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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

 

Sisterhood

June 22, 2016

PhotographyBree Hannemann

ModelsLeila, Marlei + Kai

Location – Northshore, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Wearing:

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Dainty Drop Necklace

All Seeing Eye Ring

 

It’s so beautiful to see sisters in the community supporting one another, inspiring one another, and lifting each other up. Too often we compare ourselves, diminishing our joy and love for who we are, we forget how wonderful it feels to honour and embrace the beauty and gifts of those around us. And to remember our own magnificence at the same time. I love spending time with my kids for this very reason. They remind me of the most important things in life. Being present in each moment, taking each moment as it comes (you never know which moment will be your last), and allowing your joy to completely bubble over so you can fully express yourself without fear of what others will think. This is probably the best thing they have ever taught me. I love the freedom of being me.

These beautiful images from the amazingly talented Bree Hannemann speak deeply to my soul. Photographed  in one of my favourite places on this planet, these divine pictures emit so much joy, connection, innocence and beauty. I hope you can feel it too :) And I hope you allow your joy to bubble over and feel free to be exactly who you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

The Magic Within

June 1, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details 

Wearing my favourite mermaid treasures from Anna Kosturova,  Her Empire + Embella Jewellery

Luxe Nomad Crochet Throw Over

Dreamscape Kimono

Deep Sea Roundie

Halterkini

Necklaces – Falling Leaves | Passionflower | Lotus Love | Lotus pod

Bracelets/Cuffs – Aztec | Silver leaf | Ocean Girl | Girl of the Ocean

Rings – Vines of the Sea | Sea Star | Crossing Paths Paua Shell | Isola Journey | Ocean Warrior Paua Shell | Goddess Wrap

Anklets – Ananda | Om | Coral Reef

Sunglasses | Hat (similar)

 

“You are the artist of your life, you are the author of your own story”

Every day I feel very blessed to live the life that I do. I am thankful for my beautiful tribe and all the angels who have played their part in the course of my life, guiding me, supporting me, reflecting love to me, as I create the life I’ve always dreamed of. Every day the dream changes a little as I learn and grow. I follow my joy, never quite knowing where that will take me. It’s such an exciting and empowering feeling knowing you can choose at any moment what you want to create and how you want to feel. You are the artist of your life, you are the author of your own story. Write the book that sparks your joy. Paint whatever beautiful painting your heart desires. Create the life of your dreams.

Here in Bali, in this quiet space, where clarity prevails, I gained a glimpse of the expansive ability of my mind. I felt the infinite possibilities of my imagination and all that I could create. I felt limitless. I realised at the crux of it all was a need to fully embrace myself for all my unique ways…to know I was already enough. To see myself with eyes of love and compassion, and feel the magic within. To remember I was special. That we all are. We are all amazing, and somehow we forget our beauty, our shining light. Even in the depths of despair and tragedy, never forget who you are. You have the power to decide who you are, what you want to be, and what you want to create in this life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

© Copyright images + text GypsyLovinLight 2016

Bali Blessings

May 26, 2016


PhotographyBobby Bense + Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative Director – Helen Janneson Bense

LocationSamabe Suites and Villas, Hidden Hills Villas, El Kabron via Asia Collective – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Filagree Maxi Dress | Hat

Blue Bikini | Dainty Drop necklace | Rings/Cuffs

Folk Lullaby Bikini | Dainty Drop necklace | Rings/Cuffs | Hat

Summer of Love Top + ShortsDainty Drop necklace | Rings/Cuffs | Hat | Bag

Silk Overlay Dress (similar)

‘Ode to Bali’ Kimono  | Mara Bikini | Ocean Mantra Jewelry | Hat

Embroidered Jacket | White Bikini | NecklaceHat

Jagger Jumpsuit | Necklace | Hat

Halter Mini Dress | Jofan Boots | Carmen Hat

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique | Blakk Extensions

Spray Tan – Perth Mobile Spray Tans

Nails – Sienna Byron Bay

 

Every time I go back to beautiful Bali I fall in love with the culture and sacred energy of the land more and more. The rituals and gratitude the Balinese have for life, for each other, is so humbling, and it reminds me what is most important in my life – my family, my friendships, my connection to myself, others, nature, and always being open to learning and discovering deeper levels of peace, love and joy.

On this wanderlust journey we split our time between the coast and the hills. Both quiet, picturesque locations with so much to offer in different ways. Our first stop, Samabe Suites and Villas, in Nusa Dua, was situated on the most pristine beach I’ve seen along this part of the coast. The cliff edge, with it’s panoramic views, met the whitest, softest sand, and multiple shades of turquoise ocean. The tiered infinity pool overlooking this beauty took this scene to another level. This is the place you want to wake up early and watch the sunrise. It’s spectacular, and sets you up for the most perfect day in paradise. One of the highlights of our stay here was the breakfast buffet. As avid foodies, we enjoy a big breakfast with a lot of variety + quality. This was hands down in the top five of our best breakfasts we’ve encountered to date. They even had a strawberry chocolate fondue fountain with marshmallows and strawberries. Not that I usually eat sweets for breakfast but it does give you an idea of how well this place caters for everyones whims.

Out next stop was to Hidden Hills Villas. A picture of total serenity, perched upon the hillside in Uluwatu, overlooking the Indian ocean. This is where you want to sit by your infinity pool, enjoy a cocktail or two with your lover, and watch the sunset. It’s one of the most romantic places we’ve stayed. We had complete privacy, yet super attentive hosts when required, that took care of our every need. We loved the open plan, light filled, design of the villas and attention to detail. I felt as though I’d entered my dream house with all the white wash and a perfect splash of blue. The design and layout created an ambience that made it very hard to want to leave this space…ever! And wow the food was so delicious! I highly recommend ordering in here and enjoying a few days of just relaxing and melting into this space. It’s so healing and for me personally I found Hidden Hills perfect for some much needed R & R. You won’t feel the need to leave your villa at all, and sometimes that can be just what you need.

I’m so thankful for this recent trip to Bali for opening my mind, my eyes, and my heart. For the blessings of insight. There is always so much to learn, and so many ways to enrich your life and your experience. To find deeper levels of intimacy within your relationship to yourself and others. Finding easier ways to cope with those rough patches, and when you feel a little broken, being able to embrace your vulnerability and reach out for a helping hand…especially your own. I discovered a greater level of compassion, love and appreciation for myself, and I’m eternally grateful for that. Bali, you’ve brought me back home even deeper into my heart, just where I needed to be. I can’t wait to visit the island of the gods once again :)

A big thank you to Asia Collective who organised our travel experience from beginning to end. Make sure you check our their travel guide when you plan your next tropical escape.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

Coachella ’16

May 6, 2016

PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense, Kira Janneson Bolwell, Tysa Wright, Driely S

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Palm Springs, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Designer’s Beach Bungalow in Point Dume, Malibu – California, USA

 

Outfit Details

Look 1

Halter Mini Dress  | Tribal child bag | WrapTurquoise + Tribal Rings | Midi RingsLunar Love Flash TattoosMimi NecklaceBootsHat | Crystal Bindis

Look 2

Celeste One Piece | Shorts (similar) | Belt | Hat | Necklace | Generator Necklace | RingsWrist Bands | Hat | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Look 3

Lace Dress | Necklace | Jewellery | Jacket | Tribal child bag | Hat | Boots | Crystal Bindis | Sunglasses

Look 4

Kaftan (has been belted into a mini – similar) | Necklace | Jewellery | Hat | Wrist Bands | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Look 5

Spell Dress, Shawl + Bag (releasing soon) | Necklace | Jewellery | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos | Hat | Boots | Crystal Bindis | Sunglasses

Look 6

Bikini | Bodychain | Matisa Foot piece | Hat

Look 7

Halter Mini Dress | Hat

Look 8

Tysa Jagger Jumpsuit | Jewellery | Hat | Matisa Footpiece | Sunglasses

Look 9

Halter Maxi Dress (similar) | Jewellery

 

Finally in my 39th year I made it to Coachella! It’s been on my bucket list forever and I was determined this year, no matter what, I had to be there! And it was everything and more! I am still trying to describe the feeling and why it was so magical. Even with all the walking in the dusty, windy desert heat, I was not deterred one bit. The excitement built within me every step I took. The lights, the music, the palm desert backdrop, the crowds of festival goers all hit me at once. I had to just stop, breathe, and take it all in. So much beauty, so much inspiration. As though every single person really let their inner lights shine and be seen, without a care in the world. True self expression. I think maybe that was what was most attractive and exciting to me. I am continually inspired by those who are fearlessly and unapologetically themselves. It instantly gives permission for others to do the same. Imagine feeling that free to be yourself, dancing to your favourite music, surrounded by a tribe of people all there for the same exact reason. The energy it creates is exponential and healing on so many levels.

The highlight of Coachella for me was getting to share it with my beautiful neice, Kira, who took all my awesome pics :) High on the list of amazingness were the Revolve parties…they were another level of party entirely. We danced, we drank, and we had some of those divine synchronistic chance meetings with like hearted folk that leave you feeling so one with the world. And WOW soooooo much amazing music! Omg, A$ap Rocky, LCD Soundsystem, Ice Cube, Calvin Harris and of course for me reliving my youth to Guns n Roses actually brought me to tears….I had flashbacks of dancing in the living room as a teenager with my besties, crying over break ups (with my besties) always with a GnR soundtrack. There were also some super special people we met that made the experience next level…special shout outs go to Luxx Limo and Solkissed for chauffeuring us around Coachella in ultimate style. So many amazing conversations and laughs went down in that limo ;)

After my crazy fun coachella shenanigans I found myself in the pure serenity of Point Dume, Malibu. I was lucky enough to stay in the most incredible, inspiring guest house hosted by my divine soul sistar, Tysa, owner + creative director of Tysa Designs. The lovely Tysa and I explored the beautiful coastline, with it’s spectacular views over Malibu and Little Dume; one of Malibu’s last private beaches. Finding deep heart connections and kindred sisters like Tysa and her gorgeous mum Rise, was the perfect finish to my california trip. My time in Malibu was so precious…those slow brunches by the ocean, amazing sunsets….it’s yet another little piece of California that has won my heart and I can’t wait to go back there!

Next up on our wanderlust adventures is the very beautiful tropical paradise known as the ‘island of the gods’….stay tuned on insta for our pics!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

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