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Inspiring Stories

  • 3 Daily Rituals to Stay Committed to Your Goals

    Stay committed to a healthy lifestyle with these motivating daily habits.

    It’s one thing to have a New Year’s Resolution that you half-heartedly stick to for a month or two. It’s an entirely different thing to be ALL IN to your commitment to change your lifestyle.

    Whether you’re waist training, eating healthier or improving your fitness (hopefully all three), being motivated for long-term change can be a challenge. That’s why one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself as part of your healthy lifestyle is to focus on what motivates you.

    Building simple habits into your daily routine that will help you stay motivated and committed to your goals is practical and powerful. Whatever your healthy lifestyle goals are, do these three things every day:

    1. Post your goals in a visible place

    What do you want to accomplish in the short-term? Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or change the wallpaper on your phone. Seeing that message first thing in the morning and throughout the day will remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s also helpful to be specific about what truly motivates you. Visualize the goal. For example, instead of just “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month,” try “I want to fit into this dress by the end of the month so I can dance in it at the wedding!”

    1. Prepare your back-up plans

    What if it rains the morning of your run? What if you don’t have time to come home for lunch? What if you’re obligated to go out to eat? Plan out your days and your weeks with ways to keep you on track when the unexpected happens. Have a workout video ready if the weather is bad. Keep some healthy snacks and meals on hand at work. Eat your main meal at home and have something light at the restaurant.

    1. Keep a daily journal

    It’s helpful to track what food you’ve been eating and to keep an exercise log, but take it one step further. At the end of each day, take one minute to answer the question: “Did I give it my all today?” If you didn’t, write down how you can do better tomorrow.

    That’s it! These steps may seem simple, but they work like a charm. Try it and see how powerful the mind can be when it comes to reaching your goals.

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  • 6 Quick Steps to Feeling Confident and Sexy

    Boost your self-image with these tips

    What does it mean to be sexy? You might think that it has to do with looking like a supermodel…but in reality, it has more to do with a state of mind.

    Self-confidence and body positivity are directly related to sex drive. Think about it: don’t you just feel sexier when you’re feeling great about yourself? Anyone can be sexy with the right state of mind. Here are quick tips that can transform confidence, starting now.

    1. Set the right foundation with the right intimates everyday

    Why save the good stuff for special occasions? You can greatly boost your self-confidence with a great wardrobe that flatters your body type. And every great wardrobe starts with the right foundations. Even if no one sees it, you will feel great if you love what’s on underneath. It can be something frilly and flirty if that’s your style, or it can be something that enhances your figure. The point is: it should be comfortable and make you feel good about yourself!

    1. Enhance your curves with waist trainers and butt-lifting garments

    If the Kardashians aren’t shy about using waist trainers and shapewear, why should you be? Even if you’re not naturally an hourglass shape, it is so easy to enhance your curves with minimal effort. Just try it, and watch your level of confidence and sexiness skyrocket. Most shapewear can be easily hidden underneath a variety of outfits, so nobody has to know your secret.

    1. Embrace yourself

    You are already amazing, exactly as you are. Learn to love yourself now, as opposed to ten pounds from now. Toss negativity out the window and embrace every inch of yourself, even if you are trying to get more fit.

    1. Accentuate the positive

    Do you know your best features? Choose outfits and accessories that flatter what you do have, rather than obsessing over what you don’t have. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

    1. Stay determined

    Focus on the long game. Remember that attitude is sexy, not a number on the scale. If you’re trying to lose weight or get fit, celebrate the small victories and don’t be discouraged when big changes take time. Focus on enjoying the journey rather than obsessing over your destination.

    1. Pamper yourself

    Nothing deflates the spirit more than constantly depriving yourself of the little luxuries in life. Have a cheat meal every now and then—and love every second of it. Give yourself permission to take time off and indulge in your favorite activities. Loving yourself—inside and out—is key to feeling great and portraying that sexy confidence. 

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  • Customer Favorites: Ann Chery Shapers / Hourglass Angel

    What people love about Ann Chery waist trainersWhy Everyone Needs Ann Chery in Their Closet

    When it comes to slimming down and particularly waist training, Ann Chery is the name everyone knows. This brand is a favorite among our customers for several reasons:

    • Quality materials and construction
    • Powerful slimming results
    • Wide variety of garment styles for outfit and occasion
    • Fun eye-catching colors and prints

    Ann Chery offers so many different shapers, it's hard to choose our favorites: waist trainers, workout bands, everyday cinchers, bodysuits, body wraps … the list goes on and on.

    Each of these styles will leave you looking sleek, slim and sexy in a snap. But don't take our word for it. Check out what our customers are saying about Ann Chery:

    Ann Chery Workout Waist Trainer

    "I couldn't be more pleased with this item. I received it quickly and couldn't wait to put it on. I am 5'3" with not the longest torso. It fit perfectly. I wear it daily while working (under my clothes) and find it to be very comfortable, yet very very firm. The compression keeps things where they need to be. I have noticed it is becoming easier and easier to get this tight thing on. I have another row of hooks that will be the final phase of contouring my waist line. I can't wait. I love the results. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to minimize their waist. Not to mention the posture that you get when using a corset is priceless. I would order it again and again. Thanks Hourglass Angel."

    Great addition to my workout routine

    "This has been a great addition to my workout routine; not just because it makes me look so much better in my workout clothes, but it supports my back. I'm so glad that I made this purchase!" 

    Faja Deportiva 3 Hook Workout Waist Trainer By Ann Chery

    Absolutely Worth It!

    "So I have been using this waist trainer for about 1.5 weeks and I have dropped 5 pounds already. I had been training for 2 weeks prior to that and I was not able to drop any weight. My waist is looking great! Definitely a must have!"

    Great product!

    "WOW what a difference this makes! It gives great back support for one; it also whittles my waist in. Right now I am up to 6 hours a day of wear. I am combining healthy eating and exercise as well."

    Ann Chery 2025 Clasica Waist Trainer

    Clasica Latex Waist Cincher By Ann Chery

    I love the latex cincher

    "I love the latex cincher 2025. It drastically holds everything in. It looks smooth under your shirt. And it gives me a shape that I never had. I've only had it for a week! I am certain if I continue wearing it, my waist will get smaller."

    Win Win!

    "I started with the work out waist trainer and moved on to Clasica Latex once my stomach slimmed down. I truly love this new waist trainer. I can wear it at night and wake up without any back problems and I can also wear it during the day to help my posture while I am working on the computer. It is comfortable and at the same time it is figure flattering!"

    Ann Chery Vest Waist Trainer 2027

    Love it!! Love it!!! Love it!!!

    "I got this because I have the exact same one without the straps and felt that with back and straps my back wouldn't show as wide. I've had the other one for 2 months but probably wore it for 20-25 days and this one for about 3 weeks. So far I've lost 6 pounds and 3 inches off my waist. I bought a workout Ann Chery waist trainer on eBay but it rolls down and doesn't stay firm like these. So now I'm only buying directly from Hourglass—that way I can ensure they're authentic."

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    Do you have a favorite Ann Chery shaper? We want to know! Leave a comment below or add your review to the product page.

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  • How Customers Really Feel About Their Shapewear

    Does shapewear really work?

    How Customers Really Feel About Their Shapewear

    Honest Reviews on Waist Trainers, Shapers and More

    Thinking about getting into shapewear but not sure if you'll get dramatic results? Are you wondering what your waist cincher before and after pics might be like?

    Don't take our word for it. Here are genuine reviews from customers, describing what they love about shapewear and how these products works to enhance their curves.

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia

    A premium latex waist trainer that enhances any workout. It increases your perspiration while slimming the waist line at the same time.

    What our customers say:

    I love it love it love it!

    I put this on and instantly shaped my figure to the way I wanted it...I felt more confident and secure in my clothing. My muffin top wasn't visible any longer. My boyfriend gave me plenty of compliments which made it worth it even more.

    —anonymous

    Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

     Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia

    An essential piece, giving everyday mid-weight shaping from the torso to the mid-thigh.

    Amazing product!!!!!

    This product is amazing! I put it on and it instantly took inches off my waist, hips and thighs! It allowed for the perfect slimming look for my formal evening wear and everyday wear! This product has made me a customer for life and I can't wait to try more items! I am so beyond pleased that I will never purchase shapewear from any other company and now my friends and family are hooked! Thanks Hourglass Angel for making me look as fabulous as I feel!

    —Shahana A.

    Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette

    Alexandra Butt-Lifting Shaper by Vedette

    Offers the benefits of a waist-shrinking shaper while also boosting your backside. A special open-back design lifts and rounds your rear to make it look fuller and perkier.

    Well worth the money

    I've purchased a few products from this site and each product has delivered but this product delivered ON-TIME! I've been working out for months doing squat after squat to lift my rear. I decided to try the Alexandria because it was on sale and I figured if it didn't do the job I could use it as a shaper, well to my surprise IT WORKS. I haven't seen my butt this round and perky since my high school years.

    —SweetSouthernBelle

    Celebrity Style Body Shaper By Leonisa 018674

    Celebrity Style Body Shaper by Leonisa

    This bodysuit ends just above the knee, taming the tummy and trimming the thighs and hips. It also provides control around the lower abdominal area and rear.

    Excellent Feeling

    I ordered my body shaper and it came just in good time I wore it the next day to a party it was so comfortable. I dance all night with it on.

    —Kekette

    Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit With Front Closure

    Vivian Strapless Boyshort Bodysuit With Front Closure

    A stylish all-over shaper that slims the waist and hips while also lifting the rear.

    The Perfect Postpartum Shaper!

    I’ve had my bodysuit for almost two weeks and it works great! I just had my first child a little over three months ago and am in the process of trying to lose the excess weight I gained during my pregnancy. It’s been hard trying to find clothing to wear postpartum that’s not too baggy or too tight. I originally just wanted a corset, but realized that a corset wouldn’t necessarily cover my lower belly. I decided to try a bodysuit instead. This shaper cinches my waist perfectly! Before I made the purchase, I could not fit any of my pre-pregnancy clothes (only maternity wear which made me look frumpy). Once I got my shaper in the mail (just a few days after ordering) and tried it on, I could fit almost all of my pre-pregnancy jeans. About a week after wearing the bodysuit for 8-10 hours each day, I could fit those same jeans even without putting on the bodysuit (all without exercising or dieting)! Features that I love are the hook and eye front closure and the removable straps that allow me to wear the bodysuit with a variety of clothing styles. Initially, I was confused as to what size to order as my height/weight/measurements would put me under the L size, but closer to XL and my dress size is a 10 (XL). I ultimately went with size L and it fits perfectly. It did take a day or so to get used to the tightness of the shaper, but after wearing it for a while it became very comfortable. Overall, it was a great purchase as it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. I love it and would absolutely purchase another!

    Does shapewear really work? What do you think? Let us know in the comments or leave a review on your favorite product to help other customers see the results they can experience!

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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

    Jennifer-Garner

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

    Tyra Banks

    Tyra-Banks

    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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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