As I walked along the warm, glistening sands, watching the turquoise water smoothly form into perfectly shaped waves, I listened to the crashing sounds and the quiet peaceful in between. It was there I felt the heart beat of the great mother.
The ocean’s movement has always reminded me of a mothers cradling arms, as it sways back and forth in the most natural way. Even the sound of the waves evokes this memory and lulls me into serenity. There is nothing more invigorating and healing for me than swimming in the ocean. To float within the great mothers womb. She nourishes, nurtures, replenishes, cleanses and energises us. The salt water and fresh air, bare feet in the sand…it surely is a perfect cure all. This is my therapy these days. My ocean therapy. It keeps me balanced in every way I need.
This post is dedicated to the our beautiful earth. To say thank you for housing us, providing us with resources and nourishment. For the gift of breath, life, love and joy.
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.
There are days when I arrive at the beach and it’s just out of this world. PURE MAGIC. This was one of those days. It was just prior to the full moon eclipse aka blood moon, and each day during this week I witnessed such majestic light. I was so moved by the breathtaking beauty of it all. I was on a natural high as I took it all in. And I must admit it reminded me of my rather colourful past when I would dabble in mind altering substances. This was definitely a mind altering experience, though completely natural and healing. My past of substance abuse is not something I talk about often. I’ve made peace and accepted this as part of my journey. It shaped me into the person that I am, for which I’m grateful. And I have accepted all the consequences of my choices. One of the lessons I took from my altered experiences is that you don’t actually need to take anything to alter your perception and see the world as a magical place. It’s all there available to you at any moment. I’ve been clean for well over 15 years now and my experiences of every day life far outweigh those of my youth. The magical moments I experience now alter me in a way that I can feel the chemical balance of my body shift naturally. My natural endorphins rise and I feel as though I could float away on a cloud. It’s true joy. And very real. I no longer have the need to escape myself, to escape my reality. I now know I am the creator of my reality. I shape it into the beauty that I see. And I know that the more I love myself, the more I accept myself, and see the beauty that is me, the greater my perceptions of the world will be. My view of the world is but a mirror of how I see myself. So I say, fill those wounds with love, allow them to heal and transform with acceptance, and allow yourself to experience all the love, joy and magic that is your birthright. We were all born to have the most amazing life possible. It’s all within reach, just one small adjustment away.
Sending LOVE and LIGHT to you all, always.
Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia
Julia Tube Top – Soleil Blue (part of an instagram giveaway we are running until thurs 1st. May) See HERE for details.
Feet in the sand, ocean air in my lungs, wind in my hair, a magical horizon in sight full of dreams and infinite possibilities.
I’ve spent so much time this past year at the beach on photo shoots for my blog. Each time I find myself entering a meditative state as I dreamily gaze out to sea. I feel earthed and connected with my bare feet on the sand, the water ever so gently washing over me reminding me that I am at the edge of land and sea. The horizon so endless, boundless, infinite, awakening dreams, igniting passion, soothing my soul. The wind so refreshing and enlivening at times, and then so soft and gentle as it caresses my skin. With each breath I am filled with vitality and renewed. My heart expands in this space that can only be called magical. It’s my nirvana, my enlightenment. My holy place. Where I slip into the gap between thoughts.
This beautiful afternoon I wore some of my favourite mermaid treasures from Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery. Paired with my Soleil Blue top and Myee Carlyle kimono, I felt like a reflection of the turquoise sea. Each of these amazing designers ignites my love of the ocean with their inspiring creations. You only have to check out their instagrams to see what I’m talking about. Always such beautiful captivating imagery that will evoke mermaid dreams of tropical islands and an ocean oasis.
AND today I get to share a little of my mermaid bliss with you guys!!!! YAY!!!!! I’ve paired up with the inspirational Soleil Blue, and we are giving away one of these Julia tube tops that I’m wearing in this post. It’s the perfect addition to your mermaid wardrobe. I love it paired with just about anything….from denim cut offs, a flowing maxi skirt, harem pants or with some awesome denim baggies. Such a cute top!
Turquoise is possibly my favourite gemstone. I’m in awe of the multitude of variations, colours and textures. Such an incredible selection – Indian mountain, Peruvian, African, Kingman, Blue Moon, Easter blue, Robins egg, Bisbee and Black widow turquoise to name just a few. The list goes on and on. I can’t even pick my favourite as I simply love them all for their unique properties and beautiful variances.
We are so blessed mother earth has created these magical gemstones and crystals that bring beauty, inspiration and healing all in one. Not only does turquoise look beautiful it’s actually a wonderful purification and protective stone. It provides protection from outside pollutants and energies. On a physical level it aids in detoxification, improves the absorption of nutrients, stimulates the immune system, regulates inflammatory pathways, so great for those with any chronic pain/arthritis. When my back flares up I make sure to layer it on :)
This week I’ve been wearing a lot of turquoise. Thanks to my dearest friend and amazing jewellery designer, Kami Lerner, who sent me a bundle of turquoise from her own personal collection. I am now overflowing with my favourite stone. The energy emitting from my jewellery stands is just incredible at the moment. So many magical crystals and gems all together. I love it! And I feel so very grateful for these precious jewels and gems from the earth.
Here’s a few pics from my Instagram this week with all the shop details listed below. And a few sneaky looks at my dressing table, my alter, where all my precious jewellery lives, and a little piece of my heart and soul.
AND in case you feel like adding some more precious turquoise into your life, here are a few of my personal favourites to shop for awesome turquoise treasures –
OOHHH AND before I forget, the elephant wrap ring pictured on the last picture here on my ring finger, is part of a blog giveaway that is running until the end of April. All you have to do is follow my blog and it could be yours. The follow button should pop up on your screen on the bottom right hand corner. If you have any problems at all, please contact me via the blog and I will help you out.
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.