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Easy Outfit Idea: T-Shirt Dress

Ditch that denim! For a casual warm-weather look that’s comfortable and pulled-together and that will help you keep your cool, skip the jeans and instead opt for a t-shirt dress and a cute pair of sneakers—perfect for running to the grocery store (or to the beach). Add a cardigan or blazer for cooler days or overly-amped AC. See more spring outfit ideas.

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Easy Cake Decorating Ideas: Flower Toppers

As an avid cake-baker, I’m always looking for ways to make my cake look spectacular. One gorgeous yet surprisingly easy method I love is using flowers as decoration. This is a great way to make your cake colorful without professional-level skills. It doesn’t have to be an entire bouquet, even just one outstanding peony can make a cake look special. […]

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A Spillproof Breakfast in Bed

If mom’s always up and at ‘em making breakfast for the family, surprise her by bringing breakfast to her on her special day (That’s right: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11). Though bacon and eggs would certainly be a treat, a lap full of orange juice… not so much. To avoid a spill, use the fancy-hotel trick: Fill the […]

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How to Make a Manicure Last Longer

Gel nails are the latest in manicure trends because they last an impressive two or even three weeks. That said, they’re not for everyone. If you prefer a “classic” manicure, try these tips from Deborah Lippmann, creator of the Deborah Lippmann nail-care line. (Hint: Patience is your friend.) • Polish needs a smooth surface for the longest-lasting results, so gently […]

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A Quick and Easy Way to Halve Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes can be a delicious addition to any dish or shine alone as a main ingredient. And although they’re super tasty, cutting up large amounts of them up can be a time-consuming affair… That is, until now. With this easy trick, you’ll be able to slice and dice your way through cartons of cherry tomatoes in no time. Just […]

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4 Universally-Flattering Colors

The promised May flowers are here, the sun is shining, and your wardrobe is (finally!) coming out of hibernation. But packing away your all-black outfits can be tricky if you’re uncomfortable adding color to your warm-weather attire. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to get out of your style rut. Leatrice Eiseman, the author of More Alive With Color ($13, […]

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Overcome a Bad Hair Day

Can limp locks, frizz, or other symptoms of a bad hair day affect more than just your style factor? According to an online survey by StyleSeat, an app and website that helps you find and book beauty appointments, 91 percent of women surveyed said having a good hair day makes them feel more confident. Even more reason to tame your tresses? Approximately 19 percent of women surveyed said they’re more productive at work when they experience a good hair day. Another 18 percent are nicer to others.

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New Uses for a Mascara Wand

Here at Real Simple, we’re very fond of New Uses for Old Things. And why not? New Uses for Old Things are ingenious solutions that quite often save you money, too. So you can imagine my thrill over seeing the humble mascara wand used in myriad ways over the last few weeks. Mind you, I’m talking about a clean mascara […]

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Worn-Out Lining? Here’s What to Do.

Your coat, skirt, or handbag may be in top shape from the outside, but if the inner lining is falling apart, you could be in trouble… unless you call in a pro. Yes, a small tear in a dress lining can usually be fixed for less than $10 (yay!), but if the entire interior needs a restoration, replacing it can […]

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A Clutter-Busting Kitchen Tip

When I open up the cabinet adjacent to my stove’s hood, the spices all but fly out at me. At times, they really do come crashing out, forcing a slight pause on dinner prep. Sound familiar?

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