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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

 

 

Dreaming in Turquoise

July 28, 2016

 

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRose Villa at Pandawa Cliff Estate, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Turquoise Silver Wave Necklace

Navajo Hand Carved Turquoise Bracelets

Rings – Navajo TurquoiseMermaid Turquoise | Navajo Turquoise and Feather | Hand carved Turquoise Navajo | Turquoise Raindrop | Tribal Turquoise | Mandala 

Sasha Ivory Tunic Dress

Lace Romper

‘Summer is Here’ Panama Hat

Spray tan

Sienna Nails

 

My turquoise obsession continues, not only with the sea, but with these amazing Indie + Harper Jewels. I love these stunning designs that stack so beautifully together. Perfect for the bohemian nomad wandering the globe, discovering her own inner magic as she chases those turquoise dreams. Happy Travels beauties!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Sunset Spells

July 9, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

LocationPandawa Cliff Estate | Uluwatu, Bali | North Beach | Sorrento Beach, Perth, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Superstar Romper | Bindi Wrap Choker | Hayden Belt | Portofino Faux Fur Jacket

Upper Eastside Playsuit | Portofino Faux Fur Jacket | Bindi Wrap Choker | Didi Boots (Stone) | Hat (similar)

Rings – All the Phases | Delicate Crown | Drop in the Ocean | Andromeda | Beaded Crest | Beaded Chevron | Phobos Deimos

Romance Lace Crop | Starlight Bodychain | Bikini‘Summer is Here’ hat 

In my Dreams Romper | Crossover Bodychain | Mesh Necklace‘Summer is Here’ hat 

Nails | Tan

 

‘The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” Jacques Cousteau

Mesmerised by these dreamy landscapes and the mystical energy swirling amongst the pastel sunset sky, forever spelled by the wonder and beauty of it all.

So grateful for this gift of life, to experience the simple things like watching a sunset, the smiles on my children’s faces, the warm embrace of my beloved.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

My Luxury Retreat

June 30, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Creative Director/ModelHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRose at Pandawa Cliff Estate, Pandawa Beach – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Long Perfect Dress

Lani Macrame Back Dress

Bronte Maxi Dress

Mahina Kaftan

Ibiza Kimono

Maya Onepiece

Anna Beck Jewelry

Amantha Kimono

Lace Playsuit

Goddess Tunic

Warrior necklace

‘Summer is Here’  Hat

 

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends” Aberjhani

My family and I recently set out for some much needed retreat time to Bali with Luxury Retreats, and what we experienced was beyond all expectations. It was such an easy and seamless getaway from beginning to end. The concierge took care of every little detail, making this trip such a retreat for us all. As a mother juggling my own business, family, and rolling with the random curveballs that life has to offer, I am so very grateful when someone else takes over the reigns and plans the nitty gritty details. Luxury Retreats anticipated all our needs and created the perfect holiday for our family.

Our time at the Pandawa Cliff Estate was nothing short of total luxury. And absolute fun! The best part was having quality one on one time with our kids. Slow breakfasts with conversations about what adventures the day would bring, followed by frisby on the grass, tennis on the courts, pool time and more pool time, walks along the beach, silly games of Uno, and so much amazing Balinese cuisine right there in our villa. Having our own personal chef cook all our meals, catering to our dietary needs/preferences, was just so wonderful. We all felt so well taken care of. This was truly a rejuvenating holiday for us, just as we intended it to be.

As you can see from these pictures our villa was beyond amazing. It’s definitely one of the best we’ve ever stayed in here in Bali. It was so spacious, light and luxuriously appointed, yet still maintained a homely feel, making it so comfortable and enjoyable for us. We stayed in the Rose Villa, which is one of 3 villas in the Pandawa Cliff Estate. You can even hire out all 3 villas and have the perfect destination wedding with all your friends and family, in total privacy and luxury. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of a wedding in one of the adjacent villas and it looked spectacular! It was a gorgeous balmy evening filled with loving vibes, twinkling lights, happy music and a magical finale of fireworks over the ocean.

One of my personal highlights of our stay was waking up each morning for the sunrise. I am the biggest fan of waking up with the sun anywhere in the world. It starts my day off perfectly and energises me in a way that extra sleep doesn’t. It’s worth the early wake up, trust me. Witnessing beauty like that, so transient, and always so unique, is a very special and indescribable experience.

We are so thankful to Luxury Retreats for our perfect family holiday. They have an incredible selection of villas across the world and the best service and expertise I’ve dealt with to date. I highly recommend them for your next vacation. Follow them here for travel inspiration from all over this beautiful 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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