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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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.

HOW TO | Get your spring wardrobe warm weather ready

It’s time to get your spring wardrobe ready! It might not be warm enough to forgo your jackets just yet but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping – and maybe love is in the air (that’s supposed to happen in spring, right?). Officially, winter is over and I am ecstatic.

I’ve been missing warm weather, sleeveless tops and generally just my life in Sydney lately so I thought I’d share these photos I took in Newtown last January. It was a beyond gorgeous day and my cousin Cherie and I were on our way to meet my best friend Zach and his boyfriend for cocktails at Newtown Hotel. We never miss a good opportunity for a photo shoot – especially if there are brick walls involved.

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How to get your spring wardrobe ready-to-wear

First of all, get rid of all winter clothes – and I mean all of them. We’ve been forced into parkas for many long months and I don’t want to see another one until next November. Spring wardrobe all the way!

Organize your closet into sections: tank tops, short sleeves, off-the-shoulder. It’ll make looking for the right top so much easier! Do the same for bottoms like, cuffed denim, dark denim, distressed denim, etc.

Do a spring clean and get rid of any clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. I did a bit of an early spring clean and ended up with 4 bags of clothes that I don’t wear anymore. Sometimes it takes a while but you’ve got to be ruthless and you’ve got to do it.

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Once you’ve cleaned and organized your closet it’ll be so much easier to find the clothes you love and to put together hundreds of spring outfits. Well, hundreds may be an exaggeration (depending on the size of your closet) but you’ll at least be able to come up with five different #ootds if you mix and match.

I created a photo folder in my phone called “Potential Outfits” and whenever I try on a new outfit I’ll save it in that folder so that the next time I’m stuck on what to wear I can just browse through looks I’ve already put together! It’s such a life saver – especially when you’re having one of those I have nothing to wear moments.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

grey halter tank top | TOPSHOP
white distressed jeans | JOE FRESH
black coat | LE CHATEAU (bought at a thrift store for $4!)
strappy heels | TONY BIANCO
sunglasses | PERUVIAN MARKET
suede cross body bag | SEED HERITAGE
watch | LORUS

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New Year, new me? Probably not, but I still have some resolutions (including being the most stylish me, ever)

I’ve never been one for making drastic New Years resolutions. Do I honestly think just because it’s a brand new year that I’m going to be able to fit in six gym sessions a week instead of three or four? No. Come on, I have a life and it doesn’t revolve around a treadmill.

It might revolve around food though because in the past few days I’ve been to Hello Kitty Diner where I enjoyed a burger, fries and “freakshake” and tonight I’m going to Miss Peaches for some soul food – so maybe I should hop on the treadmill more often. Anyways, working out is already a habit in my life so it doesn’t need to be considered any sort of resolution.

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I’m thinking more along the lines of improving myself rather than trying to change myself. You know what I mean? I’ve been into this positive mumbo jumbo lately and have been really starting to think about positive self-talk and all that jazz. It’s actually pretty useful.

So, this year I’d like to:

  • Beautify myself from the inside out. Get rid of negative thinking and self-talk and love myself unconditionally.
  • Be mindful of what I put into my body – you know, since it’s the only one I’ve got and all. Like, drink more water (without the vodka, lime and soda), eat more veggies, maybe learn to cook a bit but I don’t want to overdo myself.
  • Use less social media and be more present with the people I’m with – and that includes technology too, like wearing my headphones less and engaging more with strangers. You never know who you might meet!
  • Push myself farther out of my comfort zone. As if moving across the world and back again and then to a city where I didn’t know anyone wasn’t a push outta that good ol’ comfort zone.
  • Present myself to the world as my best self. I’ve been really conscious lately about buying less and choosing well. That way I have my clothes for longer and aren’t contributing as much to the fast-fashion industry and ultimately our landfills.

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There we have it. The list might seem long but I know it’s achievable. These are things to work on every day and not just for the first few months of the year. I’ll check back in with you on December 31st and see how well I did.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

black dress | KOOKAI
black coat | LE CHATEAU
black mules | CALL IT SPRING
gold ring | LE CHATEAU
assorted rings from a Peruvian market

Also, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads The Lady-like Leopard and who has helped me get to where I am today. I’m really thankful and appreciate you guys more than you know. Here’s to a phenomenal 2016!

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SOCIAL MEDIA FREE | Why I gave up social media in favour of a mysterious life

Okay, first of all, let’s be honest. When I say social media I really mean just one and the one that didn’t make the cut is Snapchat. I’m far too addicted to go cold turkey on the others and give it up completely. Plus, it’s good for my blog. However, I felt myself starting to be controlled by social media and that was an immediate red flag.

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When you’re out with your friends and instead of listening to what they’re saying you’re focusing on filming your “story”, that’s a problem – at least for me.

I’m over it.

Does anyone even care if they see you brushing your teeth? Or want to know what time you went to bed and what time you woke up – multiple times when you couldn’t sleep? Or care to watch your feet walking down a sidewalk (#viewfromthetop)? Or enjoy watching you lip sync – I am so guilty of this – your way through Destiny Fulfilled?

Or do we just think we care?

All I know is that with one less channel of social media to worry about showing the world that I live a perfect life (I really don’t) I feel like I have more time for actually living and feel better about not having regrets that I didn’t capture that perfect mochaccino I had this afternoon.

And before anyone gets all crazy defending social media and all that jazz, I am well aware that you control how much you post and what you share and blah, blah, blah. But I’m just saying, I’d rather just not even be bothered. A little mystery is good. I love it.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

white silk top | EL CLOSET DE MI HERMANA
white wide leg trousers | H&M
brown patent clutch | FOREVER 21
strappy ankle boots | CALL IT SPRING

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THE PARALYSIS OF CHOICE | From your closet to your life (and everywhere in between)

Over smoked salmon and poached eggs the other morning with a couple girlfriends, we discussed the troubles of having too many options in life – otherwise known as ‘paralysis of choice’. I’d been struggling with too many choices of my own but this was the first time I heard of it actually having a name!

Think of how much easier (albeit boring) it must have been back in the day when you didn’t have to think about what you were going to do, you just knew you had only a few career options and would probably settle down into family life before that anyways.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that freedom of choice and female power, but I’m just saying – I bet paralysis of choice didn’t exist back then.

Recently I’ve been faced with the realization of paralysis of choice in more than one situation in my life: my career and my closet. I’ve been so preoccupied with what I want to do, where I want to work, what country I want to work in and where I ultimately want to live that I completely disregarded my wardrobe as another huge paralysis!

This is hard for me to even admit because my love for shopping is so strong but, yes, too many clothes in the closet ultimately is a paralysis of choice too.

I said it.

For example, back in my apartment in Toronto I have a closet and two free-standing racks of clothes that I bounce between trying to find my best #ootd. Here in Sydney with only half a suitcase of clothes, I go to my closet and make it work. 

It was hard at first but now I’ve come to realize that the top I’m wearing in the photos below goes with 60% of my bottoms, those jeans work really well with sandals, sneakers and heels and the white Atelier Guarin coat literally goes with everything. It’s a win, win, win.

So my advice to you is to narrow your options down – big time – and see how it ultimately makes your life a bit easier. Except your closet. I just used that as an example but I’d never permanently narrow my wardrobe down. Are you kidding?

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

grey halter top | TOPSHOP
light blue denim (distressed by me) | H&M
white neoprene coat | ATELIER GUARIN
white strappy sandals | CALL IT SPRING

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TARONGA ZOO | Champagne brunch with the animals

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of having brekky at Taronga Zoo with my friend Cassy. It was every bit as cute as you might be imagining. We had breakfast rolls, fresh fruit, coffees, muffins (some people had champagne too but we never quite found out where that came from…) and then set off to see the animals.

We were allowed into the zoo before it opened to the public so we got a really great visit with those little cuties! Koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, you name it. Also, the platypus! I have a fun fact about platypuses for you:

When scientists in London received the first specimens of platypuses, they thought it was a ‘clever hoax’ and that someone had stitched together different animal parts to make this funny looking creature.

How hilarious is that?

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Australia Photo Diary: Bondi to Bronte coastal walk and lunch at Vue rooftop

Life has been so great since coming back to my home-away-from-home in Sydney, Australia. I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be here – except for this afternoon when I got to see one of my favourite people from college. We did the Bondi To Bronte coastal walk and rewarded ourselves afterwards with delicious salads from Vue Bar (and what a view indeed, right across from Bondi beach).

I’d totally recommend both to anyone who hasn’t been to Sydney before. Definitely aim to do the walk on an overcast day (we did and I can’t imagine what it would have been like had the sun been in full force – a.k.a sweat central) and order the Mediterranean salad at Vue. Try to order it in as Aussie of an accent as you can though because the server couldn’t understand my pronunciation (lol).

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Oh, winter’s coming? Ok, I’ll be in Sydney, Australia lounging on the beach

That’s right Canada, I’m leaving you for a hot little minute to soak up some rays, see my family and escape a few chilly winter weeks. As you’re reading this I’m probably on the 20 hour flight down under. I’ve been dreading it all week – but it shouldn’t be too bad, I have my Vogue, iPod, iPad, MacBook, murder mystery novel and more than a few snacks to get me through.

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It’s been almost two years since I last left Sydney. Oh, how time flies. I can’t wait to be back and go to all my favourite spots and see my favourite people! I’ve already set up a catch-up with my uni friends at Opera Bar and a photo shoot wearing Atelier Guarin at the Opera House! Yesssss.

Anyways, these photos were taken by my cousin Morgan (Morgan Cross Photography) this past summer at our cabin in Deep Bay, British Columbia. I’m wearing a bikini from Triangl.

Talk to you from the other side of the world.

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