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Interview with founder of Motiv-Pro, hairstylist Louie Merlot

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Louie Merlot is a paragon celebrity hairdresser and stylist who believes that your hair style speaks volume of your persona and also finding the right barber who understands your style is as important as building an impressible personality. He is the founder of MOTIV-PRO, an American brand that manufactures hairdressing tools and styling products. He knows just how important hairdressing tools are for barbers to achieve great feat. The brand is famous for its uniquely designed haircombs, hair grippers, razors, blades, hair fiber, styling gel, peel off mask and capes.  When did you first become a hairdresser? My journey started late 2009 How did you learn hairdressing? I was 12 years old when I first started cutting my hair and that of my two younger brothers. At that time I was using a cheap pair of Conair Clippers I bought at Walmart. Times were difficult for us and affording a haircut was quite a luxury. When did you start Motiv? It was founded in 2016 Where is it basedd? It’s headquartered in California.  Why did you want to start a hairdressing tools company? Actually, I never planned on starting a hairdressing tool company. To say the least, I was in…

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Making your emails unforgettable

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In a world where we there are billions of email users. One where an average person receives dozens to hundreds of mails in his inbox daily, how can your emails stand out? Email marketing is by far one of the best strategies for attracting and retaining customers till date. With a good email campaign, you can avail ground breaking results. Sadly, in the world today, most emails say boring and uninteresting right from the first glance. This has led to quite a number of mails laying in busy inboxes, forgotten or probably never opened. In fact, most consumers would tag certain emails “irrelevant” upon receipt. An email that buys you a click – what should it look like? Let’s be clear here – Getting an email in front of the right audience is just one step of the way. Having an attention grabbing copy out there is what actually speaks conversion. Without a doubt, the journey to getting an email opened lies on what the reader first sees. So you should craft a catchy email subject line that gets you the first click through. The next thing is your copy. Your copy/content should be one that is scannable, as clear…

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“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”Michaël Bijker On Yoga, Breath Work, and the Mind-Body Connection

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Michaël Bijker is the founder of the Life Awareness Project: Yoga Lap. Their eight week online course covers breath work, mind training and meditation. Students will learn techniques to strengthen and open up the body and mind, become more focused, heal themselves, and become  aware of their connection with something much greater than themselves. Michaël Bijker has helped many people from all over the world find their true purpose in life. He has been studying the workings of the mind and body since the age of 14 and is now dedicated to serving humanity by helping people become more awake, healthy and truly self realized beings. He is a certified 800hr YA teacher with a yoga therapy certification from the Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science & Research in Indore, India. He currently lives in Portugal where he teaches yoga and meditation. Breakaway Daily: How long have you been practicing yoga?   Michaël Bijker: Since 2009, and I have been exploring the techniques of mind work and meditation since I was 15. BD: What was the turning point that led you down the path of yoga and helping others?   MB: I had a big car accident which left me with…

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Interview with Faraz Inam on his debut novel “The Misunderstood Ally”

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Inspired by real life events, The Misunderstood Ally is a geopolitical thriller novel based on the life of three characters who come from very different backgrounds. They have strong personalities and diverse opinions on the ‘War on Terror’. This is their story of triumph and tribulations. It’s a story of conflict between their biases and experiences, between their hearts and minds and eventually between their conscience and call of duty. Inspired from real life events, the characters are work of fantasy the personas they emit are real.  

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Following His Passion Against All Odds

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Dorsey Ross is accomplished evangelical minister and public speaker who has had to overcome many obstacles due to being born with the genetic disorder Apert Syndrome. Despite undergoing many surgeries and people assuming throughout his life that he could not succeed, Ross has beat the odds and followed his passion. In his first book, Overcomer: Discovering God’s Purpose Against All Odds (Xulon Press, 2016), he hopes to inspire others by sharing his story and encourage others to see that with God all things are possible. We talked with Dorsey in Long Island about his book, his faith, his journey and how he found his purpose. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Why do you think it is important for people like you and Lizzie Velasquez to come forward and share your stories in order to continue to break barriers? DORSEY: I believe we need to show others, especially those who think they are “normal” or don’t have a disability, that those with a disability are just like everyone else. Yes we are different, but we are still people, we still have brains that can make choices and decisions. Disability is not inability. I hope that our stories make people realize that just because we have a…

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Julia Daviy is bringing fashion into the future with 3D printed clothing

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Julia Daviy is a fashion designer with a high-tech twist. She creates 3D-printed clothing that is both fashionable and functional, with an eye towards sustainability and ethical production. With patterns from lace to leather, Daviy creates clothing that is cruelty-free, recyclable, and classically chic. This revolution will re-empower women around the world, and begin to repair the torn fabric of our society. The myths of the weaving goddess, of Athena, the Fates and the Celestial Mother, remind us that women once wove our society together. Today we are at the start of a revolution in fashion, as 3D printing transforms the industry in the same way digital technologies have transformed and disrupted many other industries. This revolution will re-empower women around the world, and begin to repair the torn fabric of our society.” Daviy is also a co-founder of the Green Economy Institute in Eastern Europe, and sits on the boards of other organisations in the field of clean technology. Her interest in combating climate change and reducing the impact of fashion on the environment spurred her to begin studying 3D printing technologies as a way to reduce chemical pollution, energy consumption, material waste and the exploitation of animals in the fashion…

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Stray off the beaten path this fall with Blue District’s “Nature’s Realm” collection

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et yourself wander through the enchanted forest as we take a walk through Blue District‘s Nature’s Realm collection. You’ll find yourself among earth tones, floral prints, lush textures and patterns inspired by nature in these whimsical and captivating pieces. From puff jackets, chunky sweaters, elegant coats, bodysuits, flowing skirts, fairy dresses, and even unique statement heels, there’s something here to dress your enchanted side. There’s magic and inspiration to be found at every turn. Ready to take a gander? Into the woods we go… [adace_shoppable_image attachment=”14121″] The enchanted forest has a life of its own. Its paths weave through the trees, across streams and through the bushes, with something new to discover at every turn. Hear the crunch of fallen leaves and branches beneath your feet, feel the crisp air on your skin, and smell the fresh rich earth with all its possibilities. Get in touch with your enchanted side by wandering through the forest and discovering something new. Follow your own path… [adace_shoppable_image attachment=”14120″] Inspired by nature, these pieces feature soft lines and soft fabrics cut to fit, flow and flatter. Whether your muse calls you to a snow-covered field with icicles hanging from branches and sparkling in the…

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Rebels with a cause: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding broke barriers

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The royal family posed in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Credit: Kensington Palace/Alexi Lubomirski

The royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was a beautiful sight to behold with tradition taking a back seat. Six hundred royal wedding guests including senior royals, film stars, sport stars and a global audience of billions, witnessed a historical ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor that featured significant multicultural content. Although Meghan married a British royal, she certainly did her best to incorporate her American and cultural roots in the wedding that touched more people than any other royal wedding in history. As the first biracial, American and divorced bride, Meghan did a lot to ensure that her identity and roots was not lost but highlighted in the splendor of the historic event.

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Jahkeen Washington gives back to Harlem, New York through fitness: Watch Out World

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Watch Out World is our video project collaboration with Alexander Watch that examines artists and their relationship to the concept of time. The series dives into the lives of various creative professionals in their respective industries and explores how they manage their time wisely with busy schedules. Jahkeen Washington is a Certified Personal Trainer and co-founder of JTW Fit who was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Through Harlem Fitness he gives back to his community by offering accessible training and affordable fitness to inspire others to be healthy, fit and take control of their lives. Growing up an athlete, fitness was always a motivating and regularly scheduled activity for Jahkeen. He continued with athletics in college where he had an illustrious career playing basketball at Connecticut College. Jahkeen is a passionate coach who enjoys helping individuals realize their physical capabilities and lead healthier lifestyles. His training style brings a level of intensity that challenges clients and keeps them engaged. He believes fitness should be both fun and results-driven. Jahkeen has worked with various fitness levels and is confident his technique will provide clients with the tools they need to be successful. Featured Alexander Watch: Nikos A422 View our all our…

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The skincare benefits of coffee…for your skin

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The Skincare Benefits of Coffee

The next time you’re waiting in line at your favorite coffee shop, consider this: that daily cup of coffee actually has many benefits for your skin! While many people cannot start their day without having a fresh cup of coffee (myself included!), coffee can do a lot more than just get you up in the morning. Numerous studies have shown that consuming coffee on a regular basis can not only help improve your health, but also offer other health benefits including stress relief, improved liver health, elevated mood, improved athletic performance, and improved brain health and intelligence. Another great reason why coffee is so awesome is that it has skincare benefits! While drinking a cup gets you that internal coffee boost, rubbing your skin with a natural soap, cream or scrub that contains coffee also promises a whole set of benefits that make coffee a favourite “skin drink.”

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