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It’s a universal dilemma for moms. The inherent chaos of a life encumbered by responsibilities- kids, husband, house work, meal organization, play dates- and a never expanding to do list eat up the time that used to be spent on YOU!

FIVE MINUTE FIXES shows you how to set your to-do list on the kitchen counter and rejuvenate your fashion fortitude. Whether you live in Miami or Anchorage, having an arsenal of easy style solutions at the ready will get you out of your Mephistos and into a pulled together look in a snap.

Amy Tara Koch is a style expert, author, journalist and all-around fashion aficionado. She is a style expert for Vogue, the AP, People Magazine’s Moms & Babies, Parents Magazine and contributes to Today Show, Access Hollywood, Town & Country, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Departures and Huffington Post. Her first book BUMP IT UP: TRANSFORMING YOUR PREGNANCY INTO THE ULTIMATE STYLE STATEMENT was published in March 2010 and immediately touted as a must-read by outlets from the New York Times to Glamour Magazine.

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My pharmacy in the sky. Always be prepared for in transit medical maladies.  The ALWAYS happen. Fill a zip lock bag filled with @peptobismol, @advil @bandaids, @cortizone, etc @travelandleisure #tltakeover #travel #familytravel

My pharmacy in the sky. Always be prepared for in transit medical maladies. The ALWAYS happen. Fill a zip lock bag filled with @peptobismol, @advil @bandaids, @cortizone, etc @travelandleisure #tltakeover #travel #familytravel

Bump it Up Awards!  For those who went the extra mile and used their baby bump as the ultimate accessory. #pregnancy #pregnancystyle #celebstyle #maternity #accessories #cankles #bumpitup  (at http://www.bumpitupstyle.com/bumpitup/blog/)

Bump it Up Awards! For those who went the extra mile and used their baby bump as the ultimate accessory. #pregnancy #pregnancystyle #celebstyle #maternity #accessories #cankles #bumpitup (at http://www.bumpitupstyle.com/bumpitup/blog/)

Check out my latest story on @huffingtonpost about deciphering cryptic holiday dress codes featuring fab holiday accessories! (tap photo for credits) #style #huffpoststyle #holiday #holidaydressing (at http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4405238)

Check out my latest story on @huffingtonpost about deciphering cryptic holiday dress codes featuring fab holiday accessories! (tap photo for credits) #style #huffpoststyle #holiday #holidaydressing (at http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4405238)

#excited #effortlessdressing #stylebyatk (at www.amytarakoch.com/styling-services)

#excited #effortlessdressing #stylebyatk (at www.amytarakoch.com/styling-services)

Kerry Washington has s bun in the oven.  Will she maintain her poise + polish through pregnancy? (tap photo for credit info) #celebstyle #pregnancy #pregnancystyle #oliviapope #kerrywashington #bumpitup #bumpwatch (at http://www.amytarakoch.com/pregnancy-style-prediction/)

Kerry Washington has s bun in the oven. Will she maintain her poise + polish through pregnancy? (tap photo for credit info) #celebstyle #pregnancy #pregnancystyle #oliviapope #kerrywashington #bumpitup #bumpwatch (at http://www.amytarakoch.com/pregnancy-style-prediction/)

HOW TO DO MONOCHROMATIC MAMA

Kim Kardashian? Is that you?

The bride-to-be’s decidedly toned down, sporty silhouette in Paris was all about laid back luxe. And, elongation. The key? Balance. Kim partnered her on-trend voluminous camel coat with streamlined leggings and ankle booties which deliver a long, lean look. Her oversized bag adds to the pitch perfect proportion.

GET THE LOOK:

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1. Pendelton Indy Hat $62

2. Zara Long Sleeve T-Shirt $19.90

3. Spanx Tout & About Luxe Tux Shaping Leggings $52

4. Lucky Brand Swayze Wedge Booties $89.99

6. ASOS Oversized Wrap Front Coat $195.78

Look of the day: fringe benefits! Basic black bumped up with a scintillating cephalopod-like scarf.  (statement tentacles are everything this fall) Taiana scarf from @IkramGoldman + @Stuart_Weitzman boots + @koobabags studded satchel #lookoftheday #ootd #scarfporn

Look of the day: fringe benefits! Basic black bumped up with a scintillating cephalopod-like scarf. (statement tentacles are everything this fall) Taiana scarf from @IkramGoldman + @Stuart_Weitzman boots + @koobabags studded satchel #lookoftheday #ootd #scarfporn

How will I transform from the worker bee to glam girl for @ebonymag soirée tonight with @amydbarnett +@hydeparkmom?  Here’s my office #beauty stash: eyedrops,  @covergirl mascara,  @flowerbeauty lip gloss,  @stilacosmetics bronzer and @urbandecaycosmetics naked finishing powder #makeup #glaminasnap #fiveminutefix

How will I transform from the worker bee to glam girl for @ebonymag soirée tonight with @amydbarnett +@hydeparkmom? Here’s my office #beauty stash: eyedrops, @covergirl mascara, @flowerbeauty lip gloss, @stilacosmetics bronzer and @urbandecaycosmetics naked finishing powder #makeup #glaminasnap #fiveminutefix

Pals with pelts…luxe layers a must-have in Chicago (sporting my @adrienne_landau @adriennelandau cape!) #style #lookoftheday #fallfashion #ootd

Pals with pelts…luxe layers a must-have in Chicago (sporting my @adrienne_landau @adriennelandau cape!) #style #lookoftheday #fallfashion #ootd

Party in a palette! NEW high-impact lip color by @makeupforeverofficial just showed up at the office. Woot! Neutrals?  Not happening in these parts. #beauty #lips #makeup #makeupforever

Party in a palette! NEW high-impact lip color by @makeupforeverofficial just showed up at the office. Woot! Neutrals? Not happening in these parts. #beauty #lips #makeup #makeupforever