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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


    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!


    Under €500


    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!


    Under €1000


    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?!


    Under €2000


    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.


    Happy Easter everyone!

    Rachel xx


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  • Designer Focus - Rick Owens

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    If one designer has taken the goth/grunge movement and catapulted it into the mainstream consciousness, it's Rick Owens. A relatively young label, Rick Owens is known for his signature leather jackets - entire collections are built around the wardrobe staple. [ux_image id="45484" image_size="medium" drop_shadow="1"] The designer, famed for his gothic approach, started his eponymous label in 1994 and sold exclusively to LA retailer Charles Gallay until Kate Moss featured in one of his designs in American Vogue. And there's no one like Mossy to amp up the desirability of a designer. Since then, Rick Owens has established the kind of reputation most designers only dream about: His runway presentations transcend mere fashion and enter into the realm of art, dance and theatrics. At Siopaella, we have been busy sourcing Rick Owens cult classics and have managed to get our hands on some of the hottest pieces around (below). Since 2005, Rick Owens has become a serious label for collectors as his exclusive designs and collaborations are rare and hard to source.  Well, we pulled some strings and nabbed some of the most covetable pieces from the inimitable American designer. From the classic leather biker jackets in black and sage green to the funereal style long charcoal coat, if you're a Rick Owens fan, better get your skates on and head on down because these pieces won't last long! Alternatively, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat or call us on 01 677 9106 oe 01 555 0119. His pieces are located throughout our three stores in Dublin's Temple Bar. We love to chat all things fashion.[ux_custom_products products="12" columns="4" cat="rick-owens" type="masonry"]

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    The new year is all about resolutions - whether you stick to them or not! Here at Siopaella, we think that designer handbags are a great investment. Not only do they have potential for re-sale, they are also designed to be hard-wearing and long-lasting. Whether you're an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of girl or a clutch arm-candy kind of chick, we've rounded up the top four designer handbags at four different price points so you can add those investment pieces to your wardrobe and maybe even bequeath them to a grand-daughter.


    This teal Prada handbag is the perfect sized carry-all with oodles of compartments and zips so you can store your lippie away from your sausage rolls. Not that we're saying you eat sausage rolls. Maybe you're more of a goji berry/protein ball snack kind of girl? Prada screams class and sophistication and we wouldn't be surprised if you got invited to a rooftop soiree or two off the back of this little minx! Looks amazing when contrasted with a light colour like this Rick Owens Leather jacket or this Balenciaga cream biker.

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    Are you a girl that likes your bag to show as much personality as you do? Then this Balenciaga cross-body does just that. It's effortlessly cool and works best when worn alongside a laid-back Californian cool type aesthetic; Rag and Bone jeans, a grey marl tee with a Rick Owens leather jacket, this Lily and Lionel scarf and these studded Carvela boots.  

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    Love Moschino is for the fearless fashionista who loves a pop of colour and a quirky touch to her accessories. This bag will turn heads and have jaws dropping at the cool details like this little owl key chain. Jeremy Scott, eat your heart out. Wear it with a scarf like this Dior beaut and some colourful accessories like these vintage Rayban Wayfarers.

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    This Michael Kors bag has chic magnifique written all over it for the bonafide trend setter! The tan leather complements this classic Burberry dress and these nude Louboutin heels to sheer perfection so you can channel your inner style siren and look the part!

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    Fancy nabbing any of these pre-loved beauties? Call us on 01 677 9106 for our Temple Lane South store or 01 555 0119 for our Cecilia Street store and we'll be happy to chinwag about these designer goodies. As always, check our website for the newest designer additions! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Taking a Fresh Look at January

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    Who else is sick of hearing about miserable, grey, dreary January? I most certainly am! I think it's time we take a fresh look at January! While it's a time of beginnings and fresh starts it's also the perfect time to forward plan and book an adventure through South East Asia, a relaxing break in the Maldives or even just a spa getaway in your favourite place in Ireland. We at Siopaella LOVE to travel, I urge you to go and check out Ella and Steve's Instagram accounts to see their latest getaway in the Phillipines (Busuanga Bay Lodge is on my bucket list).

    This ACNE dress is perfect for any type of holiday as it's a super light material and it won't take up too much room in the suitcase - plus it's a gorgeous summertime colour! Dress it up with heels or wear it casual with gladiator sandals! We've styled it with one of necklaces whose wooden elements give it a hint of the exotic while the coloured stones match the dress perfectly! The Hermes Kelly Cut Black Nilo Crocodile Clutch adds a hint of glamour but I wouldnt recommend taking it backpacking ;) Let us know what you've got planned for 2016 <3

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    For more information check out www.siopaella.com or call us on 01 677 9106 / 01 555 0119

    Ciara x


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    Our customers are diverse and different, some are hoarders of vintage treasures, some love our unique Moroccan home wares, while others are lovers of all things designer! And of course there are those in between who adore a mix of everything and just come in to us with an open mind looking for the best deal in town! With three stores and a website full to the brim with beautiful pieces we are your one stop shop for your Christmas shopping! Here is the ultimate Siopaella Christmas Gift Guide to help you find the perfect present for that someone special <3

    1. Luxurious Lady:

    Here at Siopaella we have Ireland's largest collection of pre-owned designer handbags. This makes us the perfect destination for treating your loved one to something she really wants...a luxurious designer handbag or accessory! The good news for you?! You can save up to 50% off the RRP. Our collection includes exquisite pieces from Chanel, Celine and Louis Vuitton. We also have stunning Hermes scarves! We can't imagine anything better than receiving THAT iconic orange box this Christmas.

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    2. Homeware Hero:

    For someone who owns a home, not a house and takes immense pride in what they have. From Moroccan leather pouffes to bronzed ornaments and lights in jars our Crow Street store has it all. We're also a stockist of Mantra incense, sourced from Brazil and available in beautiful scents. Call 01 532 1477 for more info on homewares.

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    3. College Student:

    Remember the college days? All night parties, silly drinking games and living with mates as mad as you were. What you may have forgotten are the all nighters in the library and back breaking books! If you know someone who is in college then our Enter backpacks are the best present. They are comfortable on your back and can be worn as backpacks or crossbody. You can read more about the Enter brand here.

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    4. Bejeweled Princess:

    For the Iris Apfel wannabe in your life. There's no such thing as too many accessories. They can transform any outfit into a whole new look. We love the sparkle, the glamour and the timelessness of jewellery. The Tiffany and Melissa Curry   bracelets are perfect for your niece or daughter - classic pieces they'll treasure forever. The Vintage Christian Dior necklace though is truly one of a kind!

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    5. The Jetsetter:

    Do you know someone who travels as much as you've had hot dinners? Who remains as glamorous as ever while racking up serious air miles? Our luggage section has whatever kind of bag they're looking for. From wheelie Louis Vuittons to slouchy leather Pradas, whether it's carry on or check in luggage we have it!

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    6. For the Girl That Likes to be Different:

    We all know who she is! She has amazing one of a kind pieces and when you ask her where she got them she replies "Oh a little Vintage store in Brooklyn". She's effortlessly cool and looks good in everything! We think she'd be obssessed with the Burberry or MCM backpack and you'd earn serious respect for giving it to her.

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    7. The Artsy Fartsy One:

    We love supporting Irish artists. In our stores and online we have work by Geraldine Leonard and John Frazer. Leonard creates landscapes from materials which she dyes and brushes herself. More info is available here. Frazer on the other hand creates colourful prints of Irish scenes from the iconic Ha'Penny bridge to the Pepper Cannister Church they are the ideal gift for someone with Eire in their hearts and soul.

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    8. Not Forgetting The Pooch:

    Christmas is a time for giving and we at Siopaella think that you're trusty pooch deserves a present as well. Eco Mutt are eco friendly grooming products for your pooch. All the products contain natural ingredients like lavender, mandarin, rosemary, tea tree and citronella which is why we ADORE the sensual smells of our newest Eco Mutt arrivals. They even come in gift packs which both humans and doggies can share!

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    Didn't find what you're looking for? Call into any of our three stores where a Siopaella stylist will be on hand to help you find the perfect gift. For more info check out our website or call 01 677 9106 / 01 532 1477. Also chck out Mary's latest blog post to see what designer bags we have on offer for under €200!

    Ciara x

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