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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

 

 

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

Lace Lovin

June 19, 2014

When it comes to all things lacey Spell really nail it every time! It’s probably obvious already from all my instagram pics and wardrobe that ivory laces are my absolute favourite. This dress, this cut, this lace….utter perfection. Quite possibly my favourite dress in my wardrobe right now. And WA girls if you didn’t already know Lexi & Roy is your one stop shop for all things Spell over here in the west.

I’m loving this dress styled without the nude slip, and belted/cropped over shredded skinnies and a biker jacket to roughen up the look. Add boots and fedora and a summer outfit transforms into winter. And of course a mountain of jewels ;)

Now that winter is finally well and truly here in WA, I’m embracing the spiral inwards as winter draws us into that introspective space. This is one of my favourite times to get really creative with my wardrobe and play with layers. My layering essentials – dusters, loose tees, a cropped bomber, the perfect skinny jeans, and a tailored vegan leather jacket. I tend more towards the neutrals – black, white, beige and grey during this season, with pops of colour thrown in to my accessories. A bright tribal bag, turquoise rings, funky coloured nails and statement necklaces. Fashion and style to me is about having fun. Wear what makes you happy, not what’s on trend. Enjoy the process of expressing your creativity through style.

And here’s a little something for those on a budget but wanting to add some lovely lace into their wardrobe. I’ve hunted and narrowed down some of my favourite lace dresses under $100 -

Sonnet Dress

Everdeen Maxi

Crochet knit lace dress

Ralph Lauren 3/4 sleeve Lace dress

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Spell dress via Lexi & Roy

Necklaces – Free People + Embella Jewellery

Boots – Free People

Hat – Catarzi (similar)

Child of Wild Flash tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Lunar Sea Gypsy | Eastern Soul | OOAK Elephant Wrap (similar)

Cuffs – Global Princess | Alushia Sanchia thunderbird

Shine on

June 5, 2014

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Quite possibly my all time favourite quote by an absolutely divine and inspirational woman. The ripple effect is a wonderful thing. To watch this universal law unfold brings much joy to my heart. I feel immense radiating love knowing that by shining my own light so brightly, by authentically sharing who I am and passionately following my heart’s call, that I may inspire others to do the same. I am in deep gratitude today to all those who stand as beacons for me, sharing their love, light and inspirations so bravely and lovingly.

It really feels so good to pick another person up, and to be picked up. Something I came across recently on Instagram really sums it up quite well – ‘Kindness doesn’t cost a damn thing, sprinkle that shit everywhere”

Shine on my brothers and sistars and sprinkle that golden light of yours everywhere you can.

Oh and yeh this is the most perfect Flynn Skye dress ever! Not just a dress indeed ;)

Love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

Not Just a Dress – Flynn Skye

Necklace – Lola Pepper boutique

Belt - SCFxLUVAJ

Custom ‘Gypsy’ ring and ‘Follow your heart’ Bracelet, Lotus + Arrow stamped ringsWingostarr Jewelry

Turquoise rings – Vintage (similar) + Spell (similar)

Turquoise cuff + Zoda bracelet – Scarlet

Chyrsocolla bracelet – Soul Loving Jewelry

Silver cuff – Embella Jewellery

Hat – Yellow108

 

Winter white

June 1, 2014

 

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Cosy winter whites and turquoise colour pops. Vintage tees and fringe for days. One of my day to day casual outfits that I love and so great for this transitional weather.

Rain or shine I am drawn to the beautiful ocean. I was lucky to catch the pause in between the rain storms on this shoot. It was the perfect way to fire up the spirit and passion as winter draws us inwards.

Enjoy the transitions in life as we expand and contract. Pause for those peaceful moments between breaths. Allow yourself to sink deeply into the magic of a moment as you release all your worries and stressful thoughts. There is only peace, love and bliss.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

Mandala Crochet Coat – Spell via Lexi and Roy Shop

Turquoise rock necklace – Amaleia Jewellery

Rings – Lola Pepper Boutique | OOAK Elephant (similar) | Mermaid by Hand wave | Wingostarr Lotus | OOAK Sun wrap (similar)

Deer Medicine pants – Teeki

Live by the sun tank – Chaser

Bracelets – Shantique turquoise cuff + Zoda via Scarlet

Necklaces – Lost Lover | Free People

Dreamweaver bag – Spell

Beanie – Spell

 

 

Layer Up

June 1, 2014

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It’s the first day of winter here in Aus and it’s definately layering time in WA…..icy, desert cold mornings, warm, bright, blue sunny days. One of my favourite things about this time of year is rocking lots of different layers. Kimonos and long tees under fitted jackets are a favourite look of mine, paired with either jeans or shorts. Layering jewels is always so much fun and so easy with Goldbarr. And Rue Stiic basics provide me with an amazing canvas to adorn with all my jewels. The quality, texture and cuts in this range are all perfect.

Definitely grab yourself some Rue Stiic and check out all the amazing jewels I’ve stacked – Goldbarr Versailles + Behati neck pieces, Lost Lover, Forever soles + Free People.

Layer up lovelies and never be afraid to share your inner gypsy! And whenever you get the chance to shed your layers, immerse yourself in nature, feel your bare feet on the earth and dance upon the sand.

Love and gratitude,

Helen

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Long Sleeve top – Rue Stiic

Behati + Versailles neckpieces – Goldbarr – Use discount code ‘OCEANGYPSY’ for 15% off any Goldbarr jewels. Spend $350 or more and receive a free Maldives necklace

Atalar necklace + Spirit ring + Elephant ring + Filigree ring + Anatolian anklet + Coin ankletLost Lover

Boho goddess barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Metal Bead Rosary – Free People

Rings – Little pieces of hopeWingostarr Jewelry

Bonitas – One Teaspoon

Dreamweaver bag – Spell designs

Messer hat – Brixton

Boots – Hobbs

Leather jacket – Steele (last season)

Blessed Child

May 27, 2014

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“The creative adult is the child who has survived” – Ursula K. Le Guin

I came across this quote this morning and instantly fell in love. The timing was of course perfect. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the social tenets of how one is supposed to look, dress and act at a certain age. I’m coming up to 38 this year and I know I don’t really look my age physically, but I think it’s more than that. I don’t act my age. More to the point, I don’t act in a way that adheres to the general social expectations of a 38 year old woman. I write my own life story, and in mine there is no age limit on how one can act, look, dress, be. I’m unconventional, imaginative, passionate, creative, naive, sensitive, vulnerable, open hearted and I will always believe in magic. I love spontaneity and I live in the present. And best of all, I’m at my happiest when I’m in my little vortex creating what I love with all my heart and soul. All the wonderful characteristics of a child.

When I look at my children they remind me of this ability we have to tap into our creative selves. To open the doorway to joy in an instant. Bless these sweet angels for reminding us of the true beauty of life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Lace insert maxi dress – Bambi Collective

Necklaces – Haati Chai + Love + Leather

Boho Goddess Barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Anklets – Lost Lover

Lace cardigan – Chaser

Rings – Blooming Flower | Sunahara chain | Spell designs Totem | The Fifth Element Life mandala (Connection + Inspiration) Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ for 5% off all mandala rings

Flower crown – Flower Gypsies

 

Storm Chaser

May 15, 2014

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Nothing quite like that first storm of autumn to make your heart beat a little faster. My husband and I decided to take a little drive up to the Perth hills to watch it roll in. We were sprinkled by the most delicate rain drops as we perched ourselves on a boulder and watched the storm clouds swallow up the city.  As the sun began to set, the golden light beamed upon us and we inhaled that glorious fresh scent that always comes with a storm. There’s just something about driving up to the top of the hills and looking out to the city and ocean that makes everything so simple and clear.  It’s only 20 minutes away really, but it’s like a mini holiday. I’m so thankful for the perspective it gives me. It’s an opportunity to really breath out and exhale all the layers that have been building within. To let go of the stuff that really doesn’t matter.

All rugged up on this stormy evening, I layered my Free People dress with my Freebird Collection cardi. The perfect cardi to throw on over everything! So soft and cosy. I chose some vintage turquoise, Spell + Minc Collections rings, my latest fave Goldbarr necklace, and a Little pieces of Hope ring. I absolutely love all that this artist represents. She is consistently giving back to the world. Love supporting people who are conscious in helping out others in need.

I hope you all get some time to explore, release and shed those layers that so often build up with everyday stressors. Find the magic in the simple beauty of nature. Allow it to infuse it’s healing into every cell of your being and evoke the bliss of simplicity.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Gardenia Dress – Free People

Cardi – Freebird Collection

Necklaces – Goldbarr + Free People (USE CODE ‘OCEANGYPSY’ for 15% off all GOLDBARR)

Rings – Little Pieces of Hope | Vintage turquoise (similar) | Minc Collections stacking rings | Spell

Buddha’s Belt – Child of Wild

 

Sparkling seas & Fiery skies

May 13, 2014

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In between the sparkling sea

and the fiery crimson sky

I fell into your love spell

And there was only you and I

 

This was undoubtedly the most magical sunset I’ve ever witnessed. The whole day leading up to it was magic. The cloud formations, the sparkling waters, the golden light. Love was in the air, everywhere we looked there were happy smiles, warm hearts and sneaky kisses. It was as though everyone lived within a bubble of love. I know we sure were ;) My husband and I started our afternoon date at the beach photographing this oufit, soaking up warm autumn sun rays, then we drove along the magnificent WA coast, with an early dinner at one of our fave beachside restaurants, followed by this awe inspiring, breath taking sunset. I couldn’t believe how much it changed from moment to moment. The intensity of colour, starting off so softly with pink, orange and purple and ending with the ocean and sky completely alight in a deep crimson red. I feel so blessed that we were able to experience this wonder. That our timing lined up so divinely with ease. Beyond grateful.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Scarborough beach, Trigg beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Paperwhites Maxi Dress – Free People

Necklaces – Karen London Dreamweaver | Chinta Turquoise Hamsa mala

Daisy Chain Flower headband - Eterie

Rings – Lost Lover | Vanessa Mooney | Om compassion (similar) | Sunahara | Elephant (similar)

Cuffs – Vintage turquoise | Spell

 

 

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