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  • 5 Tips for Better Posture & Less Back Pain

    Simple Steps for a Straighter, More Confident Posture

    More confident posture leads to less back pain

    Back pain is something most of us experience at some point. Sports injuries, car accidents, pregnancy, health conditions and aging can all contribute. While nothing replaces medical care when it's necessary, did you know that good posture could also play a pivotal role in alleviating pain?

    You've probably heard that good posture is important (it can even contribute to weight loss!), but it can be difficult to reverse bad posture habits without a strategy. We recently came across a Harvard Medical School article with some great tips. Start implementing these changes and see if helps reduce your pain:

    1. Imagery

    Perhaps you've heard fitness or dance instructors tell you to imagine a string or a straight line going through your body from the floor up through your back and then out the top of your head. As Harvard's experts put it, "Picture yourself as a ballerina or ice skater rather than a soldier at attention." This imagery should prevent you from slouching forward or letting your lower back sway. It's also useful to imagine a cord pulling your rib cage up and forward, increasing the length of your torso.

    1. Shoulder blade squeeze exercise

    For this simple physical therapy exercise, sit up straight in a chair with your hands on your thighs. Keeping your shoulders down and your chin level, squeeze your shoulder blades together by slowly drawing your shoulders back. Hold for five seconds and repeat three or four times.

    1. Chest stretch

    Stand facing the corner of a room with your hands up laying flat against the two walls, keeping your elbows about the height of your shoulders. Place one foot in front of the other and bend your front knee. Exhale as you lower into the stretch and hold for 20-30 seconds. Be sure to keep your back straight and your head up so you feel a stretch across your chest.

    1. Arm-across-chest stretch

    Athletes will likely be familiar with this stretch. Hold your right arm straight in front of you and then grab your right elbow with your left. Pull your right arm across your chest towards your left shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds and then repeat on the other side. Repeat three times per side. You should feel the stretch in the upper arm and shoulder.

    BONUS TIP: Improve posture with a waist trainer

    One of the benefits of a waist trainer like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer by Amia is that it improves your posture whenever you wear it. This can be especially helpful if you don't know what good posture should feel like or look like. The flexi-boning in the garment provides firm, yet comfortable compression around your midsection. This not only slims your waistline by 1-4 inches, but also gives you a corrected, more confident posture. Win-win!

    Changing your posture will require regular effort. Do the exercises and practice the imagery throughout the day—set an alarm on your phone every hour if it helps. And wearing a waist trainer through all of your everyday activities will help teach you how you should be holding yourself all of the time. Check out our wide selection of waist trainers to discover which one is best for you.

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  • How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals

    Preparing Delicious and Nutritious Dinners

    When it comes to achieving the figure of your dreams, how you fuel your body plays a huge role. We all know we need to eat healthy, but in our busy lives, planning for nutritious meals can be difficult. If you find yourself scrambling for takeout a little too often, you may need to rethink how you want to plan your meals.

    We recently came across a simple meal plan that will have you eating healthy all week. It's enough to feed a family of four—or provide you with some excellent leftovers for lunches. Shop once and eat all week! Here's what you need:

    Grocery list
    2 pounds chicken breasts
    1 ½ pounds red snapper fillets
    1 pound low-sodium Italian turkey sausage
    2 small red onions
    4 cloves garlic
    1 bunch fresh parsley
    1 bunch radishes
    1 ½ pounds asparagus
    1 bunch fresh mint
    1 cucumber
    12 ounces cherry tomatoes
    1 head Bibb lettuce
    2 avocados
    4 cups baby spinach leaves
    2 lemons
    1 ½ cups dry quinoa
    2 cans pinto beans
    1 cup dry couscous
    8 ounces whole-grain linguine
    1 6 oz container plain nonfat Greek yogurt

    Pantry essentials:
    Olive oil
    Balsamic vinegar
    Ground cumin
    Ground cayenne pepper
    Kosher salt
    Fresh ground black pepper

    Monday: Lemon Chicken with Red Beans and Quinoa

    Lemon Chicken with Red Beans and Quinoa

    This delicious recipe can be made in just 45 minutes, including the prep time. A side of quinoa, mixed with pinto beans and spiced with cayenne pepper, makes it a fresh, healthy alternative to conventional chicken dinners.

    Tuesday: Red Snapper with Asparagus and Mint Couscous

    Red Snapper with Asparagus and Mint CouscousIn under 20 minutes you'll have nutritious fish, paired with flavorful asparagus and couscous. Simple and satisfying.

    Wednesday: Mediterranean Lettuce Cups with Mint Yogurt Dressing

    Mediterranean Lettuce Cups with Mint Yogurt Dressing

    You don't have to be in a restaurant to enjoy dishes that are as beautiful as they are flavorful. Since much of the ingredients will have been prepared during your previous meals, you can assemble this in 10 minutes.

    Thursday: Creamy Chicken Salad with Cumin Chicken and Quinoa

     

    Creamy Chicken Salad with Cumin Chicken and QuinoaThis salad is packed with nutrients and will keep you satisfied at just 515 calories per serving. Ready in 8 minutes.

    Friday: Lemon-Asparagus Linguine with Italian Turkey Sausage

     

    Lemon-Asparagus Linguine with Italian Turkey SausageStart your weekend deliciously and get your pasta fix. If you have kids, this flavorful meal will probably be one of their favorites.

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  • Share Your 'Secret' for a Chance to Win $500+ in Prizes

    The #CurveConfidential Sweepstakes

    Confidence is everything when it comes to true beauty. Do you have a "secret" for how you enhance your curves? We want to hear about it!

    Just for sharing, you'll get free shipping on your next order, plus a chance to win up to $500 in prizes!

    Our #CurveConfidential Sweepstakes is all about sharing what makes you feel your sexiest. Because we all have at least one secret weapon under our sleeves. Share yours and you could win.

    Here's how to enter:

    1) Take a selfie
    Use Instagram to share your "secret" for how you enhance your curves.

    2) Follow @hourglassangel
    Include the tags @hourglassangel, #hourglassangel and #curveconfidential

    3) Get FREE SHIPPING* + a chance to win:

    • $500 grand prize
    • $250 runner-up
    • Squeem wardrobe for 5 other winners

    Whatever you’re wearing to show your figure at its most stylish, Squeem is a new secret weapon underneath it all: a way to achieve the most daring, sensual curves ever.

    We can't wait to see the secrets behind your curves. Be sure to keep up with the contest to see all of the inspiring stories from other women like you!

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    We will announce winners by random drawing on August 10th.
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  • How Many Pieces of Shapewear Do I Need?

    Essential Shapewear

     

    Getting The Most Out of a Shapewear Wardrobe

    Once you discover how shapewear can transform the way you look, you'll probably be eager to get more. But if you're on a tight budget or have limited storage, you may be wondering what you really need.

    While we don't think you can ever have too much shapewear (there are pieces for every occasion, every day of the week), it's helpful to know the basics.

    It all depends on your individual lifestyle, but here are some pieces we think every woman should have for a flawless look every day.

    1. Alternating waist trainers

    Do you love waist training? If you want to wear a cincher or corset daily, you need at least two to alternate. This allows your waist trainers to rest and regain their shape after you've worn them all day, which is critical to maintaining their slimming power.

    1. Shaping slip

    For professional attire as well as special occasions, a slip can be everything you need to create a slim and smooth foundation. There are a variety of styles including full body slips and slip skirts – use a specific dress or your entire formal wardrobe to determine which slips you need and how many.

    1. Bodysuit

    For a quick and easy full body makeover, try a bodysuit. They flatter every body type, create a smooth foundation for a variety of outfits, and are easily hidden. Choose from styles including butt-lifting, thong back and thigh shaping.

    1. Performance workout attire

    Say goodbye to baggy gym clothes and say hello to compression activewear that will have you maximize your workouts and look sexy while you do them. We think everyone needs at least a pair or two of compression leggings, as well as quality sports bras and tanks.

    1. Shaping panties

    Whether you're dressing for work or casual events, shaping panties are a simple way to transform your appearance every day by flattening your belly and creating a smooth midsection all around. You may want to ditch regular panties altogether.

    1. Shaping apparel

    Sometimes you might not want to bother with shapewear at all—and you don't have to with shaping apparel. Try butt-lifting jeans, camisoles and leggings and for effortless perfection.

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  • How To Find The Perfect Size For Your Waist Trainer

    How to determine you waist trainer size

    Tips on How & Where to Measure Your Body

    If you're interested in waist training, you can look forward to some exciting changes in your figure whether you choose to do it during your workouts or with your everyday attire. One of the questions we receive regularly is how to find the perfect size. This is an important step if you want to achieve the best results and stay comfortable.

    Follow these tips to find the exact fit you need.

    1. Consult the sizing chart for the product

    There is a sizing chart specific to each brand and product. Please note that every product is different! Don't rely on what you think your standard size is, and don't assume that you'll be the same size in every product. This is why tip #2 is so important…

    1. Take accurate measurements

    Taking measurements is easy, quick and should help you find the size you need, if you do it right. For waist trainers, the most important measurement is your natural waist.

    -Measure about two inches above your belly button where there is a natural bend in your waist; pull the tape taut but don't stretch it tight. If you are full figured and have trouble determining the natural waist, bend from side to side to find it.
    -Some waist trainers also list a hip size; measure around the fullest part of your hips.
    -In all measurements, use a mirror to ensure that the tape covers a horizontal plane and doesn't sag. Also be sure you're wearing nothing heavier than your undergarments; bulky clothing can give you an inaccurate measurement.

    1. Err on the larger size

    If you're in between sizes, we recommend choosing the larger one. If the waist trainer is too tight, you may find it uncomfortable and unflattering. Remember that most cinchers are adjustable so you can choose the tighter fit if needed.

    1. Try it on

    Once you receive your waist trainer, gently fasten it on over a light tank top. It should fit snugly but not pinch or ride up. You may also want to put some clothes over it to ensure you're getting the desired results. If the fit isn't quite right, you can return or exchange the garment.

    1. A note on corsets

    Sizing for a lace-up corset works slightly differently. You should still use your natural waist measurement but subtract three to four inches from it to determine the best corset size. For example, if you have a 30-inch waist you should consider a size 26 corset.

    By following these you should find your ideal sizing. For further advice about taking and understanding measurements for different types of garments, see our Shapewear Size Guide and our Sizing FAQ.

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  • How To Find the Perfect Wedding Dress & Shapewear for Your Body Type

    Enhance your body type with your wedding dress and shapewear

    Bridal Gown & Shapewear Pairings

    If you're on the hunt for the dress, you have a lot of factors to consider. Before you even step foot into a bridal boutique, start by finding out the most flattering types of dresses for your body type. Then, go a step further and consider what kind of shapewear will work with your body and your dream dress.

    You'll save yourself a lot of time and hassle this way…so you can finally relax about the dress and move on to planning the rest of the wedding.

    Here are some suggestions that pair your body type with the ideal gown plus the ideal shapewear

    1. Rectangle Shape

    If you are tall and lean, with minimal curves, your ideal dress should help create curves. A gown with contouring seams can create an illusion of curves so that your silhouette looks more like an hourglass. You'll also benefit from a curve-boosting shaper like the Corselette by Amia, which pulls in your midsection while lifting your bust and your rear.

    1. Hourglass Shape

    With your coveted shape, you will want to emphasize that narrow midsection. Belts and other waistline details, as well as fit-and-flare looks can highlight your enviable curves. Your shaper should provide a smooth foundation for your midsection, rear and hips. The Vedette Gitta Strapless Bodysuit with Front Closure works beautifully with a number of hourglass styles.

    1. Inverted Triangle Shape

    If you have broad shoulders, the key to looking gorgeous walking down the aisle is finding balance in your shape. A voluminous skirt on your dress can do just that. If you're not interested in the ball gown look, you may want to try a flirty short dress instead. When it comes to shapewear, again focus on finding balance. Choose a garment that minimizes your waist and enhances your rear such as the Ann Chery Alexa High Compression Bodysuit.

    1. Apple Shape

    Your challenge as an apple shape is finding balance and creating more of a waistline. A-line cuts are always flattering, just be sure that the bottom half of your gown is balanced with the top. For shapewear, a waist-minimizing garment like the Satin & Lace Torsolette By Dominique will slim your middle dramatically.

    1. Pear Shape

    Curvy hips can look phenomenal in the right dress. Choose a cut that emphasizes your natural waist and draws attention to your top half for balance. You'll want shapewear that keeps your curvy hips and thighs smooth and under control, particularly if you choose a figure-hugging gown. We recommend the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Remember that there's an ideal look for you. For more ideas, check out our bridal collection.

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  • 6 Ways To Waist Train During Your Workouts

    Our Favorite Waist Trainers & Workout Bands

    Our Favorite Workout Bands

    One of the most popular trends we see thanks to celebrities like the Kardashians is workout waist training. In fact, when many of our customers share their shapewear transformations on social media, workout bands are what we see the most.

    Aside from the slimming power and sweat-boosting benefits, another reason everyone loves workout bands is because they look great on just about anyone! There are a variety of colors and styles to choose from, and they are flattering for any shape or size. Once you start using one, it's hard not to add more to your shapewear wardrobe.

    Can't decide which waist trainers to choose? We'll help you out. Here are six of our favorite workout bands.

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    1. Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    This is the newest addition to our collection of workout bands. It embodies everything that Amia is known for: innovative approach to design and an unwavering attention to quality.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: The durable latex core is specially designed to increase thermal activity and stimulate perspiration in your midsection, making it the perfect complement to your workout wardrobe. You can also wear the Active Band like as a waist slimming corset underneath other clothing for work or weekend-wear.

    Athletic Corset Waist Trainer by Fajate

    1. Athletic Corset Waist Trainer by Fajate

    From the women's shapewear experts at Fajate, this premium waist cincher corset uses firm compression to instantly slim your midsection by up to several inches.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Like all good waist trainers, it is designed to increase thermal activity in your core, stimulating perspiration during exercise, sports, walks, runs, and at-home physical activity. It comes in several bright colors, making it perfect for showing off at the gym.

     Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    1. Workout Band Waist Trainer by Ann Chery

    This is perhaps one of the most well-known garments in the world of waist training, and it's one that our customers adore. Take it to the gym or for a run outside and let it add impact to your healthy lifestyle routine.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: It provides ongoing compression around your core, which stimulates thermal activity and ramps up perspiration. Put simply, the band helps ensure that your workout is working for you.

    Sporty Exercise Band by Caribbean Shape

    1. Sporty Exercise Band by Caribbean Shape

    This workout band provides instant results and can help increase the intensity of physical activity.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: As a thermal control waistband, it responds to your body heat. Use it as a sport waistband if you want some extra support and fat-blasting help during your workouts.

    Animal Instincts Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    1. Animal Instincts Latex Waist Cincher by Ann Chery

    For you fashion lovers, this waist minimizer is a must-have. You don't even need to break a sweat to look hot, although it is ideal for workouts. The Ann Chery brand is known for maximum quality, and this workout band is no exception.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: Showcasing two fun animal prints, it is an effective and stylish way to achieve the figure of your dreams. Crafted from natural latex rubber with a soft stretch cotton interior lining, this cincher features lightweight, flexible boning and two columns of comfortable hook-and-eye closures.

    Slim Sport Girdle by Verox Slim

    1. Slim Sport Girdle by Verox Slim

    Just in case you hadn't seen the color you were looking for yet, this garment might have it. Why keep your shapewear covered up when it looks this good? A must-have for instant slimming around your midsection, this stunning girdle provides superior abdominal control.

    WHY WE LOVE IT: For starters, there are lots of fun color options! The Slim Sport Girdle by Verox Slim is made with resilient latex inside to increase perspiration while wearing it. The girdle comfortably firms the look of your abs, slimming your silhouette and enhancing your curves in all the right places, whether you're at the gym or anywhere else.

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  • What to Wear Under 6 Sexy Summer Outfits

    The Right Shapewear for Summery Silhouettes

    It's no secret that one of the keys to looking sexy is choosing the right undergarments as well as the right apparel. In summer, this is especially true. Think you can't get away with wearing shapewear underneath your light summer clothes? Think again. You can certainly show off your figure without showing off your secret.

    Here are six sexy summer outfits that are made perfect with the right shapewear underneath.

     Shapewear for short dresses

    1. Short skirts and dresses + Corselette by Amia

    If your hemline only reaches mid-thigh, a thong or even a regular panty just won't cut it if you get a warm summer breeze coming your way. The corselette provides a more modest bottom with a feminine touch of lace. It also provides all the power you need to keep your midsection looking smooth.

    Shapewear for pencil skirts

    1. Pencil skirts +Sleek Curves Shaping Slip By Hooked Up

    Get the support and coverage you need with a full-body slip. This garment makes you look 5-10 pounds slimmer and won't slide or roll out of place, which is a particularly comfortable and effective option for career attire.

    Shapewear for midi-skirts

    1. Loose dresses and skirts + Hi Cut Brief Panty by Wacoal

    If you have a lot of loose fabric and there's less to worry about, go for comfort. This panty provides easy everyday coverage and support.

    Shapewear for T-Shirt Dresses

    1. T-shirt dresses + Thong Shaper by Amia

    A t-shirt dress is cute but may seem difficult to pull off. This shaper discreetly provides firm shaping for your waist and back while remaining hidden even under the lightest of fabrics.

    Shapewear for dress pants

    1. Tight bottoms + Dayanna Butt Booster Body Suit by Vedette

    The whole point of tight pants is to show off what you've got. This body suit helps you do just that by lifting and rounding your natural curves, without a visible panty line of course. It also smooths your midsection so you can avoid muffin top too.

    Shapewear for sheer bottoms

    1. Sheer or floaty bottoms +High Waisted Thong

    The key to making a flowing dress look right is to define the waist while creating a smooth foundation. Nothing does it better than a high waisted thong.

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  • 10 Easy Ways to Detox without a Restrictive Diet

    Detox without a restrictive diet

    Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

    Detoxing is popular right now for a reason; it helps flush harmful elements out of your body as part of a healthier lifestyle. It's cleansing, but a lot of people shy away from it because many popular methods involve harsh diet restrictions. And for many of us, that means hunger and grumpiness.

    Fortunately, there are ways to reap the benefits of a detox without the pain. Here are ten simple habits that can improve your health, courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.

    1. Lemon water

    Start every morning by squeezing half a lemon into a glass of room-temperature water (don't make it cold, as this can shock your system). The nutrients in lemons have a lot of benefits including stimulating your liver to flush out toxins. Bonus: immunity boosters and hunger-curbing enzymes.

    2. Activated charcoal

    Look for this super product at any supplement store. The powder bonds with toxins in your body and helps flush them out before they harm you. Mix with lemon juice and maple for a tasty, healthy drink.

    3. Bone broth

    If you have leftover chicken or beef bones, simmer them for up to 24 hours along with carrot, onion, celery, garlic and thyme. The gelatin brings healing and repair to your body's cells. It's no wonder we crave soup when we're sick.

    4. Whole plant foods

    Eating a diet full of organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes instead of processed foods will help you naturally detox—as well as avoid a lot of toxins.

    5. Fennel seeds

    Speaking of seeds, have you tried fennel? Chew on these to access antioxidants, improve digestion and balance blood sugar.

    6. Probiotics

    Cultures around the world enjoy fermented food and the health benefits that come with it. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a good bacteria that lines the gut membranes and helps eliminate toxins. Add it in powder form to juice or shakes, or eat yogurt, kombucha, or any other fermented food.

    7. Regular meals (no snacking)

    Eating all of your food in one sitting and then fasting until your next meal allows your digestive tract to fully process food and then rest and cleanse. It also helps you avoid eating when you're just bored.

    8. Cacao

    The health benefits of chocolate are well-documented. Choose dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage around 70 or 80 percent.

    9. Spices

    Loading your food with a variety of spices instead of salt aids in natural cleansing processes and helps you feel satiated sooner. Ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin and turmeric back a powerful punch.

    10. Chamomile tea

    This drink is not only comforting, but also can help you sleep better. Plus, it aids in digesting your final meal of the day.

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  • 5 Postpartum Shapers That Help You Return To Your Pre-Pregnancy Shape

    The New Mom Guide To Regaining Your Figure

    Return to your pre-pregnancy shape using postpartum shapers

    If you're a new mom or you're going to be one soon, congratulations! Nothing in this world brings more joy. However, it's normal to wonder if and when you'll ever get back into the shape you once were. If you're having that concern, postpartum shapers can play a big roll in helping you feel confident very quickly following pregnancy.

    How quickly your body bounces back after having a baby is largely determined by your genetics and your lifestyle, but postpartum compression garments can aid in the process. What's more, with figure-slimming attire you'll feel sexier right away, even if you're concealing that post-pregnancy belly. Here are some of our favorite must-have postpartum shapers that every new mom should have on hand:

    Post Delivery Girdle

    1. Post Delivery Girdle by Underworks

    Women have practiced postpartum wrapping across many cultures for centuries, and there's a reason why; it works! Following the delivery of a child, your abdomen is sensitive and swollen. Wrapping it gently provides compression support that will help you ease your way back to into a smaller size. This can make your recovery more comfortable so you can feel like yourself again.

    Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top by Belly Bandit

     

    1. Mother Tucker Nursing Tank Top by Belly Bandit

    If you are planning on breastfeeding, you'll want at least a couple of nursing tanks. This nursing top provides convenient access for a hungry little one; it also offers the support and compression shaping you'll want while your body is transitioning after pregnancy. Features include wide straps, an anti-rollup bottom, and three zones of compression ensuring comfort and a smooth figure.

    Hip Slimming Corset

     

    1. Post Pregnancy Hip Slimming Corset by HipSlimmer

    You may have noticed that your hips are a bit wider during and after your pregnancy. This happens to make room for the baby during the birth, but it's not very comfortable afterwards. You can help your hips come back into place by using a hip-slimming corset. Take advantage of the fact that your joints are still very malleable in the weeks following birth; the hip slimmer will help you return to a smaller size.

    High Waisted Panty by Amia

     

    1. High Waisted Panty by Amia

    When you have a new baby, you shouldn't have to be concerned with a complicated wardrobe. This panty makes you feel comfortable in your postpartum body simply and beautifully. The high waist design with firm compression will flatten your tummy while smoothing your whole midsection. You might fit back into your pre-pregnancy jeans sooner than you thought.

    Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

     

    1. Classic Cincher Waist Trainer by Amia

    Your body undergoes drastic changes during pregnancy, so you may want some powerful shaping to help recover your waistline. Using a waist trainer like this cincher will dramatic slim and smoothen your midsection while you're wearing it and can aid in your journey to regaining your figure.

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