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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Be Inspired: Demi Lovato - The Voice of the Voiceless #BeInspired #MentalHealth


"Confident" Pop superstar Demi Lovato has undoubtedly achieved an unprecedented and distinct level of international success in contrast to the average 24 year old throughout her well-documented life and career.

However, there is indeed nothing ordinary about the inspirational New Mexico-born megastar when it comes to inspiring others, rather something deep down inside her heart which is very much extraordinary.

The inspirational multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter, Hollywood actress and activist - who officially made her entertainment debut at 8 - has significantly grown in leaps and bounds both personally and professionally, whilst exhibiting conventional wisdom and innate mental strength beyond her own years given the endless series of adversity which she has faced and weathered along the way in life.

After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Demi Lovato made her mental health condition very public and has officially fought the widespread stigma of bipolar disorder and mental health in mainsterm media and society via partnering with acclaimed mental health advocacy leaders Be Vocal, which has led to successful campaigns dedicated to ending the stigma of bipolar disorder. Lovato also routinely acknowledges her mental health and is unafraid to interact with her dedicated legion of fans and mainstream media on the subject matter; bipolar disorder affects 12.6 million individuals in the United States and an estimated 29 million individuals worldwide.


       "Getting a diagnosis was kind of a relief. It helped me start to make sense of the harmful things I was doing to cope with what I was experiencing.

Now I had no choice but to move forward and learn how to live with it, so I worked with my health care professional and tried different treatment plans until I found what works for me. 

Living well with bipolar disorder is possible, but it takes patience, it takes work and it is an ongoing process. The reality is that you’re not a car that goes into a shop and gets fixed right away. Everyone’s process and treatment plan may be different. 

I am so grateful for my life today and I want to protect it. It isn’t always easy to take positive steps each day, but I know I have to in order to stay healthy. 

If you are struggling today with a mental health condition, you may not be able to see it as clearly right away but please don’t give up – things can get better. 

You are worthy of more and there are people who can help. Asking for help is a sign of strength." - Lovato 
told Be Vocal

Lovato's millions of die-hard fans worldwide have witnessed a proverbial voice of the voiceless beyond the impressive vocal dexterity and have additionally found solace in a very humble and loving woman who shares their daily struggle with bipolar disorder.

Incidentally, Demi Lovato was routinely bullied as a child and later experienced well-documented substance abuse and eating disorders; Lovato has also been a public advocate in protecting children who are vulnerable and is also a huge supporter of the LGBT community. It is Lovato's deep compassion and big heart which separates her from her contemporaries in entertainment and she has used her global brand to bring mental health awareness to those uneducated on the subject matter.

Mainstream media has seemingly had a penchant for incessantly reporting on irrelevant news which doesn't truly matter and Demi Lovato's intense personal battles, particularly with bipolar disorder have truly shown that she is not weak. Lovato has resiliently risen above each time and thoroughly inspired others around the world to show that bipolar disorder and mental health complications cannot defeat the woman or man standing in front of the mirror.

Demi Lovato undoubtedly embraces her role as a positive and inspiring role model for millions of young girls around the world and to those who have come to identify with the pop superstar courtesy of both suffering from and championing mental health.

Unmistakably, Demi Lovato has become the voice of the voiceless and the silence and stigma surrounding mental health begins to vanquish with time.

Article by @DeanPerretta of In-Spire LS Magazine
See more articles at: www.SheInspiredHer.com 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Rent FREE and Rate FREE Pop-Up Spaces Available for local businesses - APPLY NOW!


Are you a budding local entrepreneur? Maybe you are an artist or you run your own small product based business? Could you benefit from having a pop-up shop to engage in direct sales to the public?

A great opportunity has arisen for budding entrepreneurs and local artists to occupy a retail unit in the heart of Walthamstow, rent and rate free! Yes that is correct, not a mis-spelling - rent and rate free!

These retail spaces on Hoe Street, which is based at the heart of the Town Centre, can be requested by applicants for up to six weeks, starting from midday, creating a flowing series of various pop-up's across the summer period.


In an article posted on Walthamstow.gov.uk we found:
Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & High Streets said: 
“Our pop-up shops schemes have proven to be incredibly popular in the past, so I’m very pleased that we are able to offer this new opportunity to local entrepreneurs, businesses and artists. We know it can be difficult for new businesses to find space to develop their offering and reach new customers, so being able to utilise this unit rent and rate free will hopefully be a huge help.
“We also want to create thriving high streets with a range of shops and facilities that our residents want, so we will be looking for projects that bring something new, interesting and unique to the area.”
All You Read is Love is an independent bookshop, café and bar in Leytonstone. Before moving to their current premises owners Karen Bundgaard and Anders Bungaard had a pop-up shop on Hoe Street in 2014.
Karen said: “We had a pop-up shop on Hoe Street in 2014, which gave us the chance to try out our idea, get a feel for what running a business would be like, and figure out whether our concept was worth investing the time and energy in. We had a great time there and learned lots, so it’s great to see this new opportunity being offered to local businesses again."
The Council’s Business Growth and Investment team is looking for a range of proposals for the pop-up space, but food and beverage initiatives will not be accepted on this occasion. The deadline for proposals is Saturday 22 April. 
For more information and to apply please email business.support@walthamforest.gov.uk 
Please let them know that you found out via She Inspired Her :) 

Posted by Crystal King UK
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www.SheInspiredHer.com 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Interview with LA Fashion Week Runway Model/Singer-Songwriter/Actress Alexa Villa #12Watch

Alexa Villa is a multi-talented singer songwriter/musician, television/film actress and LA Fashion Week Runway fashion model. The dynamic Los Angeles-based performer sings, plays piano/synth, guitar and writes pop and pop-rock music. Villa additionally models and acts in Los Angeles and San Diego part-time.

Villa's prominent career highlights to date include Runway for LA Fashion Week and marquee features in Women's Wear Daily, Forever 21 and appearing on Spike TV to name a few.


Alexa Villa began her entertainment career at the age of 7 when she started taking piano lessons and playing for school talent shows, local recitals and singing/harmonising in theatre shows.

The multi-talented entertainer grew up going to band practices and shows for her parents' band and later her brothers band and inevitably started her own band Oversoul at age 16. Oversoul played live shows at the Whiskey in Hollywood, Soma in San Diego and at the prestigious Vans Warped Tour among other marquee venues and events.
Alexa Villa is an extremely passionate, inspirational and relentless individual in pursuit of creating music and performing live. The gifted musician/actress/model recently released brand new EP entitled "Act I" and 3-time Award-winning In-spire LS Magazine caught up with Alexa Villa to talk about the "Act I" EP, the most positive influences in her life, featuring on Runway for LA Fashion Week, her all-time favorite frontwomen in music history, acting in Los Angeles and San Diego, her passion for modelling and much more only on In-spire LS Magazine.
Q: First and foremost Alexa, "Act I" is the title of your brand new EP. How was the creative process overall in hindsight when creating the record? 

The creative process for me was a long one. Some of the songs from this EP ("Act I") were written a few years back so I'm really excited to finally be releasing them. The creative process for me is so liberating. I love having the freedom to add, change and take away parts and different sounds and just really have fun with it. I start with whatever idea comes first, be it a lyric, melody or chord and run from there. In hindsight each song was so different and I think this might be the best quality I have produced yet.

Q: How would you personally describe the sound of the "Act I" EP?

 I would describe the sound of "Act I" as eclectic and quirky. I think it reflects my personality and is really honest. I call it grunge pop with a little blues feel and a whole lot of attitude.


Q: Past or present, which recording artists did you draw inspiration from during the process of creating the "Act I EP"?

My influences are all over the place. I listen to artists from Lana Del Rey, The Neighborhood, and Halsey to Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac to Lady Gaga and top 40 to Anderson Pak to Rick James. I really love all kinds of music; anything that makes me move. I guess I pull inspiration from that. 

Q: Can you explain the meaning behind "Wanted" from the "Act I" EP?

"Wanted" actually came to me in the middle of the night in a dream. I woke up with this droning melody stuck in my head and got up and wrote the verse. Lyrically it stands for anyone who is finally taking a stand for themselves. Someone who is brave and ready to walk away from a toxic situation. It stands for a person who knows they can be appreciated elsewhere. I think it's important to know your value and really choose who you surround yourself with.  

Q: Who has been the most positive influence both in your career and life?

My family has been by far the most influential and supportive people in my life. My parents met in a band and my brother and I grew up going to their rehearsals and shows. They truly understand my passion and the work that goes along with it because they've been there. They share the same passion and encourage me everyday to keep going. I honestly would not have had the confidence or endurance to pursue my dreams without my family.

 Q: Featuring on Runway for LA Fashion Week coupled alongside being spotlighted on Women's Wear Daily, Forever 21 and of course appearing on Spike TV to name a few are major career highlights. Other than the aforementioned feats, what are your biggest career highlights to date?

I think my biggest highlights would be playing Warped Tour, or maybe opening for The Darkness, or the radio shows that I've been on. Also, featuring in Music Connection was awesome. It was pretty cool walking into a store and finding my face in a magazine. I think a personal highlight would be when an audience member approached us after the show and said that my music was keeping him off drugs. That was really inspiring! 

Q: Acting part-time in Los Angeles and San Diego is also another element of your very versatile creative muse. When did you officially become involved with acting and what is the most challenging facet of being an actress in Los Angeles in 2017?

I started acting in drama class in middle school and continued through High School. I think the rejection is the most challenging facet. Auditioning without response time after time can be really disheartening. But finally getting the job here and there is like, "Oh hey, I can do this!"

Q: Who inspired you to become a model?

"America's Next Top Model" really inspired me to try it! I used to binge watch the marathons and practice my walk down the hallway. Growing up, I always loved to dress up and play with makeup and all that, too. Also, seeing my brothers band do their promo pictures I would hop on set and snag a few shots. I think being around that made it feel natural for me. 

Q: Having started Oversoul at age 16, the band played live shows at the Whiskey in Hollywood, Soma in San Diego and the highly acclaimed Van Warped Tour among many other marquee venues. With that being said, who are your all-time favorite female frontwomen in music history?

My favorite female frontwomen would be Ann Wilson from Heart, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry (I love her performance on stage), Gwen Stefani has a really great presence, Donna Summer is awesome. There are so many strong women in music!

Q: Before we leave Alexa, what can the fans expect from you in the very near future?

Fans can expect more music and videos. I am always writing, so there will always be more music! Also, I plan to really start hitting the stage again now that this EP ("Act I") is ready, so stay tuned for show dates and new merch!

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Article by @DeanPerretta of In-Spire LS Magazine



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Join the Ultimate Global Beauty and Wellness Networking Retreat to Dubai United Arab Emirates


Here is your last chance to attend the ULTIMATE Global Beauty Networking Retreat for Beauty & Wellness Enthusiasts, Professionals, Brands and Bloggers! Register here

Join beauty guests in Dubai United Arab Emirates for 'Beauty in Dubai', the annual 5-day beauty networking trip and beauty retreat created for Hair and Beauty Professionals, Hair and Beauty Students and Hair and Beauty Enthusiasts. Whether you are in the business of beauty, a beauty blogger or just a beauty fanatic this is the trip of the year not to be missed for all things BEAUTY!

Register to attend - with Worldwide packages available flying guests into Dubai from the UK, Europe, the U.S, Africa and Asia - for this global networking trip!

The Beauty in Dubai package includes:
Return Flights to Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Hotel ccomodation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Celebrity Creations Management's Beauty Networking Event
3-days free admission to BeautyWorld Middle East- the largest international trade fair for beauty products, hair, fragrances & well-being in the Middle East at Dubai Exhibition Centre
The Ankh Place ‘Beauty Within’ Programme
Up-close and personal access to and networking opportunities with Keynote Speakers, Beauty Educators, Beauty Bloggers and more!
Sponsored Goodybags, Beauty Treats and more!

To register your interest and find out more click here


What is Beauty in Dubai?
Beauty in Dubai is a 5-day travel package created for beauty professionals, beauty fanatics and inner and outer beauty seekers who love to network with like-minded individuals. Guests will be taken on a beautiful journey, exploring both their inner and outer beauty across 5-days of activities. 


What do the experts say about Beauty and the Middle East?
Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate that the global beauty industry; consisting of skin care worth $24 billion; make-up worth $18 billion; and hair-care products worth $38 billion plus $15 billion in perfumeries—is growing at up to 7% a year; more than twice the rate of the developed world's GDP. What a great time to be involved in all things beauty! To top this off an article by Gulf News Retail just this month quoted Ahmad Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt suggesting that the Middle-East is the 'Worlds fastest growing beauty market in the region of beauty and personal care products over the next 5 years'. Suggesting that now is as good a time as any to 
get involved!

To register your interest and find out more CLICK HERE




Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Interview with Celebrity Fitness Instructor and Curvy Chick Fitness CEO/Owner Charity Lynette #WomenInFitness



The reputable female empowering Curvy Chick Fitness was founded by heralded New York-based Celebrity Fitness Instructor Charity Lynette

Throughout most of the inspirational Celebrity Fitness Instructors life she struggled and fought the odds with the territory of being overweight. However, the triumphant and motivational turning point in Charity Lynette's life was the tragic loss of her mother due to unhealthy living. 

Thereafter sadly losing her beloved mother, Charity Lynette decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle and with her mother in mind she dedicated her life to helping others do the same, thus losing over 100 pounds in the process. 

Since then, Charity Lynette has consistently dedicated her time to visit Hospitals and Health fares around the nation to fully educate and empower women that although they all have curves, healthy curves are paramount for a healthier lifestyle.

Charity Lynette's inspirational and popular Curvy Chick Fitness brand has been featured on CNNNew York Daily NewsFirst For Women, eHow, CentricHip Hop Weekly, BustleBoston Fitness MagazineStylish Curves and many more heralded television networks and award-winning publications.

3-time Award-winning In-spire LS Magazine caught up with the very inspiring and multi-talented Celebrity Fitness Intructor and Curvy Chick Fitness CEO/Owner Charity Lynette to talk about the New York-based fitness professionals inspirational professional fitness career journey, the catalyst behind successfully transforming her lifestyle once and for all, enriching the lives of others courtesy of visiting hospitals and health fares, empowering women around the nation, the health benefits of playing basketball, being featured in globally revered mainstream media outlets and much more only on In-spire LS Magazine.



Q: Once upon a time Charity you struggled with weight issues and although you participated in High School and college Basketball you still continued to experience such complications. In hindsight, what positives overall did you take from that particularly period in your life?

Not to quit. You simply cannot quit on yourself. That can be applied to any area of your life at any given moment. This is something that basketball has taught me. If I quit, then I disappoint my team and I can't let my team down because we want to win and they are counting on me to do my part. Basketball teaches you to dig deeper in you and that you can always be doing something to get better. Basketball lessons equals life lessons. 

Q: A profound turning point in your life was sadly losing your mother due to unhealthy living. Can you explain to the audience more about why this was such a crucial turning point and catalyst for you to adopt a healthier lifestyle? 

At the time of her passing, I was 310 pounds. After going through paperwork and speaking with her doctor it was very apparent that everything was weight and health related. I was so angry at her for letting alcohol, cigarettes, fried foods, and laziness get the best of her. I was so mad she left me to go through this crazy world without her when I needed her most. I realized I wasn't too far from that lifestyle with the exception of cigarettes. Not much for me was different. It was then that I decided I wasn't going out like that. I wanted to be around for the people in my life that needed me. We literally only get one body and I wanted to be proud of what was created just for me.

Q: What is the most validating and enriching part about visiting the Hospitals and Health fares throughout the nation?

Showing people how to slowly integrate working out in their daily routine. When I point out to them that it is the small things they already do that can add up. For example, getting of the train or bus a couple of stops before your actual stop to walk the rest of the way home, using the stairs for a couple floors versus the elevator, doing a few floor exercises while catching up on your favorite show or scrolling on social media. Talking to them about food and what to look for at the grocery store, how to read labels and understand what they really are consuming. I love presenting them with healthy options and to see the light bulb go off in their head while doing this.

Q: Throughout your career you have instructed a pantheon of reputable celebrities who have wanted to change their lifestyle and become healthier once and for all. Of all of the celebrities which you have instructed, who was the most inspiring individual which you've worked with?

I would say Robin Kassner from Bravo TV's Millionaire Matchmaker. This women has only cancelled on me two times ever in life. She never quits trying and learning. Seeing her do things she couldn't do before and her change in attitude about exercise validates my purpose. No matter what is going on in her life she manages to stay in good spirits often times putting me in a better mood than when I arrived.

Q: What have been the biggest challenges for you as a Plus Size Model and Celebrity Fitness Instructor? 

As a fitness instructor my biggest challenges is other industry professionals, because they see that I am not all the way ripped with 15% body fat and think, I'm not legit. Which is ridiculous! That isn't my body goal. My goals are to be healthy and confident in my body and my self esteem. As a plus size model, sometimes I am not "plus enough" mainly because my upper body is pretty narrow and my cup size is small. Clients want you to be proportioned and my bust size in comparison to hip looks great but very hard to get booked with my bust to waist to hip ratio. 

Q: You've been featured in globally heralded media outlets as CNN, New York Daily News, First For Women, eHow, Centric, Hip Hop Weekly, Bustle, Boston Fitness Magazine, Stylish Curves and much more. What keeps your grounded irrespective of all of your success?

Never forgetting how I started and the crazy things I did just to survive here in New York. The struggle is most definitely real. I can't believe that I'm still standing here after my first couple of years, but that is what I reflect on to get me to the next goal. It helps keep me going to look back, then look at where I currently am, and look to where I want to be. Realizing that I still have so much more to do that I can't let it go to my head because it will slow down my progress. 

Q: What does your diet primarily consist of?

I eat pretty clean during the week. Chicken and Fish and tons of leafy vegetables. Apples, berries, nuts and I live for Peanut butter! One day a week I will eat whatever I want or have a craving for.

Q: When you're working out at the gym, what is generally your overall routine?

I like to do a weight circuit. It mixes the weights and cardio so that I burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. For example, I will do a set of bicep curls followed with squats then box jumps or squat jumps to get my heart rate up. I would do that series four or five times, then move on to three or four different exercises. I don't always have a lot of time, so I try to get a lot done in a hour and half.

Q: African-American women are naturally more voluptuous and curvaceous than woman of other races. How many African-American women in particular come up to you and personally tell you that you are an inspiration to them on a daily basis?

Quite a bit! Women in my neighborhood tell me they love my workout outfits and when they see me running or going to the gym it makes them realize they need to make more time for exercising because they love my body. And it feels good to hear from women in the community and to be acknowledged for something you enjoy doing. We need more of that! It makes me want to pass on the feeling and I find myself acknowledging other women as well.

Q: Lastly Charity, what message do you have for women out there who may be insecure about their bodies or feel highly pressured to live up to a standard of perceived beauty which is peddled within the mainstream media?

You have to first understand that even the girls in the media don't look like the girls in the media. I encourage women to workout because it's good for your body but it's equally good for your mind. The Endorphin's that are released during a workout trigger a positive feeling in the body. Exercising alone will change your outlook on your own body. There is a difference between not satisfied with your body and body shaming. If you have a few extra unwanted pounds there is nothing wrong with stepping up the workout and making better food choices. But to speak so negative of yourself and body to the point that you are ashamed and contemplating your self worth is not mentally safe. Ladies, we have to know that we are beautifully made and the opinions of others do not determine your worth.

Interview and Article by: @Dean Perretta at In-Spire LS Magazine