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.


SS12 Goes to New Lengths

Dresses, skirts, tops and jackets explore new lengths for the Spring/ Summer collections. Here are a few favourites I’ve spotted so far…

Friend of Mine Mr Chow Kimono and Teen Spirit Dress

Friend of Mine Tarzan Silk Skirt Water Leopard

sass & bide Exit to Freedom dress

Loverยฎ the Label dress

Therese Rawsthorne Biker Trench

Tallulah Castle in the Sky top from Suede Online

Have you spotted a favourite?

Turtle xox

Images sourced from the web

LIFEwithBIRD… Unbreak my heart

LIFEwithBIRD Hearts were thieves - front

This tailored metallic LIFEwithBIRD jacket has stolen my heart!

My heart flutters to dream of teaming it with a loose white tee, slighty distressed mid-blue jeans, a suede clutch and a H-O-T pair of ankle boots.

True love! Or is it lust?

Grab the LIFEwithBIRD Hearts Were Thieves jacket for yourself in-store or online. RRP $AUD 365

Turtle xox

Image from LIFEwithBIRD Facebook page

Tomorrow is already here thanks to Sass and Bide

So excited about Sass & Bide‘s latest collection, Tomorrow The Great.

The girls have taken a slight shift away from the heavy focus on hardware we’ve seen of late (which might I say I love love love) and embraced a strong contrast of blacks and whites.

The collection uses a mixture of stripes and patterns – combined with our fave hardware (don’t worry it’s still there) and touches of lace and sheer blacks.

These pieces will be great mixed and matched with previous collections, or with a base outfit of black and white.

I am totally in love with the tuxedo style City of Love jacket, whilst my friend Silvia loves the capelets which easily work with either day or night dressing.

What’s your favourite piece?

Turtle xox

Images: Screen shots from new Sass & Bide 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 

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

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

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vested interest

A change in season means it’s time to take a good hard look at what you’re wearing and what’s in the wardrobe. With so many exciting new looks and trends each season, we soon think it’s time to give the wardrobe a massive overhaul and throw everything out. But do we really have to? And, can we do it cost effectively?

My approach is take a look at the pieces I already own and then work out how I can adapt them to create my ‘must’ have looks.

Vests are great. They can take a simple outfit and turn them into something unique and special.

A simple white tee and denim skirt – teamed with a funky vest and necklace can create a look that is perfect for sunny afternoons at the pub, festivals, and catching up with friends. You can even mix and match the look with leggings, funky boots or a great pair of ‘roman-style’ sandles.

Voila – a simple, effective and H-O-T look – using an investment piece that works!

Warning, not all vests suit everyone – make sure you pick ones that sit just right around your bust line – some can make you look bigger, smaller or just plain silly. If you’re not sure, get the shop assistants to help, and be sure to try them on with your base outfit.

Good luck!

Turtle xox

Image: House of Turtle

This Dhini sequinned jacket can blow my trumpet any day!!

No words, nor music, can describe how much I love, want, die for, must have and desperately need this Dhini jacket.
Maybe I should invest in a lotto ticket, cross all fingers, toes, legs and arms in hope, and pray to all the Gods that somehow it magically appears in my wardrobe.

Anyone know where Jeannie is hiding these days? Because I dream of this jacket!

Turtle xox

Images from Dhini New World Order SS 09/10 Look Book

Balmain Mania at The Outnet – One step closer

Balmain is simply too H-O-T for words. So, I insist you take five very deep breathes. Go on, do it now… ready for it… Balmain is on sale at The Outnet. I bet most of you fashionistas knew that already, but I simply had to show you my fave pieces from the sale.

HURRY – they’re bound to sell out fast! Or, if you’re like me and still can’t afford them – just stare and focus on the fact that you’re that little bit closer to being able to afford them (once you sell all your other clothes on ebay, get three jobs and remortgage the house).

Special thanks to fabulous crew at The Outnet. You guys rock.

Turtle xox

This Karen Walker jacket is almost too perfect!

Karen Walker – She’s Cracked Leatherette Jacket

This Karen Walker jacket is almost too perfect! It is effortlessly cool, simple yet functional and features crumpled faux leather, detailed sleeves and collar, and gold zips. Get it while you can!
Available online at and Hokey Curator (if they have any left, last I heard the waiting list was full).

Turtle xox

Image from Karen Walker – She’s Cracked Collection

Want more? Read:
Walk this way… to the Hokey Curator

Eye spy with my little eye… something beginning with A SALE!

Despite the fact that it’s currently a gloriously sunny 28 degree day outside in Melbourne, now is still the perfect time to buy your autumn and winter coats and jackets. And, with Gorman’s 50% off sale on coats and jackets… you’d be crazy not to!

I love the Eye Spy Raincoat – it’s retro-looking ‘eye’ buttons are perfect for giving a quick wink to passers-by. Who knows – they might even stop and say hi!

Turtle xox

PS. Hurry in to Gorman now, or check out Gorman’s e-shop… sale ends 26 April 2009.

To steal or not steal… Is it a style must?

I had to buy this week’s issue of Grazia as soon as I saw it on the news stand. Anything with Kate (Moss that is) on it is a must. Once again, the Grazia gang are on about Sienna Miller stealing Kate’s style… again. Hell… why not steal her style? I do! That YSL tuxedo jacket she’s wearing is FAB-U-LOUS!!! Kate is one of my fave style icons, and clearly she’s Sienna’s too. What’s there not to love (besides some of her other supposed habits reported by the media, but I am not here to judge or discuss that) about Kate. The woman is stunning and knows how to dress. A little style-jacking where Kate’s involved is not a sin.

As for the tux jacket, it’s a season must have. Check out the White Suede Tuxedo Jacket in black linen with silk lining, great with jeans and a tee, or over a dress for work. If you prefer a longer version, they also have the Double Breasted Blazer in black wool. Both equally versatile investment pieces, both equally hot. To take a peak, check them out on their website under Collections > Australia & NZ.

Turtle xox