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Finding Peace

May 27, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Circle of Life Necklace | Bliss Charm Belt | Global Anklets | Forever ClutchDa-sh & Dol

Rings – Violet Gray – Gently Powerful Chrysocolla | Connected Creation | Poatri Cassiopeia | Aloha Gaia – Air/Earth Midi | Nani Midi | Luna Midi | Midsummer Star Double Moon

Poatri Hydrus Arm Cuff 

Cuffs – Violet Gray – The Bringer of Life | Aloha Gaia Luna (Labradorite)

Dakota Flash Tattoos + Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Drifting Away Skirt – Her Empire

Costa Fate Crop Top – Sum Leta

Black Alaska Hat – Ace of Something

Nails (Transcend) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

When the stress of life seems to build and form into one giant Mavericks size wave and you feel as though you can barely stay afloat, remember to breathe, remember your family and friends, remember those who fill your heart with love and joy. Take a moment to completely stop, breathe in deeply, find that still point in between the breath, and feel your centre return. Focus your attention on all the blessings in your life and your stressful perspective will begin to melt away into peace. Feel yourself rocking and rolling with those huge waves, riding them with grace, not letting anything knock you down. Life is ours for the creating. Treat it like a precious piece of art and with each stroke paint it with love and gratitude for the amazing being that you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

We are all Magic

May 19, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach

 

Outfit Details

New Age Dress – Faithfull the Brand

Child of Wild Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – By Jasmin via Bali Platform – Wave | Eye | Bahagia – Totem | Kasané – Eye | Stacked | CZ midi

Bracelets – By Jasmin via Bali Platform – Carpe Diem | Wanderlust | Palm Cuff | Palm Bracelet

 

“Open your heart to the magic all around you, to the magic that you are”

Imagine yourself sitting on a warm soft cushion of silky sand, the salty ocean gently misting you, the sky blazoned in fiery red, sunburnt orange and soft peach, the water glistening with iridescence as though it’s been sprinkled with glitter, reflecting and refracting the light of the heavens. Each breath fills you with gratitude for the gifts of the moment. You allow your mind to let go of all your worries, you feel your heart expand and fill with gratitude, with love, with joy. You feel the expansion, as though there are no boundaries between you and the very ground you sit upon. You know we are all one. One heart, one beat, one being. You open your eyes and realise the magic was there all along. You just needed to refresh your focus and now all you see is magic. It’s everywhere you look and it’s YOU too.

We are all magic. Remember this on those darker days. You were born magical and that never goes away…sometimes we just need reminding.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Earth Energy

May 16, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Desert Flare Top + ThrowHer Empire

Rings – Decorated Elephant | Stackable Elephant (turquoise) | Crossed Arrows | Arrow Wrap | Crescent Turquoise Moon

Elephant Necklace

Earth and Moon Cuff

Child of Wild Flash Tattoos

Hat

Shorts

Sunglasses

At Home Spray Tan (Perth, WA) – Tans by Chels

 

A magical afternoon spent mermaiding along the turquoise shores of Sorrento beach. One of my all time favourite spots to spend an afternoon with my family soaking up the autumn sunshine with a view that reminds us how much magic there is everywhere we look. There’s nothing more soothing and healing for me, to help let go of all the worries of the mind, like my bare feet resting upon the warm sand. Breathing in love, breathing out gratitude, soaking up the earth’s energies.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Riding the Waves

May 3, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

SunDancer Maxi Wrap Dress – Sea Dreamer

Whisper ‘Fur Free Fur’ vest – Wilde Willow  The perfect faux fur wardrobe staple that is luxurious to wear without harming our beautiful creatures :)

Silk Road Necklace

Child of Wild Desert Dweller Flash Tattoos

Rings/Cuffs – Torchlight Jewelry | Aloha Gaia Midi Rings – Air/Earth | Luna | Ernest & Joe Crystal | The Fifth Element Life mandala rings – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all mandala rings

Ace of Something Hat

Cream Fallon Hat

Transcend nail polish (New colour coming soon) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Extensions – Blakk

 

Does life ever feel like you are being tumbled by a huge wave? It’s as though you can’t think or breathe, like being frozen in time or stuck on a ride you don’t want to be on. I was feeling like this today…all my thoughts scattered on the near future. An overwhelming surge of adrenaline peaking in my body, focused on the never-ending list of tasks that stand before me. As a passionate and creative person I take a lot on my plate. I love to be busy and involved in multiple projects. My latest shop venture is just one of those amazing things that has brought so much creative freedom and joy to my life. At the same time it’s also brought a lot of work. I’m so happy for this, as it’s been not only a pleasure, but a learning experience for me too. Each day I’ve been practising maintaining my awareness in the now…just today. The moment my thoughts move towards tomorrow, next week, month etc. I’m getting thrashed about in that huge wave again. My breathing becomes shallow and I find it challenging to focus on any task. In these moments, rather than resisting my initial urge to retreat, I’ve been welcoming this chaos into my being. I’m breathing it all in and allowing it time to simply be. A little validation of our feelings can make all the difference. I’ve been taking lots of deep breaths, and realising this moment, right now, is all I need to focus on. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will be brighter and more refreshed for it if I don’t waste my energy stressing about it! So instead of being tumbled by life’s waves, I’m learning to ride them. I’m flowing with it all and taking it one baby step at a time.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Painting in the Wind

April 26, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Weekender Top + Riviera SkirtFaithfull the Brand

Bracelet + Rings – Chain ring |  CZ midi ring | CZ ring |  Evil Eye midi ring | Stacked ring | Two Tier ringKasané Jewellery

By Jasmin Bracelets – Carpe Diem | Wanderlust | Palm + Bahagia Om Crystal NecklaceBali Platform

Ace of Something Hat (Bounty Shake)

Nails (new colour coming soon) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” Khalil Gibran

Nature was conjuring all kinds of magical invisible paintings with her windy paintbrush on this divine beach day. Whether it’s stormy, sunny, hot, cold or windy, I love and treasure the beach. I love to feel my bare feet hit the sand, and though I’d prefer it to be warm and calm, I’ll take any moment I can to have that connection with nature.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Love Beams

April 25, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Kalei White Tube Top + Avahna Flower SkirtFeather Fox Boutique

Sophia Drop Necklace + Rings – Reflection | Galaxy | RootLinden Cook Design

Rings – Anna Beck | Aletheia + Phos | By Jasmin

Bracelets – By Jasmin | Alex Mika

Hat

 

A beautiful beach morning spent with my love, Bobby Bense, taking photos of this gorgeous 2 piece set from Feather fox boutique. I was beaming with happiness from head to toe and deep within my soul. Sending love to you all!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

The Brighter Side

April 22, 2015

 Wearing – Dress | Hat

 Wearing – Cuff + Bracelet

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

 

Today I woke up and really didn’t feel my usual excitement for what the day might bring. I wanted to curl back up into my blanket and shut the world out for awhile. It’s been awhile since I felt this way. And I’m quite sure it has to do with overworking amongst a build up of life’s little stresses. My vitality was feeling a little on the low side and I was guided to go within and take some time out for myself today. I decided not to fight the not so pleasant feelings, to simply surrender to them. After all, life is a beautiful balance of opposing elements. Each is a gift.

So rather than working and replying to a million emails, I decided to let all thoughts of impending work go, and set myself up for a day of pampering. I filled the spa up with gorgeous bath salts from Jar Body and allowed my worries to simply melt away. This beautiful quiet space really enabled me to find my centre and recharge my energy. Spending some time taking care of my skin and nourishing my body and soul has been the perfect medicine for me today. My skin and my soul are now glowing. Today all it took was for me to simply stop, take a deep breath and give myself permission, space and time to simply be. Everything is looking bright and sparkly again and I’m super excited about the rest of my day.

Here are some of my helpers for today’s pampering session –

Self love – My daily morning mantra “I love and accept myself just as I am” has been on repeat all day :)

Jar body scrubs – You will seriously die and go to heaven when you smell how good these are. Today I used  the ‘Venice Beach’ Peach and my god it was so divine! And full of absolutely all natural ingredients that you can basically eat, but maybe don’t eat them haha! Vegan, cruelty + chemical free, made in Australia with love.

Spin for perfect skin – Hands down the best exfoliator ever!!  It comes with 4 different attachments to cover face, body and feet.  It’s so gentle and effective and saves me so much time. Perfect pre self tan/spray tan for flawless skin. Use my discount code SPIN4HB to get the reduced price of $30 instead of RRP $100. It’s well worth it.

Willow Byron Bay Nail Polish – Once I was done with my spa I treated myself to some nail time with my favourite Willow Byron Bay. The colours are simply beautiful and the quality is amazing. Vegan, cruelty free, eco friendly, and NO nasties! To add some of these to your collection be sure to use my discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout.

And to top of my pampering day I’ve just had my first AT HOME spray tan with the lovely Chelsea from @tansbychels So happy not to even leave my home and get my tan on!

I hope you all get the precious time you deserve, and know that you are worth all the time in the world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Desert Wanderer Dreaming

April 15, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Turquoise CuffsTurquoise Stacking ring set | Turquoise ring | Element Turquoise Stamped ring – At Thursday

Belt | Tee | ShirtTurquoise Lane

Leg ChainNecklace + Triangle Turquoise Stacking ring + Arrow midi ring

Rings – Eastern Soul | Midsummer Star

Bag – Diamond Moss (Email glowingmoss@gmail.com for inquiries)

Shorts

Hat

 

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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Midsummer Star

April 13, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Swimsuit – Urban Outfitters

Sheebani Flash Tattoos

Crossed Arrows Turquoise Necklace | Rings – Crossed Arrows Turquoise | Third Eye Aztec Cow Skull | Stackable Stone Triangle | Tipi | Twin Triangles | ArrowMidsummer Star

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use my special discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

It’s with such pleasure that I introduce you all to this amazing label, Midsummer Star. I’m so obsessed with all of their jewellery! So much amazing silver, turquoise and intricate details. A perfect combination of clean, simple styles with some seriously awesome statement pieces for those who want a little more.

I hope you enjoy this summery post. This set of photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, one beautiful, calm afternoon full of summertime warmth and energy. Now that autumn has really hit Perth, I find myself missing these perfect sunshine filled moments, and so grateful for the reminder.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

A Love Letter

April 12, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Wondrous Strapless Maxi Dress – Wilde Willow

Valentine stacking rings (black diamond + white diamond) | Gold stacking ring | T bar NecklaceAlice Or Jewellery

My Heart’s Infinity ring  | Imaginary Air Ring Set – Samantha Wills

Gold bar ring – Anna Beck

Parasol – Uluwatu Lace

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Nails (Winter + Top Coat) – Willow Byron Bay – Use my special discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all nail polishes

 

This post is dedicated to the loves in my life – my husband Bobby and our precious children, Jade and Jacob. They are my everything. My world. My heart.

Today I would like to share with them a little love letter to let them all know how grateful I am for their presence in my life.

To my dearest family,

Thank you for being my teachers, for bringing me insights into myself. For the way you can reach into the very depths of my heart, filling it with love and joy. I’m so grateful to wake each day knowing you are all there to greet me…with morning hugs, beaming smiles that fill the room with love and light, a contagious enthusiasm that reminds me of the magic of life. 

My sweet angel Jade, you are so full of compassion and kindness for others and all those little acts of love never go unnoticed. Those little out of the blue hugs, “I love yous” and gifts you make me are the highlight of my day. You may not realise this, but each time you bring me a cup of tea with that gorgeous smile, so full of happiness, you warm my heart and make my day so special. It’s one of the sweetest and kindest gestures and I’m so grateful.

My darling Jacob, your curiosity for life and vivid view of the world reminds me to slow down and see all the beauty that surrounds us. You help me see the world with new eyes, which makes me feel so light and peaceful. Thank you for those ever so gentle morning hugs and kisses, especially when I’m still half asleep. It’s the most beautiful way to wake up each day. You absolutely melt my heart.

My dearest love Bobby. There are quite possibly not even enough words to describe the kind of love and gratitude I feel for you and all that you do for me and our family. You hold us all with your huge heart and unconditional love. Thank you for always looking out for me, having my back, supporting my passions, and picking me up over and over again. I love you with all of my heart and soul.

Love always and forever, your Helena xx

A big thanks to the beautiful Alice Or Jewellery for customising and creating 3 very special diamond rings for me to represent my unconditional love for my family. These divine rings are a daily reminder to me that nothing in this world matters more to me than my family.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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