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By Real Simple
Updated July 11, 2011
David Prince

Thoughts, p. 6

The Simple List, p. 8

Editor’s Note, p. 19

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 22
    What color do you use most in your decorating and why?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 28
    What book has taught you the most about life?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 51
    Helen Schulman on her long-time habit of counting everything—and the relief she felt when she stopped
  • Modern Manners, P. 56
    Michelle Slatalla on how to turn down child-rearing advice from your parents and in-laws
  • Expertise, P. 61
    Five ways to be a better friend

The Guide


  • Denim, Decoded, p. 71
    The skinny on which jeans are in style now—and which styles are right for you
  • Fit Lab, p. 81
    Athletic shoes




  • Personal Shopper, p. 115
    Classic, affordable furniture that you’ll love to live with
  • The Art of Arranging, p. 125
    How to create beautiful displays around your home using objects that you already have


  • Moneywise, p. 131
    Surprising ways to save on prescription drugs; tips to boost your credit score; the risks of in-app purchasing


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 139
  • One Word: Color, p. 140
    Four gorgeous paint palettes, plus coordinating accents, to make over a room—or your entire home
  • Take a Vacation…From Your Beauty Routine, p. 152
    Low-maintenance summer strategies for hair, nails, and skin
  • My Stove: A Love Story, p. 158
    Susanna Styron shares the surprising emotional rewards of living with a 1950s oven (and repairing it, and repairing it again)
  • It’s the Little Things, p. 162
    Stylish, under-$100 accessories that you can wear now and well into fall


Credits, p. 204
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 208
Exclusive savings for dorm dwellers

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 210