San Francisco by Avant-Barre

San Francisco-born Nini Gueco tells us why she never tires of her City by the Bay

PHOTO: Quoc Ngo.

Over 30 years in San Francisco, and Avant-Barre‘s founder Char “Nini” Gueco has a palpable love for this fair city. Born in the City and raised in the Peninsula, Nini stayed in the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University where she graduated with a degree in Accounting. Travel opportunities happened domestically through work (her first career move was as an accountant with a big 4 firm) and internationally through dance (she was a premier soloist with Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble), but she always made her way back home to the Bay. I had the privilege of meeting Nini 27 years ago when I was born her second sister, and she’s one reason I cannot wait to make the move back this summer. After hearing what she had to say about San Francisco, I found a few more reasons to add to my list (one of them is Avant-Barre’s brand new SoMa studio that opens today).

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The Gift Guide for Your Best Year Yet

9 gifts to make 2015 your best year yet

holiday gift guide

When I thought about my “wish list” for this holiday season, I realized there wasn’t anything I wanted… a far cry from my annual wish list MO. After this year of transition, I realized that what I really wanted was what we all want: love and balance. Since that’s not something you can really gift, I put together some items that can support any modern girl in her ongoing quest to become her best self. Read on for my 9 gifts for making 2015 your best year yet. Plus don’t miss out on an exclusive offer from Gwenyth activewear!

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