Christmas lunch at Donovans, St Kilda
Images by House of Turtle
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.
Photos by House of Turtle (apologies for quality – taken on my iPhone).
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.
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. 😉
Images from X & Y Magazine
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.
You know you love me… XOXO
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
Image by and sourced from The Sartorialist
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.
Image from Mico-Mico
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.
Aaaah… serenity is now!
Images sourced from Lululemon Athletica website
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.
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.
Images courtesy of Melbourne’s GPO and Professional Public Relations
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.
Samantha Wills Night Song Christmas Gift Pack But… we are shopping for others, so check out Samantha Wills Christmas Gift Packs. 😉
Turtle xox http://houseofturtle.com.au
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