Posted by Ella de Guzman

    We would like to wish all of our lovely Siopaella customers and readers a Happy International Woman's Day. In this blog we want to recognise a few of our favorite female designers, who in our opinion are some of the most influential woman in the business!

    Of course we have to recognize a female Irish designer, and Orla Kiely is one of our favorites.  Known as the "print queen", we love her fun colorful patterns.  Her textiles are recognized and loved around the world designing everything from accessories , home wear and stationary. 

    Stella McCartney is a female fashion designer with a purpose. We love her animal friendly materials, and eco-friendly approach in the fashion industry, making it possible for any vegan or animal lover to have luxury animal cruelty free items. She even goes as far as using organic cotton in her clothing and wood from sustainable forests for her shop floors. She is bringing awareness to an industry where animal rights and the environment are not the first priority.


    Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham knows a thing or two about girl power. She is now a female fashion icon who has taken over the fashion industry with  her figure hugging structured dresses and luxurious leather bags.  She has been named one of the UK's most influential woman in BBCs Woman's Powerlist, and is an inspiration to all women. 

    Those are of course only 3 of a long list of amazing females in the fashion industry, we could honestly write so much more. Be sure to have a look on our website or click the photos here to see our lovely pieces from these female designers. Happy Woman's Day !

     xx Liz




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    Posted by Ella de Guzman

    Designer bags are definitely a must have on any fashion lovers wishlist, however not every gal can afford the bag of her dreams. I am a firm believer that you do not need to spend €3000 on a Chanel to look fabulous. For anyone who missed my last blog post on my favourite affordable bags, I have chosen more of my favourite bags under €200 . 
    This pale pink Kate Spade is the perfect pastel bag for transitioning into spring, the colour is feminine and subtle, while the shoulder strap and tassel detail make for a cute and classic finish. At €139 this bag is definitely a bargain.
    Whistles bags are seriously underrated. This charcoal grey handbag arrived last week and I fell in love. The quality of the leather makes the bag look much more expensive than it actually is. With the option to wear hand held or cross body, it's the perfect everyday bag. At €129, you really cannot go wrong with this bag. 
    For anyone looking for something daring and fun, this is the bag for you. I love the classic satchel design with a colourful twist. It's ideal as a classic school bag, but also stylish enough to pair with any outfit. This one is priced at €89, which is such a great price for the quality of a Cambridge satchel bag. 
    Professional bags can cost a pretty penny, but this Mandarina Duck leather handbag is very reasonable at €199. For any professional gal who doesn't have the money to splurge on a Prada Galleria tote, this is a great option. I love the rich burgundy colour and the structured leather. You'll look stylish and polished in the office with this handbag without breaking the bank. 
    These are just my top picks, but head over to our website for more fabulous budget friendly bags. We also offer layaway plans for anything over €100 if you would prefer to pay gradually. 
    xx Liz

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    Posted by Steve Ryan

    Here in Ireland we know a thing or two about rain. We know not to put a wash out on the line if there's even a sniff of water in the air and we know that on average 87%* of summer BBQs end up indoors crammed and squeezed around the kitchen table!

    However, one thing we haven't learned is the importance of investing in a good rain jacket! The Irish mentality of "ah sure it will be grand" has meant we've left our houses on dull grey days only to return looking like a little drowned rat! Umbrellas are left inside out on buses and mac in the sac rain jackets become just sacs (seriously I have like 6 sacs but no macs, where do they go?!) 

    Well we say no more!! We think it's time we make rainwear a stylish affair and we've got the thing to make this happen! Helloooo Elka rain jackets!! You will be wishing for rain every day with one of these! They are 100% water proof and come in a variety of dissternet colours from yellow and pink to green and navy!

    Originating from Denmark these jackets were handpicked by our buying team at a tradeshow in Berlin. Perfect for Irish weather and perfect for Irish festivals (who remembers the Sunday at last year's Electric Picnic *shudders*) 

    Shop the collection online here.

    *statistic completely made up 

    image credits: www.pbs.twimg.com, www.weknowmemes.com & www.siopaella.com


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    Posted by Steve Ryan

     We have news!! After months of planning and listening to feedback from you lovely people we have decided to expand into vintage and antique FURNITURE and HOMEWARES.

    Our Temple Lane South store will now hold all these treasures... BUT we need your help... If you or someone you know has hoardes of vintage furniture or homewares then we want to hear from you!

    Call us on 01 558 1389 or email one of our buyers at info@siopaella.com. Have a look at our wishlists to see if you have anything that ticks the boxes,

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    Posted by Steve Ryan

    Last week myself, Ella and Steve attended the first ever Dublin Tech Summit at the Convention Centre. It was two days packed back to back with talks, discussions and panels all about ... yep you guessed it, tech! 

    I was of the view of tech being something of a foreign language made up of symbols and wires that I could never understand. The DTS totally shifted that view and made the world of tech more accessible and not so other worldly to me.

    There were talks and discussions on fashion in a tech world. the power of video, storytelling through social media as well as tips and tricks from some of the best in the biz! 

    We took in as much as our coffee fuelled brains would allow and can't wait to put into practice everything we learned.  

    So expect in store styling robots, drone deliveries and personalised online holograms next time you shop with us!

    Until next time DTS

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