Woman Crush Wednesday - Iliyana Stareva
In continuation of our Woman Crush Wednesday feature on our blog this week we have loyal customer and friend of Siopaella, Iliyana Stareva answering some questions for us! She tells us all about her career and her fabulous wardrobe so keep reading to find out more!
1. What do you love most about your job at HubSpot?
HubSpot moves at an amazing pace of development and growth but not in a way that things are rushed but rather always staying ahead of the curve by being able to innovate. What I love the most is that because of this environment no day is the same. I feel challenged and inspired to exceed at my job but most importantly I never stop learning - mainly because of the amazing, intelligent people I’m surrounded by every day but also because of the unknown, cool projects I get to work on that allow me make a true impact.
2. Any tips for public speaking and what’s been the largest crowd you’ve spoken to?
Preparation is the most important thing when it comes to public speaking and many people don’t spend enough time thinking that they’ll just wing it. It doesn’t work that way. You need to spend hours on your story, hours on your slides to truly tell it in an unique, authentic way and even more hours on preparing how you’ll say things. But you do need to hit a balance between knowing what you are talking about and not sounding like it’s all being learned by heart. My biggest crowd so far has been at INBOUND16 in front of about 300 people - unbelievable experience!
3. What inspired you to start writing books?
I’ve been running my own blog for six and a half years. I started it with the goal to develop my writing skills and share everything that I was learning during university initially and then when I began my career. It’s that passion for sharing my knowledge that inspired me to write books because ultimately by sharing I feel like I help others. And what better way to do that than a book that’s available all over the world!
4. What is your favourite piece you have gotten from Siopaella?
The Tom Ford shoes!
5. What do you love most about shopping second-hand designer?
That you can discover unexpected items when you really don’t expect it! And many times they are untouched!
6. What is your favourite piece you have in your wardrobe you would never give up?
My Prada bag.
7. Have you gotten to travel to any amazing destinations for work?
Because I’m in a global role at HubSpot and I do a lot of public speaking, I’ve traveled in many places for work but so far South Africa is my top destination! Magnificent nature! Let’s see if my upcoming trip to Australia will top that!
8. Any advice to give to someone wanting to get into sales and marketing?
Do the HubSpot free certifications to 1) see what you are getting into and decide if it’s really for you; 2) elevate your current knowledge and really stay at the curve of the industry - that will impress your new employer.
9. Do you have an item you’ve had on your wishlist and would love to add to your wardrobe?
My next two are a Chanel bag and a Burberry trench coat.
10. Do you have any quotes you live by?
No quotes but I have my own three principles that I live by:
1. Always be learning
2. Always do your research
3. Always follow through
Vintage Finds You Pop-Up at Siopaella
We are so so excited to have our fabulous friend Vintage Finds You back for another amazing pop up in one of our Siopaella stores this weekend. Naomi and her vintage finds will be joining us in our Temple Lane Store but keep reading to find out more info....
Where and when?!
Vintage Finds You will be joining us at the following times and days so don't miss out!
5pm - 7pm Friday 27th April
10am - 6pm Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th April
Location: 25a Temple Lane South, Dublin
A little about Vintage Finds You...
Vintage Finds You is all about helping you find that unique vintage piece that you will probably never find anywhere else. Naomi personally picks each vintage clothing piece and accessory to help you add to your personal style and to reflect your personality. Whether you’re searching for bespoke couture vintage pieces, or if you’re just dipping your toe in the vintage pool of gems for the first time, Vintage Finds You has got you covered.
So come join us for some prosecco and vintage shopping in our Temple Lane store this weekend...you won't regret it!
We will hopefully have it up and running for Android phones super soon also so stay tuned! Not only can you be the first to get the app but you can also be the first to see some of our amazing new arrivals that we have been keeping secret until the launch shhh! Below is a sneak peek of some of the fabulous new arrivals that are available right now via the Siopaella app...You can also get a notification directly to your phone as soon as that designer item you have been specifically looking for comes in via the app! Yes please!!
If you are looking to sell your designer bag? Is it on our wishlist? It is now easier than ever to send us photos and info about what you want to sell via the app! Simply go to the 'Sell With Us' tab on the app to get started :)
Valentine's Day gift ideas
Fed up buying the same flowers and chocolates every year? Why not treat your loved one (or yourself!) to a pre-loved designer item this year! We have a range of items for every price range from homewares to Chanel bags...
Jewellery is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can get someone. Everyone has their own specific taste so it can be difficult to choose, but there are definitely some fail safe options out there. Hermes bangles are timeless pieces that will be treasured for life. If your other half is a Michael Kors fan, they'll love an MK watch for sure! Shop all our jewellery here or see our picks below;
Without doubt, designer bags are our biggest sellers around Valentine's Day. Sometimes the price and amount of bags in department stores can be off putting, but at Siopaella, you can browse a range of designers and compare price points easily. We have plenty of coveted Michael Kors totes in store for a fraction of the price- but it's our classic Chanel bags that are a huge hit. These beauties typically fly out the door as soon as they come in, so it's never too early to start planning your gift! See all our bags here.
Over at our homewares and lifestyle store Siopahome, we stock a range of unusual and thoughtful gifts. If your loved one likes their interiors, our ceramics and collection of vases are the gifts for you. We also have a variety of scented candles, and many are Irish-made too!
If all else fails...
Purchase a giftcard! If you've got a picky one in your life or would rather let them choose for themselves, pick up a giftcard in any of our stores or online. Simply pick your amount and you've got the simplest gift ever!
by Rachel Farrell
Brand Love - Givenchy
We all know Givenchy for the beautiful Antigona bag. I literally swoon over these bags whenever we get one in. The House of Givenchy has been around for over 50 years, and loved by icons such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Lets take at the history of Givenchy.
In the beginning
Hubert de Givenchy was born in 1927, and gained a love for fabrics from his grandmother. He left home at 17 and moved to Paris to pursue his interest in fashion.He made a name for himself when he became an apprentice for the Italian designer Elsa Shiaperelli.
He established his own couture house in 1952. What really set him aside from other designers at that time was his 'separates collection', compiled of blouses and floor length skirts.
Givenchy & Audrey
Givenchy met Audrey Hepburn in 1953, and the two really clicked. He designed her personal wardrobe and also her outfits in the movie Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany's. When Givenchy launched his perfume in 1957, Audrey Hepburn promoted it.
After years of success, Givenchy sold his line to Louis Vuitton in 1995. Designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Julien Macdonald have all worked as creative directors for Givenchy. Today Givenchy lives in an estate outside Paris, and has totally distanced himself from the fashion world. His work has been shown in exhibitions around the world and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers in America.