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  • Interview: Food Blogger Finds Slimming Success with Workout Band

    Food blogger Sara Lehman's waist training success

    Sara Lehman is an acclaimed blogger, sommelier and private chef, known for her popular blog "Somm in the City," in which she writes about food, wine and entertaining. As someone whose life "revolves around food," Sara knows the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle – and the unique challenges that come with it. For 4 months, she's been wearing the Workout Band by Ann Chery for one hour a day to help slim her waistline and supplement her fitness routine. Her goal was to smooth her stomach and back while aiming to lose 30 pounds, but she discovered a few other benefits along the way. We recently caught up with Sara to get her thoughts on the cincher and the results she experienced.


    What was your initial impression of the Workout Band?
    I liked it. For the first few tries, I couldn’t get it to hook. It wasn’t until I was speaking with a girlfriend about it that I realized how to pull it, and then I loved wearing it. It felt tight, but my posture was so straight and it made my waist smooth.

    What was your goal?
    I wanted a waist trainer that could be used during workouts, so I choose the Workout Band. I wanted to see if it would help with the stomach area and back area.


    Did the garment meet those expectations?
    YES! I am a food and wine blogger, private chef, and sommelier, so my life revolves around food and wine. I wear this to the gym, and through my weight-loss journey, I have lost weight in my back and my stomach looks smoother, which is great because I had 30+ lbs. to lose.

    Did you conquer any weight-loss challenges that were difficult in the past?
    Physically, yes, the cincher helped because my posture was so much better, which is key when you're working out. Psychologically, it certainly helped at the gym, as having a tiny waist makes other parts of you stand out. And when you're in the right gym outfit, the shaper makes you feel pretty awesome.

    Did your diet change at all during the period you wore the cincher?
    Not much, because my diet is hard to control given my career and all the tastings I do.


    How long have you been wearing the garment?
    One hour a day since January 1, 2015. I do forget some days, but most days I wear it with my workout for the added benefits. I also wear it if I am sitting at my desk a lot and hunch, because it really helps my back stay up straight!

    When did you start seeing results?
    I started seeing results after two weeks. I was losing weight by working out, but the increased sweating mixed with the heat of your core from this cincher was intense. So I never got that stomach-loss cellulite that some women get when they lose weight, which I loved. It kept my stomach smooth which is great. My mom and neighbors noticed the results from the cincher too, and they all wanted one!

    Would you recommend the waist trainer for other women?
    Yes, yes, I would absolutely recommend the Workout Band. Just be sure to go at a steady pace, or a slow pace in the first week when you're getting used to the workout waist trainer, because it’s tight and you want to control your breathing. I know because I was very out of shape when I started mine too, so I started slow, my body adapted and now I love it.

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  • Interview: Making an impact, one woman at a time

    How Shapewear Donations are Boosting Careers for Women Who Need It Most

    Shapewear donations boost confidence (and careers) for women who need it most

    Hourglass Angel is a proud supporter of The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), formerly known as The Women's Alliance. To date, we have supplied more than $35,000 in lightly used shapewear garments to the organization's Career Wardrobe division, which provides professional clothing, networking tools and other need-based assistance to women pursuing career opportunities. We recently chatted with Carrie Hanson Veurink [Managing Partner] of ACDN, to find out how these shapers were making an impact.

    Please tell us a little about your organization and its mission.

    Career Wardrobe’s mission is to empower women in transition by providing programs that inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career. We do this by providing professional work attire, educational programs, and networking tools and opportunities.

    Hourglass Angel has been proud to donate more than $35,000 in shapewear to ACDN. Can you describe how these contributions are making an impact in the lives and careers of the women whom your organization supports?

    Hourglass Angel's contributions have given our clients’ confidence in their appearance, which has given them the ability to present well on interviews and at work.

    Most of the goals of the women who choose to take the garments are for interviews, work attire, and everyday wear. Clients are impressed by the difference the garment makes under their professional attire.

    One client stated that the shapewear made her feel more self-confident and positive about her figure. She wears the garment every day and loves the fact that the garment can help with stretchmarks.

    What is the typical process for women who want to get these garments through your organization? What is the experience like?

    The shapewear is introduced to the client our Dressing Assistants, who will explain the benefits of trying the garment during their fittings for professional attire. Most clients are excited about the look and feel of the garment once they have tried it on.

    What would you say to women who come to your organization and are thinking about trying the shapewear? How would they benefit?

    We would tell the women that trying the shapewear would be a great option if they would like a slimmer look in their professional attire. Women benefit from the self-esteem boost the shapewear could offer.

    For more information on The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits, its programs, and ways that you can get involved, please visit the ACDN website.



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  • Explore the History of Shapewear

    Explore the history of shapewear in this Bard Graduate Center Gallery exhibit

    We were excited to learn that a new exhibit visiting the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York is displaying one of our favorite subjects: shapewear, as it has been used through history.

    In modern times we have manufactured materials that are extremely effective at helping women achieve that timeless look: the hourglass figure. But did you know that the ideal shape has been culturally influenced and fashioned for hundreds of years? The exhibit entitled "Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette" explores the different ways women (and men!) have been reshaping their figures since the 1600s.

    Curator Denis Bruna says in the Wall Street Journal, "The body is a reflection of the society that presided over its creation." This is evident in the history of shapewear. For example, wealthy women at the turn of the seventeenth century sought to make their figures look like an inverted cone from the waist up using multiple linings of stiff linen. Nobody naturally looked like a cone, but this shape of silhouette represented beauty at the time.

    As the centuries passed, the "cone" transformed, but generally the waist stayed narrow and the posture stayed very straight. In the 1700s a flattened chest and a V-shaped torso was in vogue, made possible with whalebone stays.

    By the 1800s, women's shapewear had evolved to the corset, which stayed popular for a century. The bustle went in and out of style, giving women a voluminous lift at the backs of their skirts.

    The twentieth century and onwards has seen a variety of styles, including the rectangular style of the flapper, the girdle and bullet bras following World War II, up to current day in which body shapes are largely influenced by diet, exercise and shapewear constructed from high-tech material.

    "Fashioning the Body" displays the history of shapewear.

    It's a fascinating journey through time to take, and this exhibition beautifully displays what is indeed a very intimate history.

    Have you seen the exhibit or do you plan on visiting it? We'd love to hear what you think of it – let us know via our social media channels! Catch it while it's available, until July 26 this year.

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

    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


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

    Jennifer Garner


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

    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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  • Transform Yourself. Motivate Others

    Inspire Other Women with Your Shapewear Success


    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 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


    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.


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

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

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

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

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

    "Luckily, finding a corset that works for you doesn’t have to feel like rocket science. With a mission to promote self-esteem and a positive body image, 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


    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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