• TREAT YOURSELF TO A DESIGNER BAG THIS EASTER

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    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!

     

    Under €100

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    Christian Dior Vintage Monogram Envelope Clutch (€99)

    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!

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    Under €500

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    Louis Vuitton Monogram Trouville Handbag (€499)

    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!

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    Under €1000

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    Saint Laurent Classic Duffle 6 Black Leather Handbag (€995)

    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?!

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    Under €2000

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    Celine Navy Croc Embossed Leather Medium Phantom Tote (€1'995)

    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.

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    Happy Easter everyone!

    Rachel xx

    @ohheythererach

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  • STREET STYLE SIOPAELLA STYLE

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    As you may already know, one of our favourite things to do at Siopaella is play dress up! It's one of the perks and makes us feel pretty, oh so pretty. So when Sive (our fab work experience student) was finishing up we said, hey Sive, pick out your fav things and let's do a shoot! Her smile widened and she ran to grab her favourite things she'd been eyeing up. When she returned to Temple Lane we shed a proud tear! She had grasped the idea of Siopaella completely...she had become ONE OF US!!!! What's that you ask? Well, there's a criteria for that! You need to do at least one of these...

    1. Be humped by Raquel

    2. Pay for milk from the petty cash in 1c and 2c coins

    3. Break a prosecco glass (by accident of course) and...

    4. Share a love of our three favourite things; designer, vintage and the new Siopaedit

    We LOVE the look Sive picked out and modelled! Have a look and let us know what you think :) Also HUUUGE love to Solus Street Art for the gorgeous back drop! Check it out on Temple Lane South in Temple Bar!

    Siopaella Vintage Shirt, Siopaedit Skirt and Louis Vuitton Noctambule Epi Brown Handbag

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    Styled & Modelled by Sive

    Shot by Ciara

    For more information check out www.siopaella.com or call us on 01 677 9106 / 01 442 1747

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  • 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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  • SIOPAELLA SIOPAEDIT

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    Here at Siopaella we like a challenge. From the cinnamon challenge to the ice bucket we've done and nailed them all. Now doing these types of challenges aren't something we'd really share on the blog? Ohhh here's us swallowing a tablespoon of cinnamon while holding a Chanel bag!? Doesn't really have the same appeal as say our new challenge...Queue the oooohs and aaaaahs. This new challenge we're talking about? The Siopaella Siopaedit.

    We hinted about it last week with our Elka rainjacket blog that you can read here and shown a few of our favourite pieces on TV3's Xpose. We love playing dress up in them as they are so wearable and look good both as individual pieces or styled together.

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    We (I say we, I mean Steve) jigged around and gave Crow Street a bit of a face lift this weekend. We wanted to give you something new, something exciting and most importantly? Something affordable! And so begins...the Siopaella Siopaedit. All items are available in our newly refurbished yet still as gorgeous as ever Crow Street store. Prices begin at €18 and go up to €99 for the Siopaedit pieces. We've styed them with iconic Louis Vuitton, the most perfect Alexander Wang bacpack and a classic Tod's handbag.

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    Modelled by Orlagh & Seana

    Photographed by Aine

    Styled by Ciara

    For more information check out www.siopaella.com or call 01 532 1477

    Ciara x

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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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