flower crown

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

One Love

August 8, 2016

PhotographerBobby Bense

Drone PhotographyLongest Way Round

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

AssistantSophie Ferguson

Macro Photography/Assistant Styling – Longest Way Round, Sophie Ferguson

Props – Pretty Willow

FlowersA Little Bohemia

StationaryThe Little Press

Hair Styling – The Nest Hair Boutique


Outfit Details

Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta Dress

Canyon Moon Mesh Duster – Spell Designs

Faux Fur Stole – Review

Three Stone Love Ring – Alice Or Jewellery

Dark Romance Neck Collar + Cuff + Crystal Stud EarringsGold Dust Nights Cuff + Ornate Ring Set Ring Set + Necklace – Samantha Wills

Aeon Diamond Rings | Custom Diamond Lariat NecklaceAristides Fine Jewels

‘Summer is Here’ Hat – Sarah J Curtis

The Strathberry Nano Tote


HairThe Nest Hair Boutique | Blakk Extensions

Nails (Aura)Sienna Byron Bay

Spray TanPerth Mobile Spray Tans


As she strolls along the deserted beach, time stands still. Her beloved gently embraces her and whispers….”One Love”. Mother nature as their witness, they stroll into the golden horizon, hearts full of dreams, and infinite possibilities for their magical life ahead.

My dream was always to have a bohemian beach style wedding in my favourite and happiest of all places. To walk barefoot upon all that white sand with a vibrant turquoise ocean backdrop. I am beyond blessed after making this a reality in 2008 with my beloved husband Bobby, and now being able to co-create my vision (with a few style updates) with the most amazing team of Perth creatives. It was so inspiring, not to mention fun, creating this together. The day was perfect, and it almost felt like my wedding day all over again. The sun shone, the champagne flowed, beautiful connections were made. It’s a wonderful feeling to work with such passionate artists, who all love what they do so much, and do it so well.

This entire shoot was styled from such a personal place, a true reflection of my style and all that I love. My vision was for a neutral palette of ivory and creams, brought to life with a contrast of varying natural textures, a theme combining both delicate and bold attributes, symbolic of the strength that comes from vulnerability. There’s a magical, free flowing vibe that evokes the vision of a relaxed bride, centred by her presence, empowered by her connection to nature, strengthened by her unconditional love for her husband.

The amazing Pretty Willow and her stunning collection of bridal props, and A Little Bohemia’s floral artistry, together created the most beautiful sacred space; the perfect setting for a barefoot bohemian bride, to simply relax and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Dressed in the most divine Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta Dress it really was a dream come true. The delicate lace and flowing silhouette embodied the carefree spirit and vintage romance that I had envisioned. As an immense jewellery lover, I wanted to create multiple jewellery looks, so I paired some of my favourites from Samantha Wills, Aristides Fine Jewels and a very special 3 stone diamond ring created by Alice Or Jewellery. Each diamond represents the 3 loves of my life – my husband Bobby and our 2 children, Jade and Jacob. I love jewellery with a story, and this ring is infused with so much love for my family; a daily reminder of what is closest to my heart.

I’m so grateful to everyone who helped contribute to this day. It was beyond magical and captured everything that One Love means to me.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Mommy & Me

June 24, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Models – Jade (daughter) + Helen (mommy)

StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details


Skirt | Flower Crown | BraceletKapri Couture

Luna Necklace + Luna Cuff

Rings – Air/Earth | Strong | Nani | Luna

Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Winter)



Kimono | Flower crown | BraceletKapri Couture

Luna Necklace + Ananda soul Cuff

Gypsy Belt

Rings – Ananda SoulSoul Dance | All is Love Aquamarine | Om | Aletheia & Phos Et Cure



Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Winter) – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout


My beautiful daughter, Jade, and I were recently blessed to have shared a very special photoshoot together for the divine Kapri Couture. They designed and custom made matching pieces to specifically suit our aesthetic and the mermaid vibes we were after. It was so heart warming to share this journey with my sweet girl, to watch her be pampered in this way, and see her soul alight as she found her own creative expression. She is such a natural beauty, emanating love from deep within her soul. She is my teacher, my angel, and always brings me back to my heart when I need it most. My heart is filled with gratitude for the honour of being her mommy.

This was such a fun family shoot with Bobby (daddy) behind the lens and our dear son, Jacob, our little behind the scenes helper. He was such a sweetheart, taking care of his big sister.

I’m so grateful to Kapri Couture for organising all these pieces for us, so we could share this very special day together. These moments and captures will forever remind us of our bond and unconditional love for one another.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


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Hobo + Hatch

May 3, 2014

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A few weeks ago…or maybe even a month now (WOW!) I had the pleasure of visiting the Hobo + Hatch pop up shop down south in the beautiful town Cowaramup, in the Margaret River wine region. The vibe and beauty of this town and shop was so relaxing…I didn’t want to leave! If you get the chance to stop by on your travels it’s a must! So many of my favourite labels like Rue Stiic + Arrow Divine all in the one place. And what a space it is! So perfectly decked out with peacock chairs, divine tapestries, worldly jewels and cow skulls. See pics below!! I was lucky enough to pick up one of their yakadiyak wool/cotton shawls and it’s been keeping me warm and cosy during this sudden seasonal shift right into winter! And not only are they divine, each purchase supports communities in Nepal. “By purchasing from our Yakadiyak range you’ve helped make a small difference in the lives of others. We will continue to donate our time & money to the Nepalese community that touched our hearts & forever changed our soul” – Leona, Hobo + Hatch. Nothing better than wearing conscious clothing. Feels soooo good in so many ways :))))

These photos featuring this beautiful scarf, were taken a couple of weeks ago when summer was still hanging around for one last party :) The golden light in the afternoon seems to intensify during this time of year. The sunsets are so brilliant and deep, just like the autumn leaves. It’s yet another magical time of year with so much beauty to be thankful for.


Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

Shawl  (natural) – Hobo + Hatch | Instagram | Facebook | Visit in person shop 2, 64 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup, Western Australia

Daisy flower crown – Eterie

Dress – Spell Designs

Necklaces – Soul Loving Jewelry moonstone mala | Chinta rose quartz | Spell Designs Gypsy

Kimono – Myee Carlyle

Rings – Rico Designs Rhodonite | Elephant (similar) | Sun wrap | Moonglow | Blooming flower | Mermaid by Hand wave | Heart Majestic silver knuckle ring

Bangles – Free People | Sunahara | Shayote Isis wrap

Beanie – Spell Designs

Cloudbreak anklet – Roadtrip Jewellery


And here are some photos of the Hobo + Hatch pop up store and bts hanging out with owner and beauty Leona..and seriously loving her outfit soooo much! Shop it HERE + HERE + HERE xx


With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


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Golden Aura

April 22, 2014


Gold Bangles + Cuff – Free People | Aztec Slave cuff – Morgan Joanel

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo | Morgan Joanel | Heart Majestic


Turkish coin necklace (worn as anklet) – Child of Wild | Gold bangles – Free People

Rings – Brooke Persich | Morgan Joanel | Amarilo | Gold chevron midi rings


Turkish Coin necklace + Medusa collar necklaceChild of Wild | Thunderbird body chain + Knuckle ringsHeart Majestic | Flowercrown – Flower Gypsies | Aztec Slave cuff – Morgan Joanel

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo | Morgan Joanel | Heart Majestic


Temporary tattoo (Gypset Goddess) – Skin Feelings | Bangles – Free People

Rings – Kami Lerner gold wrap rings | Amarilo | Free People | Karen London


 Spell Designs turquoise cuff (SOLD OUT) Alternate | Vanessa Mooney Turquoise ring | Om compassion ring | Silver sun wrap ring

A week of gold and turquoise, inspired by sacred geometry, golden aura crystals, and egyptian opulence. Turquoise always has such a strong presence in my life. It’s my healing colour and healing stone. Gold is something I’ve been building in my jewellery collection lately and I’m so inspired by the stacking possibilities. I have so many amazing jewels to style and giveaways coming up. Stay tuned to the frequency of light and love…..so much awesomeness awaits you.

AND a little reminder to all that this Elephant ring pictured below on my middle finger is part of a BLOG giveaway I am running during the month of April. At the end of this month, I will be giving this away to one lucky person who is following my blog. All you need to do is sign up to follow my blog. The FOLLOW button pops up on the bottom right of the screen. If you have any problems please contact me and I’ll help sign you up. Good luck everyone! Love + gratitude xx

IMG_6451Tarot Magick hot pants – Teeki | Akseki Cuff – Lost Lover

Rings – Spell Designs SOLD OUT Alternate | Om compassion ring | Elephant (similar) | Turquoise OOAK (SHOP similar + here + here)


Boho Crochet Heaven

March 8, 2014

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Crochet is something that has always been close to my heart. I grew up watching my extraordinary mother crochet intricate designs for hours on end, as though it was her own form of meditation. As a child I was always in awe of her skill and patience….and nothing has changed there. I was lucky enough to learn this art from her, so I know how challenging it can be. So when I wear handmade crochet designs, I feel that extra bit special, knowing how much time, love and energy went into creating it. Every boho goddess needs a little crochet in her life.

Here I have the honour of sharing a truly gorgeous piece from Sumika. The festival fringe top is the perfect fit and you get a little midriff show without it being too cropped. Wear it as a bikini top, with denim cut offs or your fave maxi skirt and don’t forget the flowers in your hair :) Check out Flower Gypsies for some beautiful designs…they make such a great range of flower crowns.

To this outfit I added my Lyloh sarong. Made from super soft Organic cotton jersey, dyed with indian almond leaves, creating a beautiful eco friendly sarong.

And a little extra something special from the divine Beauty in Numbers. These barefoot ‘Gypsy Feet’ crochet sandals were made by her lovely mother :) How cool is that! Just makes my heart so happy to share such lovely creations with you all :)

My second outfit features a beautiful Jen’s Pirate Booty dress. It’s one of those easy summer boho dresses, super flattering and flowy and oh soooo comfortable. I could style this dress so many ways, though I was in the mood for simple silver jewels and a floppy wide brim hat.

I’m counting my blessings for all these beautiful handmade creations in my life. Each and every day I practice the art of appreciation. It can be for the simplest of things. And especially on those days where I feel completely snowballed and as though my entire universe has collapsed….these are the days I practice even harder. I remind myself that I am alive, that all I have is this moment. And that this moment is filled with an infinite amount of possibilities. I can choose love, joy, freedom, whatever I want. Sometimes I simply have to let go of my focus on the hurt, because it just extends the suffering, and I choose to see the great stuff, the beauty and the blessings, the wonder, the inspirations that surround me wherever I may be. Find them, practice the art of living and loving the moments. Life begins to mirror your internal world and more of the same will be created.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Festival Fringe top ~ Sumika

Flower crown ~ Flower Gypsies

Feelin’ Peachy Sarong (short) ~ Lyloh 

Gypsy Feet ~ Beauty in Numbers

Necklaces ~ Roadtrip Jewellery, Navajo and the Runaway Stray

Rings ~ Wild Heart Jewellery

Arm band (actually a custom headpiece) ~ Wild and Free Jewelry

Outfit 2

Sunrise Mini Halter Dress ~ Jen’s Pirate Booty

Rings ~ Nik Dreamer, Ono Jewellery, Laura Shipp Jewellery, Lakota Jewellery

Necklace ~ Spell Designs

Hat ~ Fallen Broken Street


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