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David Prince

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 23

Your Words

Trends Worth Trying

  • Destined to Be a Classic, p. 31
    Shatterproof tumblers
  • Five-Minute Wow, p. 32
    Floral barrettes
  • The Most Wearable Trend Right Now, p. 34
    Cool seersucker
  • Object of Desire, p. 36
    Multifaceted necklace
  • 10 Finds Under $50, p. 38

Summer Gift Guide

  • Thank-You Gifts, p. 41
  • Dad Gifts, p. 48
  • Grad Gifts, p. 52
  • Wedding Gifts, p. 54

Life Lessons

  • Life Lessons, p. 61
    Ann Packer on the unexpected heartache of relinquishing car-pool duties
  • Modern Manners, p. 67
    Michelle Slatalla on how to prevent the office from bugging you when you’re on vacation
  • Expertise, p. 71
    Five great things about getting older

The Guide





  • 3 Closet Makeovers, p. 133
    Decluttered, functional, and fabulous: Real Simple transforms real-life closets
  • Personal Shopper, p. 151
    Sophisticated accessories to spruce up your outdoor space
  • Road Test, p. 157


  • Save Big on Summer Travel, p. 161
    Must-know money-saving websites, services, and strategies
  • Moneywise, p. 171
    Insider savings tips from a hotel concierge; how to decide if prepaid debit cards are right for you; decoding a department store’s floor plan for smarter shopping


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 181
  • Object Lessons, p. 182
    Clever ways to display and organize your favorite collections
  • Home, at Last, p. 190
    In the wake of the recent tragedy, an American living in Japan finally realizes she is where she belongs
  • Notice a Pattern?, p. 194
    Learn the tricks to mixing prints—and enliven your style in the process
  • Meet Your Match, p. 202
    Colorful eyes and lips can be bold and beautiful with this foolproof primer


Credits, p. 248
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 252
Exclusive savings on outdoor-entertaining goods

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 253