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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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Turquoise Vibes

March 5, 2014

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“Meet me at the water’s edge
and dance to an ancient rhythm
feel the beat of forgotten song
re-discover what time has hidden

A little snippet of some inspirational words written by amazing calligraphy artist Suzi Smith.

This post is dedicated to all things turquoise…to my love of crystal clear waters and the healing, soothing energies they embody. Here is a collection of photos taken by my husband and I from our travels along the Western Australian coastline, Big Sur, California, North West USA, Canada, Glacier National Park, Banff, Yellowstone, and Bali. We are always chasing the turquoise hues from oceans and rivers to glacial waters. There’s also a couple of inspirational shots of Suzi Smith’s artwork that has captured my heart and soul. And for all those wondering where I get all my rings from, I’ve added some of my jewellery pictures I’ve posted on my Instagram….the links are all below.

I hope these turquoise visions imbue upon you all the same calm, peaceful vibes they do for me.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx


Original calligraphy canvas art by Suzi Smith

Model/Stylist/Photography ~ Helen Janneson Bense & Bobby Bense

First outfit

Akina Kimono, She Floats Necklace, Ulani mini dress ~ Myee Carlyle

Rings ~ Minc Collections, Ono Jewellery, Sunahara, Heart Majestic, Spell turquoise double cuff ring, Vintage

Ring pic 1

Karen Londen Gypsy ring and Dreamweaver cuff, Torchlight Jewelry, Teeki Tarot Magick Hot pants

Ring pic 2

Green double stone ring Lebrisa designs, Lost Lover ring and bracelet, Ono Jewelry, Sunahara

Ring pic 3

Rico Designs, Victory Jewelry, Spell Designs turquoise cuff and rings, Heart Majestic, Laura Shipp Jewellery, Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery, Nik Dreamer

Ring pic 4 & 5

Nik Dreamer turquoise and crescent moon ring, Karen London Natalie ring and Dreamweaver necklace , Ono Jewellery, J-Line design, Spell Designs turquoise cuff, Alushia Sanchia thunderbird cuff, Loveleigh designs dress

Adorn thyself with LOVE

January 20, 2014


“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ~ Gautama Buddha

Each day when I dress and adorn myself in precious jewellery and clothing, it’s an act of love. I take the time, amongst the many demands from my children, to centre myself and discover what resonates with me each morning. Some days, well most days ;) I want a lot of jewels and other days, I prefer a more minimalistic look. It really depends on my mood. As for my style, well that is the same too. I love fashion, though I don’t tend to follow trends. I wear clothes that I’m drawn to, that I feel reflect my present energy, my soul. I prefer to think of my personal style as a reflection of my inner spirit. It begins as a blank, unpainted canvas, awaiting a brush, full of infinite possibilities, that is completely and utterly boundless. I never know what it’s going to become each day, and that is very exciting!

Paint your canvas with all the colours of the rainbow, paint it with love for yourself, and adorn yourself in all that brings joy to your heart and soul.

I’m so happy to announce that in collaboration with Tysa Designs, we are giving away one of these amazing Wanderlust dresses (as pictured above). To enter follow the instructions below:

  • Repost the giveaway picture on Instagram (see below)
  • Follow and tag @tysadesigns and @gyspylovinlight
  • Hashtag #tysagiveaway
  • Make sure your account is set to public so we can see your entry
  • Winner will be drawn Monday 27th January 2014 (AWST) and announced on Instagram.


With love and gratitude xx

Outfit Details

Wanderlust Dress (Jade) ~ Tysa Designs

Mali headpiece, Snake arm cuff ~ Grace Bijoux

Custom Crystal Necklace ~ Rico Designs

Circle of Life charity necklace ~ Anna Beck (100% proceeds from these necklaces go to support a vital and much needed women’s health clinic in Bali – see more here)

Rings ~ Arrow Divine, Seawolf, Spell Designs, Laura Shipp Jewellery, Children of Flowers, Vintage

Bracelets/Cuffs ~ Spell Designs, Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

New Year Dreams

January 15, 2014

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today” ~ James Dean

This new year has been a powerful turning point for me in all areas of my life. I’ve closed old doors and opened new ones. I’ve experienced moments of absolute clarity. My path, my direction as a mother, woman, healer, wife, spiritual being, all coming together in harmony. I’ve felt such ease these past few weeks, and I’ve found myself dreaming all kinds of wonderful dreams of what I’d love to experience through this life of mine. For one I’d love to design a jewellery line some day! And write a book on healing! Ahhh so many beautiful and exciting dreams :) It’s such a gift to simply dream. I recall getting into so much trouble throughout school as I was always drifting off into daydreams. The teacher would peak my interest with something so fascinating that my imagination would take it one step further into some magnificent fantasy. Tangent upon tangent my mind would wander.

These photos are from New Year’s Eve. I celebrated with my dearest and oldest sistas that I grew up with and got into all kinds of mischief with. It was a beautiful and intimate night full of laughter and connection.

I wore this very special necklace that was custom made in collaboration with the beautiful Rico Designs. Each herkimer diamond crystal represent each member of my family. Surrounded by leaves we are ever growing and evolving together through this blessed journey. 2 eye pendants were used to look over and protect my family. A precious piece of jewellery to represent how precious my family are to me.

Sending you all so much love and remember to dream as big and wild as you can.

With love and gratitude xx

Outfit Details

Custom made Herkimer Diamond Necklace, Primrose Rhodonite ring ~ Rico Designs

Rings ~ Seawolf, Wild Heart Jewellery, Mania Mania, Children of Flowers, Lexi & Roy, Urban Gypsy Designs (love ring – email for information on purchase)

Indian Summer Sundress ~ Spell Designs

Bindis ~ Child of Wild


November 21, 2013

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“In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent, and there is no place to hide a dark heart” ~ Vera Nazarian

Like the crisp clear waters of glacial melt, or the tropical paradise of turquoise seas, my mind has found a place of total clarity. I’ve come full circle once more, as I sit back and observe my life events and how they have been perfectly and divinely orchestrated to bring me to this point. Not an ending, not a beginning, just an interval within a never-ending cycle that is life.  There are those moments when you feel closure and completion and this is one of them for me.

To carry on from my last post, I was anxiously awaiting my MRI results. Before I sat down with my doctor I faced each fearful thought that arose with love and acceptance. So when the time came I wasn’t as scared as I thought I’d be. I was diagnosed with a degenerative disease of my spine. It sounds nasty, but it’s really not the worst thing in the world at all. I have to stop working for now, but on the positive side it frees up my time to spend with my family, and enjoy my creative passions. I’ll be spending a lot of time relaxing, having massages and physio, blissing out at yoga and in the pool. I think this might just be one of the biggest blessings in my life. And seriously if this had happened a few years back I probably would have been crying and having a pity party. I have an opportunity for growth, for healing, for learning, for experiencing, for acceptance, for deeper self love, for surrender, for nurturing, for relaxation, for sitting back and really seeing what is most important in my life and what I want to spend my time and energy doing. This has all been building for awhile, and today I feel so clear, so excited, and so full of love and gratitude. There will be darker days, and I’m totally ok with that too. I will take it all, as I do everything in life, one moment at a time, breathing in love, and breathing out gratitude.

So much love to all you beautiful souls,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Outfit 1

Ulani Mini Dress (Seafoam), Woven Songs Singlet (Topaz) ~ Myee Carlyle

Shell Necklaces/Bracelets ~ Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

Feather Boho necklace ~ Heather Gardner

Turquoise stretch charm bracelet ~ J-Line Designs

Rings ~ Bahgsu Jewels, Spell Designs, Laura Shipp Jewellery, Heart Majestic, Ichu Jewellery, Children of Flowers, Vintage

Little Hippie Hat ~ Fallen Broken Street

Outfit 2

Ulani mini Dress (Seafoam), Clear Quartz Talisman necklace ~ Myee Carlyle

Scurry Tassels on ball chain Necklace ~ Rico Designs

Moon Lovers Bracelet/Anklet/Arm band ~ Child of Wild

Rings ~ Spell Designs, Laura Shipp Jewellery, Children of Flowers, Heart Majestic, Vintage

Bracelets ~ The Boho Bazaar, Nik Dreamer, Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

Stag Kimono ~ Spell Designs

Straw Panama Hat ~ Sportsgirl

Graceful flow

November 14, 2013


“Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate” ~ Zhuangzi

It’s been a crazy week here in our household…….There I was trying to juggle a million projects at once, my husband busier than ever with his ever expanding business, and our darling children came down with the chicken pox. At some point in my sleep deprived state, between the midnight chicken pox baths and trying to keep on top of analysing test results, I realised I had lost my centre. I was feeling over stretched and under resourced, and my precious love cup was running on empty. In that late night stressed to my eyeballs moment, I knew that all I could do was breathe, and accept the moment for what it was. I found kindness and compassion for myself, and stopped looking toward all that lay ahead of me. The future is not written and did not matter now. And in that moment I felt an overwhelming peace wash over me. I felt warmth and love fill my body and soul. My busy mind shut off.

The next morning I packed up my camera and headed for some quiet, peaceful time at the beach. And it was absolutely amazing. From that day I spent almost every day at some point back at the beach. As I watched the waves roll in I was reminded of the flow of life and moving along with the currents, no matter where they might take me. This little trip was the first of more to come that brought me back to my centre. I was blessed to be wearing beautiful clothing and jewels from one of my favourite designers, Myee Carlyle. My next few posts will be a continuation of my unfolding, as I returned to the graceful flow of life.

Here’s to being easy on ourselves and riding along with currents of life.

With love and deepest gratitude,


Outfit Details

Ulani Mini Dress, Akina Kimono, Lady of Yue Crystal necklace, Clear Quartz Talisman necklace ~ Myee Carlyle

Bracelet/Cuffs ~ Rico Designs, The Boho Bazaar, Child of Wild (worn as anklet)

Rings ~ Howlin Wolf, Wild Heart Jewellery, Mania Mania, Vintage

Straw Panama Hat ~ Sportsgirl


September 4, 2013

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This was a perfect spring beach day, so refreshing, revitalising, and loads of fun!!!! Cool spring mists were balanced by the warmth of the sun and the gentle breeze. We spent the day running for shelter when the rains were too heavy and then quickly frolicking once again in the sand as the sun emerged. It reminded me of being a child…you know how you would play in the rain and not feel the cold, or swim at the beach in the icy cold winter…..heheheee ;) We were exposed to the raw elements though all we felt in this place was the comforting embrace of mother nature. I’m so blessed to spend these joy filled days tapping into my creative centre and photographing with my beloved. So grateful.

This outfit is such a pure reflection of every gypsylovinlight. Loads of my favourite gypsy jewels adorning not only my hands and neck, but my body, my head, my ankles and toes, free flowing fabrics, fringe, crochet, creamy tones, so much light, and always so much love…straight from my heart to yours.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Distant Lover Maxi Dress ~ Kivari

Body chain, headpiece, crystal necklace, midi ring ~ Heart Majestic

Lola Tassel Coat ~ Spell Designs from Lexi & Roy

Rings ~ Laura Shipp Jewellery, Heart Majestic, Free People, Vintage

Bijou de Main hand piece ~ The Boho Bazaar Currently on SALE! ;)

Lotus love bracelet, silver strand bracelet ~ Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

The healer anklet ~ Rico Designs

Melting into Bliss….

July 31, 2013

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My family and I were recently blessed with the opportunity to go on a 2 week holiday to beautiful Bali. We chose a quiet, cliffside haven in Uluwatu for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday…AND it was utter perfection!!! Seriously we could not be more grateful….totally blessed!!!!

My lovely photographer husband and I took many photos which I’d love to share with you all, along with some highlights of our adventures. This is part one of many more posts to come, where I hope to relive my holiday all over again :)

Straight off the plane we were instantly saturated by moisture, heat and the exotic smell of incense. Everywhere you go there are so many smiling faces, greeting you hands together with their beautiful namaste blessing. On this trip we drove for some time through tightly woven roads surrounded by tropical terrain. The refreshing smell of the ocean and frangipanis enlivened the senses. We arrived to the most majestic view of the coastline….it was as though it was thrust upon us so unexpectantly that we were completely overwhelmed with delight and awe, as though we were children once again. The refreshing ocean breeze balanced the heat creating the perfect summery retreat.

Each day we rested and watched the waves roll in from our cliffside balcony. We woke to the sounds of the waves crashing against the cliffs. A soothing meditative sound that lulled me to sleep and awakened me in the most gentle way. I was so mesmeriesed by the surf.  Nothing could drag me away from this little piece of bliss and this view. It took but only hours if not minutes of being in this environment for me to completely surrender and melt into bliss.

I’m more in love with Bali each and every time I visit. I notice and appreciate so much more of this island paradise. This is truly a magical place, one that I look forward to revisiting again and again. And I hope I inspire you to visit this part of Bali too :)

Outfit details

Lombard dress ~ Tysa Designs

Amazon Shores necklace ~ Soul Makes Jewelry

Peruvian bangle ~ Arrow Divine

White Flight bracelet ~ Rico Designs

Turquoise buddha bracelet ~ Nik Dreamer

Luna bracelet ~ Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

Turquoise charm bracelet ~ J-line designs

Rings ~ Spell designs, Hunter Gatherer Jewellery

Cowrie Shell hat ~ Hope and May


Anantara Resort and Spa – Uluwatu 

Wesak Full Moon Blessings

May 26, 2013

IMG_9739IMG_9755IMG_9756IMG_9721Inspired by Wesak and always mother moon, I found myself head to toe adorned in jingly jewels, connecting to my inner light, shining in the sunlight.

A little sunday inspiration for you all.

With gypsy love n light,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Flower Chainmail and Coin Collar Necklace ~ Chanour from Free People

Around the World – First Class necklace, custom bracelet ~ Penny For Your Thoughts Jewellery

White Flight Bracelet ~ Rico Designs

Pocahontas Princess Necklace ~ Spell Designs (for white stones, just email them)

Headpiece ~ Child of Wild (actually a vintage necklace I just turned around and wore as a headpiece)

Sister Pyrite Bracelet ~ Code Love Jewellery

Rings ~ Spell Designs, Mania Mania, Zoe and Morgan, Vintage

Dress ~ Picnic (at least 2 year old dress from my wardrobe)

A Mother’s Love

May 15, 2013

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My beloved asked me what I’d like to do on this special day…..my heart instantly knew…the beach, the sun, music, family, dress ups, and I will wear my magnificent flower crown I was creating at that very moment. I will evoke the boho queen within and wear my crown with complete love and honour for myself. I read something very beautiful the other day “Mom, a title just above queen” I’m unsure who wrote this, but I LOVE it! Creating and adorning myself in an exquisite crown was so fitting for this day; sending a message to myself of how worthy I am. And how grateful I am for all I do and all I am. A gift to myself. I wore all of my favourite pieces from my wardrobe that bring this feeling alive in me…my All that Remains lace dress from Gypsy Stone, Emerald fringe kimono from Myee Carlyle, my precious jewels from Rico Designs, Spell Designs, Soul Makes and Penny for Your Thoughts Jewellery. And so much more.

So, very excitedly, we ventured to the Yanchep lagoon up north. A sheltered cove of blue/green water, miniature caves formed from years of erosion. I wished I was a fairy, small enough to live inside one of these caves. As I watched my children playing in them, I witnessed something magical…..it was as though time stopped for a moment. I saw my whole family playing as children. My husband laughing and taking photos as I frolicked in the sea and danced amongst the rocks, our children chasing birds, hiding in the caves, jumping in the water, squealing with delight. We spent the afternoon playing music, singing by the sea, and eating dinner on the harbour, as we enjoyed a magical sunset. It was the best mother’s day ever! And my heart just keeps on growing and filling deeper and deeper with more love each day :)

I hope you all had a fabulous mother’s day. And if for some reason you didn’t get the recognition you deserve, I say, give it to yourself. Pamper yourself and go plan something special just for you…or make yourself a flower crown :) You are worth everything and magnificent simply because you are. Sending love always.

With gypsy love n light,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Such a special day deserved 2 outfits lol ;)

Outfit 1

Flower Crown ~ Fresh goldenrod and orchids made by me :)

Green Dust Necklace, White Flight Bracelet ~ Rico Designs (Check out there incredible new ‘Winter Solace’ lookbook here)

Fringe Flower Cape (Emerald) ~ Myee Carlyle

Mooloola dress from City Beach (an old piece from my wardrobe)

Turquoise thunderstruck cuff, 3 sisters ring ~ Spell and the Gypsy Collective

Uschi ring ~ Mania Mania from Behind the Monkey

Cosmic Lover bracelet ~ Soul Makes Jewelry

Kartique vintage ring ~ Kartique here is something similar from Gypsy River

Eagle and the Mermaid necklace, Kokomo bracelet ~ Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery

Outfit 2

Wild and Free Lace Dress ~ All the Remains from Gypsy Stone Contact either for preorders or remaining stock

Tribal Crescent necklace ~ Chibi Jewelry from The Trend Boutique

Gold Filled Wire Wrap ring ~ Kami Lerner from The Trend Boutique

Half turn open ring ~ The 2 Bandits

Sunni ring ~ Alushia Sanchia ON SALE!

Bella headpiece ~ Hard Couture from Free People

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