Homegrown Pickled Vegetables Using Greens from Your Garden

Making homegrown pickled vegetables using greens from my garden has been a passion project for me this year – to great success with friends and family. I love pickles, and decided to start making my own with crisp cucumbers from the garden. But then, I decided to expand that with other vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, celery, and even radishes!

Plus, it is fun to experiment with different flavors and hand out charming mason jars full of veggies to friends and family. They make a unique yet delicious homemade gift.

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You can literally use any greens that you’d like for homemade pickled vegetables – don’t be afraid to experiment! The spices that I regularly use are vinegar, garlic, and tarragon. Sometimes I’ll switch the tarragon out if I want to add some fresh cilantro or spicy chili peppers. As to a favorite pickled veggie, I can’t choose – they’re all so delectable. You’ll just have to decide for yourself which one is the tastiest!

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Pickling vegetables is a fun project, plus they make a great snack. Do you make your own homegrown pickled vegetables?

To learn how to make your own pickled vegetables, The Kitchn has a great recipe to try out here.


Getting Back in the Healthy Mind Set for 2018

Happy New Year! I love celebrating the New Year and starting fresh. After weeks of holiday parties and family visits, it’s nice when everything finally settles down. I like to take some time to get into the healthy mind set: sit back, relax, and focus on getting my mind, body, and spirit healthy and strong – because if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of everyone or everything else that is important to you?

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One of the ways that I like to keep in the healthy mind set is by drinking “rejuvenation water,” a recipe of mine that is the perfect way to start the day and is simple to make. By drinking something that is fresh and energizing in the morning, you’re much more likely to continue to eat and act healthy throughout the day! So instead of something sugary like processed orange juice, which will make you feel sluggish once that sugar energy wears off, I like to start my mornings by drinking a refreshing glass of rejuvenation water.

Here is my rejuvenation water recipe to get into the healthy mind set:

  • Glass of water
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Springs of mint (to taste)
  • Ginger
  • A sprinkle of turmeric
  • Ice

Not only is this tasty and fresh, but it has healthy benefits as well! Lemon has tons of Vitamin C, which will help keep your skin glowing and boost your immune system; turmeric is good for inflammation (and the immune system); ginger is good for your stomach; and mint adds flavor and is also good for digestion. If you need a little sweetness in your water, add a little bit of raw honey, which also has amazing benefits for your overall health. And if you plan on drinking this every day, you can make a batch and keep it in your fridge with a fruit infuser to really bring out that ginger, lemon, and mint flavor.

I hope this helps jump-start your New Year’s Resolutions for healthy living!

Xo Kym

Dress Up for the 2017 Holiday Season!

It’s tempting to dress down for the holidays when you spend your days cooking, making sure visiting family and friends are comfortable, and enjoying the abundance of food and drinks. But let’s face it – it’s much more fun to dress up. You can still enjoy that nice glass of red wine!

For the holidays, we celebrate Hanukkah by lighting the candles and having a wonderful Hanukkah party with our entire family. As far as fashion goes, you can get into the holiday spirit by dressing up in soft sweaters, beautiful dresses, fancy shoes, and gorgeous velvet blazers.

FORWARD by Elyse Walker curates an extensive range of amazing designs that will make you feel like the life of the party. Below is the perfect outfit for a holiday party that will look effortless!

I cannot say no to a perfect jacket, especially a stunning velvet one. This wrap up jacket with a belted waist, designed by Mother, will complement any outfit underneath.

Image Courtesy of FORWARD by Elyse Walker / Mother Wrap Up Jacket

If you’re looking to vamp it up, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress. This one from Michelle Mason is the perfect mixture of sexy and uncomplicated.

Image Courtesy of FORWARD by Elyse Walker / Michelle Mason Obi Dress

Don’t be afraid of wearing a jumpsuit – with the right accessories, you will look bold and fabulous, especially in one like this black jumpsuit with a sequin top by Stella McCartney.

Photo Courtesy of FORWARD by Elyse Walker / Stella McCartney Rosie Sequin Top Jumpsuit   

These deep red, crushed velvet mules by ATTICO are so festive with their star embroidery—sometimes all you need to add a little holiday cheer to your outfit is a colorful shoe.

Image Courtesy of FORWARD by Elyse Walker / ATTICO Velvet Debbie Mules with Star Embroidery

Keep your feet (slightly) warm with a pair of fun fur heels – these mink ankle strap heels from Valentino are exquisite and perfect for a holiday cocktail party!

Image Courtesy of FORWARD by Elyse Walker / VALENTINO Mink Fur Ankle Strap Heels

With a sharp jacket or blazer, fancy heels, and the right accessories, you’ll be looking fabulous in no time for a holiday party!


Toys for Tots: Giving Back for the Holiday Season

Logo courtesy of Toys for Tots Foundation

‘Tis the season for warm scarves, heavy coats, and making a list of things that we’d like others to give us for the holidays. But this time of year is also extremely important to reflect on what we have and what others don’t – and how we can help those who many not get to experience the same joyful celebrations that we have for Hanukkah or Christmas.

Giving back and supporting others is such an important part of my life and I greatly urge others to do this same. Every December for the Christmas season I like to buy gifts for kids whose families can’t afford to get them anything. The Toys for Tots Foundation is a great organization to support that brings these gifts to the kids!

Toys for Tots is run by the Marine Corps Reserve and takes place every year, collecting and distributing toys in many different communities. They collect new and unwrapped toys throughout the fall and December and distribute them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in these communities.

If you live in Los Angeles County, the Salvation Army Southern California are accepting donations for Toys for Tots in their stores, but make sure to call ahead before dropping toys off!

Visit www.toysfortots.org to find your local Toys for Tots program or to donate a new toy to a child that needs it!

In A Perfect World Foundation: “Music, Art, + Philanthropy”

Last Sunday, I attended my good friends Eric Benét and Manuela Testolini’s “Music, Art, + Philanthropy” event honoring Quincy Jones and benefiting In a Perfect World Foundation. In a Perfect World Foundation empowers the next generation by creating and supporting programs that provide education, mentoring, and artistic expression to underserved and at-risk youth.

In a Perfect World Event

With my good friend Eric Benét, co-host of the event benefiting IAPW.

For more information about the foundation or to donate to their cause, visit their website here.

SHE TANK and Live Love Thrive Conference

This weekend was the Live Love Thrive Conference and SHE TANK Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition, which took place at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. SHE TANK is about women helping other women—a competition where female entrepreneurs pitch to a Women’s Investor Panel to receive funding and support. We heard pitches from six women, and top participants won investment funding.

I was also so thrilled to be the recipient of the Trailblazer Award, which my sisters presented to me:

As one of the investors, I was excited to be on a panel with such amazing and strong women, including: Barbara Lazaroff, co-founder of the Wolfgang Puck Brand, philanthropist and global activist; Nicole Ehrlich, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning producer/creator for Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Usher, and more; Senyon Kelly, founder and CEO of Nubian Video Archives & Collectibles; Celia Z. Kahn, founder of New World Business Management; Catherine Curry-Williams, founder of non-profit Shane’s Inspiration to foster a bias-free world for children with disabilities; Eden Sassoon, a trailblazer in the beauty world, founder of Beauty Gives Back, and TV personality on the House Wives of Beverly Hills; and Cat Cora, the first female chef on Iron Chef America.

The next day was the Live Love Thrive Conference at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, an day of powerful speakers providing insight and life-changing information to inspire women to take the next big leap! It was an all-day conference that included SHE TANK winners and the 360Karma Women Awards, honoring successful women giving back and paying it forward.


It was such a fabulous weekend and I feel so inspired by all the women that I met. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Live Love Thrive Conference!


Peggy Albrecht Friendly House 28th Annual Awards Luncheon

I was so excited to support and attend the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House 28th Annual Awards Luncheon, which honored my very good friend, Eden Sassoon, as Woman of the Year.

The Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s mission is to continue to provide an environment in which women can recover from the devastation of drug and alcohol addiction and progress towards healthy families and communities. They seek to achieve a stabilized recovery from addiction, renew family relationships, and help reintegrate each woman back into the community.

Eden is the founder of many successful endeavors and charities, including EDEN by Eden Sassoon Pilates and Beauty Gives Back, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting the professional beauty industry in the fight against the global water crisis.

The luncheon also honoredJoe Manganiello, actor and activist, for the Man of the Year Award; Harold Owens, the Senior Director of MusicCares, for the Excellence in Service Award; and Kat Von D, Tattoo Artist and Founder of Kat Von D Beauty, for the Shining Star Award.

For more information on the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House and its mission, or to support them through donations, visit their website at http://friendlyhousela.org.


Phoenix Fashion Week 2017 Wraps Successful Year!

At Phoenix Fashion Week 2017, 19 International emerging designers graduated from #DesignerBootCamp and debuted their Spring 2018 collections during its runway show.

This year, I was so thrilled to again participate in the Emerging Designer Bootcamp. Although I was not able to attend PHXFW’s three-day event celebrating the conclusion of its intensive three-month training, I was with you all in spirit! PHXFW Founder Brian Hill and his team hand-selected 19 designers that had been preparing to launch their collections for #PHXFW.

Every year, I am amazed at the upcoming talent emerging in the fashion world from PHXFW Bootcamps, and this year’s contestants were no exception. These designers, whether younger or older, reinvent the essence of this quickly-changing fashion industry by capitalizing on social media marketing and outreach, and searching for new and innovative ways to use fabrics, textures, and colors.

I love the “out-of-the-box” thinkers who are using sustainable fabrics or eco-friendly products. This is a new medium evolving in fashion, and these trendsetters of the future are making the fashion industry stand up and take notice!

This is not an easy business by any means, so my hat’s off to not only the winner, but to all the hard work, time, and energy that these designers put into building their brands and designing their collections. I was proud to be a small part of this large team at PHXFW, and lending my expertise and experience during the boot camp will hopefully help to propel these new designers to reach their own dreams one day soon.

The winners in each of the categories for Phoenix Fashion Week 2017:

Couture Designer of the Year: ACONAV

Accessory Designer of the Year: Multi Colored Animal

Lifestyle Designer of the Year: Qmulative

Contemporary Designer of the Year: Nouvelle Palm Beach

Models of the Year: Milan Ishmael and Amanda Meza


Why You Should Watch Out for Served Like a Girl

served like a girlServed Like a Girl is a documentary that chronicles the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America. I am proud to be an executive producer on this amazing film, which was an Official Selection of the SXSW 2017 Film Festival and was a Best Jury Documentary in the 2017 Bentonville Film Festival. It was a great opportunity to be asked by Lysa Heslov, producer and director of the documentary. I knew she would do a great job as a director, and she certainly did—Served Like a Girl has been well-received!

This is such a significant documentary that I urge you to see for its important subject matter. It is so important to finally have a film that focuses on female veterans who have bravely served our country, and the difficult path they have after returning home. It’s a subject that gets little attention, and I wanted to participate in helping to give a voice to these incredible women.

These female veterans, who were wounded in action as soldiers serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq, struggle with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and sexual abuse. Lysa’s debut follows these powerful and amazing women through the Ms. Veteran America competition as they adapt to emotional, social, and economic challenges with humor and honesty.

These five women veterans have endured trauma and service, and they create a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of stranded homeless women veterans by entering into this competition.

All proceeds to the soundtrack (releasing November 11th) from Served Like A Girl, which includes songs by Linda Perry, Pat Benatar, P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Natasha Bedingfield, and Christina Aguilera, will benefit Final Salute, a female veteran focused charity.

For more information about Served Like a Girl or to get involved in supporting our female veterans, visit www.servedlikeagirl.com.

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