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5 Lifestyle Faves For Fall: No-Mansplaining Home Improvement Help, Useful Fake Cakes, & Best New Books for Baking Season

by Jazmyne Hambrick

Our lifestyle editor Lisa Butterworth is always looking for the best in brand-new lifestyle hacks, products, and fun, and here are her top 5 picks for fall:

Up With the Matriarchy

Tackling home-improvement projects on your own can feel daunting, and looking for guidance can come with a hefty dose of mansplaining. Matriarchy Build, created by longtime friends Lacey Soslow and Gabriella Ainslie, is an online community of women and LGBTQ+ pros—plumbers, tile setters, carpenters, electricians, and more—available for virtual DIY consultation, sans patronizing.   

A Sweet Psych


Julie Nguyen’s creations look like classic bakery cakes piled with sugary frosting, complete with vibrant colors and elaborate piping. But her Fake Cakery goods ($10-$130) aren’t for eating. These works of art are actually jewelry boxes, weed grinders, ashtrays, magnets, clocks, and simple decorations—all faked to perfection.



Flour Power 

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In her newest book, Flour Power: The Practice and Pursuit of Baking Sourdough Bread ( $29.99), wheat wizard Tara Jensen provides the guide that will level up your pandemic pastime with gorgeous photos, cute illustrations, and tons of technique. 

Simply Vegan 

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They changed faff to fuss in the American title of Great British Baking Show contestant Freya Cox’s new book, but the recipes in Simply Vegan Baking: Taking the Fuss Out of Vegan Cakes, Cookies, Breads, and Desserts  still have her singular touch.

Baking By Feel

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With chapters called “Happy,” “Sad,” “Mad,” “Anxious,” and “Hopeful,” Baking by Feel: Recipes to Sort Out Your Emotions (Whatever They Are Today!) ) is self-care through your sweet tooth from Internet-famous baker Becca Rea-Tucker . 

Header photo courtesy of Matriarchy Build 

photo courtesy Julie Nguyen of Fake Cakery


This article originally appeared in the Fall 2022 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today! 

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