Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
M.K.’s Summer Reading List: A Delightful Baker’s Dozen
M.K. is the mastermind behind two popular reading groups in Minnesota. She is a former bookstore owner, funny, bright, irreverent – the perfect advisor for Junonia. She has picked a tasty summer list for your enjoyment. Every book on this list qualifies as a gift to give away, but not before reading it! Feedback on the list is welcomed. Just email me at email@example.com. If you like M.K.’s picks, she has offered to do this for us quarterly.
Listed Randomly –
1.) It Looked Different on the Model - Humor - by Laurie Notaro (Available July 27)
2.) If You Ask Me: (And Of Course You Won’t) –
3.) Bossy Pants – Humor/Memoir – Tina Fey
4.) Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives – Nonfiction/Stories - Mina Samuels
5.) The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011: True Stories from Around the World – Edited by Lavinia Spalding
6.) The Prodigal Summer – Novel – Barbara Kingsolver.
7.) Beyond Wealth: A Treasure Trove of Thought – Nonfiction – Alexander Green
8.) The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and
9.) One Thousand and One Ways to Live in the Moment – Inspiration - Barbara Kipfer
10.) Blood, Bones and Butter: the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef – Memoir – Gabriella Hamilton, owner of New York City restaurant, Prune.
11.) Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens—Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken and More – Cookbook – Catherine Walthers
12.) Three Junes – Novel - Julia Glass
13.) “Sheepish: Two Women, 50 Sheep and Enough Wool to Save the Planet Humor/Memoir– Catherine Friend
Here are other books M.K.’s groups are reading this summer:
The Postmistress – Novel – Sarah Blake
The Paris Wife – Novel – Paula McClain
In Zanesville – Novel – Joanne Beard
A visit from the Goon Squard – Novel – Jennifer Egan
I Shudder: and Other Reactions for Life, Death, and New Jersey – Humor/Memoir - Paul Rudnick
Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness – Jerome Groopman
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thanks to Tracy “Cubs” Farr, Manager at NOW Bike and Fitness in St. Paul, Minnesota for taking the time to tell me all the things a large woman should look for when purchasing a bike. If you are in the market for a bike you may reach him at 651-644-2354 or check out their website.
- Find a size-friendly shop that knows their stuff.
Call them and ask something like, “How do you fit a bike?”
- Get the right size bike.
Whatever you end up choosing, get the right size. As Tracy put it, “It’s better to buy a $400 bike that fits, than $1,400 for one that doesn’t.”
- Get the right type of bike for your use.
Don’t feel you have to buy a mountain bike just because those wheels seem so sturdy and safe. If you aren’t really riding off-road, these bikes can be slow and discouraging.
- What about the handle bars?
Get what is comfortable for you. There are many handle bar configurations to choose from, and especially in urban settings, upright is great for riding in traffic.
- What about wheels?
You’ll need a bike shop willing to customize for you.
- Do I need special shoes?
In short—they are highly recommended. They are an important part of improving your efficiency.
- What about brakes and gears.
Brakes now function with the lightest touch. So a large person doesn’t need to worry about stopping the bike—but should worry about stopping too fast!
- What about seats?
It will take your seat a while to fully adjust. As you ride more, your seat preference will change.
- Where should I ride?
Everywhere! Take it easy on the way in, and burn it up on the way home.
- Essential “Extras”
Helmet, helmet and helmet. There is no place for foolish vanity on a bike. Keep yourself safe. Bring a strong lock and keep your investment in sight! Park your bike in the house, not the garage. Register or license your bike with the local police. Reflective ankle wraps and lights are important for commuters in early morning and late afternoon hours. A bell on your bike and a review mirror are good in urban areas with pedestrians and traffic. An odometer is fun if you’re particularly goal oriented. And invest in some vividly colored clothing to increase your visibility in traffic.
Happy trails from Anne Kelly and all of us at Junonia!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Q: What does the name Junonia mean?
A: When I started Junonia, I wanted to find a name that referenced the products and the spirit of the company. Junonia is dedicated to serving the active lives of women, and looking through books for ideas, I came across the goddess Juno. About the same time, I had visited Sanibel Island in Florida where the rare Junonia seashell washes up from the Gulf of Mexico.
I loved both stories, the seashell and the goddess. The rare and beautiful seashell, representing a natural woman, takes its name from the goddess Juno. The goddess Juno is the supreme goddess, responsible for the well-being of women. I especially liked the fact that she is always depicted in art as a larger-than-life woman. She is described as powerful and beautiful.
These themes, natural health, beauty, and powerful womanhood had a strong appeal. Junonia is about providing women the clothing that makes them feel and look great. When we help women feel that way, they feel like the goddess Juno, beautiful and powerful.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
In marketing we like numbers, so to incorporate numbers into the blog we came up with a fun poll to give you a chance to vote for your favorite Junonia item. Let your opinion be heard!
We’ve tallied up the top 10 selling items to vote for. If your favorite item isn’t shown feel free to give it a shout in the comments below.
Top ten selling items
SEASHELL V-NECK TANKINI WITH PIPING
QUIKENERGY V-NECK AQUATARD
AQUASPORT SWIM SHORT WITH BRIEF
QUIKWIK POWER PLAY SKIRT
AQUASPORT CROSSBACK TANK SUIT
QUIKWIK CLASSIC LOOSEFIT LEGGING
PEAR SPORT PANT BLACK
ON-THE-GO DUAL LAYER SHORT
SEASHELL SHORT SLEEVE TUNIC LENGTH POLO
QUIK WIK SHORT SLEEVE CURVE PANEL TEE