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5 Totes to Get You Through Summer

On the hunt for that elusively perfect warm-weather bag? Whether your style is classic, casual, cool, or crafty, keep your eyes out for a tote that is roomy enough for all of your beach or pool essentials, but pretty enough for weekend errands around town, and you’ll be set for summer. See more stylish summer accessories.

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The Absolute Best $10 Drugstore Beauty Buys

Every day, loads of high-price products are sent my way for testing purposes—for potential coverage in Real Simple. You could call what I do important investigative work in the name of our readers, or an embarrassment of riches. The truth is, I’m a drugstore girl (and plenty of these products are sent to me daily, too, only they don’t elicit the same […]

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How To Layer Necklaces

Statement pieces are great, but a carefully layered collection of necklaces really carries a personal impact. Here are a few simple tips to help you mix and match. 1. Create a graduated effect by mixing shorter, daintier pieces with longer, larger pendants. 2. Add a distinctly personal touch with an initial, a zodiac sign, or a charm that carries meaning […]

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The Best Ice Cream, Ever

Homemade ice cream is magical. Once a summer, at my grandma and granddad’s house in Missouri, where there were enough cousins to take turn churning the old hand crank, we made the world’s most perfectly creamy vanilla ice cream. Weeks later, following our return home to Illinois, nostalgia would set in, and my dad would haul out our own hand-crank […]

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Game-Changer: A Hat With Built-In Sun Protection

  Sunscreen is a necessity for summer activities, but this season try upping the ante (and your SPF) with a sun hat with built in UV protection. San Diego Hat Company has introduced hats with a built-in UPF (that stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+, for a chic beach option that shields you from both the glare and the dangerous […]

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An Easy Way to Book a Beauty Appointment On-the-Go

It’s usually not my policy to blog about something unless it is nationally available. But I’ll break with form for Priv, an on-demand beauty services provider, because it’s just such a good idea that the world needs to know about it. Plus, the company is expanding…and will hopefully be available wherever you are soon. But I digress. The concept is simple […]

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How To Master The “Half-Tuck”

If you’ve seen a J. Crew ad lately, you’ve seen the “half-tuck”—it’s that just-this-side-of-undone-but-obviously-deliberate way of tucking in a shirt or blouse that gives off effortless style vibes. Here’s how to achieve it without looking like you just rolled out of bed: • If you’re wearing a buttoned shirt, just tuck in one flap. Tucking in the side with the holes (as […]

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Highlighter How-Tos

Highlighters are one of those cosmetics that I’ve written about a million times but never really used until recently. I’ve always found they make me look more greasy than glow-y. But then I discovered two highlighters that changed my outlook figuratively and literally. The first is BeneFit Ooh La Lift ($22, Sephora). I’ve started to place a dab of it in […]

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A Free App for Making Healthy Choices

Sure, you may read all about eating healthy on the go, but when you’re out and about—and hungry—it’s easy to forget which items are actually the best choices for you. Fortunately, the (free!) Google Search app takes the guesswork out of it and lets you compare the nutritional value of virtually any two foods. Just press the mic on your […]

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A Better Alternative to Rain Boots

There’s nothing wrong with a galosh, but with April showers upon us it’s a good time to think about stepping up your waterproof game. Rain boots don’t have to be that classic, clunky shape; they now come in all kinds of silhouettes so you don’t have to sacrifice your outfit to the weather gods. Try out one of these options […]

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