Friday, January 29, 2016


By Anna at The Beetle Shack

Not to sound too much like a dramatic tree-hugger (I do love trees) but sometimes I have to be really mindful about getting a decent dose of Nature into my day. It's so easy to have your five devices going practically all day long while you sit in an (admittedly comfortable) air-conditioned room, fielding calls or requests from the family, tidying up, running around, sit back down, jump up and down, touch the ground. And when the day is done you haven't once stopped to, well, smell the roses  is I guess what my mum would say. There's nothing better for a clear head and a happy heart than a horizon line over the ocean, some cliched sand-between your toes or a lush, quiet, tree-filled space to gaze at.

Here are some of my go-to's for adding a little Flora back into your busy day.

1. Go for a walk, even if it's 10mins, try to make time in the morning or night to wander your street while you look up at the sky, trees and sticky beak at the neighbours garden. It truly always hits the spot.

2. Love your garden. Be it pretty potted flowers or peppers & basil for your dinner – visit your plants. They thrive (apparently) on positive vibes and a bit of TLC. And it will make you smile to see how they're getting on.

3. Stop and listen. If you can't get outside during your lunch break or through the day, find a quiet spot by the window and listen out for what's around you. Birds, wind, rain – just tuning in to the weather can inject a little bit of peace into the chaos.

4. Breathe and have a glass of water. I once heard someone on the radio talking about the most simple and accessible ways to maintain your mental health. Taking some deep breaths and having a drink of water were two of them (some easy things you can do for someone else who might be struggling too). I might be taking this too far but I have a sneaky feeling it's the elements that do the trick – wind & water (sounds like the beginning of Captain Planet!)

5. Do life outside as much as possible OR let the outside into your home. When we moved recently I realised while I didn't need, although I would have loved, a dishwasher or a built-in-robe or whatever, top of my list was sunshine and outdoor living areas. Eat brekkie outside. Open up all your windows all the time. Find your sunny spots in the house and put chairs or pillows in the sunlight so that you can make the most of it.

It's not much but I think it really helps.

Do you have any tips for bringing Nature into your world regularly? Any special spot you like to visit? Do tell, I'm always on the look out for more.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


By Anna at The Beetle Shack

Isn't Iris May Style fabulous? We love seeing her rock classic, effortless looks and Navy spots – don't get me started!! Like us, Bev has a love linen and beautiful prints, here she's wearing some key pieces from this summer's Newport Nautical line by Bohemian Traders. Which by the way is currently reduced AND on sale! Up to 30% off until tomorrow. I know, so good, check it out.

Iris May Style is Wearing

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hey hey! Happy Wednesday!  How was your public holiday yesterday, fellow Australians? It was so wonderful to see such robust discussion about our Country's history on social media yesterday- I'm looking forward to a time when we can collectively acknowledge the traditional owners of this land on Jan 26th. 

Yesterday was my little Pip's 5th birthday- C R A Z Y how time has flown. It feel like she was just born yesterday but reality tells me that she's ready for school and full of fabulous attitude. 

Back to work today but holding on to that Holiday Feeling by wearing my Bohemian Traders Poppy Pants... with heels, just to keep the balance right. These pants are down to $79 and are currently up to an extra 30% off. Bargain, no?

Vintage Embroidered Shell Tank | s ( could go a M in this one)
Louis Vuitton Bag
Zoe Wittner Shoes

Friday, January 15, 2016


Sugar free cookies that only take "13 mins" total (even rounded up that's a very nice amount of time). And they have Chocolate and Coffee!? Yes please. Sign us up!


2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
120 g butter, softened
1/3 cup stevia granules, powdered
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/2 cup cacao nibs
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 1/2 tablespoon coffee, ground


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Pulse the almond meal, bicarbonate of soda and salt briefly in a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend a little more.

Spoon heaped tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking tray and press down with your hand to flatten.

Bake for about 8 minutes until golden. Cool on wire racks.

Original recipe found here on the I Quit Sugar website from their recent I Quit Sugar Christmas ebook.

WEARING | THE DROPPIE OBSESSION CONTINUES (+ an exclusive discount for you)

Do you have a pair of Bohemian Traders Drop Crotch Pants?

These duds form the basis of my year round wardrobe- linen for Summer, cotton drill for all the time. Today I'm wearing the Summer Droppies made from a mid weight cotton/linen blend. They're durable, comfortable and can be dressed up or down with a simple shoe change. I wear mine to work every other day with heels, teamed with thongs on the weekend or a fun pointed stiletto for dinners with the girls- a true obsession.

Because I love these pants so much and know that so many of you do too (Traci, Nikki, Bev and the rest) I'd like to offer a 20% discount on Bohemian Traders Summer Drop Crotch Pants (navy, natural and chambray). Just enter the code 20OFFDROPPIES in the coupon code section. Valid for 1 week only.

If you're constantly wearing your Bohemian Traders Droppies, share a pic in the comments section below on on FB. I love seeing how you style yours!


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Thursday, January 14, 2016


The Beetleshack Team

A little content warning: this post gives you the lowdown on a somewhat grisly Murder Case. If that's not what you're not feeling today then maybe save this post for a rainy day!

Have you listened to the Serial podcast yet? If not, put it on your to do list pronto. You won't regret it. We're yet to meet a soul who hasn't been instantly intrigued from the first episode followed by totally obsessed with all things Serial!
Here's the gist of it without delving too much into the details that will unravel week to week (you'll want to experience that yourself)... Serial is a podcast hosted by Sara Koenig a journalist and producer with This American Life. The first season of Serial has Koenig looking into an old murder case from 1999 where a young woman named Hae Min Lee went missing. Adnan Syed – her ex-boyfriend – was charged with her murder and sent to prison for life plus 30 years after being convicted, despite him always claiming his innocence. Released over 12 weeks, Koenig presents you with all of the evidence available to date in the form of old police reports, interviews she's conducted with witnesses and people who knew Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed in the past as well as recordings  of her phone conversations with Adnan Syed from prison.

Here's the podcast's own description of the series:

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. 

It's Koenig's voice, the way she invites you into to how she's thinking and feeling about all the information she's sifting through as she's working on the report as much as the case itself that reels you in and lands you hook, line and sinker. This season received rave reviews and anyone who found themselves addicted to the weekly instalments was fairly crushed when it ended!

Season Two has just started and it's following a completely difference case. Below is the description of the first episode:

In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later, it occurs to him: he’s in over his head. 

Intrigued yet? Get to listening friends! It's perfect for a car trip or in your headphones when you're out walking. And let us know what you think. Tonight's priority is catching up on Season Two of Serial...

Thursday, January 7, 2016


The Beetleshack team

Another year another go at nailing the health kick. This is our go-to feel good chicken soup with a soba noodle spin to nourish your body & soul. Make your own chicken stock for 100% gloat-worthy goodness or just do the quick version and enjoy on the spot. 


1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2½ cups mushrooms, trimmed and sliced (shiitake or cremini)
4 scallions, sliced, with white and green parts separated
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tsp. grated fresh ginger (peeled)
5 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock
2 cups water
3/4 cup soba noodles
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1.5 cups baby bok choy, ends trimmed
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
Sea salt, to taste


Heat the oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add the mushrooms, white scallion parts, garlic and ginger to the pan.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to soften, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the chicken stock and water and bring to a boil.

Add the soba noodles to the pot and cook at a boil for 5 minutes.  Stir in the shredded chicken and bok choy and cook 2 minutes more, until noodles are tender and bok choy is wilted and slightly softened.  Stir in the lime juice and soy sauce.  Adjust seasoning with sea salt if needed.  Top with scallion greens.  Serve warm.

Serving: about 6 servings

Original recipe found here on Annie's Eats Yummly page.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Hey friends! 

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
Wonderful Wednesday

I hope you had a fabulous break with your family and friends. I know we did! We have two wonderful sets of Christmas here with both sides of our families which involved plenty of scrumptious food and laughter. What about you? Did you entertain at home or go out?

Since it's Wednesday and I'm a creature of habit, here is a wearing post. You may have noticed their absence during the holiday period (but most likely you haven't because you have a life) and this is mostly due to the fact that no-one needs to see me in my active wear or house scrubs sans bra. 

Today I'm wearing my ALL TIME favourite Bohemian Traders top- The Moonflower Top. It's the softest cotton muslin and is a dream to wear all year round- cool in summer, warm in winter. My staple Khaki Droppies are on the ample bottom and Zoe Wittner shoes on my feet. TADAH easy done. Oh almost- you may notice those tiny little beaded bracelets on my wrist - they're from the upcoming Bohemian Traders accessories line that will launch in Feb- exciting.


Friday, January 1, 2016


The Beetle Shack team

Farewell 2015 you were wonderful! But hooray for 2016 we can't wait to see what's in store!

Why not celebrate with a spot of shopping over at Bohemian Traders!? They've got massive mark downs on an array of gorgeous pieces including the ultra chic Luxe Resort Skirt pictured above.

Check out their full SALE here.