It was the perfect northern california summer’s day….blues skies, beaming sunshine, epic surf, and that amazing low key vibe I love most about Santa Cruz. I was turquoise crushing bad on these amazing handmade jewels from the Turquoise Zone. Paired with some super divine Spell lace and this outfit was simply like living inside a dream. I also happened to be in my most favourite place ever having my annual catch up with my beautiful sister, Reija. After a revitalising beach walk full of wild winds and salty ocean mists, we topped off this spectacular day with sunset margaritas overlooking the ocean and a bbq with the family. Total and utter bliss!
No matter how much time passes, I’m continually drawn here, to this place, this beach, to my sister, my family. It feels like my other home, and it’s probably because each time I visit I leave a little piece of my heart here. I’m so immensely grateful for the precious time we had with our US family. We may have been separated by oceans all these years as our children have grown up, but our connection is as strong as ever. It’s always the quality of the time that matters most, not the quantity…though I’d take more in a heartbeat ;) We love you guys!
I’m seriously dying over all the coachella pics and amazingness that I’m seeing on social media atm. It’s sooooo good! And sooooo inspiring! I keep telling myself next year! Here’s hoping next year I make it a reality and stop talking about it haha! I can only imagine how incredible it would be wandering the desert, dancing up a storm to my favourite tunes, and styling up a bunch of inspirational outfits! Right up my alley. So next year, who’s in!?!?
Here’s a little festival outfit inspo featuring some turquoise amazingness from one of my favourites At Thursday, a bunch of labels I love from my divine sistar Turquoise Lane, the most perfect bag ever from gorgeous soul Diamond Moss + some festival must haves from my online jewellery store.
It’s been forever since I’ve dreamt of having my own jewellery shop. A place to collect all my favourites and share them with the world. I’ve finally carved out time in my crazy life to make it my reality and I’m so excited to share it with you all. I hope you love the selection of jewels I’ve picked. I’ve carefully curated a collection based on many important aspects. It was vital to me that I only sell jewellery that is ethically made, and to work with companies with a positive ethos. I also love discovering all those amazing artisans across the globe who are just so skilled at what they do. The Goldbarr are simply exquisite at designing the most incredible jaw dropping tribal statement necklaces. Grace Bijoux seriously knows how to string anklets together like no other. And Poatri Accoutrements are above and beyond in the world of quartz crystal jewellery. The vibrational energy of these crystals is on a whole other level…just wait to you wear them and feel it! And there are many more amazing designers who all bring something beautiful and unique to my shop.
For now the collection is somewhat small, though I’m sure it will grow with time as I continue to get a feel for those pieces that I know truly belong to my little shop family. I’m so grateful and honoured to bring these magical talismans to you all and I hope you love them as much as I do :)
This post is dedicated to my amazing husband, Bobby. I’m so inspired by his unconditional love, passion and incredible photography. This shoot in particular I am absolutely loving his capture of light, love and colour. I’m so grateful to be creating my dreams with the man I love. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Hope you are all chasing, creating and living your dreams lovelies.
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This was such a fun outfit to create and wear on this free loving afternoon at the beach. Wind in my hair, jewels jingling with each step as I danced my little dance across the beach in complete gypsy style. This festival inspired look paired some of my all time favourites together – silk road tribal jewellery, spell lace via turquoise lane + the fifth element life mandala rings. This lace top is by far one of my most treasured wardrobe pieces right now. I can’t get enough if it, and such a versatile piece to style in so many different ways. Perfect with denim cut offs, maxi skirt or wear it open as a lovely light layer for those cooler summer evenings. Ahhhh summer nights…making the most of them while they are still here and drinking it all in.
I’m so pleased to share with you all my feature on Happiness + Well Being magazine. A digital magazine dedicated to bringing holistic wisdom, nourishment and love to their readers. The magazine is filled with priceless and practical tools to remind you each and every day of just how amazing and beautiful you are. It has 100 pages filled with loving intentions, devoted to inspiring you to cultivate a life of love.
Here’s a little snipper from my interview with H + W.
H+W: What advice would you have for anyone struggling to love and accept themselves?
Helen: Be easy on yourself. We are all perfectly imperfect and our unique qualities are what make us all so beautiful. Embrace the beauty that you are. Please know you are enough just as you are. You have always been enough. You are more than enough. You can let go, trust and enjoy who you are and your life.
I am beyond honoured and grateful to the lovely Happiness + Well Being mag for taking the time to interview me. It’s been an absolute pleasure from beginning to end, and the process of answering their heart provoking questions has been an opportunity for me to reflect on my life, and how grateful I am for all that I’ve experienced.
For the very small price of $2.99 (cost of a cup of coffee), you will gain an abundance of positive information and reinforcement, that will lead you on a path overflowing with joy, peace and love.
Bali has to be one of my top favourite places to holiday. It’s not just the fact that it’s an island paradise with beautiful beaches, sunsets, tropical foods and scents, it’s the service and smiles that come with it that make it the holiday of a lifetime. Our recent family adventures took us first to Sanur and then to the magical Klungkung. I’m so happy to have explored different parts of Bali, both so very beautiful and unique in their own right. We stayed at 2 magnificent villas run by Villa Seriska, and I now understand why they have been voted Number #1 on Trip Advisor and won the Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014. The villas, the details, the luxury, and above all the hospitality and services were faultless. As a couple of hard working parents in great need of some pampering and relaxation, we certainly received more than we could have expected. And all with a smile and gratitude.
We have been blessed to have experienced our fair share of luxury holidays around the world, but Bali always seems to come out on top. It’s all in the details. At Villa Seriska we had our own personal chef to cook us whatever we liked, catering to our own special needs and dietary requirements. A driver to take us anywhere we fancied, though we didn’t feel like leaving at all, as it was just too beautiful in our villa :) We had a wonderful manager to attend to any needs that arose…and travelling with children there are usually quite a few ;) It surely helps to make a holiday with your kids an actual holiday when you have so much help. Our lovely housekeepers were so wonderful with the children and even offered to help us with babysitting when we needed. My children fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to see them each day. They were so happy, and so were we. My wonderful husband, Bobby and I, had time to really connect. Beach walks, watching the sunset whilst talking about our dreams and aspirations and sweet kisses under the gazebo. It was all so very magical.
Since I have so many beautiful pictures from our family vacation I’d love to share, I’m going to firstly share with you our experiences in Sanur, and in my next post you’ll get to see a whole other side of beautiful Bali. Sanur is seriously the perfect place to stay in Bali if you want a little luxury, beach, shopping and dining without it being too crowded. It is so much quieter than Kuta (in the best possible way) though there is still so much to do right at your doorstep. Upon stepping out of our villa we had restaurants, bars, boutiques, beach markets and of course the beach with a spectacular view of Lembongan Island and Mt. Agung. Our 4 bedroom villa, perfect for families and groups of friends, was decked out in all kinds of detailed design perfection. Everywhere I looked I was amazed by something beautiful. The woodwork, the towel designs, the flowers, the bathrooms….it was all so divine. The gazebo, spa and pool area were definitely the best and thoroughly utilised by us all each day and night. My children were obsessed with feeding the koi fish, cannon balling off the gazebo into the pool, and the chef’s amazing food!
We can’t thank owners Audrey and Nilesh, and the beautiful staff of Villa Seriska enough for their generous hospitality and very genuine caring. It’s so refreshing and an absolute joy to stay somewhere like this. They really set themselves apart by their high standards.
I hope you enjoy these photos of our holiday and be sure to check out Villa Seriska Sanur Satu for your next Bali holiday.
I’m always dreaming of water the colour of turquoise, sand as white as snow, and to walk upon the shore and watch the waves gently roll into greet it over and over again. It’s my bliss that inspires my creativity and grounds me from the crazy, busy, technological, high stress life that we lead. I feel immensely blessed I moved to WA, where I get to experience a little of this holiday vibe every single day.
Even still there is a definite yearning within me to roam into the wild, chase waterfalls, hike mountains and explore the earth and all her hidden treasures. It’s been many years since I’ve done this. I miss all the long road trips exploring hot springs, national parks, camping under the stars by ancient trees, bathing naked in icy glacial waters, cooking food over the fire, travelling anywhere on a whim and probably the best part – connecting with amazing, inspiring people along the way. I yearn for more exploration and I’m working on releasing myself from any self imposed boundaries that have been getting in the way. Being a parent comes with such great responsibility, and we can often feel so much fear for the safety of our children, and even limit our very existence. I’m discovering as I get a little older and wiser, the more I trust in the process of life, the more I am able to really enjoy travelling with my kids. It’s so wonderful to connect with your child’s unique way of perceiving the world. They see all the beauty around us, all the magic. They help us to see our world in the most joyful way. I’m very excited for new adventures with my family, and to share my love of exploration with them. Next stop – beautiful Bali!
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“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be” Dalai Lama
This new year has been an awakening for me. It was as though by staying up all night long and seeing that sun rise in the sky, some ancient knowledge within my soul stirred and ignited. I have been feeling so alive, vital, so deeply in love with life. Each day brings more joy, freedom and inner love.
With the moon ripe and full I’m shedding some of the heavy and setting some light loving positive intentions to take even greater care of my being. To find more balance with my work, family and time for myself. I was recently reminded of that Jack Johnson song “Breakdown” and hearing this song again was pure happiness to me. It reminded me how much I love moving slowly through life, taking everything in to it’s fullest, and exploring the richness and beauty of each moment we are blessed with. There is no need to control anything, just surrender, trust and flow with the divine. Reach out from your comfort zone and experience all that life has to offer.
There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise for the first time on a new year! That radiant light just seems that little bit brighter and lighter and full of endless possibilities. As I felt the first light of 2015’s sun shine upon me I was completely overwhelmed with excitement for all that is to come. And simultaneously so content after an amazing night of belly laughs and connections with my dearest family and family. It was a wonderful moment of pure happiness.
I didn’t actually make any new year resolutions this year. I’ve spent each day of 2014 practicing the art of refining my lifestyle, my thoughts, questioning my beliefs and bringing more love and light to my being each and every day. As the sun rose I simply gave myself a metaphorical pat on the back, a heart felt thank you for taking better care of myself this year. I know I will only continue to expand my heart in 2015 and journey on this path of self love.
It’s been a wonderful year of fulfilling many of my dreams and watching it all unfold before me. I feel such immense gratitude for all the love and support I have received from my beautiful family, friends, work colleagues and cyber community. Thank you to all of my blog followers for the time you take to follow my journey and the beautiful messages you send me.