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Sunset Lovers

September 13, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – City Beach, WA

 

Outfit Details

Wrap Dress WhiteWrap Dress Maxi  Cream | Higher Zip BootsMarho

Jacket – Boda Skins

Jewelry – Bindi Wrap Choker (black + camel) | Warrior Necklace | Iggy Bralette

Rings – Moonstone | Rainbow Dream | Midi

Belts – Hayden | Marita

Hats – Carmen | Alaska

 

“That was her magic, she could still see the sunset, even on those darkest days” Atticus

I feel so grateful to witness nature’s creations each day as a new painting in the sky is born with every sunrise and sunset. I stroll along the shoreline, the sun kissing the horizon bidding it goodnight, with the promise of a new dawn, new opportunities, more magic. My passion and inner joy bubble beneath the surface ready to burst as I bare witness to the overwhelming beauty. I dance ever so lightly along the beach, embodied by my childlike exhilaration, and sense of total freedom to be myself. Aware and present, embracing the moment, my heart beats with the rhythm of the earth and I am home.

I hope you all get some nature time to soak up those magical sunset skies wherever you may be in this wonderful world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Earth Girl

September 1, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Uluwatu, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Billabong Australia

Bikini – Earth Angel Tri Top + Earth Angel Tropic Pant

Tops – Desert Dawn Top | Bohemia Top

Shorts

 

Embella Jewellery

Necklaces – Lotus Pod | Lotus Flower | Lotus Love | Passion Flower | Falling Leaves

Bracelets/Cuffs – Sea Life | Flowers in the Sun | Drifter | Sea Star | Aztec

Rings – Turquoise | Tribal | Crossing Paths Paua Shell | Ocean Warrior Paua Shell | Sea Star | Goddess Wrap

Anklets – Ananda | Om | Coral Reef

Hats – SmithSummer is Here

 

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer”  Thích Nhat Hanh

There is nothing quite as pure and healing as the feel of soft sand under my bare feet. As I  listen to the rhythmic sound of crashing waves, I can feel the resonating heartbeat of the earth. After days indoors at my computer editing photos, writing, emailing etc, I feel the need and pull for nature more than ever. When we connect with the earth, skin to skin, we are provided with such an abundance of healing energy. Not only do I feel amazing, I’m providing myself with one of the simplest and most inexpensive medicines for my body and soul. Earthing, or earth girl time as I like to call it, has always been one of the most important lifestyle changes I’ve implemented, one I would regularly encourage with my clients during my former career as a Naturopath.

On our recent holiday to Bali, I realised more than ever why I feel so great on holidays. Sure, the no cleaning, cooking thing is a blast, but it’s all that time spent outdoors in nature, swimming, lying in the sand, and of course those long barefoot beach walks. I always have the best sleep of my life too. This was such a treat spending a week frolicking in the turquoise waters of beautiful Uluwatu, made even better wearing my favourite mermaid attire from Billabong’s Fade to White collection + layers of divine Embella Jewellery.

So if you’ve been feeling like you could use a little energy boost, or are dealing with chronic health issues, I encourage you to take even 5-10 minutes each day, kick your shoes off, and relax bare feet on the earth. You will slowly but surely tune into those relaxed, holiday vibes.

Happy barefoot travels gypsies!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

If you’d like to learn more about the science behind earthing read here

Be Brave…Be Love…Be You ♥

August 23, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationUngasan Clifftop Resort, Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Bras N Things Bodysuits

First look – Ivory Ordella bodysuit  | Custom Silk Skirt | Farrah Bodychain | Goddess Lariat | Swarovski Choker| Rings/CuffsWhite on White Hat

Second lookKendra bodysuit | Shorts | Shirt | Belt | Bindi Wrap Choker | Bodychain | Carmen Watch | Smith Straw Hat

Rings – Moonstone | Rainbow Dream | Mandala | Midi rings

Third look – Mesh Long Sleeve Bodysuit

 

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” Marilyn Monroe

I’m loving the resurgence of lacy, sheer bodysuits and bralettes, and I’m so happy that it has finally become more acceptable to wear underwear as outerwear. I’ve always been a fan of delicate lacy negligee and accessorising it to be part of my wardrobe, even when I would get the ‘You can’t wear that out!” comments. I think I spent the better part of the 90’s op shopping for silky, lacy nighties and then tie dying them. Almost 2 decades have passed and I’m still rocking the under garment look and loving it!

These Bras n Things bodysuits are pretty much a dream come true for my wardrobe. They totally work with so many different styles; from cocktail wear, bohemian chic, festival, to rock chick. On my recent Bali trip, the Ivory Ordella bodysuit was perfect for a relaxing sunset dinner at the resort. I accessorised it with layers of delicate gold jewels + a flowing silk maxi skirt…I truly felt like a bohemian goddess.

I’m always down for a little festival style and a good sunday sesh. Beach club bound, I paired this perfect plunging Kendra bodysuit with some distressed denim, silver hardware and an old school classic, the black leather choker, to finish of this look. I also love how easily I could layer the sheer long sleeve bodysuit for evening.

For all you lace lovers and wild hearts, always stay true to your inner style, wear what you love, forget about what other people say, let your unique style be seen, and share, share, share your magnificent spark of light with the world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

Dreaming in Turquoise

July 28, 2016

 

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRose Villa at Pandawa Cliff Estate, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Turquoise Silver Wave Necklace

Navajo Hand Carved Turquoise Bracelets

Rings – Navajo TurquoiseMermaid Turquoise | Navajo Turquoise and Feather | Hand carved Turquoise Navajo | Turquoise Raindrop | Tribal Turquoise | Mandala 

Sasha Ivory Tunic Dress

Lace Romper

‘Summer is Here’ Panama Hat

Spray tan

Sienna Nails

 

My turquoise obsession continues, not only with the sea, but with these amazing Indie + Harper Jewels. I love these stunning designs that stack so beautifully together. Perfect for the bohemian nomad wandering the globe, discovering her own inner magic as she chases those turquoise dreams. Happy Travels beauties!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Sunset Spells

July 9, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

LocationPandawa Cliff Estate | Uluwatu, Bali | North Beach | Sorrento Beach, Perth, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Superstar Romper | Bindi Wrap Choker | Hayden Belt | Portofino Faux Fur Jacket

Upper Eastside Playsuit | Portofino Faux Fur Jacket | Bindi Wrap Choker | Didi Boots (Stone) | Hat (similar)

Rings – All the Phases | Delicate Crown | Drop in the Ocean | Andromeda | Beaded Crest | Beaded Chevron | Phobos Deimos

Romance Lace Crop | Starlight Bodychain | Bikini‘Summer is Here’ hat 

In my Dreams Romper | Crossover Bodychain | Mesh Necklace‘Summer is Here’ hat 

Nails | Tan

 

‘The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” Jacques Cousteau

Mesmerised by these dreamy landscapes and the mystical energy swirling amongst the pastel sunset sky, forever spelled by the wonder and beauty of it all.

So grateful for this gift of life, to experience the simple things like watching a sunset, the smiles on my children’s faces, the warm embrace of my beloved.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

My Luxury Retreat

June 30, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRose at Pandawa Cliff Estate, Pandawa Beach – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Long Perfect Dress

Lani Macrame Back Dress

Bronte Maxi Dress

Mahina Kaftan

Ibiza Kimono

Maya Onepiece

Anna Beck Jewelry

Amantha Kimono

Lace Playsuit

Goddess Tunic

Warrior necklace

‘Summer is Here’  Hat

 

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends” Aberjhani

My family and I recently set out for some much needed retreat time to Bali with Luxury Retreats, and what we experienced was beyond all expectations. It was such an easy and seamless getaway from beginning to end. The concierge took care of every little detail, making this trip such a retreat for us all. As a mother juggling my own business, family, and rolling with the random curveballs that life has to offer, I am so very grateful when someone else takes over the reigns and plans the nitty gritty details. Luxury Retreats anticipated all our needs and created the perfect holiday for our family.

Our time at the Pandawa Cliff Estate was nothing short of total luxury. And absolute fun! The best part was having quality one on one time with our kids. Slow breakfasts with conversations about what adventures the day would bring, followed by frisby on the grass, tennis on the courts, pool time and more pool time, walks along the beach, silly games of Uno, and so much amazing Balinese cuisine right there in our villa. Having our own personal chef cook all our meals, catering to our dietary needs/preferences, was just so wonderful. We all felt so well taken care of. This was truly a rejuvenating holiday for us, just as we intended it to be.

As you can see from these pictures our villa was beyond amazing. It’s definitely one of the best we’ve ever stayed in here in Bali. It was so spacious, light and luxuriously appointed, yet still maintained a homely feel, making it so comfortable and enjoyable for us. We stayed in the Rose Villa, which is one of 3 villas in the Pandawa Cliff Estate. You can even hire out all 3 villas and have the perfect destination wedding with all your friends and family, in total privacy and luxury. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of a wedding in one of the adjacent villas and it looked spectacular! It was a gorgeous balmy evening filled with loving vibes, twinkling lights, happy music and a magical finale of fireworks over the ocean.

One of my personal highlights of our stay was waking up each morning for the sunrise. I am the biggest fan of waking up with the sun anywhere in the world. It starts my day off perfectly and energises me in a way that extra sleep doesn’t. It’s worth the early wake up, trust me. Witnessing beauty like that, so transient, and always so unique, is a very special and indescribable experience.

We are so thankful to Luxury Retreats for our perfect family holiday. They have an incredible selection of villas across the world and the best service and expertise I’ve dealt with to date. I highly recommend them for your next vacation. Follow them here for travel inspiration from all over this beautiful world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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