with a chic band or accessory. most stylish celebrity mumsOk so she has model genes which puts her on some whole other style level but Ms Kerr has literally never had a hair out of place, even when she was heavily pregnant. Since her son was born she's been back to her best in leather skinnies, short dresses and high boots, even going as far as coordinating her outfits with son Flynn at times. Get her look with co-ordinating a sophisticated teardrop necklace and earrings and dainty hyacinth bracelet. most stylish celebrity mumsEven though she's now based in London, Gywinnie still has that effortless Hollywood style, all blonde sunkissed hair, impeccable white tees and luxe designer seperates. Whether she's wearing statement gowns on the red carpet or cargo pants for the school run, there's no denying Gwyneth is one hot mama. Recreate her cool factor with a long line pendant like this woodland leaf necklace, and mix different textures on your wrists such as chunky chains with leather cuffs. most stylish celebrity mumsThat peroxide blonde hair that never has even a glimpse of roots, the impeccable make up and the coolest mum in town wardrobe, how does Gwen do it? Obviously designing her own clothing label. she knows a thing or two about style but even with three children, she's still our favourite rock chick. Get her punk style by adding some leather studded bracelets, a knuckleduster ring and cross necklace. Which celebrity mum's style is your fave? Tweet us @annalouoflondon or follow us on Facebook.

Choose It, Style It, Shoot It... Achieve Necklace by Chopstick Panorama

This week as part of our 'choose it, style it, shoot it' feature we've teamed up with another of our blogger ambassadors, the lovely Van who runs the fashion and style blog, Chopstick Panorama. We're forever in awe of her amazing effortless style and we LOVE how she wears our jewellery! Here she shows us the one piece of jewellery that's giving her true motivation at the moment, and how she is wearing it for Spring. The Achieve Necklace by Chopstick Panorama Achieve Tag NecklaceAchieve Necklace"My style changes as much as the weather does in London. So I chose the Achieve Tag Necklace exactly for that reason: I wanted something that I can incorporate in the variety of my outfits.And the word “Achieve” is so good to get me motivated throughout the day!" Achieve NecklaceAchieve Necklace"It’s so easy to style the tag necklace, since it goes with simply everything I wear. Especially for such a simple outfit, it adds a little bit of glamour." Achieve Necklace"Once Summer hits and all the Festivals start, it will be such a good piece for layering as well, making any festival outfit much more fun and exciting." What do you think of How Van has styled the tag necklace? Would you wear it differently? Let us know by tweeting us @annalouoflondon or following us on Facebook. See the full blog post here. All images courtesy of Chopstick Panorama and big thanks to Van for the interview.

Top Mother's Day Gift Ideas

There are only three more Sunday's until that all important mothering Sunday and if you haven't yet thought about what you are going to treat yours with, we are on hand to help. So here's what you already know... - Your Mum is pretty special so she deserves a special gift. - Ideally you'd like something unique that she can keep for a while rather than a throw away token. - If you can get something that she will love without breaking the bank that would be even better. Check, check and check. Here at Anna Lou of London we've been in the gifting business long enough to know what's really important, and further more we know the type of items that will raise a smile on the day. Mothers Day Gift Ideas As a result we've only gone and reduced all of our 100% silk scarves by half price just in time for Mother's day - don't say we aren't good to you! It's the Mother's Day must have item - it's beautiful (100% silk, great quality), it's timeless (a silk scarf is chic at any age), versatile (so many ways to wear it), thoughtful (a gift like this shows you really put thought into it) and, most importantly, it's now affordable. Did someone say perfect? There's 11 different styles to choose from, from classic monochrome prints to bright blue scenic pictures, so you can be sure that she won't see her best friend sporting the same one three days later, and there's 3 different shapes, meaning you can opt for the chic neckerchief or the long slim. It's a no brainer right? You can shop all of the scarves here and if scarves don't quite suit your mum then take a look at all of our Mother's day gift ideas here.