Blake Bakkila Blake Bakkila is an editorial assistant at Real Simple. If she’s not picking experts’ brains for the magazine’s Now What?! page, she’s probably running through Central Park or to the nearest ice cream store. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.