J’ADORE CHRISTOPHER BAILEY & HIS BURBERRY PRORSUM ACCESSORIES!

Add some fierce fabulosity to your look with BURBERRY studded bracelets.

I am hosting a holiday soiree for Vogue at Burbery Dec 7 in Chicago and had the pleasure of shopping for MOI (versus everyone else on my list) for two hours. An accessories lover, I fell hard for the fantabulous studded bracelets and PLISSE leather bags. This, ladies, is what I call INVESTMENT PIECE

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AN ODE TO THANKSGIVING: GRACIAS ACQUALINA, FOR GIVING ME THE GIFT OF PEACE

Thankfulness comes in many forms: Good health, Prosperity, Great family life. Love. But, on a recent trip to Miami, my gratitude quotient skyrocketed to a dazzling new dimension. For years, I took the term “family vacation” to be a cruel play on words. In my pre-mom life, Vacation→relaxation. Being with my children is hard core work. Therefore, going to a resort with my family was like a juicy carrot dangled before my frazzled face. My fantasy? A hybrid scenario where I—a working mama with maximum responsibilities and minimal downtime- could log in family time with a few hours to read, work out and nap. This meant that I had to unearth a property proffering the crème de la crème of kids programs.

So, with an event in S. Florida looming on the horizon, I tried something new. Instead of parking myself in hedonistic South Beach where children are treated as an unfortunate fashion “don’ts” and the expectation of “service” yields haughty glares, I booked a room at Acqualina in Sunny Isles, FL just north of Bal Harbor. This resort -the only 5 star on Miami Beach-boasted generous rooms, an Espa spa and Il Mulino restaurant. But, it was the Marine Biology based program that held the most cache. Would my daughter willingly oblige me with three hours of free time each day?

The answer was a resounding yes. After swimming for 2 hours and collecting shells, we approached Acquamarine. Every mom knows the rules of engagement. The first five minutes are crucial. Obviously trained in the high art of sharpie’s, glitter and paper plate self expressionism, Brette was immediately sucked into the world of whales .Art projects. Shell hunting. Swimming .Lunch. I scooted out and ran-literally-to the spa. After a massage, I took a nap. I read. And, at 1pm, refreshed, I picked her (and mountains of artwork) up so we could spend the rest of the day together. I was on cloud nine. This divine schedule persisted for the entire four day trip. By 8:30 each night, we retired to our cozy room, juices in hand. She of the Macintosh apple variety. Me, some heady “mommy juice”, a Pinot Noir. Needless to say, I will be returning soon.!

AAA Five Diamond Award 2010; Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Award 2009, Allure Magazine ‘Best Day Spa in Miami’ 2009, Conde Nast Traveller Top Spas in The Americas and Caribbean 2008, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2008, Sun Post Best Resort in Miami 2008, Robb Report’s Top 100 Exclusive Luxury Resorts 2007

http://www.acqualinaresort.com/

17875 collins avenue, sunny isles beach, fl 33160

305 918 8100 Reservations

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TUNE IN FOR MY ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE FOR MOMS & MOMS TO BE

HINT: We don’t want a vacuum cleaner. Bakewear is a bust. The monogrammed coffee holder for the car (to energize us for schlepping the kids) is not our idea of good gift. Oh, we always smile and muster a joyful expression. But, the truth is that these gifts are for YOU, not us. What do we really want? I will spill the beans on fantabulous gifts that will really help mom grin as large as her to do list!

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Amy helps style Heather Nauert of Good Day New York

Click Here to watch the video of me styling Good Day New York’s Heather Nauert

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Pack Like A Pro This Holiday Season

Everything about travelling is stressful; especially packing. I am headed down to Miami today and thought I’d share a few expert packing tips.
 F1 SPACEPAK REVERSE TOILETRY

–  Compress everything with Flight. 001 space packs.

–  Pack anything that can wrinkle with tissue paper. Stick it in each fold.

–  Pack black, black and more black. If you stick with multi-tasking neutrals you can easily dress them up wth a scarf and necklace.

–   Layer anything that can wrinkle with bags from dry cleaner. They keep things crisp.

–  Fedex the heavier things and fluids.

 

–  To avoid spending $50 on a breakfast at hotel, pack instant oatmeal and plastic spoons.

–  Collect sample toiletries at all times to avoid bringing fulll sized products on the plane.

–  Prepare for delays with snacks in your purse.

–  Bring a giant cashmere shawl that can double as blanket on the plane.

 

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OBSESSION: HOT MILK LINGERIE

As most of  you know, I encourage women to look and feel great during pregnancy by maintaining their fashion identity. A huge box just arrived at my office filled with gorgeous maternity lingerie that is at once sexy AND functional. The collection boasts lacey nighties, silky Boy shorts and ooh-la-la G strings. The bras feature a secret breastfeeding panel. Where was this while I was skulking about in tattered Jockey undies. Ladies: this luxuriously decadent innerwear will put a spring in your step. And…your partner’s!!!

         

www.hotmilklingerie.com

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WHAT A FEELING!!! BIDDING ADIEU TO CONSTIPATION = BETTER COMPLEXION

What you eat impacts your complexion. Though it seems obvious, derms emphasize that great skin is contingent upon a nutritious diet and downing eight 8oz glasses of water per day. You don’t need to axe them from your diet but know that dehydrating coffee, fried foods and salt incite toxicity (which dulls skin), zits and under eye swelling.

All through college, as I subsisted on a steady diet of popcorn, yogurt and cinnamon raisin bagels, I wondered…why oh why am I permanently constipated? My mom, a reasonably healthy eater, did not divulge the wisdom that is pooping protocol: starches +veggies + fruit= a satisfying trip to the bathroom. OK, you are wondering, where is this going? Here’s the point: For me, the carb heavy diet of pregnancy recalled those painful bouts of constipation. And, constipation factors into the condition of your skin causing breakouts and blotchiness.

KEEP IT MOVING: THREE TIPS FOR CONSTIPATION RELIEF-

1. A fiber filled, Anti-oxidant (Sweet potato, broccoli, spinach, almonds, carrots, berries, whole grain cereals and grains) rich diet will boost the immunity system, increase cellular turnover and make you poop.

   

2. If tropical fruits like kiwi, mango, papaya and melon are nature’s broom, spinach and broccoli are its dust buster.

3. Sprinkle flaxseed into salads and cereal. Ground up, this nutty flavored essential fatty acid (which may be very well be the tenth wonder of the world) gives reticent bowel movements a hard- to- resist come hither.

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Tap into holiday glam with me in Chicago

Chicagoans: I will be out and about offering up sage advice on easy, breezy ways to glam up your holiday look. Please join me at one of these fab events. RSVP required

 

PREGGERS & BUMP CLUB CHICAGO

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA! 

With Special Guest, journalist, television personality and

author of Bump It Up, Amy Tara Koch

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Preggers

900 North Michigan Avenue, 5th floor  Chicago, IL 60611

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance/$20 at the door

Fabulous giveaways include:

                    Medela Swing Pump                          Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover Gift Set

MD Moms Silky Smooth Baby gift set                  BabyBjorn Little Potty

http://www.bumpclubchicago.com/The_Bump_Club_Chicago/Preggers_Event.html

 

 

Neighborhood Parent’s Network

BUMP IT UP for the Holidays

Featuring Style Expert and Author, Amy Tara Koch

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bubbles Academy

1504 N Fremont St, Chicago, IL 60642-2526

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Raffle includes a Britax B Nimble stroller and more!

www.npnparents.org

http://npnparents.org/expectantMomsGrp.asp

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5 QUCK FASHION & BEAUTY FIXES FOR THE BUSY MOM

1. TAME ERRANT BROWS IN A FLASH

Tinkle Eyebrow Razor, $2.50

Tinkle Eyebrow Razor removes the fine hairs of the eyebrow, neck and face as well as unnecessary hairs elsewhere.

Available at: www.folica.com

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2. CLARIFY YOUR SKIN. ANYTIME. ANYWHERE

Arcona Cranberry Triad Pads, $30

Cranberry Toner in convenient cotton pads cleanses, tones and hydrates, infusing skin with protective antioxidants to leave it glowing and refreshed. Ideal for travel, office and handbag.

Available at: www.arcona.com

 

3. STAY CONNECTED ON THE GO

DKNY Cashmere Pop Top Gloves, $65

A cashmere pop top glove with slits on thumbs allows for everyday multitasking like texting during the colder winter months.

Available at: dkny.com

 

4. LOOK 10 POUNDS THINNER

Miracle Body Denim Leggings, $88

Perfect for the holidays. Specially blended cotton and spandex fibers help slim your rump and shape your thighs for a longer leaner look. The soft hidden tummy control panel flattens the tummy. And specially crafted accents on the rear and front help draw attention away from problem areas.

Available at: www.miraclebody.com

 

5. FEEL COZY. LOOK COOL

Quotation “Julia” Cashmere Striped Cardigan, $178

Qis sporty, striped hooded cardigan is absolutely on trend

Available at: www.bloomingdales.com

  

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BYE BYE COOTIES: 7 WAYS TO WARD OFF GERMS AT 32,000 FEET

Flying with small children sparks anxiety in the most unflappable parent. Especially with the spate of superbugs lurking in the headrest, trays and seats. Call me paranoid but I adore (and collect) the spate of new germ warfare designed to keep one healthy at 32,000 feet. Flying with my asthmatic four year old next week, I am fully armed to protect my little nest in the sky from the big, bad superbug. Here are my favorite products:

 

 

  1. PLANE CLEAN AIR FILTER, $19.99

Attach to overhead air nozzle and the electrostatic charged filter removes viruses, bacteria and other particulate “matter” from an air stream.

www.pb-travel.com

 

 

 

  1. AIRPLANE SEAT COVER, $23.95

This eco-friendly seat cover kit slips over seat in seconds and creates a protective barrier between you and public seating.

www.pb-travel.com

 

  1. AIRBORNE, $5.99 – $10.99

Suck down this cocktail of vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and ginger to boost your immunity system .

http://airbornehealth.com/

 

 

  1. GNOSSIS CHOCOLATE “IMMUNITY” BOOSTER BAR, $9.25

Echinacea and Ginseng make this tasty and healthyand other immune boosting ingredients.

http://www.gnosischocolate.com/immune-boost-raw-chocolate/

  

  1. WET ONES

Portable anti-bacterial hand wipes

http://www.wetones.com/

  1. Kehei Traveler Tea Tree spray, $14.95

Newsflash: cooties hate the scent of tee tree! Schpritz areas that need antiseptic attention.

http://www.keheitraveler.com

 

  1. FLIGHT SPRAY NASAL SPRAY, $14.85

This new natural nasal spray is formulated with Turmeric root and Spearmint to moisten and support health and well being. The ingredients provide an unsuitable environment for germs and viruses to reproduce. http://flightspray.com/

 

 

SUPER FOODS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Yogurt

Garlic

Oregano

Red Bell Peppers

Green Tea

Pumpkins

Ginger

Oysters

Broccoli

Shitake Mushrooms

Raw Honey

Sea Food & Lean Meats

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