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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

Sharp lines

August 16, 2014

I really do love a basic white shirt and denim look. It’s so fresh and crisp and easy to wear. A perfectly cut shirt is a great canvas to lay down some stunning jewels too :) I’ve been looking for what feels quite a long time for that perfect white shirt for me….I thought I’d have to spend a fortune to find it, but no. This Chicwish shirt is well within budget, and it wears beautifully. I love it half buttoned over a bralette with some denim cut offs. The flowing, long at the back, shape is also just perfect over some skinny jeans, layered with your favourite tailored jacket and boots. The cut and flow brings a beautiful feminine quality to generally a more masculine piece of clothing. It’s definitely become one of my wardrobe staples now, and I’m thinking I’ll need to get myself a second backup for those messy days haha!!

I’ve paired it with some edgy urban outfitters, embella and lava links jewellery. I was really drawn to the sharp, geometric lines and more masculine energy of these pieces. Love being able to explore all the different aspects of myself as I adventure through this styling journey of mine. Counting my blessings and grateful for all my readers’ support each and every day. Love you guys!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

Outfit Details

Asymmetric shirt + Faux fur jacketChicwish

Denim shorts – similar + here

U Bra – Free People

Tribal necklace – Urban Outfitters

Drifter Necklace – Free People

Volcanic Cuff, Pyramid ring + Gratitude elephant ringLava Links Jewelry

Tribal cuff + bracelets - Embella Jewellery

Rings – Free People | hill tribe Sun ring | Sunahara

Hat

Boots

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

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

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

Rainshine

July 31, 2014

 

“She usually loved the sun to reign, but today she enjoyed the surprise of rain”

I’m a summer loving girl. I love the heat and the beaming warmth of sun on my skin. And even though winter is a not my favourite, I still love the rain. Especially on those days when it’s not cold, and the light sprinkles of rain refresh you like a waterfall mist.

I spent an afternoon recently at the beautiful home of Losari Home and Woman and as we always do, had an absolute blast! I wore this stunning Chicwish crochet dress along with so many exquisite silver accessories from Dixi, Shayote and Minc Collections. I revelled in the rain mists and watched the rain shine and glimmer as it sparkled and illuminated everything it touched. I felt ever grateful for the chance to dance in the rain and all the precious gifts it brings to our earth.

Embrace the beauty in the everyday, it will bring magic to every moment of your life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationLosari Home and Woman | Follow Losari on Instagram 

 

Outfit Details 

Crochet Dress – Chicwish

Necklace | Mantra cuff | Midi ringDixi

Crystal necklace + silver/gold stacking ringsMinc Collections

White Turquoise Cuffs + white turquoise ringShayote

Little Frenchie Bench seat – Losari

Rings – Free People | Sunahara

Hat

Boots

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

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 

 

 

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

 

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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