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By Real Simple
Updated August 30, 2012
Roland Bello

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 22

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 24
    When it comes to your wardrobe, where do you splurge and where do you save?
  • What to Read This Fall, p. 29
    Real Simple readers review the big season's most compelling page-turners

Trends Worth Trying

  • Object of Desire, p. 33
    Geometric pendant lamp
  • Style Revival, p. 34
    Bold brooches
  • The Most Wearable Trend Right Now, p. 36
    Evergreen equestrian
  • One for All, p. 38
    Budding vases
  • 10 Finds for $50 or Less, p. 40


  • New Uses: Wardrobe Wranglers, p. 44
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 46
  • Start With, p. 48
    A baguette
  • 6 Fixes for Kitchen Spills and Slipups, p. 50

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 53
    Author Judith Stone describes how rediscovering a childhood pastime helped ease her present-day worries
  • Modern Manners, p. 59
    Michelle Slatalla on discussing money matters with friends
  • Expertise, p. 66
    Five valuable lessons you can learn from classic novels

The Guide


  • Real Steals, p. 75
    A special 11-page section of fabulous fall trends (think velvet and lace) for $100 or less


  • Pretty Smart, p. 99
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • The Great Cover-Up, p. 106
    Everything you need to conceal a host of imperfections, from a temporary blemish to a permanent tatoo
  • Road Test, p. 112
    Dry shampoo


  • Should You Try These Fitness Trends?, p. 115
    Experts weigh in on the latest crazes and whether they're right for you


  • A Friend in the Business, p. 127
    Lighting designer Melanie Freundlich shares her advice on illuminating any space
  • Road Test, p. 132
    Kitchen trash cans


  • Moneywise, p. 137
    How to save on car repairs; the pros and cons of pet insurance; quick ways to maintain a good online reputation


  • Night and Day, p. 144
    Chic sparkle-and-shine pieces that you can wear before the sun goes down
  • Women and Money: Why You Need to Take Control Now, p. 154
    Do you shy away from important money matters? This comprehensive guide will help you get a handle on your financial future
  • Food and Your Feelings (It's Complicated), p. 162
    An in-depth look at emotional eating; the reasons we do it, strategies for managing cravings...and why it's not always such a bad thing
  • Making a Scene, p. 166
    From whimsical to dramatic, 20 stunning wallpaper options to rejuvenate any room


  • Twice as Nice, p. 178
    Big-batch recipes that yield leftovers you can turn into a different, delicious dinner tomorrow
  • Road Test, p. 186
    Slow cookers
  • Quick Takes, p. 188
    10 ideas for meatballs
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 191
  • Nutritional Index, p. 202

Credits, p. 202
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Discounts & Deals, p. 208
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