Thursday, December 31, 2015


The Beetle Shack team

New Years Eve has arrived! Whether you like to greet the New Year with a bang or prefer a glass of something nice and an early night at home it can be a time for pondering and planning what you would like to get out of the coming year. Type 'New Years Resolutions' into google and you'll get a plethora of articles and too many top 10 lists to comprehend. We've read our share over the years and here's what we've learnt... Be realistic and be kind to yourself! Although top of the mind can be health and fitness goals from what we've read (and experienced) you're better off aiming for an increase of overall wellness in the New Year. This will likely include a combination of amping up your fitness regime, choosing whole foods and home grown over mass-produced etc but they say you don't want these specifics to be the focus as it can breed competitiveness, a sense of failure if you don't nail it first go and let's face it diets just aren't that fun! 'Eat well and move often' might be a better mantra?

One of the best things we've read is 'Tipsy or Drunk resolutions do not count'. Amen and enough said.

Another enlightened thought is to aim for 'two-years resolutions' – so many worthwhile goals will take time and potentially money so why not spread your goals out to be a short to mid term ones and cut yourself some slack in setting out to achieve them. Take learning a language for instance, while you can set out and squeeze a lot of vocab in with lessons and apps initially, to become truly fluent we expect it will take a long time if not a lifetime to really tick this goal off the list (this is one of ours that will be continuing into 2016. Mindsnacks app here we come!)

Overall they say to give yourself a few goals (spread the chance of your achieving them out a bit) and to try not to recycle goals from the previous year. In the end it's human nature that you'll give your time and energy as best you can to the things that really count so this seems to make sense.

While you're pondering all of the above and (we assume) so much more, try this darling Negroni recipe that's become a regular favourite over here – it's easy, fun to make and inspired by a perfect European Summer Soiree. Enjoy.

Happy New Year!!!!

Classic Negroni Recipe

Serves 1
30ml Campari
30ml sweet vermouth
30ml gin
Flamed orange peel for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients in a short glass filled with ice and stir.

Run the flamed orange peel around the edge of the glass, lightly squeezing to express the oils. Drop the peel into the glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes: a plain orange peel works just as well here.

OUR TIP: use a decent gin with a citrus fragrance to really revel in this Italiano drink!

Original recipe & images found at the kitchn here.
Illustration by Dry Well Art found here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Practising Simplicity's lovely Jodi in her pick of breast feeding friendly pieces from the Bohemian Traders SS15 collection. 

Follow Practising Simplicity on her heartfelt blog here or find her on instagram at @practisingsimplicity

Gingham Folk Smock
Embroidered Moonflower Top + Denim Utility Short

Monday, December 28, 2015


A wander through the summer garden and home with the ever-elegant Jodi from Practising Simplicity – in her pick of breast feeding friendly pieces from the Bohemian Traders SS15 collection.

Follow Practising Simplicity on her heartfelt blog here or find her on instagram at @practisingsimplicity

Embroidered Linen Diamond Dress – this season's ultimate summer dress!

Friday, December 25, 2015


Have the most amazing day with your loved ones! Drink and eat too much, kiss your kids, have a nana nap after lunch – appreciate all the good things.

A very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and splendid New Year to you! xx

Thursday, December 24, 2015


If you’ve cheekily left your Christmas Shopping a little late or have a loved one on the other side of the world, why not give them the gift of treasure hunting!? Bohemian Traders offers Gift Certificates from $20 and offers an array of treasures to be explored and delighted in!

And the best thing about them is they’re instantly emailed 24-7! Get your last minute shopping sorted now with a Gift Certificate for that special someone (or send this to someone who loves you!!)

Find the Bohemian Traders Gift Certificates here.

Monday, December 21, 2015


We're just swooning over the ever-cool and fabulous Tessa Barton in her latest and greatest Bohemian Traders threads. She's the chick you want to hop in a car with and go road-tripping on a whim while she braids your hair and you both belt out "Tiny Dancer" at the top of your voice – all the way to Vegas baby!

Follow her down dusty desert roads, through undiscovered alleyways and to bohemian forest picnics on her blog here or find her on instagram at @tezzamb

Sunlace Singlet in White + Gypsy Silk Scarf
Nomadic Festival Vest
Nomadic Festival Dress
August Jumpsuit
Dreamer Dress in Ice Blue
Cream Peasant Top
Limited Edition Sequin Pant

Saturday, December 19, 2015


The tree is up, the candles are out, the presents are slowly appearing beneath the tree. Wake up this morning and realise – oh bother. There isn't a wreath on our front door! What to do!?

Not to worry, there's plenty of rosemary in the herb garden and this quick tutorial will set things right before the weekend is through...

It's surprisingly easy and quick to put together and you could make them any size – a nice big dense one for the front door and / or lots of little ones for table decorations, place settings, wall hangings etc. Plus, they smell delicious!

How to:

1. What you will need
A wire frame
Rubber elastic bands
Green wire
A wire cutter

2. Take about 3 rosemary sprigs and tie them together at the bottom using the elastic rubber band. You’ll need quite a few of these bundles, I used about 10 + for my wreath.

3. Using the wire, fasten the bottom part of your bundle to the loop. Your next bundle should then cover the previous bundle’s wire and elastic with its top.

4. Keep doing this until your frame is completely covered.

Original tutorial found here via Pinterest.

Friday, December 18, 2015


This time of year while there's loads of fun and joyful mealtimes to be had the focus isn't necessarily on nourishment. Give your body a boost of Kale-y goodness with this simple yet delish recipe for Kale Salad with Apple, Pecans & Cranberries (see how the Cranberries make it Christmassy!?) In fact we'll be adding it as a side to our Christmas lunch. Buon appetito!


½ cup pecans
8 ounces kale (I used regular curly green kale, but Deb recommends Cavolo Nero or Lacinato, Dinosaur or Tuscan Kale)
4 to 5 medium radishes
½ cup dried cranberries (or dried cherries)
1 medium Granny Smith apple
2 ounces soft goat cheese, chilled

3 tablespoons olive oil
1½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard
1½ teaspoons honey
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spread the pecans on a baking tray. Toast them until lightly golden and fragrant, about 5 to 10 minutes, tossing them once or twice to make sure they bake evenly. Remove the tray from the oven and set them aside to cool.

Pull the kale leaves off from the tough stems and discard the stems. Use a chef’s knife to chop the kale into small, bite-sized pieces. Transfer the kale to a big salad bowl. Sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over the kale and massage the leaves with your hands by lightly scrunching big handfuls at a time, until the leaves are darker in color and fragrant.

Thinly slice the radishes (this is easier to do if you first chop off the root end so you can place the base of the radish flat against your cutting board). Add them to the bowl.

Coarsely chop the pecans and cranberries (or cherries) and add them to the bowl.

Chop the apple into small, bite-sized pieces and add it to the bowl as well.

Crumble the goat cheese over the top.

In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss until the salad is evenly coated with dressing.

Serve immediately, or for even better flavor, let the salad marinate in the dressing for 10 to 20 minutes beforehand.

Got Vegan friends and relatives around these holidays – make it Vegan: Omit the goat cheese, and use agave nectar instead of the honey for the dressing.

Original recipe, adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman, found here.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


It’s not too late to do your Christmas Shopping with Bohemian Traders at their exclusive Erina Showroom!

Christmas Hours
Thurs 17th 11am - 7pm
Saturday 19th 10am - 3pm
Mon 21st & Tues 22nd 9am - 5pm
Wed 23rd 12pm - 8pm

Save $50 when you spend $150
Save $100 when you spend $300
Save $200 when you spend $600

Bohemian Traders Show Room
4/13 Bonnal Road
Erina NSW 2250
ph: 02 4367 8126

If you're in the area pop in over the next week to get your Christmas Shopping sorted with some truly thoughtful treasures for you and all the special ladies in your life!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Gorgeous Bev from Iris May Style can do no wrong when it comes to her flare for style. Seriously. Looking an absolute vision in her picks from Bohemian Trader's Moroccan Summer she shows us just how easy it is to put together a striking yet comfortable look that's understated and chic. So elegant! 

Follow Iris May Style on her blog here or find her on instagram at @irismaystyle

Moroccan Summer Smock
Embroidered Linen Diamond Dress (our fav!)
Moroccan Summer Sweetheart Top + Moroccan Summer Straight Skirt
Silky Singlet in Moroccan Blue + Moroccan Summer Wrap + IMS's own skinnies & accessories