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Devon Life Magazine - Shh by Sadie collaboration with Sarah Brittain Edwards and YOKE

Check out the latest Devon Life magazine for a peek at an exciting collaboration between Devon locals jewellery designer Shh by Sadie, photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards, hair stylist YOKE, make up artist Rebecca Searle and models Lucy Daw and Sophie Gee.

We rendezvoused at Royal William Yard and chose Devil’s Point for the shoot. Jo from YOKE and Rebecca got busy with hair and make up while Sarah and I discussed styling options. Sarah scouted the locations and then the models braved the wind! It was a wonderful whirlwind of a day, and you can see more photos below.

Sadie xx

Find out more about the talented team here:

Sarah Brittain Edwards
YOKE
Rebecca Searle Makeup Artist


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Posted on January 8, 2019 and filed under press, style, behind the scenes, collections.

Buying my first Chanel handbag - an candid tale!

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Hi peeps, here’s a not-so-little story about buying my first Chanel bag five years ago this week!

I’d dreamed of, and actually attempted, buying a Chanel bag for several years before I actually bought it. I love the style of the bags, the classic, timeless shape, the fact they don’t lose their value, and the fact that in my opinion, they make every outfit look better :D Anyway, as much as I dreamt of buying one, I had never spent that kind of money on anything before, and the thought of it made me feel sick!

After lots of consideration, I came up with a plan. Being naive at the time, I had read online that the bag I wanted cost £1000 (sooo much money for a bag!!), and I decided to save my “extra earnings” until I had enough for The Bag. Define extra earnings? Well I was living in New Zealand and working full-time at Massey University, and in my spare time making and selling Shh by Sadie jewels. It didn't take long before I had saved my £1000 for my “baby” which is how I referred to The Bag, and probably still do! :D

Attempt one to purchase The Bag

So, I had enough “extra earnings” for my bag! While back in the UK on a visit home, I took the bus from Wales to London to stay with my sister and buy THE Bag. Alllll the way to London I honestly felt sick about spending so much money on a bag. I kept thinking I could buy a lesser-expensive designer bag and have TWO! Or other things I could spend the money on - none of which I needed or wanted as much as THE Bag. My sister kindly rang around the Chanel boutiques in London to ask whether they had the bag in stock, doing so in a faux-posh-granny voice that had me in STITCHES on the bed beside her. “Do you know what, I’ve found myself in London with some spare time, and thought I’d pop along to your store and have a little rummage”. The store in Harrods said they had one in stock, but to hurry as they couldn’t guarantee it would be there much longer (they apparently sell like very expensive hot cakes!).

And so sister and I dash across to London to the Chanel boutique in Harrods. We wait patiently to be seen, and am in luck - the bag is still there! Jumbo, double flap, black caviar leather with gold hardware. Yes. I touch it and (still feeling sick) ask the price - £1800! Oh! I hadn’t anticipated that!! Stupid Sadie not doing proper research (at that time Chanel did not list prices on its website and so I’d read prices from bag forums, humpf.)

I literally nearly collapse and hand the bag back to the assistant. She shows me some of the seasonal bags, which are far closer to my budget, and which my sister and I do really like, but nope, I liked the classic Chanel because it is, well classic, and I can wear it forever :D

So I leave Harrods feeling sick but also slightly relieved, because I’d been so hesitant to part with my £1000 for “just a bag” anyway.

Attempt two to purchase The Bag

Fast forward six months or so, and I am still thinking about The Bag. I’ve saved more of my extra earnings, and have decided that maybe I will just get it because it is something I have dreamt of for so long. Even if I did buy a lesser-expensive (I couldn’t bring myself to write ‘cheaper’ because nothing about paying £1000+ for a bag to me is cheap!) Chanel bag, or another designer bag, I would still want The Bag. And truthfully, I worked very hard to earn my extra earnings and The Bag is like a symbol of all of that effort, and a reward to myself. I don’t smoke, buy magazines, don’t have my hair done often, eyelashes, facials, spray tans, false nails - things that people regularly spend money on, and so all of this was my argument to myself anyway :D

My then boyfriend, now husband, Chris and I visit Hong Kong 12 months after the first attempt (there was no Chanel stockist in NZ when we lived there - I’m not sure if there is now - and so I couldn't buy The Bag there). I’ll perhaps tell you about my trip to Kong Kong another time, but to sum it up, I couldn’t manage with the humidity and ended up wearing the loosest, baggiest clothes I had with me - my hair was scraped into a bun on my head, and there was no point in wearing makeup because it sweated off as soon as I left the air conditioned hotel. I had a sweat moustache for the whole three days. Just not a climate I managed well in!! Anyway, we are at the airport, me dressed like I don’t know what, (and there’s no way I want to try and find a photo of (if one exists!)), and I pluck up my courage to enter the Chanel store. I ask the assistant for the bag - get pointedly looked up and down, and told “no” they do not have The Bag.

To be fair, I looked such a mess I couldn’t blame them for looking me up and down, but it was still extremely rude, and I left bag-less.

Attempt number three

This is just a quick one! We visited Sydney, entered the store and checked out the price. It was £1000 MORE than buying the exact same bag in the UK. So we left.

Attempt number four

I’ll keep this one quick, too. Chris was in London for business, I managed to persuade him to ring the stores and ask if The Bag was in stock. Yes it was! On his way to the airport from London he managed to get his taxi driver to pull over on Oxford Street (or some busy main London street) while he left his suitcase in the taxi and ran into Chanel to ‘quickly’ buy The Bag. The Bag was there, he got it packed up, all ready to go - and his New Zealand bank card wouldn’t go through with the transaction (maybe it felt sick, too, haha). He said they tried it multiple times, and in the end he had to go because the taxi was waiting and he needed to get to the airport. I cried when he rang me and told me.

Finally buying The Bag

And so now it is December 2013. I am in New York with Chris on a holiday there half-way home from New Zealand to Wales for Christmas. The price of The Bag is now £2750 because the longer you leave it, the more the flipping price goes up - if only I’d bought it in London that first time!!

I’ve made the decision, and we go to the Chanel boutique on a wonderfully snowy day. We go in, and YES they have The Bag in stock! The sales assistant offers us a glass of champagne. I’m so nervous and sick about spending this money on this flipping bag that I decline, almost wanting to get the whole thing over as quickly as possible. I pay for The Bag on two bank cards - one NZ and one UK - because I don’t want Chris’ London bank card fiasco to happen to me!! And the cards work. The Bag is mine. We are going for a whole day walking in the snow in Central Park and so I ask if I can collect The Bag later. The assistant says of course.

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Later I collect The Bag and it has its own little waterproof cover for its paper bag underneath. It is wrapped beautifully. I take it back to the hotel and open it. It is my new best friend (not joking, haha), and my dad suggests I call it Yorkie because I finally bought it in New York. (No fancy photos of ‘the opening’ of the bag, just ones snapped on my iPhone to send to my parents in Wales!)

I don’t use The Bag for another two days because I am frightened someone will steal it off me (LOL). The first outing it has is to an AMAZING Greek restaurant in NYC.

I’ve now had Yorkie for five years, and it is still my prized possession. It never sits on the floor, it stays neatly in its dust cover when it is not being used. It is what I grab when the fire alarm goes off and we have to stand outside our apartment in our PJs at 2am in the morning.

I don’t save Yorkie for special occasions, because I didn’t pay £2750 for a bag to sit in my wardrobe 90% of the year, though I obviously don’t use it every day.

So after that very long-winded tale, do I think Chanel bags are worth the price? Of course not. But I am glad I finally bought The Bag and love it too much to feel guilty about it :-)

Sadie xx


Just a note - I know Chanel bags, designer bags - things like these are not everyone’s cup of tea. This is my opinion and an honest account of how and why I bought my bag.


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Posted on December 14, 2018 and filed under bags, style, travel, Sadie's musings.

Simple elegant wedding hair styles for long hair

Here are some of our fave gorgeous, relaxed wedding day hair styles for long hair - we love the simple elegance of a hair comb, and the laid back glamour of a bohemian tousled plait.

What would you choose - a crystal hair comb or a messy half up plait?

We love them all!

SbS xx

PS. If you’re looking for a little something special for your wedding day, check out our Shh by Sadie bespoke bridal and bridesmaid jewellery here.


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Posted on November 15, 2018 and filed under bridal, style.

As worn by: Thread.co.nz's Megan Robinson

Thread NZ Megan Shh by Sadie Crystal necklace

Kiwi fashion editor Megan Robinson recently wore her gold Rocked Up crystal quartz necklace and Chunky Chain bracelet to the premiere of Peter Pan Goes Wrong in Auckland . We love!

Check out her fashion website Thread.co.nz here!
Check out Megan's other Shh styling here!




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Posted on November 11, 2018 and filed under as worn by, style, press.

Top ten designer and high street headbands for autumn and winter

Headbands and turban hairbands not only super trendy at the moment, they are also the perfect saviours for less-than perfect hair days and can dress up an otherwise plain outfit.

I bought this pink toucan embroidered headband from Anthropologie earlier this year and have worn it with so many varied outfits - I love it!

With winter on our doorstep here’s my pick of ten of the best designer and high street headbands to take you through autumn and the festive season 2018.

I’ve picked a selection of turbans, turban headbands, pearl hairbands and leopard print hairbands from Anthropologie, ASOS and Shopbop - there is a headband to suit any budget!

Sadie xx


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Posted on October 27, 2018 and filed under style.

Anthropolgie sale 2018 - top picks!

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Since I started my self-imposed shopping ban (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know why!) I now very rarely look at online shops.

However yesterday I was stopped in my Instagram-scrolling tracks by this image from @everyday_abby - she had just bought this Anthro embroidered Dala jacket on sale and OMG I was in LOVE!

I went directly to the website and contemplated buying it for a good ten minutes or so. In the end I managed to restrain myself, although I am still very much in love with it!

In the meantime, I nosed through the rest of the Anthro sale, and here are my top picks!

So now you know my latest fashion crush, what’s yours?

Sadie xx


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Posted on October 18, 2018 and filed under style.

Mums Handmade HeartMade Knitted Denim Coat - winter crush!I

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I’m sure you’ve all seen the Mums Handmade chunky knitted cardigans that swarmed over Instagram this year and every effortlessly chic blogger was photographed wearing?!

Well I am now absolutely in LOVE with their latest creation, the Mums Handmade HeartMade knitted denim jacket.

I always LOVE denim - denim shirts, denim jackets, and of course denim jeans (duh). I’m a fan of wearing denim with a great pair of heels, a cool handbag and a colourful cuff or necklace, and so this jacket would slide itself perfectly into my wardrobe.

I’d wear it with a simple black top, skinny jeans and high heels, and it would keep me super cosy all through the upcoming winter….ahh.

Available at mumshandmade.com.

What’s your latest fashion crush?

Sadie x


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Posted on October 1, 2018 and filed under style.

Brighton Pier photoshoot collab with Colourbloc Photography

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On my recent trip to Brighton I was thrilled to meet with Clare from Colourbloc Photography for a little impromptu photoshoot on Brighton Pier.

Clare is a talented commercial photographer who loves bright colour as much as I do, and so we had a lot of fun dashing around the funfair looking for inspiration!

My favourite ride was the carousel, and I did get a couple of odd glances whilst clambering up onto the ponies, bracelets raised high (all in the name of photography!).

Clare was so friendly we spent as much time chatting as we did frolicking around fairground rides. She's an experienced photographer who has an eye for colour, composition and carousel pony shots ;-)

You can check out our photos below, and see more of Clare's photography on her Colourbloc website and Instagram.

I enjoyed it so much that I want to do it all again!

Sadie xx


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Posted on September 3, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, style, travel, collections.

Yuzefi Pink Asher Leather Box Bag - gimme all the bags!

Luxe British designer brand Yuzefi is highly sought after for its meticulously handcrafted leather work and simple elegant style.

A personal favourite of mine is the pink Asher leather box bag - available at Browns. With a choice of two straps the bag is as versatile as it is beautiful. 

The pastel pink would look gorgeous with washed out blue denim and a simple white tee. Definitely on my wish list!

Sadie x

PS. Read more about my bag favourites here!


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Posted on August 14, 2018 and filed under bags, style.

Coping with the British summer heatwave!

Hey there peeps!

Well this summer has been a scorcher so far, and to be honest I've struggled with the temperature and have ended up wearing the same three strappy dresses on repeat a lot of the time! (This dress is two of them - I have it in plain black and navy polkadot. You can dress it up or down so many ways, with heels or flip flops, with or without a belt...)

My feet are also cut to bits from different sandals rubbing me in the heat, so I've had to wear my flip flops a lot. I'm still not complaining about the weather, though, it's just taken some adjustments for me to get used to it!

So to mix things up and add a bit of personality to the same-old strappy dresses, I've been wearing a lot of colourful bracelets and handbags - as you can see here! They also make me happy just looking at them - I love colourful accessories :-D

What are your summer essentials?
Let me know how you've been surviving this heat by leaving a comment below  :-)

Keep cool and colourful!

Sadie x


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Posted on August 8, 2018 and filed under style, Sadie's musings.

Pink Furla bags - 10 of the best

It's no secret that I love pink, I love handbags, and so it's surely no shock that I've been drooling over these beautifully pink Furla bags recently. There are so many different shades of pink that I'm having a hard time choosing a favourite!

Bags, like jewellery and shoes, are one of my favourite ways of expressing my personality, adding fun and colour to an outfit. I don't think I'll ever have too many bags!

I have several mini bags and at first I found it difficult to get used to squeezing my belongings into them, but now I've got the knack of only taking the actual essentials, it's surprising how much you can actually fit in a mini bag!

Here are some of my fave pink Furla bags (including minis) - which do you prefer?

Sadie x

PS read more about my love of bags here!

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Posted on August 5, 2018 and filed under style, bags.

Furla Metropolis tropical toucan bag crush

Currently lusting over this cute, tropical little fella - the Furla Metropolis Toucan mini bag. Italian leather, silver hardware, and the coolest tropical toucan print. I imagine wearing this bag with a simple white summer dress and oversized gold statement earrings. Yes please!!

Sadie x

PS. Read more about my fave bags here!

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Posted on July 31, 2018 and filed under style, bags.

Toucan embroidered headband by Anthropologie - Sadie's style

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On a belated-birthday weekend away in Bath I experienced my very first visit to an Anthropologie store. Having lived in New Zealand for so long, I think I missed the Anthro-buzz when it became popular in the UK. Now I'm HOOKED! 

I treated myself to a delightfully pink embroidered toucan headband by Namrata Joshipura. I am in LOVE with it and already want another one!

Sadie x

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Posted on July 25, 2018 and filed under style, travel.

Palace Portrait chairs - Paige Gemmel for Anthropologie

Colourful printed designer arm chairs by Paige Gemmel for Anthropologie - they would make a stunning statement piece in any living room. I want the pastel pink one for my bedroom!

Adorned with elaborate applique, Paige Gemmel's Palace Portrait chair makes a pretty talking point; accent with a feature cushion that matches on embellishment to emphasise the eclectic feel.

LOVE!

Sadie x

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Posted on July 21, 2018 and filed under style.

Fashion editorial RIPPLE in beauNU magazine, June 2018

You may remember my post about the fashion editorial shoot I'd been involved with back in April - well now I can share with you the published photographs!

The shoot was a delightfully colourful resort theme, at the gorgeous Grand Hotel in Torquay. Photographer Emma Barrow directed the shoot, and we collaborated with hair, makeup and jewels to complement her vision.

We used a combination of new and best selling Shh jewels, and my favourite shot is the yellow swimsuit with blue fluffy jacket and layers of necklaces - if you can think of an occasion when it would be suitable for me to wear this please let me know ASAP ;-)

Below are the published images from beauNU magazine - I'll be sharing more images and BTS pix taken by Doble Photography soon!

Sadie x

MEET THE TEAM:

Photography: Emma Barrow
Hair: Brigitte Fisher
Make up: Emma Roberts using MAC
Model: Alice Randle from Mosaic Models
Photography Assistant: Jenny at Doble Photography

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Posted on June 1, 2018 and filed under collections, style, press.

Coral leather bag crush - Sancia Madeline mini bag

Here's my latest bag crush (you can never have too many, right!?) How perfect is this cute mini Sancia bag in the softest shade of peachy-coral and chunky gold hardware?!

Available at Shopbop and just perfect for summer!

Sadie x

PS. I love bags - see more of my faves!

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Posted on May 6, 2018 and filed under style, bags.

Anthropologie Home designer wallpapers - 6 of the best

Statement wallpaper at its best - below are our top picks from Anthropologie Home's latest printed wallpaper collection. We love the butterfly print wall paper, drool over the palm tree print wall paper, but our favourite HAS to be the Canopy Creatures print. HOW cute are the monkeys?

Would you create a statement wall in your home?

SbS x

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Posted on May 1, 2018 and filed under style.

4 of the best statement earrings

We like nothing more than a statement accessory and so here's our round up of statement earrings.

From an edgy arrow, to a bold butterfly, we're also not afraid of rocking a Swarovski fish on our ears!

Which is your favourite?

SbS x

PS Stunning hair braids by Devon-based stylist Brigitte Fisher.

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Posted on April 28, 2018 and filed under collections, style.

Resort style fashion editorial photoshoot number two - behind the scenes!

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After another very early morning, I was also recently involved in a shoot with an absolute dream team at The Grand Hotel in Torquay. The images are also under wraps for the time being, but you can get a behind the scenes peek below.

The Grand Hotel was stunning - the view from the pool area felt like you could have been in LA - with a slighter colder climate of course! A beautiful large Victorian hotel, it's located right on the seafront. The staff couldn't have been more hospitable - and even fed us lunch while we were working! I'm definitely returning to try their al fresco summer dining by the poolside.

Photography: Emma Barrow
Hair: Brigitte Fisher
Make up: Emma Roberts using MAC
Model: Alice Randle from Mosaic Models
Photography Assistant: Jenny at Doble Photography

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Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, style, collections.

Fashion editorial photoshoot number one - behind the scenes!

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I recently had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team in Plymouth. I also styled the shoot, and you'll see a peek of upcoming Shh pieces in the photographs!

Photography : Sarah Brittain Edwards
Hair: Jo at YOKE
Make up: Rebecca Searle using Delliah
Models: Lucy & Sophie

Photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards braved the Plymouth wind and took some stunning photos - I'll be sharing them with you as soon as they're released. I also took some studio shots with Lucy and Sophie.

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Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, collections, style.