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Thalassotherapy

September 11, 2014

Nothing beats getting off the plane and landing in warm sunny paradise to a relaxing spa day. Having travelled so much in my life and especially after having children, I plan the little details of my travel a lot more these days. I always leave a lot of space for spontaneity, though I’m so grateful to myself for the little plans I make well ahead of time….like this. Stepping off the plane and into the renowned Ayana aquatonic spa was the perfect post flight remedy. And a great way to really fast track yourself into an instant holiday vibe. I highly recommend it to those coming off long flights to Bali and really needing something to help kick the jet lag.

The water in the aquatonic pool is fed by the Indian ocean seawater, bringing with it all the healing properties of the ocean. Thalassotherapy actually means ‘Sea Healing.’ The warmth of the water and the hydro massage stations and jet streams, provide so many therapeutic benefits by boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage. I suggest lots of water afterwards to maintain good hydration, and give yourself the best cleansing start to your holiday…. and definitely head straight to your room for the most blissful sleep of your life!

Here are some pictures we took of our time in this incredible spa, our arrival to Ayana Resort and our amazing cliff front villa. The rest of the time we simply melted into a heavenly meditative state of bliss, rejuvenating our bodies and souls.

Enjoy!

Lots of love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Aquatonic spa, Ayana Resort, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Kimono – Myee Carlyle

Bikini

Body chain

Necklace

Moon necklace

Rings – Anna Beck | Kami Lerner | Amarilo | Bing Bang X UO

Bracelets 

Hat (similar)

 

 

Blessed Child

May 27, 2014

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“The creative adult is the child who has survived” – Ursula K. Le Guin

I came across this quote this morning and instantly fell in love. The timing was of course perfect. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the social tenets of how one is supposed to look, dress and act at a certain age. I’m coming up to 38 this year and I know I don’t really look my age physically, but I think it’s more than that. I don’t act my age. More to the point, I don’t act in a way that adheres to the general social expectations of a 38 year old woman. I write my own life story, and in mine there is no age limit on how one can act, look, dress, be. I’m unconventional, imaginative, passionate, creative, naive, sensitive, vulnerable, open hearted and I will always believe in magic. I love spontaneity and I live in the present. And best of all, I’m at my happiest when I’m in my little vortex creating what I love with all my heart and soul. All the wonderful characteristics of a child.

When I look at my children they remind me of this ability we have to tap into our creative selves. To open the doorway to joy in an instant. Bless these sweet angels for reminding us of the true beauty of life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Lace insert maxi dress – Bambi Collective

Necklaces – Haati Chai + Love + Leather

Boho Goddess Barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Anklets – Lost Lover

Lace cardigan – Chaser

Rings – Blooming Flower | Sunahara chain | Spell designs Totem | The Fifth Element Life mandala (Connection + Inspiration) Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ for 5% off all mandala rings

Flower crown – Flower Gypsies

 

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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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

 

 

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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Golden Aura

April 22, 2014

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Gold Bangles + Cuff – Free People | Aztec Slave cuff – Morgan Joanel

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo | Morgan Joanel | Heart Majestic

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Turkish coin necklace (worn as anklet) – Child of Wild | Gold bangles – Free People

Rings – Brooke Persich | Morgan Joanel | Amarilo | Gold chevron midi rings

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Turkish Coin necklace + Medusa collar necklaceChild of Wild | Thunderbird body chain + Knuckle ringsHeart Majestic | Flowercrown – Flower Gypsies | Aztec Slave cuff – Morgan Joanel

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo | Morgan Joanel | Heart Majestic

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Temporary tattoo (Gypset Goddess) – Skin Feelings | Bangles – Free People

Rings – Kami Lerner gold wrap rings | Amarilo | Free People | Karen London

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 Spell Designs turquoise cuff (SOLD OUT) Alternate | Vanessa Mooney Turquoise ring | Om compassion ring | Silver sun wrap ring

A week of gold and turquoise, inspired by sacred geometry, golden aura crystals, and egyptian opulence. Turquoise always has such a strong presence in my life. It’s my healing colour and healing stone. Gold is something I’ve been building in my jewellery collection lately and I’m so inspired by the stacking possibilities. I have so many amazing jewels to style and giveaways coming up. Stay tuned to the frequency of light and love…..so much awesomeness awaits you.

AND a little reminder to all that this Elephant ring pictured below on my middle finger is part of a BLOG giveaway I am running during the month of April. At the end of this month, I will be giving this away to one lucky person who is following my blog. All you need to do is sign up to follow my blog. The FOLLOW button pops up on the bottom right of the screen. If you have any problems please contact me and I’ll help sign you up. Good luck everyone! Love + gratitude xx

IMG_6451Tarot Magick hot pants – Teeki | Akseki Cuff – Lost Lover

Rings – Spell Designs SOLD OUT Alternate | Om compassion ring | Elephant (similar) | Turquoise OOAK (SHOP similar + here + here)

 

Divine Light

April 21, 2014

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The divine light in me honours the divine light in you. Namaste

I’ve spent many days watching the changing light reflect off the ocean and sand like a divine mirror reflecting all that is. This time of year it has a particular iridescent sparkle, an opalescent glow, and serious magic about it. I’m drawn to it like no other. I crave to be near it, as it ignites my inner wisdom and replenishes my energy.

I’ve recently gone through some deep introspection and felt my heart expand further, and even deeper into love. As I’ve meditated upon the ocean tides and celebrated the moon phases, a greater understanding and love has been evolving within. An understanding of the divine tapestry of life. An acceptance of it’s flow. An unconditional love for myself, regardless of what my circumstances may be. I’ve shed many tears to come to this place and I foresee many more to come as I journey this path. Though ultimately as we accept and love ourselves for who we are, we experience a deeper and more joyous state within our being. Our lives are richer, fuller, our experiences and connections more authentic and real. The vibrational energy of love heals the wounds that once felt unforgivable, and lifts our experience to pure childlike joy. Our inherent nature is restored. As the love for myself grows, it is reflected in the unconditional acceptance and love I experience for every being. As my soul’s eye opens up to the divine light within, I begin to see it in all beings, and know that we are all reflections of divine light and love.

This outfit post was right up there with one of my favourites shoots. It was so effortless and fun. Childlike, playful, even a little cheeky. I was floating in the clouds, yet grounded to the core. I felt infinite, boundless, expansive. In love with life.

Sending infinite amounts of love and light to all you beautiful, magnificent, divine beings. I love you all.

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Silk dress, Lace KimonoVelvet Moon

Temporary tattoos| Gypsea | Namaste | OmSkin Feelings

Flower crowns – Flower Gypsies X Sweet 1985

Crystal necklace – Asile Jewellery via Chinta Cafe

Amethyst slice necklace – Nik Dreamer

Moon’s Vengeance Indian Necklace – Child of Wild

Crystal necklace – Myee Carlyle SOLD OUT (similar)

Morrison Belt – Stone Cold Fox X LuvAJ SOLD OUT (similar)

Rings – Blooming Flower | Wingostarr Jewelry | Dogeared Moonglow | Sun (similar) | Om Compassion (similar) | Minc Collections | Heart Majestic | Ichu Jewellery | Silver midi  | Silver chevron

Bangles – Free People | Sunahara

Anklet – Roadtrip Jewellery

Hat – Lack of Color

February Love

February 27, 2014

IMG_6203 IMG_6221IMG_6202 IMG_6205IMG_6179 IMG_6255 IMG_6185IMG_6270IMG_6306 IMG_6213 It’s been the month of LOVE here in my house! As many of you can tell by now I love to celebrate all things LOVE all the time, though February is a particularly special month for us…firstly our relationship began on Valentine’s day of all days.  This was so random, and at that time in my life I didn’t actually celebrate it at all. How things have changed :) This was 10 years ago! We were also married on February 23rd here in Cottesloe, WA by the sunny beautiful beach :) We celebrated our wedding anniversary last weekend with a wine cruise along the Swan River (pics and post coming soon!!) Every February we love to celebrate pretty much the entire month as one big anniversary! It holds such special memories for us. I can still remember that Valentine’s day when we met at the cafe, I was so mesmerised by his eyes.I had completely overheated within moments of sitting down. As I sat there magnetically fixated on him, flushing, shaky, so nervous, I was also strangely comfortable with him at the same time, as though we had known each other many times before. I could not take my eyes of his. There was so much chemistry between us. The air was electric! I’ve been in love a few times in my life, but nothing has ever compared to that intensity I felt that day. He is my beloved, my soul mate, a kindred spirit, my dearest friend, father of my children and my lover for this life and many more I hope. I am so grateful that I get to spend every day of my life with him.

This Valentine’s day I had the chance to wear this stunning Ixiah dress from the new fall collection. Perfect date night dress. Paired with my Kivari clutch and some beautiful golden crystal jewels from Spark & Thistle and I was set. We had such a fun night taking photos, al fresco dining on a perfectly balmy summer evening, and later cosying up to a movie :)

Let’s all remember to celebrate the love we have, whether it’s with a partner, a child, a parent, a sister, a friend, a pet, the earth or ourselves. We are so lucky in life to experience love. And seriously there isn’t anything better than love. It really is all we need. Let it infuse into every cell of your being and melt away all that does not bring you joy.

So much love from my heart to yours xxxx

Outfit Details

Oracle Bustier Dress ~ Ixiah (this dress will be dropping soon!!)

Boho Bride Crystal Necklace, Vagabond Quartz Earrings ~ Spark & Thistle

Fundo cuff ~ Free People

Swoon clutch ~ Kivari

Rings ~ Anna Beck, Spell Designs, Kami Lerner, Vintage

Shoes ~ Witchery


Crystal Flower Child

February 15, 2014

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Windswept and bathed in light, adorned in flowers and crystals, my inner child free to play. This was a really fun photoshoot. The afternoon wind, or as commonly known here “The Freo Doctor” was in full effect. Rather than resisting it, I utilised the energy to it’s full magnitude. My dreamcatcher became my kite as I danced around the beach, watching the strings of lace flying in the sky. The beach was quiet this afternoon, filled only with a few kindred souls playing….mermaids, kite surfers, skim boarders. It was such an inspiring and playful energy that surrounded me. Highly contagious :)

I had the chance to style some gorgeous local pieces from Princess Poppy Co, a company based here in Fremantle, WA. I love supporting local business and especially when they produce beautiful pieces of art. Also wearing my favourite crystal jewels from Arrow Divine. I had the pleasure of meeting the talented designer behind this label while I was interstate over the holidays. I have followed them on instagram for awhile now and watched each collection grow and expand creatively and I am forever inspired and impressed. Some Arrow Divine is definitely a must have for any jewellery lover.

And this dress! Thanks Free People for such a stunning easy everyday beach dress. Such a flattering fit, super soft rayon, perfect distressing, and a great layering piece. It’s one of those basics that you can style so many ways, that also works perfectly on it’s own. For more of my Free People styling check out my Free People Me page here.

Whatever the weather is, wherever you beautiful beings are, infuse some bright light into your day with crisp whites, clear crystals and sparkling waters. A lake, a river, a stream, the beach or even a pond. Water has many healing qualities and to be near it is to bring you closer to your heart space.

With love and gratitude xx

Outfit Details

Flower crown, Custom Dream catcher ~ Princess Poppy Co | Instagram | Facebook

Free Spirited necklace, Molten Rock Clear Quartz ring ~ Arrow Divine | Instagram | Facebook

Tattered Up Shred Dress ~ Free People | Instagram | Facebook

Harmony bikini top ~ Gypsy Junkies via Revolve Clothing

Bracelet/Cuffs ~ St. Eve Jewelry, Spell Designs

Rings ~ Laura Shipp Jewellery, Mania Mania, Elephant ring (similar), Vintage

Heart Space

February 2, 2014

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“Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths” ~ Rumi

Whenever I feel a little off balance, I am quickly reminded to return to my heart. To dig deeper until that peace washes over me. And then I wonder how I could have so easily strayed from home.

I’ve had the pleasure of spending the past 6 weeks with my gorgeous children while they’ve been on school holidays. I must say it’s been such a joy, even amongst the challenging times. My heart is actually feeling a little heavy and sad as I think about my youngest soon starting school full time. And I can so easily recall the time when I actually longed for this, well more accurately for the break and rest I so desperately needed. Now that the time has come, I feel my heart ache that they are growing up so fast. My babies aren’t babies anymore :( And now my days will soon be a lot quieter without their bubbly joy filled energy around. It’s so bittersweet because I am beyond excited about the possibilities and time I will have to create and rejuvenate, though this transition is still one that brings a few tears to my eyes.

What I love most about spending my days with my children is that they are always in their heart space, and they continue to remind me to join them. It’s such a gift.

These photos were taken at our local beach one early morning this week. My almost 8 year old daughter even helped me as we set up the tripod and set it on self timer. Such a sweetheart! We spent the morning collecting pieces of natural art – rocks, shells, sticks, and doing a morning meditation as we gave thanks to gaia.

Being a mother is the most challenging and rewarding journey of my life. I feel so blessed to spend my life with these earth angels.

With love and gratitude xx

Outfit Details

Rachel Flower crown ~ Flower Gypsies

Hope Mini Dress ~ Arnhem Clothing

Boho Feather Necklace ~ Heather Gardner

Rings ~ Anna Beck, Spell Designs, Children of Flowers

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