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How to fête the holidays in style like Jully Black

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jully black final How to fête the holidays in style like Jully BlackPhoto courtesy of Swarovksi.

By Kerala Woods

Jully Black–Canada’s queen of R&B–has had a great year. First, she was co-host of the Canada Day celebrations at Parliament Hill (even posing for a selfie with Prime Minister Stephen Harper), she just celebrated a birthday—“I was on stage, my favourite thing to do,”—she says,—and she’ll be ending the year on a high note, performing at the unveiling of the Swarovski Crystal Wonderland at Yorkdale this evening.

“It’s not just some corporate gig,” Black explains over the phone from her hometown of Toronto. The Swarovski Crystal Wonderland reveal is held in support of The Hospital for Sick Children, a cause close to her heart. “My sister Maria, she’s a Sick Kids baby, she has arthrogryposis. It’s because of Sick Kids that she was able to have her surgery and go to regular school.” Read more…

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Gold standard: Nanette Lepore on 5 ways to step up your holiday party look

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nanette lepore spotlight dress Gold standard: Nanette Lepore on 5 ways to step up your holiday party lookNanette Lepore Spotlight dress ($560), at nanettelepore.com.
Photo by Ruedi Hofmann for Nanette Lepore.

There are some ways better than others to stand out at your next holiday party. Observe: rocking a killer metallic dress and matching gold heels (good), giving an impromptu toast after downing one too many glasses of eggnog (oddly, not so much). To keep things classy in all areas of your festive holiday partying, we asked New York designer Nanette Lepore to share her top style tips of the season. Read more…

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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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