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


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.



Blue Crush

August 12, 2015


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – 26th Ave beach, Santa Cruz, CA


Outfit Details

Winged Open Scarab Necklace | Turquoise Cuff | Ritarock Ring – Rita & Zia

Rings – Double Vibe Turquoise | Turquoise stackable | Twin Triangles | Crossover | Strong midi – Contact here for wait list on rings

Earth + Moon Turquoise Cuff

Skirt | Top




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 :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


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Riding the Waves

May 3, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

SunDancer Maxi Wrap Dress – Sea Dreamer

Whisper ‘Fur Free Fur’ vest – Wilde Willow  The perfect faux fur wardrobe staple that is luxurious to wear without harming our beautiful creatures :)

Silk Road Necklace

Child of Wild Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Rings/Cuffs – Torchlight Jewelry | Aloha Gaia Midi Rings – Air/Earth | Luna | Ernest & Joe Crystal | The Fifth Element Life mandala rings – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all mandala rings

Ace of Something Hat

Cream Fallon Hat

Transcend nail polish (New colour coming soon) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Extensions – Blakk


Does life ever feel like you are being tumbled by a huge wave? It’s as though you can’t think or breathe, like being frozen in time or stuck on a ride you don’t want to be on. I was feeling like this today…all my thoughts scattered on the near future. An overwhelming surge of adrenaline peaking in my body, focused on the never-ending list of tasks that stand before me. As a passionate and creative person I take a lot on my plate. I love to be busy and involved in multiple projects. My latest shop venture is just one of those amazing things that has brought so much creative freedom and joy to my life. At the same time it’s also brought a lot of work. I’m so happy for this, as it’s been not only a pleasure, but a learning experience for me too. Each day I’ve been practising maintaining my awareness in the now…just today. The moment my thoughts move towards tomorrow, next week, month etc. I’m getting thrashed about in that huge wave again. My breathing becomes shallow and I find it challenging to focus on any task. In these moments, rather than resisting my initial urge to retreat, I’ve been welcoming this chaos into my being. I’m breathing it all in and allowing it time to simply be. A little validation of our feelings can make all the difference. I’ve been taking lots of deep breaths, and realising this moment, right now, is all I need to focus on. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will be brighter and more refreshed for it if I don’t waste my energy stressing about it! So instead of being tumbled by life’s waves, I’m learning to ride them. I’m flowing with it all and taking it one baby step at a time.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

My Jewellery Shop

April 7, 2015


SHOP it all HERE


Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Western Australia


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 :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Festival Inspiration

March 26, 2015

Flash Tattoos | Grace Bijoux Anklets

General Pants Top | Shorts | Bag | Hat | Lovestrength Caspian Belt | Vanessa Mooney body chain

Flash Tattoos | Morgan Patricia custom Opal ring | Embella Paua Shell ring | The 2 Bandits Floyd’s Ring | Special J creations Lotus ring | Dixi tribal

General Pants shorts + bag | Lovestrength Caspian belt | Rings – Lavalinks | Sunahara – White Opal | White Opal midi | Statement V | V midi rings | Cuffs – Embella | The 2 Bandits

Embella Cuffs/bracelets | Embella Turquoise + Tribal ring | Eastern Soul Stud Band | Vanessa Mooney Turquoise Nova ring | Sunahara midi rings

I’m not your type bikini | Lovestrength belt | Torchlight Jewelry necklace

Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot rings  silver + black | Skin Feelings Bindis | Embella tribal ring + cuff | Sunahara Statement V ring | Alushia Sanchia Thunderbird cuff



Mate the Label La Lune Stella tee | General Pants shorts | Asos hat

Flash Tattoos | Morgan Patricia custom Opal ring | Embella Paua Shell ring | The 2 Bandits Floyd’s Ring | Special J creations Lotus ring | Dixi tribal

Toby Heart Ginger Top + Shorts | Sunahara Opal necklace

Toby Heart Ginger shorts | Embella cuff | Bahgsu Jewels Turquoise cuff | Embella Larimar | Solar Quartz + Tribal rings | Ono Jewellery Opal ring | Don Biu moon midi

Sum Leta Top | PilyQ bottoms | Grace Bijoux belly chain | Samantha Wills necklace + cuff + rings | Embella tribal rings | Midsummer Star midi rings


PilyQ bottoms | Grace Bijoux belly chain | Samantha Wills necklace + cuff + rings | Embella tribal rings | Midsummer Star midi rings


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Western Australia


Tan + Body Shimmer

Nails – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique


With festival season heating up I’ve been tuning into the vibe and so has my wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourite festival inspired looks. Hope this post gives you guys some inspiration and gets those creative juices flowing!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


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