Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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Magazines lead women to believe that they need an entirely new wardrobe for the holidays. The truth? You don’t need to spend the big bucks to dazzle. Stepping up your look is all about layering and accessorizing. Injecting “wow factor: into basics is the difference...

Somehow quilted leather makes everything look expensive, polished and chic. Chanel may have popularized this treatment, but you don’t need to spend the big bucks to tap into the look. Brands from Aldo to Brooks Brothers offer a coterie of quilted options. Keely Quilted Leather Flats,...

Jeans, they are a mom’s uniform. We dress them up. We dress them down. We wear them to work. They are de rigeur errand running garb. But, while much of the designer denim is stylish, it is actually not designed to flatter women with lumps, bumps and...

My story from HuffingtonPost.com I took a five-year hiatus from working out. Not because I wanted to. But because I got sucked into the vortex of motherhood. Between diapers, meal preparation, organizing kid activities and keeping up with my own career, my needs fell to the...

My Story from SheKnows.com Black is a staple. But printed patterns are a fun foil that electrify a basic look. This fall, the runways were filled with explosive prints, many carrying over from the summer season. But, to many women, figuring out how to wear a...

Grey hair. It is the badge of motherhood and it sucks. Once my greys starting sprouting from my temples, my whole persona seems to wilt. My shoulders sag, my feet drag and I feel like a hag. I’m vain, I know. But, for me, the...

There is no greater fashion high than that moment when you triumph over the system by snagging a piece at a fraction of retail cost. I love to hunt and gather which, in my profession, means to examine trends closely and uncover that look for...

Twiggy. Mary Quant. Brigitte Bardot. Carnaby Street. Woodstock. Warhol Factory. The 60s were tumultuous, sure. But the chaos of the decade produced some of the most inspired and enduring styles. I love the dramatic, exaggerated looks of this time. And, so do designers like Marc Jacobs, Saint...

I am the new Chicago expert for Travel + Leisure Magazine!  This morning, I had so much fun on Good Day Chicago talking about my hit list for best family activities in Chicago. Chicago is a modern day mecca for families.  Lakefront. Zoo. Parks. Art. Sports. Aerial views. Beaches. Whatever the...