WINNERS IN YOUR WARDROBE | Following fashion with what you already have

As a fashion lover, it can constantly feel like your budget can’t stretch to your desires. There’s always a new trend to try out or a new pair of shoes you just have to have. But what about things that you already own? You might have a few winners in your wardrobe that you’ve completely forgotten about. 

The fashion that we are meant to covet is usually expensive. The equivalent of a month’s rent for a single pair of shoes? It seems insane. Then we see the shoes, the beauty of the curved lines and heels that will make our legs look ten times longer, and all of a sudden it seems more reasonable. Or does it?

Inevitably, there are moments when we really, really can’t afford the things we want. Fashion is a world that constantly moves and it seems like a lot of the time, only the super-wealthy can keep up with the trendiest and most expensive items on the hot list.

For the rest of us, we make do with what we can as the styles change and we try to make our closets keep up – and try to find those winners that you already have. 

This is not something to worry about though! In fact, it should be celebrated – because not having the money to follow fashion religiously gives you a chance to do something else: be creative. When you have to think outside the box for every outfit you wear, you encourage yourself to be truly experimental.

So if you have found yourself splurging on expensive pieces, then not having enough for rent and wondering “will I have to sell my Rolex today so I can pay my bills?” – stop the cycle now! Instead, introduce yourself to a world where what’s in your wardrobe is sufficient – you’ve just not been using it right.

WINNERS IN YOUR WARDROBE | Following fashion with what you already have

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Wardrobe Win #1: Adapt your clothing

Say back in the 00s you had a pair of jeans that you loved. They fit like a glove and you felt fantastic in them. They were the perfect fit on both your waist and hips – really, how often does that happen?!

The only problem is that they’re bootcut.

The fashion has trended away from the style, but you still love the jeans. They still look great on – from the knee up, anyway. The same applies to skirts as the fashionable length moves up and down the leg constantly.

Repurpose them with the help of a good tailor. Switching from bootcut to skinny is a small job that will cost a lot less than a new pair of jeans. Skirt and dress hemlines can be raised with ease; lowering is a little trickier, but it can be done. You can breathe new, fashionable life into your wardrobe this way.

Wardrobe Win #2: Try A Simple Base

Cultivate a set of simple base outfits, which you can then layer new fashions onto. A pair of jeans and a plain shirt; a black dress; a skirt and cardigan combination. Keep the colours neutral so they work with anything. Then, when the new season colour or trend comes around, swap in a few accessories to keep things looking up to date. The same foundation of the outfit remains, but you only have to spend on a few pieces rather than a whole ensemble.

Wardrobe Win #3: Wear whatever you like

Want to wear something from former fashion glory days without altering it? Then do so. If anyone asks, just tell them it’s early vintage. It takes confidence to pull this off, but it’ll make your wardrobe timeless in one fell swoop.

This is one of my favourite way to dress anyways. I really don’t care what’s “on trend” at the moment. If I like it, I’ll wear it and that’s all there is to it.

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PERFECT HOLIDAYS | How to plan the dream getaway

If you only get a couple of days or weeks off work in a year, then what better way to spend those precious days off work than flying off to a different country to melt away your stress and troubles? Enter: The Perfect Holidays.

A holiday doesn’t need to be expensive and it’s usually worth the effort and money investment. However, that doesn’t mean you can just book a flight and hotel then expect to see results. It takes hard work!

Not only can doing some research save you money, but it’s also a good way to fill your schedule with fun and interesting things to do. Don’t arrive at a country with no plans on where to go—that would be a huge waste of time! (Not to mention, a total disaster.)

To make sure you get the most out of your holidays, here are some essential points to consider when planning a trip abroad.

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How do you want to travel?

This is important because it will define how relaxing (or bearable) the journey is and also the amount of money you have to spend. For example, Jet Charters are great if you and a group of people want to fly in private and in style. You can hire a private jet for you and your group, and you won’t need to deal with long check-in lines, transfers or sharing the plane with others. However, if you’re only planning a short trip to somewhere in your country or nearby, then perhaps driving or taking a train is a more affordable option.

Research where you want to visit

Don’t research tourist attractions alone. You can also focus on places to eat that the locals enjoy, delicacies that are found in remote locations or traditional festivals and celebrations that will occur during your stay. In fact, it might even be worth planning your holiday around a tradition. For example, if you plan to visit China, then visit at some point during Chinese New Year if you want to experience wonderful celebrations and embrace Chinese culture.

Make a list of all the places you want to visit and check how feasible it is to visit all of them in a single trip. Even if you miss some places, you can always visit next time! Some great places to look are food blogs, travel guides and YouTube videos.

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Brush up on local knowledge

A phrasebook can come in handy when visiting a country where you don’t know the language. Because a lot of street signs and information might not be in a language you know, it’s a good idea to brush up on things like public transport and taxi phrases. Do some research and check if there are local travel cards that allow you to top up money and pay for transport with a simple card scan. This makes it easy to get around the city or country you’re in and you won’t need to fumble about with cash.

You might also want to research about local cultural differences. You don’t want to make a hand gesture or say something offensive by accident, and you don’t want to offend the locals by doing something questionable to their culture.

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WARDROBE RE-VAMP | How to re-vamp your wardrobe for a new you

New Year is a time for resolutions and many people decide to lose weight, quit alcohol or cigarettes, or generally improve their health. Though attainable, many of these goals take time, which is why so many give up, so taking small steps to improve confidence and well being on day one can greatly improve chances for success.

Unsurprisingly it’s often women that are aiming to improve appearance through weight loss and new fitness regimes. A recent Daily Mail article revealed that only 3% of women in the UK were actually happy with their bodies and that many felt that the emphasis on celebrities and unrealistic expectations by the media were to blame.

PERSONAL STYLE | How to re-vamp your wardrobe

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Self-care is sometimes overlooked when parents have young children to look after and it’s easy to put health and appearance on the back burner. In an increasingly image conscious world many find it hard not to compare themselves with others, and while confidence should come from the inside, taking steps towards great health and well being can be a positive thing.

Eating a healthier diet, doing regular exercise and reducing stress can certainly help. Incorporating daily meditation and incorporating mindfulness techniques into the 9-5 routine is beneficial in promoting positive thought patterns. Cutting down on caffeine and alcohol can also health with weight loss, improve skin quality and increase energy levels.

But that’s just the start. While taking care of the inside it’s important to take care of the outside too and getting a new haircut, a facial or a manicure can give people an extra confidence boost, making goal achieving more likely. When you look better, you feel better and well-being is vital element for success.

Clothing and image can be important too and the first thing to address is the wardrobe. Aside from creating a nicer living space, de-cluttering can alleviate stress and promote well-being; throwing out all those unwanted sweat-pants, hole-y jumpers and only keeping items that bring joy can be liberating. Arranging clothing in colour order from dark to light also makes it easier to see see clothes and put together outfits that work.

This goes too for underwear drawers, an often overlooked part of the bedroom often inhabited by greying ‘full’ briefs, saggy bras and uninspiring pyjamas. Investing in some matching bra and knicker sets or some elegant nightwear from retailers such as Vanilla Night & Day bras and lingerie can be a good start to the wardrobe re-vamp.

Not only is a drawer full of neatly folded elegant lingerie a beautiful thing but wearing it may encourage the wearer to feel more confident, sexier and in control.

Feeling confident in the present is the key; losing weight is an admirable goal, taking long walks in the countryside and more sleep are all life-affirming resolutions… but beginning to feel more confident today is the challenge and dressing for the person that you want to become, is a pretty great start.

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PREGNANCY STYLE | How to stay stylish during your pregnancy and beyond

When you are expecting, it can be hard to feel stylish. After all, the pleasures of things like morning sickness can make you feel less than perfect every day. However, there are ways you can still look (and feel) good while pregnant.

After all, just check out stars like Blake Lively and Natalie Portman on the red carpet while pregnant for inspiration! And after the baby is born, you can still look like a fashionista. So, here are some great tips you need to ensure you stay a style queen during your pregnancy and beyond.

PREGNANCY STYLE | How to stay stylish during your pregnancy and beyond

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Focus on accessories

One thing that doesn’t have to change while you’re pregnant is your accessories. You can still wear those stunning necklaces and bracelets that you did before! You might want to go for a cute scarf which will be perfect for keeping you and your baby warm during the cold season. Don’t be afraid to go for hair accessories like a floppy hat or a cute bandana to complete that cool look.

Look into designer maternity wear

You don’t have to turn your back on trends just because you’re having a baby. In fact, some of the designer ranges have gorgeous maternity clothes. Therefore, you can still look fabulous while having a baby – just make sure you don’t spend too much on the clothes, after all, you’re only pregnant for a few months! Once your baby has arrived, you might be surprised to know that a lot of the ranges actually do their own baby clothes. For example, you can find Dior for babies so you can ensure your little one looks just as stylish as you!

Stick to your normal style

Just because you’re going to be a mom, it doesn’t mean your style has to change. If you’re a fan of skinny jeans and leather jackets, still wear these during your pregnancy. After all, it might make you lose confidence if you start dressing in clothes that you think you should be wearing, rather than ones you love. Stay true to yourself to still be a style queen during your pregnancy!

Go for simple colors

A lot of people make a faux pas when it comes to choosing clothes for their pregnancy. They tend to go for bright colours which end up not being very flattering. And patterns are also a no-no when it comes to pregnancy. Therefore, to ensure you look great during your pregnancy, you should opt for simple colours like black and grey which will give you a flattering look – even during the last few months and beyond.

Consider a staple wraparound dress

It’s hard to choose dresses when it comes to pregnancy. Some women go for tight numbers which show off their bump, while others prefer something a bit more subtle. One good option you should consider is a staple wraparound dress. As it says in this article, it shows off your bump while offering a comfortable fit. And the plunging neckline can help you to look appealing during your pregnancy too!

And remember to pick clothes which are comfortable. After all, it’s the most important thing during your pregnancy!

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MAGNOLIA’S FESTIVE TRAIL | How to spend your xmas season in Victoria

I’m back on the west coast in Victoria, BC for Christmas this year! I’m so excited to be spending my xmas season in this city – I love it. One of my first stops was the Magnolia Hotel & Spa (where I had a stay last June). In my room was their Magnolia’s Festive Trail guide of what to do this December in Victoria. Of course, I had to check it out.

First, I enjoyed a Bailey’s hot chocolate compliments of the hotel – a signature staple for their holiday stays. It was beautifully presented with a packet of delicious hot cocoa powder, a mini bottle of Bailey’s and came with an individual packet of mini marshmallows. Oh, and served in a glass mug. How charming is that?

Get to know the city of Victoria better and dive head first into the Christmas spirit with Magnolia’s Festive Trail.

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Magnolia’s Festive Trail: 25th Annual Festival of Trees

“Discover a forest of festive trees – watch for Magnolia Hotel’s tree and vote for your favourite!” These trees are actually amazing! There are so many to look at too so make sure you grab a hot cocoa (Bailey’s optional) to sip while you take in the sights.

Where: The Bay Centre, 1117 Government St. and Fairmont Empress, 721 Government St.
When: Until January 5th 2017

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Magnolia’s Festive Trail: Christmas at Royal BC Museum

“Explore the Old Town gallery with its festive holiday decor.” I went to the Royal BC Museum last time I was in Victoria, so unfortunately I didn’t go this time but if you go, let me know how it is! I’m sure it looks super cute with all the holiday decor.

Where: 675 Belleville St.
When: Until December 31st 2016

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Magnolia’s Festive Trail: Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase

“Wander through amazing all-gingerbread works of art and watch for Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar’s creation!” Warning: Do not go to this exhibit on an empty stomach! The gingerbread houses look good enough to eat, but unfortunately you’re not allowed to touch. End of story.

Where: Inn at Laurel Point, 680 Montreal St.
When: Until January 2nd 2017

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Magnolia’s Festive Trail: Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

“Weekend horse-drawn rides circulate downtown with stops!” I always feel like I’m in a movie when I go on a horse-drawn carriage. It doesn’t help that I’m obsessed with horses and wish I could take one home with me! It’s always been my dream to own a horse, but a short & sweet winter ride will have to do (for now).

Where: 50 Bastian Square, 3 Centennial Square, Willie’s Bakery and Capital Iron

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Magnolia’s Festive Trail: Christmas in Old Victoria Walking Tours

“Discover how Christmas was observed in early Victoria with a leisurely 90-minute historical walking tour through Old Town with Discover the Past.” This is a fantastic way to really get to know the history of Victoria! It’s a beautiful city that is best seen by walking through it. If you only have time for a couple of activities from this list, make sure this one is on it.

Where: 26 Bastian Square
When: Until December 31st 2016, 2pm-3:30pm, $15/person

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Other Festive Activities

  • Take in the sights and sounds of the holidays with a stroll around the inner harbour
  • The Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens
  • Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle
  • A holiday cocktail in the lounge by the fireplace at Catalano

For more about Christmas in Victoria, visit the Magnolia Hotel’s website here.

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All photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Magnolia Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.

BEAUTY HACKS | The top beauty DIYs to try this winter

Winter time is here!  It’s not always the best time beauty wise – which is why I’ve come up with some lifesaving (or skin saving at least) beauty hacks to try out this winter. Stock up on these tips and tricks and I promise you’ll survive the season in style. 

BEAUTY HACKS | The top beauty DIYs to try this winter

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Beauty Hacks #1: DIY Cream Highlighter

Powder highlighters can look cakey on dry winter skin – and I prefer to eat my cake rather than wear it on my face. Who’s with me? So, instead you can create your own liquid highlighter by blending your favourite champagne-hued eye shadow, with a tinted moisturizer. Just rub your finger in the shadow and mix it with the moisturizer in the palm of your hand. Dab a little on the top of your cheekbones, down your nose and on your brow bone for a healthy glow.

Beauty Hacks #2: Use Tea Bags To Soothe Dry Lips

If your lips are cracked and wind-bitten, make yourself a cup of tea, then put the tea bag over your lips. Just like the tannins in the tea can immediately hydrate and soothe a sunburn, it’ll do the same for your dry, lips. You’ll feel the difference instantly – not to mention be insanely kissable and who wouldn’t want that during mistletoe season?

Beauty Hacks #3: Use Lip Balm On Rough Cuticles

Not only are lip balms great for you lips, they can work wonders for your cuticles too! Winter’s dry air can be tough on nails and the surrounding skin. To help avoid those painful, ragged cuticles, massage a little lip balm onto them. Hello, hand model. 

Beauty Hacks #4: Ease A Dry Scalp With Sugar

Just like the rest of your body, the skin on your scalp can get very dry and flaky in the winter. You can gently remove dandruff (and product buildup) by adding a teaspoon of fine granulated sugar to the amount of shampoo you normally use to wash your hair.

Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingertips and the granules will dissolve as you rinse. You’ll be left feeling flake-free and gorgeous.

Beauty Hacks #5: Make A DIY Lip Scrub

Who needs to buy an expensive lip scrub when you can make one yourself? Just mix one tablespoon of organic, raw cane sugar and one tablespoon of organic honey together, then rub the mixture over your lips gently until all flakes are gone. Dab off the excess and swipe on your fave lip balm for cushion-comfy lips! Do this before bed and roll on a heavier balm to soothe your lips overnight. (Lip balm manufacturing companies have a lot of advice on the best lip balms on the market.)

Beauty Hacks #6: Apply Body Lotion After The Shower

Just like applying moisturizer to your face in a steamy room will lock in hydration, so will moisturizing your body right after your shower. Towel dry yourself lightly in the shower, then slap on that body butter. This will prevent moisture from evaporating and drying out before you can lock it in. Seriously, anyone dare to feel my skin? It’s heavenly. 

Beauty Hacks #7: Wash Your Face Without Water

When skin is already dry, water can further irritate and dry it out more. For the winter months, consider using a cream or oil-based soap-free facial cleanser. Massage it onto your face, then dab it off with tissue. Without using water. The product will dissolve makeup and attract dirt away from your skin, while leaving its natural, healthy oils intact.

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WINTER BEAUTY TIPS | How to keep your skin looking fresh this winter

Winter can be especially hard on our skin, so  it’s important even more so to keep it moisturized to avoid any dryness or problems.

If you live in a particularly dry air area, or a place where the water is particularly hard, then you’re likely to suffer from dry skin in the winter even more so,  and it can actually be very painful and a somewhat embarrassing problem, making it difficult to wear make up and feel confident during the winter.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to remedy this, and you can easily find a good fix that works for you by maintaining a proper skincare routine during the winter months so you can easily keep your skin looking fresh all through the winter.

WINTER BEAUTY TIPS | How to keep your skin looking fresh this winter

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What you eat

Obviously our diet plays a big role in how our skin looks, so things like drinking lots of water and maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is definitely key here. Fruits and vegetables that are particularly good for keeping you hydrated and moisturized are things like pomegranates, oranges due to the vitamin C content, cucumber, watermelon and grapes, among others.

What you drink

Also drinking lots of water that’s either bottled if you live in a hard water area or filtered, or if you live in an area that has soft water, then you can also drink it straight from the tap, which will save you money, too.

If you do live in a hard water area, you need to consider things like getting a filter for your shower because this can leave a lot of the residue from the water on your skin and cause more dryness.

How you moisturize

Moisturizing after you’ve been in the shower with either a very strong moisturizer that is particularly formulated to prevent dry skin or reduce it, but even more so are things like coconut oil that can be applied to damp skin to lock in moisture and keep it soft throughout the day. This not only protects the skin, but it  doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals, so coconut oil is a perfect example of Vegan Skincare, but if you don’t like the idea of applying  coconut oil to your skin there are also plenty of other places where you can find alternative solutions that are right for you.

If you’re really struggling with dry skin and you find it’s not going away or getting worse each year, then you can also speak to a dermatologist who can advise you on the correct steps to take based on your skin type and other factors that may be causing your skin to be so dry.

When you take off make-up

The other important thing that you need to make sure of is if you wear makeup during the day to remove it in the evening before you go to sleep, and also apply something to keep your skin moisturized overnight.

Dry skin in winter is not an uncommon problem, but it’s certainly not comfortable and something, if you’re currently faced with it every year, you can easily get help with it. The most important thing is to take care of your skin as much as possible, and speak to a professional about what options are available to you.

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

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HOLIDAY SEASON 101 | How to have a stress-free Christmas this year

Holiday season 101 is officially here. December has hit and that means that Christmas is right around the corner. It can often seem as though the festive season creeps up on us all faster and faster every year. You know what I mean? One minute we’re celebrating Halloween, then down come the skeletons and pumpkins only to be replaced by reindeers and snowflakes.

This can all be very exciting but can leave you feeling a little rushed off your feet. After all, just when are we supposed to prepare for Christmas and everything it brings? Not only do we have to plan the perfect gifts, there is also food, drinks and decor to think about.

Plus, we need to find time to fulfill the true meaning of Christmas: spending time with family and friends. But as is the norm with most important events, many of us tend to do most of our organizing last-minute.

This can lead to a lot of panic-buying at sky-high prices – many stores and companies will play on the fact that the closer it gets to Christmas, the more desperate people will be. If you are determined to make this year your first stress-free Christmas in years, take a look at these tips on how to get prepared.

HOLIDAY SEASON 101 | How to have a stress-free christmas

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Holiday Season 101: Decorating

There is something magical about getting the Christmas decorations out each year. Perhaps it brings back memories of festive times with your parents when you still lived at home, or maybe you are simply a lover of anything cute and cozy.

If you’re hosting Christmas Day for your family this year, you probably feel a little more pressure than usual to get your pad looking the part. But consider how far you really need to go and what your motives are behind big-budget decorating. You may live on a street where Christmas lights are all the rage, but adorning your home simply to match up to the ‘competition’ probably won’t actually make you feel all that Christmas-y – at least when you see your electricity bill at the end of the month!

Instead, consider keeping your decorations a little more low-key and think about where you source them from. You may be surprised at the festive bargains you can get from thrift shops rather than designer stores. Or why not hold a festive swap-shop with your friends? You can probably all do with updating your decor collections and if you are all hosting Christmas it’s a great way to inject some life back into your homes.

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Holiday Season 101: Gifts

It goes without saying that leaving gifts until the last minute is always a bad idea. Not only do the prices increase the closer it gets to the big day, you may also find that delivery does as well. Try keeping a note throughout the year of things you think people may like (I always have one going in my iPhone). When inspiration hits it’s always best to write it down so that you remember it.

If you and your family write lists for Christmas, set a new rule in place that all lists need to be shared around the group by the first of December. There is nothing worse than someone handing you a list a week before Christmas and somehow expecting their very niche gift to miraculously turn up on the day.

Once you have a clear idea of what you are going to get everyone, make a separate list of which items you can buy online and which ones you will need to get in store. There are some things that are best to look at in person, such as clothing – that way, you can measure it against yourself to see if you have got the right size. For unusual gift ideas, you may want to look online instead. Plus, you can do in from your sofa with a rum + egg nog in hand, which makes the whole shopping experience much less stressful. 

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Holiday Season 101: Food

If there’s one thing that everyone loves about Christmas, it’s the food. Christmas Day and Thanksgiving are usually the only times a year that we actually sit down and eat with our entire family, so it’s only right that it’s a little bit special.

Cooking, however, can be stressful at the best of times (everyone who knows me knows that I don’t cook pretty much ever) let alone when you’ve got your whole family around you and Christmas songs blaring in your ear. But, there are things you can do to make the whole experience slightly less crazy.

Always order your food, especially the turkey, in advance. You will also need to get hold of a nut roast if you have any vegetarians or vegans in your family. Once you have everything, consider what you can prepare in advance. The Christmas pudding is an obvious one. It always tastes best when made in advance and then left in a cool dry place to mature until you finally eat it.

You may also want to freeze any vegetables you plan to use and then defrost them on Christmas Eve. Buying ingredients the day before Christmas never goes all that well – many other people have the same idea and the shelves at the store are usually bare. But buying too far in advance means that your veggies are susceptible to going bad before it’s even time to cook them. You will save yourself a lot of hassle by freezing your vegetables until you need them.

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

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DESTINATION WEDDING | What to wear if you’re tying the knot abroad

Have you ever dreamed of having a destination wedding? Maybe somewhere on the beach in Mexico or under a palm tree in the Bahamas? Well, you’re not alone. Many people are now choosing to fly off into the sunset to tie the knot, but figuring out what you need to bring with you can be the tricky part.

Destination weddings are bigger than ever – and when you book one you’ll usually be assigned a rep to help you with all the details so that everything is taken care of without a hitch.

However, one thing they likely won’t provide too much help with is what to wear on your big day. To be honest, you probably wouldn’t want them to anyways. Deciding what to wear is a pretty personal thing so it’s best to do it on your own and get exactly what you want.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be as simple as just picking anything though! Depending on where you’re going to get married, you’ll definitely want to be dressed appropriately.

For example, princess dresses may not be entirely comfortable on a tropical Indian Ocean beach and a bikini is probably not what you’ll feel most suits the occasion while exchanging vows in Lapland. But then again, to each their own. 

What to prepare (and wear) for your destination wedding

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There are many places online that are completely dedicated to destination weddings, such as websites, stores, and even blogs that will provide you with tips on what to wear, the expected weather conditions when you plan to get married, and style tips for inspiration.

But it’s not just the weather you have to consider when you’re getting married abroad. You’ll also have to take into consideration things like your own style and your partner’s style. You may opt for a more casual look with white sneakers, but if your partner prefers a more formal look, then someone will have to compromise.

Also, whether or not you’re having a themed destination wedding and if your chosen outfits really fit into this theme.

In addition, depending on where you’re getting married, you may also want to look up different things relating to culture and customs in that country. For example, you may choose to have a traditional Polynesian ceremony, and therefore, want to make sure you understand all it entails and make sure you’re dressed appropriately.

Another issue could be that in certain countries, you may be required to have certain parts of your body, such as shoulders or legs covered, so in this case, you’d have to look into the different options for covering up so as not to offend or end up in trouble.

When booking your destination wedding, your assigned rep or wedding coordinator will usually go over any issues like this, but it never hurts to be more prepared for any eventuality just in case.

If you’re planning to have other people attending your wedding, such as bridesmaids and groomsmen, etc. then you’ll also want to think about what they’ll be wearing. Then you can make sure it all fits in with what you’re wearing and the overall theme of the wedding.

Another thing you should consider is that your clothing may be quite bulky and heavy, so make sure your luggage allowance doesn’t get affected when trying to transport them. Some airlines will allow you to carry items, such as wedding dresses with you in the cabin to avoid any potential problems – such as lost luggage.

You may also want to look at taking out additional or special travel insurance for your wedding for cases like this. The company who you book your destination wedding with may also be able to advise you further on this, but it makes sense to ensure that you’re covered for any problems.

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

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BOOTIE CARE | How to make sure your boots stay fresh & clean

Hey guys! Today I’m discussing the oh-so-annoying issue of ruined shoes. Has this ever happened to anyone? You get a new pair of shoes, you’re so anxious to wear them, you opt out of waterproofing them and then BAM, it rains? Yeah, me too.

I’ve also scuffed, ripped, dirtied and well, pretty much ruined perfectly good pairs of shoes from consciously neglecting them. One thing that hasn’t happened to me yet is a broken heel – fingers cross it never happens! That would be the worst.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard wear a knitted 'PIXIE' cape from Simple Smiles & co. in Toronto, Canada. November 2015.

So how do you keep your boots looking fresh and clean forever?!

Well, for starters I usually use a waterproofing wax on my leather boots that you apply with a clean sponge. It’s kind of annoying because you have to let them sit for 24 hours to dry – but after that it’s all good. In the past I’ve used a spray too but I find the wax works better.

It also has a lot to do with common sense. For example, if I know it’s going to rain I’m not going to wear my crushed velvet ankle boots. That would be incredibly dumb. If it’s snowing, I’m not going to throw on my knee high suede ones either (even though they would look sooo cute).

I’m pretty simple when it comes to taking care of my shoes but somehow it works! If you guys need some more inspiration, head on over to King Ranch and check out their selection of trendy cowgirl boots, durable cowboy boots and leather care products! I’m about to head out the door to go to rural Ontario and could sure use a pair too!

Talk soon and stay stylish!

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