It’s been forever since I’ve dreamt of having my own jewellery shop. A place to collect all my favourites and share them with the world. I’ve finally carved out time in my crazy life to make it my reality and I’m so excited to share it with you all. I hope you love the selection of jewels I’ve picked. I’ve carefully curated a collection based on many important aspects. It was vital to me that I only sell jewellery that is ethically made, and to work with companies with a positive ethos. I also love discovering all those amazing artisans across the globe who are just so skilled at what they do. The Goldbarr are simply exquisite at designing the most incredible jaw dropping tribal statement necklaces. Grace Bijoux seriously knows how to string anklets together like no other. And Poatri Accoutrements are above and beyond in the world of quartz crystal jewellery. The vibrational energy of these crystals is on a whole other level…just wait to you wear them and feel it! And there are many more amazing designers who all bring something beautiful and unique to my shop.
For now the collection is somewhat small, though I’m sure it will grow with time as I continue to get a feel for those pieces that I know truly belong to my little shop family. I’m so grateful and honoured to bring these magical talismans to you all and I hope you love them as much as I do :)
Bali has to be one of my top favourite places to holiday. It’s not just the fact that it’s an island paradise with beautiful beaches, sunsets, tropical foods and scents, it’s the service and smiles that come with it that make it the holiday of a lifetime. Our recent family adventures took us first to Sanur and then to the magical Klungkung. I’m so happy to have explored different parts of Bali, both so very beautiful and unique in their own right. We stayed at 2 magnificent villas run by Villa Seriska, and I now understand why they have been voted Number #1 on Trip Advisor and won the Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014. The villas, the details, the luxury, and above all the hospitality and services were faultless. As a couple of hard working parents in great need of some pampering and relaxation, we certainly received more than we could have expected. And all with a smile and gratitude.
We have been blessed to have experienced our fair share of luxury holidays around the world, but Bali always seems to come out on top. It’s all in the details. At Villa Seriska we had our own personal chef to cook us whatever we liked, catering to our own special needs and dietary requirements. A driver to take us anywhere we fancied, though we didn’t feel like leaving at all, as it was just too beautiful in our villa :) We had a wonderful manager to attend to any needs that arose…and travelling with children there are usually quite a few ;) It surely helps to make a holiday with your kids an actual holiday when you have so much help. Our lovely housekeepers were so wonderful with the children and even offered to help us with babysitting when we needed. My children fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to see them each day. They were so happy, and so were we. My wonderful husband, Bobby and I, had time to really connect. Beach walks, watching the sunset whilst talking about our dreams and aspirations and sweet kisses under the gazebo. It was all so very magical.
Since I have so many beautiful pictures from our family vacation I’d love to share, I’m going to firstly share with you our experiences in Sanur, and in my next post you’ll get to see a whole other side of beautiful Bali. Sanur is seriously the perfect place to stay in Bali if you want a little luxury, beach, shopping and dining without it being too crowded. It is so much quieter than Kuta (in the best possible way) though there is still so much to do right at your doorstep. Upon stepping out of our villa we had restaurants, bars, boutiques, beach markets and of course the beach with a spectacular view of Lembongan Island and Mt. Agung. Our 4 bedroom villa, perfect for families and groups of friends, was decked out in all kinds of detailed design perfection. Everywhere I looked I was amazed by something beautiful. The woodwork, the towel designs, the flowers, the bathrooms….it was all so divine. The gazebo, spa and pool area were definitely the best and thoroughly utilised by us all each day and night. My children were obsessed with feeding the koi fish, cannon balling off the gazebo into the pool, and the chef’s amazing food!
We can’t thank owners Audrey and Nilesh, and the beautiful staff of Villa Seriska enough for their generous hospitality and very genuine caring. It’s so refreshing and an absolute joy to stay somewhere like this. They really set themselves apart by their high standards.
I hope you enjoy these photos of our holiday and be sure to check out Villa Seriska Sanur Satu for your next Bali holiday.
That moment when the sun goes to sleep and the moon begins it’s rise…..that seems to linger on and holds that special kind of magic….where all dreams feel possible….those are the moments to count your blessings and make your wishes.
Every time I am lucky enough to witness the sun rise or set, I take a moment to give thanks, and to make a special wish. I figure if I’m lucky enough to be here, witnessing this glory, then I pretty much have all I need, then it’s time to wish for something amazing for all the beautiful souls of this earth. There is something so powerful about a prayer that comes from a place of fullness, of gratitude, of abundance. Next time you are lucky enough to witness nature’s beauty, take a moment to fill yourself with love, and then send that love out to all those who need it most. You will be overflowing with love and others will feel the blessing you have bestowed upon them.
This sunset really was extra special. There was that iridescent light again at the beach. The kind that seems to come right before each full moon. The sand glows and the water flashes it’s vibrant turquoise colour. I made lots of loving wishes on this day. And I’m sure all my beautiful Dogeared charms brought even more good luck vibes to my wishes.
Make a wish, or 2, or 100….take some time for ritual in your life, and share your love and light with the world. Every little bit of loving helps to heal our world.
I’m so thrilled to present to you today my first collaborative design piece, co created with the divine Delice from LavaLinks. It’s an absolute honour working with such a beautiful soul and to be able to bring you guys something that is dear to our hearts. Hope you love :)
The gratitude elephant ring is made with love, gratitude, sterling silver, is slightly adjustable, and will fit a range of ring sizes. We hope that when you wear your elephant ring it will serve as a reminder to you of your own beauty and strength, and bring forth love and gratitude for the amazing person that you are.
With love and gratitude,
Taking preorders now for the Gratitude Elephant ring – LavaLinks
In our little family of 4 we are all pretty much obsessed with natural phenomena. Whenever we are driving about, we are always on the hunt for rainbows, full moons, sunsets and glimpses of the ocean. Wherever we are we will stop in our tracks and take a moment’s pause as we all enjoy the beauty. Winter in Perth is pretty amazing. There are so many sun showers and rainbows pop up almost daily. This week alone I’ve seen at least one every day and it always makes me smile. Just yesterday as I was crawling along in freeway traffic I spotted a rainbow streaming through the cars ahead…I was captivated and so happy to be stuck in traffic so I could have the chance to thoroughly enjoy it.
Here are some photos from a few weeks ago from the beach. I managed to salvage these from my iPhone post computer crash. The resolution is not so great, but I wanted to share them nonetheless as it was such a magical day. I was chasing rainbows and dodging sun showers and basically having a whole lot of fun :) It was so warm and mild and I was filled with absolute joy.
Sending some rainbow magic your way and I hope your days are filled with beauty and joy.
When it comes to all things lacey Spell really nail it every time! It’s probably obvious already from all my instagram pics and wardrobe that ivory laces are my absolute favourite. This dress, this cut, this lace….utter perfection. Quite possibly my favourite dress in my wardrobe right now. And WA girls if you didn’t already know Lexi & Roy is your one stop shop for all things Spell over here in the west.
I’m loving this dress styled without the nude slip, and belted/cropped over shredded skinnies and a biker jacket to roughen up the look. Add boots and fedora and a summer outfit transforms into winter. And of course a mountain of jewels ;)
Now that winter is finally well and truly here in WA, I’m embracing the spiral inwards as winter draws us into that introspective space. This is one of my favourite times to get really creative with my wardrobe and play with layers. My layering essentials – dusters, loose tees, a cropped bomber, the perfect skinny jeans, and a tailored vegan leather jacket. I tend more towards the neutrals – black, white, beige and grey during this season, with pops of colour thrown in to my accessories. A bright tribal bag, turquoise rings, funky coloured nails and statement necklaces. Fashion and style to me is about having fun. Wear what makes you happy, not what’s on trend. Enjoy the process of expressing your creativity through style.
And here’s a little something for those on a budget but wanting to add some lovely lace into their wardrobe. I’ve hunted and narrowed down some of my favourite lace dresses under $100 –
Cosy winter whites and turquoise colour pops. Vintage tees and fringe for days. One of my day to day casual outfits that I love and so great for this transitional weather.
Rain or shine I am drawn to the beautiful ocean. I was lucky to catch the pause in between the rain storms on this shoot. It was the perfect way to fire up the spirit and passion as winter draws us inwards.
Enjoy the transitions in life as we expand and contract. Pause for those peaceful moments between breaths. Allow yourself to sink deeply into the magic of a moment as you release all your worries and stressful thoughts. There is only peace, love and bliss.
There is great strength, beauty and freedom in vulnerability. As we peel back the masks, embrace who we are, and share our authentic self, we enrich our experience of life, we deepen our connections, heighten our senses, and a natural unfolding of gratitude and love follow. Our beautiful delicate nature unveils our potential for growth, healing and happiness.
It’s been forever since Mother’s Day and this post is seriously long overdue. It was such a beautiful day spent at our local beach of course hehe ;) It was a little crazy though, the sea was growling and super rough, and the sand was covered in seaweed. We set up this gorgeous lacy crochet throw from Losari home and woman and had some beautiful time soaking up the sunshine. It was a lovely, warm afternoon, and even though the beach looked like a bomb had gone off, it was absolutely so beautiful in all of it’s glorious mess. It reminded me how important it is to speak and honour our truth. No matter what that might be or how messy one might feel. To really allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share who we are. It felt as though mother earth was having an off day, but in actual fact she couldn’t have been more perfect and beautiful.
When we allow others to truly see who we are, to drop the masks we hide behind, to share our vulnerability, we open ourselves up for deeper connections with those we love. And we can live a more peaceful and free life. It takes some peeling back of the many layers that we create for ourselves and some inquiry into our thoughts and beliefs. And this can be painful at times too. And it can be exhilarating as well, especially in those moments when you realise your ability to choose your thoughts and beliefs and you release yourself from suffering.
Take some time to go within, listen to your thoughts, question them, look at their roots and the beliefs that house them. Imagine how good it feels when you don’t believe or think those painful thoughts. Choose to let them go, even if only for a minute, and feel the peace wash over you. You no longer have to replay the hurt. You can choose a new story, one that makes you feel good, and replay that like your favourite record.
This was undoubtedly the most magical sunset I’ve ever witnessed. The whole day leading up to it was magic. The cloud formations, the sparkling waters, the golden light. Love was in the air, everywhere we looked there were happy smiles, warm hearts and sneaky kisses. It was as though everyone lived within a bubble of love. I know we sure were ;) My husband and I started our afternoon date at the beach photographing this oufit, soaking up warm autumn sun rays, then we drove along the magnificent WA coast, with an early dinner at one of our fave beachside restaurants, followed by this awe inspiring, breath taking sunset. I couldn’t believe how much it changed from moment to moment. The intensity of colour, starting off so softly with pink, orange and purple and ending with the ocean and sky completely alight in a deep crimson red. I feel so blessed that we were able to experience this wonder. That our timing lined up so divinely with ease. Beyond grateful.
With love and gratitude,
Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento beach, Scarborough beach, Trigg beach, Western Australia