Dig deep with That Vintage – QLD Disaster Relief Appeal

Toowoomba Flash Flooding 10 January 2011

By now many of you will have seen the devastating images of the floods that have hit Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Some of you may even be experiencing it. Australians are digging deep to support the people and communities affected by this devastation.

I was inspired to see jewellery designer, That Vintage putting her creative endeavours forward to support the cause. And you can help too.

That Vintage is having a 12 item Auction to raise funds for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal on the That Vintage Facebook page.

The auction has already started and will end on Monday 24 January at 9am EDST.

The items are absolutely gorgeous, but more importantly support those affected by the floods.

Dig deep!

Read Sophie Hill’s blog That Vintage to find out more or ‘Like’ the That Vintage Facebook page.

Turtle xox


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 Offer: FREE Spring bag from nellie & me!

 A quick message from nellie & me
“It may not be exactly picnic or beach weather yet, but that hasn’t stopped nellie & me dreaming about sitting in the sun and unwinding with a nice book and perhaps a cold drink or two.

We figured you must be feeling the same way, so nellie & me hit the workshop and came up with this cute casual bag – for when you don’t want to mix sand and grass in with everything else in your handbag!

And, because we love you guys so much, we are giving these away for FREE.  All you have to do is join the club at www.nellieandme.com.au and we’ll send one straight out to you.

Tell your friends, tell your mum, tell your sister… gee, you can even tell the cute guy at the cafe near work – if you think he’d like one. Just make sure you’re ready for when the sun starts to shine!”

Now who can argue with that! I’m in… thanks nellie & me. 
Turtle xox 

H-O-T Offer for the New Finanicial Year: Free Nellie and Me Wallet

Nellie and me, an up and coming, Australian accessories and footwear brand, are giving you the chance to not only be nice to your wallet this financial year… but get a free wallet!

Use the promotional code AJAY when you purchase through the online store
Turtle xox 

Feel good fashion with Country Road and Red Cross

Country Road have teamed up with the Red Cross to reward customers for putting their social and fashion conscience into action!

Fashion Trade is a great initiative which aims to raise money for the community and reduce landfill by encouraging people to recycle their pre-loved Country Road clothing and accessories.

To get involved, simply donate any good quality clothing or accessories and at least one pre-loved Country Road item to any participating Red Cross retail store… And, in return you’ll receive a $10 voucher to put towards your next purchase of $50 or more at Country Road
The donated items will then be sold on through Red Cross retail stores to raise funds to support its everyday work with vulnerable people.
So… reward yourself three times over – with a clean wardrobe, support for a good cause and an excuse to go shopping!

Turtle xox 

Update: #positivetweetsweek Challenge

 Positive Tweets Week Photo of the Day by @CherieCheroo
Well the #positivetweetsweek challenge is on, and it’s starting to take off. Even the most cynical of us are getting into it and having some fun. Today was probably the toughest day of all being a Monday and the first viewing of #masterchef during #ptw.
Questions have popped up along the way regarding the rules. Quite simply, there are none. If you slip up and post a negative tweet, you just join back in. It wouldn’t be positive if you couldn’t. 😉 And, anyone can join in, so spread the word.
I started a ‘Positive Tweets’ list so people can track who’s coping and who isn’t. I’ve been stalking the hashtags, which is how I put the list together, so if you want to be on it, be sure to use the hashtags #positivetweetsweek or #ptw, or just DM or tweet me, @houseofturtle. We’ve got 75 members on the list since the challenge started on Saturday.
Here are a few of my favourite #ptw tweets so far:
Monday 17 May, 2010

@houseofturtle omg! I’m the #ptw photo of the day? That makes me hap-hap-happy which is even more positivity for #ptw ! 😀

I don’t know if I kicked Zumba’s ass or if it kicked mine. In honour of #positivetweetsweek, I’m going to go with the former! 🙂
#positivetweetsweek is making for a happier Squish..
Can I say that #positivetweetsweek is having an effect on me? Consciously making sure no negative thoughts are said out loud..
Today is going to be very, very challenging. But if it’s a complete massacre then at least the wine will taste better tonight. #ptw
Dressed head to toe in black & grey. Urgh. On the plus side, I am now camoflaged enough to go on secret squirrel spy-like missions! 😉 #ptw
You were born a winner. You were the fastest sperm. Remember that. #ptw
It’s so cold this morning I’ve got shrinkage, but at least my nipples are bigger. #positivetweetsweek #ptw
Sunday 16 May, 2010

@houseofturtle McVeigh just screwed up a kick in resulting in a goal to St Kilda. On the upside, I have my health. #ptw

Photo of the Day
Photo: #ptw for @houseofturtle – “when I get sad, I stop being sad, and be awesome instead. True story.” :)… http://tumblr.com/x8k9yn9ew
Saturday 15 May, 2010
@houseofturtle What’s this with you wanting to make Twitter a positive tweets week? Are you crazy?!? Do you want to break Twitter? 😛
@houseofturtle @SquishT77 @Miss_GK @CherieCheroo @bronska01 @emilyryanmusic Morning Brady bunch. We feeling positive? Beaut! Let’s begin.
One atom to another: “I’ve lost an electron!” “Are you sure?” “I’m positive!!” #positivetweetsweek
Click here for full details about the #positivetweetsweek challenge and how it began.
Turtle xox 

Challenge yourself: #positivetweetsweek

I’ve just set a challenge to my followers and friends on Twitter – a whole week of positive tweets!

Starting tomorrow, Saturday 15 May to the following Saturday we can only write positive tweets.

Sounds easy, but it’s not. So many of us (including me) use Twitter as an outlet for our frustrations, to bitch, whinge and whine. My proposal is that we all have a positive attitude for the week. This doesn’t mean we can’t vent still, it just means we put a positive spin on it. Some of the tweeps who have joined the challenge have already labeled it “Disney week” and the “Shamwow of sarcasm” (thanks @idmacman). Haha!

Are you in? If so, challenge yourself, join in and spread the word. Hashtag is: #positivetweetsweek [Alternative hashtag: #ptw 15 May]

Good luck!!

Turtle xox

PS. Don’t stress if you don’t make it through the week. Shit happens. It’s the desire to try that counts, and the laughs we’ll have along the way.

Follow me on Twitter: @houseofturtle to see how we’re tracking.

Update 17 May: I have created a list on Twitter of those involved in our challenge. Follow the list to see who’s coping and who isn’t: http://twitter.com/houseofturtle/positivetweeps

House of Turtle

Happy Birthday to The Outnet!!

It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since The Outnet graced our online presence with fabulous bargains on designer labels. In this time the Net-A-Porter outlet spin-off has allowed us to pick up the likes of Halston, Balmain and Pucci for a fraction of the retail price.

House of Turtle would like to say thanks to The Outnet – you rock our world… and of course, Happy Birthday! Looking forward to many more years ahead.

Turtle xox

PS. For those who RSVP’d, don’t forget The Outnet $1 sale is on today!

Image from The Outnet

LMFF: Melbourne’s GPO Feast of Fashion Shows – This Thursday 18 March

A taste of what’s to come!

This coming Thursday (18 March), Melbourne’s GPO will deliver its Feast of Fashion shows as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival program line up.

Melbourne’s GPO is fast becoming renowned for its unique fashion events which fuse performance, art and fashion. And, this year’s LMFF shows will not disappoint.

Two theatrical shows (12.30pm and 1.30pm) will feature GPO’s newest recruits, Manning Cartell, Acne, Alpha 60 and LIFEwithBIRD, alongside high-end favourites Lisa Ho, Akira and Leona Edmiston, amongst other GPO favourites.

Set against a dramatic backdrop of black and gold, GPO’s Feast of Fashion shows will be reminiscent of opulent baroque glamour.

For those of you without tickets to the shows, be sure to pop in to Melbourne’s GPO this Thursday anyway, as the doors will be open from 10am to 8pm for special in-store offers and designer appearances.

See you there! Keep an eye out for post-show round up on House of Turtle this Thursday.

Turtle xox

House of Turtle

Image Credits
Silvana, wearing Acne (pink & white jacket) Adelaide, wearing Manning Cartell (black dress) Ruby, wearing Lisa Ho (black feather skirt & leather jacket) Zoe, wearing Leona Edmiston (long dusty pink dress)
Headwear Kerrie Stanley, Milliner Hair & Makeup Caterina DiBiase, Heading Out Hair & Beauty

Images courtesy of

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

LMFF with APP-Titude

LMFF is almost here. And we can’t wait!

For those without tickets to all the events, and for those who do, LMFF have ensured fashion fans can interact with the excitement of LMFF in lots of fun and unique ways.

Festival Director, Karen Webster is excited about LMFF‘s new “high tech and high touch” approach. “LMFF is about bringing fashion to the people and the fashion consumer is our VIP. We look forward to sharing great content with them, be it here in Australia or around the world.”

iPhone users can access their very own LMFF app which features all the festival information you need, including a full program, designers, venues and more. Plus you can check out your fave outfits in a gallery and on LMFF TV. For those visiting Melbourne for the festival, LMFF have also included a ‘little black book‘ section of their fave bars, boutiques and restaurants.

And, if you want a little bit more, you can interact with the crew and friends via Facebook and Twitter.

For those of us using Blackberries and regular phones, you can still check out all the LMFF gossip and updates at the LMFF website and blog, and subscribe to LMFF Swingtag, the festival’s e-newsletter.

I’ll be keeping you up-to-date over the next week with all my highlights and must see events! See you there.

Turtle xox

House of Turtle

Images courtesy of AMPR

OBUS Studio Sale

Melbourne’s very own Obus are moving!

To celebrate they’re having a massive Studio Sale next week. With great offers on seconds, samples, shoes and their summer range, you’d be crazy to miss it. Plus, they are selling their old fabrics… which means the more talented of us can dust off our sewing machines and create our own Obus inspired pieces! I can’t sew at all. BUT, that’s hardly the point. 😉

Post your Obus creations on the House of Turtle fan page so we can check them out!

Turtle xox