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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

From Above

November 18, 2014

“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. It feels an impulsion. This is the place to go now.

But the sky knows the reasons and patterns behind all clouds. And you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.”

Richard Bach

 

There is nothing quite like looking at your city from a distance, high above amidst the blue sky, to bring clarity and perspective. I feel very grateful to have the ocean on one side and the hills on the other. Each bring so much to my awareness, and so much peace to my being.

This was an absolutely perfect day. My husband and I set out on a little hills adventure, just the two of us, and discovered the most magical spot. Laid out before us was a large flattened rock inviting us to rest upon. Shaded by gum trees, and cooled by a gentle breeze, we escaped a scorching hot and windy day. As we sat mesmerised by the city from above, we felt miles away, though in reality only 30 minutes from our home. It’s amazing what a little change of scenery can do for one’s perspective and how refreshing it is for the soul.  I’ve been drawn to this special space again and again and feel so grateful to have found another magical energy spot right here in WA.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Statham’s Quarry, Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details 

Mia Wrap Kimono – Amilita

Rings (Mother of Pearl Square | Plain Band | White Crescent moon | Snow White | Around we Go | Crescent Moon + White Moon NecklaceJewels by Jacqeuline

Shorts (Similar)

Lace Trim Bralette – Sabo Skirt

Hat – Ace of Something

Moon necklace – Urban Outfitters

Gold chevron midi rings

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

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

Dreamscape

November 11, 2014

“See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” Deepak Chopra

This beach adventure was filled with rainbow orbs and incredible light. I felt so much like a child again. You know that abundantly joyful feeling of being ever present, simply shifting from moment to moment, following your excitement and zest for life. I want to bottle it up and have it with me everywhere I go. It’s freedom, it’s peace, it’s happiness…. Like Eleanora Duse said “If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive…” 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Crochet top – Sabo Skirt

Crochet bottoms

Summer Fedora (Similar)

Belly Chain – Grace Bijoux

Necklace + RingsSamantha Wills

Embella Cuff + Goldbarr Coin Bracelet

Rings – Midi rings + The Fifth Element Life mandala rings (Communication + Connection) USE discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all The Fifth Element Life mandala rings

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

 

Grace and Flow

October 19, 2014

I moved like a gently flowing river, ever so gracefully embracing the currents….the wind gently caressed my skin, and the warm ocean water met my bare feet.

This divine afternoon I floated upon the golden sands in this most exquisite Saboskirt dress and goddess jewels from Grace Bijoux.  This entire outfit evoked so much light and grace within me. I felt extraordinarily feminine, fully embracing of my sensuality, and birthright of pure unconditional self love.

Sending so much love to you all xx

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Orchid Maxi Dress – Sabo Skirt

Belly chain + AnkletsGrace Bijoux

Hat  smaller brim here

Lotus Arm cuff + Amelia midi ringsAmarilo

Rings – Native Riot | Bahgsu Jewels | Kami Lerner

Turquoise cuff – Bahgsu Jewels

Love necklace – Global Princess Jewellery

 

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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

Turquoise Lane

October 2, 2014

 “Her soul sings with the rise and fall of the tides, guided by a love for the ocean and the beauty of nature. Happiest with sand between her toes and salt in her hair – on a search for that endless summer – a barefoot wanderer who sees beauty in the simple things and splurges on the finer things …” Suzie from Turquoise Lane – Read more HERE

This post is dedicated to one of my beautiful soul sistars. You know those people that instantly give you goosebumps when they chat about their passions….well this is one of those divine souls. Suzie, the amazing woman behind Turquoise Lane, has been such an inspiration to me lately, as I watch her follow her dreams with all her heart. To live your passion, regardless of any fear or doubt is courageous, and a gift to others who seek this path. It’s confirming and validating, a reminder that we all have the ability within us to create the dreams and life we want.

These photos were taken at the amazing Kubu beach, a private beach at Ayana Resort. We were lucky enough to experience this divine peaceful beach early in the morning while the beach was still closed. Not a soul in sight, this was probably the highlight of our entire Bali trip. We walked along the beach as though we were honeymooners once again. Bobby snapped away and I danced along the shoreline. We watched in awe as the light changed colours and the hazy morning mist dissipated to highlight the most beautiful turquoise water we’ve ever seen. It was the most romantic and magical moment ever!

Trust in life, follow your heart lovely souls, it will not lead you astray.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Kubu beach, Ayana Resort, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Spell Bohemian Empress Dress – Turquoise Lane

Turquoise Necklace | Amethyst cuff + ring | Silver cuff | Silver ringsAnna Beck

Rings – Ichu Jewellery (similar) | Embella | Grace Bijoux | Silver midi rings

Hat – Seed Heritage

Embellish

September 27, 2014

Embellish – make beautiful, decorate.

I love this little beachy bohochic outfit so much. It’s the little details for me that make it feel so special. The perfect cut ivory blazer from Myee Carlyle with it’s divine intricate embellishments. A simple Amilita cami trimmed with divine lace. My custom Wilde flower boots with all their amazing adornments. And then there’s the perfect accessory for the woman who loves a little sparkle and embellishment in her life – the hand woven Moroccan sequin basket by Ethi Collective.

If it’s time to add a little sparkle and embellishment to your outfit, check out my favourite picks below this post.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylistHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Zahra Beaded Blazer – Myee Carlyle

Lyla Cami – Amilita

Hat

Shorts (similar)

Bag – Ethi Collective

Necklaces – Embella Jewellery + Myee Carlyle

Rings – Aloha Gaia | Ernest + Joe | Ono Jewellery | Ichu Jewellery (similar)

Boots – Wilde Flower Design

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