It’s the first day of winter here in Aus and it’s definately layering time in WA…..icy, desert cold mornings, warm, bright, blue sunny days. One of my favourite things about this time of year is rocking lots of different layers. Kimonos and long tees under fitted jackets are a favourite look of mine, paired with either jeans or shorts. Layering jewels is always so much fun and so easy with Goldbarr. And Rue Stiic basics provide me with an amazing canvas to adorn with all my jewels. The quality, texture and cuts in this range are all perfect.
Layer up lovelies and never be afraid to share your inner gypsy! And whenever you get the chance to shed your layers, immerse yourself in nature, feel your bare feet on the earth and dance upon the sand.
There is great strength, beauty and freedom in vulnerability. As we peel back the masks, embrace who we are, and share our authentic self, we enrich our experience of life, we deepen our connections, heighten our senses, and a natural unfolding of gratitude and love follow. Our beautiful delicate nature unveils our potential for growth, healing and happiness.
It’s been forever since Mother’s Day and this post is seriously long overdue. It was such a beautiful day spent at our local beach of course hehe ;) It was a little crazy though, the sea was growling and super rough, and the sand was covered in seaweed. We set up this gorgeous lacy crochet throw from Losari home and woman and had some beautiful time soaking up the sunshine. It was a lovely, warm afternoon, and even though the beach looked like a bomb had gone off, it was absolutely so beautiful in all of it’s glorious mess. It reminded me how important it is to speak and honour our truth. No matter what that might be or how messy one might feel. To really allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share who we are. It felt as though mother earth was having an off day, but in actual fact she couldn’t have been more perfect and beautiful.
When we allow others to truly see who we are, to drop the masks we hide behind, to share our vulnerability, we open ourselves up for deeper connections with those we love. And we can live a more peaceful and free life. It takes some peeling back of the many layers that we create for ourselves and some inquiry into our thoughts and beliefs. And this can be painful at times too. And it can be exhilarating as well, especially in those moments when you realise your ability to choose your thoughts and beliefs and you release yourself from suffering.
Take some time to go within, listen to your thoughts, question them, look at their roots and the beliefs that house them. Imagine how good it feels when you don’t believe or think those painful thoughts. Choose to let them go, even if only for a minute, and feel the peace wash over you. You no longer have to replay the hurt. You can choose a new story, one that makes you feel good, and replay that like your favourite record.
This was undoubtedly the most magical sunset I’ve ever witnessed. The whole day leading up to it was magic. The cloud formations, the sparkling waters, the golden light. Love was in the air, everywhere we looked there were happy smiles, warm hearts and sneaky kisses. It was as though everyone lived within a bubble of love. I know we sure were ;) My husband and I started our afternoon date at the beach photographing this oufit, soaking up warm autumn sun rays, then we drove along the magnificent WA coast, with an early dinner at one of our fave beachside restaurants, followed by this awe inspiring, breath taking sunset. I couldn’t believe how much it changed from moment to moment. The intensity of colour, starting off so softly with pink, orange and purple and ending with the ocean and sky completely alight in a deep crimson red. I feel so blessed that we were able to experience this wonder. That our timing lined up so divinely with ease. Beyond grateful.
With love and gratitude,
Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento beach, Scarborough beach, Trigg beach, Western Australia
A few weeks ago…or maybe even a month now (WOW!) I had the pleasure of visiting the Hobo + Hatch pop up shop down south in the beautiful town Cowaramup, in the Margaret River wine region. The vibe and beauty of this town and shop was so relaxing…I didn’t want to leave! If you get the chance to stop by on your travels it’s a must! So many of my favourite labels like Rue Stiic + Arrow Divine all in the one place. And what a space it is! So perfectly decked out with peacock chairs, divine tapestries, worldly jewels and cow skulls. See pics below!! I was lucky enough to pick up one of their yakadiyak wool/cotton shawls and it’s been keeping me warm and cosy during this sudden seasonal shift right into winter! And not only are they divine, each purchase supports communities in Nepal. “By purchasing from our Yakadiyak range you’ve helped make a small difference in the lives of others. We will continue to donate our time & money to the Nepalese community that touched our hearts & forever changed our soul” – Leona, Hobo + Hatch. Nothing better than wearing conscious clothing. Feels soooo good in so many ways :))))
These photos featuring this beautiful scarf, were taken a couple of weeks ago when summer was still hanging around for one last party :) The golden light in the afternoon seems to intensify during this time of year. The sunsets are so brilliant and deep, just like the autumn leaves. It’s yet another magical time of year with so much beauty to be thankful for.
There are days when I arrive at the beach and it’s just out of this world. PURE MAGIC. This was one of those days. It was just prior to the full moon eclipse aka blood moon, and each day during this week I witnessed such majestic light. I was so moved by the breathtaking beauty of it all. I was on a natural high as I took it all in. And I must admit it reminded me of my rather colourful past when I would dabble in mind altering substances. This was definitely a mind altering experience, though completely natural and healing. My past of substance abuse is not something I talk about often. I’ve made peace and accepted this as part of my journey. It shaped me into the person that I am, for which I’m grateful. And I have accepted all the consequences of my choices. One of the lessons I took from my altered experiences is that you don’t actually need to take anything to alter your perception and see the world as a magical place. It’s all there available to you at any moment. I’ve been clean for well over 15 years now and my experiences of every day life far outweigh those of my youth. The magical moments I experience now alter me in a way that I can feel the chemical balance of my body shift naturally. My natural endorphins rise and I feel as though I could float away on a cloud. It’s true joy. And very real. I no longer have the need to escape myself, to escape my reality. I now know I am the creator of my reality. I shape it into the beauty that I see. And I know that the more I love myself, the more I accept myself, and see the beauty that is me, the greater my perceptions of the world will be. My view of the world is but a mirror of how I see myself. So I say, fill those wounds with love, allow them to heal and transform with acceptance, and allow yourself to experience all the love, joy and magic that is your birthright. We were all born to have the most amazing life possible. It’s all within reach, just one small adjustment away.
Sending LOVE and LIGHT to you all, always.
Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia
Julia Tube Top – Soleil Blue (part of an instagram giveaway we are running until thurs 1st. May) See HERE for details.
A leisurely slow autumn afternoon spent with my beloved, walking through vineyards and making the most of the warm afternoon sun. I wore this absolutely divine lace dress from Gypsan, and gold jewels from Anna Beck, Kami Lerner and Spark & Thistle, evoking a light, ethereal energy. A romantic outfit for a romantic date with my loving husband. I was surrounded by rainbow orbs of light, an intangible magic was in the air, yet somehow palpable. I soaked in all the light and felt my heart radiate expansively with love.
This glorious sunday my husband and I ventured off to the Swan Valley here in WA. A wine region only 30 min away and full of natural beauty…and wine…and chocolate! What’s not to love hey ;) We set off with no plan, driving with the idea of enjoying a slow brunch and letting the day naturally unfold.
First we stumbled upon a brewery we’d heard about before. We sat down for brunch. It was a tad cold, and uncomfortable. The waitress was not unfriendly, just straight to the point. No breakfast food, only lunch. We were so in the mood for breakfast but thought ok we’ll be flexible. It’s all good. We were just happy to be out and have a much needed break. I tried to order chai. No chai. I ordered some english breakfast tea. No soy. They just don’t do it. I stopped for one moment, totally ok with what they had to offer and where I was. I took a deep breath before I went on to order something else…and just before I spoke, the waitress turned to us and said, if you want brunch food and chai, there is a gorgeous local cafe only 2 minutes from here with a garden and the best vego food ever! It didn’t even take a moment before we were up and driving there, grateful to this woman for sharing and her honesty. And seriously WOW. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but this cafe was the BOMB! We entered into this garden of eden, greeted by the kindest wait staff, served the most spectacular healthy fresh natural food, with every option you could ask for….even almond milk, raw cakes and real chai! I was soooo beyond happy. As we sat and enjoyed our brunch we couldn’t have even envisioned it would be this good. Just then as our smiles were beaming and the sun was filtering through the red autumn leaves, a guitarist started playing some soft soulful tunes and humming in the most beautiful serene way. Induced into a meditative state we enjoyed one of our longest and best brunches ever. One that will definitely go down in history for us. Everything was so magical about this place, truly out of this world. And I think it was just perfect to experience the first place in order to truly appreicate the unique and special qualities of the second. And to really honour what suits us. We would never have found this slice of heaven if it weren’t for stopping at the brewery. Total gratitude for it all.
After brunch we mosied on to Sandalford winery, tasted mouth watering wines and snapped pics as we frolicked in the vines and autumn leaves. Such a glorious autumn day full of sunshine and vibrant colour. Before we knew it 5 hours had passed and it was time to head home and relieve the babysitter. We seriously must have been at brunch for well over 3 hours! It was just the most relaxing, timeless respite us busy parents needed to recharge.