Monday, November 30, 2015


We just love Elle from Harry and the Frog! A photographer, mum of two young girls and a woman of impeccable taste. Elle lives on the South Coast in a small town by the sea. She dresses her girls in muted hues and has a penchant for the vintage inspired - think cotton lace trims, neat bows and full skirts. Here she is wearing a few treasures from Bohemian Traders Newport Nautical collection. Easy wash and wear style for the breastfeeding mother.

 You can follow her adventures on Instagram under @harryandthefrog


Thursday, November 26, 2015


The party season is upon us and that can only mean one thing.... champagne. Oh wait, two things - Champagne and Little Black Dresses. 

Who am I kidding, the party season means so much more than champagne and dresses. It's about food and family and the ocean. It's about sand at the bottom of the bed and watermelon juice dribbling down the arms of sun kissed toddlers but hey, we've still gotta get dresses, right?

Here are my top 3 versatile party season dresses to cover all occasions - currently on sale at Bohemian Traders with 30% off all little black dresses. You can thank me later.

1. MOD DRESS  - This is a very easy, fully lined swing style dress with high collar and slight high low hem. Totally easy to wear and would look great with strappy heels or sandals. This is my first pic for the silly season as it covers all bases and I can mix up the look easily with different accessories. I'm wearing a small for a comfortable fit. It's snug-ish under my arms but is the perfect length on my short 158cm frame. I could have gone to a medium but it would have been a little more oversized. On sale for $104

2. FESTIVAL DRESS - A little bit casual with a festival edge. I roll the sleeves of this 100% cotton dress and team with scrappy black heels for evening time. Perfect for dinner with the girls and any other occasion that requires you to look good but not too dressed up. You know the ones? I'm wearing a small- very easy fit with a slight a-line for those of us with the hips (raise your hand). One sale for $97

3. LOVE STORY WRAP DRESS -  The dress that will take you anywhere. Team with stilettos for your Christmas events or sparkly sandals for a smart casual affair. This versatile number also looks great worn back with casual tan flats and an Every Day Bucket Bag for fun shopping trips or lunch dates. I'm wearing a small but I could wear either XS or M in this one. On sale for $97

Do you have a go-to dress in your wardrobe that will get you out of a pickle?  Oh yum, pickle. Polski Ogorki. Amen.


The Beetle Shack team

This bejewelled Moroccan couscous salad is perfect fare for any summer meal. Also, edamame is always a good idea. Enjoy!

Servings: 2
Ready In: 15 Minutes

50g frozen edamame (green soya beans)
100g couscous
200ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
40g flaked almonds
1 pomegranate or 100g pomegranate seeds
½ yellow pepper, deseeded and diced
½ apple, peeled and grated
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
10 black olives, pitted and halved
50g feta-style soya cheese, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

To make your Moroccan couscous salad, place the frozen edamame in a pan of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 1–2 minutes and then drain well.
Put the couscous into a bowl and pour over the hot stock. Cover with cling film and then leave for 5 minutes until the couscous has swelled and absorbed all of the stock. Fluff up with a fork to separate the grains.
Put the flaked almonds in a dry frying pan and toast over a medium-high heat until golden brown. Tip out and allow to cool.
If using whole pomegranate, cut it in half and, holding each half over the bowl of couscous, firmly tap the skin with a rolling pin to extract the seeds. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the parsley, and toss gently together. Season with black pepper to taste. Serve your Moroccan couscous salad with the chopped parsley scattered over the top.

Originally recipe from Eat Travel Live, From Eat Your Way To Lower Cholesterol by Ian Marber and Dr Laura Corr, published by Orion.

Monday, November 23, 2015


The Beetle Shack team

Travelling this summer? Rock and roll!

Whether you’re back-packing around the world or toting a roller bag to your exotic escape, the last thing you want to pack are clothes that will crease and crush. We’ve put together the ideal list of mix and match Bohemian Traders pieces that will roll up into your luggage nicely and roll out beautifully without any fuss so that you can start adventuring or relaxing in style.

Vintage Embroidered Shell Top $129

The Utility Short $109

Flume Pant $129

Nomadic Festival Vest $129

Limited Edition Sequin Pant $159.01

Ella Maxi Dress $139 (maternity & breast feeding friendly)

Longsleeve Lace Trim Blouse $139

What fabrics and cuts do you prefer to wear when you travel?