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Ernest & Joe

August 19, 2014

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 :)

FOLLOW Ernest & Joe on Instagram + Facebook and check out their website here

With love and gratitude,
Helen xx

PhotographerBobby Bense
Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

Outfit Details

Double Point Crystal ring + Moon ring + T-Bar ring + Mini Triangle ringErnest & Joe
Summer Lovin Dress – Planet Blue
SCFXLUVAJ Belt – Free People
Necklace – Child of Wild
Bracelet/CuffAloha Gaia
Rings - Ono Jewellery | Aloha Gaia | Laura Shipp Jewellery
Hat
Boots – similar
Nails

Magali Pascal

August 2, 2014

I love discovering new labels…it’s one of the many benefits of being a style blogger. Magali Pascal is one of my absolute favourites. Their neutral tones, luxe fabrics, flattering cuts and designs, and effortless styles are right up my alley. They offer something for the everyday that will bring forth your inner goddess whilst running errands and day to day life…..and for those really extra special occasions, when you want that piece that fits to perfection and is unique, elegant and completely luxe. I’m so excited to share more of this divine label with you in the coming months as I prepare for my Bali holiday!

Hope you enjoy this outfit post that was just so much fun to create.

Lots of love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Johnson Shirt – Magali Pascal

Shorts

Long Feather necklace

Quill necklace – Cecily London

Hat

Flash Tattoos

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Rings – Kami Lerner | Free People | Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo

Nails

 

 

Blue Calm

July 29, 2014

An ocean of blue stretching as far as the eye can see…there’s simply nothing more relaxing for me. These photos are some of the few that were saved from my recent computer crash and I’m so happy that I’m able to share them with you. I just love all the blue and green tones…they make me feel so happy every time I look at them. I’m totally obsessed with this Karen Zambos top, which I think is the perfect tropical holiday top, and the shell details from This Little Gypsy Shop belt. And of course these incredible anklets from Grace Bijioux. I’ll be living in these in Bali :)

Maintaining a calm and strong centre is so essential to my well being. I practice this through breath and presence and it really helps me to navigate the busy ebbs and flows of my life. Today I’m feeling ever so grateful for those peaceful moments in life and every minute I get to spend by the beautiful blue ocean.

Love you all so much, Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Top

Vintage Shorts - Similar

Necklace

This Little Gypsy Shop Belt

Anklets + Turquoise ring + stacking ringsGrace Bijoux

Turquoise ring, bracelets, toe rings, cuffEmbella Jewellery

Turquoise ring – Ono Jewellery

Hat

Nails

Tranquility

July 25, 2014

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain” – Vivian Greene

This quote has been lingering in the periphery of my mind these past few weeks. My life has seen some stormy stormy weather lately. I’m now in a place where I can truly feel the gratitude for these transitions that bring about great insight and self growth. It really is the tough times that test your strength of character in a way that bring so much truth and vulnerability to the surface.

Rather than rehash the entire story, I’m going to focus here on the positive things that have come to pass out of all of the chaos. My computer crashed last week and even though we lost the last 3 years of photos and all our work, we managed to recover all our precious photos and memories of our little ones. The intense task of house hunting has come to a close and we now have a home to move into in the very near future….like 2 weeks! Though we are not packed at all, I’m excited about clearing out old stuff, renewing, and setting up our new home. School holidays have been fun, though I’m super excited that the kids go back next week! This mama needs some time out! ;) My health is on the mend and I keep reminding myself that there is only one more month of winter :) Sometimes life throws a forced rest upon you when you ignore the signs. This was mine.

Today’s post is really a reminder to myself for the need to slow down. To sit still and find strength within my core, within the vulnerability of it all. To allow myself to let go and trust that it will all be ok, especially when it all feels so chaotic. And that everything always works out.

This visit to the beautiful home of Kirsty from Losari Home and Woman was exactly what I needed. The moment I sat in this divine hammock from The Gypsy Nook, I felt my stresses melt away. I envisioned warm tropical sunshine and a serene, quiet space as I lay there and soaked up the winter sun. I had the most perfect moment of tranquility and felt an enormous amount of gratitude to simply sit and be. I had been bottling up so much stress without realising it. It was as though I had been holding my breath for a really, really long time and that was the first exhale of my life. I let it all go in that moment. I’ve been feeling so light since that day, and even amongst all the mayhem, I am back to my calm, centred self, cruising along once again with clarity and a strong centre. Accepting and loving what is.

Big love and deepest gratitude to you all, Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationLosari Home and Woman | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

 

Outfit Details

Hammock – The Gypsy Nook

Top | Necklaces – Moon + horse shoe | Rings – Heart + ChevronUrban Outfitters

Quill Necklace – Cecily London

Vintage shorts – Similar + here

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – Crystalyt | Kami Lerner | Amarilo | Mania Mania crystal (similar)

Boots – Free People

U Bra – Free People

Nails 

Flying free

July 2, 2014

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I gaze upon this expansive landscape, taking in every inch of this golden horizon. I feel the glowing sand beneath my feet, the warm sun kissing my skin, the salty taste of the air. The wind gently lifts me and I am flying free.

These things and more bring a sense of freedom to me. To really feel free though, no matter what is going on, no matter where I am, I find the key is right there within myself.  It’s in the unconditional acceptance of self. My daily morning mantra is “I love and accept myself just as I am.” It reminds me each day that I am already enough, and there is no need to control the flow of life. I trust in life. In love. In myself. And I feel free.

As I peel back every layer, examine every unquestioned thought, I discover a peaceful path of love and acceptance. I find the truth, the untruths, simply what is. I surrender to this seemingly vulnerable state where freedom, peace, love and connection exist and it brings me great joy in this amazing life we are blessed with.

May you find the peace within and allow yourself the time and space to simply be.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photographer – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Amazon Kimono – Indigo Lane boutique

Sunglasses

Lace Shorts

Bralette (similar)

Turquoise necklace + ringChild of Wild

Flash Tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Hunter Gatherer | Anna Beck | Lunarsea | Eastern Soul

Bracelets – Embella Jewellery | Soul Loving Jewellery

Hat

Lilac and Lace

July 1, 2014

A blend of soft flowy laces, cotton gauze and light wool, cool lilac tones, topped off with some ethereal crystals and earthy shells. This has to be one of my favourite outfits I’ve styled. And I’m wearing two of my favourite Byron bay designers in the one shoot! Each piece holds so much beauty, though together they create a little magic for me. I felt like a bohemian princess as I strolled along my local beach. Definitely an outfit that reminds me of the goddess within.

Have fun with your wardrobes lovelies and keep on playing dress ups. Do it for yourself, because at the end of the day, it’s your thoughts and the way you feel that matter most. Never stop exploring, experimenting and bravely sharing who you are through your style. Let your creativity and joy shine on!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Desert Light Kimono + Bakari Moon Neckpiece - Myee Carlyle

Lace top

Fedora

Lace Shorts

Shell bracelet + hilltribe ringLunar Sea

Rings – Global Princess | Hunter Gatherer Jewellery | Eastern Soul | Mermaid by Hand | Nik Dreamer

White howlite wrap bracelet – Shayote

Custom Boots – Wilde Flower Design

Golden Sparkle

June 30, 2014

“You are my sun, my moon and all my stars”  E. E. Cummings

We were recently blessed with a random summer’s day in the middle of winter. I immediately took the chance to hop into this exquisite Tysa dress, adorn myself with some golden jewels from Goldbarr + Mojomade, and play with these super fun flash tattoos from Child of Wild.

I jumped in my car and found myself on this staircase right on the beach, imagining I was amongst some ancient ruins full of history and untold stories. The setting sun was simply magic and for a moment I had completely forgotten where I was.

Let your imagination run wild and play with all the childlike joy that bursts within you to be expressed. We are all meant to shine, as children do. Let your soul shine that brilliant golden illuminating light and enjoy every aspect of this amazing journey we call life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

South Pacific Maxi Dress – Tysa

Flash tattoos – Child of Wild

Tulum Necklace – Goldbarr 

Crystal Handpiece/ring – Mojo Made

Gold bangle set – Free People

Rings – Amarilo | Kami Lerner | Free People

Hat - Brixton

 

Of Sand and Sea

June 27, 2014

 I am of sand and sea, if you look for me, this is where I’ll be.

Most days are now spent fulfilling my dream of styling and creating outfits and visions that I spontaneously dream up. Venturing off to the sand and sea where I can so easily centre myself and share my love and light through my images, is an absolute joy and privilege. Something that you guys might not all know is that each time I take photos, I find that centre point within, that stillness. I fill this space with love until it is overflowing. Love for self, for you, for all beings and for our mother earth. As I emerge I channel this love through my being in the hopes that even my images themselves will bestow upon others love, healing, inspiration and passion for life.

I find I’m almost needing to pinch myself lately…I am actually living my dream. And I wouldn’t be able to do this without all the love and support I get from you guys.

This post is for you. For all of you. For taking the time to visit my blog, to comment, to email me, to share your ups and downs, for everything. I love you guys.

And you may have noticed a few changes to my blog at the moment. I’m currently in the process of transferring and transforming it over the next few weeks. I’m so excited for this change and to bring you all a greater user experience when you visit.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Cassia Cardi (sand) + Maisha dressMyee Carlyle

Amazon Kimono – Indigo Lane Boutique

Mini Mandala Necklace +  Statement Mandala Necklace + rings - Hunter Gatherer Jewellery

Mecure Leg chain – Jane + Rye

Rings – Anna Beck | Eastern Soul | Global Princess | Mermaid by Hand

Bracelets – Shayote | Embella | Alushia Sanchia

Belt – SCFXLuvAJ via Free People

Hat – Rag + Bone

 

Ocean Therapy

June 25, 2014

As I walked along the warm, glistening sands, watching the turquoise water smoothly form into perfectly shaped waves, I listened to the crashing sounds and the quiet peaceful in between. It was there I felt the heart beat of the great mother.

The ocean’s movement has always reminded me of a mothers cradling arms, as it sways back and forth in the most natural way. Even the sound of the waves evokes this memory and lulls me into serenity. There is nothing more invigorating and healing for me than swimming in the ocean. To float within the great mothers womb. She nourishes, nurtures, replenishes, cleanses and energises us. The salt water and fresh air, bare feet in the sand…it surely is a perfect cure all. This is my therapy these days. My ocean therapy. It keeps me balanced in every way I need.

This post is dedicated to the our beautiful earth. To say thank you for housing us, providing us with resources and nourishment. For the gift of breath, life, love and joy.

Deepest gratitude and love,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Leigh Dress – Tysa

Necklace + cuffs + turquoise ringGypsy River

Large Turquoise cuff, Silver band ring + Armour ringEastern Soul

Turquoise pendant – Soul Loving Jewelry

Belt – Free People

Rings – Gypsy Warrior | Global Princess | Heart Majestic

Small turquoise cuff – Scarlet Fashion

Hat – Catarzi

 

 

Twilight Magic

June 22, 2014

 

Moved by the beauty of the changing light, tears welled up inside. Tears of joy, gratitude, of love. For all the magic that we are blessed to witness each and every day. Look for it. It’s all around you. Open your heart to the rhythm of life, feel the heartbeat of the great mother that homes us, sing your song of joy as you twirl and dance in the twilight.

This beach adventure was nothing short of magical. A wintery evening that started off cool, warmed as the wind completely stilled, and the sun shone through the clouds. So much light filled the sky as the sun was setting. I was brought to tears in a deep reverent moment of pure love.

Adorned in beautiful Nightcap Clothing lacey crochet, Heart Majestic + Embella mermaid jewels, with some twinkling gypsy love from the awesome Child of Wild. My amazing custom Wilde flower vintage boots, made by native Santa Cruz artist Emily Morris, were swapped for my Forever Soles barefoot sandals as I danced upon the twilight sands.

Take in every precious moment. Breath in love and breathe out gratitude.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Calypso Dress – Nightcap Clothing

Belt + HeadpieceChild of Wild

Abalone cuff + Pineapple ringHeart Majestic

Custom Vintage Boots – Wilde Flower

Anklets – Embella Jewellery

Necklace + HandpieceHaati Chai

Bead necklace – Free People

Barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Rings – Global Princess | Eastern Soul

Cuffs/bracelets – Embella | Shayote

Faux Fur Duffle coat – Chic Wish

Hat – Catarzi

 

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