MISSISSAUGA FASHION WEEK | Behind the scenes with Shilango

The second annual Mississauga Fashion Week is here! Once again I’m behind the scenes with Shilango helping style shoots, organize models and help promote the handcrafted Mexican jewelry line.

Mississauga Fashion Week is still extremely new but with all the hard work that’s going into it (trust me, I’ve been there and seen it myself) it’s sure to take off – in a big way. There are so many great designers finally getting their chance to be seen!

And now with the cancellation of Toronto Fashion Week, will this be Mississauga’s turn to shine? We’ll find out soon. First, let me take you behind the scenes at the promo photo shoot we did at a Mississauga mansion. (Thank you Jas for letting us use your place!)

Behind the scenes with Shilango at Mississauga Fashion Week

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MISSISSAUGA FASHION WEEK | Behind the scenes with Shilango Jewellery

Models
Cheyenne McNeil
Adriana Fortino

Designer
Shilango

Photography
Moby Shaikh

Styling
Melina Morry and Paola Silk

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

JAIMIE LEWIS | Styling at Hotel Zed with Morgan Cross Photography

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you an extra special shoot that I styled for my best friend and soul sista, Jaimie Lewis. As a promo for her newly launched website and single “DON’T SAY NO” we did a little shoot at Hotel Zed in Victoria, B.C. with Morgan Cross Photography.

Although I wasn’t able to be there in person, we figured out a little styling solution where she went shopping and we virtually did it together. See? Who says you can’t be everywhere at once?

We went for a “modern nostalgia” as Jaimie would say – reminiscent of an old Ann Margret in Carnal Knowledge, if you know what I’m talkin’ about. And if you don’t know the reference to the goddess that I’m referring to, please go on Netflix and seriously chill to that movie tonight.

Anyways, I’m so excited for you guys to check out the photos and listen to Jaimie’s latest single! I’ve honestly had it on repeat all week long. Enjoy!

JAIMIE LEWIS | Styling at Hotel Zed with Morgan Cross Photography

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Check out Jaimie’s new single “DON’T SAY NO” here (plus, get the song for free) and subscribe to her on youtube here. Also, check out more photos from Morgan Cross Photography here (and book a shoot – she’s seriously the best).

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

All photos of Jaimie Lewis taken by Morgan Cross Photography at Hotel Zed in Victoria, B.C.

 

 

1 LOOK 5 WAYS | Take your dress from ‘ok’ to ‘wow’

When we get out a dress to wear for a night out, we are often not overwhelmed with our appearance when we look in the mirror. The dress might look okay, but you want to look fantastic during that night out. (Obviously!) Or maybe you wear this dress all the time and wanna switch it up? That’s when 1 look 5 ways comes in pretty handy.

The more ways to wear your favourite outfit, the better! Right? Here are some simple ways to make that dress go from meh to stunning!

1 LOOK 5 WAYS | Take your dress from ‘ok’ to ‘wow’

1 look 5 ways | take your outfit from ok to wow

1 Look 5 Ways: Choose a great pair of shoes

One simple way you can make the dress look stunning is by choosing a great pair of shoes. You can easily improve the outfit if the shoes are to die for. If you are wearing your LBD you should be going for a brightly colored pair of shoes so that it adds some color to your outfit. You should wear heels as well as it will make you look thinner in your dress. You need to think carefully when it comes to your shoes as it can make or break your outfit.

1 Look 5 Ways: Accessorize with jewelry

Another simple way to make that dress go from okay to stunning is to accessorize with jewelry. You should pick out a statement piece which will receive a lot of compliments during your night out. You should go for something unique that will draw attention. You could choose a unique stone to help your outfit look fantastic. You can customize your opal into jewelry so that you have a custom piece that has been handmade by jewellers. It will definitely help your outfit to wow everyone.

1 Look 5 Ways: Consider getting it tailored

You should also consider getting your dress tailored if you want to make it go from okay to stunning. A lot of the time when we buy a dress it doesn’t fit correctly and won’t make the most of our figure. As we said before, a well-cut black dress will set you apart from everyone else. Therefore, look into a tailor to help your dress to look amazing. It doesn’t cost that much, and a simple fix will help to make you look fantastic.

1 Look 5 Ways: Customize the dress

Another simple way to make your dress go from okay to stunning is to customize the dress. You should look into buying a beautiful belt which will help show off your waist. You could get a bright coloured belt to help to make you stand out from the crowd. You could look into adding a fun collar if there isn’t one there already. As you can see here, you can easily make a collar to add to your dress to help it look fantastic.

1 Look 5 Ways: Add some fun tights

You should consider wearing some fun tights if you want to transform your dress. You could choose a pair of sparkly tights to add some glamor to your outfit. You could choose a brightly coloured pair if you want to make a statement. Make sure they fit you well so that you look great in the dress!

Remember to make sure it’s ironed to perfection if you want it to look fantastic. It will ruin your whole look if there are creases all over the dress!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

GETTING FIRED FROM YOUR JOB | Why it’s not always a bad thing

You got fired. Big deal. Yes, it can be, but what we sometimes don’t realize is that it’s not always a bad thing. Getting fired from your job can be the blessing in disguise that you didn’t even know you were waiting for.

It can be, in one word: freedom.

I’ve sort of gotten fired from a job before – I won’t go into details, but I will say that even though it was shocking to have a discussion about how my employers thought I should move onto bigger and better things, I was a little bit relieved. Now I could focus full time on something I actually wanted to do!

We all can get stuck in the rut of our daily lives (which I totally was), working a job that we don’t necessarily love. All of a sudden, we’re fired. Panicking aside, here’s why getting fired isn’t always a bad thing – and I speak from experience.

Why getting fired from your job isn’t a bad thing

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You can take this time to try out a different career

Maybe your parents – or any other big influence in your life – persuaded you into taking a really good job straight out of university. It’s not what you love, but you’re afraid to let a good job go. Well, getting fired can be the exact thing you need to try out that other career you’ve been dreaming about.

You can take that trip you’ve been planning for months

This is a good time to just pack up and go! Before you get stuck in a lifelong career, go explore the world. It’ll help you grow as a person and let you see your life (and the world) in a whole new way. A one-way ticket to South-East Asia? Yes, please.

You can learn to stop second guessing yourself

A big reason young people get fired is because they’re afraid to take initiative. It’s true. How many times has your boss asked for your opinion and you’ve hesitated just long enough to make them second-guess your answer? You need to believe in yourself and be confident that you are that good.

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You’ll be forced outside of your comfort zone

Sometimes you get too comfortable in a job. You’re thinking of leaving but the comfort of your daily routine is holding you back. Getting fired can be the push you need to think outside the box and start seeing your life through a new perspective.

You can see it like your rite of passage

Getting fired from your job will end your agonizing decision of ‘should I stay or should I go’? It will also be like a rite of passage into the long working life that you have ahead of you. So, you made a mistake. Learn from yourself and use it to make your next career move your best one yet.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

GLO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE | My fabulous waterfront meal in Victoria

When you’re vacationing in a city as picturesque as Victoria, BC you definitely want to find a spot where you can enjoy a great view and get a fabulous meal (no one wants to sightsee when they’re hangry). I’ve got the perfect place for you: Glo Restaurant & Lounge.

Glo Restaurant is located right on the Selkirk waterfront, just opposite downtown Victoria. They have an amazing patio that looks right over to the inner harbour and down along the Gorge waterway. That’s where I sat, of course.

I had the chance to have lunch at Glo Restaurant a couple of weeks ago. I was really impressed with everything – from the food, to the service, to the interior and the overall layout of the restaurant. So, let me tell you a little bit more.

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My waterfront meal at Glo Restaurant & Lounge

It was a gorgeous day when I went to Glo Restaurant & Lounge. Everyone was sitting on the patio so I decided to get the full Glo experience and sit out there too (fun fact: not only did I get a delicious meal but I left with one hell of a tan).

We decided to start out the meal with a glass of prosecco – because there’s always a reason to celebrate, right? We then moved on to appetizers: crispy parmesan polenta sticks and bacon wrapped prawns, which are served with chipotle aioli and fresh pineapple salsa.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

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After appetizers, it was time to order our mains. We decided on the Thai Peanut Salad and the Tan City Salad. I was this close to ordering the Buddha Bowl but in the back of my mind I knew I wouldn’t have room for dessert. That would’ve been terrible.

Thai Peanut Salad: “Your choice of either grilled chicken or pan-seared tofu, served with shaved red onion + carrot, bell pepper, broccoli, seasonal greens + snow peas with farkay noodles in a Thai peanut lime dressing.”

Tan City Salad: “Moroccan-style blackened chicken, chopped dates, roasted almonds, avocado, goat cheese, seasonal greens, oranges + fresh mint in a key lime dressing. Substitute blackened sockeye salmon.”

The salads were incredibly satisfying. The protein we ordered with them (chicken with the Thai, blackened salmon with the Tan) were both cooked to absolute perfection. The chicken was still moist and the salmon was so delicious I even ate the skin (and I never eat the skin).

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Last but not least it was time for dessert. My salad was honestly so filling that I didn’t think I could possibly eat another bite – until I saw the dessert menu. I have a sweet tooth in the best of times, and the worst of times.

The two we decided on were the Cinnamon Fritters and the Torched Brulee Cheesecake. Even being as full as we were, the desserts were still divine. Ultimately we couldn’t finish them and had to take them home. They were even better later on.

Cinnamon Fritters: “Cooked fresh to order, tossed in sugar + cinnamon, served with smooth cream cheese icing.”

Torched Brulee Cheesecake: “New York style cheesecake made in-house with a crisp brulée topping.”

What totally sold me on the cinnamon fritters was the cream cheese icing – so delicious. The only thing I would change next time is to ask for caramel sauce instead of chocolate. That’s just my personal preference, they were still delightful.

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Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

I don’t think we even walked out of Glo Restaurant after out meal, we rolled. It was definitely worth every single bite! Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and definitely want to go back – hello, there’s a million other things on the menu to try!

Thanks for having us, Glo! I’ll definitely be back next time I’m on the West Coast.

Other photos from Glo Restaurant & Lounge

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

The front doors at Glo Restaurant.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

My favourite piece of art at Glo!

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Another interior shot.

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A view of the back patio.

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The view from the back patio.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

A beautiful spot to do a post-meal stroll.

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Just me, thinking about how great that meal was.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

 

TORONTO FASHION WEEK CANCELLED | Why I’m not devastated

Toronto Fashion Week has been cancelled. People are freaking out. The city is shocked. When you’re used to seeing the glass – of champagne – half full, it’s hard to think about it being empty. But even with Toronto Fashion Week cancelled (one of my favourite times of year) I’m really not that devastated.

Before you judge my opinion as being too harsh (but it’s our fashion week!!), let me explain.

Toronto Fashion Week Cancelled. Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard outside the tents.

Toronto Fashion Week cancelled – why I’m not devastated

Toronto Fashion Week was cancelled because it wasn’t being sponsored in the way it needed to be. If something isn’t working out how you think it should, shouldn’t you be thinking of ways to make it better? To improve it? If cancelling Toronto Fashion Week until that’s able to be done is the way to achieve that, then maybe that’s for the best.

It’s definitely sad, I’ll admit that. Even though I’ve lived in Toronto for two years and have made it to only four seasons of Toronto Fashion Week, I really look forward to those weeks and seeing all my fashion friends that I don’t see on the daily.

You know the saying “you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”? Now is the time for people to realize how important Toronto Fashion Week was to the city (and fashion lovers across the country) and come together to make it even better than before.

It’s not gone forever.

We’re just moving on to bigger and better things people! Personally, I want our own Toronto Fashion Week to rank amongst the best in the world. We’ve got the talent, don’t we? Why continue on with something you’re not happy with when you can shut down, rebuild and come back better than ever?

Plus, now we’ve all got a little more time to plan those outrageously cool outfits, make new blogger friends to attend the shows with and give other events the time of day that we might not have before.

The best is yet to come!

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LONG WEEKEND IN MISSOURI | What you need to do

When you are considering where to go for a long weekend, you should consider the state of Missouri. There is so much to see and do that it will make a great long weekend getaway. Here are just a few things you need to do when you spend a long weekend in Missouri.

What you need to do on a long weekend in Missouri

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You need to visit the Gateway Arch in St Louis

One thing you must do while you are staying in Missouri is to visit the Gateway Arch in St Louis. The iconic monument is the world’s largest arch and boasts fantastic views over the area when you travel to the top. You will get some great photos. It only takes four minutes to get to the observation deck of the arch which is 630-foot tall. You can find out more about buying tickets here.

You need to go on a wine trail in Hermann

Another thing you should do when you spend the weekend in Missouri is to go on a wine trail in Hermann. The trail begins in Hermann and travels 20 miles across the river to New Haven. It’s a great chance to try lots of different wineries. They often do special events such as a cheese and wine trail. It’s a lot of fun and you can expect to get tipsy. You should see the Hermann Wine Trail for details on how much it costs.

You need to go shopping at the Country Club Plaza

You should also do some shopping during your weekend in Missouri at the Country Club Plaza, which is situated in Kansas City. Shopping fans will love all the fashion houses including designer names Kate Spade and Burberry. There are also some brilliant restaurants located in the 15-block district to try once you have had enough of looking around the shops.

You need to have a picnic in Forest Park in St. Louis

Another thing you must do while you are in Missouri for the weekend is to visit the St.Louis’ Forest Park. There’s loads to look at and plenty of space to have a lovely picnic. Surprisingly, It’s bigger than the infamous Central Park. As it says in this article, the activities you can do include visiting the history or art museum, the Science Center, and the Zoo. Hire a bike so you can get around the whole park easily.

You need to see the world’s largest rocking chair in Cuba

You should also consider visiting the world’s largest rocking chair in Cuba while you are staying in Missouri. The chair which stands at 42 feet tall was named the largest in the world eight years ago. You can’t actually sit on it (boo!), but you can get some great pictures of the huge chair!

You need to visit the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City

Another sightseeing spot you must go to while you are in Missouri is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. The iconic monument is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the first world war. You should check the museum out inside and head up to the observation deck which offers fantastic views over the city.

Now you have done a long weekend in Missouri, you should consider heading to Annapolis for lots more to do and see! Have fun y’all. 

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This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

HERMÈS BAGS | 5 styles that will make you look like a celeb

Ah, Hermes bags. They’re gorgeous enough to make anyone go weak in the knees. But aside from their looks, the ginormous price tag that they come with may even make you go weak in the heart (but at least you’ll look really cool, right?).

However, if you know the art of saving huge money to buy a luxury bag, a Hermes bag is the perfect choice – no wonder these bags can make you look like a celebrity! Here’s our list of the best Hermes bags to invest in.

5 Hermès bags to give you celebrity status

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1. The Hermès Birkin Bag

When you talk about expensive, beautiful and handbag all in one sentence, the Birkin is what we think of. It’s by far one of the most popular handbags on the planet. Recently, this handbag was in the news for being a better investment than the stock market (seriously!). It’s basically a tote that’s crafted out of pure, handmade leather and is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin.

In the fashion and entertainment industry, a Birkin is seen as a symbol of elegance and opulence, which most celebrities love to flaunt. If you crave the kind of attention that celebrities get, a Birkin around your arm will do the trick. A Hermes Birkin can cost anywhere between $12,000 and $200,000.

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2. The Hermès Kelly Bag

This one is another stunner from the house of Hermes. It takes inspiration from the shape of a saddle holder and was named after the Monégasque princess and American actress, Grace Kelly. These bags come in different sizes and are made out of premium quality leathers – not that we would expect anything less from this designer. Hermes bags are always about luxury and the Kelly bag definitely is. It’s a multifunctional bag that will go with any outfit of yours and make you look like a million dollars instantly. However, buying a Kelly bag could mean you need to spend a minimum of $11,000. Yikes.

3. The Hermès Berline Bag

For those who love handcrafted, compact bags, the Hermes Berline Bag is the ideal one. It can be worn in a multiple ways – you can adorn it as a shoulder bag or as a handy clutch, whatever suits you the best. What makes this Hermes prodigy a celebrity-style bag is its exquisite hand stitching and the impressive silver lock closure. In all ways, it’s a must-have fashion accessory for every woman. Prices start from $6000 and above!

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4. The Hermès Crocodile Constance Bag

This one is another stunner from the house of Hermes. The Crocodile Constance Bag is an extremely extraordinary crocodile skin bag that comes in some really gorgeous colours. The interior features two pockets and on the outside it has dazzling gold-tone hardware with a capital Hermes ‘H‘. It has an adjustable strap that allows you to sport it as both a handbag and shoulder bag! Price starts at $7,750.

5. The Hermès Evelyne Bag

The Hermes Evelyne Bags may not be as popular as the Birkins, but these can certainly make you look like a celebrity. It’s a casual and chic handbag option that has been sported by stars like Kate Walsh, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and others. It is a perfect option to adorn while traveling. Price starts at $2,800.

Now that you have this list of Hermes, most likely you’ll like to have one of each but let’s be serious, the prices are pretty high. Finding an authentic bag can be hard as well considering that there are lots of shady sites and people, trying to pass a replica for an original. In this case you need to be very careful and learn tips on how to spot a fake!

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This post was written by Patriciah Collen for The Lady-like Leopard.

THE MAGNOLIA HOTEL | My one night stay in downtown Victoria

Hi guys! Recently I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa in downtown Victoria, BC (my beautiful home city – for those who didn’t know). I took my girlfriend Jaimie Lewis (sometimes singer, sometimes ladylikeleopard contributor – hello, I can’t take all the photos myself) with me and we had the absolute best time.

We arrived to Magnolia Hotel with great expectations and after less than 5 minutes of being there all of our expectations were completely blown away. The hotel was stunning, the staff were incredibly friendly and I was a little bit shocked yet completely excited to be greeted with “ah, Miss Morry, we’ve been expecting you”.

(Also, the freshly made in-house tea that they had served in the lobby was delicious. I’m still thinking about it as I write this post from my apartment in Toronto. Omg.)

After having my car valet parked by one stylish man and having our bags generously taken by another, we were shown to our room: the Diamond Harbour View room. It was everything we could do to keep our cool while getting settled in. As soon as the door closed and we were alone to enjoy our top floor corner suite, our jaws dropped, our eyes bulged and I swear I heard some angels sing. It was incredible.

Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry for The Lady-like Leopard.

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I was delighted to see a couple of welcoming gifts waiting for me inside our suite – totally unexpected but definitely appreciated. From Magnolia Hotel there was a card signed by the manager and director of sales alongside a box of Rogers Chocolates (a Victoria favourite) and a travel bag filled with L’Occitane products!

Tourism Victoria had also left me an info pack about Victoria, BC and a complimentary attractions pass so we could make the most of what beautiful Victoria has to offer. (We hit up the IMAX to see the mammoth movie and later, butterfly gardens and the aviation museum.)

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry for The Lady-like Leopard.

Our room was so gorgeous we could hardly stand the thought of leaving it. As a pre-warm up to our evening on the town, we snuggled into our plush robes, climbed into bed and opened up a bottle of sauvignon blanc. If there was a ever a reason to celebrate, this was it!

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is known on Vancouver Island as “downtown Victoria’s favourite boutique hotel” and I can honestly say now that it’s mine too. Magnolia Hotel is located right downtown and is within walking distance of the gorgeous inner harbour, cool shops, tasty restaurants and endless entertainment.

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry for The Lady-like Leopard.

After lounging around in our robes (they were incredibly soft) for probably longer than we needed to, we decided it was time to head outside and explore downtown Victoria. We went for a walk in the inner harbour, ate the best pasta ever at Pagliacci’s, stopped in for an Aviation cocktail at Little Jumbo and then returned back to our palace – oh, I mean hotel.

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Once again we crawled under the sheets, turned on a movie and soon went to sleep. I’m telling ya, they shouldn’t make the beds that wildly comfortable because I didn’t want to get up at all. But in the morning we eventually dragged ourselves out of bed to head down to the Catalano Restaurant for breakfast.

I had the Catalano Waffle, which is stuffed with double smoked bacon & emmental cheese and served with fresh fruit, vanilla whip and maple syrup – doesn’t get much tastier than that.

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry for The Lady-like Leopard.

I was treated like a queen and couldn’t have imagined having a better stay than I did. I would definitely give the Magnolia Hotel my #ladylikeleopard stamp of approval and I can’t wait to go back! Next time you’re in Victoria make sure you book a room at Magnolia Hotel & Spa (book here) – and get ready to live luxe!

Thanks for having me stay, Magnolia! Look forward to coming back again.

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TRAVEL GUIDE | 5 things to know before visiting Sydney

Visiting a new country is great but going to an entirely new continent is what’s really awesome. The exposure you get from traveling is something no other activity can match and it gives you a chance to see how other people live and how things are done in different parts of the world – but as with anywhere, there are at least 5 things to know before visiting Sydney.

For starters, Australia is not just a country; it’s also an entire continent which is separated from the rest of the world. Anyone visiting Australia needs to know about the differences they’re expected to encounter as they will have some impact on the quality of their journey. Here are 5 things to know before visiting Sydney.

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5 things to know before visiting Sydney

Sun burns are faster – and hotter

One of the first things which people from the outside notice in Australia is the heat of the sun. The sun seems to be hotter in Australia probably because of the depletion of the Ozone layer. When you’re planning places which you would visit in Australia, you have to keep in mind that you’re going to be exposing yourself to the sun and you must plan accordingly.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer and the reason is long and direct exposures to the sun. Protecting your skin using hats and sunscreens will ensure a smooth trip for you. Groupon offers many deals on products which ca1n protect you from the damaging effects of the sun. No one wants to look like a tomato on vacation!

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There actually are four seasons

Movies and popular media have us believed that Australia is hot and sunny every single day of the year but nothing could be further than the truth. Australia is one of the lucky places on earth which enjoy the four seasons in their entirety. You wouldn’t want to be the tourist who comes in his sleeveless shirt and Bermuda’s only to be caught off guard and find that it’s really chilly and he should’ve brought clothes to more suited to the weather. One of the best things you can do for your trip is to check for weather patterns before your arrival to the country to ensure that you won’t have to face any unwanted surprises.

Food is fine to eat – and actually delicious

Australia has been very severe in the implementation of laws which govern the arrival of an eatable from a foreign place. Check the list of things, on the internet, which are permitted to be brought to Australia before you finalize your packing for your trip. Before your landing in Sydney, or any other part of Australia for that matter, you’ll be provided a set of guidelines which you’re required to follow and it included things which can be brought to the country.

There can be a fine of more than $200 at the spot for bringing banned foods in the country. You must declare all the food items you’re bringing with you whether it is something as simple as a chocolate or nuts. Declaring the food is the proper way to go as the customs officials generally allow you to keep the food item if it is packaged.

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It’s easy to get around and explore

Sydney is one of the cities where it is a joy to walk around. The city is flat with no hills and the streets are well-lighted and well-marked. The public transportation system is decent and you can buy Opal Cards, a stored-value transit card, from any newsstand and save yourself quite a lot of money in terms of transport fares – it is perhaps the cheapest and most convenient option for traveling within the city. A very popular mode of travel from the United States, Uber, has been gaining grounds and is expected to become widely popular in a comparatively short time.

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There are heaps of festivals

If you’re heading to Australia then you should ensure that your trip coincides with any of a large number of festivals which have become a hallmark of activity in Australia. The Sydney Festival brings around 400 cultural performances in January every year where over a thousand artists perform and it is a sight to behold. Another major festival to keep a track of is the Annual Good Food Month which takes place in October of every year and is appreciated by foodies from all parts of the country. Planning the trip properly will give you much more bang for your money when you finally decide to visit Sydney.

So, there are 5 things to know before visiting Sydney. There are definitely more, but figuring them out is half the fun. Right?

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This post was written by Frank Lee for The Lady-like Leopard.