It’s the first day of winter here in Aus and it’s definately layering time in WA…..icy, desert cold mornings, warm, bright, blue sunny days. One of my favourite things about this time of year is rocking lots of different layers. Kimonos and long tees under fitted jackets are a favourite look of mine, paired with either jeans or shorts. Layering jewels is always so much fun and so easy with Goldbarr. And Rue Stiic basics provide me with an amazing canvas to adorn with all my jewels. The quality, texture and cuts in this range are all perfect.
Layer up lovelies and never be afraid to share your inner gypsy! And whenever you get the chance to shed your layers, immerse yourself in nature, feel your bare feet on the earth and dance upon the sand.
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.
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.
There are days when I arrive at the beach and it’s just out of this world. PURE MAGIC. This was one of those days. It was just prior to the full moon eclipse aka blood moon, and each day during this week I witnessed such majestic light. I was so moved by the breathtaking beauty of it all. I was on a natural high as I took it all in. And I must admit it reminded me of my rather colourful past when I would dabble in mind altering substances. This was definitely a mind altering experience, though completely natural and healing. My past of substance abuse is not something I talk about often. I’ve made peace and accepted this as part of my journey. It shaped me into the person that I am, for which I’m grateful. And I have accepted all the consequences of my choices. One of the lessons I took from my altered experiences is that you don’t actually need to take anything to alter your perception and see the world as a magical place. It’s all there available to you at any moment. I’ve been clean for well over 15 years now and my experiences of every day life far outweigh those of my youth. The magical moments I experience now alter me in a way that I can feel the chemical balance of my body shift naturally. My natural endorphins rise and I feel as though I could float away on a cloud. It’s true joy. And very real. I no longer have the need to escape myself, to escape my reality. I now know I am the creator of my reality. I shape it into the beauty that I see. And I know that the more I love myself, the more I accept myself, and see the beauty that is me, the greater my perceptions of the world will be. My view of the world is but a mirror of how I see myself. So I say, fill those wounds with love, allow them to heal and transform with acceptance, and allow yourself to experience all the love, joy and magic that is your birthright. We were all born to have the most amazing life possible. It’s all within reach, just one small adjustment away.
Sending LOVE and LIGHT to you all, always.
Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia
Julia Tube Top – Soleil Blue (part of an instagram giveaway we are running until thurs 1st. May) See HERE for details.
I’ve been getting my shopping fix on Polyvore lately and having the BEST time creating outfits. Even though we are still having super hot days here in WA, I’m already wayyy too excited about my fall/winter outfits. Here’s one of my flat lays I created today to inspire you folks in the southern hemisphere.