Amy Tara Koch | Journalist | Author
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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...

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...