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By Real Simple
Updated June 14, 2011
July 2011 Cover image of 9 meals.
Credit: Sang An

Thoughts, p. 2

The Simple List, p. 6

Editor’s Note, p. 25

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 27
    Where is the best place you’ve ever gone on vacation?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 30
    What is your favorite beach read?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 57
    J. Courtney Sullivan on how a “miracle” altered her views on faith and humanity
  • Modern Manners, p. 63
    Michelle Slatalla on when to pick up the phone instead of sending a text or e-mail
  • Expertise, p. 66
    Five ways to tell if someone is lying

The Guide




  • Tail Spin, p. 105
    New takes on the go-to ponytail, for three hair lengths
  • Road Test, p. 111
    Hair removers



  • Moneywise, p. 127
    Secrets to saving on your next haircut; whom to tip (and how much) this summer; the ins and outs of unsubscribing from e-mail lists


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 135
  • Elegant, Exquisite, Easy, p. 136
    The foolproof guide to creating fabulous flower arrangements
  • The Woman Who Changed My Life, p. 144
    Five women pay tribute to the individuals who gave them strength, purpose, and support when they needed it most
  • Shift Into Neutral, p. 150
    For an effortless, sophisticated look, just mix shades of white, cream, and beige
  • Silence, p. 158
    The world is louder than ever, and your health can suffer because of it. How to turn those noises off for peace of mind—and body


Credits, p. 199
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 202
Exclusive savings on travel accessories

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 204