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.
Ahhh nothing quite like a good tribal treasure haul….finding those one of a kind pieces that so perfectly reflect your style. I had the pleasure recently of visiting the gorgeous Scarlet boutique in North Beach here in WA. The divine Tara, owner and curator of worldly clothing, jewels and homewares, has created an inspirational space, that feels so homely. Beautiful tribal designs, colour pops and luscious aromas all ignite the senses.
After my lovely visit, I headed to the beach decked out in some of my favourite pieces from her magical store. Paired with some incredible vintage pieces from Gypsy River and Free People and my outfit was complete. Rich with colour, texture and plenty of captivating intricate details.
I am slightly obsessed with tribal jewellery ;) There is something so unique and interesting that draws me. The history, the culture, the story behind it. The energy. I make sure when purchasing tribal jewels that they are made under fair-trade conditions. Something to be aware of. It’s better to spend a little more on the real deal than buy a whole lot of cheap jewels that ultimately have their own much higher cost. Always check your jewels come from fair-trade sources, and know in spending that little bit more you are supporting local sustainability and the welfare of those divine beings who create these beautiful jewels.
This post is in deep appreciation and honour of all the artisans all around the world. The ones who don’t always get the recognition they deserve, and so humbly never ask for it. I thank you.
With love and gratitude,
Free People top, Zoda bag + cuff, Shantique turquoise cuff – Scarlet Fashion | Follow on Instagram | I love supporting local business and perth ladies this one is golden. Make sure you visit her shop at Shop 18, North Beach Shopping Centre, North Beach.
It’s such an honour to bring you this inspirational shoot from Children of the Tribe. “Inspired by the harmonious connection of tribal children with the outdoor world around them. This winter collection grasps colour and natural earthy tones” – Emma, Children of the Tribe
As a mother I’m always looking for inspiring and natural clothing for my children. I love seeing designers like this creating divine, unique pieces for our special little babes.
Enjoy this beautiful journey into the land of childhood magic and let your imagination run wild.
The creativity that flows from Byron Bay designer Myee Carlyle never ceases to amaze me. I resonate deeply with their aesthetic and the conscious approach they take to create timeless pieces of bohemian luxe fashion. So classic, so beautiful.
This shoot in particular shows their range so well. A beautiful rich palette of colour, contrast and texture. White wash and turquoise leave me dreaming of a tropical paradise, and the rich autumn caramels make me want to curl up by the fire with my lover and a bottle of wine.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy these beautiful images as much as I love sharing them.
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.
Here’s all the details for my weekly ring inspiration or ringspiration as I like to call it haha! ;) (see below this post for links). Lately I’m in love with stacking lots of fine gold…so delicate and beautiful and stunning paired with some lace. In contrast I’m also loving my chunky vintage silver jewels with either a black and white palette or a vivid splash of colour.
I’ve had such a crazzzzzy busy week! Month! Year! Everything lately though has been pointing to the inevitable fact that I actually need to slow the F down. So with that in mind I’m taking a road trip down south to the magical town of Yallingup later this week for some beachside hanging, dolphin spotting, mermaiding R & R. I’m soooooo very excited!
If you find yourself in one of these overwhelmed states, it’s time to take a break, slow down, breathe, tell yourself it’s all ok. Do something really nice for yourself. Or simply go make yourself a cup of tea and bliss out in nature. I intend to have many cups whilst I slow down my pace and refill my love cup ;)
Let the ocean, the stars and the moon take care of your worries and release them all to the great mother. You don’t need to carry all that heavy weight any longer. Be light, be free, unload your mind one stressful thought at a time. Choose peace and harmony. Be easy on yourself. Love who you are with all your heart. ALL of who you are. You are a magnificent soul, with a shining light so so bright. Share that light with the world. Share your uniqueness. We inspire others when we are true and authentic. When we are true to ourselves. Exuberant joy awaits you when you live from your heart and allow yourself to be who you truly are. There is no need for masks, no need to hide. Be free you beautiful beings and release it all.
These photos were taken during a wonderful spontaneous afternoon visit to the beach. I was in quiet reflective state, channeling love, releasing all my worries to our great mother ocean.
I love this song so much. So much fun and innocence in one song, inspiring freedom and self expression.
It was the theme song to one of our recent ventures to the Perth Hills. After a glorious day at the beach, we drove up to the hills to watch the sun setting over the city. Still in my neon popping bikini with my stash pouch filled with jewels and crystals, we decided to go on a little hike and snap some photos. It was incredible as we walked along this dirt path and suddenly it opened up to a sky scape of distant city, an old mined out quarry and never-ending bush lands. My inner child was thoroughly excited as I danced around, climbing boulders, taking in the breathtaking views and magical late evening light. I took some time to cleanse my crystals in the rainbow light and centre myself in this beautiful sacred space. In awe and wonder, overlooking the city, I felt moved by the enormity and interconnectedness of everything. I fell in love with mother earth even more than I thought possible. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for this life, for the ability to wander and explore, to sit and revel in the light, to watch the ants crawling by, and see my city from afar, all lit up by the glow of the setting sun.
This post was inspired by the beauty of colour. By the magic of a sunset sky and the golden glow that emanates from the trees and shrubs as the sun bids us farewell. By the rainbow streams of light that filter through the trees and the magnificent green orbs of light. And the main star ~ my brightly coloured, intricately woven Mayan huipil bag from Ethicollective.
This incredible ‘Hanneli’ bag has fast become my must have weekend adventure bag for all my props and jewels. Handmade in Guatemala, on a backstrap loom, under fair-trade conditions, this piece is full of inspiration, just like the woman behind Ethicollective. I was so intrigued by this wonderful company that I asked the very beautiful soul, Aleta, if she would share a little about Ethicollective. I’m beyond excited to be able to bring this beautifully honest and heart filling interview to you guys.It gives me goosebumps every time I read it :)
What are greatest passions in life?
My greatest passions in life are my 5 1/2 year old son Jackson, fashion, traveling and exposing Jackson to the amazing creativity and cultures of this beautiful world.
How did Ethicollective come to be?
Ethicollective came about really just by listening to myself and taking that little dreamer voice out of the back of my head and paying attention to it. In 2012 I was two years into my business development role with a government organization and feeling really uninspired due to the absence of creativity in my role. It was a pretty unsatisfying role that required a fair amount of travel and I was also running a small hand made sterling silver jewellery business and getting far too few hours sleep a night filling orders.
I’ve been a single parent since my son was very young so I went back to work when my son was 2 1/2 years old and I’ve always resented having to do that. Just prior to this my son’s behaviour started to change dramatically and there were a number of worrying health issues popping up which we know now were totally related to food allergies. So I was working, worrying about my son’s health, creating into the hours of the morning, traveling for work and being perpetually in a state of stress about the future.
By the end of 2012 I was extremely unhappy in my job, hating the world for not being able to see my son for the hours of the day I dearly wanted and generally feeling trapped by my circumstances. Possibly right before I think I would have lost my sanity, I decided to take 12 months leave without pay and take my son backpacking. I’ve traveled before a little but we had never been overseas before so it was really like taking a jump off the deep end and just hoping to float!
The two of us spent almost half a year in Thailand and Nepal and a little time in Singapore followed by Lego Land in Malaysia for his 5th birthday.
I knew really soon after leaving Australia that I couldn’t possibly return to an uncreative role so creating my dream job was the goal. I have always dreamt of having a little boutique, being a couture designer and traveling on a whim to exotic, textile and craft rich countries! I collected quite an alarming about of traditional Tibetan and Hmong textiles, Afghan beading and Nepalese sterling silver but was always limited by thinking of how much it was going to cost to send home to Australia!
Nepal is the most inspiring country I have ever traveled to and it was here that I decided I needed an online store.
We returned to Australia last year and I have been focusing on healing with natural whole foods, more sleep and moderate exercise but most importantly no stress. Overall it’s about being diligent with these things and adopting them as now who we are, not just a trial run like people often do with fad diets. Being kinder to myself hasn’t been easy because by listening to yourself you tend to hear all the negative rhetoric you like to ignore and have typically numbed as we all tend to do through one activity or another. The upshot to this is you get to process them, decide whether they are helpful or a hinderance to your growth and then let them go. It’s been nice to just let go and trust my intuition about what I need and want my life to be. I finally feel I owe it to myself and my son to listen to that inner voice.
What are your dreams for Ethicollective?
My dreams for Ethicollective are to be able to travel the world a number of times a year with Jackson, sourcing amazing fair trade and ethical bags, jewelry, textiles and homewares while also working on my couture label Aleta Lucia that I will be releasing soon. The opening range for this label was designed completely in Nepal in my folded up soft covered, tattered diary and inspired heavily by traditional Tibetan weaving so I owe a lot to Nepal!
Supporting fair-trade and ethical production is important to me as predominantly in the textiles and traditional crafts industries, the workers are women. I feel as an educated Western woman I am in a position to reach out to other women who are less fortunate and support practices that ensure they are treated and remunerated in a fair and ethical way. I feel there is a long way to go but I hope to be able to help the women and their offspring by supporting fair- trade and ideally in the future, establishing Ethicollective industries in many countries.
OH WOW Aleta I absolutely LOVE you and everything you are creating. I can’t wait to see all your dreams unfold! You have my full support and deepest gratitude. Our world is blessed by your vision and the work you are doing.
You can find out more about Ethicollective here and of course shop their incredible range of ethically sourced fair-trade bags/clutches. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram to see all the Ethicollective awesomeness and be first to know about the upcoming new range!!! Exciting!!!
“Meet me at the water’s edge and dance to an ancient rhythm feel the beat of forgotten song re-discover what time has hidden“
A little snippet of some inspirational words written by amazing calligraphy artist Suzi Smith.
This post is dedicated to all things turquoise…to my love of crystal clear waters and the healing, soothing energies they embody. Here is a collection of photos taken by my husband and I from our travels along the Western Australian coastline, Big Sur, California, North West USA, Canada, Glacier National Park, Banff, Yellowstone, and Bali. We are always chasing the turquoise hues from oceans and rivers to glacial waters. There’s also a couple of inspirational shots of Suzi Smith’s artwork that has captured my heart and soul. And for all those wondering where I get all my rings from, I’ve added some of my jewellery pictures I’ve posted on my Instagram….the links are all below.
I hope these turquoise visions imbue upon you all the same calm, peaceful vibes they do for me.
It’s been plentiful love vibes here in the Janneson Bense abode, with V day a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend’s anniversary celebrations. My amazing husband took me on a wine cruise along the swan river to commemorate our 6 divine years of marriage. And it was incredible! The thoughtfulness, the romance, the wine, the food, meeting so many wonderful people, creating new connections, the luxury of cruising along the river in the sunshine, being thoroughly entertained by the hosts and captain of Captain Cook Cruises. They both actually sang us songs on our return trip and they were amazing!
I wanted to wear something really special on this day. My handmade Loveleigh lace dress was absolutely perfect for the occasion. One of a kind, consciously created with love.
I kept my jewels simple and gold with Anna Beck, Torchlight Jewelry and Heather Gardner. While we played at the wineries I wore my Flower Gypsies flower crown, remembering back to the magical flower arrangements at our wedding. As evening set in and we returned to the dock, we strolled along the river, reminiscing on that beautiful moment when we became husband and wife. The sun was setting and it was the perfect end to a perfect date.
Something that came to my attention on this magnificent day was the choice we have to make the most of any experience in life. When we try new things and adventure out of our comfort zone, we can choose to either see everything that is wrong with the situation, or everything that is amazing and awesome. Pretty much goes for a lot of things in life. When we choose to see the blessings and wonder that exists, the opportunities for connection, for fun, and a whole universe of love and joy, open up to us. Our experience is enriched and we are nourished. Like anything it takes practice, though the more we practice gratitude and joy, the richer our life becomes.