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TREND: SINGLE EARRING

Could this be the simplest trend to pull off? If you’re anything like me, there’s bound to be a cluster of single earrings, you've lost one side to but you can’t bear to throw them away. Now the perfect solution has come our way, in the form of the single earring! That’s right, I said earring – and no, you haven’t read that wrong. Louis Vuitton, Celine, Tory Burch and many more, sent their models down the fall 2014 runway with one big statement earring in preference over the traditional matching earrings. Now, I must admit, initially I was a little apprehensive about this fashion trend, what if no-one realised I was going for the one earring look? What if it just looks like I’ve lost the other side of my earring? However, this trend has been gaining momentum off the catwalk with some of the most stylish ladies rocking this mismatching look. Most notably our girl crush Emma Watson has been supporting this trend on various red carpet appearances. The perfect mixture of cool and pretty, try styling this with simple clothing to put focus on the jewellery.

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The Interview Outfit featuring Anna Lou of London

We love blogging and bloggers and this week we’re especially loving Becca of Fashion-Train and her blog post about The Interview Outfit featuring Anna Lou of London jewellery. Working in fashion, it can often be difficult to meet the balance between being appropriately smart with demonstrating your eye for style and your ability to show it. In some offices, trainers and a sweatshirt are the norm with anything more being a bit showy, whereas in others, heels are an absolute must so upon first arrival, your outfit needs to be acceptable across a range of offices. Becca helps us on our way with this tricky dilemma in ‘The Interview Outfit – Gingham Dress and Leather Jacket’, making sure that no matter what your ultimate working wardbrobe may be, that you’re prepared for the initial meeting. This was what Becca had to say; ‘Since working in an office I've become more interested in 'workwear' clothes and staying stylish whilst at work. It's different working in retail as you can wear pretty much whatever you feel comfortable in but staying smart and stylish is a little bit more difficult! This outfit is the sort of outfit I'd wear to an interview/typical day at work.’

Becca The Interview Outfit - Gingham dress and leather jacket

‘I've paired this dress with one of my favourite necklaces from Anna Lou of London! It's bright neon which I really like and it means it brightens up pretty much ANY outfit and adds a little bit more personality into an outfit.’

The Interview Outfit featuring Anna Lou of London Becca 1

‘A shift dress like this is more of a day-time dress but can easily be worn out at night too with a pair of bright heels and a bright clutch bag!’

The Interview Outfit featuring Anna Lou of London Becca 2

Thanks to Becca for making Anna Lou’s necklace part of her Interview Outfit. To read her full blog post, click here.   All images are courtesy of Becca Hermitt To shop Anna Lou of London necklaces, click here. By Daisy Searle

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.

Choose It, Style It, Shoot It... The Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as Lamb!

Time for another Choose it, Style it, shoot it and this week we're talking to blogger ambassador Catherine from the style blog, Not Dressed as Lamb about how to wear dressy earrings for day. Rose Gold Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as Lamb Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as LambWe love how Catherine has taken quite a dressy, sophisticated earring and turned it into the perfect day wear piece with pastel hued clothing and statement pieces. The rose gold of the earrings works perfectly with the blush pinks and whites of her outfit while the burgundy shoes pull the whole look together. "I chose the rose gold teardrop stud earrings because they're subtly glamorous - very pretty but quite fierce at the same time. I'm really loving rose gold over standard gold at the moment so it was nice to have the different colour options." Teardrop Earrings by Not Dressed as Lamb"I wore them with winter white and blush pink - one of my favourite colour combinations this winter. I liked the contrast of the soft chunky knit of my scarf against the sparkle of the earrings; scarves always hide necklaces in winter so I like to wear fabulous earrings instead." "They'll look great with my hair up come Summer, which I'll be more likely to do once it's a bit warmer. I'm always partial to yellow dresses for the summer (I have three), so they'll be a lovely piece to wear with sunshine yellow - and white too. I like the idea of an all-white outfit with rose-gold jewellery: very chic and simple - let the accessories do the talking, I say!" Sounds great to us! To check out the full post and see more about Catherine's outfit, take a look at her Blush pink post here and stay tuned for another Choose it, Style it, Shoot it next week! All Photos courtesy of Not Dressed as Lamb and thank you to Catherine for the interview.

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 [email protected] 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.

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.

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

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

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?