HourGlass Angel

  • 7 Simple Ways to Feel Sexy

    7 ways to feel sexy.  Have a case of the ho-hums? Maybe it’s the winter slump (too many grey days and not enough Vitamin D) or it’s just been too long since you did something solely for yourself. It’s time to break the spell. Here are 7 small ways to get back on track. After all, feeling good and feeling sexy go hand-in-hand.

    1. Indulge in the small stuff.

    Whether it’s a mani/pedi or a long bath with candles, little pampering moments can go a long way. If nothing else, they’re a reminder that you deserve it. And confidence equals sexiness.

    2. Slip on some high heels.

    Pumps can give you a lift in more ways than one. Whether you wear them with jeans, a dress or lingerie, high heels will boost your sprits. Next step? Strut your stuff.

    3. Exercise in nature.

    Get endorphins pumping and you’ll feel better in an instant. These chemicals alter your mindset, refresh your senses and give you a burst of feel-good energy.

    4. Repeat a mantra.

    Sometimes you need to fake it ‘til you make it. And the best part? It works. Stand in front of a mirror and say nice things to yourself—all the things you’d say to a good friend or sister. For example: “I am beautiful. I am confident. I am loved.” 

    5. Laugh.

    Laughter releases the good chemicals in your brain. Pull up YouTube or go to a comedy club for some guaranteed giggles. Smiling and laughing causes a ripple effect…next thing you know, you’ll feel back to your sexy self.

    6. Switch things up.

    Routines can be the enemy. Try something novel, like a cooking class (many are free at cooking stores) or a day trip to stimulate your mind, body and life.

    7. Try new shapewear.

    Create an hourglass shape with stunning shapers and lingerie. You’ll love the way you look. And a little lace never hurt anything either. Even if you keep it a secret, wearing a seductive corset under your clothes is a surefire way to feel sexier instantly.

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  • What’s Your Style: Overbust or Underbust

    Overbust and underbust corsets.

    Curious about corsets but not sure where to start? Like the name implies, overbust corsets cover your bust while underbust corsets hit right below, so they need to be paired with your own bra. To figure out your best path to hourglass, answer these three questions.

    1. Do you own the perfect bra?

    Both overbust and underbust corsets will cinch your waist and create an hourglass shape, which automatically makes your bust look bigger. If you already own the perfect bust-boosting bra, then simplify your look with an underbust corset.

    If not, opt for over. Additionally, overbust corsets have more coverage, which in turn provides more shaping and controlling. They also tend to create a more slimming, balanced look of your chest and waistline. Pick something with a straight bust line or a subtle sweetheart shape if you don't want too much cleavage. Both come with an array of closure options, from seductive lace-up to hook-and-eye.

    2. What’s your end use?

    For a Renaissance Fair or period piece, an underbust corset is the way to go (paired with a puffy cinched shirt). For a burlesque costume, a colorful overbust corset, fishnet stocking and high heels will do the trick. For some boudoir fun, go for either. Overbust corsets are the most popular choice but underbust styles can be a lot of fun—especially when worn with pasties.

    3. Which one makes you feel the most confident?

    This is the most important question. If you feel sexy, you’ll exude confidence and your partner will feel that energy too. Choose a corset style YOU love and it’ll show.

    Ready to whittle your middle? Here are four favorites:

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  • Valentine's Day Gift Trend: You!

    Flirty Boudoir Photography

    A present he’ll love to unwrap? Your boudoir photos.

    A provocative new trend, boudoir photography has become especially popular with brides-to-be as a wedding present for their groom. Why not take this intimate idea and apply to another romantic occasion: Valentine’s Day.

    The suggestive photos are usually taken wearing elegant lingerie or nothing at all. However the style is far from X-rated, more in the realm of PG-13. Usually with a pinup-inspired look and feel, the tasteful photos often show implied nudity—meaning you're not wearing anything, but also not revealing anything. For example, the artistic photos might be shot from the back or lying on your stomach so key areas are strategically hidden.

    When choosing what lingerie you want to wear for your photo shoot, the most important thing is that you feel 100% comfortable and confident. If you’re hesitant about your ensemble, it’ll show in the photos.  A general rule is to bring lingerie in different styles and shades. Try something in softer hues (whites, ivories or pinks) something black (ideally with lace) and something unexpected for variety. Also don’t forget to accessorize with jewelry, stockings and heels.

    Where to start? These 4 stunning Hourglass Angel corset-and-thong sets flatter your figure in ultimate style—and they’ll make for unforgettable photos.  Have fun!

    All the Frills corset and thong set

    A showstopper with a gorgeous neckline and dramatic lace accents.

    Ribbons and Bows corset and thong set

    Sensuous satin and oversized bows create a sexy-sweet vibe.

    Go For The Gold Overbust corset and thong set

    Ravishing ruffles set a romantic, European-inspired tone.

    Cream of the Crop corset and thong set

    Rich gold accents and opulent lace? Jaws will drop.

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  • Introducing: The New Hourglass Angel

    Hourglass Angel Shapewear

    Get ready – we're introducing exciting changes! We're unveiling a brand new Hourglass Angel. You'll find the same great selection of premium-quality shapewear and apparel – but with a whole new look and new features that we think you're going to love.

    What's changing?

    • -New logo, new image. We're revealing the single biggest transformation in our history! Our new look is designed to better reflect the confident, poised and refined style of customers like you. 
    • -New site design. HourglassAngel.com is being completely overhauled with a clean new design that makes shopping even easier and more enjoyable. 
    • -New fit & sizing information. On product pages, you'll now find more detailed information on how each garment will fit your body, based on real fit sessions we conducted with women of all sizes.
    • -New expanded categories. Our 100+ categories will make it even easier to find the products you're looking for, based on style, intended body type, shaping power, popularity with other shoppers, and numerous other attributes. 
    • -New, stronger YOU. Above all, we are dedicated to creating a seamless shopping experience that helps women redefine their body image while staying true to who they are. Hourglass Angel. Shaping a stronger you.

    On behalf of everyone at Hourglass Angel, we want to thank you for your business and wish you a happy, healthy new year.

    Warmest wishes,
    The Hourglass Angel Team

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  • Sexy Shapewear You’ll Want to Show Off

    Sexy Shapewear to Show Off

    Not all shapewear is created equally.

    Who said shapewear is for hiding? These sleek styles slim and smooth your silhouette in an instant. Plus they’re so stunning and flirty, they double as lingerie too. Here are 4 to try for your next special night.

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    The Bust Shaping Slip by Nancy Ganz

    Soft and silky, you’ll love the way this slip feels against your skin. This feminine favorite sculpts and smoothes your tummy in seamless style. And the two contour cups along the bust adds the perfect touch of ooh-la-la.

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    The Glamorous Shaping Slip by Bodyhush

    Designed to highlight your curves, this body-loving style features elegant lace inserts and a luxurious satin finish. A flattering way to dial up glamour, the sensuous slip has an interior tummy panel that slims your midsection and creates an hourglass shape. Pair it with your favorite black bra and prepare to wow.

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    The Elegant Bustier by Felina

    This seamless style takes glamour to the next level of irresistible. The feminine sweetheart neckline and low back create flattering lines you’ll love. Plus the padded bust gives you a beautiful décolletage boost. This tantalizing lingerie even improves your posture so you’ll look as confident as you feel.

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    The Lacy Bodysuit by Vedette

    Seduction is guaranteed in this jaw-dropping style. This corset-inspired shaper delivers strong control throughout your waist, tummy and hips. It’s the lust-worthy details that set this one apart, like romantic Valencia lace panels and seductive front closures. Plus, it comes with a matching boy short panty with a hook-and-eye opening.

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  • Strike a (Yoga) Pose

    Yoga poses with animal names.

    Our favorite animal-inspired yoga moves.

    Ever wonder why popular yoga poses have animal names? Early yogis were inspired by what surrounded them, like the behaviors and movements of many furry (and not so furry) friends. Ranging from the cat to the cobra, the illustrative names help modern yoga practitioners capture the essence of the move and delve deeply into a pose. Here’s our top 10.

    Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

    Perhaps the most well known, it’s a staple pose that increases flexibility and helps release tension and stiffness. Place your heels and palms flat on the mat, bending at the waist. 

    Cat Pose (Bidalasana)

    This pose increases spine flexibility and relaxation when paired with deep breathing exercises. It involves tucking your tailbone under, rounding your spin upwards and curling your head inwards—much like a cat. 

    Fish Pose (Matsvasana)

    A back-bending posture that opens up the chest, throat, abdomen and helps relieve nasal congestion.

    Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

    Performed with your stomach on the ground, this is an excellent pose to open your chest and strengthen your spine. 

    Camel Pose (Ushtrasana)

    A kneeling backbend where the hands reach the feet—a great pose for stretching abdominals. 

    Turtle Pose (Kurmasana)

    A favorite pose with many variations ideal for female yogis. It’s recommended for whittling stomach fat and more. 

    Pigeon Pose (Rajakapotasana)

    A sitting pose that stretches your upper legs and increases flexibility.

    Peacock Pose (Mayurasana)

    This advanced pose is ideal for balance, strength and aiding your inner organs. Balance on your hands with your legs extended off the ground. 

    Frog Pose (Bhekasana)

    Your legs are bent and placed on the sides of the body, much like a frog looks when it's ready to jump. Ideal for stretching and opening up your hips.

    Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)

    Want to relieve stress and tension? This restorative pose involves lying on your stomach with your head down on your folded arms.

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  • How to Waist Train Like a Celebrity

    Waist train like a celebrity.The corset craze sweeping Hollywood

    First popular in the 16th century, corsets are back in the headlines and creating plenty of body-defining buzz. Several celebrities have revealed waist training as their preferred way to whittle their waist—for everyday outfits, working out or slimming a post-baby belly.

    One A-lister, who is also a mom of two, recently revealed she “wore a double corset day and night for three months” to get her back into pre-pregnancy shape.

    Another star who's making waves about her midsection said she's “obsessed” with waist training and has made headlines posting pics of her results online.

    These are just a few of the many celebrities who have been reported to rely on some form waist training to keep their hourglass shape.

    Ready to try it for yourself? Thanks to a surge in popularity, there’s never been a better time to redefine your waistline using a corset. You can choose from a wide array of styles that offer different fits and degrees of slimming while you wear them.

    Two things you can count on with a good waist cincher: instant waist reduction and a healthy dose of confidence. Waist binding can even help improve your posture.

    So which waist cincher is right for you? Here are a few recommendations that all create enviable curves from the moment you slip it on.

    Ann Chery Clasica Latex Waist Cincher

    Reinforced hook-and-eye closures and high-compression support.

    Amia Classic Cincher Waist Trainer

    Adored for its simple hook-and-eye design, flexi-boning and targeted mid-section support.

    Squeem SlimVest Waist Cincher

    Maximum-strength cinching with special flex-boning support in a convenient vest-style.

    Black Cashmere Underbust Corset

    The waist cincher that doubles as flirty lingerie for a little ooh-la-la (you’ll make Dita Von Teese proud!).

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  • Seeing Red

    How to Wear Red Lingerie Under White Clothing

    A fun new way to wear red lingerie. Plus, 4 bras every woman should own. 

    Always thought you needed to pair your white shirt with a nude or white bra? Not true. Turns out, red lingerie is invisible under white clothing—even in photos. You can slip on your whitest white tops, shirts and dresses with your most vibrant red bras, underwear and shapewear and no one will be the wiser. It’s red’s little style secret.

    Need to see it to believe it? Try this Regal Red Corset. It creates a stunning hourglass shape under the most form-fitting tops and dresses—and gives you a healthy dose of confidence. Plus, it may add a little excitement to your day and night.

    When adding color to your top drawer, make sure you have at least one light and dark shade (including red) in these four bra styles. Get these and you’ll be covered for every outfit, mood and moment.

    The plunge bra

    Essential for deep V-necks and wrap dresses. The low bridge ensures it stays camouflaged while you move, reach, dance and more.

    The lace bra

    Pretty and practical, lace styles not only look beautiful but they center and lift your bust for a flattering shape—and prevent pulling across button-downs.

    The strapless bra

    An exceptional fit is extremely important. A great-fitting strapless style will create a smooth, supported bust and won’t slip down over time. Many styles also come with a convertible option for one-shoulder tops or tricky-strap dresses.

    The sports bra

    Go for maximum support while working out (and you should never wear two bras to get it). Look for breathable details, wicking fabric and adjustable fits.

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  • The 5-Minute Workout Routine

    The 5-minute workout.

    9 moves that rev your metabolism and blast calories.

    Weight loss expert Michelle Bridges, author of Total Body Transformation, created a simple and effective routine that only takes 5 minutes. Not a typo: just 5 minutes.

    This High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) workout is designed to increase your heart rate, improve your metabolism and of course, burn serious calories. You’ll perform a sequence of moves in 30-second intervals without stopping. Also, there’s no equipment required so you can do it anywhere (another reason excuses don’t really apply). Ready to start?

    The Warm Up

    Perform light cardio for 5 minutes (like jogging in place) with the goal of getting your heart rate over 150.

    Do the following moves for 30 seconds each.

    1. Fast Low-Step Running

    Find a low step and stand in front of it. Quickly step up onto it and back down as fast as you can.

    2. Basketball Jumps

    Take a long low step to the right (bending through the legs), step the left foot in and spring off both feet to shoot your basketball. Alternate between both sides.

    3. Sideways Running

    Starting with your right foot, run three steps sideways to the right. The last step of your right foot should "stick" as you drop your weight into that leg, and then push off and step out with your left. The timing should feel like one, two, drop and push; one, two, drop and push.

    4. Jumping Jacks

    Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides and jump about shoulder width apart. As you jump, swing both arms overhead. Jump again and return legs and arms to starting position.

    5. Push-Ups on Knees

    Kneel on the ground and place your hands shoulder width apart. Straighten your arms and look directly ahead at the floor. Keeping abs tight, bend your elbows and lower until your chest is 4 inches from the floor. Exhale as you straighten your arms and return to the starting position.

    6. Plyometric Lunge

    Begin with your right foot forward, left foot back. Drop down until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Pushing off with the heel of your front foot, jump and switch legs.

    7. High Knees With Twist

    Run in place with high knees (bringing each knee up to hip height), while at the same time twisting towards each knee as you raise it, alternating from side to side in a twisting motion.

    8. Ins & Outs

    Lower your body into a pushup position (arms and torso straight). Jump both feet in towards your chest and quickly jump back out into a full pushup extension.

    9. Lunge Kicks

    Perform a reverse lunge, driving your right leg behind you and bending your left knee, touching the floor in front of you with your opposite hand. Then, as you draw the right leg back up, kick forward with the left leg, being sure to lean back so you're working your abs.

    Cool Down: Pick 10 stretches that target different muscles and hold each for approximately 1 minute.

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  • Try This (Not That) Food Substitutions

    5 smart food swaps for satisfying weight loss.

    Ready to shed a few lbs.? Reach for these 5 healthy (and tasty!) weight loss meals and snacks and watch the scale go in the right direction.

    #1 Try this: Spaghetti squash
    5 smart food swapsWhen prepared, spaghetti squash resembles a plate of spaghetti. A fun food trick, this low-cal option can be paired with similar sauces and seasoning—everything from marinara to sautéed veggies. Rich in carbohydrates, fiber, potassium and Vitamin C (to name a few), spaghetti squash makes a filling, guilt-free meal.

    Not this: Wheat pasta 

    Calories saved: 200 calories

    #2 Try this: Frozen fruit smoothie
    5 smart food swapsMake your own smoothie with one cup frozen unsweetened berries, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup wheat germ and ice.

    Not this: Pre-made or canned smoothies

    Calories saved: 200 calories for each 2-3 cup serving






    #3 Try this: Dr. Praeger’s California veggie burgers
    5 smart food swapsThese convenient high-protein patties have ingredients you can see like carrots, zucchini, edamame and garlic. They also don’t have one very important thing: high-saturated fat. Layer on lettuce, tomato and grilled onion for an even more traditional burger feel.

    Not this: Beef burger

    Calories saved: 200 calories and 19 grams of fat
    #4 Try this: Scrambled whites with greens
    5 smart food swapsSkip the yolk and opt for egg whites only. Blend with 1/2 cup cooked spinach and mushrooms for a filling, protein-rich option (great for breakfast and dinner).

    Not this: 2 whole eggs

    Calories saved: 40 calories plus 100 milligrams of cholesterol and 13 grams of fat




    #5 Try this: Frozen fruit snacks
    5 smart food swapsRefreshing, satisfying and nutritious, frozen grapes, blueberries or bananas take on a creamy taste. Frozen treats also require slow eating which helps your brain catch up with your body. Keep them ready-to-go in your freezer so you can reach for them whenever you’re feeling munchy.

    Not this: Frozen yogurt or ice cream.

    Calories saved: About 200 calories and 14 grams of fat

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