Friday, May 27, 2011

National "No Fry Day"

Believe it or not but today is national "No Fry Day"

At Junonia, we talk a lot about fabrics that offer UPF protection. You see it mentioned in QuikWik, QuikWik Lite, AquaSport Swimwear, QuikEnergy Swimwear, and our UV protective jackets. But what exactly is UPF?

UPF is short for Ultraviolet Protection Factor, think of it as SPF for clothing. Just like with sun block, the higher the number the more protection it gives you. Several factors play into whether or not a fabric will block radiation of the sun such as the density of the fabric weave, dye type and color, and the fiber type itself. Most importantly, the fabric must be tested to determine the UPF rating. Wikipedia has more great info.

With Summer nearly in full swing, it’s important to protect yourself from UV rays and Junonia wants to make certain that you have the right clothing, no matter your activity. Check out our collections and enjoy the sun!


-Rachel


Product Development

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dual Layered Shorts

Junonia’s Greatest Hits

Summertime has arrived, which means “Short Season” is here. This is not a favorite time of year when one of your nicknames is “thunder thighs”. It makes so much sense to wear a tasteful pair of shorts when the weather is warm, but when they ride up they look terrible and feel worse.

This is why the dual layer short was created, and here’s how it works:

There is a close fitting inner short (a gusset), that will keep the short in place. It absolutely will not ride up between your legs! The need to keep tugging on your shorts while walking is eliminated, and so is soreness from chafing.

Junonia’s dual layer shorts come in two styles, both are made with a close fitting knit inner short in QuikWik fabric that wicks away moisture. One style has an outer short of a cotton/nylon woven fabric, and the other is made from a light weight mesh that features a fashionable white piping trim.

Suddenly, Summer Short Season is something to look forward to.

-Janet


Friday, May 20, 2011

What inspires me to be active?

When I was asked to write about what inspires me to be active I realized that in the last couple of years I haven’t been very active at all. And I can’t really tell you why I stopped walking or why I stopped going to my Zumba class, but I can tell you that it was during the times in my life when daily activity was a part of my life, that I was the happiest and most content.

Being someone who has battled my weight my entire life, believe me being pushed into exercise was not the solution for me. But when I came to the decision on my own and started because I wanted to and was ready to, that was when I stuck with it and found the joy in it.

Over the years I have been a bike rider, a jogger, a skier, I have belonged to a gym, I have taken aerobics classes, worked out with a personal trainer, walked a half-marathon and hiked some beautiful terrain in Colorado. And during all of those times what inspired me to first try and then to continue was the feeling of accomplishment. Knowing that in spite of my size, I was able to participate in something that made me feel good about me.

Now I admit that I continue to battle with my weight and currently I am not as active as I would like to be, but I am not giving up. I am going to find something that gets me moving again and if that results in losing a few pounds great! But if it doesn’t that’s okay too, because being active should not be a short term goal to losing 10 pounds, but rather a long term goal to keep your body moving the best that it can.

So to answer the original question, it is the sense of accomplishment I feel that keeps me striving to be active. What about you? Share with me what motivates you to be an active woman. I would love to hear about your favorite activities and what inspires you.


Susan Noble

Director of Merchandise

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Why Junonia fabrics help your workout

Have you ever tried working out in a big t-shirt and loose cotton shorts? The harder you work the more moisture your t-shirt absorbs. It begins to cling and weigh you down and ultimately makes your workout even tougher.

At Junonia, we have given a lot of consideration to how to improve your workouts. Not only have we designed styles to inspire and motivate, we have also used fabrics to make your workouts easier, no matter what your activity is.

Our popular QuikWik fabric is great for high impact activities like biking, aerobics, tennis or running. Unlike the old t-shirt and shorts Quikwik doesn’t absorb moisture. Instead, the fibers carry the moisture from your body away to the outer surface where it can quickly evaporate away. On top of its awesome wicking properties, QuikWik also offers 50 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) from the sun and even supports your muscles when worn close to the body like in our QuikWik leggings, capris and bike shorts!

If high impact activities are not for you than our Juno Stretch Naturals styles are a customer favorite you should try. These styles are more suited to low impact activities, like yoga or walking. The soft, breathable fabric moves with you and does not restrict your motion. It has good resistance to abrasion and is strong even when wet.

Being active can be difficult, but finding the right clothing for your activities shouldn’t be. Junonia is there to help you on your journey and make sure you look and feel your best through innovative technical fabrics and inspiring styles.

Rachel

Product Development

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pink Week

When reviewing past testimonials from customers I had come across this lovely note from Nicole. I thought it was quite fitting for what is happening around here at Junonia. October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month, but we are feeling the six month itch. Our President and founder, Anne Kelly participated in a Susan G. Komen walk on Mother’s Day and pink is definitely in the air.

“I signed up for my first triathlon this year and was really nervous about what to wear. After searching at all of the local sportswear shops and a few of the online tri shops I couldn't find anything in my size. A friend referred me to your website, and I just received the Aquatard in the mail this week. It fits great, and I'm so excited to use it at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Tri for the Cure in three weeks. Thanks for recognizing that no matter our size, there's an athlete in all of us!” – Nicole

Monday, May 9, 2011

After the Race for the Cure

We did it! We ran, walked, talked, and laughed for 5k on a perfect spring morning around the Mall of America.

In the sea of pink, it was initially difficult to find my group, but I did and off we went. My friend Katy, who is scheduled to participate in the 3-day 60 mile walk in August, came in with a time of about 27 1/2 minutes. My son finished in about 30 minutes after he had to pick up his pace when he noticed he was being left in the dust by 12 year old girls. My business friend and her family hot-walked the distance in 45 minutes, which was pretty impressive. The rest of us jogged and walked and just had a great time. I met several other survivors, and heard their stories. There are so many stories! And hugs were everywhere. It is a joyful event that is an annual tradition for many, many families.

I wasn’t quite as prepared as I had hoped, and I was a little nervous that everyone would be speedy. Not so. Though there were plenty of runners and fast walkers, it wasn’t speed that mattered. I did run in the last 100 yards with my workout buddy Christine, which prompted us to pledge that next year we will be ready to jog the whole way. My leggings worked out perfectly - I’ve got to say, I love QuikWik!

The perfect ending to the morning was the party at the coffee shop afterwards. Lots of chatting, laughter and lots of love. I really had a great Mother’s day.

And it’s not too late to donate if you’d like: www.komenminnesota.org. In total, over 50,000 people participated in the two events, the run and the walk and to date over $2.8 Million has been raised. The goal is to find a cure, and in the meantime, to provide support to the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

-Anne

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day Race for the Cure


Sunday is the big day, the 5k Susan Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure. The Mall of America welcomes over 50,000 people to this annual event to celebrate life and to support finding a cure for breast cancer.

I’ll be wearing my pink hat with three stickers on it, celebrating 3 years cancer free. This year I’m attempting for the first time the 5K run; in my case run/walk. I may be the last one in, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ll be wearing my favorite QuikWik Leggings , and layering up in Junonia as the start at 7:30 a.m. will be chilly!

In past years, my family and friends did the walk with me, and it was amazing. The streams of people, which consisted of a wide variety of men, women, and children, were a stark reminder of how many lives are touched by this disease. Many had remembrances pinned to their tees for family members currently struggling with breast cancer or loved ones who were struck down by the disease. All along the route volunteers cheer, play music, and provide hugs. I never had so many hugs!

While heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, it is still shocking to note that one in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer. What I learned in my journey through breast cancer was that we don’t have to take breast cancer sitting down. In fact, the best medicine it turns out for the prevention and reduction of recurrence of breast cancer and heart disease is getting out there and being active. Long-term research supports this-- it’s not just my opinion. They aren’t sure why this is, but the latest thinking seems to indicate that regular moderate exercise boosts the immune system each day, and that allows the body to kill off the little cancers that are created in all of us, before they get the chance to “dig in.”

Since I was diagnosed, I made the commitment to do some kind of physical activity every day. Some days, that’s not so easy, and I just tell myself to get to the gym and sit in the hot tub. Of course, once I get there, the hardest part is over and I actually swim! I also enlist a group of women friends, and we call each other to meet at the gym when our motivation flags. But the funny thing is, I’ve gotten to the point now that if I don’t do something, I really miss it! I never thought that would happen. I’m feeling better (and younger) than I have in years, and I’m really having fun.

So whatever happens on Sunday, it will be fun, interesting, and I’ll write about it next week! Have a spectacular Mother’s Day!

Anne Kelly

P.S. If you are a survivor, if you have a story to share with other women, please let me know. I would love to tell it. If you aren’t ready to share your story publicly, please contact me directly at annekelly@junonia.com if you are needing a little support. There were so many people who did that for me, it would be my pleasure to pay it forward. And you will get that chance too!