Having a Garden Reaps Healthy Benefits

Having a garden is important to me—I love knowing exactly what I am putting into my body. It’s also good to know how fresh the vegetables my family is eating actually are—unlike at a grocery store, where you don’t know how long the fruits and vegetables have been on the shelf, and the expiration date is only a few days after you purchase it! You also can never truly know if the “organic” produce you are buying is in fact organic.

It’s an amazing feeling to be able to pick lettuce and tomatoes for a salad right from my backyard, plus I love watching my garden grow and knowing that the hard work that is put into it is coming into fruition.

I’m looking to add new plans to my garden, such as broccoli and cauliflower, which are both packed with vitamins. I’m also adding swiss chard, which is great for juicing!

Here are some of the plants that you’ll find are growing in my backyard:

In my garden, you’ll find mint, basil, spinach, lettuce, arugula, kale, chives, Mexican oregano, radishes, Serrano Peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, green onions, strawberries, and lavender.

In my orchid, you’ll find trees bursting with lemons, limes, peaches, avocados, plums, and oranges.

What’s a garden without flowers and trees? I love my roses, bougainvillea, gardenia, hydrangeas, ficus trees, and a beautiful oak tree.

Mint is my favorite item that I grow, because you can put mint on almost everything. It’s also good to use it for tea or to infuse it into water for a refreshing drink. I also love my cucumbers, because homemade pickles are delicious!

If you have a garden, consider planting mint and lavender, both of which can be used for teas and to put into water to give it flavor. I also love being able to use my lemon, ginger, and turmeric to make my own teas!

If you’re interested in starting your own garden, remember that it’s a lot of hard work and that  it needs daily attention. Do your research, and learn what conditions certain veggies and plants need to grow so you can achieve the best results. For instance, the more sun with arugula, the more spicy it is. Here’s a gardening tip: you can use wood chips as a natural fertilizer. It also keeps the moisture in.

If you have a garden (or are interested in starting one next spring), what is your favorite thing to grow?


Kym’s Studio City Property: A Work in Progress

I’ve always loved Studio City, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, and I was so excited to purchase property with the sole purpose to flip the house. It’s a really hip place—centrally located and close to the highway, near multiple canyons like Fryman Canyon for day hikes, easy access to and from the valley into neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, near several movie and TV production company offices, plus the school system is one of the best in LA if you have children. There’s just so much to do, from restaurants to boutique shopping.

That’s why I made the decision to purchase a house in Studio City—it’s the perfect place to build a home from scratch that’ll be flipped! The street that I bought the property on is so beautiful and green. After I purchased it in spring of last year, I had it torn down so that I could use my creativity to build a new one exactly as I envisioned. I really wanted to do a house ground up and create my own floor plan. It is strategically designed to be very open and airy, and absolutely perfect for a family—and for entertaining guests! While the construction of the Studio City property won’t be completed until Fall 2018, I hope that you enjoy the photos of the work in progress.

That isn’t the only plan that I have for the newly constructed property. Another design element that I wanted to include is to create a uniqueness to each room. Each room is special on its own, while still maintaining an overall flow. All of the stones, colors, and shape of the doors are very particular, the hardscaping is unique, and there’s unusual lighting in the kitchen and master bedroom. This artistically makes each room a destination on its own, but maintains the cohesiveness of the entire design.

The purpose of living in California is that it’s bright and sunny all the time—so it is important that the new property must have lots of natural light as well as indoor and outdoor living. I’m also highlighting the water feature in the back yard, so that it can be seen upon entrance; there’s also plans to accentuate the beautiful green views of the yard in every window.

Building a new home from scratch to flip is such an amazing experience. If you’re a creative person with a great eye for design, it is a perfect outlet to utilize your originality. It’s also such an inspiring feeling as you witness the transition from the floor plan on paper into the real, physical thing that you can touch and see for yourself. Although there can be cons like conflicts with the contractors, the possibility of having to cut corners, and weather slowing down the construction, the dedication and labor put into creating something beautiful from beginning to completion is worth it!

— Kym

Returning to My Blog After a Leave of Absence

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Dear friends,

At the beginning of the year, I decided to take a leave of absence from my blog.  It was not an easy choice, but one that was necessary.

In January 2018, my business partner and close friend, Derick LaSalla, was diagnosed with cancer.  He had been an integral part of both my business and my personal life, and I wanted to help him however I could.  Once Derick got sick, all of my projects went on hold, including my blog.

Since then, it has been a slow mourning process as I’ve watched my partner, confidante, and best friend go through Stage IV cancer.  Although he put up a good fight, it is with much sadness that I must say he left this world on May 12th, 2018.

Losing Derick has been extremely difficult, and the best way that I have been able to deal with his passing has been through the joy of my three sons, my fiancé Marlon, my sisters Traci and Michelle, exercise, and the wonderful support of family and friends.  Although I went through some dark times during this ordeal, I want everyone to know how important it is to have support when something bad is going on in your life.  There is always someone out there who is willing to listen to you, whether it is a family member, an acquaintance, or even a stranger.  Even if you feel alone in your pain, you truly are not alone—there are other people out there in a similar situation, or dealing with similar feelings.

In the midst of all of this, Derick and I had been working together on several projects, all of which were shelved when he was diagnosed.  We also started a new venture to flip a property in Studio City, California, which I have steadily been working on over the past few months—it’s good to continue to work, even in the face of sad times.  It is the first property that I have ever completely torn down to build a new home—one that will be 4300 square feet. In a way it is metaphorical of the emotional rollercoaster of the past six months—out of these dark times, something beautiful will arise from it.

While the past few months have ramped up the construction of the new project, I’ve decided to take another step—focusing on my blog again.  The next six months, I’ll be building the house that I plan to flip,  working on new film and television projects, and planning the paperback release my memoir Gold Standard: How to Rock the World and Run an Empire.  And I plan on sharing these projects with you in my blog.

So, after a leave of absence, I’m back and ready to go! I hope that you’ll come with me on the next chapter of my journey.


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!


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