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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

Planet Blue

August 14, 2014

Standing upon the fringe of the earth

I awaken to the unseen

Connected to the source of all creation

To the earth, the sky and the in between

In reverie I’m reminded of my true self

Ever expansive, floating in a sea of green 

 

A magical day spent on this magical earth, in the most magical of clothes and adornments from Planet Blue, Child of Wild and Embella Jewellery.

It was total bliss and I’m grateful every day to experience even just one moment of this magnificent life on this beautiful planet of ours.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Top + KimonoPlanet Blue

Ethiopian Cross Necklace + Lhasa Banjara necklaceChild of Wild

Shorts and similar

Turquoise rings + Tribal cuffEmbella Jewellery

Buffalo Woman White turquoise cuff – Shayote

Rings – Global Princess | Hill Tribe Sun ring | Eastern Soul | Embella midi ring | Grace Bijoux midi ring

Hat

Nails

Winter Sun

August 11, 2014

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,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Pharonic Feather Dress – Ixiah (preorder via world@ixiah.com)

Bohemian Cardi – Lenny Clothing Shop similar styles here + here

40 inch Turquoise Slice Necklace – Heather Gardner

Medusa Collar – Child of Wild

Flash Tattoos

Rings – This little Gypsy shop | Freebird Collection | Kami Lerner | Free People | Embella | Amarilo

Bracelets – Broken Gypsy

Hat – similar + here

 

Silk and Lace

August 8, 2014

Silk, lace, silk, lace….pretty much all I want in my wardrobe…..well except for a lot of jewels! Beautiful, delicate, feminine, detailed, textured, simply divine. For an edgier boho look I love to layer with some leather and serious hardware.

This beautiful beach day I had the works! Lace, silk and some serious jewellery overload – chunky labradorite and crystal quartz, and some heavy tribal jewels.

As always loving Myee Carlyle’s latest creations. Their crystal necklaces are next level. The attention to detail and quality of the crystals and leather used can be seen and felt. The silk they use to create their beautiful designs is lovingly hand dyed with plant extracts, providing you with an amazing piece of consciously made clothing.

Nothing quite like the feel of silk on your skin and sparkling light from crystal jewels that instantly remind you of the goddess that you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

SHOP my favourite lace tops here -

Crochet Fringe Top

Lace fringe Cami

Mermaid Lace top

Embroidered Crop top

Lace Prairie top

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Marrakesh silk skirt + Crystal necklaceMyee Carlyle

Top + necklace – Urban Outfitters

Hat – Ace of Something

Kimono – Free People

Mantra Cuff – Dixi

Hilltribe Cuff + bracelets + ankletsEmbella Jewellery

Rings – Embella Labradorite + midi/toe ring | LavaLinks X GypsyLovinLight GRATITUDE Elephant ring | Dixi | Free People | Sunahara | Global Princess

Sandals – Koolaburra

Flash Tattoos

Rugged Romance

August 7, 2014

  Chunky knits, worn in denim, earthly treasures and a touch of lace. A little rugged romance for the blog today. It’s as though we are somewhere in between the cosy winter and the delicate renewal of spring. Icy mornings and 25 degree C sunny days definitely hint at the promise of spring.

We are now gearing up to move house tomorrow! I’ve fully surrendered to the chaos that is my life, floating along the rocky river with grace and presence as we transition into our new home….so excited! :) See you all on the other side :)

With love and gratitude, Helen xx

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Hendrix cardi – Amilita

Lace top – Free People (similar + here)

Vintage denim (similar here and here)

Turquoise bear necklace + raindrops necklace + Larimar ring + toe/midi ringEmbella Jewellery

Mimosa wooden watch – We Wood

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – Hilltribe Sun ring | Global Princess | Eastern Soul | Ichu Jewellery

Custom Wilde Flower Design boots

Nails

Make A Wish

August 5, 2014

That moment when the sun goes to sleep and the moon begins it’s rise…..that seems to linger on and holds that special kind of magic….where all dreams feel possible….those are the moments to count your blessings and make your wishes.

Every time I am lucky enough to witness the sun rise or set, I take a moment to give thanks, and to make a special wish. I figure if I’m lucky enough to be here, witnessing this glory, then I pretty much have all I need, then it’s time to wish for something amazing for all the beautiful souls of this earth. There is something so powerful about a prayer that comes from a place of fullness, of gratitude, of abundance. Next time you are lucky enough to witness nature’s beauty, take a moment to fill yourself with love, and then send that love out to all those who need it most. You will be overflowing with love and others will feel the blessing you have bestowed upon them.

This sunset really was extra special. There was that iridescent light again at the beach. The kind that seems to come right before each full moon. The sand glows and the water flashes it’s vibrant turquoise colour. I made lots of loving wishes on this day. And I’m sure all my beautiful Dogeared charms brought even more good luck vibes to my wishes.

Make a wish, or 2, or 100….take some time for ritual in your life, and share your love and light with the world.  Every little bit of loving helps to heal our world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Elephant necklace + 100 good wishes necklace  - Dogeared

Elephant ring | Arrow ring | Moonglow ring | Karma ringDogeared

Lotus bracelet – Dogeared

Shirt – Chicwish

Shorts

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

 

 

LavaLinks X GypsyLovinLight – The Gratitude Elephant Ring

July 29, 2014

I’m so thrilled to present to you today my first collaborative design piece, co created with the divine Delice from LavaLinks. It’s an absolute honour working with such a beautiful soul and to be able to bring you guys something that is dear to our hearts. Hope you love :)

The gratitude elephant ring is made with love, gratitude, sterling silver, is slightly adjustable, and will fit a range of ring sizes. We hope that when you wear your elephant ring it will serve as a reminder to you of your own beauty and strength, and bring forth love and gratitude for the amazing person that you are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Taking preorders now for the Gratitude Elephant ring – LavaLinks

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

Rainbow Chaser

July 26, 2014

In our little family of 4 we are all pretty much obsessed with natural phenomena. Whenever we are driving about, we are always on the hunt for rainbows, full moons, sunsets and glimpses of the ocean. Wherever we are we will stop in our tracks and take a moment’s pause as we all enjoy the beauty. Winter in Perth is pretty amazing. There are so many sun showers and rainbows pop up almost daily. This week alone I’ve seen at least one every day and it always makes me smile. Just yesterday as I was crawling along in freeway traffic I spotted a rainbow streaming through the cars ahead…I was captivated and so happy to be stuck in traffic so I could have the chance to thoroughly enjoy it.

Here are some photos from a few weeks ago from the beach. I managed to salvage these from my iPhone post computer crash. The resolution is not so great, but I wanted to share them nonetheless as it was such a magical day. I was chasing rainbows and dodging sun showers and basically having a whole lot of fun :) It was so warm and mild and I was filled with absolute joy.

Sending some rainbow magic your way and I hope your days are filled with beauty and joy.

Love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography/Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Top | Strappy back bra | Kimono | Belt | Shorts | Boots | Hat

Cuffs – Embella Jewellery + similar

Rings – Embella turquoise ring | Child of Wild Turkish Shah Dhar ring | Tribal Sun ring | Elephant ring | Om ring | midi rings

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