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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

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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.

KICK OFF BAKING SEASON WITH THESE THREE BOOKS

 

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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