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    Hollywood Shapewear Secrets Revealed

    Celebrities Who Have Come Clean About Shapewear

    Do you ever wonder what celebrities’ secrets are when they seem to defy nature and gravity on the red carpet? Celebrities are just as human as the rest of us, complete with bumps and dimples. You may be surprised to learn that celebrities regularly rely on shapewear, whether they’re on the red carpet, filming or going on a family vacation! Here are a few notable celebrities who have come clean about their shapewear.

    Oprah Winfrey

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    Oprah has admitted she loves shapewear panties so much she wears them every day. In fact, she’s given up regular panties altogether!

    Jennifer Lawrence

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    At the premier of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, this star wasn’t shy about showing off a bodysuit under her stunning gown! She openly embraces the fashion magic that shapewear provides.

    Gwyneth Paltrow

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    She’s already incredibly slender, but Gwyneth Paltrow has openly talked about how she loves how shapewear can “squeeze you in.” 

    Jennifer Garner

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    In a word, Jennifer Garner simply calls it “Bra-lellujah.” See what she says

    Tyra Banks

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    Surprised that even a supermodel uses shapewear? Don’t be! Tyra says, “You put ‘em on, it sucks you up, baby. No matter what red carpet, I got ‘em on. I look like a granny before I put the dress on, but I put on the dress, and it’s like, ‘palow!”

    Posted in Inspiring Stories

      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!

      See Official Rules

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

        31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge Results

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        Congratulations to Jasmine @cupinjer, winner of the 31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge! This lucky lady gets to enjoy over $500 in fabulous AMIA shapewear! Check out her inspiring images of success on Instagram, as well as submissions from many other women of greatness.

        Did you take the challenge? What an inspiring month! Everyday women answered the question through images: what shapes your success? We enjoyed seeing what gets you up in the morning, who your cheerleaders are, what gets you through the workday and what motivates you to be women of greatness.

        Thank you to everyone who participated, for sharing your inspiration with others. We had 781 submissions — it was a rousing success!

        We’re also thrilled to announce that because of your Instagram submissions, Hourglass Angel will be donating $781 to the Women’s Alliance! These funds provide disadvantaged women and their families with tools, education, and support they need to attain economic self-sufficiency through employment.

        We hope that you’ll continue to follow @hourglass_angel on Instagram and keep the inspiration coming, all year long!

        Posted in Inspiring Stories, Supporting our Community

          It IS Possible To Regain Your Waistline after Pregnancy!

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

          05.16.2014-Blog-Design

          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).”
          Read the full article

          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!”
          Read the full article

          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.”
          Read the full article

          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.

          Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories, Press

            What Hourglass Angel Customers Really Think

            Shaping Success Stories from Real Women

            05.07.2014

            Happy Customer Appreciation Week here at Hourglass Angel! We love helping women look incredible and feel confident about their self-images. That’s why we are absolutely thrilled any time one of our customers shares a success story with us.

            Each woman has her own unique story. Here are some of our favorite comments from ladies who came to Hourglass Angel for their body shaping needs.

            This cincher really WORKS. It holds up over time and stays in place right where it belongs. I will be ordering again!” -Amy N., Ann Chery Workout Band 2026

            I get the most compliments when wearing these jeans, and best part is…they’re comfortable!!! Just ordered my second pair by Xexy. I followed what most comments have said about ordering a size up and they fit perfectly.” –Leah, On Powder Puff Butt Enhancing Jeans by Xexy 9001

            “I love this product! It’s perfect for helping to lose weight.” -JeTwauwn G., Shapeband 26C

            “I purchase the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset and absolutely LOVE it. I wear it every day for 8-10 hours and I have experienced amazing results after only a couple weeks. I also exercise daily…nothing extreme… just walking and sit-ups. I’m a satisfied customer!” -Patricia Y., Black Cashmere Underbust Corset W-03

            Excited for my summer body! I Love it and it’s working wonder’s for me.” -Towana P., Slimvest by Squeem 26J

            “Great Investment! My vest is a major reason that I can see results with my weight loss!” -Yalawa Q., Slimvest by Squeem 26J

            “This is the second shapeband that I bought and I love it. They really do what they say I wore it eight hours a day and I went from an XL to a medium. They are made from quality material and very sturdy. I LOVE IT!” -Jackie M., Shapeband by Squeem 26C

            “This thing is wonderful! I wear it all the time with the exception of showers. It’s only been a few days and I swear my skin is tighter. I have lost 57 pounds and still have a lot to lose. I turned 40 this year, and my skin is not snapping back, so I made this purchase with the hopes of preventing loose skin. I wish I could buy one for my chin!” – Michelle M., Tummy Tightener by Delfin Spa DS-TUMMY

            ” I Absolutely love my cincher!!!!!! I have lost so many inches in two weeks. It’s time to get a smaller size. Thank You–Azure P., Almighty Cincher by AMIA

            “I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this shaper. It has instantly made me look 10 pounds smaller, I am in love with it and I never take it off.” -Shamorea W., Shapeband by Squeem 26C

            We hope you’ll have a success story too! Talk to one of our representatives to determine your needs and find the perfect shaper for any occasion. And, be sure to submit your review, so other women can benefit from your feedback as well!

            Posted in Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

              Ahead of the Curves: New York Fashion Week runway debuts shapewear

              02.14.2014-Design

              This year’s New York Fashion Week kicked off with Spanx taking over the runway. Models strutted their shapers up and down the runway, showing off boy shorts, Wonderbras, and other shapewear. Some fashion and news sites have shown shock that traditional models were chosen to market shapewear, but this event goes to show that shapewear is for anyone regardless of body type. Movie stars love their shapers, and now so does the couture scene.

              This comes as a surprise to some, but shapewear has been an important part of a polished look for a long time. Shapers can be used to provide a tuck and lift, but can also be used to create a smooth, fresh canvas for clothes. It’s like applying primer to your face before applying makeup. Shapewear was the best kept secret in Hollywood and among the fashion elite, but not any more. Designers, actors, celebrities, musicians, models, and fashionistas alike are publicly recognizing that shapewear makes an outfit pop, and has its own place in fashion.

              Lingerie and intimate lines have long had a presence in the fashion world and now shapewear is boldly joining them on the runway. Hourglass Angel was ahead of the curve, selling beautiful shapewear for every body and lifestyle for years. Shop our extensive inventory of elegant and comfortable thigh, waist, butt, leg, and tummy shapers – from the runway to your home, before they were even on the runway!

              Shop featured styles;
              Top left Supreme Thong Shaper by AMIA
              Top right Diva Corselette by AMIA
              Bottom left Marylou Shortie by Yummie by Heather Thomson YT2-027
              Bottom right Almighty Vest by AMIA

               

              Posted in Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips, What's New

                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

                  The Brand New You! Show Us Your Before and After Shapewear Silhouettes.

                  10.07.2013

                  Confident. Cool. Smooth. There’s nothing like the boost you get when you put on your favorite piece of shapewear. Your clothes fit better and you feel better. You stand a little taller. You know for sure that you look your very best. That experience is the reason we started Hourglass Angel.

                  Every day customers tell us how great they feel in our shapewear. Now we want you to SHOW US! Grab a camera and you favorite piece of shapewear. Show us your before and after looks. We want a peek at the confidence that you take with you when you wear your favorite garment. Submit your pictures to info@hourglassangel.com. We’ll choose one VERY lucky winner to receive a surprise gift and feature your beautiful figure in our social media.

                  We can’t wait to see the brand new you. So snap a pic and you could win a prize!

                   

                  Posted in Diet and Weight Loss, Inspiring Stories

                    The Top 11 Shapers To Make His Eyes Pop

                    Why do you love your shaper? Of course we all love the way we feel with the curve creating power of a great piece of shapewear. But the beauty of shapewear is also in the eye of the beholder. If you’re trying to create an eye-popping shape for the apple of your eye, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list! Here are the Top 11 Shapers To Make His Eyes Pop!

                    11. Compression Thong Shaper by Squeem

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                    Ready to slip into something slinky, but concerned that your panty bottom shaper might make a surprise appearance? Capture his eye and his heart in anything you dare to wear, while creating a beautiful hourglass waist with this piece. The Compression Thong Shaper, combines powerful midsection shaping with an invisible thong back so you can wear the sheerest fabrics without worry!

                     

                    10. All the Frills Corset and Thong Set by Hourglass Angel

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                    Corsets are the classic curve creators. If you love showing off the beautiful shape a corset creates, why not show of the corset itself? This is a flirty and feminine look that you’ll love sharing. This complete set shapes your figure and comes with a matching thong.

                     

                    9. Supreme Thong Shaper by AMIA

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                    Corsets are the classic curve creators. If you love showing off the beautiful shape a corset creates, why not show of the corset itself? This is a flirty and feminine look that you’ll love sharing. This complete set shapes your figure and comes with a matching thong.

                     

                    8. Brocade Styled Waist Cincher by Squeem

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                    This pretty pink piece brings a much desired touch of class and style to this powerful design. It’s pretty look resembles a lovely patterned tank top under your regular clothes. But don’t let that fool you! This cincher is one our most effective tools for sculpting your midsection into a curvy shape he won’t be able to stop staring at.

                    7. Demi Sexy Lace Waist Cincher with Garters by Vedette

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                    What man could resist the look of beautiful lingerie? But this is no ordinary garter set! This gorgeous piece with Valencian lace is a powerful waist shaping cincher, trimming and toning your midsection into the shape of both of your dreams. Pair it with your favorite thigh-highs and all eyes are on you!

                     

                    6. SlimVest by Squeem

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                    One of our most popular items, the SlimVest is easily among the most dramatically effective shapers in the marketplace today. This all-torso shaper radically reforms the midsection and back, completely renewing your shape and catching his eye!

                     

                    5. Dana Mid Thigh Buttock Enhancer with Front Closure by Vedette 507

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                    Don’t neglect your bottom when shaping your waist. The Dana Mid Thigh Buttock Enhancer With Front Closure insures that his eyes will be firmly planted on your beautiful, rounded bottom. Valencian lace detailing is a treat for the eyes as well!

                     

                    4. Second Skin Leather Corset by Eurotique

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                    You’ll look positively purr-fect in this underbust style corset, which looks as good as outerwear as it does when you wear it under your clothes. This is one of our sexiest and most versatile shapers. Whether you keep it behind closed doors or take it out on the town, you’ll both adore the look of this piece!

                     

                    3. Almighty Cincher by AMIA

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                    The name says it all when it comes to this mighty little piece. Trim inches from your midsection and sculpt your waist into a gorgeous curvy shape. The strapless design of this garment makes it ideal under your sexiest looks. One shoulder, strapless, plunging necklines? The Almighty Cincher will have you looking your most adorable!

                     

                    2. Caboost Padded Panty

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                    Make your curves go pow with this bottom boosting panty. This rear rounding piece creates a gorgeous apple bottom shape that goes perfect with jeans and skirts alike. Simply pull on the panty for a beautifully shaped bum!

                     

                    1. Diva Corselette by AMIA

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                    This lingerie look shaper is the ultimate in eye-catching. With its corset inspired front and lace detailing, you’d hardly expect it to be as effective as it is in creating a sexy shape. But don’t underestimate this boyshort bottom piece just because it’s pretty. Your curves (and his eyes) crave the sexy shape this corselette creates!

                     

                     

                    Posted in How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                      The Hourglass Within: Curves For Every Body Shape

                      A couple of posts on our Facebook page from this week sparked an interesting discussion. A study recently made the rounds in the press showing that there were far more shapes of women than often thought. Notably (and hysterically), broccoli and butternut squash were added to the list. It’s worth mentioning that we have always known that women come in sizes and shapes a lot more complicated than apple and pear. It’s also worth noting that no matter what shape of woman you are now, you contain within you the potential for an hourglass… your own special hourglass.

                      We wanted to share an example of this idea of the unique hourglass. Check out this image of Nicki Minaj. Nicki is a natural pear shape. Her bust and waist are proportionally small compared to her hips and bottom: the classic beautiful pear. However, her shapewear inspired bodysuit (and, we suspect, cincher) enhance her figure, while following the lead of her natural body type. And this brings home a point that is crucial when talking about shapewear. Nicki isn’t changing who she is in this image. She is amplifying it. You needn’t completely erase your natural shape (whatever that is) to highlight your hourglass curves. Whatever your shape is, there is a body shaper that is perfect to find your beautiful curves and show them off.

                      And that’s just what we’re here to do!

                      Posted in Celebrity Style, How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips Tagged , , ,

                        Our SHE-roes!

                        In March, Hourglass Angel proudly honors Women’s History Month. With our commitment to supporting and serving women everywhere, this is a special time for us. In celebration, we’d like to share a few of our favorite women with you. While they all come from different backgrounds and have very different sets of achievements, these women inspire us each day to be greater and that’s what this month is all about.

                        Michelle Obama: Raised on the south side of Chicago, first lady, Michelle Obama, has earned the admiration of women around the globe, in addition to, not because of her marriage to the President of the United States. A Princeton and Harvard alumni, Mrs. Obama was already a brilliant attorney, advocate and community organizer when she met Barack Obama. Never satisfied to stand idly next to her husband as built his political career, Mrs. Obama has been an ardent voice for poverty elimination around the globe, women’s rights and public health. She continues her political and community service to our nation with her healthy lifestyle programs and remains one of the most admired women on the globe.

                        Sara Blakely: This youngest female self-made billionaire and Forbes covergirl has her own vision and perseverance to thank for her incomprehensible success. Starting with one simple idea and a whole lot of elbow grease, this former Disneyland employee, turned her billion dollar idea into a brand that has found fans in women around the world. But Sara didn’t stop there. She continued her legacy as a maverick, retaining ownership of 100% of of the company. That risky move made her a billionaire several times over and one of the richest women in the world. Today she continues her work as a businessperson and philanthropist, encouraging women to follow their dreams by her example.

                        Maya Angelou: Dr. Angelou’s unforgettable reading at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton was a transformative moment for the public art in the United States. While that morning cemented her as a national treasure in the minds of many, her legacy far exceeds that special event. Memoirist, poet, speaker and activist, her work tackles such difficult subjects as race, class, family, gender and age with deftness and beauty. Her honors include a National Book Award nomination, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Tony Award nomination, three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the longest-running record on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List, service on two presidential committees, the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over thirty honorary degrees.

                        Aretha Franklin: The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has been called the Greatest Singer of All Time and the the ninth greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She has taken home a whopping 18 Grammys and two honorary Grammys. With a staggering 20 No.1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she boasts a grand total of 45 Top 40 hits. Between 1967 and 1982, she had earned more number one R+B albums than any other and was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1960’s, Franklin’s powerful voice became the sound of the burgeoning civil rights movement and she often joined Dr. Martin Luther King, singing at rallies. And of course, her 2009 performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama was an unforgettable moment for all who watched, as the Queen of Soul once again became the soundtrack to a pivotal moment in American history.

                        Posted in Health, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips, Supporting our Community Tagged , , , ,

                          Tyra Takes on Shapewear!

                          We really like this video from TypeF.com which gives Tyra Banks’ unique, funny and candid take on shapewear. If you’re like us, you might feel good knowing that even models like Tyra utilize shapewear to sculpt their bodies and get ready for big events. Check it out!
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                          Posted in Celebrity Style, How To Wear, Inspiring Stories

                            Swimsuit Issues: Curves and Swimwear

                            We recently came across this stunning pictorial, which features a plus size model in a swimsuit. The image was striking because of her beauty and the relative rarity of fashion images of curvy women in swimwear. With vacation season and summer coming quickly, we launched the swimwear section of Hourglass Angel, which caters to and celebrates women’s curves with a variety of flattering and fashionable styles. Our Miraclesuit collection is a highlight of the store that you absolutely must check out. You’ll also find accessory solutions such as the Boobles! Foam Bathing Suit Push Up Pads by Bubbles Bodywear here.

                            We created the swim section of Hourglass Angel for the same reason that we love this image. We believe women of all sizes deserve to feel beautiful in any kind of garment they choose to wear… that includes swimsuits.

                            We look forward to helping you enjoy some fun in the sun while your beautiful curves make a splash this swimsuit season!

                             

                            Posted in Health, How To Wear, Inspiring Stories Tagged , , , , , ,

                              Shape-Shifters: Adele’s Cinched Look

                              Adele shows that her curves are as powerful as her voice in this stunning Vogue pictorial. The cinched waist look is a winner for women of all shapes and sizes, highlighting the hourglass shape in dramatic fashion. If you’d like to try Adele’s look, consider investing in a genuine heirloom quality corset such as the Black Cashmere Underbust Corset. You can layer it with a dress or fitted shirt and showcase your stunning silhouette!

                              Posted in Celebrity Style, How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips Tagged , , ,

                                Dress to Thrill: Alicia Keys

                                Optical illusion dresses are a huge trend in spring fashion collections everywhere. These garments utilize a darker contrasting color at the sides of the dress to create a slimming look rather than slimming by compression or some other means. The dress Ms. Keys is wearing in the picture is a great example of this style, with its black border coming in at the waistline and creating an hourglass shape for the eye. We think she looks chic and slim.

                                What do you think about this trend?

                                Posted in Celebrity Style, How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, What's New Tagged , , , ,

                                  Supporting Our Community: Windy City YouthBuild

                                  At Hourglass Angel, we believe that customer service means community service. That’s why we are proud to offer our financial support to Windy City YouthBuild. This program provides GED preparedness classes and training in all forms of construction. This organization’s mission is ultimately to improve the long-term career prospects for parenting, court-involved, gang affiliated and generally disadvantaged young adults by increasing educational attainment and employment placement. The youth in this program not only have the opportunity to get hands on experience working on low-income housing, but are also certified through OSHA and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and earn a small stipend. This March, WCYB will celebrate their first graduation ceremony for the students, who would not otherwise be able to experience a high school graduation in the traditional sense. We are proud to support this tremendous milestone. If you would like to join us in supporting this amazing organization, you can contact a Windy City YouthBuild staff member at 773-542-9030 or check out their page at www.facebook.com/WindyCityYouthBuild to learn more!

                                  Posted in Inspiring Stories, Supporting our Community

                                    Enhancing History: Changing Beauty Ideals

                                    It’s no secret: We LOVE shapewear. As a company, as individuals, as women of all shapes and sizes, here at Hourglass Angel, from bustiers to booty enhancers, we adore it all! And we’re not alone, shapewear is an exploding trend in women’s apparel. But, naturally, with any rise in popularity, there must be a counterpoint. Some media outlets have called Octavia Spencer’s triple Spanx silhouette at the SAG Awards “extreme.” Others have questioned Molly Sims using special maternity shapewear. While critics may not share our enthusiasm for shaping and sculpting the bodies we live in, we thought we might provide a little perspective on the history of body modification and compare our passion for shapers to other enhancement techniques women have used.

                                    Consider, for example, the bound 4-inch “lotus foot,” idealized as the ultimate indicator of femininity in ancient China. This practice, which often crippled women, continued well into the 20th century, long enough that thousands of photographs exist of it. The binding process not only injured women with bound feet, it also hindered them from participating fully in social, political and educational life, making them second class citizens. Then, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the poison, belladonna was commonly used to dilate the eyes of women, creating a doe-like appearance, while often eventually leading to blindness. And, if you can believe it, Elizabethan women often slathered on lead-based makeup, which had a range of dangerous physical effects. And today, even with a battery of precautions, even the most commonplace cosmetic surgeries carry dozens of risks. When you put it all in perspective, it sort of makes you love shapewear even more, doesn’t it?

                                    Put simply, the desire to decorate, reshape and enhance the body is something that comes natural to humans. It’s a part of who we are. Just as we paint the walls of our homes and hang art on our walls, we celebrate, shape and sculpt the works of art that we live in. We love women and the huge numbers of shapes and sizes that they come in. We love the bodies that we have at this very moment. We believe that participating in beauty is a right for women of every size and age. We also believe that there are many kinds of beauty and we support women as they explore their own vision of it. There’s a difference between “fixing” a body and enhancing it. And of the thousands of ways that people have enhanced their appearances over the years, shapewear is not only one of the most flattering, it’s also one of the easiest and safest and that’s why we love it.

                                    Posted in Health, Inspiring Stories, Press, Supporting our Community

                                      More Than Skin Deep:

                                      Sponsoring Jessica Fang for Donald Trump’s Miss California 2012 Pageant

                                      Jessica Fang for Miss California 2012

                                      We recently received a request from an amazing young woman named Jessica Fang, asking that we sponsor her in Donald Trump’s Miss California 2012 Pageant, which runs January 6th through the 8th in Palm Springs. After reading Jessica’s intelligent, engaging request and spending just a few minutes reviewing her profile, we absolutely knew it was the right thing to do. Jessica is exceptionally bright, funny and committed to serving her community. In short, she is the kind of person we would want our daughters to grow up to be. We agreed to proudly and officially become her sponsor for the swimwear portion of the pageant, providing her with one of our favorite swim enhancers, a pair of Extras by Hollywood Fashion Tape. We are thrilled and honored to support Ms. Fang in her endeavors and urge our readers to support her too! To learn more about Jessica and follow her progress, visit her Facebook page at:

                                      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Fang-for-Miss-California/209635162402028

                                      Posted in Inspiring Stories, Press, Supporting our Community

                                        HourGlass Angel Receives 2011 Best of Riverside Award

                                        We’re thrilled to announce that we have been selected for the 2011 Best of Riverside Award in the Lingerie category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. As these are values that Hourglass Angel considers essential, we are thrilled to have been selected by the USCA. We are grateful to everyone that has supported us as we’ve grown over the last few years. We look forward to serving our community and clients in years to come.

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                                          The Gratitude Attitude: a Season of Thanks for Our Bodies

                                          Thanksgiving has evolved from a celebration of thanks made by early American settlers, to a broader celebration of abundance, made in many countries around the world on many different days. Regardless of its origins, we now cherish this holiday as a time to feel grateful for the many gifts we have received in our lives.

                                          But one of our most overlooked gifts we receive as women is the gift we live in: our bodies. A recent study showed that women have an average of 13 negative thoughts about their bodies per day. That’s about one devastating self-criticism per waking hour. Would you like to spend time with someone that spoke to you the way we women often speak to ourselves? Probably not. And so, as we enter a season that is centered around gratitude, it seems that, when it comes to this body that carries us throughout our lives—gives us children, dances, sings, provides for our loved ones—women are often the opposite of grateful.

                                          At Hourglass Angel, we wear, love and work with shapewear and intimates because we like how they make us feel. We often talk about the way that the right undergarments, whether that’s a shaper or a sexy bra, have a confidence boosting effect. That’s one way to express what those items do for us. But, with respect to the lack of respect and thanks we give our bodies, perhaps we are overlooking an even more important service that fine foundational garments do for us. When we choose undergarments and apparel that make us feel good, we are affirming and giving thanks for the body itself. And it seems that thanks is needed now more than ever.

                                          Every moment that we can transform a critical thought about our bodies into a thought that is filled with gratitude is in itself something to be grateful for. An act as small as dressing in something that celebrates and expresses gratitude for these amazing curves—of every shape and size—that we were born into, is a move in the right direction.

                                          So, as Thanksgiving approaches, bringing with it the additional pressures of the holiday season, we at Hourglass Angel are committing to use this time to give thanks, not just for the blessings of home, work and family, but especially for the body that allows us to enjoy all the other blessings…just as it is.

                                          Posted in Health, Inspiring Stories

                                            A Month for the Cure: Join the Movement

                                            Ready to Run

                                            Many of you may already know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bright pink lights dot our Chicago skyline to raise awareness about breast cancer.  Here at Hourglass Angel we are proud to participate in Chicagoland’s 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

                                            That’s right! Yours truly huffed, puffed and hugged our way through the 5 kilometer course along with thousands of survivors and supporters. The distance was daunting, but we were encouraged by the brave women that stepped forward in the survivor’s parade to share their stories. It was a difficult run -admittedly harder for some than others- but we all made it to the finish line. Completing this race is something we are so proud of.  Participation was our distinct honor and we were lifted by the experiences of the survivors we saw and survivors that we have had the pleasure of serving here at Hourglass Angel.

                                            Women of all ethnic, geographic and social backgrounds are affected by breast cancer, it knows no boundaries. Breast cancer is the leading cause of deaths in women and takes the lives of over 500,000 people worldwide every year. Whether we become survivors, know survivors or lose someone to breast cancer, this disease will probably become a part of all of our lives, if it hasn’t already. As a company comprised largely of women and proud to serve women, we could not ignore any opportunity to fight breast cancer.

                                            There are so many ways to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. Contact your local Susan G. Komen organization or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Whatever you do, JOIN US! Get educated. Get involved. Together we can cure breast cancer forever.

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

                                              Modern Shapewear for Modern Times

                                              The Classic “Hourglass Figure”…

                                              …is the envy of women around the world. For years, women have used girdles, corsets, and other undergarments to produce a curvier and more attractive silhouette. These shapewear products can immediately slenderize a woman’s waist through firm compression and will also create a smaller waist size over time through perspiration.

                                              Thanks to evolving technology in the field of shapewear, body shapers and waist cinchers, Hourglass Angel is proud to announce a more powerfully slimming and enhancing product line. Whether you are interested in shrinking your waistline, increasing your bust, or lifting your butt, we have a full array of shapewear and body shapers to help you achieve the look you desire, and many of our products offer all those benefits and more in one piece.

                                              Another benefit to shapewear? Many of our shapewear products improve posture, which helps decrease back and shoulder pain. We have shapewear to assist both men and women to improve not only their appearance, but also their overall health, through correcting poor sitting habits and creating an overall awareness of how the body should stand, sit, and move. Our customers often rave about Hourglass Angel’s improvement to their health as well as their appearance.

                                              Many of our body shapers products are also perfect under-garments for your formal attire, cocktail dress, bridal gown, and other items in your wardrobe that require careful consideration when choosing a bra, corset, or girdle. Let us help enhance your curves and slenderize your figure for both special events and everyday use.

                                              When your look has to be perfect, Hourglass Angel has the shapewear you need. Our products will make a statement without ever being seen! Best of all, you can count on Hourglass Angel’s designer shapewear to keep from binding, pinching, or bulging, wear after wear. Rest assured, Hourglass Angel will give you support, comfort, and a beautiful figure at the highest quality and a great price!

                                              Posted in Inspiring Stories, Shapewear Facts and Tips

                                                From Loose Fitting to Form Fitting

                                                body shaperThe National Organization for Women has recently stated that “Eighty percent of women are dissatisfied with their appearance, and a startling 49 percent of 3 to 6 year old girls worry about being fat. By the fourth grade, more than 80 percent of girls have tried a fad diet.”

                                                That’s insane!

                                                Of course, I am one of the countless women who struggle with their body image. I have struggled with it ever since I can remember myself. At a US size ten, and with a small waist and large hips and thighs, I don’t really fit into the extremely thin female “ideal”.

                                                During my twenties, I was into wearing large, shapeless clothes, especially on the bottom. I desperately wanted to hide the fact that I did not have slim thighs and long, lean legs, so I got into the habit of buying loose pants that were always a couple sizes too big.

                                                Then, last winter, I discovered shapewear, and everything changed. It was winter. A friend who has a body shape similar to mine had worn a beautiful sweater dress and knee-high boots. She looked amazing! Now, if you have a body shape like mine, you know that sweater dresses are a big no for us gals with a curvy bottom! They’re very unforgiving. But she looked fabulous, and when I complimented her, she smiled and said: “It’s Heidi.” I was confused. “Heidi?” “Yes, it’s my new body shaper!” she said. “It smooths out everything. Finally I can wear knits, sweater dresses, whatever I want to, without worrying about bulges!”

                                                Discovering shapewear was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. It’s freeing, you know? With the right shaper, I am free! Free to wear whatever I want without worrying about unsightly bulges, and without being self-conscious.

                                                My closet is now filled with form-fitting, beautiful clothes that are just the right size for me. I work out, I eat healthy foods, and I am happy and confident with my own size-ten, heavy-bottomed body shape.

                                                You know what? I am beautiful, just the way I am.

                                                Posted in How To Wear, Inspiring Stories, Supporting our Community Tagged

                                                  Michelle Obama: More Than A Style Icon

                                                  michelle obamaMichelle Obama is an amazing woman. We love her strength, her leadership, and the active role she is taking in making America healthier and saving our children from obesity. We think she’s a wonderful mother who obviously cares a lot about her daughters. No doubt, she’s a supportive wife!

                                                  Not Afraid To Wear An Off The Rack Dress

                                                  We also love Mrs. Obama’s personal style. Remember the $148, off-the-rack, black and white dress she wore for her appearance on The View back in June 2008? That was probably our first clue that Mrs. Obama has her own sense of style, and that she’s not afraid to show it. That dress looked so pretty and fresh, we can’t imagine a designer outfit costing ten times as much would have looked better.

                                                  Celebrating Her Curves

                                                  Michelle Obama is a tall, pretty woman. We love that she’s not skinny and is not trying to be – she obviously takes care of herself and works out (look at those amazing arms!) but she goes with her natural body shape and doesn’t try to fight it, or to hide it. Mrs. Obama has narrow waist and wider hips, and she makes no attempt at concealing her hourglass figure or making herself appear thinner. Which we absolutely love!

                                                  Mrs. Obama loves to dress in clothes that show off her beautiful arms and shoulders. She wears body-conscious clothes that acknowledge – one might say celebrate – her curves, but are never too clingy. Instead of trying to camouflage her bottom part, she celebrates it. Her choices are markedly different from former First Ladies in that they are much more casual and much less formal and restrictive.

                                                  A Style Icon, And So Much More

                                                  While Michelle Obama has certainly become a style icon, she is so much more than that. Mrs. Obama is an incredibly smart, talented woman. She obviously wants to leave a legacy that goes beyond “she had a great sense of style,” and this reflects in her campaign against obesity as in other initiatives.

                                                  Michelle Obama is a beautiful woman, inside and out.

                                                  Posted in Celebrity Style, Health, Inspiring Stories Tagged

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