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Long, long ago (in the ’30s, to be a little more precise), a Pittsburgh factory had a problem on its hands. What do you do with a molasses surplus? The result was a patent on dehydrated flour and the humble, gingerbread beginnings of an American pantry staple: the cake mix. Fast forward to the present, and you probably fall somewhere between adoring the just-add-eggs-and-oil convenience of box mixes and scorning them like a stalwart, make-it-from-recipe maven. For those that fall on the less sunny side of that scale, it can feel like the confines of a cardboard box branded by Betty Crocker can stifle a baker’s creative power. Don’t let yourself be boxed in by what comes in the box. Instead, use what comes in one of our kits, upgrade with your own twist and create something totally you.

1. Buy This: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit ($18): Warm, fresh-out-of the oven cookies are a must for a girls’ night or solo Netflix marathons (or really, who needs a formal occasion?) Tweak this cookie kit for a quick fix.

Make This:

— Cocoa powder + white chocolate chips = the chocolate trifecta.

— Raisins + oatmeal = a classic that’ll rival grandma’s secret recipe.

— Pumpkin pie spice + pumpkin puree = the best damn dessert you’ll munch on all autumn.


2. Buy This: Beer Brewing Kits ($45+): When you want to get into a new hobby, you have to develop your skills somehow. Becoming a home-brew queen can be tough, not because making your own beer is hard, but because the gear can be hard to come by. Our kit provides all the necessities for your brewing dreams to take flight.

Make This:

Irish stout kit + cold-brew coffee = a deep and roasty coffee stout.

Everyday IPA kit + habanero peppers = a hot libation sure to get your party started.

— Cool name + personal, hand-stamped logo + amber beer bottles = the coolest six-pack you’ll put in your fridge all year.

Watercolor Gold Leaf Cake Kit

3. Buy This: Water Color Gold Leaf Cake Kit ($34): Have your cake and decorate it too! This kit has a lot of creative wiggle room, so find your favorite cake recipe, get baking and start designing your final product.

Make This:

— Card stock + X-acto knife = knock-out stencils for gorgeous, painted cake designs.

— Additional colors + family pictures = gold-framed edible portraits of your loved ones.

— DIY cake topper + edible glitter = a totally over-the-top (in the best way possible) cake.

Body Butter Kit

4. Buy This: Body Butter Kit ($40): Winter is coming! That means your skin needs a little extra TLC, so show your bod some love with a little body butter made by you. Start with the coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil in this super useful kit, then tinker to your heart’s (and skin’s) content.

Make This:

— Geranium + lavender + citronella essential oils = homemade mosquito repellent that isn’t sticky or smelly.

— Sugar + vanilla extract = yummy lip sugar scrub.

— Peppermint + eucalyptus essential oils = muscle-soothing lotion.

What has been your best DIY kit makeover? Tell us in the comments or show us on Instagram by tagging #iamcreative.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)