CLASSIC WHITE SNEAKERS | Why everyone needs a pair in their wardrobe

Classic white sneakers are absolutely necessary in every wardrobe. These are one pair of shoes that I don’t believe you can do without. Why would you when there’s so many reasons to love them, anyways?

Today I’m talking about my Vans from Union Jack Boots. I’ve been wearing them for the past three days straight – each time with a different outfit (obviously) – and I’ve found that they work with every #ootd I throw on. No joke.

Here I’ve paired them with my favourite pair of distressed denim, which are getting to be a bit old (A.K.A. distressing in areas you don’t want distressed) and I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair. I did these ones myself from a pair of thrift store jeans and think I’m going to have to search for a new pair very soon.

Also, how cool is my bell sleeve top? I’m obsessed with anything bell shaped and flared at the moment. I got it from Zara last week for $19. Yes, fast fashion at its finest. (At least it didn’t have a rodent sewn into it. Yikes.)

Okay, now let me convince you why I think everyone needs a pair of white sneakers.

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CLASSIC WHITE SNEAKERS | Why everyone needs a pair in their winter wardrobe. The Lady-like Leopard, fashion blogger Melina Morry. Photo by Daria Shkolnikova.

1. They go with everything.

I’ve paired mine here with my fave ripped jeans, a Zara bell sleeve top and a DKNY denim choker but that’s just a one of a million different ways to style classic white sneakers. They pair just as well with shorts and a tank as they do with a flowy summer dress or wide leg trousers. Sneakers are a great way to give a more casual vibe to dressier outfits too.

2. They mould themselves into any style.

Think about all the different cliques that Janis Ian describes in Mean Girls. I would bet you anything that at least one person from each of those groups owned (and rocked) a pair of classic white sneakers. When they weren’t wear army pants and flip flops, that is.

3. They transform to fit the scenario.

You can wear them on the street, you can wear them out to eat. You can wear them at a bar, you can wear them near & far. Okay, I’ll stop with the Seuss-like rhyming, but it’s true. You can wear them anywhere, any place, any time.

4. They’re a good alternative to flats.

As someone who tries to steer clear of flats – sorry guys, they’re just not my thing – I love wearing sneakers. I have all kinds and colours of sneakers but my go-to is always a classic white pair. The reasons are all laid out in this post.

5. They never go out of style.

Think about it. Classic white sneakers have been in style since before Archie Andrews fought over Betty & Veronica at Riverdale High. I also remember that my mom wore a pair of white sneakers when I was a kid but they were no where near as cool as my Vans (sorry mom).

CLASSIC WHITE SNEAKERS | Why everyone needs a pair in their winter wardrobe. The Lady-like Leopard, fashion blogger Melina Morry. Photo by Daria Shkolnikova.

CLASSIC WHITE SNEAKERS | Why everyone needs a pair in their winter wardrobe. The Lady-like Leopard, fashion blogger Melina Morry. Photo by Daria Shkolnikova.

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CLASSIC WHITE SNEAKERS | Why everyone needs a pair in their winter wardrobe. The Lady-like Leopard, fashion blogger Melina Morry. Photo by Daria Shkolnikova.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

bell sleeve top | ZARA
ripped denim | DIY thrift store denim
denim choker | DIY cut off the bottom of my DKNY jeans
white Vans sneakers | UNION JACK BOOTS

Shop for your own pair of perfect white sneakers here and shop the pair I’m wearing here.

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

All photos by Daria Shkolnikova. 

UK FASHION TRENDS OF 2016 | What to wear this season

It seems as if there is a new trend on a daily basis. Something new today is out tomorrow or a week from now. So, what’s in now? What hot looks are celebrities wearing? These are a few of the top UK fashion trends of 2016 which are currently fresh, on the streets and seem to be making all the buzz in the fashion world.

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Layering

Denim on denim, black on black, linen on linen. You choose the fabric, the finish, and colour, and layer it over the same bottom (and top). Denim jeans with a denim halter top. White tee with a white linen skirt. You’ll see it on the runways – and on some of the busiest streets in the UK as well.

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The jumpsuit

It seems to have trumped the classic cocktail dress. Classy, chic, can dress it up or down, and it has a casual feel and vibe. Plus, its far more comfortable to wear, and offers the mobility and free range of motion form fitting dresses don’t afford you.

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Metallic

Metallic prints are in. Dresses, sequins, layers, you choose the style, fit, and fabric, and you are likely to fit into any room, party, or social gathering with the right metallic finish and styles during this summer season.

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Prim style

Posy prints, floral prints, gingham, and styles which were “dated” for a while, have made the comeback and are popular again in the UK. Not only are designers bringing them back, they are all the rave with top designer brands, and various styles of clothing.

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No matter what style you like, chic or elegant, casual and laid back or formal, there are several unique styles to wear during the summer months. There are loads of online retailers and catalogues which offer some of the trends of 2016 at reasonable prices. These are some of the distinct styles which are making their way back into the fashion world and buzz in the UK.

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

This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard. All London Fashion Week street style photos by Tyler Joe via elle.com.

THE RIHANNA BOB | My RiRi inspired blunt bob by Anna Giannini

I am a hair chameleon. In the last 5 years I’ve had shoulder length hair, asymmetrical hair, blonde hair, half shaved hair, wispy layered hair, hair half way down my back and now, the Rihanna bob – my personal favourite.

But then again, I guess all of my different hair styles have been my favourite at one point or another. (However I’ll never again do the half shaved look – what a pain to grow back, ugh.)

On my last visit to New York City I got it in my mind that I was sick to death of my current haircut and I just had to chop it off. It was a bit of a compulsive decision – like many decisions in my life – but I knew I had to do it.

Upon coming back to Toronto I started thinking about going just a little bit shorter, more blunt, above the shoulders and inspired by what is now commonly known as The Rihanna Bob. I had a similar haircut when I was eight but I think back then it was known as The Posh Spice Bob.

I teamed up with hair connoisseur Anna Giannini to get the perfect Rihanna bob at the salon where she works, Mosaic Hair Group in Forest Hill. Anna has been working (and teaching) with hair for over a decade and I can definitely vouch for the fact that she knows exactly what she’s doing. Hands down, the best haircut ever.

My very own Rihanna bob by Anna G Stylist

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

dress | SEED HERITAGE
fringed leather jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
heels | JOIE AUSTRALIA
black suede bag | SEED HERITAGE
earrings | MICHAEL HILL
sunglasses | PERUVIAN MARKET
matte brown lipstick in ‘BOSS’ | LIPS BY DANILEA

Follow more of Anna’s hair styling on her instagram @anna_g_stylist and stay tuned for our next collab post where we’re going to show you 3 different ways to style the Rihanna bob!

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SPRING TRENDS 2016 | My top 3 featuring Pom Pom Chewy

Selecting which spring trends 2016 you want to incorporate into your wardrobe can be a tough decision – especially when there are so many to choose from! Space-age metallics, girly ruffles, romantic florals, sequins, stripes. This is not a decision to be made without a little help.

The spring trends for 2016 are already great but to make things even better I teamed up to shoot alongside one of the cutest pups in Toronto: Pom Pom Chewy! We spent a fun (but a little bit gloomy) Sunday shooting spring trend looks at Chewy’s building along with his super cool owner Nicole and our friend Shanel, the creative mind behind Kanvas Jewelry.

All photos were taken by Nicole and all jewellery (including the chain beanie) is by Kanvas Jewelry. The outfits were styled by me and came directly from my own closet – find out details underneath each section below!

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My top three spring trends 2016

1. Lingerie in the day – spring trends 2016

This is probably my number one spring trend of 2016 but it’s also the one that requires the most effort. There’s a fine line between fashionably wearing lingerie outside of your house and actually looking like you just forgot to get dressed. I paired this black slip dress with an oversized leather jacket and chunky heeled ankle boots to make it look more edgy than sexy. 

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The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

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The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

What I’m wearing:

slip dress | HANDMADE VINTAGE
leather jacket | VINTAGE (was my mom’s back in the day)
ankle boots | WINDSOR SMITH
jewellery and beanie | KANVAS JEWELRY

2. Off-the-shoulder tops – spring trends 2016

I’m all about showing some skin – emphasis on some. If it’s going to be boobs, then it’s not going to be legs and vice versa. What I love about the off-the-shoulder trend is that it’s subtle enough to get away with showing a little skin somewhere else too. For this look I went really casual with a pair of high-waisted Calvin Klein jeans but I definitely think you could get away with wearing this top with a suede, leather or denim mini skirt too.

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

What I’m wearing:

grey off-the-shoulder tee | VINTAGE
black denim | CALVIN KLEIN
strappy heels | TONY BIANCO
jewellery | KANVAS JEWELRY

3. Oversized florals – spring trends 2016

This is a great trend for the hopeless romantic that is inside all of us, you know, if we dig deep enough. This skirt was sent to me by Relaxfeel – a Hong Kong-based online fashion retailer – and I can’t wait to start wearing it out once the weather warms up a little more. Here I’ve paired it with a silk tank and ankle boots but in the warmer months I’ll switch out the boots for sandals and the wool coat for a denim jacket.

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The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

The top 3 spring trends 2016 | Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard

WHAT I’M WEARING:

white silk top | EL CLOSET DE MI HERMANA
floral skirt | RELAXFEEL FASHION
grey coat | TOPSHOP
black ankle boots | WINDSOR SMITH
jewellery | KANVAS JEWELRY

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HOW TO | Get your spring wardrobe warm weather ready

It’s time to get your spring wardrobe ready! It might not be warm enough to forgo your jackets just yet but the sun is shining and the birds are chirping – and maybe love is in the air (that’s supposed to happen in spring, right?). Officially, winter is over and I am ecstatic.

I’ve been missing warm weather, sleeveless tops and generally just my life in Sydney lately so I thought I’d share these photos I took in Newtown last January. It was a beyond gorgeous day and my cousin Cherie and I were on our way to meet my best friend Zach and his boyfriend for cocktails at Newtown Hotel. We never miss a good opportunity for a photo shoot – especially if there are brick walls involved.

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How to get your spring wardrobe ready-to-wear

First of all, get rid of all winter clothes – and I mean all of them. We’ve been forced into parkas for many long months and I don’t want to see another one until next November. Spring wardrobe all the way!

Organize your closet into sections: tank tops, short sleeves, off-the-shoulder. It’ll make looking for the right top so much easier! Do the same for bottoms like, cuffed denim, dark denim, distressed denim, etc.

Do a spring clean and get rid of any clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. I did a bit of an early spring clean and ended up with 4 bags of clothes that I don’t wear anymore. Sometimes it takes a while but you’ve got to be ruthless and you’ve got to do it.

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Once you’ve cleaned and organized your closet it’ll be so much easier to find the clothes you love and to put together hundreds of spring outfits. Well, hundreds may be an exaggeration (depending on the size of your closet) but you’ll at least be able to come up with five different #ootds if you mix and match.

I created a photo folder in my phone called “Potential Outfits” and whenever I try on a new outfit I’ll save it in that folder so that the next time I’m stuck on what to wear I can just browse through looks I’ve already put together! It’s such a life saver – especially when you’re having one of those I have nothing to wear moments.

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HOW TO | Get your spring wardrobe warm weather ready

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HOW TO | Get your spring wardrobe warm weather ready

WHAT I’M WEARING:

grey halter tank top | TOPSHOP
white distressed jeans | JOE FRESH
black coat | LE CHATEAU (bought at a thrift store for $4!)
strappy heels | TONY BIANCO
sunglasses | PERUVIAN MARKET
suede cross body bag | SEED HERITAGE
watch | LORUS

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The secret to wearing white in the winter – and all year ’round

When you were growing up, your mother or your grandmother or whoever was teaching you about what’s “right and wrong” in terms of fashion probably told you that it was strictly prohibited to wear white after Labour Day. Just, wrong. A fashion faux pas! Well, I’m here to tell you that’s no longer the case – if it ever really was a case to begin with.

Once considered just a ‘summer fashion’ colour (ahem, I mean neutral), white was seen as something you’d wear in the warmer months – and when winter rolled around it was time to get out the burgundy knits, the navy pea coats and the charcoal tights.

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You could say I’m a bit of a rebel but I’ve never been one to follow fashion rules. Wearing white after Labour Day is too good to pass up, so here’s how you can get away with it flawlessly.

Choose longer hemlines

Obviously you’re not going to wear a white summer mini dress in the dead of winter (and if you are wearing something super short, wear tights!). Choose longer hems on both your bottoms and tops for a more winter appropriate #ootd. I love the look of midi skirts with a longer, oversized sweatshirt and cute ankle boots.

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Go for chunkier fabrics

Heavier, chunkier white fabrics look much more winter-appropriate. A chiffon blouse? Not so much. But a warm and cozy cable-knit turtleneck will do just the trick. Besides looking more winterish, a heavier fabric keeps you warmer too (obviously). Try pairing a chunky white sweater dress with over the knee leather boots for an on-trend winter look.

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Avoid blindingly bright whites

We’re not trying to match the snow here, okay? There’s not need to be dressed in head-to-toe bleached whites. I like wearing a super white t-shirt with off-white jeans and maybe a cream coloured sweater – that way it breaks up the solidity of the white on white and adds a nice monochrome look to your outfit.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

white knit sweater | IZOD
leopard print silk skirt | VINTAGE
black suede knee-high boots | ZARA
leopard print belt | H&M
handmade bag from market in Mexico

On a little side note, I’ve been getting tons of compliments on this bag lately! These kind of bags are so on trend right now. I actually bought this one 7 years ago in Mexico from a little market in Playa del Carmen for about $20. This girl the other day asked me if it was from Urban Outfitters and said her friend paid about $100 for hers! Crazy.

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This article first appeared on Find Your Beautiful written by yours truly.

New Year, new me? Probably not, but I still have some resolutions (including being the most stylish me, ever)

I’ve never been one for making drastic New Years resolutions. Do I honestly think just because it’s a brand new year that I’m going to be able to fit in six gym sessions a week instead of three or four? No. Come on, I have a life and it doesn’t revolve around a treadmill.

It might revolve around food though because in the past few days I’ve been to Hello Kitty Diner where I enjoyed a burger, fries and “freakshake” and tonight I’m going to Miss Peaches for some soul food – so maybe I should hop on the treadmill more often. Anyways, working out is already a habit in my life so it doesn’t need to be considered any sort of resolution.

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I’m thinking more along the lines of improving myself rather than trying to change myself. You know what I mean? I’ve been into this positive mumbo jumbo lately and have been really starting to think about positive self-talk and all that jazz. It’s actually pretty useful.

So, this year I’d like to:

  • Beautify myself from the inside out. Get rid of negative thinking and self-talk and love myself unconditionally.
  • Be mindful of what I put into my body – you know, since it’s the only one I’ve got and all. Like, drink more water (without the vodka, lime and soda), eat more veggies, maybe learn to cook a bit but I don’t want to overdo myself.
  • Use less social media and be more present with the people I’m with – and that includes technology too, like wearing my headphones less and engaging more with strangers. You never know who you might meet!
  • Push myself farther out of my comfort zone. As if moving across the world and back again and then to a city where I didn’t know anyone wasn’t a push outta that good ol’ comfort zone.
  • Present myself to the world as my best self. I’ve been really conscious lately about buying less and choosing well. That way I have my clothes for longer and aren’t contributing as much to the fast-fashion industry and ultimately our landfills.

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There we have it. The list might seem long but I know it’s achievable. These are things to work on every day and not just for the first few months of the year. I’ll check back in with you on December 31st and see how well I did.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

black dress | KOOKAI
black coat | LE CHATEAU
black mules | CALL IT SPRING
gold ring | LE CHATEAU
assorted rings from a Peruvian market

Also, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads The Lady-like Leopard and who has helped me get to where I am today. I’m really thankful and appreciate you guys more than you know. Here’s to a phenomenal 2016!

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THE PARALYSIS OF CHOICE | From your closet to your life (and everywhere in between)

Over smoked salmon and poached eggs the other morning with a couple girlfriends, we discussed the troubles of having too many options in life – otherwise known as ‘paralysis of choice’. I’d been struggling with too many choices of my own but this was the first time I heard of it actually having a name!

Think of how much easier (albeit boring) it must have been back in the day when you didn’t have to think about what you were going to do, you just knew you had only a few career options and would probably settle down into family life before that anyways.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that freedom of choice and female power, but I’m just saying – I bet paralysis of choice didn’t exist back then.

Recently I’ve been faced with the realization of paralysis of choice in more than one situation in my life: my career and my closet. I’ve been so preoccupied with what I want to do, where I want to work, what country I want to work in and where I ultimately want to live that I completely disregarded my wardrobe as another huge paralysis!

This is hard for me to even admit because my love for shopping is so strong but, yes, too many clothes in the closet ultimately is a paralysis of choice too.

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For example, back in my apartment in Toronto I have a closet and two free-standing racks of clothes that I bounce between trying to find my best #ootd. Here in Sydney with only half a suitcase of clothes, I go to my closet and make it work. 

It was hard at first but now I’ve come to realize that the top I’m wearing in the photos below goes with 60% of my bottoms, those jeans work really well with sandals, sneakers and heels and the white Atelier Guarin coat literally goes with everything. It’s a win, win, win.

So my advice to you is to narrow your options down – big time – and see how it ultimately makes your life a bit easier. Except your closet. I just used that as an example but I’d never permanently narrow my wardrobe down. Are you kidding?

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

grey halter top | TOPSHOP
light blue denim (distressed by me) | H&M
white neoprene coat | ATELIER GUARIN
white strappy sandals | CALL IT SPRING

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HOW TO | Wear ‘the go-to fashion outfit’ black on black (on black) without being super boring

If you work in the fashion industry, you know there’s a running joke about black being the ultimate fashion person’s go-to look. It’s true – a lot of people who work in fashion lean towards black as a staple wardrobe choice. Come on, it’s simple yet chic and practical yet event worthy. The only flaw is it’s inability to photograph as well as something with colour, but hey, that’s what sharpening an image is for (right???). Or in my case: texture.

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For this look here (shot in the Distillery District in Toronto by my friend Lauren of Stylist Nomad) I wanted to try out a head-to-toe black outfit but add a bit of texture to mix things up. I wore a knit turtle neck that I picked up from a thrift shop, black leather Topshop culottes and a wool cape by Michelle Belau.

Okay, fine. The cape is more grey than it is black but you still get the picture.

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When you wear a bunch of black that has similar textures, it can all blend into just a sea of black fabric – and where’s the fun in that? Unless of course you’re going for the it-looks-like-a-jumpsuit-but-it’s-not-really-a-jumpsuit look. Then it works.

So is black on black really that boring? I don’t think so.

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What I’m wearing:

knit black turtle neck | VINTAGE
black culottes | TOPSHOP
grey wool cape | MICHELLE BELAU
black platforms | TOPSHOP
black camera bag | THEIT

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Oh, winter’s coming? Ok, I’ll be in Sydney, Australia lounging on the beach

That’s right Canada, I’m leaving you for a hot little minute to soak up some rays, see my family and escape a few chilly winter weeks. As you’re reading this I’m probably on the 20 hour flight down under. I’ve been dreading it all week – but it shouldn’t be too bad, I have my Vogue, iPod, iPad, MacBook, murder mystery novel and more than a few snacks to get me through.

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It’s been almost two years since I last left Sydney. Oh, how time flies. I can’t wait to be back and go to all my favourite spots and see my favourite people! I’ve already set up a catch-up with my uni friends at Opera Bar and a photo shoot wearing Atelier Guarin at the Opera House! Yesssss.

Anyways, these photos were taken by my cousin Morgan (Morgan Cross Photography) this past summer at our cabin in Deep Bay, British Columbia. I’m wearing a bikini from Triangl.

Talk to you from the other side of the world.

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