Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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MONOGRAMMED GIFTS A-GO-GO Nothing says “thoughtful” like monogramming. With the addition of an initial or two, pedestrian items like pillows, journals, mugs and sheets are catapulted to luxe heights. The trick? Monogram something useful that the recipient will use, not stock away in the depths of...

OFFBEAT HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE Giving good gift is a challenge. Perfume? Slippers? Gloves? Fruitcake? BORING! For the hard to please guys and gals on your list...

You can’t make a second first impression When you are insanely busy, a beauty routine is hard to maintain. You are racing to work. Getting kids to school. Or, both. First you give up brow appointments, Next, highlights. Then, simply applying makeup seems a bit over...

MUSING OF THE DAY Wallis Simpson, the divalicious Duchhess of Windsor famously proclaimed that one can’t be too rich or too thin. Well, had she seen the spate of bony starlets fighting over size zero dresses at Barneys in LA, she may have reconsidered her statement....

Ankle booties are a form of sartorial momtopia. Why? Moms need comfort and crave style. The low heeled ankle bootie fits these parameters by offering the comfort of Easy Spirit and the edge of Isabel Marant. A heel-even a ½ inch-will elongate the leg and...

PUNKY COWGIRL DOES CHICAGO An abnormally hot October day in Chicago inspired a sassy, punky cowgirl look featuring a breezy DKNY tunic, a suede button down, a skull & crossbones scarf and an eclectic array of accessories. I am having a mega ankle boot moment, pairing them with...

Last week, I was delighted to serve as a style expert on the new Steve Harvey Show. The topic? Tween Fashion Emergencies. The producers canvassed the country and found three moms that were unhappy with the way their children were dressing. We had a tomboy,...

A SMOKY EYE THAT IS NEITHER SLUTTY NOR STUPID I have been long trying to master the smoldering Sofia Vergara eye.  Sexy and mysterious, a smoky eye is fiercely feminine. But, it is complicated stuff. If you are overzealous, you look like a prostitute. If you...