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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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  • 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

    Oprah

    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

    Jennifer-Lawrence

    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

    Gwneth-Platrow

    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!"

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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

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    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

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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