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My Happy Place

January 13, 2018

PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

JewelleryDon Biu

Rings – Large Teardrop LarimarMoonstone simple midi | Moonstone Double Strap | Etruscan Moonstone Locket | Moon | Midi Stack | Large Teardrop Moonstone

Necklace – Moonstone Moon Phase

Bracelets/Cuffs – Moon Phase | Rainbow Moonstone | Large Moonstone cuff

 

Salvador Summer Bikini

A Night to Remember Long Cape | A Night to Remember Pocket Skirt

Je T’aime Hat | Sunglasses

 

“Recognise the beauty that you are by immersing yourself in it”

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone and thanks for following along and being part of our tribe! We love you!

If you follow my instagram you’ll probably see a crazy amount of sunset imagery. Not only are sunsets beyond beautiful and so fun to take photos of, they provide me with the most ideal space and time to go within to my happy place. This is probably the most important reason I spend my days chasing sunsets. This particular one was simply breathtaking. The mood was so still with very little wind, with this incredibly iridescent turquoise water set against a candy coloured sky. There was lightning on the horizon and you could feel the tingling vibrations of a pending storm. Every cell in my body was alive. I felt like crying it was just so beautiful.

Most days you’ll find me spending quality time connecting with my family, immersed in the beauty of nature. It might be snorkelling in a turquoise lagoon, hiking beach cliffs, supping on a mountain lake, though more than often I’m simply watching the setting sun. There is nothing more enriching for me in this life than connection to myself, to my tribe, and to nature. We are one and the same. We spend so much of our time searching externally for comfort, to ease our pain and inner conflicts; trying to control the uncertainty of life whilst projecting our fears onto others. The more I observe and allow my feelings and thoughts to be, the more at ease I become. I find a sense of peace that brings more happiness into my life than any external pleasures and addictive behaviours possibly could. Putting myself in the presence of nature’s beauty provides me with an easier path to move deeper into this inner space. The place where I’m able to sit in the stillness and observe, and give my thoughts and feelings the acceptance they need. This is my meditative space where my inner state of peace bubbles into pure joy. This is my happy place. It’s when I’m connected to nature and realise I am nature. I feel as though I am the setting sun and the rising moon, and each wave that rolls in is like my precious breath that gives me life.

I hope you all have a happy place that brings you health, joy and connection. Wishing you all a wonderful, magic filled 2018!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Ocean Magic

December 14, 2017


PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North Beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit Details

Jewelry – Embella

Rings – OOAK Moonstone | Ocean Warrior | Double bar | Moonstone Feather Wrap

Necklaces –  Sea Bubbles Wrap | Moonstone Pendant | Shimmer Choker

Anklets –  Sea Bubbles Wrap | The Rising Sun | Shimmer | Reflections |  Tropicana Sunrise Wrap (wrap can be worn as necklace and bracelet)

Bracelets – Shimmer | Reflections | Soul Sister | Sea Bubbles Wrap (wrap can be worn as necklace and bracelet)

Toe rings – In Between the Lines

Swimwear – Cloud Dancer Tri top | Cloud Dancer Cheeky pant | Cloud Dancer Lace Up One PieceGia 

Skirt – Cloud Dancer Maxi Split Skirt | Leave me Wild Open Front Cardi Cape

Dana Top | Grim mini Skirt

Je T’aime Hat | Harlow Fringed Bag

Morning Tides skirt | Headscarf/top

Spray tan | Hair | Hair Extensions

 

There isn’t anything on this earth that feels better to me than stepping into the ocean. I love the weightlessness of floating in clear, salty, turquoise water, the sunshine on my skin mixed with the coolness of the water all at once. And if that wasn’t enough, how good is that feeling of the waves gently rocking you as you’re cradled by mother earths most precious of gifts. It’s pure bliss! And I love love LOVE that I can wear my Embella Jewellery the whole time I’m exploring this beautiful ocean wonderland. It’s jewellery made with love and so much heart, designed by the most gorgeous family in Darwin, Australia. My Embella treasures have held up against the elements of nature, and have traveled with me all over the world. And how beautiful are the new moonstone pieces!? It’s probably one of my favourites stones, alongside Turquoise and Larimar. Moonstone is said to open the heart to nurturing and acceptance of love, and I absolutely love that so much!

To the beautiful ocean and all her powerful magic, I thank you. Let’s take care of our precious oceans and be respectful for how much they give back to us. If you feel like helping to support our oceans, and all the beautiful inhabitants of the sea, check out Sea Shepherd, a cause very close to my heart, and also definitely check out the amazing work of Sea Legacy. I’m so grateful for the dedication, passion and commitment of these organisations.

Wishing you all a love filled, joyous and safe holiday season!

With Love and Gratitude,

Helen xx

W + Co Malaysia Travel Diary

November 15, 2017



PhotographyBobby Bense + Helen Janneson Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationThe Majestic Kuala Lumpur | The Majestic Malacca – Malaysia

 

Outfit Details 

JewelryWanderlust and Co

RingsElea Crescent Gold | Lunar Gold | Luna Pave Silver | Constellation Gold + Silver | Knot Stack Gold + Silver | Star + Chain Silver | Nala Gold + Jet Chain

NecklacesMilky Way Silver Lariat | Nova Gold | Supernova Gold | Nova Gold Lariat  | Crescent Diamonte Silver Layered | Eclipse Silver Choker

CuffsLola Silver | Luna Gold Set | Knot Gold Handchain | Crescent Silver Handchain | Moonchild Silver Bangle

EarringsCosmic Dust Silver | Nova Gold

WCO Holiday EssentialsGirl Gang One Piece | Cactus Pool Float | Girl Gang Straw | Girl Gang Sippy Cup

 

Clothing – 100 Degree (similar) | Close to my Heart Dress | Salvador Summer Playsuit | Salvador Summer High Low Skirt | Triton Beaded Short | Stingray Cover | Sign of Peace Dress | Jade wears Mochilla Chiller Dress

SwimwearSalvador Summer Ball Bikini | Bianca Skyflower One Piece | Girl Gang One Piece | Hanging around one piece + scarf 

HatsSelene Boater | Athena Hat | Luna | Rhea

Sunglasses

 

Our family was recently blessed with the most heart filled trip to Malaysia. Meeting the gorgeous creatives behind one of my favourite jewellery brands, Wanderlust + Co, was the absolute highlight of this entire trip. These women are beyond inspiring, creating, sharing and sprinkling beautiful messages of love and inspiration along the way, as they produce their stunning jewellery. The latest Falling Star collection was definitely one of my favourites, filled with light catching, celestial inspired jewels that make you want to reach for the stars and beyond.

Our journey began at the iconic Majestic hotel in Kuala Lumpur. I instantly fell in love with it’s colonial heritage and luxurious touches. From here we discovered the pulse of the city…so much culture, charm and oh my goodness the FOOD! There’s a little bit of everything in this multicultural country – Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and if you’re vegan like me, then you’ll be happy to know there are so many options. From here you can easily walk to little India. We were lucky enough to witness the Deepavali festivities, also known as the Festival of Lights, a celebration of light triumphing over darkness. What a sensory experience of sparkling lights, vivid colours, joyful celebrations and heavenly aromas that filled the air! We toured the streets admiring the exquisite architecture, the national mosque, the glistening Petronas twin towers, finishing up a perfect day with a rooftop sunset sesh at Troika with our beautiful Wanderlust + Co family. The highlight of our stay at the Majestic KL was definitely the high tea at the Orchid Conservatory. What a delight it was to enjoy a beautiful selection of herbal teas surrounded by a hanging garden of orchids.

Our next stop was the UNESCO World Heritage port town of Malacca, a town filled with diverse architecture steeped in Malacca’s rich history. We stayed at the Majestic Malacca, a restored 1920’s settlement mansion, situated right across from the beautiful Malacca River. This river, long ago used for trade, is now filled with cruises running all day and night. It’s a really great way to see the town, though I’d still suggest walking too so you can admire the amazing street art. Come sunset time head to the Chan Boon Cheng Bridge and you’ll hear the call to prayer combined with the most beautiful view of pastel sunset skies. This was the kind of humbling experience that makes you simply stop, breathe it all in, and give thanks for being alive.

Everything about our stay at The Majestic Malacca was so unique and wonderful. We loved the signature cocktails made with their very own Tanqueray Malacca gin. Bob the bartender was our favourite and even made the kids the yummiest dairy free smoothies every day. The authentic Kristang dining experience (a blend of Malay-portugese) was just superb. They were ever so accommodating with our specific dietary requirements. Without compromising on flavour they brought the most colourful, delicious and aromatic food to the table. It was culinary heaven to say the least. The highlight for me was the signature spa experience. This was hands down the best I’ve ever had….seriously! Inspired by Traditional Chinese medicine the massage was based upon a person’s heating and cooling energies.  Discovering that my body needed more heat, they used the nutmeg rice rolling technique, and I was completely amazed at how fantastic this was. I’m not sure anywhere else in the world does this so I’ll need to go back for sure! ;)

The natural beauty, the rich, diverse culture, the vivid colours of Malyasia will long live on in our hearts. So will our wonderful connections with our Wanderlust and Co family. I am forever grateful for this experience and to have shared this with my family.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Magical Maldives

October 12, 2017


PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Drone Photography – Courtesy of Grand Park Kodhipparu

Model/stylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationGrand Park Kodhipparu | Kanuhura – Maldives

 

Outfit Details 

Swimwear – Gypset Lace up | Alena Luxe | Hush Hush | Ostuni Halterneck | Hartley Top + Bottoms

Jolie skirt

Strawberry fields forever skirt | Free Spirit crop

Hat

You can read my recent Interview on Indulge Maldives

Ok so we have officially found heaven on earth! The Maldives is honestly beyond breathtaking, it’s actually so unbelievably beautiful the views brought me to tears many times. From our seaplane arrival and parasailing over the atolls, to heart melting dolphin encounters and sunset cruises to castaway islands…these moments will live on in us forever.

We spent 10 days in this turquoise haven with our family, split between two amazing resorts – Grand Park Kodhipparu and Kanuhura. We somehow brought the sunshine with us and lucked out with an almost all clear, sunny time for our entire trip, which we didn’t expect considering we traveled in the rainy season. Honestly when it did rain we didn’t even care! It was still so warm, so beautiful, and our level of relaxation and family fun reached all new heights on this trip. For anyone on the fence about traveling during the rainy months, my tip is absolutely do it! It’s less crowded, less expensive, and you’ll have the best time guaranteed.

We spent our days soaking up the sunshine playing paddle ball on the beach, snorkelling, supping, jet skiing and island hopping in these crystal clear waters. We pretty much ticked off a whole lot of bucket list items, including simply being there!

Though many people think of the Maldives as the honeymoon destination, I felt like it was actually one of the best places we’ve ever traveled with our children. There was just so much to do and even when we were just relaxing on the beach I was so inspired watching their imaginative play. It’s so refreshing to see what children will come up with when immersed in a natural environment away from all the usual technological distractions. They were hundred percent happy exploring, and it felt so safe for them with no cars and so much beach to run and express their little hearts out.

One of our highlights was filming a wedding with Grand Park Kodhipparu. Bobby and I felt like we were getting married all over again. We set sail to a nearby sandbank, dressed in flowing chiffon, with an island style wedding awaiting us. We danced, we kissed, we strolled down the aisle and into the sunset together in one of the most romantic moments of our entire trip. Another stand out moment was our arrival to Kanuhura. We took a seaplane and we had no idea how incredible it was going to be. The turquoise view over the atolls were unforgettable. After our sea plane we hopped on a short boat ride and found a pod of dolphins that put on a show for us. We hadn’t even arrived yet and we were completely overcome with emotion from the natural beauty surrounding us.

I hope you all enjoy our photos and honestly if you have the opportunity to travel here, we all highly recommend it!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Images and text © copyright GypsyLovinLight

Drone imagery © copyright Grand Park Kodhipparu

Island Style

September 22, 2017


PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/stylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationGrand Park Kodhipparu | Kanuhura – Maldives

 

Outfit Details 

Jewelry – Indie and Harper

Rings – Gold Rose cut MoonstoneGold Raw Opal | Gold Opal | Gold Raw Opal/Moon | Gold Raw Multi Opal | Gold Hammered Stackers |

Necklaces – Gold Half moon | Gold White Pebble

Prairie skirt | Lace Top (similar)

Basket | Raffia sandals

Gypset One Piece

Alena One Piece

Caletta Bikini Top + Bottoms

Hope Ruffle Bikini

Lucinda Dress

Iris Dress (similar)

Lace Dress (similar lace dresses)

 

Let our light and truth be seen, let us celebrate our differences, and recognise we are all one. One heartbeat. One tribe. One Love.

 

Reflecting on the trip of a lifetime to the magical islands known as the Maldives. It’s total bucket list stuff and I’ll be sharing so much more of this journey with you in the coming weeks right here on the blog. For now here are some of my favourite island styles and golden sparkling jewels from the one and only Indie and Harper. Jewels for the gypset at heart, always seeking, exploring, adventuring and celebrating life and the beauty that is all around us. Let’s open our eyes and our hearts, and feel the joy and peace that is our birthright, as we step into this magical space. This space where it’s the simple view of a sunset, the warm ocean breeze, the sound of birds singing or our barefeet against the sand, that so effortlessly take us there.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Nusa Lembongan

September 1, 2017

PhotographyBobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Nusa Lembongan | Villa SayangThe Lembongan Traveller

 

Outfit Details

Camilla Sign of Peace Dress | Camilla The Blue Market Overlay Dress | Hello Molly Sunset Maxi dress

Poupette St. Barth Jolie Mini Skirt | Camilla Hush Hush One Piece

Kivari Mystic Blouse | One Teaspoon Bonitas | Herschel Supply Co. palm backpack

Del Maar Dominica Bikini | L Space Shadow Palm Bikini | Del Maar Palmas Bikini

Sara Designs Panama Hat |  AOS Hat | Rayban Sunglasses | Anna Beck Jewelry

 

I’ve finally found my favourite part of Bali…a short boat ride from Sanur, Nusa Lembongan is for the gypset at heart, looking for that tranquil, relaxed island vibe with all the luxuries one could wish for.

We stayed in the beautiful Tamarind bay at the amazing beachfront Villa Sayang. The Lembongan Traveller, who are Lembongan experts, sorted out all our travel details for the most enjoyable, relaxing and seamless holiday. Everything went beautifully and we were able to experience and see so much during our time, whilst still moving at that lovely slow island pace we love so much.

We were blessed with some absolutely stunning sunset views, pristine surf, supping and snorkelling at our doorstep, and the best food and staff one could hope for. Villa Sayang is the perfect villa for families, groups and couples, as you can book either the entire residence or just a couple of rooms of this multi-leveled villa estate. With picturesque infinity pools overlooking the ocean, a villa boat, snorkelling, surfboards and sups at your beck and call, and happy, smiling faces always ready to assist you with anything, it’s hard to leave this place.

During our island stay we were lucky enough to experience some very cool boat trips. The highlight was taking a catamaran to Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida and snorkeling with some seriously giant, vibrant fish in the most unbelievably clear turquoise waters. We sat on the beach, sipping coconuts, feeling a million miles away from everything, not a worry in the world. As a bit of a foodie and always on the health conscious pulse I was so happy with my options here. We particularly loved Hai bar and grill, situated right on the beach and perfect for sunset views with some really good cocktails. For some fresh, local balinese style food check out Nyoman’s warung, and if you’re chasing unicorn pastel sunset skies like us then definitely head to Sandy bay beach club.

So if you’re looking for the kind of holiday where there are no cars, no crowds, and you can completely unwind, spend your days on the water, and enjoy delicious food with beautiful energy around you, head to Nusa Lembongan and make sure you organise your trip through The Lembongan traveller as they really know their stuff.

Enjoy your travels and let me know where your next adventure is!

Love and gratitude,

Helen xx

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