Friday, July 12, 2019

Cooking Simplified: Best-Ever Banana Bread

I came across this recipe for Banana Bread a few years ago. I was running low on butter and needed one that used oil instead. I am so pleased to have found this particular recipe, as it is absolutely delicious and has become a fast favorite in the All Things Simplified household. 😊💕

Best-Ever Banana Bread


2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Oil
3 Very Ripe Bananas
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Cups Flour


Cream sugar, eggs, oil, and bananas together (until the bananas are completely mashed). Sift soda, salt, and flour together, then add to the creamed mixture. Mix at high speed for two minutes. Pour into well greased loaf pans. (I usually double this recipe and bake it in a 9x13 inch cake pan). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown (test with a toothpick to check if done). When I double the recipe it takes about an 1.25 hours to bake completely. I cover the dish with aluminum foil for the last 15-20 minutes so that the top doesn't get too brown.

That's all there is to it! The result...a loaf of incredibly moist, delicious, Best-Ever Banana Bread!
Let me know what you think if you decide to give it a try! :)


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Shopping Simplified: Madewell - Noticed. Low Key Tropical Prints... Shop the Look

Noticed: Low-Key Tropical Prints...
"Want that nostalgic Hawaiian shirt vibe without going full-on vacation dad? We got you.
Let the outfit inspiration begin." ~Madewell

Shop the Look...

***PSA: The denim jacket is on sale, and the pointelle tee is an extra 30% off with code VERYRARE. Lots of other great deals at an extra 30% off during the End of Season Event.
Check out what I'm loving from the event in this post. 😎

Game Night 🎴🎲🃏...

Last night a dear friend came over for dinner and game night. 💕🃏
We all had a fantastic time playing one of our favorites... Five Crowns.
If you've never played, you should really give it a try! Fun times to be had by all!!! 😊💕

Click through to get your own set, then let the fun and games begin! 😎

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Shopping Simplified @ Madewell - The End of Season Event - Extra 30% Off Sale Styles - Take a Peek at What I'm Loving...

Madewell is offering an Extra 30% off Sale Styles during their End of Season Event
with code VERYRARE at checkout until 7.17.19.

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, and the prices are often more affordable than a lot of the retailers offering similar styles.
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 on my Instagram.)

If you haven't ever ordered from Madewell, you should definitely consider giving them a try...
I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you like them, too.
PLUS they have the Madewell Insider Loyalty Program which rewards shoppers with lots of extra perks like free shipping and free returns, free monogramming, free hemming, and a birthday gift, just to name a few. (You can see all that it entails here.)

Click here to shop the End of Season Event, and take a peek at my personal picks below. 💕

That's it for now...what are your thoughts on the End-of-Season Event ?
Do you have your eye on anything in particular? Do tell! 😊

Monday, July 8, 2019

J.Crew Swiss Dot Bobbie Sundress - June 2008... Shop the Look

Last week I shared images from the J.Crew 'Morocco' June 2008 Catalog.
There were many beautiful pieces of clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes showcased in that catalog, along with simple, understated styling...such classic and timeless pieces, that I would still wear today. Several of you lovelies commented on my Instagram that you feel the same way.💕

While I was shopping last week, I ran across a few 'similar' alternatives to one of my favorite dresses from the catalog... the Swiss Dot Bobbie Sundress, and thought I would share them with you,
in case you are thinking of recreating the look. 😊

I have discovered on my shopping excursions that swiss dot is rare on dresses these days, but the eyelet and embroidery that has taken its place is just as lovely...

I have to say that the red version of the dress is so lovely, too...

I first discovered the Japna Dress above in the TJ Maxx store in Kalispell, and snapped a photo.
It looks so much better in real life...

Vince Camuto Eyelet Sundress
(Extra 15% Off with code JULY at checkout.)

(PSA: It's on SALE!)

Last, but not least is this option at J.Crew...

What are your thoughts on the Swiss Dot Bobbie Sundress alternatives? Do you own any of them? Are you lucky enough to still have the original 'Bobbie' from J.Crew?
Please do's always fun to hear from you! 😊

Friday, July 5, 2019

What I Wore... Independence Day 2019

Hello everyone! I hope all of you celebrating the 4th of July holiday yesterday had an amazing and blessed day! This is a 'Flashback' pic of the dress I wore for our Independence Day celebration at the home of our dear friends...😊❣✨ (I forgot to snap a pic, so I'm sharing one taken back in 2012 when I reviewed the dress in this post.)

The dress is the Ralph Lauren Polka-Dot Cotton Shirtdress, and I paired it with a Red
cardigan from Lands' End, and silver Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals.

The dress is long since sold out, but here's a similar one that's on sale right now.
Ralph Lauren does have other cotton shirtdresses available right now, as well.

Lands' End Cotton Cardigan - 40% Off with Code FRESHX Pin 3753.

Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals

As I shared in my review 7 years ago, the description on the Ralph Lauren website read
"A timeless shirtdress in a classic polka-dot pattern", and I can attest to the fact that it's the absolute truth. This dress is indeed a classic piece that continues to stand the test of time, and is still one of my favorites to this day...

That's it for now, my lovelies! Have an incredibly blessed day! 😊💕

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day!!! 💕 God Bless America!!! 💕

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! What a blessing, honor, and privilege to live in the Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave! May we Never Forget that Freedom is NOT Free!
God Bless America, and ALL those who defend her!!!💕

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

From the Archives... J.Crew 'Morocco' June 2008 Catalog

The following images are from the J.Crew June 2008 catalog that was shot in Morocco.
There were many beautiful pieces of clothing, jewelry, handbags, and shoes showcased in this one, along with simple, understated styling...

Such classic and timeless pieces...
I would still wear everyone of these items today. How about you?
Do you remember the J.Crew Morocco catalog?
What do you think of the images in it? Did you purchase any of the clothing items offered back then? If so, do you still own them? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)