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New moon intention

October 24, 2014

With the new moon upon us, it’s a wonderful time to plant new seeds of intention. I’ve spent these waning weeks in reflection, gaining clarity, reassessing everything! Today I feel very clear as I set forth my intention to flow harmoniously with the pace of nature. I want to really experience all the moments of my life with peace and love, rather than thinking about how to get from here to there. And rather than a need to necessarily slow down, (which I kind of need too) it’s more about finding peace within the chaos. Adjusting my sails and moving at a more natural rhythm. I’ve spent some time looking within to dissolve those threads that drive me into stress. I’ve allowed those beliefs to show themselves and gently be defused. And now I’ve awakened clearer, lighter and with even more acceptance for myself. I’ve come to realise that I want to follow my joy and passion within each moment of my day. To honour myself for who I am and all that I value. To see my worth with all the blossoming love in my heart.

Now is the time to refine our intentions for each day that we live on this amazing planet. I encourage you to spend this new moon time imagining all that brings you happiness and fills your heart with joy. Follow your passions and let us all live a beautiful, kind and peaceful life :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Adella Thin Strap Crop + Yoko Sheer KimonoTara Grace

Necklaces (Eden +  Peaceful Buddha) + Bracelets (White feather + Eden’s Wrap + Buddha) – Guilty Jean Jewelry

Denim shorts (similar)

Belt

Hat (similar)

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry |Hunter Gatherer Jewellery (Eye + Thunderbird + Eagle) | Aloha Gaia | Ernest & Joe

Huntress Cuff – Torchlight Jewelry

Grace and Flow

October 19, 2014

I moved like a gently flowing river, ever so gracefully embracing the currents….the wind gently caressed my skin, and the warm ocean water met my bare feet.

This divine afternoon I floated upon the golden sands in this most exquisite Saboskirt dress and goddess jewels from Grace Bijoux.  This entire outfit evoked so much light and grace within me. I felt extraordinarily feminine, fully embracing of my sensuality, and birthright of pure unconditional self love.

Sending so much love to you all xx

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Orchid Maxi Dress – Sabo Skirt

Belly chain + AnkletsGrace Bijoux

Hat  smaller brim here

Lotus Arm cuff + Amelia midi ringsAmarilo

Rings – Native Riot | Bahgsu Jewels | Kami Lerner

Turquoise cuff – Bahgsu Jewels

Love necklace – Global Princess Jewellery

 

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Fruiteatox

October 15, 2014

Rings – Don Biu | La Luna Rose | Bahgsu Jewels || Body chain – Grace Bijoux | Bikini – Andi Bagus || Photography – Bobby Bense

I’ve had the recent pleasure of trialling and reviewing the 28 day Fruiteatox. A beautiful herbal tea formula designed to encourage metabolic processes in the body. This means more energy, increased clearance of toxins, increased metabolism of important hormone messengers and neurotransmitters that help keep us mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.

It’s been 28 days now and I’m feeling lighter than ever thanks to Fruiteatox.  My energy has definitely improved and so has my sleep. I’m feeling more balanced, less mood swings, especially prior to my cycle, and improved digestion. And though I didn’t choose to partake in this program to lose weight, but rather to gain energy, it is wonderful for those looking to lose weight. The amazing combination of lemon oil, yerba mate and ginseng is the perfect adjunct to a healthy eating and exercise regime. It also does so much more, like improve skin health, digestive health and support your adrenal glands – these guys sit on your kidneys and are responsible for how you cope with stress.

This delicious tea comes as a day (lemon) time and night (orange) time formula. Bringing with it increased energy during the day and a restful, peaceful sleep at night. The herbs work harmoniously and gently to support the natural processes of the body.

If you are considering a cleanse or in need of a little extra oomph, I highly recommend this herbal tea as an adjunct to your health regime. Since I already eat a very clean and simple diet, this was the perfect little something I needed to step up my energy levels. This time of year, where we are transitioning into either summer here in the south, or winter in the north, we can use a little extra support to get our lymphatic systems moving.

Here are some additional naturopathic tips from me to support your overall wellbeing -

  • Dry skin brush. I can’t emphasise this enough. Not only will you have glowing skin, but the brushing movement on your skin will encourage the lymph and blood to circulate. This improves oxygenation and nutrition to all the cells of your body. It also encourages removal of congestion, immune complexes, and any other debri that might be clogging up the lymph fluids. By clearing out the lymph, and ensuring good hydration, with filtered water and herbal teas like Fruiteatox, you will feel fresher and more energised than ever.
  • Eat small, frequent meals. Overeating will cause fermentation of your food and upset the delicate balance of microbial flora that live harmoniously in your gut. This flora is responsible for creating and modulating vitamins and neurotransmitters that influence our thoughts and emotions, and even sleep. Read more about the gut and brain connection HERE.
  • As mentioned above anything that effects the delicate balance of microbial flora in the gut can potentially slow your metabolism. This includes too much sugar, junk food, alcohol, yeast foods, consuming allergenic or intolerant foods (dairy, corn, gluten etc), and stress. This is a very short list. Basically keeping everything in moderation is key. Up the raw veggies if you’ve had a few too many wines the night before or a candy binge. And consider taking good quality probiotics for support. As a general non specific all rounder I like Bioceuticals Ultrabiotic 45.

Please note – these are general guidelines and not intended for those with severe chronic illness where they require individualised support and treatment. Always consult with your doctor and/or naturopath to ensure if a product/treatment is right for you.

So for the past 28 days I’ve been taking my thermos with me everywhere filled with my delicious Fruiteatox. Here are some pics from a recent beach trip feeling ever so alive and refreshed. The simple act of drinking the tea each day, something so easy and simple, has been so nurturing for my being. It’s an act of love and a message to myself that I am worthy. I think for mothers who are constantly in demand to take care of the needs of small children, these small acts are more important than ever.

I hope I inspire some of you beautiful souls to make a small step towards improving your health today. There’s no need to make huge big changes all at once that are difficult to sustain. But rather one small step towards whole health. It might be to decrease your sugar intake, take a walk each day, dry skin brush, cut the coffee and switch to herbal tea….whatever it may be, acknowledge the act itself as love for yourself. Sending love and wishing you all an abundance of health and happiness.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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PhotographyMarnie from @Wanderlust_Coconut

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Dress

Rings – Spear | Tri-split arrow | Triple bar | V-point | Orbit | Claw

Necklace

Sarong

Hat

 

 

Unique YOU

October 9, 2014

“Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom” - Eckhart Tolle

An invigorating and super charged afternoon beach walk carrying the possibility of an impending storm (both outside and within) beautifully transformed into a a very clear and still moment of insight. Amidst the ocean winds and cool air I fell into a place of quiet sanctuary. I experienced a deepening of self, of love, an expansion of my heart. I felt the interconnectedness of all. I can’t explain why, only that when I am still amidst the ever changing elements I am transformed by the moment. Each adventure to the beach brings it’s own unique experience and I continue to give thanks to the ocean for it’s healing gifts.

My insight – There is nothing more beautiful to me than when we fully embrace who we are. To embrace, LOVE, celebrate and share our unique, quirky ways, our ups and downs, our strengths and vulnerabilities is not only inspiring but a gift to all. To love and accept all sides, all aspects, both yin and yang, that make us who we are. I am sometimes happy and sad, loving and fearful, courageous and scared…there is no shame in being human and feeling all these emotions. Embrace it all with love. This is what it is to be human. These emotions are rooted in the mind, in the thoughts, a place that is both who we are and not who we are. Here we own the key to our emotional freedom and to choose the life we want to live. We are all different, unique and amazing and at our core we are essentially the same. We are one. We are beautiful. We are all enough.

Make sure you check out Da-sh & Dol…an awesome spot I found for the girl looking for something a little different, a little unique, just like her.

Adorn yourself in all that reflects you, your soul style, your essence…adorn yourself in what you love! And above all – LOVE who you are, and feel the shift in your life as that love resonance draws all that is LOVE into your life.

With deep love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Cuff, Necklace, Anklets + ClutchDa-sh & Dol

Mandala Rings – The Fifth Element Life – USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ at checkout

Midi rings – Embella | Sunahara 

Lace Shorts

Halter Top

Kimono

Sarong – Lyloh Sarongs

Hat

 

 

Adrift

October 5, 2014

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ADRIFT – Another amazing lookbook I had to share from the magical children’s label Children of the Tribe. Photographed by the very inspiring David Hauserman and styled by the lovely Lex Weinstein.

So full of wonder it has me dreaming of the freedom of living the island life, adrift each day exploring and living a simple, beautiful life full of deep connection to the tribe and to the earth.

It’s so refreshing to find unique labels like this that infuse their creations with a love of nature and an ethos that reminds us of our interconnectedness.

I hope you all enjoy this post and sneak peak into the beautiful world of wonder that is Children of the Tribe.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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Photography – David Hauserman | FOLLOW on Instagram

Styling – Lex Weinstein | FOLLOW on Instagram

 

Turquoise Lane

October 2, 2014

 “Her soul sings with the rise and fall of the tides, guided by a love for the ocean and the beauty of nature. Happiest with sand between her toes and salt in her hair – on a search for that endless summer – a barefoot wanderer who sees beauty in the simple things and splurges on the finer things …” Suzie from Turquoise Lane – Read more HERE

This post is dedicated to one of my beautiful soul sistars. You know those people that instantly give you goosebumps when they chat about their passions….well this is one of those divine souls. Suzie, the amazing woman behind Turquoise Lane, has been such an inspiration to me lately, as I watch her follow her dreams with all her heart. To live your passion, regardless of any fear or doubt is courageous, and a gift to others who seek this path. It’s confirming and validating, a reminder that we all have the ability within us to create the dreams and life we want.

These photos were taken at the amazing Kubu beach, a private beach at Ayana Resort. We were lucky enough to experience this divine peaceful beach early in the morning while the beach was still closed. Not a soul in sight, this was probably the highlight of our entire Bali trip. We walked along the beach as though we were honeymooners once again. Bobby snapped away and I danced along the shoreline. We watched in awe as the light changed colours and the hazy morning mist dissipated to highlight the most beautiful turquoise water we’ve ever seen. It was the most romantic and magical moment ever!

Trust in life, follow your heart lovely souls, it will not lead you astray.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Kubu beach, Ayana Resort, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Spell Bohemian Empress Dress – Turquoise Lane

Turquoise Necklace | Amethyst cuff + ring | Silver cuff | Silver ringsAnna Beck

Rings – Ichu Jewellery (similar) | Embella | Grace Bijoux | Silver midi rings

Hat – Seed Heritage

Embellish

September 27, 2014

Embellish – make beautiful, decorate.

I love this little beachy bohochic outfit so much. It’s the little details for me that make it feel so special. The perfect cut ivory blazer from Myee Carlyle with it’s divine intricate embellishments. A simple Amilita cami trimmed with divine lace. My custom Wilde flower boots with all their amazing adornments. And then there’s the perfect accessory for the woman who loves a little sparkle and embellishment in her life – the hand woven Moroccan sequin basket by Ethi Collective.

If it’s time to add a little sparkle and embellishment to your outfit, check out my favourite picks below this post.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylistHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Zahra Beaded Blazer – Myee Carlyle

Lyla Cami – Amilita

Hat

Shorts (similar)

Bag – Ethi Collective

Necklaces – Embella Jewellery + Myee Carlyle

Rings – Aloha Gaia | Ernest + Joe | Ono Jewellery | Ichu Jewellery (similar)

Boots – Wilde Flower Design

Fraser Baye

September 19, 2014

Kimono | Hat (similar)Bodychains | Bikini | Necklace | Kimono | Rings – Seawolf | Aloha Gaia | Embella | Ernest & Joe | Arrow DivineBikini | Belt | Hat (similar) | Top | Concho bracelet | Rings  - Embella + Sun ring

Concho bracelet + Bandit bracelet | Rings – Embella + Sun Wrap Ring 

Playsuit | Concho cuff + bracelet | Necklace | Rings – Embella | Sun Wrap | OOAK Elephant (similar) | Ohm Boho | Embella midi | Grace Bijioux

Concho cuff + bracelet | Rings – Embella | Sun Wrap | OOAK Elephant (similar) | Ohm Boho | Embella midi | Grace Bijioux

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Hindi Love Bells | Top | Hat (similar) | Necklace | Bracelets | Barefoot sandals | Rings – Gratitude Elephant ring | Chrysoprase | Aloha Gaia midi | OOAK Sun Wrap (similar) | Mandala ring (USE discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT)

Dress | Chyrosprase Necklace + Ring | Hat | Turquoise necklace + cuff

Dress | Chyrosprase Necklace + Ring |  Cuffs | Hilltribe rings | Turquoise ring

Dress | Lokoa BagCuff | Hilltribe ring Turquoise ring

Sunglasses | Crochet top | Crochet bottoms | Anklet | Hat (similar)

Top | Shorts | Necklace + ring | Cuff,  bracelet + Larimar ring | Hat (similar) | Leg chain | Rings – Eastern soul | Embella hill tribe | Om | Midi | Nails

Who’s planning a Bali getaway soon!! I’m already dreaming of another ;) haha! I’ve been to Bali quite a number of times now since it’s only a 3 + a bit hour flight from Perth, and we are always trying to find that perfect space and location that really resonates with our aesthetic and laid back holiday style. We were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Fraser Baye villas on this recent trip of ours and it was just divine. A fabulous luxe villa layout with privacy and all the essentials that you could possibly need to help you bliss out by the pool in the sunshine. Need a coconut drink, cocktail, some delicious authentic Indonesian food, banana pancakes, a babysitter, a driver or any information at all, you’ll have the most attentive staff on hand at Chloe’s kitchen pod to cater to your every whim. Feel like an incredible massage by the ocean at an amazing price point, then stroll on down to Micks place. Want to add to your rejuvenating holiday experience and get in a yoga sesh, eat some delicious organic food, and drink the best smoothies and juices ever, then less than a minute walk is the lovely Cashew tree. We even stepped out for lush cocktails at El Kabron beach club and had some incredible tapas as we watched the sun setting over the Indian ocean. Everything we needed was within walking distance, which meant no need to drive anywhere, and this in itself was just so wonderfully relaxing for us :)

The villa itself boasts an incredible luxe teak 4 poster king size bed overlooking the infinity pool and gardens. Though the outdoor stone bathroom is probably the most incredible part of this place. You have to see it for yourself to really take in all of it’s beauty.

Overall the laid back pace of Bingin, and being a short walk to the magical Indian ocean, sealed the deal as our favourite little nook on this magical island paradise. Bobby was so happy to be within walking distance of some of the best surf breaks in Bali. It was really more than just a beautiful place to stay for us….it brought with it a communal, local vibe that we had not experienced in Bali before.

Here are some of our pics from our amazing stay at Fraser Baye and the local places/beaches we visited while we were there. I miss you already Bali!

To BOOK Fraser Baye for your next Bali holiday check out Bali Retreats HERE. They will take care of everything you need for your holiday and provide you with so much amazing information about Bali, like where and where not to eat, hot spots, restaurants (like CUCA!! culinary amazingness you must try), the best beach spots, and so much more.

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Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Fraser Baye, Bali

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

SKY high

September 13, 2014

Imagine this….you’re perched over a cliff, high in the sky with the birds and quiet expanse. Your view – the divine turquoise Indian ocean, the horizon and sunset in the distance. A warm breeze gently caresses your skin, the tropical scent of frangipanis delight your senses. Overwhelmed by the atmosphere, you succumb to total serenity. No matter how busy your mind might be, this place is so special, so intoxicating in it’s beauty, you will be in complete awe. The perfect ceremonial location to share your love and vows with another. I feel very blessed to have been able to shoot in this sacred space at Ayana Resort and Spa. SKY by AYANA is my ideal destination location for a wedding. All those stunning white wash carvings and turquoise…..I’m even considering it for a renewal of my vows with my beloved husband! ;)

Here are some photos of this beautiful space wearing a divine Magali Pascal creation and stunning silver jewels by Anna Beck. Just reliving this experience through these photos has brought the feeling back to me and I’m so grateful for this experience and the vibrational footprint that will be with me forever.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationSKY by AYANA, Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali

 

Outfit Details 

Dress – Magali Pascal

Cuffs – Anna Beck | Aloha Gaia

Rings – Anna Beck | Aloha Gaia | Embella | Ernest & Joe | Grace Bijoux

Necklace - Mainé

Hat (similar)

Sunset Finale

September 10, 2014

I’m starting off my first Bali blog post with my final sunset on this divine island. After walking around 200 steps to get to this beautiful cliffside beach we were just blown away by the magical iridescent light that was constantly changing from hazy warm yellow/orange to cooler pink/purple tones. It was the perfect finish to the most wonderful working holiday for Bobby and I. We watched the sun set and the moon rise in awe and gratitude for the blessings of that moment and in our lives.

Get ready for a whole lot of outfit posts over the next few weeks as well as my bali travel tips and fave spots. We spent many of our days getting creative in this magical landscape. With it’s rich colours, textures, art and warmth, it was such a pleasure and delight to work in. Or should I say play in ;)

Though I’m missing Bali and all it’s beauty, I’m so happy to be home with my children. And now I get the chance to share and relive all those divine experiences with you all.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationFraser Baye, Bali (local beach)

 

Outfit Details

Bohemian Royale Skirt – Turquoise Lane

Crochet top – Andi Bagus

Necklace – Spell Designs

Rings –  Embella Jewellery | Lush Jewelry | Global Princess | Dixi | Grace Bijoux

Cuffs – Embella Jewellery + Ohm Boho

Hat (similar)

Anklet – Embella Jewellery

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