Thursday, March 31, 2016

Go Wild with New Animal Prints

New animal prints are IN! 

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

Meet Amanda @mybellamoxi

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.
Athleisure Wear By JunoActive

My Bella Moxie
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 2016

5 Incredible Places to Travel in 2016

There’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

1.    Cuba

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

Lanai, Hawaii

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.

Perfect outfit: AquaSport Long Fitted Swim Shorts and Tankini

Jokulsarlon Lake, Iceland

3.     Iceland

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.

Perfect outfit: Swimsuits & fleece

Anne's friend Diane swimming with a manatee

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.

Perfect outfit: QuikEnergy Capris and Tankini

Butchart Gardens

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 
through the famous Butchart Gardens or hike through the gorgeous Goldstream Provincial Park.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Love is forever, especially between best friends. That’s why this year we’re celebrating Galentine’s Day. Coined by Leslie Knope on the show “Parks and Recreation,” February 13th is the day Leslie and her lady friends leave their significant others at home and “just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

Spending time with friends is crucial to our well-being – not to mention it’s really, really fun. But between work, endlessly driving kids to their social lives and taking care of things on the home front, it’s incredibly easy to forget to carve out time for your best pals. After all, are you really going to remember getting all your laundry finished or working an extra few hours on a Saturday in 10 years, or are you going to remember that amazing Galentine’s Day you spent celebrating with your best gal pals? I’d bet it’s the latter.

Here are 3 ways to celebrate to the fullest with your BFFs this February 13th.

Plan an Outside Adventure

Remember being a kid and playing outside with no real destination in mind (except not crossing the street) besides having fun outside? Channel your inner kid and go adventuring with your gals. Whether it’s hiking up a trail in the woods or putting together a game of kickball at the park, you’ll feel great being out in the open air with your friends talking about life, love and laughing–a lot. We know it’s winter and it’s cold out, but if you bundle up right it will feel just like June. Almost.

Perfect outfit: Fleece from head to toe

Hotel Pool Party

Pool parties are fun no matter your age. Book a couple rooms with your friends at a local hotel with an indoor pool and swim to your heart’s content, make a makeshift water aerobics class or play some games you haven’t played since grade school. 

Perfect outfit: Swimsuit heaven

Movie Marathon

When’s the last time you got to sit around with your friends for a movie marathon? Have you been “meaning to watch that movie” for about 5 years? Take Galentine’s Day to watch every cheesy, sad, romantic, dramatic, action movie with your friends. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll be ridiculously comfortable lounging in yoga pants with your friends.

Perfect outfit: Yoga, yoga, yoga!

Monday, February 1, 2016

4 Yoga Poses You Can Do Right Now

A new year, a new reason to restore.

When we think of the word restorative, we think of taking one really long, deep breath and letting go of everything giving us stress or anxiety in our day-to-day lives. That’s why we decided to highlight a few of our favorite restorative yoga poses throughout the month of January. The combination of deep breaths and even deeper stretches really help to relax the mind and body, allowing you to focus on what you need most in that moment.

Even if you’ve never practiced yoga before, these poses are a great snapshot of yoga basics you’ll find in any class. Try the poses out for yourself–you might be surprised at how these simple movements can help you feel more focused and restored in just a few minutes. If you like how you feel after doing these poses on your own, try jumping into a local yoga class to reap the full mind-body benefits of practicing yoga–we promise it won't disappoint. 

Sukhasana or Easy Pose

Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and your wrists resting on your knees with relaxed, open palms. Sit up straight, drop your shoulders and take in a deep breath in and out through your nose. Repeat breathing as needed to relax your mind and body.

Upward Facing Dog or Updog

Start by lying face down on your mat. Place your hands next to your waist with your palms down and fingertips pointed toward the top of the mat. Make sure your legs are extended straight back and your feet are a few inches apart, with the tops of your feet resting on your mat. Take a deep breath.
As you breath out, begin to gently press into your palms and extend your arms, lifting your torso and the tops of your thighs a few inches off the ground. Squeeze the muscles in your thighs and firm up the muscles in your back. Feel your chest open up and a deep stretch in your abdominal muscles and back. Release to the ground as you breathe in.

Anjali Mudra

Begin by sitting in a comfortable cross-legged position on the floor. Lengthen your spine. With open palms, bring your hands together in the center of your chest.
Anjali Mudra is a pose that shows up often in yoga practice. Whether you’re in mountain pose or Sukhasana (easy pose), you’ll find this pose is a centering and grounding experience.

Warrior II or Virabhadrasana II

Begin by standing tall in Mountain pose with your feet hips width apart. Take a deep breath and step your right foot back about 4 feet or a distance that is comfortable for you. Point your right foot out perpendicular to the mat at 90 degrees. Point your left foot straight up towards the top of the mat. Align your heels so they are in a straight line along your mat and firm your thighs.
Exhale and bend your left knee. Make sure your left knee is positioned above your left ankle so as to protect the knee. If you can, bring your left thigh parallel to the floor. Squeeze your right leg and firm up your entire body. Stretch your arms out so that they run parallel to your legs, with your left arm reaching over your left leg and your right arm reaching back over your right leg. Look towards your left hand fingers and firm up your entire body. Inhale and exhale a few times in this position.

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