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ANNA LOU'S FAVOURITE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and in Anna Lou’s world that only means one thing: presents. Whether it’s Valentine's Day gifts for a girlfriend, best friend, mother, or just a little something for yourself (after all, you deserve it…) – the infamous day is a reminder that it’s time to show someone close to your heart how much they really mean to you. FOR GIRLFRIENDS… Firstly, you’re probably feeling really smug because you and your special lady get to indulge in traditional Valentines activities, ranging from the cringey giant teddy bear and bunch of roses, right through to a fancy dinner reservation and bottle of champagne. However, if another box of Thornton’s just isn’t going to cut it this year, don’t panic – Anna Lou is on hand to help you say it right with a piece of unique British jewellery that will be cherished for years to come.

Love necklace - £54

FOR BEST FRIENDS… In the mid 90’s, five wise ladies descended upon the nation and decided it was time for us girls to stand up and be noticed. With their “Girl Power” campaign and daring outfits, the classically British Spice Girls have sent a message that’s lasted through the years: us girls have got to stick together. So with this in mind, what better way to empower your BFFL than with some fresh new jewels? Pieces adorned with hearts and lips give a subtle acknowledgement of V-Day, and will take you right through from daytime to dancefloor come February 14th.

Acrylic Lips necklace - £15

  FOR MOTHERS… Let’s face it, you owe her one. She’s fed you, clothed you, changed hundreds of your nappies, and helped you to become the (almost) grown-up you are today, and it’s about time you gave something back. A personalised piece will make Mum feel truly special, and gain you those all-important brownie points in the process – so what are you waiting for?

Initial sideways necklace - £67.50

FOR YOU… You are fabulous, and there’s absolutely no shame in spoiling yourself every once in a while (trust Anna Lou!). So if the thought of Cupids and rose petals is getting you a little down, give yourself a much-deserved pick-me-up. Whether it’s a box of your favourite chocolates, a massage or some new arm candy, V-Day is the perfect excuse to give yourself a little boost. A delicate heart themed piece is an understated way to mark the day.

Heart Cuff - £42

By Charlea Glanville

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

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.

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.

Brand Update: ALOL has moved!

You know how we mentioned at the beginning of the year that there were lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for Anna Lou of London? Well we weren't kidding and perhaps one of our biggest changes occurred this week - ALOL has moved into a brand spanking shiny new office with a beautiful showroom to boot! image (5)Yup, 2014 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the brand. We're growing and expanding, and the office move is just the first of plenty of exciting ventures. After a LOT of planning and organising, not to mention the packing and unpacking of endless boxes and some crafty DIY work, this week we finally moved into our new home, ready to start afresh in a lovely creative space next week. image (1)image (7)image (2)image (6)The really exciting news for you, our customers, however, is that we now have a gorgeous showroom to welcome you into. As of this Month we will be holding appointments from 9-6 weekdays and by appointment on weekends for you to come and view the collections first hand and get a little help with your orders. So if you are a bride looking to kit out your wedding party in fabulous jewellery and accessories, or simply looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, why not drop in and see us? You can schedule an appointment with our personal shopper who will help talk you through your order from idea to visualisation, you'll be able to see the products and try them on and can even ask questions and get advice from designer, Anna herself. Our bespoke service is really important to us at Anna Lou of London and we pride ourselves on offering a creative one to one approach to ensure all of our customers get a product that's just right for them, plus we love to meet you lovely folks in person over a cuppa and a chinwag! For more information or to book an appointment now email [email protected] and we look forward to seeing you soon! Anna Lou of London Unit E1/E2 Anna Lou of London/ Girl Meets Dress 71 Warriner Gardens, Battersea London, SW11 4XW

Choose it, Style It, Shoot It... The Tag Necklace by Stylonylon

Hello and welcome to a fun new weekly feature on the ALOL blog. As you may be aware we've been teaming up with some fab fashion bloggers of late to showcase our new collection and they've been busy styling up our pieces in their own unique way. To give you plenty of ideas on how to wear our jewellery, we're going to be challenging our bloggers to choose, style and shoot a different piece of jewellery each and then publishing the results here on a weekly basis! First up, we're chatting to one of our blogger ambassadors, the lovely Julia from Stylonylon as she shows us how she's been wearing her new personalised tag necklace. Julia from Stylonylon wears the tag necklace"I chose a rose gold tag necklace which I had personalised with my blog name. I'm obsessed with rose gold and am slowly building a small collection of favourite pieces. This is the first time I had a personalised piece of jewellery and I'm loving it. It's also so handy for showing people how my blog name is spelt!" Julia fashion blogger wearing jewellery"At the moment, I am wearing my new necklace over jumpers. I'm going for lighter, spring colours like oranges and pinks, but it also looks brilliant on black and dark blue. It's really eye-catching and people always comment on it." Julia Rebaudo OutfitFashion Blogger Stylonylon wears Tag Necklace"I'm really looking forward to exploring pleats this summer. Not just on skirts, but on shirts too. I like the idea of pairing something so detailed such as this necklace, with a pair of ripped jeans and trainers!" Well we can't wait to see that look either! To see more of Julia's style, follow her blog and stay tuned to peek into another blogger's wardrobe next week! All images from Stylonylon and thanks to Julia for the interview.

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?

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!  

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.  

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!