Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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I am knee-deep in an extended project for Travel + Leisure magazine, spotlighting all that is fabulous in my hometown of Chicago. The best part? I get to explore the nooks and crannies of my city to cull the best experiences for locals and tourists...

Since I travel so much with my family, I field a ton of questions from fellow parents on how to navigate the travel process. Here are some answers to common challenges of travelling on an extended trip with kids. Q: What are your travel must haves?...

Home rentals are an attractive option for a traveling family. That is, when the property matches the images on the internet. Having had a recent bait and switch in Provence where a dilapidated farm house had been substituted for the “villa” I had rented, the...

Sometimes the best trips are the most laid back; the leisurely afternoons where random wandering yields the stuff of scrapbooks (or, Pinterest boards).Having hustled my kids to every landmark last year, I decided to ditch the psychotic sightseeing and spend our week in London exploring...

Have Kids, Will Travel. Just Not To Disney World. I am one of those parents who consider a trip to Disney pure punishment. Instead, Our family trips (I have 2 daughters) are culture & foodie fueled getaways designed for parents and kids to get inspired and have...

I am a beauty warrior. From anti-aging serums to avante-garde sunscreen potions, I have an unquenchable thirst to hunt and gather products to make women look and feel their best. As every woman knows, the beauty industry is vast encompassing hair care, makeup, skincare, body cleaners/moisturizers and...

Join ATK & HGTV's Hilary Farr at Art Van Furniture June 5th Hilary Farr, Host of HGTV's Love It or List It My love of style knows no bounds. So, when Art Van Furniture contacted me about emceeing an event at their Orland Park store with HGTV’s Love It...

Au Revoir Memorial Day, Bonjour Summer! After this bone-chilling winter, I could not be more excited for balmy climes and the beach. First step? A beauty switcheroo. Similar to swapping out one’s seasonal wardrobe, women to need replace the ultra heavy winter potions and lotions with products that...

TREND: FULL EYEBROWS CHALLENGE: GROOMING THICK BROWS OR COSMETICALLY CAMOUFLAGING THIN BROWS The glossies have pronounced the thick Charlotte Gainsbourg-esque look au courant. At long last, my meaty caterpillar brows are a statement versus a liability. MASTERS OF THE BROW THICK BROWS It has taken me years to tame my...

How On-the-Go Gals Can Prevent Beauty Break Downs Beauty crises happen every day. How to prevent being caught in a mascara free zone? Always keep a beauty kit filled with five minute fixes in your car or office. This way, when the call for a last...