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GET THE LOOK: FLEUR EAST, X-FACTOR

Fleur East, if you haven’t heard of her in the past few months, I don’t know where you have been hiding! Initially wowing Simon at the Judges house and moving onto live performances in front of millions of viewers at home, Fleur has captured the hearts of many people with her sassy character and incredible vocals. Although Ben Haenow grabbed the first place spot in the X factor Finals yesterday, not all is lost for Fleur. If the previous X Factor shows are anything to go on, you don’t need to win in order to succeed. As proven by One Direction, Olly Murs and most recently Ella Henderson who have all had chart topping albums after losing out on the finalist crown. Winning doesn’t necessarily mean winning. Although Fleur didn’t actually win X-factor 2014, her confidence, charisma and a-star like performance will carry her onto a bigger and brighter career.

Fleur's outfit always compliments her toned body, in particular her hard rock abs. In these photos she rocks an edgy look, along with her signature name necklace.

You can get the look with our bespoke personalised collection at Anna Lou of London.

gold name necklace

The personalised name necklace comes in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. Available at £52.00 - £62.00.

By Hyejin Kwon

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.  

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!

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.

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?  

Gift Ideas – Engrave your jewellery for Christmas!

There is now less than two weeks left to order bespoke items on our site in time for Christmas delivery so we thought it would be the perfect time to give you a few gift ideas and some tips on how to engrave your jewellery this Christmas! While jewellery is always a wonderful gift, personalised jewellery is even better. Showing someone you care with a unique message, favourite date or just remembering that silly nickname they had as a kid – what could be more special? Husbands/ boyfriends/ partners take note – we promise she won’t be disappointed if you not only buy that piece of jewellery she has been hinting at for weeks, but also go to the trouble of engraving it too! You are on to a winner! So how do you choose your message for engraving? Seeing as at Anna Lou of London we have been creating bespoke jewellery for a good few years we’ve seen it all so these are a few suggestions for how to choose your message.
  1. The Nickname – Ok so this can be a little risky as if it’s a nickname they merely tolerate but aren’t entirely happy with will they want it forever engraved on their beloved piece of jewellery? Our vote is to go for something playful, an endearing name you’ve coined that always raises a smile, rather than a childhood nickname they may have hated.
  2. The Memorable Date – engraving a date can be a great way to commemorate a special moment and the best part is that it’s a private message between the two of you. While the wearer will always feel the connotations of that day when wearing the jewellery, to the outside world it’s still a mystery. Choose anything from wedding days to children’s birthdays to the day you first met!
  3. The meaningful message – everyone has a phrase or saying that means something to them. Whether its a well known speech by one of the worlds greats or a quote from a Disney film doesn’t really matter, if it’s special then it’s worth it.
  4. None of the above – of course you don’t have to follow our suggestions at all, we’ve engraved everything from pets names to favourite tweets to song lyrics in the past so even if it’s quirky, ridiculous or both, get in touch and we’ll be happy to oblige!
Order your bespoke piece online and choose from our existing range of engravings here or simply email anna@annalouoflondon.com with your request and we will do our best to meet your requirements! Don’t forget get your orders in before the 13th December for Christmas delivery!

Fill your Christmas Stockings!

Yup we are going there again folks, Christmas. But this time it's actually acceptable and we hope you've all at least started thinking about what to buy for who. Today we are on hand to bring you plenty of suggestions for those little things that often get left to the last minute - the stocking fillers! Who doesn't love the one sock wonder that hangs above the mantelpiece? However small or silly the good insides, its a Christmas tradition that is always a joy to behold. So what to include? An orange, a penny farthing? a diamond ring? Whether you go down the extravagant or the cheap and cheerful route, jewellery is guaranteed to produce a smile so we've rounded up our selection of the perfect items to fill your Christmas stockings this year, whether you are looking to splurge or save. Christmas Gifts 1. 9kt Solid Gold Name Necklace - £275 2. Teardrop studs - £40 3. Children Necklace - £75 (engraving available) 4. Infinity Ring - £48 5. Monogram Earrings - £75 6. Love Locket - £108 Christmas Stocking Fillers 1. Penny Necklace - £18 2. Watermelon earrings - £15 3. Crystal Avalanche Hairclip - £18 4. Bunny Kisses Necklace - £17 5. Cat Rings - £20 6. Beautifully Balancing Travel Candle - £14

Event: DIY jewellery design evening at Selfridges!

We had such a great time on Friday for the first of three DIY jewellery design evening we are hosting at Selfridges. Thanks so much to all who came along to see the collections and join in the fun. If you missed the first one do not fear as we have another event this Wednesday 13th from 6pm - 9pm and again on the 22nd! We will be on hand to offer more design advice and answer questions as you get stuck in creating your very own piece of bespoke jewellery! You can book your place here and the best part is it's totally free! Part of the Selfridges Gift shop, the department store has transformed its 4th floor into the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping full of unusual gift ideas and perfect presents. Shop our AW13 range from now all the way up until December 24th in store and even if you can't make the events you can still get a bespoke order in. Email anna@annalouoflondon with your request and we will be happy to oblige! P.S only 4 weeks left to order your bespoke items to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas - eek! Choose your coveted item here and start leaving those hints!