If you’re heading out yonder way, cruisin’ out to Napa, you might want to take a quick detour to Petaluma, and I say “might” trying to be all casual, LOL. What I mean to say is that you better take a detour to Petaluma. You have to! — because that’s where I had the best damn latte of my life. And I’ve had a lot of lattes!

This one will go down in the book of my life as “Karen’s favorite latte of all time.”

It even has a cool name: The Beekeeper Lavender Honey Latte. And I had it at Wishbone in Petaluma.

Actually, everything there was delish. The latte was just the rich and creamy icing on the cake.

I went on Saturday with El Hub and Connor Claire (Tabs had to work) for brunch, which they serve (along with regular breakfast, and I think they’re also open for lunch and have a happy hour on Thursday through Sunday) seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. But from what I’ve heard, brunch is mostly what they’re all about.

I’m already plotting my return…

When you walk in, you enter a magical hipster fairy tale land, and for a second you think you’re about to dine at a good witch’s house.

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Ya know, I revel in being the quirky neighbor who smiles like a maniac while taking pictures of the MAC Hint of Colour Lip Oils by some freesia on the side of the road.

I don’t even care if people look at me weird. I just smile 😀 and wave 👋 like I’m supposed to be there… And, I mean, I’m not not supposed to be there. After all, who wouldn’t want to stop and admire lovely freesia? They’re beautiful, and when the freesia appear, winter is saying “Peace out!” Warmer days are comin’.

Like freesia, the MAC Hint of Colour Lip Oils, which are LE and available now for $17, are also cool. They look like they should be intensely pigmented, right? Like liquid nirvana? But they aren’t. They’re shockingly sheer, just like the name goes. They leave a hint of color, and I think that’s a good thing for lip moisturizers, because when my lips need moisture, I don’t want to deal with a mirror. I just want something easy, and an extra hint of color is also nice.

These are basically super sheer, lightly tinted vanilla-scented glossy lip balms that feel exactly like the MAC Cremesheen Glasses to me.

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I keep a Target list on my phone because it’s common knowledge that if you go to Target without a list, you’ll leave with a cart filled with nonsense, and you’ll probably forget to actually get the items you need (story of my life). I keep the list because that way I know I’ll get what I, ya know, actually need, LOL!

Anyway, one of the things on my list right now is Raw Sugar Body Body Butter, which I recently discovered, and it’s been an amazing product find.

It’s affordable — $9.99 for a 7-oz. jar! — but it feels like and performs as well as the $34 Caudalie Body Butter I love so much.

It’s a thicker-style body butter, so it isn’t as fluffy as the body butters at Origins or Pacifica, but despite how dense it is, it still absorbs quickly (weird!).

It’s also moisturizing as all heck.

And I think it smells great, too. I’ve been using the Raw Coconut + Mango version, but I’ve also seen Pineapple + Maqui Berry on the shelves. It smells tropical and yummy, like a smoothie or a fruit salad, and I like that I can smell it on my skin after I work it in, but everybody else around me can’t (I’ve tested this with El Hub).

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If there’s anything I’ve learned about my skin over the past few years it’s that…it’s keeping me on my toes. It never stays the same way for long, but I’ve definitely seem some general changes, for sure, with the biggest being the prominence of my “experience lines.” They’re much more prominent under my eyes, especially when I smile, which is why I’ve taken to wearing less concealer and color corrector there. Oh, and less powder too.

It’s just that if I pile that stuff on like I used to, everything looks heavy and…not super cute.

I’ve also noticed that my skin is getting drier and drier. I do still have my oily spots, like in the center of my forehead and around my nose, but my cheeks and my neck (especially) are getting drier as the years pass, and when I ignore it, it gets borderline painful.

Another thing — oh, my gosh! — pigmentation. Where do I even start with this? If I don’t stay on top of it with an acid toner or a serum to keep the pigmentation in check, I’ll get these uneven patches on my cheeks, and those patches, they’re aggressive, man.

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You know what? I like my job. The last thing I want to do is disappoint my boss (you may have heard of him — Tabs the cat, world-renowned kitty supermodel), but he’s going to be woefully disappointed when he finds out that, if I were given the chance to be a queen supreme, as in the name of the new MAC Girls Palette, Qween Supreme (yes, it’s spelled that way), but the job required me to wear a crown, I would not be able to rock that thing 24/7.

Sorry, Tabs!

I mean, I’d wear it to take pics for the ‘gram, especially if I had a collection of bejeweled sparkly crowns at my disposal, but I wouldn’t wear it if I were just chillin’ in the palace and wanted to Netflix and chill at home.

Sorry, buddy! I know that you like to think of your assistant as more fabulous than that, but, sadly, I’m not. 🙁

Qween Supreme is still quite new, and if you ask about it at nearby MAC counter, they might not even have it in yet (for sure, it’s online).

It’s one of nine eye palettes in the MAC Girls collection.

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So…what is the Monday Poll?

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past 11 (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

1. What does your hair currently smell like?

Well, I took a shower last night, and I haven’t cooked any meals that involve sauteing onions or meat, so at the moment my hair smells pretty darned good! 🙂 It smells like Herbal Essences Blue Ginger Shampoo and Conditioner, which i’m still using and loving, by the way.

2. If your cat could talk and had fabulous feline fashion sense, what would he/she be wearing today?

Tabs would be wearing a late ’80s/early ’90s ice skating leotard. More specifically, he’d be rocking some Kristy Yamaguchi gear.

Of course there would be sequins.

3. If you could work at any makeup counter for a week, which would it be?

Obviously, MAC. Duh. 🙂 I’m still a huge fan. The amount and style of training they get, and the breadth of knowledge of the people working there… I would ask ALL OF THE QUESTIONS and soak up as much as I could.

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When security reported that a small green man was observed loitering around the company bamboo plant yesterday, Tabs immediately dropped the Tim Gunn jigsaw puzzle he was working on and rushed outside.

Tabs must have just missed the suspect, who apparently fled in a hurry because he left behind a bunch of gold coins.

Being the generous employer that he is, Tabs picked them up and donated them to the office pizza party fund.

After inspecting the perimeter and not finding further evidence of the alleged green character, Tabs ate a quick salad and posed for a few kitty modeling pics…

Yup, sometimes it’s tough being this gorgeous. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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