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Real Simple March 2019

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editor’s note

I HAVE A BIT of a love-hate relationship with shopping. I relish the adventure of the hunt: I still remember my dad combing the classifieds over Saturday breakfasts for promising garage sales. Then off we’d go, searching for castoffs that would become our treasures. Afterward, my dad would tally the results: “This jacket? Fiiiiive dollars!” “A sports coat with the tags still on—he threw it in for free!” I think the sellers enjoyed seeing their items go to such enthusiastic people.But the emotions involved in fraught purchases make me a little crazy sometimes. Early in our marriage, my husband asked why I was keeping a very worn pink wool sweater around. I explained that I could still hear my tenaciously frugal mom warning me in the Younkers department-store dressing room:…

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real simple 24/7

MEET LAUREN PHILLIPSASSOCIATE DIGITAL EDITOR AT REALSIMPLE.COMGo-to recipe: A chocolate chip cookie recipe I tore from the pages of Real Simple back when I was in high school.Most recent purchase: Several pairs of fleece-lined tights. My wardrobe was not prepared for my first winter in the north.Coziest item in my home: My bed—I have eight pillows and two duvets piled on top of it. I take sleeping comfortably very seriously.@LAUREN.C.PHILLIPS ON INSTAGRAMEasy declutteringTransform your kitchen into a stylish yet functional space with our seven low-effort organizing tips.Read the how-tos at real Simple ShopIn the mood to score some serious deals? Browse our Real Simple Shop for the best online finds you need to better your home, pantry, closet, and makeup bag.View the products at tapfor slow-cooker recipes.SAINT PATRICK’S DAY…

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what shopping tricks do you swear by?

When you finally find those elusive perfect pants, buy two pairs.@SURF_SONG#RSLOVE“THINK ABOUT THE FUNCTION A SPACE SERVES FOR EASIER ORGANIZING.” @URBANSIMPLICITYShop your pantry before shopping at the grocery store! Pick out the unusual or bulky item that’s been around forever and plan a meal around it.HAYLEY BARRON, DALLASI hold every piece of clothing in my hand and ask out loud, “Want or need?” I feel foolish, but it keeps me honest. The answer is rarely “need,” and so I save lots of money.NANCY HERRICK, GLENDALE, WISCONSINNever go grocery shopping hungry!KELLY HANSON, ROCHESTER, NEW YORKI always start at the back of the store. That’s usually where the sale items are, and you can find some real treasures tucked away back there!BARB KNAPIC, WOOSTER, OHIOFind a friend or two who have the…

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the short list

Magical storyHarriet Lee is raising her daughter, Perdita, and navigating the school’s parents association. Her life is pretty typical of a London mom’s except for the fact that the dolls in her apartment talk, she’s from a country that doesn’t exist, and she bakes a powerful gingerbread that connects her to home and her childhood friend Gretel. Helen Oyeyemi’s wholly original Gingerbread is a modern fairy tale about family history and legacy.Moving memoirAfter the sudden death of her father, Katie Arnold starts spiraling as she reflects on his decision to leave his family when she was little. To cope, Arnold, an on-and-off runner, turns back to the trails, conquering longer and longer distances. Running Home is, as the name implies, a memoir about the sport. But it’s also an inspiring…

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what we love

1 IN THE BAGWith its removable faux-fur lining for easy cleanup, you won’t mind toting Fido around in this carryall.TO BUY: We Are Tight bag, $198; your pet’s profile with a range of frames.2 WORK OF ARTUpload a profile image of your pet, and Minted’s designers will turn it into a custom silhouette available in a rainbow of colors.TO BUY: Custom pet silhouette art, from $32; CHIC SLUMBERAn unexpectedly stylish take on a dog bed, this version is handmade from elephant grass and comes with a plush cushion for ample support.TO BUY: Bear dog bed, from $125; WEATHER IT OUTProtect your furry friend from rain and wind on drizzly walks with this hooded zip-up slicker.TO BUY: Nylon Rainbreaker, from $58; FORTUNE-TELLERThis felt toy comes with a…

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pretty smart

FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA STUNNA LIP PAINT IN UNBUTTON, UNCUFFED, AND UNVEILThis sponge-tip, long-wear liquid lipstick takes the guesswork out of finding your ideal nude. Unbutton (a peachy nude) looks gorgeous on lighter skin tones. Uncuffed (a rosy mauve) stuns on medium shades, while Unveil (chocolate brown) dazzles on darker complexions. Just swipe and smile. TO BUY: $24 each;’ORÉAL PARIS UNLIMITED MASCARA IN BLACKEST BLACKThe wand bends at its stem, creating the perfect angle to target tiny hairs at the inner corners without any smudging. Use it straight to lift and lengthen the rest of your lashes. TO BUY: $13; at drugstores.Instead of using extreme heat to smooth hair, it uses air.DYSON AIRWRAP STYLER COMPLETEWith a price tag so steep, we rolled our eyes—until we tried it. It dries,…