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#Fashion's Night Out & Kristi Yamaguchi's interview wrap-up for your reading & viewing pleasure

#Fashion's Night Out! Lord & Taylor launches Kristi Yamaguchi's new activewear line & hosted Project Runways' 10 Year Anniversary too!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just in case you've been living under a rock, or will be sitting at home tonight wondering what to do besides watch the DNC, here's a little sneak peek at what is going on tonight all around the world - FASHION'S NIGHT OUT! Watch this very cute video with the adorable guy from Glee to see what I'm talking about!

Here's the website where you can find out all you ever wanted to know about this fantastic event in your city: http://fashionsnightout.com/

And here's the written overview to help you understand why this is going to be fabulous here in Los Angeles!

"Fashion's Night Out turns 4!

Join editors, stars, models, fashionistas, and designers on September 6, 2012, as they flood stores in cities across the country and around the world for fashion's most iconic extravaganza.

Last year's bash featured events in eighteen countries and more than 4,500 events here in the States. With special limited-edition products, celebrity appearances, and unforgettable performances, FNO 2012 is promising to be even bigger and better than before!

See you on September 6!"

Now if you fondly remember the Olympics, read books to your children or love learning about new fashion, then you'll love my interview with Kristi Yamaguchi as she told me about her life after the Olympics, raising her family, running a successful charity and now launching a beautiful activewear line called Tsu.ya (which is her middle name), for busy moms who want to look great and feel comfortable.

Kristi Her new line launches today at Lord & Taylor's during FNO!

Lord & Taylor celebrated FNO a little early by hosting the Project Runway Season 10 “Wrap Party” at its Fifth Avenue flagship store to celebrate the show’s first-ever capsule collection, created exclusively
for the retailer by both past and present Project Runway designers.

Here's a little sneak peek from last night before I move on to my interview with Kristi ok? Here's Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and President of Lord & Taylor, Bonnie Brooks (wearing red.) And Heidi Klum wearing not much of anything.:)

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Bonnie Brooks & Tim Gunn

 

Now, back to Kristi...

She's just as gracious and humble in person as you'd expect. It's a little refreshing to realize someone who so proudly represented America actually epitomizes all that is good about America!

Ingenuity, creativity, discipline, entrepreneurship, humbleness, humor, love of life, love of family, and more.

Isn't she cute in this outfit? This is just one of the many cute styles you will be able to buy today! 8JeekPipcJMmLvxgZJZw47Ckol6igtI_438scKP0fYM,IAr85TGXBo3ncaEFjPMFWiKBMNcAHMk4RgYnRVrksmw Her line is inspired by her figure skating days. Aren't you glad it's not inspired by her stint on Dancing with the Stars? LOL

Although I did enjoy watching her compete and win on that show too. I mainly remember growing up watching her as she competed in the Olympics with such ease and poise.

And how her kilowatt smile always made it seem like she was just happy to be there doing her thing even though it was such a grueling regimen to get there.

I was very curious how difficult it was to transition from training every day to regular life after winning the Olympics and asked how she fits in exercise now that she's a busy philanthropist, entrepreneur and mom.

AboutIt was very cool to speak with her knowing she is an Olympic Gold Medalist and NY Times Best Selling Author.

And a mom.:)

She said, "I wish I had more of a regimen, but now I work out at least two to three times a week, even if it’s just elliptical, light floor weights, a TV program to get a quick work-out at home, or otherwise meet a friend at the gym. Believe me, I do not train like an athlete any more, I work out to feel good to keep my energy levels and eat the things I want. It’s more to burn some calories, do some cardio, nothing too overwhelming."

That was encouraging to hear because it made me think I could do that too.:)

I asked her what her favorite Olympic moment was from the summer to which she answered, "So exciting to see the US team was so strong and see all the inspiring stories that came out of it. Gymnastics is one of my favorite summer Olympics and to see the women’s team win the Gold." I had to agree since Gabby stole my heart.

Since Kristi's a former Olympic athlete I asked her if her new designs were something women competing in the Olympics could wear, or who she envisioned wearing it. She acknowledged they probably could, but she really designed it for the busy woman who likes to be active and has a fashion sense.

The whole look and feel came from Kristi, who worked very closely with the main manufacturer to design and they helped with color trends, fabrication, textiles to use, but she worked very closely on the details of the design.

“My lifestyle is demanding.  As a mother, as an author and as an athlete, the clothing that I wear needs to be functional as well as fashionable.  Up until now there wasn’t an activewear line available to me that met those needs so I created Tsu.ya to fill the void. Moms like me know that our attire needs to live up to our standards and to our activities and Tsu.ya does just that - and with style,” said Kristi.

I'm going to receive more images today and will upload them as soon as I receive them, I promise!

Here's the official description courtesy her publicist:

"Kristi's new line, Tsu.ya, provides a variety of designs, some fun and flashy (inspired by her figure skating days) and some more modern and chic, with comfortable fabrics tucking you in where you need it to and accentuating your figure where you want it to. The line will be available at select Lord and Taylor stores and via the retailer’s website in September of this year with a limited 18 piece edition for fall with yoga pants, leggings, jackets, T’s and tops.

A portion of Tsu.ya sales will go to Kristi’s Always Dream Foundation (http://www.alwaysdream.org/) which funds programs that empower children to reach their dreams through education and inspiration."

Now her charity work really intrigued me too and we talked quite a bit about her inspiration for this endeavor. I'll share more of my interview and more images from her line (which are super cute and unique) in my next blog post later ok?

Right now, gotta run! Stay tuned!

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