Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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Since Mobama stepped out with her sleek inauguration ‘do, “getting banged” has taken on a whole new meaning. Suddenly everyone from JHUD to Rachel Zoe is stepping out with a fringe.  Not every bang style is created equal. Some are super feminine. Some are side...

A Five Minute Fix Cold weather= fun fashion: cozy cashmere, fabulous furs, soft-as-butter leather boots. But, things are not so glamorous on the beauty front. Freezing temps invite a host of winter woes. Hair is crispy, Face is flaky. Hands and elbows are chapped. Under eye...

The Golden Globes red carpet was a lesson in high glam. There was a lot to love. Amidst the fishtails, layers of tulle and lace, fetching style abounded: Sexpot. “Old Hollywood” elegance. Vampy vixen. Retro. And, a few prom queens gone bad. On the trend...

To a mom, a well stocked purse is as essential as a well stocked fridge. Why?  A perfectly prepped purse is designed to benefit the entire family. Aside from money and keys, the purse functions as a magic wand to ward off any number of...

"Busy women have no moments to spare. Believe me, I get it. But I still manage to carve out the nanoseconds required to pull myself together. The trick? Having an arsenal of quickie style solutions at the ready." Here, for the Chicago Sun-Times SPLASH, I show busy...

Here’s your guide to quirky/cool stocking stuffers. Most of them are super inexpensive! 1. American Express Gift Card 2.  Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss $4.99 3. DAVIDsTEA Tea for the Tree $4.50 each or $12.50 for set of three 4.  Cover Girl ”Clump Crusher” Mascara $8.99 5. PRIME TIME SMILE...

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...