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By Real Simple
Updated August 12, 2010
Real Simple

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 30

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 33
    Which outfit makes you feel your best?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 38
    What is the most memorable book you read in school?

Trends Worth Trying

  • Destined to Be a Classic, p. 43
    Sleeveless blazer
  • One for All, p. 44
    Unexpected wire objects
  • The Most Wearable Trend Right Now, p. 46
    Leopard prints
  • Everyday Indulgences, p. 48
    Ultra-luxe lipstick
  • Object of Desire, p. 50
    Copper bird lamp
  • Style Revival, p. 52
    Loafers with a Kick
  • 10 Finds for $50 and Under, p. 54


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 73
    Rebecca Walker on her decision to have just one child
  • Modern Manners, p. 79
    Julie Rottenberg on dealing with friends who dress inappropriately
  • Expertise, p. 85
    The five mistakes everyone should make

The Guide


  • The Color of the Season, p. 93
    Why—and how—to wear red this fall
  • Real Steals, p. 105
    Office-ready pieces, all for less than $100
  • Bootie Buying Guide, p. 121
    A roundup of the best ankle-grazing styles on the market
  • Fit Lab, p. 131
    Cropped pants to flatter every figure





  • Do You Need a Financial Guru?, p. 175
    How to determine if you should hire a money pro—and which kind it should be
  • Moneywise, p. 183
    Save dollars (and time!) hunting for your next pair of jeans; find the cell-phone Internet-access plan that’s right for you; the smartest ways to use airline miles


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p.191
  • Portrait of a Lady, p. 192
    Flattering fashion is back— finally. Just check out these 10 pretty looks
  • Change Your Life, Change Your Look, p. 202
    Meet four women who underwent big life transitions—and got big makeovers to match
  • On a Wing and a Prayer, p. 208
    An intimate look at one woman’s day-to-day fight to save the birds hurt by the Gulf oil spill
  • Artful Ideas for Every Room, p. 214
    Eight inspiring, easy-to-copy ways to adorn your walls


  • The Great Dinner Swap, p. 226
    Weeknight meals just got easier, thanks to this make-and-share system
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 239
    Strategies, techniques, and tips from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 241
    Frozen pizza
  • Quick Takes, p. 244
    Ten ideas for Italian sausage
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 247
  • Secretly Simple, p. 258
    Pita chips
  • Nutritional Index, p. 261

Credits, p. 266
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 270
Exclusive savings on wardrobe organizers

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