BUMP IT UP, WINDY CITY STYLE

The Bump it Up Style Solutions Tour landed in Chicago last weekend to collaborate with Bump Club Chicago at the fabulous Peggy Notebaert Museum in Lincoln Park

Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up Style Lounge Chicago

Mamas, Papas, Preggos & kids waiting for the festivities to begin

Amy Tara Koch Bump it Up Style Lounge Chicago

Women tuning in to my styling sessions with ISABELLA OLIVER clothing and talking pregnancy beauty with BELLI SKINCARE’s major duumo Annette Rubin.

Amy Tara Koch, Bump It Up Style Lounge

I show a woman how a form fitting ruched t-shirt + long necklace + leggings = bump it up perfection. All clothing is Isabella Oliver

Amy Tara Koch, Bump It Up style Lounge

Channeling a distinct Parisienne vibe with fab Isabella Oliver Breton boyfriend cardigan

Amy Tara Koch, Bump It Up style Lounge

A pop of color in the shape of a drapey scarf is a Bump it Up staple!

MATERNITY MOXIE: Isabella Oliver Clothing

(As worn by Natalie Portman, Selma Blair, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani, Sophie Dahl, Naomi Watts, Minnie Driver and Jennifer Lopez)

Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up Style Lounge Chicago

EYE CANDY: Awesome accessories +fabulous cupcakes supplied by MORE

Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up Style Lounge Chicago

Founder of Belli Skincare- Annette Rubin – offers custom skin consultations and explains how critical it is to avoid “contra-indicated” ingredients during pregnancy.

Belli Skincare is the only skincare in the world that is teratology screened–which rules out any ingredients that are remotely linked to birth defects or any other developmental problems that might occur during pregnancy.

Amy Tara Koch, Bump It Up style Lounge

Mommy must have? I adore  PishPosh Mommy print carry-alls, wet bags and diaper clutches to keep mom organized and chic

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TWITTER PARTY TONIGHT! Talk Style With ATK, Anna Getty & Jessica Denay

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READER’S DIGEST: 10 fashion rules you can break

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Amy Tara Koch, Reader's Digest, 10 fashion rules you can break

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FIVE MINUTE FIX: BOARDROOM CHIC(K)

Is you work look getting stale?

Glam up your office duds with five easy pieces

YOUR TOOL BOX:

1.  Eye catching gold earrings bring light to your face and adds a touch of drama

KARA by Kara Ross Eclipse Drop Earrings $150, Tasha Triple Hoop Drop Earrings $28, Wendy Mink Gold Teardrop Cutout Earrings, $73

2. Timelessly chic tote bag

Classic Tote Options

Alexander Wang Emile Tote $650, MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Chain Tote $328, Foley + Corrina Mid City Tote $348

3. A scarf adds a pop of color

Sir Alistair Rai Love Raja Wrap $98, Theodora & Callum Pink Multi Ikat Scarf $175, Gap Bobble Stripe Scarf $29.95

4. A fabulous wedge elongates your silhouette

Coach Jazlyn Wedge $99, Vince Camuto Edon Wedge $47.50, Calvin Klein Blaire Wedge $93.50

5. A graphic print jacket brings life to your look

Marni Printed Jacket $740, Zero + Maria Cornejo Blanket Cardigan $598

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Stylin’ in Haute-lanta: Bump It Up Style lounge goes south!

I transform part of the legendary Fox Theater into the Bump It Up Style Lounge featuring Belli Skincare, Isabella Oliver Maternity and Pish Posh Mommy.

ATK Bump It up Lounge Child and Baby Expo Atlanta

The Bump It Up Lounge in Atlanta at the Child and Baby Expo with Pish Posh Mommy, Isabella Oliver and Belli Skincare.

Godiva Chocolate and accessories–what could be sweeter?

Isabella Oliver clothing (from top left, clockwise)
I style guests with go-to celeb maternity brand, Isabella Oliver, and show them how to look like  long, lean, baby making machines.

The key to staying organized as a mom?
PISH POSH MOMMY’S chic Carry-alls!

Belli Skincare, ATK, Bump it Up style Lounge Atlanta, Child and Baby Expo

Bethany Fite of Belli Skincare gives customized skin consultations to preggos

I take the stage to congratulate  Desiree Miller on creating the impressive Baby and Child Expo

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THE BUMP: 8 ways to stretch your wardrobe through pregnancy

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Amy Tara Koch The Bump

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TREND ALERT: COMPRESSION CLOTHING

Shave 10 pounds from your silhouette without starving yourself! The trick? Sporting “slimming apparel” which incorporates shapewear technology into ready-to-wear garments.

SHAPE fx (Spiegel) offers everything from “control” blouses and slimming suit separates to “control” jumpsuits.

shapefx compression dress

Control Knit Dress with Power-Mesh Panels, $69

MIRACLEBODY Slenderizing skinny jeans that promise to lift the rear and thin the thighs

miraclebody skinny jeans
Skinny Minnie Jeans, $128

DONNA KARAN has a “Waist Embrace” slimming Capri legging that lifts and lengthens.

donna karan waist embrace legging

Waist Embrace Capri Shaper, $55

Belly Bandit’s MOTHER TUCKER and YUMMIE TUMMIES’S hip length “slimwear” camis mask muffin top flubber.

belly bandit mother tucker

Mother Tucker Compression Tank, $69.95

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Invisible Skinny Tank, $58

SPANX Bod a Bing skirt, cropped pant and little black dress are both equipped with a built in liner for smoother, firmer look.

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Bod-A-Bing! Skirt, $68

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BYE BYE (UNDER EYE ) BAGS

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Years of early morning TV appearances have taught me tried and true tricks to reduce under eye luggage. Whether you have allergies, poor circulation or are plain exhausted, Samsonite luggage sized under eye bags are often a concern for busy women.  First step?? treat the puffiness and dark circles with an anti-inflammatory agent like ice. Then, in the same way a cup of Joe gets you going in the morning, soak the eye with a green tea bag compress. The caffeine boost circulation and draws out excessive fluid which causes swelling and dark circles. Witch hazel soaked cotton pads also reduce swelling and irritation. Follow with cold spoons to decrease swelling. Sounds gross but a thin layer of Preparation H hemorrhoid cream under the eyes will shrink swelling within five minutes.  Then, apply an eye cream or serum with ingredients like elastin, oxygen, collagen and vitamin E to hydrate and reduce swelling. Of course, reducing the amount of salt intake will dramatically reduce puffiness around the eyes.

HOW TO PACK YOUR BAGS:

TEA BAGS The tannins in cool tea bags—especially green tea—compressed on the eyes for five minutes stimulates circulation and de-puffs the eyes.

COLD SOUP SPOONS I always keep two soup spoons in the freezer to press on my morning eyes for two minutes before putting on makeup.

CUCUMBER A homemade Crushed cucumber eye pack (grind ¼ cucumber, roll it into a compress between two pieces of paper towel) also soothes and reduces swelling around the eye area.

PREPARATION H Shrinks swelling!

EYE CREAM Another product created by a bold faced dermatologist is Dr. Murad’s Lighten and Brighten Treatment. A 1.5% hydroquinone lightens the under eye pigment and peptides which mimic human collagen helps to kick start circulation and reduce puffiness.


Dr. Patricia Wexler de-puff eye gel contains yeast and caffeine which deflates under eye bags and fruit extracts to soothe.

Sonya Dakar–dubbed Hollywood’s fairy skin mother has many a product to battle bags. Oxygen eye cream delivers oxygen, pro vitamin B and soy proteins to tired eyes which plumps the skin and improves elasticity.

CREAMY CONCEALERRevlon Photo Ready Concealer, Bobbi Brown Concealer and Laura Mercier “Undercover Pot” concealer

LENGTHENING MASCARA Opens the eyes, Maybelline Falsies Mascara

REDUCING SALT INTAKE

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The Bump It Up Style Lounge hits L.A to kick off Pregnancy Awareness Month

This past Sunday, I brought my BUMP IT UP STYLE LOUNGE to LA for the kick-off event of Pregnancy Awareness Month, Anna Getty and Alisa Donner brain-child which  celebrates all things about the status of being KNOCKED UP! The celebrity studded event boasted 750 guests along with  celebrity moms like Brenda Strong to Ali Larter. At 11:30 am, the preggos were lined up waiting to hit the panel discussions,  holistic mom spa & the glorious fashion show  emceed by–yours truly.


PAM pregnant women waiting in line

People arriving at Bergamot Station to support PAM

PAM Event L.A. style lounge

The BUMP IT UP LOUNGE with Pish Posh Mommy,  Belli Skincare, DC cupcakes and of course, great styling tips

PAM L.A. Event Belli Table
BELLI Skincare products for skin care consults. This was MOBBED!

Belli’s Bethany Fite spotlights STRETCHMARK & MELASMA prevention

PAM Event L.A. with Liza of Expecting Models

Liza, of Expecting Models, and Amy

Anna Getty and Amy Tara Koch, Bump it Up, Pea in the Pod fashion show

Anna Getty, co-founder of PAM, introduces Amy at the Pea in the Pod fashion show

PAM Event L.A. Fashion show Amy Tara Koch

Amy emceeing the PAM fashion show

Fashion show sponsored by Pea in the Pod

PAM Event L.A. with Alexi Knapp

Amy with Alexis Knapp

PAM Event L.A. anna getty and alisa doner

Amy with PAM founders Anna Getty and Alisa Doner

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SEE UPCOMING EVENTS VISIT PREGNANCY AWARENESS MONTH

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Behind the scenes at the today show: Showing Moms how to wear swimsuits with dignity!

TODAY SHOW Amy Tara Koch Bump It Up

Maria, Serena, ATK, Grace, Divina and Karen

Getting ready for the TODAY show segment

Moms detest bathing suit season. And, for good reason! 20 something size two women have no issue wriggling into a teeny, weeny bikini. But for real women—those with lumps, bumps and other unsightly bulges– there is an inimitable sense of dread attached to swimsuit hunting. I cast real women-size 8-14 –to show  how the right swimsuit and thoughtful styling can make you look thinner, taller and glamorous!

GETTING GLAM IN THE GREEN ROOM WITH KATHIE LEE & DICK VAN DYKE!

Today Show Green room Amy Tara Koch Bump it up

All the hot mamas getting ready to take the stage:
Karen, Maria, Serena, ATK, Divina and Grace

SWIMWEAR 101

  • THE THREE Cs of swimsuit shopping: Construction , contrast, compression, cover-ups
  • Elongate the neck and emphasize the décolletage

  • Use big baubles for the beach..(say it 5 times fast!) like cuffs, rings and earrings to draw attention to the body parts you like and camouflage what you don’t

  • A cover-up is a layering tool that masks a thousand flaws
  • A subtle heel elongates the silhouette

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Watch the full segment! Get the Looks!

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