BREAK FROM BLOGGING | I’ll be right back

Hey guys! I know I haven’t had a new post in a while and I just wanted to fill you in quickly on what’s up. I’ve recently started a couple new projects and have been insanely busy. You know between the nine to five and freelancing and Toronto Men’s Fashion Week – things have been hectic. But nevertheless, I miss you!

I promise I’m going to get back to posting ASAP (also, need to find a new photographer if anyone knows someone interested) but in the meantime you can follow me on social media to get the latest and greatest.

Love you guys!

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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

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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.

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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

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MISSISSAUGA FASHION WEEK | Behind the scenes with Shilango Jewellery

Models
Cheyenne McNeil
Adriana Fortino

Designer
Shilango

Photography
Moby Shaikh

Styling
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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Another interior shot.

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A view of the back patio.

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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.

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Just me, thinking about how great that meal was.

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

 

TORONTO FASHION WEEK CANCELLED | Why I’m not devastated

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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LONG WEEKEND IN MISSOURI | What you need to do

When you are considering where to go for a long weekend, you should consider the state of Missouri. There is so much to see and do that it will make a great long weekend getaway. Here are just a few things you need to do when you spend a long weekend in Missouri.

What you need to do on a long weekend in Missouri

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You need to visit the Gateway Arch in St Louis

One thing you must do while you are staying in Missouri is to visit the Gateway Arch in St Louis. The iconic monument is the world’s largest arch and boasts fantastic views over the area when you travel to the top. You will get some great photos. It only takes four minutes to get to the observation deck of the arch which is 630-foot tall. You can find out more about buying tickets here.

You need to go on a wine trail in Hermann

Another thing you should do when you spend the weekend in Missouri is to go on a wine trail in Hermann. The trail begins in Hermann and travels 20 miles across the river to New Haven. It’s a great chance to try lots of different wineries. They often do special events such as a cheese and wine trail. It’s a lot of fun and you can expect to get tipsy. You should see the Hermann Wine Trail for details on how much it costs.

You need to go shopping at the Country Club Plaza

You should also do some shopping during your weekend in Missouri at the Country Club Plaza, which is situated in Kansas City. Shopping fans will love all the fashion houses including designer names Kate Spade and Burberry. There are also some brilliant restaurants located in the 15-block district to try once you have had enough of looking around the shops.

You need to have a picnic in Forest Park in St. Louis

Another thing you must do while you are in Missouri for the weekend is to visit the St.Louis’ Forest Park. There’s loads to look at and plenty of space to have a lovely picnic. Surprisingly, It’s bigger than the infamous Central Park. As it says in this article, the activities you can do include visiting the history or art museum, the Science Center, and the Zoo. Hire a bike so you can get around the whole park easily.

You need to see the world’s largest rocking chair in Cuba

You should also consider visiting the world’s largest rocking chair in Cuba while you are staying in Missouri. The chair which stands at 42 feet tall was named the largest in the world eight years ago. You can’t actually sit on it (boo!), but you can get some great pictures of the huge chair!

You need to visit the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City

Another sightseeing spot you must go to while you are in Missouri is the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. The iconic monument is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the first world war. You should check the museum out inside and head up to the observation deck which offers fantastic views over the city.

Now you have done a long weekend in Missouri, you should consider heading to Annapolis for lots more to do and see! Have fun y’all. 

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This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

HERMÈS BAGS | 5 styles that will make you look like a celeb

Ah, Hermes bags. They’re gorgeous enough to make anyone go weak in the knees. But aside from their looks, the ginormous price tag that they come with may even make you go weak in the heart (but at least you’ll look really cool, right?).

However, if you know the art of saving huge money to buy a luxury bag, a Hermes bag is the perfect choice – no wonder these bags can make you look like a celebrity! Here’s our list of the best Hermes bags to invest in.

5 Hermès bags to give you celebrity status

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1. The Hermès Birkin Bag

When you talk about expensive, beautiful and handbag all in one sentence, the Birkin is what we think of. It’s by far one of the most popular handbags on the planet. Recently, this handbag was in the news for being a better investment than the stock market (seriously!). It’s basically a tote that’s crafted out of pure, handmade leather and is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin.

In the fashion and entertainment industry, a Birkin is seen as a symbol of elegance and opulence, which most celebrities love to flaunt. If you crave the kind of attention that celebrities get, a Birkin around your arm will do the trick. A Hermes Birkin can cost anywhere between $12,000 and $200,000.

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2. The Hermès Kelly Bag

This one is another stunner from the house of Hermes. It takes inspiration from the shape of a saddle holder and was named after the Monégasque princess and American actress, Grace Kelly. These bags come in different sizes and are made out of premium quality leathers – not that we would expect anything less from this designer. Hermes bags are always about luxury and the Kelly bag definitely is. It’s a multifunctional bag that will go with any outfit of yours and make you look like a million dollars instantly. However, buying a Kelly bag could mean you need to spend a minimum of $11,000. Yikes.

3. The Hermès Berline Bag

For those who love handcrafted, compact bags, the Hermes Berline Bag is the ideal one. It can be worn in a multiple ways – you can adorn it as a shoulder bag or as a handy clutch, whatever suits you the best. What makes this Hermes prodigy a celebrity-style bag is its exquisite hand stitching and the impressive silver lock closure. In all ways, it’s a must-have fashion accessory for every woman. Prices start from $6000 and above!

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4. The Hermès Crocodile Constance Bag

This one is another stunner from the house of Hermes. The Crocodile Constance Bag is an extremely extraordinary crocodile skin bag that comes in some really gorgeous colours. The interior features two pockets and on the outside it has dazzling gold-tone hardware with a capital Hermes ‘H‘. It has an adjustable strap that allows you to sport it as both a handbag and shoulder bag! Price starts at $7,750.

5. The Hermès Evelyne Bag

The Hermes Evelyne Bags may not be as popular as the Birkins, but these can certainly make you look like a celebrity. It’s a casual and chic handbag option that has been sported by stars like Kate Walsh, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and others. It is a perfect option to adorn while traveling. Price starts at $2,800.

Now that you have this list of Hermes, most likely you’ll like to have one of each but let’s be serious, the prices are pretty high. Finding an authentic bag can be hard as well considering that there are lots of shady sites and people, trying to pass a replica for an original. In this case you need to be very careful and learn tips on how to spot a fake!

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This post was written by Patriciah Collen for The Lady-like Leopard.