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Summer of Love

November 30, 2016

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Gypsy Vintage Bikini | Warrior Necklace | Bodychain

Rings – Flamingo | Imaginary Air | Crystal Chain | Triple Bar | Triple Zeta Turquoise

 

Trilook | Necklace | Roundie | Cleo DusterCuffs 

Rings – Stacking Rings  | Saddle Ring  | Phobos Deimos

 

Moroccana | Dainty Drop Necklace | Vivian Belly Chain | Tryggia Duster

Rings – Crescent Moon | Aura | Crystal Chain

 

I’ve decided that this upcoming summer will be known as the Summer of Love. It’s going to be full of family, friends, sunsets, picnics, festivals and it’s already begun. I’m filling it with everything and everyone I love….and as much festivities as possible!

This past year has been amazing, though we have been faced with many challenges as loved ones around us have fallen seriously ill. This has really awakened me further to how precious and fleeting life is. What a gift we have, and I don’t want to spend a moment longer not living my dreams, and sharing life with the people I love the most.

So the summer of love has started. These pics are just the beginning of my mermaid days by the beach with my family and friends. Frolicking in the ocean in my trusty Del Maar Latin Swimwear of course, feeling the love, playing in the sand and surf with my beloved family.

This year we’ll be heading home to Melbourne to celebrate a very big Finnish/Australian/American Christmas, with many extra special birthday celebrations thrown in, and some fun New Years festivities in Byron Bay to follow. I can’t contain my excitement when I think of being with my whole family once again.

I’d love to hear about your plans this holiday season, and what you are grateful for this year, so if you feel like sharing please message me here or leave me a comment below :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Heart of Bali

November 5, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationKupu Kupu Barong | The Edge View Villa – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Wild + Free Dress | Wrap around me Dress | Slice of Harmony DressDasha the Label

Indie + Harper JewelleryTurquoise Feather Navajo NecklaceNavajo Hand Carved Bracelets | Rings – Mandala Divine | Tibetan TurquoiseMermaid | Zuni | Opal Moon | Feather Turquoise 

 

Finally we had the opportunity to venture to Ubud on our recent Bali travels. The peaceful energy was palpable the moment we stepped out of the car. There was a zing in the air, a calming effect created by the mystical surrounds and gentle culture. It felt as though we had just entered the heart of this amazing island.  The flowing river and nearby waterfalls make it such a perfect area for water explorers. I instantly fell in love with our elevated spot and our river view villa at Kupu Kupu Barong. We would end our days of family adventures with flower baths taking in the river views with an incredible backdrop of the jungle and Mt. Agung.

We thoroughly enjoyed a little pampering at Kupu’s world renowned L’occitane Tree spa and it was simply amazing…picture open air massages, perched atop of mango trees, high above the jungle where you can hear birdsong and the flowing river, and feel the essence of this mystical land.

And there was so much more… dinner by candlelight in one of the most romantic settings imaginable. An entrance lined with aromatic flowers, a twilight dinner set up for two, floating on a private pool twinkling with sunset reflections and a majestic mountain vista. It really is all kinds of heaven at Kupu Kupu Barong.

All the while I was blessed to be dressed in the best resort clothing from the divine Dasha the Label and Indie + Harper Jewels. These flowing fabrics and styles were perfect for the Balinese climate and fun family holidays with my tribe.

If you get the chance to visit Bali, I highly recommend the trek to Ubud and definitely book a stay at Kupu Kupu Barong! We are already dreaming of going back :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Earth Girl

September 1, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Uluwatu, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Billabong Australia

Bikini – Earth Angel Tri Top + Earth Angel Tropic Pant

Tops – Desert Dawn Top | Bohemia Top

Shorts

 

Embella Jewellery

Necklaces – Lotus Pod | Lotus Flower | Lotus Love | Passion Flower | Falling Leaves

Bracelets/Cuffs – Sea Life | Flowers in the Sun | Drifter | Sea Star | Aztec

Rings – Turquoise | Tribal | Crossing Paths Paua Shell | Ocean Warrior Paua Shell | Sea Star | Goddess Wrap

Anklets – Ananda | Om | Coral Reef

Hats – SmithSummer is Here

 

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer”  Thích Nhat Hanh

There is nothing quite as pure and healing as the feel of soft sand under my bare feet. As I  listen to the rhythmic sound of crashing waves, I can feel the resonating heartbeat of the earth. After days indoors at my computer editing photos, writing, emailing etc, I feel the need and pull for nature more than ever. When we connect with the earth, skin to skin, we are provided with such an abundance of healing energy. Not only do I feel amazing, I’m providing myself with one of the simplest and most inexpensive medicines for my body and soul. Earthing, or earth girl time as I like to call it, has always been one of the most important lifestyle changes I’ve implemented, one I would regularly encourage with my clients during my former career as a Naturopath.

On our recent holiday to Bali, I realised more than ever why I feel so great on holidays. Sure, the no cleaning, cooking thing is a blast, but it’s all that time spent outdoors in nature, swimming, lying in the sand, and of course those long barefoot beach walks. I always have the best sleep of my life too. This was such a treat spending a week frolicking in the turquoise waters of beautiful Uluwatu, made even better wearing my favourite mermaid attire from Billabong’s Fade to White collection + layers of divine Embella Jewellery.

So if you’ve been feeling like you could use a little energy boost, or are dealing with chronic health issues, I encourage you to take even 5-10 minutes each day, kick your shoes off, and relax bare feet on the earth. You will slowly but surely tune into those relaxed, holiday vibes.

Happy barefoot travels gypsies!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

If you’d like to learn more about the science behind earthing read here

Be Brave…Be Love…Be You ♥

August 23, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationUngasan Clifftop Resort, Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Bras N Things Bodysuits

First look – Ivory Ordella bodysuit  | Custom Silk Skirt | Farrah Bodychain | Goddess Lariat | Swarovski Choker| Rings/CuffsWhite on White Hat

Second lookKendra bodysuit | Shorts | Shirt | Belt | Bindi Wrap Choker | Bodychain | Carmen Watch | Smith Straw Hat

Rings – Moonstone | Rainbow Dream | Mandala | Midi rings

Third look – Mesh Long Sleeve Bodysuit

 

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” Marilyn Monroe

I’m loving the resurgence of lacy, sheer bodysuits and bralettes, and I’m so happy that it has finally become more acceptable to wear underwear as outerwear. I’ve always been a fan of delicate lacy negligee and accessorising it to be part of my wardrobe, even when I would get the ‘You can’t wear that out!” comments. I think I spent the better part of the 90’s op shopping for silky, lacy nighties and then tie dying them. Almost 2 decades have passed and I’m still rocking the under garment look and loving it!

These Bras n Things bodysuits are pretty much a dream come true for my wardrobe. They totally work with so many different styles; from cocktail wear, bohemian chic, festival, to rock chick. On my recent Bali trip, the Ivory Ordella bodysuit was perfect for a relaxing sunset dinner at the resort. I accessorised it with layers of delicate gold jewels + a flowing silk maxi skirt…I truly felt like a bohemian goddess.

I’m always down for a little festival style and a good sunday sesh. Beach club bound, I paired this perfect plunging Kendra bodysuit with some distressed denim, silver hardware and an old school classic, the black leather choker, to finish of this look. I also love how easily I could layer the sheer long sleeve bodysuit for evening.

For all you lace lovers and wild hearts, always stay true to your inner style, wear what you love, forget about what other people say, let your unique style be seen, and share, share, share your magnificent spark of light with the world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

Sisterhood

June 22, 2016

PhotographyBree Hannemann

ModelsLeila, Marlei + Kai

Location – Northshore, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Wearing:

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Dainty Drop Necklace

All Seeing Eye Ring

 

It’s so beautiful to see sisters in the community supporting one another, inspiring one another, and lifting each other up. Too often we compare ourselves, diminishing our joy and love for who we are, we forget how wonderful it feels to honour and embrace the beauty and gifts of those around us. And to remember our own magnificence at the same time. I love spending time with my kids for this very reason. They remind me of the most important things in life. Being present in each moment, taking each moment as it comes (you never know which moment will be your last), and allowing your joy to completely bubble over so you can fully express yourself without fear of what others will think. This is probably the best thing they have ever taught me. I love the freedom of being me.

These beautiful images from the amazingly talented Bree Hannemann speak deeply to my soul. Photographed  in one of my favourite places on this planet, these divine pictures emit so much joy, connection, innocence and beauty. I hope you can feel it too :) And I hope you allow your joy to bubble over and feel free to be exactly who you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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

 

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