Hi there, thanks for taking time to stop by!

Maple Leopard is a blog that specializes in travel guides & stories, fashion tips, Seattle lifestyle & events. It is also a community to share inspiration and find beauty in everyday life. I'm passionate about traveling as often as possible, and love to share tips for making the most of a destination - on a budget.  I also hope to inspire women to feel confident, through discovery of personal style.  I started blogging  in 2014 to share stories that inspire others to live their best life!

Who Is the girl behind the blog?

I 'm Valerie, originally from Vancouver, B.C. Canada. The Seattle area has been my home for many years . I'm a reading teacher by day, and a blogger by night.

My love of fashion started in the early teens. I first learned about style in middle school, when I learned  to sew at age 13. I still sew now, and love this creative way to express personal style.

Travel is another passion of mine. I'm always planning the next adventure and researching destinations. I like to learn as much as possible about the places I visit, so I can share the best tips for travel here on the blog

 My idea of the perfect getaway is lounging on the beach in a tropical place. Currently my travel guides feature mostly destinations from the western parts of the U.S and Canada. I hope to visit the east coast- and travel abroad soon.

 My favorite vacation spots are Oahu Hi, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Southern CA, and the Canadian Rockies.  Last but not least, I love to explore and share this beautiful Northwest- I call home

Other fun facts:

I adore  animals, especially cats! I studied music in college, so I love to sing and play piano. Healthy living and the outdoors are also what I enjoy. I believe a smile can always make someone's day better.  I'm thankful for God's grace and my family.

Whether you’re a new follower or have been reading my blog from the beginning, thank you so much for supporting Maple Leopard. I hope this is a spot where you can find inspiration and even a few laughs along the way. I value each visit, comment, and kind word.

I would be thrilled if you join me on Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram, or Pinterest. I love to connect and share with others there as well!


  1. Hey Valerie, great to see your blog. Love it! Look forward to reading more! Cheers, Nicole (Mint Mocha Musings) :)

  2. HI Nicole..so nice to connect with you, thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kind of loving your blog, hope you can continue to post new articles, haha


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