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Shaping a Stronger You

  • Post-Surgical Shapewear Designed to Support Your Recovery

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    When you have cosmetic surgery, your surgeon will recommend post-surgical compression garments to wear while your body heals. Because of your body’s sensitivity following the procedure, it’s important to have a high-quality shaper that is both comfortable and supportive for whatever stage of recovery you're in.

    We highly recommend Marena products for the post-surgical period, particularly for procedures like liposuction or abdominoplasty – but we have a variety of garments to choose from, so you probably have lots of questions.

    Here are some of the common questions we receive regarding the recovering period:

    Should I measure myself before or after my liposuction procedure in order to size myself for my garment?

    Generally, we recommend that you take measurements before your procedure for the ideal fit. If you’re going to experience major changes, your doctor can guide you in finding the right size and garment based on the expected results of your procedure.

    How long will I have to wear my post-operative garment after surgery?

    That depends on the procedure, so talk to your physician for advice. Generally, most will recommend that you wear a compression garment for at least two months after surgery, as the tissues underneath the surface of the skin will still be healing. You may find that over time the compression feels looser as swelling decreases, in which case you will need a smaller garment.

    How do I know what garment style to choose?

    Post-surgical shapewear: what to expect

    Choose based on the type of procedure you are having. Again, your physician can guide you. Two of our best options that are ideal for surgeries around the abdomen and buttocks are First Stage Marena Suit With Suspenders And No Leg By Comfortwear (FBA), which provides dependable support during your recovery, lessens swelling and may even help reduce pain.

    For the second stage of your recover, we recommend Second Stage Marena Suit With Suspenders And No Leg By Comfortwear (FBA2) – this provides the same great support and benefits as the First Stage shaper, but with a little more compression and a slightly smaller garment.

    What are the benefits of wearing a Marena post-operative, medical-grade compression garment?

    Marena garments are constructed to provide the ideal amount of compression to promote lymphatic stimulation and skin tightening following surgery. In comparison, most non-medical grade shapewear does not provide enough compression to result in the same skin tightness, smoothness and healing.

    What’s the difference between first and second stage?

    First-stage garments are ideal for the first three weeks following your procedure. They are easier to put on with zippers and/or hook and eye closures. Second-stage garments are typically worn during the period following the first stage garment, typically from about three until eight weeks after surgery. A stage-two shaper tends to have more compression and is sized slightly smaller than a stage one garment.

    How do I put on a post-operative compression girdle?

    Open the garment up completely, making sure the sizing label is on the back. While sitting down, put your legs into the openings and gently work the garment up your body. Once it is around your hips, check and make sure it is properly aligned. The inseam should run down the inside of your legs. Fasten any closures carefully, adjusting as you go as needed. Please be careful with fingernails, as they can damage the material.

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  • How to Measure Your Torso

    Finding the perfect fit for your torso

    When it comes to finding the perfect fit for your shapewear, you need to think beyond standard dress sizes. For the best results, whether you’re wearing anything from a waist trainer to a bodysuit, you need to take accurate measurements for your whole torso.

    Note that the most important measurements depend on the garment; for example, for a waist trainer, your waist size is most relevant. Torso length can matter in garments like full-body shapers that go from your bust down to your legs.

    Here are the measurements you should be taking:

    1. Bust

    Wear a well-fitting, non-padded bra during measurement. For the underbust measurement, wrap your measuring tape snuggly around your ribcage, under your breasts. For your bustline, measure the fullest part of the breasts. For both measurements, make sure your tape is level with the floor.

    The band size on a bra is the underbust measurement, plus four or five inches (whichever gets you an even number). To determine your cup size, subtract your underbust size from your bust size. Every inch of difference represents a letter in your cup size. So, if you have a 31-inch underbust and a 35-inch bustline, you are a 36D.

    1. Waist

    Your natural waist is about two inches above your bellybutton; you can also find it by bending to one side. Standing straight, take a level measurement that fits comfortably around your waist. You should be able to fit one finger between the tape and your body. Be sure to refer to our size chart if you’re measuring for a corset.

    1. Hips

    Measure the fullest part of your hips, which should be about 8 inches below your natural waist. Keeping the tape level, measure the fullest part.

    1. Torso

    Find someone to help you as you run measuring tape full circle from your shoulder at the neck, over the fullest part of your bust, down between your legs and back to the starting point.

    Knowing your torso length can be helpful, particularly with full-body shapers. If it’s long, you may want to order a size larger or a shaper designed specifically for long torsos. If you’re petite, just avoid the long torso products. Here are some average comparative dimensions for reference (in inches).

    Bust 35 36 37.5 39 40.5 42.5 44.5 46.5 48.5
    Waist 27 28 29.5 31 32.5 34.5 36.5 38.5 40.5
    Hips 37.5 38.5 40 41.5 43 45 47 49 51
    Average Torso 60 61.5 63 64.5 66 67.5 -- -- --
    Long Torso 62 63.5 65 66.5 68 69.5 -- -- --
    Short Torso 57 58.5 60 61.5 63 -- -- -- --

    As always, if you ever have questions about what size and what style of garment is best for you, contact our customer service team. We’re happy to help you find the perfect fit!

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  • 45-Day Waist Training & Posture Challenge for the Career Woman

    Waist training & posture challenged for the career woman

    When it comes to staying in great shape, one of the greatest challenges women face is a desk job. Not only do you burn very few calories, but also, it’s too easy to slouch in your chair or hunch over your computer all day. Poor posture can affect the rest of your health and decrease your confidence level too.

    The good news is, wearing a waist trainer while you’re sitting at your desk can improve your posture immediately – not to mention your silhouette. Check out some the benefits of maintaining good posture below and try our 45-day challenge to enhance your waistline, your posture and your overall health.

    Benefits of Good Posture

    In case you’re not already convinced, here’s how good posture benefits your health.

    • Joint protection: when you hold yourself up properly, there is less wear and tear on your joints, and you decrease the risk of developing arthritis later in life.
    • Energy boost: you put less strain on your muscles, thus exerting less energy.
    • Spine protection: any chiropractor will tell you that fixing your spine in abnormal positions can cause you a lot of trouble.
    • No more back pain: good posture can prevent chronic backache and muscle pain.
    • Confidence boost: good posture will make you look and feel more confident.

    How to Sit Properly at Your Desk

    In addition to wearing a waist trainer, how you position yourself at your desk can make a big difference in your posture, especially for long hours. The goal is to hold a good neutral posture whenever you’re sitting in front of a computer.

    • The top of your screen should be eye-level, about 28 inches from your faces. Tilt the screen slightly upward to avoid glare.
    • Keep your shoulders relaxed.
    • Keep your upper back straight (imagine a wire going through the top of your head down to your hips).
    • Your lower back should have lumbar support so that your lower spine can rest flat against the chair.
    • Position your wrists so they won’t have to bend.
    • Keep your elbows close to your body.
    • Your mouse and keyboard should be level.
    • Your knees should not be touching your seat and should be slightly below hip level.
    • Incline your seat so that it’s slightly forward; choose an ergonomic design.
    • Keep your feet flat on the ground (no crossing your legs!).

    Posture-Improving Exercises

    Finally, when you do this challenge, be sure to work on strengthening your core so that you will naturally hold better posture. Incorporate these exercises into your fitness routine.

    • Side leg raises: lie on one side while resting your head on an extended arm. Your other arm should be in front of your body with your palm facing down. With legs straight, slowly raise your top leg as high as you can, pause and return to the starting position.
    • Hip flexors: kneeling with one knee on the floor and the other foot in front with your knee at 90 degrees, push your hips forward while keeping your back straight. Hold this position for 10–30 seconds before switching sides.
    • Plank: starting in the push-up position, except with your elbows on the floor. Keep your knees and your torso straight so that your whole body is a straight line. Your head should be relaxed while you look at the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and work your way up over time.
    • Back extensions: lying face-down on the floor, place your hands behind your head. Tighten your abs and squeeze your back so that you lift your chest a few inches off the ground. Lower your chest and repeat 1–3 sets of 10–16 reps.
    • Bridges: Lying on your back, bend your knees and keep your heels flat on the ground and in line with your butt. Raise your hips as high as you can without moving your feet, while tightening your abs and glutes. Lower slowly to the start position and repeat 8–10 times.

    Waist Training Plan

    If you’re new to this, we always recommend easing your way in to a waist training regimen. If it’s still difficult at first, try breaking it up into small increments throughout the day. Here's how and when to wear your waist trainer:

    45-day waist training and posture improvement challenge
    Good luck! Be sure to take before and after photos and share your results on Instagram! #BeTheHourglass

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  • 30-Day Waist-Trimming Challenge

    Core-strengthening fitness and waist training challenge

    Summer’s winding down, but that’s no reason you can’t keep working to make your waistline stay trim and chiseled! Getting into a great routine this fall will ensure your sexiest look as you prepare for the upcoming season: fall weddings, Halloween parties and other festive gatherings.

    For a jumpstart to slim down, we've got a killer 30-day waist-trimming challenge that you can start right away. This program incorporates daily waist training with core-strengthening exercises to produce results that you'll love seeing in the mirror. Be sure to take progress photos and share them with us on Instagram #bethehourglass.

    Week 1

    Waist training: start out with the challenge by gradually incorporating waist training into your lifestyle. If you’re brand new to this, only do it for a couple of hours for the first couple of days.

    Aim to wear your waist trainer for 5 days this week. By the end of the week, you should be able to wear it 4–6 hours a day.

    Fitness: start your core exercises and up the intensity little by little. On the first day, start with 15 crunches*, 6 leg raises and holding a plank for 10 seconds. Feel free to add your own cardio and additional strength training to this routine if you’re up for it.

    Each day, do the same routine but add 5 more crunches, 2 more leg raises, and 5 seconds to your plank. By day 7 you should be doing 45 crunches, 18 leg raises, and holding a plank for 40 seconds. You're doing great – don't give up!

    See here for the infographic on this fitness challenge from Fitness Republic.

    *Note: if you’re wearing a workout band as part of your waist training, be sure to remove it when you’re doing crunches. 

    Week 2

    Waist training: aim for 5 days a week again wearing your waist trainer. You should work up to wearing it for 6–8 hours a day. You can break it up into smaller sessions of 3-4 hours each.

    Fitness: continue with the same core exercises, adding 5 crunches, 2 leg raises and 5 seconds to your planks each day. By day 14 you should be doing 80 crunches, 32 leg raises, and holding a plank for 1 minute, 15 seconds. Keep going!

    Week 3

    Waist training: your goal should be to do 5–7 days of waist training this week, at least 8 hours a day. Try to do each session uninterrupted. You can do it!

    Fitness: you might be pushing the limits more on your fitness level now! Keep it up as you continue to add 5 crunches, 2 leg raises and 5 seconds to your planks each day. By day 21 you should be doing 115 crunches, 46 leg raises, and holding a plank for 1 minute, 50 seconds. Feeling the burn? Good! That means it's working.

    Week 4+

    Waist training: wear your waist trainer for all 7 days this week for 10 hours a day. We’ll bet you can really start seeing the difference!

    Fitness: if your abs weren’t on fire before, they will be now! Keep adding add 5 crunches, 2 leg raises and 5 seconds to your planks each day. By day 30 you should be doing 160 crunches, 64 leg raises, and holding a plank for 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

    Have fun and good luck! We can’t wait to see the results.

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  • How to Get Your Shapewear Order Right Online

    Tips for ordering shapewear online

    Ordering something online that should fit your body like a glove can be a little scary, right? Don’t you wish you could try out each garment personally and really know what you’re getting? Oh wait, you can! (In the comfort of your own home, at that.)

    We think we have a pretty good system going here at Hourglass Angel – because we're committing to matching every customer with the perfect shapewear for her body and goals. Here’s what you can do to ensure that you can get exactly what you want when you order online.

    Do Your Research

    Before you place your order, we highly recommend browsing our website thoroughly so you know what your options are! For some very helpful tips that you might not have considered, browse our blog and subscribe to our emails. We're constantly releasing new guides to buying and wearing shapewear, waist trainers, corsets and other garments.

    Know Your Body Type

    Do you know your body type? Someone who is a natural hourglass shape is going to have different needs than someone with a "curvy-on-the-bottom" shape. By understanding your body type correctly, you can target which curves you want to enhance and which curves you want to minimize for a balanced look overall.

    Determine Your Shaping Goals

    Do you know your trouble areas and what your shaping/smoothing goals are? This will help you decide what level of compression and shaping power you want. A garment with light compression is effective for smoothing, while maximum compression garments provide firm support and sculpting. Understanding the difference will help you find the shaper that meets your goals.

    Pick the Right Size

    This one is a biggie! It is very important that you take accurate measurements and select a garment in the correct size! Follow our sizing charts for each garment very closely. Remember, if you’re in between sizes, we always recommend going a size up for the best results. To make sure that you’re taking your measurements correctly, please check out our sizing guide.

    Read the Reviews (and Leave Them, Please!)

    All of our shapewear is customer-reviewed. Even if someone has left a negative review, keep in mind that often means the garment wasn’t what they were looking for—but it might still be what you are looking for! Read carefully to help narrow your search.

    Talk to an Expert

    Our stylists love helping our customers find exactly what they need. And they use a lot of the shapewear themselves, so they know what they’re talking about. If you’ve done your research and you still have questions, we’re happy to take your call.

    Try It On

    Be sure to try on your shapewear as soon as you receive it (wearing panties underneath the garment, when applicable). Don’t remove the tag until you’re absolutely sure you want to keep it. Be sure you step into your shaper (don’t pull it over your head) and make sure you’re fastening it correctly. Don’t wear it longer than a few minutes for trying it on—until you’re sure you want to keep it.

    Exchange It

    It happens to the best of us…sometimes an order just doesn’t work out. That’s why we have a guarantee: you can return your order within 30 days of your purchase for an exchange or full refund. See here for our return/exchange policy.

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Corseting

    Beginner's Guide to Corsets

    The practice of corseting has been used by women for hundreds of years. Naturally, we’re thrilled that it's still such a hot trend here in the 21st century – especially as corset designers are constantly releasing bold new styles that are sexier and more dramatic than ever.

    Getting started with corseting is a ton of fun, but there are a few things you should know first. We thought it would be helpful to provide some guidance for beginners, so read on to discover if corseting is for you and how to begin!

    Defining corseting

    Corseting is the process of wearing a corset daily to dramatically slim your waistline– either underneath other clothing or on display as part of a costume or special-occasion outfit. Corseting falls under the umbrella of “waist training,” so it can be used to supplement your long-term slimming regiments (i.e. a healthy diet and exercise), but generally the term refers specifically to steel-boned corsets, as opposed to latex waist trainers.

    What is a steel-boned corset?

    A steel-boned corset is reinforced with—you guessed it—steel boning. This construction ensures that the garment is durable and effective for maximum slimming. It is laced in the back for an optimum fit that provides dramatic results.

    Don’t be intimidated by the word "steel." These thin, rod-like materials still have some flex, so that your midsection is compressed but not constricted. Without the steel boning, those dramatic hourglass curves would not be possible.

    Choosing the right size

    Before you start corseting, you want to be confident that you are using a waist trainer that fits well. See our size guide for instructions about how to take measurements. For corsets you’ll want to subtract 3–4 inches from your waist size to determine the corset size (if your waist is 30 inches, you’ll want a size 26 corset). When in doubt, go a size up, not down.

    How do I put it on?

    It’s a little tricky to lace up in a corset, so we advise using a mirror or getting assistance from someone. First, gently unroll the corset so that the laces are facing up. Pull them apart, loosening the X’s starting from the center. When you put it on, you know that the correct side is up when the hooks that clasp in front are on your right. It should be very loose when you clasp it; never pull or tug on the hooks when you fasten the front.

    Next, pull the laces starting at the top and bottom and work your way towards the middle, pulling the loops as you go. The pull loops should be at the natural waist. Tie them when you’ve reached the desired tightness.

    Breaking your corset in

    It’s very important to season your corset, or break it in, before you start wearing it. Put it on gently at first, without pulling the laces completely tight. Wear it for an hour or so each day, or for 2–3 days so that it molds to your figure. Then you can go ahead and lace it tightly.

    How tight?

    You can pull those laces very tightly. One of the first things you'll notice when starting your corseting is how strong the compression is. It may feel tight during the first few wears, but your body becomes accustomed to it quite quickly. Stop wearing it immediately if you start to feel pain, shortness of breath or discomfort beyond the initial tightness.

    Starting a regimen

    After you've chosen your corset and seasoned it, you can start wearing it on a regular basis slowly. Your body needs time to adjust to wearing it. Begin with just an hour or two a day and then work your way up. Once you are comfortable, we recommend corseting for eight hours a day for the best results.

    Results

    Remember that everyone's body is different. If you're using corseting as part of your existing fitness goals, there are several factors that will affect your results: lifestyle, diet, genetics and your commitment to corseting (see this post for more).

    Lifestyle

    We recommend using a corseting regimen with a healthy lifestyle that includes 5–6 nutritious meals a day and working out. While you're wearing your corset you might find yourself eating less because your abdomen is constricted, but it's important to mindfully consume the nutrients your body needs along with lots of water.

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  • The Best Corsets for Waist Training: From Our Stylists

    What Hourglass Angel stylists recommend for waist training

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    Here at Hourglass Angel, our Shapewear Stylists are obsessed with waist training! It is so fulfilling to talk to women and help them find the perfect waist trainer to help them meet their goals. It’s even better when we hear back from these customers later about the success that they’re having.

    If you’re wondering where to start with your waist training journey, then we highly recommend you start with some of our favorite styles. Check out these favorites, hand-picked by our stylists, and please contact us if you have further questions. We want you to find the perfect fit!

    Stylist Pick #1

    Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102

     

    Classic Waist Cincher by Amia A102

    This is a perfect starter waist trainer because it's so versatile. And it is always flying off our shelves! You can wear this every day under pretty much anything. Start out slowly as you adjust to the way it feels. But we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as soon as you see how slim your waist looks and how much your posture improves.

    Stylist Pick #2

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher By Ann Chery

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    When it comes to quality in your waist trainer, Ann Chery is pretty unbeatable. This is a firm compression cincher that will keep that tummy nice and tight. This is a great option for someone who’s committed to long-term waist training and wants to wear it as part of their daily wardrobe.

    Stylist Pick #3

    Active Band Waist Trainer By Amia

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia A110

    When you see your friends posting pics on Instagram with their waist trainers, you probably see a lot of colorful varieties! Those are typically waist trainers that are designed for working out. This one from Amia is durable and is designed to hold up even when you’re sweating hard and pushing yourself physically. It’ll enhance your workouts, which is why so many of our customers can’t go to the gym without one!

    Stylist Pick #4

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

    Don’t you just love how elegant this steel-boned corset is? It’s so classy—and it’s really effective if you want to dramatically slim your waistline. This type of corset isn’t made with latex like the others we’ve seen so far. Instead, it laces up the back and you pull it tight; this is the traditional method of “corseting.” You can use this one daily or pull it out for special occasions for that extra wow factor.

    Stylist Pick #5

    Defining Moment No Closure Waist Cincher by Leonisa 18450M

    Defining Moment No Closure Waist Cincher by Leonisa 18450M

    Fastening up a typical waist trainer can be tricky sometimes, which is why this option is a fantastic alternative. Just step right in, shimmy it up and you’re good to go! This waist cincher is comfortable and seamless. This makes it completely invisible under thinner fabrics or tight dresses and tops.

    Stylist Pick #6

    Miracle Vest Waist Cincher By Squeem

    Miracle Vest Waist Cincher by Squeem

    Lastly, we recommend you look into this vest-style shaper. This is ideal if you’re looking for extra support in your bust and more coverage for your back. It provides excellent compression all around your midsection. If you’re a working professional or a new mom we’re sure you’ll love the back support!

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  • What Exactly Is a Waist Trainer?

    What is a waist trainer, anyway?

    By now, you’ve probably heard or seen this fashion trend that celebs and everyday moms are all falling in love with: waist training. If this practice is new to you, you’re likely wondering how it all works.

    The basic idea is this: wearing a waist trainer is a simple way to slim your waistline and create dramatic hourglass curves—instantly. Not only that, but many waist trainers also stimulate heat in your core and increase perspiration during physical activity. So it's a great way to supplement a healthy diet and fitness plan.

    Generally speaking, the term "waist trainer" is used to describe any garment that is designed to provide firm compression around your midsection with this fitness goal in mind – but we'll dig further into the materials and other features below.

    For the best results, a waist trainer should be worn daily for 8–12 hours. Most people start out wearing one for an hour or two a day and gradually increase the length of time they have one on (usually the adjustment period takes a couple of weeks). Many people also use waist trainers to optimize their workouts—either exclusively or as part of a dedicated waist training regimen.

    There are MANY waist trainers to choose from, so you may be wondering, "Where do I begin?" Here are some different qualities to look for to customize your personal waist training experience.

    Length

    If you are an average-sized woman between about 5’2” and 5’8”, most standard waist trainers will fit your waist just fine. If you’re much taller than that (and you probably know if you have a long torso), you will want to choose a waist trainer designed to give you more coverage on your lower abdomen.

    If you’re much shorter than that, you may find that a waist trainer with a shorter design fits better. See here for more suggestions based on torso length.

    Compression

    Some waist trainers vary slightly in the amount of compression they provide. If you’re more interested in having a smooth midsection and not necessarily dramatic slimming, you may prefer a lighter compression garment.

    For the most dramatic slimming results, choose a maximum compression waist trainer or a steel-boned corset.

    Materials

    Most of our waist trainers are constructed with latex because this is a durable material that provides firm compression. Recently we added a high-quality latex-free line called TrueShapers, which is ideal if you have sensitivity to latex.

    Steel-boned corsets are made with satin or satin-like fabric for a luxurious feel. Most waist trainers are lined with cotton for a soft touch against the skin.

    Construction

    Waist trainers are either designed for everyday use or for workouts. (If you plan to wear them every day, we recommend rotating two or more waist trainers throughout the week, so that you're not wearing the same garment daily.)

    Workout waist trainers are durably constructed and can handle heavy sweating and vigorous movement. Everyday waist trainers and corsets are designed for all-day wear with normal activities.

    Colors

    This is the fun part! Several waist trainers come in different patterns and colors! Those brightly colored options are typically workout waist trainers, which are fun to show off at the gym and elsewhere.

    Waist trainers that come in nude or black with a more subtle design are ideal for wearing discreetly under your clothes.

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  • 3 Daily Rituals to Stay Committed to Your Goals

    Stay committed to a healthy lifestyle with these motivating daily habits.

    It’s one thing to have a New Year’s Resolution that you half-heartedly stick to for a month or two. It’s an entirely different thing to be ALL IN to your commitment to change your lifestyle.

    Whether you’re waist training, eating healthier or improving your fitness (hopefully all three), being motivated for long-term change can be a challenge. That’s why one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself as part of your healthy lifestyle is to focus on what motivates you.

    Building simple habits into your daily routine that will help you stay motivated and committed to your goals is practical and powerful. Whatever your healthy lifestyle goals are, do these three things every day:

    1. Post your goals in a visible place

    What do you want to accomplish in the short-term? Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or change the wallpaper on your phone. Seeing that message first thing in the morning and throughout the day will remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s also helpful to be specific about what truly motivates you. Visualize the goal. For example, instead of just “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month,” try “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month so I can dance in it at the wedding!”

    1. Prepare your back-up plans

    What if it rains the morning of your run? What if you don’t have time to come home for lunch? What if you’re obligated to go out to eat? Plan out your days and your weeks with ways to keep you on track when the unexpected happens. Have a workout video ready if the weather is bad. Keep some healthy snacks and meals on hand at work. Eat your main meal at home and have something light at the restaurant.

    1. Keep a daily journal

    It’s helpful to track what food you’ve been eating and to keep an exercise log, but take it one step further. At the end of each day, take one minute to answer the question: “Did I give it my all today?” If you didn’t, write down how you can do better tomorrow.

    That’s it! These steps may seem simple, but they work like a charm. Try it and see how powerful the mind can be when it comes to reaching your goals.

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  • Corsets 101: Basics You Need To Know

    How to get started with corsets & corseting

    Waist training has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and we’re so excited about it! While most of our customers are familiar with latex waist training garments, not as many people know that corsets are another great option.

    Here's everything you need to know about corseting and how to make it a part of your waist training regimen or special-occasion wardrobe.

    What is a corset?

    Corsets are waist-slimming garments that have been around for centuries. Interesting fact: hundreds of years ago, some corsets were constructed with whale bones! These days, steel “boning” is what makes them effective as they compress your midsection to create a classic hourglass shape.

    Unlike their latex cousins, which have plastic boning and hook-and-eye closures in the front, corsets are often made from luxurious satin or satin-like fabric and are tightened in the back with lacing. They are effective for everyday waist training if that is your preference. Corsets are also fantastic special-occasion garments that create dramatic curves and can even be worn over a thin top for style (great for those sexy Halloween costumes, too!).

    How do corsets work?

    Corsets basically work the same way other waist trainers do: they compress your midsection. When you put a corset on, the fabric and steel boning work together to whittle your middle and maintain that skinny figure for as long as you wear it. This has several effects, including improving posture (the boning actually makes you stand taller and more confidently), helping you control portion sizes and of course slimming your waistline dramatically.

    Why is steel boning necessary?

    If you’ve ever laced up a corset, you’ll know that it requires a significant yank to get it tight. This puts some pressure on the garment (in centuries past, it wasn’t uncommon for the whale boning to break). Steel ensures that a corset is durable through multiple uses and provides maximum compression on your midsection as long as you’re wearing it. A corset can provide the most dramatic results on your waistline.

    How to find the right corset

    Which corset is right for you depends on your body shape and size, as well as your style preferences. A corset can be flattering for virtually any body type. As with every shaping garment, follow the sizing chart closely to ensure the best fit. If you seem to be in between sizes, always go a size up.

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