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

Lydra ‘I love my Grandma’ competition

“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

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

H-O-T Buy for Spring Racing: The Racing Clutch

Spring Carnival is fast approaching, and as my regular readers would know, I’m a big fan of this time of year.

I love seeking out dresses, accessories, hairstyles and ‘hat-inators’ – all in an attempt to create a new look for each race day.

That said, I also like to find pieces I can mix ‘n’ match from year to year that will stand the test of time and never date.

This Sarah Conners Racing Clutch does just that.

Designed specifically for the races, it has compartments for your phone, camera, credit cards, race book, keys… really, whatever you can fit into it. They call it ‘the roomiest clutch around’. Furthermore, it is versatile enough to use all year round – simply replace the form guide with your diary. 

This super soft clutch also comes with a removable strap so you can wear it across your body or on your shoulder. Handy for when you’re juggling your winning tickets, a glass of champagne and typing that cute guy’s phone number into your iPhone.

With five fab-u-lous colours to chose from, including this season’s very ‘on trend’ Tangerine, it’s hard to know which to wear for each day. I’m thinking black for Derby, Orchid (mauve colour) for Oaks and Sky or Royal blue for Stakes (my favourite day of all). As for Cup… well anything goes!

Save up for this H-O-T item now and be sure to check out more from Sarah Conners.

Turtle xox 

House of Turtle

H-O-T Offer: FREE Spring bag from nellie & me!

 A quick message from nellie & me
“It may not be exactly picnic or beach weather yet, but that hasn’t stopped nellie & me dreaming about sitting in the sun and unwinding with a nice book and perhaps a cold drink or two.

We figured you must be feeling the same way, so nellie & me hit the workshop and came up with this cute casual bag – for when you don’t want to mix sand and grass in with everything else in your handbag!

And, because we love you guys so much, we are giving these away for FREE.  All you have to do is join the club at and we’ll send one straight out to you.

Tell your friends, tell your mum, tell your sister… gee, you can even tell the cute guy at the cafe near work – if you think he’d like one. Just make sure you’re ready for when the sun starts to shine!”

Now who can argue with that! I’m in… thanks nellie & me. 
Turtle xox 

H-O-T Offer for the New Finanicial Year: Free Nellie and Me Wallet

Nellie and me, an up and coming, Australian accessories and footwear brand, are giving you the chance to not only be nice to your wallet this financial year… but get a free wallet!

Use the promotional code AJAY when you purchase through the online store
Turtle xox 

Goo goo for Gaga

I love a little Lady Gaga goss in the morning.

Her latest stunt of scribbling on her 3000 pound Hermes Birkin is bound to set tongues wagging.

What’s wrong with a little self-expression on your luxury brands I say?

Personally I’m more infatuated with the boots and lipstick colour she’s wearing. H-O-T, H-O-T, H-O-T!!!!

Turtle xox

Image and info sourced from Vogue.Com

H-O-T Look: Get GG’s Vanessa Abrams look for yourself

Get Vanessa’s H-O-T look for yourself!

Turtle xox

Channel your inner Rachel Zoe with Precious Love

Long time readers and friends know that I have what I call my Rachel Zoe moments. You know the ones where I say ‘OMG I die’ and ‘loves loves loves it’. Today is one of those days.

Precious Love is a brand spanking new online jewellery and accessories store that offers a wide range of gorgeous and affordable high quality fashion accessories – including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, bags and more.

If you’ve been watching season two of The Rachel Zoe Project and are ‘dieing’ to know where to pick up pieces like Rachel’s, then Precious Love is the place to go.

With bejewelled and metal cuffs, sparkling animal rings, ’80s style earrings and glittering clutches, you’ll ‘shut it down’ in no time… and at an affordable price. I love the blingy rings and Swarovski clutches. Perfect for jazzing up a simple outfit and when channeling your inner Rachel Zoe.

Precious Love are also available at design markets around Melbourne over the next few months, including this Thursday night at the South Melbourne After Dark market. Be sure to pop by to check out some of their amazing one-off pieces which are not available online.

And, as a special offer to you my lovely readers, Precious Love are offering 10% off their entire collection till 16 December 2009. Simply enter LOVE at checkout. I know, I know… ‘Shut up right now’.

Turtle xox

Images from Precious Love, layout by House of Turtle

The evolution of a Mimco moment… New campaign!

Loving the latest Mimco email campaign ‘The evolution of a Mimco moment‘. It’s super inspiring and makes me want to do something creative.

The new collection is pretty cool too. Check it out!

Turtle xox

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Birthday bliss… simply stylin’

This is my very fabulous and stylish friend, Silva, who lives in Adelaide. Whilst we may not get to see each other often, we regularly keep each other updated on our personal style tips and fashion updates.

It was Silvia’s birthday yesterday! Check out her super hot and stylin’ birthday presents:

Happy Birthday Silvia!

Turtle xox

Easter brights… splash this on

Forget about unwrapping those brightly coloured Easter Eggs this year… how about throwing on a splash of colour instead. These pieces are perfect for brightening up the darker palettes of this year’s winter wardrobe. This Jackie Brazil Barcode Bracelet is practically a tribute to the shop-a-holic’s obsession, while See by Chloe’s Cutout Leather Bag is perfect for carrying all our nasty little pleasures. And, they’re much better for your waste line. Not so good for the wallet… but with Rudd’s $900 bonus, I guess it’s time to splurge! Forget the Easter Eggs this Easter… and start shopping!

Turtle xox

PS. Go on, have the chocolate… I’m just jealous… really, I don’t like it. I know, I’m weird. Not to worry though, I’ll buy a bracelet instead. 😉

Now you can get 20% legless

Just after I put up my post about Mimco’s leggings… they sent me an email announcing their Spoil Yourself offer… nice one. For a limited time you can get 20% off at Mimco.

You can check out what’s on offer online now… the offer starts tomorrow (19th March) online and in store and ends on Sunday 22nd March.

Hurry, now’s your chance to grab that Button Zip Top Bag you’ve been jealously watching the other girls carry around, or make a statement with the fabulous Deco Hinge watch, which almost doubles as a bracelet. My money’s once again on old favourite, the Tough Love chunky wrist. So far, I’ve got one in black, brown and turquoise (purchases made over several years). Might be time to add a white one to the collection. They’re great on their own or teamed with bangles, charm bracelets or whatever you feel like.

Have fun.

Turtle xox