My Picks in Marsala: Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

It’s official: Pantone has named Marsala as the color of 2015. Think deep, juicy pomegranate fruit, warm Tuscan brick villas and the red wine that you can drink in a few months’ time. Here are a few of my favorite pieces that reflect this sartorial trend.

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Amy Tara Koch in “Style Influencer” Interview for Keungzai

In our final installment of Style Influencers for 2014, we interview style expert, journalist and author Amy Tara Koch. She is a style expert for People Magazine, USA Today, She Knows, The Bump, Vogue and Parents Magazine and has appeared on CNN, TODAY, Steve Harvey, Access Hollywood, Fox and the CBS EARLY SHOW. A contributor to Marie Claire,Huffington Post, People Moms & Babies, The New York Times and more, Amy Tara Koch is also the author behind “BUMP IT UP: Transform Your Pregnancy Into The Ultimate Style Statement“, touted as a must-read pregnancy style bible.

Read the rest of the interview here!

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How to Layer for the Holidays

layering guide pics Amy Tara Koch with Darlene Hill

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The Holidays are all about drama, yes. But does that mean women need to run out and invest in a new wardrobe? Good Day Chicago’s style expert Amy Tara Koch says NO WAY! You can create a big style statement by mixing and matching what you already own (or filling in your accessory blanks with some new holiday baubles). Translation? Toss the matchy-matchy mindset and pair your accessories in unconventional ways to create texture, add contrast and introduce color.

 

LAYERING TIPS

    1. Mix vintage + new
    2. Pair opposites for high drama
    3. High/low is a recipe for high style. Think: H&M and Hermes!

 

    Watch video here!

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    COOL MATERNITY JEAN ALERT!

    ITEM:  DL 1961 Angel Maternity Ankle Jean, $168

    Denim Brand DL 1961 is known for its ability to magically shape and lift a woman’s most stubborn body parts. How? The jeans are infused with “4 way stretch” denim featuring a blend of supremely high quality pro modal fibers, lycra and American cotton. These “high performance” jeans are comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Yes, they are expensive. But, flattering jean are a maternity must-have.

    And, since you very well may wear them 5 days out of 7, they are a solid investment.

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    Spring Maternity Favorites

    Sping is all about feminine florals, artsy prints, contrasting fabrics and sporty accents. Some good news: knocked up does not mean you can’t look au courant. Here are some great looks to keep you on trend and absolutely comfortable this spring.

    amy tara koch bump it up spring favorites 2014

    1. Floral Printed Clutch $44 at Topshop

    2. Standout Bangle Set $9.80 at Forever21

    3. Marios Maxi Dress $550 at Farfetch

    4. Lily Tank $228 at Hatch Maternity

    5. Moto Vintage Wash Denim Jacket $90 at Topshop

    6. Aggy Sandal $160 at Dr. Marten

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    Sheknows Expert Among Us

    I am excited to be a part of SheKnows new EXPERT AMONG US program. I am obsessed with scarves. So, it should come as no surprise that my first post (and accompanying video) is all about how to wear a scarf.

    READ FULL STORY

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    Get your bump red carpet ready

    Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington looked amazing on the Golden Globe red carpet. One way you can channel their sleek silhouettes while pregnant is through pregnancy specific shapewear. Zero (belly) compression shapewear will smooth lumps and bumps on the thighs and rump while celebrating a burgeoning belly.

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    “Celebrities always look so fantastic because underneath their fabulous gowns are the perfect, foundational shapewear pieces,” says Olivia Capone Myers, Design Director of A Pea in the Pod. “Camouflaging seams and panty lines creates a more seamless look and having the added support of shapewear is especially important as your body transforms during and after your pregnancy.”

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    Some of the brands that I love are  Spanx® and Belly Bandit®, Tummy Tube® by A Pea in the Pod, as well as a selection of seamless, adjustable strap and shelf-bra camis that are perfect to pair with any outfit. They are all available at Pea in the Pod.

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    (From left to right) Belly Bandit Bamboo Post Partum Support Belt $69.95, The Tummy Tube by A Pea in the Pod $26 and Spanx Power Mama Shaper $38

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    Tunic for Two: Pregnant Black-Tie Style

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    FROCKSTAR: Eiman Hamza is a bump it up babe!

    Eiman Hamza, founder of Happiness Clothing, is not sacrificing an ounce of her fashion sense to pregnancy. From airy shirt dresses to form fitting frock and fedora combos, this LA based designer creatively channels her flirty, free wheeling style in a way that defines her as a true Bump It up Babe.

    Here are three looks (and how to get them) that spotlight her singular fashion sense:

    LOOK 1
    “Black dress with tan shoes on Abbot Kinney.  Simple, chic, with a bit of grunge. I like to add some edge to classic styles.”

    Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

    Dress-Topshop \\ Shoes- Topshop \\ Bag- Balenciaga \\ Flannel- Uniqlo \\ Sunglasses- Nasty Gal

    LOOK 2
    “Comfortable and cute.  Great for everyday- denim and brown are the perfect combination for fall.”

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    Denim dress- Asos maternity \\ Bag- Balenciaga \\ Hat- Urban Outfitters \\ Shoes- Topshop

    LOOK 3
    “Casual yet chic.  Love subtle touches of red (on lips or bags) when wearing black.  Adds instant style!”

    Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

    Daisy Dress- Asos Maternity \\ Belt- Zara \\ Bag- Asos \\ Shoes- Alexander Wang \\ Hat- Kitson \\ Accessories- Rolex, Happiness bracelets


    Follow Eiman on her Blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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    Pregnancy Style Prediction: Kerry Washington Stays Poised & Polished

    Whether donning her Olivia Pope power persona or stepping out on the red carpet, one thing is for certain: Kerry Washington is always poised and polished. But, will she be able to maintain her pulled together style throughout nine months of pregnancy? My vote is a resounding “yes!”

    Here’s what I predict: Kerry will wear a lot of dresses, some drapey and dramatic and, as her bump grows, some fitted. But, they will all be the picture of elegance. Since she is so petite, she will have the luxury of sporting flowy non maternity designers like Zero Maria Cornejo, Jenni Kayne, Haider Ackermann and Thakoon. When she opts for maternity pieces , she will turn to fashion forward brands like Isabella Oliver, Hatch and More of Me maternity. Jeans? I think not. When going casual, Kerry will opt for leggings paired with ladylike blouses that graze her belly. Or, you guessed it, a shirt dress. For the red carpet, she will turn to strapless empire waisted  gowns  accented with a gorgeous clutch and statement earrings. For footwear, she will stick you to heels (even if it is just a micro heel) until the bitter end.

    kerry washington pregnancy style predictions

    Ruched & Refined: Isabella Oliver Ruched Midi Maternity Dress $169 \\ Kara Ross Baby Shirt Cuff Bracelet in Green Ring Lizard $196 \\ Kate Spade New York Licorice Pump $298

    Silky & Sleek: H&M Blouse with Beaded Trim $14.95 \\ Old Navy Maternity Leggings $12.50 \\ Ann Taylor Phoebe Chunky Heel Tall Boot $268

    Draped & Dramatic: Vince Vintage Leather Scuba Jacket $995 \\ Zero + Maria Cornejo Milu Dress $1095 \\ Coach Dovelyn Bootie $275

    Red Carpet Ready: Nine West Rock Starlet Clutch $69 \\ Monique Lhuillier Ombre Strapless Gown $3990 \\ Balenciaga Ankle Strap Glove Sandal $845

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