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Coachella ’16

May 6, 2016

PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense, Kira Janneson Bolwell, Tysa Wright, Driely S

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Palm Springs, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Designer’s Beach Bungalow in Point Dume, Malibu – California, USA

 

Outfit Details

Look 1

Halter Mini Dress  | Tribal child bag | WrapTurquoise + Tribal Rings | Midi RingsLunar Love Flash TattoosMimi NecklaceBootsHat | Crystal Bindis

Look 2

Celeste One Piece | Shorts (similar) | Belt | Hat | Necklace | Generator Necklace | RingsWrist Bands | Hat | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Look 3

Lace Dress | Necklace | Jewellery | Jacket | Tribal child bag | Hat | Boots | Crystal Bindis | Sunglasses

Look 4

Kaftan (has been belted into a mini – similar) | Necklace | Jewellery | Hat | Wrist Bands | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Look 5

Spell Dress, Shawl + Bag (releasing soon) | Necklace | Jewellery | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos | Hat | Boots | Crystal Bindis | Sunglasses

Look 6

Bikini | Bodychain | Matisa Foot piece | Hat

Look 7

Halter Mini Dress | Hat

Look 8

Tysa Jagger Jumpsuit | Jewellery | Hat | Matisa Footpiece | Sunglasses

Look 9

Halter Maxi Dress (similar) | Jewellery

 

Finally in my 39th year I made it to Coachella! It’s been on my bucket list forever and I was determined this year, no matter what, I had to be there! And it was everything and more! I am still trying to describe the feeling and why it was so magical. Even with all the walking in the dusty, windy desert heat, I was not deterred one bit. The excitement built within me every step I took. The lights, the music, the palm desert backdrop, the crowds of festival goers all hit me at once. I had to just stop, breathe, and take it all in. So much beauty, so much inspiration. As though every single person really let their inner lights shine and be seen, without a care in the world. True self expression. I think maybe that was what was most attractive and exciting to me. I am continually inspired by those who are fearlessly and unapologetically themselves. It instantly gives permission for others to do the same. Imagine feeling that free to be yourself, dancing to your favourite music, surrounded by a tribe of people all there for the same exact reason. The energy it creates is exponential and healing on so many levels.

The highlight of Coachella for me was getting to share it with my beautiful neice, Kira, who took all my awesome pics :) High on the list of amazingness were the Revolve parties…they were another level of party entirely. We danced, we drank, and we had some of those divine synchronistic chance meetings with like hearted folk that leave you feeling so one with the world. And WOW soooooo much amazing music! Omg, A$ap Rocky, LCD Soundsystem, Ice Cube, Calvin Harris and of course for me reliving my youth to Guns n Roses actually brought me to tears….I had flashbacks of dancing in the living room as a teenager with my besties, crying over break ups (with my besties) always with a GnR soundtrack. There were also some super special people we met that made the experience next level…special shout outs go to Luxx Limo and Solkissed for chauffeuring us around Coachella in ultimate style. So many amazing conversations and laughs went down in that limo ;)

After my crazy fun coachella shenanigans I found myself in the pure serenity of Point Dume, Malibu. I was lucky enough to stay in the most incredible, inspiring guest house hosted by my divine soul sistar, Tysa, owner + creative director of Tysa Designs. The lovely Tysa and I explored the beautiful coastline, with it’s spectacular views over Malibu and Little Dume; one of Malibu’s last private beaches. Finding deep heart connections and kindred sisters like Tysa and her gorgeous mum Rise, was the perfect finish to my california trip. My time in Malibu was so precious…those slow brunches by the ocean, amazing sunsets….it’s yet another little piece of California that has won my heart and I can’t wait to go back there!

Next up on our wanderlust adventures is the very beautiful tropical paradise known as the ‘island of the gods’….stay tuned on insta for our pics!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Ishka

April 9, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationCape Panwa Hotel, Thailand

 

Outfit Details

Look 1

Bracelets – Fine Jali Bangle | Indian Silver Bangle | Crystal Quartz Bangle | Fine Silver Bangle

Necklace – Quartz Crescent Necklace

Earrings – Quartz Crescent Earrings

Pendants – Music ball pendant | Flower Vial Pendant

Rings – Moonstone + Crystal Rings | Union Mandala Ring | Crossover Ring | Sputnik Ring | Air/Earth midi ring

Jagger Dress 

Hat

Aura Nails – Sienna Byron Bay

Spray Tan – Perth Mobile Spray Tans

 

Look 2

Jewelry – Turquoise Bodychain | Turquoise Spinning Ring | Turquoise Ring | Om Mani Padmi Ring

Top | Skirt | Hat | Sunglasses

 

I’m so excited and happy to share with you a little about an absolutely beautiful brand I love. I have actually been an avid follower and shopper at Ishka since my twenties! They have been around that long and have the most amazing exotic collections of homewares, furniture and jewellery. I’d love my entire home to be filled with Ishka! Apparently in hindu, Ishka means ‘intense love and physical infatuation’ and I seriously understand why. When you enter one of their stores you will see how everything is so aesthetically divine. Not only is it all so beautiful, Ishka are a socially conscious company, working with artisans from developing countries, contributing to the progress and empowerment of international communities in need.

We were lucky enough to style some of their beautiful jewels on one of our trips to Thailand. It was the perfect setting to share these worldly treasures. Hope you all get a chance to check them out in store or online for those not in Australia.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Byron Blues

April 6, 2016


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PhotographyBobby Bense, Mel Carrero

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationBluesfest Byron Bay, Beachcomber Blue – Unique Estates , The Byron at Byron – Byron Bay, Australia

 

Outfit Details 

NailsSienna Byron Bay

My favourites – Winter | Aura | Gypsy | Atlantic | Transcend | Mystical Top coat | Wanderlust

Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ at checkout for all #siennabyronbay nail polishes

 

Look 1

Wild One Bikini

Indie + Harper Jewelry –  Mandala Ring | Moon ring | Wave ring | Moonstone Rings | Whale Tail necklace | Moonstone Four Points necklace

Cuffs – Karen Tribe Mandala Cuff

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

 

Look 2 

Spell Dress – releasing soon | HatBoots

Jewelry – Necklace (similar) | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | 5 Band Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Union Mandala Ring | Strong midi ring | Turquoise Tribal Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

 

Look 3

Yacht TopSpell Skirt – releasing soon | Hat | Boots

Jewelry – Moonstone necklace | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | Andromeda Ring | Dainty Spheroids Ring | Goddess Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Karen Blossoming Hill Tribe Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Winter with Mystical Top Coat

 

Look 4

Rimini Maxi Dress | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Necklace | OOAK Turquoise Rings | Hat (simliar)

 

Look 5

Spell Dress – releasing soon | Charmed BeltGenerator necklaceIsadora Bodychain | BanglesFlash Tattoos | HatFlower Child Crystal Bindis

Rings – Indie + Harper Moonstone Rings |  Union Mandala Ring |  Dainty Spheroids Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Imagination Mandala Ring (sold out)

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Transcend

 

Look 6

Lace Dress – Spell – releasing soon | BeltHat | BootsJacketFull Moon Crystal Bindis | Generator necklace | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Jade – Dress | Addax Feathers | Flower Child Crystal Bindis | Arrow Necklace | Nails – Wanderlust

Carnaby Crochet Throw

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala RingOOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

 

Look 7

Coco Romper | Ophelia Duster | Cactus Rose BeltGenerator necklace | Boots | Hat | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

 

What an incredible week we just had with the family in beautiful Byron Bay with the divine Sienna Byron Bay. The town was so alive, abuzz with festival energy and excitement! It’s been over 10 years since our last Byron trip and even though it’s changed so much, it was still just as magical as I remembered it before. I was instantly in love once again with those lighthouse views over Cape Byron, pastel sunsets over Wategos beach, and long stretches of deserted sandy beach right at our doorstep at our wonderful beach house.

In between our festival days dancing up a storm at Bluesfest, we spent them with the kids celebrating a very special 10th birthday, exploring the local beaches, and enjoying some amazing Byron food and hospitality. There were a couple of absolute standout, must experience food highlights for us. First was the inspirational Naked Treaties who catered the most delicious, vital array of yumminess for our daughter’s birthday. The raw, gluten, dairy, sugar, guilt free cookies and cream birthday cake was simply out of this world! And so beautifully decorated :) We also spent a magical evening at The Byron at Byron, enjoying the most divine 4 course meal and relaxing massages….this really was so perfect for in between all the festival craziness and dancing…..my feet were very very thankful ;)

Our days at Bluesfest were undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for us all. It was our first time, and also taking the kids to a festival as well. It was so amazing and fun dancing with them, having our nails done at Sienna Byron Bay’s nail bar, and shopping the artisan stalls. Strutting along at dusk in gorgeous Spell Designs with so many gorgeous festival babes was an absolute dream come true. We feel so blessed for the connections we made during our time in Byron. It’s always the best part of any adventure for us.

We were so thrilled to discover some amazing new music and fall in love again with old favourites. Our top faves were – D’Angelo, Nahko + Medicine for the People, and Kendrick Lamar. Our last night we were lucky enough to see Brian Wilson, Tom Jones and The Blues Brothers Band. There were moments where time stood completely still as we listened to these soul singers share their magic.

Besides all the music and dancing, we had a blast hanging out at the nail bar, switching up our colours each day and having some mother/daughter manis. Sienna Byron bay make the most beautiful, eco-friendly nail polishes. Not only does it contain no nasties, it’s vegan, and it’s quality polish in the most exquisite colours. It’s been my favourite brand of polish for well over a year now, and watching the beautiful Danielle, owner and creative director of the company, grow this amazing range from the heart has been so beautiful to witness. Make sure you go check them out and follow their beautiful journey on insta.

We are so grateful to Sienna Byron Bay for organising this trip for our family. It was full of so many beautiful moments and deep connections to like hearted folk, and these memories will continue to sing in our hearts forever.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Cape Panwa

March 21, 2016

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

LocationCape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

 

Outfit Details

Isla Bonita Dress

Panama Hat

Grecian Bikini

Moonstone Shard Necklace

Moments Maxi dress

Tulip one piece

Mokula bikini

Body Jewelry

Rings

Custom Denisse M Vera top skirt + macrame bodypiece

Camilla Overlay Dress

 

“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart” Aberjhani

My heart has been completely won over by beautiful Thailand yet again. Those friendly smiles, intoxicating flavours and scents, a colour palette that dreams are made of. Our recent stay at Cape Panwa was by far the most magnificent of all our resort visits to date. We stayed in the most luxurious penthouse suite, accessible via private elevator, with breathtaking turquoise ocean views from every room. Each morning we woke up to watch the sunrise, whilst our private chefs cooked us the most wonderful breakfast spread. We indulged in so much deliciousness as we listened to the soothing sounds of water trickling over the edge of our huge infinity pool, and the melodic tunes of the capiz shell lamps chiming in the ocean breeze.

When we actually left our magical room, we discovered even more beauty at Cape Panwa. The private beach is lined with massive palm trees, the softest cleanest sand, and vivid turquoise water. The bamboo bar is nestled on the beach where you can laze about on sun lounges, tropical cocktail in hand. The Panwa House, just a few steps away, totally blew my mind. A Sino-portugese mansion with more character than I could even deal with. I couldn’t stop looking at ever single intricate detail in complete awe. We spent quite a few nights here enjoying the most tantalising thai cuisine. One evening we enjoyed a candlelit private dinner date right on the beach. The ultimate romantic scene was set with lanterns and candles gently illuminating the night. The setting was perfect, the food was out of this world amazing, though my dinner date was what made it one of the best nights of my life. Later that night we were lucky enough to witness some fireworks right on the beach!

We had so many special moments and magical memories though the highlight of this trip was definitely the day we went exploring the surrounding islands and beaches upon the Princess Panwa yacht. Whoever thought to put a spa on a yacht was an absolute genius! My wanderlust was on fire as we took a dinghy to shore and explored secluded beaches. We spent the day jumping off the boat into the most iridescent water I think I’ve ever seen, snorkelling through lagoons, and soaking up all that sunshine and turquoise bliss.

A few things I highly recommend for your visit to Cape Panwa – take the Thai cooking classes. We learnt how to cook our favourite Thai dishes, and now we are making them at home! And they taste so good! Take the boat out to Coral Island for the day. Or charter the yacht to celebrate a special occasion. Make sure you eat at every restaurant as the food is out of this world. Watch the sunrise over the pier…you won’t regret waking up early for this.

We are so grateful to have shared such a wonderful time together in the most idyllic setting imaginable. Special mention goes to our fabulous butler Somchai. We were completely flawed by how attentive and kind he was. He took such great care of us and made our stay at Cape Panwa next level amazing. Big thanks to Cape Panwa for their wonderful hospitality and for one the best trips of our lives. It’s not something we’ll ever forget and our beautiful memories and experiences will continue to flourish within our hearts.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Ocean Lovers

February 1, 2016

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Stylist – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Coco Romper – Spell

Boho Blossom Necklace – Spell

Rings – Alushia | Friendship Shield | Sunrise Sunset | Jasmine | Cactus | Arrow midi | Arrow wrapTurquoise Stackable midi

Cuffs – Don Biu | Embella

Kimono – Vintage Spell – Shop Spell Kimonos

Sienna Stone Fedora

Nails (Atlantic) – Sienna Byron BayUse discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique + Blakk Extensions

 

I’m forever inspired by the ocean…she is my medicine and nourishes me on every level of my being. I simply have to step barefoot on her shores and I instantly feel better. She provides my balance in life as a busy mum, business owner and creative director.

My outfits are definitely heavily influenced by my beach lifestyle and love of the ocean – white sands, white wash and every shade of blue you could imagine. I’m so obsessed with this Spell romper, the perfect canvas for layering up and heading out on long beach walks, boat adventures, and pretty much mermaid living. Some healing turquoise is always my favourite accessory to replenish and balance my energy.

I feel so blessed every day I get to create my dreams with my precious husband/photographer and our children, in a space that I love, that continues to inspire me so much.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Wanderlust + Co Travel Diary

November 21, 2015

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationThe Siam, Floating Markets, Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand

 

JewelryWanderlust + Co

Constellation Story

Necklaces – Crescent & Star | Crescent & Diamonte

Cuffs/Bracelets – Spell Bound | Moon + Star

Rings – Petite Orbit Crystal | Frame Crescent | Double Box | Double bar + Chain | ConstellationIota

 

Clean Slate Story

Necklaces – Daydreamer Necklace | Remain Present Necklace

Cuffs/Bracelets – Breathe Bangle | Studded Pave | Dusk to Dawn Spike | Arrow

Rings – Double BarJagged Ring Set | Double Box | Triangle | Double Ring & Chain | Double Bar Wrap | V

 

Marble Story

Necklaces – Breathe | Crescent & Diamonte | Daydreamer Necklace

Cuffs/Bracelets – Dusk til Dawn XL | Dusk til Dawn Spike | Multi-Stud Spike

Rings – Dusk til Dawn XL | T-Bar | Double Arrow | Petite Orbit Crystal | Arrow Split | Dusk til Dawn | V Double Bar

 

Onyx Story

Necklaces – ArrowBreathe |  Daydreamer Necklace

Cuff/Bracelets – Multi-Stud Spike | Arrow | Dusk til Dawn XL | Dusk til Dawn | Dusk til Dawn Onyx Spike

Rings – Dusk til Dawn Onyx | Dusk til Dawn XLPetite Orbit Crystal | Triangle | Frame Tri | VDouble Ring & Chain | Trio Stack Rings | Iota

 

Rose Gold Story 

Necklace – Crescent & Diamonte

Cuffs/Bracelets – Box | Arrow Petite | Knot | Multi – Stud | Double Arrow

Rings – Aztec Pave | Dusk til Dawn Turquoise Wrap | Double V Bar Chain | Geo Armour XL Crystal | Orbit & Stud | Orbit

 

Outfit Details

Spell Isla Bonita Embroidered Dress

Paisley Tunic

His Touch Dress

Bikini

Spell Lace top | Shorts | Shirt | Bag

OOAK Lace Dress

Crochet Maxi

Silk Playsuit

Beaded Top | Shorts | Shirt | Bag

Sunglasses

Straw Hat

 

Thailand has to be one of my favourites places ever. I feel so grateful to have experienced another amazing adventure to this beautiful country once again. This time, we were lucky enough to journey through Bangkok and stay at The Siam Hotel, which has to be in my Top 10 all time best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. I’m so grateful to the wonderful Wanderlust + Co, who organised so many beautiful relaxing, pampering and adventure filled experiences for us on this trip, making it one we’ll never forget.

These few days away gave both Bobby and I an opportunity to really spend precious time together. Time to connect and time to create magic. We were continually inspired by our surrounds. There was so much culture and beauty everywhere we went. We spent our first day relaxing and catching our breath after leaving our busy home and daily routines. That first massage was all it took and we completely melted into holiday mode. It was hands down one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Big thanks to the Opium Spa at the The Siam for a job well done. We basically walked out of the spa with the hugest grins on our faces. The rest of our pamper day was well spent relaxing by the pool, exploring the hotel and all the incredible collectibles they have, chatting with locals, and simply being in the moment, enjoying all that life has to offer.

A perfect day in paradise was followed by an amazing dinner at Le Du restaurant. If you love seafood this place is so for you. Each plate was beautifully presented and the flavours and textures of each dish were perfectly balanced. My favourite was definitely dessert! Thai desserts are simply the best!

The next part of our journey led us to the floating markets in Bangkok. As we floated through the markets, sipping on fresh coconuts, we had the opportunity to see some traditional thai handicrafts and experience the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. We then ventured to the Grand Palace and enjoyed a serene walk throughout the grounds, admiring all the incredible architecture and detail of this sacred place. It’s simply something you have to see with your own eyes.

Until the next wanderlust adventure!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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