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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

 

 

Golden

April 4, 2015

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Custom Arrowhead (GypsyLovinLight) necklace | Sunrise Arm cuff | Arrow Bangle | Beach Bangle | Bangle Bracelet | Rings – Crystal | CuffsJames Michelle

Isabella Tattoos – Flash Tattoos

Bikini – I’m not your Type

Rings – Arrow | Mother of Pearl | SW Midi Rings

Belly Chain – Grace Bijoux

Hat – Ace of Something

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

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

Feeling oh so summery and festival ready in all this inspiring flash….loving the new blue tones added to the already amazing metallics from the original creators of the metallic tattoos :) Paired with some divine James Michelle gold jewels and beautifully handcrafted bikini all the way from sunny California! I’m super excited to announce my family will be trekking back to Cali this summer. We can’t wait to see our families and even more of this beautiful place we call our second home. Thanks to all who suggested some amazing places to visit on instagram recently. Please feel free to leave comments here on my blog if you have some must see sights and adventures, and any must stay accommodations you’d like to recommend.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

New moon intention

October 24, 2014

With the new moon upon us, it’s a wonderful time to plant new seeds of intention. I’ve spent these waning weeks in reflection, gaining clarity, reassessing everything! Today I feel very clear as I set forth my intention to flow harmoniously with the pace of nature. I want to really experience all the moments of my life with peace and love, rather than thinking about how to get from here to there. And rather than a need to necessarily slow down, (which I kind of need too) it’s more about finding peace within the chaos. Adjusting my sails and moving at a more natural rhythm. I’ve spent some time looking within to dissolve those threads that drive me into stress. I’ve allowed those beliefs to show themselves and gently be defused. And now I’ve awakened clearer, lighter and with even more acceptance for myself. I’ve come to realise that I want to follow my joy and passion within each moment of my day. To honour myself for who I am and all that I value. To see my worth with all the blossoming love in my heart.

Now is the time to refine our intentions for each day that we live on this amazing planet. I encourage you to spend this new moon time imagining all that brings you happiness and fills your heart with joy. Follow your passions and let us all live a beautiful, kind and peaceful life :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Adella Thin Strap Crop + Yoko Sheer KimonoTara Grace

Necklaces (Eden +  Peaceful Buddha) + Bracelets (White feather + Eden’s Wrap + Buddha) – Guilty Jean Jewelry

Denim shorts (similar)

Belt

Hat (similar)

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry |Hunter Gatherer Jewellery (Eye + Thunderbird + Eagle) | Aloha Gaia | Ernest & Joe

Huntress Cuff – Torchlight Jewelry

Flat Tummy Tea Review

July 23, 2014

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Today I have the pleasure of bringing you guys a review of a divine herbal blend I’ve recently stumbled upon that not only does amazing things for your hydration and digestive health, it also leaves you without the bloat! As the name implies, it really is a flat tummy tea.

As a naturopath, as a mother, and someone who cares a lot about what they put both on and in their body, I’m pretty pedantic about labels. I’ll always look deeper than the face value of a product to evaluate the constituents, and where/how they were sourced. When I looked at the herbal content of these teas I was pleasantly surprised. Lovely balanced formulas, with a multitude of herbal therapeutic properties specifically designed to aid the digestive system.  We often underestimate the need for proper digestion. It is here in our gut, that our second brain resides and some of the very neurotransmitters that alter our mood are made. It’s so vital to have a healthy functioning gut to improve the health of all other organs and systems of the body. Having a flat tummy and relieving bloating discomfort are simply the awesome benefits that are natural to a healthy functioning digestive system.

Here are a few basic tips I’ve learnt in my many years of practice for optimum digestive health and to keep bloating to the minimum –

  • Take a few deep breaths before every meal. Feeling relaxed and activating our parasympathetic nervous system is how we digest food most effectively. This means our body will absorb lots of nutrients with the least amount of toxic build up in the process.
  • Chew lots and eat slowly. Digestion begins first in the mouth with enzymes that help break down your food, along with your teeth…so chewing is really really important.
  • Avoid drinking with your meals. Water 20 minutes either side of your meal is ok and if you must drink with your meal, ensure you sip and don’t gulp. Drinking fluids with meals will dilute your precious enzymes and acids in your stomach that you need to break your food down efficiently.
  • Only eat until you are content. Overeating leads to putrefaction and fermentation of your food. Rather than getting benefits from all the nutrients, you create a lot of toxic junk in your gut. This can result in intestinal dysbiosis, gas build up and lots of bloating.
  • Small meals frequently are the best for your digestive system.
  • Throughout the day keep hydrated. Drink lots of water and herbal teas to do this. Flat tummy tea is a great choice to incorporate into a healthy digestive routine.
  • Keep salt, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and other diuretics to a minimum.
  • Read here for some more amazing Flat Tummy Tips from Flat Tummy Tea.

For those wanting to kick that uncomfortable, distended feeling in the gut, and at the same time enjoy the feeling of a flat tummy, I highly recommend this Flat Tummy tea. The two blends have been formulated to also taste amazing by using the natural flavours of the herbs. Fennel, Peppermint and Lemon Balm, all calmative herbs for the gut, provide a beautiful balanced flavour to please the palate without the need for anything artificial.

Here’s to healthy digestive systems and giving our bodies some loving herbal goodness. Enjoy lovelies!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographerBobby Bense

Model/Styling/PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense

LocationLosari Home and Woman | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

 

Outfit Details

Flat tummy Tea  | Instagram | Facebook 

UO Top + Bing Bang X UO midi rings | Heart + ChevronUrban Outfitters

Shorts – Vintage | SHOP Similar + here

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Rings – Crystalyt | Kami Lerner | Amarilo | Mania Mania crystal (similar)

Hat – Ace of Something

Necklace – Cecily London

Mug – Made with love by my beautiful niece Kira

 

 

Worldly Treasures

June 8, 2014

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Ahhh nothing quite like a good tribal treasure haul….finding those one of a kind pieces that so perfectly reflect your style. I had the pleasure recently of visiting the gorgeous Scarlet boutique in North Beach here in WA. The divine Tara, owner and curator of worldly clothing, jewels and homewares, has created an inspirational space, that feels so homely. Beautiful tribal designs, colour pops and luscious aromas all ignite the senses.

After my lovely visit, I headed to the beach decked out in some of my favourite pieces from her magical store. Paired with some incredible vintage pieces from Gypsy River and Free People and my outfit was complete.  Rich with colour, texture and plenty of captivating intricate details.

I am slightly obsessed with tribal jewellery ;) There is something so unique and interesting that draws me. The history, the culture, the story behind it. The energy. I make sure when purchasing tribal jewels that they are made under fair-trade conditions. Something to be aware of. It’s better to spend a little more on the real deal than buy a whole lot of cheap jewels that ultimately have their own much higher cost. Always check your jewels come from fair-trade sources, and know in spending that little bit more you are supporting local sustainability and the welfare of those divine beings who create these beautiful jewels.

This post is in deep appreciation and honour of all the artisans all around the world. The ones who don’t always get the recognition they deserve, and so humbly never ask for it. I thank you.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

Free People top, Zoda bag + cuff, Shantique turquoise cuff – Scarlet Fashion | Follow on Instagram | I love supporting local business and perth ladies this one is golden. Make sure you visit her shop at Shop 18, North Beach Shopping Centre, North Beach.

Gypsy Ring, Flower Power Ring  + Afghan fish choker (worn as a belt) – Gypsy River

Necklaces – Lost Lover + Free People

Rings – Ono Jewellery | Embella Jewellery | Lunar Sea Gypsy

Silver hill tribe cuff – Embella Jewellery

Top – Free People

Shorts – One Teaspoon

Boots – Free People

Hat – Brixton

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