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By Real Simple
Updated January 28, 2013
Christopher Baker

Thoughts, p. 4

The Simple List, p. 6

Editor’s Note, p. 16

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 19
    What do you know about love that you wish you had known earlier?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 22
    What book is a great Valentine’s Day gift?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Style Revival, p. 25
    Kitten heels
  • The Most Wearable Trend Right Now, p. 26
    Leather accents
  • Everyday Indulgence, p. 28
    Hair oils
  • 10 Finds Under $50, p. 30


  • New Uses for Old Things, p. 33
    Valentine’s Edition
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 34
  • Care Guide, p. 36
    Gold jewelry
  • Start With, p. 38

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 41
    How Noelle Howey got over her fear of being (boo!) home alone
  • Modern Manners, p. 47
    Catherine Newman on the ins and outs of in-laws
  • Expertise, p. 50
    5 ways to (nicely) reject someone

The Guide


  • Pretty Smart, p. 61
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 65
    Can I get rid of under-eye circles?
  • Road Test, p. 70
    Nail tools


  • Food Labels, Decoded, p. 75
    A handy guide for deciphering common yet confounding terms, like “low calorie” and “natural”


  • A Friend in the Business, p. 83
    Art buyer Tom Delavan shares his advice on how to make affordable art look like a million bucks
  • Road Test, p. 86
    Desk lamps
  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 83
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the medicine cabinet


  • Real Steals, p. 93
    Bold, easy-to-wear prints for under $100
  • To Have and to Hold, p. 103
    Everyday handbags that suit all styles and budgets


  • Moneywise, p. 109
    Easy steps for insuring a valuable possession; the real costs of a prepaid debit card; ways to protect your child from identity theft


  • The Workout Whisperer, p. 116
    Smart and effective strategies to help you get over your biggest exercise hurdles
  • The Sleep Project, p. 122
    A longtime insomniac attempts to fulfill one of her biggest dreams—a night of restful, uninterrupted sleep
  • In Sickness and in Health, p. 128
    How an incurable illness strengthened an already unbreakable bond: one couple’s unconditional-love story


  • Green is Good, p. 136
    Turn the dutiful into the delicious: a whole bunch of new ways to eat your greens
  • Road Test, p. 146
    Instant oatmeal
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 149
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 150
    10 ideas for salmon fillet
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 153
  • Nutritional Index, p. 164

Credits, p. 166
Where to buy products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 170
Exclusive savings on goods for book lovers

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 172