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Real Simple September 2018

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
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editor’s note

ONCE A YEAR, I PRETEND I have a green thumb and get together with neighbors on my block to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs along the curb. It’s a small investment of time, but when the flowers bloom up and down our long, leafy street, the reward is great. I haven’t established deep friendships during these plantings—my neighbors are mostly friendly faces I share a “Hello!” with when we pass on the sidewalk. Still, there’s a reassuring feeling that comes from working together on a common project and seeing results. Being able to add a name after the hello is a bonus. You likely have neighborhood groups like this where you live, so you may know how good it feels to band together to make things better. Some communities have long-established…

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real simple 24/7

MEET MUZAM AGHA PHOTO DIRECTOR AT REAL SIMPLE, MUZAM OVER-SEES PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGHOUT THE PAGES. Memorable photo shoot: “Backyard Bliss” for the July 2018 issue. Shooting in 90-degree heat was definitely memorable. Best photo editing tip: All it takes is cropping, a bit of brightness, and a touch of contrast to make a photo pop. Favorite travel memory: While backpacking through Nicaragua, I stayed at the most beautiful finca. It had been built in a rain forest just below a volcano. @MUZAMAGHA ON INSTAGRAM Organization central We compiled our tips and tricks in one spot so you can transform and streamline any space. Bookmark Your new must-have shoes There are few styles more versatile than the white sneaker: The fresh, clean look matches everything. We rounded up the fashion-forward kicks we love most. See them at Open and tap for decluttering tips. SAVE BIG…

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how do you get your family to help with organization?

Kid-level hooks and shelves allow my kids to put their things away independently.ELIZABETH KNIGHT, WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN With three active teenagers, keeping track of who needs what uniform and what equipment when can be a little overwhelming. Dry erase markers have been our salvation. The kids write their schedules on their bathroom mirrors so they’re reminded of what they need every morning. DEBBIE ESTERAK, AUSTIN, TEXAS I make wristbands from construction paper (or I use soft, flexible plastic with Velcro on the ends for something more durable). I write chores on them and put one on each child’s wrist. They wear them until the chore is done. MITZI SHIRLEY, HOUSTON Start young and make it fun. I also try to set an example for my 6-year-old. I can’t expect her to be organized if I’m…

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the short list

Spy novel In Transcription, the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, a young woman is recruited to MI5 to transcribe conversations between agents and Nazi sympathizers in Britain during World War II. After the war, Juliet works a humdrum job at the BBC and believes the past is behind her when unusual happenings—old colleagues turning up on streets, a threatening note in the mail—can’t be ignored. In Atkinson’s quietly suspenseful novel, nothing is as it seems. Family drama The McCloud siblings have lost everything—first their mother to childbirth, then their father to a Category 5 tornado. Tucker disappears, leaving the eldest, Darlene, to care for her two sisters. Three years later, Tucker, now a radical animal rights activist, reappears after bombing a local cosmetics factory to kidnap his 9-year-old sister, Cora. Told by Darlene…

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upgrade your office

EVERYTHING OUR EDITORS ARE BUZZING ABOUT THIS MONTH No matter your age, September always seems to bring on that anticipatory back-to-school tingle. Why not channel the feeling into a burst of seasonal productivity and give your office a makeover? These streamlined desk accessories get our highest marks. 1 FLOWER POWER These enamel, black-ink rollerball pens are refillable, so they’re sustainable as well as stylish. 2 UP-TO-DATE This hand-screen-printed wall calendar can be used indefinitely. Plus, it’s sleek enough that you’ll want to keep it around for ages. 3 PERFECT PAIR A family-run, fair-trade workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, handcrafts this storage cup and paperweight set. 4 MAKE YOUR MARK Each of these self-inking stamps comes with a voucher for a personalized rubber imprint plate. 5 KEEP IT TOGETHER Add a little joy to sorting your paperwork with sculptural brass…

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pretty smart

YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE THE SLIM With the buttery, matte finish of your favorite leather jacket, this richly pigmented lipstick (available in 16 shades) features a square bullet that defines lips—no liner required. Use the edge to outline your Cupid’s bow, then trace the rest of your lips to enhance their shape before filling them in. ELIZABETH ARDEN RETINOL CERAMIDE CAPSULES LINE ERASING NIGHT SERUM For a perfect, potent dose of retinol, twist off the end of a capsule and smooth the serum onto skin before bed. Ceramides and oils prevent irritation. HERO COSMETICS MIGHTY PATCH INVISIBLE+ Made of highly absorbent hydrocolloid, these thin, clear stickers (wear them during the day—no one will notice) flatten zits and stop you from picking. PANTENE PRO-V CHARCOAL PURIFYING ROOT WASH Charcoal acts as a magnet to degunk your hair and…