Summer’s here! And so’s our brand-new online store with fresh arrivals, modern twists and colorful designs. If you’re still deciding what you need to add to your July workout and vacation wardrobe — look no further. We’ve got our top must-have active wear picks right here:
THE PERSIA YOGA BRA
Ultra feminine and flattering, the Persia Yoga Bra celebrates summer’s floral ambiance while helping you bend and jump into all kinds of Pilates and yogic positions. For super light-weight performance fabric and gorgeous strappy back detailing, check out the full details here.
THE COOL OFF SKORT
Whether you’re up for some intense matches on the court or you’re going for casual and cute on the beach — our Cool Off Skort keeps you dry no matter what you’re up to. Made with stylish ventilation panels and ultra crease-resistance fabric, wear this skort for tennis or your next summer shindig.
LJ SIX PACK HAIR BANDS
Great for your AM jog, weekend adventure or late night yoga session — we know you’re going to need some functional and fashionable hairbands to keep those locks in place as you keep on moving! The best thing about these elastic accessories? They double as soft wristbands too. Keep your hair snag free with assorted colors easy to pair with any outfit, detail here.
THE KRISTINE ZIP THROUGH JACKET
Hello camping, cycling and or airplane relaxing! This jacket has us pretty excited for just about any activity this summer. Not only will you love its trendy design with unique high collar (great for keeping the chill out), but it’s 4-way stretch means you’ll move freely and comfortably without feeling like you’re sporting a restrictive zip-up in any way!
What favorite pieces do you have your eye on this month? Catch our last-chance sales items and latest collection all on Lorna Jane Calgary online.
5 Breakfast Pizzas We Want You to Eat
Sometimes, cold leftover pizza from the night before, make the best morning indulgence. Unfortunately, greasy meat-lover supreme flavours aren’t always the healthiest, or fit for your taste buds first thing in the AM. Thankfully, there are a lot of easy-to-make, homemade breakfast pizzas, great for increasing your energy, and they taste delicious. Here are some of our top picks and why:
Acquired a taste for antioxidant-rich kale? Tell you green smoothies to move over as you start your day with a thin-crust kale and ricotta breakfast pizza. All you need to do? Roll out some thin pizza dough, chop up a few handfuls of kale leaves and add a hard-boiled egg, ricotta cheese and a few pieces of turkey bacon on top. A mere 15 minutes of your time and you’ve got a sizzling hot brunch ready to be enjoyed.
Whether reminiscing university life, or reaching for those junior high school days, Bagel Bites have always been a favorite frozen-food snack. And now you can live out an even tastier bagel pizza dream by whipping up your own 90s creation. Make this meal with a simple tomato sauce spread, mozzarella cheese, eggs and pepperoni mix. Convenient and nostalgic: Win, win.
If you’ve ever indulged in avocado toast, you’ll love adding a protein-packed fried egg to your delicious smashed avocado and its healthy fats. To make this AM meal easy and unique, opt for naan bread instead of rolling out your personalized pizza dough. A typical piece of naan is an ideal-size for a filling one-person meal, so you’ll save oven time and ingredients.
Have a thing for baked eggs and spinach, with perhaps, a little cream and mozzarella cheese on the side? Then you’re really going to appreciate this sunny side up, runny egg pizza, loaded with a ton of calcium and vitamin A. Not only are eggs a tasty go-to for most flavor-adding pursuits (think salads, burgers, sandwiches and even on sautéed greens), but they’re a great source of protein power, vitamin B12 and needed minerals like zinc and iron.
Whether served with eggs benny or eaten with veggies and potatoes, salmon often takes center stage no matter what you’re having it with. So, why not wake up in the morning to a scrumptious smoked salmon pizza? Pop this in the oven with a tasty pesto + ricotta base and sprinkle in some grated cheddar cheese for an added flavour pop.
5 Free Apps For a Solid Good Night’s Sleep
Getting good sleep can be a tricky thing. Staying up late as a kid might have felt like a nice treat, but nowadays with long work days, kids of your own and maybe a taste for caffeine – you might be lucky getting 5 or 6 hours each night. If you’re having a hard time getting solid rest – check out these 5 FREE apps to relax your brain and tune out the noise:
Do you end up feeling groggy even after you’ve had 8 hours of rest? That’s likely because your alarm scared you awake as you were still in a deep sleep sequence. With Sleep Cycle, you’ll get awoken gently during the lightest point of your sleep pattern. This means the app might wake you 15 minutes prior to your usual alarm, but you’ll end up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Feel like you’re always too busy to meditate? Well, now you can do it in 3 minutes. All you need to do is start telling the Aura app how you feel – anxious? Nervous? Tired? Aura offers easy and relaxing micro-meditations tailored to your moods and needs. It also includes a simple gratitude journal, mindful breathers and mood tracking – all to help you visualize, improve and sleep better.
Get some shuteye to the same sounds and relaxation program that NASA sends to astronauts to help them get good rest in space. Created with scientifically-composed audio to help your breathing, lower heart rate and prepare your brain for sleep — Sleep Genius lets you take power naps, awaken refreshed and includes a progressive Revive Cycle Alarm.
For years, meditation and exercise have proven a great help to all kinds of sleep issues. With Centered, you’ll get inspiration and assistance with daily meditation and upping your activity level — which is measured by the number of steps you take each day. There are also 7 mindfulness practices to select from, including walks and body-awareness meditations.
If you’re the type of person who loves getting lulled to sleep to your own music mixes, Sleep Pillow lets you choose from 70 high-quality, ambient sounds, like soft wind chimes and flowing streams. You’ll also be able to set a timer for your sleeping time, and your sound choices will slowly fade out as you drift off.
3 Quick & Easy Running Tips to Prevent Injuries for Good
You might not be getting tackled on the sidewalk or racing to catch that football, but statistically Runners manage to get injured almost as often as football players. Ever wondered why more than half the Runners out there end up nursing injuries every year? Although running seems like a pretty easy and natural movement, people tend to forget that this type of exercise still requires proper training, pre-stretching and some simple injury prevention techniques. Check out these top tips for injury-free running this summer:
CHANGE IT UP
A lot of runner injuries comes from repetitive strain and stress on ligaments and muscles. Just like lifting weights, if you’re always doing the same exercise motions, not only does it get boring, but it’ll end up taxing the same body parts over and over again. Introduce some freshness into your regime by:
Trail Running: If you’ve got nature paths, mountains or lake-side terrain within close distance, try your running workout on some uneven land, where you might have to head uphill, change speed or even wear a different pair of footwear.
New Runners: When you switch up your routine and rotate between shoe styles, your feet will feel differently and they’ll flex and shift as you go along. This means you get to work out different muscle groups rather than repetitively putting pressure on just one area.
WORK ON YOUR FORM
Don’t just run for the sake of beating your last timeframe or to blow off steam after work. Perfect your form with a good, strong running technique. Fixing poor form can be as simple as avoiding over-striding by making sure your feet land just beneath your hips. Many runners make the mistake of taking longer strides, then landing hard on their heels repetitiously. This causes unnecessary stress on your ankles and calves and upsurges the chance of potential soreness and sprains post-workout.
Keep in mind, you can also prepare for running by sitting tall at your desk while at the office. Slouching at your desk doesn’t do any favors for your back and it wreaks havoc on your running form too. During the day, do exercises like pretending there’s a string attached to your head, pulling your body toward the sky. Or switch out your desk chair for an exercise ball that stimulates upright posture and cuts out any leaning forward from the hip area.
BUILD MILEAGE GRADUALLY
A number one cause of running injuries is when runners try to go too fast, too soon. Listen to your body, and know that you need time to adapt to training and pace changes before pushing for more mileage or intensity. Build yourself up week-to-week by adding more distance in 5 to 10 percent increments, maximum. This way you’re creating endurance and pushing your limits without the risk of serious injury, major soreness or generally straining important muscles that you just don’t need to be stressing out.
4 Simple Ways to Meal-Prep Your Smoothies
Fresh and juicy smoothies aren’t complicated meals to make in the AM, but when you crack open the fridge and discover you’re out of chia seeds and coconut milk, sometimes it’s a lot easier to meal-prep your favorite flavors on a stress-free Sunday (in 5 minutes flat). Check out these top four ways to pre-make your morning energy boosts:
FREEZER SMOOTHIE PACKS
Quick and fun to do, all you need are some Ziploc bags or freezer-safe Mason jars to make these mini smoothie packs. Before Monday morning, simply fill your bags/jars with preferred ingredients and place inside your freezer. Usually this includes 2 cups of fruits, 1 sliced banana (for creamy consistency) and 2 cup of greens (optional). After that, next time you crave a smoothie, all you have to do is grab a pack and blend with 1 cup of juice/almond milk and you’re good to go!
BLEND AND FREEZE
A great way to ensure a stress-free AM is to blend, bag and freeze your breakfast beforehand. Again, all you need are some Mason jars and your preferred fruits, veggies, milk and juices. From there, blend up your smoothies just like you normally would, then store them in your freezer. During the work week, if you plan on indulging in a smoothie, grab a frozen Mason jar the night before and put it in your fridge. This way, your smoothie defrosts overnight and you’ll be able to drink it first thing in the morning.
BLEND AND REFRIGERATE
Similar to mixing and freezing, this process makes prepping smoothies you plan on drinking in the next few days, super simple! Just blend your smoothies, pour them into Mason jars and refrigerate. Most smoothies will keep in your fridge for a day or two, and although some separation might happen after the first day, it’s normal, so just stir, sip and enjoy.
GRAB AND GO
Try this cute, make-ahead option if you’ve got kids who keep you busy in the mornings, but you know they’re going to need a snack later. Simply mix and blend smoothies, pour them into push-up or Popsicle molds and add them to your kids’ lunchbox straight from the freezer. Come lunchtime, their smoothie drink will be nicely melted and ready for drinking.