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.

the corner shop presents knitin

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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

instagram recap: out of the blue part 2

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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

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instagram recap: out of the blue part 1

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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.

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

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

mylookbook Spring Magazine online now!

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Looking for some inspiration for spring? Then check out mylookbook.com Spring magazine for some fab beauty, style and travel ideas. This online flip book mag also features some great blogger talent, including Mandy Shadforth from Oracle Fox.

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Check it out now and sign up for updates at the mylookbook.com blog

Turtle xox

RAFW Update: Fast-forward your look with powerful blue lashes

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As a child growing up in the ’80s, I remember my first make up discovery was blue mascara. I used to rummage through my Mum’s make up and experiment with the different colours to see what I could get away with. One day I even rocked up to primary school in Mum’s Christian Dior blue mascara. I felt so sophisticated and grown up.

I got into trouble from the principal and put on grounds duty. But it was worth it. My life had changed forever. I was in love!

So imagine my delight in receiving an update today (alas I am not in attendance) from Rosemount Australia Fashion Week (RAFW) 2011 about the Magdalena Velevska show where Bobbi Brown was the make up partner.

A bold flash of blue mascara featured as a highlight, complimented by soft dewy skin. Immediately, my memories of that pivotal day of my fashionable youth came rushing back.

Magdalena’s collection features intricate detailing and a brilliant colour palette, balanced with a clean style. Bobbi Brown teamed this with an ethnic inspired beauty look that featured a touch of ’60s influence and intricate woven braids to create a modern take on the Russian bride. All topped off with those electric blue lashes.

Makeup Director Nica Marcello, International Artist & National Education for Bobbi Brown says “Much like the fashion we take a pretty, feminine and traditional look and fast-forward it with powerful blue lashes, infused with our Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt.”

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Create the Magdalena Velevska look for yourself with these products from Bobbi Brown:
– Foundation Stick (my own faithful foundation!)
– EXTRA Repair Foundation
– Face Highlighting Pen in Opal
– Beige Shimmer Brick
– Lashes coated with Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cobalt
– Lip Balm SPF 15 + Pale Pink Pot Rouge

I know I’m rushing out to get the Cobalt Gel Eyeliner to see if I can get away with it at work!

Turtle xox

Images courtesy of Bobbi Brown
Magdalena Velevska show, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) 2011
Wednesday May 4th, The Cargo Theatre

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

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

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Salsa Splash! Sydney’s biggest blind date launch party

Please read this post if you:
a) Are a single, active professional
b) Want some fun and adventure, whilst meeting new people
c) Live in Sydney

Still reading… then look no further than Salsa Splash! Brought to you by The Big Blind.

The Big Blind is a new company that puts on exciting events for singles that combine fun, adventure, activities… and dating. Their launch party, the Salsa Splash will be held at Sydney’s, Tharen’s Restaurant and Bar in Kings Cross, on Tuesday 8 September.

It doesn’t matter if you know how to salsa or not, just put on your best smile and dancing shoes and have some fun! There will be cocktails and canapes too to calm your nerves. If it was in Melbourne, I’d be there for sure. 😉

For more information and full event listings, check out The Big Blind.

Happy flirting!

Turtle xox

Information and image courtesy of The Big Blind