The Tortoise and The Girl

Over the past few weeks, several large, slow moving turtles have crossed my path.  They creep across the road with plodding determination and, when they feel threatened, simply duck inside their beautiful shells and remain where they are until the coast is clear.  They don't startle, jump or run.   (Mind you, I haven't tried to get too close as I think I heard once that they can bite.) These prehistoric creatures fascinate me. And I am not alone.  Here in coastal South Carolina, there are armies of retirees who devote their mornings to looking for turtle nests on the beach, protecting the eggs until they hatch. I have been drawn to various things tortoise over the past few weeks and it probably is because of my contact with turtles lately.


Tortoise shell has long been a darling of the design world because of its beautiful pattern and coloring.  Thankfully, turtles need not die for us to have something with a tortoise pattern.  Today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some ways to bring a bit of tortoise into our lives.  It is so chic and can be incorporated into your home and wardrobe. Here are a few things that have caught my eye:

Antique Tortoise shell box from 1st Dibs:

Flats from J. Crew (now on sale!)

J. Crew

J. Crew

Resin tortoise shells on stands from Tozai Home

Eyeglasses from Warby Parker- classic!

Check out this gorgeous tortoise printed linen fabric!  Pillows made out of this fabric would be so chic!

A tortoise watch would look amazing with a classic white cotton blouse- sleeves rolled up:

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How about a lamp or two?

Or a Parsons sofa table in tortoise laminate?

A mirror framed in tortoise is stunning on a wall that is painted a fun color like emerald green or coral:


Let us not forget the fabulous-ness of tortoise shell jewelry!

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Have you seen anything made of tortoise lately?  I'd love to know.  Have a great Monday!