The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide is a lifestyle website founded in 2010. We cover food, travel, life advice, style and unique finds. We also host our own exclusive networking events with a modern twist so our "HUGs" can connect offline. We work hard, play harder and our attitude is fun and outgoing - we like to kick negativity to the curb with our Louboutins!
The Hip + Urban Girl's Guide is about getting the most out of your life with curated restaurants, hotels, travel destinations, life advice, style tips and Toronto events to get you inspired. My personal love of food and travel was what pushed me to start blogging in 2010 and I'm pretty excited to share with you a few of my favourite finds.
In addition to my work on this blog, I work in Digital Content and Social Media Strategy with over 7 years of experience in marketing, sales, online communications, freelance writing, social media management and blog content creation. I also spent some time developing coffee lifestyle content and producing how-to videos with Sid Lee - an advertising firm that was recently named 'Agency of the Year - 2013' in Canada. In 2013, the beach, the ocean and west coast living started calling my name and I made the big move to California. I currently split my time between Los Angeles + Toronto. You can read all about my life in LA at This Beautiful Day.
I'm the "other half" of HUG. Born and raised in Toronto, I graduated from UofT with a BSc.,Hons and have over 10 years of experience in digital advertising and social media. By day I'm the Director of Marketing for Adfluent Media, an Ad Agency that specializes in Affiliate Marketing, SEM and Google Adwords. I'm also a new mom, a CampTech Instructor and has traveled to 18 countries. I've lived in Vancouver and New York City but calls Toronto home (for now).
Hailing from a small town outside of Guelph, Ontario, Tamika is proof that young country girls can still grow up to be big city fashionistas, and despite the fact that she didn't grow up in Toronto she's definitely got shopping the city down to a science. After completing her B.B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier, Tamika funded her fashion addiction through not so glamourous marketing gigs in aftermarket automotive and photography industries but always knew deep in her heart that she was destined for a more stylish path.
On the brink of her 30th birthday she transitioned from corporate life to embrace entrepreneurship, launching Shop Socials, a start-up that's all about shopping and socializing, her two favourite things. When Tamika's not hosting shopping events and excursions for Toronto's everyday socialites, or hightailing it to her favourite spa, this yoga-loving Leo can usually be found glued to a glossy fashion mag, fighting her toddler for her favourite pumps, or getting dolled up to hit the town. Though she currently resides in Mississauga, she begs us not to hold it against her. Tamika's definitely a hip urban girl at heart.
Alison enjoys sharing her love for travel, food and arts and culture. She has been an avid traveller since the tender age of one, sailing with her family around the world. Alison has visited six continents and Antarctica is definitely on her bucket list! As a true foodie, Alison enjoys exploring Toronto's endless variety of delicious cuisine and her favourites include Italian and Thai.
Alison has a great appreciation for the arts and during her university career, she graced the stage of Hart House Theatre in musical productions. She obtained an B.A. from the University of Toronto, and has a Postgraduate Certificate in PR from Ryerson University. She also writes for This Beautiful Day Blog and has been inspired to create her own lifestyle blog, The Charming Modernist.
Lisa Jackson is a freelance writer and the Editor-in-Chief of Eat Drink Travel Magazine. Whether venturing to Icelandic spas or remote beaches, she’s ready with a pen to capture the best in food, drink and adventures around the world. She is a regular contributor to Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide, and her work has been featured in Huffington Post Canada, The Globe & Mail, CBC Radio Thunder Bay, and the John Tory Radio Show.
Natalia Dziubaniwsky is a professional in the not-for-profit and volunteer sector. In her free time she is also a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Eat Drink Travel Magazine. An avid traveller, Natalia has explored 18 countries to date and that number is constantly climbing. She is forever searching for a new adventure, fresh experiences and delicious eats. She has lived in South Korea as an English teacher, gone sand boarding in Peru, journeyed solo through South East Asia and Australia, volunteered with elephants in Thailand and learned to scuba dive in Indonesia. Squeezing as much out of life as possible, Natalia loves a good laugh, a killer Chai Latte, is a wildlife and marine enthusiast, movie buff and hobbya-holic. Follow her footsteps through her blog.