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Pro Tricks for Making Your Swimsuit Last Longer

If you’ve taken the plunge this season and invested in a pricey bathing suit—or even if you just want to keep your trusty stand-by in rotation for summers to come without stretching out or fading— read on for a few simple tips on how to keep that suit looking like new. At the beach or pool: Try to limit sunbathing after swimming—the combo […]

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The Only Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Last week I told you about my favorite commercial ice creams, but nothing short of manna from heaven could compete with the tidal wave of flavor and goodness that is Ample Hills Creamery—a tiny family-owned ice-cream shop in Brooklyn, New York. If you’re going to be in NYC this summer (or ever) put this spot on the top of your […]

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A Trick to Tame the Taste of Onion

Onions give crunchy texture and sharp bite to green salads, dressings, and salsas, but sometimes they are a bit too pungent. When prepping onions to eat raw, try rinsing them briefly under cold water after they are cut. The water will wash away the stinky, sulfurous liquid (the stuff that makes you cry!) from the cut surfaces, mellowing both flavor […]

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5 Must-Haves Every Successful Intern Needs

As an internship veteran (I’ve had five across two cities), I’ve finally learned the ins and outs of succeeding at an internship—and it’s surprising how much the details can make or break your experience. Here are five things that every intern needs for a put-together and fun summer: • Travel Mug: Whether you’re fueled by coffee, tea, or smoothies, a travel […]

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Like Negronis? Then You’ll Love This Easy Summer Cocktail

In our house, the cocktail is king. Like many, we started stocking our bar when the cocktail revolution hit a decade ago. Couple that with watching Don Draper and Peggy Olsen imbibe on Mad Men for the last seven years…well, needless to say we probably indulge a little more than we should. I tend to find a drink I like […]

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9 Seriously Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day

In the 1930s and ’40s, malts, rickeys, sodas, and floats were among the beloved treats offered by soda shops across America. Not sure exactly what the difference is between the concoctions? A float is a drink where the syrup and carbonated water are mixed in the glass; a soda is mixed before it’s added. Both are a chance to experiment: […]

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Never Have A Wilted Salad Again, Thanks to This Easy Trick

This ingenious trick will not only save you time, it will save your salads too: Need to mix some greens together beforehand but don’t want to end up with a wilted mess on your hands? Just layer the salad ingredients. Take a bowl and place a layer of salad dressing at the bottom. Next, add your wilt-resistant vegetables and add-ins […]

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How to Taste Wine Like an Expert

For our June Rose Decoder we had to taste a lot of wine to find the 5 best picks for the summer (rough life, right, but imagine the other 364 days of the year when we are plowing through hot dogs, canned beans, and other basics for road tests) so we used a very unusual wine tasting tool that you […]

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2 Ways to Deal With Slackers (No Public Shaming Required)

At some point, everyone has been in a group with an obvious weak link. Whether you are a part of an office, a participant in a neighborhood committee, or a member of a school-assigned group project, there is usually someone who, for one reason or another, is content to phone it in. What’s a natural leader like you to do? […]

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5 Things Every Intern Needs to Know

It’s intern season again, which I know because the weather has turned warm and my commuter train is suddenly full of attractive people with no visible wrinkles, either on their faces or on their new intern clothes. I also know it’s intern season because we have a few interns here at Real Simple. We’re always very grateful for the help, […]

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