Six #BossBabe Travel Hacks That I Swear By

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I’m tired of winter already!  Who’s ready for a summer filled with glamorous trips, adorable summer dresses and delicious spritzy cocktails!? Me me me! You’re on your own with the adorable dresses and spritzy cocktails, but I think I can help your glamorous trips out with these #BossBabe travel hacks.  These are tried and true thanks to my international travels including a literal trip around the world from Canada, to the Philippines, to Thailand, to Ethiopia and then back to Canada all within a month!  These work wonders for me and I hope they do the same for you 🙂 Continue reading

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A Throwback From My Dancer Days!

I was scrolling through Facebook recently and came across this old album called “Gagalicious: The Poker Face Night” — a drag show that I performed at in Zurich, Switzerland 9 years ago.  No, I was not in drag, but I did backup dance for the drag queen Stella Divine thanks to my good friend Marie-Louise Lo.

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Marie, Stella Divine and me

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How To Beat Those Post-Vacation Blues

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Ever get those post-vacation blues? I sure do. Mine usually stems from the overwhelm of all the to-do’s after being away for so long. Here are a couple (seriously only 2) tried and tested, no-nonsense hacks that I use to minimize it! Continue reading

How To Throw A #BossBabe Baby Shower

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Nisha (Mommy-to-be) and me at her baby shower!

That’s right, we’re getting old.  Friends are getting engaged, getting married … and getting pregnant! And not always in that particular order. Nonetheless, you may find yourself having to organize a baby shower one of these days. Continue reading

Five Unique (& So Not #Basic) Valentine’s Date Ideas

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It’s that time of year again! Love is in the air, cupids and red hearts are everywhere… and your significant other is pressuring you to plan something “special”.

Even if you think V-day is a completely pointless and commercial holiday, hardly anyone wants to be that one person who didn’t get/do anything on this day of loooove.  To help you out, here are some unique (and totally not #basic) ideas to spice up your Valentine’s Day Date Night in good ol’ Calgary, Alberta. Continue reading

My Fave Five Lifestyle Gurus

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Lifestyling it up since day 1.

Is it just me or is everyone excited about 2018 and all its possibilities?  I’m loving all the optimism and motivation on social media about taking on 2018 fearlessly!  I’m hoping your year has gotten off to a great start and that you’ve utilized some of the tips from my favourite leadership gurus of my last blog post.  As promised, this is the second half of my “gurus” series and this time it’s all about my favourite lifestyle influencers (to keep on brand with my Lifestyle and Leadership Blog, of course :)).  “Lifestyle” is such an umbrella term and each of these ladies come from their own level of celebrity, but they all have a few things in common: they’ve absolutely killed it in their careers, they’ve diversified their talents and revenue streams, they’ve cultivated their own distinct personal brands and they are family oriented.  Continue reading

All-Time Summer Favourites

It’s the last long weekend of summer!  Time to wear your favourite summer outfits before #PSL season comes in at full force 🙂 Here’s a video of my all-time summer favourite pieces and their back stories:

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Minding My Mindfulness

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I must confess: I am a laggard when it comes to most trends. Yoga, iPods, iPhones, skinny jeans, even Instagram! So when I started hearing all this hype about mindfulness and ‘living in the moment’, my initial thought was “give me a break”. Mindful eating? Meditation? Ugh. Continue reading

Blogging Is My Happy Place

I’m a big advocate of having a hobby that you love. Something you can lose yourself in and be completely happy. Whether it’s baking, running, motor sports, or fashion, this hobby completes you as a person.  Continue reading

How to Throw a Blog-Worthy Birthday Party

My Scorpio Sister, Lyndee, and I recently celebrated our birthdays together and it was a blast!  We wanted to set it up all nicely so that I could take photos of the party for my blog.  Some things didn’t go according to plan, but it didn’t matter as we had the time of our lives.  So here are my lessons-learned so that you can throw yourself a blog-worthy party.  Scroll to the bottom for a short gallery of guest photos.

1. Book an accommodating venue.

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