• SIOPAELLA SPRING STYLE

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    PASTELS AND FLORALS - SIOPAELLA SPRING STYLE

    It's the first day of spring, y'all. The days are getting longer, the sun is getting brighter and our outfits are getting a colourful update. We love getting a bit of air on our pasty whites and when it's time to get some sunshine on our pins, we rejoice - hurrah for bare legs (if it's good enough for super-babe Angela Scanlon, it's good enough for us, right?). Black tights are banished from our wardrobes from now on and it's pastels, white and cool off-kilter vintage shirts and mini skirts a go-go for all the Siopaella stylists.

    SPRING STYLE LOOK ONE - THE SECRET GARDEN

    Our resident stylist and blogger Rachel Farrell is a street style aficionado and she loves rockin' a vintage shirt. When she's not jetting off to London Fashion Week, she loves styling customers in-house in Siopaella Designer Exchange. She's knocking this look out of the park, don't you think? Rachel wear this pastel vintage shirt back-to-front with a faux suede skirt from our Siopaella Edit - our Snapchat expert Ciara blogged about it last week. No outfit is complete without our favourite man, Mr. Louis Vuitton and this Damier Azur Speedy 35 complements Rachel's look perfectly. Rachel wears some kooky white sunglasses available in all three of our Temple Bar-based stores and this rock-chic costume jewellery necklace.

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    SPRING STYLE LOOK TWO - LEATHER AND TWEED

    Rachel is chanelling Blair Waldorf in this this cross over leather look top - it can be worn as a top or as a dress for tiny gals like, Ella, myself, Ciara, Áine and Rachel. Actually, come to think of it, we are quite a short bunch! This Louis Vuitton Louise patent clutch is the bag of my dreams - Santa, are you listening? We love how this is styled with the vintage Chanel skirt - very avant garde, if I do say so myself!

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     SPRING STYLE LOOK THREE - OFF-DUTY ALEXA

    We couldn't be more excited about our Siopaella new collection - the Siopaedit. Rachel is looking fierce and taking inspo from her style hero Alexa Chung in this denim dress. We love the warm hue of this burgundy coat - it makes us think of red wine and hot port - yummy! No outfit is ever complete without an impeccable handbag and this Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Totally MM is the icing on the cake in Rachel's look! All hail Queen Alexa!

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    If you want to buy any of these looks, styled by the lovely Ciara McCaughey (check out our Snapchat for Ciara's antics - she is hilarious), they are all linked in this blog or call us in Temple Lane on 01-6779106.

    Thanks for stopping by gals, boys and mutts alike! Happy Sunday!

    Mary xxx

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  • HOW TO STYLE VINTAGE SHIRTS

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    STYLE UP A STORM - VINTAGE SHIRTS

    At Siopaella designer exchange, we're anything but basic. We love to mix things up and style vintage shirts with designer separates. Eclectic and rough around the edges is our motto - we love how unique our customers are and how they always want something a bit different. Whether it's tulle skirts and sequinned tops or classic Chanel with vintage printed silk shirts, our sartorial crushes tend towards the fashion mavens who embrace individuality. Anna Dello Russo, Iris Apfel, Leandra Medine and Susie Lau are some of our heroes and they've been known to mix and match old and new. Here's our top six tips for styling vintage shirts with your outfit.

    1. STYLE YOUR VINTAGE SHIRTS - CROPPED AND TIED

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    2. STYLE YOUR VINTAGE SHIRTS - BACK TO FRONT

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    3. STYLE YOUR VINTAGE SHIRTS - LOOSE AND LAID-BACK

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    4. STYLE YOUR VINTAGE SHIRTS - PLUNGING DEEP V

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    5. STYLE YOUR VINTAGE SHIRTS - KIMONO/CARDI

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    6. STYLE YOUR VINTAGE SHIRTS - TUCKED IN

    Vintage shirts can really shake up an outfit which is why we love them so much. We can almost guarantee they'll become your new wardrobe staple. Be sure to check out our Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter for more styling ideas and tips. Call us on 01-6779106 to buy any of the styles shown here.

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    Love yiz all girls! Mary. xx

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  • SIOPAELLA'S MOST WANTED DESIGNER HANDBAGS

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    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! CHLOE DREW BAG-SIOPAELLA DESIGNER EXCHANGE

    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.

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    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!

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    4. LOUIS VUITTON KEEPALL BANDOULIÈRE 55

    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!

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    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!

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    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)! ALEXANDER MCQUEEN The Heroine mini textured-leather shoulder bag

    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! Louis-Vuitton-Damier-Ebene-Petite-Malle-Siopaella-Designer Exchange

    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!

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    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!

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    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.'

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  • CLOSET CLEAR OUT - SPRING CLEANSE

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    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!

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    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, CelineChanel 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.

    IT'S THE PERFECT TIME FOR A CLOSET CLEAROUT

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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.

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    NEW IN HANDBAGS

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  • Siopaella Designer Handbag Closet Clear Out

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    Kim Kardashian, arguably one of the most stylish and successful women in the world has gone from zero to hero in her looks which in no doubt is thanks to Yeezus aka Kanye West. We at Siopaella have no such style guru like Mr West (sorry Steve but you aint no Yeezus) to take us to our next platform where we can grow and thrive.

    So, we’re taking inspiration from Kimmy K and going back to where she began (and no that does not mean we’re making one of those tapes!!). Instead, like Kim K before she was Kim K West, we’re going to go to your closet to help you clear out your unwanted designer items. Yes, before Kim Kardashian became a household name, she was known as the Queen of the Closet Organizing Scene in Hollywood. Our aim for Siopaella is to have that title in Dublin and we’re sure the amazing hourglass figure will follow shortly after…hopefully.

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    Our in-house clear-clearouts allow our clients, whether they are mothers with young children or extremely busy workers who find it difficult to come into town, experience the Siopaella effect.  We at Siopaella think it is a crime for beautiful designer handbags and accessories to sit, unworn and forgotten in a dark wardrobe. Selling these to Siopaella is an easy way to make some money and also to allow these beautiful items to feel loved again (yes, they do have feelings).However, the best thing about our closet clear out service? We offer a **full service**! Meaning that we will also take your clothes and shoes alongside your designer bags and accessories. Yes, that means we'll take your Topshop and Zara alongide your Chanel and LV bags!

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    By having us come to your home after traditional shop hours makes this process very simple. We’ll roll up in "Penelope" aka the 1973 Siopaella VW (Ella and Steve’s third most prized possession after Louis and Raquel) and with your help we’ll sort through your wardrobe. If  selling to us is something you’ve wanted to do for a while now but haven’t had the chance, then this is the perfect solution. I mean even just for the chance to take selfies with Louis, Raquel and Penelope is reason enough for us to come and help you clear out your wardrobe. So, book an appointment, stick on the kettle and we’ll be there in no time ;)

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    More information on the Siopaella Designer Handbag Closet Clear Out service is available on our website :) Our closet clearouts are perfect for those who have been hoarding dozens of designer handbags and clothing - more info on the types of designer bags we are buying are on our wishlist - so sorry but we are not buying clothing-only clearouts. You can also ring us on 01 677 9106 or 01 442 1747 or email info@siopaella.com to enquire further :-) Have a look at our wishlist to see the items we are looking for now!


    Model: Annmarie O'Connor

    Photographer: Miki Barlok

    Stylist: Ella de Guzman and Annmarie O'Connor


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