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Lilac and Lace

July 1, 2014

A blend of soft flowy laces, cotton gauze and light wool, cool lilac tones, topped off with some ethereal crystals and earthy shells. This has to be one of my favourite outfits I’ve styled. And I’m wearing two of my favourite Byron bay designers in the one shoot! Each piece holds so much beauty, though together they create a little magic for me. I felt like a bohemian princess as I strolled along my local beach. Definitely an outfit that reminds me of the goddess within.

Have fun with your wardrobes lovelies and keep on playing dress ups. Do it for yourself, because at the end of the day, it’s your thoughts and the way you feel that matter most. Never stop exploring, experimenting and bravely sharing who you are through your style. Let your creativity and joy shine on!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

Desert Light Kimono + Bakari Moon Neckpiece – Myee Carlyle

Lace top


Lace Shorts

Shell bracelet + hilltribe ringLunar Sea

Rings – Global Princess | Hunter Gatherer Jewellery | Eastern Soul | Mermaid by Hand | Nik Dreamer

White howlite wrap bracelet – Shayote

Custom Boots – Wilde Flower Design

Of Sand and Sea

June 27, 2014

 I am of sand and sea, if you look for me, this is where I’ll be.

Most days are now spent fulfilling my dream of styling and creating outfits and visions that I spontaneously dream up. Venturing off to the sand and sea where I can so easily centre myself and share my love and light through my images, is an absolute joy and privilege. Something that you guys might not all know is that each time I take photos, I find that centre point within, that stillness. I fill this space with love until it is overflowing. Love for self, for you, for all beings and for our mother earth. As I emerge I channel this love through my being in the hopes that even my images themselves will bestow upon others love, healing, inspiration and passion for life.

I find I’m almost needing to pinch myself lately…I am actually living my dream. And I wouldn’t be able to do this without all the love and support I get from you guys.

This post is for you. For all of you. For taking the time to visit my blog, to comment, to email me, to share your ups and downs, for everything. I love you guys.

And you may have noticed a few changes to my blog at the moment. I’m currently in the process of transferring and transforming it over the next few weeks. I’m so excited for this change and to bring you all a greater user experience when you visit.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Cassia Cardi (sand) + Maisha dressMyee Carlyle

Amazon Kimono – Indigo Lane Boutique

Mini Mandala Necklace +  Statement Mandala Necklace + rings Hunter Gatherer Jewellery

Mecure Leg chain – Jane + Rye

Rings – Anna Beck | Eastern Soul | Global Princess | Mermaid by Hand

Bracelets – Shayote | Embella | Alushia Sanchia

Belt – SCFXLuvAJ via Free People

Hat – Rag + Bone


Winter white

June 1, 2014


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Cosy winter whites and turquoise colour pops. Vintage tees and fringe for days. One of my day to day casual outfits that I love and so great for this transitional weather.

Rain or shine I am drawn to the beautiful ocean. I was lucky to catch the pause in between the rain storms on this shoot. It was the perfect way to fire up the spirit and passion as winter draws us inwards.

Enjoy the transitions in life as we expand and contract. Pause for those peaceful moments between breaths. Allow yourself to sink deeply into the magic of a moment as you release all your worries and stressful thoughts. There is only peace, love and bliss.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Outfit Details

Mandala Crochet Coat – Spell via Lexi and Roy Shop

Turquoise rock necklace – Amaleia Jewellery

Rings – Lola Pepper Boutique | OOAK Elephant (similar) | Mermaid by Hand wave | Wingostarr Lotus | OOAK Sun wrap (similar)

Deer Medicine pants – Teeki

Live by the sun tank – Chaser

Bracelets – Shantique turquoise cuff + Zoda via Scarlet

Necklaces – Lost Lover | Free People

Dreamweaver bag – Spell

Beanie – Spell



Hobo + Hatch

May 3, 2014

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A few weeks ago…or maybe even a month now (WOW!) I had the pleasure of visiting the Hobo + Hatch pop up shop down south in the beautiful town Cowaramup, in the Margaret River wine region. The vibe and beauty of this town and shop was so relaxing…I didn’t want to leave! If you get the chance to stop by on your travels it’s a must! So many of my favourite labels like Rue Stiic + Arrow Divine all in the one place. And what a space it is! So perfectly decked out with peacock chairs, divine tapestries, worldly jewels and cow skulls. See pics below!! I was lucky enough to pick up one of their yakadiyak wool/cotton shawls and it’s been keeping me warm and cosy during this sudden seasonal shift right into winter! And not only are they divine, each purchase supports communities in Nepal. “By purchasing from our Yakadiyak range you’ve helped make a small difference in the lives of others. We will continue to donate our time & money to the Nepalese community that touched our hearts & forever changed our soul” – Leona, Hobo + Hatch. Nothing better than wearing conscious clothing. Feels soooo good in so many ways :))))

These photos featuring this beautiful scarf, were taken a couple of weeks ago when summer was still hanging around for one last party :) The golden light in the afternoon seems to intensify during this time of year. The sunsets are so brilliant and deep, just like the autumn leaves. It’s yet another magical time of year with so much beauty to be thankful for.


Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

Shawl  (natural) – Hobo + Hatch | Instagram | Facebook | Visit in person shop 2, 64 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup, Western Australia

Daisy flower crown – Eterie

Dress – Spell Designs

Necklaces – Soul Loving Jewelry moonstone mala | Chinta rose quartz | Spell Designs Gypsy

Kimono – Myee Carlyle

Rings – Rico Designs Rhodonite | Elephant (similar) | Sun wrap | Moonglow | Blooming flower | Mermaid by Hand wave | Heart Majestic silver knuckle ring

Bangles – Free People | Sunahara | Shayote Isis wrap

Beanie – Spell Designs

Cloudbreak anklet – Roadtrip Jewellery


And here are some photos of the Hobo + Hatch pop up store and bts hanging out with owner and beauty Leona..and seriously loving her outfit soooo much! Shop it HERE + HERE + HERE xx


With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


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Vintage, Shells & Mermaid Spells

April 28, 2014

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Magic spirits of the deep

I would like a tail, not two feet

beauty be upon me

fish all kinds let me see

when I’m finished in the sea

let my feet return to me.


A wonderful afternoon playing at our treasured local beach dressed in vintage shell trinkets from the amazing Trinkit Hunter, mermaid jewels from my fave Penny for your Thoughts, and Eterie daisy chains. Such a carefree day exploring the beach, gazing out to the horizon in the hopes of glimpsing a dolphin or two, and working some mermaid spells fulfilling my childhood fantasies of becoming a real life mermaid ;)

Spend your days dreaming, conjuring, creating magic….immerse yourself in all that you love, all that inspires, all that brings happiness and joy to your heart. This is the essence of life and become a point of attraction for creating even more bliss and wonder to your days.

With love and gratitude,



Photographer – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Stylist – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia


Outfit Details

Sunrise at the Ganges necklace + BeltTrinkit Hunter Email for belt preorder

Around the world necklace – Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

Flower Crown – Eterie

Tank – Novella Royale

Crochet bottoms – She Made Me

Kimono – Myee Carlyle

Bracelets – Shayote designs | Penny for your Thoughts | Free People | Sunahara

Wild feather cuff – Natalie B Jewelry

Rings – Vanessa Mooney | Blooming Flower | Dogeared Moonglow | Lost Lover | Elephant (similar) | Mermaid by Hand wave

All the colours

April 7, 2014



Teeki Lavender Diamond Tribe hot pants | Skin Feelings tattoos – The Boho Girl | St. Eve Jewelry bracelet

Rings – Hill tribe Sun Ring | Elephant Ring | Minc Collections stacking rings




Teeki Magick tarot hot pants | Hipanema bracelet via Chinta cafe | Shayote White Howlite Isis wrap | Soul Loving turquoise bracelet

Rings – Mermaid by Hand turquoise + wave ring | OOAK Elephant ring (similar)

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Spell Forever Free tee + beanie | Hipanema bracelet via Chinta Cafe | Shayote Isis Wrap | Soul Loving turquoise bracelet

Rings ~ Wingostarr Jewelry | OOAK Elephant ring (similar) | OOAK Bahgsu Jewels Turquoise ring (similar) | Sunburst ring (similar)




Skin Feelings Tattoos – The Boho Girl + Gypset Goddess | One Teaspoon Trashwohores | Natalie B Jewelry Wild Feather cuff | Penny for your thoughts Thunder cuff | Shayote Isis Wrap | Soul Loving turquoise bracelet


I’ve been so inspired by all the pre coachella posts on Insta….I’m definitely feeling the vibe and wishing, DREAMING I was going this year. I can’t wait to see all the amazing outfits!!!

Here’s my weekly round up of jewellery pics from Insta. A little more colour with some Hipanema arm candy, Teeki hot pants, and some festive fun with Skin Feelings temporary tattoos :)

And before I finish up this post I just have to say a BIG thank you to all of you who follow my blog. Thank you so very much for your love and support. I LOVE you guys and you all mean the world to me :) And as a very special thank you I am giving away one of the elephant rings (pictured in the first picture) to one lucky blog follower at the end of this month. All you have to do is follow my blog and this lovely ring might be yours.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Model/Photography/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Purple Haze

April 3, 2014

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I can’t believe it’s almost been an entire week since my road trip adventures down south! I’ve been craving the open road and the possibilities of discovering amazing places in nature, and deeply connecting with mother earth in a quiet and beautiful space. Last weekend I was lucky enough to experience many magical moments. I will be sharing those with you over the next few posts starting with our arrival. A sun filled day of family fun followed by a hazy purple sunset. Arriving to our beachside apartment was one long exhale for us all. It was a continual unwinding from this point on as we slowed our pace and melted into bliss.

Here are some snaps from our first day wearing one of my favourite local brands, Sea Dreamer, lovingly made down south in Dunsborough.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Photography ~ Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Stylist ~ Helen Janneson Bense

Location ~ Smiths Beach, Yallingup, WA


Outfit Details

Lila Safari Maxi Skirt ~ Sea Dreamer

Top ~ Free People

Moonlight Dreamer Kimono ~ Kivari

Hat ~ Brixton

Necklaces ~ Myee Carlyle SOLD OUT (similar), Spell designs, Chinta Rose Quartz necklace

Bangles ~ Crystal Arrow bangle, Free People, Sunahara ON SALE!!

Rings ~ Molten Store, Silver thick & thin stacking rings, Ono Jewellery Crystal ring, Mermaid by Hand wave ring, Dogeared arrow ring

Jewelry Lovin Gypsy

April 2, 2014


Spell Prairie Dress | Child of Wild Necklace | Belt

Rings – St. Eve Jewelry, Sunahara, Child of Wild, Elephant, Vanessa Mooney, Dogeared Arrow Ring


 Seadreamer Skirt | Crystal Arrow Bangle | Free People Bangles

Rings – Dogeared Arrow ring, Silver stacking ring sets (thick, thin ON SALE!), Ono Crystal ring, Wave ring, Molten store ring


Sea Dreamer skirt | Kami Lerner Druzy ring | Amarilo Alexa ring | Herkimer diamond ring | Gold midi rings

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Subtle Luxury Cami | Kivari Kimono | Shorts | Belt | Hat | Bangles | Necklace | Spell Cuff | Rings – Elephant, Minc Collection stacking rings, Kami Lerner silver wrap ring, Dogeared arrow ring, Sunburst ring

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Free People dress + cuff + bangles + thigh hi leg warmers | Spell bralette | Brixton hat | Belt | Lush bracelet + hand piece | Sunahara bangles + body chain | Child of Wild Moon’s Vengeance necklace + Antayla collar

Rings – Elephant, Sundial, Turkish shield, Blooming Flower ring


Free People Dress | St. Eve Jewelry bracelet | Soul Loving bracelets | Natalie B ring | Elephant ring | Sundial (similar)


I’m really enjoying posting my favourite ring stacks and jewels each week. I hope you enjoy my inspirations and find some favourites to add to your own collections. Links to each item are posted under each set of pictures so you know where everything is from :) You now can also SHOP my style and wish list from the SHOP tab too! I’ll be adding/updating this each week. Feel free to contact me too if there is something in particular you are looking for and need any help.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Tropical Dreams

April 1, 2014

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We are so quickly moving into fall here and I can feel the very last breath of summer coming to its end. I’m already dreaming of a tropical mid winter getaway….. and I have my outfit totally sorted! haha!

These photos were taken only a couple of weeks ago, when the sun was still sharply piercing it’s heat upon my skin. I took my lovely Jar Body Scrub to the beach with me so I could shed some layers and invigorate my body and soul. It’s actually the perfect time of year to start up some body scrubbing, if you don’t already do this as part of your health and beauty routine. Improving lymph flow via scrubbing keeps your immune system in top form, not to mention your skin luminous and soft. A simple and nurturing way to stay healthy over the winter months, when your skin has an increased tendency to dry out. Feels so good to take care of yourself.

I hope you enjoy this tropical inspiration post and it brings you visions of an island paradise of coconut palms, turquoise waters, hot sun and long stretches of white sand.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Kimono ~ Loveleigh designs

Festival Fringe shorts ~ Sumika

Under the sea headdress (worn around neck) ~ Wild and Free Jewelry

Shell necklaces ~ Navajo and the Runaway Stray, Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery, Wild and Free Jewelry Shell strands

Bracelets ~ Sunahara bangles, Penny for your thoughts Luna bracelet

Rings ~ Sunahara turquoise wrap ring, Urban Gypsy Designs Eagle ring, Mermaid by Hand turquoise ring and Wave ring, Sunahara Malibu Palm chain ring, Sunahara mid knuckle ring, Dogeared Charmed Arrow ring, Nikdreamer Crescent moon ring, Elephant ring (similar)

Ocean Spiral Bracelet worn as anklet ~ Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

Samoa Body scrub ~ Jar Body Scrub

Cowrie shell bralette ~ Spell Designs

Panama hat



Indian Summer

March 3, 2014

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Sooooo it’s officially the end of summer here in Aussie land, well according to the calendar…though this marks the beginning of our Indian summer that will hopefully linger into April/May…fingers crossed!

I am seriously a major summer junkie. I can not get enough of the sun and warmth. No idea how a Finnish girl ended up craving 35+ C heat! It’s just so healing for me, beyond the vitamin D and bug killing properties of sunlight, there is something that energises my soul. And this is probably why I’ve stayed here in WA and felt the need to be here for so long.

Last weekend we spent our sunday at the beach with our children, boogie boarding, burying the kids in the sand, and pretty much lazing and mermaiding on the beach. I had the chance to test out my new neoprene Triangl swimwear bikini…and WOW! I was left wondering how it took me so long to discover neoprene! It’s sooooo gooood! Fits amazingly. I love my crochet bikinis, but when I’m in the ocean getting tumbled by waves I’m going neoprene all the way ;)

This post and my next few posts will be dedicated to all things summer, because I am going to make the most of it while it’s still here. Light silky layers,  bikinis, shells, coconuts, sunsets, the beach, turquoise, bare feet…just a few things that remind me of an endless summer and make me dream of a tropical island paradise….aaahhhh! :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Here’s a few fun snaps from our family album xx

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Outfit Details

Indiana Ice bikini ~ Triangl Swimwear

Rings ~ Ono JewellerySolar Sight Quartz, Rib Cage, Urban Gypsy Designs, Mermaid by Hand Jewelry

Gypsy Nameplate necklace ~ Spell Designs

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