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Worldly Treasures

June 8, 2014

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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,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

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.

Gypsy Ring, Flower Power Ring  + Afghan fish choker (worn as a belt) – Gypsy River

Necklaces – Lost Lover + Free People

Rings – Ono Jewellery | Embella Jewellery | Lunar Sea Gypsy

Silver hill tribe cuff – Embella Jewellery

Top – Free People

Shorts – One Teaspoon

Boots – Free People

Hat – Brixton

Children of the Tribe

May 29, 2014

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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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Clothing - Children of the Tribe Available to shop online in sizes 000-6 years old

Children: Kaia & Marley

Photography

Styling

Hats

Jewellery

Dreamcatchers - dawnwolfdreamer

Props – heathsoldwares

Shade of Light

May 26, 2014

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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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Shop the new collection HERE

Photography – David Hauserman 

H + M – Ashlea Penfold

Styling – Marisa Sidoti

Model – Olivia Donaldson

Hobo + Hatch

May 3, 2014

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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.

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Shawl  (natural) – Hobo + Hatch | Instagram | Facebook | Visit in person shop 2, 64 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup, Western Australia

Daisy flower crown – Eterie

Dress – Spell Designs

Necklaces – Soul Loving Jewelry moonstone mala | Chinta rose quartz | Spell Designs Gypsy

Kimono – Myee Carlyle

Rings – Rico Designs Rhodonite | Elephant (similar) | Sun wrap | Moonglow | Blooming flower | Mermaid by Hand wave | Heart Majestic silver knuckle ring

Bangles – Free People | Sunahara | Shayote Isis wrap

Beanie – Spell Designs

Cloudbreak anklet – Roadtrip Jewellery

 

And here are some photos of the Hobo + Hatch pop up store and bts hanging out with owner and beauty Leona..and seriously loving her outfit soooo much! Shop it HERE + HERE + HERE xx

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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Ringspiration

March 26, 2014

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Hello lovelies!!!!!

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 ;)

Sending loving vibes your way,

Helen xx

 

First picture

Prairie Lace dress ~ Spell Designs

Gold Wire Wrap Rings ~ Kami Lerner

Gold midi rings

 

Second Picture (listed from left to right)

Left hand ~ Pinky ring, Kasuni ring, Free People Shapes midi ring, Open bar ring, Barrington ring

Ring hand ~ Axiom ring, Kami Lerner Wrap rings, Amelia wrap ring, Alexa ring, Vida ring, pinky ring

Most of these rings are from Amarilo Jewelry

 

Third Picture

Moon Phase Hot pants ~ Teeki

Rings ~ Kami Lerner Above the knuckle wrap ring, Torchlight Jewelry Thunderbird ring, Free People shapes midi ring, Kami Lerner Wire wrap mid finger, Gold midi rings, Brooke Persich

 

Fourth Picture

Nostalgia Top ~ Ixiah

Leather Skirt ~ Kivari

Morrison Belt ~ Stone Cold Fox X LuvAJ

Rings ~ Child of Wild Turkish Shield rings, Vintage Elephant ring SIMILAR, Sunahara turquoise midi ring

Bangles ~ Sunahara

Ani Necklace ~ Lost Lover

 

Fifth Picture

Backdrop ~ Ethi Collective Hanneli Huipil Overnighter PERFECT for the road trip lovers! xx

Bracelets ~ Free People Harper Stone cuff, Free People Electric Stone bangle set, Lost Lover Nepalese Bracelet, Sunahara bangles

Rings ~ Sunahara turquoise midi ring, Vintage elephant ring SIMILAR, Lost Lover Nepalese ring

 

 

Release into bliss

March 25, 2014

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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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Photography ~ Bobby Bense

Model/Stylist ~ Helen Janneson Bense

Outfit Details

Ku Te Da Lux Kimono (Lavender Cosmo) ~ Gypsy Soul Designs

Gypsy Love Bralette ~ Spell designs via Lexi & Roy

Spellbound Statement Necklace, Grand Bazaar Ring, Shine on Silver Bracelet ~ St. Eve Jewelry

Black River Charm necklace, Bandit key chain ~ Soul Makes Jewelry

Akseki Cuff, Anatolian Ring ~ Lost Lover

Harper Stone Cuff ~ Free People

Canyon Fedora ~ Yellow 108

Dreamweaver bag ~ Spell Designs

All other rings are vintage

Shorts ~ Vintage

She Comes in Colors Everywhere

March 15, 2014

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She comes in colors everywhere

She combs her hair 

She’s like a rainbow 

Coming, colors in the air 

Everywhere

She comes in colors

She’s a Rainbow ~ Rolling Stones

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!!!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Photography ~ Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Stylist ~ Helen Janneson Bense

Location ~ Perth Hills, Western Australia

Outfit Details

‘Hanneli’ Huipil Overnighter ~ Ethicollective

Scallop bikini ~ Free People

‘She Comes in Colours’ Stash pouch ~ Sugar high Love stoned X Samudra via Gypsy Stone

Healing Spirit hill tribe necklace, Turkish shield rings ~ Child of Wild

Crystals ~ Torchlight Jewelry, Ono Jewellery

Thunderbird Pendant ~ Hunter Gatherer Jewellery

Rings ~ Lost Lover, Nik Dreamer, Vintage

Cuffs ~ St. Eve Jewelry, Spell Designs

Shorts ~ One Teaspoon

Spun scarf ~ Subtle Luxury

Turquoise Vibes

March 5, 2014

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“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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Details

Original calligraphy canvas art by Suzi Smith

Model/Stylist/Photography ~ Helen Janneson Bense & Bobby Bense

First outfit

Akina Kimono, She Floats Necklace, Ulani mini dress ~ Myee Carlyle

Rings ~ Minc Collections, Ono Jewellery, Sunahara, Heart Majestic, Spell turquoise double cuff ring, Vintage

Ring pic 1

Karen Londen Gypsy ring and Dreamweaver cuff, Torchlight Jewelry, Teeki Tarot Magick Hot pants

Ring pic 2

Green double stone ring Lebrisa designs, Lost Lover ring and bracelet, Ono Jewelry, Sunahara

Ring pic 3

Rico Designs, Victory Jewelry, Spell Designs turquoise cuff and rings, Heart Majestic, Laura Shipp Jewellery, Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery, Nik Dreamer

Ring pic 4 & 5

Nik Dreamer turquoise and crescent moon ring, Karen London Natalie ring and Dreamweaver necklace , Ono Jewellery, J-Line design, Spell Designs turquoise cuff, Alushia Sanchia thunderbird cuff, Loveleigh designs dress

Celebrating Love

February 28, 2014

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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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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Outfit Details

Lace Dress ~ Loveleigh designs

“Allison” Flower Crown ~ Flower Gypsies X Sweet 1985

Rings ~ Torchlight Jewelry, Anna Beck, Midi rings

Necklaces ~ Heather Gardner, Anna Beck

Floppy Hat ~ Sportsgirl Similar style/colour from TopShop

 

LOVEleigh x

February 19, 2014

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I feel very honoured to share with you all a little about the super lovely Morgan, inspirational designer and creator of LOVEleigh designs. I feel so privileged to wear her divine clothing, knowing that each piece goes to supporting people in great need. Nothing better than wearing conscious clothing you love, knowing you are helping to change someone’s life. Pretty amazing hey. Here’s my interview with this phenomenal woman….

When and how did LOVEleigh begin?

LOVEleigh Designs officially began in June 2011, I was back in Canada for my best friends wedding and found I had quite a bit of time on my hands. Not wanting to work for someone else, and trying to fuse ideas of intertwining my passions, I ended up in a spontaneous trip to the fabric store where my mother and I scoured the shelves for hours and came out with a couple hundred meters of fabric. From then on, it was go time, and I haven’t stopped or looked back ever since. My mum had taught me how to sew when I was a young girl, but growing up with only a brother, I was always more interested in welding rails for snowboarding, working on my truck in mechanics, or building random things in woodwork. I could never have imagined I would end up in this world.

Eventually I started making my own clothes because I felt I couldn’t find anything ‘unique’ and ‘original.’ For years friends and strangers had asked me if I would make clothing for the public, which I was always very uninterested in doing. The push I got from my mother to go ahead and just ‘explore with an open mind and an open heart’ turned out to be a life changing one. After my 8 week stint in Canada sewing and selling, I decided that when I came back to Australia I would pack up my life in Sydney and head up the coast, for warmer waves, and a new lifestyle. After a short stint in Coffs Harbour, I found myself, barefoot and smiling in Byron Bay. That was over two years ago, and I am still here now (with a few adventure in between, of course!).

What are you most passionate about in life?

I definitely have a lot of passions, I think being a Scorpio, I am by nature, a very passionate person. Family and friends are of course my number one, I love to travel, explore, get in the ocean all day every day. I’m discovering though, from a very young age, I have been passionate about something that is very near and dear to my heart, and that is helping others. From my passion, has come compassion. Since I can remember, I couldn’t walk past a homeless person in the streets without emptying my pockets, or at least trying to put a smile on their faces. I used to barter with my Dad when I was really young to try and get my allowance early, only to spend it giving a few dollars here and there trying to help those a little less fortunate. I truly believe I have been so blessed into the life I’ve been born into. So I decided after traveling around South East Asia solo on my first big trip in 2007, that i needed to do more. I decided to go back to uni, but I was going to spice it up a little and move to Australia!

I studied my Masters in Human Rights at UNSW in Sydney and part way though my degree was fortunate enough to be selected for an amazing internship in Switzerland at the UN advocating for refugee rights. After graduating, I took a job running a water-based NGO in Malawi, Africa. I’d never been to Africa, and I’d never ran an entire NGO, so it was a huge leap, but I always try and step out of my comfort zone, so the next thing I knew three weeks later I was on a plane to Africa. Working in Malawi myself and my 11-man team of local villagers went around to 12 different villages and using grassroots initiatives helped the villagers build water pumps and toilets, while providing hygiene education to all. The experience was incredible, daunting, exhausting, liberating, and inspiring all in one breath. While I was there, I had a lot of time to reflect on my life, my company, and how I wanted my future to be. I kept having circulating ideas that I wanted to work for myself, doing something creative, I wanted to have fun and travel the world, and I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. In that moment, my worlds collided, ethical fashion, it all made so much sense. That weekend I headed out to the local markets and started purchasing the most beautiful traditional Malawian fabric from the local women. I ended up coming home with about 60 lbs of fabric from my time working and exploring Africa. In purchasing my fabrics from the local women there, I was able to help them to provide for their families. Like that isn’t enough, I was also able to provide my customers with unique limited edition, sometimes one-of-a-kind garments, hand made, with a very hopeful story behind it.

I then met a little boy while I was there named Often (pronounced Orphan), whose family was having troubles paying for his school fees (primary school is free in Malawi, and secondary school you must pay for). After meeting with his headmaster, talking with his family and crunching some numbers, I was able to figure out a way to put him through school. Proceeds from select garments, made from the African fabrics would go towards putting Often through school for the year (and feed an house him!). I am happy to say I am putting him through school for a second year in a row all thanks to those LOVEleigh supporters out there!

What do you love the most about LOVEleigh?

What I love most about LOVEleigh, is probably easy to guess. I love that I can make a difference, little old me! I love that I get to help people that just need a little bit of love and care. I love that simply by sharing my story, others are inspired to help and spread the LOVE. I also love that my mother, who is the most incredible woman in the world, and talented beyond belief, has given me the skills to start LOVEleigh and is so proud of me. I love that my Dad, who is a man of his word, and has some seriously strong ethics, has taught me how to run an honest company, and grow organically. After my time in Africa, I promised myseIf to never forgot about the people I met, the things I accomplished and the lessons I learned. I promised to keep talking about global issues, to always be an advocate for those whose voices cannot be heard, and to always try and help whenever I can. I was lucky to be born into the life I have, so for the rest of my days I will try and make others lives as happy and filled with love as mine is :)
LOVEleigh has let me do all of this, and to everyone out there who has supported me, you are the reason this dream has come true for me, and indirectly, so many others!

What are your future dreams for LOVEleigh?

I am fortunate to travel a lot, I recently did a road trip through Mexico with my best friend in October and had the opportunity to meet some local women, and buy fabric from them. My dream is eventually to take the production of LOVEleigh Designs out of my own two hands and offshore, by starting a women’s collective (in this little magical town I spent some time in), in Mexico. Providing women with the skills to sew, and offer them affordable, safe housing, and courses in family planning, nutrition, women’s rights and small business management.
I would love to still spend 3 months of every year working on a project somewhere in the developing world. I believe strongly in education in all capacities, helping people to help themselves.
I hope LOVEleigh Designs will continue to inspire others to help each other and make the world a better place.

I am eternally grateful for beautiful souls like Morgan. For her caring, compassion, love, the action she takes, the empowering message she inspires in others, for sharing her skills and passions with us all. The world is richer and a more peaceful place with this divine earth angel sharing her passion and love.

This is the first post featuring the magnificent LOVEleigh designs. I have more in store coming soon!

With love and gratitude xx

Outfit Details
Watercolour Maxi in Ocean Fade Dress ~ LOVEleigh Designs | Instagram | Facebook
Mosaic Coral/Turquoise Necklace, Coral/Turquoise Bracelet, Akseki Cuff, Nepalese Coral/Turquoise/Lapis Lazuli Ring ~ Lost Lover | Instagram | Facebook

Gypsy Love Cuff, Shine On Silver Bracelet, Bazaar Ring ~ St. Eve Jewelry | Instagram | Facebook
Harper Stone Cuff ~ Free People | Instagram | Facebook
Rings ~ Large Turquoise ring - Bahgsu Jewels
All other rings/cuffs ~ Vintage

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