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  • Take the Stronger-You 90-Day Challenge

    The Stronger-You challenge

    Make your New Year's Health Resolutions a Reality

    If you’re like most of us, your New Year’s resolutions involve the promise of a healthier 2015. Did you vow to fit into that pair of jeans stashed on your top shelf? Or maybe you want to feel more energized?

    The difference between the desire to achieve your goals and making them a reality is as simple as our 90-day Stronger-You Challenge: 3 months of handpicked workouts and tips from the experts at Oxygen magazine. This three-month training program and meal plan is designed to burn fat, build muscle and transform your body so you can look and feel your best. It’s simple, effective and ready when you are.

    Check out the full 3-month plan to see step-by-step instructions and visuals on exactly what to do (and eat!) every day. Don’t forget: if you mess up, don’t give up. Forgive yourself and start over the next day.

    Month 1

    Burn fat and build muscle. You’ll begin with exercises using only your body weight. Every set and extended set will be taken to the point of muscle failure (that’s a good thing!).

    Get the Best Body Challenge: Month One workout.

    Month 2

    The next 4 weeks feature easy-to-use resistance bands and plyometrics—a body-boosting technique originally developed for Olympic athletes.

    Get the Best Body Challenge: Month Two workout.

    Month 3

    The home stretch! You’ll focus on a mix of dumbbell-based exercises and intervals of high-intensity cardio.

    Ready to begin? Don't put it off -- download the training plan below to get started right away. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! We’d love to meet the NEW YOU in 12 weeks.

    Get the Best Body Challenge: Month Three workout.

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  • Fill in the Blank: Your New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's resolution ideas

    Small Steps to Big Changes

    The holidays are winding down and a brand new year looms ahead. Are you making any New Year's resolutions? While some might find the practice cheesy or overrated, there's never a better time for a fresh start and to make some positive changes in your life.

    The hardest part about making New Year's resolutions is figuring out which goals are going to work for you. Some people go big or go home and make a grandiose plan that is almost impossible to follow through to the end. Some people make way too many goals that they can't juggle, and they fall off the wagon by late January.

    To make significant New Year's resolutions that will last, you have to find a balance. You have to do things that are challenging but won't leave you feeling exasperated. And you have to find a way to remain inspired for the whole year, not just January.

    The key is: small steps.

    Start out small. If you can succeed at something small, your success can blossom into something bigger. Set yourself up for success so you can gain momentum.

    So where to start? You can make several small goals that will lead to big changes in your life during 2015. Goals can be as specific or as general as you want, as long as you're inspired to become the person you want to be in the coming year. We've got a list; you fill in the blanks that best fit you. Post this list somewhere you won't forget it so you can remain inspired all year long!

    My 2015 New Year's Resolutions

    1. The bad habit I'm going to break this year is ________________________

    2. A new skill I'd like to learn is ________________________

    3. A person I'd like to be more like is ________________________

    4. A good deed I'd like to accomplish is ________________________

    5. I'd like to visit ________________________

    6. A book I'd like to read is ________________________

    7. I'd like to write a letter to ________________________

    8. A new food I'd like to try is ________________________

    9. I'm going to do better at ________________________

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  • 10 Tips for a Successful New Year's Resolution

    How to set goalsHow to Set Great Goals and Stick to Them

    It's that time of year again: time to start all over and make some new goals! One of the most common New Year's resolutions is making a change in health and wellness, but maybe yours includes making more time with your loved ones or leaning a new skill. Whatever it is, you'll want to look back in a few months and be proud of what you've accomplished.

    Make your New Year's resolutions stick with these ten tips:

    1. Set realistic goals

    This isn't the time to do something drastic if you want to succeed. Take some time and be thoughtful about what you can realistically accomplish. Break up your big goals into monthly or weekly objectives that won't be too difficult.

    2. Write it down

    Once you know what your goals are, write them down (and don't lose track of them!). There's something about writing down a resolution that makes you want to hold to it, like it's a commitment. Keep your commitment displayed somewhere highly visible, so you won't forget.

    3. Measure your progress

    Keep track of how you're doing; otherwise setting a goal becomes a bit meaningless. And since you've started the habit of writing things down, continue to log how you're doing on a regular basis (daily or weekly works best). Some goals you can measure include how frequently you work out, what you've eaten over the course of the day, and how you've spent your time in a given week.

    4. Use visual reminders

    What is going to motivate you day after day, week after week, month after month? Put up a picture or lay out a dress you want to put into; display whatever it is that is going to inspire you.

    5. Invest in yourself

    Sometimes making a change means making a financial investment; do it! Buy the equipment, sign up of the class, or do what it takes to keep you on track. You're worth it.

    6. Stay inspired

    Aside from a visible reminder, find ways to inspire yourself regularly. This can mean signing up for newsletters, joining a class or going to meetings, or finding other ways to be inspired by others' success.

    7. Make it a habit in your routine

    You aren't going to make much progress if you don't make room for your resolution in your schedule. Build a new habit by making room for it in your daily routine.

    8. Make it a team effort

    You'll much more likely to be successful and have a lot more fun if you enlist others to help you along with your resolution. Eat healthy meals with friends and family; have a workout buddy; do things that count with the people you care about.

    9. Take small steps

    Some people make the mistake of wanting to see all of the change at once. But you're much more likely to be successful if you take small, manageable steps. When you're feeling frustrated because you've plateaued or lost momentum, just do what you can at that moment. Take that morning walk; skip the dessert; write in your journal – whatever it takes to keep going.

    10. Treat yourself

    Congratulate yourself when you make progress – you've earned it! Do something that's meaningful but won't detract from your goals. For example, if you've lost weight, don't go get ice cream. Buy that dress smaller dress instead.

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  • 3 Looks to Bring in the New Year

    New Year's Eve party attireSexy Party Attire for a New Year's Eve Date Night

    The holiday season always comes and goes like a whirlwind, so before you know it, you'll be getting ready to celebrate the New Year! Whether you've been good at all those holiday parties, or even if you've put on a couple of extra pounds, you can still look like a bombshell when it's time to party on New Year's Eve.

    Here are some classic looks that you can't go wrong with this year. If you've got a date night for New Year's, make it an unforgettable one. Customize these looks to your personal preferences, and you'll be ready to party in style.

    1. Little Black Dress

    This one goes without saying on New Year's, but we'll say it anyway. If there is just one day a year where it's a good time to rock the LBD, this is it! For a little personal flair, add some flashy accessories or some brightly colored pumps. If you've got a full figure and haven't found the perfect dress that accentuates your curves, check out the Mae Dress by SWAK Designs. We love the way this dress naturally brings out curves using a combination of compression and ruching, all built right into the dress design.

    2. V-Neck Dress

    Whether it's black or a brighter color, a V-neck dress draws attention to some of the most attractive feminine features: your collarbone and chest. This is an especially breathtaking look if you're a pear shape and need to balance out the curves in your hips. You'll want to be sure you're sporting the right shapewear in order to wear a V-neck tastefully. The Simply Smooth Cami by Co'Coon paired with a plunge bra will create a slim and smooth midsection. If you need smooth control for your hips, thighs and butt to balance out that gorgeous top, the Control Freak Moderate Control Long Pear Leg Shaper by Wacoal is designed to provide sleek curves from your waistline to mid-thigh.

    3. Flirty Top with Leggings

    If your party plans are a little less formal, skip the dress and go for a sexy top with some leather and/or colored leggings. Lacy, lingerie-inspired tops can be flirty but not too racy. Be sure to wear the right bra (especially if you're planning on a lot of dancing). The Molded Strapless Bra by Elila is a great option for anyone full-figured who wants firm support without revealing straps.

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  • 4 Ways to Look Thinner in Winter Attire

    Cold weather fashion tipsHow to Be Slender and Sexy (Not Bulky) in Cold Weather

    It's the time of year to pull out some of your cozy favorites: soft sweaters, layered tops, leggings and tights. Yet just because you're bundling up doesn't mean you need to bulk up your figure. By selecting the right shapewear or figure-enhancing outerwear, you can still dress for winter while looking slender and sexy.

    The key to looking fabulous in your winter clothes is to know how to address your problem areas. You can look a few pounds thinner if you know these tricks. These shapers will address any issues you might wrestle with in winter attire.

    1. For Your Bust

    Being well endowed in your chest is an attractive feature, but you can run into trouble when you wear a button-down shirt (a fashion must-have!). You may find that the buttons gape and the shirt never seems to look like it fits quite right. While the right bra can help, what you really need is to shape your full torso.

    The solution to a large bust is a shaping camisole like The Candace Custom Lift Camisole by Flexees. You can achieve the results you want simply using this one light and smooth garment with a built-in bra. It provides the shape you want in the bust while smoothing out your midsection and back, helping all of your tops fit better without a fuss.

    2. For Your Hips

    If you carry your weight on your hips, you may always look stunning in your tops but have trouble with styles that highlight your lower half like pencil skirts. And traditional control-top tights just don't provide a solution to your problem.

    For all your skirts and dresses, you need a shaper that control your hips and thighs and not just your middle. The High Waisted Shaping Shorts by MeMoi SMX-108 is just the thing you need that firms up all of those trouble areas on your legs and thighs, as well as your waistline.

    3. For Your Midsection

    If you struggle with your tummy, sides or back, you may be tempted to layer up in the winter to conceal your problem areas. While layering done right can be stylish, too much can make you look like you're heavier than you really are!

    Instead of concealing with too many layers, choose one smart layer that instantly slims you. The Essential Womens 3/4 Sleeve Slimming Shirt by Slimmerz by Terri Gillespie is one of the most comfortable shaping garments we offer, which uses ruching instead of compression to make your waistline look slim and smooth.

    4. For Your Butt

    A bigger bottom can definitely be sexy, but you have to know how to accentuate it. Your choice in jeans can mean the difference between looking awkward and looking gorgeously curvy.

    If you've got the curves and haven't tried butt-lifting jeans yet, do yourself a favor. The AM to PM Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox are designed with your natural shape in mind, using innovative stitching and seaming to provide a natural lift and emphasis on all the right areas.

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  • Your Shapewear Questions Answered

    Q&A About Fashion and Shapewear

    So you've got questions about shapewear. There are hundreds of pieces to choose from; where do you begin? What shapers, bras and panties are ideal for different types of outfits? What will show through and what won't? What's the most flattering choice for your figure?

    At Hourglass Angel we get a lot of these types of questions, and we have the answers! Here are some of the most frequent questions we get, followed by our recommendations:

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What type of bra can I wear with a low-cut dress?

    A. A deep plunge bra.

    This type of bra, designed for your sexiest styles, will provide the lift and support you need in your bust without revealing any part of the bra's cups on your lowest necklines. The Secret Boost Deep Plunge Bra by Fashion Forms features a U-plunge underwire and it is also backless – no one will ever know it's there.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What type of shapewear should I use with a sweater dress or jersey knit dress?

    A. A shaping slip.

    With clingy dresses you'll want an all-over smoothing effect, and nothing does that better than a shaping slip. One of our favorite options is the Sleek Curves Shaping Slip by Hooked Up, which has a unique hooking system design to work with any bra so you won't have to fuss with it slipping or pinching above the waistline. Another option is the Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie by Heather Thomson, which has a built-in bra.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What can I wear under a short dress?

    A. A corselette

    Short dresses can be tricky with certain girdles because you don't want anything to poke out underneath. A lingerie style corselette like the Corselette by Amia provides powerful shaping and smoothing for your hips and your midsection while looking like sexy boycut shorts on the bottom.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What shapewear can I wear under pants without showing any lines?

    A. Mid-thigh shaping shorts.

    You don't want to give a visible panty line a second thought if you're wearing tight pants or light fabrics, so choose a shaper that sculpts through your thighs. The Second Skin ActivWear Bike Shorts by Shape and Slim firm up your waistline, hips and thighs. If you want a style that lifts your butt while slimming your waist and thighs, try the Amie Mid Thigh High Waist Open Bottom Enhancer by Vedette.

    Fashion and shapewear Q&A

    Q. What type of bra should I wear under form-fitting shirts and sweaters?

    A. A t-shirt bra.

    There's a type of bra designed just for this purpose: to provide a curvy, smooth, seamless look under t-shirts and light sweaters. The Porcelain Lace Molded Seamless Underwire T-shirt Bra by Panache is one of our favorite solutions for full-figured women, as the cups won't spread apart and you'll see nothing but smooth through your favorite tops.

    These are just a few of the questions we receive. If you're looking for shapewear for your unique fashion needs refer to our FAQ page or contact our customer service for personalized support.

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  • 5 Ways to be Santa's Sexy Helper

    Romantic holiday lingerie

    Sexy Tips for a Romantic Holiday Season

    When you think of the holiday season, romance isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. It's often too easy to get caught up in all the shopping, traveling, cooking and parties. But with a little thought it can be one of the most romantic times of year with your significant other!

    At this time of year, don't forget that some things lend naturally to romance, like a cozy fire, exchanging gifts, and mistletoe of course. Take the opportunity and make the most of your holidays together. Here are some fresh ideas to make those cold nights a little sexier, with some lingerie to match the occasion.

    1. Make a creative Christmas card

    Instead of buying some cheesy card at the store, put a little more effort into it. Make your own and make it sexy, maybe detailing how you'd really like to spend your Christmas Eve. For a bold statement, include a photo of yourself in something festive. The Santa's Helper Chemise and Thong by Spree might give you some ideas. If you're not a fan of taking photos of yourself, you can always just give your S.O. the card while wearing the lingerie.

    2. Cozy up by the fire

    Get a roaring fire going, pour some wine, share a little chocolate. Cut the lights so that the room is lit only by the fireplace and the Christmas tree. Since you'll be extra cozy with that added heat, you probably won't want to be wearing much. The Midnight Affair Chemise with Matching Thong by Seven 'til Midnight adds some classy, sexy Christmas spirit.

    3. Dress up like Santa

    We're not talking about a heavy red overcoat with a stuffed belly. For a sexy Santa all you need is some red lingerie and a Santa's hat. The Satin and Sparkle Overbust Corset and Thong does the trick beautifully. Who ever said Santa couldn't sparkle?

    4. Get a hotel room

    If you're planning on traveling and visiting family, staying in the spare bedroom across the hall from your parents can really dampen the sexy spirit. If you can get away for a night somewhere private, make the most of it! A getaway like this calls for some exciting lingerie like the What's Cookin' Fantasy Apron by Skinnygirl Smoothers.

    5. Start your own holiday tradition

    It's a busy time of year, so make a special time just for the two of you. Spend a few hours alone exchanging gifts, having a special meal and making the holiday memorable. We love the Red and Black Silk Underbust Corset as Christmas lingerie, perfect for your alone time together.

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  • Crank Up the Heat with Thermal Shapewear

    Slim down with thermal shapers

    8 Shapers That Visbily Slim You Down and Warm You Up

    You may have noticed that many shapewear products, particularly those that focus on the midsection, work by stimulating "thermal activity." Why is that good and how does it work?

    Your body stores a lot of water, but some of it is right in the pesky trouble areas around your waistline. That's where the power of thermal shapewear comes in. By heating up your core and stimulating perspiration around your midsection, you can ensure you're getting the most from your shapewear. This is also why many women wear thermal shapers while exercising: so they know their workouts are really working for them. With thermal shapewear, you'll experience a visibly reduced waistline instantly from the compression alone and the added perspiration around your waistline.

    If you haven't tried a thermal shaper yet, here are some options that will warm you up this winter.

    1. Perfect Butt Thermal Pant by Flakisima

    Inside the lightweight fabric of this shaper, the natural latex tummy panel provides extra slimming and stimulates thermal activity in your core, ramping up perspiration in the target area. The open bottom design of this item also creates a lifting effect that rounds the rear into a perfect shape.

    2. Thermal Reducing Vest in Latex by Leonisa

    This vest's compression is designed to increase thermal activity in your midsection when you wear it for at least three hours per day. A high back smoothens you and corrects posture. FlexiBoning anchors the garment and creates a slim but flexible shape. And last but not least, a cotton lining is included for your comfort.

    3. Full Body Thermal Braless Short by Co'Coon

    The lightweight construction of this piece makes it a breeze to wear under almost anything. Special rear lifting bands ensure that your bum won’t be flattened as you flatter the rest of your figure. And the thermal tummy panel cranks up the perspiration where you want it.

    4. Kimmie Thermal Full Body Braless Shapewear by Co'Coon

    Designed with an abdominal thermal zone featuring latex Rubberflex, the innovative capri shapewear slims your midsection while shaping and smoothing your silhouette for stunning results. Lightweight, comfortable and easy-to-wear, the sleek strap structure supports your bust, lifts your derriere and even improves your posture.

    5. Thermal Latex Compression Body Shaper by Flakisima

    While you stay absolutely cool and dry in this lightweight, breathable bodysuit, a thermal abdominal zone activates heat in your core. With this shaper's invisible, all-over reduction and support for the waist, abdomen, back, and hips, you'll be amazed at how easily your body can transform in an instant.

    6. Daisy Thermal Slimmer Shorts by Co'Coon

    These lovely shaping shorts trim your tummy right where you need it most while shaping and smoothing your waist, hips, butt and thighs. A special band lifts and defines your derriere for the ultimate combination of sleek and sensuous.

    7. Thermal Bodysuit Plus by Co'Coon

    This hip-hugging, booty-boosting shaper for full-figured women tames your tummy without putting a damper on your shape. A thermal latex panel is perfectly placed to increase thermal activity in your core.

    8. Thermal Body Suit Plus Size, Rose

    This strapless hip-hugging shaper’s special booty lifting bands allow it to tame your tummy without flattening your backside. It has terrific all-over torso slimming, plus a thermal latex tummy panel that can reduce your midsection up to two dress sizes.

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  • The Ultimate Christmas Wish List

    Top shapewear and lingerie of the season

    5 Must-Have Garments of the Season

    These days there is so much phenomenal shapewear and lingerie to choose from. And even if you know what type of garment you want, which brand do you choose? Which features? Researching and making the right decisions might be a little stressful!

    You can relax when it comes to your Christmas wish list because we've got you covered (literally!). Our expert staff at Hourglass Angel know what you simply must have. While we go to great lengths to offer the best garments available site-wide, the styles below are some are our personal favorites right now. Check out these fabulous options for every type of fashionista.

    Here are our staff picks for your 2014 Christmas wishlist!

    1. Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    Simply put, this piece is a classic. From the black tie to the little black dress, so many foundations of fashion start with basic black. A corset is the original route to the hourglass waistline, and this garment will never disappoint. Whether you’re a tight-lacing pro or you just want something extra special to shape your figure for your form-fitting dresses, you'll find all the shaping power you need with steel boning construction and lace-up back.

    2. Cincher by Amia

    Say hello to one of our most popular, highest rated items. With this cincher you can have a flat tummy and a slim and smooth midsection whenever you want. It's the ultimate everyday shaper. This piece provides powerful shaping and control yet remains flexible with its unique FlexiBoning and PowerLatex construction. And if you're curious about waist training, there's no better way to start than with this must-have garment.

    3. Ribbons and Bows Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

    Flirty, fun and feminine: what's not to love about this gorgeous little lingerie set? An overbust design in the corset construction gives you that very nice lift in the bust, and the ribbons and bows just invite admiration. It's more comfortable than a traditional corset, as it's constructed with flexible boning. This set works as an intimate lingerie piece but also works nicely as a costume foundation (you just might be inspired to throw a Burlesque New Year's party!).

    4. Satin and Sparkle Overbust Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

    If you couldn't tell, we love flirtatious lingerie! You will look hot and feel cool in this satiny-smooth corset. No need for a bra with the cleavage-boosting overbust design. The corset is soft-boned so it will create an hourglass shape without restricting your movements. And obviously, it sparkles. Great for a costume or anytime you want to step up your level of sexy in an intimate setting.

    5. Red Hot Romance Bustier and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

    This bustier will be as much a gift for your significant other as it is for you! It doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination, but it secretly tightens your midsection and enhances your curves. Add garters and a G-string, and you have a red hot look you'll love during those cold winter nights.

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  • 4 Fun Stocking Stuffers for Friends and Family

    Ladies' accessories: great for gifts

    Accessories Your Girlfriends will Love

    Are you browsing for the perfect shapewear for all of those holiday events coming up? There's hardly a better time of year to buy shapewear, but while you're at it, why not knock out some of your holiday shopping for the ladies in your life? Did you know we carry some amazing little accessories?

    Besides, who doesn't love to have a little fun when giving gifts to your girlfriends during the holidays? Whether you're searching for a clever Secret Santa gift at the office or you want to make your sister or mom smile on Christmas morning, we've got some fun little items that every woman can appreciate.

    1. Cranberry & Pomegranate Bee Pampered Spa Set by Burt’s Bees

    Do you have a friend with a taste for the luxurious things in life? Give her a little taste of a luxury spa in the comfort of her own home. This set makes a great gift and includes the following fantastic products: Cranberry & Pomegranate Body Butter, Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub. The scrub gently polishes skin with its deliciously aromatic formula, while the body butter naturally moisturizes for a silky and soft finish.

    2. Strap Ease

    If you've got a friend with an enviable bra size, she has probably told you that the downside is that her bra straps dig painfully into her shoulders by the end of the day. That extra weight, while lovely in the front, comes at a cost! If she complains about it a lot, take note. Surprise her with a little relief, with these simple little cushions for her shoulders.

    3. Snap-To-Bra Cami Original

    Plunging necklines can look flattering, but they're not always appropriate for every occasion, particularly professional or religious gatherings. If you've got a friend who likes to wear both a conservative and a sexy side when it comes to her neckline (depending on the occasion), give her this extraordinary little accessory. In a snap, all of her plunging tops can go either way. It attaches to almost any bra. This is especially convenient if she wants to look professional at work but a little sexier after hours, as it comes off in a second.

    4. Bra Extender by Fullness

    Do you have a friend or relative who has recently gone through a pregnancy or a significant change in her weight? She's probably told you how frustrated she is that none of her bras fit quite right anymore! These bra extenders are a lifesaver for anyone who is in a transitional weight. It can also be great for anyone who has a bra size that is hard to find in general! Simply attach one to the back of a bra and instantly have a new band size.

    Those are just a few ideas for the ladies in your life during the holidays. Check out more accessories like beauty products and convenience items here.

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