The loves of my life: Ella de Guzman, owner of Siopaella
Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30
The opening of Siopaella and partner-in-crime Steve feature high in the entrepreneur's loves.
Steve, my partner-in-crime in life and at Siopaella, and the whole reason I'm here in Ireland in the first place. He's the most patient and caring person in the whole world, and can handle me and my craziness, so what else can I say?
Opening Siopaella on Crow Street [in Dublin] and my first sale - I was over the moon!
The moment of the day Home, bra off, into the PJs
Forever Young by Bob Dylan. My dad typed out the lyrics and gave them to me when I graduated from high school
White Chicks (don't judge me)
My parents, who were 'immigrant' entrepreneurs too. They moved from the Philippines to Canada with only a suitcase, and had a successful business for 30 years repairing VCRs and TVs
I don't really have time to read books, but I did like Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The pet hate
Pretty much everything I own is pre-loved and bought from Siopaella
My vintage 1980s Rolex
My iPhone and MacBook
I'm so lucky to have a close group of friends in Dublin, Edinburgh, and back home in Vancouver - the three cities where I've spent most of my adulthood!
The piece of advice
Be the person that my dogs think I am
Steve's Vitamix juices in the morning, if he wakes up first
Thrifting, travelling and going to flea markets
The part of my body
I do wish I was at least five feet tall. (I'm four feet ten inches, and shrinking)
Riad Elizabeth in Marrakech, Morocco - we went to Marrakech on a buying trip for Siopaella, and the owners, John and Elizabeth, were so helpful and sweet! Their riad was gorgeous and really affordable, and the staff were all so lovely. We have stayed there twice now; we absolutely love Marrakesh!
Crow Bar in Temple Bar for two reasons - the staff are the best, and it's three metres from Siopaella
The beauty product
Coron, Palawan, which is in the Philippines, and Penticton, British Columbia, in Canada, where I grew up. They are two of the most beautiful places in the world! The celebrity
I don't really idolise celebrities, but it was cool when Florence Welch shopped at Siopaella
Loyalty and honesty
My dogs' paws
My mom's cooking. She's the best. She's coming to Dublin for a month, and I'm definitely going to gain a stone or two
Siopaella, 8A Crow St, D2 (high street and vintage), tel: (01) 532-1477; 8 Cecilia St, D2, (designer), tel: (01) 555-0119; 25A Temple Lane Sth, D2 (new arrivals and homewares), tel: (01) 677-9106, or see siopaella.com
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