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Lucid

June 28, 2015

PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense & Jasmin Howell from Friend in Fashion

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationSri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

 

Details

Pool Ocean View Villa – Sri Panwa

Jewelry – Tipi Necklace | Luna Necklace | Aquila Crystal Ring | Double Moons Ring 

Love Affair Combi Playsuit – Magali Pascal | Bralette | Arizona Black Hat

Yoga wear – Alo Yoga | Luna Necklace

Rings – Kasané | Bahagia Larimar | Nicole Fendel | Strong midi

New Age Dress | Blue Heaven Shake Hat | Bralette | Nicole Fendel Cuff

Clementine Romper

White Sands Shift Dress

 

There’s something about those tropical island getaways…the colours, the scents, the vibes. Food tastes better, the air is clearer, and everything around you is magnified, rich in colour, texture, meaning. A palpable and enriched vitality resonates in every single little thing and it’s amazing!

I had such an incredible stay recently at Sri Panwa in Thailand, so I wanted to share a little more about this beautiful location, and some of my precious moments there.

Perched upon Cape Panwa, Sri Panwa resort boasts the most idyllic 360 ocean views. Sunset cocktails at Baba’s Nest are a must, followed by some authentic thai food at Baba Soul. Each day I awoke before the sun, did a few morning sun salutations, and watched from my bed as the sun rose and painted the sky. Every morning was a stunning light show and I had the best seats in the house. My bedroom opened up to my pool on all 3 sides with an ocean vista to ignite all your wildest dreams. It was in this moment as I gazed upon this glorious view, that I felt nothing was beyond my grasp. All that I could imagine was possible. The veil between my dream world and reality were somehow merging. I was reminded of one of my many lucid dreams of flying high in the sky like an eagle. It was pure and utter magic.

Fuelled by the energy of each sunrise and sunset, I moved through my days in harmony with nature’s rhythm. I was filled with so many perfect moments of peace, joy and contentment. Sharing this amazing journey with the gorgeous Jasmin was the highlight of the trip. There’s nothing better than having the time of your life and sharing it with another kindred sister.

Next stop California! I’m so excited for a month long family holiday in the summer sunshine, exploring rivers and redwoods, and magical scenic coastlines.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Mommy & Me

June 24, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Models – Jade (daughter) + Helen (mommy)

StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Jade

Skirt | Flower Crown | BraceletKapri Couture

Luna Necklace + Luna Cuff

Rings – Air/Earth | Strong | Nani | Luna

Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Winter)

 

Helen

Kimono | Flower crown | BraceletKapri Couture

Luna Necklace + Ananda soul Cuff

Gypsy Belt

Rings – Ananda SoulSoul Dance | All is Love Aquamarine | Om | Aletheia & Phos Et Cure

Bikini 

Skirt

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

 

My beautiful daughter, Jade, and I were recently blessed to have shared a very special photoshoot together for the divine Kapri Couture. They designed and custom made matching pieces to specifically suit our aesthetic and the mermaid vibes we were after. It was so heart warming to share this journey with my sweet girl, to watch her be pampered in this way, and see her soul alight as she found her own creative expression. She is such a natural beauty, emanating love from deep within her soul. She is my teacher, my angel, and always brings me back to my heart when I need it most. My heart is filled with gratitude for the honour of being her mommy.

This was such a fun family shoot with Bobby (daddy) behind the lens and our dear son, Jacob, our little behind the scenes helper. He was such a sweetheart, taking care of his big sister.

I’m so grateful to Kapri Couture for organising all these pieces for us, so we could share this very special day together. These moments and captures will forever remind us of our bond and unconditional love for one another.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Paradise Found

June 20, 2015

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PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense & Jasmin Howell from Friend in Fashion

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationSri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

 

Details

Luxury Villa at Sri Panwa

VAMASTYLE

Trisara Palm Tree Bikini

Innika Blue One piece

Point Yamu Petrol bikini

El Kabron Kimono

Tamaramma Dress

Wategos Cami

Shek-O Palm Tree Shorts

Bronte Palm Clutch

Denim Shorts

 

ACCESSORIES

Sheebani Flash Tattoos

Jewelry  – Tipi Necklace | Luna Necklace

Silver Leg Chain

Rings – Aquila | Phobos Deimos | Strong midi | Adjustable Crossover | Om | Open moon

Luna cuff – Labradorite | Crystal Arm Cuff

Sunglasses

Palm Tree Bracelet – By Jasmin | Ananda Soul Cuff

Hats – Arizona Black | Bounty Shake

Tkees

 

You’ve probably already seen from my social media that I was recently blessed with the most amazing adventure to Thailand. There really are no words to express how incredible this trip was for me. So much beauty and magic. I am beyond grateful for the experience. I’m especially thankful to Vamastyle and The Luxe Nomad for organising such a wonderful adventure. And meeting my dear soul sister, Jasmin, was simply the icing on the cake.

As a mother stepping away from my family, venturing overseas on my own can sometimes bring up certain fears. It’s so natural for this to happen, as the family bond and links between mother and child are so strong. Nevertheless moving through my fear and allowing myself time and space for adventure, and for some much needed nurturing, was the most empowering experience for me.

When we give ourselves permission to fully enjoy life, to tap into that spontaneous childlike joy, and completely let go, we awaken the heart. Passion, creativity, love and joy flow effortlessly from this point. Smiles light up your face and beam from deep within your soul. Sometimes all we need is a little reflective time, a little pampering, a little time out. Something just for us. Filling your love cup and maintaining it is quite possibly one of the most important tasks as a mother. It doesn’t always need to be a holiday, though it definitely helps. Sometimes it can be as simple as having a bath and filling it with flowers, lighting your favourite scented candle and sitting with a good book for an hour, or taking a nap even though you know you have a million things to do.

So now I’m back to the routine, though I’ve brought a little of that holiday magic with me. Every time I look at these images, I’m reminded of those moments of pure joy. Where there was not a worry in the world. It’s an anchor point for me to draw upon, and bring a little of that magical energy into my everyday life. I’ve arrived home stronger than ever, more determined, focused, and filled with more self love for taking that step into the unknown, and treating myself with love and respect. I have filled my love tank and I have so much more patience and presence with my family. I’ve realised how this time for myself has been a gift for all of us.

I hope this post inspires you to follow your heart, your dreams, your passions, and most of all love for yourself.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Endless Summer

June 18, 2015

 


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

First Look

Masai Bikini  – Del Maar Latin Swimwear

Amethyst Zen necklace | Pear cut Amethyst ring + Amethyst Karma ringOcean Mantra

Luna cuff (Fluorite) | Arrow Bracelets (small + large)

Rings – Wanderlust + Co – X Double ring | Orbit/crystal midi | Kasané Jewellery – Eye midi | Stacked ring

 

Second Look

Sol De Morocco Bikini  – Del Maar Latin Swimwear

Grace Bijoux Vivian Belly Chain – Gold

Necklace – Nicole Fendel

Rings – Nicole Fendel – Zara Lace | Skye Double | Arrow | Anna Beck – Turquoise | Triple Bar

Ace of Something Hat

Tan – Tans by Chels

Nails (Aura) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

I’m still in amazement at how gorgeous the days are here in Perth. It’s now officially winter and though the mornings and nights are icy cold the days have been so beautiful, sunny and warm. Being a Melbourne girl and living through years of freezing cold weather, I seriously soak up every little bit of sunshine I can get over here. It still blows my mind 9 years later.

Since I’ve been dreaming of chasing the endless summer my entire life, I’m actually ridiculously excited to share with you all that I am headed to California in just a weeks time! My heart is singing with joy! I’m so excited to reconnect with my US family, relive summer all over again, and simply be amongst those giant redwoods and majestic ocean coastline. So many amazing adventures await! For now though I’m loving every minute of the here and now and so grateful for all that I have in my life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Turquoise Dreamer

June 14, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach

 

Outfit Details

Apache Handpiece + Gold Dust necklace + Amulet Bolo + Cairo Cuff + Rings – Pyramind RingSun ring  |Summer Moon ring | – Karen London Jewelry

Sheebani Flash Tattoos

Ace of Something Hat

Nail polish (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

There’s nothing quite like the combination of turquoise and gold for me…and Karen London Jewelry just knows exactly how to do it right! I’m so in love with all these exquisite pieces. And I’m beyond excited to be running an Instagram giveaway with this divine lady. We are gifting one lucky soul one of these incredible handpieces! Details to enter are all below :) Wishing you all the best of luck. I wish I had one for all you turquoise dreamers!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!

Entry Details

  1. Repost this picture below on your Instagram page.
  2. Follow + Tag @karenlondonjewelry + @gypsylovinlight
  3. Hashtag #KLxGLLgiveaway
  4. Make sure your profile is set to public so we can see your entry.
  5. The lucky winner will be announced on Thursday 25th June 2015 (Perth WA time).
  6. Good luck! xx

Finding Peace

May 27, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Circle of Life Necklace | Bliss Charm Belt | Global Anklets | Forever ClutchDa-sh & Dol

Rings – Violet Gray – Gently Powerful Chrysocolla | Connected Creation | Poatri Cassiopeia | Aloha Gaia – Air/Earth Midi | Nani Midi | Luna Midi | Midsummer Star Double Moon

Poatri Hydrus Arm Cuff 

Cuffs – Violet Gray – The Bringer of Life | Aloha Gaia Luna (Labradorite)

Dakota Flash Tattoos + Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Drifting Away Skirt – Her Empire

Costa Fate Crop Top – Sum Leta

Black Alaska Hat – Ace of Something

Nails (Transcend) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

When the stress of life seems to build and form into one giant Mavericks size wave and you feel as though you can barely stay afloat, remember to breathe, remember your family and friends, remember those who fill your heart with love and joy. Take a moment to completely stop, breathe in deeply, find that still point in between the breath, and feel your centre return. Focus your attention on all the blessings in your life and your stressful perspective will begin to melt away into peace. Feel yourself rocking and rolling with those huge waves, riding them with grace, not letting anything knock you down. Life is ours for the creating. Treat it like a precious piece of art and with each stroke paint it with love and gratitude for the amazing being that you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

We are all Magic

May 19, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach

 

Outfit Details

New Age Dress – Faithfull the Brand

Child of Wild Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – By Jasmin via Bali Platform – Wave | Eye | Bahagia – Totem | Kasané – Eye | Stacked | CZ midi

Bracelets – By Jasmin via Bali Platform – Carpe Diem | Wanderlust | Palm Cuff | Palm Bracelet

 

“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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Riding the Waves

May 3, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

SunDancer Maxi Wrap Dress – Sea Dreamer

Whisper ‘Fur Free Fur’ vest – Wilde Willow  The perfect faux fur wardrobe staple that is luxurious to wear without harming our beautiful creatures :)

Silk Road Necklace

Child of Wild Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Rings/Cuffs – Torchlight Jewelry | Aloha Gaia Midi Rings – Air/Earth | Luna | Ernest & Joe Crystal | The Fifth Element Life mandala rings – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all mandala rings

Ace of Something Hat

Cream Fallon Hat

Transcend nail polish (New colour coming soon) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Extensions – Blakk

 

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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

The Nest Soirée

April 28, 2015

LocationThe Nest Hair Boutique  – Shop 3, 14-20 Hislop rd, Attadale, WA

Handmade FurnitureWoodland Surroundings

The Nest Hair Angels –  @thenesthairboutique | @toriibbitson | @jessamybray | @samanthabewsher + Abbey the beautiful pup

PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense, The Nest Hair Boutique, Wanderlust_Coconut

Tape Hair ExtensionsBlakk

Makeup – @brushmeupbymarcia

Eyebrows – @brows_by_angela

Raw foods@bananarawpublic

Outfit DetailsTop | Skirt | Hat | Necklace | Crystal Arm Cuff + Ring | HandpieceMidi rings

 

It was such an honour and pleasure recently to step into the new Nest Boutique Salon, run and owned by inspiring entrepreneur Charlie Crothers. When I heard she was doing up a new space I was beyond excited at what she would create. And let’s just say my jaw just completely dropped the moment I entered her new salon. From the woodwork, concrete bar and innovative design of her salon work stations, it’s not just a space to get your hair done, it’s a place to inspire. You can see that every detail was well thought out. I couldn’t stop looking at everything, and admiring all the beauty. It’s even more of a treat now to go and get my hair done. If you are Perth based and looking for someone new to help you with your hair, these guys come so highly recommended from me. I’ve never been this happy with my hair, and I feel so well taken care of. It’s more than just hair with these guys, it’s a personal experience, and I’m certain you will all fall in love the way I have.

Here are some pictures I took while we enjoyed a pampering day of hair, beauty, makeup, eyebrow touch ups, raw foods and margaritas of course ;) It was such a pleasure to hang with the lovely Nest Hair Angels, @wanderlust_coconut + meet @gemma6foot6 Thanks again to Charlie and the team at the Nest for such an incredible day!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Painting in the Wind

April 26, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Weekender Top + Riviera SkirtFaithfull the Brand

Bracelet + Rings – Chain ring |  CZ midi ring | CZ ring |  Evil Eye midi ring | Stacked ring | Two Tier ringKasané Jewellery

By Jasmin Bracelets – Carpe Diem | Wanderlust | Palm + Bahagia Om Crystal NecklaceBali Platform

Ace of Something Hat (Bounty Shake)

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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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