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My summer reading list. First up: The Goldfinch

Excited to get some serious reading in this summer.

  1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  3. Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames & Peter Barton
  4. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason

My summer reading list. First up: The Goldfinch. #fiction #mondayreads  #readingrainbow #picoftheday #vsco #vscocam #nerdist #finance #novels #psychology #inspiration #bookclub

#fiction #mondayreads #readingrainbow #picoftheday #vsco #vscocam #nerdist #finance #novels #psychology #inspiration #bookclub


“You’re a beautiful girl. It’s up to you to be more than that.” ~ Don Draper

A line that Don says to his daughter in an episode of Mad Men.

And a reminder of what my dad used to tell me when I was growing up…
(In relationships) Be smart, Charity. You’ve got to be able to bring something [else] to the table.

In a way, he was teaching me to lean in. :)
And I’m a better woman for it.

Wrapped up in Relished

One of my favorite pieces from our S/S ’15 Collection: The Relished Marin County Jacket in Olive. Shop!

The highlight of Jordan’s weekend

“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.” – Julia Child

Grill session with the family. Jordan made some amazing dry-aged steak, roasted salmon, baked potatoes, grilled asparagus. We added corn-bread into the mix along with a honey-dijon dressed salad and chicken longanisa. HOLY SWEET COW GODS. It was a freakin’ EPIC MEAL.



@p.f.flyer @sweetcharityjane @theraunchyriverrats BBQ time!

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Luna Grubs

Chef Jordan has been making some tasty meals over the past month.
I am super lucky to have a partner who not only loves filipino food, but can cook it most outstandingly better than I can :)



When I have children,
these are the type of films I’ll be showing them…

The Dam Keeper
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Song of the Sea
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a High-Five, Friday post. I’m actually quite antsy to let some tidbits out.

  1. I’ve contracted an obsession for Maroon 5. Not sure where it came from. Kind of out of the blue. Adam Levine has found his way into some of my dreams. Lol.
  2. Oddly enough, I’ve found myself secretly obsessing over Behati Prinsloo as well :)
  3. I’ve found this awesome new app called Balanced, which helps me track the things during the week/day that I’d like to remember to do more often (i.e. call mom & dad, hydrate 6x a day, text your siblings). I love it.
  4. Just bought a weight scale for our bathroom. All these years, we haven’t had one to track any progress or fluctuations. Summer is coming up. Time to lose some weight!
  5. If you haven’t watched the show Peaky Blinders yet…you’re missing out.



I received a letter from a dear friend recently. How I adore her writing. How I adore her!

Perhaps this is our chance to re-stake our claim at the long lost art of letter writing. We were certainly an overzealous, penpal-ing duo. I sure do miss all of our gushing about everything and nothing. :)

“I wish love that will wrap us on cold nights and fill our stories with happiness and contentment.” ~ V. Magsino


Youth elixir

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 2.48.21 PMLast month in my Birchbox subscription, I got a sample of Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel…it’s a gel exfoliator that brightens skin.

I’m still overly-obsessed with facial care, but over the past few months, I’ve placed more importance on what I’ve been putting into my body than what I put on it…topically. I get a 16-oz Cleansing Cocktail every morning from Mother’s Market. After a month of ingesting these daily juices, I’ve noticed a difference in my skin’s elasticity and glow. Seriously. Anything with beet juice is a skin-plumper! I’ve also been super-conscious about hydrating throughout the day — lots of water / coconut water / tea. If I can get into a religious routine and establish good habits, I feel like I can keep wrinkles and ruddy skin at bay. Ah youth, you shan’t escape me yet…

Semi-related tangents…
Just saw Kingsman and Fifty Shades of Grey over the weekend.
Damn damn damn…the blessed youth of Young Hollywood. Sweet Lord.

Back to my roots

I’ve decided to grow back into my natural color and to stop doing the Cali-blondie-beachy-bronzey look. I’ve been feeling a bit Jennifer Aniston-y, with the same hairstyle for far too long. Au naturel…