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Lace Lovin

June 19, 2014

When it comes to all things lacey Spell really nail it every time! It’s probably obvious already from all my instagram pics and wardrobe that ivory laces are my absolute favourite. This dress, this cut, this lace….utter perfection. Quite possibly my favourite dress in my wardrobe right now. And WA girls if you didn’t already know Lexi & Roy is your one stop shop for all things Spell over here in the west.

I’m loving this dress styled without the nude slip, and belted/cropped over shredded skinnies and a biker jacket to roughen up the look. Add boots and fedora and a summer outfit transforms into winter. And of course a mountain of jewels ;)

Now that winter is finally well and truly here in WA, I’m embracing the spiral inwards as winter draws us into that introspective space. This is one of my favourite times to get really creative with my wardrobe and play with layers. My layering essentials – dusters, loose tees, a cropped bomber, the perfect skinny jeans, and a tailored vegan leather jacket. I tend more towards the neutrals – black, white, beige and grey during this season, with pops of colour thrown in to my accessories. A bright tribal bag, turquoise rings, funky coloured nails and statement necklaces. Fashion and style to me is about having fun. Wear what makes you happy, not what’s on trend. Enjoy the process of expressing your creativity through style.

And here’s a little something for those on a budget but wanting to add some lovely lace into their wardrobe. I’ve hunted and narrowed down some of my favourite lace dresses under $100 -

Sonnet Dress

Everdeen Maxi

Crochet knit lace dress

Ralph Lauren 3/4 sleeve Lace dress

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Spell dress via Lexi & Roy

Necklaces – Free People + Embella Jewellery

Boots – Free People

Hat – Catarzi (similar)

Child of Wild Flash tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Lunar Sea Gypsy | Eastern Soul | OOAK Elephant Wrap (similar)

Cuffs – Global Princess | Alushia Sanchia thunderbird

Winter white

June 1, 2014

 

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Cosy winter whites and turquoise colour pops. Vintage tees and fringe for days. One of my day to day casual outfits that I love and so great for this transitional weather.

Rain or shine I am drawn to the beautiful ocean. I was lucky to catch the pause in between the rain storms on this shoot. It was the perfect way to fire up the spirit and passion as winter draws us inwards.

Enjoy the transitions in life as we expand and contract. Pause for those peaceful moments between breaths. Allow yourself to sink deeply into the magic of a moment as you release all your worries and stressful thoughts. There is only peace, love and bliss.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

Mandala Crochet Coat – Spell via Lexi and Roy Shop

Turquoise rock necklace – Amaleia Jewellery

Rings – Lola Pepper Boutique | OOAK Elephant (similar) | Mermaid by Hand wave | Wingostarr Lotus | OOAK Sun wrap (similar)

Deer Medicine pants – Teeki

Live by the sun tank – Chaser

Bracelets – Shantique turquoise cuff + Zoda via Scarlet

Necklaces – Lost Lover | Free People

Dreamweaver bag – Spell

Beanie – Spell

 

 

Delicate Strength

May 25, 2014

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There is great strength, beauty and freedom in vulnerability. As we peel back the masks, embrace who we are, and share our authentic self, we enrich our experience of life, we deepen our connections, heighten our senses, and a natural unfolding of gratitude and love follow. Our beautiful delicate nature unveils our potential for growth, healing and happiness. 

It’s been forever since Mother’s Day and this post is seriously long overdue. It was such a beautiful day spent at our local beach of course hehe ;) It was a little crazy though, the sea was growling and super rough, and the sand was covered in seaweed. We set up this gorgeous lacy crochet throw from Losari home and woman and had some beautiful time soaking up the sunshine. It was a lovely, warm afternoon, and even though the beach looked like a bomb had gone off, it was absolutely so beautiful in all of it’s glorious mess. It reminded me how important it is to speak and honour our truth. No matter what that might be or how messy one might feel. To really allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share who we are. It felt as though mother earth was having an off day, but in actual fact she couldn’t have been more perfect and beautiful.

When we allow others to truly see who we are, to drop the masks we hide behind, to share our vulnerability, we open ourselves up for deeper connections with those we love. And we can live a more peaceful and free life. It takes some peeling back of the many layers that we create for ourselves and some inquiry into our thoughts and beliefs. And this can be painful at times too. And it can be exhilarating as well, especially in those moments when you realise your ability to choose your thoughts and beliefs and you release yourself from suffering.

Take some time to go within, listen to your thoughts, question them, look at their roots and the beliefs that house them. Imagine how good it feels when you don’t believe or think those painful thoughts. Choose to let them go, even if only for a minute, and feel the peace wash over you.  You no longer have to replay the hurt. You can choose a new story, one that makes you feel good, and replay that like your favourite record.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Marigold maxi Lace Dress + Italian Knit scarf – Nightcap Clothing

Lace crochet throw – Losari Home and Woman

Cuffs – Gypsy RiverVintage Nepali + Nasiri

Katari Coin Bag – Stela9

Flowercrown – Eterie

Rings – Lost LoverElephant | Spirit | Akseki cuff/ring | OOAK Elephant wrap ring (similar) | Wingostarr Jewelry Lotus ring

Necklaces – Lost Lover, Goldbarr, Free People + Child of Wild

Khacha anklet – Haati Chai

Fedora – Lack of Color

 

Here are a few from my family album xx

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Bejewelled

May 19, 2014

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Athina Boots – Free People | Bag – Zoda from Scarlet | Top – Rue Stiic | Cuff/Bracelets – Embella | Natalie B

Rings – Embella large spiral + small leaf + small spiral + large leaf | Dogeared moon glow | Nik Dreamer | Elephant (similar) | Minc Collections | Karen London | Wingostarr Jewelry lotus
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Cuffs + RingsGypsy River

Temporary tattoo – Skin Feelings

Bold knuckle ring – Heart Majestic | Turquoise midi eye ring – Sunahara | Shield ring (similar)

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Cuffs – Embella | Shantique tibetan turquoise cuff from Scarlet | Bracelets – Embella

Rings – Embella turquoise leaf + spiral + leaf + large spiral | Gypsy River large turquoise ring
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Kimono – Gypsy Soul Designs

Rings – Lux Divine Jewelry | Kami Lerner gold wrap + Kami Lerner Amethyst druzy | Gold midi chevron rings

 

Nothing like a little bit of ring and arm candy to brighten up the day. This week I’m loving all things vintage and tribal, druzy rings and as always turquoise…the bigger the better!

Here are some of my latest pics from my Instagram. Check out this week’s jewelry favourites at Gypsy River, Embella, Lux Divine Jewelry, Karen London and Scarlet.

 

So much love and gratitude,

Helen xxxxx

Sparkling seas & Fiery skies

May 13, 2014

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In between the sparkling sea

and the fiery crimson sky

I fell into your love spell

And there was only you and I

 

This was undoubtedly the most magical sunset I’ve ever witnessed. The whole day leading up to it was magic. The cloud formations, the sparkling waters, the golden light. Love was in the air, everywhere we looked there were happy smiles, warm hearts and sneaky kisses. It was as though everyone lived within a bubble of love. I know we sure were ;) My husband and I started our afternoon date at the beach photographing this oufit, soaking up warm autumn sun rays, then we drove along the magnificent WA coast, with an early dinner at one of our fave beachside restaurants, followed by this awe inspiring, breath taking sunset. I couldn’t believe how much it changed from moment to moment. The intensity of colour, starting off so softly with pink, orange and purple and ending with the ocean and sky completely alight in a deep crimson red. I feel so blessed that we were able to experience this wonder. That our timing lined up so divinely with ease. Beyond grateful.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Scarborough beach, Trigg beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Paperwhites Maxi Dress – Free People

Necklaces – Karen London Dreamweaver | Chinta Turquoise Hamsa mala

Daisy Chain Flower headband - Eterie

Rings – Lost Lover | Vanessa Mooney | Om compassion (similar) | Sunahara | Elephant (similar)

Cuffs – Vintage turquoise | Spell

 

 

Ocean Gypsy

May 12, 2014

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Well it’s safe to say I am completely jewellery obsessed! haha! My collection seems to be growing at a pretty insane rate. Ever thankful for the abundance, there is one particular designer’s work I have been coveting the most lately.

I recently came across Goldbarr on Instagram, as I was randomly searching with the hopes of discovering something really different that would answer the call of my heart and creative yearnings. And I found it. All those statement necklaces are absolute perfection. The unique details, excellent quality and craftsmanship, along with middle eastern/asian/indian and californian influences, makes Goldbarr a must have for any serious jewellery lover. They are really fun to stack too, if you want to take your statement necklace to that next level neck party. It can get heavy around the neck lol, but it’s jaw dropping, show stopping amazingness. I love discovering new labels that excite my senses and feed my creative soul.

These photos were taken one beautiful late afternoon, frolicking on the beach like an ocean gypsy, I styled my Goldbarr with my easy to wear and layer free people shred dress, some gypsy jingly belt bling, and a whole pile of vintage silver rings. Throw on some contrasting black boots, bag, hat and jacket and head off to your favourite festival. I was perfectly content though to throw my boots off, feel the sand on my feet, drink in the salty ocean air and make the most of that perfect temperate easterly breeze.

For anyone wanting to add a little Goldbarr into their life, they have offered all my followers a special discount code ‘OCEANGYPSY’ to use at checkout which will give you 15% off your order. If you spend over $350, you will also receive a free Maldives necklace.YAY! Love sharing the love with you all. If any of you end up adding some Goldbarr to your collection I’d so love to see your pics on Instagram. Tag me #gypsylovinlight so I can see :) Thank you! Love you all soooo much!! xx

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Hillarys

 

Outfit Details

Versailles necklace – Goldbarr

Tattered Up shred slip - Free People

Metal bead rosary – Free People

Gypsy Dreams belt – St. Eve Jewelry

Bracelets – St. Eve Jewelry | Free People | Crystal Arrow Bangle

Rings – St. Eve Jewelry | Om Compassion (similar) | Elephant (similar) | Spell Designs | Nik Dreamer | Vintage (similar)

Hat – Brixton

Boots – Witchery

 

Gypsy Mama

May 9, 2014

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

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Rings – Heart Majestic | Natalie B | Vanessa Mooney | Sunahara | Lost Lover
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Bracelets – Threads (The Shine Project) | Torchlight Jewelry | Rings – Torchlight Jewelry Thunderbird + Herkimer Diamond | Kami Lerner Gold Wrap rings | Amarilo

A little post dedicated to all the gypsy mama’s out there. Some recent jewellery pics from my Instagram, along with some of my blog features this week. I have been so overwhelmed with all the love surrounding me, in the best possible way. I’m so grateful and it just fills my heart with more love that I want to share with you all!

On that note I have a very special giveaway I’m offering in partnership with ever lovely and inspiring The Fifth Element Life. In time for Mother’s Day we are giving away one Mandala ring of your choice. Check out my Instagram here to enter and for all details.

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And if you want to add one these magical mandala rings from The Fifth Element Life to your collection, make sure to use your special code ‘gypsylovinlight’ for 5% off your purchase. These mandala rings bestow upon their wearer the intention and energy of each mandala. From inspiration, protection to compassion and love. They are truly beautiful just like their creator.

 

You can check out my recent interviews and features here -

Losari Home and Woman – an interview on motherhood, being a style blogger and life

Free People’s Sun Chaser

Kindred Spirits – 60 seconds with GypsyLovinLight

Dogeared - I’m an honorary DogearedMOM! :)

 

Wishing all you beautiful mamas a wonderful mother’s day. I love you all so much xxxx

Silver Light

May 8, 2014

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Sailing the boat of silver light, 

The moon-beauty is fast approaching me

The sky is vibrating with sweet and melodious songs

The birds are flying beyond the horizon

To an unknown land.

All my hopes are flying without any destination.

Slowly my life’s evening sets in

Sri Chinmoy 

 

These images were taken a couple of weeks ago now, during a late afternoon stroll along the beach with my beloved husband before our dinner date that evening. The silvery light was fading ever so quickly, the way it does as we move deeper into fall. The reflections of light, the crisp air, the roaring sea….it all stirred at the beginnings of winter.

The evening called for my favourite Sea Dreamer romper. The perfect trans-seasonal piece and so great for layering. I had the chance to wear some divine bright silver jewels from Anna Beck and Dogeared Jewelry. I must say I really love that contrast of black and bright silver. It added a touch of glamour to my bohemian look, and was perfect for me to take out from the beach to a special dinner date with my husband. A little St. Eve Jewelry gypsy belt to jingle my way through the night, and I was set. We had such a beautiful evening together. Always such precious times that revive us as parents, partners, lovers and friends.

This post is dedicated to my husband, Bobby, the man who so willingly gives so much of his time and energy to help create this blog of mine. He is my amazing and talented photographer, the beautiful man who captures my essence and brings it to life, so I may share this with you all. He does all of this so humbly, never asking for credit or anything in return. He knows how happy it makes me and how much I love styling. What a wonderful man he is. I am so blessed.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Romper – Sea Dreamer

Long Strand Disc Necklace – Anna Beck

Thunderbird necklace – Dogeared

Rings – Dogeared moonglow | Dogeared elephant | Dogeared Arrow | Anna Beck saddle | Anna beck dish | Anna Beck Wire Rimmed Band | Minc Collections wishbone | Ichu 

Gypsy Dreams belt – St. Eve Jewelry

Messer hat – Brixton

 

 

 

LIVE by the SUN, LOVE by the MOON ☽

May 5, 2014

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LIVE by the SUN, LOVE by the MOON…..these words are so appropriate for me right now. I’m living and loving life to the fullest, flowing with the rhythms, feeling the interconnectedness… and ever grateful for all that I have. My beautiful family, the incredible opportunities and experiences that continue to flow into my life, to have time to feed my soul and express my creativity. I feel a gratitude list coming….haha! It may be the cooler weather, or that so much change is upon me, but I feel so grateful for this new phase of my life, this transitional time that I’m in right now. I see myself a little like a caterpillar creating my cocoon once again, weaving it with love to protect and nurture myself, as I gear up to transform and take flight. It’s going to be a big year, I can feel it in my bones. It actually already is a BIG year! My blogging journey has become a full time career in a matter of months. I’m absolutely loving it all so much, though with something so big and new in my life, whilst juggling being a mother, healer and wife at the same time, it’s so important for me to remain mindful to move along at my own pace. This way I won’t crash, and I will continue to love all the amazing experiences I am so blessed to enjoy in this life. The beautiful synergy and balance of the sun and moon are a constant reminder to me to choose a healing pace in life and walk to the beat of the great mother.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

‘Live by the sun, Love by the moon’ Tank – Chaser

Thunder bird necklace | Elephant ringDogeared

Necklace, Moroccan Dreams Ring, Bazaar Ring, Shine on Bracelet – St. Eve Jewelry

Moon tattoo – Skin Feelings

Denim shorts – One Teaspoon

Moonlight Dreamer Kimono – Kivari

Rings – Vintage (similar) | Arrow | Moonglow | Turquoise (similar) | Silver chevron midi rings

Bracelets – Free People | Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery | Crystal Arrow | Vintage

Bandit Feather key chain – Soul Makes Jewelry

Bralette, BagSpell Designs

Hat – Brixton

 

Sun/Moon Images – Martin Eisen | Keith Tarrier

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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