See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

Jose Picayo

Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 16

Editor’s Note, p. 31


Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 33
    What was your most memorable holiday mishap?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 40
    What was the last book you read and loved?


Trends Worth Trying




Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 73
    Mary Karr on how an act of kindness altered her perspective
  • Modern Manners, p. 79
    Julie Rottenberg on dinner-party latecomers. Plus, your etiquette questions, answered
  • Expertise, p. 83
    Katherine Russell Rich on 10 ways to embrace change


The Guide



  • Just Breathe, p. 123
    Three techniques to help you feel less stressed
  • You, Improved, p. 129
    Which is better: sugar or agave? Plus, tips to avoid sickness and trainer Tracy Anderson’s playlist
  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 135
    The fastest way to stronger abs
  • The Decoder, p. 141
    Eight expert remedies to soothe a sore throat


  • The Classic, p. 145
    Timeless fall riding boots
  • Fit Lab, p. 155
    How to wear a pencil skirt, whatever your body type
  • Real Steals, p. 161
    Twelve cashmere finds, all $100 or less
  • Style Setter, p. 169
    Lela Rose’s favorite things



  • Moneywise, p. 213
    Ways to pay off debt while still saving, why to buy pj’s now, and a $5 vacation
  • Money Conversations Everyone Should Have, p. 223
    Ten essential talks to have with your spouse, kids, and parents





 Credits, p. 330
Where to buy the products featured in this issue
 Discounts & Deals, p. 336
Exclusive discounts on hostess gifts, p. 338
 Real Simple to Go, p. 368