The Lady-like Leopard fashion blogger Melina Morry 'fakes' a vacation in Toronto, Canada at Allan Gardens. August 2015.

How to ‘fake’ a vacation in your own city – complete with the tropical #ootd

You know when you live somewhere and you don’t always take advantage of all the beautiful spots that city has to offer? You fall into a routine and stick to your ‘bubble’ (you know, the area you live and work in)? Well, I’m lucky that I’m still seeing Toronto through new eyes and am actively searching for beautiful spots everywhere I go.

I discovered the stunning Allan Gardens, a nature sanctuary just East of downtown, a few months back when I did a shoot there for Theit Bags (that post is also coming soon, eek!). On the day of the shoot I did for this post, it was at least 30 degrees outside and inside the greenhouse, well, you can imagine how suffocatingly thick the air was.

The Lady-like Leopard fashion blogger Melina Morry 'fakes' a vacation in Toronto, Canada at Allan Gardens. August 2015.

We managed to get a few shots done before heading outside – outside, where the real ‘vacation’ took place. After taking a couple photos just around the corner from the entrance, we were reviewing them and noticed how incredibly not Toronto they looked. I felt like Beyonce in one of her insta-cation pics. Okay, maybe not that fierce. But still.

With the background, and the outfit I’d chosen to wear, it totally looked like we had stopped to take some #ootd pics in Belize or Brasil or any of those fabulous B cities. (Or Bey cities, hehehe). We were on vacation in our own city!

The Lady-like Leopard fashion blogger Melina Morry 'fakes' a vacation in Toronto, Canada at Allan Gardens. August 2015.

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Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard gets a makeover by Haviic Cosmetics founder Aleah Alvarado. August 2015.

Inside my head-turning makeover by Haviic Cosmetics! Plus, 7 Questions with Founder Aleah Alvarado

In contrast to my last post – baring it all with a fresh face – today it’s all about makeup. A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to have a makeover done by New York City based Aleah Alvarado, founder of Haviic Cosmetics. I don’t know about you, but I love getting my makeup done. (Except that I think I always want to talk too much and the artist trying to paint my lips is really thinking, can you shut up already?)

My usual makeup routine is pretty uneventful. It goes something like: primer, sunscreen, BB cream, blush, swipe of mascara and a bold lip. I’m always up for trying out something new, so I let Aleah do whatever her and her magic brushes decided.

loved my look – the wings, the lip colour. It was all perfection. I got so many compliments that day that I almost considered waking up an extra hour earlier to attempt this look every day. But then again, what is beauty without plenty of beauty sleep?

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard gets a makeover by Haviic Cosmetics founder Aleah Alvarado. August 2015.

After the makeover, I had the chance to interview Aleah more about her business. Find out why she would love to do Christina Aguilera’s makeup, how often you should REALLY be washing your brushes and the best summer makeup look.

The Lady-like Leopard: What inspired you to start your own cosmetics business?

Aleah Alvarado: I’ve always loved makeup from when I was a little girl and would constantly play dress-up and play with my moms makeup. As the years  progressed, I just wanted to do something meaningful to me.

LLL: What’s one beauty product you never leave the house without? Also, one that you often forget but wish you had with you?

AA: I never leave home without a blot powder or oil control – I hate to look like a grease ball! And I sometimes wish I tucked a bronzer in my purse to touch up on my contour.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard gets a makeover by Haviic Cosmetics founder Aleah Alvarado. August 2015.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard gets a makeover by Haviic Cosmetics founder Aleah Alvarado. August 2015.

LLL: If you could collaborate on a make-up collection with any famous person in or outside of the beauty industry, who would it be and why?

AA: I’m such a Christina Aguilera fan, I think her voice and spirit are amazing and it would absolutely be a dream come true to collaborate with her on an exclusive Haviic Collection.

LLL: I know some people can be pretty neglectful when it comes to washing their makeup brushes – how often is necessary? How would you recommend to wash them?

AA: Ugh this is the part I think we all hate most but it’s SO essential!! Honestly, right after you’re done with each application you should spray them with a brush cleaner and a few sprays of alcohol to disinfect before the next use.

If you’re feeling absolutely too lazy to do that right away, I would suggest to shampoo them once a week using Johnson & Johnson Shampoo and rinse under warm water – still disinfecting afterwards using a few sprays of alcohol. Allow them to air dry on a flat surface. Never soak your brushes in alcohol.

Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard gets a makeover by Haviic Cosmetics founder Aleah Alvarado. August 2015.

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The products that were up for review.

NEW VIDEO: Toronto-based Eauné Skincare product review

I’m about to get really personal in this post, so brace yourselves. It’s tough for me to share this post with you guys for a couple reasons: One, because I don’t have a stitch of makeup on and I’m sure a lot of girls feel the same way as I do about baring it all (especially permanently online). And secondly because I have huge issues with my skin and stopping myself from airbrushing these photos was harder than it seems.

Starting off with a fresh face.

Starting off with a fresh face.

Ask me what my biggest insecurity is and I would nine times out of ten say my skin – maybe some days (1 out of 10) I’d say something different like having no abs or something (lol) but that’s rare. I don’t like people staring too closely at my face and I don’t ever like people touching my face. Does anyone else feel like that or is it just me?!

I’m always trying out new things to improve my skin – I was sucked into buying, like, my life savings worth of skin care the other day because I want to feel confident about it. I dream about having smooth, clear, (essentially) pore-free skin. Oh, to dream. I know a lot of people have it a million times worse, but I can’t help my feelings about my own skin.

The products that were up for review.

The products that were up for review.

Anyways, now that I’ve let everyone reading this blog know one of my deepest, darkest insecurities, let me tell you what I’m doing about it – using Eauné Skincare! I figured, maybe all the extra ingredients added to mainstream skin care products might not be so helpful to my problem. What are all those chemicals, preservatives (I feel like I’ve been using the same cleanser for eons), fragrances and dyes doing to my skin?!

Probably not helping.

I took home a couple products from Eauné last time I was in the store to review for you guys. I have the Purifying Detox Mask, Rejuvenating Vitamin Mask, Moisturizing Day Cream and the Revitalizing Wrinkle Cream. I’m dying to try out the Pore Refining Facial Cleanser – next time!

My skin feels so amazing after using Eauné products! Seriously. It feels so clean, smooth and looks like it’s glowing and totally rejuvenated. I would recommend anyone to use their products. I’ve only been using Eauné for about a month now but I’ve already felt like my skin is improving with each use.

Love the feel of Eauné products!

Love the feel of Eauné products!

So fresh, so clean.

So fresh, so clean.

Check out more about Eauné on their website or go visit them in The Beaches!

Ps. I turned up the brightness on these photos but I didn’t edit my skin in any other way. This is me completely natural and bare. Believe me, I wanted to Facetune the sh*t out of my face but I stopped myself. So there you go, here I am.

XX Melina Morry

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. August 2015.

Pretty in peach at Miss Teenage Canada

Last night I attended my first ever pageant, Miss Teenage Canada! I took along my friend Eleni (a fellow fashion blogger for Bijuleni) and prepared for a night of bikinis, gowns and on-the-spot grilling – and by grilling I kind of wish I meant hamburgers, but I really mean when the 13-19 year old girls get asked a random question they have to answer and be judged about in front of hundreds of people. Yikes.

It was definitely an interesting experience. I used to watch pageants on tv with my mom, sister and a bowl of popcorn but this was my first time getting dressed up and seeing it live. I’ll admit, I thought it was pretty cool. Although, I’d never want to be in a pageant myself – too much smiling and posing and worrying about your every move.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to the Miss Teenage Canada pageant. August 2015.

With my friend and fashion blogger, Eleni.

For the occasion I went with a brand new Topshop dress in ‘peach’ that I absolutely could not resist buying the other day. Yes, I told myself I was only going to look at the sale items but as if that ever works out anyways. I kept the jewellery simple, only wearing my Abigail Spike Ring from Mizdragonfly. I carried a vintage handbag that conveniently fits my fabulous camera and wore a pair of pointed Chanel slingbacks.

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Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard teams up with Shilango Jewellery to creat summer style. August 2015.

Summer styling with Shilango Jewellery #ladylikeleopardXshilango

Styling tips for summer: Keep the clothing simple and the accessories bold. The bolder the better. Less clothes, more jewels. Get the picture? Cue: Shilango.

I teamed up with Shilango Jewellery to show you guys how to accessorize for a smokin’ hot day at the beach, sweaty day in the city or just lounging in the garden with friends. It doesn’t really matter how your clothes look because, guess what, no one will be looking at your clothes in these pieces.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard teams up with Shilango Jewellery to creat summer style. August 2015.

OLMECA necklace, $59.99.

The way I styled this shoot was to keep the focus primarily on the jewellery. Obviously you can wear bolder clothing with prints and bright colours too – it would actually look fabulous with the natural, handmade Mexican pieces.

I have another little treat for you guys too! Right now until the end of August you can get 30% off anything from Shilango Jewellery. Just head on over to www.shilango.com, fill your cart, and enter the promo code LADYLIKELEOPARD30 at the check out. And there you go, you’ll be the most stylin’ person this summer.

THE JEWEL COLLECTION

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard teams up with Shilango Jewellery to creat summer style. August 2015.

OTOMI NECKLACE, $54.99.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard teams up with Shilango Jewellery to creat summer style. August 2015.

OTOMI NECKLACE, $54.99. SEASIDE BRACELET, $39.99. SUNRISE BRACELET, $49.99.

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What I’m looking forward to most at Trinity Bellwoods Flea (hint: there’s a little something for everyone)

What: TRINITY BELLWOODS FLEA
When: August 22nd 2015, 11am-6pm
Where: Studio Bar, 824 Dundas Street West

Does all this sound familiar to you? It should – formerly known as Bellwoods Flea, this hip marketplace has only gotten a makeover! Everything else is still the same about your favourite flea except for the name (and maybe a couple more perks – vendor prizes every hour for a lucky few customers, anyone?)

I’ve been wanting to make a day of the Trinity Bellwoods Flea for a while now – my friend from Why I Love Toronto is always raving about it to me – and what better time than now? They have a fresh new name and a fresh new line-up of vendors to satisfy your every food, bevvie, candle, kitchen, fashion and accessory need.

Here’s who I’m most looking forward to seeing:

BLACKIRIS DESIGN
I’m obsessed with stacking rings and Blackiris Design has a huge assortment of them. Not boring old stacking rings though – oh, no – interesting, and unique ones to add a punch of eccentricity to your gold and silver bands.

Blackiris Design at Trinity Bellwoods Flea 2015.

RUSALKA RING 003, $155.

Blackiris Design at Trinity Bellwoods Flea 2015.

STERLING SILVER INITIAL RING, $28.50.

Blackiris Design at Trinity Bellwoods Flea 2015.

STERLING SILVER DOUBLE SNAKE RING, $45.00.

COVEN BY SONIA KANG
I first discovered Coven at Midnight Market a few months ago and fell in love with the stunning ear cuffs. They’re all handcarved using ancient and traditional Lost Wax techniques. Something else really cool about them: They’re double sided so you can switch up where you wear it depending on your best side.

Coven by Sonia Kang at Trinity Bellwoods Flea 2015.

Icarus Earcuff, $75.

Coven by Sonia Kang at Trinity Bellwoods Flea.

Me a few months ago trying on one of Coven’s handcrafted ear cuffs.

PARCHMENT MOON PRINTS
I just moved to a new apartment and the walls are looking a little bare… Parchment Moon Prints have amazing prints for sale in colour and black & white. I might need to snatch up a couple of these to make my home a little more artsy.

Kamieskroon Hotel art print series, black and white photography, black and white wall art, large art print, poster art white grey charcoal by ParchmentMoon (29.99 USD)

Kamieskroon Hotel art print series, black and white photography, black and white wall art, large art print, poster art white grey charcoal by ParchmentMoon (29.99 USD)

Black and white urban photography: fine art architecture print, Toronto City Hall, black and white wall decor, grey charcoal slate cool grey by ParchmentMoon (11.99 USD).

Black and white urban photography: fine art architecture print, Toronto City Hall, black and white wall decor, grey charcoal slate cool grey by ParchmentMoon (11.99 USD).

ICE POPS TORONTO
Ice pops seem to be all the rage right now and I’d be curious to see what sets Ice Pops Toronto apart from the rest of the crowd! That and I’m sure you’re going to be needing a deliciously cool treat to keep you shopping around the flea.

@icepopstoronto

@icepopstoronto

@icepopstoronto

@icepopstoronto

34oz TONIC MAISON
Trinity Bellwoods Flea is taking place on a Saturday after all and drinks are in order. Especially my summertime obsession: the good ol’ G&T. 3/4oz of this and you’ll apparently have the most perfect gin and tonic of all time. I’m willing to put that to the test.

34oztonicmaison

@34oztonicmaison

34oztonicmaison

@34oztonicmaison

34oztonicmaison

@34oztonicmaison

What a good round up, hey? There will also be cocktail and drink specials running all day long and a selection of pies from The Pie Commission (my mouth started watering just looking at their website). Hope to see you guys there!

XX Melina Morry

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Club Monaco gets even cooler with the launch of #CMMarket

The Club Monaco flagship store on Bloor Street West in Toronto was but a myth to me when I managed a CM in Victoria, BC a couple of years ago. Everything that we didn’t have in our small-yet-cozy store was sure to be found at Club Monaco on Bloor. When I moved to Toronto, making a trip to the Bloor Street location was high on my list of tourist-y activities.

Yesterday as I was walking in, I heard a girl say to her friend “This store is more beautiful every time you come here” – and it couldn’t be more true. But as if this store couldn’t get any more stunning, they’ve recently introduced a farmers market out front.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Wearing a fabulous Mizdragonfly ring with my friend Lauren from Novella Magazine.

I went to check it out with Leopard Cub and my friend Lauren and we were all in awe by the set up, the vendors and the atmosphere. We spent hours sitting at a sidewalk table enjoying flat whites from Boxcar Social (amazing coffee), cool treats from Philips Ice Pops (fresh & fruity) and maple, pecan, peanut butter, huckleberry heaven from Bake Shoppe (just what my sweet tooth ordered).

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

These were the most beautiful flowers! I wanted to take them all home.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Bake Shoppe had the best desserts ever. Seriously. I may have had one or two (or three).

The purpose of the farmers market is to make Club Monaco on Bloor a destination – and not just for shopping the creme de la creme of Club, but for a entire experience. Browse the latest collections, gossip over your purchases with a coffee and a homemade peanut butter cookie sandwich (yes, Bake Shoppe does it all) and leave with a fresh bouquet to make your world just a little bit prettier. Sounds amazing, right? It is.

I could have stayed there all day but after Leopard Cub wolfed 2 popsicles, some cotton candy and a strawberry-huckleberry pop tart, had a sugar high and then the ultimate sugar crash, it was time to leave. I fully intend to go back again and again. Who’s up for a “date”? (Seriously would be the perfect date though – lunch at P&L, your choice of desserts washed down with a seriously great coffee and flowers for the road. Omg.)

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Boxcar Social knows what’s up when it comes to coffee.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Leopard Cub and me taking a little break between vendors.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Salted caramel cotton candy from Philips Cotton Candy. Need I say more?

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Lunch is served fresh at P&L catering!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

I’m in salted caramel and flat white heaven. Ps. How great is my Mizdragonfly ring?!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

I’ve been getting heaps on compliments on my shoes. They’re from Call It Spring and were only $20!!!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard, goes to Club Monaco's CMMarket farmers market. 2015.

Can you tell Leopard Cub is super thrilled about her lemon + ginger Philips Ice Pop?

XX Melina Morry

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NEW VIDEO: The Lady-like Leopard Goes Blue by Garnier

I did something shocking today. Not shocking as in you’d be shocked to know that I did this, but literally shocking – a shocking blue, if you will. I coloured half my hair blue. Obviously I would do it. I’ve been wanting to colour the ends of my hair for a while now but have been too reluctant to commit (to more than just my hair colour).

Melina Morry, Fashion Blogger for The Lady-like Leopard colours hair blue with Garnier.

You know some days you just wake up and feel like it’s time for a change? Well, my life has been f*cking full of changes lately so this one seemed minute compared to the pile of others. It was a good one too – I think. I mean, it washes out in 2+ shampoos so how bad can it be?

Not bad at all. Really! Check out the video and you’ll see.

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Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard. Outfit of the day photo shoot, Toronto, July 2015.

The joys of an oversized t-shirt: Who says men’s clothing is just for men?

Sometimes it’s not all about the crop top, okay? I love crop tops, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I just like to hide a little bit under a big, baggy t-shirt. You feel me? Like, as if I would wear a crop top to an all-you-can-eat sushi date (too full) but I also wouldn’t wear this oversized shirt out for cocktails and a night out – there’s a time and a place.

Today the time and place is Monday morning out and about in Toronto. My skin is a bit sensitivo after too much fun in the sun this weekend, so I’m more than happy to cover up a bit more than normal. Also note than when you’re more covered on top you can show off more mile long legs on the bottom (hello, perks).

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard. Outfit of the day photo shoot, Toronto, July 2015.

Photo by Samia Salauddin.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard. Outfit of the day photo shoot, Toronto, July 2015.

Photo by Samia Salauddin.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard. Outfit of the day photo shoot, Toronto, July 2015.

Photo by Samia Salauddin.

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Melina Morry Fashion Blogger of The Lady-like Leopard. Toronto, ON. July 2015.

The day I stumbled across Kate Moss in Toronto (sort of) + what’s up this week with The Lady-like Leopard

Okay, so it wasn’t the real Kate Moss but it was an excellently done graffiti photo of her. Did I fool you? Apparently there are a few around – Portland Street (where I found this one), Kensington Market and probably a couple others. Kate has been a style idol of mine since I was a kid and I just had to get a photo with “her”. All hail Queen Kate.

Melina Morry Fashion Blogger of The Lady-like Leopard. Toronto, ON. July 2015.

This past weekend I did a photo shoot (on literally the hottest day of the week, ugh) for my #ootd posts with one of my girlfriends, Samia. We were both dripping with sweat at each location we went to. I think the photos turned out pretty well, but just in case, here’s hoping there’s a “get rid of sweaty skin” filter somewhere out there.

Melina Morry Fashion Blogger of The Lady-like Leopard. Toronto, ON. July 2015.

Melina Morry Fashion Blogger of The Lady-like Leopard. Toronto, ON. July 2015.

This week I’m working on a new vlog post for The Lady-like Leopard’s YouTube channel, some more #ootd videos and some interesting interviews with a bikini boutique owner and a Revlon make-up artist. Stay tuned babes.

XX Melina Morry