Fashion Forward for Fall Makeup

Fall is here and I’m ready to celebrate with autumn’s colors. I am excited to check out Jane Iredale’s Fashion Forward collection, featuring eye shadows, retractable brow pencils and lipstick. The company sent samples for me to try and I’m impressed.


First I tried two Smooth Affair® eye shadows. One called Naked is sheer nude color; the other, Iced Brown, is a sheer golden brown. I liked how light and smooth they were to apply and it’s cool that they double as either eye shadow or as a primer for more shadows. They’re smudge proof too! There are four other colors in the line including a sheer pink called Petal; a matte yellow named Lemon; a champagne color called Canvas; and a shade of Gold.


Next up, I tried the retractable brow pencils in two colors: brunette and dark brunette. (There’s a blonde color too that I didn’t try.) The pencils do a nice job of filling in brows. And I totally love the built-in “spoolie” on the end of each pencil, perfect for brow shaping.


The finishing touch? The Cindy Puremoist® lipstick, a sexy shade of red! As the name suggests, it’s named after supermodel Cindy Crawford. I love the lipstick’s scent – a light, fruity mix of pomegranate and backberry extracts. Plus I love how the color complements my fair skin.


Sampling these products has been lots of fun – I’m looking forward to wearing them throughout the fall.

Inside Hotel Karlan

I visit and write about wedding venues a lot and it’s always exciting. I recently got a tour of Hotel Karlan, a DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego. The hotel has just finished a $12 million dollar renovation and rebranding.


The property, conveniently located off the I-15 in the foothills of North San Diego County’s Carmel Highlands, is well appointed with many amenities including refurbished meeting and event space, villa style guest rooms and a new restaurant, featuring farm-to-table contemporary cuisine.


I loved touring the hotel and seeing the 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which includes 17,000 square feet of outdoor event space.



The lush lawn is perfect for an al fresco ceremony. Plus the patio is a great space for a cocktail hour. This site works for weddings small and large – up to 400 guests!




During lunch at the on property restaurant, Asado Grill, catering sales manager Kylie Flora explained the venue is a fit for couples who want a wedding venue with indoor and outdoor locations, as well as rooms for guests and members of the wedding party to stay on-site.



Those guest rooms are spacey and modern, each with a patio as well as contemporary bathrooms complete with great mirrors and lighting, which is ideal for brides who want to take the perfect bathroom selfie!


Another benefit of the venue? The Black Horse Pub, formerly a golf clubhouse, is a spacious place for cocktails and relaxing with friends.


Hotel Karlan is booking weddings now and into the next year.