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How To Wear a Cocoon Coat

Coats with a cocoon shape are a chic and fresh update on winter wear, but the voluminous silhouette can seem a bit daunting. Here are three quick tips for pulling off the look. 1. The shape of this type of coat is a bit bulky, so they look best over clothing that is slim in the leg, like skinny jeans […]

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A Better Way to Vacuum

Does it feel like you vacuum all the time, but with minimal results? Unless there’s something wrong with your machine, the problem could actually be in your method. If you take the same route with your vacuum every time you clean, it’s time to rethink your strategy. According to Mike Reed, the owner of Austonian Fine Rug and Carpet Care, […]

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The Best Time to Visit the Doctor

Nobody likes going to the doctor, but there are certain appointments that simply can’t–and shouldn’t–be avoided. To ease the pain, book your appointment strategically to minimize in-office wait time.

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How to Rescue an Overdressed Salad

You’ve resolved to eat more salads this year, but oops…you went a little heavy with the dressing. Next time this happens at home, there’s a simple solution. To save your greens from turning into a goopy, soggy mess, just toss them back into your salad spinner for a quick spin. The excess dressing should fly right off. Need some lettuce […]

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Clever Ways to Organize Necklaces

While we’re big fans of using a corkboard to keep our necklaces in order, we were pleasantly surprised when Lisa Anne Kiraly from Lindenhurst, NY, tagged us on Instagram in her genius necklace organizing idea: We took to Twitter to show off her space-saving idea, and a few more Real Simple readers come forward with their jewelry organization secrets: @RealSimple this is […]

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When to Buy a New Bra

If the new year has brought with it a significant flux in your weight, it may be time to get remeasured for a bra. Susan Nethero, the founder of Intimacy, a national chain of lingerie stores, recommends getting refitted for a bra after a gain or loss of ten or more pounds. The variation in weight at that point is […]

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How to Protect Your Face from the Cold

Wonder why your nose tends to get all red after being out in the cold? Blood vessels dilate when the temperature drops. The good news: flushed features should fade soon after you come indoors. To speed up the process, apply a warm (not hot) compress to the skin for a few minutes.

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Don’t Set Your Styling Tool Above This Temperature

If your hair falls victim to extreme dryness and breakage, follow this tip from Chrystofer Benson, artistic director for Matrix, a hair-care line: Go easy on the heat styling. Says Benson, “If your iron has a temperature gauge, never turn it past 410 degrees.” Even if your iron goes above that temperature, keep your dial at medium-high—Benson explains that anything […]

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The Best New Liquid Eyeliner

I’ve used liquid eyeliner as long as I’ve worn makeup (junior high?). It’s what my mom used, and therefore, the medium I mastered. Back then, the only options were liquid liners with those little paint-brush applicators. Now there are the felt-tip marker style, which I think are totally impossible to use. My original favorite was a Lancome liquid liner that […]

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How to Make Your Facebook More Private

If you’d like to review your activity on Facebook, there’s a simple way to see (and, if you’re so inclined, delete­­­) all of the posts and photos you’ve ever had on the social network in one place—it’s called the Activity Log. Facebook gives an in-depth description of the Activity Log and how to use it right here. A particularly useful […]

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