Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Feature No. 32 -- Featuring Chick 9 Clothing

Happy Friday, and Happy Halloween! I hope you're doing well today. We're finally getting some moisture in the SF Bay Area...it's been a long time coming!!!

Congratulations to Michelle, who was randomly selected as the winner of the two 8x10 prints of her choice from Nesta Home. Michelle happened to find us here, because I featured her Etsy shop over there on the right hand side...her shop is Yoopers.

Today, we're featuring Krysta from Chick 9 Clothing...a company specializing in athletic themed clothing for girls. "Did you know that girls who play sports do better at math and science, as well as having better body images and self esteem?" Hmmm...maybe I should have played sports!!! I was/am horrible at math!


Here's a little more about Krysta and Chick 9 Clothing.

TDB: Please tell us a little about Chick 9 Clothing
Krysta: I started Chick 9 Clothing because I found it nearly impossible to find cute sports themed clothes for girls and I think it is so important to encourage girls to play sports. I have played sports my whole life, including playing volleyball in college, and I think a lot of my successes can be traced back to what I learned from being an athlete and teammate. Now that my friends and former teammates are starting to have their own kids, I really think it is important to make sure that girls feel encouraged to get started playing sports. When I was writing my undergraduate thesis on how participation in sports affects the self-esteem and body-image of high school girls I learned that playing sports also helps girls do better in math and science.



TDB: What is the one thing in life you are most passionate about and why?
Krysta: Besides sports, I am most passionate about travel! I am fearless in my travel plans and I am always willing to go somewhere new. I love learning new languages, trying new food, and just absorbing new cultures! Besides traveling throughout the western United States, I have lived in Ireland and the Czech Republic and traveled to Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Mexico, and Venezuela. I think my next trip will either be to Norway to see family, or to somewhere new in South America.


TDB: What is one dream that you have, and how do you plan on making it come true?
Krysta: I have lots of dreams! But right now I am focusing on making Chick 9 Clothing as successful as possible in hopes of one day being able to quit my day job. I like my day job (I work for a textbook company) but I LOVE working on stuff for Chick 9! I can sit at my desk for hours on end designing new shirts and I won't even notice that time has passed. I wish my day job was the same way! So I am starting to do as much research as I can and lay all the ground work before I make the leap to full time.


TDB: What is your typical day like?
Krysta: I have a Shiba Inu puppy, Lola, who needs constant exercise so I am usually up by 6 am at the latest to take her on a run. Then I work at least 8 hours at my day job, come home, run again, make dinner or go out with friends, and then I spend a few hours a night working on shirts to ship, coming up with new designs, writing on my blog, or thinking of ways to promote my store without spending money! If I am really busy with Chick 9 stuff, my mom will usually come over on the weekends or one night a week to help me prepare the shirts and get orders ready to ship. My parents are my biggest supporters and have sold a lot of my stuff to their friends and coworkers! Right now I am actually getting ready for my first trunk show, so I am putting in more time making shirts than normal! Luckily one of my best friends has agreed to work at the show with me...partly for moral support and partly to keep me from spending all my money at other people's booths!


TDB: Please share with us a little about your family.
Krysta: I am very very close to my family! My parents live about half an hour away so I see them at least once a week depending on our schedules. They are both former college athletes and coaches, so they can easily relate to why this is so important to me. My parents have always been so supportive of everything I have done and always encouraged me in my sports when I was younger...they would have made great customers! I'm single, no kids yet, but I do have my adorable dog and one cat. They are my fur babies!


TDB: If you could teach anything, what would you teach?
Krysta: Well, I coached volleyball for a long time, so maybe I will go back to that someday when I have free time. I had planned on getting my masters in education to teach high school social studies, but my life took a different turn and I ended up doing my MBA instead. So maybe I could teach some business classes. I have also taught ESL to kids and adults and I will probably get back into that soon, even if it is just helping teach my mom's ESL classes. I come from a long line of teachers...it is our family business! Really, I would prefer to go back to school and get a masters in political science or history. I love taking classes...I am a total nerd and proud of it!


TDB: Please share 3 LITTLE KNOWN facts about yourself.
Krysta:
-I must make the bed everyday or I can't go to work. I even make the beds in hotels. I'm a tad OCD. If I know the bed is not made, I will think about it all day until I can go home and make it.

-I love to grocery shop and often spend over an hour wandering around the store looking at stuff. It is one of my favorite things to do in other countries because the foods are so different. I once considered starting my own business to do other people's shopping.

-I strongly dislike birds and have a fear that I will be attacked by them. In Venezuela, I was very afraid of the parrots and I was convinced I would lose a finger to one. I didn't. My brother and I are not allowed in the lorakeet enclosure at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and got in trouble teasing the birds. Yes, I realize this does not exactly make me a good person, but the birds are aggressive there!

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Thanks for the great interview Krysta!
By the way....all of Krysta's designs are available in all sizes! Krysta is also offering FREE SHIPPING during the month of November to anyone who commented on this post. All you have to do is reference your comment when you purchase from her, and your item will ship for free.

Now for the fun...Krysta is giving away any item from her shop...your choice!

To Enter:

Please visit Chick 9 Clothing and then leave a comment about your favorite item from Krysta's shop. Please leave a VALID email address, or you won't be in the running to win.

For one extra entry: We'd love to have you follow our blog! Click on "Follow This Blog" up there at the top right, and become a follower (You must have a Blogger account to do this). Please leave a SEPERATE comment if you do this.

For one extra entry: Please share with us what sport or sports you played or play, and why you think they have been a benefit to you. Please leave a SEPERATE comment.

Deadline to enter is Thursday, November 6th at Midnight PST. This giveaway is open worldwide.

Have a great weekend!

Angie

66 comments:

windycindy said...

Happy Halloween! What a great site. I
adore the "Tropical Volleyball" Tee Shirt. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am subscribed to your reader via my Yahoo Page. Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I played softball and volleyball. Being in sports made me more health conscious, thus I ate healthy. Also,
I had more confidence when I performed well in the sport. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I just visited your site for the first time and its awesome, love the clothing tag lines. My favorite is the hockey stick and puck with the line "this girl's got goals!. Very creative and definitely a moral boaster, however not available in the size I would need for mu daughter. She wears a large (14-16) So for the contest if I should win I would go for the 'swimmers make waves" Thanks junielee97058@hotmail.com

Annie said...

I love the infant tee that says "I DRIBBLE"........tres cute!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...

I have played a lot of basketball in my life time. I remember the first team I was on in Elementary School was named the Groovy Ghoulies (where that name came from I have no idea) lol We placed first in the school district the year I played; very exciting!

nancyrobster@gmail.com

drming said...

The infant tee that says "I DRIBBLE" is classic.

patty said...

I love the "Future Track Star" shirt.

sweetsue said...

I like the cute "I Like Mud" toddler tee!

Jenn S. said...

I like the Future Basketball Star Infant Tshirt.

Holly said...

I officiated cycling events, so the "I RIDE LIKE A GIRL" would be great for me.

hollyblanco at gmail dot com

reb said...

I like the Pink Athlete long sleeve tshirt the best.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

kdkdkd said...

the Hockey Ice Princess Onesie by Chick 9 Clothing would be wonderful. We are a hockey family!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Tropical Volleyball Kids Tshirt. My daughter enjoys playing volleyball.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

cathirushing said...

I Like Mud

mogrill said...

The "I DRIBBLE" is adorable!

Sunnyvale said...

I like the sports tees

idahomom said...

Tropical Volleyball

Christina said...

My favorite item is the I have big goals Onesie!

Christina said...

I played kickball in elementary school. It benefits me to this day. I'm quite the kicker. :)

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I really like the I like mud in a 4T. Very cute. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

mverno said...

future track star

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Dree said...

I like the Pink Athlete long sleeve tshirt.

Dree said...

I played softball. I really believe that this helped me become a strong woman.

elaine said...

I like the Little Kicker Onesie-very cute!
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

vboackle said...

i like the i dribble tee.

kygirl said...

True Love - Softball Kids Tshirt is my favorite

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the True Love Soccer Infant T-Shirt.

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

Don said...

The golfing shirt is best

msrodeobrat said...

i like the pink athlete long sleeve shirt

msrodeobrat said...

i played tennis and i think it inspired me to be more physically active and to want to better myself

caseydeuce said...

I'm a follower!!

caseydeuce said...

I LOVEEEE What do you mean theres no caddy!!

Sharon said...

LOVE
Pink Athlete long sleeve tshirt by Chick 9 Clothing
thanks for entry :)

Krista said...

I just wanted to let everyone know that all designs are available in every size I offer! And for everyone who leaves a comment on the Downtown Boutique, I will give you free shipping on any orders from now until the end of November if you send me a message with a copy of the comment you left! Thanks for all the support...it is fun to hear about which shirts people prefer!

Krista
Chick 9 Clothing

krboothe said...

My husband would love to see my 2 yr old daughter in the 'future basketball star' tee shirt!

katherine
krboothe@bellsouth.net

jennem said...

I wish they had some martial arts! In the meantime, I like the I like mud. Toddler Tshirt.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

pancak said...

Great stuff! I like the "I run like a girl. Try to keep up." t-shirt; my speedy soccer-playing daughter would love it.

Tanya W. said...

Pink Athlete long sleeve tshirt is my fav

Casey Becher said...

I like the "Soccer Star in Training" Toddler Tshirt. Cute!!

cpullum said...

I like the Pink Athlete long sleeve tshirt by Chick 9 Clothing!

Have a great week!

Belinda said...

I love the Water Baby Kids Tshirt. My daughter is a fantastic swimmer and would be proud to wear this shirt.

Belinda said...

When I was a child I played basketball, hockey and even indoor cricket! I think I gained a great deal from playing these sports because they developed my co-ordination and taught me how to co-operate with others as a team.

supermax said...

Tropical Volleyball

Sherry R said...

My favorite is the I Love Basketball!

RE said...

"I run like a girl. Try to keep up." Would be great for my active little girl! Thanks!

Karen said...

Love the tropical volleball shirt :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

SeahorseLady said...

The cute Born to Surf Toddler Tshirt is my favorite!

SeahorseLady said...

I ran track when I was young and feel that it helped me to become physically fit. It also helped me get over being shy.

Jinxy and Me said...

I like the "I Dribble" shirt - very cute!

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm also following your blog!

Tammy said...

The Girl's WaterBaby Tee - my daughter swims whenever she can.

blueviolet said...

I like the Running Rocks Infant Tshirt. That's a cute one!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

sito50 said...

I like the "I Like Mud" toddler t-shirt. I like some of the other designs, too, but they're either to big or too small for my little one.

Jennireesa said...

I like the Surfer Babe infant tee.

Jodi said...

What a unique idea. I really like the "I run like a girl. Try to keep up" kids tshirt.

purehrt555(at)yahoo(dot)com

purango said...

The Tennis Girl Kids Tshirt is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

AmberRose95 said...

My favorite is the "I run like a girl. Try to keep up." Tshirt. Thank you for the contest!

AmberRose95[at]gmail.com

Karen said...

My favorite is the Tropical Volleyball tshirt in size large. I love it!

Anonymous said...

I like the tropical volleyball kids tshirt best

donna444444 said...

I would like the Gymnastics...even harder than it looks Kids Tshirt for my daughter.
donna444444@yahoo.com

donna444444 said...

I played basketball.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Heather said...

Golfing Sure is Swell is my fave from her shop. So cute.

Heather said...

In my youth, I ran, was in gymnastics and played indoor soccer...and sometimes skied. Now, I run and play golf. I think, for the most part, I benefited from my sports, but there are times that I think the gymnastics ruined my neck...since I landed on it sometimes. Y'ouch.

hammielover1 said...

I'm lovin' the "I run like a girl. Try to keep up" shirt. Thar is really rocking!