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Ernest & Joe

August 19, 2014

When it comes to fashion there is not much more that I love than exquisite jewellery….and especially when there is an amazing heart and soul behind the creations. I’m honoured today to share with you all a little about this amazing label I recently discovered – Ernest & Joe.  Absolutely divine jewellery, simple, clean lines, incredible quality with great attention to detail, making them next level for me.

Behind the scenes of this label is beautiful mother and daughter duo, Sally and Mia, creating this magic together. The whole family is involved in this creative passion of theirs, and we are the lucky ones who get to have a piece of this art made with love. Here’s a little interview I did so you can find out more about this lovely duo.

How did Ernest and Joe begin?

E&J began after I came home from a big trip around South East Asia, Mum suggested that we do a short course in silver smithing together and from there we combined forces and created our little business. Ernest was my Pops (Mums Dad) middle name that he didn’t like, but I loved, and Joe was Nans Dads name, so masculine for such feminine jewellery!

What are your greatest passions in life?

We are very down to earth people and as long as we have our tight knit family around us we are happy. We are extremely devoted to E&J, we don’t get much time to do anything else…lucky we love it!

Who is/are your major style influences/inspirations?

We try to keep all of our ideas as original as possible, we don’t really go hunting for any inspiration, we just wait until an idea pops into our head and we work from there. We like the simplicity of our designs.. we probably like them a little too much, i am always pinching stock to keep for myself!

What do you love most about Ernest and Joe?

We love that Ernest and Joe is entirely hand made in my back shed. We love that our two employees are my Brother and Sister. We love that my little baby Violet scoots around in the shed under my dogs watchful eye. We love that we have created something that means so much to so many people. Most of all I love that I get to hang out with Mum every day making jokes and beautiful jewellery.

What are your future dreams?

We would like to keep building our little business up and be able to employ my Brother and Sister full time.
We are excited for E&J to become a recognisable name here in Australia and around the world.
We are pretty happy to keep taking the opportunities that come our way. We just want to make jewellery forever!!

I don’t know about you guys but I’m in love. These guys just peel it back to what matters most and their beautiful designs are a great representation of all that they are about.

Here’s to family, love, following your heart and doing what you love, each and every single day. Thanks for the inspiration Sally and Mia :)

FOLLOW Ernest & Joe on Instagram + Facebook and check out their website here

With love and gratitude,
Helen xx

PhotographerBobby Bense
Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

Outfit Details

Double Point Crystal ring + Moon ring + T-Bar ring + Mini Triangle ringErnest & Joe
Summer Lovin Dress – Planet Blue
SCFXLUVAJ Belt – Free People
Necklace – Child of Wild
Bracelet/CuffAloha Gaia
Rings - Ono Jewellery | Aloha Gaia | Laura Shipp Jewellery
Hat
Boots – similar
Nails

Winter Sun

August 11, 2014

It’s been almost 10 years living in WA now and I still can’t get over how absolutely amazing our winter’s are. When we first arrived from Melbourne on a freezing June winter’s day, we stepped off the plane to blue skies and t-shirt weather. It really was amazing! Though we have some pretty icy cold mornings we have so many beautiful clear days that make winter feel like the summer never really left. Always reminding us of the sweetness that awaits us.

Feeling blessed for the beautiful land we live in and the freedom to explore all the beauty of nature. Life is wonderful!

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Pharonic Feather Dress – Ixiah (preorder via world@ixiah.com)

Bohemian Cardi – Lenny Clothing Shop similar styles here + here

40 inch Turquoise Slice Necklace – Heather Gardner

Medusa Collar – Child of Wild

Flash Tattoos

Rings – This little Gypsy shop | Freebird Collection | Kami Lerner | Free People | Embella | Amarilo

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Hat – similar + here

 

Silk and Lace

August 8, 2014

Silk, lace, silk, lace….pretty much all I want in my wardrobe…..well except for a lot of jewels! Beautiful, delicate, feminine, detailed, textured, simply divine. For an edgier boho look I love to layer with some leather and serious hardware.

This beautiful beach day I had the works! Lace, silk and some serious jewellery overload – chunky labradorite and crystal quartz, and some heavy tribal jewels.

As always loving Myee Carlyle’s latest creations. Their crystal necklaces are next level. The attention to detail and quality of the crystals and leather used can be seen and felt. The silk they use to create their beautiful designs is lovingly hand dyed with plant extracts, providing you with an amazing piece of consciously made clothing.

Nothing quite like the feel of silk on your skin and sparkling light from crystal jewels that instantly remind you of the goddess that you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

SHOP my favourite lace tops here -

Crochet Fringe Top

Lace fringe Cami

Mermaid Lace top

Embroidered Crop top

Lace Prairie top

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Marrakesh silk skirt + Crystal necklaceMyee Carlyle

Top + necklace – Urban Outfitters

Hat – Ace of Something

Kimono – Free People

Mantra Cuff – Dixi

Hilltribe Cuff + bracelets + ankletsEmbella Jewellery

Rings – Embella Labradorite + midi/toe ring | LavaLinks X GypsyLovinLight GRATITUDE Elephant ring | Dixi | Free People | Sunahara | Global Princess

Sandals – Koolaburra

Flash Tattoos

Rugged Romance

August 7, 2014

  Chunky knits, worn in denim, earthly treasures and a touch of lace. A little rugged romance for the blog today. It’s as though we are somewhere in between the cosy winter and the delicate renewal of spring. Icy mornings and 25 degree C sunny days definitely hint at the promise of spring.

We are now gearing up to move house tomorrow! I’ve fully surrendered to the chaos that is my life, floating along the rocky river with grace and presence as we transition into our new home….so excited! :) See you all on the other side :)

With love and gratitude, Helen xx

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Hendrix cardi – Amilita

Lace top – Free People (similar + here)

Vintage denim (similar here and here)

Turquoise bear necklace + raindrops necklace + Larimar ring + toe/midi ringEmbella Jewellery

Mimosa wooden watch – We Wood

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – Hilltribe Sun ring | Global Princess | Eastern Soul | Ichu Jewellery

Custom Wilde Flower Design boots

Nails

Magali Pascal

August 2, 2014

I love discovering new labels…it’s one of the many benefits of being a style blogger. Magali Pascal is one of my absolute favourites. Their neutral tones, luxe fabrics, flattering cuts and designs, and effortless styles are right up my alley. They offer something for the everyday that will bring forth your inner goddess whilst running errands and day to day life…..and for those really extra special occasions, when you want that piece that fits to perfection and is unique, elegant and completely luxe. I’m so excited to share more of this divine label with you in the coming months as I prepare for my Bali holiday!

Hope you enjoy this outfit post that was just so much fun to create.

Lots of love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Johnson Shirt – Magali Pascal

Shorts

Long Feather necklace

Quill necklace – Cecily London

Hat

Flash Tattoos

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Rings – Kami Lerner | Free People | Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo

Nails

 

 

Blue Calm

July 29, 2014

An ocean of blue stretching as far as the eye can see…there’s simply nothing more relaxing for me. These photos are some of the few that were saved from my recent computer crash and I’m so happy that I’m able to share them with you. I just love all the blue and green tones…they make me feel so happy every time I look at them. I’m totally obsessed with this Karen Zambos top, which I think is the perfect tropical holiday top, and the shell details from This Little Gypsy Shop belt. And of course these incredible anklets from Grace Bijioux. I’ll be living in these in Bali :)

Maintaining a calm and strong centre is so essential to my well being. I practice this through breath and presence and it really helps me to navigate the busy ebbs and flows of my life. Today I’m feeling ever so grateful for those peaceful moments in life and every minute I get to spend by the beautiful blue ocean.

Love you all so much, Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Top

Vintage Shorts - Similar

Necklace

This Little Gypsy Shop Belt

Anklets + Turquoise ring + stacking ringsGrace Bijoux

Turquoise ring, bracelets, toe rings, cuffEmbella Jewellery

Turquoise ring – Ono Jewellery

Hat

Nails

Tranquility

July 25, 2014

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

This quote has been lingering in the periphery of my mind these past few weeks. My life has seen some stormy stormy weather lately. I’m now in a place where I can truly feel the gratitude for these transitions that bring about great insight and self growth. It really is the tough times that test your strength of character in a way that bring so much truth and vulnerability to the surface.

Rather than rehash the entire story, I’m going to focus here on the positive things that have come to pass out of all of the chaos. My computer crashed last week and even though we lost the last 3 years of photos and all our work, we managed to recover all our precious photos and memories of our little ones. The intense task of house hunting has come to a close and we now have a home to move into in the very near future….like 2 weeks! Though we are not packed at all, I’m excited about clearing out old stuff, renewing, and setting up our new home. School holidays have been fun, though I’m super excited that the kids go back next week! This mama needs some time out! ;) My health is on the mend and I keep reminding myself that there is only one more month of winter :) Sometimes life throws a forced rest upon you when you ignore the signs. This was mine.

Today’s post is really a reminder to myself for the need to slow down. To sit still and find strength within my core, within the vulnerability of it all. To allow myself to let go and trust that it will all be ok, especially when it all feels so chaotic. And that everything always works out.

This visit to the beautiful home of Kirsty from Losari Home and Woman was exactly what I needed. The moment I sat in this divine hammock from The Gypsy Nook, I felt my stresses melt away. I envisioned warm tropical sunshine and a serene, quiet space as I lay there and soaked up the winter sun. I had the most perfect moment of tranquility and felt an enormous amount of gratitude to simply sit and be. I had been bottling up so much stress without realising it. It was as though I had been holding my breath for a really, really long time and that was the first exhale of my life. I let it all go in that moment. I’ve been feeling so light since that day, and even amongst all the mayhem, I am back to my calm, centred self, cruising along once again with clarity and a strong centre. Accepting and loving what is.

Big love and deepest gratitude to you all, Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationLosari Home and Woman | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

 

Outfit Details

Hammock – The Gypsy Nook

Top | Necklaces – Moon + horse shoe | Rings – Heart + ChevronUrban Outfitters

Quill Necklace – Cecily London

Vintage shorts – Similar + here

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – Crystalyt | Kami Lerner | Amarilo | Mania Mania crystal (similar)

Boots – Free People

U Bra – Free People

Nails 

Alignment

July 7, 2014

 Within the depths of authenticity lives integrity; waiting for our return. When we arrive, we are met with effortless joy, abundant living, peace and wholeness–nothing lacking, nothing broken. This is soul equanimity, the state of pure alignment with will of Source and will of self” – LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier

You know those moments where everything just aligns so perfectly and for an instant you can see the entire bigger picture and the divine perfection in it all.  Those moments of absolute realisation and clarity that lift you to new vibrational heights. I find most of these happen to me when I’m out in nature.  Walking on the beach, watching the sun set, climbing boulders in the hills, swimming in the ocean, chasing rainbows.

These photos were taken during yet another stunning WA sunset. I was feeling more aligned and clear than ever before. Deeply connected, embracing the magic of the moment, feeling the love and expansion of my heart.  I was so happily adorned in a whole lot of lace and some divine vintage turquoise.

I hope these images bring inspiration, love and light to you all.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Lace BlouseShorts | SHOP my current favourite lace tops – FP Swiss Shirt | FP Mimi Tunic | FP Mermaid Lace top

Sunglasses

Necklace + RingChild of Wild

Flash Tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Nik Dreamer | Hunter Gatherer | Anna Beck | Eastern Soul | Lunar Sea

Silver bracelets + cuffEmbella Jewellery

Turquoise bracelet – Soul Loving Jewellery

Hat

 

 

Loving Life

July 4, 2014

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends” – Aberjhani

I’ve been asked quite a lot recently about finding peace and love, so I want to share just a little in this post that I feel may be of help to some of you.

Each day I wake up I consciously choose to focus my thoughts upon LOVE. I focus my attention on all that I love, all that is working in my life, all that brings me joy. The more attention I give to it, the more I create and amplify my experience of this in my life. When I catch myself headed down a path of stressful worrying thoughts, I stop. I look at the layers that hold them in place. I provide these painful thoughts with the loving space they deserve. I question their validity, I imagine how I’d feel without them. I discover a blissful state of peace and lightness without them. I wonder if they are in fact really true and I look deeper at their roots. I dig these up and plant new loving, peaceful seeds in their place. Ones that will blossom and bring forth the great fruits of life. I feel a lightness wash over me as I empty out those stressful thoughts that really don’t need to be on repeat anymore. When we run the same painful programs over and over in our minds, we only cause more suffering to ourselves. We can choose what we wish to believe, and what we wish to think and feel. It takes some practice firstly to become aware of these thoughts, to question them, and to realise that you yourself are the one who can set free your mind and allow peace and love to flow in.

Each day practice the art of forwarding your focus to all that is magical, magnificent, amazing and wonderful. Focus on what you have with love and with gratitude. I guarantee you, the more you do this, the better you will feel, and the more awesomeness you will naturally attract into your life through the universal law of attraction.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Dress – Bambi Collective

Dorado Crystal Necklace – Heather Gardner

Handpiece + ArmbandHeart Majestic

Ada Necklace – Lost Lover

Bikini – Triangl Swimwear

Rings – Global Princess | Ono Jewellery | Lunarsea | Minc Collections | The Fifth Element Life Mandala ring – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT for all mandala rings

Embella bracelets + cuff

Hat 

 

 

Flying free

July 2, 2014

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I gaze upon this expansive landscape, taking in every inch of this golden horizon. I feel the glowing sand beneath my feet, the warm sun kissing my skin, the salty taste of the air. The wind gently lifts me and I am flying free.

These things and more bring a sense of freedom to me. To really feel free though, no matter what is going on, no matter where I am, I find the key is right there within myself.  It’s in the unconditional acceptance of self. My daily morning mantra is “I love and accept myself just as I am.” It reminds me each day that I am already enough, and there is no need to control the flow of life. I trust in life. In love. In myself. And I feel free.

As I peel back every layer, examine every unquestioned thought, I discover a peaceful path of love and acceptance. I find the truth, the untruths, simply what is. I surrender to this seemingly vulnerable state where freedom, peace, love and connection exist and it brings me great joy in this amazing life we are blessed with.

May you find the peace within and allow yourself the time and space to simply be.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photographer – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Amazon Kimono – Indigo Lane boutique

Sunglasses

Lace Shorts

Bralette (similar)

Turquoise necklace + ringChild of Wild

Flash Tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Hunter Gatherer | Anna Beck | Lunarsea | Eastern Soul

Bracelets – Embella Jewellery | Soul Loving Jewellery

Hat

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