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10 Spring Essentials every Brit Needs...

This time of year can be a royal pain in the behind at times with regards to the weather. The sun likes to deceive us and then we leave the house with only a light jacket to find its actually arctic levels of freezing and don't even get us started on those hailstones. Sun one minute, golf ball sized hail the next. Us Brits have to be prepared for it all, and so there's certain items that no Briton should be without. We've compiled the top ten spring essentials every Brit needs to own if they want to survive a Spring in the land of all weathers, and most of them should preferably be kept on your person at all times. 1. The umbrella - well of course this has to be the number 1 essential. It's best to carry a small umbrella in every bag you own just to avoid getting caught out! 2. The Parka Jacket - ah the parka, the jacket which will see you through every eventuality from muddy festivals to weekend trips abroad. Normally they are fleecy on the inside to keep you warm and have that all important waterproof exterior. Win win. 3. Wellington Boots - can you see a trend developing here? Welly boots are now seen as a pretty fashionable item though so you can easily get away with them for more than just a festival. We love the colourful Hunter styles. 4. A Pair of Sunglasses - did you know that the sun can harm your eyes even through clouds? Apparently in cities we are much more susceptible to sun damage because most of the time we don't even realise the sun is hitting us through all of the pollution. Always carry your favourite sunnies and even if you feel a bit silly wearing them on a cloudy day, we promise it's doing you good. 5. The multifunctional scarf - as well as your winter woolies, everyone needs a lighter scarf which can work with all of your outfits and easily be thrown into your bag. One amazing scarf can be tied around your hair when it gets warmer, around your neck when its a bit cooler and added to bag when you just need a bit of colour injected into the outfit. 6. A transitional dress - a dress that's easy to throw on in a fun floral print is a must for a british spring. Add tights and boots on colder days, go bare legged and add a denim jacket on warmer days. 7. A pair of 'wear with anything' boots - its not quite sandal weather but your ready to give up the winter shoes so a cute ankle boot is definitely your friend at this time of year. Wear with that dress we mentioned above and layer your legs as appropriate. 8. The lightweight knit - it may look sunny sometimes but once the sun goes so does any heat that came with it and you can be left rather cold come evening so a lightweight knit is the ideal in between. Keep it thin and easy to throw over tees and under jackets and that way it can be rolled up and slipped in your bag should the sun come out. 9. A great hair accessory - you know the scenario, you do your hair lovely first thing in the morning and by the time you reach the office having battled the elements you look as if you crawled backwards through a bush. Keep a jazzy hair accessory on you at all times to save you from having to survive a whole day of bad hair. Whether its a stylish bobble or glam headband, it's worth keeping in your handbag. 10. A bag big enough to fit all of the above!

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 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.

Everyone's Wearing... Personalised Bar Necklaces

Want to know what the latest jewellery trend to sweep the celeb nation is? Of course you do. Now what if we also told you that this is one of the easiest celebrity trends to try this year? And it's a piece of jewellery that you can literally wear with anything? Frantically nodding at your computer screen about now, eager to hear more? Well folks we've noticed that everyone who's anyone has been wearing the oh so chic and oh so beautiful personalised bar necklaces of late. Celebrities wearing bar necklacesFrom Drew Barrymore and Elle Fanning to the gorgeous Blake Lively, the celebs can't get enough of this sleek trend. More subtle than the name necklace, more sophisticated than the initial necklace, this piece can be worn for day or night, dressed up or dressed down. Bloggers wearing Bar NecklacesYou only need to take a quick look at the bloggers and street style stars to get more than a few options of how to wear this gem, from Aimee Song's professional look to Jules Sarinana's weekend downtime option. But the best part about this trend is that everyone can wear it and everyone can be unique at the same time. At Anna Lou of London you can personalise your bar necklace with any name or phrase you choose and with our designs starting at just £30, getting the look won't break the bank. Check out our mini gif below for some ideas and shop our range here. Bar Necklace Gif What do you think of this trend? Would you wear a personalised bar necklace?

Meet the Anna Lou Blogger Ambassadors...

2014 is already proving to be a busy yet rewarding year for the Anna Lou of London brand and we've got some pretty exciting plans afoot which we can't wait to fill you in on! First up though, we're thrilled to announce our latest online campaign, which sees us partner up with some of our favourite fashion and lifestyle bloggers! You may have spotted an #annalouambassador tag being bounced around the Twittersphere lately and we can finally reveal what the mystery is all about. Starting this month, we are working with 11 of the UK's brightest fashion and lifestyle blogging stars in order to showcase our new collections and give you different ideas on how to style our jewellery. Our bloggers will be incorporating their favourite items from the Anna Lou of London collection into their outfits over the next few months, stamping their own personal style on the products as they go. We firmly believe that there is something in the Anna Lou of London range for every women and that's why we have chosen a wide range of different bloggers, who all epitomise the brand but still have their own very unique style. So without further ado, let us introduce you to our new Anna Lou blogger ambassadors! Be sure to check out their blogs and keep an eye on their upcoming posts for tips and ideas on how to wear Anna Lou of London jewellery! Kim Love Cloth1. Kim - Love Cloth If you feel like you recognise Kim and her gorgeous fashion and style blog, Love Cloth, that's because she was the winner of best new fashion blog at the most recent Cosmo Blog Awards, and her adorable style has been winning us all over ever since. We love Kim's preppy cool take on high street fashion and her smiley happy photographs even more! You can follow Kim on Twitter @lovecloth. Catherine Not Dressed as Lamb2. Catherine - Not Dressed as Lamb Catherine describes her blog as 'waving the fashion flag for the 40 somethings.', a mix of 'personal style, photo tips, musings and great eyebrows' but we think this style maven and her gorgeous blog will inspire women of any age to find their fashion feet, whether it's in the form of colour clashing and pattern mixing or amazingly creative hairstyles. Besides, they really are great eyebrows. Follow Catherine on Twitter @notlamb. Dunya Dearest Deer3. Dunya - Dearest Deer Dunya's vintage meets high street style with a dose of too cool for school, is hard not to fall in love with. She rocks a collar like no other and makes you want to dig out your old school uniform and pull on a pair of knee highs without a second thought. Her blog is full of beautiful photography from London and Brighton and simply put, she is just.too.cute. Follow Dunya on Twitter @dearestdeer_ Anneli Wiliis WIBT4. Anneli - What I Bought Today If you hadn't already guessed from the title, Anneli's blog, What I Bought Today, is dedicated to opening up the contents of her vast and extremely covetable wardrobe as she shares her daily buys and bargains from fashion to beauty to homewares. We love her casual yet luxe style, her ability to wear leather trousers so well and constantly have major hair envy. Check out this gorgeous site and we bet it becomes your daily read. Follow Anneli on Twitter @anneliwillis Lucie Loves5. Lucie - Lucie Loves This gorgeous redhead gives us plenty to get excited about on her lifestyle blog, from fashion to food to reviews to news of her recent engagement (scream!) and we can't get enough of her beautifully photographed posts. Her outfit posts showcase her love for vintage fashion and up and coming designers and we always find ourselves trying to recreate her glam meets grunge style. She calls herself an accidental fashion blogger, but boy are we pleased that accident happened. Follow Lucie on Twitter @luciekerley Julia Stylonylon6. Julia - Stylonylon A London based fashion journalist, Julia documents her adventures in the city and beyond through her blog Stylonylon. A mix of fashion and shopping tips, outfit posts and lifestyle rundowns with her gorgeous son, this blog is easy like a Sunday morning. Julia has that laid back luxe style down to a tee and she rocks a top knot like nobodies business! Follow Julia on Twitter @stylonylon Kylie Memoir Mode7. Kylie - Memoir Mode Apart from having the most beautiful barnet on the planet, Kylie is also an amazing photographer and her blog showcases this beautifully. Memoir Mode brings together her girly yet grown up style posts, with fashion, shopping and beauty news, views and reviews thrown in. That's not to mention her posts on being a mummy to the adorable Eva, we're addicted! Follow Kylie on Twitter @memoirmode Callie From the corners of the Curve8. Callie - From the Corners of the Curve We love Callie's fearless approach to fashion and her triumph of body confidence! With her keen eye for style, she makes even the plainest of outfits ooze serious sass! Plus we can't get over her ability to make pieces we never thought would work together, seem like they were always meant to be part of the same outfit. You might recognise her as one of the faces of a recent Evans campaign with Clements Ribiero and we're thrilled she is now going to be representing ALOL! Follow Callie on Twitter @calliethorpe Emily Divine9. Emily - Emily Divine Emily makes us want to wear a bright red lip and a beehive all day long, if only we could master that modern retro vibe she does so well. Her well designed blog documents her life through wonderfully rosy glasses. She shares her daily outfits, snaps her weekend adventures and is pretty great on camera too filling is in on her life musings through her vlogs. She mentions tea and biscuits a lot, and that makes her a girl after our own heart. Follow Emily on Twitter @_emilydivine Van Chopstick Panorama10. Van - Chopstick Panorama Van's blog, hands down just oozes cool factor. She documents her various travel escapades along with her quirky, edgy style all through beautiful shots and wait for it, she blogs in both English and German. This, all while studying Economics and Politics in London. Whew, we want some of what she's got for sure.  Follow Van on Twitter @iamchopstick Jen Little Bird Told Me11. Jen - A Little Bird Told Me And finally, last, but most certainly not least is the gorgeous and talented Jen who writes the all encompassing lifestyle blog A Little Bird Told Me. A trove of all things fabulous yet frugal, Jen has a wonderful ability to mix her vintage finds with both high street and high end pieces, while still making it all seem totally wearable to boot. Her blog which documents personal style, travel, interiors and even a glimpse into her to-die-for wedding, is one of the wittiest we know of and her posts are as enjoyable to read as they are to look at. Follow Jen on Twitter @MsJenAllison So now you've met them all, keep an eye out to see how these fab folks style up their Anna Lou of London jewellery and accessories over the next little while! You can keep up to date with all the news using the hashtag #annalouambassador Don't forget, we've got our ambassadors on board but we'd still love for you to get involved in this campaign too. Bought a piece of jewellery from our site recently? Want to share how you style it? Send us a pic on either Twitter or Instagram tagging @annalouoflondon #howtowearannalou and you might just find yourself featured on this blog very soon!  

Our Top Ten Valentines Gift Ideas!

We know, we know, it's still only mid January but how quickly is the new year flying in already folks? Valentines is less than a month away so if you want to make sure you get your coveted piece from the other half you better start leaving those hints, like, about NOW! (Our bespoke items take two weeks to make remember!) So what are your hints going to look like? Well he was good to you at Christmas so maybe you shouldn't ask for too much? Eh as if! C'mon he needs all the help he can get if you don't want to end up with a pair of earrings even your Nan wouldn't wear. So to help you (and him) out we've put together our top ten Valentines gift ideas to give you a few ideas of what a great V-Day gift could look like! Happy Valentines Day 1. The Love Necklace - well it says it all really doesn't it? This necklace is simple and to the point and you really couldn't argue if you were given this as it shows he more than cares. Plus its gorgeous right? 2. Pearl Heart stud earrings - maybe the 'L' word hasn't quite been mentioned yet and you don't want to expect too much? These cute heart earrings come in three different colours and are only £17.50 in the sale at the moment. 3. Love hairclip - its cute and its affordable, its the perfect first time Valentines gift! 4. The engraved heart Charm bracelet - This simple bracelet can be engraved with anything you like, making the perfect personal gift. 5. Infinity Ring - simple, elegant and meaningful. If you're not into obvious, overly smushy V-day pressies then this one is for you. 6. JeTaime Necklace - team this with a trip to Paris boys and you are onto a winner. Too much? Really? Oh ok well the necklace is still a great present! 7. Pearl LOVE bracelets - Cute, fun and straight to the point. We like. 8. P.S I Love you ring - so your other half should really write the name of this item on the card to give you the full effect but this heart shaped cubic zirconia ring is just gawjus! 9. Cliffs of Dover Silk Scarf - not red, not Valentines related and no mention of love, are you sure this is a Valentines gift? Well not everything loves the cheese so this one's for you sophisticated gals who like to pretend that Valentines is all just a big marketing ploy (but still expect a gift, naturally) 10. The Love Locket - and finally this is the serious one. Nothing says love better than a gorgeous timeless locket engraved with your names/ marriage dates/ initials. If you opened to find a pic inside even more brownie points to him! Have you started thinking about Valentines? Let us know which products you love!

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!