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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.

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.

Choose It, Style It, Shoot It: The Silk Scarf by Thank Fifi

In case you missed our first choose it, style it, shoot it, we'll fill you in. We've introduced a new feature to the blog where we challenge some of our favourite fashion bloggers to choose, style and shoot a piece from the Anna Lou of London collection and we'll be sharing the results with you here each week. One of the things that the Anna Lou of London brand prides itself on is its versatility and each of our items can be interpreted to suit you own style. What better way to give you inspiration on how to incorporate our pieces into your own wardrobe than to give you a sneak peek into other people's? The Silk Scarf by Thank Fifi This week we catch up with top Scottish style blogger Wendy from the adorable fashion blog Thank Fifi as she talks us through how she styled up the Abbey Road silk scarf. Thank Fifi wears Anna lou of London Thank Fifi wears silk scarf"I chose this amazing scarf which I like to call the silk grand prix.  It's checked and monochrome so a perfect fit for my style and I love the 100% silk quality." Thank Fifi wearing ALOL silk scarfThank Fifi wears silk scarf"I've styled it as a knotted neck scarf which we've seen popping up more and more on the fashion week catwalks.  I think the slouchy knit and boyfriend jean keep it from looking too prim and proper." Thank Fifi wears the silk scarf"I'm looking forward to styling it with a messy up do, aviators and worn as a knotted headscarf.  Bring on summer - I can't wait!" All images from Thank Fifi, check out the full post for more inspiration on how to wear this trend and a big thank you to Wendy for the interview.

The Oscars 2014 - Our Best Dressed

So last night saw the 86th Academy Awards take place, did you stay up to watch? Personally we would have loved to see Amy Adams and Leo win one of those coveted trophies but what we were really interested in of course was the outfits. The ultimate Red carpet event, you can always guarantee some seriously stylish gowns and some seriously expensive jewels come the night, and the Oscars 2014 didn't disappoint. Here's our round up of the best dressed and the top trends from the evening... Shimmery Dresses at Oscars 2014The Bobby Dazzlers Sparkle, shine and metallics had to be one of the top trends from the red carpet this year and our faves included a Great Gatsby esque Oscar De La Renta flapper dress from Jennifer Garner, an un-recognisable Lady Gaga in sophisticated Versace and a shimmering Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab. Miranda Kerr also won the vote for after party gowns with her slinky silver number just making us even more jealous of how gorgeous she is. Oscars 2014 The best DressedThe Queens of Embellishment As well as full on shimmer, adornment and embellishment was key this year with nearly every A-lister opting for some sort of sparkly add ons. We loved Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett's Armani Prive number while Jessica Biel looked every inch the movie star in her Chanel couture and Sally Hawkins brought the house down in a divine Valentino number. Black Dress trend at the Oscars 2014The Black Swans If in doubt go for a black dress right? Well these gorgeous stars turned the simple black dress into something other wordly. Julia Roberts doesn't seem to be ageing one bit and looked stunning in her Givenchy lace gown, Charlize Theron opted for plunging necklines and long trains in Dior and Emma Watson looked far more chic than her years in Vera Wang. Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars 2014The Ones that 'Blue' us Away From Amy Adams in sophisticated Navy Gucci, Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen and Lupita Nyong'o's amazing icy blue Prada, we were bowled over by these blue hues. Jennifer Lawrence at Oscars 2014The Curveballs There are always a few standout looks from celebs that seem to do their own thing regardless of the trends (and most of the time that's exactly why we love them). This year the curveball awards go to Kate Hudson who turned up in a beautiful caped Versace gown and Jennifer Lawrence who was one of the only stars to go for a bright colour with her fiery orange Dior. Best Dressed Men at Oscars 2014And just because... We knew you'd appreciate it, here's some Oscars eye candy for you! Yum. Do you agree with our best dressed choices? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook

Trend: Good enough to Eat...

Seeing as January is all about healthy living and post Christmas dieting, it's understandable that as Spring approaches we've got all things edible on the brain, even down to our fashion and jewellery choices. Lately we've been drooling (quite literally) over cute fashions that are good enough to eat and we thought it would be rude not to share some of our favourite fruity fashion spots. From strawberry's to cherries, watermelon's and ice cream cones, these fashionista's sure know how to make our mouth's water. 1. Lemony Fresh... Solange Knowles wearing lemon dressSolange Knowles is giving her sister a run for her money in this zesty get up and making us ache for Summer and festival season. And she's got the matching shoes - bitter? us? No more than a lemon. 2. I Carried a Watermelon... Kit Lee carrying watermelon bagEven Baby knew it was the perfect accessory in Dirty Dancing and Kit from Styleslicker has sealed the deal for us. We're starting with these cute watermelon studs and waiting for our very own Johnny to sweep us off our feet this Summer. 3. Pop Your Cherry... Anna Della Russo wearing Cherry headbandThat is to say in fashion terms, of course. The cherry been a resident on the fashion scene for a lot longer than the other members of the fruit clan but that doesn't make it any less fun or covetable. Anna Della Russo is a fan, and therefore so are we! Shop our cherry pieces here! 4. Strawberry Fields... Street Style featuring StrawberriesThese fruity fashionistas sure know how to make us berry happy (sorry!). Whether in an all over print or just a humble knit for your noggin who doesn't love the humble strawberry? Summer, Wimbledon, Picnics in the Park, strawberries tend to make a good occasion even better, and by the looks of it their effect on fashion is similar. Shop our strawberry delights here. And finally, to keep you salivating, here's our favourite treats from the Anna Lou range, all completely delectable... Anna Lou of London Eat Me Jewellery Suddenly we're felling rather hungry, anyone for a snack?

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.