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THE TRUMP AMERICA | Yes, there are still reasons to visit the USA

A few days ago President Trump (I don’t even like calling him that but whatever) was sworn into office, and I’m sure the last thing you’re thinking about is your American travel plans. Trump has already started planning changes to the country with his administration but the main theme certainly seems to be Nationalism. So, what does this mean for people heading over to visit the country of stars and stripes in 2017?

THE TRUMP AMERICA | Yes, there are still reasons to visit the USA

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Getting In Could Be Fun

With regards to immigration and visitation, nothing has changed yet but it might worth keeping an eye on the Official ESTA website. It’s quite possible that Trump will start making it incredibly difficult to travel from some countries into America. Particularly, if you were paying attention to any of his promises while he was on the campaign trail.

There was even talk of banning all Muslims from entering the country. Disgusting. This idea seems to have been quietly abandoned but now that Trump’s in power it could easily turn up again. Chances are any changes to travel are only going to affect immigration. So as long as you are staying for less than 90 days you should be fine. (Key words: should be.)

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Tensions Are Running High

When visiting America this year, remember only around 23 percent of the country’s population voted for the sitting president. So, you will definitely be entering a divided population. It’s best to stay clear of politics completely and instead enjoy the sights, the sounds and the beautiful scenery of the grand ol’ USA.

It’s impossible to predict what America is going to be like in just a few months from now. But it’s almost a guarantee there’s going to be a large part of the country’s population that isn’t happy about it. After all, let’s not forget that the protests against the president attracted a larger showing than the actual inauguration.

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Hamilton’s On Tour

There is some bright news, though – the fact that depending where you go in America, you might spot a showing of Hamilton! The massively popular and constantly sold out musical is now on tour. You can see it in Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC and many more states through the year.

It’s well worth checking out, if you can get a ticket. Despite the increase in shows it’s still incredibly difficult to get a seat. The shows often sell out in minutes and privately sold tickets can cost thousands. But that just means if you do get a seat, you won’t be disappointed.

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Avatar Land Is Finally Opening

After years of wait, Avatar Land will also be opening in Disney World Florida so it’s the perfect time to finally take the kids. Traveling there you’ll see floating mountains, cyberborg plant life that responds to touch and of course the Na’vi. You’ll also get the chance to ride a banshee and it’s certainly not the only reason to visit Florida this year. There’s also Universal Studios new water park built around an artificial volcano that gushes out litres of water!

So, there are still plenty of reasons to visit the USA this year. It’s certainly not all doom and gloom, even though it can definitely feel that way right now. For an anti-Trump must-see that I can’t wait to visit, check out Shia LaBeouf’s latest performance.

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This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

THE END OF 2016 | A year of highlights for The Lady-like Leopard

Is it just me or do years fly by even quicker the older you get? I mean, I’m only 25 years young but it feels like I was spraying champagne all over the streets of Newtown, Sydney ringing in the new year just yesterday. But alas, the end of 2016 is here.

A lot of people are saying that they’re welcoming the end of 2016 with open arms – that the year totally sucked. I prefer to focus on the bright side of things. I’m excited to ring in a brand new year but I’m also enjoying looking back on what I’d say wasn’t a total loss.

Sure, there were lots of events that I wish didn’t happen this year (like sort of getting fired from a job) but as with anything, you can always find a silver lining.

THE END OF 2016 | A recap of a year in the life of The Lady-like Leopard

THE END OF 2016 | A recap of a year in the life of The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography

JANUARY

The start of the year was spent soaking up the sun in Sydney, Australia. It was my first time back to my home away from home in almost 2 years so I spent a few months there catching up with my university friends, my family and making some new connections along the way. I also bought my 2nd Zimmermann dress!

HIGHLIGHT: Discovering new restaurants with my sister like Uncle Ming’s and Miss Peaches. I’d definitely recommend both.

FEBRUARY

I was back in Toronto by February. It was one of the coldest winters I’ve ever experienced. I thought by going to Sydney from November to January that I was skipping the worst of winter – I was very, very wrong. The grass was starting to look a hell of a lot greener in Australia.

HIGHLIGHT: Going to Montreal with my friend Stephan and discovering that it can be colder than humanly imaginable. Also, wolfing down authentic Montreal poutine.

THE END OF 2016 | A recap of a year in the life of The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography

MARCH

Even though we didn’t know it at the time, this was the final month of Toronto Fashion Week. I wasn’t able to make it to all the shows but I made time for a few of my favourites: Hilary MacMillan, David Dixon and Mikhael Kale. I also started my position as Associate Editor at Vane Airport Magazine! It’s been my dream since I was a kid to work at a magazine. (Next stop: Vogue.)

HIGHLIGHT: Interviewing David Dixon backstage at Toronto Fashion Week about his Gene Collection and why it was such an important project for him.

APRIL

Lot’s of exciting things were happening in April. Besides meeting Coco Rocha at Greta Constantine’s collection unveiling party at Casa Loma, I got to travel to London and Paris. There was so much going on in Toronto too – the tattoo exhibit at the ROM, a collab I did with Lips by Danilea (best locally made lipsticks btw) and my opportunity to help film/assist a music video at KaSpace.

HIGHLIGHT: Sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Paris sipping a glass of white wine and thinking about how I had wanted to be in that city my whole life.

THE END OF 2016 | A recap of a year in the life of The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography

MAY

This was a crazy exciting month! I went to New York City with my friend and editor Cristina (of Vane Airportand got to style Mya in head-to-toe Atelier Guarin for her Toronto concerts. This was my third time to NYC but that city never gets old to me. My dad told me when I was 6 years old I told my family I was moving there and that was that. I’ve also been obsessed with Mya since I was a kid and styling her was a surreal experience.

HIGHLIGHT: Hanging out with Mya backstage and chatting with her while she did her own hair and make-up. She gave me a great piece of advice that you can read here.

JUNE

June is my birthday month so whatever happens, it’s always fabulous. This year I got to go home to Victoria and spend my 25th birthday with my oldest friends and family. My friends threw me a house party and then we went out dancing! It was definitely a fun way to ring in twenty-five. I also went to Annapolis, Maryland for a birthday party the weekend before my birthday.

HIGHLIGHT: Spending the night at Magnolia Hotelpoolside partying in Annapolis and ringing in my 25th birthday with a shoot by Morgan Cross Photography.

JULY

Summer in Toronto is short and sweet so you’ve got to make the most of it while it lasts. It was a pretty lazy month lounging at the beach and having drinks on multiple patios (something I discovered is all the rage in Toronto). I styled backstage at Mississauga Fashion Week for my friend Paola and her line of ethical jewellery, Shilango. I also started copywriting for Harry Rosen this month and I love my job.

HIGHLIGHT: Meeting someone exceptional. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

THE END OF 2016 | A recap of a year in the life of The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography

AUGUST

The majority of August was spent lounging by lakeside pools – but when that wasn’t happening I was hitting up TOM* Fashion Week and seeing my favourite singer JoJo live at Molson Amphitheatre. Other than that, it was a pretty chill month.

HIGHLIGHT: Obviously seeing JoJo was the best part of the month. I’d only been waiting 10 years for her to come back.

SEPTEMBER

Toronto International Film Festival happens in September and you can be sure that that’s where I was for the most exciting part of the month. My friends and I hit up many parties, had too many glasses of champagne (no, wait, there is no such thing as too much champagne) and shrieked with delight at our fabulous gift bags – oh, and maybe at some James Franco, Michael Fassbender and Stacy McKenzie mingling.

HIGHLIGHT: Getting to wear my two favourite Zimmermann dresses. They make me feel the sexiest, ever.

OCTOBER

I met up with my bestie from Australia in New York this month! We had been planning since university to go to New York together one day and we finally made it happen almost 4 years later. We were constantly talking about being in New York and I remember one girl telling us to shut up “because it’s never going to happen” – well, look at us now.

HIGHLIGHT: Pulling up in a taxi to Zach’s Airbnb and leaping out to give him the biggest hug of all time – and then everything else that followed in the next couple days.

THE END OF 2016 | A recap of a year in the life of The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography

NOVEMBER

This month I quit one of my jobs. I rarely like mentioning it (because of the job, not because I quit) but I will just to show you guys that life goes on. It can be a terrifying thing to quit something that’s not adding to your happiness but ultimately, your life will be so much richer if you do. I also did a DIY project on my vintage Chanel slingbacks and was featured on CBC’s The Goods talk show for a fashion jeopardy segment.

HIGHLIGHT: Not letting people’s opinions affect me and taking charge of my own life. Also, being on tv was incredible.

DECEMBER

I got to come back home and spend Christmas with my family in Victoria this month! I was so depressed thinking about spending Christmas alone in Toronto and when I came across a deal of a lifetime on flights, I had to jump at the chance. I booked my flight 4 days before leaving! I was also interviewed by Perspectyve Magazine, which was pretty cool.

HIGHLIGHT: Surprising my best friend Jaimie by jumping out of a closet at her. I love surprising people and this surprise went exceptionally smooth.

All in all, whether I just choose to only see the silver linings or not, this year was a pretty good one for me – and my blog. I’d like to thank everyone who’s been a supporter and follower of The Lady-like Leopard and who has encouraged me to work towards my dreams every single day. Remember, stay humble with a hint of Kanye.

Love you guys! Hope you ring in 2017 with champagne, glitter, confetti, friends, finger food and a romantic kiss as the clock strikes 12. I’ll have all except one.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

black velvet dress | NORDSTROM
lace choker | DIY BY THE LADY-LIKE LEOPARD
earrings | ASSORTED

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All photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Magnolia Hotel & Spa

TRAVEL RECAP | The top places I travelled to in 2016

This year I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 5 countries, catch 12 flights, take a 2+ hour Uber ride (see the Philadelphia heading) and make endless memories. In my 2016 travel recap, I’m taking one final trip: a gander down memory lane.

Honestly, that whole paragraph was so cheesy but it’s true. I’ve had so many opportunities this year to see incredible cities and fulfill a fraction of my travel goals. I’m super excited to see where I’ll go in 2017. Los Angeles, Barcelona and Tokyo are on the top of my list – and another trip down under is guaranteed too.

I’ve had moments this year where I’ve booked a flight only days before departing. Now my suitcases are within easy reach, I keep a cosmetics bag packed with ready-to-go essentials and I’m working on making an income from my laptop so I can jet off whenever I please.

You know I’m never one to turn down a chance to go somewhere. Let’s travel recap.

TRAVEL RECAP | The top places I travelled to in 2016

Sydney, Australia

I started the year off in one of my favourite places on earth: Sydney, Australia. I used to live there and have been there 5 times so far. Lucky me, I know – but to be fair I have an Australian passport so it’s a piece of cake (no visas, woohoo!). Plus half of my family lives there so there’s always an excuse to visit.

To ring in 2016, my friend Katerina and I went to a wild house party in Newtown. It was like something in the movies. She had told me we were going to a “chill house with a couple close friends” and so I wore a cute Kookai dress with a long black trench coat and peep-toe platform mules. Turns out, not the best outfit for stumbling over grassy sidewalks and empty beer cans.

We did get to pop a bottle of champagne with a crowd of people in the middle of the street though, which was incredibly fun (and convenient since the champagne exploded and that would’ve been a mess to clean up inside). My friend Cassandra came to meet up with us just in time for the champagne popping too! It was definitely a memorable way to ring in 2016.

Montreal, Quebec

The next trip was Valentines Day weekend in Montreal with my friend Stephan (of the award winning blog Why I Love Toronto). This was my first visit to Montreal and I had one hell of a time getting there. We happened to go on the coldest weekend of the year – not to mention of my entire life – and with the snow and icy roads, the normally 5 hour bus ride took me a long and drawn out 9 hours. Thankfully I had snacks.

The temperatures didn’t heat up at all when we finally arrived and at one point I actually had icicles hanging from my eyelashes. The silver lining was that we ended up spending lots of time discovering delicious restaurants, cafes and bars to stay warm in.

La Distillerie was a really cute pub we discovered with insanely delicious cocktails. My favourite was the Puissant – pear, jalapeno, ginger ale and alcohol, of course. The bar had a really cozy, friendly feel and they even served gold fish crackers in mason jars as bar snacks! So cute.

London, England

I got the opportunity to go to London through my position as Associate Editor at VANE Airport. Did I jump at the opportunity to go? Yes! I am a quarter British after all.

In reality, I had never given much thought to visiting London. For some reason I was under the impression that I wouldn’t like it at all. My mind was completely changed after only the short taxi ride to my hotel. Staring out the window in awe, I knew this was going to be a good trip.

I spent my days touring around the city (yes, I even did the Big Bus Tour and retained an incredible amount of fun facts about England – ask me anything) and my afternoons were spent working from my laptop in the hotel tea room ordering endless lattes and freshly made scones.

Turns out, I had a few friends in London and ended up going for beers in London pubs more often than I anticipated. But I still had to spend a couple nights alone dining on authentic London Fish N Chips and mushy peas – which in my opinion shouldn’t even exist at all.

Paris, France

While I was in London, I couldn’t resist a mini trip to Paris – the latest city of my dreams. I happened to have a free day and got up early to take the train to Paris. It took less than 2 hours to get there and I only had 6 hours to spend in the city but it was well worth it.

I pretty much had the most Parisian experience ever. I saw the Eiffel Tower, took a selfie with the Arc de Triomphe, checked out the view from Montmartre, savoured macarons, browsed vintage markets and chilled out at a sidewalk cafe sipping wine and munching on a cheese, bread and meat platter.

On the train back to London I read (well, struggled to read is more accurate) a French fashion magazine, ate my Parisian desserts and dreamed about the day I’ll get to go back. While sipping a plastic glass of champagne. Yes, the train had champagne.

New York, New York (x2)

One of the reasons I chose to move to Toronto from Sydney was the close proximity to New York City. This year I was lucky enough to be able to go to NYC twice! Once with my editor and friend Cristina and once to meet up with my best friend Zach who I went to school with in Australia.

The first trip was supposed to be more about work than play but obviously we had an excellent balance of both. I did yoga with a view of the Empire State Building, ate exquisite Japanese cuisine at Sushi Roxx, got beyond intoxicated at Bar Vandal and scored a pair of vintage YSL caged heels for $45 at Beacon’s Closet.

My second trip was more spur of the moment but there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to meet Zach for his first time in my favourite city! We tried to do things both of us (obviously) hadn’t done before like walk the High Line, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and go to a random psychic after too many margaritas at Caliente Cab.

I also thought it was a good idea to wear my brand new Kendall + Kylie ankle boots to walk around the entire island of Manhattan. Turns out, even my love for fashion couldn’t make me suffer any longer. I had to run into the nearest Modells and buy some Nike slides. So embarrassing. At least they semi went with my outfit.

Philadelphia, Delaware, Maryland

This was the day I crossed 3 states in one drive. I sort of felt like Mandy Moore in A Walk To Remember when she’s in 2 states at one time. Sort of.

We had to take a 2-hour Uber ride from Philadelphia to Annapolis, Maryland for a birthday party. I’m serious. We flew to Philadelphia and crossed 3 states to get to a birthday party. We love to celebrate, okay? A lot.

Our Uber driver was the most hilarious person. The shock on his face when we said we needed to get to Maryland was priceless (however, the bill was not). He also told me that I must have the worst taste ever if I thought Philadelphia Airport was as amazing as I was making it out to be. I almost choked on my Chipotle burrito laughing many times that ride.

Annapolis, Maryland

When I first heard we were going to Annapolis, I thought someone had made a typo and we were surely going to Minneapolis or Indianapolis or somewhere that I’d heard of before. Cris and I had no idea what to expect after our 2-hour drive from Philly to Annapolis. We were pleasantly surprised when we drove up to our weekend home.

We stayed on a compound right on Chesapeake Bay surrounded by beautiful views and eccentric people. We started off the weekend with margaritas on the balcony then took a boat to Pusser’s Landing for more drinks and crab cakes. The night ended with us on a private yacht popping bottles of champagne and blasting Justin Timberlake. (We were strictly forbidden from using social media on the yacht.)

The party was a whole ‘nother adventure in itself. We were celebrating a 50th and a 30th birthday combined for two pretty awesome guys (both of whom – as well as everyone else – I just met that weekend). We had caterers scattered about, a bar by the pool and DJ Panda spinning sick beats all night long. I can’t wait to go back to Annapolis!

Victoria, British Columbia (x2)

I’m always excited to go back to Victoria and see my family and friends who I’ve tragically decided to live on the other side of the country from. I am an island girl after all and you know what they say – you can take the girl outta the island but you can’t take the island outta the girl.

This year I had the chance to go to Victoria twice at two very important times: my 25th birthday and Christmas. I swear if I was a millionaire I would even fly home just for a long weekend, but until then I have to settle for once every 6 months.

Both times I’ve partnered up with the Magnolia Hotel & Spa in downtown Victoria. Once for a stay and once for a holiday-themed photo shoot. I’ve also spent time enjoying my favourite spots like Little Jumbo, Pagliacci and Shiki Sushi. (Wow, just typing that sentence made me realize that my life literally revolves around food. Omg.)

Anyways, that’s it for the travel recap! Where will I go next year? You’ll find out when I do.

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NEW YORK CITY 2016 | My short and sweet getaway to the Big Apple

When your best friend from across the world comes to New York City for the first time, you drop everything and go meet them. Simple as that. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Even though I could’ve spent an infinitely longer time there – like, let’s say, the rest of my life – we definitely made the most of what we had.

I try to hit up new spots whenever I visit NYC. I’m always down to hit up the regulars too but I like to broaden my horizons. Especially in Manhattan.

This time we explored The High Line, shopped at Chelsea Markets, pigged out at Shake Shack, walked the Brooklyn Bridge and dined at the Wythe Hotel. Of course, we also did things I’ve done a million times like go to Times Square and walk around Central Park. But those things never get old, do they?

I was already lucky enough to spend a week in New York at the beginning of this year and didn’t think I’d get back for a while. Guess you never know how things will work out! Anyways, here’s a little photo diary of my time spent in the Big Apple.

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THRIFTY AND TRENDY | How to shop designer for less at Beacon’s Closet NYC

There’s no need to break the bank to look like a million bucks. Take it from me, I know how to get a good deal (credit that to the bargaining Peruvian in me). Besides, looking thrifty and trendy is easy when you’re shopping designer for less at Beacon’s Closet in New York City.

The turnover of people’s closets in NYC happens more often than us fashionistas in Canada can imagine. Wore a pair of Jimmy Choo patent heels once? Okay, time to toss – and luckily for us, they get tossed right into our ever-expanding wardrobes.

One woman’s last year Givenchy is another woman’s next week go-to!

How to shop designer for less at Beacon’s Closet

I happened to hit a particularly incredible time for shopping designer for less at Beacon’s Closet and walked away quite a satisfied shopper with my two new (well, new to me) pairs of heels and the coolest leather jacket I’ve ever seen.

First of all, you’ve got to be open to really looking through the entire store. It seems like a daunting task, and yes, it is, but it’s got to be done if you really want to find those hidden gems.

If you see something you love, JUST BUY IT. This isn’t the moment to take your sweet time deciding whether or not you really like something. This is the time to trust your gut feeling! Otherwise, when you come back it might be gone.

Come back to the store regularly for new items. People come to Beacon’s Closet every single day and drop off amazing items just waiting to be snatched up by their latest fashionista. YSL today, Balmain tomorrow!

Here are some of the items that I scored while shopping designer for less at Beacon’s Closet.

Thrifty and trendy: Marc Jacobs kitten heels, $29.

I spotted these Marc Jacobs heels as soon as I walked into the store and had them on for about 15 minutes walking around while I browsed other items. I knew I had to have them – but then I came across the YSL heels (see below). Which ones was I going to buy?! Well, that’s easy. With deals like this, buying both was totally the right decision.

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Thrifty and trendy: Fringed leather jacket, $40.

I’ve been wanting a good leather jacket for a while but haven’t been able to find anything that I really loved. This one was love at first sight. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was coming home with me. The real thing that sealed the deal? The embossed leopard print on the collar and trim. I’m all about being the brand and this screams “The Lady-like Leopard”.

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Thrifty and trendy: YSL caged heels, $45.

YSL. Need I say any more? When I spotted these gorgeous Yves Saint Laurent heels, I couldn’t let them go. I was a little hesitant about buying them because I’d already spent a lot and the price tag said $90 but I decided that what the hell, I’m almost 25 and I need a pair of caged YSL heels. The best surprise? Finding out they were 50% off!

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TRAVEL GUIDE | 5 things to do in New York City

Every time I go to New York City, I try to do at least a few things that I haven’t done before or go to places I haven’t been. I mean, New York has so much to offer so why would you want to get stuck in the same old rut? Beats me. So what are 5 things to do in New York City?

On a recent trip to the Big Apple with VANE Airport (my other editing gig) we, of course, made time for all of our business meetings and editing sessions but you can’t have all work and no play – that’s just wrong. So once the work was done we got right into the New York lifestyle.

It’s time to get your passports ready, follow in my Saint Laurent clad footsteps and check out the top 5 things to do in New York City!

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Eat the best sushi you’ll ever have at Sushi Roxx

Hands down, Sushi Roxx is the most entertaining sushi restaurant I’ve been to. It feels less like you’re dining out and more like you’re having the most amazing sushi at your best friends house party. The waiters double as performers (we had a beautiful serenade of Mariah Carey’s Hero) and the owner, Jason Apfelbaum, regularly makes his way around the tables to make sure everything is as phenomenal as it should be. I can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu (Jason sent us out a selection of his favourites – all of which were divine).

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Do rooftop yoga with a view of the Empire State Building

This is a great way to calm yourself down from the hustle & bustle of the city. When you’re 15 stories up and striking an impeccable mountain pose, you’ll forget that there are thousands of people rushing to work and fighting over cabs right down there on the sidewalk. Plus, you can #twin with the Empire State Building. Namaste!

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Have extremely dirty martinis at Vandal New York

Vandal is a hip, eccentric and artistically decorated bar where you can get a filthy martini and stimulating conversation (I think I had too much of both). The inside boasts an exposed brick interior and floor-to-ceiling graffiti art on the walls. Plus, there are a lot of handsome men in suits that frequent Vandal and can you really go wrong with that? Definitely not.

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5 things to do in new york city

Score amazing designer deals at Beacon’s Closet

I’m all about getting a deal on high-end designer clothing – especially in New York. I stopped into Beacon’s Closet on W 13th Street a couple times during my one week stay in Manhattan. On the first day I scored a Wilfred dress for $14, which was nice, but it was the second time that I really hit the jackpot: Yves Saint Laurent caged heels for $45, Marc Jacobs kitten heels for $25 and a vintage fringed leather jacket with embossed leopard print (I’m very into “being the brand”) for $40. There was so much more but unfortunately my wallet said no.

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5 things to do in new york city

Visit Times Square in a bad ass outfit

Each time I go to New York City a visit to Times Square is a must. People say it’s too crowded and commercialized and whatever, but I like the experience. It’s so vibrant and unlike anything anywhere else in the world. True, this time when I went there I was in a bit of a mood (don’t we all get like that sometimes?) and almost wanted to karate chop someone, but I didn’t, okay?

Until next time NYC – which could be sooner than you think! On my next trip I promise to bring you back even more things to do in New York City.

WHAT I’M WEARING

LOOK 1
white neoprene dress | ATELIER GUARIN
white neoprene coat | ATELIER GUARIN
vintage fringed leather jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
vintage YSL caged heels | BEACON’S CLOSET
black suede bag | SEED HERITAGE

LOOK 2
white t-shirt | TOPSHOP
vintage denim | LEVI’S
vintage fringed leather jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
navy blue + metallic kitten heels | MARC JACOBS

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STOWAWAY COSMETICS | 7 questions with co-founder Chelsa Crowley

I’ve been doing more and more travel lately (Paris, London, New York City) and have found that it’s really quite annoying to try and stuff all your full sized cosmetics into a small enough bag to throw into your carry-on. I mean, what if I want to touch up on the plane because there’s someone really handsome sitting beside me? I can’t very well whip out a full blown makeup bag. 

Recently I discovered Stowaway Cosmetics – a makeup brand bringing you smaller, travel sized, superb quality products. Stowaway products are designed for the woman on-the-go because they know “you are busy and are doing big things”. Not only are they amazing for travel, but the small package size allows you to actually finish a product before it expires.

This is probably terrible to even admit but I’ve been one in the past to keep makeup around for way too long just because I feel bad throwing it out when it’s still half full (I’m a glass half full, makeup half full kind of girl). Gross, right? I can feel all the makeup artists reading this cringing right now. Sorry.

After stumbling across this incredible brand, I had to know more. Check out my interview with Stowaway Cosmetics co-founder, Chelsa (Julie is the other half to the duo) – and get ready to love this product.

7 questions with Chelsa Crowley of Stowaway Cosmetics

Chelsa and Julie of Stowaway Cosmetics. The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry.

The Lady-like Leopard: You were a makeup artist before creating Stowaway. What was the biggest inspiration behind starting your own makeup brand?

I began my career many years ago as a makeup artist, later I moved in-house with Clinique to work on product education. Before starting Stowaway with Julie, I freelanced on the editorial side of beauty, most recently, in-house at Bobbi Brown on blog/social & editorial content for the brand.

I don’t think these experiences made me want to create my own brand, no. It was more about solving what Julie and I found frustrating about the beauty industry. She wanted products that fit into her bag since she likes to start the day at the gym and I knew that products expired and how its damn near impossible for women to get through any products before [they do].

We had different frustrations but the end solution was the same: smaller products that fit into our lives. Simple, luxurious products that contain only ingredients that actually do something for your skin (none of those fluffy marketing ingredients) and only safe ingredients. None of those preservatives you often see in beauty products.

The Lady-like Leopard: What are some tips for taking a day-time makeup look to night-time cocktails?

I would say the easiest way to do this is a bold lip! I’m a big fan of a red lip, it’s the easiest and quickest way to change it up after a long day at work. Also, it can help make you look a little more alive after a long, tiring day.

Stowaway Cosmetics. The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry.

The Lady-like Leopard: I love what you’ve said about Stowaway products aiming to be the LBD of makeup. Is that what inspired the sleek & chic packaging? (And obviously the fact that Stowaway is an essential in every girls makeup case!)

Aw, thanks! But not really what inspired the packaging or product. We were inspired to make ours and other women’s lives easier starting with her makeup bag. That said, decision fatigue is REAL! Who wants to shuffle through 10 different red lipsticks? Not us!

We wanted to create a beautiful shade that was perfectly balanced between blue and orange undertones so it looked amazing on the majority of skin tones. Not to toot our own horn, but we nailed it. Our Scarlet’ lip colour is on point.

As for the packaging, we wanted to make something simple and beautiful. Julie and I are minimalists in a lot of ways and when you walk into any beauty store or counter, everything is in clunky jars with gold or silver filigree, shiny black packaging that over-shadow the product inside, and silly sexy-kitten type names. We wanted to give women the option to carry something simple – simple, yet gorgeous. Something you can pull out at the gym, on a date, at the office, or even a black tie event and feel beautiful anywhere.

Julie and Chelsa of Stowaway Cosmetics.

The Lady-like Leopard: What are your favourite beauty trends for spring/summer 2016?

Hmm, honestly, I kinda hate trends. I feel like they come and go and we’re always left [to] go back to the same things: products that make us feel like ourselves but maybe a little prettier. That perfect concealer, mascara, or lipstick that is always there for us. I feel like makeup is a simple pleasure and we all love doing it but sometimes the trends can feel convoluted and distract us from the pleasure and simplicity it should be.

That’s not to say I haven’t been that girl who’s been suckered into buying that pantone of the year eyeliner or lipstick shade but hey, no one is perfect!

The Lady-like Leopard: What is the one Stowaway product you absolutely couldn’t live without?

Ha! That’s probably the hardest question I get asked. I can’t choose just one, it’s like trying to choose your favourite child or something. They really are all my favourites, though I will say that our BB cream and concealer are really something special.

Stowaway Cosmetics. The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry.

The Lady-like Leopard: Stowaway is big on being able to finish products before they expire and having limited waste. Enter: Stowaway Recycling! Have you seen a good reaction to this aspect of the brand?

Oh, yes! We are huge believers in not wasting. We hated the idea of buying expensive products and then tossing half used items and never finishing a lipstick, ever. So when we were creating Stowaway we always had recycling in the back of our minds.

Obviously, if we are finally creating something that women can finish, we wanted to give them the option to recycle those empties–and get rewarded for it to boot! We’ve received amazing feedback from our customers on this which was super exciting for us and we loved that we were able to get our recycling program off the ground on Earth Day!

We are half the size of your premium cosmetics you’re used to buying but at half the cost. Plus, now with recycling, you can feel good about your purchases. Why compromise?

The Lady-like Leopard: Tell us a bit about what we can expect from Stowaway in the future!

Lots of new products! However, remember I said decision fatigue is real… so we are never going to be super SKU intensive. We still want to provide women with great, simple, paired down products without all the fuss. Stay tuned, we have so much up our sleeves – which all starts rolling out this month and continues to the end of the year.

Find out more about Stowaway Cosmetics hereAll photos via stowawaycosmetics.com and @stowaway on instagram

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TRAVEL | Why you need to visit New York City at least once

There are a number of reasons why New York City is described as the city that never sleeps – it’s a fun and vibrant city with a lot to see and do. I think that everyone should go there at least once in their life. It really is a city like no other. 

If you’re looking for culture, then you’ve got it. There are plenty of galleries and museums, full of fascinating artifacts and paintings. There is the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, home of the New York City Opera and Ballet. There is, of course, the Juilliard Dance School too. You can’t visit New York without seeing a show on Broadway either. So be sure to schedule in a performance if you can!

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There are historical monuments to visit, like the Empire State Building. The Chrysler Building and the Grand Central terminal too. It wouldn’t be a visit to New York without visiting the somber site of Ground Zero, the memorial for the September 11th terror attacks. So, there’s plenty to see and do for all tastes and preferences.

A lot of people think that it’s too expensive to visit New York. I see why some people might think that, and it can cost a lot if you want it to. There are hotels like the Four Seasons, Crowne Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria but you don’t have to spend a lot either. There are plenty of cheaper options too. Check out NYC vacation rentals to see some more affordable places to stay.

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Travelling around the city doesn’t have to break the bank either. The subway is reasonable and a quick way to travel. Taxi cabs are convenient but can cost quite a bit more. You’ve got to hail a cab at least when you visit, though, right?

The food is pretty amazing in New York. Like most cities, there is a large variety of food types to choose from. You could try a classic New York City street vendor and grab a hotdog, bagel or pretzel. Grabbing one of these and then taking a walk around Central Park is a classic thing to do while you are there. You could visit Chinatown to get some amazing Asian food or you can even visit places that have been featured in films like the Serendipity Cafe, from the film of the same name.

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One of the other amazing things to do in New York is, of course, the shopping! You can’t go to New York without going shopping.  With the likes of Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s and Harry Winston you can’t go too far wrong. Not forgetting Bloomingdales, of course. It is some of the best shopping in the world. If you are planning to go around Christmas time, then it makes the shopping even more magical. You can ice skate in Central Park and outside the Rockefeller Centre too.  It would feel like you’re just in Home Alone 2!

Have you ever been to New York City? I’d love to hear what your favourite things were. Tweet me at @ladylikeleopard!

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This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

TRAVEL DIARIES | New York City Part 9

Well, here we have it. My last day in New York City. We went out for brunch again to the fabulous Mari Vanna for their delicious Russian buffet and endless mimosas and then all headed off to do our own things. I went shopping and walking around the garment district. I planned on buying some clothing and/or shoes but I ended up buying lip gloss and stationary. I feel old and boring saying that the most exciting thing I purchased was stationary, but seriously, it’s really cool – silver glitter on one side and white on the other. I then went and sat in Madison Square park to write a couple letters before heading back to the condo. (I feel so old fashioned saying that.)

I’m so annoyed that I didn’t get to see the Jeff Koons yesterday either. I thought instead I would check out the history of textiles exhibit at FIT but when I walked there I saw they weren’t open on Sundays. At least I got an interesting walk on the way there – I saw a man sitting in a phone booth talking into his hand as if he were pretending it was the telephone…

The drive home was horrendously long. We didn’t get back to the Toronto penthouse until after 5am. We had to drive through a couple storms which really set us back for time – so brutal. I’m now on my 12th day straight of nannying and I could use a weekend at the spa.

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