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  • The Stars of Hourglass Angel: Meet Mykeshia James

    Celebrate National Customer Service Week

    National Customer Service Week continues into the weekend. We've had a blast talking with our customer service team and learning all about what goes on behind the scenes at Hourglass Angel.

    Meet Hourglass Angel's customer service team

    Today, we're excited to introduce our next customer service star: Mykeshia James. Maybe you've talked to her before, either online or over the phone. She helps with style recommendations, ordering details and more, ensuring that every customer receives an excellent service experience.

    We asked her a few questions about her role in customer service, and here is what she said:

    What do you love about being in customer service?

    I love to satisfy the customers with their needs. I enjoy being able to share the mission of our brand, which is to enhance their natural curves, and shape a stronger woman! I personally connect to our mission, and feel stronger, sexier and more confident when wearing a shaper!

    What was your favorite project this past year?

    I enjoyed the transition to our new office, and welcoming our Customer Experience Manager. We have gone through a lot of changes in order to become more efficient, and provide better quality service.

    What do you think is our biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years?

    I think we have opportunity to expand internationally and be able to offer our garments to more women outside of the US.

    What specific products please you the most and why?

    The Squeem waist trainer pleases me the most. I love the compression and the shape it forms the body into 

    What would you like to see us add to our inventory?

    I would like to see the butt lifting jeans become available in larger sizes. Women of every size should be able to enjoy the amazing benefits that our butt lifting jeans can provide!

    What makes Hourglass Angel stand out against the competition?

    Hourglass Angel stands out against the competition given our competitive prices, which can appeal to almost any price point. We also carry many high quality garments that cannot be found in local stores.

    What is your favorite piece that you would like to offer all Hourglass Angel visitors a discount?

    The ShapeBand Waist Cincher by Squeem. I absolutely love that garment, I’m a witness of losing 3 inches from my waist from wearing it daily. Please use coupon code MJ15 for 15% off the ShapeBand Waist Cincher by Squeem, valid through October 11th.

    Thank you Mykeshia! Be sure to check back tomorrow, as we highlight another star from our customer service team.

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  • The Stars of Hourglass Angel: Meet Jennifer Mendez

    Celebrate National Customer Service Week 

    It's already Day 4 of National Customer Service week. We thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight the stars of our customer service team, so you can get to know the great people we have working behind the scenes, giving you the best customer service experience possible here at Hourglass Angel.

    Learn from customer service stars at Hourglass Angel

    Today's star customer service representative is Jennifer Mendez. She tirelessly and cheerfully takes calls, emails and chat questions, providing excellent advice for our customers.

    We asked her a few questions about what it means to be a part of this important team – here is what she said:

    What do you love about being in customer service?

    I love that I can help people look and feel good. Most of our garments can slim you 1-4 inches or make you look two dress sizes smaller, which is an instant confidence boost! Who wouldn’t love that?

    What was your favorite project this past year?

    My favorite project was gathering together as team to collect and evaluate customer feedback in order to better cultivate our inventory, and provide better recommendations. 

    What do you think is our biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years?

    Building our shaping apparel collection, and incorporating the maximum compression materials into garments that can be worn everyday.

    What specific products please you the most and why?

    The products that I like the most are the waist trainers. As a mom of two that are only 13 months apart they helped me conceal my postpartum belly, and accelerated me getting back to my original size. The firm compression material gave me the support and slimming that I was looking for. 

    What would you like to see us add to our inventory?

    I would like to see a collection built for petites, and for women with short torsos. The torso length is very important in order for the garment to fit and feel comfortably.

    What makes Hourglass Angel stand out against the competition?

    Our returns and exchange policy allows us to stand out, as we guarantee and always help our customers find the perfect garment for them, or we will refund their order.

    What is your favorite piece that you would like to offer all Hourglass Angel visitors a discount?

    My favorite piece would be the Active Band by Amia. I love the extra push this garment gives you; the latex helps increase perspiration and really maximizes your workout. Please use coupon code JENAC15 for 15% off the Active Band by Amia valid through October 11th.

    Thank you Jennifer! We still have several faces we can't wait to introduce, so come back every day this week.

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  • The Stars of Hourglass Angel: Meet Daisy Pena

    Celebrate National Customer Service Week 

    National Customer Service Week continues, and we have had a lot of fun revealing the stars behind the scenes here at Hourglass Angel. We strive to give our customers a premier customer service experience, and we couldn't do it without the hard work of our representatives.

    Hourglass Angel customer service representatives tell all

    If you've ever had an expert give you advice over the phone, email or online chat, it may have been Daisy Pena, today's customer service star.

    We asked her a few questions about her experience helping our customers and being part of this essential team. Here is what she said:

    What do you love about being in customer service?

    I love talking to our customers and reassuring them that at Hourglass Angel, we are there to support them and help them achieve their goals. We had a wide selection of garments; there is one for everyone. Depending on your individual goals we can find the right one for you.

    What was your favorite project this past year?

    The Q&A with that we had with our CEO Ruben Soto was very interesting. Each of the shapewear stylists was able to be the voice of our customers and share their feedback to help build and improve the company. 

    What do you think is our biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years?

    Our biggest opportunity in the next few years would be to build our inventory specifically for different types of women and their lifestyles. I would like to see collections that would appeal to more women and have our garments be cultivated based on their needs. 

    What specific products please you the most and why?

    I personally like the everyday waist cinchers that can be worn with almost anything on any given day; they have become a staple in my wardrobe. I love the compression and how tiny they make my waist look and feel.

    What would you like to see us add to our inventory?

    I would like to see us add a plus size workout waist trainer. We don’t have many options that would accommodate a full figure body. 

    What makes Hourglass Angel stand out against the competition?

    We ALWAYS put our customers' needs first. We understand that each woman is different and we build our inventory to find pieces for every woman's specific needs. Even after a purchase is made, we do everything in our power to make a return or exchange as easy possible, to ensure that every customer finds the perfect piece. 

    What is your favorite piece that you would like to offer all Hourglass Angel visitors a discount?

    I would like to offer the Classic Cincher by Amia. I love the compression and support this waist trainer gives you, along with the flexibility which makes wearing it every day an essential. Please use coupon code DAISYCCA for 15% off the Classic Cincher by Amia valid through October 11th.

    Thank you Daisy! Come back tomorrow for some more great insights from our customer service team.

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  • The Stars of Hourglass Angel: Meet Claire Hoffman

    Celebrate National Customer Service Week

    It's Day 2 of National Customer Service Week! In case you missed yesterday's post, we're taking the opportunity this week to highlight the stars at Hourglass Angel who work to make your shapewear experience excellent.

    Hourglass Angel customer service representatives tell all

    Today's star customer service representative is Claire Hoffman. If you've ever contacted Customer Service, then perhaps you've talked to her on the phone or chatted with her live on our website. If you've got shapewear questions, she's got answers.

    Check out the interview below to get to know Claire and see how she plays an important part of our team:

    What do you love about being in customer service?

    I love the unexpected conversations that I have with customers. We discuss their goals and lifestyle and how our garments help enhance them.

    What was your favorite project this past year?

    Just last week in honor of National Customer Service Week we had the opportunity to write about each member of the team, highlight the qualities that they posses and how that will help each of us become a better a shapewear stylist.

    What do you think is our biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years?

    The biggest opportunity that we have to explore is building and expanding our reach to men. There are a lot men who are interested and could benefit from the great garments that we have.

    What specific products please you the most and why?

    The products that I like the most are Rago. They are made in the US and they have a very beautiful lingerie touch that gives each garment a romantic appeal.

    What would you like to see us add to our inventory?

    I would like to see more plus sizes, as there is a lack of availability for waist trainers for fuller figures.

    What makes Hourglass Angel stand out against the competition?

    The curation process that we take to build our collections. I have personally tested garments for a period of time in order to assure that they are the best quality possible—durable and effective.

    What is your favorite piece that you would like to offer all Hourglass Angel visitors a discount?

    My favorite piece is the Hot and Cold Tank. I like that it can regulate your body temperature, it is versatile, and the added compression makes it a very functional tank. Please use coupon code CLAIRE15HCT for 15% off the Hot and Cold Tank valid through October 11th.

    Thank you Claire! Be sure to check back all week as we learn more from our customer service team.

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  • The Stars of Hourglass Angel: Meet Elida Salgado

    Celebrate National Customer Service Week 

    It's National Customer Service Week! All week long, we're highlighting the stars at Hourglass Angel who work to make your shapewear experience excellent.

    Hourglass Angel customer service representatives answer your questions

    Today's star customer service representative is Elida Salgado. Like all our reps, she's assists our customers with virtually any questions that arise about styling, fit, sizing and more, over the phone, email and chat.

    We asked Elida several questions about her experiences assisting customers: 

    What do you love about being in customer service?

    I love whenever I can gain a customer's trust and make them feel confident that they are getting the correct garment to fit their body and lifestyle. It makes me feel happy knowing I helped somebody out. I've heard back from a few customers letting me know that they love the product I suggested and that they feel self-assured with their trainer.

    What was your favorite project this past year? Amia! I love the brand and it's exciting to let customers know about all the new product releases and the attention that Amia is getting in the media.

    What do you think is our biggest opportunity in the next 5-10 years? To get a celebrity to endorse our products! Starting off with a lesser known celebrity, word of mouth will get out, and then we will be able to have an A-list celebrity endorse our products. Perhaps getting on QVC would be awesome too!

    What specific products please you the most and why?

    I really like the Total Compression Body Shaper by Vedette 705. It provides compression in all the right areas without looking super fake.

    What would you like to see us add to our inventory?

    More lingerie, panties, perhaps a longer and shorter waist trainer options for customers of different heights.

    What makes Hourglass Angel stand out against the competition? Great customer service, very lenient return policies, and a clean, professional looking easy-access website. We also have a new Stylist quiz that is going to be very helpful, especially with iffy customers whom have a hard time buying things online.

    What is your favorite piece that you would like to offer all Hourglass Angel visitors a discount?

    I would say Ann Chery Alexa High Compression Bodysuit 3009 It's a well-constructed body shaper, and I think we would sell more if the price was a little lower. Please use coupon code ELIDA15AB for 15% off the Ann Chery Alexa High Compression Bodysuit 3009 valid through October 11th.

    Thanks Elida! Tune in all week long as we learn more from our customer service team.

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  • Join Hourglass Angel for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Help Us in the Fight to Beat Breast Cancer

    It's October, which for women means it's time to wear pink ribbons and other pink attire to raise awareness about breast cancer.

    While the color itself is really fun to wear, don't forget the true purpose behind it. Each year it is estimated that over 230,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Yet this disease is very survivable; there are over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive in the U.S. today. Many of them have survived because of early detection. Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump (source: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®).

    One of the best ways to help women fight this disease is to help is to educate them with the knowledge they need to prevent it and get through it. That's why we support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Its mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.

    The NBCF offers several key programs.

    • The Early Detection Plan helps women be proactive about their help detecting breast cancer in its early stages and increase their odds of survival.
    • Beyond the Shock is an educational resource for those affected by breast cancer so they can gain a better understanding of the disease.
    • The National Mammography Program partners with medical facilities across the country to provide diagnostic breast care services and free mammograms to underserved women.
    • The Patient Navigator program helps patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear and misinformation surrounding breast cancer and its prevention.
    • The Breast Health Education Program provides breast cancer education and early detection services to women at community outreaches across the U.S.
    • The NBCF also works with the finest scientists in the world by providing funding to research efforts.

    $1 for every A110 bought is donated

    We whole-heartedly support the NBCF. Throughout the month of October, $1 of every pink Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia we sell will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Active Band is designed for workouts and can be part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

    Join us in October to help as many women as possible beat cancer. Wear pink and join the fight!

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  • The Lazy Girl's Guide To Waist Training – A Review

    How to start waist training

    Tips for Getting Kardashian-Inspired Curves

    Danielle Prescod is a fashion expert known for her work at Elle and InStyle magazine. We were excited to talk to her last year, when she expressed interest in doing a review of waist training after noticing the Kardashians' obsession with the practice.

    We sent her one of our most popular items, the Workout Band by Ann Chery, which just happens to be one of Kim K.'s favorites to share on Instagram.

    Waist training tips

    After a few weeks wearing the cincher, Prescod admitted she was hooked. But in her hilarious review, she unveiled a few tips that she learned the hard way. If you lean towards the lazy side, take her word for it and follow these practices. It will make your transition into a waist training regimen much more pleasant.

    1. Start out slowly.

    Prescod wore her waist trainer for twelve hours on her first day and those that followed. While we're glad she didn't pass out, we highly recommend you just do a little bit at a time. Start out slowly—just an hour the first time. Add a little bit of time each day until you're comfortable wearing it for long hours. It shouldn't be a painful experience.

    1. Eat small, healthy meals and snacks.

    You'll notice when you're waist training that you can't eat big meals. This can be a healthy change, as many nutritionists recommend eating five or six small meals a day anyway. But don't skip meals! This could make you cranky and might mess with your metabolism.

    1. Work out. Please.

    You might be tempted to take shortcuts when you notice how easy it is to get a slimmer waistline without any effort. But you are not doing yourself any favors in the long run. Prescod was disappointed to discover that after a month of waist training and no exercise, her midsection hadn't quite experienced the transformation she was anticipating. Keeping your core strong is a must in order for you to achieve proper results with a waist trainer. Here are some recommendations for exercises you can do while wearing one.

    Intrigued? Start your own waist training regimen with one of many options like the Workout Band by Ann Chery or the Active Band Waist Trainer by Amia.

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  • How To Wear This Fall Color Now

    Colors for fall 2015

    Fashion Tips for Favorite Fall Colors 2015

    Welcome, fall!

    Who doesn't love the crisp air, the seasonal flavors, and of course the fashion that goes with it? While sipping on pumpkin-flavored everything, we're dreaming about all the colors we get to explore in our fall wardrobes.

    To stay current with trends, we recommend trying some of these crisp color combinations this fall. Pair them with shapewear for a head-turning look this season and beyond.

    Neon colors this fall

    1. Neon

    If you loved the 80s, then you are probably excited: hot electric shades are returning. Your best bet for pulling off flashy shades of pink and green without making an overstatement is at the gym. Add fluorescent hues to your workout band collection and you'll definitely turn heads.

    Brown Color for Fall

    1. Brown

    This fall favorite looks good on pretty much everyone. But to avoid looking bland, liven it up with richer colors like maroon or copper. For invisible shaping under neutrals, choose a nude color shaper or waist trainer; no one will ever suspect how you look so good.

    Winter Florals For Fall

    1. Winter Florals

    Florals in late fall and winter work well when rendered against a regal teal or red background. Pair with a firm compression shaper to ensure that your foundation is smooth and that the print lies perfectly on your figure.

    Winter cream for fall

    1. Winter Cream

    The latest take on winter white is a creamier version of one of the fashion world's favorite shades. White can be tricky to pull off, however, so you'll want to make sure your figure is slim and smooth. Your best bet is a nude all-over shaping garment like the Mid-Thigh Bodysuit by Amia.

    Black and White Graphics

    1. Black & White Graphics

    Black and white prints are genius because they can create an optical illusion. Wear this bold, street-savvy style so that it brings attention to the smallest part of your waist. Add a waist trainer to further emphasize the waistline.

    Brenton Stripes for fall

    1. Breton Stripes

    This can be a flattering form-fitting style if worn correctly. However, if the horizontal stripes emphasize the wrong areas, they can make you look larger. Choose a fitted garment that draws in at the waist, paired with a maximum compression shaper. This way the stripes highlight your curves in all the right places.

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  • Cincher or Corset?

    Choosing a cincher or corset depends on your goals and needs.

    Understanding the Difference Between Waist-Training Garments

    One of the most common questions we receive is whether it is better to use a cincher or a corset when waist training. The answer is…it depends! While they can both be used effectively for waist training, they are two very different types of garments, because of the materials inside.

    Corsets are traditional waist-slimming garments, reinforced with steel boning and sometimes tightened with laces. They can produce very dramatic results (multiple inches instantly) and are designed to create a pronounced hourglass waistline.

    Cinchers are modern waist-slimming garments, constructed with synthetic materials like nylon, spandex and/or latex as well as plastic boning. Like corsets they instantly slim the waistline, although not as dramatically (generally 1-3 inches).

    A corset might be appropriate when:

    • You are interested dramatically reshaping your midsection. Wearing a corset for multiple hours a day will "train" your waist, similar to how gauges would reshape your earlobes or braces would shift your teeth.
    • You like the style of a corset. Unlike cinchers, many corsets look phenomenal when worn as outerwear.
    • You plan on slimming down quite a bit. The laces are easily tightened as your waistline shrinks.
    • You need to drop lots of inches from your waist on the spot. The corset gets the job done.

    A cincher might be appropriate when:

    • You want to work out. Workout cinchers are a great way to increase the intensity and burn more calories.
    • You want to hide your shapewear under your clothing. Unlike bulkier corsets, many cinchers are designed to be invisible under your outerwear, making everyday use more realistic.
    • You want to eliminate "bulging." Some styles of corsets are just not flattering on all body types, while cinchers can be more effective at hiding unwanted bulge.
    • You want to waist train while sleeping. If you're that serious about your waist-training regimen, a cincher can be a more comfortable way to relax.

    Some women find it very useful to have both cinchers and corsets in their wardrobe, so if you can't decide, try both to find the best fit for different outfits and occasions.

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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.

    INITIAL IMPRESSSIONS

    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.

    IMPROVED POSTURE, SLIMMER SILHOUETTE, AND A CONFIDENCE BOOST

    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.

    NOTICEABLE RESULTS

    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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