City Girl Connects: Amanda Hemmaway from iDance Vancouver

I love to dance. Having spent ages two through eighteen taking tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre lessons, dance has very special place in my heart. Which is why I was thrilled to do a City Girl Connects interview with iDance Vancouver owner and former professional ballerina, Amanda Hemmaway, to talk about why dance is important, the mission of iDance, and why everything should be seen as an opportunity to learn.

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My 2019 Reading List

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Photo Credit: Jana Josue

Though I’m still tweaking my 2019 goals, one is to read at least 20 books. With that in mind, I recently joined Goodreads because the department I work in has a sub-group. The are voracious readers and I’m loving seeing what everyone has read and is reading. We also (finally) got our couch and I’m looking forward to drinking many cups of tea while cozied up with a book.

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2018 Review & Reflections

It’s well past the midway point of January, but I’m posting my 2018 reflections and gratitude anyway. Better late than never, and I finally have the headspace to translate the chicken scratches from my notebook.

Looking back on 2018, I achieved some of my goals, had to put others on hold, and for the most part, managed to field any challenges with will and grace. (P.S. The reboot is amazing, you need to watch it.) Most importantly, I had fun. In no particular order, these are my favourite things about 2018.

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Expert Packing Tips from Nikki Tilley at Tilley Vancouver

We leave for three weeks in the UK on Sunday and I am determined NOT to overpack or feel overwhelmed by the overall packing process. As much as I’ve travelled, I still don’t have it down to a science. So I consulted with Nikki Tilley, co-owner of the Tilley Vancouver travel shop ( 1750 W Broadway, Vancouver), for some packing tips. (There’s also a contest at the bottom of this post! *Contest Closed*)

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8 Post-Holiday Party Yoga Stretches for Your Feet and Body

It’s holiday party season and you are going to look fab in your outfit and party shoes. But your feet are going to hate you. Why? High heels, baby, high heels. There’s a reason your feet sigh with relief when you kick your shoes off. But I’ve got you with a quick, effective post-party yoga stretch routine for all levels that will decompress you from head to toe – and counteract the negative effects of your skycrapers.

(And gents, you aren’t necessarily wearing heels, but your dress shoes are also making your feet cry. Just saying…)

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My First Facial and 13 Ideas for Giving Experiences this Christmas

Yep, you read that title correctly – I just turned 35, and two months before that, I had my first proper facial at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa (845 Hornby Street, Vancouver). I was told by my esthetician, Anny, that, technically, having had microdermabrasion and doing my regular facemasks can be considered a facial, but this was a proper facial and I was going to love it. And I did!

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The Essential Gift Guide for Travellers

Photo Credit: Jana Josue

We leave for the UK in less than a month, and I officially have Christmas and travel on the brain. Aside from some travel toiletries, I’m all set with what I need for the our trip. (I’m also done my Christmas shopping – woot!) But Black Friday and Cyber Monday have got me thinking about what I or any of my travel friends would feel fortunate to see under the tree or in our stockings. So here’s a little gift guide – clicking on any of the images will bring you to their respective shops.

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Click with Confidence – 7 Cybersecurity Tips for Secure Online Shopping

As I’ve expressed many times before, I prefer to do most of my shopping online. Particularly my Christmas shopping. But along with the convenience, I also want to make sure my personal and payment info is secure. So with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up, I chatted about cybersecurity for the holiday season (and always!) with some of the very smart people that I work with.

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