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By Real Simple
Updated August 13, 2013
Christopher Baker

Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 31

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 33
    What is the best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
  • Your Autumn Reading List, p. 37
    New fall page-turners for every reader

The Realist

  • September at a Glance, p. 41
    The end of cursive?
  • Worth Sharing, p. 42
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • Beauty Boost, p. 44
    Light green nail polish
  • New Uses for a Pool Noodle, p. 46
  • Real Simplifier, p. 48
    Social media and job hunting
  • Fresh Pick, p. 50
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 52
  • Now What?!?, p. 54
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Little Helpers, p. 56

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 61
    Jessica Soffer’s secret culinary rebellion—and what caused her to ultimately change course
  • Modern Manners, p. 69
    Catherine Newman addresses neighbor noise complaints, hyphenated last names, and more
  • Expertise, p. 73
    Five ways to handle uncertainty

The Guide


  • Real Steals, p. 79
    Sweet deals on pastels—fall’s coolest trend
  • The New Way to Shop, p. 93
    Innovative tools and savvy tactics to help you snag the best clothes online and in stores


  • Diet vs. Exercise, p. 103
    When it comes to specific goals (dropping a dress size, upping your energy), which will get you there faster?
  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 111
    Ballet-barre workout


  • Pretty Smart, p. 119
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Color Guard, p. 125
    All you need to preserve and protect your hair color, whether it’s natural or not
  • Road Test, p. 130
    Facial cleansers


  • How to Be a Better Learner, p. 133
    Smarter studying strategies for both you and your kids



  • Moneywise, p. 157
    How to cut down on robocalls; the ethics of online reviews; why funny advertising works


  • Six Trends That Never Go Out of Style, p. 164
    Some looks are fleeting; others are in fashion forever. Real Simple celebrates some of the most enduring
  • All the Better to See You With, p. 176
    Smart products and Tips to get gorgeous lashes (and a gorgeous face) fast
  • Smart Measures for Any Space, p. 180
    Designers share the formulas and proportions that they use to make a room feel just right
  • Are You My Mentor?, p. 188
    What they are, why they matter, and how to find one


  • Modern Family, p. 200
    Fresh new ideas for summer’s Big Three: tomatoes, zucchini, and corn
  • Road Test, p. 211
  • Quick Takes, p. 214
    10 ideas for sandwiches
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 217
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 219
  • Simply Sweet, p. 230
    PB&J bars
  • Nutritional Index, p. 231

Credits, p. 233
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 236

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