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?

Sunday, November 22, 2015



The Beetle Shack team

On a lovely Spring day in the Australian countryside, @harryandthefrog and her little one went a-wandering and featured a special collection of easy wearing, wash and wear Spring Summer 2015 fashion.
We love to see gorgeous real women - no matter their age, journey or size, in styles that transform the way you'll approach your daily wardrobe. From polka dots to natural textures to classic prints – peruse these easy wearing, everyday, pregnancy, breast feeding and beyond pieces from the Bohemian Traders Newport Nautical collection.

Featuring: @harryandthefrog and her little one

Friday, November 20, 2015


The Beetle Shack team

We love this time of year when there's so much fresh produce on offer and all you feel like all day long on a hot day is super cold fruit!!! Try this yummy recipe for a 5 min Strawberry Frozen Yogurt (it takes 5 mins once you've frozen your strawbs). With punnets going cheap when you buy more than one this little gem will be hit on days like these!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


By The Beetle Shack team

There are so many wonderful things to love about summer. The warm weather prompting lazy afternoons spent outdoors in the garden or by the beach watching the sun go down. Outdoor weddings and parties with fabulous eating and drinking opportunities to be had. And of course, there’s the fashion. This is our little ode to Summer and some of our picks for easy-wearing, gorgeous outfits for summer days and night.

Images sourced via Google, Pinterest and Bohemian Traders. If your image is featured here, please let us know! We’d love to credit you. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


 You know you've hit a winning style when you wear it every day, right? This Gingham Smock has been pulled off the floor way too many days in a row and I'm pleased to say, it looks fine crumpled.

Made from 100% cotton with a lovely swing style, this cut is a wardrobe staple for me. I've been flogging the white version too. I'm 158 cm short and this is the perfect length hitting just at my knees. Totally machine washable and with a good shake out, won't need an iron. YEAH!!!

This your last chance to shot the Bohemian Traders spend & save sale too.

Okay, I'm starving so I'm going to go and eat an apple...cus Summer is coming and I'm going to beat the bulge and speak in cliches!

Hope you're well my friends! It's going to be crazy hot today so listen to your mother and hydrate.

Talk soon

Em xx


bohemian traders gingham folk smock | size S
bohemian traders denim jacket coming soon | size S
madewell shoes 

Thursday, November 12, 2015


By Kate Dyer

Ever since we bought our own home, I’ve been wanting to put holes in the brand new walls and hang all our pictures. A gallery wall can tell a beautiful story of a home’s people and that’s exactly what I’m aiming for with ours. We’ve still got a few prints to be framed but I’ve been experimenting and have put together this guide to help you and I when it’s all ready to hang!

Decide what you’re hanging and where

The size and weight of your pictures will be the main factor in determining how to arrange your gallery wall. Solid frames with glass can get quite heavy and may need serious support, while lighter frames and canvases give you a little more versatility. I personally love printing on canvas as they come ready to hang, with no glass to clean!

If you’re using frames, don’t be afraid to mix things up (see Image 3). Gone are the days where everything had to be in matching black. Select frames to suit the image instead or choose a minimal theme, for example timber only, or a pop of colour here and there (see Image 4). You may also want to include items like plates, textiles, banners, and unframed kids artwork etc which can add texture, variety and personality to your gallery (see Image 2).

Arrange your pieces

Bring all your items together and start playing around with layouts on the floor. Start with a ‘centrepiece’ - perhaps the largest or most striking piece - and arrange around that. You don’t have to stick to a perfect grid but do keep things nice and straight with even spacing in between.

The centre of your gallery should sit around eye level and work best with 2-3 rows of images. Having said that, a full height floor-to-ceiling gallery makes a big statement (see Image 1)!

Take a photo of your final layout so you can refer back to it when you begin hanging.

Attach them to the wall

You’ll need to know what your walls are made of for this step. Most modern houses have plasterboard (aka Gyprock) walls which can’t bear a lot of weight on its own. There are some great products available (like these from Bunnings) if you’re in your own place but a rental may require some extra planning. Best case scenario - the landlord lets you make holes. Otherwise you’re limited to stick on options which aren’t always reliable.

Brick walls will require a drill, masonry bit and plastic plug to house a screw or hook.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to hanging precious items on the wall. Go with the stronger hook if you’re not sure and where possible, use a stud finder to locate the timber studs inside your wall and anchor into those (they tend to be either 40cm or 60cm apart). You can also find studs but tapping on the wall to find the more solid sounding section.

You may want to measure the distances between pieces but I prefer to rope in a gallery assistant to help eyeball it, for a more organic look. Remember - you can keep adding to your gallery over time so it may never be 100% complete! Swap out pieces every now and then to keep things fresh.

Have fun playing curator!

Image Credits
1. Kenay Home
2. Apartment Therapy
3. The Design Files
4. Freedom

A photographer by trade, Kate shares the story of her growing family and the place they call home on her blog Babe & Abode

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wearing | Newport Nautical + Spend & Save

Because I'm my mother's daughter, I love navy and white. It's such a classic combination that will look fresh and 'now' for years to come.

The PicNic and Otomi dresses are two of my favourites for their easy wearing cuts and classic detailing. Either of these pieces could take me from Spring garden BBQ's and Christmas Day celebrations.

They're machine washable and the PicNic Dress is breastfeeding friendly (if you need it). Both skim the body without clinging or hanging of unsightly back bottoms - you know, that bottom that sits on top of the regular bottom? ... then there's the side bottom- the one that protrudes out the sides... am I the only woman of many bottoms?

Anyways, moving on. 

Have you got your Spring/ Summer wardrobe sorted? If not, pop over to Bohemian Traders as there is currently a SPEND & SAVE sale happening in which you could save up to $200 off your order.


Picnic Dress | size M
Otomi Dress | size S

Saturday, November 7, 2015

FROM THE ARCHIVES – Fabric Painting and The Magnificent Slip

Whilst browsing the isles of Hot Dollar the other day (as you do) I found a pack of fabric paints for the affordable price of $9.99. I was immediately dreaming of printed linens and painted pillow slips while my children were simultaneously dreaming of mixing up the most beautiful shade of brown in all of toddlerdom.

We came to a compromise and Zeph very carefully painted some splotches of vivid colour onto crisp white... ehum ... poly cotton.

We have big dreams for this fabric! After muchos inspiration from Milk Please Mum in this fabulous post, we have decided it shall become the foundation of a pillow slip for his bed. Later this week he and I will dust off the sewing machine and get busy fashioning him the worlds most magnificent slip.

I'll be sure to show you the results.

The Infinite Possibilities
Colouring With Kids
Kid Made Christmas Decorations
How to Make Cornflour Paste

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Well hello Sailor!

The Newport Nautical Collection from Bohemian Traders has arrived. Set the tone for relaxation in crisp linens and classic stripes that will elevate your everyday look to new heights.

This collection is about effortless style. Wide leg pants with tastefully embellished tops and draping maxis covered in spots.

What is your favourite piece?