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.[gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="49384,49381,49383"] [gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="49376,49378,49377"]
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![gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="49369,49368,49375"] [gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="49368,49366,49370"]
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![gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="49338,49362,49361"]
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!
THE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR MOTHER'S DAY - THIS TIME IT'S PURSE-ONAL
How much do you love spoiling your Mammy? We know we do and when Ella's Mammy Lolita was here, it was impossible to spoil her because she just kept giving us little treats and being the sweetest Mammy ever. Mams are like that, aren't they? Slipping a fiver in your back pocket even though you're a thirty year old grown woman and you really should be slipping her a twenty for making you Sunday dinners every week of your life!!! We think splashing out on your Mammy is soooo important, especially on the one day of the year when she simply can't refuse. So here's our top tips for the best gifts for Mother's Day - it's only next Sunday - March 4th!
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE - MIU MIU DOCTOR'S BAG
If your Mammy's a designer lover, there's no better woman than Miuccia Prada for designing the ultimate wardrobe staples. Your Mammy will love you forever for gifting her this Miu Miu doctor's bag - after all, wasn't she the one who was putting plasters on your knees for years? Dr. Mammy to the rescue! Mother's Day will be so sweet with this Miu Miu pressie!
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE - GUCCI SUNGLASSES
If anyone deserves some Gucci, it's your Mammy! Whether she's a sun-worshipper or loves staying in the shade, there's no doubt every woman needs a good pair of sunglasses in her wardrobe and can you imagine her surprise waking up on Mother's Day to Eggs Benedict, a strong cup of Barry's Tea and these decadent Gucci glasses wrapped up all pretty? She'd be begging to do your dishes for weeks! Well...here's hoping...
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE - HERMES SILK SCARF
Some of the coolest style icons in the world have rocked an Hermes silk scarf on their heads - Jackie O, Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth (that woman sure knows how to rock a heritage scarf in the English countryside like no-one else) and Audrey Hepburn. Why not gift your Mammy this luxe Hermes silk scarf so she can channel some of her favourite fashion mavens? It's something she will have in her wardrobe for years and would look equally good worn tied on the neck. Plus you can recreate the hilarious scene from Bridget Jones' Diary - gas craic!
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE - CHANEL HAIRCLIP
Gifting someone a piece of Chanel is like handing them the holy grail. Chanel shows your Mam how much you care - it's not just every Jenny from the block thats got a piece of history in her wardrobe. Even if you have to borrow your rent money from bae for the month, wouldn't it just be worth it to see Mammy's face glowing with glee when she receives this Chanel Black Resin Hairclip? We think so!
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE - HANDMADE JEWELLERY
Gifting some handmade jewellery is ever so special and we love these handmade beaded collars from Ella's native Phillipines. They make us think of Lolita. They come in a wide variety of colours and we stock some arm candy in the form of cuffs too. If it brings us closer to Lolita, then we think it's a good choice.
Give me a call in Temple Lane if you want to buy any of the products mentioned here or check us out on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter to see how we're styling them! Call 01-6779106 for more info!
DREAM HANDBAGS FOR DREAM INTERVIEWS
How important are first impressions? VERY. You wouldn't show up to a dinner date with a plastic bag now, would you? Unless you're a Rubber Bandit, you're going to want to have a selection of handbags that suit the occasion. And here at Siopaella, we know how important it is to match your handbag to your mood! But sometimes, you don't want to have to do the work so let us do it for you! The new year is a great time to move jobs and now that the jobs market is really opening up, we say 'go nab your dream job, girl!' These five bags say very different things about your personality - so we're matching the job to the handbag - so you can go and fulfill your ambitions with a little sartorial help from us.
The perfect handbag for a graphic designer job interview
What better to convey an artistic streak with a sense of playful humour than this Love Moschino tote? Your interview is bound to go your way with this handbag in tow!
The perfect handbag for a corporate CEO/COO/Managing Director job interview
Whether you're heading up a major multi-national corporation or looking forward to doing so in the future, this Gucci Jackie O handbag oozes class, sophistication and professionalism. Exactly what you want to exude at a corporate interview.[caption id="attachment_45939" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Gucci Jackie Navy Leather Shoulder Bag Siopaella Designer Exchange[/caption]
The perfect handbag for a costume designer interview
You're a costume designer, fresh off the set of Vikings and now you're going for the new play at the Abbey Theatre - how retro/hipster can it get? Very - with this massive Burberry holdall, not only will you be able to store a plethora of costumes, you'll make a major statement![caption id="attachment_40926" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Burberry Checked Luggage[/caption]
The perfect handbag for a doctor interview
The detail and stitching on this Bottega Veneta bag is second to none. You will convey exquisite taste with a penchant for the best in life - what more could you want from your physician? Nab that interview girlfriend![caption id="attachment_40605" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Bottega Veneta Black Leather Tote siopaella designer exchange dublin[/caption]
The perfect handbag for an art/music/drama teacher interview
You like your bags weathered and this vintage rucksack will gain the utmost respect from all the cool kids in your class. Imagine showing up to an interview with this in tow - you'd be a class act![caption id="attachment_43624" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Vintage Leather Backpack Siopaella Designer Exchange Dublin[/caption]
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.'
GET VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY WITH THE SIOPAELLA BEST DESIGNER HANDBAGS UNDER €200 EDIT
New season, new hair-do, new you, right? Now that you've gone and dip-dyed your ballyage green/pink/fuschia (we're looking at you Siopaella Stylist Orlagh!), your entire wardrobe needs revamping to match your weave, natch! So, you don't want to splash out on that designer Hermes Kelly Cut clutch you saw on Kylie Jenner (yes, we do have it and yes, it is almost €13,000) but you still want an injection of fresh into your style. Sit back, relax and get ready to let your fingers do the walking (major throwback there) because we've rounded up our top most delicious best value designer handbags for your viewing pleasure - all under €200! Can we get a whoop whoop!
MICHAEL KORS FUSCHIA QUILTED LEATHER HANDBAG
You'd be hard pushed to find a Michael Kors designer handbag for this price anywhere else but Siopaella Designer Exchange. For only €99, you too, can join the fash-pack and get in formation for the hottest designer in town! Best value ever! We love this fuchsia handbag from Michael Kors and the quilting is just lush!
2. KATE SPADE CREAM LEATHER SHOULDER BAG
Want a designer handbag that will take you from day to night, match almost everything in your wardrobe and hold more than a meagre clutch? This Kate Spade designer arm candy comes in as one of our top picks for best value and exclusivity too - you don't see too many Kate Spades knocking about on these shores! Deal! Pop into Siopaella Designer Exchange to nab this bad boy!
3. RALPH LAUREN GREY SAFFIANO LEATHER HANDBAG
Have a date at the Curragh or Sunday 'le drunch' at the Marker (PS - these guys have the best rooftop bar with fab cocktails to boot!?) This bag oozes class and comes in at €199, best value Ralph Lauren handbag ever! Sorted!
4. VINCE CAMUTO CHEETAH BOX CLUTCH BAG
There's always a fine line between class and ahem, not so classy with leopard print and this Vince Camuto Cheetah box clutch designer handbag epitomises sex appeal and sophistication. Coming in at €69, we couldn't make a Siopaella best value designer handbag list without it!
5. MICHAEL KORS BLACK JET-SET SAFFIANO LEATHER TOTE
Love you lots like jelly tots. Call me for any more deets about these designer handbags and we can chat fashion! Phone 01-677-9106 or 01-555-0119. Mary. xx