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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

 

 

Ishka

April 9, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationCape Panwa Hotel, Thailand

 

Outfit Details

Look 1

Bracelets – Fine Jali Bangle | Indian Silver Bangle | Crystal Quartz Bangle | Fine Silver Bangle

Necklace – Quartz Crescent Necklace

Earrings – Quartz Crescent Earrings

Pendants – Music ball pendant | Flower Vial Pendant

Rings – Moonstone + Crystal Rings | Union Mandala Ring | Crossover Ring | Sputnik Ring | Air/Earth midi ring

Jagger Dress 

Hat

Aura Nails – Sienna Byron Bay

Spray Tan – Perth Mobile Spray Tans

 

Look 2

Jewelry – Turquoise Bodychain | Turquoise Spinning Ring | Turquoise Ring | Om Mani Padmi Ring

Top | Skirt | Hat | Sunglasses

 

I’m so excited and happy to share with you a little about an absolutely beautiful brand I love. I have actually been an avid follower and shopper at Ishka since my twenties! They have been around that long and have the most amazing exotic collections of homewares, furniture and jewellery. I’d love my entire home to be filled with Ishka! Apparently in hindu, Ishka means ‘intense love and physical infatuation’ and I seriously understand why. When you enter one of their stores you will see how everything is so aesthetically divine. Not only is it all so beautiful, Ishka are a socially conscious company, working with artisans from developing countries, contributing to the progress and empowerment of international communities in need.

We were lucky enough to style some of their beautiful jewels on one of our trips to Thailand. It was the perfect setting to share these worldly treasures. Hope you all get a chance to check them out in store or online for those not in Australia.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Byron Blues

April 6, 2016


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PhotographyBobby Bense, Mel Carrero

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationBluesfest Byron Bay, Beachcomber Blue – Unique Estates , The Byron at Byron – Byron Bay, Australia

 

Outfit Details 

NailsSienna Byron Bay

My favourites – Winter | Aura | Gypsy | Atlantic | Transcend | Mystical Top coat | Wanderlust

Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ at checkout for all #siennabyronbay nail polishes

 

Look 1

Wild One Bikini

Indie + Harper Jewelry –  Mandala Ring | Moon ring | Wave ring | Moonstone Rings | Whale Tail necklace | Moonstone Four Points necklace

Cuffs – Karen Tribe Mandala Cuff

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

 

Look 2 

Spell Dress – releasing soon | HatBoots

Jewelry – Necklace (similar) | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | 5 Band Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Union Mandala Ring | Strong midi ring | Turquoise Tribal Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

 

Look 3

Yacht TopSpell Skirt – releasing soon | Hat | Boots

Jewelry – Moonstone necklace | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | Andromeda Ring | Dainty Spheroids Ring | Goddess Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Karen Blossoming Hill Tribe Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Winter with Mystical Top Coat

 

Look 4

Rimini Maxi Dress | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Necklace | OOAK Turquoise Rings | Hat (simliar)

 

Look 5

Spell Dress – releasing soon | Charmed BeltGenerator necklaceIsadora Bodychain | BanglesFlash Tattoos | HatFlower Child Crystal Bindis

Rings – Indie + Harper Moonstone Rings |  Union Mandala Ring |  Dainty Spheroids Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Imagination Mandala Ring (sold out)

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Transcend

 

Look 6

Lace Dress – Spell – releasing soon | BeltHat | BootsJacketFull Moon Crystal Bindis | Generator necklace | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Jade – Dress | Addax Feathers | Flower Child Crystal Bindis | Arrow Necklace | Nails – Wanderlust

Carnaby Crochet Throw

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala RingOOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

 

Look 7

Coco Romper | Ophelia Duster | Cactus Rose BeltGenerator necklace | Boots | Hat | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

 

What an incredible week we just had with the family in beautiful Byron Bay with the divine Sienna Byron Bay. The town was so alive, abuzz with festival energy and excitement! It’s been over 10 years since our last Byron trip and even though it’s changed so much, it was still just as magical as I remembered it before. I was instantly in love once again with those lighthouse views over Cape Byron, pastel sunsets over Wategos beach, and long stretches of deserted sandy beach right at our doorstep at our wonderful beach house.

In between our festival days dancing up a storm at Bluesfest, we spent them with the kids celebrating a very special 10th birthday, exploring the local beaches, and enjoying some amazing Byron food and hospitality. There were a couple of absolute standout, must experience food highlights for us. First was the inspirational Naked Treaties who catered the most delicious, vital array of yumminess for our daughter’s birthday. The raw, gluten, dairy, sugar, guilt free cookies and cream birthday cake was simply out of this world! And so beautifully decorated :) We also spent a magical evening at The Byron at Byron, enjoying the most divine 4 course meal and relaxing massages….this really was so perfect for in between all the festival craziness and dancing…..my feet were very very thankful ;)

Our days at Bluesfest were undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for us all. It was our first time, and also taking the kids to a festival as well. It was so amazing and fun dancing with them, having our nails done at Sienna Byron Bay’s nail bar, and shopping the artisan stalls. Strutting along at dusk in gorgeous Spell Designs with so many gorgeous festival babes was an absolute dream come true. We feel so blessed for the connections we made during our time in Byron. It’s always the best part of any adventure for us.

We were so thrilled to discover some amazing new music and fall in love again with old favourites. Our top faves were – D’Angelo, Nahko + Medicine for the People, and Kendrick Lamar. Our last night we were lucky enough to see Brian Wilson, Tom Jones and The Blues Brothers Band. There were moments where time stood completely still as we listened to these soul singers share their magic.

Besides all the music and dancing, we had a blast hanging out at the nail bar, switching up our colours each day and having some mother/daughter manis. Sienna Byron bay make the most beautiful, eco-friendly nail polishes. Not only does it contain no nasties, it’s vegan, and it’s quality polish in the most exquisite colours. It’s been my favourite brand of polish for well over a year now, and watching the beautiful Danielle, owner and creative director of the company, grow this amazing range from the heart has been so beautiful to witness. Make sure you go check them out and follow their beautiful journey on insta.

We are so grateful to Sienna Byron Bay for organising this trip for our family. It was full of so many beautiful moments and deep connections to like hearted folk, and these memories will continue to sing in our hearts forever.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Ocean Lovers

February 1, 2016

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Stylist – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Coco Romper – Spell

Boho Blossom Necklace – Spell

Rings – Alushia | Friendship Shield | Sunrise Sunset | Jasmine | Cactus | Arrow midi | Arrow wrapTurquoise Stackable midi

Cuffs – Don Biu | Embella

Kimono – Vintage Spell – Shop Spell Kimonos

Sienna Stone Fedora

Nails (Atlantic) – Sienna Byron BayUse discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique + Blakk Extensions

 

I’m forever inspired by the ocean…she is my medicine and nourishes me on every level of my being. I simply have to step barefoot on her shores and I instantly feel better. She provides my balance in life as a busy mum, business owner and creative director.

My outfits are definitely heavily influenced by my beach lifestyle and love of the ocean – white sands, white wash and every shade of blue you could imagine. I’m so obsessed with this Spell romper, the perfect canvas for layering up and heading out on long beach walks, boat adventures, and pretty much mermaid living. Some healing turquoise is always my favourite accessory to replenish and balance my energy.

I feel so blessed every day I get to create my dreams with my precious husband/photographer and our children, in a space that I love, that continues to inspire me so much.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Dusk Magic

December 1, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Shipwreck Gypsy Dress – Her Empire

Necklace | Leg Chain | Tara + Air/Earth midi rings – We have a site wide 30% off sale extended until midnight tonight – Use discount code GYPSYLOVE30 at checkout

Cuffs + Rings – Nicole Fendel Jewellery

Hat

 

These moments are so precious….so magical….so spontaneous. I feel so grateful my passion takes me to these places to explore nature and capture the essence of this beautiful and still serenity. I danced barefoot in the warm golden light, in awe of the shimmering, iridescent ocean, and the swirling pastels in the sky. This divine moment will be etched in my memory forever. I hope you can feel the love and joy in these photos.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

A Bikini Kinda Life

November 27, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Ipanema Bikini – Billabong

Belly Chain | Leg Chain – Use discount code GYPSYLOVE30 for 30% off all GypsyLovinLight jewels until Nov 30th

Necklace

Golden Bangle | Memories of Yesterday Cuff Set | Arrow 

Rings – My Hearts Infinity | Imaginary Air Set | Poolside Ring | Black Sands Ring Set | Arrow 

Hat

 

Summer is in full swing here in Perth and I’m loving that I can basically live in a bikini and then just throw on a sundress and flip flops and I’m good to go. My favourites style at the moment is this divine crochet 2 piece from Billabong. I’m so absolutely in LOVE with it! Here are some pics from an amazing beach sesh at our favourite little spot in North Beach.

I’ve been consciously carving out time in this busy lead up to xmas to unwind by the ocean and soak up the sunshine. Even taking just half an hour of my day for a beach walk and dip in the ocean has been so rejuvenating. I feel as though I actually get a lot more done when I have this balance in my life. Sometimes our thoughts get in the way and hold us back from the joy that awaits us. If you feel that joy bubbling under the surface, let it be free, and live the life you want and dream about. Start today, right now and do something you really love. Get creative and don’t let negative thoughts creep in. These are the times I like to remind myself that my mind is like a muscle. Sometimes it needs to be retrained and exercised to build positive networks and thoughts. When we maintain our focus on those loving, joyful thoughts, the networks gather strength and momentum and our life will begin to shift to mirror this.

Sending you all oceans of love and positive vibes :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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