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.

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LMFF 2013: runway 5 & 6

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On Friday I headed along to see Runways 5 & 6 at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival… As usual, the L’Oreal Powder Room looked super stylish and was swarmed by Melbourne fashionistas itching to get their nails and lips done, and tutorials on L’Oreal Paris’ new Nude BB creams.

Here are some of my highlights from the Runway, featuring sass & bide (pic 1 & 2), Lucette (pic 3), Rodeo Show (pic 4), Bul (pic 5 & 6) and the Runway 6 finale… A sea of Pure Scarlet… L’Oreal Preference Hair Colour, P67… The amazing and official hair colour of LMFF 2013.

And finally, the bottom pic is a TV presenter outside the shows explaining to his audience that milk crates were the only way to get to model height at LMFF. LOL!

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Turtle xox

All images by House Of Turtle

sass & bide stand & deliver

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I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek the other day at sass & bide’s latest collection, Stand & Deliver, which is arriving in store from now to May. There are some great wearable pieces (unlike the Seekerstate collection, which is very seasonal) and some fantastic western and Egyptian inspired accessories from the amazing Pip Edwards. Here’s a sneak peak of some of my favourites… See more at sass & bide

Turtle xox

Images from 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

Lover® 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

What’s your May mantra?

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Wow! It’s May already. It’s come around so fast. We’re nearly half way through the year. Time to update my wall calendar.

For a couple of years now, I’ve created my own using kikki.K’s DIY Calendar

You can use snaps of your own, family and friends, or use it as a mini mood board for the month.

This month I’ve got one of the shots from the sass & bide papa sucre look book. And a quote I picked for the month:

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort!” – Herm Albright

What’s your mantra for May?

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
superbly.

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).