WHEN DEVASTATION HITS….fashion can wait!

On Sunday evenings I usually sit down with a glass of wine and write my fashion blog.  It’s my favorite way to close out the weekend.  This Sunday was not a regular Sunday by any means.   Late Friday afternoon we received tornado warnings on our phones for the Eastern Ontario region.  Full disclosure,  we were sitting around my friend’s dining room table drinking wine before going to an Escape Room at the time.   We looked outside and thought nothing of it.   Shortly after we were on our way,  taking selfies,  laughing and having a great time.   Little did we know there were two tornadoes brewing in the area and we were driving towards one of them.


This is when we FINALLY started to think clearly and take things seriously.   We made it safely to our destination and spent over an hour inside the Diefenbunker Museum for our escape room.  We were literally in the safest spot in the entire region at this particular moment as the Museum is underground.   Driving home we realized most of the area was without power.   We did not realize the extent of the tornadoes and how much devastation it caused till the following day.


When natural disasters hit it puts things in a different perspective.  So many people lose their homes,  pets,  family members or even their own lives.  There is very little warning and you have zero control over what is going to happen.  They are incredibly scary experiences to go through and the devastation can be horrifying.   We were very blessed that nothing happened to us or our homes.   Most of the power has been restored and life is getting back to normal for some.  For several people they are starting over and their life has changed in a blink of an eye.


I have learned a lot from this experience, as I am sure a lot of us have.  I will take weather warnings seriously moving forward.   I will make sure my emergency kit is fully stocked and I am prepared for the worst.  Being prepared for power outages during AND after a storm is crucial.   Make sure you always have batteries,  candles,  a lighter,  non perishable food and water available.  Most people do not carry cash on them but after a storm and there is no power you will not be able to take cash out of the bank machine and stores will only be able to accept cash.  Having cash in your emergency kit is a must and I don’t think most people think of that.    Having extras in your emergency kit such as Advil,  deodorant and toiletries are also a huge plus.   Best believe my emergency kit just got larger.



So when I sat down to write my blog once my power and internet came back on it just didn’t seem relevant to talk about the latest fashion trends or shopping tips at a time like this.   I do know I am forever grateful for the little things in life that are so easily taken for granted like water and lights.   I will be back next week to talk fashion but I am hoping that by reading this it helps a few people realize how quickly our basic needs can be taken from us.   Stay safe,  till next time!!

Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous.



  6 comments for “WHEN DEVASTATION HITS….fashion can wait!

  1. September 25, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    On a positive note, I love that there is chocolate in your emergency kit. Kingston got messy but nothing like Ottawa, we luckily lasted the worst of it in Brockville at a restaurant. I had no idea it was worse that the Ice Storm… to this day only people in the Kingston-Ottawa area have any idea what I’m talking about, as Toronto didn’t have a storm at all. I have a roadside emergency kit in my car but I often forget that I should have one at home too. The basics are there but they’re scattered all over the house. Fortunately I’m a candle fanatic so I have matches and lighters stashed in every drawer. Glad you guys were safe!

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    • styledbymfashion
      September 25, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you! Now all my emergency items are in once place! In a bag by the door, lip balm, cash, flashlight and even food from Mocha. I will just need to grab one little bag and go (not gonna lie, there is even a little bit of makeup in there lol)


    • unique1981
      September 26, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Awesome post and definitely an eye opener! Thank you for sharing and giving these simple tips!

      Liked by 1 person

      • styledbymfashion
        September 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

        Thank you!! Being prepared is everything!


  2. ladyvsm
    September 25, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    First and foremost, I am so glad you are ok!
    And great kit tips! Id have not thought of cash or toiletries! Thanks! ❤💯🤘🍍🦄

    Liked by 1 person

    • styledbymfashion
      September 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you! So happy to help, having cash can be vital!


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