This season I am all about the tartan plaid print, and just plaid in general.  I am seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t be happier.  From wine gift bags to earmuffs, plaid is everywhere this season.  I really have to stop myself from adding more to my collection and will probably be giving a lot of plaid gifts 😉


  1. The perfect plaid dress : I love this dress and have already worn it twice.  It’s so comfy.
  2. Blanket Scarf: You can never go long with scarves and layering in the cold weather.  I love giving scarves with a cute top for gifts.  Use code trices_take to take 20% off Ilymix scarves.
  3. Ruffled Shirt: I can’t get enough of these plaid shirts!
  4. Wine Bottle Cover:  The perfect festive cover to bring a bottle of wine or champagne for a hostess gift this Holiday season.
  5. Sparkle Plaid Heels: These are probably what started my obsession with plaid this year during the Black Friday specials.
  6. Plaid Purse:  I really want this bag for the Holiday but I am trying to be good so maybe somebody else will be receiving this under the tree 🙂
  7. Plaid Belt: I love this belt to add a little bit of flair with a black top or dress.
  8. Earmuffs: Yes, I am even taking my plaid to my ears.
  9. Puffer Vest: Another vest to add to the obsession.

Happy plaid shopping!  Hopefully you are not as behind on Christmas shopping as I am….

Last weekend my husband and I went out of town for a wedding of some good friends.  It was a nice break for us as we rarely leave the kids overnight anywhere these days.  We had the opportunity to sightsee in a new city.  I kind of felt like I was missing a limb without my two kids, but it was nice to have a little alone time.

It was just as cold in Philadelphia as it was in Chicago so I knew I had no choice but to bring boots.  These boots folded in my suitcase which made it so convenient.  Also, these boots were super comfy and kept me warm.  I was surprised by that.


 We were able to do a little sightseeing around Philadelphia.  The hubby said it felt like when we were dating all over again.  I had no agenda, no itinerary and he was shocked.  Usually I have every hour of our life planned now that we have kids.

Our friends had a lovely wedding and it was so nice to celebrate them.  I wore this dress that has a velvet top so it was warm despite being sleeveless.

The weekend went so smoothly that we knew something had to give.  Our flights were on time, the hotel was fine, and even our luggage made it back.  However, as soon as we picked up my daughter from my Aun’ts house she had gotten sick.  Then, she proceeded to get sick on me.  That night was rough as D was sick and baby N forgot how to sleep.  Back to reality 😉




*Disclosure:  I received these products in exchange for my review.  As always all opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I don’t believe in.

Lately my self-care has not been my number one priority.  Taking care of my 5 year old and 9 month old that has acid reflux/teething has left very little time to focus on myself.  So when Saranghae approached me to try their products I was more than happy to have an excuse to take a few minutes at night just for me.

Often times friends will ask me what my skin care routine consists of.  It is rather embarrassing to admit that I actually have no routine.  I get lost at beauty counters and have no idea where to begin in my search for anti-aging products.  This is why I was so intrigued by Saranghae’s 5 step anti-aging skin care products.  The method is so easy to follow.  All of the products in the system are available in a bundle so there is no guess work on how to use the products.  There are even videos on the website for guidance on the method.  This makes it so convenient to stick with the routine each night.


I have extremely sensitive combination skin with some roseca that sometimes reacts to harsh skin care products.  Therefore, I often omit aging products for fear of a breakout, or bad reaction such as additional redness.  When I first read about Saranghae’s skin care routine I felt very comfortable using it because they promise to use the highest quality and natural ingredients in their products.

After watching their videos, I started the 5 step process:

Step 1. Saranghae Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser with Truffle Extract & Gold

Step 2. Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum

Step 3. Saranghae Firm and Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream

Step 4. Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream

Step 5. Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask

The products left my face smoother and softer. The products were so gentle.  I absolutely love the results I received from the under eye cream.  The dark rings I had developed from sleepless nights with my son have gone down and are less visible.  Even my rosacea has calmed down a bit.  The sheet mask is so soothing and refreshing after a full day of makeup that it truly feels like a spa day.  You can see my results below.


After: Using Saranghae Anti-Aging System for 20 Days


My skin feels so amazing after the Saranghae 5 step routine that this has now become my skin care routine.  I highly recommend this skin care line to anyone that is looking for a new routine that delivers results.



About Saranghae:
Saranghae is an award winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients and highly effective products has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States.
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Trying to explain to a 5 year old that the pools close this weekend was kind of hard.  Especially for me to acknowledge this summer is over, and it’s back to school and schedules.  It’s also a little hard for me to give up all my summer dresses 😉  Time to put away all of the summer clothes and take out the Fall wardrobe!

Today, we had a family party so here’s one last look at my favorite color blue that I wear so often in the summer.