Catwalks To Cradles


    December 4th 2014, by Cara G Mcilroy in Family & Travel

    Recently I took a family vacation to Bali, magical Bali. I have travelled to Bali many times since I was 16 years old and every time I return I’m still swept away buy its beauty and charm. I have done the backpacker thing which pretty much meant sleeping on the beach, I have done it the cheap way paying 800 rupee per night for some tiny dirty room down a back alley in Kuta but this trip I splurged and booked through The Luxe Nomad and gave myself and my family a real treat.

    First stop was Ubud.

    My mother actually booked the hotel in Ubud, it was called Ananda Cottage Hotel and it was lovely and very affordable. The hotel was nestled amongst the rice fields with the swimming pool looking directly over them.  At sunset it was divine to have a dip in the pool and watch as the sky and sun cast a rainbow of ever changing colors over the fields.

    While in Ubud I tried almost every Raw Food restaurant there. My favorite one being Sari Organiks. The place has many mixed reviews online but our experience there was delightful. The staff were more then happy to snuggle India while we enjoyed our vegetarian Nasi Cumper and green juice.

    Another top attraction was the Holly Water Temple; although very touristy the place had a calm and beauty that I can’t explain.

    After Ubud we heading towards the beaches of Seminyak.

    In Seminyak we stayed at The Santai and then The L Hotel. Both places were really lovely. The Santai was a villa so it was really private. We literally spent 2 days in the pool just swimming and relaxing on the big comfy floating bean bags they provided and riding bikes around the near by streets.

    The L hotel was very different. It was right smack bang in the middle of the action in Seminyak, which meant I could do some shopping, yay. The hotel had some really quirky services. One in which they provided each guest with a mobile phone so that you could contact your own personal butler to pick you up or drop you off where ever you needed to go, 24 hours a day, umm amazing. They also had a pillow menu and provided you with a little bedtime story, which was cute. The beds were the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. Best sleep I have had in since India my daughter came along. Again I also visited all the vegetarian and raw restaurants in the hood my favorite being Desa Seni. It was kind of a bitter sweet visit because once arriving I didn’t want to leave I just wanted to stay there do yoga and eat their yummy food for a week haha. Next time.

    Our last stop was possibly my favorite. Karma Kandara was the perfect setting for a family or anyone for that matter.  The staff loved our little girl and were so accommodating.  In the villa we had our own pool that was frequently visited by some cheeky monkeys which we loved.  The resort is built into a cliff by the sea and the views are breathtaking, mouth dropping  even. Breakfast at the Di Mari was my favorite time of the day.  The view from this restaurant forced you to stop in your tracks, breath and relax.  I believe some mornings we would take 2 hours to eat breakfast as we simply didn’t want to leave. The spa was a special treat, set within the cliffs over looking nothing but ocean as far as your eyes can see.  There was a gentle breeze blowing into the room as I was pampered to perfection.  I truly felt like a Balinese princess. The beach unlike many other beaches in Bali was crystal clear although quite rocky.

    I would happily stay at any of the above places again.

    Bali, until next time.


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    January 25th 2015, by Cara G Mcilroy in Beauty

    Feeling fresh and looking fresh is a constant battle for every woman, which leaves us forever searching for great skincare products. I was super excited when asked to trial these products from FRESH as I had heard about this brand at a beauty award ceremony I attended recently. FRESH walked away winning many of the awards, which left me, intrigued.

    Winter is almost here, so a skincare range that is hydrating is my main priority. Hydration is especially important to me, as I tend not to wear make-up so I want to achieve a natural glow from healthy skin. FRESH delivered impressive results, and my skin was glowing after just three days. Ultimate Ageless Complexion Treatment was perfect for these winter months. It is made of predominately natural oils, which they pride in saying, are hand made. Handmade or not the results were lovely my skin was in heaven. I love natural oil based skin treatments as my skin is always dry, and I strongly believe they deliver raw nutrients right into your skin as they have hardly been processed if at all. The Eye Cream was also perfect for winter; it’s quite thick so great to keep your eyes hydrated throughout the whole night and day, especially in this dry weather.

    I loved the subtle natural scents of the products. For me, there is nothing worse then highly scented products. The Ultimate Treatment Toner had a beautiful, delicate rose scent that seemed very natural and refreshing. No yucky alcohol intense odor like other toners on the market.

    The two moisturizers were very different and although both suggest to be used night and day I followed my own rules and used The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment in the evening and Ultimate Ageless Complexion Treatment in the day in order to give you a proper review. At first glance and touch I thought I would have to use quite allot of The Ultimate Anti-Aging Treatment to cover my entire face as the cream seemed very thick but after slightly rubbing it on my fingertips a little went a long way. The cream was so hydrating, and my skin was so soft the next morning. I don’t think I would use this product in the daytime though as it left your skin quite oily but perfect for the evening. On the other hand, I found that the Ultimate Ageless Complexion Treatment was perfect for the day. It has such a beautiful lightweight texture that was absorbed into my skin almost instantly.

    Overall I was very happy with the results of FRESH, and I very much look forward to trying more of their products.