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Ernest & Joe

August 19, 2014

When it comes to fashion there is not much more that I love than exquisite jewellery….and especially when there is an amazing heart and soul behind the creations. I’m honoured today to share with you all a little about this amazing label I recently discovered – Ernest & Joe.  Absolutely divine jewellery, simple, clean lines, incredible quality with great attention to detail, making them next level for me.

Behind the scenes of this label is beautiful mother and daughter duo, Sally and Mia, creating this magic together. The whole family is involved in this creative passion of theirs, and we are the lucky ones who get to have a piece of this art made with love. Here’s a little interview I did so you can find out more about this lovely duo.

How did Ernest and Joe begin?

E&J began after I came home from a big trip around South East Asia, Mum suggested that we do a short course in silver smithing together and from there we combined forces and created our little business. Ernest was my Pops (Mums Dad) middle name that he didn’t like, but I loved, and Joe was Nans Dads name, so masculine for such feminine jewellery!

What are your greatest passions in life?

We are very down to earth people and as long as we have our tight knit family around us we are happy. We are extremely devoted to E&J, we don’t get much time to do anything else…lucky we love it!

Who is/are your major style influences/inspirations?

We try to keep all of our ideas as original as possible, we don’t really go hunting for any inspiration, we just wait until an idea pops into our head and we work from there. We like the simplicity of our designs.. we probably like them a little too much, i am always pinching stock to keep for myself!

What do you love most about Ernest and Joe?

We love that Ernest and Joe is entirely hand made in my back shed. We love that our two employees are my Brother and Sister. We love that my little baby Violet scoots around in the shed under my dogs watchful eye. We love that we have created something that means so much to so many people. Most of all I love that I get to hang out with Mum every day making jokes and beautiful jewellery.

What are your future dreams?

We would like to keep building our little business up and be able to employ my Brother and Sister full time.
We are excited for E&J to become a recognisable name here in Australia and around the world.
We are pretty happy to keep taking the opportunities that come our way. We just want to make jewellery forever!!

I don’t know about you guys but I’m in love. These guys just peel it back to what matters most and their beautiful designs are a great representation of all that they are about.

Here’s to family, love, following your heart and doing what you love, each and every single day. Thanks for the inspiration Sally and Mia :)

FOLLOW Ernest & Joe on Instagram + Facebook and check out their website here

With love and gratitude,
Helen xx

PhotographerBobby Bense
Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense
Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

Outfit Details

Double Point Crystal ring + Moon ring + T-Bar ring + Mini Triangle ringErnest & Joe
Summer Lovin Dress – Planet Blue
SCFXLUVAJ Belt – Free People
Necklace – Child of Wild
Bracelet/CuffAloha Gaia
Rings - Ono Jewellery | Aloha Gaia | Laura Shipp Jewellery
Hat
Boots – similar
Nails

Sharp lines

August 16, 2014

I really do love a basic white shirt and denim look. It’s so fresh and crisp and easy to wear. A perfectly cut shirt is a great canvas to lay down some stunning jewels too :) I’ve been looking for what feels quite a long time for that perfect white shirt for me….I thought I’d have to spend a fortune to find it, but no. This Chicwish shirt is well within budget, and it wears beautifully. I love it half buttoned over a bralette with some denim cut offs. The flowing, long at the back, shape is also just perfect over some skinny jeans, layered with your favourite tailored jacket and boots. The cut and flow brings a beautiful feminine quality to generally a more masculine piece of clothing. It’s definitely become one of my wardrobe staples now, and I’m thinking I’ll need to get myself a second backup for those messy days haha!!

I’ve paired it with some edgy urban outfitters, embella and lava links jewellery. I was really drawn to the sharp, geometric lines and more masculine energy of these pieces. Love being able to explore all the different aspects of myself as I adventure through this styling journey of mine. Counting my blessings and grateful for all my readers’ support each and every day. Love you guys!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

Outfit Details

Asymmetric shirt + Faux fur jacketChicwish

Denim shorts – similar + here

U Bra – Free People

Tribal necklace – Urban Outfitters

Drifter Necklace – Free People

Volcanic Cuff, Pyramid ring + Gratitude elephant ringLava Links Jewelry

Tribal cuff + bracelets - Embella Jewellery

Rings – Free People | hill tribe Sun ring | Sunahara

Hat

Boots

Nails

Planet Blue

August 14, 2014

Standing upon the fringe of the earth

I awaken to the unseen

Connected to the source of all creation

To the earth, the sky and the in between

In reverie I’m reminded of my true self

Ever expansive, floating in a sea of green 

 

A magical day spent on this magical earth, in the most magical of clothes and adornments from Planet Blue, Child of Wild and Embella Jewellery.

It was total bliss and I’m grateful every day to experience even just one moment of this magnificent life on this beautiful planet of ours.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Top + KimonoPlanet Blue

Ethiopian Cross Necklace + Lhasa Banjara necklaceChild of Wild

Shorts and similar

Turquoise rings + Tribal cuffEmbella Jewellery

Buffalo Woman White turquoise cuff – Shayote

Rings – Global Princess | Hill Tribe Sun ring | Eastern Soul | Embella midi ring | Grace Bijoux midi ring

Hat

Nails

Rugged Romance

August 7, 2014

  Chunky knits, worn in denim, earthly treasures and a touch of lace. A little rugged romance for the blog today. It’s as though we are somewhere in between the cosy winter and the delicate renewal of spring. Icy mornings and 25 degree C sunny days definitely hint at the promise of spring.

We are now gearing up to move house tomorrow! I’ve fully surrendered to the chaos that is my life, floating along the rocky river with grace and presence as we transition into our new home….so excited! :) See you all on the other side :)

With love and gratitude, Helen xx

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Hendrix cardi – Amilita

Lace top – Free People (similar + here)

Vintage denim (similar here and here)

Turquoise bear necklace + raindrops necklace + Larimar ring + toe/midi ringEmbella Jewellery

Mimosa wooden watch – We Wood

Hat – Ace of Something

Rings – Hilltribe Sun ring | Global Princess | Eastern Soul | Ichu Jewellery

Custom Wilde Flower Design boots

Nails

Make A Wish

August 5, 2014

That moment when the sun goes to sleep and the moon begins it’s rise…..that seems to linger on and holds that special kind of magic….where all dreams feel possible….those are the moments to count your blessings and make your wishes.

Every time I am lucky enough to witness the sun rise or set, I take a moment to give thanks, and to make a special wish. I figure if I’m lucky enough to be here, witnessing this glory, then I pretty much have all I need, then it’s time to wish for something amazing for all the beautiful souls of this earth. There is something so powerful about a prayer that comes from a place of fullness, of gratitude, of abundance. Next time you are lucky enough to witness nature’s beauty, take a moment to fill yourself with love, and then send that love out to all those who need it most. You will be overflowing with love and others will feel the blessing you have bestowed upon them.

This sunset really was extra special. There was that iridescent light again at the beach. The kind that seems to come right before each full moon. The sand glows and the water flashes it’s vibrant turquoise colour. I made lots of loving wishes on this day. And I’m sure all my beautiful Dogeared charms brought even more good luck vibes to my wishes.

Make a wish, or 2, or 100….take some time for ritual in your life, and share your love and light with the world.  Every little bit of loving helps to heal our world.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Elephant necklace + 100 good wishes necklace  - Dogeared

Elephant ring | Arrow ring | Moonglow ring | Karma ringDogeared

Lotus bracelet – Dogeared

Shirt – Chicwish

Shorts

Nails

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

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

 

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

 

 

Hobo + Hatch

May 3, 2014

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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

 

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