) Interested in attending? GATHER's organizers are generously giving one lucky Solo Lisa reader in the Lower Mainland free admission, plus a gift bag which includes, among other items: To win free admission and the gift bag: Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which aspect of...

Givenchy is giving one lucky Solo Lisa reader even more reasons to indulge with an eclectic assortment of beauty and fragrance products, all bearing their sophisticated prismatic and silver-and-black packaging: Vernis Please nail polishes in 'Island Lagoon', an iridescent blue, and...

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Lisa See's latest novel dives deep into the world of the Akha ethnic minority in the tea-growing province of Yunnan, China. The protagonist Li-yan is a young girl growing up in a remote village in the mountains, educated and bright compared to her...

(Highly recommend!) The other big news: we've finally booked our honeymoon! Two weeks in Italy this September and going to Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Rome. At first planning this trip seemed like a big drag and just another thing on the to-do list, but now that we've booked...

What's the bravest thing you've ever done? Pitch an article to then editor-in-chief of FLARE magazine, Lisa Tant. At the time, I was incredibly grateful to even have the chance to do it; nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Luckily, she took a chance on this novice freelancer not once...

After an incredible meal, the staff surprised me with churros and dipping chocolate, all topped off with a birthday candle. As with most vacations, it was too short and I'm kind of sad this trip went by so quickly, especially with a daunting schedule for the next couple of weeks. Oh well,...

It's a fish from southern Italy," our waiter replied. "Is it better than the salt cod?" Lawrence said. Our waiter sort of snorted, smirked, and rolled his eyes at the same time. "Oh, it's much better." We ended up ordering both and he was right, it was so much better. We took it as a...

LOFT evidently feels the same because they're offering one lucky Solo Lisa reader a $100 GC. All the more reason to hop in your car and make the trip to Vancouver's first LOFT store in Park Royal! If you've never been to the Park Royal store, you're in for a treat; it's wall-to-wall...

And for the first time in the hours since we arrived in Italy, I began to feel truly excited about our trip. Lawrence and I like to look back on that terrible first day in Italy and laugh. There was no real risk to life, limb, personal security, or property, and just enough discomfort to...

Admittedly, I'm pretty hit-and-miss with exercising regularly, but I'm hoping to change that this year as soon as my flu-induced fatigue wears off. Luckily, adorable yet affordable gear can be great motivation. 1. GapFit gDance heathered pants ($59.95). Most Vancouver women probably have a...

 

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