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Join us at our ALOL Focus Group

Would you like to have your say in how the Anna Lou of London brand can be improved? Do you have a great creative eye for packaging and design? Maybe you're a whizz when it comes to website usability and technical know how? Maybe you have a passion for jewellery and accessories? or maybe you're simply an Anna Lou customer and can offer us some tips on how we can improve your shopping experience? Blogger eventEither way we'd love you to join us at our ALOL focus group on the 12th April. Focusing on product, website usability, imagery, packaging and customer service, we'll be inviting a small group of people to our new showroom in Battersea to discuss the next steps for the brand and to get your input on our ideas. To make sure it's a fun afternoon and not 'all work and no play', we'll be treating you to a lovely British tea party with drinks, cakes, a chance to meet the team behind the brand and hear from some of our experts. You'll have the chance to view our new collections first hand, have a chat with Anna and you can leave feeling that you've had a strong input into the direction of a growing fashion jewellery label. As if that doesn't sound fun enough, to thank you for giving up your time and helping us improve, everyone who attends will also get to leave with a £100 gift voucher for the site in their back pocket! Wowza! Sound like something you'd be interested in? Email to register your interest, describing why you'd be keen to attend and someone will be in touch to let you know whether you've been given a spot. We look forward to welcoming you! Please note: The focus group will last around 3 hours so please make sure you are able to commit to the whole afternoon before emailing.

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!

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!

Join our Masterclasses at Selfridges with Indytute...

During November we are taking part in a rather exciting little pop up at Selfridges with the lovely folks over at Indytute as they officially launch their brilliantly inspired lessons. Starting this week and taking you right through to the week before Christmas, these creative minds are taking over the fourth floor of Selfridges to bring you an array of workshops from tassle making to nail art, and allowing you to shop for the ultimate gifts - unique and inspiring lessons in everything from blues guitar to table tennis. With all sorts of creative craft on offer from paper engineering to balloon making and ukelele playing, this might just be the perfect gift for those who have it all. We will be taking part in it all by offering unique jewellery design workshops in Selfridges which you can all come along to. indytute workshops We are joining in the fun by hosting three 'Let's get Personal' jewellery design workshops on the 8th, 13th and 22nd November. The workshops are free but there are a limited amount of spaces so if you would like to come along and find out more about how to create your own bespoke piece of jewellery from start to finish, shop for personalised Crimbo presents and get help choosing an item then make sure you book a spot on the website here. During the workshop you will have a chance to meet with Anna herself as she guides you through the bespoke service and helps you find the piece of jewellery you were dreaming of, either for yourself or for a loved one. As well as our fabulous workshops you can also enjoy all of the other activities this pop up provides such as tips on Christmas wrapping from Thornton and Peel, party nail art from Boom Nails and creative biscuit icing with the tasty Biscuiteers! We can't wait to see you there!  

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.


Winner: The New Craft Society


Winner: The Londoner


Winner: The Cake Hunter


Winner: 40 Before 30


Winner: Reasons To Be Single


Winner: Style Me Curvy


Winner: Love Cloth


Winner: What Olivia Did


Winner: Fleur de Vlog


Winner: Tanya Burr


Winner: Hello October


Winner: One Nail To Rule Them All


Winner: Love Chic Living


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!

Our Favourite Red Carpet looks from The Emmys 2013...

Last night saw the 65th primetime Emmy awards take place  in the U.S and we couldn't wait to see all of the red carpet looks this morning! There was a true mix of old school Hollywood glamour with fun prints and lots of embellishment. Here's our round up of our personal favourites from the evening and how you can recreate the jewellery looks with Anna Lou... The Emmys 2013 Red Carpet StyleThe Hollywood Glamour-pusses... Christina Hendricks, Michelle Dockery and Zooey Deschanel all opted for real evening glamour and a retro Hollywood vibe. We loved Zooey's ice blue J Mendal dress and bouffant hair teamed with quirky manicure and glittery clutch, and Christina's arm candy layering worked wonderfully with her fitted black Christian Siriano gown, but it was Brit Michelle Dockery who stole our heart in this show stopping Prada number and simple accessories. All of these celebs accessorized with large statement rings, get the look with our monogram ring. The Emmys 2013 Red CarpetThe Colour Chameleons... Despite the change in seasons, some celebs went all out with truly bright summery colours. Anna Faris clashed wonderfully with the red carpet in a bright yellow Monique Lhullier gown, Girls star Alison Williams rocked a cobalt blue Ralph Lauren floor length dress and our newest girl crush, Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka, took home the prize for most fashionable 13 year old in a fun embellished Delpozo dress. With such statement dresses, accessories need only be subtle and we'd recommend a simple gold chain bracelet such as our Hyacinth style. The Emmys 2013 Red Carpet StyleThe Glitzy Princesses... Its always great to see a bit of sparkle on the red carpet and many of the stars didn't disapoint by opting for full on glitter, sequinned and embellished numbers. Our favourites included the monochrome simplicity from Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss, the floral applique on Kerry Washington's Marchesa gown and our own Cat Deeley in floor length back sequins. The stars opted to accessorise their strapless show stoppers with equally show stopping earrings, get the look with our statement crystal earrings. The Emmys 2013 Red Carpet StyleThe Simple yet Striking... Some stars don't event need a bright colour, or layers of sparkle to shine. We were blown away with these celebs who all opted for very simple looks yet pulled off with effortless glamour. Our favourite was Rose Byrne in a soft pink Calvin Klein Collection gown which looked utterly beautiful on her, January Jones in nude lace Givenchy and Claire Danes in a low cut Armani Prive. When you look this good you need nothing more than a subtle sparkly stud like our teardrops. Who were your best dressed from The Emmy's this year? All imagery from Glamour Magazine

Our LFW SS14 Highlights

Fashion Week was a whirlwind of events, shows, presentations, and parties and as well as showcasing our collections at the Handpicked Media suite, which you can read about in this blog post, some of our team were also on hand to capture all of the action at Somerset House and beyond. As a trend led jewellery brand, we love seeing the new season collections on the catwalks first hand and are always especially interested to see how the designers use jewellery within their shows. But as always the trends don't stop at the end of the runway and often the style on the streets is just as intriguing! In this post we thought we would round up some of our LFW highlights, from the street style to our favourite shows to the best celebrity FRows. Enjoy! The Shows... LFW SS14 Show Highlights From Cara Delevigne looking divine in pastels at Burberry to the pug stealing the show at Mulberry, this season the designers certainly gave us plenty to talk about. Some of our personal highlights included the Turkish influences at Bora Aksu, bodycon fringing at Mark Fast, and some serious statement necklaces at Ashish. The Presentations... LFW SS14 Presentation Highlights Often the most creative showcases, presentations can be a great way to see a collection up close and really get an idea of the designers inspiration. We visited a safari like no other at Orla Kiely, the perfect girls night in at Marcus Lupfer and eery childhood memories at Edeline Lee. The Street Style... LFW SS14 Street Style We spotted some seriously stylish folks gracing the Somerset House cobbles and you can see all of the fashionistas we snapped on our Pinterest board but a few of our favourite spots are above, including actress Chiara Wilde and Made in Chelsea's Victoria. The Star studded Front Rows...

LFW SS14 Stars on the FRowPhotos from The

As well as the usual suspects - Alexa, Pixie, Daisy et al - top front row spots this season included the newly reformed original Sugababes at PPQ, Laura Whitmore at nearly every show and the surprise regular, Mr Harry Styles! And finally - the unexpected accessory of the season - The Umbrella...

LFW SS14 Accessories Photos from The

After such a long and hot Summer who would have thought that the one accessory everyone would be carrying this season would be the umbrella? But in true British style, the heavens opened on Day 1 and stayed open for day 2 and day 3 and, well, you get the picture. Thankfully the fashion world took it in their stride and the umbrella became the ultimate way of accessorising your outfit! Those were our highlights but what were yours? Follow us on Twitter and let us know! We will be back with more LFW coverage later in the week.  Unless otherwise stated, all photographs by Jaclyn Craig

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.  

Who to Follow on Twitter During LFW

A few years ago unless you were a top editor or journalist you would have to wait a good six months before being granted access to what went on at fashion week. But now with the advent of social media, blogging and live streams, even if you can't get a front row seat you can still keep up with the action and see the shows as they unfold by following your favourite models, bloggers, editors and PR's. So if you'd rather enjoy VIP access from the comfort of your bed while drinking a cuppa then these are the 15 Twitter and Instagram accounts you should be following 24/7 to be completely in the know! The Editors... 1. Derek Blasberg of Harpers Bazaar @derekblasberg The ever fashionable Mr Blasberg,  Editor at Large, Harpers Bazaar, founder of, never misses one single second of fashion week from New York to London and Milan. He's also somewhat good at rubbing shoulders with the celebrity elite so for up to minute celeb gossip he is your guy! 2. Lorraine Candy of British ELLE @lorraineELLE For a true British perspective on all things fashion week follow Elle Mags editor Lorraine who not only gives concise news on shows but indulges us in her outfit choices and favourite hotspots. 3. Anna Dello Russo @annadellorusso Everyones favourite fashionista, ADR's twitter feed reads like a fashion magazine all by itself and her iconic style makes it a most interesting one to buy into.   The 'Don't miss a thing' Live News Feeds... 1. London Fashion Week @londonfashionwk Sounds obvious but for up to the minute news on timings, on schedule shows and who is where, follow the official London Fashion Week account. 2. Fashion Scout @fashionscout If you like the quirky off schedule shows as well as the main designers then keep an eye on the twitter feed from the Fashion Scout venue, supporting emerging designers and new kids on the block. Basically the on schedule designers of the future. 3. British Fashion Council @bfc For news on all of your favourite British designers throughout all of the fashion weeks and to hear first hand who wins the coveted Fashion Fringe this season, stay in touch with the BFC over the next few weeks.   The Media... 1. LFW The Daily @thelfwdaily Your ultimate daily read full of street style, news, collections and more condensed into one concise twitter feed - everything you need to know in one place! 2. Vogue @BritishVogue One of fashions most iconic magazines, you can be sure that if anyone will keep you informed on the designers you really need to know about this season it will be Vogue. Follow to impress at coming dinner parties. 3. @styledotcom No one can get a show report and pictures up faster than, follow their twitter and download the app to get a first look at any shows you didn't manage to live stream.   The Bloggers... 1. Emily Johnston of Fashion Foie Gras @fashionfoiegras Always a frower, Emily Johnstons unique up to the minute news of LFW is both witty and informed. We like. 2. Suzie Lau of Style Bubble @susiebubble Suzie works with the BFC and writes for LFW The Daily as well as being a superstar blogger so you can be sure she is going to all of the best London shows. Her uniques sense of style and love of all things British also makes her the perfect Twitter companion for LFW. 3. Poppy Dinsey @PoppyD Founder of WIWT and a writer for MSN, Poppy is the queen of a witty retort on Twitter and her front row cheeky tweets are simply hilarious.   The Others... 1. Handpicked Media @handpickedmedia and Founder Krista Madden @beautyandthedirt Well as we are taking part in Handpicked Media's fashion week style suite this season, it would be rude not to right? Not only does their feed and that of their founders Krista Madden give details on the behind the scenes action of the event but they also never miss a thing on the streets either. 2. Illustrator Miss Magpie @miss_magpie_spy For amazingly cute on the spot illustrations of whats going on at Fashion week from the shows to the celebs, take a look at Miss Magpie Spys twitter and instagram accounts. 3. Us of course! @annalouoflondon Well a bit of shameless self promotion never did anyone any harm right? To keep up with what we are doing, seeing and showcasing over fashion week follow us too! Find you on Twitter!

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!