Carlinya was pale, with cool, almost black eyes and a broad face. She had dark hair which she wore short in a cap of curls. She was rational to a fault, and disliked being disagreed with.
She was somewhat messy, her hair sometimes being unkempt and her dress edge muddy from forgetting to wear a cloak. She owned a pale embroidered skirt. 
As a novice, Carlinya made sure to commit one minor infraction per month so that she would not be thought to be stuck up.
She had no Warder.
Split from the Tower Edit
She allied herself with the rebel Aes Sedai; in fact, she was one of its earliest supporters and instigators, becoming one of its original six leaders, informally known as the Salidar Six.
Later, when she was in Salidar searching the Amyrlin's study in Tel'aran'rhiod for information on what Elaida do Avriny a'Roihan had received, the Salidar Six were attacked by a stray nightmare of Trollocs. They were saved when Elayne Trakand and Siuan had to remind them about the dream not being real, in which case the nightmare faded away leaving only injury.
She was with the rest of the Salidar Six in Tel'aran'rhiod when they summoned Egwene to become Amyrlin.
The Tower reunited Edit
She was in council with Egwene's other advisers over Egwene's disappearance when Siuan arrived with the news that Egwene was still alive but prisoner inside the White Tower.
After the Tower was reunified, she was part of a plot to catch the Black Ajah in Tel'aran'riod. The Black Ajah got a preemptive strike on the White Tower Aes Sedai and their allies. Carlinya was one of the sisters killed at the beginning of the battle.
She was seen wearing a black raven tattoo. This is quite troubling and perhaps a misprint because she has now died, making this viewing unfulfillable. In a recent question and answer session Brandon Sanderson is asked about this and cryptically replies "RAFO."