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.
We encourage ladies to IMMERSE themselves into their community, EXPLORE all that Zurich has to offer and SHARE their tips with other women via our:
Browse our personal recommendations to discover Zurich’s independent businesses in the City Guide.
Plan your social diary with the Events Calendar, an easy to use, searchable list of “what’s on” in Zurich.
We hope to intrigue, tempt, make you feel good from the inside out, and inspire you with the following columns:
From makeover sessions and personal shopping tips, to fitness classes and wine tastings, we have hosted many events. Everyone is welcome!
Regardless of your anticipated length of residence in Zurich, Girlfriend Guide is designed to help you feel welcome and turn your Zurich house into a home. Allow us to help you “Discover Your City”.
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I’m Deja and since Autumn 2019, I took over Girlfriend Guide as an independent. My time is split between sharing inspirational stories via articles on the blog and spontaneous happenings on Instagram, all while raising my 5 year old son in the Suisse Romande.
Thank you for following and if you would like to connect personally, please get in touch!
The original Co-Founders – Deja Rose & Angelica Cipullo
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 our annual Advent Calendar since 2012. 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. Since 2017 she relocated to the Suisse Romande to raise her family, but she continues to drive the activities of Girlfriend Guide to Zurich and has ambitious goals to bring the brand to more cities in the foreseeable future.
Angelica Cipullo, Co-Founder (pictured right)
Passionate about gourmet food, adventure travel and her loveable family, Angelica is the glue that held 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 kiddos in summers and a luxurious cup of hot chocolate in winters.
After 8 incredible years together, Angelica resigned from Girlfriend Guide in 2019 and the platform would not be where it is today without her.
The Girlfriend Guide Team of Contributors
We are beyond thankful for the ladies who have generously dedicated their time since the day we launched to help share what is happening in the city via Girlfriend Guide. We appreciate their enthusiasm, talents and contributions. Many have moved on to bigger and better projects, and we are so thankful for their support!
Jill Blocker von Büren
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.
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.
Special Projects & Writer, 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.
Jennifer D’Angelo Swain
Film Writer, 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.
DIY & Travel Writer, 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.
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.
Health & Nutrition Writer, 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.
Writer & 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.
Culture & Arts Writer, 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.
Fitness Writer, 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.
Fah Panyada Ruengskul
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.
Special Projects & Writer, 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.
Gourmet Guide Writer, 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.
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.
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 she contributed to our Instagram.
Facebook & Twitter, 2017
Mhorag arrived in Zurich from Edinburgh in 2016 and has wasted no time in getting out and about in her new home. By day she is an Executive Recruiter but by night she is exploring the best of what CH has to offer. An avid lover of all things theater, music, books, culture if any of these are matched with a coffee, juice or a wine then that is where you’ll find her….that is, if she’s not doing some sport that requires a helmet and an insurance waiver! She also has a keen interest in personal and professional development and occasionally finds time to scribble on her blog.
Instagram, Writer & Special Projects, 2017
A corporate marketer turned “hausfrau” since arriving to Zurich in June 2016 from Dublin, Ireland with her husband and two children. Ruth is now part of the PA Executive Team at Zurich International School and in her free time, she’s busy being the Insta Girl behind the Girlfriend Guide Instagram account while also searching through Zurich for the next best place to review.
This Puerto Rican balances her mommy duties with freelance work in Public Relations, her Juice Plus franchise and writing about living in Switzerland from her tropical perspective in her TropiSuiza blog. Bruny likes to run, read and travel.
Project Manager, 2017
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Abbey Flury is a journalism enthusiast. After studying Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska, she moved to Switzerland to be with her then fiancé, now husband. With skills in German, French, and English, she quickly made Switzerland her new home. With a strong ability to write and conduct research, Abbey quickly became a big asset to the Girlfriend Guide team.
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