the corner shop presents knitin


One of my big regrets was not letting my mother teach me how to knit. I never had the patience or interest in it. But it is one of those skills that is meant to be passed down from generation to generation, and sadly I missed my chance.

I can still learn though (if I ever master the patience part)… And, if I was in Sydney I’d be sure to take advantage of these great classes at The Corner Shop over the coming weeks. If you’re itching to learn how to knit… Book now!

Turtle xox


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

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

Power Friending – Amber Mac

Amber Mac knows how to make friends online (and in person). Do you?

While you may never meet some of your online friends face-to-face, they still expect you to follow the established norms of friendship: be authentic, reach out, listen. And don’t lie to your friends. These same rules apply online.

Check out Amber Mac’s book, Power Friending to discover how you can expand your online connections into lasting friendships.

What’s more, and what House of Turtle loves about Amber, is that she’s young, hip and H-O-T!

I love her Dexter inspired ‘Texter’ clip which launched Power Friending online. Check it for yourself now:

Amber Mac is in Australia this week as a keynote speaker for the Schmart marketing conference in Melbourne, Monday 4 April and Sydney, Wednesday 6 April. Follow the conversation on Twitter @getschmart #smc11

Turtle xox

Onya Aids Queensland Floods at Honey Bar this Australia Day

Looking for something to do this Australia Day? Something fun… And worthwhile?

Well, pop along to the Honey Bar in South Melbourne where Onya Magazine is hosting a fundraiser for the Queensland Flood Relief Fund. Show your support and enjoy fun, food, drinks and some great tunes.

There will be silent auctions, a live auction and some lucky draw prizes of some fabulous items, including an $11,450 Cartier watch!

RSVP on Facebook now…  And spread the word!

See you there.

Turtle xox

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).

H-O-T Shopping… For free! The Clothing Exchange

Ever wondered how you can pick up some cool clothes without spending a dime? Well, now you can at The Clothing Exchange
This National initiative runs in five states and is a great way to update your wardrobe, save money and help the environment. 
All you have to do is grab your ticket and take up to six quality garments to exchange with other fashion enthusiasts. 
Be sure to check out their website for lots of great tips and info.
The Melbourne event is running tomorrow night (Monday 25 October). Perfect timing to top up your spring wardrobe for the warmer weather.
Grab your tickets online now, or sign up at their website for updates on future events.
Turtle xox 
Image from The Clothing Exchange website

H-O-T Parties: Mr Jones Soiree

An enchanting ballerina danced to the fluid sounds of Tchaikovsky
Back in July I had the privilege of being invited to Mr Jones (of Porgie & Mr Jones fame) birthday soiree. 
It was the party to top all parties with decadent delicacies, delicious drinks, topless waiters, enchanting ballerinas, talented opera singers and more. 
Catering and performances were magically put together by Bright Young Things. Check them out for your next function or for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival.

Turtle xox 

I Love NY Market – Hurry – Stall Applications Are Closing!

I Love NY Market


Smart Artz Gallery

2 Alfred Place, South Melbourne

Sunday 31 January

11 – 3pm

The I Love New York Market is a fundraising event to send Airdrie Makim and her beautiful Joolz jewellery label to show her wares at New York Fashion Week – this is a market you won’t want to miss. With an eclectic mix of preloved gems and new products from some of Melbourne’s fantastic boutique businesses, the I Love New York Market will have something for everyone.

Individual hoarders that need to clear out their homes of secondhand clothing, jewellery and knick knacks can secure a stall for $20 and save eBay listing fees and a truckload of time.

Businesses with interesting products or clothing can grab themselves a stall for $40.

A glass of wine is available upon arrival to both guests (gold coin entry) and stallholders. We will also be holding a raffle with fantastic prizes.

If you would like to hold a stall at our market (either individual or business) please email by 14 January for details – that’s today!!


L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) Sets the Industry Agenda in 2010

LMFF is just around the corner and with it comes some of Australia’s most anticipated business events, including the Business Seminar, Marketing Breakfast and Designer Forum.

This year’s Business Seminar guests include Christian Blanckaert, Former Chairman and CEO of Hermes and Sarah Curran, Founder and CEO of Melbourne born designer, Michael Angel returns home for the Designer Forum. More speakers yet to be announced.


Designer Forum – 3pm, Monday 15 March, Sketch, Central Pier, Docklands (invitation only)
Herald Sun Marketing Breakfast – 7:30am, Thursday 18 March, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Business Seminar – 8:30am, Friday 19 March, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets, or Tel 13 61 00
Booking fees may apply

For further information visit

Turtle xox

Leeloo presents Once Upon… A fairy tale come true

Leeloo, an Australian online boutique for hand-made and limited edition clothing, design and art, turns two turns this November.

To celebrate, Leeloo are holding an exhibition called Once Upon, a real life fairy tale of an exhibition which supports upcoming artists and designers.

Each artist has been allocated a fairy tale to interpret and create four original and new artworks which will be exhibited at Once Upon. Featured artists include, Catherine Campbell and Sarah McNeil, Caitlin Shearer and Kareem Rizk, as well as Leeloo artists, Bec Winnel and Ali J, plus a fabulous bunch of talented new upcomers.

Once Upon opens on Thursday 19 November at aMBUSH gallery from 6pm to 9pm, and will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until Sunday 22 November.

Artworks are available for sale.

Check out Once Upon for a sneak peak. See you at the exhibition… And Happy Birthday Leeloo!

Turtle xox

Image courtesy of Leeloo

Event Report: Blackberry Curve Launch

Event: Blackberry Curve Launch

Date: Monday 19 October, 2009

Location: Carousel, 22 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park Lake, Victoria

Jessica Mauboy, massages, cocktails, freebies and more – Priscilla Lee, Winner of the Blackberry Curve Launch tickets competition, tells us about her fabulous evening!

It was a glorious spring evening for a launch party. Perfect weather and gorgeous venue right next to Albert Park Lake.

My friend and I helped ourselves to the drinks and nibbled on yummy canapes while we checked out the new Blackberry Curve. It has great easy to use features that are perfect for someone who would use their phone for music, Facebook and Twitter.

After checking out the Curve, we discovered that there were free massages. We quickly scrambled over to get some well deserved pampering.Yes, life is hard sometimes… 🙂

We suddenly heard a commotion and saw Jessica Mauboy heading towards the Blackberry. I couldn’t believe my eyes – and to my delight I managed to get a picture taken with her. Definitely a highlight of my VIP night.

Not long after, Jessica Mauboy performed live. She was amazing and the crowd went wild. Such a talented singer.

Unfortunately, I had to work the next day, so had to peel myself away from the party. Luckily, there were goodie bags waiting for everyone which were stuffed full with summer essentials, such as sunscreen, beach towels, frisbees and lip gloss.

It was truly an unforgettable night.

Big thanks to Melena from House of Turtle, and Midori, for the tickets!

Love Priscilla

Photos of Priscilla Lee

Project Runway designers go green for Enviroweek

Sneak peak at Amber Renae’s avant-garde designs for Enviroweek

The Project Runway Australia gang are back… and they’re going green!

Anthony Capon, Mark Neighbour, Jason Chetcuti and Amber Renae joined forces with the fab crew at Wrapped by housemouse to create avant-garde frocks to show their support for Enviroweek.

Here’s a quick note from the very stylish and lovely Amber Renae requesting your help to support Enviroweek too…

Hi… Hope you’re fab! As you may be aware Enviroweek is on again – this is a national initiative aimed at raising funds for various environmental charities and organizations. Their motto is simple: “Change your habits for a week and reap the benefits for a lifetime”.

Enviroweek relies on motivated individuals to build brand awareness and credibility for the campaign. To help support the cause, and in true Project Runway style; Anthony Capon, Mark Neighbour, Jason Chetcuti and myself have created incredible avant-garde frocks made entirely out of recycled paper, courtesy of Wrapped by housemouse.

The frocks will be revealed at the end of Enviroweek, but in the meantime we need your assistance in raising funds to support this cause. You can check out our initiatives online – follow the link to make a small donation.

Every bit helps. You don’t need to be a greenie to be green. It just makes good sense to take care of our life support system – our environment. Who wants to breathe foul air, swim in polluted water, and live on a poisoned planet?

This is your chance to make a world of difference…your support will greatly impact on the success of Enviroweek.

Please forward to your environmentally aware friends

Amber Xx

Enviroweek runs from 11-17 October 2009 (yes, that’s this week – so hurry)

Event Report: Friends of Couture Chapel Street Store Opening

Friends of Couture‘s Caitlin and Nicole
Happy shoppers, Janni and Madeline

Event: Friends of Couture Chapel Street Store Opening

Date: Thursday 17 September, 2009

Location: 225 Chapel Street, Prahran Victoria

Last Thursday, Friends of Couture opened their new flagship Chapel Street store to an outstanding turnout of Melbourne fashionistas and enthusiasts. Guests entered the store via a rose arch to be greeted by flower girls with pretty pink cupcakes – just like in this growing label’s recent campaign.

DJs cranked out rockin’ tunes, champagne flowed and canapes were served while guests chatted and browsed the latest collection.

The most notable observation for me, was that it’s not everyday that you see a label that caters so well to so many different individual stlyes and looks. However, Friends of Couture guests were unique and stylish – from pretty in pink, to ’50s preppy and rocker punk.

The Chapel Street store itself is great. Friendly staff and lots of room to stock their massive collection of mens and womens clothes and accessories. Be sure to check it out for yourself.

H-O-T items from current collection: Cute taffeta tutus for the girls and checkered shirts for the boys. Fun!

To view more photos of the night and the Spring/ Summer 2009-10 Collection go to House of Turtle’s Facebook fan page and view the Friends of Couture album.

Turtle xox

Images: House of Turtle

Live from The Red Carpet – Emmys 2009 – Pure Elegance

H-O-T Pick ~ Eastwick’s Lindsay Price: photo by Getty Images/JasonMerritt
H-O-T Pick ~ Debra Messing – simple, classy and sophisticated: photo by Imaging
Entourage’s Jamie-Lynn Sigler in Donna Karen: photo by Imaging
H-O-T Pick ~ The fabulous Sandra Oh: photo by Imaging
Family Guy’s Mila Kunis: photo by Imaging
Kourtney Kardashian looking demure in grey – pregnant is H-O-T: photo by
Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuiller – dusty pink… strapless, simple top – with tulle tutu style bottom: photo by Imaging
30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden: photo by Imaging
H-O-T Pick ~ Beautiful Aussie gal, Damage’s Rose Byrne in Valentino: photo by Imaging
H-O-T Pick ~ Aussie gal, Toni Collette – watermelon pink: photo by Vespa
H-O-T!! Bone’s David Boreanaz: photo by Granitz
H-O-T Pick ~ The ever fabulous Sigourney Weaver: photo by Vespa
H-O-T Pick ~ Model and Project Runway host, Heidi Klum shows us how to do baby bump with glamour and style wearing Marchesi: photo by Imaging

Event: 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
held at the Nokia Theatre on 20 September 2009, in Los Angeles

Today’s fashions from the Red Carpet at the 2009 Emmy Awards highlights classic sophistication and old world Hollywood glamour.

Whilst some might be disappointed that there were few ‘show stoppers’, I feel that the elegance and purity of the gowns was truly stunning and did not disappoint.

Key colours on the red carpet were black, greys and mushroom, navy, gold, red and teal. Purple made an appearance, as did various shades of pink, green and rich blues.

My H-O-T Picks and best dressed for the day would have to be Lindsay Price, Debra Messing, Sandra Oh, Rose Byrne, Toni Collette and Heidi Klum. With a special mention for Sigourney Weaver – who always looks incredible, never ages and is simply flawless.

Turtle xox

Note: All photos have been sourced from Yahoo! TV and I have tried to ensure to include all credits based on the information from the listings on Yahoo! TV.