My Fireplace Mantle: Mixing Vintage and Modern

The first object I had designed and installed when I moved into my home was the fireplace mantle in my master bedroom. I asked my contractor if we could find something like a large, old piece of wood that brings a feel of warmth and an organic element into my personal space.

We ended up finding a 100-year-old railroad tie that we re-purposed as the fireplace mantle. Taking extremely old brick and painting it a contemporary color gave a look and feel of vintage and modern elements. I love to find old items and utilize them in a new way!

Kym Gold Fireplace Mantle

We decided to give the railroad tie a wash of a contemporary shade of grey.

Even mixing the charm of the fireplace with a large TV and colorful vases adds just enough contrast that stands out, but doesn’t look out of place. Mixing old and new is a great way to add dimension and charm.

Kym Gold Fireplace Mantle

All of the elements blend together in such a unique way to create the perfect focal point.

So if your space is feeling impersonal, or just needs a touch of warmth, scouring your local antique shop or even a flea market can turn up with some unique finds that add the perfect amount of character to any room.

-Kym

 

April 2017 Color of the Month: Grey

Grey is a personal go-to color for me. It goes with many colors in my closet as an accessory or mainstay, and I also use it in my home. I love the color, because it’s contemporary. It has a steadying effect on other colors when they come into contact; it tones down the stronger and brighter colors, and illuminates softer ones. Rarely is grey a perfect mix of black and white; it often has elements of other colors with in it such as blue, green, pink, mauve, or yellow, which energize the grey tones.

This month, I’d like to show you how I incorporate the color into my home in various ways. If you have plans to paint a bedroom or dining room this spring but are struggling over the perfect color, I hope that the shades I showcase in this blog post will give you some ideas on how to use it in a fresh, modern way!

Grey Kym Gold home

I had this custom wood cabinet made from a local Malibu artist. It gives me a peaceful, zen feeling with the soft grey and creme wood undertones. The creamy white and turquoise balances beautifully against the wood and paint, and the different textures of the mirror and wood grain give the space a soothing accent.

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A vintage Phillip Stark chair, reupholstered in a grey velvet.

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A custom circular couch in charcoal leather.

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Using grey fabric with a lot of texture can compliment a room and other accent pieces.

Grey Kym Gold Home

Using a combination of silver and grey elements can give a very dramatic effect, like this chandelier I bought for my foyer entrance. An impressive piece!

When you use the right shade in the right way, grey is a beautiful, rich, natural, and calming hue that agrees with almost every color. Notice that I don’t just use one shade — there are variations of the color, like light, dark, charcoal, and silver. Don’t be afraid to use grey — as long as you balance it in a refreshing way!

-Kym

P.S. Visit my March Color of the Month, Purple, here!

Our Ventura Boulevard: True Religion Jeans founder Kym Gold debuts Encino Home

Our Ventura Boulevard, a regional lifestyle magazine, interviewed me about my new home. A special thank you to writer Linda Grasso and photographer Shane O’Donnell!

Ventura Boulevard

Photographed by Shane O’Donnell for Ventura Boulevard.

…”I wanted to do jeans with twisted seams, big pockets and flare. People were like what? You can’t do that with jeans!” But she stuck to her guns and it paid off. In 2012 a private equity firm bought the company for $835 million.

Kym took something of the same approach with her new Encino digs. She bought the brand-new, 7,600- square-foot spec home on a quiet cul-de-sac, south of the Boulevard, for more than $6 million. And then she did the unthinkable. She started taking it apart.

Read the entire article here.

Color of the Month: Purple

After writing my blog post about the Pantone Color of the Year “Greenery,” I decided that I want to start focusing every month on a specific color that I love. Being a fashion designer, I spent a lot of time with many different colors, and my blog is the perfect place to spotlight colors on an individual level.

Purple is a color that is so different from green that I decided to spend some time with the purple items in my house that I love. Below you’ll find a few of my favorite things!

This is one of my favorite outfits to wear, which has purple accents. You can’t go wrong with a Balenciaga purse (this one also happens to be my favorite!) or purple Jimmy Choo shoes. The subtle purples in the blazer perfectly influence the blues. Combined with a pair of jeans and fun necklace, you can’t go wrong with this outfit – which is why I love it so much!

My pool garden has a touch of purple in it. With so much greenery around the pool, the purple flowers (with a dash of yellow) give the greens and cool grey slate a pop of color.

 I absolutely love the Missoni pillows on my bedroom love seat! Not only are the patterns fantastic, but the mix of light and dark purples against the bright reds and yellows give them a beautiful, fun contrast.

 I adore this painting by my sister, artist Michelle Oppenheimer. The purple hues fused with white and blue make this wonderful painting so relaxing to look at, especially after a long day!

Check back on my blog to see what color I’ll be showcasing in April…

-Kym

Style Union at Coterie NYC 2017

I had a great time at Coterie NYC, connecting with buyers and retailers on my new ultra-luxe loungewear brand STYLE UNION. Below are some photos from my time at Coterie.

You can subscribe to updates on STYLE UNION at our website, www.shopstyleunion.com. #LoungeBetter

Coterie NYC Style Union

Hello, Coterie!

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Thank you Sophie Wizmann and Gigi Scotto, best friends and supporters of STYLE UNION, visiting from Los Angeles…

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STYLE UNION’s beautiful booth – our home during Coterie!

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A look at some of the beautiful designs for STYLE UNION.

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More STYLE UNION designs…

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Just one of the many order forms filled out at the STYLE UNION booth!

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One of the buyers writing out their order form for STYLE UNION…

A shot of our booth…

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My poor Coterie badge by the end of the three-day show…And a deserving glass of wine to celebrate a successful trip!

I had a great time and I’m so glad to share these experiences with everyone! I can’t wait for the world to experience what STYLE UNION has to offer…

-Kym

Coterie 2017: A Reflection and Preview

Just a glimpse of my brand STYLE UNION that I will be taking to this year’s Coterie.

I am super excited that I will be attending Coterie this year for my fashion brand, STYLE UNION. Coterie is the premier global marketplace that connects women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear designers with international retailers – it’s a must for designers and buyers who want to set new trends.

This year, Coterie runs from February 27th to March 1st at the Javits Center in NYC – this West Coast girl is heading to the (cold) East Coast!

My first Coterie was with my fashion brand Bella Dahl, in 1997 – I remember feeling so nervous and overwhelmed, and yet I was so excited because I was proud of the work we put into Bella Dahl and wanted buyers to see it.

This time, I’m back promoting STYLE UNION, my new luxe lounge wear that I believe will make every woman feel good, comfortable, and sexy. The pride I felt in Bella Dahl in 1997 is the same pride I feel in STYLE UNION – and having that love for what you do is only going to help you when advocating your brand to buyers.

If you’re a new  designer going to Coterie, don’t take it too seriously, but you should know your brand inside and out. And make sure to have as much fun as possible with the experience. The best part about Coterie is walking in and feeling that buzz that only the fashion industry has; witnessing people, other designers, and buyers enjoying and purchasing the line; meeting with old friends; and making new ones.

Sure enough, I discuss Coterie in my book, so here’s a little “throwback” insight for you…

Some thoughts on Coterie from Gold Standard:

If you only attend one show twice a year, my suggestion would be the Coterie show. To have one rep you will essentially pay rent for their showroom. In that case, you become the landlord of that showroom. You pay for the building, the staff, and getting the samples to your reps to sell.

Say a garment costs twenty dollars to make in bulk. To get one garment made as a sample, it’s two and a half times the price it would be at the bulk rate. It’s an expensive venture to start off on and if you don’t know your fabric and it shrinks, you could lose your shirt. No pun intended.

Then there is the question of quantities to order. If you sell one hundred units at the Coterie show, do you want to make ten or fifteen percent over the hundred pieces you are going to have manufactured? If you do, then you have pieces to give away to editors, friends, and reorder business.

Of course the scale of money will depend on your fabric, your rent, if you are working out of your home, printing your own look book and will only have an online presence. There’s certainly more ways of doing it now, but you have to do your research before going in.

Everything in that excerpt still applies to today, so take note, new designers!

Check back soon on my website, where I will have a blog post about this year’s Coterie.

-Kym

Fashion Inspiration: A Q&A with Lauryn Evarts, Founder of The Skinny Confidential

Hello friends! I have something new and special for you this week – I’ve launched a new series, where I will be featuring Q&A’s with lifestyle and fashion bloggers on my website a few times a year. I love Lauryn Evarts and her blog The Skinny Confidential,  which is why I’ve decided to ask her to to be the very first person to feature in this series.

The Skinny confidential Founder Lauryn Evarts

Thanks for joining us, Lauryn. What made you decide to start The Skinny Confidential?

I created The Skinny Confidential while studying at San Diego State University. I was  inspired to create a platform for  women to connect through their tips and tricks. Since then, the blog has grown into a full-on lifestyle brand, book, fitness guide, and podcast with a product line coming soon. The foundation was highly important to me because I wanted/want to play the long game.

What fashion trends are you looking forward to this year?

I try not to focus on trends, and focus on dressing for my body. I LOVE contrast so mixing masculine and feminine pieces is my favorite trend. Think sexy fishnet tights with ripped boyfriend jeans or a dress with strong shoulders. Also love stealing my husband’s clothes!

What are your personal, fashion, and blog goals for 2017?

My goals this year are to just continually grow, evolve and push myself. Embrace the uncomfortable! The greatest things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone. I’m also working on some products that will launch soon that I can’t wait to share with everyone! This year is about growth, lots of video, and engagement with the audience.

What’s one accessory in your closet you can’t live without?

Everyone needs a great pair of sunglasses. They’re a must not only to protect your eyes but they really complete any outfit. I love wearing super dark black ones and playing around with fun mirrored sunglasses. SUNGLASSES ARE LIFE!

What is your go-to article of clothing?

A leather motorcycle jacket is a timeless staple. You can throw it over literally whatever and you will always look on point. I love pairing mine with a vintage tee, a sexy black dress or my favorite, a simple white tank & jeans. Jeans are obviously a must-have. ; )

What beauty item do you take with you everywhere?

I’m OBSESSED with face masks, especially eye pads. I wear them EVERY morning and even wear them in public. I think it’s hilarious. One of my favorite tips is to put the eye pads in the fridge. The cold provides extra de-puffing. It’s a LIFE SAVER when you’re hungover. Also a good steel ice roller is just amazing for inflammation.

What’s the most recent article of clothing you bought, and why did you purchase it?

I recently got a pink faux fur jacket for Aspen. It’s insane and really stands out. Plus it keeps you warm in the snow. I can’t get enough.Lauryn Evarts The Skinny Confidential

If you could raid any celebrity’s closet, whose would it be and why?

Definitely Kylie Jenner’s. I love how she just goes for it and mixes athletic wear and high end pieces. She is always ahead of the trend and really represents the youth. I like youthful clothing- nothing that makes me look older than I am.

If you had a fashion “motto” what would it be?

Do you. Trends are fun to play around with but find what’s flattering. When you feel good, you’ll look good. Everyone is different.

How do you think social media, particularly Instagram and Snapchat, has influenced fashion? Has it influenced your own style?

Social media is the modern day magazine. Instead of looking at Vogue to to see what’s trending people are using Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat which is SO fun. Social media allows you to see different ideas from all over the world and use that as inspiration for creating your own unique look. It’s allowed people to be more creative which is great. Fashion is now so accessible to any consumer. I think social media plays a key role in this concept.

Lauryn Evarts lives in San Diego and Los Angeles, California with her fiancé, Michael and their two chihuahuas, Pixy and T. Boone Pickens. You can find Lauryn on InstagramPinterestSnapchatTwitter, and YouTube.

 

DRIVEN: Facebook LIVE Interview

On Friday, I had a great time driving and chatting with Melinda Moore and Janet Norton of “Driven.” Their show highlights the fastest movers and shakers in fashion, technology, and wellness. On our drive, we spoke about True Religion, entrepreneurship, and staying true to your passion.

Although the interview was on Facebook LIVE, you can watch the interview above.

Don’t forget to like Melinda and Janet’s Facebook page, Driven4Passion!

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Photo from the Driven ladies!

 

What drives you?

-Kym

Lifestyle Tips: Using Pantone Color of the Year “Greenery”

When Pantone announced that their 2017 Color of the Year was “Greenery,” I couldn’t be more excited — green is my favorite color.

According to Pantone, “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” Who doesn’t love the idea of renewal, especially in the New Year?

What is the best way to incorporate greenery into your lifestyle? Here are some ways that I plan to use this year’s “It” color.

As Accessories. You can really make green pop against a neutral outfit. Below are two of my favorite accessories, a beautiful pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and Balenciaga handbag. Both perfectly match the plants I have in my garden!

As Jewelry. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a colorful, vibrant emerald ring can really make a statement (and again, green purses are a beautiful accessory).

For Inspiration. Over the holidays I visited Fiji, which was beautiful! Traveling to countries that boast lush scenery is the perfect way to get creative inspiration (and relaxation!).

In Nature. Gardening and being in nature is healthy for you – gardening provides stress relief, brain health, and is a mood enhancer. I have been gardening for a long time, and love how all the work I’ve put into it creates beauty and healthy eats.

Greenery Gardening Kym Gold

As Attire. In the photo shoot for my memoir Gold Standard, I went with my favorite color in a bright, confident shade. The green has a lively contrast against my neutral jacket. Don’t be afraid to wear a bold green!

In general, green is perfect for almost everything. Because this year’s Pantone Color of the Year “symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” don’t be afraid to use it in your everyday life – it illustrates the need for human and natural connection!

If you plan on using greenery in your style, send me your inspiration on Twitter @Kym_Gold!

-Kym

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