Banishing Bat Wings – Tips from Dr. Oz

The Dr. Oz Show “Bat Wings”, the loose skin that can dangle from the upper arms, are problematic for many women.  This can happen for a number of reasons: Loss of skin elasticity Loss of muscle mass Sun damage Weight loss or gain In fact, Slimpressions was originally inspired by a very embarrassing arm flab moment by our Co-Founder, Amy Pedersen. The good news is it can be improved! Check out these five tips Dr. Oz featured on his international television show.  Shapewear o   The Haves™ by Slimpressions, in particular, was spotlighted Retinol Cream  o   Helps build collagen and firm the upper arms o    Use the cream every day for optimal results Self-Tanner or Foundation o   Just as you...

The Dr. Oz Show

“Bat Wings”, the loose skin that can dangle from the upper arms, are problematic for many women.  This can happen for a number of reasons: In fact, Slimpressions was originally inspired by a very embarrassing arm flab moment by our Co-Founder, Amy Pedersen. The good news is it can be improved! Check out these five tips Dr. Oz featured on his international television show.  Shapewear o   The Haves™ by Slimpressions, in particular, was spotlighted Retinol Cream  o   Helps build collagen and firm the upper arms o    Use the cream every day for optimal results Self-Tanner or Foundation o   Just as you can contour your face with make-up, you can do the same for your arms o   Simply brush on some color where your muscle is Exercise Exercise – Fitness expert Debi Sibler, The Mojo Coach, recommends: o   Closed Armpit Pressbacks
  • Bend at the waist
  • Put your arms close to your side, bend your arms and start with your fists near your shoulders
  • Push your arms back and twist your wrists up without letting your elbows drop
o   Chair Dips
  • Sit on chair
  • Extend your legs straight out
  • Putting all your weight on your hands, lift yourself off the chair
  • Drop your bottom down in front of the chair until your arms are no more than 90 degrees
Take advantage of these tips and tricks for smoother, sleeker Michelle Obama or Kelly Ripa-like arms!    

The Bite that Burns, the Foods You Eat

Remember the Bite that Burns is About the Foods You Eat Did you know that you are burning calories while you’re consuming them? It’s true! That's the bite that burns. Certain foods burn more calories during digestion than others. For example, your body uses twice as much energy to process whole grains like wheat, brown rice, or oatmeal than it does processed food like starchy potato chips. We’re not talking negative-calorie foods here; although, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Some additional bites (or sips) that burn include: Green Tea and Coffee Spicy Peppers Nuts (in small quantities) Lean Protein (lean meats, Greek yogurt, and eggs) Most (note most) Raw Fruits and Vegetables Broth-Based Soup (“No heavy cream al...

Remember the Bite that Burns is About the Foods You Eat

Did you know that you are burning calories while you’re consuming them? It’s true! That's the bite that burns. Certain foods burn more calories during digestion than others. For example, your body uses twice as much energy to process whole grains like wheat, brown rice, or oatmeal than it does processed food like starchy potato chips. We’re not talking negative-calorie foods here; although, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Some additional bites (or sips) that burn include:
  • Green Tea and Coffee
  • Spicy Peppers
  • Nuts (in small quantities)
  • Lean Protein (lean meats, Greek yogurt, and eggs)
  • Most (note most) Raw Fruits and Vegetables
  • Broth-Based Soup (“No heavy cream allowed!”)
  • Beans
  [caption id="attachment_2469" align="alignleft" width="300"]healhy eating Losing weight starts with making good choices[/caption] All of these foods either contain an ingredient that revs up your metabolism or one that keeps you full for little calories. These are little changes you can make to your diet, especially during snack time, to help you boost your metabolism and get rid of those lingering pounds. Remember to eat smart and take bites that burn! Enjoying these weight loss and confidence boosting tips from your friends at Slimpressions shapewear?  Share the link with your friends! Resources: Health Media Ventures, Inc.; Health.com; The Top Fat-Burning Foods http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20553780,00.html WebMD, LLC.; WebMD.com; Slideshow: Fat-Fighting Foods http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-fat-fighting-foods  

Pet Names for Pesky Problem Areas

Pet Names for Pesky Problem Areas We've heard a lot of funny names for different problem areas. Our co-founding Slimpressionista, Amy Pedersen, often jokes about having the “founding arm flab” that inspired Slimpressions shape wear. Although her maiden name is Blankenship, BlankenHIPS is more like it!  (He-he-he, love you Amy!) What are your names for “flabbage” up top: Arm Flab Bat Wings Subway Arms or Muscles that wave? How about the midsection? We've heard: Muffin Top Spare Tire Jelly Belly and Love Handles. Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget those areas that The Bottom Line Collection helps smooth…Thunder Thighs and the Caboose! No matter what you call your trouble spots, we h...

Pet Names for Pesky Problem Areas

We've heard a lot of funny names for different problem areas. Our co-founding Slimpressionista, Amy Pedersen, often jokes about having the “founding arm flab” that inspired Slimpressions shape wear. Although her maiden name is Blankenship, BlankenHIPS is more like it!  (He-he-he, love you Amy!) What are your names for “flabbage” up top:
  • Arm Flab
  • Bat Wings
  • Subway Arms
  • or Muscles that wave?
How about the midsection? We've heard:
  • Muffin Top
  • Spare Tire
  • Jelly Belly
  • and Love Handles.
Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget those areas that The Bottom Line Collection helps smooth…Thunder Thighs and the Caboose! No matter what you call your trouble spots, we have your shaping solution!  Check out our Product Selector where you can shop not only by body shape, but also by problem area! We've broken it down into the chest, arms, hips, bottom, thighs and belly. Do you have a “pet name” for pesky problem areas?  Let’s hear it!  #allingoodfun  

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Butt

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift Lie on your back with your knees bent. Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling. Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times. Donkey Kicks Get on all fours. Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent. After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat. Frog Jump Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground. Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling. Repeat 20...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ We've touched on arms and the belly, but for our final post in the series, let's tone that tush! Butt Lift
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Squeeze your glutes together while lifting your hips to the ceiling.
  • Slowly bring back down and repeat 20 times.
Donkey Kicks
  • Get on all fours.
  • Kick your left leg backwards towards the ceiling, keeping it bent.
  • After 20 kicks, switch legs and repeat.
Frog Jump
  • Crouch down into a “frog” position, placing both hands on the ground.
  • Jump up straight, lifting your hands to the ceiling.
  • Repeat 20 times.
Reference: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/fitness/butt-exercises-apr01#slide-12 [caption id="attachment_1750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Donkey Kicks[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Belly

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears. Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet. Repeat 20 times and switch limbs. Mountain Climber Get into a push-up position. Bring your right knee to your chest. Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee. 20 r...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Last week we focused on 3 arm exercises and said, "Fly away bat wings!" This week, we're saying goodbye to that jiggly jelly belly... Torso Twist
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, bend your elbows so that your fists are near your ears.
  • Bring your right knee up and your left elbow down until they nearly meet.
  • Repeat 20 times and switch limbs.
Mountain Climber
  • Get into a push-up position.
  • Bring your right knee to your chest.
  • Extend back out and repeat the motion with your left knee.
  • 20 reps per leg.
Side Plank
  • Lie on your side with your legs straight.
  • Prop yourself up with your forearm.
  • Hold the position for 60 seconds and switch sides.
References: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-7 http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/workout-routines/tummy-toning-exercises#slide-2 http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/8-Killer-Ab-Exercises?page=2 [caption id="attachment_1741" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mountain Climber[/caption]

Tone by Zone Exercise Series – Arms

We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings! Circle “T”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape. Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions. Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat. High “V”: Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!) Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.” Do ...
We all have unwanted problem areas, which is one of the main reasons Slimpressions® was created. In additional to your overall cardio, there are specific exercises you can do to ‘tone by zone.’ Let’s start with 3 arm exercises. Fly away bat wings!
  1. Circle “T”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • Put both arms straight out to your sides, creating a “T”-shape.
  • Keeping your shoulders down, make 20 clockwise small circle motions.
  • Change direction to counterclockwise and repeat.
  1. High “V”:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, make a high “V” with your arms. (Pretend like you’re a cheerleader!)
  • Slowly bring down to your hips and then back into a “V.”
  • Do 20 reps.
  1. Overhead Bend:
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart.
  • With 3 to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand, extend your right arm over your head and to the left.
  • Switch sides and repeat 25 times.
Tune in next week for the jelly belly series! [caption id="attachment_1734" align="alignnone" width="150"]iStock_000015284746XSmall High "V"[/caption] References: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=1 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=5 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/arms/exercises/tone-your-arms-in-3-moves/?page=8

Our Commitment to Customer Service

We made our Return and Exchange Policy easy-peasy because we stand behind our shapewear and we're not happy until our Slimpressionistas are happy! If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with the size or style that you chose, ship it back to us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or exchange – no hassle, no questions asked. We’ll even cover any shipping charge for the return or exchange so there’s no risk to you! Just email us at returns@slimpressions.com and we’ll send you a prepaid return label and instructions on how to return or exchange your order.  What if you’re new to the whole shapewear game and you’re not sure which Slimpressions style is best for you? You may even be unsure if you prefer...
We made our Return and Exchange Policy easy-peasy because
  1. we stand behind our shapewear and
  2. we're not happy until our Slimpressionistas are happy!

If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with the size or style that you chose, ship it back to us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or exchange – no hassle, no questions asked. We’ll even cover any shipping charge for the return or exchange so there’s no risk to you! Just email us at returns@slimpressions.com and we’ll send you a prepaid return label and instructions on how to return or exchange your order.

 What if you’re new to the whole shapewear game and you’re not sure which Slimpressions style is best for you? You may even be unsure if you prefer your body shapers a little snugger or a bit looser. If after reviewing the Product Selector, you have any questions about a product or sizing, you can email us at info@slimpressions.com or call us at 866-671-0906. We will provide expert advice on the garments that we sell.

Here at Slimpressions, we are 100% committed to customer service.

Body Image

You've heard us say time and time again, “At Slimpressions®, we're all about helping women look better in their clothes, but more importantly, we're all about helping women FEEL better about themselves.” This is why we've come up with the new tagline, ConfidencewearTM. Statistics show, 8 out 10 women are not happy with what they see in the mirror. Let’s face the facts: 8 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. 90% of these individuals are female. Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on diet and beauty products a year. It is estimated that 40 to 50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any given point in time. Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way t...
You've heard us say time and time again, “At Slimpressions®, we're all about helping women look better in their clothes, but more importantly, we're all about helping women FEEL better about themselves.” This is why we've come up with the new tagline, ConfidencewearTM. Statistics show, 8 out 10 women are not happy with what they see in the mirror. Let’s face the facts:
  • 8 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. 90% of these individuals are female.
  • Americans spend more than 40 billion dollars on diet and beauty products a year.
  • It is estimated that 40 to 50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any given point in time.
  • Almost half of all women smokers smoke because they see it as the best way to control their weight. Of these women, 25% will die of a disease caused by smoking.
  • 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in the United States in 2011. The majority of which were performed on women.
The average American woman is 5’4″ and 140 pounds.Most of us have a disproportionate view of our bodies due to the media, especially advertisements. The current standard of ideal thinness, set by the media, is achieved by less than 5% of the female population. For example:
  • The average American model is 5′11″ and 117 pounds.
  • Twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, they weigh 23% less than the average woman.
We believe that your weight shouldn't determine who you are. Confidence is a mental state. Love your body in every way, shape and form. You ARE beautiful. Encourage yourself to believe this. You have to love yourself, before you can allow others to love you. Sources:

Show “The Girls” a Little Love

Have you seen the new Lifetime show, Double Divas? If so, you know the importance of a well-fitting bra. These divas from LiviRae Lingerie are sizing America one bra at a time. Every episode will leave you rolling on the floor laughing. Yet I digress… Let me ask another question. Did you know more than 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? A well-fitting bra can eliminate sagging, back pain and not to mention make you look like a “10” in your clothes! You may not even know you’re wearing the wrong bra size, but if your bra is creating back fat or you’re spilling out of the cup, this blog was written for you. The fit of a bra is determined by 4 factors: Band size Cup size Strap adjustment How it appears under cl...
Have you seen the new Lifetime show, Double Divas? If so, you know the importance of a well-fitting bra. These divas from LiviRae Lingerie are sizing America one bra at a time. Every episode will leave you rolling on the floor laughing. Yet I digress… Let me ask another question. Did you know more than 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size? A well-fitting bra can eliminate sagging, back pain and not to mention make you look like a “10” in your clothes! You may not even know you’re wearing the wrong bra size, but if your bra is creating back fat or you’re spilling out of the cup, this blog was written for you. The fit of a bra is determined by 4 factors:
  1. Band size
  2. Cup size
  3. Strap adjustment
  4. How it appears under clothing
The most important factor is the band. Most women shop for a bra by the cup size and then then band, allowing themselves to stray between a few sizes on the band. The support is in the band, ladies! Most major department stores will help you determine your correct band size and cup size. It is important to get sized every year or so, as we all know a woman’s body is subject to change. When trying on a new bra, look at how it looks under a white T-shirt. If you can rock it under that, you can wear it with most things. You can look even more flattering in your new bra when you slim your middle with any body shapers from the Slimpressions Top Sleekret™ CollectionThe Have Nots™ and Tanks a Little™ both were designed for you to bring your own bra. The deep scoop front works with your bra to promote “the girls” by giving them a little boost.  The Haves™, The Skinny Mini™ and Tanks A Lot™ all include a Comfy Bralette™ to lift and support without compressing your chest. You can you wear these shapers with or without your bra. If you’re just not into traditional bras, check out our Comfy Bralette™. It may very well be the most comfortable bra that you’ll ever wear! It lifts and supports without wires, hooks or padding. The seamless technology we use in the wide back band eliminates visible bra lines. And, the wide shoulder straps don’t dig into your skin and won’t show under your cutest blouse or shirt. Our Comfy Bralette sits lower on your torso and a bit higher under your arms to eliminate those pesky bulges that you find when you’re wearing your traditional bra. Like all of our products, just machine wash on gentle in cold water and tumble dry on low. Now, who’s ready to trade in their old bra and give “the girls” a little love and a lot more support? Reference