Real Simple

Real Simple February 2020


Real Simple magazine provides smart, practical, beautiful solutions to make life easier—every single day. Each inspiring issue is packed with fast and delicious recipes, organizing and decorating ideas, great fashion and beauty finds, money-saving tips, and more. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

United States
Meredith Corporation
12 期号


editor’s note

I Found a Way to Make a Great Book Last EVER SINCE I could hold a book in my hands, I’ve been a passionate reader, and I love working at a magazine that fully leans into the pastime of reading. Around when I became editor here, I discovered the book that would be my favorite of 2019. It was long, though, and my life was unusually jam-packed. But the novel was about trees—one of my favorite subjects. Funny thing, timing. The Overstory by Richard Powers tells the stories of nine Americans who are drawn into deep and interesting relationships with trees. Each character arc is so distinct and powerful, and the writing is so beautiful, that I am gladly rationing myself a story a month because I don’t want the book to…

real simple 24/7

MEET LESLIE CORONA SENIOR ASSOCIATE HOME EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLE Podcast of choice: Spilled Milk, a hilarious podcast about food. It’s a total mood lifter. Most-used item in my makeup bag: Benefit Cosmetics eyebrow powder. Good brows make all the difference. Bucket list item: Running five marathons by the time I’m 30. I’m getting there—just two more to go! @LESLIE_CORONA_ON INSTAGRAM How to Organize Your Closet in 30 Minutes Flat Don’t waste an entire Saturday purging and folding! Make quick work of clothing clutter. Get the steps at 48 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Boyfriend or Husband Is he a techie, a jock, or a pro in the kitchen? Does he like unusual things (like a beef jerky bouquet)? We’ll help you get just the thing for him. Find your perfect gift at Open and tap for Super Bowl snacks. REAL SIMPLE TIPS Say “Alexa, open Real Simple…

your words

“Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae. It warms my heart and puts a smile on my face. @ILIANITA_DJ #RSLOVE “I REALLY LOVED THIS PUMPKIN SPICE POUND CAKE. WASN’T SURE HOW IT WOULD TURN OUT, BUT IT WAS THE BOMB!” @AWKWARD_CHICKEN Norah Jones’s “Come Away with Me.” I listened to the song during a really difficult time in my life to help me sleep. Now, 12 years later, it instantly makes me relax. MELISSA MILLER, MIDDLEVILLE, MICHIGAN “As” and “Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder. They’ll always remind me of my mother and make me want to dance, even on the hardest days. @LITA_MARISSA Any oldies song, but especially “Take It Easy” by the Eagles and “Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel. I would listen to them on the radio…

the short list

5 New Books You’ll Love TOP PICKS FOR EVERY TASTE Juicy Read Kathleen West’s Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes is a page-turning romp about competitive parenting and how easily scandals blow up online and IRL. Helicopter mom Julia is all too eager to score an invite to a private Facebook group for high school parents and pile on a teacher accused of pushing a political agenda. But soon—inevitably and hilariously—that same group comes for her. Moving Memoir After her wealthy industrialist father died, Ariana Neumann found a small box of his letters and papers, including his boyhood photo ID—printed with a name she didn’t recognize. In her evocative memoir, When Time Stopped, Neumann discovers her Jewish roots and pieces together the incredible, heartbreaking family history her father never told her. History for Everybody Biographies of our founding…

an indoor edit

MOVING PARTS The colorful graphics will keep guests inspired. The 500 pieces will keep them chatting, challenged, and collaborating. TO BUY: Dusen Dusen Stack Pattern Puzzle, $25; 1 RAINBOW COLLECTION Upgrade your game of hearts with a deck that trades the red and black suits for an ombré range of colors. TO BUY: Playing Cards, $13; 2 THE ALL CLEAR There’s no need to put this game away when you’re done playing. The acrylic rack is pretty enough to keep on display. TO BUY: Sunnylife Lucite 4-in-a-Row Game, $120; 3 BIG-SCREEN TIME Point this cardboard projector at a blank wall and the whole group can watch what’s on your phone. TO BUY: Vintage Copper Smartphone Projector, $30; 4 MAGIC MARKERS Stylish felt hexagons that slip onto wineglass stems are like the champagne of drink charms.…

pretty smart

Get Petal-Soft Skin PLUS SEVEN OTHER BEAUTY BUYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR ROUTINE Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar Tulips have a superpower: They can hold their weight in water. So it stands to reason that tulip complex is the key ingredient in this skin-quenching ointment-to-serum formula. Use it on your face or apply to dry spots on hands and elbows. TO BUY: $65; GENIUS FLOSS Quip Metal Refillable Floss The elegant little dispenser adds some much-needed glamour to flossing. The string is marked so you can cut the dentist-recommended 18 inches without guesswork. TO BUY: $20; DREAM CREAM IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream Your skin’s cell turnover peaks at night—and this bouncy, moisture-boosting cream is right there to help it along, with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and line-minimizing adenosine. TO BUY: $54; ECO PACKAGING Victoria Beckham Beauty…