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  • The Stars of Hourglass Angel: Meet Elida Salgado

    Celebrate National Customer Service Week 

    It's National Customer Service Week! All week long, we're highlighting the stars at Hourglass Angel who work to make your shapewear experience excellent.

    Today's star customer service representative is Elida Salgado. Like all our reps, she's assists our customers with virtually any questions that arise about styling, fit, sizing and more, over the phone, email and chat.

    We asked Elida several questions about her experiences assisting customers: 

    What do you love about being in customer service?

    I love whenever I can gain a customer's trust and make them feel confident that they are getting the correct garment to fit their body and lifestyle. It makes me feel happy knowing I helped somebody out. I've heard back from a few customers letting me know that they love the product I suggested and that they feel self-assured with their trainer.

    What was your favorite project this past year? Amia! I love the brand and it's exciting to let customers know about all the new product releases and the attention that Amia is getting in the media.

    What do you think is our biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years? To get a celebrity to endorse our products! Starting off with a lesser known celebrity, word of mouth will get out, and then we will be able to have an A-list celebrity endorse our products. Perhaps getting on QVC would be awesome too!

    What specific products please you the most and why?

    I really like the Total Compression Body Shaper by Vedette 705. It provides compression in all the right areas without looking super fake.

    What would you like to see us add to our inventory?

    More lingerie, panties, perhaps a longer and shorter waist trainer options for customers of different heights.

    What makes Hourglass Angel stand out against the competition? Great customer service, very lenient return policies, and a clean, professional looking easy-access website. We also have a new Stylist quiz that is going to be very helpful, especially with iffy customers whom have a hard time buying things online.

    What is your favorite piece that you would like to offer all Hourglass Angel visitors a discount?

    I would say Ann Chery Alexa High Compression Bodysuit 3009 It's a well-constructed body shaper, and I think we would sell more if the price was a little lower.

    Thanks Elida! Tune in all week long as we learn more from our customer service team.

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  • Join Hourglass Angel for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Help Us in the Fight to Beat Breast Cancer

    It's October, which for women means it's time to wear pink ribbons and other pink attire to raise awareness about breast cancer.

    While the color itself is really fun to wear, don't forget the true purpose behind it. Each year it is estimated that over 230,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Yet this disease is very survivable; there are over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today. Many of them have survived because of early detection. Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump (source: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®).

    One of the best ways to help women fight this disease is to help is to educate them with the knowledge they need to prevent it and get through it. That's why we support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Its mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.

    The NBCF offers several key programs.

    • The Early Detection Plan helps women be proactive about their help detecting breast cancer in its early stages and increase their odds of survival.
    • Beyond the Shock is an educational resource for those affected by breast cancer so they can gain a better understanding of the disease.
    • The National Mammography Program partners with medical facilities across the country to provide diagnostic breast care services and free mammograms to underserved women.
    • The Patient Navigator program helps patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear and misinformation surrounding breast cancer and its prevention.
    • The Breast Health Education Program provides breast cancer education and early detection services to women at community outreaches across the U.S.
    • The NBCF also works with the finest scientists in the world by providing funding to research efforts.

    $1 for every A110 bought is donated

    We whole-heartedly support the NBCF. Throughout the month of October, $1 of every pink Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia we sell will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Active Band is designed for workouts and can be part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

    Join us in October to help as many women as possible beat cancer. Wear pink and join the fight!

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  • The Lazy Girl's Guide To Waist Training – A Review

    How to start waist training

    Tips for Getting Kardashian-Inspired Curves

    Danielle Prescod is a fashion expert known for her work at Elle and InStyle magazine. We were excited to talk to her last year, when she expressed interest in doing a review of waist training after noticing the Kardashians' obsession with the practice.

    We sent her one of our most popular items, the Workout Band by Ann Chery, which just happens to be one of Kim K.'s favorites to share on Instagram.

    Waist training tips

    After a few weeks wearing the cincher, Prescod admitted she was hooked. But in her hilarious review, she unveiled a few tips that she learned the hard way. If you lean towards the lazy side, take her word for it and follow these practices. It will make your transition into a waist training regimen much more pleasant.

    1. Start out slowly.

    Prescod wore her waist trainer for twelve hours on her first day and those that followed. While we're glad she didn't pass out, we highly recommend you just do a little bit at a time. Start out slowly—just an hour the first time. Add a little bit of time each day until you're comfortable wearing it for long hours. It shouldn't be a painful experience.

    1. Eat small, healthy meals and snacks.

    You'll notice when you're waist training that you can't eat big meals. This can be a healthy change, as many nutritionists recommend eating five or six small meals a day anyway. But don't skip meals! This could make you cranky and might mess with your metabolism.

    1. Work out. Please.

    You might be tempted to take shortcuts when you notice how easy it is to get a slimmer waistline without any effort. But you are not doing yourself any favors in the long run. Prescod was disappointed to discover that after a month of waist training and no exercise, her midsection hadn't quite experienced the transformation she was anticipating. Keeping your core strong is a must in order for you to achieve proper results with a waist trainer. Here are some recommendations for exercises you can do while wearing one.

    Intrigued? Start your own waist training regimen with one of many options like the Workout Band by Ann Chery or the Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia.

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  • How To Wear This Fall Color Now

    Colors for fall 2015

    Fashion Tips for Favorite Fall Colors 2015

    Welcome, fall!

    Who doesn't love the crisp air, the seasonal flavors, and of course the fashion that goes with it? While sipping on pumpkin-flavored everything, we're dreaming about all the colors we get to explore in our fall wardrobes.

    To stay current with trends, we recommend trying some of these crisp color combinations this fall. Pair them with shapewear for a head-turning look this season and beyond.

    Neon colors this fall

    1. Neon

    If you loved the 80s, then you are probably excited: hot electric shades are returning. Your best bet for pulling off flashy shades of pink and green without making an overstatement is at the gym. Add fluorescent hues to your workout band collection and you'll definitely turn heads.

    Brown Color for Fall

    1. Brown

    This fall favorite looks good on pretty much everyone. But to avoid looking bland, liven it up with richer colors like maroon or copper. For invisible shaping under neutrals, choose a nude color shaper or waist trainer; no one will ever suspect how you look so good.

    Winter Florals For Fall

    1. Winter Florals

    Florals in late fall and winter work well when rendered against a regal teal or red background. Pair with a firm compression shaper to ensure that your foundation is smooth and that the print lies perfectly on your figure.

    Winter cream for fall

    1. Winter Cream

    The latest take on winter white is a creamier version of one of the fashion world's favorite shades. White can be tricky to pull off, however, so you'll want to make sure your figure is slim and smooth. Your best bet is a nude all-over shaping garment like the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Black and White Graphics

    1. Black & White Graphics

    Black and white prints are genius because they can create an optical illusion. Wear this bold, street-savvy style so that it brings attention to the smallest part of your waist. Add a waist trainer to further emphasize the waistline.

    Brenton Stripes for fall

    1. Breton Stripes

    This can be a flattering form-fitting style if worn correctly. However, if the horizontal stripes emphasize the wrong areas, they can make you look larger. Choose a fitted garment that draws in at the waist, paired with a maximum compression shaper. This way the stripes highlight your curves in all the right places.

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  • Cincher or Corset?

    Choosing a cincher or corset depends on your goals and needs.

    Understanding the Difference Between Waist-Training Garments

    One of the most common questions we receive is whether it is better to use a cincher or a corset when waist training. The answer is…it depends! While they can both be used effectively for waist training, they are two very different types of garments, because of the materials inside.

    Corsets are traditional waist-slimming garments, reinforced with steel boning and sometimes tightened with laces. They can produce very dramatic results (multiple inches instantly) and are designed to create a pronounced hourglass waistline.

    Cinchers are modern waist-slimming garments, constructed with synthetic materials like nylon, spandex and/or latex as well as plastic boning. Like corsets they instantly slim the waistline, although not as dramatically (generally 1-3 inches).

    A corset might be appropriate when:

    • You are interested dramatically reshaping your midsection. Wearing a corset for multiple hours a day will "train" your waist, similar to how gauges would reshape your earlobes or braces would shift your teeth.
    • You like the style of a corset. Unlike cinchers, many corsets look phenomenal when worn as outerwear.
    • You plan on slimming down quite a bit. The laces are easily tightened as your waistline shrinks.
    • You need to drop lots of inches from your waist on the spot. The corset gets the job done.

    A cincher might be appropriate when:

    • You want to work out. Workout cinchers are a great way to increase the intensity and burn more calories.
    • You want to hide your shapewear under your clothing. Unlike bulkier corsets, many cinchers are designed to be invisible under your outerwear, making everyday use more realistic.
    • You want to eliminate "bulging." Some styles of corsets are just not flattering on all body types, while cinchers can be more effective at hiding unwanted bulge.
    • You want to waist train while sleeping. If you're that serious about your waist-training regimen, a cincher can be a more comfortable way to relax.

    Some women find it very useful to have both cinchers and corsets in their wardrobe, so if you can't decide, try both to find the best fit for different outfits and occasions.

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  • Interview: Food Blogger Finds Slimming Success with Workout Band

    Food blogger Sara Lehman's waist training success

    Sara Lehman is an acclaimed blogger, sommelier and private chef, known for her popular blog "Somm in the City," in which she writes about food, wine and entertaining. As someone whose life "revolves around food," Sara knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – and the unique challenges that come with it. For 4 months, she's been wearing the Workout Band by Ann Chery for one hour a day to help slim her waistline and supplement her fitness routine. Her goal was to smooth her stomach and back while aiming to lose 30 pounds, but she discovered a few other benefits along the way. We recently caught up with Sara to get her thoughts on the cincher and the results she experienced.


    What was your initial impression of the Workout Band?
    I liked it. For the first few tries, I couldn’t get it to hook. It wasn’t until I was speaking with a girlfriend about it that I realized how to pull it, and then I loved wearing it. It felt tight, but my posture was so straight and it made my waist smooth.

    What was your goal?
    I wanted a waist trainer that could be used during workouts, so I choose the Workout Band. I wanted to see if it would help with the stomach area and back area.


    Did the garment meet those expectations?
    YES! I am a food and wine blogger, private chef, and sommelier, so my life revolves around food and wine. I wear this to the gym, and through my weight-loss journey, I have lost weight in my back and my stomach looks smoother, which is great because I had 30+ lbs. to lose.

    Did you conquer any weight-loss challenges that were difficult in the past?
    Physically, yes, the cincher helped because my posture was so much better, which is key when you're working out. Psychologically, it certainly helped at the gym, as having a tiny waist makes other parts of you stand out. And when you're in the right gym outfit, the shaper makes you feel pretty awesome.

    Did your diet change at all during the period you wore the cincher?
    Not much, because my diet is hard to control given my career and all the tastings I do.


    How long have you been wearing the garment?
    One hour a day since January 1, 2015. I do forget some days, but most days I wear it with my workout for the added benefits. I also wear it if I am sitting at my desk a lot and hunch, because it really helps my back stay up straight!

    When did you start seeing results?
    I started seeing results after two weeks. I was losing weight by working out, but the increased sweating mixed with the heat of your core from this cincher was intense. So I never got that stomach-loss cellulite that some women get when they lose weight, which I loved. It kept my stomach smooth which is great. My mom and neighbors noticed the results from the cincher too, and they all wanted one!

    Would you recommend the waist trainer for other women?
    Yes, yes, I would absolutely recommend the Workout Band. Just be sure to go at a steady pace, or a slow pace in the first week when you're getting used to the workout waist trainer, because it’s tight and you want to control your breathing. I know because I was very out of shape when I started mine too, so I started slow, my body adapted and now I love it.

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  • How to Incorporate Shapewear into Fall Fashion Trends

    Fall 2015 fashion trends & shapewear

    New York Fashion Week Recap—The Complete Fall 2015 Trend Guide

    The season is changing and it's time to prepare your fall wardrobe. Want to know what's most stylish this year? New York Fashion Week reveals the hottest trends.

    What you won't learn at Fashion Week is how to incorporate shapewear into your outfits. We're not all fashion models, but that doesn't mean we can't all look as stunning.

    Here is your guide to looking your very best in this season's trends by having the right foundation underneath:

    Fall 2015 Plaid Trend

    1. Plaid

    In a season when black and neutral colors can be dominant, it's nice to see some red to brighten up the mood. Plaid shirts are simple but can be sexy too. They look their best on a smooth foundation. To enhance this look, try a cami like the Control Camisole by Amia. If you want more overall shaping, try the High Waisted Thigh Shaper By Slim Me.

    Fall 2015 High Waisted Trend

    1. High Waisted

    This popular trend continues this year, resulting in an exaggerated hourglass silhouette with a tiny midsection and long, lean legs. No matter what your size, this style helps enhance your midsection. For the best results, pair high waisted pants or skirts with your favorite waist trainer. You can also use a high waisted panty like the Dana High Waist Panty Enhancer With Front Closure by Vedette.

    Short Skirts Fall 2015 Trend

    1. Short Skirts

    It's not too cold yet, so go ahead and show off those legs. This style creates a youthful silhouette, and the leg-lengthening effect is flattering on most body types. The best shapewear with a short skirt is a short leg, high waist shaper. The Daisy Thermal Slimmer Shorts by CoCoon creates a flat tummy, shaped rear and slim thighs.

    Fall 2015 Nouveau Victorian Trend

    1. Nouveau Victorian

    A lot has changed over time, but our Victorian predecessors knew how to dress a woman up in a sexy silhouette. Combine a traditional button-up look with some modern flair. Spice it up with brocade style corsets like the Silk Floral Brocade Corset.

    One Sleeve Fall 2015 Trend

    1. One Sleeve

    You can get a little adventurous this fall by showing off some shoulder. Your best option for a slim figure with one sleeve is a strapless or adjustable shaper like the Convertible Panty Shaper By Vedette.

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  • 7 Sexy Shapers for Date Night

    Date night shapewear

    What to Wear for a Hot Night Out this Fall

    If you're looking to switch it up this fall as you prepare for your date nights and other occasions, try what celebrities are loving this year: a suited, tailored look. Nothing says "strong and sexy" like a well-fitted blazer and pants. But you need the right foundation underneath.

    The key to pulling it off in a flattering way is choosing fitted apparel that accentuates your curves. And for that you need our special date night shapewear. Here are 7 of our favorites:

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by Vedette

    Eva Extra Firm Bodysuit by VedetteSexy meets shaping in a lingerie-look body suit. Get the results you love from a strong-control garment with a great-looking design. Perfect under high waist pants or skirts.

    Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette

    Joane High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by VedetteFor those form-fitting suits, you may want to give your backside a lift. This brief shaper slims and trims the midsection, giving good control around the waist and lower abdomen. The open bottom design lifts and rounds your rear into a perfect full shape, accentuating your figure.

    Glamour Shaping Camisole by Bodyhush

    Glamour Shaping Camisole by BodyhushThis lacy cami is worthy of showing off. Designed to slim your tummy and eliminate love handles, it features an interior tummy panel for firm control. For a sexy chic look, layer it right under your suit jacket.

    Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up

    Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked UpYou'll never have to worry about back rolls or muffin tops again with this high waist shaping slip. It smooths and contours your figure in all the right places, comfortably giving you that hourglass look under your favorite suit.

    Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann Chery

    Strapless Slimming Shaper by Ann CherySlim up while letting your natural curves shine in this stretchy bodysuit. This light-wearing garment features a flat-belly latex panel to slim, trim and smooth your midsection, while seamless outer lining creates an overall leaner look. This works under most dress-up attire, including any type of suit.

    Geraldine Bodysuit by Ann Chery

     Geraldine Bodysuit by Ann CheryThis popular bodysuit takes inches off the waist, abdomen and hips, creating a beautiful curvy shape. Its natural bust and rear enhancements work beautifully under a pencil skirt or fitted pantsuit.

    Satin and Lace Torsolette by Dominique

     Satin and Lace Torsolette by DominiqueThe torsolette’s moderate midsection control and posture support lengthen the torso and create a slender silhouette while lifting the bust. This piece is ideal under your blouse for a slender torso underneath a suit of your

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  • 6 Ways Good Posture Improves Your Day

    Good posture improves your energy and mood

    Benefits of Posture for Health & Wellness

    Sitting or standing up straight is often undervalued. While you may know somewhere in the back of your mind that you shouldn't slouch, did you know that good posture provides multiple benefits to your health and wellbeing?

    One of the reasons people love waist trainers is that they improve your posture tremendously. Spend a few days in one of our customer favorites like the Sculpting Vest Waist Trainer By Amia A103 and see how you feel.

    Study after study is revealing that we should be paying more attention to our posture. Here's why:

    1. It affects your confidence.

    You don't just look more confident when you're standing straight; you feel more confident as well. People who are in a straight sitting position are more likely to feel more confident about their qualifications for a job than those who are slouching over a table. In other words, your posture affects the way you think about yourself.

    1. It boosts your energy.

    Forget that afternoon latte; just sit up a little straighter at your desk. How you are sitting or standing affects your brain—in the form of your mood and your energy. Whenever you start feeling lethargic, try getting up and moving around, and then mindfully keep your posture straight if you go back to sitting again.

    1. It reduces stress.

    Pay attention to how you're sitting when you're stressed out. Chances are, you're slumping over. Simply sitting up straight can help you build your perseverance through those tasks and help you filter out negative emotions.

    1. It helps you beat fear and anxiety.

    Noticing a pattern yet? With correct posture you will boost your mood and reduce feelings of fear and anxiety. The way you are sitting affects your physical response to psychological stress. If your body is more relaxed, your mind will follow.

    1. It increases productivity.

    Sitting or standing up straight increases testosterone production (yes, for women too), which helps you focus and get your work done. Better than caffeine if you ask us.

    1. It gives you more oxygen.

    Straight posture optimizes the way you breathe; in fact, you will take in 30 percent more oxygen. More oxygen in your blood naturally increases your energy and helps you feel more relaxed.

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  • Interview: Making an impact, one woman at a time

    How Shapewear Donations are Boosting Careers for Women Who Need It Most

    Shapewear donations boost confidence (and careers) for women who need it most

    Hourglass Angel is a proud supporter of The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), formerly known as The Women's Alliance. To date, we have supplied more than $35,000 in lightly used shapewear garments to the organization's Career Wardrobe division, which provides professional clothing, networking tools and other need-based assistance to women pursuing career opportunities. We recently chatted with Carrie Hanson Veurink [Managing Partner] of ACDN, to find out how these shapers were making an impact.

    Please tell us a little about your organization and its mission.

    Career Wardrobe’s mission is to empower women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career. We do this by providing professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities.

    Hourglass Angel has been proud to donate more than $35,000 in shapewear to ACDN. Can you describe how these contributions are making an impact in the lives and careers of the women whom your organization supports?

    Hourglass Angel's contributions have given our clients’ confidence in their appearance, which has given them the ability to present well on interviews and at work.

    Most of the goals of the women who choose to take the garments are for interviews, work attire, and everyday wear. Clients are impressed by the difference the garment makes under their professional attire.

    One client stated that the shapewear made her feel more self-confident and positive about her figure. She wears the garment every day and loves the fact that the garment can help with stretchmarks.

    What is the typical process for women who want to get these garments through your organization? What is the experience like?

    The shapewear is introduced to the client our Dressing Assistants, who will explain the benefits of trying the garment during their fittings for professional attire. Most clients are excited about the look and feel of the garment once they have tried it on.

    What would you say to women who come to your organization and are thinking about trying the shapewear? How would they benefit?

    We would tell the women that trying the shapewear would be a great option if they would like a slimmer look in their professional attire. Women benefit from the self-esteem boost the shapewear could offer.

    For more information on The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits, its programs, and ways that you can get involved, please visit the ACDN website.



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