The Girlfriend Guide Team

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Girlfriend Guide was created in 2011 when two “new to town” ladies met in a small Zurich Cafe with a pot of Mint Tea and their Mac computers with a goal to help women discover the city.

Get in touch with us by emailing info@myGirlfriendGuide.com…

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The Co-Founders – Deja Rose & Angelica Cipullo

Mums in Heels Event

 

Deja Rose, Co Founder (pictured left)

A travel addict at heart and hospitality connoisseur by trade, Deja drives Girlfriend Guide’s creative design, brand personality and she defines a ‘Girl on Fire’ when it comes to launching special promotions like the annual city-wide Spa & Wellness Week and national Advent Calendar. With a degree from Cornell University and a CV of global 5-star spa management and development roles, she’s living her passion uncovering the gems of Zurich and the people that make them happen…with big goals to bring Girlfriend Guide to more cities in the foreseeable future. She can be found exploring the city with her laptop, iPhone, human baby and fur baby, always making time to stop in one of Zurich’s delectable Cafés for research and inspiration.

Angelica Cipullo, Co-Founder (pictured right)

Passionate about gourmet food, adventure travel and her loveable family, Angelica is the glue that holds Girlfriend Guide together by managing the daily operations of all things Zuri Girl. She left the security of the corporate world, working for global corporations and agencies for prestigious events including the Masters Tournament, the Super Bowl, NHL All-star Game and NASCAR races, to chase her dream of living abroad and starting a business in a foreign country. She is energized by exploring the city, meeting inspiring business owners and sharing these gifts with our readers via creative writing and over CHF 25,000 in prizes via contests and giveaways. She can be found enjoying the Badi with her girls in summers and a luxurious cup of hot chocolate in winters…all while brainstorming Girlfriend Guide’s next big event.

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The Girlfriend Guide Team

We are beyond thankful for the ladies behind Girlfriend Guide. We appreciate their enthusiasm, talents and eagerness to share what’s happening in and around the city of Zurich with YOU!

Meet our team of contributors…

Jill Blocker von Büren

Jill BlockerThe Gal Behind Instagram 2014 – 2016

With a background in journalism and a passion for travel, Jill made the move from Seattle to Zurich in 2013 for her Swiss beau. Her social media skills led her into a new career path in Switzerland for an international company. In her free time, Jill can be found strolling around Zürich taking photos for the Girlfriend Guide Instagram account with her french bulldog, or at a yoga or barre class. 

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Leda Nishino

bio photoWriter since 2015

After studying Marketing & Journalism and countless years as a corporate women, Leda’s heart stays connected to her Brazilian roots while she and her 15-year old daughter have fun living in Switzerland. She devotes time to being an Image Consultant & Stylist; Marketing for the Swiss Beauty Academy and all things Vegan…which she shares via Vegan with Style.

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Lisa Christen

BioPhoto_LisaSpecial Projects & Writer since 2011

Lisa’s blog Happily in Balance uncovers the secrets to designing your dream lifestyle. She’s on a mission to help everyone in the world discover their passion and purpose in life — while also providing the practical tips for how to make those dreams a reality. Lisa believes everyone deserves to live a happy, fulfilling life and to live Happily in Balance.

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Jennifer D’Angelo Swain

Jennifer D'Angelo Swain photoFilm Writer since 2014

A writer living in Zürich since the fall of 2012. When not working on her next screenplay or story, she is likely to be traveling or indulging in different kinds of cuisine.

In her past life, as she calls it, Jennifer practiced trademark and copyright law in the United States and wasn’t having nearly as much fun as she is now.

Read tales of Jennifer’s new life in Europe on This Off Script Life.

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Caitlin Dunn

Caitlin Dunn Bio PhotoDIY & Travel Writer since 2013

A San Francisco native and Swiss chocolate addict.  You will most likely find her in the kitchen, the yoga studio, working on her latest craft project, or writing all about it on her blog, Teaspoon Living.

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Alexandra Ehrensperger

Alexandra_bio PhotoWriter since 2016

Growing up in Zurich and exploring the city almost every weekend, Alexandra wants to finally combine her passion for writing together with sharing her favorite restaurants, sights, and shops in town. Currently a University student, she spends her free time writing for Girlfriend Guide and searching through Zurich for the next best place to review.

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Vanessa Gatelein

vanessaHealth & Nutrition Writer since 2013

Health Coach & founder of Food Changes Everything, Vanessa is a native New Yorker who writes food & healthy living articles to help change your lifestyle and change your life.

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Sarah Habig

Sarah Habig bio photoWriter & Instagram 2016

Bringing her energy to us from the U.S. She has a corporate business background, but now spends her days teaching Pilates barre classes and leading city walking tours. Whether it be in her home town or abroad, Sarah’s curiosity for people and trying new things means she is constantly exploring. Follow Sarah’s adventures on Instagram.

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Caitlin Krause

Caitlin-in-Montmartre-headshot-150x150Writer since 2013

A Bostonian by birth who writes and teaches in Zurich. Poet, photographer, and running coach, she finds inspiration outdoors, swimming in the lake and hiking in the Alps.  Having lived in Belgium for two years, she is building her credentials as a chocolate aficionado in the land of Swiss Bliss.

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Kaye Llewelyn

Kaye_Bio-Photo-150x150Culture & Arts Writer since 2013

An Australian surfer far from the sea, she can be caught gazing wistfully out at the lake, but mostly found painting at the mal_Raum, drawing out desires at emBOLDed or glimpsing synchronicities around Zurich on her bike, with the red spotted seat.

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Leticia Mora

leticia bioFitness Writer since 2016

A Personal Trainer since 2012 with a background in psychology and fitness, she makes personal training a perfect combination to motivate and get people on a healthy lifestyle track. She absolutely loves helping people to realize their goals. Since moving to Switzerland she has started Rockin Bods, a personal training company. 

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Fah Panyada Ruengskul

FahGourmet Guide Writer since 2014

A corporate marketeer from Bangkok who turned into a housewife-cum-entrepreneur in Zurich. Fah’s hobby is writing travel articles and gastronomy. After living in Sao Paulo for almost 3 years, she published 5 travel books of which 4 are about Latin American countries. Her next goal is exploring the beauty and cuisine of Switzerland and Europe. Check Fah’s travel and gastronomic exploration at her blog.

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Ashley Ringger

Ashley headshot June 2013Special Projects & Writer since 2011

Ashley regularly contributes fun and insightful articles about life in Switzerland. She might even know more about the country than her Swiss husband! Ashley splits her working life between an international school and Set Sails Media. In her spare time this California native likes to stay active by going to the gym, sewing, traveling, and cooking with/for friends. She also can’t say no to a good book.

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Sarah Stary

Bio PhotoGourmet Guide Writer since 2013

In the corporate world Sarah works as a Head of HR for an international energy company. Sarah’s blog focuses on dining and wining, fashion and art in and around Zurich. Sarah is originally from Hamburg, Germany and can be found strolling around art exhibitions, trying out new restaurants and exploring the Alpine mountains on her ski’s or mountain bike.

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Rachel Stauffer

Photo-150x150Writer since 2014

Originally from Chicago, Rachel spent many years moving all over the US for her corporate job.  Eventually Rachel chose to move for love and came to Zurich in 2013 to be with her Swiss husband. Rachel now works as an HR professional in Zurich.  In her spare time, Rachel enjoys doing anything that revolves around working out, finding new eateries, and shopping.  She loves exploring Switzerland and everything it has to offer!

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Kristen Vermilyea

Kristen VermilyeaWriter since 2013

An American actor, filmmaker, writer and artist who has lived in Zurich for nearly 6 years. She hosts the Zurich Film Festival TV show and is a social media and film consultant.  When not watching and writing about film, she keeps busy attempting to learn to play new instruments as her four year old daughter has insisted they start a band.

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Karishma Duggal

The Gal Behind Instagram 2017

After working for 10 years in the IT industry, Karishma is foraying into the field of social media and digital marketing with her start up – Wisteria Digital. As a food and lifestyle observer she loves discovering new places in and around Zurich. Currently, she is enjoying her life in Switzerland as a mom and being the Insta girl of Girlfriend guide Zurich.

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