See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated March 09, 2010
Stephen Lewis

Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 27

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 29
    What is the one beauty product you can’t live without?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 34
    Who is your favorite author?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Destined to Be a Classic, p. 41
    The Gryphon New York motorcycle jacket
  • One for All, p. 42
    Champagne coupes
  • Two Women, One Look, p. 44
    Combo dresses
  • Five-Minute Wow, p. 46
    Tomato red lips
  • Everyday Indulgence, p. 48
    Ruffled pillows
  • 10 Finds Under $50, p. 50


  • New Uses for Old Things, p. 53
  • Problem Solvers of the Month, p. 56
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 50
    How to remove lipstick from a purse lining
  • Start With, p. 60
    Raspberry jam

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 65
    Julianna Baggott on what her love of strangers taught her about love in general
  • Modern Manners, p. 71
    Julie Rottenberg on handling e-mail faux pas
  • Expertise, p. 75
    Michelle Slatalla on 10 secrets to balancing work, kids, sanity

The Guide


  • Beauty With Brains, p. 81
    Can sleep alone get rid of my dark undereye circles?
  • Road Test, p. 85
  • The Big Picture, p. 88
    Simple steps to get spring’s full-bodied hair


  • Real Steals, p. 97
    From florals to pastels to metallics―new trends for $100 or less
  • Fit Lab, p. 109
    Classic trench coats to fit every shape and size


  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 115
    Lift and tone your glutes with six quick exercises
  • Feeling Hormonal?, p. 119
    How these chemicals affect your mind and body as you age


  • Road Test, p. 129
  • Make Over Our..., p. 135
    Real Simple helps one couple transform their cluttered basement


  • Moneywise, p. 141
    Making sense of your credit limit; how to save on workout gear; plus, permission granted to bring friends to your discount club


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 149
  • Beauty Breakthroughs, p. 150
    Twenty-three genius products that upgrade (and streamline) your skin, hair, and makeup routines
  • What’s Your Decorating Style?, p. 158
    Fun and foolproof strategies to home in on what you like―and bring that style home
  • Color Theories, p. 166
    Brighten up your wardrobe with bold combinations of shades
  • The Amazing Race, p. 176
    One woman’s sudden medical scare―and her decision to run her own marathon in the face of it


  • Put Down the Knife, p. 184
    Save time on shopping, chopping, and cleanup with these no-hassle meals
  • Road Test, p. 193
    Sliced cheese
  • Secretly Simple, p. 195
    Easy chai tea
  • Quick Takes, p. 195
    Ten clever recipes for chicken cutlets
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 199
  • Cooking With Beans, p. 211
    Delicious dinnertime ideas, plus a tear-and-save reference guide to these healthy staples
  • Nutritional Index, p. 217

Credits, p. 222
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 224
Exclusive savings on grooming supplies

Real Simple to Go, p. 226