DSCF6671 (1)A few months ago, my girlfriends and I spend a weekend in Portland, Oregon to celebrate my best friend, Marissa’s, 30th birthday. Needless to say, it was a boozy weekend. We sipped on champagne in our hotel room, toasted with bloody marys at brunch and tasted local beer. It was my first time in Portland, so I enjoyed the touristy stuff. Taking in Multnomah Falls, perusing Powell’s Books and brunch at Mother’s Bistro were my highlights.

It’s a rarity to spend  time together, since we’re pretty much scattered all over the globe. It was so much fun snuggling in our PJs, swapping beauty tips and discovering a beautiful city with my favorite girls.

Missing you girls already!

x, Carina

PS. Most of the photos seen were taken by my bestie, Joanne. She takes beautiful photos; these are just a few of my fave.

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Texas Is For Lovers.


Screenshot_2015-12-09-21-27-13-1With my beautiful best friend, Marissa, at Tom’s.

Back in October, I mentioned how excited JR and I were  to  visit our dear friends, in Dallas. October came and went and so did our trip, but I failed to share any of the details. We only spent a few days there–long enough to visit the Texas State Fair, take road trip to Austin, and taste some really great food! (Babes was our fave!)

I’ll spare you the inside jokes and let you enjoy the photos instead!

My best friend, Marissa and her husband, Ryan, will be spending a few days in San Diego. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see them again– counting down the days until next weekend.

x, Carina

20151017_123930Greetings from Austin (one of about 1,000 photos we took here)

20151017_181049The funnest way to plant succulents, made locally in Austin.

20151018_121813 Just us girls.

Take Me To Italy.

I’ve been out of town again for work– this time, in the middle of nowhere. So, I’m laying low in my hotel room with room service and a movie…daydreaming about what I’d wear on my own Italian adventure.

A look inside my brain, right now.


  1. For Pizza In Venice in this jumpsuit, denim jacket and olive leather duffle
  2. Discover Rome dressed in this or this, these cateyes, structured over the shoulder and comfy flats
  3. Brunch in Positano wearing this two piece, hat and these sandals

Red Hot + Minimal.

20150825_163422We’re suffering through a heatwave in Southern California. It has been unbearably hot here in San Diego this last month. Suffice it to say, it’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end–I’ve been lathering my body with sunblock, blasting the air conditioning, drowning myself in ice cold water by the glass, and now desperately turned to taking multiple showers a day to cool off (and freshen up).The last thing I want to do is pile on loads of make up in this insane heatwave. So lately, my everyday makeup look has been minimal –clean and easy, with a pop of red on the lip to pull it all together.

When I was in Vegas last week  (saying it was hot would be an understatement), I wore this look everyday, using almost exclusively drugstore products. Traveling with drugstore products is great because I tend to lose things when I travel, and since they’re more affordable, they are easier to replace when I lose them.

Daydreaming of cooler weather. Hope you’re staying cool, wherever you are.

x, Carina


  • Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous foundation (310- Classic Tan)
  • ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder (Antigua)
  • EOS Organic Lip Balm (Sweet Mint)
  • Makeup Forever Mascara*
  • Almay Liquid Liner (221-Black)
  • L’oreal Infallible Lipstick (421- Charasmatic Coral)

*Sample from Sephora Beauty Insider Gift