Fashion Corner with Tanya: Reviewing the Best Waist Trainer Corsets

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It seems that more celebrities today are touting the benefits of waist training and trimming.  It’s not really a huge surprise since the hourglass figure has long been seen as a standard of female beauty.  Shaping garments are designed to narrow the waist while accentuating the bust and hips.  Devotion to the hourglass figure led to corsets being among the first mass-produced fashion garments in the US over a century ago.  Though the hourglass fell largely out of favor during the 1920s, when that era’s flappers opted for a slimmer, more rectangular look, it never completely disappeared from the landscape.  If you’ve been thinking you might like to give this look a try, keep reading for some info on the process and the differences between true waist training and trimming or cinching.

True waist training involves actually reshaping the body in a semi-permanent fashion.  A corset with rigid boning is worn often enough and for enough hours that the compression actually causes the two lowest ribs (called floating ribs) to be pushed closer together, thus narrowing the waist.  The body mass that is displaced by the compression is shifted upward and/or downward to make the bust and/or hips fuller.  With enough time, compression, and dedication to tightening the corset as necessary, this change becomes semi-permanent.  In other words, you can absolutely reach a point where your new hourglass shape is present and obvious even when you aren’t wearing your corset.  This means that you can show off your new shape even when wearing a swimsuit (or less!).  The results are only semi-permanent, though, because over time, those floating ribs will float back to their original positions and the body mass that was shifted during training will eventually resettle.  How long the results last depends mainly on how much mass was shifted during training.  


In addition to true corset waist training, you can also opt for less compressing and less permanent cinchers and trimmers.  These garments can give you an hourglass look, but only while you’re wearing them.  Visit best rated affordable waist trainers for several models that range from trimmer to those much closer to traditional corset trainers.  While these might not be top picks for maximum long-term effects, they are great choices for beginners or those who aren’t looking to make the long-term commitment for long-term results.  If you’re new to waist training, you’ll need to start off by deciding whether you want to invest the time and effort to get the semi-permanent results of true corset training or would prefer to stick with (or start with) less restricting ways to get that hourglass shape when wearing your favorite outfits.

Waist training is a process that will take months, but starts out simply enough.   You’ll wear the corset as tightly as you can tolerate without restricting your breathing for as long as you can, gradually increasing wearing time until you’re wearing the corset for as much of the day as possible.  They shouldn’t be worn during bathing or showering, and the most rigid models shouldn’t be worn during vigorous workouts.  Some women do sleep in their corsets, but many find them too uncomfortable for sleeping.  If you find that sleeping in your corset just isn’t working for you, you can wear a less rigid trimmer or cincher overnight to help reinforce your corset training.  You should also gradually increase the corset’s tightness as tolerated until you reach your desired shape.  Once you’ve reached a point where you have the shape you want even without the corset, you can reduce wearing time, or even quit wearing the corset altogether–for a while, anyway.  Again, your body will eventually return to its original shape, so if you want to keep the hourglass, you should continue to wear the corset at its last level of tightness for as long and often as you need to in order to maintain the results.


Check out this resource for reviews, including the pros and cons, of several waist training options.  You’ll find models with more rigid boning for maximum effect and some with more forgiving boning that provides a bit more comfort and flexibility.

How to Look Younger Tomorrow!

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Most of us are always on the lookout for ways to look younger.  Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you look your best.



Great-looking hair is one way to stay youthful looking.  Consider mousse as your go-to styling product.  It’s lighter than many other products and tends to be better at delivering volume and lifting your roots.


Another way to add volume is to blow dry your hair upside down, especially after you’ve worked your mousse from the roots to the ends.  A round brush is the best kind of brush for adding volume.  Start off by brushing the hair in the opposite direction of where it will lay.  Brushing while blow drying will give you an even bigger boost.


To keep hair healthy and repair damage done by styling gadgets, consider giving yourself a hot-oil treatment weekly.  Jojoba oil is a great choice and can be found at most drugstores and super stores these days.  To help minimize damage from blow drying, look for a blow dryer with a cool-shot setting, which will blast a bit of cooler air after drying to lessen the negative effects of heat.



Our eyes can definitely show our age.  A good concealer applied rather generously from the inner corner around to the outer corner can help minimize dark circles.  Pat and press concealer–don’t rub it in as this can be damaging to the sensitive skin in the eye area.  If you still see too much darkness after the first layer of concealer, apply a second before setting the concealer with powder that matches your foundation.


Tea bags (with caffeine) can perk up tired eyes by shrinking the blood vessels that cause darkness and by forcing out some of the fluid that causes puffiness.  Soak the tea bags for a minute or so in hot water, then plunge into ice water briefly before putting them over your eyes for 15 minutes.



Teeth that aren’t as white as they could be can definitely make us look older than we are–or at least older than we want people to think we are.  A simple paste of baking soda and water can remove superficial stains and provide a shade or two of whitening when used once a week.


If coffee, red wine, and/or tea are mainstays for you, you might already know that they can stain teeth.  Try rinsing your mouth with plain water after drinking one of these beverages or following your beverage with crunchy food (like raw vegetables) to help brush away staining agents.


While you work on whitening your teeth, consider lip colors with bluer undertones.  These tend to make teeth look whiter, whereas colors with gold or yellow undertones tend to highlight any tooth yellowing.



Keeping your body well hydrated can keep your skin softer, smoother, brighter and overall younger looking.  Staying hydrated also minimizes belly bloat.  You can also try a corset or waist trainer to give yourself a classic hourglass figure.  In addition to getting plenty of water every day, a balanced diet full of fresh veggies and fruits combined with getting regular exercise is another way to keep yourself feeling and looking years younger than your actual age.

Top Travel Safety Tips for Women

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Traveling alone can be a great way to explore the world without the pressure of keeping to others’ schedules and personalities, but it can also be dangerous.  Below, we’ll look at a few tips to help you keep you safe when traveling outside of a group.


Know your destination

Do your best to research your destination city thoroughly.  Don’t limit your search to tourist areas.  Make sure you also know if there are any areas or neighborhoods you should avoid.  Look for hotels or other lodging in the safest areas you can.  Make sure you know if there are any areas that might be fine during the day, but sketchy after dark.


Look like you belong

A tourist traveling alone can be an easy target for pickpockets, thieves, and worse.  Do your best to blend in.  While researching your host city, try to find out what fashions are in style and stick to them if you can.  Added research can also make you less likely to look lost (or get lost) and help you to move confidently from one area to another, minimizing your chances of catching the eye of a bad guy.  If you do find yourself in need of directions or other assistance, duck into a nearby shop or restaurant to ask for help rather than risk asking passersby who might be tempted to take advantage of your situation.


Leave valuables at home

To the greatest extent possible, don’t wear any valuable jewelry in an unfamiliar place.  Don’t flash a bunch of cash, either.  If you don’t feel safe leaving cash in your hotel (or the hotel’s safe, if they have one), don’t keep it all in one place.  For instance, keep some of it in your wallet and split the rest up among various pockets or in your purse.  If you insist on carrying valuables as you travel, keep them on you while on the move.  In other words, don’t check valuables.  Lost baggage is bad enough, but losing valuables is even worse.


Keep your wits about you

This means that you should be wary of strangers, even those who seem well intentioned.  It’s definitely okay to meet new people and make new friends, but don’t be too quick to let them know where you’re staying or how much cash you’re carrying.  It’s just not worth the risk.


It’s also important to make sure you don’t drink too much.  We definitely tend to let our guard down after a few, and after a few too many, we can lose the ability to think clearly or protect ourselves if necessary.  Also, just as here at home, never leave a drink unattended.


Have backups

Always have some emergency backup cash that will not be spent unless you find yourself in a jam.  Make sure that you have copies of the front and back of all credit cards and ID in the event yours are lost or stolen.  If you will be in a place with reliable internet access, you can keep this info on the cloud; otherwise, have paper copies safely stashed somewhere.


Stay in touch

Let your family and friends back home know your travel plans.  Give them as exact an itinerary as possible.  Your best bet is to check in with someone back home on a daily basis, though some locales might make that impossible.  Let them know how often you will check in, via phone or social media, and then stick with that plan.  When you check in, be as specific as you can about where you are and how you can be contacted (the name of the hotel, the name of town, etc.).  Unfortunately, not every trip is a smooth one or one that is memorable for all the right reasons.  Establishing a pattern of check-ins can alert loved ones if a problem does arise and can give them a good place to start any search.


While these certainly don’t cover every aspect of safe travel, they are a good start.  Above all, always remember to trust your gut–if a situation doesn’t seem right, avoid it.  One missed opportunity is better than making a decision you knew you’d regret.

Beauty Hacks for Looking Great on Vacation

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We all look forward to vacation, right?  A chance to get away from the workaday world for a week (two, if you’re lucky) and just relax and regroup for a bit.  Whether you have a fixed vacation spot that you enjoy year after year or like spending your vacations exploring new cities and seeing new sights, you probably want to look your best without packing too much.  Below, we’ll take a look at some tips to make the most of your vacation, no matter where you roam.


The city

Opt for some basic pieces in colors that are more neutral than not.  Use accessories to brighten up the look.  Jewelry and other accessories take up a lot less space than extra outfits, and you don’t have to worry about them getting wrinkled.  Just be careful about packing or wearing anything too expensive–there’s no reason to spend your precious time off worried about losing your grandmother’s diamonds!


If your trip is going to involve lots of sightseeing, make sure you bring comfortable shoes.  You probably already know how a pair of shoes can ruin an evening, right?  Make sure your trip doesn’t suffer from blistered or sore feet.  If you’re going to be doing more walking than you’re used to, consider gel insoles, soft socks, and maybe pack a few Band-Aids–just in case.


The beach

Most beach towns are super casual places, so you should be able to keep packing to a minimum.  If you plan to do any sightseeing, souvenir shopping, or maybe go out for a nice dinner, you can usually go much more laid back in terms of fashion than in other places.  Lightweight sundresses or rompers paired with your favorite sandals are all you really need.  Choose your most comfortable sandals if you’ll do much off-beach walking.  If you plan to wear your sandals or flip flops down on the beach, make sure you choose those that won’t be damaged by sand or saltwater.


Naturally, sunscreen is a must.  A wide-brimmed hat is also a good idea.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that sitting under a big umbrella is all the protection you need.  The sun’s rays will absolutely reflect off of the water and sand and find you anywhere–just ask my sister!  It’s also a great idea to pack some after-sun lotion.  Even if you avoid burning, the sun and its heat can be drying, so extra moisture is a plus.  Consider storing your aloe-based lotion in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.  Gels with lidocaine (a numbing agent) are great for sunburns.


You also want to be sure you drink plenty of water to combat the dehydration that comes with long days in the sun and surf.


The cold

If you’re planning a ski trip or other cold-weather vacation, packing ultra light might not be an option.  Layers are your best bet.  Consider official thermal wear if you’ll be spending real time in the snow.  Believe it or not, the same wetsuits divers use can be helpful in extreme cold, too, since they’re designed to hold body heat in rather than allowing it to escape.  They also offer a bit more mobility than thicker thermal layers.


Just like the heat, cold (especially with wind) can rob your body of moisture.  Stay well hydrated and moisturize your skin a couple times a day.  If you’re thinking of wearing multiple pairs of socks to keep your feet warm, make sure your shoes will accommodate the extra bulk.
If any part of your vacation, wherever you go, involves a dress-up outing, you can slip on a waist trainer to narrow your waist and accentuate your bust and hips for an hourglass look that’s always in style.  Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t restrict your breathing or movement.  And did we mention comfortable shoes?