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Golden City

April 27, 2017



PhotographyBobby Bense and Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationDubai, UAE , Fairmont the Palm

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Outfit Details

Clothing – Love Weave Silk Wrap Dress | Kombi Folk Dress

Accessories – Jewellery | The Beverly Hat | Scarf 

Hair – The Nest Hair Boutique | Jadore Hair Extensions

Tan – Perth Mobile Spray Tans

 

Last year Bobby and I were blessed to travel to the magical city of Dubai. I’m not sure how I’m going to explain just how incredible this place is, though I hope you can see and feel it through our images.

For the woman that loves all that glitters, this was aesthetically one of the most visually beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. The buildings shimmered reflecting beautiful light, the ocean glistened in the brightest blue, the sand so soft and white, and the temperature during December was absolute perfection. Dubai has to be one of the most innovative places I’ve visited. They are constantly creating new and exciting experiences in record times. I can’t count how many times I was WOWed during our stay.

We experienced everything from a scenic helicopter tour of the city and islands, underwater adventures at Atlantis, to a wild 4WD sunset trek through the desert dunes. This was just one of our phenomenal days in Dubai. The Miracle garden with all it’s floral beauty and artistry was simply breathtaking, and the sights from the very top of Burj Khalifa were bucket list moments that will stay with us forever.

In the desert we rode on camels, watched awe inspiring belly dancers, and smoked the traditional shisha in the perfect bedouin setting. In old Dubai we strolled through the spice souk, soaking up all the aromatic scents, frankincense lingering in the air, and enjoyed what felt like a million different kinds of delicious dates. Probably the most amazing experience above all was learning about Dubai culture and history. Our lovely tour guide gave us the most insightful crash course that was beyond fascinating. Dubai is a beautiful, multi cultural destination, perfect for family holidays, and an incredibly safe place to visit and enjoy.

Flying business class direct from Perth to Dubai with Emirates was also an absolute dream, and probably the best flight experience of my entire life, topping off an already incredible trip. We experienced and learnt more about Dubai in just a few short days than we could ever have imagined. We fell completely in love, and are still dreaming of the next time we go back, and the many more amazing adventures Dubai has to offer.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Summer Playground

March 31, 2017

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Photography Bobby Bense | Helen Janneson Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationRottnest Island, Western Australia

 

Where to stayRottnest Island Accommodations

Getting thereRottnest Fast Ferries

Getting aroundAdams Coachlines

Great FoodGeordie’s Cafe + Art Gallery

Great FunJust4Fun Aqua Park

Island Adventure Boat toursRottnest Express

 

Outfit Details

One pieces – Alena | Sittana | Handers Hold | Singing Wells | Baja

Ring of Roses kaftan | Lace Kimono | Lace Dress

Anse Bikini Top + Bottoms

Towels – Eberlanzia | Gypset

Hat | Sunglasses | Aviators

Jewelry – Bodychain | Choker | Rings

 

This summer I’ve looked no further than my very own home town of Perth, and it’s easy travel destinations, for that beautiful turquoise inspiration and those endless summer vibes. Just a hop, skip and ferry ride away is the idyllic island known as Rottnest. Rich with cultural history and some of the most breathtaking landscape I’ve ever seen, it’s home to the adorable Quokka, the cutest and friendliest marsupial you’ll ever meet. It’s the island of a thousand stories, told through the geographical history and formation of unique salt lakes and limestone coral reefs.

I highly recommend taking some time out for a visit to the museum to learn all about the fascinating and at times tragic history of the early explorers and settlers, the Aboriginal penal settlement, the military involvement in world war 1 and 2, and the early Aboriginal origins when Rottnest was actually part of the mainland. Some of the history is sure to pull on your heart strings and draw you into a state of deep reverence, though I do feel it’s important to hear, acknowledge and respect the history and inhabitants of the land, especially when we go there to enjoy all that it has to offer us. And enjoy we did. It really was one of the most special experiences for our family.

We stayed on the beach in North Thomson Bay, which was so quiet and serene, yet still close enough to walk or ride into the main strip. Here you’ll find everything you need – island information, general store, pharmacy, bakery and shopping. We started our days with a hearty breakfast sitting on our balcony overlooking the ocean. With our beach essentials all packed, we were on our bikes and round the island we rode, stopping at one glorious beach after the next. And with no cars allowed it’s such a wonderful and safe place for kids. And when their little legs get tired, or for the mamas with prams, there’s a hop on, hop off coach that will circumnavigate the entire island. My favourite spots were definitely Salmon bay and The Basin for snorkelling and swimming. Parakeet bay is always good fun with the whitest of white sand dunes and fantastic ocean views. Or try stand up paddle boarding at Just4Fun Aqua park. While the kids played on the floating bouncy toys I got my work out done and had so much fun at the same time. Make sure you stop off for breakfast or lunch at Geordie Bay for some of the most delicious and hearty, healthy food going around. As someone who has food intolerances and eats a largely plant based diet it was perfect for our family.  Finish your perfect day in paradise watching the sunset at Fay’s Bay for those magical pastel unicorn skies.

Rottnest is such a quiet and peaceful haven, and it slows you down without you even realising it. All that fresh salty air, white sand and turquoise water will bring vitality and bounce back into your step. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and relaxing all in one. We loved it so much and can’t wait to go back!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Sunset Dancer

December 7, 2016

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Perth, WA

 

Outfit Details

Rings – Dainty Mandala Flame | Embrace | Cosmic | Beaded Setting | Embracing | Dainty Spheroids Opal | Jewelled Maharaja

Necklace – Mandala Love

Bracelets/Cuffs – Embrace | Mandala Love  | Mandala Love Bracelet

Singlet Top | Blouse | Shorts | Hat

 

“Feel by the Moon, Live by the Sun, Dance like a star” – Midsummer Star

This sunset was not like all the others. I was captivated by the iridescence and shimmering light bouncing off the sand and the sea, awakened by the vital force of the ripening moon, calmed by the gentle rhythm of the waves. It was absolutely magical!

These are those ‘me’ moments I cherish so much…when everything becomes so still, time slows down, and you can feel the space between breaths, where peace lingers, always inviting and welcoming you in. This is my meditative space, where I go when I visit the beach and immerse myself in nature. Sometimes I go deep to the space where creativity is born. Like a fire I am filled with an energy that builds as I create, fuelling my imagination and vision.

This time of year definitely calls for more meditation time. Time to nurture myself and take every opportunity to slow down, even if it’s only for a few minutes. I am so much clearer when I have rested and found a pace of breathing in and breathing out in my day. And so much more productive. I hope you all navigate this crazy season of fun and festivities with lots of self love and nurturing.

So much love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Heart of Bali

November 5, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationKupu Kupu Barong | The Edge View Villa – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Wild + Free Dress | Wrap around me Dress | Slice of Harmony DressDasha the Label

Indie + Harper JewelleryTurquoise Feather Navajo NecklaceNavajo Hand Carved Bracelets | Rings – Mandala Divine | Tibetan TurquoiseMermaid | Zuni | Opal Moon | Feather Turquoise 

 

Finally we had the opportunity to venture to Ubud on our recent Bali travels. The peaceful energy was palpable the moment we stepped out of the car. There was a zing in the air, a calming effect created by the mystical surrounds and gentle culture. It felt as though we had just entered the heart of this amazing island.  The flowing river and nearby waterfalls make it such a perfect area for water explorers. I instantly fell in love with our elevated spot and our river view villa at Kupu Kupu Barong. We would end our days of family adventures with flower baths taking in the river views with an incredible backdrop of the jungle and Mt. Agung.

We thoroughly enjoyed a little pampering at Kupu’s world renowned L’occitane Tree spa and it was simply amazing…picture open air massages, perched atop of mango trees, high above the jungle where you can hear birdsong and the flowing river, and feel the essence of this mystical land.

And there was so much more… dinner by candlelight in one of the most romantic settings imaginable. An entrance lined with aromatic flowers, a twilight dinner set up for two, floating on a private pool twinkling with sunset reflections and a majestic mountain vista. It really is all kinds of heaven at Kupu Kupu Barong.

All the while I was blessed to be dressed in the best resort clothing from the divine Dasha the Label and Indie + Harper Jewels. These flowing fabrics and styles were perfect for the Balinese climate and fun family holidays with my tribe.

If you get the chance to visit Bali, I highly recommend the trek to Ubud and definitely book a stay at Kupu Kupu Barong! We are already dreaming of going back :)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

The Edge

October 28, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

LocationThe Edge View Villa – Bali, Indonesia

 

Outfit Details

Elke Romper | Frida Crop + Anya Wrap Skirt | Samsara Kimono Maxi – Minx + Pearl

Jewellery – Dahlia necklace | Dainty Drop Necklace |  Gold Rings | Goddess Lariat | Farrah Bodychain | Swarovski choker

Hats – Navy | Delano | Smith

 

 

As the sun rose I perched myself upon the precipice, as close to the edge as I could be. The ocean breeze gently awakening me from my dreamy state, my mind quiet, my body still, a creative spark was lit, energy flowed freely through my body and a stream of endless possibilities came into view. What a magnificent and magical way to start any day!

Every time I visit Bali it brings me so many gifts. I can’t express my gratitude for this healing island paradise that is just a hop, skip and shortest plane ride ever from my home base in Perth. This adventure took us to the beautiful Edge Resort. Our stay was nothing short of spectacular. I’m not sure I can find the words to describe how wonderful this resort was. The photos speak for them self, and for all those who were following along on insta stories you would have caught many glimpses of the beauty here at The Edge.

Every single detail was taken care of, with above and beyond hospitality. The food was delicious, the space was sublime and what a view!

Enjoying some much needed sunshine and holiday time with the family, I pranced around in my Minx + Pearl outfits, perfect for that villa life vibe we were feeling.

I’m beyond excited about visiting this very special space once again, and I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone heading to Bali. And if you are considering a destination wedding, then definitely start and end your search right here.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Earth Girl

September 1, 2016

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/Creative DirectionHelen Janneson Bense

Location – Uluwatu, Bali

 

Outfit Details

Billabong Australia

Bikini – Earth Angel Tri Top + Earth Angel Tropic Pant

Tops – Desert Dawn Top | Bohemia Top

Shorts

 

Embella Jewellery

Necklaces – Lotus Pod | Lotus Flower | Lotus Love | Passion Flower | Falling Leaves

Bracelets/Cuffs – Sea Life | Flowers in the Sun | Drifter | Sea Star | Aztec

Rings – Turquoise | Tribal | Crossing Paths Paua Shell | Ocean Warrior Paua Shell | Sea Star | Goddess Wrap

Anklets – Ananda | Om | Coral Reef

Hats – SmithSummer is Here

 

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer”  Thích Nhat Hanh

There is nothing quite as pure and healing as the feel of soft sand under my bare feet. As I  listen to the rhythmic sound of crashing waves, I can feel the resonating heartbeat of the earth. After days indoors at my computer editing photos, writing, emailing etc, I feel the need and pull for nature more than ever. When we connect with the earth, skin to skin, we are provided with such an abundance of healing energy. Not only do I feel amazing, I’m providing myself with one of the simplest and most inexpensive medicines for my body and soul. Earthing, or earth girl time as I like to call it, has always been one of the most important lifestyle changes I’ve implemented, one I would regularly encourage with my clients during my former career as a Naturopath.

On our recent holiday to Bali, I realised more than ever why I feel so great on holidays. Sure, the no cleaning, cooking thing is a blast, but it’s all that time spent outdoors in nature, swimming, lying in the sand, and of course those long barefoot beach walks. I always have the best sleep of my life too. This was such a treat spending a week frolicking in the turquoise waters of beautiful Uluwatu, made even better wearing my favourite mermaid attire from Billabong’s Fade to White collection + layers of divine Embella Jewellery.

So if you’ve been feeling like you could use a little energy boost, or are dealing with chronic health issues, I encourage you to take even 5-10 minutes each day, kick your shoes off, and relax bare feet on the earth. You will slowly but surely tune into those relaxed, holiday vibes.

Happy barefoot travels gypsies!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

If you’d like to learn more about the science behind earthing read here

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