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Summer Playground

March 31, 2017

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Photography Bobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRottnest Island, Western Australia

 

Where to stayRottnest Island Accommodations

Getting thereRottnest Fast Ferries

Getting aroundAdams Coachlines

Great FoodGeordie’s Cafe + Art Gallery

Great FunJust4Fun Aqua Park

Island Adventure Boat toursRottnest Express

 

Outfit Details

One pieces – Alena | Sittana | Handers Hold | Singing Wells | Baja

Ring of Roses kaftan | Lace Kimono | Lace Dress

Anse Bikini Top + Bottoms

Towels – Eberlanzia | Gypset

Hat | Sunglasses | Aviators

Jewelry – Bodychain | Choker | Rings

 

This summer I’ve looked no further than my very own home town of Perth, and it’s easy travel destinations, for that beautiful turquoise inspiration and those endless summer vibes. Just a hop, skip and ferry ride away is the idyllic island known as Rottnest. Rich with cultural history and some of the most breathtaking landscape I’ve ever seen, it’s home to the adorable Quokka, the cutest and friendliest marsupial you’ll ever meet. It’s the island of a thousand stories, told through the geographical history and formation of unique salt lakes and limestone coral reefs.

I highly recommend taking some time out for a visit to the museum to learn all about the fascinating and at times tragic history of the early explorers and settlers, the Aboriginal penal settlement, the military involvement in world war 1 and 2, and the early Aboriginal origins when Rottnest was actually part of the mainland. Some of the history is sure to pull on your heart strings and draw you into a state of deep reverence, though I do feel it’s important to hear, acknowledge and respect the history and inhabitants of the land, especially when we go there to enjoy all that it has to offer us. And enjoy we did. It really was one of the most special experiences for our family.

We stayed on the beach in North Thomson Bay, which was so quiet and serene, yet still close enough to walk or ride into the main strip. Here you’ll find everything you need – island information, general store, pharmacy, bakery and shopping. We started our days with a hearty breakfast sitting on our balcony overlooking the ocean. With our beach essentials all packed, we were on our bikes and round the island we rode, stopping at one glorious beach after the next. And with no cars allowed it’s such a wonderful and safe place for kids. And when their little legs get tired, or for the mamas with prams, there’s a hop on, hop off coach that will circumnavigate the entire island. My favourite spots were definitely Salmon bay and The Basin for snorkelling and swimming. Parakeet bay is always good fun with the whitest of white sand dunes and fantastic ocean views. Or try stand up paddle boarding at Just4Fun Aqua park. While the kids played on the floating bouncy toys I got my work out done and had so much fun at the same time. Make sure you stop off for breakfast or lunch at Geordie Bay for some of the most delicious and hearty, healthy food going around. As someone who has food intolerances and eats a largely plant based diet it was perfect for our family.  Finish your perfect day in paradise watching the sunset at Fay’s Bay for those magical pastel unicorn skies.

Rottnest is such a quiet and peaceful haven, and it slows you down without you even realising it. All that fresh salty air, white sand and turquoise water will bring vitality and bounce back into your step. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and relaxing all in one. We loved it so much and can’t wait to go back!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Endless Summer Dreams

February 28, 2017


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Locations – City Beach, Sorrento Beach – Western Australia

 

Outfit Details – Maison du Maillot

Look 1

Sea Odyssey Tback Shoestring Top and Sea Odyssey Tailored Shorts

Necklace | Rings | Cuffs | Sunglasses | Hat

 

Look 2

Rose Gold Shimmer One Piece

Fringe Basket

Wheatfield Embroidered Gown

Bodychain | Hat | Cuff

 

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

This ones for all the sunshine seeking mermaids and bohemian wanderers dreaming of an endless summer of love and sunset soiree’s.

I’ve recently discovered a new online shopping destination that I’ve quickly fallen in love with. Maison du Maillot, which translates to ‘House of Swimwear’ in French, have fast become my go to for that relaxed, forever on vacation style I love. They travel the world, handpicking their collection of boutique swimwear, clothing and accessories, ideal for the gypset at heart, that dreams of 365 days of white sands, turquoise seas, salty ocean air and magical pastel sunsets. If you’re looking for something extra special, and unique like you, for your next holiday adventure, let Maison du Maillot take care of your summertime needs.

And who doesn’t love exceptional customer service, easy returns and free worldwide shipping! Definitely one to bookmark!

Here’s to balmy summer nights, twinkling lights, shimmering sun kissed skin, and loved up adventures to unknown havens.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Holiday Vibin’

December 18, 2016


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Jewelry – Embella

Rings – OOAK Larimar | Crystal Waters with Bubbles | Crystal Water | Tropical Stackers | Tribal

Bracelets/Cuffs – Om | Gypsy Traveller

Necklaces – Passion Flower | Lotus Pod | Bindi Wrap Choker

Anklets – Passion Flower | Coral Reef | Om | Hawaii

Toe Rings

She’s A Vision Top | Hat | Shorts | Roundie (similar)

 

Yes Yes YES! It’s that time of year! I’m so pumped this year to see my family in Melbourne for a huge reunion, to celebrate my best friend’s 40th, my Dad’s 80th and finish up with New Year’s Eve in beautiful Byron Bay! It’s been an amazing and challenging year full of wonderful lessons, personal growth and transformation. I’m so grateful for all of it and so grateful to now enjoy some down time with my precious family and friends.

Here are some fun beach pics from a recent adventure wearing a whole lot of my favorite holiday jewelry from Embella. We are tapping into the holiday vibe early as we like to do here in WA.

Sending so much holiday cheer, love, joy, peace and new year blessings to you all!

Helen xx

Sunset Dancer

December 7, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Perth, WA

 

Outfit Details

Rings – Dainty Mandala Flame | Embrace | Cosmic | Beaded Setting | Embracing | Dainty Spheroids Opal | Jewelled Maharaja

Necklace – Mandala Love

Bracelets/Cuffs – Embrace | Mandala Love  | Mandala Love Bracelet

Singlet Top | Blouse | Shorts | Hat

 

“Feel by the Moon, Live by the Sun, Dance like a star” – Midsummer Star

This sunset was not like all the others. I was captivated by the iridescence and shimmering light bouncing off the sand and the sea, awakened by the vital force of the ripening moon, calmed by the gentle rhythm of the waves. It was absolutely magical!

These are those ‘me’ moments I cherish so much…when everything becomes so still, time slows down, and you can feel the space between breaths, where peace lingers, always inviting and welcoming you in. This is my meditative space, where I go when I visit the beach and immerse myself in nature. Sometimes I go deep to the space where creativity is born. Like a fire I am filled with an energy that builds as I create, fuelling my imagination and vision.

This time of year definitely calls for more meditation time. Time to nurture myself and take every opportunity to slow down, even if it’s only for a few minutes. I am so much clearer when I have rested and found a pace of breathing in and breathing out in my day. And so much more productive. I hope you all navigate this crazy season of fun and festivities with lots of self love and nurturing.

So much love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Summer of Love

November 30, 2016

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Gypsy Vintage Bikini | Warrior Necklace | Bodychain

Rings – Flamingo | Imaginary Air | Crystal Chain | Triple Bar | Triple Zeta Turquoise

 

Trilook | Necklace | Roundie | Cleo DusterCuffs 

Rings – Stacking Rings  | Saddle Ring  | Phobos Deimos

 

Moroccana | Dainty Drop Necklace | Vivian Belly Chain | Tryggia Duster

Rings – Crescent Moon | Aura | Crystal Chain

 

I’ve decided that this upcoming summer will be known as the Summer of Love. It’s going to be full of family, friends, sunsets, picnics, festivals and it’s already begun. I’m filling it with everything and everyone I love….and as much festivities as possible!

This past year has been amazing, though we have been faced with many challenges as loved ones around us have fallen seriously ill. This has really awakened me further to how precious and fleeting life is. What a gift we have, and I don’t want to spend a moment longer not living my dreams, and sharing life with the people I love the most.

So the summer of love has started. These pics are just the beginning of my mermaid days by the beach with my family and friends. Frolicking in the ocean in my trusty Del Maar Latin Swimwear of course, feeling the love, playing in the sand and surf with my beloved family.

This year we’ll be heading home to Melbourne to celebrate a very big Finnish/Australian/American Christmas, with many extra special birthday celebrations thrown in, and some fun New Years festivities in Byron Bay to follow. I can’t contain my excitement when I think of being with my whole family once again.

I’d love to hear about your plans this holiday season, and what you are grateful for this year, so if you feel like sharing please message me here or leave me a comment below :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Life’s a Beach

November 23, 2016

This holiday season we are embracing a summery Christmas by the beach here in Australia. I’ve created the ultimate Etsy gift guide that is sure to provide even more sunshine and joy to your loved ones this Christmas.

One of the reasons I love Etsy so much is my passion for supporting local artists, small business and buying handmade and sustainable gifts…this is exactly what Etsy is all about. I love gifts from the heart that also support our planet and the community of artists who create these beautiful treasures.

Etsy really is a one stop shop for all your holiday decorations and gifts, as well as an inspirational place for DIY projects. Get creative and give your loved ones something as unique and wonderful as they are.

CHECK OUT MY GIFT GUIDE FOR A BEACHY CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA!

Check out the ETSY AU EDITOR’S CHRISTMAS LIST for even more amazing gift ideas!

And here are some of my favourite stores on etsy

LivingArtStore | DreamingTreeCreations | Shovava | ForeverSoles | BillyandDaisy | MaryMcMillanJeweller | SerendipityHousenCo

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND SO MUCH LOVE! Helen xx

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