glitter friday #inspo

Glitter Fridays #inspoGlitter Fridays #inspo

It’s no big secret that I love Fridays. Most people I’ve worked with would know I have a (possibly annoying) habit of starting the day with the words “Guess what? Then, dramatically pausing for effect… “It’s Friday!”

I love Fridays for the obvious reasons, the weekend is on the horizon, everyone’s a bit more relaxed, there’s a nice cold glass of something waiting for me at the end of the day… etc. etc.

But, I also love Fridays because it’s the day I add an extra zing in my step by adding some fabulous bling to an otherwise casual outfit. Hence, why I also call Friday – Glitter Friday, Sparkle Friday and Giddiup Friday!

So, in the spirit of #glitterfriday… I trawled Pinterest for some sparkling inspiration. Enjoy!

Turtle xox

DISCLAIMER: Truth is bling can be for everyday… But not every day can be called Glitter Friday. 😉

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

wish list: boots, jackets and jewels

Acne Studios Star boots in blueBoots, jackets and jewels are three of my all-time favourite fashion items. So, it’s no surprise that I’m currently coveting these super H-O-T, deliciously blue, Star ankle boots from Acne Studios; this oh so light, bright and colourful silk blazer from Scanlan & Theodore; and this fabulous bling from Lady Fox Accessories‘ new collection, which is inspired by vintage classics, geometry and a dash of the Renaissance.

Scanlan & Theodore Silk Blazer

Lady Fox Accessories Necklace 2013

If they all magically appeared in my wardrobe, I’d wear them together with a simple tee and a pair of skinny jeans. Divine!

What are you currently coveting?

Turtle xox

Images from House of Turtle, Green With Envy and Lady Fox Accessories.

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.

excitement colours part 2: tickle me pink

Part two in my series on Edith Head’s aptly termed Excitement Colours, from her world-renowned book, How to Dress For Success. This post, Shocking Pink, which Edith calls “Schiaperelli’s gift to fashion excitement”.

Tickle Me Pink!

Shocking pink is not for everyone… yet this bold and intense colour is bound to capture everyone’s attention. Best suited to cooler skin tones (blue or pink undertones, pale white, yellowish or dark, brunettes and deep coloured eyes). So, if it’s not your shade… be the exception and accessorise!

sass & bide Five Minutes Later Pants

sass & bide Five Minutes Later pants – super comfy, super H-O-T

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Bobbi Brown Citrus, Cosmic Girl & Ultra Violet Lip Glosses
Neon & Nudes Collection launching February 2012

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The evian collaboration with Courrèges has produced a striking limited edition glass bottle for evian’s pure still water. Available exclusively from selected five star hotels and restaurants across Australia from the beginning of February. Also available from King & Godfree in Melbourne and Moncur Cellars Woollahra Hotel in Sydney.

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Emilio Pucci Neon Python iPad case

Tickle yourself pink this Summer… Oh so very cruise collection.

Turtle xox

Check out Excitement Colours Part 1: Purple Patch

Images sourced from the web.
Evian Courrèges image courtesy of PPR.
Bobbi Brown images courtesy of Bobbi Brown Australia.

excitement colours part 1: purple patch

In How to Dress for Success Edith Head eloquently enlightens us on ways we can… well… dress for success. In chapter seven of this popular book, Edith talks about the colours we can wear to suit our complexion and how we need to understand our colour aura (the colour of our eyes, complexion and hair). She also defines a range of colour groups, including, The Elegant Colours, The Young Colours, The Slimming Colours, The Excitement Colours, The Man-Pleasing Colours (men might be immediately attracted to red but they all wear blue. Single ladies, opt for blue), and The You Colours.

‘The Excitement Colours’ caught my attention because they’re fun and so very on trend right now! Edith says that they “never fail to get a second look.”

So with that in mind, I thought I’d do a series of posts on each of Edith’s excitement colours. Starting with purple in honour of Edith’s book.

Hope you enjoy!

Purple Patch!

Shades of purple, violet and lavender suit most colour auras – in particular fair to medium skin, blondes and brunettes.

Bec & Bridge: The Bianca Adventurer Fedora
Chosen by The Grand Social as the Most Wanted Accessory for Summer

Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow
Neon & Nudes Collection launching February 2012

Edith Head’s How to Dress for Success

Amethysts are said to be an extremely powerful and protective stone with strong healing, cleansing and spiritual powers. (The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall). They’re pretty too!

Turtle xox

Images sourced from the web.

Bobbi Brown images courtesy of Bobbi Brown Australia

Instagram Recap: September/ October 2011

As some of you would know, I’m a little bit in love with Instagram.

For those of you not familiar with Instagram, it’s a fun way to share photos from your iPhone with a wider social network. It also has great photo filters, like buttons and commenting to make it interactive. Here are a few of my fave pics from the couple of months.

Lou Pardi‘s super H-O-T shoes from Habbot Studios

My little Fashion Ave

Cry for help from Down Yonder

Me dressed up as Zorro

Bonne Maman, cream and scones from Porgie & Mr Jones

Warning… Instagram is addictive!

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

 

Spring Carnival is nearly here…

Derby Day 2010 in LIFEwithBIRD and Hunter boots

Hoping to avoid this fashion moment at the races this year… so I’m praying to anyone who’ll listen that the forecast improves!

Happy racing all… pick a winner. Look and be your fabulous self. And be prepared for all seasons.

Turtle xox

Lydra ‘I love my Grandma’ competition

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“Lydra was born out of a need for greater individuality in a world of increased mass production and conscious disregard for the environment.”

Lydra create beautiful handmade products, clutches and handbags from pre-loved fabrics, produced and sourced locally in Melbourne. With a strong emphasis on the preservation of our environment and supporting our local community, Lydra’s one-of-a-kind products are not only a stylish addition to any outfit – they give you a sense of history and pride! For stockists visit lydra.com.au

I love my grandma campaign

To help create awareness and promote skilled craftsmanship in the elderly, Lydra are running a campaign aptly titled, “I love my Grandma”. It’s simple to enter… post a pic of your Gran on the Lydra Facebook page and comment on what you love about her.

Be creative and enter now!

Turtle xox

 

Images from Lydra Facebook page and courtesy of Lydra

Singing in the rain

A cold snap has hit Melbourne this week… and with it, comes the rain.

But never fear… Burberry is here! Pick up one of these super stylish Burberry umbrellas and you’ll soon be singing in the rain.

Opt for a splash of colour with this stylish storm blue Degrade checked umbrella. Or add a rock star edge to your classic look with the black and cream studded checked umbrella and matching cashmere scarf from the Burberry Winter Storms capsule collection!


Oh what a glorious feeling!

Turtle xox

 

Images from Net-A-Porter website