good morning, texas!

Amy and Annika ready!

Amy and Annika ready!

Amy with Host Amy Vanderoef

Amy with Host Amy Vanderoef

I just appeared on “Good Morning Texas” with the glorious anchor Amy Vanderoef. We bumped up Annika in a Pouch versatile dress, fab jewelry from Bloomingdale’s, and a few of my signature scarves. The piece de resistance? The Britax Chaperone stroller that Annika proudly leaned upon…leaving hotel for Pickles & Ice Cream to style my model for tonight’s big event!

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bumping it up at the W City Center in Chicago!

BUMPing IT UP at the W City Center in my hometown of Chicago was incredible. Seeing scores of knocked up women having BLISS oxygen treatments and getting their glow on at LANCOME’s faux Glow bar was a vision come true.

Fulcrum Point’s Stephen Burns and operatic sensation Genevieve Thiers performed the “BUMP IT UP Ballad” (a twisted and retooled version of “Hey, Big Spender”), an homage to all of the fashionistas in the family way. My glamorous co-hosts made the event: Katrina Markoff, Korey Karnes-Huyler and Micah Materre. Haute chocolatier and new mama Katrina Markoff modeled her son Rohan in the new baby Bjorn organic Comfort Carrier. A pregnant Korey Karnes Huyler, CS’s editor-in-chief, was the poster child for BUMP IT UP sporting a chic sheath dress and big tote. My pal Micah Materre’s amazing toast to me brought tears to my Pinot Noir swollen eyes. Even my kids got in on the action distributing chocolate  in their BUMP IT UP tanks. Thanks Chicago!!!

Amy at the W Hotel Chicago

Amy at the W Hotel Chicago

Amy chatting with posh preggo moms!

Amy chatting with posh preggo moms!

Amy and friends (and the BUMP IT UP "Do's and Don'ts" board!)

Amy and friends (and the BUMP IT UP "Do's and Don'ts" board!)

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random thoughts and images from my glamorous life on the road

Sitting with Maggie Rodriguez on the set of the CBS Early Show was amazing—like a triple shot of espresso laced with Red Bull exhilaration!

Amy and Maggie Rodriguez of the CBS Early Show

Amy and Maggie Rodriguez of the CBS Early Show

Amy and Maggie gabbing it up!

Amy and Maggie gabbing it up!

Amy on the set of the CBS Early Show

Amy on the set of the CBS Early Show

Amy on the set of the CBS Early Show

Amy on the set of the CBS Early Show

Every sassy author needs a glam squad: Hair by Roz of Frederic Fekkai, face and tan by Andrew Sotomayor of Lancome, dress by DKNY, and golden baubles from Kara Ross New York.

BUMP IT UP @ DKNY NYC was a coterie of authors, designers, scribes and haute mamas: Samantha Ettus, Keri Glassman, Marjorie Goldner, Jennifer Gilbert, Lyss Stern, Tara Mandy, and Jill Kargman…VIVA THE COZY!

Amy and Lyss Stern

Amy and Lyss Stern

Amy and Jennifer Gilbert

Amy and Jennifer Gilbert

Lindsay Fox

Lindsay Fox

Marjorie Goldner and Keri Glassman

Marjorie Goldner and Keri Glassman

BUMP IT UP Babes at DKNY

BUMP IT UP Babes at DKNY

p.s: DKNY has its own champagne label. Beyond evidence that a $90,000.00 pair of Harry Winston sparklers brightens the complexion and the mood!

Mayor Richard Daley’s Department of Cultural Affairs held a soiree in the Publisher’s Gallery of the city’s Cultural Center featuring chic local designers Susanne Siegel, Sophia Forero and JKAT jewelry. Yours truly walked off with a bauble that would have matched the bravado of her bump (but I’m not preggers!).

Amy Tara Koch and BUMP IT UP!

Amy Tara Koch and BUMP IT UP!

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DKNY book bash—april 15

Here are some photos from my book event at DKNY in New York City!

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DC, CBS, Rosie, and DKNY…oh, my!

For a preggo style bible scribe, there is no bigger joy than seeing scores of belly imbued women waiting to get into your book party.

Amy and happily expecting guests in Washington, DC for the BUMP IT UP Tour (4/14/10)

Amy and happily expecting guests in Washington, DC for the BUMP IT UP Tour (4/14/10)

CBS Early Show Logo In NYC now prepping for my CBS Early Show appearance tomorrow. I get to “bump up” three real moms-to-be that each have specific concerns. I met Maggie Rodriguez, the adorably pregnant anchor who revealed that my book is next to her nightstand!

Had breakfast with the gorge Rosie Pope (http://www.rosiepopematernity.com) who has a preggo-style show debuting on Bravo this year. Her duds are the Chanel of maternity!

Rosie Pope Empire mini-dress (http://www.rosiepopematernity.com)

Rosie Pope Empire mini-dress (http://www.rosiepopematernity.com)

Tonight? My big bash at DKNY in NYC. Come one, come all. Super-chic crowd with many of the contributors from the book…

Bump It UP DKNY Tour - April 15th, 2010

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bumping it up in washington, DC!

Here are photos from my recent voyage to our nation’s capital for my BUMP IT UP tour! For more photos, click here!

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cool and chic in DC!

W Hotel - Washington, DC (Exterior)

W Hotel - Washington, DC (Exterior)

W Hotel - Washington, DC (Rooftop Lounge)

W Hotel - Washington, DC (Rooftop Lounge)

News flash: DC is cool and chic. The days of power suits and manly suits are over. At least from the W Hotel living room where I was perched last night. Groovster after groovster waited behind a velvet rope to be allowed up to style nirvana: the rooftop bar.

I escaped the mayhem and trudged over to Borders to autograph some copies of my book. Then popped a Benadryl (oy…these cherry blossoms!!!) and passed out.

Today is my DC soiree and it is glorious and 70 with cherry blossoms aplenty. I pray this nuclear summit does not impede attendance from street closures. Obama: Give a hometown girl a break! Why did you schedule a political gathering this weekend???

But…I ramble…

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winging it at WGN!

Amy Tara Koch on WGN TV Chicago

Amy Tara Koch on WGN TV Chicago

On set at WGN in Chicago, my trusty preggo assistant Janeen and I were placed in the BOZO dressing room. I kid you not. It is the very room that BOZO would apply his pancake makeup and red honker. It was very exciting. But, nothing compares to the excitement of arriving on a live TV set with props and being told that your time has been pushed up by 40 minutes and you are on…NOW!

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BUMPING IT UP with kourtney kardashian!

Amy Tara Koch and Kourtney Kardashian in Miami, FL

Amy Tara Koch and Kourtney Kardashian in Miami, FL

New mom Kourtney Kardashian co-hosted my BUMP IT UP bash at W South Beach and offered Miami’s haute mama set 4th trimester fashion tips featuring her postpartum belly shrinking accessory, “The Belly Bandit.” Kardashian walked away with a basket filled with mommy must-haves: BUMP IT UP, Lancome bronzer, Pampers Swaddlers with Dry Max (Mason wears a size 3 already!), Tide To Go (gets the  barf out!), Wacoal shapewear and a chic new Britax Chaperone stroller!

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book tour!

Here are some photos from my recent book tour! Check out the BLISS SPA, Britax, Baby Bjorn, and Kourtney Kardashian’s new book, “The Belly Bandit,” and other fabulous wares starting with the letter “B”—including BUMP IT UP! More to come!

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