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Celebrating Life

November 25, 2014

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Anita Flores Skirt – Amilita

Adella Crop Top – Tara Grace

Gypsy Moon | Crystal Cross Necklaces – Heather Gardner

Hat (Blueberry Shake) – Ace of Something

Cuffs – Bahgsu Jewels (Medicine Wheel) | Aloha Gaia (Luna)

Rings – Soru Jewellery | Seawolf | Aloha Gaia (Athena | Luna | Luna midi | Strong midi )

Flash Tattoos

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay 

 

We are all round just celebrating life this week! I just got the all clear from my doctor (no more cancer), and then I found out I won the Free People blog love award for Trendsetter. It was really one amazing thing after another this week.

But more than anything I’m celebrating that each and every day I get to live my creative dreams that bring me so much joy. I’m so overwhelmingly grateful for this awesome life and all the beautiful souls I get to share it with! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! 

And my dearest beloved husband, Bobby Bense, who has never wavered in his unconditional love for me, has been my everything this past month. It’s truly those rough and challenging times that test the resolve of your marriage. I couldn’t be more in love and more connected to this man…who also happens to be the incredible photographer that takes all my photos. And of course my gorgeous little children, reminding me each and every day about presence, joy and love. To see the magic in the mundane. To embrace vulnerability and live each moment as it comes.

I feel so blessed for this recent health crisis. However scary and challenging it was, it led me to a deeper expansion of my heart and brought the most invaluable insights that have changed me forever.

Count your blessings every day lovelies. There is always something to be grateful for. Find the sparkle wherever you can and focus on that. It will lead you to more love and joy than you can imagine.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

FP Me Blog Love xx

November 16, 2014

 

Flash Tattoos | Gold Shapes Ring | Bikini | Kimono | Moon + Triangle Rings | Thunderbird ring | Midi rings | Arrow ring | Feather necklace

 

 

Top | Shorts | Necklace + ring | Cuff,  bracelet + Larimar ring | Leg chain | Rings – Eastern soul | Embella hill tribe | Om | Midi | Nails

Top – Free People | Crop top – Free People | Shorts – One Teapsoon (similar)

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

Isabella Anklets

Crop | Bottoms | Belt | Necklace | Gratitude Elephant ring | Mandala ring (Discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT) | Coin Handchain | Handpiece | Bodychain

Dress | Hat | Bag | Hair | Necklace | Rings  | Cuff (similar) | Bangles | Turquoise lariat | Midi Rings | Nails

Crop | Skirt | Bodychain | Hat | Necklace | Rings

 

 

 Top | Hat |  Necklace (similar) | OOAK Sun ring (similar) | OOAK Turquoise ring | OOAK Elephant ring (similar) | Om ring

 

Top | Strappy back bra | Kimono | Belt | Shorts | Ring

 

Skirt | Top | Necklace | Handpiece | Hat | Rings

 

Shirt | Shorts | Hat | Rings

Shirt | TeeShorts | Hat | Rings/Cuffs  | Necklace | White turquoise cuff | Small layering necklaces

Feeling so honoured and elated right now as I just heard I was nominated for the Free People Me Blog LOVE Awards in the Trendsetter category. The FP Me user who most inspires us with her styling and creative photographyI’m overflowing with gratitude for the nomination right now, regardless of the actual outcome of the awards. Each day I get to create and inspire and do what I love most. I’m living my dream, and I really hope that you guys can feel how grateful I am to you all, for all your love and support. 

If you so feel inclined I’d absolutely love you to take a moment and vote here for me :) Head to this page or click on the image below, and then scroll down to FP Me Trendsetter category to vote :)

I’ve put together a collection of some of my favourite FP Me outfits I’ve styled and a few new ones too ;) Hope you love :)

BIG Love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Rising Sun

November 14, 2014

November in Perth is probably the windiest time of year here, especially those late afternoons anywhere along the coast. And I’ve just recently learnt we live in the 3rd windiest city in the world! For this reason, I’ve been trading in my sunset beach sessions lately for sunrises. And I’m not really a morning person, or at least I thought I wasn’t. Until, I actually found myself on that beach, so early in the morning. As my feet touched the sand, I felt a pulse of energy awaken me. And as the sun rose anew, I could feel the endless possibilities it brought with it. I was immersed in daydreams and imagining all kinds of wonder for my day. I happily shimmied along the shoreline watching the sun rise higher and become brighter with each passing moment. Each moment brought further awakening and I am definitely rethinking that morning person thing ;)

I was lucky enough to wear this divine Harriet Jane Sunrise silk dress on this very bright and early morning. This beautiful designer, based in Byron Bay, takes some breathtaking photos of nature and then takes it to the next level and combines these with her stunning designs to produce wearable art. Each design is made with recycled, organic or natural fabrics with state of the art digital printing technology to produce an exquisite piece of consciously made clothing. Not only am I in love with her pieces, I love that she celebrates nature through this creative process, bringing us all the beauty she captures, and inspiring us to take care of our precious earth.

Wherever you may be, I hope you all have time to experience the magic of the rising sun. I assure you it will awaken and renew your energy :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Waterman’s Bay, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Sunrise Ripple Dress – Harriet Jane Designs

Sahara Fedora – Ace of Something

Necklaces – Samantha Wills + Urban Outfitters

Bangles – Samantha Wills

Rings – Lexi + Roy (Crystal + Arrow) | Native Riot (gold moon) | Alushia Sanchia turquoise ring (N/A) | Five and Two midi rings | Gold Chevron midi rings

Nails (Utopia) – Willow Byron Bay (Chemical free, vegan nail polish)

 

 

Dreamscape

November 11, 2014

“See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” Deepak Chopra

This beach adventure was filled with rainbow orbs and incredible light. I felt so much like a child again. You know that abundantly joyful feeling of being ever present, simply shifting from moment to moment, following your excitement and zest for life. I want to bottle it up and have it with me everywhere I go. It’s freedom, it’s peace, it’s happiness…. Like Eleanora Duse said “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive…” 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Crochet top – Sabo Skirt

Crochet bottoms

Summer Fedora (Similar)

Belly Chain – Grace Bijoux

Necklace + RingsSamantha Wills

Embella Cuff + Goldbarr Coin Bracelet

Rings – Midi rings + The Fifth Element Life mandala rings (Communication + Connection) USE discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all The Fifth Element Life mandala rings

Sandstorm

November 8, 2014

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

Having one of those stormy weeks and realising that no matter what storms pass through my life, I will embrace them, lovingly. Because they are me. And this is my life. And to really allow yourself to feel and validate the multitude of stormy emotions that can arise will bring you even faster through the eye of the storm and to the rainbow on the other side. Each of life’s beautiful experiences is a wonderful lesson, that brings us closer to peace. We can choose to embrace and learn the lessons or resist, ignore and repeat them. I find that meeting the pain (which is simply a painful thought) with a loving intention really helps me find the peace and gratitude once again.

Sending you all love and peace for those stormy days.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Dress

Hat

Aurora Tassel Bag – Losari Home and Woman

Hair – The Nest Boutique

Necklace + Rings + Cuff  (similar) + BanglesSamantha Wills

Lane necklace (turquoise) – Five and Two

Rings – Amarilo

Midi rings – Five and Two 

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay

I believe in Magic

November 4, 2014

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”  Nora Roberts

Whatever you believe in, that is what makes you the person you are, and all that you see in the world and those around you. Our beliefs govern our thoughts and our actions, the words that come from our tongues, the emotions from our hearts. Every moment we have an opportunity to question what we believe about ourselves and to reinvent our life. We have the chance to be anything at all. And this great gift is what can turn your days into absolute joy.

In the quiet gap where stillness lies, and there is only the present moment, allow yourself to question those beliefs that bring only stress and suffering. This is the space where the serious magic happens. Where we can choose to let go. Where we can dream and conjure, and choose what we want to believe in. I choose peace, love, light and the path of harmony each and every time. I choose to see magic in everything around me, and so I do. It only takes a moment of being in that quiet gap to allow the insight to arise, and let go of the ego that tries so hard to protect us. I say let’s be vulnerable and experience love and joy the way that children do (and we once did). And see the magic in everything, and most of all, see the magic that we are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details 

Dusk Maxi skirt + Costa Fate CropSum Leta

Distant Lover Belt

Marquesas Necklace

Rings – Avinas Jewelry – Aztec + Maya | La Luna Rose – Dotty Stacker + Aztec stacker + Triangle stacker  | Five and Two | Aloha Gaia

Maya Cuff – Avinas Jewelry

Cookies and Cream Fedora – Ace of Something

Anklets + Angel ringEmbella Jewelry

Nails – Willow Byron Bay (Chemical Free)

 

Unique Like Gem

November 3, 2014

Unique Like Gem….this is the place for the dreamers and seekers, those conscious folk looking for some ethical, eco friendly, vintage, unique and inspired fashion, jewellery and accessories…. Lovely Gemma has created just this for you. Here is a little outfit post featuring this incredible handmade Loveleigh designs dress from this divine Melbourne based boutique.

We took these photos one early weekend morning. I danced in between the shifting sun and clouds in the soft luminescent light, feeling like a goddess in this amazing dress and beautiful jewels by Seawolf and Five and Two.

Let’s embrace our unique beauty…let’s love, cherish and celebrate ourselves each and every day, and wear clothing and jewels that reflect our divine essence, always reminding ourselves of how magnificent we truly are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Loveleigh handmade OOAK crochet dress – Unique like Gem

Snowqueen Arm band + Halo Chain ring + Dusk ringSeawolf

Stella necklace +  Rings Wren + LouFive and Two

Fedora

 

New moon intention

October 24, 2014

With the new moon upon us, it’s a wonderful time to plant new seeds of intention. I’ve spent these waning weeks in reflection, gaining clarity, reassessing everything! Today I feel very clear as I set forth my intention to flow harmoniously with the pace of nature. I want to really experience all the moments of my life with peace and love, rather than thinking about how to get from here to there. And rather than a need to necessarily slow down, (which I kind of need too) it’s more about finding peace within the chaos. Adjusting my sails and moving at a more natural rhythm. I’ve spent some time looking within to dissolve those threads that drive me into stress. I’ve allowed those beliefs to show themselves and gently be defused. And now I’ve awakened clearer, lighter and with even more acceptance for myself. I’ve come to realise that I want to follow my joy and passion within each moment of my day. To honour myself for who I am and all that I value. To see my worth with all the blossoming love in my heart.

Now is the time to refine our intentions for each day that we live on this amazing planet. I encourage you to spend this new moon time imagining all that brings you happiness and fills your heart with joy. Follow your passions and let us all live a beautiful, kind and peaceful life :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Adella Thin Strap Crop + Yoko Sheer KimonoTara Grace

Necklaces (Eden +  Peaceful Buddha) + Bracelets (White feather + Eden’s Wrap + Buddha) – Guilty Jean Jewelry

Denim shorts (similar)

Belt

Hat (similar)

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry |Hunter Gatherer Jewellery (Eye + Thunderbird + Eagle) | Aloha Gaia | Ernest & Joe

Huntress Cuff – Torchlight Jewelry

Grace and Flow

October 19, 2014

I moved like a gently flowing river, ever so gracefully embracing the currents….the wind gently caressed my skin, and the warm ocean water met my bare feet.

This divine afternoon I floated upon the golden sands in this most exquisite Saboskirt dress and goddess jewels from Grace Bijoux.  This entire outfit evoked so much light and grace within me. I felt extraordinarily feminine, fully embracing of my sensuality, and birthright of pure unconditional self love.

Sending so much love to you all xx

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Orchid Maxi Dress – Sabo Skirt

Belly chain + AnkletsGrace Bijoux

Hat  smaller brim here

Lotus Arm cuff + Amelia midi ringsAmarilo

Rings – Native Riot | Bahgsu Jewels | Kami Lerner

Turquoise cuff – Bahgsu Jewels

Love necklace – Global Princess Jewellery

 

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Fruiteatox

October 15, 2014

Rings – Don Biu | La Luna Rose | Bahgsu Jewels || Body chain – Grace Bijoux | Bikini – Andi Bagus || Photography – Bobby Bense

I’ve had the recent pleasure of trialling and reviewing the 28 day Fruiteatox. A beautiful herbal tea formula designed to encourage metabolic processes in the body. This means more energy, increased clearance of toxins, increased metabolism of important hormone messengers and neurotransmitters that help keep us mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.

It’s been 28 days now and I’m feeling lighter than ever thanks to Fruiteatox.  My energy has definitely improved and so has my sleep. I’m feeling more balanced, less mood swings, especially prior to my cycle, and improved digestion. And though I didn’t choose to partake in this program to lose weight, but rather to gain energy, it is wonderful for those looking to lose weight. The amazing combination of lemon oil, yerba mate and ginseng is the perfect adjunct to a healthy eating and exercise regime. It also does so much more, like improve skin health, digestive health and support your adrenal glands – these guys sit on your kidneys and are responsible for how you cope with stress.

This delicious tea comes as a day (lemon) time and night (orange) time formula. Bringing with it increased energy during the day and a restful, peaceful sleep at night. The herbs work harmoniously and gently to support the natural processes of the body.

If you are considering a cleanse or in need of a little extra oomph, I highly recommend this herbal tea as an adjunct to your health regime. Since I already eat a very clean and simple diet, this was the perfect little something I needed to step up my energy levels. This time of year, where we are transitioning into either summer here in the south, or winter in the north, we can use a little extra support to get our lymphatic systems moving.

Here are some additional naturopathic tips from me to support your overall wellbeing –

  • Dry skin brush. I can’t emphasise this enough. Not only will you have glowing skin, but the brushing movement on your skin will encourage the lymph and blood to circulate. This improves oxygenation and nutrition to all the cells of your body. It also encourages removal of congestion, immune complexes, and any other debri that might be clogging up the lymph fluids. By clearing out the lymph, and ensuring good hydration, with filtered water and herbal teas like Fruiteatox, you will feel fresher and more energised than ever.
  • Eat small, frequent meals. Overeating will cause fermentation of your food and upset the delicate balance of microbial flora that live harmoniously in your gut. This flora is responsible for creating and modulating vitamins and neurotransmitters that influence our thoughts and emotions, and even sleep. Read more about the gut and brain connection HERE.
  • As mentioned above anything that effects the delicate balance of microbial flora in the gut can potentially slow your metabolism. This includes too much sugar, junk food, alcohol, yeast foods, consuming allergenic or intolerant foods (dairy, corn, gluten etc), and stress. This is a very short list. Basically keeping everything in moderation is key. Up the raw veggies if you’ve had a few too many wines the night before or a candy binge. And consider taking good quality probiotics for support. As a general non specific all rounder I like Bioceuticals Ultrabiotic 45.

Please note – these are general guidelines and not intended for those with severe chronic illness where they require individualised support and treatment. Always consult with your doctor and/or naturopath to ensure if a product/treatment is right for you.

So for the past 28 days I’ve been taking my thermos with me everywhere filled with my delicious Fruiteatox. Here are some pics from a recent beach trip feeling ever so alive and refreshed. The simple act of drinking the tea each day, something so easy and simple, has been so nurturing for my being. It’s an act of love and a message to myself that I am worthy. I think for mothers who are constantly in demand to take care of the needs of small children, these small acts are more important than ever.

I hope I inspire some of you beautiful souls to make a small step towards improving your health today. There’s no need to make huge big changes all at once that are difficult to sustain. But rather one small step towards whole health. It might be to decrease your sugar intake, take a walk each day, dry skin brush, cut the coffee and switch to herbal tea….whatever it may be, acknowledge the act itself as love for yourself. Sending love and wishing you all an abundance of health and happiness.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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PhotographyMarnie from @Wanderlust_Coconut

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Dress

Rings – Spear | Tri-split arrow | Triple bar | V-point | Orbit | Claw

Necklace

Sarong

Hat

 

 

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