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.

LMFF 2013: runway 5 & 6


On Friday I headed along to see Runways 5 & 6 at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival… As usual, the L’Oreal Powder Room looked super stylish and was swarmed by Melbourne fashionistas itching to get their nails and lips done, and tutorials on L’Oreal Paris’ new Nude BB creams.

Here are some of my highlights from the Runway, featuring sass & bide (pic 1 & 2), Lucette (pic 3), Rodeo Show (pic 4), Bul (pic 5 & 6) and the Runway 6 finale… A sea of Pure Scarlet… L’Oreal Preference Hair Colour, P67… The amazing and official hair colour of LMFF 2013.

And finally, the bottom pic is a TV presenter outside the shows explaining to his audience that milk crates were the only way to get to model height at LMFF. LOL!









Turtle xox

All images by House Of Turtle

hello flawless


I’m not a big fan of foundation. I think it’s because I grew up in the age of cakey foundations that looked like they should be scraped off with a knife… I’ve also been one of those lucky people who usually doesn’t have to wear much. During the week I tend to only wear a tinted moisturiser with some cover up for my nose and eyes.

But, I do like to wear foundation when I go out and for special occasions. And, when I do, I want it to be light and silky, giving a fairly smooth coverage that looks very natural. I also don’t want it to feel like I’m wearing foundation.

My latest discovery is Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow from Benefit (one of my favourite make up brands). This brightening liquid foundation delivers everything I look for in a foundation. Light to medium coverage, SPF and a natural look. It also feels silky smooth, is easy to apply (I just use my fingers) and gives a nice light glow.

It comes in nine shades, ranging from Ivory to Nutmeg, and the Ivory is a perfect match for my fair skin. So close, that I may even give this foundation a whirl during the week.

What can I say but… WOW!

Turtle xox

Photo by House of Turtle

Fashion Connect – LMFF Cultural Program 2012

Wow… it’s hard to believe that LMFF 2012 is almost here! Seems like only yesterday that we headed down to the docks to check out last year’s shows.

Fashion Connect, the LMFF Cultural Program will kick off the festivities this Wednesday 7th March, at The Carlton in Melbourne’s CBD.

Fashion Connect is dedicated to the unique, eye-catching and avant-garde of Melbourne fashion. Join host, Stephanie Ryan-Smith at an intimate cocktail soiree that combines fashion and art. Guests are invited to dress ‘extravagant’ to help a good cause, with proceeds going to The AIDS Trust of Australia.

Get your tickets now and don’t miss this fabulous event… and the chance to win over $5000 worth of prizes on the night including a MAC makeup gift box worth $1000 and a Polaroid Instant Camera.

WHERE The Carlton, 193 Bourke St, Melbourne
WHEN Wednesday, 7th March, 2012
TIME 7PM till late

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Fashion Connect

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


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


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.


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

mylookbook Spring Magazine online now!

Looking for some inspiration for spring? Then check out Spring magazine for some fab beauty, style and travel ideas. This online flip book mag also features some great blogger talent, including Mandy Shadforth from Oracle Fox.


Check it out now and sign up for updates at the blog

Turtle xox

RAFW Update: Fast-forward your look with powerful blue lashes





As a child growing up in the ’80s, I remember my first make up discovery was blue mascara. I used to rummage through my Mum’s make up and experiment with the different colours to see what I could get away with. One day I even rocked up to primary school in Mum’s Christian Dior blue mascara. I felt so sophisticated and grown up.

I got into trouble from the principal and put on grounds duty. But it was worth it. My life had changed forever. I was in love!

So imagine my delight in receiving an update today (alas I am not in attendance) from Rosemount Australia Fashion Week (RAFW) 2011 about the Magdalena Velevska show where Bobbi Brown was the make up partner.

A bold flash of blue mascara featured as a highlight, complimented by soft dewy skin. Immediately, my memories of that pivotal day of my fashionable youth came rushing back.

Magdalena’s collection features intricate detailing and a brilliant colour palette, balanced with a clean style. Bobbi Brown teamed this with an ethnic inspired beauty look that featured a touch of ’60s influence and intricate woven braids to create a modern take on the Russian bride. All topped off with those electric blue lashes.

Makeup Director Nica Marcello, International Artist & National Education for Bobbi Brown says “Much like the fashion we take a pretty, feminine and traditional look and fast-forward it with powerful blue lashes, infused with our Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt.”


Create the Magdalena Velevska look for yourself with these products from Bobbi Brown:
– Foundation Stick (my own faithful foundation!)
– EXTRA Repair Foundation
– Face Highlighting Pen in Opal
– Beige Shimmer Brick
– Lashes coated with Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt
– Lip Balm SPF 15 + Pale Pink Pot Rouge

I know I’m rushing out to get the Cobalt Gel Eyeliner to see if I can get away with it at work!

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Bobbi Brown
Magdalena Velevska show, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) 2011
Wednesday May 4th, The Cargo Theatre

H-O-T Look: her name was glowla

Her name was glowla, she was a glam girl! Thanks to Benefit, she was a H-O-T girl.
Sorry, getting carried away. Anyway, check out the super fab, limited edition her name was glowla makeup kit from Benefit. Which will have you going from bland to glam in moments. 
Create a luminous glow with coral-pink cheeks, lush black lashes and shimmering eyes… all topped off with a passionate pink pout.
At $69, it’s a steal, and perfect for slipping into your hand bag for the Spring Racing Carnival next week.
Turtle xox 

Note: Benefit is available at Myer

Images courtesy of Maxted Thomas PR

H-O-T Trends: L’Oreal Paris Spring Racing Looks

Go to L’Oreal Paris Beauty Confidential to view these H-O-T Trends
Not sure what to do with your make up for the races this year? Or, how to make the most out of your outfit and hat/ fascinator? Then be sure to check out the L’Oreal Paris Spring Racing Carnival edition of Beauty Confidential which features H-O-T make up trends and how to guides from make up Director, Rae Morris.
I’m loving the ‘Soft and Sweet’ look for Oaks Day, and the ‘Sultry and Smokey’ look for Derby Day.
Be sure to also enter their fab competition to win a VIP race day for two!
Turtle xox 

The WOW Effect… Ssshh, it’s a secret… L’Oreal Studio Secret that is

The WOW effect!
“Make-up artists often say that a successful complexion depends on the attention give to it. As long as you already have the winning combination: the right texture, the right colouring, the right coverage, the right luminosity and the right application! Now that all women have access to professional tools, look out: the ‘wow’ effect is everywhere!”
– Linda Evangelista

Discover the secrets of professional make up with L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics’ new Studio Secrets Professional range.

Inspired by fashion icon and supermodel, Linda Evangelista, Studio Secrets Professional is the first ever professional make-up range created with an educational-style approach. The idea is to teach every woman to discover how she can easily apply make-up in the comfort of her own home, and look like a professional.

This unique range utilises highly advanced formulas to create products that offer instant, breathtaking results using a record number of tailor-made shades… so you can choose what products, textures and colours will suit you perfectly, every time.

I gave the Studio Secrets Professional Primer a go, and there is no doubt that this is a must-have product when applying make-up. It instantly smooths out lines and creates a picture perfect complexion by masking wrinkles (thank god!!) and uneven texture. After applying, my skin looked and felt smooth and velvety. The best thing about it is, that it’s great for fixing that clumpy look foundation can sometimes give you. It also keeps your make-up on all day. A winner in my book!

Some of us may not have the height to match a supermodel, but this range will make sure we look just as H-O-T!

Check out which products suit you best online, and how to apply them, at L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional.

Range exclusively available at Priceline.

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of L’Oreal Paris

Become a Facebook Fan and WIN

Just a quick competition for my fab readers… Become a fan of the House of Turtle Facebook fan page and go in to the draw to win a L’Oreal Paris Double Extension Beauty Tubes Mascara.

Existing fans automatically go in the draw to win.

Prize drawn this Friday 11 December 2009 at 12.00pm.

Turtle xox

Christmas Gift Idea #2: The perfect mens shaving pack from Aesop

Aesop‘s opera-inspired packs are a great gift for Christmas. I gave my brother the Barber of Seville pack last year and he still raves about it.

This reusable bamboo box is filled with lots of shaving goodies including the super dooper Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum – which is so good that your man will never use anything else again (nor will you), Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum and the ever-lasting Ginger Root Soap Slab.

Tip – I cut my Aesop soap slabs in half. They last longer and are easier to handle.

Turtle xox

Peach, melon and grapefruit delight

Arthur Galan dress and jacket, Samantha Willis songbird necklace in coral, L’Oreal Paris Nutrisummer, Ashbury Day Tripper shades in red, Sportsgirl striped cotton scarf, Trove Tkees sandles in foundations – beach bum, Mimco Natura clutch, Country Road trilby, Mimco Lucy tote, Mimco Poppy Love brooch, Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien

Spring has sprung… And with it comes warmer days, lighter dressing and outdoor socialising. That means, it’s time to update your wardrobe… and your winter habits.

Here’s some essential tips for Spring:
1. Move away from the black! Whilst we love it, it starts to look a bit heavy at this time of year. Update your wardrobe with oranges and peaches – the ‘It’ colour of the season. And, if you must wear black (like me) – pick some key pieces and mix them up
2. Make sure you wear SPF everyday and carry a hat and sunnies with you at all times. Be smart, opt for fake tan instead of a real one
3. Ditch the red wine. If you’re anything like me, this is also hayfever season. The histamines in wine are only going to make that worse. Order a cocktail instead. I love Japanese Slippers – which is made from equal parts Midori, lemon juice and Triple Sec. Mix them together with some ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake shake shake – and pour into a cocktail glass. Yum!
4. Update your scent – opt for something light and fresh. Try something with citrus notes, like Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien which is made up of Sicilian lemon, citron, grapefruit and cypress
5. Finally, get out and about – the sun is shining, the air is crisp… Enjoy!

Turtle xox

Want to win tickets to the exclusive Blackberry Curve launch tonight in Melbourne? Thanks to Midori, I have two tickets to this exciting event at Carousel, Albert Park Lake at 7pm. To enter, become a fan of the House of Turtle fan page on Facebook and then comment and tell me what you like to mix Midori with! The competition will close at 3.30pm EST – then the winner will be drawn from a hat. Make sure you are free to attend the event tonight! There are two tickets for ONE winner.