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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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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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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Get Your Christmas Shopping Done Early at My Favourite 6 Canadian Etsy Shops

Yep, it’s the day after Halloween and I’m encouraging you to get your Christmas shopping done online, and before holiday party season chaos ensues. And to make it easy, I’ve curated a list of fun, affordable, and unique gift ideas from my favourite Canadian Etsy shops and who said items would be appreciated by. Bonus: There’s also a few couple #GetThrifty promo codes and some shopping advice from the shop owners!)

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Why I’ll Never Have a Capsule Wardrobe, But Why It’s the Perfect Way to Pack

Capsule wardrobe

Since recently finishing paying off all my debt, one the of the things I have been enjoying is updating my wardrobe – to do a much-needed refresh without completely affecting my budget. (And not always feeling like I had to #getthrifty – though I still do! – and buy everything on sale.) I like to shop with purpose and a capsule wardrobe has always intrigued me, so my friends at Vancouver’s Orb Clothing challenged me to get back to basics and do just that with some staples from their fall/winter collection.

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