"She embraces self-expression, creativity, and love. Her lifestyle has become the epitome of quality over quantity. In this interview, Helen Janneson Bense of GypsyLovinLight talks fashion - from her style icon to her favorite online stores - while also giving us a glimpse into her daily life as a mother, wife, and creator of a famed blog."
First off, I am obsessed with the unique aesthetic of your style. Where do you find inspiration?
Thank you so much. My inspiration comes from many places. It's definitely born from that creative centre within. I find the more we nurture ourselves, the greater our passions and inspirations become. When I simply begin dressing each day, I see this too as a creative process. As I add in each layer, each accessory I can see it all form together like brush strokes on a canvas. It's my art. External sources that really fuel my imagination further are definitely places like tumblr and pinterest, where you can view a huge array of images in one sitting. These all collectively infuse their way into my style.
Who is your style icon?
I'm a huge fan of Erin Wasson. Not only does she have a beautiful attitude, her style is flawless.
What is your must have accessory?
Rings! The more the merrier.
Where do you purchase most of your clothes and can you share your top two favorite online stores?
Free People and Revolve Clothing. They both deliver quickly to Australia and offer returns if something doesn't fit. They stock such a great range of styles. For jewelry, I can't go past Child of Wild.
You have amazing jewelries. Is there one in particular that is the most sentimental?
That would have to be my wedding ring. You don't see it much in my shoots as I take it off to layer in all my rings. My husbands ring and mine were formed from my parents wedding rings. The gold was melted down, renewed and designed to our liking.
One style tip for the Elle Roca (now known as Rose Camille) readers?
Always be yourself. Never compare yourself to anyone else when it comes to style, or anything for that matter. It will immediately take the joy out of you. Accept, love and enjoy all that is unique about yourself. There is only one you. And you are perfect just as you are. When a woman or man loves and accepts themselves so wholeheartedly, it can be seen. This is true style to me. Soul style.
Take us into the daily life of a mother of two, a biomedical naturopath and healer, and the creator of a hit blog. How do you juggle it all?
It's a juggle that's for sure! I had to stop my naturopathy work late last year as I simply couldn't do it all. I felt the change was coming for a long time and that my healing and inspirational work was taking on a new form. I'm healthier, happier and more content than ever on this new found path. I absolutely love being a personal style blogger. Each day starts with some styling. I don't think about it too much. I just start getting dressed and the let the magic happen. I create some of my favourite outfits in that sleepy morning state. I get my children ready and then drop them off at school. I have from 9am - 3pm to get lost in my creative world. I often head straight from drop off to a photoshoot. I then spend much of my day editing photos, writing emails, discussing new opportunities, playing dress ups. It's so much fun!
Do you have a creative mantra? If so, please share.
My daily mantra is always the same. "I love and accept myself just as I am." When we understand that we are already enough, it allows us to really enjoy life and write our own beautiful story.
If you could travel anywhere in the world today, where and why?
Greek Islands. I want to be amongst all that white and blue. Those colours evoke such serenity in me.
Where do you see yourself and GypsyLovinLight in 10 years?
I see myself building this blog of mine into a place that can reach an even wider audience. I will continue to share my insights, inspirations and style through my writing and photos. Lots of travel and exploring. A line of my very own jewellery would be amazing. I see myself and my family living the lifestyle we have been envisioning for some time - summers spent here in Western Australia, and summer holidays in Northern California with our family each year. I would love to live the eternal summer life.