capture the cover competition

Hawthorn Sunset via @houseofturtle #capturethecover @yellow_auSunset view from my balcony in Hawthorn on Thursday night

Whilst this winter has been ridiculously cold, we’ve also been blessed with some beautiful sunshine and amazing sunsets. This week I’ve seen some truly incredible shots from everyone on my Instagram feed. Imagine if these shots could see you share in more than $60,000 worth of prizes and star on the front cover of your local Yellow Pages!

Sound appealing? Well, here’s my challenge to you this weekend and for the next couple of months! Get out of bed (always a good start), put on your comfiest (and of course most stylish) clothes and wander down to your favourite cafe, shops, park and hidden haunts in your local area. Take your camera with you or be sure to have your smartphone handy. Snap lots of pics on your journey of what you know and love about the place you call ‘home’.

When you’re done, hop online and enter your best pics into the 2014 Yellow Pages Capture the Cover competition. Or, better yet, do it straight from your phone while you’re out and about via Instagram. Simply tag your pic with #capturethecover and mention @yellow_au in your post! Be sure to tag the name of your suburb also to give it the credit it deserves!

As the theme of this year’s competition is ‘Only Locals Know’, photos must be of your local area. And, no head shots or selfies!

So, go on… get out of bed, head out the door and get snapping!

Visit Capture the Cover for full details. Competition closes 1 September for Adelaide; 8 September for Perth; 22 September for Brisbane; 6 October for Sydney; and 20 October for Melbourne (2013).

Love Turtle xox

Image by House of Turtle

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to promote the 2014 Yellow Pages Capture the Cover competition

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yellow pages open capture the cover competition

2013 Yellow Pages Winner for @yellow_au #capturethecover via @houseofturtle2013 Yellow Pages Winner for @yellow_au #capturethecover via @houseofturtle

Yellow Pages is calling for budding photographers across Australia to shoot its next covers and gain valuable exposure in the process.

Following a successful first year in 2012, Yellow Pages’ Capture The Cover photographic competition is back, once again giving locals in Australia’s major capital cities the chance to have a say in the images that represent their community on the cover of their local phone book and showcase their work to thousands.

Judged by leading photographers Steve Parish, Steve Fraser, Mark Lobo, Mark Kimber and Penelope Beveridge, Capture The Cover asks residents in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to upload original photographs showcasing a hidden gem in their community for the chance to win a share in more than $60,000 prizes.

A total of eight images will appear on each of the 36 covers across the cities, which will reflect the theme Only Locals Know.

Last year, amateur photographers, iPhoneographers and locals with point-and-shoot cameras were among more than 350 winners across Australia to have their photos featured on a Yellow Pages cover.

Perth judge, photographer Steve Fraser said this year’s competition will aim to celebrate little-known local spots on each cover under the theme Only Locals Know.
“It might be a favourite quiet place, the best spot to watch the sunset, a hidden piece of graffiti or even the tastiest coffee only locals know about,” Mr Fraser said.

“For me, a winning entry is always one that communicates a feeling – a great shot goes beyond technical composition. I’d tell entrants not to be afraid of taking lots of photos – the more you shoot, the more you can potentially capture.”

To enter, metro residents are encouraged to take a photo of the best kept secret in their community and enter at Capture the Cover for their snap to be considered for one of eight spots on each cover. By doing so, entrants go in the running to win $1000 cash or seven $100 cash prizes up for grabs on each cover.

Locals can also enter via Instagram by tagging their photo #CaptureTheCover and @Yellow_Au.

Locals can enter as many times as they like.

Visit Capture the Cover for full details. Competition closes 1 September for Adelaide; 8 September for Perth; 22 September for Brisbane; 6 October for Sydney; and 20 October for Melbourne (2013).

Turtle xox

Information and images courtesy of PR Edge for Sensis Pty Ltd

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to promote the 2014 Yellow Pages Capture the Cover competition.

instagram recap: out of the blue part 2





Part 2 in my out of the blue series features the shades of blue we see in our natural environment, as opposed to objects. It’s natures way off inspiring us to try new colour combinations when we style ourselves or our homes and offices.

I took these shots on my old iPhone 3 on a recent trip to Sydney. Somehow I managed to capture the right moment at the right time each time. It was a stunning day in Bondi as we started our walk from Tamarama ‘Glamarama’ beach to Bondi, one of the first nice days Sydney had seen for some time. As you can see, it brought out the masses.

It’s hard for me to pick a favourite from these shots because I love them all for different reasons. If I had to though, it would be the blue and orange push bike. Not only is it the coolest bike ever, its a great colour combo. Which is your favourite?

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle


instagram recap: out of the blue part 1







It’s no big secret that I love the colour blue… In all shades, shapes and sizes… in clothing, shoes, accessories, objects, nature… Pretty much in anything and everything. I even barrack for Carlton ‘The Blues’ in the AFL.

Why do I love blue so much? Who knows! I like to think that it’s because the many shades of blue remind me of the sky and the sea… vast, volatile, opportunistic and calming.

Here’s a recap of some of my blue moments from Instagram. Which is your favourite?

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle

The super H-O-T shoes belong to the fabulous Sally from work! A fellow lover of blue.

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

Instagram Recap: September/ October 2011

As some of you would know, I’m a little bit in love with Instagram.

For those of you not familiar with Instagram, it’s a fun way to share photos from your iPhone with a wider social network. It also has great photo filters, like buttons and commenting to make it interactive. Here are a few of my fave pics from the couple of months.

Lou Pardi‘s super H-O-T shoes from Habbot Studios

My little Fashion Ave

Cry for help from Down Yonder

Me dressed up as Zorro

Bonne Maman, cream and scones from Porgie & Mr Jones

Warning… Instagram is addictive!

Turtle xox

Images by House of Turtle


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

Wall paper me Frankie

Next time you’re looking to pretty up your laptop, computer or iPad, be sure to check out frankie magazine online.

They’ve got a very cute and kitschy collection of wallpapers ready to be downloaded for your viewing pleasure. Here are a few of my faves.




Download them for yourself and check out more at frankie magazine

Turtle xox

Beautiful, tragic and wanting

There is nothing that is not fabulous about Emmy Rossum‘s cover and appearance in Genlux (a luxury magazine created for the affluent Southern Californian woman). She reminds me of one of Alexandre Dumas’ heroines from the 17th century. Beautiful, tragic and wanting.

GENLUX_EmmyGenlux_S_WillsBlack Star ring - Samantha Wills

I also love that she is wearing Australia’s own, Samantha Wills Black Star ring, available now for $259. So stunning that it can be worn for special occasions for years to come!

Turtle xox

H-O-T Photo: The Sartorialist – Vintage Photos

The Sartorialist: Alejandro & Mom, Vintage Photos, 22 May 2010 
I am totally in love with this vintage picture recently posted on The Sartorialist. So much so that it’s become my screen saver on my phone (for now anyway). It captures such a magnificent moment of style, extravagance and grace. I love the mix of colours in her outfit, the clash of patterns and fur, even her grubby suede boots. Plus, little Alejandro is quite the little style master himself. Check out his floral hippy pants.
Check out The Sartorialist for more amazing vintage photos, and embrace some old world glamour.
Turtle xox 

LMFF: Melbourne Central’s Friday Nights of Fashion

To celebrate L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne Central presents Friday Nights of Fashion – Starting tomorrow night, Friday 12 March from 6pm-9pm.

Pop in to your fave stores for special offers and discounts, whilst you enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly.

Further to these fabulous offers, acclaimed photographer, Christian Blanchard, will also be taking live shots this coming Wednesday 17 March for a fashion editorial styled by Phillip Boom.

For full details and special offers, visit Melbourne Central now.

Turtle xox

House of Turtle

The Selby is in Your Space

Todd Selby is finally launching a new hardcover book, titled The Selby is In Your Space – named after his popular photographic blog of interesting people and their creative spaces, The Selby.

Much like Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, Todd Selby’s blog has a cult following that spans across the globe – all keen to see whose private space he will snap next.

Reserve your copy of The Selby is In Your Space now so you get it as soon as it ships.

Its 256 pages filled with tons of never seen before spaces. Plus it comes with stickers.

Turtle xox

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

I miss dress up parties

I miss dress up parties… can someone have one please? I’m hanging to get dressed up and be silly.

This is one of my absolute fave pics. It was taken a few (or more) years ago for Sarina’s 21st. The theme was Alice in Wonderland, so Ange and I went as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee (obviously)… So much fun wearing a fat suit!

Turtle xox

Kelly Smith is a Friend of Mine

Totally loving Kelly Smith‘s photo-based illustrations for Friend of Mine Summer ’10. After all, these illustrations have everything – fashion, fun and a New York state of mind.

Kelly Smith is renowned for her fashion inspired illustrations, works with an impressive client list, has had several exhibitions and been featured in many local and international fashion mags, including Vogue, Russh, Fallen, Yen and Shop Til You Drop.

I would so love to buy one of these illustrations and hang it on my wall. Or, better yet the whole series. I might have to too if Kelly Smith gets mad that I pilfered these images off her blog Birdy & Me (which is also amazing). Ok, I lie… I actually did ask permission first and Kelly said I could.

For those of you not yet familiar with Friend of Mine, the label was recently launched by designer, Teale Talbot. H
er sexy and confident collection, ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow‘ has already taken the fashion world by storm, and even been featured in the October issue of US Nylon mag.

The collection was inspired by ’90s supermodels, surf culture and even a touch of sci-fi. It is highly wearable, super H-O-T and can easily be mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe.

Oh, and some of the Twitterati out there might remember me carrying on about a pair of boots I was trying to get my hands on awhile ago… you know, the ones I DID get. Well, they are the boots in the image with the umbrella cart. And, I’m pretty sure the model is also wearing my Karen Walker sunnies. I am sooooooo cool. Ok, ok, I did purchase them at Down Yonder who stock Friend of Mine. 😉

Turtle xox

Images created by the very talented Kelly Smith for Friend of Mine Summer ’10, using images/ inspiration from the ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’ look book shot by photographer, Emily Abay and modeled by Lucy.

Images sourced from Birdy & Me with permission from Kelly Smith
Words written by House of Turtle