Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We're Turning 20!



JunoActive is celebrating its 20th year in the fashion industry! We are rather proud of being one of the true pioneers in this industry that has brought styles and options to plus size women size 14 and up. It’s only recently that the plus sizes have begun to make their mark on the fashion industry, and we have something to say about that….IT’S ABOUT TIME! With modeling agency IMG signing five plus sized models just this year and London Fashion Week including an entirely plus size show, I think it’s safe to say that companies are finally starting to get it. After all, how could the fashion industry ignore 67% of the female population in America for so long? Is it true that companies and designers are so superficial that the majority of consumers out there purchasing would not even be considered? That the clothing on our runways won’t fit the majority of the people we are trying to sell them to?

It was on this basis that Junonia, now JunoActive, came to life 20 years ago. One plus size woman wanted to start working out, and instead ended up changing her path in life forever. She couldn’t find anything to wear to the gym, just like so many others who have put on their sweat pants before her, wishing they made that cute black and grey combo that she saw someone else wearing in her size.

JunoActive Yoga Wear

If you want something in today’s modern world, sometimes you have to go out there and create it. So here we are now, a couple decades down the road, and we too have evolved and changed. We’ve gone from catalogs to internet, checkbooks to e-commerce and good, to something pretty great. At JunoActive we are constantly focused on our customer and what it is that she would want. Just like us, she is also changing and evolving. One thing I always hear is still to this day that plus sized swim suits, that look and feel good are not easy to find. Which is why we are launching swimwear collections this year that we never would've imagined being available in the plus size industry 20 years ago. We are also going to be announcing another big face lift to the company and a revamping of our brand and image that will go along with the confidence we find in today’s plus size women. We should all be proud to be a part of this movement that is leading women of all sizes, shapes and colors towards self acceptance and inner peace.

Where were you twenty years ago?

Better yet, what were you wearing 20 years ago? Go ahead and post a picture below if you have one and are brave enough!

We can’t wait to see where fashion leads us in the next 20 years, but we really hope it’s in the direction of the world’s first perfect pair of plus size jeans!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Staff Pick of the Week:


JunoActive Serenity Long Sleeve V Neck Top 

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If I could rename this shirt, I would call it "Butter". It is made from some of the softest Italian fabric I have ever felt. No wonder it's called "Serenity" fabric. Even though the Serenity Line was made more for it's function and less for it's fashion, you definitely could've fooled me. This v-neck is so silky and soft to the point it reminds me of butter. No kidding, butter. I want to sleep in it, wear it to workout in, to work, the grocery store, you name it. It goes beyond casual comfort in my book, and just when you can't get over how it feels, you realize just how functional the material really is. It's breathable, keeps me dry, and doesn't make me look or feel bulky, even when wearing it underneath as a base layer. It's got just the right amound of stretch and allows me to move freely no matter what activity I'm doing. It also has cute thumbholes that I utilize during the cold months, especially when I put another long sleeve top or jacket over it. The final thing I love about this shirt is the fit of the sleeves. Often when I try on shirts, the sleeves are just too tight. This is especially true for longer sleeved shirts. I’m a pear shaped woman, so my arms would not be considered bulky by any stretch of the imagination, but I have a theory that those clothes with those little arm holes are fitted on a model either with no arms, or little T-Rex arms.

I mean, do the designers slip a cheesy bread stick into the empty arm sleeve during production to make sure it “fits”? Do they quickly approve the style so they can go back to their office party? Having a fit model that has bread sticks for arms makes for a very touching story, using greasy food to fit sleeves strikes me as being very unprofessional. Bottom line is, they are making clothing for the masses and usually a plus size line is an afterthought.




They've been designing a size 6 their whole professional career and don't know the first thing about what works on a plus size woman's body. That's why I love working for JunoActive. The whole focus here is about the fit in each and every piece, in each and every size. The Junowear® Serenity Long Sleeve V Neck Top was fitted on a plus size fit model to ensure a perfect sleeve that does not constrict movement, feels great on and looks even greater. I highly recommend getting one, next you'll want to know, "What other items come in this material?"

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Halftime Hoopla at the Roller Derby


A Quick Hooping Back-story:
"Last summer I started hula hooping to get into shape. After about a month I started taking hoop dance classes to help me stay motivated and meet other beginner hoopers. In November I started going to the weekly hoop jams with the Hoop Twin Cities group.


In January our group was asked to do the Half the halftime show for the North Star Roller Girls. This wasn't an organized performance by any means. It was just whoever wanted to show up for an extra jam. We all brought extra hoops so that people from the audience could come join us, but we underestimated how popular it would be. It was a full-on party with people dancing and hooping. At one point we were surrounded by a huge conga line!


The theme of the derby bout was Space Jams. We were all encouraged to dress up for the space theme. I dressed up as Leela from Futurama. I’m easy to spot in our group picture because I was the only Cyclops.


I think the best part was after the half time when I hung out with some young girls in the hallway. They were waiting to give high fives to the skaters as the teams left the stadium. These girls were really excited to interact with their derby heroes. I thought it was great that they had these tough female role models to look up to. "


This story, by a JunoActive.com employee, shows us that working out or being active doesn't have to be what everyone else is doing or the same old boring thing you did last year. If just thinking of running on the treadmill again is enough to make you want to eat a box of pastries, then why torture yourself? Find something that works. Think outside the box. Surround yourself with other strong, positive female role models when doing it, which allow you to be your best self. Confidence is contagious, and like attracts like. What did Gandhi say???? Oh yes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” If you are positive, you’ll find yourself attracting people that are also positive. So what events are in your area that just might be kind of fun after all? Give something new a try this week and let us know all about it! Better yet, share a picture of what you did while wearing your JunoActive Clothing!





Tuesday, November 25, 2014

National Diabetes Month - Spinal Twist at Your Desk

November is National Diabetes Month 

 Hopefully, you don’t have diabetes, but with National Diabetes Month on my mind, I wanted to chat you up about how yoga can help you improve your chances of never having to deal with diabetes.

One of the reasons I fell in love with yoga is that it’s scientific! How they knew, thousands of years ago, that a simple twist could help tone the pancreas, lower the insulin levels, and aid digestion is a mind-blower! It wasn’t discovered by western civilization until the 3rd century BC.

Science has been studying these ancient yoga practices and proving that the Yoga asanas, or poses, help to increase flexibility, tone the muscles, lower the stress hormones, and a bunch of other important stuff-- Yoga’s in the news all the time these days, with one study after another giving voice to the potency of Yoga.

One profound benefit of yoga that doesn’t usually get in the news—how yoga helps to tone the glands of the subtle endocrine system. The pancreas is actually an organ AND a gland! It’s located behind the stomach, so it’s on the back-side of the body. When we do spinal twists, we give a nice massage to this organ, squeezing out old blood, like wringing out a sponge. When we release the twist, fresh blood rushes into the organ and refreshes it. This helps to encourage the hormones—think insulin—to stay balanced.

Spinal twists also have other benefits, such as toning the muscles that support the spine, and massaging the adrenals and kidneys, which are also located toward the back-side of the body. If you sit very long at a desk, you can practice an easy twist right there on your chair. Here’s how:

Sitting comfortably on your chair, inhale as you feel your spine getting long and shoulders getting nice and wide.   Then as you exhale, begin to turn your left shoulder  toward the back of the chair, bringing your left hand behind you and use it to take hold of the chair.  Bring your right hand across the body to take hold of the opposite knee.  Keep your chin parallel to the floor. Continue to breathe deeply as you focus your attention all along your spine, and notice how it feels.  Try to imagine what your pancreas looks like, and where it’s located.  Begin to unwind, and do the other side.  

If you want to learn more about this wonderful organ, look it up on Wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancreas


Usually, we think of the physical benefits of yoga, but there are also tremendous benefits to the mind and psyche.  It’s a wonderful anti-dote for depression and a powerful stress management tool.  We’ll learn more about that in our next blog.  In the meantime, if you can come to Yogaville, Virginia for a workshop titled Big Yoga for Less Stress, which is also the title of my new book coming out in the New Year.


Meera Patricia Kerr
Author: BigYoga:  A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Getting Started at The Gym - Again

It is so hard to get started going to the gym. I had gone to a gym for years in the past, I even had personal trainers to motivate me. After I got started, my mom and I would go 3 times a week. It was so much easier to go when I had a gym buddy. Then she got very ill and wasn’t able to go. Then I got injured and could hardly walk. So, I made myself go 3 times a week to aqua class. I loved it! After my surgeries, I didn’t feel comfortable going back to anything but aqua class. Then I started working full time again and my gym routine fell apart. 

"Find a friend with a similar schedule and motivation"

After a while, I met a friend who is very fitness oriented. He has diabetes and regulates it with diet and exercise. He has to work out in order to help control his disease. He encouraged me to start back at the gym. So we started meeting after work at the gym. He helped me with the weights, introducing me to different routines and exercises. We made it a regular activity-meeting at the gym. Now I go with him or by myself. I make it to the gym 3-4 times per week. It has been a part of my routine now for almost a whole year! 

I feel better and eat better when I work out regularly.  I have even lost some weight. I can tell because my clothes fit differently. My body has become sculpted from my weight training. Weight lifting is a big part of my routine and I feel it gives me more energy. The more I go to the gym the more I move easier and with greater flexibility. I have made it a priority to give myself gym time for my health.


For me, a gym partner is very important. It doesn’t have to be the gym-walk, play tennis, hike-choose an activity that you both like to do. Find a friend with a similar schedule and motivation such as yourself.  Make a commitment to each other that you will go 3 times per week.  Schedule a day & time that works for both of you. Then if one of you starts to slide you are each other’s motivator. You can tell them, “No we made plans to go to the gym at that time.” If something comes up, then reschedule a day/time to make up for the missed session. I have found it is very helpful to make the commitment to a friend so that you don’t just say to yourself---ahhh not today!

Andrea S.
Director of Mechandising
Junonia Ltd.

Find plus size gym clothes at JunoActive.com
Like this plus size sports bra and capri leggings.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Plus Size Instagram BeauCoo.com Shutting Down

After almost two years we say farewell to an inspiring community of plus size fashion enthusiasts. The instagram-like mobile photo sharing social media BeauCoo.com is closing its virtual doors on August 31st, 2014 due to lack of funding. For those of you unfamiliar with the site, BeauCoo inspired plus sized women to share fashion finds from all over the world in a body positive, judgement free environment.

The best thing about BeauCoo was the lack of pictures of your friend's breakfast burrito they "made themselves," and no pictures of babies and puppies that are a constant spam on Instagram. I'm not saying that I hate the irreplaceable mundane pictures of my friend's lives, but my mind is already full of garbage. BeauCoo provided a comprehensive shopping experience with real pictures of real people.

We all know that the mass amount of published media is edited, airbrushed, and altogether fake. The unrealistic standards demanded for women's body image is almost kitsch. While most of us understand that models are glorified for perfection, the constant spam of imagery can have a lasting impression on women. BeauCoo will be missed for the uncensored real models that willingly shared their size in order to make finding fashionable clothing easier for the plus size woman. I can only hope that the contributing members of BeauCoo.com will remember the real. Maybe, someday, another bopo fashion community will arise for the fabulous plus girl.

Ally P.
Graphic Designer & Social Media Supervisor
www,junonia.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Softwik™ Heather Plus Size Shirts

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We just got in our new Softwik™ Heather plus size shirts, and I must say they are the bee’s knees! This is the same shirt that I was testing in last month’s blog when I was hula hooping. This shirt is soft, breathable, and wicks away sweat wonderfully. In fact, I couldn’t tell if I was sweating until my bra felt clammy. After washing the shirt, I decided to test it while napping. I was so comfortable I ended up wearing the shirt all weekend under the guise of fabric testing, but really I just didn’t want to take it off.
How would I describe the feel of the fabric? The softness is like a rose petal, or a baby’s chin. It’s a medium weight fabric that is lighter than our current QuikWik,™ but would be perfect for any season.  It has a lovely drape and it stretches without being clingy. I would even challenge our cotton lovers to try this shirt. You won’t be disappointed!

Our New Softwik™ Heather plus size shirts are a great addition to your favorites!

Renae R.
Technical Designer
www.junoactive.com