bohemian

A life of love

January 19, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Rishikesh Maxi Kimono + Sacred Shankha Shell PendantHendrix & Harlow

Bikini (Nanette crop + bottoms) – L Space

Hat – Ace of Something

December Nights Cuff + Fortune Cuff - Embella Jewellery

Rings – Ernest & Joe | Aloha Gaia – Luna + Strong midi | Wolftress | Embella | Her Empire – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Aloha Gaia Jewelry + Wolftress ‘Native Roots’ ring

Nails – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

“She loves life and it loves her back” 

I’ve been asked a lot recently from many of you amazing souls following and sharing in my journey about how I found a life of love. I want to share a little of my journey with you all in the hopes that I can inspire you to rediscover your beauty and the shining light of love that you all are.

Firstly, I think that we generally only start to question what is going on when things are not so great. It is these low experiences in our lives that act as the catalysts for transformation. I look back now with pure gratitude for the pain and traumas I have been through in my life. I would not have strived for a life of love without them.

My real low was around 7 years ago, when I experienced complications with my second pregnancy. It all began one night, around 11 weeks in, when I woke up haemorrhaging. I started having contractions, went into shock, and realised that I was losing my child. I was rushed to hospital to discover my little boy was still alive. For the next 27 weeks of my pregnancy I was in and out of hospital, the doctors continuously trying to prevent an early labour. I had to learn to cope with the imminent threat of losing him with no certainty or assurances. I was told the odds were not in my favour, and to prepare myself for the most painful of possibilities. That one hope, that I might make it to term, however dim it was back then, was the light that helped me get through. The painful thoughts of ‘what if’ were so excruciating while I felt my little boy kicking around in my belly. I inevitably pulled myself inwards and focused intently on the beauty of each moment we had together and that he would be ok. I could no longer focus on my painful feelings and give rise to them as they didn’t serve any other purpose than to cause me immense suffering. They weren’t real in that moment, they were just possibilities of an unknown future. I decided (stubbornly) we were going to get through it and that I would endeavour to enjoy the beautiful connection between mother and child regardless of the physical pain I was in. We would make this journey together and hope for the best. These thoughts brought me peace and the ability to find some joy in a pregnancy full of complication. I don’t think any other life experience has taught me more about mind control than this. Living with this for 27 weeks, bed bound each day, bleeding and contracting, reminded how fragile this situation was, yet striving for strength by surrendering to the vulnerability and uncertainty, whilst trying to maintain a positive outlook, was the biggest challenge of my life. I’m happy to say we made it in the end. We managed against medical odds to get to 38 weeks and my beautiful son is now 6 years old.

This experience changed me in many ways. My ability to let go of stressful ‘what if’ thoughts is much easier. I can focus on the beauty of life amidst chaos, and I discovered that the more you focus on the good stuff, and not the bad stuff, the more the bad stuff will actually lose it’s power and start to disappear from your life. Whatever you spend your time thinking about will become your life. So think beautiful thoughts, kind thoughts, grateful thoughts, loving thoughts, joyful thoughts. And when life throws you a curveball, I hope that you can remember at some point to be easy on yourself, and find that light and love within that allows you to move through it with grace and ease.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Her Empire

January 16, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Bombara Maxi Dress + Crystal Necklace + Shield Cuff + Crystal Ring + Goddess Mandala ThrowHer Empire

Bikini

Anklets + Toe rings + Rings – Peace | Snake + Cuffs – December Nights | Fortune – Embella

Feather Chain belt – Grace Bijoux

Rings – Aloha Gaia -Luna + Strong midi | Wolftress Native RootsUse discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Aloha Gaia jewellery + Native Roots ring

Hat

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

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Some days I love nothing more than a simple white maxi and a few crystal jewels, bare feet in the sand, salt on my skin and to dance upon the sand as the ocean rolls in and kisses the shore over and over again. It sets my spirit soaring and evokes that mermaid vibe I love so much.

This beautiful afternoon I had the pleasure of wearing some gorgeous designs, made with love and passion, from the divine Her Empire boutique. A magical, bohemian inspired one stop shop perfect for the travelling gypsies, the magic makers, the wild dreamers and all those who seek something unique and inspiring. Beautiful owner, Aly, draws together passionate creative designers to bring forth a stunning collection of designs for all the bohemian babes wanting something that you just can’t find in your shopping mall. It’s so refreshing to discover so many interesting designs that spark my creative fire and allow me to style, play and create magic. I hope you guys find some magical pieces too that remind you of how amazing and wonderful you all truly are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Hair, Skin + Nails

January 14, 2015

 

Playsuit | Hat | U Bralette | Coin necklace (similar) | Tribal necklace/body chain | Belly chain | Rings – Larimar | Snake midi | Silver stacking set | Sputnik midi | Lotus | Wolftress Native Roots ring – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

KimonoBikini | Necklace | Rings – SW Kiss me in the Rain + Out of the DarkEmerald Omniverse | Double Crystal | Crystal Chain | Stacking Ring | Nails (Utopia)

Davines Products

Hair by The Nest Hair Boutique

Bikini | Kimono | Moon Phase Chain Necklaces | Crystal Necklace | Rings – Cross rings | Lotus | Crystal | All seeing Eye | Mandala

Top | Shorts | Hat | Crystal Necklace

Rings – Aletheia & Phos X Mimi Elashiry Rutilated Quartz + Soul Protecter set + Et Cure | Tibetan Quartz | Moon ring | Midi ring | Nails (Bonsoir)

Bikini – Jaipur Sky Top + bottoms |  Arm Cuff | Tribal Cuff | Rings – ‘Connection’ Mandala | Labradorite

ALOHA GAIA Jewelry – Nova Pendant Obsidian | Labradorite Luna Cuff | Fire/Water midi | Strong midi | Luna | Luna midi | Nova Obsidian

Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for 15% off all Aloha Gaia Jewellery

Tribal Cuff | Rings – ‘Connection’ Mandala + Labradorite

ALOHA GAIA Jewelry – Nova Pendant Obsidian | Labradorite Luna Cuff | Fire/Water midi | Strong midi | Luna | Luna midi | Nova Obsidian

Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for 15% off all Aloha Gaia Jewellery

Bikini | Necklace | SW rings | Bracelets – Samantha Wills + Broken Gypsy | Amarilo fine crystal rings | Five & Two midi rings | Ernest & joe gold twistie ring

SW rings | Bracelets – Samantha Wills + Broken Gypsy | Amarilo fine crystal rings | Five & Two midi rings | Ernest & joe gold twistie ring

You guys asked and here it is….my hair, skin and nails post and how I create my look. I’ve been obsessed with beachy blonde boho hair, tanned skin and white nails for as long as I can remember. It’s a style that just screams summer holidays to me and makes my everyday feel like a holiday…even when I’m running errands and taking care of my 2 kids.

Starting with HAIR. My amazing hairdresser, Charlie, from The Nest Hair Boutique, creates my blonde locks and keeps them healthy each time we lighten them using Olaplex treatments and the amazing Davines Melu range of hair products. The Melu serum is probably the best hair product I’ve ever used. Any slight frizz or dryness and this glides on smoothly without weighing my hair down or making it feel oily. I love this product more than any other hair serum I’ve ever used. Hands down the BEST!

To add volume and extra length Charlie uses BLAKK Tape Extensions which fit in so naturally and seamlessly with my hair that they are hardly noticeable. They are also so lightweight, easy to manage and create more of that mermaid look I’m obsessed with ;)

I style my hair using either my GHD (great for mermaid waves) or my Babyliss from The Nest Hair Boutique (perfect for voluminous curls). Once I’m done curling my hair, I rub a tiny amount of the serum through my hair to finish the style. Too easy. Read more from a recent post about this wonderful boutique salon that has brought health and vitality back to my hair and happiness to my heart.

Ok now for my SKIN secrets. I get a lot of comments about my skin. From my tan to the glow of my skin. I must say that dry skin brushing and a hydrating diet (water, lots of alkaline foods, veggies, fruit) go a long way to keeping my skin glowing and healthy. Apart from that I do have some little tricks I use to enhance my skin’s glow. I’m obsessed with exfoliation and then lathering on body lotions. Lately it’s been even easier with this amazing smoothing body oil mist. Spray and you are done. So perfect for dry skin after consecutive days spent in the salty ocean.

As for my tan, firstly I don’t spend hours baking in the sun to achieve a tan. I tan very easily from simply living a healthy outdoors lifestyle, where I spend small amounts of time in the sun at the beach each day.  To enhance my colour I use J Bronze self tanning mousse, as I have found this has the most natural colour of all the self tanners I’ve tried. It also goes on so effortlessly once you have exfoliated and keeps my colour just how I like it. I start with the medium early in summer and then switch to the dark as my tan darkens. When I have events and photoshoots, I use the J Bronze Illuminiser to add a golden glow to my skin. I am quite obsessed with this shimmer. It makes my skin look completely flawless. It also adds more bronze, darkening the colour. I feel completely transformed into a sun kissed goddess when I wear this. For my face I use the J Bronze Flawless Face tan. It’s gentle and doesn’t increase the colour dramatically, so I feel very confident using it. I’m still working on improving my facial routine and make up ritual so these details will be in another post once I’ve finished testing out new products.

And lastly my NAILS. I’ve finally moved away from the days of constant shellac and acrylic appointments and let my nails grow naturally now. They break every now and then, and they are often different lengths, but when I get spare time (amidst being a busy mum and blogger!) I give myself mini manicures at home as a little pampering treat. I’ve also recently made the switch to an eco friendly, vegan nail polish brand called Willow Byron Bay. I wasn’t sure at first whether the colour would last or how the quality would be, but after many months of use I’m absolutely converted and hooked on how much better these polishes are than the regular brands I used to use. And NO NASTIES! I don’t wear anything else anymore. Their white (winter) is the best. I simply can’t get enough :) The soy based nail polish remover is amazing too. It leaves your nails feeling moisturised instead of stripped and smells like lemon myrtle. You won’t smell that nasty chemical smell you normally get when you open up a bottle of this nail polish remover. TIP – Let this sit on your nails for a minute before trying to rub off otherwise you will need a little bit of elbow grease ;)  I also highly recommend using the base and top coat when applying these polishes. Though not necessary, it will make your colour last longer. When I’m not being lazy and I do the whole lot, I manage almost a week with my colour in tact. Doing crazy busy mum stuff each day, that is quite the miracle ;)

Hope this post has been helpful in some way. And you guys find some products that you love as much as I do. I find taking care of the little things, like my hair, skin and nails, is a good way of showing myself a little love and nurturing.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Product Details

HAIR

Colour/Treatment/Extensions – The Nest Hair Boutique | BOOKINGS | Instagram | Facebook

Olaplex

Davines Melu Shampoo + Conditioner

Davines Melu Serum

Babyliss Pro

GHD

 

SKIN

Body Scrub

Body Glove

Body Oil Mist

Flawless Face Tan

Self Tanning Mousse (Medium + Dark)

Illuminiser Shimmer

 

NAILS

Willow Byron Bay Nail polish – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Willow Byron Bay polishes

My Favourites – Winter (White) | Harmony (Peach) | Bonsoir (Dark Iridescent Blue) | Utopia (Pale Light Green)

Base + Top coat

Soy nail polish remover

Manicure Skin Renewal Scrub

Manicure Soak

Manicure Buffing Tools

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Western Australia

Summer Basics

January 8, 2015



PhotographyMarnie Stella

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Square Top – Ruestiic

Shorts

Kimono

Classic large and twin opal rings – At Thursday

Mandala rings – The Fifth Element Life – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all mandala rings

Silver/Moonstone cuff

Rings  – Ono Jewellery – Nemesis | Harmonia | Omniverse | Don Biu | Five and Two

Nishka Leg Chain – Grace Bijoux

Moonstone cuff – Aloha Gaia

Moon Necklace – Hunter Gatherer Jewellery

Gypsy Soul necklace – Matters Speaking

Arm cuff – Don Biu

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

 

My simple summer basics are light, bright, easy, stylish and comfortable. I’m living in white washed denim and Rue Stiic everything this summer. Perfect basics to layer some divine jewels upon. Here is one of my favourite easy, casual  summer looks, along with some bright silver and opal jewels from At Thursday.

Special thanks to Marnie from @wanderlust_coconut for the awesome pics :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Positive Intentions

January 6, 2015


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Playsuit + Kimono – Turquoise Lane

Moonstone Necklace + Rings – Moon | Triple moonstone | Arrow | Crystal Quartz | Rainbow Moonstone – Don Biu

Thunderstruck Cuff

Moonstone Cuff

Notela Boots – Koolaburra

Hat (Vanilla Chai) – Ace of Something

Crochet Bag – Spell via American Threads

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

 

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be” Dalai Lama

This new year has been an awakening for me. It was as though by staying up all night long and seeing that sun rise in the sky, some ancient knowledge within my soul stirred and ignited. I have been feeling so alive, vital, so deeply in love with life. Each day brings more joy, freedom and inner love.

With the moon ripe and full I’m shedding some of the heavy and setting some light loving positive intentions to take even greater care of my being. To find more balance with my work, family and time for myself. I was recently reminded of that Jack Johnson song “Breakdown” and hearing this song again was pure happiness to me. It reminded me how much I love moving slowly through life, taking everything in to it’s fullest, and exploring the richness and beauty of each moment we are blessed with. There is no need to control anything, just surrender, trust and flow with the divine. Reach out from your comfort zone and experience all that life has to offer.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Local Love

December 23, 2014

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Shorts + Blouse + Necklace + Rings – Milc

Bralette

Arrow Bracelet | V Ring + Jasmine Ring + Arianna Ring – Alex Mika Jewelry

Hat

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

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

I leapt into holiday mode a little earlier this year and took off down south to Bunker Bay a couple of weeks ago. On the way we stopped off at the divine Milc Homewares in the heart of Dunsborough to check out their amazing store. It was so refreshing to see so many labels I love all in the one place. It’s such a beautiful store run by a beautiful inspiring woman.

If you are lucky enough to live down that way, or are headed down for the holidays, show some local love and check out Milc. And for those who are far away, head to www.milchomewares.com for a great collection of clothing and accessories. You’ll find some of my absolute favourites like Spell and Free people and one of my new faves Bassike. These Bassike organic cotton shorts I’m wearing in these pics are the most comfortable and versatile shorts I own. So many styling options!!!

Hope you all have the most amazing holidays ever! I’m so excited for some down time with my family, summer sunsets at the beach and lazy days by the pool.

Sending so much love to you all!

xxx

With all my Heart ♡

December 17, 2014


PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Wanderlust Warrior necklace + Free to Inspire necklace + All my Loving braceletMatters Speaking

Fringe Dress – Rue Stiic

Kimono – Free People

Hat

Belt

Rings – Luna Light – Moonstone Cuff ring |  | Crescent Moon ring | Luna stacker | Diamond Daze | Ono Jewelry – Opal | Omniverse ring | Don Biu

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

 

It’s probably obvious by now that jewellery really speaks to my heart….the gypsy in me is beyond excited by all the creative energy and love that goes into each piece. Matters Speaking have really captured my heart with their divine pieces of jewellery. Simple, elegant and powerful emotive messages that speak directly to my soul. I love that you can share these with family and loved ones as the perfect gifts. A beautiful reminder to those you care about most they are always in your heart.

With the holidays almost upon us, and our families across the country and seas, I am feeling rather nostalgic these past few days. If life has taught me anything, it’s to say all that you want to say right away. Never wait. There might not be another day. Act now, today, this very moment, and let those you love know how much, and all you are grateful for.

I love you all soooooo very much.

Deepest gratitude xxxx

Wanderlust

December 1, 2014


Outfit Details

Gypsy Love Kimono | Hat | Shorts (similar) | Rings – Aries | Bohemian Bardot | Midi rings | Chalcedony | Flash Tattoos

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

It’s about that time again….you know that itch, that travelling itch that comes every now and then. A deep yearning to explore the earth, step forth so fully and completely into every corner of the globe, leaving no stone unturned. I’m envisioning crisp white sands, vibrant turquoise waters, dolphins and sunshine :)  Luckily I live in such a beautiful part of Australia that even a quick trip to the beach can feel like a mini holiday. I’m planning a mid week getaway soon (sans kids) to get me over the hump before the crazy holiday season heats up even more. I’m so excited to explore another little corner of this amazing earth. Stay tuned!

Here is one of my holiday inspired outfits from my recent beach adventures. The sunsets lately have been so insane and when you can catch a day with that calm breeze it just doesn’t get any better than that. Total bliss.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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

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