Archive for January, 2012
One of the best parts of being a woman is having CURVES galore!
But maybe you’re wondering …
It is really possible to look like an hourglass if you’re built like a rectangle or an apple (as most transgender women are)?
The answer is YES!
Keep reading to learn how to slim your waist and enhance your hips to achieve an hourglass shape:
1. Try corset training
If you’ve never worn a corset before, you’re in for a treat. A corset can take up to 6” off your waist and make you look and feel ultra feminine.
A corset can even be used for permanent (or at least semi-permanent) waist size reduction. Corset training isn’t fast or easy, but it can work wonders when combined with a proper diet and exercise.
Check out Romantasy.com to learn more about corset training. They offer corsets, training materials, and even a 3-month waist training coaching program.
2. Wear a waist cincher
As lovely as corsets are, they aren’t always practical. A big drawback is that corsets can look stiff and bulky under most clothes.
Waist cinchers, on the other hand, are designed to be worn under clothing. A waist cincher can take 1-4 inches off your waist while still allowing you to move and breath easily.
Here are 3 top-reviewed waist cinchers available in small to extra-large sizes.
- Flexees Instant Slimmer Waistnipper
- Squeem Magical Lingerie Waist Cincher
- Rago Waist Cincher – Style 821
|Flexees Instant Slimmer Waistnipper||Squeem Magical Lingerie Waist Cincher||Rago Waist Cincher – Style 821|
3. Improve your posture
Most of us have poor posture from being slumped over computers all day. Good posture can make you look 10 pounds lighter around the middle, so pay attention to the way you sit and stand. Think: stomach in, chest lifted, and shoulders back.
Even better – put on your waist cincher! A waist cincher improves your posture by forcing you to keep your tummy in and your spine straight.
4. Try the vacuum pose
Traditional exercises like crunches and sit-ups can overdevelop your abs and increase the size of your waist. Have you ever noticed that many modern bodybuilders have bulging abdomens? Compare this to the wasp-waist look of old school bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jack Lalanne.
You obviously don’t want to look like “The Terminator”, but these classic bodybuilders were onto something. Their secret was the “vacuum pose”.
The vacuum pose is an exercise that tones the transverse abdominis. The transverse abdominis is the innermost ab muscle, which supports your posture and helps hold your stomach in. Everyday crunches don’t target this muscle.
The vacuum pose can take 2-4 inches off your waist, so it’s definitely worth a try. (I personally lost 1 inch off my waist after vacuum posing for 2 weeks!) Here’s how to do it:
- Exhale all the air from your lungs.
- Expand your chest and suck in your stomach as much as possible. Imagine trying to touch your belly button to your spine.
- Hold this pose for 5-15 seconds and then relax.
- Repeat for 3-5 minutes.
The vacuum pose should be done on an empty stomach and can be done standing, sitting, or on your hands and knees. Check out this article to learn more about the vacuum pose.
5. Enhance your hips
A small waist is only half of the equation. Your hips should appear approximately 10 inches larger than your waist for true hourglass proportions.
Here are some tips for enhancing your hips:
- Wear padded panties. Classic Curves carries the best hip and butt enhancers for crossdressers and transgender women. You can also find a big selection of removable hip and butt pads on LoveMyBubbles.com.
- Go for skirts and dresses with gathered waistlines. Gathers are the easiest way add inches to your lower body and create the illusion of hips.
- Look for peplum styles. A peplum is a ruffle or overskirt attached to the waistline of a top, dress, or skirt. Besides adding fullness to the hips, the peplum is a very fashion-forward look.
|Padded panty||Gathered waist||Peplum|
I hope this gave you some new ideas for getting the CURVES you desire. I’d love to see your results, so please share your photos below – along with any other waist or hip shaping tips you might have!
Happy New Year, girlfriend!
Are you as psyched about 2012 as I am? I’ve got loads of exciting things coming up that I can’t wait to tell you about!
What about you? Have you thought about your FEMME intentions for 2012? This is a perfect time to think about how you want to honor and express your femininity this year.
But let’s face it – most resolutions fail. That’s why I’d like to share 3 tips for setting feminine intentions that you’ll actually keep:
1. Set intentions, not resolutions.
When I hear the word “resolution”, I immediately think of all the times I fell off my New Year’s diet or failed at some other goal. Ugh.
So rather than setting resolutions, I now set intentions. An intention is literally an “aim that guides action”. Intentions are more flexible than resolutions and don’t make you feel like a failure if you fall off track every now and then.
My own intentions for 2012 are: to express more gratitude, to get out of my comfort zone more often, and to take great care of my body.
What are yours?
2. Don’t set more than 3 intentions.
FOCUS is the key to accomplishing anything, including your feminine intentions. That’s why I suggest limiting yourself to 3 intentions max.
Wouldn’t it be great to accomplish a few important goals – whether it’s mastering feminine communication, creating a fund for transition, having daily girl time, etc. – instead of looking back at a bunch of half-completed goals next year?
3. Create a reminder system.
It’s easy to set intentions and then forget about them. The trick is to create a daily or weekly reminder system that will help you stick with your goals. Here are some ideas:
- Post your intentions in a place where you’ll see them often (the fridge, bathroom mirror, bulletin board, etc.).
- Write your intentions on a piece of paper and keep it in your wallet.
- Set up popup or email reminders in Google Calendar.
- Install a reminder app on your iPhone.
I’d love to hear about your FEMME intentions for 2012, so please share them with me below!
Wishing you a year full of girly joys and wondrous surprises!