A Bikini Kinda Life

November 27, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

Ipanema Bikini – Billabong

Belly Chain | Leg Chain – Use discount code GYPSYLOVE30 for 30% off all GypsyLovinLight jewels until Nov 30th


Golden Bangle | Memories of Yesterday Cuff Set | Arrow 

Rings – My Hearts Infinity | Imaginary Air Set | Poolside Ring | Black Sands Ring Set | Arrow 



Summer is in full swing here in Perth and I’m loving that I can basically live in a bikini and then just throw on a sundress and flip flops and I’m good to go. My favourites style at the moment is this divine crochet 2 piece from Billabong. I’m so absolutely in LOVE with it! Here are some pics from an amazing beach sesh at our favourite little spot in North Beach.

I’ve been consciously carving out time in this busy lead up to xmas to unwind by the ocean and soak up the sunshine. Even taking just half an hour of my day for a beach walk and dip in the ocean has been so rejuvenating. I feel as though I actually get a lot more done when I have this balance in my life. Sometimes our thoughts get in the way and hold us back from the joy that awaits us. If you feel that joy bubbling under the surface, let it be free, and live the life you want and dream about. Start today, right now and do something you really love. Get creative and don’t let negative thoughts creep in. These are the times I like to remind myself that my mind is like a muscle. Sometimes it needs to be retrained and exercised to build positive networks and thoughts. When we maintain our focus on those loving, joyful thoughts, the networks gather strength and momentum and our life will begin to shift to mirror this.

Sending you all oceans of love and positive vibes :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Love Cup

November 5, 2015

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach


Outfit Details

First Look

Born to Run Top  – Da-sh + Dol

Sundial Necklace, Love + Light Anklets | Cleo Cuff

Rings – All the Way | Circles of Souls | Unknown Tribal | Watchmen Tribal

Diamond Clutch


Hat | Sunglasses

Toe Rings

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique | Extensions – Blakk


Second Look

Sunray Shirred Dress – Da-sh + Dol

NecklaceLuna Cuff | Python Cuff | Leg chain

Rings – Tipi | Luna midi | Crystal Quartz | Opalite | Phobos Deimos | Om

Hat | Sunglasses

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique | Extensions – Blakk


Some days you just need a little extra sparkle, a little sunshine, and a whole lotta love. I like to think of my physical being as a cup, a love cup. And I like to keep it overflowing, hence why I frequent the beach so much. It’s my sanctuary and always makes me feel amazing no matter what else might be happening in my life. With the silly season coming up, let’s not run on empty and burn out our batteries. Let’s keep nourishing our bodies, refuelling our spirits, and resting our minds so that our love cups can flow abundantly with love and energy.

This precious golden sunset sesh was by far one of my favourites. The sun so warm, the sand so soft, the breeze so gentle, and the energy buzzing with vitality. Feeling ever grateful for these moments.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Sydney Soiree

November 2, 2015


Photo Credits – Helen Janneson Bense, Mel Carrero, Turquoise Lane, Scott Ehler

Location – Sydney, Australia


Outfit Details

Terra Dress | One Love Fringe jacket – ASbyDF | HeelsHat | Jewellery

Bonita Embroidered Dress – Spell (dropping in a few weeks time) | Boots | OOAK Turquoise Rings | Alushia Ring | Friendship Ring

Lace BlouseShorts | Perfect ShirtHat | BootsSunglasses  | Gypsy Necklace


I’m still on cloud nine after an amazing midweek trip to Sydney, where I was lucky enough to meet a few of my all time favourite designers and inspirational women – Samantha Wills + Elizabeth and Isabella from Spell Designs. It really was a dream come true for me to connect with these lovely ladies and thank them in person for their endless inspiration. I’ve felt incredibly blessed throughout my blogging journey to work with authentic and genuine people, who also happen to design such beautiful jewellery, clothing and accessories.

I’m also incredibly thankful to my husband, Bobby Bense, for supporting me and taking care of our gorgeous children, while I galavant across country. It was a much needed time out for me, a moment of pause to enjoy all that I’ve created and celebrate with like hearted kindred souls.

Here is a little collection of pictures from the events I attended – Samantha Wills Pania Showcase and  Spell Designs book launch, and hanging out at QT hotels with the lovely Suzie + Jenna from Turquoise Lane. I also managed to squeeze in a very last minute trip to Bondi just so I could get my feet in the sand ;)

Now I’m back and gearing up for the next adventure to one of my favourite holiday destinations ;)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Yin + Yang

October 30, 2015


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

Chloe Crop + Classic Wrap SkirtSea Dreamer

Necklaces – {Rebirth | Union}  | Mandala Rings {Union | Rebirth | Connection | Intuition}  – The Fifth Element Life – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Midi Rings – TaraTanit

Mackay Hat



For you are more than just a thought. You are my everything. You are my Yin as I am your Yang. Together we make the world go round” ~ Angela Bailey

Loved the synchronicity as I strolled the beach on this glorious morning in my black and white Sea Dreamer look, and bumped into this super cute Dalmatian. We instantly made friends and of course my beloved Bobby caught a pic of our special moment :)

I must say I do love a bit of contrast…not just some black and white in my wardrobe, but in life in general. I find there is so much to learn and embrace from our unique and different ways. As my awareness deepens, I further embrace even more aspects of myself and others. The yin and yang are in harmony, and peace and love prevail. Sending love and good vibes out to you all today!


With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


October 16, 2015




PhotographyBobby Bense + Helen Janneson Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Trigg, North + Sorrento beach – Western Australia


Outfit Details

Kiss the Sky Gown | Bralette/Bottoms | Kimono | Peasant Girl Top/Skirt – Spell

Denim – Bonitas | Crochet Cut offs

Accessories – Hendrix Belt | Arizona Black Hat | Aviators | Flash Tattoos – Sheebani + Desert Dweller

Jewellery – Gypsy Belt | Leg Chain | Gala Pendant | Wanderlust necklace | Lynx Pendant

Rings – Elephant | Aztec Skull | Double Moon | All Seeing Eye | Crossed Arrows | Pinnacle | Wish Upon A Star | Arrow midi

Rings – Alushia | Sunrise Sunset | Cactus | Jasmine | Arrow midi

Rings – Cassiopeia | Tipi | Twin Triangles | Tara midi | Tanit midi | Aquila

Rings – Double Point Rose Quartz | Aquila | Air/Earth midi | Tara midi | Strong midi | Microdot | Lotus | Namaste

Nails (Aura + Winter) – Sienna Byron Bay  – Vegan Non toxic polish – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout


I’m often asked about which artists and labels inspire me most in the world of fashion….. After plunging heart first just 2 years ago it’s still the one and only, Spell & the Gypsy Collective. Some of my first instagram pictures I am decked out in Spell, and I’m still completely wowed by every single new collection they bring out. These beautiful sisters are creating all that they love and bringing amazing wearable art to our world. Not only do they have the most gorgeous and unique designs, but their passion, ethical practices, and personal style are in a league of their own.

So you can all imagine my excitement and absolute honour when we recently added Spell’s new Jewellery to our online store. Seriously a dream come true for me. The range reminds me of all the things I first fell in love with when I discovered Spell – divine turquoise and talismans that ignite a wanderlust for the open road, desert adventures and picturesque sunsets.

I’m so grateful to Spell for all their love and support through my blogging journey, and for creating so many beautiful designs for us all to style and wear. This Kiss the Sky gown is quite possibly the most exquisite dress I’ve ever worn. If you don’t already know what a goddess you are, you will certainly remember when you wear this.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx



Six Senses

October 11, 2015


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Styling/PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense

LocationSix Senses Yao Noi, Thailand


Outfit Details 


Six Senses Yao Noi was by far one of the very best resorts we have ever stayed at. Bobby and I have done our fair share of travel to luxury resorts, though after our stay here, we have been catapulted to a new level of standard. The attention to detail is definitely their most astounding quality. And for someone like me, who is so into details, nothing was missed.

As you step off the boat and onto this island paradise the landscape will instantly awe you. Breathtaking panoramic views of limestone karsts sit on the horizon in Phang Nga bay that can be seen from your villa or the main pool at the Hilltop Reserve. The entire design of the resort flows so seamlessly with the natural mangrove surrounds, with all structures built around the trees and into the landscape. The interior spaces particularly appealed to my Scandinavian roots and my love of neutral and natural decor. They have created such a clear and easy space that evokes relaxation right away.

Their focus on sustainability, and commitment to social and environmentally responsible practices is commendable. They are so genuine at Six Senses and you can feel how much they really care. The passion in all the staff is not only evident in their smiles, but in the positive energy they all radiant. We felt instantly taken care of the moment we arrived. I can really see why people come here for months at a time for retreat. The whole resort is abuzz with such a high vibrational energy. It ticks all the boxes and then some.

As a couple of foodies, Bobby and I were thoroughly impressed with the quality, variety and divine flavour of absolutely everything. The standard the chefs adhere to is in a league of their own. They only accept the freshest and best produce in their kitchen. They grow so much of their food in beautiful organic gardens spread across the property. They have their own mushroom shed, and an organic egg farm, where you can choose your own eggs for breakfast. But by far the biggest culinary treat they have is the Ice cream shop where they create yummy flavours and bake all kinds of assorted deliciouness. But wait….seriously it gets better….. you can actually go and eat ice cream for free all day long at the ice cream shop right by mai tai beach! Yes, this place is heaven!

A few other highlights of our stay that all added up to one beyond amazing adventure – being surprised with my very own specially made gluten free desserts by the pool. Dinner with management that was more like dinner with old friends…and they served gemstone water {an amazing water containing high vibrational crystals to amplify and vitalise your energy}. Finding an awesome old school wooden rope swing on the beach and no one on it! Swimming in the warm, tropical rain showers without a care in the world. Waking up at sunrise to a magical purple haze sky that lasted all of a few minutes but was so worth waking up for. Day spa pampering and discovering they use Tibetan Singing bowls. And of course lazing by the pool with a cocktail in hand (with lemongrass for a straw) …basically we were in heaven for a few days and I’m still dreaming of going back.

I can’t recommend this place enough to my fellow wanderlust travellers out there. I know that every experience in life is a matter of perspective based on each individual’s view of themselves and their world. I always try to find the good in everything. This was like finding gold at the end of the rainbow. The jackpot!

I hope you guys go visit Six Senses Yao Noi and please share with me your experiences of this utterly magical sanctuary.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Travel Tips –

  • Definitely take a long tail boat out and go island hopping….the limestone karsts are so beautiful in the bay and a must see close up!
  • The rooms are all absolutely incredible. If you are a beach lover like me opt for the beachfront villa so you can have direct access to the beach. It’s perfect for swimming and so private and pristine.
  • Check out the day spa and the wonderful healing massages.
  • Their take on a margarita is the bomb! Must have!
  • Everything is actually so amazing so you won’t be disappointed ;)
  • I’d suggest arriving during the daylight hours as you will need to transfer from car to boat to get to Yao Noi Island. It’s a smooth ride though and nice to enjoy the view of the turquoise sea and snap pics :) Aim to arrive before 6pm and you should be all good.




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