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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

As a wise woman once said: "Who runs the world? Girls" - and we couldn't agree more. There's never been such a great time to be female, and there's so many inspirational female role models making us stand up and be counted. With the likes of Beyonce empowering us to have babies and run our own businesses at the same time; Emma Watson encouraging men to to lift up and support women via the "He For She" campaign; and even the Oscar's encouraging press to ask female actresses about their work instead of their dress - it's becoming clear that women are now a force to be reckoned with. Campaigns are now running across the globe to establish female equality in all sectors of society - and all daily activities we undertake. At Anna Lou we couldn't agree more. Every woman should feel empowered and free to express herself however she chooses, without question or comment. International Women's Day is a chance to reflect on the female place in society, and lift up those inspirational ladies in our life. Whether it's a family member or friend, Women's Day is a chance to remind them why they're so special. From running our own businesses, to raising a family, to training like a beast in the gym, to dressing fabulously every day - wherever you are and whatever you do, you are ALL girl bosses. In celebration of this special day, in true Anna Lou style we've decided to honour some inspirational, well accessorised ladies who we could all learn a lot from! image1 (3) Our girl Emma Watson is a true female icon, and an Anna Lou fan to boot! She knows that accessories are the best way to add personality and edge to an outfit, and does so effortlessly with crystal-adorned oversized initials and chunky earrings. Better yet, she's an inspiration to women everywhere - and was recently appointed the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for her efforts with the He for She campaign, a movement aiming to involve men in the fight for gender equality. Tune into a Q/A with Emma this Sunday in honour of International Women's Day over on her Facebook, where she hopes to tackle gender equality questions and issues.    

Personalised initial crystal necklace - £27

Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings - £47

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Meryl Streep is pretty much the First Lady of Britain. She's living proof that both talent and style can age gracefully, and she's a passionate campaigner for feminism in Hollywood to boot. Meryl has nailed her roles as powerful females in previous films (we still get nightmares about her portrayal of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada) and has delivered powerful speeches rallying directors to create more movies telling stories about women. She was also spotted enthusiastically cheering at everything Patricia Arquette said in her Oscar acceptance speech this year - calling for gender wage equality. As well as all of that, Meryl is the epitome of timeless style and knows the power of a statement earring, which is something us at Anna Lou can only hold the utmost respect for!

Geometric studs - £7.50

Personalised monogram earrings - £92

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Our style icon from across the pond, Olivia Palermo, is also a hard working and inspirational lady - she's turned her hand to acting, modelling, writing and even interior design. She's also a brand ambassador for Pikolinos, aiming to provide a Kenyan tribe with a better quality of life. We're tired just writing her profile! Since her television stint back in 2009, Olivia has risen to prominence as an internationally-renowned style icon, always looking effortlessly chic for every occasion - and it's certainly a well-deserved title. We obviously think Olivia deserves recognition due to her impressive collection of statement necklaces, which rightly form a fundamental part of her day to day look! Get the look yourself by layering statement necklaces over a simple white shirt for a timeless and chic look to make Palermo proud.

Feather Bib Necklace - £20

By Charlea Glanville

OSCARS JEWELLERY 2015

The glitterati descended upon the red carpet once more last night at last night's Oscars to celebrate film's biggest achievements of the last twelve months - and as per usual, Hollywood's elite females made sure all eyes were firmly fixed on their fabulous outfits. Hemlines were low, and many dresses were billowing and loose in soft, summery colours to nod to the new season and sunnier days ahead.  Unlike other awards ceremonies this season, jewellery took centre stage - with A-lister's opting for bold, statement pieces to add some real drama to their red carpet look. Here's Anna Lou's round-up of the hottest Oscars jewellery, fresh from the paparazzi. 1. STATEMENT EARRINGS oscar earrings Earrings are undoubtedly the easiest way to add some jewellery panache to an evening look, but at this year's Academy Awards the earrings were as statement as the dresses - with teardrop shapes and plenty of glitter being the order of the day. Channel the look without the hefty price tag with some Anna Lou teardrop earrings. Available in a choice of finish, the hammered, textured detail and demure diamond will have you feeling like a red carpet regular in a flash.

Teardrop Stud Earrings - £40

2. PENDANT PERFECTION

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Choosing a necklace to team with evening wear can often be a risky game - too big and bold can look OTT with an attention-grabbing dress, but wearing nothing at all can make a simple, coloured dress totally blend into the background. At last night's proceedings, however, Anna Wintour, Margot Robbie, Laura Dern and countless others gave us a masterclass in Pendant Perfection; opting for edgy shapes, chunky chains and long drops as a glamorous accompaniment to their stunning gowns. Be sure to pick a complementary shade to your gown to keep the look streamlined, and keep hair and make up sleek and simple for maximum impact. A classic pendant on a long chain is the perfect way to add some Wintour-esque chic, and Anna Lou's can be engraved with your own initial for that personal touch. Alternatively, opt for stacks of chunky gold coins for extra drama.

Engraved Balance Necklace - £70

Gold Coin Necklace - £125

3. BRAVE BIBS

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The daring and brave Scarlett Johansson and Cate Blanchett brought their necklace A-game last night, in the form of oversized, textured bib necklaces in aquatic hues. Pulling off a bib necklace can be a tricky game at the best of times, but when teamed with evening wear different rules apply. Choose contrasting colours for just the right amount of impact, and keep the outfit simple to really let your jewellery do the talking! Be Cate's copycat and throw on an Anna Lou monochrome bib necklace with your LBD (that's Long Black Dress), and be evening-ready in less than 5 seconds. Bonus points for nodding to the very current 70s trend!

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Monochrome Bib Necklace - £20

By Charlea Glanville

AUTUMN ACCESSORIES | NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

It seems almost criminal to be thinking about Autumn/Winter 2015 when we're still yet to enjoy the promise of sunshine, tan lines and pool parties due in the coming months - but New York Fashion Week rules, and this week it's forced us to forecast way ahead of schedule. With this in mind, Anna Lou's been keeping a watchful eye on the AW '15 catwalks to bring you the best of Autumn Accessories rounded up from NYFW's various shows, and her top tips to get the look now! 1. OVERSIZED EARRINGS At Rosie Assoulin, bigger was better - contrasting simple, tailored dresses with oversized feminine earrings to create a quirky balance between masculine and feminine. Recreate the look with a pair of Anna Lou's statement danglies, such as these Brit-twist crown earrings. Pair with a simple colour block dress and channel your inner K-Mid in a flash.

Crown earrings - £18

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2. PRETTY PEARLS

Jason Wu decided to go back to basics with his first venture into jewellery design, adorning simple and minimal earrings, necklaces and bracelets with a single pearl for a polished finishing touch. Add an edge to this classic look by donning double-ended pearls, for a timeless all-year look.

Freshwater pearl studs - £47

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3. GOLD BANGLES

Monique Pean decided that bangles are back - although Anna Lou could've told her that already! A stack of gold bangles is the perfect partner to any outfit - day or night - and for Autumn/Winter 2015 it's all about adding texture and interest. Stack up some classic gold enamel bangles with textured knots and a choice of colours, to pack a real accessories punch.

Knotted Enamel Bangles - £32 each

By Charlea Glanville

STYLE CRUSH: ARIANA GRANDE

Ariana Grande, born and raised in Florida in 1993, began her career in the Broadway musical 13 before landing a role on the Nickelodeon show Victorious in 2009, and afterwards a spin-off series Sam & Cat. A platform in which her singing career could take off, Ariana Grande since then has two albums which debuted at the number one spot in the Billboard 200. Along with her career, her style is beginning to generate interest within the fashion world. Her signature style of sweetheart necklines, full skirts and floral prints gives a modern twist on the classic trends. Whether she’s walking the red carpet or performing on-stage Ariana’s style is always cute, feminine, flirty and retro. From flirty high-waisted skirts, to sweet sweatshirts to classy dresses, this budding fashion icon knows what she likes and always looks good in it!

Rocking a Monochrome shift dress, she replicates the '60s mod go-go look.

Sweet-heart neckline, full swing dress, floral print. Ariana puts a darker spin on her signature style.

On trend, in this head to toe knit gear, Ariana paired it with a pair of retro boots, staying true to her signature style whilst being on trend.

Cute, fluffy jumper with a bow tied around the neckline. Ariana is certainly the queen of cute and girly when it comes to fashion.

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Ever After Silver Heart Necklace available at £43.50

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Acrylic Stripy Bow Hairslide available at £15.00

PS I LOVE YOU RING

PS. I Love You Ring available at £30.00

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Acrylic Sugar Sweet Ice-cream Earring available at £22.50

What's your favourite look?

By Hyejin Kwon

TREND: FUR AND KNIT

The dreary British Winter weather is finally upon us. With temperatures dropping, fur and knit wear embrace the chilly weather. Once preserved for lazy days, knits have made a huge comeback, from the likes of Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Kenzo re-inventing this winter staple. All-over knits and two-piece knits can seen anywhere and everywhere this season. Warm, cosy and comfortable but still stylish and chic, now there’s no need to sacrifice comfort and warmth for the sake of fashion. Specifically plaid, in British heritage tones seems to be the print to be seen in this season, with men, women and children all incorporating this hue in their wardrobes. Fur; like the knit is right on trend from jacket hoods, scarves, gilets to coats, this furry trend has firmly cemented itself this winter. Adding warmth and texture, you can layer both these trend together for the ultimate cozy and easy to wear style. Whatever style you are after; be it timeless, ageless, modern, chic, relaxed, simple; you can achieve this in fur and knits simply through the accessories you wear. I’ve put together a list few of my favourite looks. Hopefully this is helpful.

Casual Smart: Knit jumper coupled with black boots and silver jewellery for a put together but relaxed vibe to your outfit.

Personalised Initial Heart Ring available at £40.00

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Rock the ultimate head to toe knit trend in a knit dress and statement jewellery.

Acrylic Bib Necklace available at £38.00*

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City Girl look; chic and put together in this cozy get up. This outfit is best paired with delicate jewellery such as this gold name necklace. Available at £62.00

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What’s your favourite look?

*For a limited time only. RRP £45.

By Hyejin Kwon

STYLE CRUSH: KATE MOSS

Kate Moss, an enduring face in the world of fashion, she has graced the catwalk ever since she was discovered in 1988 at the age of 14. A fashion chameleon, a style icon for over three decades Kate Moss constantly influenced the world of fashion and changed it forever. She has defied the rules of fashion and managed to escape being associated with just one era. Inspiring everyone, from high end designers, high street designers and us, she has become a legacy. Her personals style has adorned many fans, and as she once was quoted “I don’t follow a trend, I just have a thrown-together look people can relate too, not too ‘done.’” As proven by her collaboration with Topshop, where she designed her own collection; it sold millions of pounds within the first week. Effortlessly chic, everyone wants her style and everyone wants to know what she is wearing. She has rocked grunge, sophisticated, simplistic, glitzy… you name it, she’s not only modelled it, but owned it. A unique style, not influenced by trend is rare to find and Kate Moss pulls it off so well. 4206  

Engraved Balance Necklace available at £70.00

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Crown Hair Elastic available at £18.00

By Hyejin Kwon

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.

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

By Hyejin Kwon

STYLE CRUSH: JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Jennifer Lawrence, took the acting world by storm all thanks to her major role in The Hunger Games. Since then, she has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s top grossing actresses with an Oscar under her belt and a Golden Globe nomination, all at the age of 24. This American sweetheart is a breath of fresh air amongst other Hollywood actors. With an importance on staying grounded and staying true to herself, all the while the world around her is changing and the people she’s surrounded by are far from ordinary. Quirky, bubbly and cheerful she has captured the hearts of many people around the world with many pages, videos and blogs dedicated to her eccentric personality. Along with our love for her sense of humour, we at Anna Lou of London love her sense of style. Constantly changing and refusing to be moulded into anything, she creates a new trend and flaunts a style that is best suited to her rather than following a trend. Jennifer Lawrence style is impeccable on the red carpet and off duty her street style is casual and effortless. The girl-next-door without the airbrushed, stiff air to her, we are truly crushing on Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s a rundown of our favourite red carpet and street style outfits. What’s your favourite?

ANCHOR

Anchor Necklace available at £67.50

PEARL EARRINGS

Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings available at £47.00

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Chevron Bangles available at £45.o0

By Hyejin Kwon

CHRISTMAS PARTY PIECES

Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing, party season is well and truly upon us. Whether you’re attending an intimate gathering or a large scale RSVP party, this month will be a whirlwind of celebrations, champagnes and mince pies. This means the perfect Christmas party outfit is top of every girl’s shopping list and a frantic worry and search for the right dress, shoes and jewellery. Look no further! Anna Lou of London offer a wide range of jewellery tailoring to every outfit and styles, be it glamorous, cute, sexy or sophisticated. These stunning pieces will complete your party outfit and make you feel a million dollars.

PEARL EARRINGS

Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings, a reinterpretation of the classic pearl earrings have been spotted on the likes of Emma Watson, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne, adding an elegant and unique touch to any outfit. Available at £47.00.

EAR CUFFS

Rock an edgy look with these glamorous Cuff Earrings. Available at £25.00

COIN NECKLACE

Make a historical statement with this beautiful Coin Necklace. As part of a limited addition collection, it is made from recycled out of circulation coins. Get them quick before they're gone! Available at £125.00

PS I LOVE YOU RING

Show some love this Christmas with a PS. I love you ring. Available at £30.00

CRYSTAL BAR NECKLACE

Add some sparkle to Crystal Bar Necklace to create a modern but effortless look. RRP £40.00, now available at £32.00*

*Offer ends at Midnight 09/12/2014.

By Hyejin Kwon

Spring Summer Honeymoon Essentials

With your wedding day on the horizon you'll perhaps be a little bit pre occupied and forget what happens after the big day! Make sure you maintain style on your honeymoon with our Spring Summer Honeymoon Essentials. Passport Case Travellers need their passport and therefore, every traveler has the opportunity to jazz theirs up and turn it into a style accessory! Right now, we’re loving what Getting Personal has to offer with their World Map Passport cover, available here.

World Map Passport Cover Honey Moon Travel Essentials

  Pastel Bangles Pastel is a colour that never goes out of season. It can lift winter outfits, and add to summer ones. At Anna Lou, we’re all wearing pastel shades of Chevron Bangles. They’re easy to mix and match and style differently depending on your outfit making them definite Honeymoon accessories every girl needs.

Anna Lou of London Chevron Pastel Bangles Fabulous Footwear

When you’re on a summer holiday, you have the difficult decision to make about footwear. Flips flops are very practical for the beach but not always the most stylish of choices. Especially on your Honeymoon, you want a pair of shoes that you can wear on the beach but that also look fabulous! We’re loving these from New Look, available here.  

New Look Summer Sandals

  Floral Phone case We all know how catastrophic it is to drop an unprotected Iphone! This season, protect yours with a floral twist. We love this case by Cath Kidston, which not only gives you peace of mind but also a gorgeous spring accessory available here. Don't forget to take plenty of holiday snaps to show off about upon your return!

 Cath Kidston Floral Iphone Case

Personalised Necklace Having successfully shed winter and with it the trusty scarf, we’re now looking for décor in a slightly more delicate and feminine style, perhaps even in the style of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw?  Why not go for a piece that you know no one else will have with one of Anna Lou’s bespoke necklaces, adding delicate class to any outfit.

Anna Lou of London personalised Emily NecklaceSunglasses

With lazy sunny afternoons on the horizon, we’ve found ourselves the perfect pair of summer specs. Ray-ban offers a range of styles but we love the Wayfarers as a timeless classic, which go perfectly with any spring style available here.

Rayban Wayfarer Sunglasses Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

 Stacking Ring The stacking ring is an easy way of layering without even having to try! We love it as a relaxed and simple piece to wear adding natural style to any outfit.

Anna Lou of London Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials Stacking Ring Rose GoldSleeveless Dress

If you’re getting away from England to go somewhere hot it’s time to ditch the sleeves! Missguided’s strappy floral number is the perfect summer dress, which goes beautifully with a statement necklace available here.

Missguided Floral Strappy Dress Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

  Brightwell Bookbag Every girl needs her bag for the beach. We really love Jack Wills’ Union Jack tote bag for its ease of use and simplicity and of course it’s subtle tribute to Great Britain available here.

Jack Wills Brightwell Bookbag Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

Pearl Bracelet

It’s the graceful slightly pink glow that makes us fall in love with pearls time and time again and this season is no different. Pearls will fit perfectly with your spring and summer wardrobe, adding a little shimmer to any outfit. Why not opt for our heart pearl bracelet to complete your Honeymoon look.

 Anna Lou of London Personalised Heart Pearl Bracelet Spring Summer Honey Moon Essentials

All Anna Lou of London jewellery is available here.

by Daisy Searle