behind the scenes @ sachi shoes AW14 campaign shoot

It’s no secret I’ve been pretty quiet on here for the last 6 months or so. You’ll be pleased to know, that I’ve been anything but quiet!

Late last year, I started a new Marketing and PR gig working on two very exciting Australian shoe brands, Sachi and Julius Marlow (for men). It’s been a whirlwind of shoes (so many beautiful shoes!), events, photo shoots, campaign planning, season launches and more… and, of course, a whole lot of other fun.

The above clip takes you behind the scenes of one of our most recent projects; the Sachi ‘Walk this Way’ Autumn/ Winter 2014 campaign shoot.

It was an amazing, yet challenging day (shooting a winter shoot on a 35 degree day is bound to be), filled with lots of fun thanks to an awesome team of talented, professional and passionate people. And, the outcome… well it’s something to be pretty proud of!

See more of the campaign on Sachi’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Model: Rebecca Bramich, Chadwick Models
Photography & Production: Crave Agency
Photographer: Bernard Gueit
Make Up: Sue Marshall
Hair: Carl Reeves
Styling: Andrew Zumbo & Meggy Smith
Special thanks to The Bridge Hotel, Richmond

Turtle xox

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how to wear winter black: contrast, accessorise and glow

How to Wear Winter Black - Contrast and Accessorise via @houseofturtlecontrast and accesorise :: mania mania laurel canyon necklace, sass & bide juxtaposed bag and the whistle blower quilted jacket, zimmerman dazed maze dress and acne studios pistol boots

In winter, black is my go-to-colour. It’s easy to wear, slimming and super versatile. As a Melbournian, it goes without saying, I own a lot of it, but there are some simple tricks I apply to ensure I get it right.

As I’m quite fair and short, solid blacks can sometimes look a bit heavy on me, so I tend to buy blacks with contrast in the fabric, such as the pictured Zimmerman velvet dress which is solid, yet sheer, and the pictured sass & bide jacket which features quilting on the collar, sleeves and base. Sheer black silks are great too.

When I do opt for straight blacks, I try to keep it really simple… skinny jeans and a boyfriend-loose fit tee, teamed with a contrasting puffy vest, a cape or tailored jacket.

Then of course, it’s all about the accessories. For me, a great pair of boots are a must. I’m obsessed with ACNE Studio’s Pistol boots! Gold jewellery (or silver if you prefer), a contrasting bag, a luminous glow (I use Hourglass NEW Ambient Lighting Powder), smokey eyes, gloss, a spritz of my favourite fragrance, and I’m set to go!

How to Wear Winter Black - Glow via @houseofturtle

glow :: escentric molecules, nars limited edition voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir pallete, hourglass ambient lighting powder and kiehls lip balm from mecca cosmetica

How do you wear your blacks?

Turtle xox

Images sourced from the web (mania mania, sass & bide, zimmerman, mecca cosmetica and acne studios). Collages by House of Turtle.

lady fox accessories 50% off mid-season sale

Lady Fox Accessories - Neon via @houseofturtle

Lately, I’m more than a little obsessed with Lady Fox Accessories, a unique and fun range of jewellery and accessories from Melbourne designer, Penelope Dudgeon. You’ve probably seen a few of her pieces here on my blog before or featured on my instagram feed, such as the neon pink and gold Carrie necklace, and the black and white gold Spike necklace.

House of Turtle in Lady Fox & vintage necklaces via @houseofturtleIf you haven’t ventured into Lady Fox, or are already a massive fan, her 50% off mid-season sale is your chance to stock up on your most coveted items.

I quickly snapped up 4 new necklaces including the absolutely incredible Renaissance necklace and the very sweet Vintage Floral necklace in bronze (featured below).

Lady Fox Accessories - Antique via @houseofturtle

So, whatever the occasion (or for everyday wear, like I do!) – grab some neon or antique-inspired bling now. But, hurry… these Lady Fox beauties will not last long! Make sure you enter promo code FOXY at checkout (ends 15 May 2013).

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Lady Fox Accessories
TOP IMAGE Left to Right: Neon Flat necklace in neon yellow, Python cuff, 3D Triangle stud earrings in neon yellow and Oversize Pencil clutch in lime spot.
MIDDLE IMAGE Left to Right (Image by House of Turtle): Me wearing Lady Fox Spike necklace in black and white gold, and Carrie necklace in neon pink and gold. Please note, bottom right image features my own vintage necklaces.
BOTTOM IMAGE Left to Right: Jewel earrings in Garnet, Vintage Floral necklace, Renaissance necklace and Geometric earrings.

Lady Fox Accessories - 50% Off Mid Season Sale via @houseofturtle

on vacation… vocation

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House of Turtle is currently ‘on vacation’ due to work commitments. However, you can still find me pottering around Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook posting pretty pics and shopping tips. Or, come see what I’m working on, on LinkedIn.

See you soon.

Turtle xox

Image by House of Turtle

circa vintage meets westfield southland + competition

Nicole Jenkins in beautiful 1920s shawl-turned-coat previously owned by vintage legend Sophie van Rood

One of the things I love about vintage fashion is that there is always a story associated with it. Vintage items from Melbourne’s Circa Vintage are no exception. Last week I had the privilege to spend some time with Nicole Jenkins, founder and owner of Circa Vintage, at her pop-up store at Westfield Southland. Not only is Nicole an absolute delight to talk to, she is a wealth of knowledge on all things fashion and vintage.

Nicole started Circa Vintage eight years ago in Gertrude St, Fitzroy. Since then she has written an award-winning book called Love Vintage, opened an online store and is currently in the process of moving Circa Vintage to new premises in the city.

What makes Nicole different to many other vintage specialists, and even regular fashion store owners, is her passion to share not only the history of the garment, but also tips on how to make sounds decisions when buying vintage (for regular tips, make sure you check out Circa Vintage’s blog).

In my time with Nicole, she shared the history of the actual garments and when unknown, the style of the period and how it would have been worn, as well as suggestions for how to mix and match today’s pieces with vintage items. I was fascinated and had I not had another engagement, I would have probably stayed for many more hours.

Each garment at Circa Vintage is carefully selected, checked over and over again, and any flaws carefully repaired to almost original condition. Nicole will not sell items that are damaged, or stained, because as she says, it is rare that they will come out, particularly in more delicate fabrics.

‘Pucci’-esque gown, previously owned by an ex-model, Melbourne socialite

Circa Vintage pop-up store at Westfield Southland is live for another week and I strongly encourage you to ‘pop’ in, say hello to Nicole and the girls to discover how you can incorporate vintage into your modern-day wardrobe. Be sure to check out the free Vintage Eveningwear Workshops on Saturday 26 May (tomorrow) at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

Nicole & Hannah at Circa Vintage pop-up shop at Westfield Southland

And, to ignite, or reignite, your passion for vintage, Westfield have kindly donated two $50 vouchers for you my dear readers. All you have to do to win one of the two vouchers is tell us (in the comments section of this post) how you came to own your favourite item of vintage clothing, accessory or jewellery, and its history.

Entries must be submitted by 8pm on Tuesday 29 May 2012. I will then announce the winner that night and share with you the winning entry and my own favourite vintage item. Good luck! (Sorry, this competition is for Australian readers only.)

I love this lace twin-set! Perfect for the Spring Carnival… Want!

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

See more pictures from my time with Circa Vintage

make your own delicious yoghurt

I got my tonsils out a few days ago… And well, let’s just say it doesn’t tickle… And recovery time is slow and a bit arduous. As for food, well the days of ice cream and jelly are apparently over, with the doctors encouraging you to eat normally, which for the most part I have been.

That said, soft food is still a winner. But, as someone who is not a massive fan of ice cream (don’t look so shocked) I decided to try natural yoghurt. Problem is it can be a bit tart.

So to make it interesting I decided to mix in some Bonne Maman jam to sweeten it. The result… a delicious yoghurt too good not to share with you all. I used the Raspberry flavour, but I imagine any of the other flavours are just as good. Give it a try. You’ll love it!

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Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

instagram recap: out of the blue part 2

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Part 2 in my out of the blue series features the shades of blue we see in our natural environment, as opposed to objects. It’s natures way off inspiring us to try new colour combinations when we style ourselves or our homes and offices.

I took these shots on my old iPhone 3 on a recent trip to Sydney. Somehow I managed to capture the right moment at the right time each time. It was a stunning day in Bondi as we started our walk from Tamarama ‘Glamarama’ beach to Bondi, one of the first nice days Sydney had seen for some time. As you can see, it brought out the masses.

It’s hard for me to pick a favourite from these shots because I love them all for different reasons. If I had to though, it would be the blue and orange push bike. Not only is it the coolest bike ever, its a great colour combo. Which is your favourite?

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

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instagram recap: out of the blue part 1

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It’s no big secret that I love the colour blue… In all shades, shapes and sizes… in clothing, shoes, accessories, objects, nature… Pretty much in anything and everything. I even barrack for Carlton ‘The Blues’ in the AFL.

Why do I love blue so much? Who knows! I like to think that it’s because the many shades of blue remind me of the sky and the sea… vast, volatile, opportunistic and calming.

Here’s a recap of some of my blue moments from Instagram. Which is your favourite?

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

The super H-O-T shoes belong to the fabulous Sally from work! A fellow lover of blue.