western australia

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)

Rising Sun

November 14, 2014

November in Perth is probably the windiest time of year here, especially those late afternoons anywhere along the coast. And I’ve just recently learnt we live in the 3rd windiest city in the world! For this reason, I’ve been trading in my sunset beach sessions lately for sunrises. And I’m not really a morning person, or at least I thought I wasn’t. Until, I actually found myself on that beach, so early in the morning. As my feet touched the sand, I felt a pulse of energy awaken me. And as the sun rose anew, I could feel the endless possibilities it brought with it. I was immersed in daydreams and imagining all kinds of wonder for my day. I happily shimmied along the shoreline watching the sun rise higher and become brighter with each passing moment. Each moment brought further awakening and I am definitely rethinking that morning person thing ;)

I was lucky enough to wear this divine Harriet Jane Sunrise silk dress on this very bright and early morning. This beautiful designer, based in Byron Bay, takes some breathtaking photos of nature and then takes it to the next level and combines these with her stunning designs to produce wearable art. Each design is made with recycled, organic or natural fabrics with state of the art digital printing technology to produce an exquisite piece of consciously made clothing. Not only am I in love with her pieces, I love that she celebrates nature through this creative process, bringing us all the beauty she captures, and inspiring us to take care of our precious earth.

Wherever you may be, I hope you all have time to experience the magic of the rising sun. I assure you it will awaken and renew your energy :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Waterman’s Bay, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Sunrise Ripple Dress – Harriet Jane Designs

Sahara Fedora – Ace of Something

Necklaces – Samantha Wills + Urban Outfitters

Bangles – Samantha Wills

Rings – Lexi + Roy (Crystal + Arrow) | Native Riot (gold moon) | Alushia Sanchia turquoise ring (N/A) | Five and Two midi rings | Gold Chevron midi rings

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

 

 

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)

 

New moon intention

October 24, 2014

With the new moon upon us, it’s a wonderful time to plant new seeds of intention. I’ve spent these waning weeks in reflection, gaining clarity, reassessing everything! Today I feel very clear as I set forth my intention to flow harmoniously with the pace of nature. I want to really experience all the moments of my life with peace and love, rather than thinking about how to get from here to there. And rather than a need to necessarily slow down, (which I kind of need too) it’s more about finding peace within the chaos. Adjusting my sails and moving at a more natural rhythm. I’ve spent some time looking within to dissolve those threads that drive me into stress. I’ve allowed those beliefs to show themselves and gently be defused. And now I’ve awakened clearer, lighter and with even more acceptance for myself. I’ve come to realise that I want to follow my joy and passion within each moment of my day. To honour myself for who I am and all that I value. To see my worth with all the blossoming love in my heart.

Now is the time to refine our intentions for each day that we live on this amazing planet. I encourage you to spend this new moon time imagining all that brings you happiness and fills your heart with joy. Follow your passions and let us all live a beautiful, kind and peaceful life :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Adella Thin Strap Crop + Yoko Sheer KimonoTara Grace

Necklaces (Eden +  Peaceful Buddha) + Bracelets (White feather + Eden’s Wrap + Buddha) – Guilty Jean Jewelry

Denim shorts (similar)

Belt

Hat (similar)

Rings – Torchlight Jewelry |Hunter Gatherer Jewellery (Eye + Thunderbird + Eagle) | Aloha Gaia | Ernest & Joe

Huntress Cuff – Torchlight Jewelry

Resonance of Love

September 8, 2014

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” Steve Maraboli

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” Brene Brown

“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

“The more of me I be, the clearer I can see” Rachel Archelaus

Absolutely love these quotes from these divine intuitives. When I really need it most I draw upon daily inspiration by reading quotes from the above and my favourites like Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle, and watching youtube videos and TED talks that inspire me and remind me of who I am. They bring me back to my heart space and that high resonance of love. This is where I want to be, and where I’m truly me.

Here are some of my all time favourite videos that bring me clarity and insight when I need it most and always make me feel wonderful –

Brene Brown The power of vulnerablity

Byron Katie The war with what is

Jill Bolte Taylor Stroke of Light

 

I hope this little inspiration post and sharing of my some of my favourites resonates with some of you and brings peace and love to your days.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Soraya Maxi – Amilita

Large Quartz Crystal ring –  Kokopilli

Necklaces – Lola Pepper boutique | Chinta cafe | Myee Carlyle

Rings – Free People | Aloha Gaia | Ernest & Joe | Ichu Jewellery

Bracelets – Embella Jewellery

Hat

Anklets

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

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

 

Ocean Therapy

June 25, 2014

As I walked along the warm, glistening sands, watching the turquoise water smoothly form into perfectly shaped waves, I listened to the crashing sounds and the quiet peaceful in between. It was there I felt the heart beat of the great mother.

The ocean’s movement has always reminded me of a mothers cradling arms, as it sways back and forth in the most natural way. Even the sound of the waves evokes this memory and lulls me into serenity. There is nothing more invigorating and healing for me than swimming in the ocean. To float within the great mothers womb. She nourishes, nurtures, replenishes, cleanses and energises us. The salt water and fresh air, bare feet in the sand…it surely is a perfect cure all. This is my therapy these days. My ocean therapy. It keeps me balanced in every way I need.

This post is dedicated to the our beautiful earth. To say thank you for housing us, providing us with resources and nourishment. For the gift of breath, life, love and joy.

Deepest gratitude and love,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Leigh Dress – Tysa

Necklace + cuffs + turquoise ringGypsy River

Large Turquoise cuff, Silver band ring + Armour ringEastern Soul

Turquoise pendant – Soul Loving Jewelry

Belt – Free People

Rings – Gypsy Warrior | Global Princess | Heart Majestic

Small turquoise cuff – Scarlet Fashion

Hat – Catarzi

 

 

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