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Holiday Style

November 28, 2014




December is rolling around wayyyy too fast this year and I’m deep into holiday styling and basically all things that remind me of sipping sunset cocktails as I relax by the ocean. Summer in Australia is almost here and I’m beyond excited about the many months of warm sunshine, blue skies and incredible sunsets that await. I’ve put together a little holiday edit of some of my favourite summer styles I’m obsessing over from amazing embellished bikinis to the perfect white summer lace dress. And of course some sparkly jewels and embellishments to add that something special to your holiday outfits.

And for all those happy shoppers out there, make sure to check out the HUGE online sales that are happening pretty much now Friday Nov 28th (USA) and Monday 1st Dec (USA) .

Check out some of the BEST Black Friday + Cyber Monday sales I’ll be shopping up a storm at via  –

WANDERLUST & CO  for the best range of silver and gold stacking rings, bracelets and necklaces – Use code thanks30

NOVICA for some awesome silver hill tribe jewellery

SAMANTHA WILLS Beautiful bold and fine bohemian luxe jewels

CHICWISH for the best price point and range in faux fur and shaggy cardis, lace dresses and kimonos - Use code SPEND150 when you spend over $150 get 40% off. SPEND50 for for 30% off | SPEND100 for 35% off

And these are my favourite go to online shops for basically everything. They all have some amazing sales going on this weekend, deliver quickly and do easy returns :)

ASOS Use code CYBERWKND20

SHOPBOP  Use code GOBIG14

FREE PEOPLE

REVOLVE

NORDSTROM

URBAN OUTFITTERS

TOPSHOP

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Here are some pics of one of my easy holiday outfits. Anglaise, large straw fedora and lots of fine silver stacking jewels.

WEARING – Anglaise Tunic | Fedora | Elephant Necklace | Arrow Split Cuff | Rings – Double Bar Chain | Triple Chevron  | Arrowhead | Arrow Split | Double bar | Stud midi | Spear | Crystal Infinity | Handpiece

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Summer Sunday Sesh

November 24, 2014

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Waterman’s Bay, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Eyelet Bikini (Similar) | NecklaceBelly chain | Bracelets + Rings | White turquoise cuff | White howlite bracelet

RINGSAnkh ringLotus ring | Snake ring | ‘Connection’ Mandala ringThe Fifth Element Life (Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT for all mandala rings)

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Chemical free, vegan nail polish)

 

A beautiful sunday morning at the beach with the family in one of my favourite bikini styles and so much fresh bright silver! Summer is just around the corner here in Australia and I’m dreaming about all things white, bright and light. Many a summer sunday sesh to be had sipping margaritas by sunset :)

Stay tuned for a little holiday edit I’m working on later this week, which is basically my shopping list (I wish!) for this summer ;)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

From Above

November 18, 2014

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. This is the place to go now.

But the sky knows the reasons and patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.”

Richard Bach

 

There is nothing quite like looking at your city from a distance, high above amidst the blue sky, to bring clarity and perspective. I feel very grateful to have the ocean on one side and the hills on the other. Each bring so much to my awareness, and so much peace to my being.

This was an absolutely perfect day. My husband and I set out on a little hills adventure, just the two of us, and discovered the most magical spot. Laid out before us was a large flattened rock inviting us to rest upon. Shaded by gum trees, and cooled by a gentle breeze, we escaped a scorching hot and windy day. As we sat mesmerised by the city from above, we felt miles away, though in reality only 30 minutes from our home. It’s amazing what a little change of scenery can do for one’s perspective and how refreshing it is for the soul.  I’ve been drawn to this special space again and again and feel so grateful to have found another magical energy spot right here in WA.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Statham’s Quarry, Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details 

Mia Wrap Kimono – Amilita

Rings (Mother of Pearl Square | Plain Band | White Crescent moon | Snow White | Around we Go | Crescent Moon + White Moon NecklaceJewels by Jacqeuline

Shorts (Similar)

Lace Trim Bralette – Sabo Skirt

Hat – Ace of Something

Moon necklace – Urban Outfitters

Gold chevron midi rings

Nails (Utopia) – Willow Byron Bay (Chemical free, vegan nail polish)

FP Me Blog Love xx

November 16, 2014

 

Flash Tattoos | Gold Shapes Ring | Bikini | Kimono | Moon + Triangle Rings | Thunderbird ring | Midi rings | Arrow ring | Feather necklace

 

 

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

Top – Free People | Crop top – Free People | Shorts – One Teapsoon (similar)

Necklace + Bracelets – GuiltyJean Jewelry | Rings – Urban Outfitters | Wingostarr Jewelry | Sun Wrap ring | Lost Lover Elephant | Nik Dreamer | Silver midi rings | Dogeared Arrow

Isabella Anklets

Crop | Bottoms | Belt | Necklace | Gratitude Elephant ring | Mandala ring (Discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT) | Coin Handchain | Handpiece | Bodychain

Dress | Hat | Bag | Hair | Necklace | Rings  | Cuff (similar) | Bangles | Turquoise lariat | Midi Rings | Nails

Crop | Skirt | Bodychain | Hat | Necklace | Rings

 

 

 Top | Hat |  Necklace (similar) | OOAK Sun ring (similar) | OOAK Turquoise ring | OOAK Elephant ring (similar) | Om ring

 

Top | Strappy back bra | Kimono | Belt | Shorts | Ring

 

Skirt | Top | Necklace | Handpiece | Hat | Rings

 

Shirt | Shorts | Hat | Rings

Shirt | TeeShorts | Hat | Rings/Cuffs  | Necklace | White turquoise cuff | Small layering necklaces

Feeling so honoured and elated right now as I just heard I was nominated for the Free People Me Blog LOVE Awards in the Trendsetter category. The FP Me user who most inspires us with her styling and creative photographyI’m overflowing with gratitude for the nomination right now, regardless of the actual outcome of the awards. Each day I get to create and inspire and do what I love most. I’m living my dream, and I really hope that you guys can feel how grateful I am to you all, for all your love and support. 

If you so feel inclined I’d absolutely love you to take a moment and vote here for me :) Head to this page or click on the image below, and then scroll down to FP Me Trendsetter category to vote :)

I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite FP Me outfits I’ve styled and a few new ones too ;) Hope you love :)

BIG Love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Rising Sun

November 14, 2014

November in Perth is probably the windiest time of year here, especially those late afternoons anywhere along the coast. And I’ve just recently learnt we live in the 3rd windiest city in the world! For this reason, I’ve been trading in my sunset beach sessions lately for sunrises. And I’m not really a morning person, or at least I thought I wasn’t. Until, I actually found myself on that beach, so early in the morning. As my feet touched the sand, I felt a pulse of energy awaken me. And as the sun rose anew, I could feel the endless possibilities it brought with it. I was immersed in daydreams and imagining all kinds of wonder for my day. I happily shimmied along the shoreline watching the sun rise higher and become brighter with each passing moment. Each moment brought further awakening and I am definitely rethinking that morning person thing ;)

I was lucky enough to wear this divine Harriet Jane Sunrise silk dress on this very bright and early morning. This beautiful designer, based in Byron Bay, takes some breathtaking photos of nature and then takes it to the next level and combines these with her stunning designs to produce wearable art. Each design is made with recycled, organic or natural fabrics with state of the art digital printing technology to produce an exquisite piece of consciously made clothing. Not only am I in love with her pieces, I love that she celebrates nature through this creative process, bringing us all the beauty she captures, and inspiring us to take care of our precious earth.

Wherever you may be, I hope you all have time to experience the magic of the rising sun. I assure you it will awaken and renew your energy :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Waterman’s Bay, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Sunrise Ripple Dress – Harriet Jane Designs

Sahara Fedora – Ace of Something

Necklaces – Samantha Wills + Urban Outfitters

Bangles – Samantha Wills

Rings – Lexi + Roy (Crystal + Arrow) | Native Riot (gold moon) | Alushia Sanchia turquoise ring (N/A) | Five and Two midi rings | Gold Chevron midi rings

Nails (Utopia) – Willow Byron Bay (Chemical free, vegan nail polish)

 

 

Sandstorm

November 8, 2014

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene

Having one of those stormy weeks and realising that no matter what storms pass through my life, I will embrace them, lovingly. Because they are me. And this is my life. And to really allow yourself to feel and validate the multitude of stormy emotions that can arise will bring you even faster through the eye of the storm and to the rainbow on the other side. Each of life’s beautiful experiences is a wonderful lesson, that brings us closer to peace. We can choose to embrace and learn the lessons or resist, ignore and repeat them. I find that meeting the pain (which is simply a painful thought) with a loving intention really helps me find the peace and gratitude once again.

Sending you all love and peace for those stormy days.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Dress

Hat

Aurora Tassel Bag – Losari Home and Woman

Hair – The Nest Boutique

Necklace + Rings + Cuff  (similar) + BanglesSamantha Wills

Lane necklace (turquoise) – Five and Two

Rings – Amarilo

Midi rings – Five and Two 

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay

I believe in Magic

November 4, 2014

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”  Nora Roberts

Whatever you believe in, that is what makes you the person you are, and all that you see in the world and those around you. Our beliefs govern our thoughts and our actions, the words that come from our tongues, the emotions from our hearts. Every moment we have an opportunity to question what we believe about ourselves and to reinvent our life. We have the chance to be anything at all. And this great gift is what can turn your days into absolute joy.

In the quiet gap where stillness lies, and there is only the present moment, allow yourself to question those beliefs that bring only stress and suffering. This is the space where the serious magic happens. Where we can choose to let go. Where we can dream and conjure, and choose what we want to believe in. I choose peace, love, light and the path of harmony each and every time. I choose to see magic in everything around me, and so I do. It only takes a moment of being in that quiet gap to allow the insight to arise, and let go of the ego that tries so hard to protect us. I say let’s be vulnerable and experience love and joy the way that children do (and we once did). And see the magic in everything, and most of all, see the magic that we are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details 

Dusk Maxi skirt + Costa Fate CropSum Leta

Distant Lover Belt

Marquesas Necklace

Rings – Avinas Jewelry – Aztec + Maya | La Luna Rose – Dotty Stacker + Aztec stacker + Triangle stacker  | Five and Two | Aloha Gaia

Maya Cuff – Avinas Jewelry

Cookies and Cream Fedora – Ace of Something

Anklets + Angel ringEmbella Jewelry

Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Chemical Free)

 

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

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.

FOLLOW Fraser Baye and Bali Retreats on Instagram

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Fraser Baye, Bali

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

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