western australia

A life of love

January 19, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Rishikesh Maxi Kimono + Sacred Shankha Shell PendantHendrix & Harlow

Bikini (Nanette crop + bottoms) – L Space

Hat – Ace of Something

December Nights Cuff + Fortune Cuff - Embella Jewellery

Rings – Ernest & Joe | Aloha Gaia – Luna + Strong midi | Wolftress | Embella | Her Empire – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Aloha Gaia Jewelry + Wolftress ‘Native Roots’ ring

Nails – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

“She loves life and it loves her back” 

I’ve been asked a lot recently from many of you amazing souls following and sharing in my journey about how I found a life of love. I want to share a little of my journey with you all in the hopes that I can inspire you to rediscover your beauty and the shining light of love that you all are.

Firstly, I think that we generally only start to question what is going on when things are not so great. It is these low experiences in our lives that act as the catalysts for transformation. I look back now with pure gratitude for the pain and traumas I have been through in my life. I would not have strived for a life of love without them.

My real low was around 7 years ago, when I experienced complications with my second pregnancy. It all began one night, around 11 weeks in, when I woke up haemorrhaging. I started having contractions, went into shock, and realised that I was losing my child. I was rushed to hospital to discover my little boy was still alive. For the next 27 weeks of my pregnancy I was in and out of hospital, the doctors continuously trying to prevent an early labour. I had to learn to cope with the imminent threat of losing him with no certainty or assurances. I was told the odds were not in my favour, and to prepare myself for the most painful of possibilities. That one hope, that I might make it to term, however dim it was back then, was the light that helped me get through. The painful thoughts of ‘what if’ were so excruciating while I felt my little boy kicking around in my belly. I inevitably pulled myself inwards and focused intently on the beauty of each moment we had together and that he would be ok. I could no longer focus on my painful feelings and give rise to them as they didn’t serve any other purpose than to cause me immense suffering. They weren’t real in that moment, they were just possibilities of an unknown future. I decided (stubbornly) we were going to get through it and that I would endeavour to enjoy the beautiful connection between mother and child regardless of the physical pain I was in. We would make this journey together and hope for the best. These thoughts brought me peace and the ability to find some joy in a pregnancy full of complication. I don’t think any other life experience has taught me more about mind control than this. Living with this for 27 weeks, bed bound each day, bleeding and contracting, reminded how fragile this situation was, yet striving for strength by surrendering to the vulnerability and uncertainty, whilst trying to maintain a positive outlook, was the biggest challenge of my life. I’m happy to say we made it in the end. We managed against medical odds to get to 38 weeks and my beautiful son is now 6 years old.

This experience changed me in many ways. My ability to let go of stressful ‘what if’ thoughts is much easier. I can focus on the beauty of life amidst chaos, and I discovered that the more you focus on the good stuff, and not the bad stuff, the more the bad stuff will actually lose it’s power and start to disappear from your life. Whatever you spend your time thinking about will become your life. So think beautiful thoughts, kind thoughts, grateful thoughts, loving thoughts, joyful thoughts. And when life throws you a curveball, I hope that you can remember at some point to be easy on yourself, and find that light and love within that allows you to move through it with grace and ease.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Her Empire

January 16, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Bombara Maxi Dress + Crystal Necklace + Shield Cuff + Crystal Ring + Goddess Mandala ThrowHer Empire

Bikini

Anklets + Toe rings + Rings – Peace | Snake + Cuffs – December Nights | Fortune – Embella

Feather Chain belt – Grace Bijoux

Rings – Aloha Gaia -Luna + Strong midi | Wolftress Native RootsUse discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout for all Aloha Gaia jewellery + Native Roots ring

Hat

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

Some days I love nothing more than a simple white maxi and a few crystal jewels, bare feet in the sand, salt on my skin and to dance upon the sand as the ocean rolls in and kisses the shore over and over again. It sets my spirit soaring and evokes that mermaid vibe I love so much.

This beautiful afternoon I had the pleasure of wearing some gorgeous designs, made with love and passion, from the divine Her Empire boutique. A magical, bohemian inspired one stop shop perfect for the travelling gypsies, the magic makers, the wild dreamers and all those who seek something unique and inspiring. Beautiful owner, Aly, draws together passionate creative designers to bring forth a stunning collection of designs for all the bohemian babes wanting something that you just can’t find in your shopping mall. It’s so refreshing to discover so many interesting designs that spark my creative fire and allow me to style, play and create magic. I hope you guys find some magical pieces too that remind you of how amazing and wonderful you all truly are.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

New Light

January 2, 2015

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Pullman Resort, Bunker Bay, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Filagree Halterkini – Anna Kosturova

Solid gold Circle Ring + Triangle ring + Twist ringErnest & Joe

Starfish pendant + Arrow cuff + Ella Lace Ring + Nautica Coral Ring – Nicole Fendel Jewellery

Rings – Amarilo | Lexi & Roy | Five & Two

Belly chain – Grace Bijoux

Dress

Hat

Eco, vegan nail polish – Willow Byron Bay (Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT and checkout)

Hair – The Nest Boutique

 

There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise for the first time on a new year! That radiant light just seems that little bit brighter and lighter and full of endless possibilities. As I felt the first light of 2015’s sun shine upon me I was completely overwhelmed with excitement for all that is to come. And simultaneously so content after an amazing night of belly laughs and connections with my dearest family and family. It was a wonderful moment of pure happiness.

I didn’t actually make any new year resolutions this year. I’ve spent each day of 2014 practicing the art of refining my lifestyle, my thoughts, questioning my beliefs and bringing more love and light to my being each and every day. As the sun rose I simply gave myself a metaphorical pat on the back, a heart felt thank you for taking better care of myself this year. I know I will only continue to expand my heart in 2015 and journey on this path of self love.

It’s been a wonderful year of fulfilling many of my dreams and watching it all unfold before me. I feel such immense gratitude for all the love and support I have received from my beautiful family, friends, work colleagues and cyber community. Thank you to all of my blog followers for the time you take to follow my journey and the beautiful messages you send me.

Here are some pictures from my recent turquoise adventures to Bunker Bay wearing some crochet favourites from the divine Anna Kosturova and Spell and the Gypsy Collective. And check out my 2014 highlights here on Flipagram.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Local Love

December 23, 2014

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Shorts + Blouse + Necklace + Rings – Milc

Bralette

Arrow Bracelet | V Ring + Jasmine Ring + Arianna Ring – Alex Mika Jewelry

Hat

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay | Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

I leapt into holiday mode a little earlier this year and took off down south to Bunker Bay a couple of weeks ago. On the way we stopped off at the divine Milc Homewares in the heart of Dunsborough to check out their amazing store. It was so refreshing to see so many labels I love all in the one place. It’s such a beautiful store run by a beautiful inspiring woman.

If you are lucky enough to live down that way, or are headed down for the holidays, show some local love and check out Milc. And for those who are far away, head to www.milchomewares.com for a great collection of clothing and accessories. You’ll find some of my absolute favourites like Spell and Free people and one of my new faves Bassike. These Bassike organic cotton shorts I’m wearing in these pics are the most comfortable and versatile shorts I own. So many styling options!!!

Hope you all have the most amazing holidays ever! I’m so excited for some down time with my family, summer sunsets at the beach and lazy days by the pool.

Sending so much love to you all!

xxx

Loving Vibrations

December 20, 2014

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Plaited Tube Top +  Plaited Bottom (Tile Print) – Rue Stiic Swim

Purity Crochet Kimono – Wilde Willow

Violet’s Swing Necklace + Rose quartz ring + T-bar ringErnest + Joe

Rings – Aletheia & Phos X Mimi Elashiry | Aloha Gaia handpiece | Shayote | Don Biu

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay - Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Large Cookies and Cream Fedora – Ace of Something

 

“Do not be afraid to shine your light. It is a beacon for those lost in the dark, a reminder of the way home”

This post is dedicated to all the beautiful souls out there who have journeyed to the light this past week, and to their loved ones who are grieving their loss. I’m sending a whole lot of loving vibrations out to all who need it right now. It’s been a pretty sad news week, both in our home and in our world. We all need so much love and light.

Warm hugs, kind words, peaceful vibes, offerings of love….first aid essentials to help heal the wounds of the heart.

I love you all so very much.

Deepest love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

Turquoise Paradise

December 18, 2014

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationPullman Resort, Bunker Bay

 

Outfit Details

Handmade Turquoise cuff + ring – At Thursday

Lspace Night Tribe Bikini – Top + Bottoms

Kimono – Gypsy Soul Designs

Necklace + Tribal Ring + Cuffs – Embella Jewellery

Rings – Avinas Aztec Turquoise | Milly Borkovic | Ono Jewellery – Turquoise + Opal | The Fifth Element Life – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

Ikat Beach rug – The Throw Down Email to order infothethrowdowns@gmail.com

Arm cuff – Don Biu

Hat

Nails (Winter) – Willow Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINGLIGHT at checkout

Hair – The Nest Boutique

 

In an effort to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit, and cope with the fast pace of the silly season, I recently decided to have a mini pre xmas escape to take some time out to unwind and centre myself. We headed off on a little road trip down south to the magical turquoise paradise aka Bunker Bay.

We spent two very peaceful days at the lovely Pullman resort right on the beach. Walking out in the morning to see such vibrant blue waters and white sands was nothing short of magical. Such a short drive from Perth and yet we felt a million miles away. It was so refreshing and the perfect romantic escape for Bobby and I. My love cup has been filled to the brim and I was left feeling relaxed and recharged.

I hope you all get the chance to take some precious time out for yourselves. Especially when you feel overwhelmed. It’s amazing what a couple of days can do to relax your entire being. And also how efficient we can become with our time once we are refuelled. I managed to get a whole lot more work done once I was in the right head space.

I hope you all have the most relaxing and wonderful holidays!! I’m so excited for Christmas next week and the possibilities of the new year!!!!

With love, light and gratitude,

Helen xx

Slowing down

December 7, 2014

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Tee | Shorts | Shirt | Hat | Arrow Arm cuff | Necklace | Bracelets – Wanderlust + Co arrow | Avinas | Scarlet | Rings – Spell | Don Biu  (Turquoise statement, Turquoise Navajo, Turquosie star,  Stack rings)

Nails (Harmony) – Willow Byron bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout (AUS ONLY)

Hair – The Nest Boutique

 

When everything around you encourages you to step up your pace, it’s more important than ever to remind yourself to move at your own pace. Stay grounded and focused on caring for yourself, by only doing what you can. And know that what you do…is always enough.  I feel so much peace wash over me simply when I say the words “I am enough”

I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful ride as the holiday season inches closer. Be easy on yourself if you are already feeling burnt out. There is no need to be more than you are. Because you are already more than enough. You are everything!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Wanderlust

December 1, 2014


Outfit Details

Gypsy Love Kimono | Hat | Shorts (similar) | Rings – Aries | Bohemian Bardot | Midi rings | Chalcedony | Flash Tattoos

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

 

It’s about that time again….you know that itch, that travelling itch that comes every now and then. A deep yearning to explore the earth, step forth so fully and completely into every corner of the globe, leaving no stone unturned. I’m envisioning crisp white sands, vibrant turquoise waters, dolphins and sunshine :)  Luckily I live in such a beautiful part of Australia that even a quick trip to the beach can feel like a mini holiday. I’m planning a mid week getaway soon (sans kids) to get me over the hump before the crazy holiday season heats up even more. I’m so excited to explore another little corner of this amazing earth. Stay tuned!

Here is one of my holiday inspired outfits from my recent beach adventures. The sunsets lately have been so insane and when you can catch a day with that calm breeze it just doesn’t get any better than that. Total bliss.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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)

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