Sunday, June 5, 2016
The first rave we get about our plus size swimwear is the amazing fit–but after months of trips to the pool or beach, everyone falls in love with our powerful chlorine-resistant fabrics, AquaSport™ and QuikEnergy™. Seriously–these fabrics are strong. We have customers who are swimming laps in the pool 5 days a week and need a swimsuit that will hold up, keep its shape and not fall apart. Even if you’re outside hitting the waves, our fabrics give you sun protection–up to UPF 50–while keeping you stylish and comfortable.
Aside from being insanely cute, one of our new styles–the Aloha print–is very on trend this season. Black and white for summer has completely taken over the runways. But don’t worry–if you’re craving a pop of color, we’ve got that, too.
Here’s a peek at our new suits, but be sure to take a look at our full collection in our shop.
Designed for laps and lounging. Made with our chlorine-resistant AquaSport fabric, this suit is quick-drying and great for everyday use. The best part? The front of the suit was designed with two layers of fabric for extra coverage and truly stellar support while you’re running laps in the pool or catching rays on the beach.
No matter if you’re in the pool 6 days a week, our AquaSport Aloha Print Tankini Top will stand up to chlorine. Chlorine resistance and suits maintaining their shape are two important reasons AquaSport is a beloved fabric–especially for the ladies who practically live at the pool! Our Tankini has a built-in sports bra, including sewn in cups, giving you great coverage. This racerback design goes great with the AquaSport Plus Size Long Fitted Swim Shorts, or our AquaSport Plus Size Skirted Swim Shorts.
The perfect pop of color makes this classic black suit a must! Designed using our chlorine-resistant QuikEnergy fabric, this suit delivers all-over muscle compression as well as full chest support with a built-in inner shelf bra. Also, if you are tall or have a longer torso, we have you covered–there are several classic, one piece Tall styles in our QuikEnergy collection.
Blend in with the water with this gorgeous purple and blue one-piece print. This suit is made with Xtra-Life Lycra, which keeps your suit super strong against chlorine, heat and sunscreen. Tank straps won’t dig into your shoulders, and the seams are no-chafe bliss. Keep everything on top in place and extra comfortable with a sewn-in bra.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy views curated by nature and less by Netflix (even though we really really love Netflix). Once the weather gets warm, it’s high time to start planning weekend getaways and nature stay-cations (which is a vacation where you stay around your place if you can’t travel). Since JunoActive headquarters are just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are more than ready to say goodbye to winter and welcome warm weather with open arms. Here are the outside activities we’re more than excited for this summer.
1. Road Trip
The road trip is a time honored American tradition. There’s nothing quite like packing up a few days clothes away in a small bag, snacks to keep the trip rolling smoothly and a few of your best friends or family. There are so many scenic stops and chances to hike along highways that make for the perfect unexpected summer mini-trip. Check with your state government’s website to scope out all of the can’t-miss scenic highway stops in your state–there are usually some great hidden hiking spots. They may be a bit off the beaten path, but reconnecting with nature on the open road is what summer is all about.
2. Going to the Beach
Although we are nowhere near an ocean, we come from the land of 10,000 lakes and love taking advantage of them. As Prince said in the classic 80s movie Purple Rain, “You have to purify yourself in Lake Minnetonka.” Even if you don’t live in Minnesota, there’s just something special about swimming in a lake, no matter where you are. Sure, you can’t see to the bottom of lake and there may be fish swimming past your legs. But is it really summer if you don’t scream “What was that!?” while standing in the open water? Being startled by fish is probably great cardio, anyways.
Beach Day Outfit: AquaSport Crossback Plus Size Aquatard
3. The State Fair
There’s nothing quite like the Minnesota State Fair. Everyone probably feels that way about their own state fair–and that’s what’s so great about them. Each year you get to explore the huge fairgrounds once again, seeing all the animals, going on rides, trying out new foods, and dancing your heart out at the bandstand. It’s a great place to connect not only with your friends and family, but with people that live in all parts of your state, and even the country.
5. Summertime Dog Walking
Yes you have to walk your dog all year long, but who doesn’t cut walks a little shorter during the winter? Walking with your adorable pup in the summer is just better. First there’s sunshine, warm breezes, fresh air and catching up with your neighbors. But best of all is the happiness you see on your dog’s face, whenever (s)he looks up at you that says, “you’re the best ever for taking me on this walk!”
Thursday, March 31, 2016
New JunoActive Animal Print Activewear
Now that our limited edition animal print is back in stock after selling out a year ago, you can fully live your spirit animal dreams in new styles perfect for running miles and running errands.
We love animal print for the gym and everyday style. There’s something about it that sparks inspiration in us to work harder, move faster, and do better. Maybe it’s because the leopard-one of our inspirations for the print-is one of the stealthiest cats in the animal kingdom. Or maybe it’s just the fact that we pride ourselves in designing plus size activewear that works and stays moving with your curves–no matter what activities you’re doing each day.
The new animal print styles come exclusively in our Stretch Naturals fabric. The incredibly soft, lightweight cotton blend fabric has a really comfortable stretch that bends and moves with you through yoga poses, zumba classes and hikes.
Our new animal print comes in a few different styles:
Double Scoop Bra Top - Black with Animal Trim or Animal Print with Black Trim
- Perfect for low impact exercises
- Slight stretch provides comfort, support and makes on-and-off easier
- Front and back scoop design gives you lots of breathability
- Lightweight design great for everyday wear, can fashionably layer or peek at button down neckline
- Slight stretch provides comfort, support and makes on-and-off easier
- Double layer fabric gives you extra coverage and support
- Cotton and spandex blend gives you full range movement
- Wearable during workouts or nights out
- Soft against skin and not too hot
- Lightweight cotton blend lets your body breathe
- Designed to hold shape all day long
- Perfect for gym, running errands, or going out
- Stays in place as you move
- Extra length means no skin showing as you reach
- Built in bra offers extra support during exercise
We are so excited to have this print back in stock, and we hope you are too. It’s fun to mix up your style during workouts or your everyday wardrobe–a little fierce print inspiration is always welcome in our world. Let us know how much you love our new prints or just say hello on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Life is busy. We have places we need to be, things we need to do, and people we need to meet. During the age of connection, we seem to take disconnection (in order to recharge) for granted. As a plus size fashion blogger, I prefer to be candidly honest. Sure, I love the glitz and glam of a fashion show or dinner party, but I’m happiest when I’m enjoying a little leisure time. And if you're anything like me, you know that fashion is more than half the fun. Historically my go-to leisure look has been baggy sweatpants and a baggy shirt– until I realized athletic style, or athleisure, can be worn anywhere, anytime during any activity, even during those non-athletic, recharging activities.
It's true–up until last summer I admired the athleisure trend from afar. You know the ladies I’m talking about–the ones who look stylish and comfortable in their yoga pants and matching soft gym shirts. These are the type of women who look pulled together even when they dress down. And since I prefer to dress down (most days), I’ve made it a goal to master this trend, and I’m letting you in on my secret.
The simplest trick to attaining that dressed up, dressed down look is to find clothes that are so comfortable, they never distract you and to match. When you coordinate your outfit, it brings an effortless balance to your look. The same can be said for making leisure time a priority–it establishes balance in your life.
I know I’ve already said it, but life is busy. You might have faint memories of leisure time–it's the small amount of time you put away for things like your needs, wants, and goals. I believe it's the secret to a happy life, because it rejuvenates both your mind and soul. Personally I have a strict prescription of me time which I follow at least once a week.
As you can see, I’m most happy when
I get lost in the coffee shop chatter,
while drinking a delicious cup of coffee.
|And I’m most happy when my worries recede|
while reading a book and drowning in
the author’s inspirational vocabulary.
Monday, February 22, 2016
5 Incredible Places to Travel in 2016There’s really nothing better than booking a new vacation. You work hard all year and definitely deserve some well-earned time in the sun, snow or wherever your heart wants to take you. Not only is it fun and exciting to travel, but it’s also a great excuse to unplug. With our ever-increasing tech-obsessed world, it’s so worth it to leave the iPads and streaming services back on dry land and feel like part of nature again–even if it’s just for a long weekend.
Whether you’re flying solo, with friends or with the whole family in tow, it’s time to break out of the routine and explore a new corner of the globe. Here are our top 5 destinations we would love to visit in 2016.
|UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Havana|
Since travel restrictions were loosened last year, Cuba has emerged as a new hot spot for many U.S. tourists who have never had the chance to explore the island. Since the U.S. placed an embargo on exporting goods to Cuba in 1960, the country has almost been preserved like a time capsule. You can watch cars from the 1950s roaming the streets of Havana, or walk through streets boasting architecture straight from colonial times. If you’re an avid hiker and love a challenge, you can tackle Pico Turquino, the highest peak on the island that towers 6476 feet, or you can also visit the more than 3,000 miles of coastline for a truly beautiful day soaking up the sun.
Perfect outfit: AquaSport Crossback Swim Dress for the beach and anything in our QuikWik collection for hiking
2. Lanai, Hawaii
If you’ve never heard of Lanai, that’s because it’s the much quieter, less busy island in the U.S.’s favorite (and only) archipelago. There’s not a single stoplight on the entire island, making it a picturesque place to unplug and zone out. With the Four Seasons Hotel slated to re-open this March, you’ll have a slick place to stay while you explore the beaches, snorkel and re-lax.
Explore a country and island that’s a little off the beaten path. Iceland is teeming with breathtaking natural landscapes that look like they were plucked from a fantasy novel. The country’s many black sand beaches are incredible sights to see– even though the water might be a bit too cold to take a dip. You’ll still want to pack a swimsuit though – Iceland has many hot springs including the famed Blue Lagoon where you can soak, get a spa treatment and finish off the night with cocktails and dinner at the lagoon’s restaurant.
4. Crystal Rivers, Florida
It’s probably not a place you’ve ever heard as being a top travel destination, but it’s definitely a great
vacation for animal lovers. If swimming with the manatees is on your bucket list (it’s on JunoActive
president Anne Kelly’s list!), sign up for one of many tours available in the area to make your dream
a reality. You can snorkel with manatees, learn all about their status as an endangered species,
explore local wildlife under and above water, or take a private boat ride perfect for dolphin watching
and catching gorgeous sunsets.
5. Victoria and Vancouver Island, Canada
If you enjoy city sightseeing and outdoor adventures, Victoria and Vancouver Island in Canada is the
ideal mix of both. Visit the historic Parliament Buildings in Victoria and take a guided tour of the
neo-baroque buildings. If parliament is in session, you might even be able to sit in on a Legislative
Assembly debate. The Royal British Columbia museum is another popular stop in Victoria, along
with many restaurants and cafes. Once you’re ready to start exploring the outdoors, take a stroll
Perfect outfit: Packable Loose Fit Leggings