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

Erin Wasson for Zadig & Voltaire at Net-A-Porter

“There is an air of something very classic and French yet the mentality is rock and roll, which speaks to me.” says Erin Wasson of French label, Zadig & Voltaire in this week’s Editors Picks on Net-A-Porter.

Make sure you check out the superbly relaxed Erin Wasson for Zadig & Voltaire capsule collection on Net-A-Porter, including a video of the shoot.

Turtle xox

Image – screen shot from Net-A-Porter Magazine 19 October 2011

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

H-O-T News: Positive Posters 2010 finalists announced (#ptw)

Hailey McKenzie, Australia
Jesse Mallon, Australia 
 Tim Swainson, Thailand 
(Couldn’t resist including this one based on my injuries this year!)
Carlo Mussett, Australia

Whilst reading my latest newsletter from Desktop mag, I came across the Positive Poster 2010 finalists. As you know, I’m a big fan on the promotion of positivity, so I am totally loving the concept behind this competition.

Basically, graphic designer Nick Hallam founded Positive Posters in 2009 with the aim to plaster prominent cities like Melbourne with positive messages. Soon the concept turned into a competition for graphic designers and artists, and is run annually between July and October.

Designers are given a brief which they need to respond to and finalists are then selected, and judged by an international panel of judges (including Melbourne’s very own David Pidgeon and Michaela Webb). They then run an exhibition for all to see and soak up that creativity and positivity. Winners will be announced 12 October 2010 at the exhibition held at No Vacancy Gallery.
The lucky winner then has 4000 copies of their poster plastered all over the streets of Melbourne. I’d love to get my hands on one of those!

This year’s brief is based on an interpretation of Benjamin Franklin’s famous glass half full quote, “I haven’t failed; I’ve had 10,000 ideas that didn’t work.”

Turtle xox

Information sources:
Change. Today. Now. 21 April 2010, Desktop
Positive Posters – the top 30! 24 September 2010, Desktop
Positive Posters

Selection of images sourced from Positive Posters website

House of Turtle

H-O-T Want: Winter Kate Nicole Richie opy jacket

I really want this Winter Kate by Nicole Richie opy jacket but can’t bring myself to pay $349 for it, despite the fact that it’s 100% vintage silk crepe.
Have been staring at it for months now. C’mon sales!!! This jacket needs to come to Mamma.

Turtle xox 

RIP Malcolm McLaren

“It is better to be a flamboyant failure than any kind of benign success”
– Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm McLaren, aged 64, died yesterday (Thursday 8 April, 2010) after a long battle with cancer.
The former Sex Pistols manager, fashion designer, art school drop-out, musician, ex-boyfriend of Viviene Westwood, and proclaimed icon of the ‘Punk’ movement and will be sadly missed by the fashion and music communities, and fans spanning across the globe.

RIP Malcolm McLaren: 22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010

For articles related to Malcolm McLaren, check out:
Rolling Stone: Malcolm McLaren, Former Sex Pistols Manager and Punk Renaissance Man, Dead at 64
The Age, Photo Gallery:
Former Sex Pistols manager and influential figure in music has died aged 64.
The Age, Obituary: Sex Pistols’ former manager Malcolm McLaren dies

Turtle xox

Images sourced from the web – click link for location

House of Turtle

L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) 2010 Designer Award Finalists

Dhini announced as one of this year’s seven finalists

Seven finalists have been selected to present their capsule Autumn/ Winter collections at this year’s L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival for the 2010 LMFF Designer Award, presented by Woolmark.

Dion Lee, Dhini, Gail Sorronda, Gary Bigeni, Lui Hon, Konstantina Mittas and Therese Rawsthorne were all selected as finalists from an increasingly competitive field of entrants.

The winner of the 2010 LMFF Designer Award will be presented at the conclusion of the runway presentation, to be held on Tuesday 16 March at 7.30pm at Atlantic, Central Pier, Docklands.

With a line-up like this, judges will no doubt have a tough job selecting who will win the lucrative prize from Woolmark of $10,000, as well as exclusive introductions to Woolmark’s extensive network of contacts locally and overseas.

Past winners of this prestigious award include Ben Pollitt (Friedrich Gray), Toni Maticevski, S!X, Mad Cortes, Josh Goot, TV, Yeojin Bae and Romance was Born.

My favourite from the line-up would have to be Dhini, however all seven finalists are bound to give the high profile judges a tough task of choosing who will win the award this year.

Visit LMFF for further information.

Turtle xox

Image courtesy of AMPR

Dinosaur Designs is not Extinct! Just on sale…

Exciting news! Dinosaur Designs have opened their new Sales and Seconds Store, Extinct, in Strawberry Hills Sydney.

Extinct provides samples, seconds and discontinued Dinosaur Designs Homewares and Jewellery. All items are hand made in Australia; some may have slight imperfections.

This exclusive store is by appointment only!

Turtle xox

Images from Dinosaur Designs website

Day to Night Looks from White Suede

Images and clothing from White Suede High Summer 2010 Collection

White Suede’s High Summer 2010 collection explores simple and effective ways to take key pieces from day to night.

All you need is a great pair of denim shorts, a sexy singlet, a splash of gold, a classic trilby (our favourite ‘IT’ hat) and a tailored jacket… then mix and match to create H-O-T looks for day and night.

Check out White Suede‘s collection online now for a great range of styles, and a variety of ways to wear them.

Turtle xox

Images from White Suede website

Sale News: Seventh Wonderland and Hallican Boodie at CocoLee

CocoLee is hosting a fab swim fashion week sale… starting tomorrow!

Get 50-60% off swimwear by Seventh Wonderland and Hallican Boodie from 17 December to 21 December 2009, with delivery before Christmas.

Shop exclusively at CocoLee now!

Turtle xox

Image courtesy of CocoLee

Maximise the Maxi Dress

All items from Sass & Bide (click image to enlarge) – Clockwise
Chasing Dragons dress, From The Heart tee, Ring The Bells dress, Towards The Light denim vest,
The Taboo cropped jacket, 3 Strikes dress, Pocketful Of Dreams tee, I Will Wait For You tank

It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of Sass & Bide. I love their style, the ability to mix and match their clothes, and the different ways you can play around with them.

Take for example the maxi dress. As a shortie (152cm to be exact), maxi dresses are not something I thought I could, or would, ever wear. However, the fab girls at Sass & Bide showed me that this was not the case. And now, they’re one of my favourite summer staples to experiment with.

Sure Sass & Bide‘s dresses have ties, buttons and removable bits so you can make them shorter or change the look, but the principle can be applied to dresses from other designers. For example, simply knot both sides of the dress and voila, a long dress becomes shorter and more wearable (and no tripping over the dress on the escalator).

Another thing I have discovered is that it’s really easy to change the look of a maxi dress by wearing a plain black or white tee, or singlet, over the top and knotting it at the side. Alternatively, a loose (but short) light knit looks great too for those slightly cooler nights. Or, throw a denim vest over the top for a more casual look.

I managed to wear the same maxi dress three times in one week (I have no qualms wearing something repeatedly) – at the races, a mag launch and to the pub by applying this principle.

I also love wearing my short cowboy boots with a maxi dress. It gives a completely different look to sandals or heels.

The main rules are to break the rules… experiment, have fun and don’t be afraid to take risks.

Turtle xox

Images from Sass & Bide and Net-A-Porter websites, layout by House of Turtle

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

Spring Racing Carnival… H-O-T

House of Turtle has admittedly been a little quiet of late. Whilst you might have thought I was hiding in my shell, I was in fact having a fabulous week at the races – one which was filled with many fabulous people, lots of laughs, and of course lots of drinking… water of course. 😉

Here are some of my favourite pics from the week!

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle – if you are in any of these images and want them removed, you must buy me a drink!

J’Adore Midori

Make a statement this summer with Midori… Adore Midori that is.

Adore Midori is a fantastic new destination for fashionable ladies to find out what’s hot, discover tasty cocktails and the best parties to drink them at.

Eight of Australia’s hottest bloggers (including yours truly) feature each month in the Midori Adores section – showing you all that is fun, fresh and fabulous.

November’s top ten includes your chance to win Stereosonic tickets, how to wear great investment pieces, and my personal favourite, the hottest guys of Summer. H-O-T!

With competitions run throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook, Adore Midori is one to follow immediately. Show your support for us bloggers too and be sure to comment on our posts.

Check it out, can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Turtle xox