glam up *your* bump

Here’s my article featured in the May 2010 issue of Chicago Parent magazine! View the online article here or at: http://www.chicagoparent.com/magazines/chicago-parent/2010-may/short-stuff/being-pregnant-doesn’t-doom-you-to-a-style-desert

Chicago Parent Magazine (May 2010)

Chicago Parent Magazine (May 2010)

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victoria’s got a secret!

For gals with enormous jugs that like to wear backless dresses, I have discovered the most incredible backless bra! Victoria’s Secret 100-way bra has 44 slits, three sets of straps (clear, flesh and halter) and a “low back converter” to morph this bra into one genius form of coverage.

$50—click here to view this marvel!

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six ways to glamour-ize your pregnancy!

http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/slaves-to-fashion/2010/03/6-smart-style-tips-from-the-au.html

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happy birthday, baby!

Today (May 24th) is my daughter’s birthday. I cannot believe that I have an eight year-old. I look at her and remember how I coined the term “contractive tourette’s” at the hospital as obscentities spewed from my mouth during labor. I guess I should have made time for that Lamaze class…anyway, on the fashion front, I did wear a fabulous animal print tunic to the delivery room so my memory has a strong style element. Remember—delivery room pics are forever so plan your ensmeble accordingly!

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project bumpway!

Having three days to score five pregnant models for Good Day LA (GDLA) put me in a tailspin.

Luckily…my friend Laura @ Bag Lady Promotions connected me with Liza, the big cheese at Expecting Models. Suddenly I had Lluvy of America’s Next Top Model on hand, Amy Liu, my old assistant, and Vicki (Linda) Davis, who is my favorite type to style as she is a wee 5’2″.

Amy and Liza of Expecting Models

Amy and Liza of Expecting Models

We had a blast. Steve Edwards and Jillian Barberie were hilarious.  We were laughing so much that I did not realize that we were live.  One model sported jeggings from Nuka maternity, a groovy preggo line that will be big time in no time. Another wore my grandma’s nightgown. I showed how to take one black empire waist dress from day to evening. And, short-stuff Vicki rocked a More Of Me Maternity dress. In a look that I dub…”prints charming!”

Amy & the crew of Good Day LA

Amy & the crew of Good Day LA

The big surprise?  Melissa Etheridge was in the dressing room next to us…she popped out to take a pic with us.  Viva LA!

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random thoughts from my life on the road, pt. 2

Book tours sound glamorous. And, some parts are. But, the schlepping from one city to the next (carting te requisite 52 pounds of accessories), organizing shoots and appearing perky in the midst of mind altering exhaustion is rough. The best parts? Meeting new people and unearthing talent.

In LA, I met the fiercely feminine Lisa Kline (http://lisakline.com), purveyor of all things stylish and Liza who helms Expecting Models, an agency devoted to the most beautiful pregnant women in the world. Lactation goddess Cheryl Petran of The Pump Station (http://www.pumpstation.com) popped by and donated an incredible raffle item for the event.

It is always hard to discover groovy maternity wear so I was delighted to meet Julia Noik of Nuka Maternity (http://www.nukamaternity.com) who designs excellent basics.

At Anna Getty’s Pregnancy Awareness Month (http://www.pregnancyawareness.com) last Sunday, it was manna for moms-to-be. Arcona was on hand doing facials and I scored many new eco fab brands sans sulfates. I learned about Belly Buds, belly phones that play music or recorded message to your baby and sampled the heavenly new Luna bars to place on the tummy for newborns to a font of eco-fab brands were in the spotlight.

In Dallas, I met Abi Ferrin, an incredible eco-conscious designer who is the pioneer of the five-way dress. Mica May creates super chic May Books (http://www.maybooks.com)—custom journals with a tag line, “Life is too short for ugly notebooks.” Love it. I also met Rikki Ragland, the glamorous blog mistress of The Preppy Debutante (http://www.preppydebutante.com)

Next stop? San Francisco!

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melissa etheridge and good day la love “bump it up!”

Melissa Etheridge loves BUMP IT UP!

Melissa Etheridge loves BUMP IT UP!

Amy and the hosts of Good Day LA

Amy and the hosts of Good Day LA

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make momma’s day every day with vosges and bump it up!

Mother’s Day may have been this Sunday, but you can make it a fabulous day for anyone with this delish Vosges and BUMP IT UP bundle! Visit here to purchase now: http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/product/Mammas_Chocolat_Cravings_Gift_Tower/mothers_day_gifts

Mama's Chocolat Gift Tower

Mama's Chocolat Gift Tower

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dallas, divine dallas!

I knew that I would adore the birthplace of my favorite show: “Dallas.” From the moment I arrived at my fabulous room at the W Hotel Victory Park, I was smitten. First stop? A segment on ABC’s Good Morning Texas with Amy Vanderoef.

Amy with Host Amy Vanderoef

Amy with Host Amy Vanderoef

Amy and Annika

I then trotted over to PICKLES & ICE CREAM where I worked my model, Astyn Davis, into a seriously fierce and feminine look for my event. Who needs coffee to re-energize when there is a Sprinkles cupcakes in Dallas? I sucked down a RED VELVET and sauntered over to the Frederic Fekkai salon to have my tired tresses whipped into a chic Giselle meets Krystal Carrington look.

A BUMP IT UP babe at Pickles & Ice Cream

BUMP IT UP babe Astyn Davis at Pickles & Ice Cream

Amy toting BUMP IT UP at Frederic Fekkai

Amy toting BUMP IT UP at Frederic Fekkai

Over 125 ladies showed up for the party! The next day I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of Abi Ferrin, an incredibly talented fashion designer who understands the high art of draping…

Model in an Abi Ferrin dress

Model in an Abi Ferrin dress

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