See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated July 14, 2005
White bathroom with clawfoot bathtub and relaxing oils, flowers and candles on a table
Credit: Ellen Silverman


The Changing Room, pg. 29
Few things in life are as constant as change. Whether it's cell-phone carriers or someone's mind, here's how to smooth the transition.

Home Sweet Home, pg. 126
No getaway this year? No problem. Twenty-five ways to unwind, indulge, live it up, and generally bring the vacation home.

Isn't She Lovely, pg. 134
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but three writers discovered that by being themselves they live up to the only beauty standard that counts.

One Vase, Five Ways, pg. 140
Sure, its starts as an empty glass vessel, but wait until you see what it can do. (Hint: Holding flowers is just the beginning.)

The No-Stress Barbecue, pg. 146
Fire up the grill and throw on some sausages for the ultimate no-sweat, sit-back-and-relax summer meal.

In Every Issue

Why Not?, pg. 6

Contributors, pg. 22

Editor’s Note, pg. 24

Credits, pg. 184

Real Simple to Go, pg. 190

Simple Solutions

Products of the Month, pg. 47
An MP3 player that can take a dip; a blender jar that chills drinks for hours; a dog soap that leaves Scratchy feeling soothed.

Easy Upgrade, pg. 50
Lemon aid: four fresh takes on summer's classic beverage.

New Uses for Old Things, pg. 54
Socks take the lifting out of moving; a money clip migrates from his pocket to your purse.

Uncommon Knowledge, pg. 58
What to eat when a medicine bottle says, Take with Food

Fake It, Don't Make It, pg. 60
Fried Chicken Salad

The Guide


  • Shining examples of great lip glosses for every skin tone, pg. 71
  • How to respond to (and ask) those none-of-your-business questions, pg. 89
  • Polo shirts you can wear anywhere, pg. 97


Shopping List/Recipe Index, pg. 156



Thoughts, pg. 4
Small Things

Your Words, pg. 39
How do you make time for fun in the summer?

Paradises Found, pg. 63
Writer Elizabeth Weil on geographic touchstones, the places that make her feel most at home.

Postscript, pg. 188
An excerpt from the essay "House of Love and Bragging," by Aimee Bender.