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    Getting in Shape & Staying in Shape

    5 Ways Shapewear Helps Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

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    You already know that quality shapewear can make you look great, as it discreetly shapes your figure to look like an hourglass. But did you know that certain shapers can contribute to an all-around healthier lifestyle?

    In fact, shapewear encourages a healthy lifestyle and promotes weight loss in five key ways! If you’re trying to eat better and get more active – while ensuring you look great at the same time – be sure to include shapewear in your routine. Here’s why:

    1. Shapewear discourages overeating

    You’ll notice that when you’re wearing a garment that provides firm compression around your midsection, your stomach can’t expand as much. And that means you’ll eat less. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be hungry, but it does mean that you can have a stronger handle on compulsion eating, which is key for healthy weight loss. You’ll be more likely to simply eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re full. This is an essential component to long-term weight loss and lifestyle change.

    2. Shapewear motivates you

    One of the great benefits of compression technology is that it produces noticeable results instantly! If you’re using a midsection shaper, you’ll quickly notice a reduction in inches. Nothing motivates to keep you going like real results.

    3. Shapewear boosts your confidence

    Even if you haven’t met your fitness goals yet, shapewear helps your clothes fit better, so that you look great no matter what your current size is. Feeling positive about your self-image is key to sticking with your lifestyle changes. With the ongoing confidence boost that shapewear provides, you’ll want to stay on track and see your goals to the end.

    4. Shapewear paves the way to permanent change

    If you’re serious about transforming your lifestyle habits, lasting change takes a lot of time and patience. Shapewear helps you enhance whatever progress you’ve made, whether you’ve got one more size you want to drop or four. You might want to be in a size 6 someday, but in the meantime you can still look fabulous in a size 8, size 14 or higher.

    5. Shapewear helps you measure your progress

    Speaking of sizes, did you know that shapewear helps you drop a size or two instantly? So go ahead and buy those smaller size clothes. You’ll enjoy fitting into them more naturally as you progress with your fitness plan. And if you’re wearing your shaper on a regular basis, your weight loss will be even more obvious to you. Those “Wow!” moments are super motivating!

    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, Shapewear Facts and Tips

      Transform Yourself. Motivate Others

      Inspire Other Women with Your Shapewear Success

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      Do you absolutely love what high-quality shapewear does to your body image? If you’re like most women, you could probably rave about the instant boost in self-confidence you experience when you look at yourself in the mirror. You feel sexy and feminine from every angle, with every movement.

      Once you figure out the ways you can shape up your silhouette, it’s hard to imagine dressing without your favorite shapers! And sometimes it’s hard not to share about your little secret with your best friends. After all, doesn’t it feel great to help them out – so they can feel the way you feel?

      Pay It Forward

      Imagine sharing your shapewear success not just with your best friends, but with many women. Just like you, they might need a little midsection support, a little boost in the chest, or a little control in the thighs. Wouldn’t you feel great knowing that your transformation could help motivate other women to transform themselves too?

      Now is your chance! The world wants to see your success!

      -        For the month of July, we’re inviting you to motivate and inspire other women with your incredible before and after photos.

      -        All you have to do is send photos of your transformation: your silhouette before shapewear and after.

      -        We may share your inspiring images through our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.

      We can’t wait to see the way shapewear is transforming the way women look and feel!

      How To Get Involved

      Simply email your before and after photos to transformation@hourglassangel.com. Don’t be shy! We’re looking for submissions from lovely women of every size and background. We know you’ve got the curves; now flaunt them!

      Bonus: Win Free Shapewear!

      Just for participating, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free shaping garment from Hourglass Angel. We’ll draw five winners at random on August 5, 2014.

      So what are you waiting for? Share your transformation with the world and inspire others to achieve their own!

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      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories, Supporting our Community

        Target Your Problem Areas

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        Finding Shapers Designed Just for Your Body

        Every woman is beautifully different. You have diverse shaping needs, which is why you have hundreds of options in shapewear to choose from!

        Here are some tips to help you find the ideal shaper depending on your goals and trouble areas.

        Midsection

        The options for trimming your waistline are almost endless. For a basic start, try a cincher that provides compression all the way around your torso and a smooth silhouette between the bustline and hips. You can also try one of our many selections of waist-training garments that are designed for sustained slimming with regular use. Body shapers and corsets also effectively flatten your tummy and slim off inches. For more casual control, try shaping camis or high-waisted shaping pants and leggings.

        Shop: Midsection Shapers

        Back

        You don’t have to worry about a pesky muffin top or any other embarrassing bulges on your back with the right smoothing shapewear. Try a bodysuit, corset or cincher with a high back so you can look smooth all the way around your torso. If you’re choosing a below-the-bust or open bust shaper, make sure the back goes over your bra line for completely smooth coverage.

        Shop: Back Shapers

        Hips and Thighs

        Curvy hips are something you should flaunt confidently with the right smoothing and control. Try a bodysuit that extends to the thighs. You can also try compression panties, shorts or pants/tights. For dressing up, a shaping slip can do just the trick! We also have a variety of anti-cellulite garments that use compression technology to visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

        Shop: Hip and Thigh Shapers

        Rear

        Need a boost in the rear? Try a variety of butt-lifting products including jeans, shorts and panties with extra support and padding for that round and lifted look. Many of our bodysuits also have rear-enhancing features that will provide your natural curves with a lift. If you want to decrease the attention to your rear, choose a garment with full coverage compression around your rear.

        Shop: Rear Shapers

        Legs

        Compression pants come in a variety of lengths so you’ll enjoy long and sexy legs. Choose from garments that go to mid-thigh, knee, calf, or ankle. Anti-cellulite shorts and pants can also do wonders. Finally, have your tried working out in compression pants? It’s a great way to provide your muscles and skin with some extra toning.

        Shop: Leg Shapers

        Arms

        Yes, we have solutions for arms too! Try a bodysuit with arm coverage, or shaping sleeves or bands. We also carry anti-cellulite and body-firming products.

        Shop: Arm Shapers

        Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

          Five Incredible Facts About Midsection Shapers

          Compression Goes Beyond Just Helping You Look Great

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          Do you enjoy the benefits of wearing midsection shapers or are thinking about getting one? Midsection shapers are known to make you look even more stunning for a big event or help you lose a couple of inches from your waist. But did you know that compression technology does more than make your dress fit better?

          The various definitions for midsection shapers can be confusing, so here are a few terms sorted out. Fajas and cinchers are waist-slimming bands with various levels of compression; they sit below the bust and certain designs may have shoulder straps. Girdles, while very similar, are generally longer than cinchers and provide shaping from your bust to your hips. Waist-trainer garments are designed to be worn regularly to sustain loss in the waistline.

          Midsection Shaper Benefits

          1. Improved Posture

          One instant benefit you’ll notice any time you’re wearing a midsection shaper is that you’ll automatically be sitting and standing straighter. Not only will you look more poised, but you’ll alleviate back pain by stabilizing weak muscles in the lower back and abdomen. A shaper can be a life-changing garment if you experience a lot of pain in your occupation – particularly if you do a lot of static sitting or standing.

          2. Semi-Permanent Reshaping

          Many women don’t know that some shapers have the power to reshape their figures over time. With regular use in as little as 30 days, regular wearers have reported sustained losses of one to four inches in their waistlines!

          3. Abdominal Strengthening

          Midsection shapers give your abs a little workout all day long. Firm compression engages your core and helps you strengthen your abdominal muscles. This muscle building also contributes to benefits 1 and 2 listed above. This can be a huge benefit if you’re in postpartum recovery!

          4. Fat Mobilization

          Many compression shapers are designs with thermal panels that increase the flow of heat in your midsection. Boosting thermal activity in your core increases blood flow and helps eliminate toxins – which with regular use means less amassed fat.

          5. Mental and Emotional Boost

          Compression around the midsection feels like a constant hug and may provide the emotional benefit of decreased generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression. This is called deep pressure therapy. Women who wear shapers and experience the physical benefits like better posture also enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem.

          As you browse all of your midsection shaper options, consider all the surprising ways that you could benefit!

           

          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Shapewear Facts and Tips

            How to Look a Size Smaller in an Instant

            Using Firm Compression to Drop Several Inches from Your Waist

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            Sometimes we all need a little help looking our best, whether dressing up in a formal gown for the big event or dressing sharp for that big presentation. If you need a dramatic effect around your waistline, firm control shapewear is the surefire way to get that hourglass figure in an instant.

            Not only will firm compression garments provide immediate results as foundation pieces, but with regular use they can target your weight loss! Firm compression stimulates thermal activity and perspiration, which is an effective way to mobilize the fat and toxins that are hanging around your midsection.

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            There are several approaches to slenderizing your silhouette with maximum control. The most basic option is to use a band or cincher, which wraps around your waist beneath your bust. The Shapeband by Squeem and the Almighty Cincher by AMIA are two customer favorites that have proven results. Wear them around your waist for eight to ten hours a day every day, and you may drop one to four inches from your waistline! These shapers are ideal following pregnancy and are effective for getting rid of the pesky “pooch!”

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            Another option is a vest style cincher like the Almighty Vest by AMIA and the SlimVest by Squeem. These foundations pieces effectively provide instant slimming while contributing to long-term weight loss through compression. They utilize shoulder straps for extra support and control through the bust.

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            For a full-body makeover, try a firm compression shaper with extended coverage such as the Love Your Body Slimming Shaper by Leonisa and the Ann Cherry High Compression Bodysuit. You’ll get that effectively slimming firm compression in your waist as well as around your hips, butt and thighs.

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            And of course, you can’t beat the classic look and effectiveness of a corset as a foundation piece. We have a wide selection of these sexy shapers, including practical pieces like the Vedette Valerie Firm Compression Girdle, as well as a sexy look like the Slimming Waist Cincher with Latex by Leonisa.

            So whether you’re trying to lose weight or you need a dramatic instant fix for your figure, we have the perfect firm compression shaper for your needs. Browse our maximum control selection or talk to a representative for more information.

            Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

              Shapewear for the Expectant Mom

              Maternity Shaping Options for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy

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              Relieving Discomfort and Looking Fabulous in Through Pregnancy

              Congratulations, mom-to-be! Whether this is your first pregnancy or a later one, you’re undoubtedly full of a range of emotions as you anticipate the growth of your belly and your family.

              One of the fun parts of pregnancy is deciding what you’re going to wear! Just because you’re going to be much rounder in the coming months doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable and sexy, while staying comfortable.

              Before you go on a maternity shopping spree, consider that a huge factor in looking and feeling great during pregnancy is what you’re wearing underneath your maternity outerwear. Maternity shapewear and support garments are designed for maximum comfort and help your growing body look smooth and attractive. They can even do wonders relieving common aches and pains you may experience during the later months.

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              Maternity Bras: Giving the Ladies a Lift

              One of the first things you may notice within days of discovering you’re pregnant is tenderness and swelling in your breasts. Supportive maternity bras are an investment worth making early in the pregnancy because your breasts are only going to get larger and heavier. In fact, they’re a major contributor to back and shoulder pain if you wear the wrong bra.

              Good maternity bras have wide, comfortable straps and full, supportive cups. Whether or not you should use bras with underwires is a personal preference. If your breasts are particularly tender, you may want to do without them.

              TCompression Tops: Supported and Smooth Torso

              Camis can be your best friend when you’re layering your outfits during pregnancy. A quality top provides enough compression to give your bust and your belly a lift and smooth your bump, without sacrificing comfort. If a top is long enough, you may even be able to pull it over your unbuttoned non-maternity pants and provide shaping and support for your hips.

              Compression tops are also a must-have during the postpartum period. They’ll pull in all of the stretched out areas of your belly and provide light abdominal support while you heal and regain your pre-pregnancy shape. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll love wearing compression nursing tops around the clock!

              SSupport Bands and Belts: For Support and Relief

              As your belly grows, you’ll discover just how taxing a tiny baby can be on your body. Stretching ligaments and extra weight can cause a variety of aches and discomforts, including low and middle back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, varicose veins and swelling in your legs.

              Support bands and belts can provide instant relief to some of these common conditions, particularly if you’re on your feet a lot. These garments come in a wide range of designs and strengths. Strong support belts effectively redistribute the weight of your belly to lessen whatever strains you’re experiencing. Some bellybands function fashionably, enabling you to wear your unbuttoned non-maternity pants under them.

              After pregnancy you might also benefit from a postpartum belt or cincher to help you regain a slender shape as your body heals.

              BCompression Bottoms: Additional Support Down Below

              Depending on the season and how much extra support you want, you may benefit from maternity compression panties or stockings. Most provide the same benefits as abdominal bands but go a step further with support around your pelvic area and thighs. Stockings will also provide instant relief for swelling and varicose veins in your lower extremities.

              Like much maternity shapewear, compression bottoms additionally work well in the postpartum period, improving your circulation and providing support as your body regains its shape.

               

               

              Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear, Maternity

                It IS Possible To Regain Your Waistline after Pregnancy!

                Mom Bloggers Share Personal Success with AMIA’s Almighty Cincher.

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                Are you among the ranks of moms who experience endless frustration trying to regain their pre-pregnancy bellies? Whether your child is six months or six years old and beyond, regaining your figure and your self-confidence after childbirth can be downright difficult.

                Diet and exercise are essential, but sometimes you need a little boost. These mom bloggers tried on The Almighty Cincher by AMIA and experienced incredible results! Here are their stories:

                Manhattan mom Bryce from The Luxury Spot writes in “New Mom Essential for Every Stage” lists the Almighty Cincher as an essential item for new moms:

                “Consider it a mommy corset that you wear around the house, while grocery shopping, breast feeding, whatever… It requires no real effort, and doctors have long suggested corseting to help train the uterus to more rapidly return to its upright and original position (with its tray table also stowed).”
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                Sunny from Vegan Beauty Review shares her personal success in “The Corset Diet: Does it Work?”:

                “OK, this is the part where I tell you how utterly smitten I am with the Cincher. As soon as I put it on, I looked MAD FOIN – seriously, I looked teeny tiny, and every piece of clothing I tried on while wearing it looked super flattering. It gave me a delicious hourglass shape, like va va voom to the max!”
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                Ilaria from AKAMom writes about every mom’s battle in “The Return of the Waistline!”

                “Luckily, finding a corset that works for you doesn’t have to feel like rocket science. With a mission to promote self-esteem and a positive body image, HourglassAngel.com not only sells corsets and cinchers that are quality, they also help sustain weight loss, improve posture, and boost overall confidence.”
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                Thanks to these moms for sharing their success with others! Have you tried a cincher like The Almighty Cincher by Amia after pregnancy? Let us (and other moms) know in the comments how it helped you regain your pre-pregnancy silhouette.

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                  Finding the Right Shapewear After Your Cosmetic Surgery

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                  Bikini season is around the corner, ladies. If you take the opportunity during the colder months to surgically fix up your midsection or backside, you’re going to need some compression shapewear to help your body heal and look its best.

                  Don’t just grab any type of shapewear. You’ll find that many pieces on the market are designed for “stage one” and “stage two” after surgery. You will need both for the duration of your recovery.

                  Initially after a cosmetic surgery like a liposuction, tummy tuck or buttocks lift, you’ll experience swelling and drainage, depending on the type of surgery done. During those tender first days post-op, a stage one compression garment will help your body drain the fluids that collect beneath your skin. This is important because it minimizes bruising and the chances of infection. Compression flushing will also reduce swelling as your tissues heal, reducing the amount of pain you feel and leading to a shorter recovery period. Stage one garments are different from stage two because they provide gentle pressure and are sized slightly larger.

                  Stage-1

                  For stage one, we recommend the First Stage Marena Suit with Suspenders and No Leg by Comfortwear FBA. This comfortable garment provides the gentle compression you’ll need to recover immediately after surgery. It zips on and off easily and has a hook-and-eye closure gusset for bathroom convenience. Constructed from F5 certified (high quality compression) fabric, its durability will last through the duration of your early recovery.

                  Once most of your post-op swelling has reduced, you can switch to a stage two compression garment. The stronger compression and tighter fit will contour and shape your body, helping your tissues to adhere properly in their new positions. As scar tissue forms, particularly following a liposuction, ongoing compression will help subcutaneous tunnels stay collapsed – maintaining a smooth contour on the surface of your skin.

                  Stage-2

                  For stage two, we recommend our best-selling Contour Shaper by Leonisa. This comfortable shaper provides moderate control from under your bust to your hips. Since you’ll be returning to your normal lifestyle during this phase of your recovery, this garment goes on and off easily, is breathable, and provides smoothing and control in all the right places.

                  Ask your doctor about any compression specifications you’ll need following your cosmetic procedure. After surgery and using the right shapewear, you’ll feel more confident than ever in your own skin.

                   

                  Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Health, How To Wear

                    Squeem Review: The Squeem Compression Panty Shaper Delivers on its Promises

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                    A few months ago, I began to think about my New Year’s resolution and how I would go about achieving my goals. I have never kept a resolution – so this year I started planning early and thought of practical and realistic methods to achieve what I want. Right around that time, I invested in my first shaper. My New Year’s resolutions include changing my eating habits, develop a fun and productive exercise regimen, and simply feel better!

                    I stand at 5’3”,weigh 135 pounds, and consider my trouble area to be around my belly. I decided to incorporate an abdominal shaper into my plan simply because it provides instant results. Select shapers contribute to long-term weight loss results, and the only reason I didn’t have one yet was due to a ridiculous notion that it is for older women.

                    I selected a best-selling garment from Hourglass Angel, the Squeem Compression Panty Shaper. This is a maximum compression shaper infused with latex, and the inside is lined with cotton so it makes the shaper very comfortable. It’s a step-through garment that I will say is difficult to get on the first time, and can even leave you feeling that you ordered a size too small a size. That feeling goes away quickly as you become accustomed to the compression.

                    The Compression Panty Shaper really feels comfortable and fitted while you’re actually wearing it, snug like a glove. My first day of ever wearing a shaper was Thanksgiving Day while I ate a large meal with family. Best or worst day to try it? I cannot complain, I must say it did not interfere with my indulgences, but did help me control the amount that I ate. The compression of the garment helped me in that it left me feeling full once I had ate a sufficient amount.

                    The Compression Panty Shaper by Squeem was designed with adjustable and removable straps for extra support, and the whole thing stays in place no matter what I did in it (cooking, working, cleaning, shopping, dancing, walking the dog, and everything else). The underbust design gently pushes up the bottom of my bra and gives me the lift of wearing a pointed bra without the pointy shape. Otherwise, it is completely invisible under clothes so the shaper is my little secret. I look naturally leaner and toner!

                    Simply put, Squeem delivers on its promises! I wore the Compression Panty Shaper as instructed, about 8-10 hours a day and my waist has reduced by 1.75 inches. This is due to garment increasing your thermal activity that helps you burn off extra calories. I did not feel hot or sweaty what so ever, which was a concern of mine. The Compression Panty Shaper pulls in the waist and flattens the tummy, which helped me keep my abdomen engaged all day working my core muscles. It also corrected my posture, which is not only for appearances, but relieves back pain. I feel stronger and more confident, and it shows!

                    I feel confident about my resolutions this time because I have already invested in a helping hand to get me where I want. – M. James

                    Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                      Are you a cincher or a vest-er? Tips on the right midsection shaper for you

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                      HourGlass Angel sells a large variety of shapewear and so many options can make it all confusing. What is the difference between these products, and which is best for you? If you’re looking for a slimmer waist and tighter tummy with posture support, try a cincher or vest (especially if you’re a postpartum mommy looking for extra support for a changing body).

                      For women with long or short torsos, you should stick with a cincher. Although vests come with adjustable straps, most are unable to accommodate atypical torso sizes and can end up riding up and shifting. Cinchers are typically the more versatile choice. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA slims the tummy and waist while lifting the chest with its underbust design. Its FlexiBoning supports your back, improves posture, and elongates the torso. The Almighty Cincher by AMIA provides long-term results with customers reporting a one to four-inch waist reduction after wearing the shaper eight hours per day for 30 days.

                      Vests can also provide instant slimming while delivering long-term results. Shaping vests provide extra support via its straps and gives your bust an extra lift. In addition to smoothing out any back or underarm bulges created by a bra, vests can prevent rolling or sliding. Vests are also a wonderful tool in supporting a large and back for the ultimate relief during a long day. However, vests cannot be worn with strapless or thin-strapped tops like the cincher.

                      The Almighty Vest by AMIA uses PoweLatex and FlexiBoning to sculpt inches from your midsection by increasing thermal activity in your core. This also supports long-term results, as customers have reported dropping up to four inches from their waists after a month of wearing as instructed. The Almighty Vest has extra fabric at the armholes to prevent any spillage or bulge from the bra.

                       

                      Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, How To Wear, Shapewear Facts and Tips

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