THE FRIDAY FIVE: EXHALES FRED DEVITO’s TIPS ON HOW TO STAY LONG, LEAN & ENERGIZED!

Staying fit as a busy mom is tough. Staying energized is even more challenging. I checked in with my friend, fitness kingpin FRED DEVITO, Creator of Core Fusion and EXEC VP TRAINING & MOVEMENT at EXHALE SPA to discuss how busy women can stay toned and boost their energy levels. Aside from five stellar exercises to do at home, he offered up some excellent lifestyle tips: 
 
“Being in the fitness business for 28 years, teaching the Lotte Berk Method for 20 and Core Fusion for 8 has allowed me the opportunity to see thousands of women change their bodies using these unique exercises.  Exercises that use your own body weight as resistance to build lean muscle mass and stretches that make those muscles long and lean.  Core Fusion lifts your butt, flattens your abs and gives you long lean thighs.  The secret? Muscle work. While our class is cardio in nature, it does so much more.  By building lean muscle mass you stoke up your metabolism which, in turn, helps you burn calories and drop unwanted pounds.  In a cardio or spin class you may burn a lot of calories but with a Core Fusion class, the calorie burning goes all day long because lean muscle burns calories 24/7, even when you are resting!”
 
DeVito also advises women to manage stress (stress causes your adrenal glands to secrete Cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone that enables your body to store fat) and to eat small portions of food 5 times a day rather than 3 big meals.  This will keep your metabolism up, provide energy and allow you to constantly burn calories.  Look at food as fuel and keep throwing the “logs on the fire” to keep the metabolism hot.

5 moves to do at home to bolster energy, tone muscles and stay fit!
 
1)      Bent leg curl variation–  this abdominal toner is great for all levels.  Beginners should hold on to the thigh with both hands and more advanced should let go and raise arms.  Do 10 crunches x 3 sets.

 

2)     V position Thigh Toner– Hold chair, place feet in a small V, heels together and lifted a few inches off the floor.  Bend knees, and move down and up about 6 inches with a straight back.  10 reps x 3 sets.

Fred Devito Exhale Spa V position

3)    Straight leg curl variation- Extend both legs at a straight angle of 45 degrees.  Beginners, hold on to legs and advanced should let go.  10 crunches x 3 sets.

4)    Single Leg Lift in C Curve– Hold sturdy chair or counter top, legs parallel.  C curve  your back and lift single leg  as high as you can and hold. Lift a few inches and lower.  10 reps x 3 sets.

Fred Devito Exhale Spa C Curve leg lift

5)      Triangle Stretch–  sit with right leg straight.  Cross left ankle over right thigh.  Bend forward from the hips.  Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

Fred’s awesome DVD collection spotlights even more Core Fusion exercises to do at home
 

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THE FRIDAY FIVE: KARA ROSS ON HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR WINTER WARDROBE

My friend, the fabulous jeweler and GIA-certified gemologist Kara Ross has built her empire on the premise of creating elegant and decidedly non run of the mill accessories. From baubles to belts and bags, Kara Ross exudes modernity and high glamour. Her thoughtful take on luxury goods like python cuffs and gemstone clutch bags has generated a fan base that includes Michelle Obama, Eva Mendes, and Kate Hudson. For my newly minted THE FRIDAY FIVE blog post, I asked Kara to provide 5 tips to spice up a blah winter wardrobe with accessories.


1.  Resin Covered 3 Bezel Pillow Necklace in Gold with Glitter Washed Natural Whip Snake, $395 When I chose to grow my brand from fine jewelry into other lines, I sat with my team and we talked about what made the fine jewelry so “us.”  What came from that was how much we loved that the gemstones we used were natural materials (with natural flaws!) that made our one-of-a-kind pieces even more so.  I knew then that I would incorporate gemstones into each line I premiered, and that exotic skins were the obvious partner in the endeavor.  My Kara by Kara Ross line uses both, and I recently decided to try highlighting the skin in a totally original way by layering clear resin over it.  They pick up the light beautifully and create interest even with the higher necklines I know we tend to favor when it’s so cold outside – love.

Kara Ross
www.kararossny.com
Also available at Neiman Marcus

2.  Detachable Pyramid Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with 18k Gold Accent, Black Onyx, and Pave Black Sapphire, $1,230 Balancing career and family as I do, I know the value of a piece that’s actually day-to-night – I hate losing time running home to change when I can just go to events  from the office and get home that much earlier – and these earrings detach from this dramatic drop to form a stud and a pendent.  I always feel more glamorous when I have them on, especially when it’s so dreary outside.

Kara Ross Pyramis Earrings

www.kararossny.com available at Neiman Marcus
Also

3Prunella in Bronze Python with Labradorite, $1,170 My fantastic handbags director refuses to make clutches that can’t at least fit a blackberry, keys, and a few credit cards, but this clutch has deceptively large depths for its size – you can throw in some makeup, gloves…it’s the perfect winter clutch!

Kara Ross
www.kararossny.com
Also available at Neiman Marcus

4.  20mm Electric Blue Lizard Belt with Gunmetal Hardware and Hematite, $330 A great way to incorporate belts into your winter wardrobe is to switch out the ties on your overcoat for a great statement belt.  It makes your look more individual, but at the same time you’re not losing functionality or dressing any less warmly.

Kara Ross Belt

www.kararossny.com

5. Wide Hexagon Cuff in Gold with Taupe Stingray and Labradorite, $320 This is one of my favorite skin and stone pairings in a cuff I repeat every season in many variations…stingray skin is just so incredibly rich and pebbly and labradorite’s different veins of color flash in the light.  It’s a great way to add a light little “pop” to an outfit without committing to a more summery palate.

Kara Ross
www.kararossny.com
Also available at Nordstrom

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Come behind the scenes of my Access Hollywood V-day segment!

 See what goes into styling a segment for Access Hollywood with behind the scene video footage of Amy Tara Koch, Expecting Models, Billy Bush and Kit Hoover.
Liza Elliott-Ramirez of Expecting Models had the smarts to bring her Flip camera to our shoot and captured the funny and frenetic moments leading up to our live segment. A note: Both Billy Bush and Kit Hoover are hilarious and gracious both on and off camera. And–as you will see–Billy has quite the quick and quirky wit.

Video courtesy Expecting Models

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BEHIND THE SCENES: ATK GLAMMIFYING PREGGOS & MOMS FOR ACCCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE VALENTINES DAY SEGMENT AIRING 2/10

 

Access Hollywood Amy Tara Koch

Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and Amy going over her script 

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I was thrilled when I got a call from Access Hollywood asking me to come in to the Los Angeles studio to style four celeb inspired lingerie look for Valentines’ Day. The task was to create looks for two pregnant women and two “civilians” based on the fashion sensibilities of Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Natalie Portman and Mariah Carey. The hitch? I had two days to gather props, cast the models and pull it all together to tape with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover in studio. Thankfully, adrenaline is my bff and I work well under pressure. Where to find hotties (especially pregnant ones!) on the dime? My first call was to my pal Liza Elliott- Ramirez, le major duomo of Expecting Models, a modeling agency that has a stronghold over the maternity and mom market. Supplying A- List magazines and brands with talent, Liza scours the universe for exotic and gorgeous women so I knew that she would have the crème de la crème for my segment. Next, I designed the looks and reached out to my favorite lingerie brands- Eberjey, Soma, Blush, Frederick’s of Hollywood and Hanky Panky and maternity brands Belabumbum and Hot Milk. .Big trends?  Bold pops of color, corsets, Girly polka dots/stripes,contrast of sheer with lace, kimono robes, lace detailing. As fashion is having a huge boudoir moment inspired by Dita Von Teese, films like Burlesque and celebrities (think Kardashians, Holly’s World and Kendra)  who love to bare their bodies, lots of this lingerie can be layered as ready to wear! Then, on to accessoriesLingerie is sexy. But lingerie + maribou feather kitten heels +statement jewelry takes it to a whole new dimension.

Here is a behind-the scenes glimpse of my exciting ACCESS HOLLYWOOD SHOOT.

And, did I mention ALL of my sexy models are moms and moms to be? Thank you EXPECTING MODELS!!

Access Hollywood Amy Tara Koch

 GETTING THE GIRLS READY AND POSING WITH LIZA ELLIOTT-RAMIREZ &  PRODUCER EXTRAORDINAIRE, SUSAN MOORE–BUMPLILCIOUS

 

 

LINGERIE BUYING TIPS:

❤Buy something that make you look and feel great. ❤There are levels of sexiness. There is something to be said for subtlety.Scanty is not always sexier. ❤Go for quality fabric that will wash well. You want things that feel good on the skin. not itchy. ❤Eczema is not particularly chic!

LOOKS:

Sofia Vergara: THE SEXPOT

Access Hollywood Amy Tara Koch

This look is Venus incarnate! Curvy, caliente and naughty with a capital N. Corset tops are huge in lingerie and ready-to-wear..I love that she can cover up with a blazer for her dinner date and head right to the bedroom. She can wear this out to the dinner party right into the bedroom w/ a cute blazer. Frederick’s Corset $34, Frederick’s satin kimono Robe $29, Frederick’s Heels $29. Jewelry by Lia Sophia.

 Urban Decay Edible Powder

BEAUTY NOTE: URBAN DECAY has edible sparkle body powder 

 

Jennifer Aniston :  THE GIRL NEXT DOOR 

Cute and small chested, my look for her is sweet and supereasy-to emulate. Hanky Panky’s vintage inspired Maid Baby doll $86 – gives her major come hither appeal.

Soma boy short Panty $18 Frederick’s black bow boudoir Slipper $29 Gara Danielle charm pendants and snake rings

BEAUTY NOTE: For a sunkissed face and kissable, glossy lips, test drive Rimmel London bronzer. & Urban decay pocket rocket LIP GLOSS

 

Natalie Portman : BUMP IT UP BABE

She is demure and sexy but definitely restrained. With this stretchy/soft aqua lace chemise and panty from maternity brand Belabumbum, Natalie is using her belly as the ultimate accessory to make a sexy statement a la her Azzaro frock on the runway at SAG awards. The Frederick’s maribou slippers add a fabulous pinup girl quality to the look

Belabumbum lace maternity Chemise w/Panty $77 Frederick’s marabou glamour girl Heel $29 , Gara Danielle snake bangle, Lia Sophia Chain necklaces

BEAUTY NOTE: smooth and luxe up dry, flaky skin with Mama Mio Body Buff

 

Mariah Carey: DRAMA QUEEN   

The vibe is vixen and decidedly over the top! There is NO WAY pregnancy is getting in the way of her sauciness.  I put her in HOT MILK’s Ever After collections (a brand known for translating sensuality for pregnancy created by two young moms from NZ) and topped it off with a Chinoiserie style robe from SOMA.  

Hot milk Ever after rhinestone Bra $35 & Panty $15 Soma Sensual painted Robe $89 Frederick’s Heel $29

 

BEAUTY NOTE: Keep your tatas high and mighty with Mama mio Boob tube

 

As my BUMP IT UP philosophy is all about celebrating and glammifying moms and moms to be this project was beyond perfect for me! Thanks ACCEESS HOLLYWOOD!

 

MORE LINGERIE BEST BETS FOR CHANNELING YOUR INNER VIXEN

Bella Materna

 

 French Lace Brallette and Tanga

Eberjey

 

Anouk Waterfall Robe 

Amber Sakai

 

Bralette and button back knickers  

Soma

 

Lace Hipster

Lace Boyshort 

BLUSH

Heartbreaker Babydoll

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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BUMP IT UP Valentine’s Day Red Hot Giveway: Valued at over $550- Ends Feb 14

It’s tough to feel sexy and sassy when you are knocked up. I’m holding a massive giveaway on my facebook page, Amy Tara Koch Style Expert, to help you BUMP IT UP this Valentines’ Day,  brimming with mom-to-be must haves and pampering gear. Tell me why you, a pregnant friend or family member need, want, or must have this fabulous BUMP IT UP basket.

Giveaway includes over $550 in Prizes:

Olay Regenerist Superstructure $29.99
NP Cosmetics Smoke Signals Palette $9.99
L’Oreal Perfecting Base $12.99
Anastasia Erasing Serum $45
MamaMio Boob Tube $30
Belli Firming Serum $34
Munchkin Car bottle Warmer $12
Tide to Go $4
Footpetals Stiletto Kit $44.95
MD Moms Baby Silk Lotion
$20
B.D.A. Belly Pant by Belly Bandit $69.95
Chunky Beaded Necklace $40
MotherTucker by Belly Bandit $69.95
Pampers Swaddlers package $6
Bumble Collection Diaper Bag $59.99
Munchkin Snack Catcher $5
Pish Posh Bag Organizer $44.99

The Rules:

To enter, “Like” and leave a comment on my facebook page, Amy Tara Koch Style Expert (not under this post) saying why you, pregnant buddy or family member deserves this! You may enter once a day until Feb. 14, under the giveaway on my facebook page.

For extra entries:
1. Tweet this message: Hope I win the @amytarakoch Red Hot Valentine’s BUMP IT UP Giveaway http://ow.ly/3SIzm #giveaway #contest #pregnancy PZ RT

Then leave a comment on my facebook page (Amy Tara Koch Style Expert), under the giveaway, telling me you did this.

2. Post the link to this contest on your facebook page  (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Amy-Tara-Koch-Style-Expert/297252829106) and then leave a comment on my facebook page (Amy Tara Koch Style Expert), under the giveaway, that you did that.

3. Post the link to this giveaway on your personal blog (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Amy-Tara-Koch-Style-Expert/297252829106) and then leave a comment on my facebook page, under the giveaway, with the link to that post on your blog.

4. Sign up for my newsletter (it’s super cool and packed with a lot of info). Link to sign up is here. Then leave a comment on my facebook page (Amy Tara Koch Style Expert), under the giveaway, telling me you did this.

This Giveaway ends at Midnight EST on 2/14/2011. You must be a US Resident, residing in one of the 48 contiguous states. You must enter on the facebook page, Amy Tara Koch Style Expert. Comments on this web page will not be counted.

Amy Tara Koch reserves the right to pick the winner anyway she sees fit,  most likely through random.org.

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your babe on broadway!

Every parent wants recognition for her kids’ adorability quotient. Well, here is your chance. Premier gear brand Chicco is offering parents the rare opportunity to have their kids cuteness factor displayed on a 100-foot NYC billboard in TIMES SQUARE this February. All parents (from anywhere in the world)  need to do is upload a 10 second video of their child (age 0-5) saying the brands name “kee-ko” for the universe to admire. Participating families will be entered to win some Chicco gear and receive a keepsake of the special media moment. 

 

 

To get started go to Chiccousa.com/timessquare. To hear how to say it,call 1-866-68-CHICCO

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