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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 

Flat Tummy Tea Review

July 23, 2014

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Today I have the pleasure of bringing you guys a review of a divine herbal blend I’ve recently stumbled upon that not only does amazing things for your hydration and digestive health, it also leaves you without the bloat! As the name implies, it really is a flat tummy tea.

As a naturopath, as a mother, and someone who cares a lot about what they put both on and in their body, I’m pretty pedantic about labels. I’ll always look deeper than the face value of a product to evaluate the constituents, and where/how they were sourced. When I looked at the herbal content of these teas I was pleasantly surprised. Lovely balanced formulas, with a multitude of herbal therapeutic properties specifically designed to aid the digestive system.  We often underestimate the need for proper digestion. It is here in our gut, that our second brain resides and some of the very neurotransmitters that alter our mood are made. It’s so vital to have a healthy functioning gut to improve the health of all other organs and systems of the body. Having a flat tummy and relieving bloating discomfort are simply the awesome benefits that are natural to a healthy functioning digestive system.

Here are a few basic tips I’ve learnt in my many years of practice for optimum digestive health and to keep bloating to the minimum -

  • Take a few deep breaths before every meal. Feeling relaxed and activating our parasympathetic nervous system is how we digest food most effectively. This means our body will absorb lots of nutrients with the least amount of toxic build up in the process.
  • Chew lots and eat slowly. Digestion begins first in the mouth with enzymes that help break down your food, along with your teeth…so chewing is really really important.
  • Avoid drinking with your meals. Water 20 minutes either side of your meal is ok and if you must drink with your meal, ensure you sip and don’t gulp. Drinking fluids with meals will dilute your precious enzymes and acids in your stomach that you need to break your food down efficiently.
  • Only eat until you are content. Overeating leads to putrefaction and fermentation of your food. Rather than getting benefits from all the nutrients, you create a lot of toxic junk in your gut. This can result in intestinal dysbiosis, gas build up and lots of bloating.
  • Small meals frequently are the best for your digestive system.
  • Throughout the day keep hydrated. Drink lots of water and herbal teas to do this. Flat tummy tea is a great choice to incorporate into a healthy digestive routine.
  • Keep salt, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and other diuretics to a minimum.
  • Read here for some more amazing Flat Tummy Tips from Flat Tummy Tea.

For those wanting to kick that uncomfortable, distended feeling in the gut, and at the same time enjoy the feeling of a flat tummy, I highly recommend this Flat Tummy tea. The two blends have been formulated to also taste amazing by using the natural flavours of the herbs. Fennel, Peppermint and Lemon Balm, all calmative herbs for the gut, provide a beautiful balanced flavour to please the palate without the need for anything artificial.

Here’s to healthy digestive systems and giving our bodies some loving herbal goodness. Enjoy lovelies!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographerBobby Bense

Model/Styling/PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense

LocationLosari Home and Woman | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

 

Outfit Details

Flat tummy Tea  | Instagram | Facebook 

UO Top + Bing Bang X UO midi rings | Heart + ChevronUrban Outfitters

Shorts – Vintage | SHOP Similar + here

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

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

Hat – Ace of Something

Necklace – Cecily London

Mug – Made with love by my beautiful niece Kira

 

 

Alignment

July 7, 2014

 Within the depths of authenticity lives integrity; waiting for our return. When we arrive, we are met with effortless joy, abundant living, peace and wholeness–nothing lacking, nothing broken. This is soul equanimity, the state of pure alignment with will of Source and will of self” – LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier

You know those moments where everything just aligns so perfectly and for an instant you can see the entire bigger picture and the divine perfection in it all.  Those moments of absolute realisation and clarity that lift you to new vibrational heights. I find most of these happen to me when I’m out in nature.  Walking on the beach, watching the sun set, climbing boulders in the hills, swimming in the ocean, chasing rainbows.

These photos were taken during yet another stunning WA sunset. I was feeling more aligned and clear than ever before. Deeply connected, embracing the magic of the moment, feeling the love and expansion of my heart.  I was so happily adorned in a whole lot of lace and some divine vintage turquoise.

I hope these images bring inspiration, love and light to you all.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Lace BlouseShorts | SHOP my current favourite lace tops – FP Swiss Shirt | FP Mimi Tunic | FP Mermaid Lace top

Sunglasses

Necklace + RingChild of Wild

Flash Tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Nik Dreamer | Hunter Gatherer | Anna Beck | Eastern Soul | Lunar Sea

Silver bracelets + cuffEmbella Jewellery

Turquoise bracelet – Soul Loving Jewellery

Hat

 

 

FPme Australia x

July 5, 2014

I still remember the day I opened the email from Free People inviting me to Sydney for their FPme Australia experience! I was jumping for joy in my computer chair and dancing my happy dance :) Then to discover I could bring along one of my best friends, Nat from Melbourne, who I hadn’t seen in sooooo long! It was seriously a dream come true.

From beginning to end, this was the dreamiest, most amazing experience of my life. I could not be more honoured and grateful to Free People for the opportunity and experience.

Here’s a little about our day, and a collection of my behind the scenes photos along with some amazing photos taken by Katrina Parker who was our beautiful photographer on the day.

Awaiting us upon arrival to Sydney – the most gracious host we could ever have wished for, the hallway lined with racks of free people clothing, jewelry, accessories all ready for us to style, delicious healthy food to feast upon, and an incredible inspirational space with every single detail taken care of.

We spent quite a few hours giggling, styling, connecting while we discovered our looks for the FPme shoot and the pop up shop opening night. This was more fun than I’ve had in a long time. Sharing it with a bunch of awesome girls who love style and free people as much as I do, was simply the BEST!

That night we got all dressed up for the pop up shop opening, where I had the chance to meet so many gorgeous artists that have been a part of my insta-family for so long. A wonderful night of connection, laughter, and shopping of course! ;)

SHOP Dress, Necklace, Hat, Belt, Bra

We arose bright and early the following morning as we readied ourselves for a full day of photoshoots. This was such an exhilarating moment. The entire day I felt like a tourist, seeing more of Sydney than I ever had before. The bondi to bronte walk was by far my favourite. To be right by the ocean and watch all the different shades of blue mix together like tie-dye was magic. Hanging out with the FPme girls, enjoying breakfast, lunch, laughs and getting to know one another as we were shooting, was the time of my life. No work involved whatsoever!

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After this amazing exploration of the coast we changed into our lunch outfits and strolled the wintery streets of Sydney, followed by a nourishing and delicious lunch at the Book Kitchen. We also just happen to come across an old Valiant as it pulled up at the crosswalk. The owners happily accommodated us with a chance to photograph inside this iconic car. Such a wonderful spontaneous moment fuelled so much excitement and joy.

SHOP Dress, Shoes, Hat

And the magnificent finale for the day – watching the sun set over sydney from the most beautiful view I’ve ever seen of the city. I took a deep breath in this moment to relish in the beauty of this very special day and all the precious connections I had made.

Mallory, Jessica, Aly, Amanda, Kate, Me, Miann, Nat

SHOP Dress, Boots, Bag, Hat, Necklace, Bottoms, Bra

Check out the FPME takes Sydney posts Part 1 + Part 2 on their blog.

Special thanks goes to our amazing host, Jessica. She was just the sweetest and made everything about this trip stand out.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

SHOP Free People here

Follow me on my FPme style page

Check out more of Katrina Parker’s photography

 

Loving Life

July 4, 2014

“Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends” – Aberjhani

I’ve been asked quite a lot recently about finding peace and love, so I want to share just a little in this post that I feel may be of help to some of you.

Each day I wake up I consciously choose to focus my thoughts upon LOVE. I focus my attention on all that I love, all that is working in my life, all that brings me joy. The more attention I give to it, the more I create and amplify my experience of this in my life. When I catch myself headed down a path of stressful worrying thoughts, I stop. I look at the layers that hold them in place. I provide these painful thoughts with the loving space they deserve. I question their validity, I imagine how I’d feel without them. I discover a blissful state of peace and lightness without them. I wonder if they are in fact really true and I look deeper at their roots. I dig these up and plant new loving, peaceful seeds in their place. Ones that will blossom and bring forth the great fruits of life. I feel a lightness wash over me as I empty out those stressful thoughts that really don’t need to be on repeat anymore. When we run the same painful programs over and over in our minds, we only cause more suffering to ourselves. We can choose what we wish to believe, and what we wish to think and feel. It takes some practice firstly to become aware of these thoughts, to question them, and to realise that you yourself are the one who can set free your mind and allow peace and love to flow in.

Each day practice the art of forwarding your focus to all that is magical, magnificent, amazing and wonderful. Focus on what you have with love and with gratitude. I guarantee you, the more you do this, the better you will feel, and the more awesomeness you will naturally attract into your life through the universal law of attraction.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Dress – Bambi Collective

Dorado Crystal Necklace – Heather Gardner

Handpiece + ArmbandHeart Majestic

Ada Necklace – Lost Lover

Bikini – Triangl Swimwear

Rings – Global Princess | Ono Jewellery | Lunarsea | Minc Collections | The Fifth Element Life Mandala ring – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT for all mandala rings

Embella bracelets + cuff

Hat 

 

 

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

 

 

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