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Real Simple March 2021

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 Issues

in this issue

2 min
when my beauty team says it works…

BANGS, A HIGH PONYTAIL, dark nails. I’m someone who finds a look she likes and sticks with it. Like, forever. I’ve done my own nails since my teens—the manicure gods blessed me with two equally steady hands. For a decade, I did French tips with white and Ballet Slippers pink Essie polishes. But when I moved to New York City, I wanted (as one does) to bring a little more edge to my look. A beauty editor handed me OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, and I immediately fell for the almost-black purpleness of it. That was 20 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. My father once asked me, well into my adulthood, why I didn’t get a hairstyle, since whenever he saw me, my hair was pulled back like a cheerleader’s. Because…

1 min
real simple everywhere

ON YOUR EARBUDS Money Podcast Subscribe and listen to our new podcast, Money Confidential. Host Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez and financial pros offer real-world saving strategies and investment advice. IN YOUR HOME Real Simple Stacks “Really wish I had a day to just do this. Catch up on pod-casts and my growing stack of unread magazines,” wrote @christybgraves on Instagram. Snap a pic of your own stack and tag it #rseverywhere. Your photo may appear in print. IN THE KITCHEN Satisfying Soup Recipes Ladle everyone up a bowl of comfort—and dinner. Find a gallery of crowd-pleasing recipes at realsimple.com/soup. ON YOUR BOOKSHELF Our Decluttering Bookazine Tidy up once and for all with our whole-house guide, Organizing Room by Room. The tips save time and aggravation, so you can peacefully purge your place. BEHIND THE SCENES Susan Choi NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER @susanmchoi Ideal writing setup: Anywhere outside my…

3 min
what compliment would you give yourself?

#RSLOVE “Cheering you on! You’re a proud daughter of immigrants, you’re ambitious in business, and you care for the ones you love. Échale ganas!” @ANTIGUAFLORAL For sharing this photo with us, @antiguafloral will receive our new special edition, The Power of Less. If you want your picture to be considered, tag photos on Instagram with #rslove. “You’re an excellent listener, and you use what you hear to encourage people.”MELISSA STILLMAN, ORLANDO, FLORIDA I am smart and sassy and will always stand up for myself. Oh, you asked for just one. CARRIE MATTISON, LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NEW JERSEY My 59-year-old self would say, “You don’t look a day over 50!” PAULINE BOYD, MINNEAPOLIS “Practice has paid off on your cooking skills.” @THUMPHEY I am a balaboosta. This is a Yiddish term of endearment that means “perfect homemaker.” While I am far from…

2 min
a loo that’s a looker

FINE LINES Bold pattern, unexpected colors, reversible—these vibrant, cotton-terry hand and bath towels are pure, clean fun. TO BUY: Set of Stripe Towels, $132; dusendusen.com. 1 TISSUES INCOGNITO Upgrade a standard tissue box with a colorful, leather-trimmed wool cover. TO BUY: Tissue Box Cover, $48; graf-lantz.com. 2 MIRÓ-LIKE MAT Your toes will love stepping out of the tub and onto this artsy bath mat. It’s 100 percent cotton with a fluffy pile. TO BUY: Cool Breeze Bathmat, $60; coldpicnic.com. 3 KEEP IT CONTAINED Store cotton swabs and pads in sleek, swirly canisters. TO BUY: Ceramic Marble Patterned Canisters, from $7; homegoods.com for stores. 4 ART OPENING This long-lasting canvas shower curtain is made from cotton that’s grown, milled, dyed, and sewn in the U.S. TO BUY: Pacifica Shower Curtain, $198; quiettownhome.com. 5 DYNAMIC DUO To freshen up the powder room, try…

2 min
a studio that inspires

Meet the Owner DANIELLE NAGEL Bold colors don’t intimidate Danielle, who founded the clothing line Dazey LA and the interior design firm Dazey Den. While some creatives prefer to work in a white box for its lack of visual noise, Danielle has painted her entire Los Angeles apartment—including her home office—in cheery hues. All that color fills her space with energy, she says, and she feeds off it as she sits at her easel. She also gets inspiration from meaningful art, including her grandmother’s pastels and some vintage finds. To set up your own little happy place for working or making, try Danielle’s best tips. Get the Look HANG ECLECTIC ART For an interesting gallery wall, include different media, like framed prints, macramé, and canvases. Select an anchor piece, lay it on the floor, and…

2 min
the books list

Book Club Winner Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman is a sharp, irresistibly fun fictional look at college admissions. Three moms—a frantic PTA type, a renowned tech exec, and her down-to-earth assistant—will stop at nothing to ensure the success of their daughters, who attend an elite Seattle private school. You’ll quickly align yourself with one side while relishing the downfall of the other. There’s lots of fodder for talks about how insanely far parents will go to get those coveted acceptance letters. Fast-Paced Thriller Emma is a well-respected doctor who loves her work and her doting detective husband. But when their young son is diagnosed with cancer, an expensive treatment is their only hope. Out of desperation, Emma turns to selling opioids to pay for it. Do No Harm…