I’m starting off my first Bali blog post with my final sunset on this divine island. After walking around 200 steps to get to this beautiful cliffside beach we were just blown away by the magical iridescent light that was constantly changing from hazy warm yellow/orange to cooler pink/purple tones. It was the perfect finish to the most wonderful working holiday for Bobby and I. We watched the sun set and the moon rise in awe and gratitude for the blessings of that moment and in our lives.
Get ready for a whole lot of outfit posts over the next few weeks as well as my bali travel tips and fave spots. We spent many of our days getting creative in this magical landscape. With it’s rich colours, textures, art and warmth, it was such a pleasure and delight to work in. Or should I say play in ;)
Though I’m missing Bali and all it’s beauty, I’m so happy to be home with my children. And now I get the chance to share and relive all those divine experiences with you all.
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” Steve Maraboli
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” Brene Brown
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
“The more of me I be, the clearer I can see” Rachel Archelaus
Absolutely love these quotes from these divine intuitives. When I really need it most I draw upon daily inspiration by reading quotes from the above and my favourites like Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle, and watching youtube videos and TED talks that inspire me and remind me of who I am. They bring me back to my heart space and that high resonance of love. This is where I want to be, and where I’m truly me.
Here are some of my all time favourite videos that bring me clarity and insight when I need it most and always make me feel wonderful -
I’m slightly obsessed with the sun and I feel as though I really need to soak it up like it’s water, essential in super huge doses for my well being. It’s an instinct for me to follow the sun and be outdoors whenever it’s shining it’s beautiful bright light. During the winter I simply can’t get enough. Lucky I live in the sunny state of Perth, where the sun greets us so often. I’m so energised by it’s healing rays. When I’m at the beach basking in it’s glory, it’s as though time stands still, and there is an abundant source of warmth, light and energy refuelling my body and soul.
It’s only one more day now and I’ll be visiting the beautiful Bali for some serious replenishment and sunshine. I’m beyond excited and grateful for this well timed, much needed trip into bliss. Stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled on my Insta for some very cool Bali posts coming over the next couple of weeks.
Loving the tribal vibes of this festival inspired outfit. Dripping in suede and fringe and cultural gems with a tonne of silver. This Lokoa poncho is just insanely soft and divine. I can’t get enough of it. It fits to perfection and I think it’s a definite must have wardrobe item for all those wild tribal boho goddesses out there. Throw in some flash tattoos and tribal jewels from the ever awesome Child of Wild and you’ve got yourself the look.
Feeling blessed that each day I have the chance to explore different styles and aspects of myself. This is my art. And I believe that as we dress each day we have the chance to create something magical, something enlivening, that represents the magnificence that we are.
Bare feet on the sand, wind in my hair, salt on my lips, dancing upon the edge of the ocean as the sun beams it’s glorious rays upon my skin. This is the magical setting that ignites my dreams and makes anything possible in my reality.
If you are feeling a little low and in need of a pick me up, find yourself some natural inspiration in your surrounds. Clarity and peace will come, and allow yourself the space and time to immerse yourself in it. Revel in the beauty that is all around you, and that is you. From this centred, nurturing space your passions and spirit will fire up. Now is the time to dream big and run wild along the earth as you plant the seeds of manifestation.
We are all powerful beyond measure. We all have the ability to create abundant and love filled lives for ourselves. Take some time to slow down, centre yourself, dream and acknowledge you are the creator of your life.
“The dance between darkness and light will always remain – the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.” C. Joybell. C
Some days the ocean and sand sparkle like the stars in the night sky and remind me that everywhere I look I can see the beautiful balance of nature. The sparkling light of the stars against the black of night, the sun shining through the deep abyss, illuminating our path. Sometimes I have to look harder, especially when the dark veil is heavy. Though it’s in these times, when I can see the sparkling light, I always know, without a doubt, that there is a way home to the heart.
Always remember that no matter what the conditions of your life are right now, there is always something to be thankful for, a sparkling light, a glimmer of hope, something wonderful amongst all the pain and turmoil. The more we focus on the beauty and the light, the brighter it becomes, and your reality will reflect that.
This beautiful sunset I danced upon the starry sands in gratitude for all that I have. The air in my lungs, the gravity that holds me to this earth, the cherished love in my life and each heartbeat that fills me with love. Life is magnificent!
When it comes to fashion there is not much more that I love than exquisite jewellery….and especially when there is an amazing heart and soul behind the creations. I’m honoured today to share with you all a little about this amazing label I recently discovered – Ernest & Joe. Absolutely divine jewellery, simple, clean lines, incredible quality with great attention to detail, making them next level for me.
Behind the scenes of this label is beautiful mother and daughter duo, Sally and Mia, creating this magic together. The whole family is involved in this creative passion of theirs, and we are the lucky ones who get to have a piece of this art made with love. Here’s a little interview I did so you can find out more about this lovely duo.
How did Ernest and Joe begin?
E&J began after I came home from a big trip around South East Asia, Mum suggested that we do a short course in silver smithing together and from there we combined forces and created our little business. Ernest was my Pops (Mums Dad) middle name that he didn’t like, but I loved, and Joe was Nans Dads name, so masculine for such feminine jewellery!
What are your greatest passions in life?
We are very down to earth people and as long as we have our tight knit family around us we are happy. We are extremely devoted to E&J, we don’t get much time to do anything else…lucky we love it!
Who is/are your major style influences/inspirations?
We try to keep all of our ideas as original as possible, we don’t really go hunting for any inspiration, we just wait until an idea pops into our head and we work from there. We like the simplicity of our designs.. we probably like them a little too much, i am always pinching stock to keep for myself!
What do you love most about Ernest and Joe?
We love that Ernest and Joe is entirely hand made in my back shed. We love that our two employees are my Brother and Sister. We love that my little baby Violet scoots around in the shed under my dogs watchful eye. We love that we have created something that means so much to so many people. Most of all I love that I get to hang out with Mum every day making jokes and beautiful jewellery.
What are your future dreams?
We would like to keep building our little business up and be able to employ my Brother and Sister full time.
We are excited for E&J to become a recognisable name here in Australia and around the world.
We are pretty happy to keep taking the opportunities that come our way. We just want to make jewellery forever!!
I don’t know about you guys but I’m in love. These guys just peel it back to what matters most and their beautiful designs are a great representation of all that they are about.
Here’s to family, love, following your heart and doing what you love, each and every single day. Thanks for the inspiration Sally and Mia :)
I really do love a basic white shirt and denim look. It’s so fresh and crisp and easy to wear. A perfectly cut shirt is a great canvas to lay down some stunning jewels too :) I’ve been looking for what feels quite a long time for that perfect white shirt for me….I thought I’d have to spend a fortune to find it, but no. This Chicwish shirt is well within budget, and it wears beautifully. I love it half buttoned over a bralette with some denim cut offs. The flowing, long at the back, shape is also just perfect over some skinny jeans, layered with your favourite tailored jacket and boots. The cut and flow brings a beautiful feminine quality to generally a more masculine piece of clothing. It’s definitely become one of my wardrobe staples now, and I’m thinking I’ll need to get myself a second backup for those messy days haha!!
I’ve paired it with some edgy urban outfitters, embella and lava links jewellery. I was really drawn to the sharp, geometric lines and more masculine energy of these pieces. Love being able to explore all the different aspects of myself as I adventure through this styling journey of mine. Counting my blessings and grateful for all my readers’ support each and every day. Love you guys!
It’s been almost 10 years living in WA now and I still can’t get over how absolutely amazing our winter’s are. When we first arrived from Melbourne on a freezing June winter’s day, we stepped off the plane to blue skies and t-shirt weather. It really was amazing! Though we have some pretty icy cold mornings we have so many beautiful clear days that make winter feel like the summer never really left. Always reminding us of the sweetness that awaits us.
Feeling blessed for the beautiful land we live in and the freedom to explore all the beauty of nature. Life is wonderful!
With love and gratitude,
Photography – Bobby Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia
Pharonic Feather Dress – Ixiah (preorder via email@example.com)