Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard,, Karyzma Agency anniversary party

Celebrating Karyzma Agency’s 3rd anniversary at the Delta Toronto

Happy 3rd anniversary to Karyzma Agency! The fab PR agency turned 3 years old last week and threw the best third birthday I’ve ever been to – complete with oysters, peanut butter puffs and lamb on sticks, all washed down the the most delicious of cocktails.

I’ve only been working with Karyzma Agency for a short while but one thing is for sure: they know how to throw a great event! Here are some pics I managed to snap between bites and sips at the Delta Toronto.

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Melina Morry, The Lady-like Leopard: YouTube tutorial how to use Jamberry Nails

NEW VIDEO: How to use Jamberry Nails

A few months back (please forgive my tardiness) I was sent some Jamberry Nail samples from Jessica Stirling, an independent Jamberry consultant in Campbell River, BC. I had never tried them before – or barely heard of them – but I was super excited to test them out after viewing hundreds of different styles that they have!

I picked out a purple set with little gold polka dots and also a few other samples to try – like a leopard print, a zig zag print and a floral. When there’s a buffet of options, you’ve got to sample. (Speaking of buffets, you might want to check out this video.)

Here’s the tutorial I made for my YouTube channel.

They were actually so easy to use and last a good amount of time. I’m saving my full leopard print set for a special occasion – my upcoming 24th birthday perhaps? I still need to get a little more practice putting them on, but Jessica gave me a few tips like: warm the wrap up really well, avoid touching it with your fingers because the oils make them less sticky and warm up the little cuticle pusher so it acts like a mini iron to flatten out those bubbles.

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The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry - Inglot Toronto Mamma Mia make-up launch.

INGLOT Toronto launches a bold new collection inspired by Mamma Mia

Last week, INGLOT Toronto launched their brand new incredibly bold make-up collection, Gimmie! Gimmie! Glitter, inspired by the musical, Mamma Mia. Using vibrant shades of blue – turquoise, aquamarine, teal – INGLOT created lipsticks, eyeliners and pots of glitter that represent the ocean, the blue roofed homes and the overall beauty of the Greek islands where Mamma Mia takes place.

This limited edition collection has 35 different products to choose from – including a pair of bright blue false lashes! With make-up like this, you’ll be looking like a Dancing Queen in no time, and ready to find your Man After Midnight. But When All Is Said And Done, you’ll be glad you tried out a striking blue lip.

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Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard, street style 2015

How to be stylish & simple – plus, shop four looks you can call your own

Once upon a time I used to wear a lot of bold patterns, bright prints and call myself more of an eccentric. I used to buy more “trendy” pieces and later come to find they don’t go with anything I own and I could only get away with wearing them once in a blue moon. I was an empty shopper as I like to say – buying clothes that fill your closet, but still feeling like you have no options. You know what I mean?

As I’ve gotten older, my style has evolved to more of a minimalist lover of neutral palettes, neutral colours and items that work well mix & matched with the rest of my closet. I no longer want to buy cheaper, trendier items that will be worn once and worn out. Don’t get my wrong – I’ll still buy that fabulous sequinned blazer that’s one hell-of-a steal, but I’m not going to fill my wardrobe with sequinned blazers.

One thing I’m completely obsessed with right now are lightweight turtlenecks – cropped, fitted, knitted, you name it and I love it. I used Polyvore to style some looks for you using pieces I love (or own) and incorporating my own style into them. (Click on an item to view prices, etc.)

How to be stylish & simple

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The Lady-like Leopard by Melina Morry. Jacques Marie Mage Eyewear Preview at Kaltenbock Optical. Hosted by Liquid Communications.

L.A. eyewear brand Jacques Marie Mage has landed in Canada – exclusively at Kaltenbock Opticians

Last week my best friend (up & coming pop songstress Jaimie Lewis) and I threw on our Thursday best – black turtle necks and black pants – and made our way to Kaltenbock Opticians for the preview of Jacques Marie Mage‘s Canadian debut. The Los Angeles based designer has finally brought his vintage inspired, luxury glasses to Canada and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

We spent the evening trying on the most fabulous pairs of sunglasses, sipping wine and getting caught snapping selfies. Some of the sunglasses I tried on were about double in price what I pay for rent each month, but can you really put a price on exclusivity? I don’t think so. The glasses are only produced a limited amount of times and are numbered. (Oh yes, I’m wearing #32 out of 75. How fabulous!) 

Jacques Marie Mage is known for his authenticity and use of rich materials – he spares no expense when creating these masterpieces. The spectacles, found exclusively at Kaltenbock Opticians, are all part of the limited edition JMM Eyewear collection, which Jaques has had over 2 decades of inspiration to pull from. It’s easy to see that each pair has a story to tell, but what will be your story when you wear them?

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"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Arrivals

The best dressed of the Met Gala 2015

The Met Gala is by far one of my favourite and most glamourous celebrity affairs of the year. Anybody who is anybody attends – and those of us who haven’t yet reached Queen Bey status sat in our beds watching the live action on Snapchat (seriously felt like I was almost there). I mean, I know one day I’ll go, I just hope it’s when I’m still young enough to make it up those million stairs.

Like any red carpet affair, you’re guaranteed to get some hits and some near misses, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many beautiful looks there were. The theme this year was China: Through The Looking Glass and it really came through in the form of embroidered details, Chinese designers and silky fabrics.

Here are some of the ladies which I think were perfectly dressed.

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture
This dress leaves pretty little to the imagination, but when you have a pretty little body like that, why the hell not show it off?! Beyonce looks dazzling. I’m obsessed with her high pony too! I’m dying to wear my hair like this but it needs to grow out a little more (shaved my part of my hair last year and it’s just, ugh).

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Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard rocks denim for GUESS Jeans, Denim Day, Peace Over Violence.

Help support ‘Peace Over Violence’ with your jeans today for #DenimDay

Attention everyone: Today is the day to wear your denim! Dig out your best, rock your worst, or go out and buy a fresh pair (GUESS will donate $2 per pair of jeans sold today to the Denim Day campaign) because today is the day to put a stop to violence.

With the $2 per jeans donation, in honour of Peace Over Violence, GUESS will help provide victims of violence with counselling, therapy sessions, education on violence prevention, among many other things!

So what exactly is Peace Over Violence? “A sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention centre that is dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.” So let’s get wearing jeans, buying jeans, and helping to put a stop to violence.

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Copious at Fashion Art Toronto - finale

Fashion Art Toronto RECAP feat: Copious, Amplify Apparel, House of Poplyn and more!

Fashion Art Toronto has come to an end after it’s 10th year in Toronto! (CONGRATS FAT!) If anyone doesn’t know what Fashion Art Toronto is, it’s like the wild and rebellious sister to World MasterCard Fashion Week – the place where ready-to-wear is forgotten, wearable art is expected and you can sometimes feel out of place without bright pink locks (I’m still thinking about adding a little emerald to mine).

This year I was only able to attend 3 out of the 5 days of shows but I was able to catch some of the best in action. From florals at Copious to body cages at Jon Riosa, this year at FAT was a sweet mix of everything it should be: shock, beauty, punk, glam. I’ve rounded up my top 7 favourite collections from the week.

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Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard - YouTube "Getting Ready With Me" Video

Getting ready with The Lady-like Leopard (and Leopard Cub too!) YouTube video

The Cub and I have been getting non stop requests and enquiries about when we would be filming out next video, so here you go! It’s a short and sweet one but it’s pretty cute – with this little leopard, how could it not be?

One day a few months back, I had received some product that I needed to make an unboxing video for. When I picked lil’ leopard up from school, I asked her if she would mind helping me film a video. She was so game! Ever since that one she would ask me all the time, “Are we filming another video today?!” This girl loves the camera.

She also says things like “I’m Leopard Cub and you love leopard so, so much. Why do you love it SO much?” Good question kiddo.

We were getting ready to go see the George Brown THREADS 2015 fashion show down at George Brown’s waterfront campus. Little Leopard is wearing head to toe Gap Kids and I’m wearing Town Shoes, H&M denim, a Jacob knit halter top, W&J Wilson leather trench coat and carrying a Forever 21 bag.

We went for a little walk to Sugar Beach after the show – one of our favourite summer spots! Can’t wait for the weather to warm and and we can whip out the leopard print bikinis and lounge.

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The Lady-like Leopard: FAT 2015 launch party at Parloque, presented by Nord Magazine.

Fashion Art Toronto kicks off the week at Parloque with Nord Magazine

When I moved to Toronto in 2014, Fashion Art Toronto was the first big event that I was invited to as The Lady-like Leopard – just a month after making the move. I remember being shocked that anyone had even heard of The Lady-like Leopard, being so new to town and all. This year I’m back at it, covering FAT (Fashion Art Toronto if you don’t know) runways and events! First up: launch party.

Last Friday FAT officially kicked off with a party at Parloque on Queen West presented by Nord Magazine. I love when Parloque lends their venue for fashion events – not only do you get to browse the most stylish clothing, but they have the best photo walls. You know, stand in front of a cool background and snap an outfit pic? Like this:

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