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Make your weeknight meals healthier! —Carley




super-fun dÊcor finds (fill these with tea— or flowers!)


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4  Pattern Play > 12  Makeover Magic > 18  Weeknight Meal Makeovers! > 24  Q&A: How to...Get Domestic > 26  Tweet-Worthy Trips for Two > 34  The Kindness Experiment > 36  My Married Life > 38  Real Couples > 40  Sarah’s Shopping List > 42  19 Reasons to Live on > 44  P.S.-I Made This... > 47  Want More? >


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photo credits cover, pp. 2, 4, 6, 8: photographer: Lucas Allen, prop stylist: Scott Horne, wardrobe: Christine Bibbo Herr, hair and makeup: Belinda Zollo;

p. 10: David A. Land; p. 11: bottom, from left: Nicole Hill Gerulat, Mark Lund, Antonis Achilleos; p. 12: top left: Mark Lund; p. 13: from top: Antonis Achilleos, Mark Lund; p. 14: clockwise from top: Monica Buck, Ellen Silverman, Antonis Achilleos; p. 15: glassware: Ellen Silverman; p. 16: Jim Franco; p. 17: William Lingwood/Duncan Baird Publishers; p. 18: Anita Calero; p. 19: Louise Lister/StockFood Munich; p. 20: Ericka McConnell; p. 21: Antonis Achilleos; p. 23: lemon: Shutterstock; p. 24: Jason deCaires Taylor; p. 25: Getty Images; p. 26: from top: Getty Images, Corbis; p. 27: Rachel Barker; pp. 28, 29: beach: Thinkstock (2); p. 32: Stephanie Williams; pp. 36, 37: camera and guac: Thinkstock; p. 40: clockwise from bottom right: Corbis, Anita Calero, Tara Donne, Getty Images; p. 41: from top: Russell Glenister/ Corbis, Shutterstock; p. 44: leaves, apple, football and beer pint: Thinkstock, Maine: Shutterstock

pattern play

Mesh graphic motifs with comfort, style and color for a happy home. By Sarah Newell

living room Bold pink and luxe fabrics look chic with black-and-white photography. 4 The Nest Mag

the couple

After a chance meeting at a friend’s barbecue, Dania and Lou fell in love and dated for two years before getting married. Fast-forward 10 years to today and this snapshot of their stylish and blossoming life. Dania’s career as a marketing and public relations consultant for design and architecture clients is taking off, they just welcomed their second child, and they’ve settled into a three-bedroom apartment they purchased four years ago in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.

the home

“We like fixer-uppers,” says Dania of their three-bedroom duplex. Its 105-year-old limestone building had been recently renovated before they purchased the duplex, but it was still an old building with quirky design elements. For one thing, room usage wasn’t clearly defined. “We didn’t even know where to put the master bedroom!” she says. “We just moved in and took about a year to figure out how to set up our home.” The end result is a happy and vibrant space. Each room mixes patterns and bold colors for an unexpected look that just works. Missoni Home Golden Age Pop Lok cushion, $145,

Zig zag throw, $295,

Red & gold bamboo bowl, $60,

home video tour

Dania and Lou show you around their pad at

shop their look

Lampert sofa, $2,950, >

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kitchen White cabinets and walls are the perfect backdrop for colorful and eclectic kitchen accessories. One of Dania’s favorite elements? The Axor faucet.

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Malte bar stool, $40,

Rings cork board, $30 for set of 3,

Inside Out bowls, $8 ea ch,

Joseph Joseph Big Foot reversible cutting board, $40,

Tradig bowl, $25,

Vera Wang Wedgwood polished stainless flatware, $70 for 5-piece place setting,

Recipe box and card kit, $55, > Emile Henry ceramic pie dishes, $45 each, FALL 201 1

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family room A dark accent wall draws your eye to a large exotic tray and other curiosities.

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Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, $27

Midnight Navy #2067-10, from $41 per gallon,

Bigso Stockholm desktop file, $20,

Mini Meknes tea glasses, $36 for set of 6,

Fleetwood console, $1,395,

Curvy Chrysanthemum vase, $28,

Tan-Tan rug, $998,

Diane von Furstenberg Powerstone tray, $70, >

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master bedroom Successfully mix bold patterns by keeping a defined color palette and playing with scale.

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Coqo floral curtain, from $108,

Nook bed, from $1,399,

Graham & Brown Solitude wallpaper, $40 per roll, 1931 Big Ben alarm clock, $40,

Mint opaque glass lamp, $50,

Lapis quilt, from $325, and sham, from $80,

Peekaboo clear nesting tables, $199 for set of 3,

Fred & Friends Babushkups, $18 for set of 3, [n]

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makeover magic Paint it, swap it out or toss it. Try these fail-proof tips from the pros and reinvent your home’s décor. By Sarah Newell

before after 1





fill the space

2 hang a shelf

Make a narrow A cheap trick room appear for above a couch: wider with a long, Add a grid of clean, sleek shelf that white frames doubles as a displaying blackmantel. Style it by and-white photos, grouping objects says Sherry from by color for a cohesive collection.

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3 update it

Colorful accent pillows revamp a sofa without forcing you to spend a fortune, says interior designer Vanessa DeLeon. Or simply paint the wall behind the sofa to add a focal point.

4 add a rug

A large sisal rug will ground a space. Want glam? Top it with a fur rug, says celebrity interior designer Michelle Workman. (Psst...she’s J.Lo’s decorator!)


8 create an accent   do this two- second   wall Spruce up your  bedroom update

For a breezy, whimsical look, drape a vintage scarf over your headboard, says interior designer and blogger Kirsten Grove.

6 reflect on this

Got a dark hallway? “Hang several mirrors to open up the space and reflect light,” says Bunny Williams in her new book, Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook for Living.

bedroom by painting bold, clean stripes on one wall. Kate Spade June Lane bedding collection,


tile your   kitchen  

A backsplash can give your kitchen personality with a big impact at a low cost—the square footage needed is surprisingly low!


1   1 use hot

hues for fall

bring in bling

Mirrored furniture is a clever way to reflect surrounding colors and patterns, says designer Jonathan Adler in his new book, Happy Chic Colors.


plan for storage Figure out what kind of storage you need, and then plan for 30 percent more so that it’s easy to stay organized over time, advises Annie Selke, author of Fresh American Spaces (August 2011).

Sonu Mathew, Benjamin Moore’s color expert, predicts five of the hottest color trends:

SAGE Make it pop with Wasabi, #AF-430 BLUE-GRAY Go for Smoke, #2122-40 RICH MAROON Try Vintage Wine, #2116-20 SAND A new neutral tone, Hush, #AF-95 DEEP BERRY A bold hue, Royal Flush, #2076-20 >


punch it up with pink It’s a shockingly elegant accent, according to Adler. Want a subtler rosy hue? Try mixing bold pink with a light shade. “My favorite is soft, shell pink,” says Workman.

13 create ambience Clodagh McKenna,

16 shop wisely Spend money on

author of Homemade, puts votive candles in old jam jars when she’s dining alfresco to create a casual, romantic mood.

your furnishings and fabrics, but accessorize with discount finds for a high-end look that’s affordable.

1  4 use this curtain trick If you would

17 play with the fifth wall  

like the illusion of higher ceilings, mount your curtain bracket close to the ceiling.

1  5

 get floored  When wood floors are  not in the best condition,  painting or staining them

can make them come alive, says interior designer Lisa Hilderbrand of Welhil Interiors.

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Raised, decorative ceiling tiles can add texture and a polished look to your room. We love Armstrong’s decorative tiles. 12" x 12", $80 for pack of 40,

18 experiment with paint The

walls and trim set the tone of a room. “I love painting the doors black and the trim white,” says KitchenLab’s Rebekah Zaveloff.

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try a new pattern

22 grow it indoors Plants and

 Paint jobs don’t have  to be solid colors! By painting an interesting pattern (or even a stripe!), you can dramatically change the look of a room. And that can make all the difference in the world, says interior designer Lisa Sternfeld.

flowers add instant life to a humdrum room. The new trend: hanging air-plant pods! You can hang the pods anywhere, and air plants require no dirt and almost no watering, so you can have a green space even if you don’t have a green thumb. Hanging air plant pod, $32,

20 upgrade hardware

23 add a pop of color

Swapping out hardware can make older cabinetry look fresh. “I even love mixing finishes with different styles of knobs and pulls,” suggests Zaveloff. Knobs can be changed out again and again, but to replace pulls, the drilling for the holes has to match up, so they’re not as interchangeable.

Brighten any office space by painting a lamp a bright color. HGTV designer and Target Style Expert for Home Sabrina Soto suggests switching out an old lamp shade for a quick update.

check out these sites to find great hardware!

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the walls, says designer David Stark. Cover the ceiling, a tabletop or the inside of a drawer for a surprise burst of pattern.

“Your bedroom doesn’t need to be matchy-matchy. Mix prints, colors and textures for a fresh look!” says Catherine Fitzsimmons of Rikshaw Design. Chic, bohemian style is a hot trend this fall. >

 Wallpaper’s not just for

go for a boho bedroom

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25 define your focus

“When considering a makeover, always remember that a successful room needs an object of focus: a piece of art, something inherited like a piece of furniture or even a found object,” recommends interior designer Thomas Jayne. Here, ocher yellow provides a warm backdrop for graphic prints and Spanish bull horns.


 don’t be dull

 “I love to use high-gloss paint on a dining room ceiling,” says interior designer Matthew Frederick. “It adds a wonderful dose of understated elegance and makes a room sparkle for evening entertaining.” His favorite color? A smooth off-white called Marshmallow from Fine Paints of Europe.

27 be unexpected In a room you don’t

use often, like a guest bath, be adventurous! Try a dark color like navy, or be bold with red. Paint the interior of a closet an exciting color for a nice surprise when you hang up coats, recommends Williams.

28   choose a true blue

According to Adler, you can never go wrong with blue and white.

29 declutter your coffee table

Are oversize books taking over your coffee table? Stack similar-colored ones several feet high so that they become the table.

blu dot real good chair, $139, 30 mix materials Modernize a

traditional room by introducing an acrylic table or modern side tables and chairs.

no side table? ernest bar cart, $149,

31 reinvent your side table

Entertaining at home? “Your side table can become an instant bar station! Place an ice bucket, 8 to 10 elegant glasses and some mixers on a butler tray for a quick and easy cocktail party,” recommend Matthew Grenby and Irene Chen, cofounders of Iomoi.


 repurpose  like a pro

When you decide to purchase a household item, Emily Anderson, author of Eco-Chic Home, suggests asking yourself how it can be repurposed. Is it a kitchen table you can one day make into a coffee table for your living room? Can you save glass jars and use them as mismatched glassware?

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make storage pretty

Carlee of Deliciously Organized customized her plain white storage boxes by taping stripes, painting a coat of gray and removing the tape for a fun, preppy update.

34 accessorize in color Upgrade your

kate spade larabee dot bath rugs, $25 each,

bathroom without major renovations by adding new, colorful towels, curtains and bathroom ensembles. [n]

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weeknight meal makeovers! Shake up your dinner routine and make your favorite foods healthier with these fresh new takes on old standbys. Your taste buds will thank us!

the old stuffed mushrooms the new stuffed peppadews ingredients SERVES 5

1 (14-oz.) jar Peppadew peppers  (this tasty piquanté mini  “fruit” looks like a cross  between a pepper and  a tomato) 6 to 8 oz. white bean hummus  (premade) Basil leaves

double for a party!

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directions 1. These suckers come cored, so all you need to do is start filling. Spoon the hummus into each juicy popper. 2. Top with the basil and serve on a platter. Find this recipe and more easy appetizer ideas at

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the old chicken caesar salad the new chicken salad with spicy avocado dressing ingredients SERVES 2

dressing 1 avocado, peeled, pitted  and chopped Juice and zest of 1 lime 3 Tbl. plain yogurt 1 Tbl. chopped cilantro ½ tsp. dried crushed chili salad 2 skinless chicken breasts,  6 oz. each Salt and freshly ground black  pepper 1 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil 1 small yellow pepper, seeded  and sliced 2½ oz. mixed fresh rocket,  spinach and watercress  leaves 12 cherry tomatoes, halved 2 spring onions, sliced  diagonally 1 Tbl. fresh cilantro,  to garnish

I added pine nuts and cranberries for more texture and sweetness. AIMSLOVESF

directions dressing Blend together the ingredients for the dressing, and season with salt and pepper.

3. Add the sliced pepper to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, until tender. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool. salad 4. Peel the cooked pepper 1. Put the chicken breasts slices. Arrange the salad between two sheets of cling leaves on two plates. Add the wrap and flatten with a rolling peppers, tomatoes and spring pin. Unwrap and season with onions. Spoon on the dressing. salt and pepper. Slice the chicken and place on 2. Heat a griddle pan and top of the salad; then sprinkle brush it with the oil. Grill with cilantro. > each breast for about 2 to 4 Recipe excerpted from 101 Fantastic Low-Carb Recipes by Nicola Graimes. Published by Duncan minutes on each side, until Baird Publishers © 2006 cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

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the old takeout pizza the new margherita pizza ingredients MAKES 2 PIZZAS

1 lb. pizza dough Flour (for rolling) About 4 Tbl. olive  oil, divided 2 ripe summer  tomatoes, thinly  sliced

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Sea salt Ground black pepper 8 oz. fresh mozzarella,  thinly sliced About ¼ cup fresh  basil, very thinly  sliced

directions 1. Preheat the grill for high indirect heat, about 425°F. 2. Cut the dough in half. Roll out one piece of dough on a lightly floured surface, until it’s about 11" x 8". Oil a baking sheet with 1 Tbl. of oil and place the dough on the sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough for the second pizza. 3. Put the tomatoes and 1 Tbl. oil in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Put the cheese and basil into bowls. 4. Working with one piece of dough at a time, carefully use a wide spatula or pizza paddle to lift the dough from the baking sheet. Slowly place it onto the hottest part of the grill and cook for 2 minutes. Then, using tongs or a spatula, gently move the dough to the unheated section of the grill for 1 minute, giving the dough grill marks. Carefully flip the dough over and place it back over the hot part of the grill. Quickly arrange half of the cheese on top. Add half of the tomatoes, and drizzle half of the remaining oil over the pizza. Scatter half of the basil on top and cover the grill. Let cook for 2 minutes. 5. Pull the pizza over to the unheated part of the grill, cover, and let it cook 2 to 4 minutes more, or until the dough puffs up slightly and the cheese is melted. Remove the pizza and repeat for the second. Cut the pizzas into slices and serve hot. Recipe   adapted from Stonewall Kitchen Grilling by Jonathan King, Jim Stott and Kathy Gunst. Used   with permission of Chronicle Books © 2010

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the old cheeseburger the new mexican burger with pico de gallo ingredients SERVES 2

pico de gallo 1½ medium tomatoes,  chopped 1/6 cup Vidalia onion,  chopped 1 large clove garlic,  minced ½ jalapeño pepper,  seeded and minced

Juice of ½ large lime ¼ cup fresh cilantro Salt and pepper burgers ½ lb. lean ground turkey 1 egg ¼ Vidalia onion,  minced 1 clove garlic, minced

directions pico de gallo In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice and cilantro. Stir together until well-mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. burgers 1. In a medium mixing bowl, knead the ground turkey, egg, onion, minced garlic, celery salt, chili powder and chopped parsley with your hands until combined. Form into two patties. 2. Heat a grill pan on medium-low heat and cook the burgers for about 7 minutes on each side, or until they no longer have pink centers. 3. While the burgers are cooking, warm the pieces of flatbread in the oven (or in a nonstick frying pan), and wash and dry the lettuce. 4. Plate the flatbread, layer the lettuce and burger, and top it all off with the pico de gallo. Serve with low-fat sour cream on the side if you’d like. > See this recipe and other burger combos at

¼ tsp. celery salt ½ tsp. chili powder ½ Tbl. fresh parsley,  chopped 2 pieces of flatbread Romaine lettuce Optional: low-fat  sour cream

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It's not greasy like your typical burger— plus it was so quick to make. ABBYW06

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go even healthier

the old chicken satay the new shrimp skewers with peppers ingredients SERVES 2

1/4 lb. raw, deveined shrimp 1/2 green bell pepper, 窶ツut into 1-inch pieces 2 Tbl. soy sauce, plus 窶ノore for brushing Vegetable oil 4 wooden or metal 窶ピkewers Optional: garlic and 窶ツilantro to taste

directions 1. Place the shrimp and pepper pieces in a Ziploc bag and add soy sauce (you can add in garlic as well for more seasoning). Marinate in the fridge for 60 minutes, turning the bag several times. Discard the marinade. 2. Preheat the grill for 10 minutes on a medium-high heat setting. While heating, brush the grill with vegetable oil.

3. Brush the skewers with oil or butter, or apply nonstick spray. Thread the shrimp and pepper pieces alternately onto the skewers. 4. Grill the skewers for 5 to 7 minutes, brushing often with soy sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving, if desired. Recipe courtesy of Divya Gugnani, CEO and founder of and author of Sexy Women Eat: Secrets to Eating What You Want and Still Looking Fabulous

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the old strawberry shortcake the new strawberry ice cream sandwich ingredients MAKES 2 SANDWICHES

½ pt. vanilla ice cream  (our fave is Breyers  Natural Vanilla) ½ pt. fresh  strawberries 4 cookies (like  Archway Sugar Free  Oatmeal cookies) Karo Light corn syrup 1 Tbl. coarse sugar

directions 1. Place a cutting board in the freezer to chill for about 30 minutes. (This will give the board that famous stone-cold surface.) 2. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and set it aside to soften. (This will make it easy to mix in

the strawberries.) 3. While waiting for the ice cream to thaw, cut the strawberries into small, bitesize chunks. 4. Scoop the ice cream onto the chilled board and flatten with a spatula. Pour the chopped strawberries

over the ice cream and fold the ice cream over on top of them. 5. Brush the topper cookie with the corn syrup and sprinkle the sugar on it. 6. Place the ice cream on the base cookie and then top it with the sugared one. [n]

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What are some ideas for hosting a wine-tasting party?


how to... get domestic

Plan perfect pairings like snickerdoodle cookies with a sweet muscat or Brie cheese and crackers with a Syrah. ROENNA*123

Hula glasses, $35 for set of 4,

HOW SHOULD I ORGANIZE AND STORE MY RECIPES? HEADSUP7UP You’ll definitely want to organize by category. Grace Young, kitchen whiz and author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, recommends printing online recipes and storing them in binders. Her reasoning: This way you can note corrections and make your own adjustments. Binders are a smart storage option, but we also love the idea of a cute recipe box. 24 The Nest Mag

All you really need are the right glasses! We like these colorful ones that swirl, or “hula,” back and forth. They’ll also look great all lined up on a table. You’ll need enough glasses so each guest has two: one for red and one for white. Fill about a quarter of the glass with wine for each tasting. Our friend Alessia Antinori of Marchesi Antinori says to focus your party around a specific grape variety, vintage or favorite region (like Napa Valley chardonnay or Chianti Classico from Tuscany), and have each guest bring a bottle that works with the theme.

What’s the easiest way to clean a microwave? MICAELA421

Create a food blog and provide access to friends so they can contribute to it too! DAWNVIOLA

Julie Edelman, cleaning expert and author of The Ultimate Accidental Housewife, says to fill a bowl with water and juice from a lemon. Add in the lemon halves and microwave for five minutes; then wipe the microwave down with a damp cloth. Easy. [n] A mixture of vinegar and water will do the trick. SILLYJILLYBEAN

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tweet-worthy trips for two

Experiences so amazing you’ll have to share. Then again, if they’re so sweet, why are you even on Twitter? By Cemile Kavountzis

@TheNest Just snorkeled through a museum, as in underH2O museum. UnReal! If you like to visit museums and galleries when you travel (or you actually enjoyed Kevin Costner’s flopbuster, Waterworld), check out MUSA, or Museo Subacuático de Arte (, located inside Cancún’s National Marine Park. Scuba dive or snorkel through the underwater gallery of more than 400 life-size sculptures created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. While the exhibition—called “The Silent Evolution”—is free, you should still go with a tour operator (from $45,

mexico Unless, of course, you happen to have a boat, own snorkeling (or scuba) gear or are directly related to Jacques Cousteau.

SPLURGE Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers luxe villas with private infinity pools, plus a golf course (from $555,

what you’ll need

what else to do

An underwater camera and flippers (or you can rent scuba and snorkel gear there)

where to stay

STEAL It’s flip-flop chic at the 15-room Deseo Hotel + Lounge, where the pool turns into a lounge at sunset (from $135,

Jump into a cenote (a waterfilled limestone sinkhole) at Hidden Worlds Cenotes Park (, located about 90 minutes south of Cancún. Or head to Playa del Carmen, a chic beach town about 60 minutes south of Cancún, where you can sip margaritas and pick up some souvenirs.

Get your culture fix snorkeling past sculptures in Mexico.

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Run the race of your life in Pamplona, Spain.

@TheNest Totally tweaking b/c about to run from a bunch of bulls! Wish me luck! what you’ll need

Summer whites and a red neckerchief (traditional bullrunning attire)— and, of course, your running shoes

where to stay

STEAL Hotel Zenit Pamplona, a budget


Talk about the ultimate adrenaline surge: Sprinting through the streets of Pamplona with a charging herd of bulls hot on your heels will have your hearts racing faster than, oh, say, downing a thousand Red Bulls. (For rules and information, go to

but still stylish hotel on the outskirts of town, offers a free shuttle to all of the action (from $86, HotelZenit Pamplona.Zenit SPLURGE Get a bull’s-eye view of the festivities from the centrally

located Gran Hotel La Perla, where Ernest Hemingway was a regular (from about $200,

what else to do Too chicken to run? Don’t worry—the 24/7 street parties taking place during

the San Fermin festival (July 6–14, will also push your endurance to the limit. Stick to the sidelines for brass bands and dancing; then barhop along Calle Jarauta and catch the nightly fireworks show. > FALL 201 1


nicaragua Hang ten down Cerro Negro in Nicaragua.

@TheNest Holy $#*@! Just surfed down a live volcano! If the buzzing sound of a zip line feels about as exciting as the hum of your vacuum cleaner, head to Nicaragua to coast down the 1,600-foot slope of a still-active (it last erupted in 1999) volcano known as Cerro Negro. You’ll have plenty of time to work up your nerves on the 45-minute hike up the volcano’s steep face before shredding toasty black ashes on a volcano board. But trust us: You won’t want to miss out on what we guarantee will be one of the most exhilarating rides of your life. Stay in León (about an hour from Cerro Negro), where local volcano “sherpas” provide transportation and boards (from $30, 28 The Nest Mag

what you’ll need

Hiking boots (for climbing the rough terrain to the top of the volcano) and clothes you don’t mind getting covered in ash (you can also rent an orange jumpsuit from your sherpa to wear for the ride)

where to stay

STEAL The cozy, sixroom Posada Doña Blanca B&B offers rooms with AC and breakfast (from $49, SPLURGE Book a room at one of the nicest places in town: Hotel El Convento, a “splurge” by León standards. This 17th-century convent turned hotel is a historic landmark and includes an upscale restaurant (from $114,

what else to do

Taste the Nicaraguan national drink: el macuá, a summery elixir of white rum, guava, lemon juice, sugar and ice. Fill up on international cuisine spiked with Nicaraguan flavor at Hotel El Convento’s Restaurante El Victoriano. Before heading home, visit León’s Basilica Catedral de la Asuncion, as well as the 16th-century Spanish colonial settlement of León Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

@TheNest Riding camels & camping in desert = more badass than Burning Man! Ride camels through sand dunes and camp outunder the stars in Jordan with Bedouin Discovery’s six-day camel trek ( If you can’t handle the “au naturel facilities” (there’s no plumbing), Bedouin can arrange hotel lodging for an additional charge You can also customize your trip by tacking on activities (such as snorkeling in the Red Sea) to your itinerary for an extra fee. The basic package starts at $1,700, including meals, tents, guides, transportation and a one-night hotel stay on each end of the trip.

Make like nomads and head to Jordan for camel rides and camping.


what you’ll need Sunscreen and hats

where to stay

STEAL Try the 135-room Edom Hotel in Petra (from around $65, SPLURGE Book a room at the Mövenpick Resort Petra—still a pretty sweet deal (from about $160,

what else to do

Visit the famous archaeological site at Petra, with some 800 monuments including temples, ancient bathhouses and arched gateways. Don’t miss the chance to float in the Dead Sea, about a three-hour drive away. Another highlight: a day trip to Aqaba on the Red Sea for snorkeling. >

@TheNest Sky cycling over the jungle, then margs on the beach. Lovin’ life! We hope you’re not afraid of heights, because Hidden Worlds’ Skycycle Tours ($75, will have you pedaling over some of the Yucatán Peninsula’s tallest trees. So what exactly is sky cycling? The name pretty much says it all—cycling in the sky (or pretty close to it). It’s basically a cross between zip lining and biking. You’ll be pedaling an inverted bike at tree level, over some

amazing rock formations, in and out of caverns and then down into a cenote (aka “The Church”) for a snorkeling tour.

it all: every water sport under the sun, tennis, golf, a spa, nightly entertainment, eight restaurants and more. Suites come with private terraces, Jacuzzis and amazing what you’ll need views (from $210 per A serious sense of adventure, person, sneakers and a swimsuit

where to stay

Relax on the beach at Now Jade Riviera Cancun. This unlimited-luxury resort has

what else to do

Snorkel, kayak, windsurf, golf or fish. And check out the Mayan Ruins in nearby Tulum. [n]


After you get your thrills sky cycling, kick back on the beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

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the perfect honeymoon (take two!) Who says romantic getaways are just for newlyweds? Here are five reasons to start planning your second—or third, or fourth—honeymoon.


Gourmet food? Check.


Play every water sport under the sun.


Can you say “Jacuzzi for two”?


Share some much-needed we-time.


If you can dream it…

Box up the rice cooker; put down the spatula. Have your fill of gourmet and international cuisine—served à la carte, every night of the week—and limitless premium-brand cocktails.

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the kindness experiment

I spent seven days upping my “nice” factor and secretly doing sweet things for my boyfriend, Andy, to see if it would have any effect on our relationship. Here’s what happened—and what we both learned. By Kristin Koch

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7:43 a.m. The plan was to serve homemade breakfast in bed. But as with most things that involve me and the kitchen, it didn’t go as planned, and breakfast ended up being coffee and an egg sandwich delivered from the deli. Still, even my half-assed gesture paid off. Andy looked at me like I was the cutest thing in the world when I presented him with the goods.

8:47 p.m. Unfortunately, this one was a flop. I mean, he thanked me and all, but it was kind of like when he pretended to like the sweater his mom got him for Christmas. Humph.

the deed: serve breakfast in bed


the deed: call to say “I love you”

2:54 p.m. Of course I tell Andy I love him. But I’m not really the I-called-just-to-say-I-loveyou type—which he knows and loves about me (right, Andy?). Due to the rarity of the occurrence, Andy didn’t recognize my work number and screened my call. When he finally did pick up, he was psyched to hear from me. 4:54 p.m. Karma works fast! Two hours after I dropped the L-bomb, I received a Pinkberry delivery (my fave!) at work—courtesy of Andy.


the deed: pay his parking ticket

8:11 a.m. When I saw the $65 parking ticket on the car, I was pissed. But remembering my pledge, I grabbed the ticket and paid it— sans lecture. I’d said I’d be nice, and what’s nicer than paying his parking ticket?

the deed: make a playlist for his iPod


the deed: replace his cell phone

6:49 p.m. Andy’s cell has been on the fritz for a while, so I surprised him with a new one. And unlike last night’s doozy, it was a home run! 11:58 p.m. Okay, I’m glad Andy’s into his new gadget and all, but I’m starting to get jealous.


the deed: stock the fridge

11:22 a.m. I decided to fill our fridge with Andy’s favorite foods: frozen pizzas, guac and chips, beer and bacon. And you know how they say, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? “They” are right!


the deed: pimp out the man cave

11:45 a.m. I call Andy’s office the “man cave” because it’s a mess of papers, empty cans, crumb-filled plates and hats. So for my last kind act, I gave it a makeover (think: manly but clean and organized). I’m pretty sure it was a success, because Andy hasn’t left the man cave since.

andy says

Oh, so the whole time, I thought Kristin was just trying to be sweet—but now I know it was all just for a story, huh? But seriously, I definitely noticed how extra-sweet she was being, and sure, it may have inspired me to do nice things in return. And getting the royal treatment was pretty great. So…can you guys assign her more stories like this? [n]

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our secret lives (when we’re apart)

Your favorite blogging duo from reveal what they’re really like when their other half’s not around.

Jack: “When my wife’s away, I eat like a drunken college student.”

Sometimes, for a few weeks, Holly stays at our place in the country to write and work on the house (thanks, hon!), while I operate out of our city pad. She comes down and visits on weekends, but on weekdays, I fly solo. We’ve been doing this sort of thing on and off for years, but recently, I’ve noticed something about myself: When there’s no witness in sight, I devolve into pigdom in less than 24 hours. Now, I’m not talking personal hygiene—the basics (like brushing and deodorizing) remain covered. I’m talking about food. As soon as Holly gets in the car and heads north, crackers and cheese are replaced by jumbo-size bags of chips, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups become staples I buy in bulk and refrigerate, and devouring a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the glow of my iMac becomes a standard 1 a.m. ritual. I’ll be the first to admit, it’s pretty disgusting. What’s really weird about this whole transformation is there’s no good reason for it. I mean, it’s not like Holly monitors what I eat when she’s home. I just tend to make more responsible food choices then. Wait—does that make me a nutritional poseur?

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Holly: “I look like a total dirtbag when my husband’s not in town.”

Let me paint you a picture of what I look like when Jack and I are apart for the week: It’s nearing noon, and I’m wearing sweats and a super-soft T-shirt—in short, exactly the sort of work uniform commenters on have eviscerated me for wearing in the past (because “IT WILL, LIKE, RUIN YOUR MARRIAGE!”). I would describe my hair as looking inadvertently avant-garde. In fact, the giant snarly mass has a vaguely Victorian vibe. But before you start imagining me in turn-of-the-century France, you should know that I’m anchoring this high-fashion look with a giant pair of...Uggs. Oh, yeah, that’s right. Bow-chicka-wow-wow. Sing it! Listen, people: I’m at our country house, my super-hot husband isn’t around, and I’m a little busy working on our little house on the friggin’ prairie. So forgive me if I look a bit haggy. Yeah, I’ll get it together and step up the cuteness before I drive down to the city to see Jack for the weekend. But if no one’s looking, what’s the harm in slobbing out occasionally? I can’t be the only person who gets a little lazy in the looks department when my husband isn’t home, right? Right? [n]

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real couples Get the scoop on these fabulous duos. By Samantha Leal

Terrai, 20, & Neil, 22 HEW AN SAS KA TO ON , SAS KA TC

Jason, 28, & Nikki, 28 NEW ORLEANS

e HOW TH EY ME T They’d met onc rn briefly while attending Northweste University. But one day, Jason ran into Nikki in the café and asked her to sit with him—and sparks flew! TH EIR DIG S A 900sq.-ft. home with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath BA BY CLO CK They plan on starting soon! SO ME TH ING NO ON E KN OW S “We rarely say ‘I love you,’” says Nikki. “We believe actions speak louder than words.” IN 10 YEARS They’ll be even more in love and have a family!

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HOW TH EY ME T They went to the same high school. TH EIR DIG S They rent a 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment but are actively house hunting. PET S A cat, Bella BA BY CLO CK They’re waiting a few years before they start trying, but they both want to have kids before they turn 30. GU ILT Y PLE AS UR E Ferrero Rocher chocolates! DOWN TIM E Neil loves basketbal l and wall climbing; Terrai loves photography and traveling. SEX LIF E Twice a week

terrai is an amateur photographer

Jessica, 28, & Shedrick, 29 Beth, 25, & Rob, 26 FIR CR ES T, WA

HOW TH EY ME T They were friends at Pacific Lutheran University—but when Rob left roses outside Beth’s dorm room one day, she knew it was more. “A few days later, we planned to go iceskating with all of our friends, but it ended up being just the two of us,” recalls Beth. TH EIR DIG S They own a 2,700-sq.-ft. Craftsman home. BA BY CLO CK They will start trying in a few years. “Right now, we have a wild chocolate Lab puppy named Wyatt to raise!” says Beth. both GU ILT Y PLE AS UR E Pizza. They’d ek! love to eat it every night of the we



HOW TH EY ME T Jessica was living in New York when she went to visit a friend in DC. While she was there, the friend set her up on a blind date with “Shed,” who lived in Virginia. They kept in touch via email and texts, and saw each other every other month, until Jessica eventually got a job in Virginia to be closer to Shed. He proposed in April 2009. TH EIR DIG S They rent a 980-sq.-ft . apartment with 1 bedroom and 1 bat h. GU ILT Y PLE AS UR E Trader Joe’s guacamole dip! FU N FACT “We’re both Christians, who shared little physical intimacy until our wedding day,” says Jessica. [n]

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their guilty pleasure!

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sarah’s shopping list Here’s what I want now: luxe finishes, colorful accents and the cutest party picks I’ve ever seen.


preppy plaids Style your bathroom down to the smallest detail. Plaid toothbrushes, $10 each,


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arm candy Pair this statement piece with a blazer for ladylike charm. Bow Bridge wide bangle, $178,


fashion forward Echo’s colorful patterns are now on everyday dinnerware. Marble, from $7,

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tea time No time for tea? Try filling these with flowers. Jasper Conran at Wedgwood Kilim tea set, $200,


garbage chic Upgrade trash day with cute, striped plastic bags. Trash bags, $12 for 5,


dessert dĂŠcor Stick these in cupcakes for a retro-inspired party. RibbonTailed pennants, $14 for set of 20,


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ice, ice, baby The perfect housewarming gift! Paint Can ice bucket, $48, small, and $78, large,


early bird Dual alarms will keep you on time. Model 10, $200, [n]

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reasons to 19 live on Even our minds were blown a little. Read on and take notes!

1. How to calculate your dream home’s mortgage instantly. Find our super-easy-to-use tool at

2. Beets have calcium—a perfect alternative for you nonlactose-loving Nesties. Get the full scoop at

3. When men use the word “anytime” rather than “you’re welcome,” it’s

actually a sign of alpha-male behavior. Check out for more clues to what your significant other is really saying.

4. If you’re thinking about having kids, now is the best time to

enjoy the simple pleasures in life (like going to the bathroom alone!). Cross off these 15 must-dos before having kids at

5. See the most genius knife block ever—the fibers hold

any type of knife in any position—and more household gadgets that will change your life (we promise!) at

6. Get no-fail tips to fake a clean home in

30 minutes at No one ever has to know that your place isn’t always super-clean!

7. Now that you’re coupled up, have you run into friend problems? Find out whether you have

toxic friends at

8. How much sex is enough to sustain a healthy marriage?

We challenged Nesties who typically have sex two times a week (or less) to get it on seven days straight and tell us whether they felt closer to each other outside the bedroom. Find out what happened at

9. Need help sorting all your necklaces? Use a vintage picture frame like Kirsten of

Simply Grove. Get more stylish clutter-busting ideas from bloggers at 42 The Nest Mag

10. What makes chili even better? Bacon drippings! Get four

yummy recipes and download our judging sheet at

11. Think you know everything about “boy parts”

and “girl parts”? Think again. Read up on all the ways

we’re different at

12. Use an iPhone app to help train your dog without

spending a penny on a pro. Score! Try our other tips for saving $1,000 or more at

13. There is such a thing as melted ham...according

funny man’s secrets to cohabiting bliss

to Michael Ian Black. Get more of the


14. You can (and probably should) organize your social life. Find out how to make more time for the people you really like— and yourself—at

15. An unlikely member of the rose family: apples. Who knew? The seasonal

favorite makes our mouths water just thinking about ’em. Get more ideas and recipes at

16. Don’t know the first thing about insuring your home? We’ve got the basics covered at

17. Red and white wine can be recorked and stored for up to three days. Still

have leftovers? Try these eight ideas to keep to waste at

your vino from going

18. Avocados are just one of 6 foods that could save

your life—want to know what else you should be eating? Check out

the other lifesaving foods at

19. Twitter is more than just a place to declare your

love of gummy bears. It’s also abuzz with secret coupons, deals and promotions! Follow us @thenest. [n]

We’re psyched to have blogger and ultimate DIYer Erica Domesek share a sneak peek into her apartment. Here’s how she turned everyday objects (like old toys) into cool home décor with a quick flick of her finger. Check it out—and learn more about Erica at

pick up a can at your local hardware store—that’s all you’ll need!

even a football looks sleek in silver this croc got doused with krylon’s “18 kt. gold plate” and looks fab! old rackets become a work of art when bronzed and mounted on a wall

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moma’s de kooning retrospective that’s coming in september

going apple picking with friends in upstate ny

vacationing in boothbay harbor, maine


the return of comfort food: aka mac and cheese!


Editorial + Art


Kristin Koch Danielle Lipp Amelia Mularz Samantha Leal Susan Waits

JUNIOR DESIGNER Alice Stevens PHOTO EDITOR Natalie Gialluca


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