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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

 

 

Twilight Magic

June 22, 2014

 

Moved by the beauty of the changing light, tears welled up inside. Tears of joy, gratitude, of love. For all the magic that we are blessed to witness each and every day. Look for it. It’s all around you. Open your heart to the rhythm of life, feel the heartbeat of the great mother that homes us, sing your song of joy as you twirl and dance in the twilight.

This beach adventure was nothing short of magical. A wintery evening that started off cool, warmed as the wind completely stilled, and the sun shone through the clouds. So much light filled the sky as the sun was setting. I was brought to tears in a deep reverent moment of pure love.

Adorned in beautiful Nightcap Clothing lacey crochet, Heart Majestic + Embella mermaid jewels, with some twinkling gypsy love from the awesome Child of Wild. My amazing custom Wilde flower vintage boots, made by native Santa Cruz artist Emily Morris, were swapped for my Forever Soles barefoot sandals as I danced upon the twilight sands.

Take in every precious moment. Breath in love and breathe out gratitude.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Calypso Dress – Nightcap Clothing

Belt + HeadpieceChild of Wild

Abalone cuff + Pineapple ringHeart Majestic

Custom Vintage Boots – Wilde Flower

Anklets – Embella Jewellery

Necklace + HandpieceHaati Chai

Bead necklace – Free People

Barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Rings – Global Princess | Eastern Soul

Cuffs/bracelets – Embella | Shayote

Faux Fur Duffle coat – Chic Wish

Hat – Catarzi

 

Lace Lovin

June 19, 2014

When it comes to all things lacey Spell really nail it every time! It’s probably obvious already from all my instagram pics and wardrobe that ivory laces are my absolute favourite. This dress, this cut, this lace….utter perfection. Quite possibly my favourite dress in my wardrobe right now. And WA girls if you didn’t already know Lexi & Roy is your one stop shop for all things Spell over here in the west.

I’m loving this dress styled without the nude slip, and belted/cropped over shredded skinnies and a biker jacket to roughen up the look. Add boots and fedora and a summer outfit transforms into winter. And of course a mountain of jewels ;)

Now that winter is finally well and truly here in WA, I’m embracing the spiral inwards as winter draws us into that introspective space. This is one of my favourite times to get really creative with my wardrobe and play with layers. My layering essentials – dusters, loose tees, a cropped bomber, the perfect skinny jeans, and a tailored vegan leather jacket. I tend more towards the neutrals – black, white, beige and grey during this season, with pops of colour thrown in to my accessories. A bright tribal bag, turquoise rings, funky coloured nails and statement necklaces. Fashion and style to me is about having fun. Wear what makes you happy, not what’s on trend. Enjoy the process of expressing your creativity through style.

And here’s a little something for those on a budget but wanting to add some lovely lace into their wardrobe. I’ve hunted and narrowed down some of my favourite lace dresses under $100 -

Sonnet Dress

Everdeen Maxi

Crochet knit lace dress

Ralph Lauren 3/4 sleeve Lace dress

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Spell dress via Lexi & Roy

Necklaces – Free People + Embella Jewellery

Boots – Free People

Hat – Catarzi (similar)

Child of Wild Flash tattoos

Rings – Global Princess | Lunar Sea Gypsy | Eastern Soul | OOAK Elephant Wrap (similar)

Cuffs – Global Princess | Alushia Sanchia thunderbird

Layer Up

June 1, 2014

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It’s the first day of winter here in Aus and it’s definately layering time in WA…..icy, desert cold mornings, warm, bright, blue sunny days. One of my favourite things about this time of year is rocking lots of different layers. Kimonos and long tees under fitted jackets are a favourite look of mine, paired with either jeans or shorts. Layering jewels is always so much fun and so easy with Goldbarr. And Rue Stiic basics provide me with an amazing canvas to adorn with all my jewels. The quality, texture and cuts in this range are all perfect.

Definitely grab yourself some Rue Stiic and check out all the amazing jewels I’ve stacked – Goldbarr Versailles + Behati neck pieces, Lost Lover, Forever soles + Free People.

Layer up lovelies and never be afraid to share your inner gypsy! And whenever you get the chance to shed your layers, immerse yourself in nature, feel your bare feet on the earth and dance upon the sand.

Love and gratitude,

Helen

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Long Sleeve top – Rue Stiic

Behati + Versailles neckpieces – Goldbarr – Use discount code ‘OCEANGYPSY’ for 15% off any Goldbarr jewels. Spend $350 or more and receive a free Maldives necklace

Atalar necklace + Spirit ring + Elephant ring + Filigree ring + Anatolian anklet + Coin ankletLost Lover

Boho goddess barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Metal Bead Rosary – Free People

Rings – Little pieces of hopeWingostarr Jewelry

Bonitas – One Teaspoon

Dreamweaver bag – Spell designs

Messer hat – Brixton

Boots – Hobbs

Leather jacket – Steele (last season)

Blessed Child

May 27, 2014

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“The creative adult is the child who has survived” – Ursula K. Le Guin

I came across this quote this morning and instantly fell in love. The timing was of course perfect. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the social tenets of how one is supposed to look, dress and act at a certain age. I’m coming up to 38 this year and I know I don’t really look my age physically, but I think it’s more than that. I don’t act my age. More to the point, I don’t act in a way that adheres to the general social expectations of a 38 year old woman. I write my own life story, and in mine there is no age limit on how one can act, look, dress, be. I’m unconventional, imaginative, passionate, creative, naive, sensitive, vulnerable, open hearted and I will always believe in magic. I love spontaneity and I live in the present. And best of all, I’m at my happiest when I’m in my little vortex creating what I love with all my heart and soul. All the wonderful characteristics of a child.

When I look at my children they remind me of this ability we have to tap into our creative selves. To open the doorway to joy in an instant. Bless these sweet angels for reminding us of the true beauty of life.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Lace insert maxi dress – Bambi Collective

Necklaces – Haati Chai + Love + Leather

Boho Goddess Barefoot sandals – Forever Soles

Anklets – Lost Lover

Lace cardigan – Chaser

Rings – Blooming Flower | Sunahara chain | Spell designs Totem | The Fifth Element Life mandala (Connection + Inspiration) Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ for 5% off all mandala rings

Flower crown – Flower Gypsies

 

Delicate Strength

May 25, 2014

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There is great strength, beauty and freedom in vulnerability. As we peel back the masks, embrace who we are, and share our authentic self, we enrich our experience of life, we deepen our connections, heighten our senses, and a natural unfolding of gratitude and love follow. Our beautiful delicate nature unveils our potential for growth, healing and happiness. 

It’s been forever since Mother’s Day and this post is seriously long overdue. It was such a beautiful day spent at our local beach of course hehe ;) It was a little crazy though, the sea was growling and super rough, and the sand was covered in seaweed. We set up this gorgeous lacy crochet throw from Losari home and woman and had some beautiful time soaking up the sunshine. It was a lovely, warm afternoon, and even though the beach looked like a bomb had gone off, it was absolutely so beautiful in all of it’s glorious mess. It reminded me how important it is to speak and honour our truth. No matter what that might be or how messy one might feel. To really allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share who we are. It felt as though mother earth was having an off day, but in actual fact she couldn’t have been more perfect and beautiful.

When we allow others to truly see who we are, to drop the masks we hide behind, to share our vulnerability, we open ourselves up for deeper connections with those we love. And we can live a more peaceful and free life. It takes some peeling back of the many layers that we create for ourselves and some inquiry into our thoughts and beliefs. And this can be painful at times too. And it can be exhilarating as well, especially in those moments when you realise your ability to choose your thoughts and beliefs and you release yourself from suffering.

Take some time to go within, listen to your thoughts, question them, look at their roots and the beliefs that house them. Imagine how good it feels when you don’t believe or think those painful thoughts. Choose to let them go, even if only for a minute, and feel the peace wash over you.  You no longer have to replay the hurt. You can choose a new story, one that makes you feel good, and replay that like your favourite record.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Marigold maxi Lace Dress + Italian Knit scarf – Nightcap Clothing

Lace crochet throw – Losari Home and Woman

Cuffs – Gypsy RiverVintage Nepali + Nasiri

Katari Coin Bag – Stela9

Flowercrown – Eterie

Rings – Lost LoverElephant | Spirit | Akseki cuff/ring | OOAK Elephant wrap ring (similar) | Wingostarr Jewelry Lotus ring

Necklaces – Lost Lover, Goldbarr, Free People + Child of Wild

Khacha anklet – Haati Chai

Fedora – Lack of Color

 

Here are a few from my family album xx

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My Boheme Life

May 24, 2014

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Days spent immersed in creating art, drawing, styling, writing, playing my guitar, drumming, walking barefoot on the beach, swimming naked in the ocean, dreaming, exploring, falling in love, morning cuddles, dancing under the moonlit sky…..these are just a few of my favourite things in this amazing life. So grateful.

 

I love taking time each day to reflect upon all that I love and all that the moment has to offer us.

 

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Photography – Bobby Bense, Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Lila Safari Maxi Skirt – Sea Dreamer

Moonlight Dreamer Kimono – Kivari

Top + Necklace + BanglesFree People

Bolo necklace, Lapis ring, Natalie Ring, Dylana Ring, Dreamweaver cuffKaren London

Inspiration Mandala Ring + Connection Mandala ringThe Fifth Element Life – Use code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ for 5% off all mandala rings

Silver staking rings – Minc Collections

Dogeared arrow ring | Silver chevron rings | Nikdreamer crescent moon midi ring

Coin necklace + bracelet – Arrow Divine

Vintage OOAK belt – Rossioroos

 

 

Storm Chaser

May 15, 2014

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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

 

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