Fashion What the Matthew McConaughey family portrait teaches you about having siblings: A lesson in being a (favoured) middle child

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matthew mcconaughey What the Matthew McConaughey family portrait teaches you about having siblings: A lesson in being a (favoured) middle childThis is what middle child syndrome looks like when you’re the only daughter.
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When the McConnaughey family photo-op circulated earlier this week after its namesake patriarch received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, I couldn’t help but notice the strange similarity to nearly every one of the family portraits my two brothers and I were forced into taking growing up.

For comparison’s sake, let’s dissect this Kodak moment of Matthew McConaughey’s clan: there’s Levi McConaughey, 6, wearing the solemn responsibility of being the eldest sibling (the buttoned-up collar is a nice signifying touch, one my older brother Lucas would probably embrace). At the other end of the sibling spectrum, there’s Livingston, who at 23 months, is the youngest and by virtue of that fact, both literally and metaphorically within his mother’s grasp (he represents my younger brother, the baby of our family, Daniel).

Then of course there’s four-year-old Vida, a bright light stifled between two brothers by birth order, while outshining her place in practically every other regard (that’s me). I can’t sum up the experience any better than with this magnificent child, who, with an assertive gaze and demure pop of her Mary Janes, demonstrates her complete disregard for the sibling hierarchy (she just happens to be doing so in Dolce & Gabbana). Read more…

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Fashion Editors’ picks: How we’re shopping the ELLE by RW&CO. capsule collection

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rw co editors picks 2014 shopping Editors picks: How were shopping the ELLE by RW&CO. capsule collectionThe ELLE Canada team in their most-loved holiday dress from the ELLE by RW&CO. capsule collection.

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With holiday shopping (and holiday party) season in full swing, we know you’re busy buying special gifts for everyone on your list. We say you stop, take a break and pick out a little something for yourself, starting with a festive dress from the ELLE by RW&CO. capsule collection (which has the perfect frock for every body type). Here, the ELLE Canada team shares their editors’ picks for their fave holiday dress from the line with expert tips on how and where to wear.

“When I was six years old I wanted to be a go-go dancer in a cage. I have absolutely no idea why I developed this notion, but I had white go-go boots and I was good to go! This dress, with its ’60s silhouette and flash, reminds me of my childhood ‘dream.’ I don’t plan on attending any parties where there are suspended dance cages, but I would wear this to any gathering where I wanted to be sure I wasn’t lost in a sea of black. Accessories I’d wear? A big smile. With this kind of shiny bling-bling, that’s the only accessory one needs.”Noreen Flanagan, editor in chief

Check out more ELLE by RW&CO. editors’ picks after the jump…

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Culture She can do a backflip…and other surprising things we learned about Hilary Duff

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hilary computer Twitter chat She can do a backflip...and other surprising things we learned about Hilary DuffImage courtesy of Twitter.com/hilaryduff

Our December cover star Hilary Duff is a busy lady—making new music, shooting a TV show, and just generally “Chasing the Sun” (and also her actual son, Luca)—but she managed to free 30 minutes in her schedule for a Twitter chat! Here are some unexpected factoids that emerged from the virtual conversation we facilitated between Hils and you, the people:
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