Friday, November 11, 2016

Where are all the #PlusSizeEmojis?

6 billion emojis–and counting–are sent soaring across the globe every single day. In 2015, Apple launched the iOS 8.3 version with diverse emojis based on the Fitzpatrick scale for classifying human skin tone. Even the most recent iOS 10 update includes new female athletes and professionals, a new rainbow flag and more diverse family options. Cheers from all of us–these are steps in the right direction. However, we are left wondering where 67% of American plus-size and curvy women who wear a size 14 and up are represented in our emoji keyboards.

Plus size bodies can run, bike, play basketball, and more. Being fit doesn’t always look a certain way–bodies of all shapes and sizes are strong, healthy and living active lives. Just take a look at #plussizefitness or #biggirlsworkouttoo on Instagram, and you’ll see thousands of curvy and plus-size women competing in triathlons, lifting weights, and sharing their everyday active lifestyles with the world. These inspiring women are why we decided it was time to start the #PlusSizeEmojis campaign. 

We teamed up with Minneapolis-based comedian Allison Fingerett and asked her to strike some active emoji poses of her own–which she did with her own brand of unafraid humor. Allison struck a pose just like the runner, biker, and basketball player emojis, proving that bodies of all shapes and sizes can be active and deserve to be equally portrayed as such in our emoji keyboards and beyond.

Fingerett notes, “I'm excited to be a part of this campaign because representing plus-size women as healthy and active is a super important step towards a more widespread body positive movement–which is beneficial to everyone, no matter their size.”

By launching the #PlusSizeEmojis campaign, we not only hope to inspire curvy women to be active and feel more comfortable sharing that part of their lives online, but to encourage emoji developers and designers to finally represent the amazing majority of American women who wear a size 14 and up. Please SHARE this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. to help us spread this message of inclusion!

About Allison Fingerett

Allison Fingerett is a writer and stand-up comedian living in Minneapolis. She has performed in the national comedy showcase, Mortified, and she can be seen at open mics throughout the Twin Cities. You can peek into her psyche on Instagram, @fingeretta.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New AquaSport Waterfall Swimwear is Making a Splash!

The AquaSport Waterfall Crossback One Piece Swimsuit and the AquaSport Waterfall Print V Neck Tankini

We are swimming in new swimwear—and thrilled to debut our new AquaSport Waterfall collection. 
As we move into the holiday and get-away travel seasons (hello snow birds!), now is the perfect time to refresh your swimwear. There's a good chance that after our very sunny summer, your suit may be faded or has become loose or baggy. Our new Waterfall Collection is made with a stunning solid blue and water pattern print using AquaSport, our strongest chlorine-resistant fabric yet. Here are all of the just-arrived styles, with more to come!

If you love rocking patterns, this tankini is perfect for you. With a soft v neckline, no-chafe seams and a built-in shelf bra for extra support, you’ll feel smooth and secure whether you’re underwater or taking a stroll beach-side. Pair this with the AquaSport Waterfall Print Long Fitted Swim Short or the AquaSport Swim Shorts with Brief.

You can never go wrong with a classic. Our one-piece AquaSport Waterfall suit has a solid blue front with gorgeously patterned crossback straps. This suit is constructed with two layers of fabric inn the front and a power-mesh built-in bra that delivers the perfect amount of coverage and support.

Racerback designs are an exceptional pick for everyone who loves a little extra support. These straps flaunt the Waterfall pattern in the back, giving you the ultimate fashion statement while you’re gliding through the water. A slight flare at the bottom of the tankini sits right over your swim bottoms, creating a flattering silhouette. 

The highlight of these swim shorts–besides the incredibly durable, chlorine and salt water-resistant fabric–is the secure waistband stitching that prevents rollovers or bunching. The Waterfall pattern on the sides creates a flattering and slimming effect on your legs, making it so you won’t want to take these off—even when you’re back on dry land.

The right pair of swim shorts for those of you who like a little extra room. These loose fitted shorts are designed with a built-in brief for extra support and comfort. Pair these with either of our Waterfall tankinis or mix and match with our QuikWik Energy Swim Bra!

The aquatard is always one of our best and fastest sellers—and for good reason. This suit can hold up through everyday chlorine use and dries quickly, making it easy for you to go from swimming laps to getting on with your day with minimal fuss. The front zipper is chafe-free and makes it easy for you to slip on and off. The best part? No riding up or bunching while you’re getting your cardio on. Win-win.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Q&A with Abundia Vice President Megan Stemm-Wade

Photo by Anne Anatra

Abundia is a “community of women who come together to support each other in living lives of fat acceptance and Health at Every Size.” They’ve been around since 1994 and have grown into a yearly retreat of educational workshops on self-esteem, size acceptance, fashion, healing art, and more for women who identify as plus-size.
Vice President Megan Stemm-Wade

Through sharing stories and words of encouragement in a safe and open space, Abundia retreats have helped countless women work towards self-acceptance and self-empowerment (just check out their incredible testimonials page). We have happily donated an outfit to the 2016 retreat raffle to help support this touching group of intelligent, strong women. Abundia’s Vice President Megan Stemm-Wade was generous enough to answer a few questions about the retreat taking place this year on November 11-13, and why it’s such an important space and community for plus size women. 

1. What makes Abundia special?

Abundia is unique because it's so many things. It's a yearly retreat for plus-sized, fat positive in the Chicago area - but it's also an online community that reaches far beyond those geographical boundaries. It's literally and figuratively a place where women can find acceptance, empowerment, self-care, and support. And we're so happy to have been able to keep it growing for more than 20 years now.

2. How many people attended the first retreat in 1994, and how many attend now?

Attendance has waxed and waned at our retreats, as we've moved locations and changed our format somewhat. We are excited to be at new hotel this year in Northbook, IL and much more accessible to women all over the country (and world) due to our proximity to O'Hare Airport. We are holding steady at around 35-40 women and now have lots of room to grow!

3. Your testimonials page is incredibly touching and heartfelt. What’s the most common response you get from attendees about the retreat?

Thank you so much! We are so grateful to have such open, giving, trusting women attend our retreat and to share their feedback so honestly. One of the most common responses we hear, especially from first time attendees, is a deep sense of belonging and a relaxing of the guard that so many fat women feel they have to keep up, that they haven't necessarily felt in other spaces. We love providing that.

4. What challenges do plus-size women still face in today’s society?

I think many plus size women struggle with finding their worth in a culture that puts a woman's value too much on a narrow definition of what is worthy - a certain size, certain definitions of women's work, even certain constraints on women's behavior. There are practical challenges that come with this - such as the assumption that plus size women aren't active, and that leads to making things like plus size active wear harder to find. That's why we love you folks at JunoActive so much!

The Abundia founders: Jeanette Zweifel,
Sue Ross, Cheri Erdman, Barbara Spaulding,
and Sally Strosahl courtesy of 
5. Since Abundia launched in 1994, have you noticed any positive changes in society in regards to size acceptance? 

We've definitely seen a shift in the culture a bit in the last 22 years. The burgeoning Size Acceptance movement of which Abundia was a part has grown and evolved and taken on different meanings for different people - from Fat Acceptance to Body Positivity to Fat Activism. It has all become more mainstream and we even have a presidential candidate talking about the harm of body shaming and bullying. That's pretty amazing! That isn't to say there isn't room to keep growing. I'm hoping we can get to a point where size is immaterial to anyone's worth and that we can focus on self-growth, health, and joy instead. 

6. What kind of healing art do you do at the retreat?

At the Abundia Retreat, we have worked with mandalas, painting objects and filling them with affirmations, writing love letters to our bodies, journaling, and body painting, to name a few things. We always try to include self-esteem boosting hands-on art, in many forms.

7. When it comes to the fashion portion of the retreat, what are women saying they’d like to see more of in the plus-size fashion industry, and the fashion industry as a whole?

This is a great question. Last year, we ran a "fatshion" survey prior to the retreat, to facilitate a discussion about shopping and dealing with fashion as a plus size woman. Among the respondents, and it was echoed at the retreat itself, was a desire to see more options in sizes larger than 24-28, where a lot of plus size retailers stop. Women also want more brick and mortar options, because while many of us are comfortable ordering things online, just as many really want not only to try things on before they buy, but the validation that comes with being welcomed in to a physical retail space. 

8. Why should someone attend your retreat?

Attending the Abundia Retreat means walking into a space where you are not alone in your struggles and in your joys. We are a very welcoming, non-judging, loving group, and many women leave an Abundia weekend with lifelong friends. It's a bonding, educating, enriching experience - and we have a lot of fun, too. 

9. Last thoughts?

Thank you so much for this opportunity to share the wonderful community that is Abundia with you! And thank you for your support and for your fabulous clothes. I love your QuikWik stuff!

For more info about the retreat, visit

Monday, October 10, 2016

Break a Sweat in our New Plus Size Performance Fleece Jackets

Fall has definitely arrived–and so have our two new performance fleece jackets. We’re really excited about these because they’re not your typical fleece activewear. The outer shell is super soft, smooth, and pill-resistant, while the inner layer is made from brushed fleece that wicks moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and warm.

Our SoftSport™240 Fleece Full Zip Hoodie is designed for those of you who love easy access to controlling your temperature quickly while you’re on a brisk walk or out for coffee with the ladies. All the pockets have zippers so you can make sure your phone, keys, and everything else you take with you stay put, no matter what level of activity you’re doing. The zippers and logos are reflective so you stay visible during late evening walks or errands. This hoodie is also cut with a little extra length in the back so you can run around comfortably without your hoodie inching up in the back. This hoodie comes in three really great heather colors: Grey, Dahlia and Sea Green.

The SoftSport™240 Fleece Pullover Plus Size Hoodie is great for active women who love the comfort of a pullover during workouts and running errands. The moisture-wicking, pill-resistance fleece fabric is ultra-soft on your skin. Thumb loops on the sleeves provide extra warmth for your hands during brisk fall activities, and the half zip helps you effortlessly regulate temperature. Just like the full zip hoodie, all the pockets have reflective zippers so you can stay visible and securely store anything you need on-the-go. There’s even a handy zippered pocket on your sleeve for extra safe storage of earbuds, cash or your small house key. The pullover is also available in Heather Grey, Heather Dahlia, and Heather Sea Green.

Besides the high-tech features (and the amazing price), what makes these JunoActive hoodies stand out is our size range: XL to 6X. Most mainstream plus size activewear brands stop at 3X. We’re committed to making sure that every body has the right performance wear for their Active. Life. Style. Follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for exciting news, product releases and more. And don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list for an instant $20 off your order and exclusive promotions delivered right to your inbox.

Monday, September 26, 2016

7 Healthy Recipes We're Loving This Fall

Is there anything better than fall cooking? The extreme heat of summer has finally subsided, leaving you free to fire up the oven without overheating the house–or yourself. The fall harvest season delivers some seriously drool-worthy, fresh produce fit to make any homemade meal a 5-star dinner. The best part is all of these dishes use produce that’s in-seasonmeaning you’ll save money buying seasonal veggies and get to experiment with tasty new ingredients you may have never tasted before. Here are 7 healthy (and extremely yummy) recipes that are perfect to whip up this fall.

One-pan dinners, especially during the week, are lifesavers. Just a little bit of prep work, throw it on the pan, and that’s it. Plus with this recipe, you’ll get a taste of all the best fall veggies in one simple, delicious dish.

A cozy fall, vegetarian take on a classic Italian dish. ‘Nuff said.

Soups are always a great way to use up all the loose-end veggies that are about to turn. Pro-tip: make a double batch and stick some in the freezer for nights you need a quick dinner.

Stuffed anything is usually always a good idea. Stuffed mushrooms? Even better. Try this with extra spinach or mixing in artichokes for a bite-sized, healthier version of spinach artichoke dip.

Who knew pumpkin could be turned into a delicious, savory fry? This is definitely a recipe that will please everyone, from picky eaters to partners who will try anything. Make as a Saturday afternoon snack or as a side paired with baked chicken.

That name itself is enough to make you crave crisp air and snuggling up next to the fire. Serve this as a dessert or enjoy as a gluten-free, nutrient-packed afternoon snack.

Before the drop of the first fall leaf, pumpkin spice takes over nearly every menu, from coffee shops to your favorite restaurant. Try this healthy spin when you crave sipping on something sweet.