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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

Dreaming in colour

March 17, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Amethyst Druzy Slice | Moon Crescent choker | Quartz Tassel Bracelet | Quartz Charm Set – Hunter Gatherer

Hunter Gatherer Rings – Crystal Nugget Rings | Sterling Silver Dangle Rings | New Moon | Triangle Moon

Eye of Lunette tee – Maté the Label

Shorts

Strappy Back Bralette 

Duster Also in Gold Dust

Hat ON SALE!

 

This post is dedicated to my amazing husband, Bobby. I’m so inspired by his unconditional love, passion and incredible photography. This shoot in particular I am absolutely loving his capture of light, love and colour. I’m so grateful to be creating my dreams with the man I love. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Hope you are all chasing, creating and living your dreams lovelies.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Gypsy Style

March 6, 2015



PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Savannah Blouse – Turquoise Lane

Belt + NecklaceSilk Road

Rings – Turquoise Nova | Larimar | Band of Five | Midi Mandala rings – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Mandala rings

Bikini Bottoms

Hat

Nails – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all nail polishes

This was such a fun outfit to create and wear on this free loving afternoon at the beach. Wind in my hair, jewels jingling with each step as I danced my little dance across the beach in complete gypsy style. This festival inspired look paired some of my all time favourites together – silk road tribal jewellery, spell lace via turquoise lane + the fifth element life mandala rings. This lace top is by far one of my most treasured wardrobe pieces right now. I can’t get enough if it, and such a versatile piece to style in so many different ways. Perfect with denim cut offs, maxi skirt or wear it open as a lovely light layer for those cooler summer evenings. Ahhhh summer nights…making the most of them while they are still here and drinking it all in.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

 

Wild Love

February 28, 2015

Dress | Belt | Hat | Rings | Flash Tattoos

I’m so pleased to share with you all my feature on Happiness + Well Being magazine. A digital magazine dedicated to bringing holistic wisdom, nourishment and love to their readers. The magazine is filled with priceless and practical tools to remind you each and every day of just how amazing and beautiful you are. It has 100 pages filled with loving intentions, devoted to inspiring you to cultivate a life of love.

Here’s a little snipper from my interview with H + W.

H+W: What advice would you have for anyone struggling to love and accept themselves?

Helen: Be easy on yourself. We are all perfectly imperfect and our unique qualities are what make us all so beautiful. Embrace the beauty that you are. Please know you are enough just as you are. You have always been enough. You are more than enough. You can let go, trust and enjoy who you are and your life.

I am beyond honoured and grateful to the lovely Happiness + Well Being mag for taking the time to interview me. It’s been an absolute pleasure from beginning to end, and the process of answering their heart provoking questions has been an opportunity for me to reflect on my life, and how grateful I am for all that I’ve experienced.

For the very small price of $2.99 (cost of a cup of coffee), you will gain an abundance of positive information and reinforcement, that will lead you on a path overflowing with joy, peace and love.

You can purchase and read my interview here.

Follow H + W on Instagram + Facebook

Photo Credit – Bobby Bense

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Aura of Light

February 23, 2015

“The more you consistently choose loving, appreciative thoughts, the more your aura radiates out that energy of love and appreciation. Then, you truly uplift – what you focus upon shines and your mere presence illuminates.” Karen Whitaker

I’m feeling so very thankful today for the beautiful life I have to live. That each day I get to live my dreams and create something beautiful. Each breath I take is filled with love, filled with gratitude, for the amazing souls that I get to share this life with. My children, my beloved husband, my dear friends and my beautiful soul family following and sharing in my journey here on my blog. Each day I am uplifted by the love I feel for you all. I’m bursting with passion at the mere thought of the immense creative possibilities that await me.

I’d love to hear what fills your heart with love…what are you all grateful for today?

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Handmade Dress – Emma O Clothing

Crescent Moon Anklets, Cleopatra Necklace, Boho Warrior ring + Mandala Shield ring – Regalia Store

Necklaces – Eastern Soul | Mainé Silver Tassel

Rings – Crystal + Band of Five  + Tribal Flower + Lotus 

Hat

Layering Intimates – top + bottoms

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

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

White Glow

January 29, 2015


 PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Memoirs Maxi Dress – Wilde Willow

Child of Wild Belt

Rings – Samantha Wills Out of the Dark + Midnight Lovers | Amarilo Leanna Chain ring + Asami Ring set | Jewels by Jacqueline Crescent Moon ring | Five & Two Lou ring

Samantha Wills Midnight Lovers cuff + Lost in your Love Bracelet set

Innocence set – Gooseberry Intimates

Ace of Something Cookies and Cream Hat (large)

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Summer Basics

January 8, 2015



PhotographyMarnie Stella

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Square Top – Ruestiic

Shorts

Kimono

Classic large and twin opal rings – At Thursday

Mandala rings – The Fifth Element Life – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all mandala rings

Silver/Moonstone cuff

Rings  – Ono Jewellery – Nemesis | Harmonia | Omniverse | Don Biu | Five and Two

Nishka Leg Chain – Grace Bijoux

Moonstone cuff – Aloha Gaia

Moon Necklace – Hunter Gatherer Jewellery

Gypsy Soul necklace – Matters Speaking

Arm cuff – Don Biu

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

 

My simple summer basics are light, bright, easy, stylish and comfortable. I’m living in white washed denim and Rue Stiic everything this summer. Perfect basics to layer some divine jewels upon. Here is one of my favourite easy, casual  summer looks, along with some bright silver and opal jewels from At Thursday.

Special thanks to Marnie from @wanderlust_coconut for the awesome pics :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Positive Intentions

January 6, 2015


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Playsuit + Kimono – Turquoise Lane

Moonstone Necklace + Rings – Moon | Triple moonstone | Arrow | Crystal Quartz | Rainbow Moonstone – Don Biu

Thunderstruck Cuff

Moonstone Cuff

Notela Boots – Koolaburra

Hat (Vanilla Chai) – Ace of Something

Crochet Bag – Spell via American Threads

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

 

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be” Dalai Lama

This new year has been an awakening for me. It was as though by staying up all night long and seeing that sun rise in the sky, some ancient knowledge within my soul stirred and ignited. I have been feeling so alive, vital, so deeply in love with life. Each day brings more joy, freedom and inner love.

With the moon ripe and full I’m shedding some of the heavy and setting some light loving positive intentions to take even greater care of my being. To find more balance with my work, family and time for myself. I was recently reminded of that Jack Johnson song “Breakdown” and hearing this song again was pure happiness to me. It reminded me how much I love moving slowly through life, taking everything in to it’s fullest, and exploring the richness and beauty of each moment we are blessed with. There is no need to control anything, just surrender, trust and flow with the divine. Reach out from your comfort zone and experience all that life has to offer.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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