on baby and blogging

07.14.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart


Hello friends! Touching base in the few minutes of fuss-free, baby-is-sleeping, calm-before-the-chaos ensues. Wow! I don’t know where to begin except to say how incredible these past few weeks have been. Hop is growing big and strong, extra cuddly and loving, and more curious than ever. I, on the other hand, am still trying to figure out how to type one-handed, make a pot of coffee before lunch, answer emails the same day, and a bevy of otherwise mundane but seriously important things like getting out of the house!
On a side note, after my hiatus I have some exciting new things to unveil. A new kids blog and a couple Sage & Style weekly feautures I think you’ll really like.
Watch for this in the next week or two; in the meantime here’s a pic of our noodle … week 3.

|| Photo by Taryn. ||

hi, i’m hopper

06.30.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart


Here he is—our little noodle. Eleven days old, incredibly cuddly, totally sweet and the biggest, loving handful we’ve ever experienced.
Eleven days of unbelievable love, hard work, cry fests and devotion. Eleven days of sleep deprivation, amazing support, loving family and fantastic friends. BCL and I are head-over-heels and can’t wait to share more. In the meantime, Hop says hi with his big guns blazing.

|| Photo by Taryn ||

round two … award season

06.30.2011 · Posted in Ohh + Ahh


A few weeks back I blogged about winning an award for the Detroit Home picnic cover, which I styled a while back. Well, to my utter surprise, I was just notified that a second shoot I worked on for Detroit Business also won an award! Our “Restaurants for Business” feature won the silver medal for Best Feature layout from “The Alliance of Area Business Publications.” Hooray! I’m attributing this to our super talented team which also includes Roy Ritchie (photography) and Jessica Decker (design)– both incredibly talented pros who I continually have the the pleasure to work with.

|| Photography by Roy Ritchie; Styling by Taryn Bickley;
Design by Jessica Decker ||

guest blogging

06.23.2011 · Posted in Ohh + Ahh


I was so excited to join Sarah’s guest blogger series “Summer Destinations” on her fab blog Where The Sidewalk Begins. Sarah asked that her collaborators choose a destination and then base a style board around it. Well as you all know, I can never refuse a style board so of course I said YES!Above is the inspiration for my “event”—the Traverse City Film Festival. We’re actually headed up north a few times this summer and having missed this the past few years I’m hoping to make a stop! For more info and store credits check out my original post here.

he’s here

06.22.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart


BCL and I are SO EXCITED to announce the birth of our new little man, Hopper “Hop” Higgins LaFlamme who arrived Monday at 9:42 am. We’re currently cuddling, recouping and learning all about our new addition, the sweetest, most loving little charmer this side of newborn.
You can imagine how eager I am to share our experience, more photos (how do you ever stop taking them moms!?) and of course all the details as the weeks progress. In the meantime, we’ll be on a short hiatus but back very soon.
PS: Above is Hop’s announcement, which we eblasted to our nearest and dearest. Isn’t it fab? My awesome friends over at Paper Nickle Stamp custom-made it with a Chicago urban spin.

happy father’s day

06.18.2011 · Posted in Friday's Fellow


Photo by Taryn

Happy Father’s Day to all my favorite dads (including my own awesome step dad who’s missing out on one of his biggest regatta’s next week to come meet his new grandson!) I don’t think I ever appreciated Father’s Day so much as this year, when I realized we could actually be celebrating for our very first time. If you’ve been following the developments of our soon-to-be son, we still aren’t sure if BCL will officially be cuddling his newborn tomorrow (he’s now overdue by 5 days!) or if we’ll be toasting without him.
With that being said, I was going to do a gift guide this week, but seeing as we’re down to the wire I thought instead I’d share a “day of treats” post, where I cover what I would hope to do if we weren’t in baby limbo.
First up … I’d make my gluten free husband a huge French omelet with lots of smoked ham and cheese. After a leisurely breakfast, we’d be off as a family to scour the Green City Market for some dinnertime goodies. A spot of lunch al fresco with a picnic in the park, and then back home to unwind with a little online Monopoly. Finally, another awesome meal prepared on the grill with a huge helping of spicy Mexican hot chocolate gelato from Black Dog as the finale.

sales team

06.16.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart


I simply couldn’t resists a post on sales today … there are just too many fab ones out there right now! Of course I do realize it’s Father’s Day on Sunday and I should undoubtedly be sharing a few of my favorite gifts … but alas the day has escaped me via online sales and a few stealth purchases to boot. So here I am. With a sales post and poor dad. Well, he’ll get something tomorrow (local and last minute.)

1. Bernardo Farfalla laser cut shoe / Lori’s Shoes. 2. Paint palette pillow / CB2. 3. Cara Accessories flower bangles / Nordstrom. 4. Terrazzo Jeanette handbag / Kate Spade. 5. Bright bolts belt / Anthropologie. 6. Diane von Furstenberg Meka sweater / Net-a-Porter.

|| 5 o’clock roundup ||

06.15.2011 · Posted in 5 O'Clock Roundup


Image via That Kind of Woman
|| 1 || I love discovering new tumblr feeds like That Kind of Woman … her inspirations are gorgeous.
|| 2 || Popsicles are the new donuts which were the new cupcakes, right? Takeamegabite’s fudgy ones replicate my favorite version.
|| 3 || These DIY flavor florets via Camille Styles are an excellent way to hide hidden treasures.
|| 4 || I want to replicate every item in this Paris apartment via Frolic!
|| 5 || More minty goodness via Cupcakes & Cashmere. This slip-under-filmy skirt action is so pretty and feminine.

dainty and sweet

06.14.2011 · Posted in Dreaming of...


Today feels like a throwback kind of day. Perhaps it’s all these articles I’m reading about the movie version of The Help (those costumes, that hair!) or the basil lemonade I just drank; a recipe, explained the shop owner, which came straight from a 1950s cookbook. Or maybe it’s the soothing hue of mint green mixed with lace and red poppies … the perfect accent on a breezy summer day. However you have it, I’m feeling it … and only wish I could toss one of these on for my afternoon, neighborhood stroll.
|| Dresses from Anthropologie. ||

banana ripple

06.13.2011 · Posted in Musical Mondays


For those of you who don’t know, today is my official due date! Our little boy should be coming any minute and in response to the anxiety of the unknown (when will it happen?!) I’ve been trying to keep myself busy. Case in point; today I tackled a few outstanding projects while listening to the the Junior Boys new album It’s All True. Have you heard it? Fantastic! One of my favorite songs is Banana Ripple which also inspired today’s vibrant yellow post. The song’s beat makes me want to get moving … whether that’s re-arranging our balconies, going for a long walk or simply bopping along in my desk chair. Of course it also makes me want to run out and get a banana popsicle from Whole Foods—which I discovered the other day, to my $2.50 chagrin.
1. Punched stem rosemary bag / Orla Kiely. 2. Shimmer triple strand necklace / Kate Spade. 3. Handmade pendant light / FilligreeCreations @ Etsy. 4. Chakki ottoman in maize spade / Serena & Lily. 5. Abuela women’s 3-speed bike / CB2. 6. Beaded transformation top / Mod Cloth.