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“You felt familiar the moment I met you. A lovely sort of deja vu. When we spoke or laughed or danced I became overwhelmed by the powerful sensation we had been here before. & when we kissed, I felt the energies of a thousand lives on our lips, as though my soul had known yours all along.”
— Beau Taplin, Deja Vu

I’ve fallen in love with dried botanicals on my cakes!
there’s something delicate & timeless about them.
& rustic & ephemeral at the same time.
that subtle contrast is both beautiful & intriguing all at once, 
& perfect for a day like Valentine’s Day.
the cake is a delicious, tender vanilla & rosewater cake,
with salted caramel Swiss meringue buttercream,
& touches of semi-dried petals & sugar pearls.
& she goes so elegantly with these beguiling words from Beau Taplin! 

“When you kiss
the one you deeply, truly want,
God, what a drug,
there is nothing else quite like it.
Fireworks flash on the backs
of your eyelids & the
drums crash & bang in your chest.
You feel your whole body fall into it,
your every breath
holy & heaving, your soul crying
out in triumph.”
— Beau Taplin, Where I Ascend

“The formidable thing about love
is its power to make an earth
populated by over seven billion people
feel like it is inhabited by only one.
Making our own little world
heaven if they’re here,
but a lonely hell if they’re not.”
— Beau Taplin, Population Of One

“You were an unexpected surprise.
My defining moment. The collision of stars that slammed into me hard & sent my
neat little world plummeting into the ocean.
I never expected it to be you, you know?
But it is you. It’s all you. & now there’s no
looking back.”
— Beau Taplin, The Unexpected Surprise