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Summer of Love

November 30, 2016

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Gypsy Vintage Bikini | Warrior Necklace | Bodychain

Rings – Flamingo | Imaginary Air | Crystal Chain | Triple Bar | Triple Zeta Turquoise

 

Trilook | Necklace | Roundie | Cleo DusterCuffs 

Rings – Stacking Rings  | Saddle Ring  | Phobos Deimos

 

Moroccana | Dainty Drop Necklace | Vivian Belly Chain | Tryggia Duster

Rings – Crescent Moon | Aura | Crystal Chain

 

I’ve decided that this upcoming summer will be known as the Summer of Love. It’s going to be full of family, friends, sunsets, picnics, festivals and it’s already begun. I’m filling it with everything and everyone I love….and as much festivities as possible!

This past year has been amazing, though we have been faced with many challenges as loved ones around us have fallen seriously ill. This has really awakened me further to how precious and fleeting life is. What a gift we have, and I don’t want to spend a moment longer not living my dreams, and sharing life with the people I love the most.

So the summer of love has started. These pics are just the beginning of my mermaid days by the beach with my family and friends. Frolicking in the ocean in my trusty Del Maar Latin Swimwear of course, feeling the love, playing in the sand and surf with my beloved family.

This year we’ll be heading home to Melbourne to celebrate a very big Finnish/Australian/American Christmas, with many extra special birthday celebrations thrown in, and some fun New Years festivities in Byron Bay to follow. I can’t contain my excitement when I think of being with my whole family once again.

I’d love to hear about your plans this holiday season, and what you are grateful for this year, so if you feel like sharing please message me here or leave me a comment below :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Life’s a Beach

November 23, 2016

This holiday season we are embracing a summery Christmas by the beach here in Australia. I’ve created the ultimate Etsy gift guide that is sure to provide even more sunshine and joy to your loved ones this Christmas.

One of the reasons I love Etsy so much is my passion for supporting local artists, small business and buying handmade and sustainable gifts…this is exactly what Etsy is all about. I love gifts from the heart that also support our planet and the community of artists who create these beautiful treasures.

Etsy really is a one stop shop for all your holiday decorations and gifts, as well as an inspirational place for DIY projects. Get creative and give your loved ones something as unique and wonderful as they are.

CHECK OUT MY GIFT GUIDE FOR A BEACHY CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA!

Check out the ETSY AU EDITOR’S CHRISTMAS LIST for even more amazing gift ideas!

And here are some of my favourite stores on etsy

LivingArtStore | DreamingTreeCreations | Shovava | ForeverSoles | BillyandDaisy | MaryMcMillanJeweller | SerendipityHousenCo

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SO MUCH LOVE! Helen xx

The Edge

October 28, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationThe Edge View Villa – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Elke Romper | Frida Crop + Anya Wrap Skirt | Samsara Kimono Maxi – Minx + Pearl

Jewellery – Dahlia necklace | Dainty Drop Necklace |  Gold Rings | Goddess Lariat | Farrah Bodychain | Swarovski choker

Hats – Navy | Delano | Smith

 

 

As the sun rose I perched myself upon the precipice, as close to the edge as I could be. The ocean breeze gently awakening me from my dreamy state, my mind quiet, my body still, a creative spark was lit, energy flowed freely through my body and a stream of endless possibilities came into view. What a magnificent and magical way to start any day!

Every time I visit Bali it brings me so many gifts. I can’t express my gratitude for this healing island paradise that is just a hop, skip and shortest plane ride ever from my home base in Perth. This adventure took us to the beautiful Edge Resort. Our stay was nothing short of spectacular. I’m not sure I can find the words to describe how wonderful this resort was. The photos speak for them self, and for all those who were following along on insta stories you would have caught many glimpses of the beauty here at The Edge.

Every single detail was taken care of, with above and beyond hospitality. The food was delicious, the space was sublime and what a view!

Enjoying some much needed sunshine and holiday time with the family, I pranced around in my Minx + Pearl outfits, perfect for that villa life vibe we were feeling.

I’m beyond excited about visiting this very special space once again, and I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone heading to Bali. And if you are considering a destination wedding, then definitely start and end your search right here.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Celebrating 40

October 10, 2016

Here’s a beautiful recap of the night from the amazing Indi Film

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Birthday Girl – Helen Janneson Bense

LocationSunsets Room, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

StylingPretty Willow

Styling Assistant – Novi – Sjahrir-Bradbury

FlowersA Little Bohemia

LightingMicktric Events

VideographyIndiana Read

CakeLottie and Belle

Chalkboard Signage  – Look Who’s Chalkin’

 

 

Outfit Details 

Lost Love Dress

Goddess Lariat | Swarovski choker | Roxy choker | Farrah Bodychain

Flower crown

Shoes (similar)

Rings – Torchlight | Anna Beck | Samantha Wills

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique | Jadore Extensions

Tan – Perth Mobile Spray Tans

Nails – Sienna Byron Bay (Winter)

 

What a magical fairytale my birthday was this year. I truly felt like a boho princess dressed in white flowing lace, dripping in golden jewels, and adorned in the most beautiful flower crown sprinkled in glitter. It was hard to believe I was turning 40 as I have never felt younger and more alive.

We were totally blessed with the amazing talents of the Pretty Willow team, who created and styled the most beautiful and inspired space. Tapping into everything I love, candles lined the entrance leading into a magical lounge reminiscent of a Moroccan Oasis. We couldn’t have been more cosy with all those beautiful creamy whites and blush tones, and the stunning scents of A little Bohemia’s sparkling florals wafting in the air. It was such a dreamy, love filled space for us all to connect and enjoy, created for the true bohemian at heart.

Our guests started the night off feasting on platters of yumminess, fun cocktails with pretty sprinkles, whilst snapping polaroids in our own bohemian inspired photo booth. Pretty Willow set up the cutest white peacock chair adorned in giant Proteas and lush greenery from A Little Bohemia. There was even a little space for our guests to peg their polaroids on so we could capture all those precious moments. Meanwhile the dance floor was heating up with african drummers setting the mood, bringing us all together in dance and laughter.

The night was filled with all my dearest friends, new and old, heart felt speeches that touched us all, and some hula hooping fun for old times sake. We feasted, we bonded, we shared, we danced, we cried tears of joy and we laughed until our bellies were stitching. We all felt the high vibrations of love swirling through the room on this very special night.

You only turn 40 once and we certainly celebrated to the nth degree with one hell of a party. I’m so grateful to all involved for bringing together the most amazing birthday ever. Special thanks go to Pretty Willow, A Little Bohemia, Micktric Lighting, Lottie and Belle Cakes, Look Who’s Chalkin’ and Indi Film.

There are not enough thanks in the world for my amazing husband, Bobby, who organised this wonderful night for me. My heart is so full of love and gratitude for this incredible man. Your unwavering commitment and unconditional love has me forever by your side and grateful for every moment I have with you.

And lastly, here’s a few of my thoughts on how it feels to be 40…..and I must say so far it’s F**KIN AMAZING! Each decade I discover more happiness and peace within myself. I’ve never felt more confident in my own skin, which of course brings about a more relaxed movement and flow through life. I’m fully embracing what is and where I’m at, super excited for what lies ahead. Here’s to the next 40 and living life to the fullest!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Sunset Lovers

September 13, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – City Beach, WA

 

Outfit Details

Wrap Dress WhiteWrap Dress Maxi  Cream | Higher Zip BootsMarho

Jacket – Boda Skins

Jewelry – Bindi Wrap Choker (black + camel) | Warrior Necklace | Iggy Bralette

Rings – Moonstone | Rainbow Dream | Midi

Belts – Hayden | Marita

Hats – Carmen | Alaska

 

“That was her magic, she could still see the sunset, even on those darkest days” Atticus

I feel so grateful to witness nature’s creations each day as a new painting in the sky is born with every sunrise and sunset. I stroll along the shoreline, the sun kissing the horizon bidding it goodnight, with the promise of a new dawn, new opportunities, more magic. My passion and inner joy bubble beneath the surface ready to burst as I bare witness to the overwhelming beauty. I dance ever so lightly along the beach, embodied by my childlike exhilaration, and sense of total freedom to be myself. Aware and present, embracing the moment, my heart beats with the rhythm of the earth and I am home.

I hope you all get some nature time to soak up those magical sunset skies wherever you may be in this wonderful world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Earth Girl

September 1, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Uluwatu, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Billabong Australia

Bikini – Earth Angel Tri Top + Earth Angel Tropic Pant

Tops – Desert Dawn Top | Bohemia Top

Shorts

 

Embella Jewellery

Necklaces – Lotus Pod | Lotus Flower | Lotus Love | Passion Flower | Falling Leaves

Bracelets/Cuffs – Sea Life | Flowers in the Sun | Drifter | Sea Star | Aztec

Rings – Turquoise | Tribal | Crossing Paths Paua Shell | Ocean Warrior Paua Shell | Sea Star | Goddess Wrap

Anklets – Ananda | Om | Coral Reef

Hats – SmithSummer is Here

 

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer”  Thích Nhat Hanh

There is nothing quite as pure and healing as the feel of soft sand under my bare feet. As I  listen to the rhythmic sound of crashing waves, I can feel the resonating heartbeat of the earth. After days indoors at my computer editing photos, writing, emailing etc, I feel the need and pull for nature more than ever. When we connect with the earth, skin to skin, we are provided with such an abundance of healing energy. Not only do I feel amazing, I’m providing myself with one of the simplest and most inexpensive medicines for my body and soul. Earthing, or earth girl time as I like to call it, has always been one of the most important lifestyle changes I’ve implemented, one I would regularly encourage with my clients during my former career as a Naturopath.

On our recent holiday to Bali, I realised more than ever why I feel so great on holidays. Sure, the no cleaning, cooking thing is a blast, but it’s all that time spent outdoors in nature, swimming, lying in the sand, and of course those long barefoot beach walks. I always have the best sleep of my life too. This was such a treat spending a week frolicking in the turquoise waters of beautiful Uluwatu, made even better wearing my favourite mermaid attire from Billabong’s Fade to White collection + layers of divine Embella Jewellery.

So if you’ve been feeling like you could use a little energy boost, or are dealing with chronic health issues, I encourage you to take even 5-10 minutes each day, kick your shoes off, and relax bare feet on the earth. You will slowly but surely tune into those relaxed, holiday vibes.

Happy barefoot travels gypsies!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

If you’d like to learn more about the science behind earthing read here

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