Wind in my hair, salt on my skin, warm sand under my feet, and the sound of crashing waves….no matter where in the world I am, the beach is always my sanctuary. There is no better jet lag cure than a good salty, sandy beach sesh. Here’s a few pics from one of those magical days when we first landed in California.
Thanks for the good times, mellow vibes, and awesome twilight beach bonfires Santa Cruz :)
I’m finally back in Australia after our amazing month long California Summer holiday. I’m so happy to be home, so happy to have created ever lasting memories with my family, and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the incredible adventures we experienced. Every travel experience deepens my soul, widens my eyes, expands my heart, and elevates my whole being, as my imagination gets lost in the wonderment of this breathtaking planet we live on.
There were so many highlights, so many photos which I’ll be sharing and reliving here on my blog over the next few weeks.
These photos were taken on a perfect summer’s day at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. For the folks who live here in Santa Cruz, they know it can be hit or miss with beach days. The ominous fog lingers along the coast most mornings, though naturally we took every opportunity to head to the beach, fog or no fog, to get our feet in the sand.
On this absolutely stunning beach day, I was lucky enough to reunite with one of my Melbournian besties and share my love of Santa Cruz with her. We watched the fog roll out to uncover these stunning natural bridge formations, home to a couple of seals and birds. We danced upon the shores as the waves rolled in, soaked up a bunch of glorious sunshine, and spent this magical day connecting as kindred sistars do.
Santa Cruz has always been my second home and holds a very large piece of my heart. It’s not only that my dearest sister Reija, lives here, but the landscape has captivated me since my very first trip here in 1996! I’ve been travelling back and forth for what feels like forever now and each time I discover even more about this amazing place. I love you Santa Cruz! Until next time :)
A beautiful beach morning spent with my love, Bobby Bense, taking photos of this gorgeous 2 piece set from Feather fox boutique. I was beaming with happiness from head to toe and deep within my soul. Sending love to you all!
Today I woke up and really didn’t feel my usual excitement for what the day might bring. I wanted to curl back up into my blanket and shut the world out for awhile. It’s been awhile since I felt this way. And I’m quite sure it has to do with overworking amongst a build up of life’s little stresses. My vitality was feeling a little on the low side and I was guided to go within and take some time out for myself today. I decided not to fight the not so pleasant feelings, to simply surrender to them. After all, life is a beautiful balance of opposing elements. Each is a gift.
So rather than working and replying to a million emails, I decided to let all thoughts of impending work go, and set myself up for a day of pampering. I filled the spa up with gorgeous bath salts from Jar Body and allowed my worries to simply melt away. This beautiful quiet space really enabled me to find my centre and recharge my energy. Spending some time taking care of my skin and nourishing my body and soul has been the perfect medicine for me today. My skin and my soul are now glowing. Today all it took was for me to simply stop, take a deep breath and give myself permission, space and time to simply be. Everything is looking bright and sparkly again and I’m super excited about the rest of my day.
Here are some of my helpers for today’s pampering session –
Self love – My daily morning mantra “I love and accept myself just as I am” has been on repeat all day :)
Jar body scrubs – You will seriously die and go to heaven when you smell how good these are. Today I used the ‘Venice Beach’ Peach and my god it was so divine! And full of absolutely all natural ingredients that you can basically eat, but maybe don’t eat them haha! Vegan, cruelty + chemical free, made in Australia with love.
Spin for perfect skin – Hands down the best exfoliator ever!! It comes with 4 different attachments to cover face, body and feet. It’s so gentle and effective and saves me so much time. Perfect pre self tan/spray tan for flawless skin. Use my discount code SPIN4HB to get the reduced price of $30 instead of RRP $100. It’s well worth it.
Willow Byron Bay Nail Polish – Once I was done with my spa I treated myself to some nail time with my favourite Willow Byron Bay. The colours are simply beautiful and the quality is amazing. Vegan, cruelty free, eco friendly, and NO nasties! To add some of these to your collection be sure to use my discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout.
And to top of my pampering day I’ve just had my first AT HOME spray tan with the lovely Chelsea from @tansbychels So happy not to even leave my home and get my tan on!
I hope you all get the precious time you deserve, and know that you are worth all the time in the world.
I’m seriously dying over all the coachella pics and amazingness that I’m seeing on social media atm. It’s sooooo good! And sooooo inspiring! I keep telling myself next year! Here’s hoping next year I make it a reality and stop talking about it haha! I can only imagine how incredible it would be wandering the desert, dancing up a storm to my favourite tunes, and styling up a bunch of inspirational outfits! Right up my alley. So next year, who’s in!?!?
Here’s a little festival outfit inspo featuring some turquoise amazingness from one of my favourites At Thursday, a bunch of labels I love from my divine sistar Turquoise Lane, the most perfect bag ever from gorgeous soul Diamond Moss + some festival must haves from my online jewellery store.
We’ve been so blessed this summer to have had so many beautiful mornings at the beach with our kids to simply be and mermaid around in the waters. The horizon set with endless turquoise, and the sand so white and fluffy like snow. As our kids spend time frolicking in the small waves and search for wildlife, we get time to follow our creative passion. It’s become one of our family rituals. Beach photos, play and swim. I’ve never felt so free as I do when we are at the beach. Like a mermaid with an entire ocean to call home. On this amazing day I felt so very blessed to be almost head to toe in the divine Shayote designs, especially wearing their amazing kimono with a hand drawn eagle print on the back. The symbolism speaks to my soul and reflects my inner feelings of freedom. I hope you enjoy this post and are having a wonderful day wherever you are on this magical earth.
“Happiness requires little else than breaking from reaction and turning our attention toward the glory of life, finding a simple moment to reflect on how lucky we are to have this breath, this moment, this very capability to choose” Brendon Burchard
I read this beautiful quote the other day on The Joy Sanctuary, a beautiful space created by a dear kindred sistar of mine. It was just so perfectly timed for me to read it and resonated deeply within me. I hope it finds you all well today and sends loving vibrations to you the way it has for me.
My family and I spent a playful afternoon recently exploring a new little beach along the WA coastline. It was so lovely and quiet, the breeze ever so gentle, waves repeatedly kissing the shoreline with such grace. I watched my kids playing in the waves, I felt their joy, and all my daily stress melted into oblivion. We snapped some photos as I walked along the long stretch of beach, dressed head to toe in my favourite Hendrix + Harlow. I was filled to the brim, overflowing with joy, radiating from my being. Caught in a bubble, time escaped me, there was just my beloved family and I and the ocean. Of all our beach encounters, this one was like a dream I didn’t want to wake up from.
“Magic is everywhere you look once you can see it within yourself. We are all magic”
I felt like reminding myself today of the magic that exists within us all. I hope these simple words resonate with some of you and remind you of the unique beauty that you are.
Here is a collection of photos taken one beautiful morning styling some divine handmade gems from At Thursday. I love to adorn myself in precious healing talismans from the earth – opals, turquoise and rainbow moonstone, all set in the most beautifully crafted silver. They serve as little reminders that we are all magical. If you are not feeling it today, take some time to quiet your mind, access one of your favourite memories of nature, where there was no doubt in your mind that magic exists – a rainbow, a sunset, a waterfall, a crystal cave or thunderstorm perhaps. One of those moments where the energy is palpable, and your body zings with such heightened glee. You are content to simply watch in awe as mother nature performs her miracles. This is you. What you see is a mirror of all your own beauty. Give yourself a big hug and a moment of complete and utter loving acceptance and feel the magic that you are.
Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout
“When we maintain a conscious connection with Gratitude, our presence will naturally radiate a certain beauty and undisturbed, inner tranquillity”. Donna Goddard
This post is dedicated to all those amazing light workers out there shining, loving and sharing their gifts. Thank you for your loving hearts that illuminate the path to love for us all. To my sistars, brothers, my tribe, you all know who you are, I love you all so much. Thank you for all your ongoing support and unconditional love that brings out the best in me.