“Open your heart to the magic all around you, to the magic that you are”
Imagine yourself sitting on a warm soft cushion of silky sand, the salty ocean gently misting you, the sky blazoned in fiery red, sunburnt orange and soft peach, the water glistening with iridescence as though it’s been sprinkled with glitter, reflecting and refracting the light of the heavens. Each breath fills you with gratitude for the gifts of the moment. You allow your mind to let go of all your worries, you feel your heart expand and fill with gratitude, with love, with joy. You feel the expansion, as though there are no boundaries between you and the very ground you sit upon. You know we are all one. One heart, one beat, one being. You open your eyes and realise the magic was there all along. You just needed to refresh your focus and now all you see is magic. It’s everywhere you look and it’s YOU too.
We are all magic. Remember this on those darker days. You were born magical and that never goes away…sometimes we just need reminding.
A magical afternoon spent mermaiding along the turquoise shores of Sorrento beach. One of my all time favourite spots to spend an afternoon with my family soaking up the autumn sunshine with a view that reminds us how much magic there is everywhere we look. There’s nothing more soothing and healing for me, to help let go of all the worries of the mind, like my bare feet resting upon the warm sand. Breathing in love, breathing out gratitude, soaking up the earth’s energies.
Does life ever feel like you are being tumbled by a huge wave? It’s as though you can’t think or breathe, like being frozen in time or stuck on a ride you don’t want to be on. I was feeling like this today…all my thoughts scattered on the near future. An overwhelming surge of adrenaline peaking in my body, focused on the never-ending list of tasks that stand before me. As a passionate and creative person I take a lot on my plate. I love to be busy and involved in multiple projects. My latest shop venture is just one of those amazing things that has brought so much creative freedom and joy to my life. At the same time it’s also brought a lot of work. I’m so happy for this, as it’s been not only a pleasure, but a learning experience for me too. Each day I’ve been practising maintaining my awareness in the now…just today. The moment my thoughts move towards tomorrow, next week, month etc. I’m getting thrashed about in that huge wave again. My breathing becomes shallow and I find it challenging to focus on any task. In these moments, rather than resisting my initial urge to retreat, I’ve been welcoming this chaos into my being. I’m breathing it all in and allowing it time to simply be. A little validation of our feelings can make all the difference. I’ve been taking lots of deep breaths, and realising this moment, right now, is all I need to focus on. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will be brighter and more refreshed for it if I don’t waste my energy stressing about it! So instead of being tumbled by life’s waves, I’m learning to ride them. I’m flowing with it all and taking it one baby step at a time.
Nails (new colour coming soon) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” Khalil Gibran
Nature was conjuring all kinds of magical invisible paintings with her windy paintbrush on this divine beach day. Whether it’s stormy, sunny, hot, cold or windy, I love and treasure the beach. I love to feel my bare feet hit the sand, and though I’d prefer it to be warm and calm, I’ll take any moment I can to have that connection with nature.
A beautiful beach morning spent with my love, Bobby Bense, taking photos of this gorgeous 2 piece set from Feather fox boutique. I was beaming with happiness from head to toe and deep within my soul. Sending love to you all!
Today I woke up and really didn’t feel my usual excitement for what the day might bring. I wanted to curl back up into my blanket and shut the world out for awhile. It’s been awhile since I felt this way. And I’m quite sure it has to do with overworking amongst a build up of life’s little stresses. My vitality was feeling a little on the low side and I was guided to go within and take some time out for myself today. I decided not to fight the not so pleasant feelings, to simply surrender to them. After all, life is a beautiful balance of opposing elements. Each is a gift.
So rather than working and replying to a million emails, I decided to let all thoughts of impending work go, and set myself up for a day of pampering. I filled the spa up with gorgeous bath salts from Jar Body and allowed my worries to simply melt away. This beautiful quiet space really enabled me to find my centre and recharge my energy. Spending some time taking care of my skin and nourishing my body and soul has been the perfect medicine for me today. My skin and my soul are now glowing. Today all it took was for me to simply stop, take a deep breath and give myself permission, space and time to simply be. Everything is looking bright and sparkly again and I’m super excited about the rest of my day.
Here are some of my helpers for today’s pampering session –
Self love – My daily morning mantra “I love and accept myself just as I am” has been on repeat all day :)
Jar body scrubs – You will seriously die and go to heaven when you smell how good these are. Today I used the ‘Venice Beach’ Peach and my god it was so divine! And full of absolutely all natural ingredients that you can basically eat, but maybe don’t eat them haha! Vegan, cruelty + chemical free, made in Australia with love.
Spin for perfect skin – Hands down the best exfoliator ever!! It comes with 4 different attachments to cover face, body and feet. It’s so gentle and effective and saves me so much time. Perfect pre self tan/spray tan for flawless skin. Use my discount code SPIN4HB to get the reduced price of $30 instead of RRP $100. It’s well worth it.
Willow Byron Bay Nail Polish – Once I was done with my spa I treated myself to some nail time with my favourite Willow Byron Bay. The colours are simply beautiful and the quality is amazing. Vegan, cruelty free, eco friendly, and NO nasties! To add some of these to your collection be sure to use my discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout.
And to top of my pampering day I’ve just had my first AT HOME spray tan with the lovely Chelsea from @tansbychels So happy not to even leave my home and get my tan on!
I hope you all get the precious time you deserve, and know that you are worth all the time in the world.
This post is dedicated to the loves in my life – my husband Bobby and our precious children, Jade and Jacob. They are my everything. My world. My heart.
Today I would like to share with them a little love letter to let them all know how grateful I am for their presence in my life.
To my dearest family,
Thank you for being my teachers, for bringing me insights into myself. For the way you can reach into the very depths of my heart, filling it with love and joy. I’m so grateful to wake each day knowing you are all there to greet me…with morning hugs, beaming smiles that fill the room with love and light, a contagious enthusiasm that reminds me of the magic of life.
My sweet angel Jade, you are so full of compassion and kindness for others and all those little acts of love never go unnoticed. Those little out of the blue hugs, “I love yous” and gifts you make me are the highlight of my day. You may not realise this, but each time you bring me a cup of tea with that gorgeous smile, so full of happiness, you warm my heart and make my day so special. It’s one of the sweetest and kindest gestures and I’m so grateful.
My darling Jacob, your curiosity for life and vivid view of the world reminds me to slow down and see all the beauty that surrounds us. You help me see the world with new eyes, which makes me feel so light and peaceful. Thank you for those ever so gentle morning hugs and kisses, especially when I’m still half asleep. It’s the most beautiful way to wake up each day. You absolutely melt my heart.
My dearest love Bobby. There are quite possibly not even enough words to describe the kind of love and gratitude I feel for you and all that you do for me and our family. You hold us all with your huge heart and unconditional love. Thank you for always looking out for me, having my back, supporting my passions, and picking me up over and over again. I love you with all of my heart and soul.
Love always and forever, your Helena xx
A big thanks to the beautiful Alice Or Jewellery for customising and creating 3 very special diamond rings for me to represent my unconditional love for my family. These divine rings are a daily reminder to me that nothing in this world matters more to me than my family.
It’s been forever since I’ve dreamt of having my own jewellery shop. A place to collect all my favourites and share them with the world. I’ve finally carved out time in my crazy life to make it my reality and I’m so excited to share it with you all. I hope you love the selection of jewels I’ve picked. I’ve carefully curated a collection based on many important aspects. It was vital to me that I only sell jewellery that is ethically made, and to work with companies with a positive ethos. I also love discovering all those amazing artisans across the globe who are just so skilled at what they do. The Goldbarr are simply exquisite at designing the most incredible jaw dropping tribal statement necklaces. Grace Bijoux seriously knows how to string anklets together like no other. And Poatri Accoutrements are above and beyond in the world of quartz crystal jewellery. The vibrational energy of these crystals is on a whole other level…just wait to you wear them and feel it! And there are many more amazing designers who all bring something beautiful and unique to my shop.
For now the collection is somewhat small, though I’m sure it will grow with time as I continue to get a feel for those pieces that I know truly belong to my little shop family. I’m so grateful and honoured to bring these magical talismans to you all and I hope you love them as much as I do :)
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.
We’ve been so blessed this summer to have had so many beautiful mornings at the beach with our kids to simply be and mermaid around in the waters. The horizon set with endless turquoise, and the sand so white and fluffy like snow. As our kids spend time frolicking in the small waves and search for wildlife, we get time to follow our creative passion. It’s become one of our family rituals. Beach photos, play and swim. I’ve never felt so free as I do when we are at the beach. Like a mermaid with an entire ocean to call home. On this amazing day I felt so very blessed to be almost head to toe in the divine Shayote designs, especially wearing their amazing kimono with a hand drawn eagle print on the back. The symbolism speaks to my soul and reflects my inner feelings of freedom. I hope you enjoy this post and are having a wonderful day wherever you are on this magical earth.