• An afternoon with Nicole Lapin and Recessionista TV

    It’s been a pleasure having the opportunity to spread the word about Tsu.ya and the story behind it, especial when such a talented and beautiful host like Nicole Lapin is listening. The interview, which was for a segment on Recessionista TV gave me a chance to talk about everything that has come with the creation of Tsu.ya.

     Nicole and I discussed how the brand came to life, including how I wanted to create a line of active wear for women who are on-the-go and how it’s inspired by the lines and cuts of outfits found out on the rink. We also touched on the challenges of being a female entrepreneur and the surprises I’ve found along the way. It was great to work with Nicole as one female entrepreneur to another, so here’s to the power of women in business!

     All the best,

    Kristi     

    Nov 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm
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  • Lord and Taylor Appearances Cancelled for Garden City, NY and Stamford CT

     

    Hi all,

     

    Unfortunately my flight to the east coast yesterday was cancelled due to severe weather caused by hurricane Sandy – which means I won’t be able to attend the Shop Smart Do Good events at Lord and Taylor at the following locations and times:

     

    Lord and Taylor, Garden City, NY

    Tuesday, October 30th

    12:00-1:00pm

     

    Lord and Taylor, Stamford, CT

    Tuesday, October 30th

    3:00-4:00pm

     

    Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see me there! Please stay safe, warm and dry and I’ll keep you updated if anything changes.

     

    All the best,

    Kristi 

    Oct 29, 2012 at 10:10 am
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  • My Appearance on Hallmark’s Newest Show: Marie

    Yesterday Marie Osmond’s new show Marie aired on the Hallmark channel, and I was lucky enough to make an appearance. Our discussion ran from the launch of Tsu.ya, to my experience with Dancing with the Stars, to my two lovely daughters and what it means to build a successful family. We also talked about the Always Dream Foundation, and our commitment to give back to the community. It was great to talk with Marie, a very successful entertainer and businesswomen in her own right. Marie’s first venture of success came with her career as a country artist, but she is also an accomplished actress and has her own doll line. But of course Marie is kind and compassionate, and it was a pleasure getting to talk to her on the show.

    I had such a wonderful time on the show, being able to discuss all of the things going on in my life. Be sure to catch the whole episode on the Hallmark Channel and let me know what you think of my conversation with Marie!

    All the best,

    Kristi 

    Oct 23, 2012 at 11:48 am
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  • An Event to Get Behind: Shop Smart Do Good

    There is nothing quite like a charity event that allows you to shop and help the community at the same time. In this case, 100% of the proceeds of my book sales go to help fund the Always Dream Foundation’s initiative to improve childhood literacy. Hosted by a number of Lord &Taylor stores, the Shop Smart, Do Good event helps local non-profit organizations raise funds with all proceeds going to the organization. Participating is easy as purchasing $5 tickets, each of which includes two special 25% bonus coupons with a few exclusions and a 15% savings pass to be used throughout the day, including cosmetics and fragrances! Not all Lord & Taylor stores will be participating, so it might be a good idea to check online before running out the door.

    Lord & Taylor is the very same store where you can find the complete Tsu.ya line, so be sure to head to a participating Lord & Taylor to support local charities and pick up some great Tsu.ya gear with your ticket coupons. You might even run into me at the store! I’ll be making appearances and doing a bit of book signing at the stores below. These October events are a perfect fit for the Shop Smart Do Good mission since 100% of the sales of my books will be going to the Always Dream Foundation.

     

    Lord and Taylor, Westfield, NJ

    Tuesday, October 23rd

    1:00-2:00pm

     

    Lord and Taylor, Garden City, NY

    Tuesday, October 30th

    12:00-1:00pm

     

    Lord and Taylor, Stamford, CT

    Tuesday, October 30th

    3:00-4:00pm

     

    Hope to see you there!

    All the best,

    Kristi
     

    Oct 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm
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  • An Exciting Day… the online launch of Tsu.ya!

    Yestereday, my new activewear line Tsu.ya launched online at http://tsuyabrand.com/, which marks the completion of the hard work and dedication of many to help make this dream a reality! I am thrilled with the outcome – activewear that is fashionable, modern, yet functional to keep up with women today and the complex and demanding world that we live in!

    I wanted this line to inspire daily confidence; to truly help women feel great inside and out. Take a look for yourself over on my website; take a look around, tell me what you think of it all, and as a thank you be sure to use the code in the picture above for a 20% discount from your order! I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed putting the line together!

    All the best,

    Kristi 

     

    Oct 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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  • Back to the Ballroom – A Reunion with the DWTS Family

     

    A new series of Dancing with the Stars has returned, this time with the “all stars” of previous seasons that have come back to perform. It was a great to see some of my former competitors back on the dance floor and especially my former partner Mark Ballas. One of my more favorite dances with @MarkBallas you can see here.

    I always enjoy returning to the ballroom and visiting the DWTS family, this time with Lori and Elizabeth (first photo). We certainly had a lot of fun watching the intense competition and the night made all of us excited for the next 9 weeks.

    The other picture is of Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) and I, another fellow DTWS alumni! We shared the same sentiments about this season; we’d both like to return to see at least on more night of dips and spins. Did you catch the season premier? Who do you think is going to make it all of the way?

    All the best,

    Kristi

     

    Oct 1, 2012 at 10:30 am
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  • Girl’s Night Out at the Danville Livery

    Every once in a while a girl’s night out is exactly what I need and what better way to have a girl’s night than one to benefit the Always Dream Foundation! The proceeds from tickets sales and ten percent of merchant sales went to the foundation to help with our initiative to improve child literacy.

    And then of course there was the pampering, fashion show, workshops, personal shopping, food and last but certainly not least, champagne. I was also lucky enough to have a few friends and fellow moms transform into models to help show off the Tsu.ya line (in the first photo from left to right: Michele, Kelly, Cathy, Channing, Monica and me).

    The support from friends and the community was great and made for a very special night for the Foundation and Tsu.ya. In the second photo you can see some friends of mine who came out to support the event (from left to right: Michelle, Lori, Elizabeth, Phyllis, Cathy, Jennifer and me). Thank you to everyone who made this night such a blast!

    All the best,

    Kristi

     

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:02 am
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  • Fall is Almost Here! What I’m Looking Forward to the Most is…

    Can you believe the official start to the fall season is this Friday? Yes, the autumnal equinox marks the first day of fall each year — when the day and night last about 12 hours each. Cool huh?

    Anyways, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things about autumn in celebration of the start of the new season!

    1. With the girls back in school, it’s nice to have more of a consistent routine (as much as I miss them when they’re away at class).

    2. Being able to watch the leaves change color every year and the cool crispness that finds its way into the air.

    3. Apple season! The girls love Fuji apples and pear apples. If it’s up to me, I love butternut squash anything.

    4. The annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We’ve been going since Keara was a baby and Bret and I always manage to snap a photo of them in a sea of orange pumpkins. It’s too cute.

    5. Halloween of course! The house is always so hectic around Halloween time. We always end up changing our minds on what costume to wear each year. But somehow we manage to figure it out just in time for the cousins to come over to go trick or treating with our family. It’s looking like the two girls will go as a pirate and Hermione this year.

    6. And of course my biggest vice – TV! The new fall season line up looks irresistible with Dancing With the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, H50, Glee, Smash…. I think I better stop there (thank goodness for DVR).

    7. Any other year I would be really psyched for the NHL season to start. It’s no secret I’m a huge Sharks fan! Hopefully this unfortunate lock out comes to an end sooner rather than later.

    8. I'm super excited to see how Tsu.ya sales are going and to look into how the success of our launch has benefited the Always Dream Foundation.

    9. And last but certainly not least, skating season! Although I’m not “on the ice” anymore, I’ll be hosting a few NBC TV skating specials this year (dissonskating.com). I’m looking forward to seeing all of the young skaters compete in the Grand Prix series leading up to the World Championships.

    What’s your favorite thing about fall?

     All the best,

    —Kristi

     

     

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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  • For the Love of Tea... and Tsu.ya!

    I am ecstatic that the Tsu.ya line has finally launched, but it was hard to keep all of the excitement to myself! So I recently had a sit-down tea at Leland Tea in San Francisco with a group of local mommy bloggers here in the bay-area to share a few pieces and of course talk about all-things mom and our important little fans that make it all worth it. The ladies loved the line! Above are a few fun pictures from the event.

    All of the inspiring ladies I got to meet with at Leland’s you can find below. I encourage you all to take a look at their blogs for great tips on being a busy (and fashionable) mom as well as plenty of little secrets that may come in handy for a rainy day.

    Whitney Moss over at Rookie Moms (@RookieMoms) looked stunning in the jacket from the Slik line! And Lizzie B from LizzieB TV (@LizzieBtv) and Pam from Project Nursery (@ProjectNursery) took a liking to the snap front jacket from the Instinct line.

    TerriAnn Goslinga of Cookies and Clogs (@cookiesANDclogs) and Claudya Martinez of Unknown Mami (@UnknownMami) bonded over yummy treats from Lelands. You can read more on Claudya’s blog here.

    Kelly Tirman of KellyTirman.com (@KellyTirman) was amazed by the personalized tea that Leland’s made for Kristi (photo above).

    Jessica Rosenberg of It’s My Life (@kikarose) raved about the line and the amazing chicken sandwiches from Leland’s. She’s got a great sense of humor too!

    Anastasia Hendrix of The San Francisco Chronicle’s Unzipped blog (@SFUnzipped) loved the line so much, that she’s working on an article for the San Francisco Chronicle – stay tuned!

    And last but certainly not least, Yuliya Patsay of She Suggests (@ypatsay) walked in with a smile that was contagious. She looked so happy in the Tsu.ya jackets and I am so glad she was able to make it.

    Very much looking forward to the next get together!

    -Kristi

     

    Sep 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm
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  • TSU.YA LAUNCHES!

    Tonight is the night!

    I’ve mentioned my anticipation for the release of my clothing line Tsu.ya a few times here on this blog, but tonight at Fashion's Night Out the Tsu.ya line will be officially released! The 18 piece line will be exclusively sold at Lord and Taylor stores (and their online site). I’m hoping women will find Tsu.ya to be functional enough to do a hard workout in, and stylish enough to run around town in after the gym.

    Well I am off to Fashion’s Night Out to celebrate the launch and all of this hard work! Don’t forget to register on TsuyaBrand.com to be e-mailed when the line is available to purchase there as well.

    Here’s to a great night!

    Cheers.

    Kristi

     

    Sep 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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