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.
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.
Nothing like a few pops of turquoise, some gold jewels, and an amazing bikini to get me dreaming of holidays. I’m such a summer girl, and I’m already bursting to get myself back into a bikini, lay under some palm trees and watch the waves roll in while sipping away on some exotic cocktail.
Here’s some pics I did in the warmth of my home and a few inspirational photos I’ve taken on my travels to Bali, Sydney and walks along the beach here in WA.
Keeping my summer dreams alive as I ponder on my next adventure.
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,
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.
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,
Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense
Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento beach, Scarborough beach, Trigg beach, Western Australia
A little post dedicated to all the gypsy mama’s out there. Some recent jewellery pics from my Instagram, along with some of my blog features this week. I have been so overwhelmed with all the love surrounding me, in the best possible way. I’m so grateful and it just fills my heart with more love that I want to share with you all!
On that note I have a very special giveaway I’m offering in partnership with ever lovely and inspiring The Fifth Element Life. In time for Mother’s Day we are giving away one Mandala ring of your choice. Check out my Instagram here to enter and for all details.
And if you want to add one these magical mandala rings from The Fifth Element Life to your collection, make sure to use your special code ‘gypsylovinlight’ for 5% off your purchase. These mandala rings bestow upon their wearer the intention and energy of each mandala. From inspiration, protection to compassion and love. They are truly beautiful just like their creator.
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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.
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.
It such an honour for me to share the works of other artists with you. As a style blogger I come across new and intriguing labels everyday. Some just make me stop and literally take my breath away with how much raw talent they possess. And I am compelled to share their amazingness with you guys. I recently stumbled upon designer Denisse M Vera. Her awe inspiring macrame creations speak for themselves. You are sure to be mind blown just like me. Here is a little peak into the label Denisse M Vera.
“Denisse M Vera is an experimental made to measure womenswear label that is inspired by the beauty of culture and it’s raw intricacies. Each collection has a concept that is brought to life through the fabrics and techniques used… Every piece tells a story.
Denisse M Vera pieces have a special ability to transform from Everning wear to Day wear through styling. The garments can be styled up with heels and diamonds for a ball or they can be styled down with denim and sandals for a lunch date.
The Denisse M Vera woman is impeccably stylish and she likes to make a statement. She is very experimental with her wardrobe and often takes risks with her style. She loves to travel and is intrigued by art and culture. She is strong and passionate about life and makes every day worth living.
Denisse M Vera is evolving every day and I hope to maintain the handcrafted element throughout the life of my label. My dream is to set up a small workshop in South America to give work to the amazing local artisans who I have met on my travels or to teach my art to local artists in Australia to restore ancient handcrafted techniques in our own country. I hope that through my work I will inspire creativity and promote the beauty of art that is made with our hands.”
I absolutely adore this woman! And I love her dreams and visions. To make something so exquisite from hand, to spend all that time, energy, dedication and passion…it’s magnificent! And you can see from these pictures it surely is.
I highly recommend you follow this lady (links below) and be inspired daily as you watch her dreams come to fruition.