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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!

Anna Lou of London at The Cosmo Blog Awards 2013

Last Thursday the 3rd October saw the 2013 Cosmo Blog Awards, an annual blogger event put together by the magazine to highlight the best in British blogging. This year we were proud to be one of the goody bag sponsors for the event and treated all of the guests to an item of Anna Lou jewellery to take home. Held at the fabulous OXO Towers in London, the event was host to a bevvy of gorgeous fashion, lifestyle, beauty and interior bloggers and vloggers who were treated to beauty treatments, delicious cocktails and cupcakes throughout the night before taking their seats to hear who the winners of the coveted awards were. cosmo blog awards 2013 It was great to see some of our favourite bloggers nominated and shortlisted and we were extremely happy to see our ambassador and lookbook model Olivia Purvis take home best established fashion blog for her fab site What Olivia Did! Huge congrats Liv! You can see the rest of the winners below and for the full list of all of the shortlisted blogs check out Cosmo's blog post here.

BEST CRAFT BLOG

Winner: The New Craft Society

BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG

Winner: The Londoner

BEST FOOD BLOG

Winner: The Cake Hunter

BEST TRAVEL BLOG

Winner: 40 Before 30

BEST SEX & RELATIONSHIPS BLOG

Winner: Reasons To Be Single

BEST INTERNATIONAL FASHION BLOG WITH IFB

Winner: Style Me Curvy

BEST NEW FASHION BLOG SPONSORED BY BEST BRITISH BLOGGERS

Winner: Love Cloth

BEST ESTABLISHED FASHION BLOG

Winner: What Olivia Did

BEST VLOG

Winner: Fleur de Vlog

BEST BEAUTY VLOG

Winner: Tanya Burr

BEST ESTABLISHED BEAUTY BLOG

Winner: Hello October

BEST NEW BEAUTY BLOG

Winner: One Nail To Rule Them All

BEST INTERIORS BLOG SPONSORED BY NEXT

Winner: Love Chic Living

NEXT NEWCOMER

Winner: Laura Louise and Her Naughty Disease

It was a great event to be a part of so a big thanks to Cosmo for including us. We gave away a mixture of necklaces, earrings and brooches so we would love to see what you took home in your goody bag! Tweet us a link to your blog post or a pic of your item to @annalouoflondon!

Anna Lou of London at LFW SS14

This weekend Team ALOL braved the rain and gale force winds, packed up our best collections and wore the most fashionable outfits we could find to hit London Fashion Week SS14! This season we were proud to be a part of the blogger network, Handpicked Media's now legendary LFW events and join them in the stylish suite of One Aldwych to showcase our newest range to the long line of fashion and beauty bloggers who dropped by over the two day event. We set up early on Friday morning as LFW SS14 kicked off alongside the like of Freya Underwear, Superdry, Osiris Eyewear and Bourjois make up in anticipation of the first show-goers that day. The Handpicked Media suite offers bloggers a relaxed and inviting space to chill out in between shows, do a spot of blogging if need be and meet designers and brands first hand. We were showcasing our unique personalisation service and offering bloggers the chance to choose and design their own unique piece of custom made jewellery. We had everything from social tag necklaces to initial charm bracelets to engraved lockets being designed on the day and it was a pleasure to meet so many fans of the brand on the day. We also showcased our new Luxe collection for one of the first times and were so pleased with the terrific reaction we got to it, it seems you all love a bit of bling! [gallery columns="4" ids="1706,1707,1708,1709,1711,1714,1715,1716,1717,1718,1719,1720,1721,1722,1723,1724" orderby="rand"] Thanks to all who came to the event to support us and we look forward to seeing you all in your new jewellery! Don't forget that you can share your pics with us using the hashtag #howtowearannalou. As well as the pics from our event we also recorded some video footage over the two days and had a representative on the cobbles of Somerset House capturing street style so stay tuned for more LFW coverage on the blog very soon.  

Our Fashion Week Outfit Inspiration

Fashion weeks are upon us once again and with New York in full swing and London less than a few days away our attentions are turning to the dreaded 'What to wear' dilemma. As always in the fashion calendar, it can be easy to get yourself in a bit of a pickle with outfits around this time. We have only just had what appears to be our first proper day of Autumn after a gloriously long Summer but just as we reach for our coats and get ready to don our black opaques again, its time to start getting inspired by Spring Summer 2014! Confusing huh? But when it comes to fashion week there are a few key jewellery essentials that no outfit would be complete without. As they say, 'accessories are the key', so with that in mind we have compiled a little of whats inspiring us ahead of Friday from the NYFW streets and the pieces which will see you through five days of serious style. LFW statement necklaces 1. The Look at Me statement necklaces Throw a statement jewel encrusted necklace onto even the plainest of outfits and your instantly fashion week ready. We are getting inspired by these street stylistas and their amazing neck candy and will definitely be incorporating some of their pizzazz into our LFW outfits. Our new Luxe collection has just landed and its full of statement worthy bejewelled pieces which we will be working come Friday. LFW bling rings 2. The Bling Rings When it comes to fashion week we are never far from our phones, tablets and notepads, ready to record all of the action as it happens and keep our fans up to date on Twitter. Therefore there can be no hiding our hands in gloves or pockets and a bit of bling never goes amiss as these fashionable souls show! LFW arm candy 3. The Arm Candy Its an oldie but a goody. At Anna Lou of London we love stacking our bracelets up as high as they go and showing off some serious arm candy. There is never a better time to do so than at fashion week, so no matter what the outfit, we will be accessorising with at least one set of iconic bracelets. Don't forget that you can create your own arm candy sets at reduced prices from our mix and match section. This season Anna Lou of London will be taking part in the wonderful Handpicked Media's exclusive London Fashion Week style lounge and hosting an event space at One Aldwych where bloggers can pick up pieces to accessorize their fashion week outfits and get a first look at some of our new pieces. We will also have an Anna Lou representative at the shows and pounding the cobbled streets in search of some serious street style so keep an eye out for your pic appearing on this blog in the coming weeks. While all of this does mean this week is even more frantic than usual, we are also really excited to be part of the buzz that surrounds fashion week and play a part in styling the show-goers. Do keep up to date with us over fashion week by following us on Twitter and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Anna Lou Gets Personal Blogger Event...

A few weeks ago at Anna Lou HQ we held an exclusive blogger event for some of our favourite UK fashion and lifestyle bloggers, getting them involved in the design process and helping them create their very own piece of personalised jewellery. At Anna Lou of London we offer an unrivalled bespoke service allowing you to pick and choose how you would like your item to look, from the personal engraving right down to the length and style of the chain. We got personal with our bloggers over a few glasses of bubbly and some rather delish silver, gold and rose gold designed macaroons and found out exactly what they wanted from their bespoke piece. And what a creative bunch they were! Everyone chose something completely different and we had everything from fierce, girl power, Beyonce tributes to loved up lockets with partners names engraved. Each of the pieces were then handmade by Anna especially for the bloggers and in the below pics you can see just some of the ways they have been wearing them! Anna Lou Gets Personal EventThank you to all of the lovely bloggers who came along, Aisling, Adele, Amy, Ashley, Elodie, Kristabel, Lela, Lucie, Lucy, Natasha, Nathalie, Ngoni, Marin, Paula, Sherin, and do head over to their blogs to see more on the pieces they picked. You too can design your very own piece of bespoke jewellery which can be completely unique to you. To find out more take a look at our range of personalised products, put your creative head on and start designing!