Last week I had the pleasure of joining Kristi Yamaguchi for tea at Lealand Tea in San Francisco. I’m not gonna lie I was a tad nervous, it’s not every day that I get to sip tea and nibble on crustless-sandwiches with an Olympic gold medalist. Fortunately, all nerves subsided when I was greeted with a warm handshake and that beautiful smiling face. She is even more beautiful in person than on camera.
Tea was delightful and talking to Kristi was easy. She is warm, receptive, and engaging. Aside from being a gold medal winning athlete, Kristi is a mother, a NY Times Best Selling children’s book author, and a philanthropist. Kristi founded the Always Dream Foundation, whose mission is to support organizations that have a positive impact in children’s lives.
Her newest endeavor is a limited edition line of women’s activewear, Tsu.ya, set to launch at select Lord & Taylor stores (and via their website) this month. She brought samples of the line to show, which includes jackets, yoga pants, and shirts. The clothes are posh! Sounds weird to say about clothes that you can work out in, but I’m not kidding you, they are clothes that you would be happy to wear even when you have no intention of working out. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t mind owning the cute jacket pictured below.
It’s made of sturdy, breatheable fabric with four-way stretch. You can’t tell so much from the picture, but when you put it on it’s got this super cute Sergeant Pepper-ish look to it. Also if you are the type of person that likes to do a bit of good while shopping, proceeds from Tsu.ya will help support the Always Dream Foundation.
A little trivia for you: Tsuya is Kristi’s middle name and her grandmother’s name.
I really enjoyed my tea with Kristi. I first became aware of Kristi Yamaguchi when I was a very young adult and she reminds me of a time in my life where I felt like anything was possible. Turns out that there is still a part of me that feels that way. I headed home with a smile on my face and a copy of Kristi’s book, It’s a Big World Little Pig, which I promptly read to my daughters.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to tea with Kristi Yamaguchi and I’m letting you know about it because why would I keep that to myself?