If you're a chocolate lover like me, Easter is a weekend full of munching on eggs and stuffing myself with chocolate bunnies. Life doesn't get better then a four day weekend if you're a chocoholic! If chocolate isn't your thing, fear not- you can still treat yourself to something a little different, like one of our designer handbags. We're constantly getting in new ones and trust me, it's hard to pick a favourite, but I've rounded up my top 5 bags for every budget. Whether you've €100 in your pocket or €1000, there's something for everything at Siopaella Designer Exchange!
This vintage Dior clutch is the perfect party bag- big enough to hold the essentials (phone, lipstick, money, chocolate.. the essentials) but small enough to fit comfortably under the arm. A little vintage never killed no body!
There's no denying that Louis Vuitton is a classic brand that never goes out of style, and our wide range in store and online is there to prove it. This one is a personal favourite of mine, mainly because of it's size and structured shape. This one is the perfect every day bag for the girl that doesn't carry her kitchen sink around with her!
If I could buy any bag here at Siopaella right at this instant, this is the bag I'd go for. Coveted among fashion bloggers and celebrities alike, it's easy to see why this dreamy calfskin leather bag is at the top of my wishlist! The long strap is a bonus for those who are on the go and just want a bag to throw over their shoulder. Isn't it just gorgeous?!
Oh Celine, how you've stolen my heart with this classy navy tote. Again, this one is a firm favourite among bloggers and social media gurus. This large tote bag would be my dream college bag, just because it's so big! If you really feel like treating yourself this weekend. you won't go wrong with this.
Happy Easter everyone!
DO YOU HAVE ONE OF OUR MOST-WANTED HANDBAGS? READ ON.......
At Siopaella, we have a 'Most Wanted' list. We can't say they're the usual suspects who regularly make cover stars on all the top FBI lists - oh, no, no, no siree BUT we can claim we want them bad. Very, very bad. Remember Meatloaf's 'I Would Do Anything for Love'? Well, we would do anything for these designer handbags and we WILL do that. And by that I mean, hand out the big bucks. Hard cash is best served cold - fact! So, check out the top ten handbags on our wish-list. These babies will have us foaming at the mouth and eating out of the palm of your hands. Did you know if you have any of the designer handbags on our wish-list, we will also raid your wardrobe and accept pieces from Topshop, Zara, Ted Baker, & Other Stories, Cos and other high-street brands, as well as your trend-led designer pieces? Ready, set, GO!!!
1. CHLOE DREW SMALL BAG IN GRAINED LEATHER
Playful and sweet, the Chloe 'Drew' bag has been spotted on all the models and bloggers du jour, including Aimee Song of Song of Style, our fave gal pal Anouska, Olivia Palermo, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller and Miroslava Duma. In fact, just recently Who What Wear described the 'Drew' bag as the it-bag of the season! We want this baby so bad!
2. BOY CHANEL FLAP BAG, PLEATED LAMBSKIN LEATHER
The Chanel 'Boy' bag is much rougher around the edges than the classic flap. Originally introduced in the fall/winter 2011 ready-to-wear collection, this bag rates very highly on our Siopaella 'Most Wanted' top designer handbag list.
3.GIVENCHY MEDIUM PANDORA BAG IN WASHED LEATHER
It's not just the Kardashian/Jenner clan that loves Givenchy, it's the go-to brand for some of the coolest style mavens - like Rick Owens or Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci conjures up dark romance in everything he does - and we like it! The Pandora bag is classic with a modern twist - it's renowned for being lightweight and the perfect travel companion!
Imagine having this draped across your arm at the airport. Now imagine David Gandy draped across your arm. Just because! Louis Vuitton does the most covetable canvas bags - I feel a mini-break looming!
5. CLASSIC LARGE MONOGRAM SAINT LAURENT SATCHEL IN ROYAL BLUE GRAIN DE POUDRE TEXTURED MATELASSÉ LEATHER
This handbag is sold out on almost every e-commerce website including My Theresa, Luisaviaroma, Net-a-Porter, SSense, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Farfetch, Selfridges and Harrods which is why we are dying to get our hands on one! Saint Laurent Paris, we heart you!
6. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN HEROINE MINI TEXTURED LEATHER SHOULDER BAG
Alexander McQueen's accessories are the perfect combination of dark glamour - gorgeous finishing and practicality but rough around the edges. We love that the Alexander McQueen 'Heroine' bag because it has a cross-body strap as well as short arm straps! It's a two-for (our cool word for two-for-the-price-of-one)!
7. LOUIS VUITTON PETITE MALLE - DAMIER EBENE CANVAS
We love how Nicholas Ghesquiere has evoked the true spirit of the original Louis Vuitton brand and incorporated the heritage luggage theme into the new accessories and ready-to-wear. The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle is THE it-bag everyone wants and we are no different!
8. CHANEL CLASSIC FLAP BAG - LAMBSKIN AND GOLD METAL
The inimitable bag loved by Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung alike, there really is nothing more to be said about the Chanel classic flap bag. You have it - we buy it!
9. CELINE TRIO CROSSBODY BAG
Three bags for the price of one. Phoebe Philo, Joan Didion, oh Celine, there are so many reasons to love Celine. So, dearest Celine, how much do we love you? SO much! The trio is extremely hard to source and we are longing for our very own!
10. HERMES BIRKIN 35CM BLACK WITH GOLD HARDWARE
The kind of stuff that dreams are made on. Hermes dreams. Our stylists sometimes like to pretend to be Kylie Jenner and don our Hermes Kelly. The Birkin is the ultimate bag which makes it one of our 'Most Wanted.'
CLEAR OUT YOUR CLOSET WITH SIOPAELLA
Hit refresh on your wardrobes for the new year and get ready for a closet cleanse! January is a time for new beginnings, the days are getting brighter, the flowers are ready to bloom and we're getting ready to be healthier, swapping the spiced pumpkin latte for a soy chai! That's healthy, right (we're not quite ready for the Nutri-bullet green veg juice)? We're taking inspiration from our favourite fashion stylist and author, Annmarie O'Connor (the closet clearout expert) whose new book The Happy Closet has just been released. There's nothing better than a really good closet clearout after Christmas especially after all your new gifts and purchases. Have a handbag that just isn't you or has been sufficiently loved enough to go onto a new home? We will do all the hard work for you and sell it on in our three stores in Temple Bar so you can sit pretty and rack up the spondulex whilst sitting at home! Sorted![gallery size="medium" ids="42817,42789,42819"]
Check out our designer handbag wish-list here for the bags that we are coveting the most. Because we're really sound, we'll also look at your closet clearout as well if you sell us one of the bags on our wish-list. If you have a stunning Hermes, Celine, Chanel or Louis Vuitton that's in re-sellable condition and you don't see the particular bag on our wish-list, just send us a quick message as we're always interested in those four brands. Check out style maven Anouska Proetta Brandon's recent blog post on buying the Celine phantom tote bag with some of her winnings from consigning with us! We love mint condition bags and providing the best customer experiences so we have a plan you can follow called the Ellaspection (wink, wink) where you check out Ella's 10 Point Plan to ensure your bag will get the best bang for its buck.
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So, give us a call on 01-6779106 in our Temple Lane store and make an appointment if you have some designer handbag beauties you fancy giving to a new home. In the meantime, check out our top new picks from the litter! All these beauties are available from our three stores in Temple Bar at a fraction of the RRP.[gallery size="medium" ids="42812,42796,42811"]
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So many people have come into us this past month looking for something to wear their family and friends' weddings. We've helped them choose everything from full length sequin gowns and bright tulle skirts to faux fur jackets and fascinators from Aoife Harrison Design. There's been something for everyone! We've created here a simple look for a wedding but one that will stand out. This perfect full length Celine coat will keep you toasty in all those winter wonderland wedding photos while still looking fabulous! The colour of the Halston dress is a warm colour for this time of year and matches the Aoife Harrison fascinator! The YSL clutch and shoes are ideal and a real staple as the colour will be so easy to match for future events! Believe me... those babies will pay for themselves ;)[gallery link="file" columns="1" size="full" ids="42420,42414,42423,42415,42411"]
Modelled by Mary Cate Smith
Styled and Photographed by Ciara McCaughey
All items available from our Cecilia Street store or online at www.siopaella.com
Call 01 555 0119 or 01 677 9106 for more info
BEST PRICE-PER WEAR DESIGNER HANDBAGS AT SIOPAELLA
I want you to do something for me. It's not a big ask. Think back to how many times you bought tights, undies, socks and little 'bits' from Penneys. You probably spent €60 in one go without even realizing it! And now count how many designer handbags you own! Not as many? Now imagine this. According to the Independent, the average cost of a night out in Dublin is €81; that's factoring in €41 on pints and the rest on chips, taxis, nightclub entry and babysitters! If you cut down on the nights out, (house parties are where it's at, don't you know?) in just 24 weeks, you can afford one of our most expensive bags, the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Ascot tote. Not only is one hangover better than two, wouldn't you rather have one quality night out on Saturday with the girls and spend some quality time with bae on Fridays? Light the fire, turn on Fargo or Made in Chelsea (we don't judge) and veg for the winter months. It's only getting colder!
1. THE LOUIS VUITTON DAMIER EBENE ASCOT TOTE[caption id="attachment_39806" align="aligncenter" width="681"] This bad boy could be yours by April if you limit yourself to one night out per week[/caption]
2. THE CHANEL 2.55
Want to look better and feel better and bag yourself some designer arm-candy while you're at it? Forgo the daily Dart/Luas/Dublin bus journey which costs on average a hefty €122 per month and you can afford a Chanel bag in 16 months. It might seem like a long time but we all know how quickly time flies by and imagine how fit you would feel both mentally and physically if you cycled to work every day? Not to mention avoiding the rush-hour crush! This Chanel 2.55 classic bag could be yours.........[caption id="attachment_39807" align="aligncenter" width="678"] In less than a year and a half, you will be mine, my precious![/caption]
3. CELINE PHANTOM TOTE
Most of us eat out once once a week, right? We have birthdays, weddings, date night, the list is endless. For a mid-range meal in Dublin, the average price is €60 and that's without starters or desserts! So, if you make like Nigella and start making your own dinners and lunches, in 23 weeks, you can afford this Celine Pebbled Leather Phantom tote and probably be a lot healthier too!
4. PRADA SAFFIANO DOUBLE ZIP LUX TOTE
Gigi Hadid has it, Miranda Kerr has it, have you GOT IT? No, we're not talking about a rocking' bod or your mojo or a hot ex bad a la Joe Jonas or Orlando Bloom. We're talking Prada. The hot pink Prada Saffiano lux double zip tote. If you give up your twice-daily latte which costs us on average €2.80, in 30 weeks, you could afford this bag, which if you wear every day for one year, costs only €3 per day! Not bad, eh?
5. HERMES HER BAG
If you splash out on one takeaway a week, whether it's Chinese, Indian or Mexican, you're probably spending €15, factoring in your prawn crackers and can of coke. Well, eschew your weekly splurge and in 66 weeks, you could have your hands on the inimitable Hermes Her Bag. This iconic leather and canvas tote will be the envy of all your friends and we can sacrifice the local chipper for that, right?