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Del Maar Latin Swimwear

April 28, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationTurtle Bay Resort, Northshore, Hawaii

 

Outfit Details

Tikay Bikini – Del Maar Latin Swimwear

Gold/Turquoise Jewelry – Samantha Wills

Vivian Belly Chain

Smith Hat – Ace of Something

Nails – Sienna Byron Bay

 

I get asked about my swimwear a lot and even though I love to wear so many different styles on my beachy adventures, Latino-Australian brand Del Maar Latin Swimwear is by far one of my absolute favourites. Born from Peruvian and Mexican origins, they have created fun and stylish patterns, enhanced by flattering, comfortable to wear cuts. “We believe each country has countless wonders and each culture is unique and beautiful. So we aim to link two amazing cultures through fashion. We are here for you to feel Latino America

For me I personally love the vibrancy and the perfect fit. The bottoms always look and feel just right without having too much coverage or not enough. There’s a fine line there for me and I really love how flattering they are from behind ;) There are 5 different options at Del Maar so you can find the right fit just for you.

Finding the perfect fit bikini top is always challenging for me. I almost always have to do separates. I love that their tops are flexible enough to accommodate my bust and look amazing at the same time. I know for many women, and especially mothers like me who might need a little extra support, these bikini tops will change your life. My all time favourites styles are – Masai, Tikay + Safari.

So if you are looking for some amazing swimwear for your next resort holiday, make sure you check out Del Maar Latin Swimwear and follow them on insta for new product updates.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Foxy Lady

April 12, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Mullaloo beach, WA, Cape Panwa, Thailand

 

Outfit Details

Look 1

Adore Lace crop | Move Over Denim Jacket | Denim Shorts | Belt | Boots | Bag | HatJewelry

 

Look 2

Cruz Romper | Gypset Lariat | Hat | Hunter BeltMoonstone Ring | Mandala Ring | Bangles

 

Look 3

Adore Lace crop | Denim Shorts | Belly Chain | Hat | Gold Jewelry

 

Feeling super foxy in these gorgeous pieces from White Fox Boutique. A great place to shop for some flattering cuts and designs that won’t break the bank. Perfect for layering up your favourite jewelry and accessories with. Here’s my favourite looks from my recent travels. This lace crop top is seriously the best top to pair with high waisted anything. And that Cruz romper, which kind of looks like a dress, is oh so flattering! Check them out here online and follow their insta for up to date information on new arrivals. Happy shopping lovelies!

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

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

Lunar Love

February 15, 2016


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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectorHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Western Australia

 

Shop Lunar Love HERE….the first 250 packs will come with a very special gift inside of genuine stick on Swarovski® crystals to add even more sparkle to your look. They are so much fun to wear on your face, around your eyes, fingers, hands, or anywhere you like!

 

I’m so very excited to announce my Flash Tattoos collaboration today!!! Together we have created this lunar inspired pack of fun and festive flash tats for all you boho babes out there! What a joy it has been to bring my vision and hand drawn designs to life with the help of the original, one and only, awesome metallic tattoo creators – Flash Tattoos.

In this pack you’ll see my love of the moon etched through all these lunar loving designs. I hope they will inspire you guys to get super creative with the possibilities these designs offer…create body chains, leg chains, neckpieces, back pieces, line your feet, ankles, and don’t forget your hands and fingers. Let your imagination soar free as you adorn your entire body! Wear these moon inspired designs to remind you of your divine feminine nature and connection to the lunar phases. Go simple with a little crescent moon popping out from your low armhole tee, or bold with the entire moon phase lining your spine! There is a little something for everyone!

Make sure you tag @flashtattoos #flashtat + @gypsylovinlight #gypsylovinlight in all your festival pics on social media. We will be sharing our favourites over the upcoming festive season :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

Ipanema Bikini

Grecian Bikini

Somedays Lovin Top

Arizona Hat

Always in Style Hat

 

All images copyright © flash tattoos 2016

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

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