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Holiday Style

November 28, 2014




December is rolling around wayyyy too fast this year and I’m deep into holiday styling and basically all things that remind me of sipping sunset cocktails as I relax by the ocean. Summer in Australia is almost here and I’m beyond excited about the many months of warm sunshine, blue skies and incredible sunsets that await. I’ve put together a little holiday edit of some of my favourite summer styles I’m obsessing over from amazing embellished bikinis to the perfect white summer lace dress. And of course some sparkly jewels and embellishments to add that something special to your holiday outfits.

And for all those happy shoppers out there, make sure to check out the HUGE online sales that are happening pretty much now Friday Nov 28th (USA) and Monday 1st Dec (USA) .

Check out some of the BEST Black Friday + Cyber Monday sales I’ll be shopping up a storm at via  –

WANDERLUST & CO  for the best range of silver and gold stacking rings, bracelets and necklaces – Use code thanks30

NOVICA for some awesome silver hill tribe jewellery

SAMANTHA WILLS Beautiful bold and fine bohemian luxe jewels

CHICWISH for the best price point and range in faux fur and shaggy cardis, lace dresses and kimonos - Use code SPEND150 when you spend over $150 get 40% off. SPEND50 for for 30% off | SPEND100 for 35% off

And these are my favourite go to online shops for basically everything. They all have some amazing sales going on this weekend, deliver quickly and do easy returns :)

ASOS Use code CYBERWKND20

SHOPBOP  Use code GOBIG14

FREE PEOPLE

REVOLVE

NORDSTROM

URBAN OUTFITTERS

TOPSHOP

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Here are some pics of one of my easy holiday outfits. Anglaise, large straw fedora and lots of fine silver stacking jewels.

WEARING – Anglaise Tunic | Fedora | Elephant Necklace | Arrow Split Cuff | Rings – Double Bar Chain | Triple Chevron  | Arrowhead | Arrow Split | Double bar | Stud midi | Spear | Crystal Infinity | Handpiece

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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

 

 

Summer Sunday Sesh

November 24, 2014

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Waterman’s Bay, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Eyelet Bikini (Similar) | NecklaceBelly chain | Bracelets + Rings | White turquoise cuff | White howlite bracelet

RINGSAnkh ringLotus ring | Snake ring | ‘Connection’ Mandala ringThe Fifth Element Life (Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT for all mandala rings)

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

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

 

A beautiful sunday morning at the beach with the family in one of my favourite bikini styles and so much fresh bright silver! Summer is just around the corner here in Australia and I’m dreaming about all things white, bright and light. Many a summer sunday sesh to be had sipping margaritas by sunset :)

Stay tuned for a little holiday edit I’m working on later this week, which is basically my shopping list (I wish!) for this summer ;)

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

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

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

 

28 day Fruiteatox | Follow on Instagram | Facebook | Check out Fruiteatox’s eating plan and exercise plan

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Solitude

October 4, 2014

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” – Michel de Montaigne

As much as I love to be around people and their inspiring energies, I also deeply yearn for solitude….And perhaps it’s in part my Finnish heritage, though I think it’s more than that….it’s that time I get to refuel, to simply be and go deeper within, to reflect and create and imagine from a place of complete stillness.

These photos were taken on a quiet still morning in Bali at the magical Kubu beach at Ayana Resort. There wasn’t a soul in sight as I walked along the beach allowing my connection to the earth to centre and rejuvenate my being. I feel so thankful to know myself, to understand with love and compassion the needs I have, and to take action to care for them. Every single act of self love builds my energy stores and sets my vibration soaring to a place where only complete wellness can exist. For those suffering from illness of any sort, I urge you to step out in nature, somewhere peaceful, somewhere still, where it’s just you and the elements. Allow this space and experience to refuel your being and bring healing to every cell in your body.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Kubu Beach, Ayana Resort, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Skirt + Top + Necklace + Handpiece + HatFree People

Bag – Lokoa

Rings + CuffEmbella

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