BEAUTY IN YOUR 30s | Amazing beauty tips you need when turning 30

There is nothing wrong about turning thirty. After all, age is just a number. Unfortunately, our biology doesn’t agree that age isn’t just a number. Once you hit the big thirty, your face will start to age, and you will have to alter your skin care routine. But that isn’t all, though. Here are my top beauty tips that you need to know ready for turning thirty.

BEAUTY IN YOUR 30s | Amazing beauty tips you need when turning 30

BEAUTY IN YOUR 30s | Amazing beauty tips you need when turning 30

Wear Sunscreen

Try to remember to wear sunscreen every day. You read that correctly: every day! Even on cloudy days, if you are out for too long in the sun, your skin will be affected by the harsh UV rays. It’s just that you might not notice it quite as much on cloudy and cool days. If you are continually exposed to the sun, your skin will start to age prematurely. One other thing to remember is that when wrinkles are caused by the sun, there is nothing you can do about them. Unlike wrinkles caused by stretching, which can be reduced by various beauty treatments. Once the sun creates wrinkles and age lines, they are there to stay!


Exfoliating is one of the steps of a skin care routine that you can afford to forget about while you are in your twenties. However, that will change once you hit your thirties. There are many benefits of exfoliating. But the older you get, it is important as it can help your skin stay soft and supple. It does this by removing the top layer of dead cells. You will be able to find some facial cleansers that double up as great exfoliators.

BEAUTY IN YOUR 30s | Amazing beauty tips you need when turning 30 the lady-like leopard

Thinning Hair

You may not need to worry about thinning hair until your late thirties, but it is worth being aware of this now. As we age, we start to naturally lose our hair. This may start off slowly, but it is a good idea to get on top of it early before things get bad. The best way to prevent losing too much hair is to boost hair growth with specialist shampoos. Just be sure not to get caught up in a hair loss protocol scam.


I’m sure moisturizing would have been the main part of your skincare routine up until now, right? Well, it needs to stay that way. Even once you are in your thirties, moisturizing is a crucial part of skincare. Make sure you are using moisturizer at least once a day. Ideally, apply it just before you apply your makeup. Not only will it help your skin stay soft, but it will also help your foundation and powder stay in place throughout the day.

Find Your Perfect Hairdresser

Sick of your hairdresser not getting you? Now is the time to hunt through town for a hairdresser that truly understands what you want. Once you are thirty, you won’t have time for haircuts that don’t quite cut it. So get out there and find your perfect hairdresser now!

Scared about turning thirty? Don’t be – at least your beauty won’t suffer with these tips!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

TIFF 2016 | The parties, the outfits and the celeb sightings

Hey guys! I know I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve had a really good reason: TIFF 2016. Things have been insane between working seven days a week and then partying (almost) every night at the Toronto International Film Festivals many, many events.

I couldn’t make it to everything (think I would have just died) but I did manage to pick and choose a few of my favourites to sip, dance and chat the night away at. Here’s a little run down on how my TIFF 2016 celebrations went down.

S/ Magazine + Sharp Magazine TIFF 2016 Festival Gala

WHAT: This was the first party of the week. (We were also supposed to hit up the TOM*FW Men of Hollywood party but this one happened to be so poppin’ that we didn’t get a chance to leave.)  I brought my girlfriends Sheila and Daria with me and met up with our other friends Stephan and Shanel. There were a ton of other people we knew there, which was so nice because since I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had a chance to catch up with anyone! This was the perfect time to get the 411.

WEAR: I brought out my 1st Zimmermann purchase, the strappy little white number. I bought it a couple years ago when I was living in Sydney and went on a weekend trip to Melbourne. What ultimately convinced me to purchase the dress? The girl selling it to me told me that Beyonce had bought the same one. I’ve never seen Beyonce wearing it but… it’s still my favourite. I paired the dress with my brand new cobalt blue velvet Steve Madden ankle boots (bought at the new Nordstrom Eaton Centre) and matched them with my navy THEIT camera bag.

WHO: I swear we saw James Franco, but we went up to talk to him and he said he wasn’t James Franco. Whatever, I’m still convinced.

tiff 2016 s/ magazine sharp magazine pop up party

tiff 2016 s/ magazine sharp magazine pop up festival gala

The Producers Ball + Trespass Against Us After Party

WHAT: My friend Sebastian (the incredible designer behind Atelier Guarin) and I had a big night with two fantastic parties back to back. First up was the Producers Ball hosted by the Property Brothers and organized by NKPR. The food was amazing – think spicy jumbo shrimp, lobster tacos and chocolate on a stick for dessert – and the location was very cool (although not literally because it was smoking hot in there). Next up we went to Michael Fassbender’s after party hosted by Strellson. The dj there was l-i-t and we danced until the early morning hours.

WEAR: I wore my other Zimmermann for this party – again, paired with my velvet ankle boots. Yes, I wore them two days in a row but they’re just that good okay? I kept my accessories to a minimum with my DIY denim choker (and to set the record straight, I made it before Kim wore hers) and a few thin gold chain necklaces.

WHO: At the Producers Ball we had the chance to mingle with Francesco Yates, FeFe Dobson and Missy Peregrym (my favourite from Rookie Blue – had a bit of a fan moment) and at the Strellson party we chatted with Michael Fassbender.

tiff 2016 producers ball melina morry sebastian guarin

tiff 2016 producers ball melina morry sebastian guarin

The TIFF 2016 Ovation Party

WHAT: This was the first time I actually partied at the TIFF Bell Lightbox! It was a great time with delicious drinks, fabulous company and the best beats to dance to all night long. I went with my girlfriend Cristina – editor & founder of VANE Airport. The photos we took (below) were from the pre-Ovation party fiesta in celebration of our friend Chris Zownir’s birthday! Chris designs seriously cool mens cufflinks – check ’em out here.

WEAR: I wore my skirt + top set from Bardot Australia. My sister sent it to me for my birthday in June and I had only worn it once when I went out with my BFF in Victoria. It was definitely time to bring out this lacy #ootn again. I wore it with leather ankle boots and accessorized with two DIY chokers.

WHO: I didn’t recognize anyone uber famous there but of course, there were a ton of very cool people to mingle with.

L’oreal Gold Glam TIFF 2016 Soiree

WHAT: This was our final hurrah of TIFF 2016 – and it was a great one. This party was so gorgeous! It was held on the rooftop of the TIFF Lightbox and although it was starting to feel a little chilly, the champagne helped take our minds off that. We danced the night away under the stars and mingled with some of the beauty industry’s best!

WEAR: This was one of my favourite looks from the whole week. I wore a one-of-a-kind dress from Atelier Guarin’s latest collection. I’ve never worn something with a slit that high but I mean, it did make me feel pretty sexy. I kept the look simple with my strappy Tony Bianco heels, a studded wrap belt from Club Monaco and earrings by Michael Hill.

WHO: There weren’t any major movie stars there (or at least not that I recognized) but we did see Stacy McKenzie and many other make-up artists, stylists and emerging actors.

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger sebastian guarin atelier guarin

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger atelier guarin

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger atelier guarin

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger atelier guarin

loreal gold glam tiff 2016 party melina morry the lady-like leopard toronto fashion blogger atelier guarin

That’s a wrap! Until next year.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

YOUNG LIFESTYLE | Healthy Outlooks For The Twenty-Something

They say looking young and healthy is easy for us in our twenties. That’s not entirely true. Most of us have quite a comprehensive skin care routine and busy lives that keep us active. Of course, it’s worth considering the future, even now. They say a healthy life now will give us a healthy life when we’re older. So what are the healthy outlooks a twenty-something should adopt?

Even in your twenties, you can suffer ill health. Chronic problems like diabetes and obesity seem to be more common than ever before. And when you suffer health complaints, you’re certainly more willing to make changes if it cures them. Things like cutting the amount of sugar in your diet can make an enormous change to your health. Of course, things like this aren’t easy. And when you’re a carefree twenty-something, you might need a little motivation.

Healthy outlooks for the twenty-something


Stay as fit as you can

Can your body still do the things it used to do when you were at school? Can you still run as fast, and for as long? What about riding a bike? Or swimming or dancing, or any of the things you haven’t done for years? There is no reason why you can’t be just as fit as you were in your teens. But if you feel you’re not as physically fit as you once were, why not do something about it?

Flash those pearly whites

Oral health is really important, no matter what age you are. But as you age, your teeth can pick up stains or even suffer damage and decay. If you want those perfect white teeth to still look awesome when you are older, you need to take care of them right now. If you’re wondering ‘should I use crest whitening strips or find something new on the market’, it’s worth doing seeing what is available. Visiting your dentist regularly will take care of any problems that may occur with your oral health.  


Protect your hearing

Can you imagine living life with your hands over your ears? As we age, our hearing acuity can decline. And life might actually sound muffled as if you have your hands over your ears. However, damage to your hearing can cause this to occur even in our youth. Avoiding loud noises and music is important to protect the delicate hearing system. If you love live gigs and clubbing every week, consider using some ear protectors for some of the time.

Fine lines and wrinkles (eek!)

Many of us in our twenties can begin to worry about the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles. While the most obvious signs of aging won’t appear until the forties, the skin can reveal your age quicker than you would like. A really good skin care program will help keep skin plump and hydrated for years to come. Feeding your skin from the inside can help a little too if you adopt a healthy diet. Perhaps one of the most important things to avoid when caring for your skin is sunlight. Damage from the sun and or harsh treatments will quickly age your skin. Stay younger for longer with a healthy outlook for life.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

OUTFIT REPEATING | How to avoid wearing the same look over and over

Outfit repeating can be a real struggle for people who work in social jobs. Events here, events there – how does your wardrobe keep up?! It can be totally embarrassing to be caught wearing the same exact outfit too close together (or even at all). I mean, everyone remembers what happened in Lizzie McGuire, right?

I’ve definitely run into the outfit repeating dilemma a few times myself. Especially when I’ve just bought a really amazing piece and I want to wear it over and over and over again. But I can’t. It can honestly be heartbreaking.

I attend a lot of events, which means I need outfits. Lots of outfits. I wouldn’t say I don’t have options – thanks to my shopping addiction – but even I get stumped.

There’s nothing wrong with outfit repeating. You just have to know the ways to disguise it.

How to avoid (or conceal) outfit repeating

outfit repeating. melina morry toronto fashion blogger the lady-like leopard in a romwe dress

1. Invest in outerwear.

That way, you can wear the same dress multiple times but give it a different look depending on what kind of outerwear you’re sporting. Leather bomber? Vintage denim? Structured bolero? Each piece of outerwear will transform your look completely.

2. Use accessories to your advantage.

A white tee and denim can breeze from lunch with girlfriends to drinks on a date simply by throwing on a statement necklace or earrings. Check out some great pieces from Shop for Jayu. If you’re more into keeping it simple, I love the accessories from Oak + Fort.

3. Lean towards separates.

It’s much easier to get away with outfit repeating with skirts and tops than it is with a dress. Plus, it’s kind of fun to keep mixing and matching – you’ll literally double your options if you put that top with this skirt and blah, blah, blah.

outfit repeating fashion blogger melina morry toronto the lady-like leopard romwe dress atelier guarin coat

4. Choose a great pair of shoes.

Hello? Who’s even going to be noticing what you’re wearing if you have an amazing pair of statement heels on your feet? Or this seasons new metallic sneakers? Shoes can go a long way in changing up the whole vibe of a look.

5. Don’t take any photos.

You know what they say: “If there’s no photos, it didn’t happen.” Usually I’m not a fan of this mentality because sometimes I just don’t feel like documenting every move I make. But in this case it’s perfect. No one will know a thing about your outfit repeating if there’s no proof.

Now, I’ve got a question for you. How would you style up the dress I’m wearing in the photo above to avoid outfit repeating?!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

MISSISSAUGA FASHION WEEK | Behind the scenes with Shilango

The second annual Mississauga Fashion Week is here! Once again I’m behind the scenes with Shilango helping style shoots, organize models and help promote the handcrafted Mexican jewelry line.

Mississauga Fashion Week is still extremely new but with all the hard work that’s going into it (trust me, I’ve been there and seen it myself) it’s sure to take off – in a big way. There are so many great designers finally getting their chance to be seen!

And now with the cancellation of Toronto Fashion Week, will this be Mississauga’s turn to shine? We’ll find out soon. First, let me take you behind the scenes at the promo photo shoot we did at a Mississauga mansion. (Thank you Jas for letting us use your place!)

Behind the scenes with Shilango at Mississauga Fashion Week







MISSISSAUGA FASHION WEEK | Behind the scenes with Shilango Jewellery

Cheyenne McNeil
Adriana Fortino


Moby Shaikh

Melina Morry and Paola Silk

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

JAIMIE LEWIS | Styling at Hotel Zed with Morgan Cross Photography

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you an extra special shoot that I styled for my best friend and soul sista, Jaimie Lewis. As a promo for her newly launched website and single “DON’T SAY NO” we did a little shoot at Hotel Zed in Victoria, B.C. with Morgan Cross Photography.

Although I wasn’t able to be there in person, we figured out a little styling solution where she went shopping and we virtually did it together. See? Who says you can’t be everywhere at once?

We went for a “modern nostalgia” as Jaimie would say – reminiscent of an old Ann Margret in Carnal Knowledge, if you know what I’m talkin’ about. And if you don’t know the reference to the goddess that I’m referring to, please go on Netflix and seriously chill to that movie tonight.

Anyways, I’m so excited for you guys to check out the photos and listen to Jaimie’s latest single! I’ve honestly had it on repeat all week long. Enjoy!

JAIMIE LEWIS | Styling at Hotel Zed with Morgan Cross Photography

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Check out Jaimie’s new single “DON’T SAY NO” here (plus, get the song for free) and subscribe to her on youtube here. Also, check out more photos from Morgan Cross Photography here (and book a shoot – she’s seriously the best).

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

All photos of Jaimie Lewis taken by Morgan Cross Photography at Hotel Zed in Victoria, B.C.



1 LOOK 5 WAYS | Take your dress from ‘ok’ to ‘wow’

When we get out a dress to wear for a night out, we are often not overwhelmed with our appearance when we look in the mirror. The dress might look okay, but you want to look fantastic during that night out. (Obviously!) Or maybe you wear this dress all the time and wanna switch it up? That’s when 1 look 5 ways comes in pretty handy.

The more ways to wear your favourite outfit, the better! Right? Here are some simple ways to make that dress go from meh to stunning!

1 LOOK 5 WAYS | Take your dress from ‘ok’ to ‘wow’

1 look 5 ways | take your outfit from ok to wow

1 Look 5 Ways: Choose a great pair of shoes

One simple way you can make the dress look stunning is by choosing a great pair of shoes. You can easily improve the outfit if the shoes are to die for. If you are wearing your LBD you should be going for a brightly colored pair of shoes so that it adds some color to your outfit. You should wear heels as well as it will make you look thinner in your dress. You need to think carefully when it comes to your shoes as it can make or break your outfit.

1 Look 5 Ways: Accessorize with jewelry

Another simple way to make that dress go from okay to stunning is to accessorize with jewelry. You should pick out a statement piece which will receive a lot of compliments during your night out. You should go for something unique that will draw attention. You could choose a unique stone to help your outfit look fantastic. You can customize your opal into jewelry so that you have a custom piece that has been handmade by jewellers. It will definitely help your outfit to wow everyone.

1 Look 5 Ways: Consider getting it tailored

You should also consider getting your dress tailored if you want to make it go from okay to stunning. A lot of the time when we buy a dress it doesn’t fit correctly and won’t make the most of our figure. As we said before, a well-cut black dress will set you apart from everyone else. Therefore, look into a tailor to help your dress to look amazing. It doesn’t cost that much, and a simple fix will help to make you look fantastic.

1 Look 5 Ways: Customize the dress

Another simple way to make your dress go from okay to stunning is to customize the dress. You should look into buying a beautiful belt which will help show off your waist. You could get a bright coloured belt to help to make you stand out from the crowd. You could look into adding a fun collar if there isn’t one there already. As you can see here, you can easily make a collar to add to your dress to help it look fantastic.

1 Look 5 Ways: Add some fun tights

You should consider wearing some fun tights if you want to transform your dress. You could choose a pair of sparkly tights to add some glamor to your outfit. You could choose a brightly coloured pair if you want to make a statement. Make sure they fit you well so that you look great in the dress!

Remember to make sure it’s ironed to perfection if you want it to look fantastic. It will ruin your whole look if there are creases all over the dress!

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

GETTING FIRED FROM YOUR JOB | Why it’s not always a bad thing

You got fired. Big deal. Yes, it can be, but what we sometimes don’t realize is that it’s not always a bad thing. Getting fired from your job can be the blessing in disguise that you didn’t even know you were waiting for.

It can be, in one word: freedom.

I’ve sort of gotten fired from a job before – I won’t go into details, but I will say that even though it was shocking to have a discussion about how my employers thought I should move onto bigger and better things, I was a little bit relieved. Now I could focus full time on something I actually wanted to do!

We all can get stuck in the rut of our daily lives (which I totally was), working a job that we don’t necessarily love. All of a sudden, we’re fired. Panicking aside, here’s why getting fired isn’t always a bad thing – and I speak from experience.

Why getting fired from your job isn’t a bad thing

Getting fired from your job

You can take this time to try out a different career

Maybe your parents – or any other big influence in your life – persuaded you into taking a really good job straight out of university. It’s not what you love, but you’re afraid to let a good job go. Well, getting fired can be the exact thing you need to try out that other career you’ve been dreaming about.

You can take that trip you’ve been planning for months

This is a good time to just pack up and go! Before you get stuck in a lifelong career, go explore the world. It’ll help you grow as a person and let you see your life (and the world) in a whole new way. A one-way ticket to South-East Asia? Yes, please.

You can learn to stop second guessing yourself

A big reason young people get fired is because they’re afraid to take initiative. It’s true. How many times has your boss asked for your opinion and you’ve hesitated just long enough to make them second-guess your answer? You need to believe in yourself and be confident that you are that good.

Getting fired from your job

You’ll be forced outside of your comfort zone

Sometimes you get too comfortable in a job. You’re thinking of leaving but the comfort of your daily routine is holding you back. Getting fired can be the push you need to think outside the box and start seeing your life through a new perspective.

You can see it like your rite of passage

Getting fired from your job will end your agonizing decision of ‘should I stay or should I go’? It will also be like a rite of passage into the long working life that you have ahead of you. So, you made a mistake. Learn from yourself and use it to make your next career move your best one yet.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

GLO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE | My fabulous waterfront meal in Victoria

When you’re vacationing in a city as picturesque as Victoria, BC you definitely want to find a spot where you can enjoy a great view and get a fabulous meal (no one wants to sightsee when they’re hangry). I’ve got the perfect place for you: Glo Restaurant & Lounge.

Glo Restaurant is located right on the Selkirk waterfront, just opposite downtown Victoria. They have an amazing patio that looks right over to the inner harbour and down along the Gorge waterway. That’s where I sat, of course.

I had the chance to have lunch at Glo Restaurant a couple of weeks ago. I was really impressed with everything – from the food, to the service, to the interior and the overall layout of the restaurant. So, let me tell you a little bit more.


My waterfront meal at Glo Restaurant & Lounge

It was a gorgeous day when I went to Glo Restaurant & Lounge. Everyone was sitting on the patio so I decided to get the full Glo experience and sit out there too (fun fact: not only did I get a delicious meal but I left with one hell of a tan).

We decided to start out the meal with a glass of prosecco – because there’s always a reason to celebrate, right? We then moved on to appetizers: crispy parmesan polenta sticks and bacon wrapped prawns, which are served with chipotle aioli and fresh pineapple salsa.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.


After appetizers, it was time to order our mains. We decided on the Thai Peanut Salad and the Tan City Salad. I was this close to ordering the Buddha Bowl but in the back of my mind I knew I wouldn’t have room for dessert. That would’ve been terrible.

Thai Peanut Salad: “Your choice of either grilled chicken or pan-seared tofu, served with shaved red onion + carrot, bell pepper, broccoli, seasonal greens + snow peas with farkay noodles in a Thai peanut lime dressing.”

Tan City Salad: “Moroccan-style blackened chicken, chopped dates, roasted almonds, avocado, goat cheese, seasonal greens, oranges + fresh mint in a key lime dressing. Substitute blackened sockeye salmon.”

The salads were incredibly satisfying. The protein we ordered with them (chicken with the Thai, blackened salmon with the Tan) were both cooked to absolute perfection. The chicken was still moist and the salmon was so delicious I even ate the skin (and I never eat the skin).



Last but not least it was time for dessert. My salad was honestly so filling that I didn’t think I could possibly eat another bite – until I saw the dessert menu. I have a sweet tooth in the best of times, and the worst of times.

The two we decided on were the Cinnamon Fritters and the Torched Brulee Cheesecake. Even being as full as we were, the desserts were still divine. Ultimately we couldn’t finish them and had to take them home. They were even better later on.

Cinnamon Fritters: “Cooked fresh to order, tossed in sugar + cinnamon, served with smooth cream cheese icing.”

Torched Brulee Cheesecake: “New York style cheesecake made in-house with a crisp brulée topping.”

What totally sold me on the cinnamon fritters was the cream cheese icing – so delicious. The only thing I would change next time is to ask for caramel sauce instead of chocolate. That’s just my personal preference, they were still delightful.


Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

I don’t think we even walked out of Glo Restaurant after out meal, we rolled. It was definitely worth every single bite! Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and definitely want to go back – hello, there’s a million other things on the menu to try!

Thanks for having us, Glo! I’ll definitely be back next time I’m on the West Coast.

Other photos from Glo Restaurant & Lounge

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

The front doors at Glo Restaurant.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

My favourite piece of art at Glo!


Another interior shot.


A view of the back patio.


The view from the back patio.

Glo Restaurant and Lounge in Victoria, BC. Photo by Toronto fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

A beautiful spot to do a post-meal stroll.


Just me, thinking about how great that meal was.

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.



Toronto Fashion Week has been cancelled. People are freaking out. The city is shocked. When you’re used to seeing the glass – of champagne – half full, it’s hard to think about it being empty. But even with Toronto Fashion Week cancelled (one of my favourite times of year) I’m really not that devastated.

Before you judge my opinion as being too harsh (but it’s our fashion week!!), let me explain.

Toronto Fashion Week Cancelled. Fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard outside the tents.

Toronto Fashion Week cancelled – why I’m not devastated

Toronto Fashion Week was cancelled because it wasn’t being sponsored in the way it needed to be. If something isn’t working out how you think it should, shouldn’t you be thinking of ways to make it better? To improve it? If cancelling Toronto Fashion Week until that’s able to be done is the way to achieve that, then maybe that’s for the best.

It’s definitely sad, I’ll admit that. Even though I’ve lived in Toronto for two years and have made it to only four seasons of Toronto Fashion Week, I really look forward to those weeks and seeing all my fashion friends that I don’t see on the daily.

You know the saying “you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”? Now is the time for people to realize how important Toronto Fashion Week was to the city (and fashion lovers across the country) and come together to make it even better than before.

It’s not gone forever.

We’re just moving on to bigger and better things people! Personally, I want our own Toronto Fashion Week to rank amongst the best in the world. We’ve got the talent, don’t we? Why continue on with something you’re not happy with when you can shut down, rebuild and come back better than ever?

Plus, now we’ve all got a little more time to plan those outrageously cool outfits, make new blogger friends to attend the shows with and give other events the time of day that we might not have before.

The best is yet to come!

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