western australia

Summer Playground

March 31, 2017

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Photography Bobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRottnest Island, Western Australia

 

Where to stayRottnest Island Accommodations

Getting thereRottnest Fast Ferries

Getting aroundAdams Coachlines

Great FoodGeordie’s Cafe + Art Gallery

Great FunJust4Fun Aqua Park

Island Adventure Boat toursRottnest Express

 

Outfit Details

One pieces – Alena | Sittana | Handers Hold | Singing Wells | Baja

Ring of Roses kaftan | Lace Kimono | Lace Dress

Anse Bikini Top + Bottoms

Towels – Eberlanzia | Gypset

Hat | Sunglasses | Aviators

Jewelry – Bodychain | Choker | Rings

 

This summer I’ve looked no further than my very own home town of Perth, and it’s easy travel destinations, for that beautiful turquoise inspiration and those endless summer vibes. Just a hop, skip and ferry ride away is the idyllic island known as Rottnest. Rich with cultural history and some of the most breathtaking landscape I’ve ever seen, it’s home to the adorable Quokka, the cutest and friendliest marsupial you’ll ever meet. It’s the island of a thousand stories, told through the geographical history and formation of unique salt lakes and limestone coral reefs.

I highly recommend taking some time out for a visit to the museum to learn all about the fascinating and at times tragic history of the early explorers and settlers, the Aboriginal penal settlement, the military involvement in world war 1 and 2, and the early Aboriginal origins when Rottnest was actually part of the mainland. Some of the history is sure to pull on your heart strings and draw you into a state of deep reverence, though I do feel it’s important to hear, acknowledge and respect the history and inhabitants of the land, especially when we go there to enjoy all that it has to offer us. And enjoy we did. It really was one of the most special experiences for our family.

We stayed on the beach in North Thomson Bay, which was so quiet and serene, yet still close enough to walk or ride into the main strip. Here you’ll find everything you need – island information, general store, pharmacy, bakery and shopping. We started our days with a hearty breakfast sitting on our balcony overlooking the ocean. With our beach essentials all packed, we were on our bikes and round the island we rode, stopping at one glorious beach after the next. And with no cars allowed it’s such a wonderful and safe place for kids. And when their little legs get tired, or for the mamas with prams, there’s a hop on, hop off coach that will circumnavigate the entire island. My favourite spots were definitely Salmon bay and The Basin for snorkelling and swimming. Parakeet bay is always good fun with the whitest of white sand dunes and fantastic ocean views. Or try stand up paddle boarding at Just4Fun Aqua park. While the kids played on the floating bouncy toys I got my work out done and had so much fun at the same time. Make sure you stop off for breakfast or lunch at Geordie Bay for some of the most delicious and hearty, healthy food going around. As someone who has food intolerances and eats a largely plant based diet it was perfect for our family.  Finish your perfect day in paradise watching the sunset at Fay’s Bay for those magical pastel unicorn skies.

Rottnest is such a quiet and peaceful haven, and it slows you down without you even realising it. All that fresh salty air, white sand and turquoise water will bring vitality and bounce back into your step. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and relaxing all in one. We loved it so much and can’t wait to go back!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

A Bikini Kinda Life

November 27, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Ipanema Bikini – Billabong

Belly Chain | Leg Chain – Use discount code GYPSYLOVE30 for 30% off all GypsyLovinLight jewels until Nov 30th

Necklace

Golden Bangle | Memories of Yesterday Cuff Set | Arrow 

Rings – My Hearts Infinity | Imaginary Air Set | Poolside Ring | Black Sands Ring Set | Arrow 

Hat

 

Summer is in full swing here in Perth and I’m loving that I can basically live in a bikini and then just throw on a sundress and flip flops and I’m good to go. My favourites style at the moment is this divine crochet 2 piece from Billabong. I’m so absolutely in LOVE with it! Here are some pics from an amazing beach sesh at our favourite little spot in North Beach.

I’ve been consciously carving out time in this busy lead up to xmas to unwind by the ocean and soak up the sunshine. Even taking just half an hour of my day for a beach walk and dip in the ocean has been so rejuvenating. I feel as though I actually get a lot more done when I have this balance in my life. Sometimes our thoughts get in the way and hold us back from the joy that awaits us. If you feel that joy bubbling under the surface, let it be free, and live the life you want and dream about. Start today, right now and do something you really love. Get creative and don’t let negative thoughts creep in. These are the times I like to remind myself that my mind is like a muscle. Sometimes it needs to be retrained and exercised to build positive networks and thoughts. When we maintain our focus on those loving, joyful thoughts, the networks gather strength and momentum and our life will begin to shift to mirror this.

Sending you all oceans of love and positive vibes :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Yin + Yang

October 30, 2015

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Chloe Crop + Classic Wrap SkirtSea Dreamer

Necklaces – {Rebirth | Union}  | Mandala Rings {Union | Rebirth | Connection | Intuition}  – The Fifth Element Life – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Midi Rings – TaraTanit

Mackay Hat

Belt

 

For you are more than just a thought. You are my everything. You are my Yin as I am your Yang. Together we make the world go round” ~ Angela Bailey

Loved the synchronicity as I strolled the beach on this glorious morning in my black and white Sea Dreamer look, and bumped into this super cute Dalmatian. We instantly made friends and of course my beloved Bobby caught a pic of our special moment :)

I must say I do love a bit of contrast…not just some black and white in my wardrobe, but in life in general. I find there is so much to learn and embrace from our unique and different ways. As my awareness deepens, I further embrace even more aspects of myself and others. The yin and yang are in harmony, and peace and love prevail. Sending love and good vibes out to you all today!

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

We are LOVE

September 10, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit details

Look 1

Santorini Embroidered Romper – Turquoise Lane

Lotus Love necklace | New Moon necklace | Cuffs | Soul Sister Bracelet | Breaking Waves anklet | New Moon anklet | Gypsy Traveller anklet | Isola Journey anklet  – Embella Jewellery

Rings – Larimar | Moonstone Feather Wrap | Fortune Favours the Bold Elephant | Sunshine Tribal | Snake | Festival  – Embella Jewellery

Bounty Shake Hat – Ace of Something

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

 

Look 2

Slashed Maxi Dress

Gypsy Belt + Hunter Choker

Cuffs | Soul Sister Bracelet| Rings – TurquoiseFestival | Three Spiral Tribe | Earth Shield – Embella Jewellery

Arizona Black Hat – Ace of Something

 

“You are what you love not what loves you” Charlie Kaufman

I remember when those first few sparks ignited within me as my blogging journey began. It feels like a lifetime ago now, but it was just over 2 years ago. I didn’t know I was going to become a blogger, I was simply inspired to create. And so I did. And I loved it! I had let so many hard ideals go about how I was supposed to live my life. I felt an enormous amount of energy and freedom resurface and it opened up the infinite possibilities of life to me once again. So instead of the usual inner judgments, I followed my heart’s desire, and began on this creative journey that is now GypsyLovinLight. Sometimes when you stop thinking about what you are supposed to do, you realise what you actually want to do. Each day I began following my highest joy and excitement. I took all that I had ever learnt and turned it upside down. I looked to my children for inspiration, for the way forward in being, because children truly know how to live and enjoy every single moment of life to the fullest.

I’m still on this path, learning and evolving each day. I’m learning how to circumnavigate my existence from the inside out. How to lead my life with intention, whilst letting go of results, expectation, fear and judgement. I’m letting go of what others may or may not think of me, knowing for 1. it’s none of my business and 2. what matters is who I am, and what I believe about myself. And this will always be determined solely by me.

When we live connected to our souls, we not only draw people to us, we inspire all those around us to do the same. And it feels amazing! It is so much better than the stress and suffering we are capable of causing ourselves each day.

So let’s raise the collective consciousness and bring even more joy and happiness to our lives and those around us. Love builds love, and we are all LOVE.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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

 

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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

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