Festivals

East Coast Blues

May 15, 2019

PhotographyBobby Bense | Mel Carrero for Spell

Styling /Model/Editing Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Gold Coast (Xanadu Main Beach Resort) | Byron Bay (Bask + Stow + Peaceful Byron Airnbnb) | BluesFest

OUTFITS

Wild Bloom Maxi Skirt | Posy one piece

Maisie Skirt | Maisie Crop

Seashell Organic Ruched Skirt |Camp Fire Lounge top

Kimba Scarf | Alfie Jacket

Dakota Palms Bikini

JEWELLERY

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos | Belle Mare Necklace | Mandala Medallion | Stargazer Necklace | Vintage Sun Necklace | Long Coin Necklace | Night Sky Necklace

HATS + BAGS + SHOES

Juno Boater | Spencer Boater (special) | Umbria Bag | Ezra Bag | Tan Ankle Boots Similar | Sleddly Boots | Naida Wedges | Vera sandals

This was probably one of the most fun family trips we’ve had over the school holidays. Being Easter, school holidays and Bluesfest, you can only imagine how overloaded Byron was. Nevertheless when you adapt to the fact that traffic and parking will be slower, it is just so worth it. The bustling energy and cumulative excitement of everyone was exhilarating.

We first landed in Gold coast as it’s an easy and direct flight from Perth and under an hour drive to Byron. There are so many picturesque spots to stop along the way too, like Rainbow Bay. Every bit as magical as the name suggests. We stayed at Main beach at the lovely Xanadu Resort. We had spectacular ocean views from our balcony and the beach only steps away. The kids boogie boarded all day long while we enjoyed some quiet slow holiday moments to rest and rejuvenate before we headed into what we knew would be a super high energy state for Bluesfest.

Byron never disappoints. Ever. Our stay began at Bask and Stow, a relaxing, luxurious and convenient spot to stay when you want to be close to everything. The suites are so beautifully and stylishly appointed with all your needs and the plunge pool area is the perfect oasis for a little respite from the Byron sun. You’ll want to take a million photos here as every corner is so instagrammable!

From here we moved to the most beautiful Airbnb thanks to the lovely crew at Spell. It was actually my Byron dream home…the wardrobe, the kitchen, the bathrooms, the wardrobe! haha! It was so tastefully designed with so many beautiful bohemian details. It was such a wonderful place to rest after each big day at Blues.

This Bluesfest was a wonderful journey through time for us and a bonding experience for our family. Living my 20’s listening to Ben Harper and Jack Johnson and finally seeing them both perform live brought all the memories flooding back. I had a few sweet moments remembering when I was pregnant with Jade, and when Bobby and I were married, always with Jack Johnson on repeat. It was so fun to share these moments with our kids. They even remembered so many of the songs from when they were little. It’s these shared experiences that bring our family so much closer.

Each day I got to do what I love most! Play dress ups in the most beautiful Spell clothing, connect and dance with a tribe of divine, inspiring women, and listen to some awesome tunes. Some of my favourite moments were hanging out at the Spell stall with that amazing pink piano set up by the talented Lucy. My kids absolutely loved this and I loved watching them fall deeper in love with music.

Head over to Spell to read a little interview about my mothering journey and to check out the new Lioness collection. It’s incredible!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

All text and images copyright © Helen Janneson Bense 2020

Coachella ’16

May 6, 2016

PhotographyHelen Janneson Bense, Kira Janneson Bolwell, Tysa Wright, Driely S

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Palm Springs, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Designer’s Beach Bungalow in Point Dume, Malibu – California, USA

Outfit Details

Look 1

Halter Mini Dress  | Tribal child bag | WrapTurquoise + Tribal Rings | Midi RingsLunar Love Flash TattoosMimi NecklaceBootsHat | Crystal Bindis

Look 2

Celeste One Piece | Shorts (similar) | Belt | Hat | Necklace | Generator Necklace | RingsWrist Bands | Hat | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Look 3

Lace Dress | Necklace | Jewellery | Jacket | Tribal child bag | Hat | Boots | Crystal Bindis | Sunglasses

Look 4

Kaftan (has been belted into a mini – similar) | Necklace | Jewellery | Hat | Wrist Bands | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Look 5

Spell Dress, Shawl + Bag (releasing soon) | Necklace | Jewellery | Lunar Love Flash Tattoos | Hat | Boots | Crystal Bindis | Sunglasses

Look 6

Bikini | Bodychain | Matisa Foot piece | Hat

Look 7

Halter Mini Dress | Hat

Look 8

Tysa Jagger Jumpsuit | Jewellery | Hat | Matisa Footpiece | Sunglasses

Look 9

Halter Maxi Dress (similar) | Jewellery

Finally in my 39th year I made it to Coachella! It’s been on my bucket list forever and I was determined this year, no matter what, I had to be there! And it was everything and more! I am still trying to describe the feeling and why it was so magical. Even with all the walking in the dusty, windy desert heat, I was not deterred one bit. The excitement built within me every step I took. The lights, the music, the palm desert backdrop, the crowds of festival goers all hit me at once. I had to just stop, breathe, and take it all in. So much beauty, so much inspiration. As though every single person really let their inner lights shine and be seen, without a care in the world. True self expression. I think maybe that was what was most attractive and exciting to me. I am continually inspired by those who are fearlessly and unapologetically themselves. It instantly gives permission for others to do the same. Imagine feeling that free to be yourself, dancing to your favourite music, surrounded by a tribe of people all there for the same exact reason. The energy it creates is exponential and healing on so many levels.

The highlight of Coachella for me was getting to share it with my beautiful neice, Kira, who took all my awesome pics :) High on the list of amazingness were the Revolve parties…they were another level of party entirely. We danced, we drank, and we had some of those divine synchronistic chance meetings with like hearted folk that leave you feeling so one with the world. And WOW soooooo much amazing music! Omg, A$ap Rocky, LCD Soundsystem, Ice Cube, Calvin Harris and of course for me reliving my youth to Guns n Roses actually brought me to tears….I had flashbacks of dancing in the living room as a teenager with my besties, crying over break ups (with my besties) always with a GnR soundtrack. There were also some super special people we met that made the experience next level…special shout outs go to Luxx Limo and Solkissed for chauffeuring us around Coachella in ultimate style. So many amazing conversations and laughs went down in that limo ;)

After my crazy fun coachella shenanigans I found myself in the pure serenity of Point Dume, Malibu. I was lucky enough to stay in the most incredible, inspiring guest house hosted by my divine soul sistar, Tysa, owner + creative director of Tysa Designs. The lovely Tysa and I explored the beautiful coastline, with it’s spectacular views over Malibu and Little Dume; one of Malibu’s last private beaches. Finding deep heart connections and kindred sisters like Tysa and her gorgeous mum Rise, was the perfect finish to my california trip. My time in Malibu was so precious…those slow brunches by the ocean, amazing sunsets….it’s yet another little piece of California that has won my heart and I can’t wait to go back there!

Next up on our wanderlust adventures is the very beautiful tropical paradise known as the ‘island of the gods’….stay tuned on insta for our pics!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

All text and images copyright © Helen Janneson Bense 2020

Byron Blues

April 6, 2016


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PhotographyBobby Bense, Mel Carrero

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationBluesfest Byron Bay, Beachcomber Blue – Unique Estates , The Byron at Byron – Byron Bay, Australia

Outfit Details 

NailsSienna Byron Bay

My favourites – Winter | Aura | Gypsy | Atlantic | Transcend | Mystical Top coat | Wanderlust

Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ at checkout for all #siennabyronbay nail polishes

Look 1

Wild One Bikini

Indie + Harper Jewelry –  Mandala Ring | Moon ring | Wave ring | Moonstone Rings | Whale Tail necklace | Moonstone Four Points necklace

Cuffs – Karen Tribe Mandala Cuff

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

Look 2 

Spell Dress – releasing soon | HatBoots

Jewelry – Necklace (similar) | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | 5 Band Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Union Mandala Ring | Strong midi ring | Turquoise Tribal Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

Look 3

Yacht TopSpell Skirt – releasing soon | Hat | Boots

Jewelry – Moonstone necklace | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | Andromeda Ring | Dainty Spheroids Ring | Goddess Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Karen Blossoming Hill Tribe Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Winter with Mystical Top Coat

Look 4

Rimini Maxi Dress | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Necklace | OOAK Turquoise Rings | Hat (simliar)

Look 5

Spell Dress – releasing soon | Charmed BeltGenerator necklaceIsadora Bodychain | BanglesFlash Tattoos | HatFlower Child Crystal Bindis

Rings – Indie + Harper Moonstone Rings |  Union Mandala Ring |  Dainty Spheroids Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Imagination Mandala Ring (sold out)

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Transcend

Look 6

Lace Dress – Spell – releasing soon | BeltHat | BootsJacketFull Moon Crystal Bindis | Generator necklace | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Jade – Dress | Addax Feathers | Flower Child Crystal Bindis | Arrow Necklace | Nails – Wanderlust

Carnaby Crochet Throw

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala RingOOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

Look 7

Coco Romper | Ophelia Duster | Cactus Rose BeltGenerator necklace | Boots | Hat | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

What an incredible week we just had with the family in beautiful Byron Bay with the divine Sienna Byron Bay. The town was so alive, abuzz with festival energy and excitement! It’s been over 10 years since our last Byron trip and even though it’s changed so much, it was still just as magical as I remembered it before. I was instantly in love once again with those lighthouse views over Cape Byron, pastel sunsets over Wategos beach, and long stretches of deserted sandy beach right at our doorstep at our wonderful beach house.

In between our festival days dancing up a storm at Bluesfest, we spent them with the kids celebrating a very special 10th birthday, exploring the local beaches, and enjoying some amazing Byron food and hospitality. There were a couple of absolute standout, must experience food highlights for us. First was the inspirational Naked Treaties who catered the most delicious, vital array of yumminess for our daughter’s birthday. The raw, gluten, dairy, sugar, guilt free cookies and cream birthday cake was simply out of this world! And so beautifully decorated :) We also spent a magical evening at The Byron at Byron, enjoying the most divine 4 course meal and relaxing massages….this really was so perfect for in between all the festival craziness and dancing…..my feet were very very thankful ;)

Our days at Bluesfest were undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for us all. It was our first time, and also taking the kids to a festival as well. It was so amazing and fun dancing with them, having our nails done at Sienna Byron Bay’s nail bar, and shopping the artisan stalls. Strutting along at dusk in gorgeous Spell Designs with so many gorgeous festival babes was an absolute dream come true. We feel so blessed for the connections we made during our time in Byron. It’s always the best part of any adventure for us.

We were so thrilled to discover some amazing new music and fall in love again with old favourites. Our top faves were – D’Angelo, Nahko + Medicine for the People, and Kendrick Lamar. Our last night we were lucky enough to see Brian Wilson, Tom Jones and The Blues Brothers Band. There were moments where time stood completely still as we listened to these soul singers share their magic.

Besides all the music and dancing, we had a blast hanging out at the nail bar, switching up our colours each day and having some mother/daughter manis. Sienna Byron bay make the most beautiful, eco-friendly nail polishes. Not only does it contain no nasties, it’s vegan, and it’s quality polish in the most exquisite colours. It’s been my favourite brand of polish for well over a year now, and watching the beautiful Danielle, owner and creative director of the company, grow this amazing range from the heart has been so beautiful to witness. Make sure you go check them out and follow their beautiful journey on insta.

We are so grateful to Sienna Byron Bay for organising this trip for our family. It was full of so many beautiful moments and deep connections to like hearted folk, and these memories will continue to sing in our hearts forever.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

All text and images copyright © Helen Janneson Bense 2020

Festival Inspiration

March 26, 2015

Flash Tattoos | Grace Bijoux Anklets

General Pants Top | Shorts | Bag | Hat | Lovestrength Caspian Belt | Vanessa Mooney body chain

Flash Tattoos | Morgan Patricia custom Opal ring | Embella Paua Shell ring | The 2 Bandits Floyd’s Ring | Special J creations Lotus ring | Dixi tribal

General Pants shorts + bag | Lovestrength Caspian belt | Rings – Lavalinks | Sunahara – White Opal | White Opal midi | Statement V | V midi rings | Cuffs – Embella | The 2 Bandits

Embella Cuffs/bracelets | Embella Turquoise + Tribal ring | Eastern Soul Stud Band | Vanessa Mooney Turquoise Nova ring | Sunahara midi rings

I’m not your type bikini | Lovestrength belt | Torchlight Jewelry necklace

Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot rings  silver + black | Skin Feelings Bindis | Embella tribal ring + cuff | Sunahara Statement V ring | Alushia Sanchia Thunderbird cuff

 

 

Mate the Label La Lune Stella tee | General Pants shorts | Asos hat

Flash Tattoos | Morgan Patricia custom Opal ring | Embella Paua Shell ring | The 2 Bandits Floyd’s Ring | Special J creations Lotus ring | Dixi tribal

Toby Heart Ginger Top + Shorts | Sunahara Opal necklace

Toby Heart Ginger shorts | Embella cuff | Bahgsu Jewels Turquoise cuff | Embella Larimar | Solar Quartz + Tribal rings | Ono Jewellery Opal ring | Don Biu moon midi

Sum Leta Top | PilyQ bottoms | Grace Bijoux belly chain | Samantha Wills necklace + cuff + rings | Embella tribal rings | Midsummer Star midi rings

 

PilyQ bottoms | Grace Bijoux belly chain | Samantha Wills necklace + cuff + rings | Embella tribal rings | Midsummer Star midi rings

 

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Western Australia

 

Tan + Body Shimmer

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

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique

 

With festival season heating up I’ve been tuning into the vibe and so has my wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourite festival inspired looks. Hope this post gives you guys some inspiration and gets those creative juices flowing!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Festival Style

March 6, 2015



PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Sorrento beach, Western Australia

Outfit Details

Savannah Blouse – Turquoise Lane

Belt + NecklaceSilk Road

Rings – Turquoise Nova | Larimar | Band of Five | Midi Mandala rings

Bikini Bottoms

Hat

Nails – Willow Byron Bay

This was such a fun outfit to create and wear on this free loving afternoon at the beach. Wind in my hair, jewels jingling with each step as I danced my little dance across the beach. This festival inspired look paired some of my all time favourites together – silk road tribal jewellery, spell lace via turquoise lane + the fifth element life mandala rings. This lace top is by far one of my most treasured wardrobe pieces right now. I can’t get enough if it, and such a versatile piece to style in so many different ways. Perfect with denim cut offs, maxi skirt or wear it open as a lovely light layer for those cooler summer evenings. Ahhhh summer nights…making the most of them while they are still here and drinking it all in.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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