Your late grandmother’s hat. Your daughter’s first pair of shoes. An out-of-fashion necklace your wore on your wedding day. Sometimes, as impractical as a garment can be, tossing or even donating something of sentimental meaning can be a challenge. If you have one item in particular you’d love to give new life, turn it into a work of art using […]
The Real Simple community is no stranger to new uses. We’ve got new and clever ways to use everything from outdoor items to zippered plastic bags, but here’s one we haven’t heard before: eye cream as a lip gloss.
It’s hard to improve upon good, plain butter. But compound butters (made by mixing softened butter with herbs, citrus zest, pepper, or other spices) are a finishing blast of flavor you’ll want to smear on everything, from just-grilled steak, fish, and vegetables to roasted meats, year-round.
At this point, you’re probably familiar with Tinder (even if you’re not a user), the dating app that lets you swipe one way if you’re interested, the other way if not. Just imagine how easy–and addictive–that would be for shopping. And if you’ve ever used Hukkster, a web tool that lets you store items you want until they go on […]
We all have one. Maybe it’s hidden in the back of a drawer of buried at the bottom of your jewelry box, but you know what I’m talking about: that tangled heap of jewelry that gives you a headache just looking at it.
Have stray grays to cover but not ready for allover color?
Last week, I had the honor and privilege of getting a facial at Just Be, (justbeskinline.com), from owner Negin Niknejad. Often, a professional facial consists of many white clinical-looking bottles and high-tech machinery; they’re all wonderful, but they don’t add up to an experience that can easily be replicated at home. Not so, Negin’s Papaya mask, which was one part […]
As juicy as those berries looked in the carton, they’re not quite as cute when they get on your clothes afterward. Fortunately, there’s a pretty straightforward way to get those blue, purple, and red stains out. For fabric, scrape up any solids, then apply a solution of warm water and dish soap. Remove soap residue with a damp towel and […]
For those who can’t seem to keep flowers alive, high-quality artificial flowers can be a great alternative. Fake flowers need little tending to, but will require cleaning now and then. No matter how real the arrangement looks, once those pretty petals accumulate dust they won’t look at-home with your decor.