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Real Simple August 2019

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

DOES IT HAVE A POOL?” “No, but it’s on the beach.” “Like too on the beach, like loud on the beach?” “No, it’s set back, and near the museum.” “But walkable to the museum?” “Here, you look,” my husband sighs, handing me the iPad. Taking a vacation is wonderful. Planning a vacation is…often something else. But it’s worth the effort. Let me repeat: It is worth the effort, even though packing is also a pain and it can be hard to get away from work and who’s going to take care of the cat? Because vacation is when we encounter new ideas, when we hit reset, when we connect with our family or friends. It often produces our most cherished memories: I’ll never forget my daughter joyfully bounding through the…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET LISA DESANTIS BEAUTY EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLE Most frequently used item in my makeup bag: Charlotte Tilbury’s Sexy Lips lipstick. Currently reading: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. Most recent purchase: A bunch of summer dresses from ASOS. Best gift I’ve ever received: An engraved Cartier bracelet from my dad. @LISA_DESANTIS_ON INSTAGRAM Easy Treat Our three-ingredient pineapple soft serve is delightfully dairy-free (and delicious). Get the recipe at realsimple.com/softserve. 6 Decluttering Essentials Tidy up your home in a hurry with these clever tools that will help organize your messiest piles and rooms—once and for all. Read more at realsimple.com/decluttering. Open and tap for our favorite reads. PLANTS THAT PURIFY Houseplants are more than a decorating staple. Breathe easier at home with these six pretty plants that act as natural air purifiers. Shop the plants at realsimple.com/cleanair. LIKE IT OR LEAVE IT In our new IGTV video series, Real Simple editors put top-rated gadgets and…

3 min.
your words

#RSLOVE “SOMETIMES I BUY PRODUCE JUST BECAUSE IT’S PRETTY!” @PASSMESOMETASTY I like to clean out the fridge and do all my meal planning for the week after we return. I then set up a grocery order to be delivered the night we get home. It is such a relief to have dinner ready to go so I can relax and focus on getting us settled back into our routines. ALLISON FAHEY, LINCOLN, NEBRASKA Turn off the main water supply so there are no wet surprises upon return.LINDA ZANGRILLI, JEFFERSON HILLS, PENNSYLVANIA I pack laundry bags for my kids to put their dirty clothes in. Not only is everything separated by child, but it all goes straight to the laundry room for washing. PAULA NEWMAN, TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY Pre-kids: Clean the house. Post-toddler: Take out trash. @KILEYMNICHOLS I arrange…

2 min.
the short list

Portrait of Friendship Elizabeth Ames’s impressive debut, The Other’s Gold, follows the lives of Alice, Ji Sun, Lainey, and Margaret, who are assigned as roommates at a Harvard-esque college and forge an immediate, intense friendship. As they navigate college and then parenthood, their seemingly unbreakable bond is tested by a mistake each woman makes. Ames’s well-drawn characters and startling prose will linger with you. Helpful Guide Many of us probably want to buy a little more ethically and sustainably when it comes to our clothes. But it can be hard to move away from fast-fashion habits, purge closets, and distinguish between authentic and deceptive marketing. Let Elizabeth L. Cline be your guide to shopping better—whether you’re a minimalist or a fashionista—in her reassuring, resource-filled book, The Conscious Closet. Unique Memoir In The Yellow House, Sarah…

2 min.
in the bag

An upgraded version of the standard-issue brown-paper lunch sack, this reusable cotton-canvas bag is treated with water-resistant beeswax and comes in 19 colors. TO BUY: Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag, $24; waamindustries.com. 1 GOOD TO GO This trio of dishwasher- and microwave-safe utensils nestle together for easy transport. TO BUY: Reusable Travel Flatware, $14; anthropologie.com. 2 DRINK UP This well-insulated water bottle has a straw built right into the spout. Every purchase helps support water projects in developing countries. TO BUY: Ashbury Bottle, $35; avana.com. 3 THAT’S A WRAP Coated in beeswax, this canvas wrapper can be used in lieu of disposable plastic wrap or sandwich baggies. TO BUY: Sandwich Wrap, $11; beeswrap.com. 4 SHAPE-SHIFTER When you’re not using this 16-ounce cup—which works for hot or cold beverages—it collapses into a two-inch disk. TO BUY: Biggie Cup, $20; stojo.co. 5…

2 min.
think like a designer

Mandi Gubler Pro DIY-er and founder of the lifestyle site Vintage Revivals START WITH COMMUNAL AREAS If you want to update your space, begin wherever your household spends the most time. You’ll maximize enjoyment and get motivated to keep going. A kitchen renovation can be a big undertaking, so the living room might be a great place to start. INCORPORATE COLOR STRATEGICALLY Color is like a budget: If you blow it all on a lime green wall, you have to be stingy about using color elsewhere in the room. Instead, I like to go with a neutral shade on the walls and bring in color through the accent pieces, like ceramics, artwork, and rugs. USE PLANTS TO REFRESH A SPACE Plants provide a relatively inexpensive way to make a statement. My favorite is the rubber plant because…