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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How to Layer for the Holidays

layering guide pics Amy Tara Koch with Darlene Hill

layering pic 2Perfectly layered bangles

 

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!

 

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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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    March Maternity Must-Haves

    Spring into spring with on-trend pieces that maximize your maternity moxie

    amy tara koch bump it up March maternity must haves

    1. Pea in the Pod Maternity Anorak Jacket $138

    2. Topshop Maternity Moto Mid Stone Jeans $65

    3. Isabella Oliver Scala Striped Maternity Tank $75

    4. Yarnz Linen Tiki Hut Scarf $66

    5. Hatch Maternity Slouch Dress $198

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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.”

    Eiman Hamza Bump it up style

    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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    Mother’s Day: How to score some mommy mileage

    We moms have schlepped, cooked and organized the minutia of multiple lives all year. Now it is time for the family to show their devotion. A homemade card is sweet. But, proving your love in the form of a material item will get you far more mommy mileage. Remember, no hint, no get. Simply print this gift guide out and place it in top of your husband’s pillow.

    1. GROOVY GYM GEAR
    Spice up your workout with Puma BodyTrain Slim Capris $55 +Gaiam CorePlus Reformer resistance bands $29.98

    2. TANGERINE DREAM
    An oversized clutch adds wow factor to any basic Heather Belle Co. Oversized Ella Clutch $395

    3. CASE STUDY
    A personalized iPhone cover is a Mom’s piece de resistance. Customize at Uncommon

    4. HEAVEN SCENT
    A luxe candle burning at the end of the day sucks away the stress. Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey candle $65

    5. WRAP ARTIST
    Elevate a look in a snap with Yarnz balloon cashmere scarf at SHOPBOP $187

    6. PREGGO PAMPERING KIT
    I curated a limited-edition luxury pampering kit for moms-to-be packed with my favorite things: My book, Bump it Up, Foot Petals insoles, Josie Maran argan lip gloss, Mama Mio Tummy Rub, Psi bands, Vosges chocolate, Zoe Organics face wash PLUS special offers from Spanx, Blanqi, Bashful Bump and Viacord: Citrus Lane Pampered Pregnancy Box $65

    7. CUFF LOVE
    A statement cuff adds insta-glam to everything from jeans to dresses.
    Target Gold Cuff with Wired Agate $19.99
    Kara Ross NY Middle Divide Cuff, gold with chartreuse lizard $225
    Topshop Square Metal Clamp Bracelet $28

    8. HAUTE STUFF
    The steamy ingredients for a perfect date night, Eberjay Cleo Chemise $69 + the best-selling erotic novels,50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James trilogy, $10 per book

    9. POT HEAD
    Luxury + humor + ceramics = a winning (& witty) combination Jonathan Adler’s provocative pots in Uppers($98), Poppers($88) and Dolls($28)

    10. RELAXED MAMA
    End the day with muscle melting products from LA-based Spa Ole Henrickson 3-Step Body Indulgence Kit $49

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    JET SET: Tips for Stress-free (& stylish) family travel

    I am headed to Paris with my daughter on Friday. A serial traveler, I pack for every conceivable in-flight situation. And, I dress in way that is at once comfortable and chic.  Just in case Robert Pattinson or Karl Lagerfeld should sit near us on the flight.

    On the fashion front, it is all about super soft leggings and long sleeved tee shirt. Layered over the shirt is a DKNY cashmere “cozy” and a extra wide cashmere scarf that can double as a blanket. Flexible ballet flats are a must.The entire outfit is, of course, black. Why? The ultimate neutral, black is flattering, urbane, sleek and chic. It also does not show the accumulated dirt and grime of an international flight. Flying will suck the moisture from your face and body. Throughout the flight, I pat my face with Sonya Dakar Omega Booster oil and lubricate my eyes with Refresh eye drops. I swab AYR nasal gel (germs can enter the bloodstream through cracked nasal passages!) inside my nostrils before the flight. Cooties are a huge issue. I wipe down the whole area and tray with anti-bacterial wipes. I always bring the Bug Off Chair Cover to cover the airplane seat. This washable fabric cover is a barrier between me and the filthy seat. Wipes are also used to open and close the bathroom door. And to flush the toilet. I always bring two changes of clothes and my toiletries kit on the flight. Whether you fly first class or coach, bags get lost all of the time and you don’t want to waste your precious vacation hunting down clothes. I pack them in Flight001 Space Paks, which keeps everything super organized. Also in my carry-on are a gold pendant necklace, some gold earrings, sunglasses and lip gloss. I pop them on upon arrival to Paris to create some je ne sais quoi drama for my all-black look. My daughter, of course is in a similar kid-ified get up. She has her own chair cover, wipes and Ayr.

    For medical maladies that may crop up en route, always have kids and adult  Advil, Pepto Bismol, Imodium, Band Aids and antibiotic ointment on hand. For ascending and descending, I am a huge fan of Ear Planes, which regulates air pressure naturally within the ear.

    Au revoir

    1. Michael Stars cotton long sleeve shirt $55

    2. Flight001 Space Pak $46

    3. Topshop leggings $24

    4. Drift Eyewear sunglasses, prices vary

    5. Boutique 9 flexible ballet flats $69

    6. Sonya Dakar Omega Booster $42

    7. Make Up Forever Lip Gloss $19

    8. Refresh Eye Drops $15

    9. DKNY Cozy sweater $195

    10. Black Pashmina scarf $24.98

    11. Children’s Advil $6.99Children’s Pepto-Bismol $5.29

    12. Ayr Nasal Gel $6.99

    13. Wet Ones Antibacterial $3.99

    14. Bug Off Chair Cover $29.99

    15. Ear planes $12.99

    16. Goldfish crackers

    17. Kind Bars $1.49 each

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    10 things to GLAMMIFY your pregnancy

    1. Must have info to stay out of the preggo dumps!
    BUMP IT UP: Transform your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement $15

    2. Combat stretch marks
    MAMA MIO Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil $35

    3. Relieve foot pain
    BELLI Foot Relief Cream $18

    4. Sweet relief for hemorrhoids
    TUCK’S cooling hemorrhoid pads $7.99

    5. BFF for trimesters 1 & 4: helps keep bottoms up as belly morphs
    BELLABAND by Ingrid & Isabel $30

    6. Footwear Fabulosity: insoles to make wearing heels a breeze
    FOOT PETALS Stiletto Stylist Kit for Moms $44.95

    7. A chic stretch belt is essential to create a flattering empire waist silhouette
    CHIC VERSATILE BELT, Topshop $44

    8.  Seamless support maternity undies
    BELEVATION support panty $20

    9. Get your glow on
    ZOE ORGANICS glowing face and body wash (paraben free) $16

    10. Stay high and mighty: all hosiery, bulge-defying bra
    SPANX Bra-llelujah all hosiery comfort bra $36

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