See what was in this issue of Real Simple.
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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