Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Madewell - Extra 40% Off Promo-Priced Items and Sale Styles - Lots of New Additions + Links to Reviews & IRL Pics - YOUWIN!!!

Madewell is offering an Extra 40% Off Promo-Priced Items & Sale Styles with code YOUWIN at checkout until 1.4.16. Shipping is FREE on ALL Orders, too...YAY!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Promo-priced items, they are select Regular-price pieces that Madewell marks down to a 'Promotional Price' for a short amount of time. These items are eligible for any extra % off sale or full-price promotions that may occur at any time. The Promo-priced items are also eligible for the Educator and Student Discounts, so if you are a teacher or student you can receive an additional 15% off on them, as well.

As I've mentioned many times before...I absolutely love Madewell. The casual-vibe of their clothing works well with my lifestyle, the styling on the website stays more to the understated side, the prices are often more affordable than a lot of the retailers offering similar styles, and I love that they always offer Free Shipping on ALL orders, too.
The quality has been good on all the items I have ordered, and the pieces are all holding up very well so far. I've shared pics of me wearing a couple of the jackets, shirts, scarves, and a dress on my Instagram. I have to say, that if you haven't ever ordered from Madewell, you should definitely consider giving them a try. :)

There are a lot of great items on sale right now, as well as a lot of new additions and markdowns. Click here to shop the eligible styles.
I have noted the majority of the Promo-priced items, as well as many of the recent markdowns, and links to a couple of reviews and IRL pics of promo & sale items from myself & other bloggers below:

Promo-Priced Items:

*Openweave Scarf in Scottsdale Plaid (see it here on my Instagram)

New Markdowns - 12.30.15

*Mockneck Top - $39.99
*Whisper Cotton Crewneck Muscle Tee - select colors $16.99
*Lace Magnolia Dress - $99.99 (see it here on ShOperaRach)
*Night-In Top - $39.99
*Daynap Top - $39.99
*The Morgan Crossbody Bag - select colors $99.99
*The Billie Boot in Suede - select colors $159.99
*The Hanne Heel - $99.99
*Skinny Skinny Sateen Jeans - black on promo, dark cabernet & bowling green $89.99
*Tall skinny Skinny Sateen Jeans - black on promo, dark cabernet & bowling green $89.99
*Taller skinny Skinny Sateen Jeans - black on promo, dark cabernet & bowling green $89.99

Previous Markdowns

*Denim Parka - $219.99
*Midnight Dress - $89.99
*The Chelsea Boot - $159.99
*The Archive Boot - $219.99
*The Elin Loafer - $99.99 $& $109.99
*Tartan Mix Scarf - $39.99 (see it here on ShOperaRach)
*Herringbone Wrap Jacket - $119.99 (see it here in Rose)
*Oversized Boyshirt in Edina Plaid - $59.99 (see it here on ShOperaRach)
*Silk Faux-Wrap Dress - $119.99 (see it here on ShOperaRach)
*Viewpoint Turtleneck Sweater-Dress - $89.99 (see it here on Rose)
*Latitude Shirtdress in Buffalo Check - $59.99 (see it here on ShOperaRach)
*The Darrin Boot - $159.99
*Sweater Scarf - $39.99

Are you planning on taking advantage of the YOUWIN Sale? If so, what item or items are you picking up? Do you own any of the items on sale or promo?
Is there any item you have seen or tried on that you would recommend? Please do share! :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Cooking Simplified: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Our entire family absolutely loves cabbage rolls. However, up until a couple months ago I rarely made them, and this was mainly due to the fact that I really do not like to have to deal with boiling the cabbage and actually stuffing the leaves! Then one day on Facebook I stumbled across a recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls...I discovered that we could have all the yummy goodness of cabbage rolls, but without the hassle of actually stuffing them! Hallelujah!

Of course I had to try the recipe out right away, and the family loved the unstuffed version just as much as the originals. Now let's be honest, by the time you cut in to the stuffed cabbage rolls to eat them, they basically become just like the unstuffed version anyways, so why not save the time and trouble by just cutting out the 'stuffing' step?
Here's how to go about it, in case any of you want to give them a try. :)

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls


1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion then cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.

Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8

I usually triple the recipe so that we have leftovers, and I also like to cook up a batch of rice to pour it over, and also top it with a generous helping of shredded cheddar cheese.
Of course, these steps are both entirely optional, so just serve it to your family's specific liking.

That's it...super easy to make, and oh so delicious!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give them a try! :)


Shop My Closet...

Welcome to the All Things Simplified clothing sale!
This is your invitation to 'Shop My Closet' for pieces from retailers such as
J.Crew, Madewell, Diane Von Furstenberg, & La Canadienne, just to name a few.

All of the items for sale are in like new, or excellent condition, and come from a smoke-free home. Occasionally items will even be new with tags.

If you're interested in purchasing or have a question about any of the items, please email me at Paypal and U.S. Shipping please.

*J.Crew Berry-trim Astrid Jacket - from Fall '08 - color: Heather Charcoal - size 2 -
Like New Condition - $100 shipped

*J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest from 2012 Retail (original version) - color Bisque - size XXSmall -
Like New Condition - $45 shipped

*J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest from 2012 Retail (original version) - color Navy - size XXSmall -
Like New Condition - $45 shipped

*J.Crew Paisley Perfect Shirt - from Holiday '08 - Size 2 - Excellent Condition: $25 shipped

*J.Crew Heathered Microrib Jaspé Hoodie - Size XSmall - Like New: $20 shipped

*J.Crew Collection Sparkle Plaid Tweed Pencil Skirt - from Fall '08 - Size 4 - Like New Condition - $85 shipped

*Current Elliott Boyfriend Jeans - Color/material: selvage denim, 99% cotton, 1% polyurethane - Size 25, fits 0-2 - Rollable inseam, loose boyfriend fit - Like New Condition -
Retail: ~$250 - $40 shipped

*La Canadienne May Suede Boots - color Black - size 9.5 - New in Box - $175 shipped

Have a lovely day! :)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

After Christmas Sale Shopping - A Comprehensive List of Sales & Deals to Save You Time and Money

Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I wanted to let you know that there are a LOT of great sales and deals taking place right now for those of you who may be
After Christmas Sale Shopping, or just looking to save some money on needed or wanted items.

I've compiled a list of the deals at some of my favorite retailers to (hopefully) make your shopping a little easier...just click on the name of the retailer to shop their sale. :)

*Madewell - Enjoy an extra 30% of sale styles with code YOUWIN at checkout thru 12.28.
Shipping is FREE on ALL Orders, too.

*J.Crew - Enjoy an extra 40% off winter sale styles with code SHOPNOW at checkout thru 1.6.16. Check out several of my recent J.Crew reviews here, here, and here.

*Target - Take an extra 20% off clothing, shoes, & accessories with code EXTRA20 thru 1.2.16.
Save up to 60% off on hundreds of clearance items plus free shipping on orders of $50+, too.
I reviewed several items in this post.

*Lands' End - Save up to 60% off during the Winter Sale. Take an extra 30% off regular-priced items with code POLAR pin 3344 thru 12.28. Shipping is FREE on orders of $50+, too.

*Amazon - Save up to 70% off clothing, shoes, boots, jewelry, handbags, & more.

*Anthropologie - Take an extra 25% off sale items with code TAGTIME for a limited time.
Lots of newly added sale items, too. Check out my review for the Field Bootie here.

*Tory Burch - Enjoy an extra 30% of sale styles with code MERRY at checkout thru 1.4.16.

*Banana Republic - Take an extra 50% off sale items thru 1.5.16 - no code necessary, discount automatically applied at checkout.

*Cabela's - Save up to 60% off during the After Christmas Clearance Sale.
$5 flat rate shipping on orders of $99+ with code 15SHIP

* - Save 60% or more off numerous brands including Ugg, The North Face, & Dansko during the After Christmas Clearance.
Free shipping on all orders, too.

*GAP - Enjoy an extra 40% off your purchase of $100+ with code ONEDAY thru 12.28.
Save up to 50% off winter sale styles, prices as marked.

*Kate Spade New York - Enjoy 25% off all sale items with code THRILL thru 1.6.16. Free ground shipping & free returns in the US.

*Nordstrom - Save up to 50% off selected items during their Half Yearly Sale, plus free shipping and free returns. Check out my reviews on two items purchased from Nordstrom here and here.

*Nordstrom Rack - Extra 25% off all clearance items during the Clear the Rack event thru 1.3.16. Free shipping on $100+ & easy 90-day returns, too.

*Old Navy - Take 30% off your order with code ENJOY until 12.30.15. Take an extra 40% off clearance styles with code JACKPOT. Free shipping on orders of $50+, too.

*Sundance Catalog - Take an extra 40% off already reduced styles during the year-end sale event. No code needed - reduced prices are reflected in your shopping bag.
I've reviewed a couple of items here.

Have a lovely day, and Happy After Christmas Sale Shopping! :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all an incredibly blessed and special Christmas Day!
May it be filled with Peace, Hope, Happiness, and Love!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

J.Crew Looks We Love... Shop It: The Real Deal or The Real Steal

J.Crew - Looks We Love...
Shop It...

The Real Deal:

The Real Steal:

*Button-down shirt here in blue and here in blue
*Faux-leather skirt in cabernet
*Sunglasses here in matte black and here in black/grey

Life Simplified...Thankful Thursday

Life can be difficult or stressful no matter your circumstance...where you live and work, whether you're married or single, have a child, lots of children, or no children at all. I believe that in these times it is extra important to think of all the good things in your life, no matter how small, as it really does help to put your focus on the positive. Instead of being caught up in all the 'bad stuff' happening in your life, it can help to change your attitude into one of gratitude, making your present life and circumstances much more enjoyable.

Today I am sharing 10 more things that I am thankful for this week...

1. Christmas Day - celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

2. The Christmas Eve service at church.

3. Christmas carols.

4. Gloves & Mittens.

5. Space heaters.

6. Christmas cookies.

7. Christmas lights.

8. Friendly customer service representatives.

9. Free shipping.

10. The Holiday Season.

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Review: Eileen Fisher 'Dream' Bootie

The Eileen Fisher Dream Bootie comes in size 5 - 10,
and is currently on sale at Nordstrom for an additional 33% off.

Details from the Nordstrom website:

Wide leather straps crisscross the vamp and shaft of a chic platform bootie set on a sturdy cone heel.

3 1/4" heel; 1" platform (size 8.5).
4" bootie shaft.
Back zip closure.
Leather upper and lining/synthetic sole.
By Eileen Fisher; imported.

The bootie comes in two colors, Graphite & Buff...

I ordered the boots in size 9.5, which is the size I normally wear, and the fit is excellent with a sock of regular thickness. However, if I wanted to wear thick socks with the booties, then I would need to size up to the 10.

Love the wrapped leather, and cute little back zipper.

On me...

The booties are comfortable right out of the box, and feel as if there would be no break-in time whatsoever when wearing them.

The buff colorway is the perfect neutral to wear with just about anything, so the bootie is sure to become a staple piece in the wardrobe.

Eileen Fisher shoes & boots can be a bit on the spendy side, but in my experience are well worth the bit of extra money. The quality is excellent, comfort factor is high, and the styles become classics that will be worn for many years to come.

What are your thoughts on the Eileen Fisher 'Dream' Bootie? Have you seen them in person or tried them on? Do you already own a pair, or perhaps plan on giving them a try?
Please do share...I always love to hear from you!

***Check out more of my Nordstrom personal picks...
always so much to love there, plus free shipping & free returns simply cannot be beat. :)

*Canada Goose 'Trillium' Parka
*Dooney & Bourke Crossbody Bag
*Nordstrom Collection Ombré Cashmere Wrap
*Diane von Furstenberg 'Jewel' Wrap Dress