merry christmas


Turtle xox


instagram recap: november/ december 2011

Maidenlove shoes at SO:ME Space launchMaidenlove shoes at SO:ME Space launch at South Melbourne Market

WIndow display at The Works, HawthornWindow display at The Works, Hawthorn

Every little princess' Christmas dreamEvery little princess’ Christmas dream at Petit Et Grand, Hawthorn

Circular Quay, SydneyCircular Quay, Sydney

Christmas Day at Donovans, St KildaChristmas lunch at Donovans, St Kilda

Gift from Xocolat, Mailing Rd, CanterburyChocolate goodness from Xocolat, Mailing Road, Canterbury

Sara Phillips gum notesSara Phillips gum notes at Hokey Curator, Hawthorn

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

Veuve, Epicure and sass & bide

Back in November (2010) I came home to find a beautiful vellum envelope in my letterbox. In it I found a cream postcard imprinted with bronze foil lettering which read “Heidi Middleton & Sarah-Jane Clarke invite you to Christmas drinks at the sass & bide Chapel Street boutique”.

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to receive a letter in my life. So much better than the bills I usually receive.

So, on Thursday 2nd December I entered the Chapel Street boutique which was already filling with other sass & bide enthusiasts – customers, media, Melbourne socialites and of course the always fabulous sass & bide crew. It was a sea of sass & bide clothing, old and new, all worn

I chatted to the very lovely Lauren from the Melbourne Central boutique for awhile… then she asked me if I’d met SJ. I turned to my right to see a stunning beach blonde wearing an amazing petrol gray trench (which is in stores later this year – I want one!) and glittery blue dress. It was none other than Sarah-Jane Clarke. No joke, I nearly didn’t recognise her.

We’ve all seen the gorgeous photos of SJ (I hope you don’t mind if I call you that), but she really is something in person. She’s simply stunning, and so warm and friendly. I have to say, it’s great when you get to meet your fashion idols and they exceed your expectations.

I then chatted with the guys from Epicure, who catered the event, the sass & bide girls from the boutiques (who scarily know me a little too well) and met the absolutely fabulous Divya who works in communications at the head office in Sydney.

All in all it was a fabulous night and was an honour to be invited.

Pop in to sass & bide today to see the first drop of the new papa sucre AW11 collection.

Turtle xox

Photos by House of Turtle (apologies for quality – taken on my iPhone).

Seasons Greetings from House of Turtle

This year I’ve received lots of cool Seasons Greetings via email. In the spirit of Christmas I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.

Merry Christmas all! Have a fabulous day with your loved ones, eat great food and drink till you laugh or cry. And, remember be true to your fabulous self and stay H-O-T always.

Turtle xox

Christmas Gift Idea #8: X&Y Magazine’s Fab Gift Guide

Uber-fabulous editors of X & Y Magazine (in order)
Georgia King, Valeria Gosse (Editor & Publisher), Adam Baidawi and Amber Renae

X & Y Magazine released its first issue in November. This fab new online magazine for males and females is pushing forward what’s cool and what’s not, with fashion updates, tips about sex and relationships, life, and exciting news from the music world.

Targeted at the uber-fabulous Gen Ys, X & Y Magazine is well and truly making its mark in the world of online publishing.

Check out their Fab Christmas Gift Guides, full of girly and manly gifts, and even a few for your parents.

Even if you’re Gen X, like me (sshhh), X & Y Magazine‘s weekly releases are well worth a read. You might even see the odd fashion article in there from me. 😉

Turtle xox

Images from X & Y Magazine

Christmas Gift Idea #7: The Blair Waldorf Headband

Not sure what to get your BFF for Christmas? You know, the one that has everything. Why not splash out and get her a signature headband like Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf.

Even though Dan told Blair she couldn’t wear her headbands to college parties, and dramatically threw her cute yellow one down the stairs in last week’s episode (of series three, just screened in Australia) – we don’t care… we love Blair’s headbands, and so will your friends.

Grab this gorgeous Grey Turban Headband from Precious Love now – it’s only $25.00. And, if you hurry, you can get 10% off till Wednesday 16 December 2009 by entering discount code LOVE at checkout.

You know you love me… XOXO

Turtle xox

Christmas Gift Idea #6: Send a personalised email

Send your friends a personalised email this Christmas. You’ll save money, paper and with the cash saved you’ll be able to buy more presents for friends… and for yourself.

Really, this Christmas gift idea was an excuse to add a H-O-T picture of George to my blog. Think I’ve received this email every year for a few years now. I don’t mind… Love, love, love George.

Enjoy! 😉

Turtle xox

Party sparkles from Sportsgirl

Totally loving these sequin jackets from Sportsgirl. Their super H-O-T, reasonably priced and perfect for adding a bit of bling to an otherwise simple outfit. Throw them on over your work clothes and you’re ready for Christmas drinks, or team them with a funky top and a pair of short shorts.

I love the first combination… reminds me of Ke$ha in the totally awesome ’80s do-over video clip for Tik Tok.

Turtle xox

PS. Sportsgirl are offering FREE delivery till 23 December (Australian residents only)

Images by House of Turtle and taken on Blackberry, hence the very poor quality. 😉

Christmas Gift Idea #5: The Sartorialist… Signed Book!

Image by and sourced from The Sartorialist

Inspire the sartorialist within with a signed copy of The Sartorialist.

Sydney-siders lined up around the block last night for a chance to meet the man himself, Scott Schuman, and to get their treasured copies of his coffee table book signed at the Paddington Sass & Bide store.

Sass & Bide are hosting another book signing tomorrow night, Thursday 10 December at their Melbourne GPO store from 6pm-9pm.

Turtle xox

Image by and sourced from The Sartorialist

Christmas Gift Idea #4: Viv & Ingrid Signature Wrap Hoop Earrings

Viv & Ingrid Signature Wrap Hoop Earrings

I love Viv & Ingrid’s Signature Wrap Hoop Earrings, particularly these turquoise ones. They’re great for summer with a maxi dress and pair of sandals, or for jazzing up a plain white tee and jeans. And, they’re available in both gold and silver.

Mico-Mico, my fave stockist of Viv & Ingrid, are offering 30% off storewide for the next six days too, which means you can pick them up for a fraction of their usual price. Exclusive to email subscribers, so make sure you are signed up when you place your orders. Enter discount code XMAS at checkout.

Turtle xox

Image from Mico-Mico

Christmas Gift Idea #3: Harmony and balance from Lululemon Athletica

Lululemon Athletica Align Ultra Mat and Om Stainless Bottle

Let’s be honest, Christmas is that time of year when we let ‘everything’ go. We party hard, drink and eat lots, and our exercise regime slips into oblivion.

Help family and friends get back into the swing of things after Christmas with great yoga-inspired exercise gear from Lululemon Athletica.

I love their yoga mats and the all-inspiring Om drink bottle which shows off Lululemon’s manifesto.

TipLululemon Atheletica offer free yoga classes at select stores throughout the week. Check out the store nearest you to find out when.

Aaaah… serenity is now!

Turtle xox

Images sourced from Lululemon Athletica website

More leading designers join the fab line-up at Melbourne’s GPO

Manning Cartell opens on Level 1

Pop-up Store – Limedrop

Acne Studio opens its Melbourne flagship store – Ground Floor

My favourite shopping destination; Melbourne’s GPO, continues to attract ‘the best of the best’ of Australian and international designers with five new stores and labels opening at the prestigious centre.

Manning Cartell recently opened the doors of its Melbourne flagship store on Level 1, following the success of their Sydney store. Level 1 is synonymous with high-end fashion – much like that of The Strand in Sydney. Stores include Lisa Ho, Zimmerman, high-end boutique; Belinda, and more. Nicola Waite and Tim O’Connor also open their doors this month on Level 1, alongside pop-up store Limedrop, which will be open till January 2010.

On the Ground Floor, cult fashion labels, Acne Studio and Alpha60 open their doors, while Sass & Bide grow from strength to strength with the expansion of its existing GPO boutique.

Willow will also open its first stand-alone store which will feature Kit Willow’s eponymous label and artwork by up and coming artist Clemens Krauss, plus a selection of work from other artists.

For more information about the exciting happenings at Melbourne’s GPO, visit their fab website, and be sure to sign up for GPO’s Lovers newsletter so you can keep up-to-date with all the news, special offers and VIP events.

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Melbourne’s GPO and Professional Public Relations

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

Christmas Gift Idea #1: Samantha Wills Gift Sets

Over the coming weeks I will be posting some Christmas gift ideas to help make the arduous task of gift giving that little bit easier. Good luck and enjoy!

Samantha Wills Narella Ring

If I was shopping for me… I would so be getting this… H-O-T!!!

Samantha Wills Night Song Christmas Gift Pack

But… we are shopping for others, so check out Samantha Wills Christmas Gift Packs. 😉

Turtle xox

PS. Things have admittedly been quiet of late. I have been quite unwell and spent the last week in hospital. On the mend now, so House of Turtle will be back on track very soon. Don’t leave me dear readers, I have not forgotten you. xox