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.

Pantone Colors

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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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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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BYE BYE BLUBBER: POST DELIVERY EATING

The first step to losing weight is obvious. Throw away all of the junk food in your house and replace it with fruits, steamed vegetables, proteins, grains and yogurt. Ask your parents and in laws to bring over healthy foods so you have them at the ready when hunger strikes. In exchange for their generosity, load them up with all of the fattening “treats” people drop off to celebrate the birth of the baby. Here’s the catch 22 about post-pregnancy weight loss. Food is the last thing you want as you stare at that spare tire dropping over your jeans. But, eating is required to bolster your metabolism. High protein, fruits and whole grains boost energy and burn calories. Instead of eating three big meals, have 4 to 5 small meals per day so you keep your metabolism fired up. Stop eating by 7pm. Frequent meals keeps your blood sugar steady so you don’t fall victim to binge eating. Also, Keep healthy snacks-whole wheat crackers, dried figs, carrots and fruit-in your purse so you don’t succumb to junk food pit stops.


My friend Lauren Slayton, author of  The Little Book Of Thin also has some excellent insight into getting fit with what she calls “delicious de-bloaters.”


“It’s pretty amazing what can happen to our bodies even in 48 hours of focused, clean eating. These are fun, quick fixes but they work (and many of those stars use them). To avoid feeling and looking bloated, skip the 3 C’s: canned food, carbonated beverages and cocktails (yup). While you’re at it skip sweet and wheat. Work the water- we can debate the amount of water you need for optimal health but the amount to look your best? A lot. You need fluid to shed fluid so have 96 onunces a day of filtered water, 2-4 cups unsweetened green tea and 1 green juice (1 fruit max in the juice) as well. Next, consume asparagus, dandelion greens, ginger, lemon and parsley–these foods each have different ways of extinguishing that extra layer, you know that layer. Potassium helps you shed sodium, parsley is a great source and so are dandelion greens (and dandelion tea). Probiotics in asparagus feed good gut bacteria (it’s the bad bacteria that leads to bloat).

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To speed up the loss of water weight:

  • + Drink fennel tea. Fennel is a diuretic which helps you knock out water weight and flush toxins.
  • + Squeeze lemon in all beverages Lemon (a key ingredient for the infamous Master Cleanse) is another diuretic that helps the body eliminate water weight and toxins. FYI, seltzer and lemon is a great way to curb the appetite until its time for your next meal

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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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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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GIFTS TO DELIGHT THE MOST HORMONALLY CHALLENGED MOM TO BE


PREGNANCY GIFT SET+ BUMP IT UP: TRANFORM YOUR PREGNANCY INTO THE ULTIMATE STYLE STATEMENT

MAMA MIO Bump it Up Pregnancy Style Kit, $60

The perfect bundle for you and your bundle to be: MAMA MIO + pregnancy style bible BUMP IT UP will keep you looking and feeling great during pregnancy. Pregnancy specific skincare products go that extra mile to ensure that products are free from all things toxic.

Get Waisted
Moody Mamas leather crossover belt $28
This genius strip of leather offers the gift of proportion. Designed to help the preggo recreate the semblance of a waist, the Velcro allows for belting above or below the belly

Prep Work
Ms & Mrs Labor & Delivery SURVIVAL KIT
A witty childbirth toolbox brimming with essentials like stopwatch, pre-paid calling card, lip balm and disposable camera


Haute Stuff
HOTmilk Lingerie HER TANGLED WEB, $16 brief, ¾ cup nursing bra $33
“Pregnant” and “sexpot” are two words that are not co-mingled. That is, until you meet Zew Zealand  brand HOTmilk Lingerie. Combining support and sensuality, the brand offers alluring innerwear (bras are nursing bras) that taps into your inner minx
 


Mood Swing
Can’t sleep? Pissed at your hubby for the most minor infraction? Turn that moody frown upside down with KNOCK KNOCK’s hilarious spin on functional items

I CANT SLEEP JOURNAL
• THINGS YOU MUST DO TO MAKE ME HAPPY pad


Rosie Pope Madison Weekend Diaper Bag, $198
Between the spills, the puke and all around schlep factor, diaper bags take a beating. High style meets high function with Rosie Pope’s lightweight nubuck and leather Diaper Bag. The classically sporty bag (that can double as tote) comes with stroller straps, changing pad and washable lining. Make it an extra special gift by stuffing it with mommy must haves like Tide to GO, Pampers, and a makeup mini.


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BUMP IT UP Holiday Survival Kit for Moms-To-Be Giveaway–Ends Dec.16!

Giveaway is now closed! Check out my red hot giveaway: THE BUMP IT UP HOLIDAY SURVIVAL KIT FOR MOMS TO BE, VALUED AT  $306.

– ends Dec. 16 at Midnight

Sure, socks and gloves are nice. But, what does a mom to be  really want? Stuff to make her feel glam inside and out.
Amy Tara Koch Style Expert is offering one lucky pregnant woman the ultimate gift of primping and pampering.

Giveaway includes:

Signed Copy of Bump It Up, $18

PISH POSH Diaper Bag Organizer $40

Mama Mio OMega Body Oil, $35

Tide To Go Mini, $6.99

Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream, $49

Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser, $6.85

Tasty Baby Organic Fruit Gummies, $2.99(Great for cravings! No fat, artificial colors or corn syrup!)

Invisibump by Invisibelt, $20

AHAVA Purifying Mud Soap, $8.50

Assets Marvelous Mama Maternity Tights, $18 (with zero compression)

HOT MILK Lingerie Sexy Boy Shorts and Top, $62.50 (can be used for nursing too!)

LAVANILA healthy kiss gift set, $35

To enter, 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 Dec 16.

For extra entries:
1. Like Amy Tara Koch Style Expert on Facebook
2. Tweet this message: Hope I win the Bump It Up Holiday Survival Mom to Be Kit Giveaway @amytarakoch #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.
3. Post the link to this contest (here’s the link) on your blog (and then leave a comment on my facebook page (Amy Tara Koch Style Expert) under the giveaway post with your link)
4. Sign up for my newsletter (it’s cool, I promise you). 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.

Giveaway ends at midnight EST  on 12/16/2010. You must be a US Resident, residing in one of the 48 contiguous states. Amy Tara Koch reserves the right to pick the winner.

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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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