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Falling to New Habits

Seattle life is rainy and damp during the cold months. October is usually decent, for the most part, but once November hits, we see more rain. Drizzling raindrops against the windows, pitter-pat and the shrill cries of wind... yes, this marks the wintry portion of fall for us.
The other night, a co-worker and I went to go see Spectre after work. We returned to the office to collect our belongings and I couldn't help but want to take a picture of the city below through the lens of a rainy window pane. Although the rain blurs the view, it still appears lovely as the streets calm below. 
Probably my most favored aspect of the fall and winter months is the relaxation and warmth from the hearth. For me, this means relaxing under the blankets and sipping warm tea or coffee, and catching up on my Netflix. In the photo above, I am enjoying a pumpkin spice latte courtesy of the Keurig. So tasty!
Lunch at work has recently been a little heavier, replacing my typical salads with clam cho…

Tag, You're It!

It's almost the official start of the next day and I'm just now realizing that I haven't posted a blog for today... yikes! I promise to be much better about this - I just have to ease back into a posting schedule.

I've spent the last several hours editing a video and much of the rest of the evening laughing up a storm at terribly funny typos between a good friend and I in texts and Facebook messaging. That made my normally boring day a great and exciting one instead, so much focus has been there mostly... that, and on a new and exciting app that I just downloaded. I'll tell you about that later though...

The video I edited and uploaded this evening is a tag video created by my friend, Maggie. I met her a few years ago at Generation Beauty, and we wanted to collaborate with everyone we met there to create content together for the first time in forever... The tag is on things you don't know about me... or at least that's what I'm dubbing it as. Here it is…

Layers of Deliciousness

For our Halloween potluck at work last week, I made a cake. It wasn't any ordinary cake, but instead, a 4-layered candy corn cake. If that doesn't sound like a lot of work on its own, add four different kinds of cake into the mix. So many different flavors packed into one little cake. It was a hit at work. 
My inspiration came from Curly Girl Kitchen, where she created a soft pastel-colored cake that made me swoon. While my rendition didn't turn out exactly how Heather made hers, I am really quite pleased with my efforts. The feedback I received alone for constructing this sweet concoction was fabulous. 
You may find the original recipe here, amongst many of her other fabulous recipes.
I opted to simplify the recipe a bit by omitting the vanilla buttercream frosting altogether, mainly because I was unable to find powdered meringue on such short notice. I found a chocolate buttercream frosting from my Betty Crocker cookbook, which did the trick and used this in between each…

BDV: I'm Back! Drawing Inspiration from the Usual Places

It has been a long time since I last shared my thoughts here. I can't really go into all the reasons for it except that the past several months have been tumultuous for my family. What has brought comfort though is the thought of all the beauty that remains, even when the ugly is all we seem to face.

So, to bring myself to write again, I am seeking inspiration. To do this, I bring up Pinterest and read my favorite blogs. I scour Instagram and sit in a coffee shop sipping on my favorite seasonal treat: eggnog latte.

Yes, I know. It's not Christmastime just yet. Ssssh. It's okay. I know that. I just really, really like eggnog and coffee together. Let's just pretend that it that season temporarily for as long as it takes for me to sip it down and to write out every thought that my brain is holding hostage.

Instagram: If you haven't already, you should go follow me. I don't post nearly as often as I'd like, but I am often able to find some inspiring things aroun…