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Turquoise Zone

August 19, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – 26th Ave beach, Santa Cruz, CA

 

Outfit Details

Woodstock Maxi Dress – Spell Designs

OOAK Turquoise Rings | Moon’s Eye Shield Ring | Stacking Set | + OOAK Turquoise CuffTriple Oval Kingman Cuff |  Triple Diamond Kingman CuffTurquoise Zone

Tusk Necklace – Seawolf

Rings – Arrow midi | Cosmology Turquoise

My {MUST HAVE} Travel hat – Ace of Something

Bikini

 

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!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

 

Blue Crush

August 12, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – 26th Ave beach, Santa Cruz, CA

 

Outfit Details

Winged Open Scarab Necklace | Turquoise Cuff | Ritarock Ring – Rita & Zia

Rings – Double Vibe Turquoise | Turquoise stackable | Twin Triangles | Crossover | Strong midi – Contact here for wait list on rings

Earth + Moon Turquoise Cuff

Skirt | Top

Hat

Belt

 

Wind in my hair, salt on my skin, warm sand under my feet, and the sound of crashing waves….no matter where in the world I am, the beach is always my sanctuary. There is no better jet lag cure than a good salty, sandy beach sesh. Here’s a few pics from one of those magical days when we first landed in California.

Thanks for the good times, mellow vibes, and awesome twilight beach bonfires Santa Cruz :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Natural Bridges

August 8, 2015

I’m finally back in Australia after our amazing month long California Summer holiday. I’m so happy to be home, so happy to have created ever lasting memories with my family, and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the incredible adventures we experienced. Every travel experience deepens my soul, widens my eyes, expands my heart, and elevates my whole being, as my imagination gets lost in the wonderment of this breathtaking planet we live on.

There were so many highlights, so many photos which I’ll be sharing and reliving here on my blog over the next few weeks.

These photos were taken on a perfect summer’s day at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. For the folks who live here in Santa Cruz, they know it can be hit or miss with beach days. The ominous fog lingers along the coast most mornings, though naturally we took every opportunity to head to the beach, fog or no fog, to get our feet in the sand.

On this absolutely stunning beach day, I was lucky enough to reunite with one of my Melbournian besties and share my love of Santa Cruz with her. We watched the fog roll out to uncover these stunning natural bridge formations, home to a couple of seals and birds. We danced upon the shores as the waves rolled in, soaked up a bunch of glorious sunshine, and spent this magical day connecting as kindred sistars do.

Santa Cruz has always been my second home and holds a very large piece of my heart. It’s not only that my dearest sister Reija, lives here, but the landscape has captivated me since my very first trip here in 1996! I’ve been travelling back and forth for what feels like forever now and each time I discover even more about this amazing place. I love you Santa Cruz! Until next time :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, California

 

Outfit Details

Sea Goddess Dress – Billabong Australia

Cuffs – Snake | Vanessa Mooney Arrow | Don Biu

Rings – Don BiuSilver Moonstone | Crystal | Rainbow Moonstone | Rainbow Moonstone StatementMidi Stacking ring

Necklace – Luna pendant (back in stock soon, contact here for the wait list)

My {MUST HAVE} Holiday Hat

Tkees

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Lucid

June 28, 2015

PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense & Jasmin Howell from Friend in Fashion

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationSri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

 

Details

Pool Ocean View Villa – Sri Panwa

Jewelry – Tipi Necklace | Luna Necklace | Aquila Crystal Ring | Double Moons Ring 

Love Affair Combi Playsuit – Magali Pascal | Bralette | Arizona Black Hat

Yoga wear – Alo Yoga | Luna Necklace

Rings – Kasané | Bahagia Larimar | Nicole Fendel | Strong midi

New Age Dress | Blue Heaven Shake Hat | Bralette | Nicole Fendel Cuff

Clementine Romper

White Sands Shift Dress

 

There’s something about those tropical island getaways…the colours, the scents, the vibes. Food tastes better, the air is clearer, and everything around you is magnified, rich in colour, texture, meaning. A palpable and enriched vitality resonates in every single little thing and it’s amazing!

I had such an incredible stay recently at Sri Panwa in Thailand, so I wanted to share a little more about this beautiful location, and some of my precious moments there.

Perched upon Cape Panwa, Sri Panwa resort boasts the most idyllic 360 ocean views. Sunset cocktails at Baba’s Nest are a must, followed by some authentic thai food at Baba Soul. Each day I awoke before the sun, did a few morning sun salutations, and watched from my bed as the sun rose and painted the sky. Every morning was a stunning light show and I had the best seats in the house. My bedroom opened up to my pool on all 3 sides with an ocean vista to ignite all your wildest dreams. It was in this moment as I gazed upon this glorious view, that I felt nothing was beyond my grasp. All that I could imagine was possible. The veil between my dream world and reality were somehow merging. I was reminded of one of my many lucid dreams of flying high in the sky like an eagle. It was pure and utter magic.

Fuelled by the energy of each sunrise and sunset, I moved through my days in harmony with nature’s rhythm. I was filled with so many perfect moments of peace, joy and contentment. Sharing this amazing journey with the gorgeous Jasmin was the highlight of the trip. There’s nothing better than having the time of your life and sharing it with another kindred sister.

Next stop California! I’m so excited for a month long family holiday in the summer sunshine, exploring rivers and redwoods, and magical scenic coastlines.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Mommy & Me

June 24, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Models – Jade (daughter) + Helen (mommy)

StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Jade

Skirt | Flower Crown | BraceletKapri Couture

Luna Necklace + Luna Cuff

Rings – Air/Earth | Strong | Nani | Luna

Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Winter)

 

Helen

Kimono | Flower crown | BraceletKapri Couture

Luna Necklace + Ananda soul Cuff

Gypsy Belt

Rings – Ananda SoulSoul Dance | All is Love Aquamarine | Om | Aletheia & Phos Et Cure

Bikini 

Skirt

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

 

My beautiful daughter, Jade, and I were recently blessed to have shared a very special photoshoot together for the divine Kapri Couture. They designed and custom made matching pieces to specifically suit our aesthetic and the mermaid vibes we were after. It was so heart warming to share this journey with my sweet girl, to watch her be pampered in this way, and see her soul alight as she found her own creative expression. She is such a natural beauty, emanating love from deep within her soul. She is my teacher, my angel, and always brings me back to my heart when I need it most. My heart is filled with gratitude for the honour of being her mommy.

This was such a fun family shoot with Bobby (daddy) behind the lens and our dear son, Jacob, our little behind the scenes helper. He was such a sweetheart, taking care of his big sister.

I’m so grateful to Kapri Couture for organising all these pieces for us, so we could share this very special day together. These moments and captures will forever remind us of our bond and unconditional love for one another.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Paradise Found

June 20, 2015

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PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense & Jasmin Howell from Friend in Fashion

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationSri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

 

Details

Luxury Villa at Sri Panwa

VAMASTYLE

Trisara Palm Tree Bikini

Innika Blue One piece

Point Yamu Petrol bikini

El Kabron Kimono

Tamaramma Dress

Wategos Cami

Shek-O Palm Tree Shorts

Bronte Palm Clutch

Denim Shorts

 

ACCESSORIES

Sheebani Flash Tattoos

Jewelry  – Tipi Necklace | Luna Necklace

Silver Leg Chain

Rings – Aquila | Phobos Deimos | Strong midi | Adjustable Crossover | Om | Open moon

Luna cuff – Labradorite | Crystal Arm Cuff

Sunglasses

Palm Tree Bracelet – By Jasmin | Ananda Soul Cuff

Hats – Arizona Black | Bounty Shake

Tkees

 

You’ve probably already seen from my social media that I was recently blessed with the most amazing adventure to Thailand. There really are no words to express how incredible this trip was for me. So much beauty and magic. I am beyond grateful for the experience. I’m especially thankful to Vamastyle and The Luxe Nomad for organising such a wonderful adventure. And meeting my dear soul sister, Jasmin, was simply the icing on the cake.

As a mother stepping away from my family, venturing overseas on my own can sometimes bring up certain fears. It’s so natural for this to happen, as the family bond and links between mother and child are so strong. Nevertheless moving through my fear and allowing myself time and space for adventure, and for some much needed nurturing, was the most empowering experience for me.

When we give ourselves permission to fully enjoy life, to tap into that spontaneous childlike joy, and completely let go, we awaken the heart. Passion, creativity, love and joy flow effortlessly from this point. Smiles light up your face and beam from deep within your soul. Sometimes all we need is a little reflective time, a little pampering, a little time out. Something just for us. Filling your love cup and maintaining it is quite possibly one of the most important tasks as a mother. It doesn’t always need to be a holiday, though it definitely helps. Sometimes it can be as simple as having a bath and filling it with flowers, lighting your favourite scented candle and sitting with a good book for an hour, or taking a nap even though you know you have a million things to do.

So now I’m back to the routine, though I’ve brought a little of that holiday magic with me. Every time I look at these images, I’m reminded of those moments of pure joy. Where there was not a worry in the world. It’s an anchor point for me to draw upon, and bring a little of that magical energy into my everyday life. I’ve arrived home stronger than ever, more determined, focused, and filled with more self love for taking that step into the unknown, and treating myself with love and respect. I have filled my love tank and I have so much more patience and presence with my family. I’ve realised how this time for myself has been a gift for all of us.

I hope this post inspires you to follow your heart, your dreams, your passions, and most of all love for yourself.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Endless Summer

June 18, 2015

 


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

First Look

Masai Bikini  – Del Maar Latin Swimwear

Amethyst Zen necklace | Pear cut Amethyst ring + Amethyst Karma ringOcean Mantra

Luna cuff (Fluorite) | Arrow Bracelets (small + large)

Rings – Wanderlust + Co – X Double ring | Orbit/crystal midi | Kasané Jewellery – Eye midi | Stacked ring

 

Second Look

Sol De Morocco Bikini  – Del Maar Latin Swimwear

Grace Bijoux Vivian Belly Chain – Gold

Necklace – Nicole Fendel

Rings – Nicole Fendel – Zara Lace | Skye Double | Arrow | Anna Beck – Turquoise | Triple Bar

Ace of Something Hat

Tan – Tans by Chels

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

 

I’m still in amazement at how gorgeous the days are here in Perth. It’s now officially winter and though the mornings and nights are icy cold the days have been so beautiful, sunny and warm. Being a Melbourne girl and living through years of freezing cold weather, I seriously soak up every little bit of sunshine I can get over here. It still blows my mind 9 years later.

Since I’ve been dreaming of chasing the endless summer my entire life, I’m actually ridiculously excited to share with you all that I am headed to California in just a weeks time! My heart is singing with joy! I’m so excited to reconnect with my US family, relive summer all over again, and simply be amongst those giant redwoods and majestic ocean coastline. So many amazing adventures await! For now though I’m loving every minute of the here and now and so grateful for all that I have in my life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Light Leak

June 17, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Mishaps NecklaceKyoti Design

Kyoti Rings – Spell Bound | Potion | Rune midi | Crescent moon midi

Child of Wild Flash Tattoos

Rings – Twin Triangles | Arrow Wrap ring

2 piece set – Lala Land

Ace of Something hat

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

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”  Marianne Williamson

One of my all time favourite quotes a dear friend once shared with me. It continues to help me so much, as a daily reminder of the light and magic within, when I need it most. I hope it reminds you of how magnificent you all are too.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All text and images copyright © GypsyLovinlight

Turquoise Dreamer

June 14, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach

 

Outfit Details

Apache Handpiece + Gold Dust necklace + Amulet Bolo + Cairo Cuff + Rings – Pyramind RingSun ring  |Summer Moon ring | – Karen London Jewelry

Sheebani Flash Tattoos

Ace of Something Hat

Nail polish (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

There’s nothing quite like the combination of turquoise and gold for me…and Karen London Jewelry just knows exactly how to do it right! I’m so in love with all these exquisite pieces. And I’m beyond excited to be running an Instagram giveaway with this divine lady. We are gifting one lucky soul one of these incredible handpieces! Details to enter are all below :) Wishing you all the best of luck. I wish I had one for all you turquoise dreamers!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!

Entry Details

  1. Repost this picture below on your Instagram page.
  2. Follow + Tag @karenlondonjewelry + @gypsylovinlight
  3. Hashtag #KLxGLLgiveaway
  4. Make sure your profile is set to public so we can see your entry.
  5. The lucky winner will be announced on Thursday 25th June 2015 (Perth WA time).
  6. Good luck! xx

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

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