Race Review: Carlsbad Half Marathon 2013


This week I completed my very first half marathon in Carlsbad at the 2013 Tri-City Medical Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon.

I met up with my BBBFF (beauty blogging BFF) Julia where we stayed at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Hotel.  I loved this sitting area in the lobby, with a wall of twinkle lights behind the couch. Super cute.


The race expo was at the mall, where the starting line also was. We hung out there for a bit but we felt cramped under the expo tents and needed some fresh air. Coming from Hawaii, it was nice and cold for me. Coming from DC, it was nice and warm for Julia.

We ate dinner at Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana on State Street where we had pasta (me) and wine (Julia).


I ended up wearing my long sleeve race shirt to run in because I wasn’t prepared for 53 degree weather. Turns out, it was perfect racing weather.

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The course ran along the ocean for the first 6.5 miles and then we turned around and came back. It was pretty flat for the most part with a small incline right before the turnaround.


I finished the race in 2:19:03, but had a negative split so I was happy about that. The final mile back to the mall was brutal. I knew the finish was near as I could hear the crown but I couldn’t see it and it seemed to be just out of reach FOREVS.

Thankfully it finally ended and I met up with this pretty girl at the finish.



We’ve already booked our trip for next year. Can’t wait to see you again, Carlsbad.


Wanderlust: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea


To celebrate my birthday this week, we hopped over to Wailea, Maui for a stay at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort.


The grounds at this hotel are absolutely impeccable.


As in true Four Seasons fashion, they don’t miss a thing. Including my birthday. This treat was waiting in our room when we arrived.



I still think the Four Seasons Hualalai in Kona is my favorite Four Seasons Resort, but I’m certainly not complaining. The Four Seasons Maui has spacious rooms with giant bathrooms, the service is phenomenal and Maui is a great place to take a vacation.



Here’s a few pictures from my birthday weekend:

Daily Beauty: Goody Double Wear Elastics


I am so in love with the new Goody Double Wear Elastics: a hair tie that disguises itself as a bracelet. I have them in both gold and silver and pile them up on my wrist for a cool accessory while never having to worry about being without a hair tie again.

Goody Double Wear Elastics are available in the beauty aisle of your favorite drugstore.


Daily Style: Vince Camuto ‘Persh’ Sandal

Me: “Ooooh! Look how cute!”

Him, looking slightly disgusted: “They are blue and purple.”

Me: “It’s called color blocking.”

Him: “It’s called color BLIND.”

Vince Camuto ‘Persh’ color-blocked sandal comes in three color combinations and is available exclusively at Nordstrom for $129.95.

Bobbi Brown Spring 2012: Brightening Nudes

Get glowing skin, sparkling eyes and lush lips with the Bobbi Brown spring 2012 makeup collection: Brightening Nudes.

“Brightening Nudes makes you look like you’re lit from within,” says Bobbi Brown.

With shimmering eye shadows in sheer pastel shades, illuminating finishing powder and brightening lip gloss, this collection is sure to give your skin the appearance of a beautiful, healthy glow.

Sparkle Eye Shadow

  • Silver Moon (silvery white)
  • Mica (grey)
  • Ballet (pale pink)
  • Sunlight (soft gold)

Brightening Finishing Powder:

  • Brightening Nudes

Brightening Lip Gloss:

  • Lilac Pearl
  • Pink Opal
  • Pink Lilac

Bobbi Brown Spring 2012 Brightening Nudes collection is available March 2012 at all Bobbi Brown counters and online at bobbibrown.com