elinorsmith
As the assistant fashion editor at Real Simple, Elinor writes and does market work for the magazine. She's also responsible for the product featured in RealSimple.com's Fashion Daily Finds every Thursday. Every aspect of her job allows her to fully embrace her longtime love for all things fashion-related. (She vividly remembers carefully choosing which of her many hair bows matched her outfit best at age four.)

Born and raised in Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Elinor left her Southern roots five years ago to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an editor. A resident of downtown Manhattan, she loves to scour the area for the best clothing shops - and the best restaurants. (Food is her second passion.) Though she loves New York and all it has to offer, she remains true to her heritage - meaning the way to her heart will always be a bowl of shrimp and grits (enjoyed while wearing a very cute outfit, of course).

Recent Posts By elinorsmith

The Insider’s Guide to Shoe Shopping

On the hunt for new shoes this season? Here’s a list of what you should be looking for while you shop, courtesy of famed shoe designer Anyi Lu. (Lu has been designing shoes that feature both supreme Italian construction and modern-day comfort technology for more than five years now. Check out some of her latest styles here.) Happy shopping! 1. […]

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The Limited Launches a Plus-Size Line!

Now here’s some amazing news for all of my plus-size women out there: The Limited has just launched an incredibly stylish, incredibly well-priced line just for you. Introducing eloquii by The Limited. The creation was inspired by plus-size women themselves, who made their frustrations known about the lack of fashionable clothing options available. (Sound familiar?) In the debut collection, you’ll […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Cycling

After enjoying my fair share of spin classes over the years, I finally decided to start exercising on a bike of my own a couple of months ago. So far, biking on the open roads hasn’t disappointed me—in fact, it’s simplified my life. It satisfies my need for cardio, and it happens to be a great mode of transportation—not to […]

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A Roundup of Great BCA Products

It’s only mid-October, which means you still have a chance to buy great products to support Breast Cancer Awareness. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite finds below. Check ‘em out now! Stella & Dot “Tribute” Bracelet The Deal: Treat yourself (or a friend) to this stylish bracelet ($36, stellaanddot.com), and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to The […]

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Denim News

I’ve rounded up four pretty amazing products and sites to serve all of your denim-related needs. Check them out, and let me know what piques your interest! 1. Hem Gems Here is truly a revolutionary product: These “gems” resemble pushpins and are designed to neatly tack hems into place. Better—and cuter—than double-sided tape, they’re also perfect for jeans that you’ll […]

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Black and Blue

This post is dedicated to a reader who recently wrote in about having a closet full of black—with a little bit of navy blue here and there. She was wondering how to mix the two. First, everyone should forget the “rules” when it comes to wearing black. The two biggest misconceptions in fashion is that black doesn’t go with brown, […]

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Tell Me Your Fashion Problems!

Attention, Real Simple readers! I want to dedicate this post to your needs and questions, and therefore, I want to know all about your fashion emergencies, such as…. What’s the one piece of clothing you’re dying to pull off but have no idea how to? Do you want to break out of any given fashion rut? If so, what is […]

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Day 4: A Southern-Inspired Chicken Dinner

Today’s recipe, Chicken with Potatoes, Bacon, and Cabbage, was prepared by Elinor Smith, Real Simple’s assistant fashion editor and fashion blogger. I was excited to cook a recipe from Real Simple’s Month of Dinners for the second year in a row–especially one that seemed reminiscent of my childhood, which consisted of many hearty Southern meals. I headed to the grocery […]

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The Top Trends to Shop for This Fall

There are tons of trends out there that can either make or break your fall wardrobe. Here, I’ve picked eight great ones to home in on as you peruse the racks this season, with tips on how to wear them (so they don’t wear you). Trend #1: Leather Calvin Klein Collection F/W 2011 runway (photo courtesy of style.com) What to […]

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Pant Perfection

I’m excited to announce some new and noteworthy news from two of America’s most accessible, well-known stores: Coldwater Creek and Lane Bryant. Both brands have recently introduced some handy pants-related fit tips and merchandise that will make it easy (yes, easy!) for you to find something to flatter your lower half. After over two years of design and development, Coldwater […]

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