[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the December 2013 issue of Real Simple.] You would think that I’d know this about myself by now, but it recently hit me that I have self-destructive tendencies. Does this ever happen to you? You find an ambitious home-improvement job and think, I can do that! Then a friend asks you […]
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It’s that time of year again—when you want to enjoy holiday music on your own terms, and no longer be at the mercy of radio stations to play your favorite songs. Fortunately, you’ve got many options. A few of our cost-free picks: If you know exactly what you want to hear: Spotify Love a very specific version of “The Christmas […]
If you’re travelling this holiday season, it might be time to rethink your luggage choice. According to a recent study conducted by T.J. Maxx and and Marshalls, the majority of travelers own black luggage, making it easy to confuse your bag for someone else’s at baggage claim.
[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the November 2013 issue of Real Simple.] The other night I saw the documentary Deceptive Practice, about the life and work of Ricky Jay. In one scene, the magician describes spending a hot California afternoon on a bench with one of his mentors observing men who were about to enter a […]
Styling your hair into an updo is no small feat—and that’s why it’s so disappointing when your hard work literally falls apart mere hours later. Here’s how to make your style last… perhaps even up to the next day (which is an excellent excuse for going out twice). According to Kristan Serafino, a celebrity stylist in New York City, start […]
Ever feel tempted to cram a box of pasta into a questionably small pot in order to save both boiling time and space in the dishwasher? Here’s a good reason to not to, beyond just broken noodles. By overwhelming the pot, there’s a good chance your pasta will end up sticky and gummy. “When you add pasta to a small […]
A quick reminder: If you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings time, it ends Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to turn your clock back one hour—hello, extra hour of sleep! If you’re looking to seize the extra time, check out our ultimate to-do list. (But shut-eye is an excellent way of celebrating, too.)
Does this scene sound familiar? It’s been a long day away from home, and the first thing you do is drop all of your bags and miscellaneous junk as close to the door as humanly possible. Before you know it, “entryway” has become synonymous with “clutter”—we’ve all been there. According to Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., clinical director of the Bio Behavioral […]
When you pull up to the gas station in your own car, you may not even have to think about whether the tank is on the left or the right side. But if you’re renting or borrowing a car, this quick trick will save you from anxiously craning your neck out the window in search of the gas tank before you fill up (we’ve all been there).