stacking rings

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 

 

 

Golden Sparkle

June 30, 2014

“You are my sun, my moon and all my stars”  E. E. Cummings

We were recently blessed with a random summer’s day in the middle of winter. I immediately took the chance to hop into this exquisite Tysa dress, adorn myself with some golden jewels from Goldbarr + Mojomade, and play with these super fun flash tattoos from Child of Wild.

I jumped in my car and found myself on this staircase right on the beach, imagining I was amongst some ancient ruins full of history and untold stories. The setting sun was simply magic and for a moment I had completely forgotten where I was.

Let your imagination run wild and play with all the childlike joy that bursts within you to be expressed. We are all meant to shine, as children do. Let your soul shine that brilliant golden illuminating light and enjoy every aspect of this amazing journey we call life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

South Pacific Maxi Dress – Tysa

Flash tattoos – Child of Wild

Tulum Necklace – Goldbarr 

Crystal Handpiece/ring – Mojo Made

Gold bangle set – Free People

Rings – Amarilo | Kami Lerner | Free People

Hat - Brixton

 

Worldly Treasures

June 8, 2014

Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s2 preset

Ahhh nothing quite like a good tribal treasure haul….finding those one of a kind pieces that so perfectly reflect your style. I had the pleasure recently of visiting the gorgeous Scarlet boutique in North Beach here in WA. The divine Tara, owner and curator of worldly clothing, jewels and homewares, has created an inspirational space, that feels so homely. Beautiful tribal designs, colour pops and luscious aromas all ignite the senses.

After my lovely visit, I headed to the beach decked out in some of my favourite pieces from her magical store. Paired with some incredible vintage pieces from Gypsy River and Free People and my outfit was complete.  Rich with colour, texture and plenty of captivating intricate details.

I am slightly obsessed with tribal jewellery ;) There is something so unique and interesting that draws me. The history, the culture, the story behind it. The energy. I make sure when purchasing tribal jewels that they are made under fair-trade conditions. Something to be aware of. It’s better to spend a little more on the real deal than buy a whole lot of cheap jewels that ultimately have their own much higher cost. Always check your jewels come from fair-trade sources, and know in spending that little bit more you are supporting local sustainability and the welfare of those divine beings who create these beautiful jewels.

This post is in deep appreciation and honour of all the artisans all around the world. The ones who don’t always get the recognition they deserve, and so humbly never ask for it. I thank you.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

Free People top, Zoda bag + cuff, Shantique turquoise cuff – Scarlet Fashion | Follow on Instagram | I love supporting local business and perth ladies this one is golden. Make sure you visit her shop at Shop 18, North Beach Shopping Centre, North Beach.

Gypsy Ring, Flower Power Ring  + Afghan fish choker (worn as a belt) – Gypsy River

Necklaces – Lost Lover + Free People

Rings – Ono Jewellery | Embella Jewellery | Lunar Sea Gypsy

Silver hill tribe cuff – Embella Jewellery

Top – Free People

Shorts – One Teaspoon

Boots – Free People

Hat – Brixton

Storm Chaser

May 15, 2014

IMG_2317 IMG_6770IMG_7276 IMG_2285 IMG_2286IMG_7280 IMG_2318

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

 

Ocean Gypsy

May 12, 2014

IMG_1871 IMG_1976 IMG_1930 IMG_1892 IMG_1880IMG_1903 IMG_1969 IMG_1886 IMG_1931IMG_1906IMG_1876

Well it’s safe to say I am completely jewellery obsessed! haha! My collection seems to be growing at a pretty insane rate. Ever thankful for the abundance, there is one particular designer’s work I have been coveting the most lately.

I recently came across Goldbarr on Instagram, as I was randomly searching with the hopes of discovering something really different that would answer the call of my heart and creative yearnings. And I found it. All those statement necklaces are absolute perfection. The unique details, excellent quality and craftsmanship, along with middle eastern/asian/indian and californian influences, makes Goldbarr a must have for any serious jewellery lover. They are really fun to stack too, if you want to take your statement necklace to that next level neck party. It can get heavy around the neck lol, but it’s jaw dropping, show stopping amazingness. I love discovering new labels that excite my senses and feed my creative soul.

These photos were taken one beautiful late afternoon, frolicking on the beach like an ocean gypsy, I styled my Goldbarr with my easy to wear and layer free people shred dress, some gypsy jingly belt bling, and a whole pile of vintage silver rings. Throw on some contrasting black boots, bag, hat and jacket and head off to your favourite festival. I was perfectly content though to throw my boots off, feel the sand on my feet, drink in the salty ocean air and make the most of that perfect temperate easterly breeze.

For anyone wanting to add a little Goldbarr into their life, they have offered all my followers a special discount code ‘OCEANGYPSY’ to use at checkout which will give you 15% off your order. If you spend over $350, you will also receive a free Maldives necklace.YAY! Love sharing the love with you all. If any of you end up adding some Goldbarr to your collection I’d so love to see your pics on Instagram. Tag me #gypsylovinlight so I can see :) Thank you! Love you all soooo much!! xx

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Hillarys

 

Outfit Details

Versailles necklace – Goldbarr

Tattered Up shred slip - Free People

Metal bead rosary – Free People

Gypsy Dreams belt – St. Eve Jewelry

Bracelets – St. Eve Jewelry | Free People | Crystal Arrow Bangle

Rings – St. Eve Jewelry | Om Compassion (similar) | Elephant (similar) | Spell Designs | Nik Dreamer | Vintage (similar)

Hat – Brixton

Boots – Witchery

 

Silver Light

May 8, 2014

IMG_1640 IMG_1737 IMG_1692IMG_1637 IMG_1654IMG_1720 IMG_1688IMG_1636 IMG_1675IMG_1689

Sailing the boat of silver light, 

The moon-beauty is fast approaching me

The sky is vibrating with sweet and melodious songs

The birds are flying beyond the horizon

To an unknown land.

All my hopes are flying without any destination.

Slowly my life’s evening sets in

Sri Chinmoy 

 

These images were taken a couple of weeks ago now, during a late afternoon stroll along the beach with my beloved husband before our dinner date that evening. The silvery light was fading ever so quickly, the way it does as we move deeper into fall. The reflections of light, the crisp air, the roaring sea….it all stirred at the beginnings of winter.

The evening called for my favourite Sea Dreamer romper. The perfect trans-seasonal piece and so great for layering. I had the chance to wear some divine bright silver jewels from Anna Beck and Dogeared Jewelry. I must say I really love that contrast of black and bright silver. It added a touch of glamour to my bohemian look, and was perfect for me to take out from the beach to a special dinner date with my husband. A little St. Eve Jewelry gypsy belt to jingle my way through the night, and I was set. We had such a beautiful evening together. Always such precious times that revive us as parents, partners, lovers and friends.

This post is dedicated to my husband, Bobby, the man who so willingly gives so much of his time and energy to help create this blog of mine. He is my amazing and talented photographer, the beautiful man who captures my essence and brings it to life, so I may share this with you all. He does all of this so humbly, never asking for credit or anything in return. He knows how happy it makes me and how much I love styling. What a wonderful man he is. I am so blessed.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Romper – Sea Dreamer

Long Strand Disc Necklace – Anna Beck

Thunderbird necklace – Dogeared

Rings – Dogeared moonglow | Dogeared elephant | Dogeared Arrow | Anna Beck saddle | Anna beck dish | Anna Beck Wire Rimmed Band | Minc Collections wishbone | Ichu 

Gypsy Dreams belt – St. Eve Jewelry

Messer hat – Brixton

 

 

 

LIVE by the SUN, LOVE by the MOON ☽

May 5, 2014

IMG_1183 IMG_1142 sun-moon-northpoleIMG_1148 IMG_1032 IMG_1110 IMG_1069 sun-moon-same-size_5IMG_1050IMG_1005

LIVE by the SUN, LOVE by the MOON…..these words are so appropriate for me right now. I’m living and loving life to the fullest, flowing with the rhythms, feeling the interconnectedness… and ever grateful for all that I have. My beautiful family, the incredible opportunities and experiences that continue to flow into my life, to have time to feed my soul and express my creativity. I feel a gratitude list coming….haha! It may be the cooler weather, or that so much change is upon me, but I feel so grateful for this new phase of my life, this transitional time that I’m in right now. I see myself a little like a caterpillar creating my cocoon once again, weaving it with love to protect and nurture myself, as I gear up to transform and take flight. It’s going to be a big year, I can feel it in my bones. It actually already is a BIG year! My blogging journey has become a full time career in a matter of months. I’m absolutely loving it all so much, though with something so big and new in my life, whilst juggling being a mother, healer and wife at the same time, it’s so important for me to remain mindful to move along at my own pace. This way I won’t crash, and I will continue to love all the amazing experiences I am so blessed to enjoy in this life. The beautiful synergy and balance of the sun and moon are a constant reminder to me to choose a healing pace in life and walk to the beat of the great mother.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Outfit Details

‘Live by the sun, Love by the moon’ Tank – Chaser

Thunder bird necklace | Elephant ringDogeared

Necklace, Moroccan Dreams Ring, Bazaar Ring, Shine on Bracelet – St. Eve Jewelry

Moon tattoo – Skin Feelings

Denim shorts – One Teaspoon

Moonlight Dreamer Kimono – Kivari

Rings – Vintage (similar) | Arrow | Moonglow | Turquoise (similar) | Silver chevron midi rings

Bracelets – Free People | Penny for your Thoughts Jewellery | Crystal Arrow | Vintage

Bandit Feather key chain – Soul Makes Jewelry

Bralette, BagSpell Designs

Hat – Brixton

 

Sun/Moon Images – Martin Eisen | Keith Tarrier

Hobo + Hatch

May 3, 2014

IMG_0918 IMG_0891 IMG_0928 IMG_0919 IMG_0907 IMG_0921IMG_0923 IMG_0930 IMG_0916 IMG_0890 IMG_0944IMG_0901 IMG_0894 IMG_0962 IMG_0987 IMG_0948 IMG_0958 IMG_0982 IMG_0951 IMG_0959

A few weeks ago…or maybe even a month now (WOW!) I had the pleasure of visiting the Hobo + Hatch pop up shop down south in the beautiful town Cowaramup, in the Margaret River wine region. The vibe and beauty of this town and shop was so relaxing…I didn’t want to leave! If you get the chance to stop by on your travels it’s a must! So many of my favourite labels like Rue Stiic + Arrow Divine all in the one place. And what a space it is! So perfectly decked out with peacock chairs, divine tapestries, worldly jewels and cow skulls. See pics below!! I was lucky enough to pick up one of their yakadiyak wool/cotton shawls and it’s been keeping me warm and cosy during this sudden seasonal shift right into winter! And not only are they divine, each purchase supports communities in Nepal. “By purchasing from our Yakadiyak range you’ve helped make a small difference in the lives of others. We will continue to donate our time & money to the Nepalese community that touched our hearts & forever changed our soul” – Leona, Hobo + Hatch. Nothing better than wearing conscious clothing. Feels soooo good in so many ways :))))

These photos featuring this beautiful scarf, were taken a couple of weeks ago when summer was still hanging around for one last party :) The golden light in the afternoon seems to intensify during this time of year. The sunsets are so brilliant and deep, just like the autumn leaves. It’s yet another magical time of year with so much beauty to be thankful for.

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Shawl  (natural) – Hobo + Hatch | Instagram | Facebook | Visit in person shop 2, 64 Bussell Hwy, Cowaramup, Western Australia

Daisy flower crown – Eterie

Dress – Spell Designs

Necklaces – Soul Loving Jewelry moonstone mala | Chinta rose quartz | Spell Designs Gypsy

Kimono – Myee Carlyle

Rings – Rico Designs Rhodonite | Elephant (similar) | Sun wrap | Moonglow | Blooming flower | Mermaid by Hand wave | Heart Majestic silver knuckle ring

Bangles – Free People | Sunahara | Shayote Isis wrap

Beanie – Spell Designs

Cloudbreak anklet – Roadtrip Jewellery

 

And here are some photos of the Hobo + Hatch pop up store and bts hanging out with owner and beauty Leona..and seriously loving her outfit soooo much! Shop it HERE + HERE + HERE xx

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

IMG_9571 IMG_9572 IMG_9576 IMG_9579 IMG_9590 IMG_9586 IMG_9584 IMG_9593

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Likes to Ride

April 25, 2014

IMG_0696IMG_0774IMG_0752IMG_0649 IMG_0747IMG_0632

A vintage style tee, some perfectly worn in denim cut offs, ankle boots, a felt fedora, messy braided hair, and a whole pile of silver! One of my favourite day to day outfits that is so easy to throw together and makes me feel as though I’m forever at a festival dancing up a storm to some awesome tunes. Jewels jingling with each beat as the rhythm overtakes me. I’m riding the sound waves as I visualise myself on the back of a bike, arms up, wind in my hair, a never-ending road ahead. Utterly wild and free. Total bliss.

Big thanks to Baby Likes to Ride for the awesome tee, Minc Collections for the stacking rings that bring so much joy to my days, & major babe Child of Wild for the show stopping neckwear.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Burnt out tee – Baby likes to Ride

Shorts – One Teaspoon

Necklaces – Child of WildHealing Spirit | Antayla | Moon’s Vengeance

Bracelets - House of Harlow 1960 | Free People | Sunahara

Rings – Minc CollectionsStacking rings | Crystal | Wishbone | Nik Dreamer | Dogeared Arrow + Moonglow | Sun Wrap ring (similar) | Mermaid by Hand wave ring | Silver chevron ring

Messer hat – Brixton

Golden Aura

April 22, 2014

IMG_1572

Gold Bangles + Cuff – Free People | Aztec Slave cuff - Morgan Joanel

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo | Morgan Joanel | Heart Majestic

IMG_6599

Turkish coin necklace (worn as anklet) – Child of Wild | Gold bangles – Free People

Rings – Brooke Persich | Morgan Joanel | Amarilo | Gold chevron midi rings

IMG_1436

Turkish Coin necklace + Medusa collar necklaceChild of Wild | Thunderbird body chain + Knuckle ringsHeart Majestic | Flowercrown – Flower Gypsies | Aztec Slave cuff – Morgan Joanel

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry | Amarilo | Morgan Joanel | Heart Majestic

IMG_6509

Temporary tattoo (Gypset Goddess) – Skin Feelings | Bangles – Free People

Rings – Kami Lerner gold wrap rings | Amarilo | Free People | Karen London

IMG_6614

 Spell Designs turquoise cuff (SOLD OUT) Alternate | Vanessa Mooney Turquoise ring | Om compassion ring | Silver sun wrap ring

A week of gold and turquoise, inspired by sacred geometry, golden aura crystals, and egyptian opulence. Turquoise always has such a strong presence in my life. It’s my healing colour and healing stone. Gold is something I’ve been building in my jewellery collection lately and I’m so inspired by the stacking possibilities. I have so many amazing jewels to style and giveaways coming up. Stay tuned to the frequency of light and love…..so much awesomeness awaits you.

AND a little reminder to all that this Elephant ring pictured below on my middle finger is part of a BLOG giveaway I am running during the month of April. At the end of this month, I will be giving this away to one lucky person who is following my blog. All you need to do is sign up to follow my blog. The FOLLOW button pops up on the bottom right of the screen. If you have any problems please contact me and I’ll help sign you up. Good luck everyone! Love + gratitude xx

IMG_6451Tarot Magick hot pants – Teeki | Akseki Cuff – Lost Lover

Rings – Spell Designs SOLD OUT Alternate | Om compassion ring | Elephant (similar) | Turquoise OOAK (SHOP similar + here + here)

 

All rights reserved © GypsyLovinLight · Theme by Blogmilk + Coded by Brandi Bernoskie