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Turquoise Dreams

January 21, 2015



PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

All Jewelry – Turquoise Lane

Kimono – Spell designs

Bodychain

Bikini

Hat

 

I’m always dreaming of water the colour of turquoise, sand as white as snow, and to walk upon the shore and watch the waves gently roll into greet it over and over again. It’s my bliss that inspires my creativity and grounds me from the crazy, busy, technological, high stress life that we lead. I feel immensely blessed I moved to WA, where I get to experience a little of this holiday vibe every single day.

Even still there is a definite yearning within me to roam into the wild, chase waterfalls, hike mountains and explore the earth and all her hidden treasures. It’s been many years since I’ve done this. I miss all the long road trips exploring hot springs, national parks, camping under the stars by ancient trees, bathing naked in icy glacial waters, cooking food over the fire, travelling anywhere on a whim and probably the best part – connecting with amazing, inspiring people along the way. I yearn for more exploration and I’m working on releasing myself from any self imposed boundaries that have been getting in the way. Being a parent comes with such great responsibility, and we can often feel so much fear for the safety of our children, and even limit our very existence. I’m discovering as I get a little older and wiser, the more I trust in the process of life, the more I am able to really enjoy travelling with my kids. It’s so wonderful to connect with your child’s unique way of perceiving the world. They see all the beauty around us, all the magic. They help us to see our world in the most joyful way. I’m very excited for new adventures with my family, and to share my love of exploration with them. Next stop – beautiful Bali!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

A life of love

January 19, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Rishikesh Maxi Kimono + Sacred Shankha Shell PendantHendrix & Harlow

Bikini (Nanette crop + bottoms) – L Space

Hat – Ace of Something

December Nights Cuff + Fortune Cuff - Embella Jewellery

Rings – Ernest & Joe | Aloha Gaia – Luna + Strong midi | Wolftress | Embella | Her Empire – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Aloha Gaia Jewelry + Wolftress ‘Native Roots’ ring

Nails – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

“She loves life and it loves her back” 

I’ve been asked a lot recently from many of you amazing souls following and sharing in my journey about how I found a life of love. I want to share a little of my journey with you all in the hopes that I can inspire you to rediscover your beauty and the shining light of love that you all are.

Firstly, I think that we generally only start to question what is going on when things are not so great. It is these low experiences in our lives that act as the catalysts for transformation. I look back now with pure gratitude for the pain and traumas I have been through in my life. I would not have strived for a life of love without them.

My real low was around 7 years ago, when I experienced complications with my second pregnancy. It all began one night, around 11 weeks in, when I woke up haemorrhaging. I started having contractions, went into shock, and realised that I was losing my child. I was rushed to hospital to discover my little boy was still alive. For the next 27 weeks of my pregnancy I was in and out of hospital, the doctors continuously trying to prevent an early labour. I had to learn to cope with the imminent threat of losing him with no certainty or assurances. I was told the odds were not in my favour, and to prepare myself for the most painful of possibilities. That one hope, that I might make it to term, however dim it was back then, was the light that helped me get through. The painful thoughts of ‘what if’ were so excruciating while I felt my little boy kicking around in my belly. I inevitably pulled myself inwards and focused intently on the beauty of each moment we had together and that he would be ok. I could no longer focus on my painful feelings and give rise to them as they didn’t serve any other purpose than to cause me immense suffering. They weren’t real in that moment, they were just possibilities of an unknown future. I decided (stubbornly) we were going to get through it and that I would endeavour to enjoy the beautiful connection between mother and child regardless of the physical pain I was in. We would make this journey together and hope for the best. These thoughts brought me peace and the ability to find some joy in a pregnancy full of complication. I don’t think any other life experience has taught me more about mind control than this. Living with this for 27 weeks, bed bound each day, bleeding and contracting, reminded how fragile this situation was, yet striving for strength by surrendering to the vulnerability and uncertainty, whilst trying to maintain a positive outlook, was the biggest challenge of my life. I’m happy to say we made it in the end. We managed against medical odds to get to 38 weeks and my beautiful son is now 6 years old.

This experience changed me in many ways. My ability to let go of stressful ‘what if’ thoughts is much easier. I can focus on the beauty of life amidst chaos, and I discovered that the more you focus on the good stuff, and not the bad stuff, the more the bad stuff will actually lose it’s power and start to disappear from your life. Whatever you spend your time thinking about will become your life. So think beautiful thoughts, kind thoughts, grateful thoughts, loving thoughts, joyful thoughts. And when life throws you a curveball, I hope that you can remember at some point to be easy on yourself, and find that light and love within that allows you to move through it with grace and ease.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Wild One

December 12, 2014

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Storm Chaser Kimono | Underworld Aqua Aura Necklace | Mantra Cuff (similar) | Star Shine Bracelet | Rings – Underworld Aqua Aura |  Majestic Rainbow Moonstone | Valentina Rainbow Moonstone | Sahara midiDixi

Custom Boots – Wilde Flower Design

Wild One tee – Mate the Label

Mother Mandala Necklace – Eastern Soul

Rings – Eastern Soul | La Luna Rose | Don Biu | Ernest & Joe | Aloha Gaia

Atomic Denim Shorts – Sabo Skirt

Hat (similar)

Nails (Bonsoir) – Willow Byron Bay – Make the switch to chemical free, vegan nail polish and use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

“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…”

Eleonora Duse

 

Feel the magic that surrounds you every minute of every day, wherever you are. Allow your mind to stretch to a state of reverence and awe as you take in the wonder of life.

Stay wild my lovely kindred souls, dream and imagine all day long, and weave your daily magic with love and passion.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Wanderlust

December 1, 2014


Outfit Details

Gypsy Love Kimono | Hat | Shorts (similar) | Rings – Aries | Bohemian Bardot | Midi rings | Chalcedony | Flash Tattoos

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

It’s about that time again….you know that itch, that travelling itch that comes every now and then. A deep yearning to explore the earth, step forth so fully and completely into every corner of the globe, leaving no stone unturned. I’m envisioning crisp white sands, vibrant turquoise waters, dolphins and sunshine :)  Luckily I live in such a beautiful part of Australia that even a quick trip to the beach can feel like a mini holiday. I’m planning a mid week getaway soon (sans kids) to get me over the hump before the crazy holiday season heats up even more. I’m so excited to explore another little corner of this amazing earth. Stay tuned!

Here is one of my holiday inspired outfits from my recent beach adventures. The sunsets lately have been so insane and when you can catch a day with that calm breeze it just doesn’t get any better than that. Total bliss.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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)

 

 

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)

 

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

Unique YOU

October 9, 2014

“Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom” – Eckhart Tolle

An invigorating and super charged afternoon beach walk carrying the possibility of an impending storm (both outside and within) beautifully transformed into a a very clear and still moment of insight. Amidst the ocean winds and cool air I fell into a place of quiet sanctuary. I experienced a deepening of self, of love, an expansion of my heart. I felt the interconnectedness of all. I can’t explain why, only that when I am still amidst the ever changing elements I am transformed by the moment. Each adventure to the beach brings it’s own unique experience and I continue to give thanks to the ocean for it’s healing gifts.

My insight – There is nothing more beautiful to me than when we fully embrace who we are. To embrace, LOVE, celebrate and share our unique, quirky ways, our ups and downs, our strengths and vulnerabilities is not only inspiring but a gift to all. To love and accept all sides, all aspects, both yin and yang, that make us who we are. I am sometimes happy and sad, loving and fearful, courageous and scared…there is no shame in being human and feeling all these emotions. Embrace it all with love. This is what it is to be human. These emotions are rooted in the mind, in the thoughts, a place that is both who we are and not who we are. Here we own the key to our emotional freedom and to choose the life we want to live. We are all different, unique and amazing and at our core we are essentially the same. We are one. We are beautiful. We are all enough.

Make sure you check out Da-sh & Dol…an awesome spot I found for the girl looking for something a little different, a little unique, just like her.

Adorn yourself in all that reflects you, your soul style, your essence…adorn yourself in what you love! And above all – LOVE who you are, and feel the shift in your life as that love resonance draws all that is LOVE into your life.

With deep love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Cuff, Necklace, Anklets + ClutchDa-sh & Dol

Mandala Rings – The Fifth Element Life – USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ at checkout

Midi rings – Embella | Sunahara 

Lace Shorts

Halter Top

Kimono

Sarong – Lyloh Sarongs

Hat

 

 

Dream Catcher

August 27, 2014

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.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Ohm ring + cuffOhm Boho

Hendrix Maxi Dress – Kivari

Guinea Feather Dream catcher – Lexi & Roy

Karnataka Necklace + Flash TattoosChild of Wild

Rings – Minc collections | Free People | Sunahara | Spell | Eastern Soul | Vintage (similar)

SCFXLUVAJ belt – Free People

Hat

 

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

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