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By Real Simple
Updated September 26, 2012
David Prince

Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 27

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 30
    What was the greatest Halloween costume you ever wore?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 40
    What book sparks the most interesting conversation?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Instant Upgrade, p. 43
    Tiles with style
  • New and Improved, p. 44
    Magnetic nail polish
  • The Most Wearable Trend Right Now, p. 46
    Animal prints
  • Five-Minute Wow, p. 48
    Goofproof pouf
  • Better Than Basic, p. 50
    Gold-dipped shoes
  • 10 Finds for $50 or Less, p. 52


  • New Uses for a Hair Dryer, p. 55
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 56
  • Start With, p. 58
    A vanilla cupcake
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 60
    Can dry-cleaning shrink my clothes?
  • Fresh Pick, p. 62
    Butternut squash
  • 3 Halloween Costumes Made From a Cardboard Box, p. 64

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 67
    After a massive purge of her house, Lee Woodruff discovered that some stuff does matter
  • Modern Manners, p. 71
    Michelle Slatalla on how to handle sticky trick-or-treat situations
  • Expertise, p. 74
    Five vices you should embrace

The Guide

Fashion Special Section: Your Working Wardrobe

  • What Does Your Work Look Say About You?, p. 81
    Industry pros reveal the message behind your style
  • 7 Pieces, 6 Outfits, p. 97
    Smart pieces that you can combine in multiple ways
  • Fit Lab, p. 105
    Work pants


  • Should You Try These Diet Trends?, p. 113
    Experts weigh in on the latest crazes


  • Pretty Smart, p. 125
    Fall’s best beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 133
    Can I control my blushing?
  • Road Test, p. 137
    Facial moisturizers


  • The Secret Life of Your Fridge, p. 141
    How to take care of your coolest appliance and maximize the shelf life of everything inside
  • Personal Shopper, p. 150
    Whether sweet or eclectic, these duvet covers will wake up plain white sheets
  • Road Test, p. 159


  • Moneywise, p. 161
    How to save on seafood; the smarter way to keep track of your retirement accounts; the truth about virtual-currency websites


  • The Wow Factor, p. 170
    Design pros share their favorite picks for adding magic to any room
  • The End of Us, p. 180
    What happens when your twin dies? Richard B. Stolley ponders the future without his other half
  • One Shade Fits All, p. 184
    Fifteen lipsticks, nail polishes, blushes, and more that truly flatter all skin tones
  • What’s for Dinner, p. 190
    Delicious recipes (and handy shopping lists) to keep you satisfied for the entire month
  • Legends of the Fall, p. 200
    Fend off the cold with a bold and memorable coat


  • Revolutionizing Dinner (One Table at a Time), p. 209
    Meet the winners of Real Simple’s second annual Take Back Dinnertime contest—and learn how to conquer your own mealtime challenges
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 228
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips, from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 230
    10 ideas for kale
  • Nutritional Index, p. 233

Credits, p. 238
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 242
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Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 243