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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BEST IN SHOW: MUST HAVE PRODUCTS FOR MOMS TO BE & NEW MOMS

With the spate of maternity and new mom gear on the market, it is easy to get overwhelmed. So, I took a swan dive through the marketplace and selected a few must have products to help you-and your new baby-look and feel your best. Believe me, the smallest details make the world of difference.


1. SMART STASH: emergency diapers at the ready
Diaper Buds $5.99 for 8ct.

2. DROOL WORTHY: four chic bibs in one, perfect for busy parents and stylish kids
Bebe Au Lair Quib Bibs $14

3. MATERNITY MOXIE: Must-have pregnancy kit with luxe pampering essentials
Citrus Lane Pregnancy Pampering Kit curated by Amy Tara Koch $65

4. NEW RULES!: Dr. Laura Jana’s comprehensive guide for new parents
Heading Home With Your Newborn by Laura A. Jana & Jennifer Shu

5. SLEEP SAVVY: Guru Dr. Marc Weissbluth shows you how to get baby to stack Zs
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth

6. HEAVEN SCENT: The safest lavender-spiked cleanser for pregnancy
Belli Skincare Pregnancy Body Wash $15

7. BOOBY TRAP: Is it a bottle? A breast? Tough to tell and that’s a good thing
Mimijumi Not So Hungry bottle $13.99

8. AU COURANT CAR SEAT: The most adorable, safe, easy to carry  infant car seat
Britax Chaperone Carseat

9. GREAT CHOICE: Cord blood banking equals parental peace of mind
Viacord Cord Blood Banking

10. NURSING NIRVANA: Where (breastfeeding) fashion meets function
Leading Lady Nursing Lace Bra $31

11. PREGGO PANTIES: Sexy. Sexy. Sexy.
Belabumbum Maternity Lace Boyshorts $29

12. STROLL IN STYLE: Super stylish, lightweight stroller
Baby Cargo Stroller $150

13. HEDGE ON THE WEDGE: Get out of the preggo dumps in these sustainably sourced kitten heel wedges that come with seven ribbons to transform your look
Mohop Shoes Mid Cherry Peep toe $164

14. MOLTO MAXI: A smooth-as-silk maternity dress that can be dressed up or down in a snap
Ingrid & Isabel Athena Maxi Dress $148

15. FLIRTY & FABULOUS: The genius “Momshell” dress is perfect for pregnancy and beyond
More of Me Maternity Momshell Dress $170

16. SWELL STYLE: Jumpers are on trend. Hatch’s version accommodates a burgeoning bump and can be worn-belted-after baby
Hatch Maternity Jumper $258

17. SLEEK & CHIC: A black stretch camisole bodysuit perfectly flatters a pregnant body
Bashful Bump Maternity Camisole Bodysuit $44

18. SPACE SAVER: Rollable bibs are great for the on-the-go mom
Tommee Tipee Easy Roll Bibs $6.99 2pk

19. PURE RELEIF: Cootie free skin cream to naturally relieve baby’s eczema and assorted skin irritations
Episencial Soothing Cream $10.99

20. THE SKINNY: Destination Maternity translates the colored denim trend seamlessly into maternity with their secret fit belly.
Joe’s Jeans for Destination Maternity Chelsea Secret Belly Fit in Lollipop $185

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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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