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Real Simple November 2020

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a thoughtful letter from libbie

A FEW WEEKS ago, Libbie, a concerned reader from Southern California, wrote me a thoughtful letter asking why she hadn’t seen more articles in Real Simple addressing the pandemic, social justice, civic duty, or climate change. It struck a particularly strong chord with me. My job as editor in chief is to find the right voice for the brand and a balance of content that pleases our readers. In August, I wrote my editor’s column on books I’ve been reading, and on how that endeavor related, for me, to the social justice reckoning brought about by George Floyd’s death. Many readers responded enthusiastically to my feelings (and were happy to see that my views aligned with their own), while many others expressed dismay that there was any mention of current events…

1 min
real simple 24/7

MEET LINA LEGARE DESIGNER AT REAL SIMPLE Coziest thing in your home: Everything! I’m a self-proclaimed cozy minimalist. Most recent purchase: A Great Jones Dutch oven. I’m a big believer in having the right tools for the job. My job: delicious chicken stock. Best trip to date: Spain, because of all the food and sunshine. Favorite seasonal dish: My mom’s lebkuchen cookies taste like the holidays. @LINALEGAREON INSTAGRAM How to Carve a Turkey Our step-by-step video guarantees everyone gets the cut they crave. See how easy it can be at realsimple.com/carveturkey. Memorable Host Gifts A candle is always nice, but an agate cheese board or velvet slippers will really stand out. Find something special at realsimple.com/hostgifts. Open and tap for fall fashions. PREP YOUR HOME FOR GUESTS These simple touches will make your friends feel so relaxed, they’ll want to move in. Get ideas at realsimple.com/guestroom. PINTEREST @REALSIMPLE TWITTER @REALSIMPLE SNAPCHAT @REALSIMPLEMAG FACEBOOK…

3 min
describe your fall mood board this year.

Chunky sweaters + big books + hygge vibes. @TRAVELMEPRETTY #RSLOVE “THIS YEAR, I’M INSPIRED BY SOFT, NEUTRAL COLORS, COZY TEXTILES, ALL THE WARM SPICES, AND A TOUCH OF WHIMSY.” @EMILYJEANNEANDCO The color of falling leaves and the smell of homemade soups. Today I got a teal slow cooker for vegetable soups after brisk walks outside. PAT SMITH, SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND Planting surprises for spring, planning trips for next year, manifesting big changes in this country in 2021, and praying for all those who have suffered. @JENNIBERGIRL Third-day hair. @THE.MEGAN.SHOW Soft colors, cuddly fabrics. Everything smooth and flowing. Maybe bread pudding. KATHY KOEHLER Cautiously optimistic. @ITSBENTHOMPSON Face masks, hand sanitizer, recipes for pumpkin spice lattes, cozy pajamas, and crafting with my children. MARCIE KAUFMAN, LARCHMONT, NEW YORK Going with the flow. Because of so much uncertainty, I’m taking a day-to-day attitude toward planning and living. DONNA WILLIAMS TURNER,…

2 min
“we’re still lucky in a million ways”

THANKSGIVING is pretty much always the same. Maybe that’s the whole point: familiar comfort (bourbon-infused cranberry sauce, corn pudding, Brussels sprouts with bacon) even as, over the years, the guest list swells, the babies somehow turning into teens. Some years, our celebration is huge, with everyone crowded into the living room, plates on laps and infants drinking bottles. Other years, we set the table with our inherited china for adults and kids alike. Regardless, what I love most about Thanksgiving is there’s no giving of gifts, and at our house there’s no forced recitation of what we’re grateful for. We all know we’re lucky in a million ways. We have more than we need, we’re always fed, and we’re surrounded by our people. Maybe the dinner conversation itself—catching up, lamenting the…

1 min
tasteful table

SIP, SIP, HOORAY During cocktail hour, you’ll love this coupe’s vintage-inspired etchings. At the end of the night, you’ll love that it’s dishwasher safe. TO BUY: Agnes Etched Coupes, $13 each; crateandbarrel.com. 1 A FRESH PAIR Sleek and minimal, these hand-forged serving utensils modernize a holiday tablescape. TO BUY: Streamlined Serving Set, $28; anthropologie.com. 2 GOOD GOURD! This classically autumnal ceramic dish, perfect for a mini potpie or stew, goes from oven to table. TO BUY: Staub Stoneware Pumpkin Cocotte, $30; williams-sonoma.com. 3 POSH POUR This matte gold vessel has the elegant look and timeless silhouette of a family heirloom. TO BUY: Mepra Italian Aladino Gravy Boat, from $138; food52.com. 4 GOLD PLATING Mismatched dinnerware, inspired by place settings in bygone hotels and diners, ups the retro factor. TO BUY: Fishs Eddy Gilded Dinnerware, from $10.50; westelm.com. 5 TEXTILE TUNE-UP Swap…

2 min
what should i read next?

Addictive Short Stories Danielle Evans’s The Office of Historical Corrections is a powerful novella and short-story collection that zeroes in on transformative moments for various characters—like when a white college student discovers that a photo of herself in a Confederate-flag bikini has gone viral. The result is a piercing look at race and culture, revealing how we all must reckon with our personal and shared histories. Love for the Ages I’ll Be Seeing You is Elizabeth Berg’s memoir of moving her parents out of their home and into assisted living due to her father’s Alzheimer’s. It beautifully recounts her mom and dad’s final years while sharing the story of their seven-decade romance. This is Berg’s loving portrait of her family over time, and a bracingly honest exploration of the emotions that arise when…