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GOOD JOB

Ku­dos for the bril­liantly writ­ten spe­cial “Tak­ing Care of Business” [ELLE Ca­reer] in your Oc­to­ber is­sue. I’m em­ployed again after be­ing out of the work­force for six years car­ing for my ter­mi­nally ill son. This ar­ti­cle was in­for­ma­tive on so many lev­els. I ap­pre­ci­ated the ac­cu­rate de­scrip­tion of dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity types and the strate­gies on how to fo­cus and deal with pro­cras­ti­na­tion. Look­ing for­ward to the next is­sue. A new fan. Tina H. Thomas, Van­cou­ver

LIFE IS A CAR­NI­VAL

I am awestruck and de­lighted with photographer D. Pi­card’s groovy, graphic in­sight­ful­ness in the “Easy Rid­ers” shoot [ELLE Fash­ion, Novem­ber 2017]. Each in­tense back­ground clev­erly co­or­di­nated with the up­dated ’70s en­sem­bles. What an eye he has! It left me breath­less and turn­ing the pages for more and more. Thank you for a won­der­ful fall­fash­ion is­sue. Josi Marges­son, email

PER­FECTLY IM­PER­FECT

When I picked up the Oc­to­ber is­sue of ELLE Canada, I was pleas­antly sur­prised by the level of per­sonal rel­e­vance the con­tent had. I am a young adult liv­ing in the Van­cou­ver area, and the ar­ti­cle on Van­cou­ver’s over­priced hous­ing mar­ket [“Bet­ting the Farm,” ELLE Money] gave me a dose of re­al­ity and re­as­sur­ance, re­mind­ing me that although the present sit­u­a­tion with hous­ing here is not easy or ideal, it is not the end of the world. Rihanna ex­plain­ing that she does things in her own time and to please her­self [“Ex­tra,” ELLE Celebrity] evoked a spe­cial fire in me. Fi­nally, the piece on smil­ing de­pres­sion [“The Shadow of Your Smile,” ELLE Psy­che] res­onated with me most. I ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion last year, much to the sur­prise of my friends and fam­ily. I am proud that there are pub­li­ca­tions out there to­day that are not afraid to tackle real prob­lems. Cloe Row­ell, Van­cou­ver

LOVE YOUR­SELF

When I read the ar­ti­cle on smil­ing de­pres­sion [“The Shadow of Your Smile,” ELLE Psy­che], I felt both an­gry and a kin­ship with the anony­mous woman in­ter­viewed for the ar­ti­cle. I was her be­fore In­sta­gram and most so­cial me­dia (although there was Face­book and Twit­ter). I had a great job, a fan­tas­tic hus­band and lots of friends and fam­ily. I pre­tended that I was happy when I was re­ally suf­fer­ing from PTSD and de­pres­sion. There came a point in my life when I just didn’t have it in me. I had to leave my job and tell my friends, my hus­band and my fam­ily. It’s peo­ple like the woman in­ter­viewed and fa­mous peo­ple com­ing out that can make a dif­fer­ence in the way we are treated, so that’s why I am an­gry she chose to hide her real name. Stop hid­ing be­hind your smile and start smil­ing at who you RE­ALLY are. Dar­lene Smith, Hal­i­fax

COZY UP

The Oc­to­ber is­sue is a cor­nu­copia of splen­did colours. “Warm Front” [ELLE Fash­ion] is so very beau­ti­ful. There was such an abun­dance of rich tex­ture, and it was oh so wear­able. Th­ese knits would be per­fect for a walk on the beach or tak­ing our lit­tle ferry to town. What a de­light to wel­come the colder days. Irene Han­son, Las­queti Is­land, B.C.

@mr­sorel­lana Ms. Ju­lia R! There’s a vul­ner­a­bil­ity in this pic­ture that’s just lovely. @bjar­neljung­gren You are the woman in my dreams. @shar­i­fah­no­ralami So gor­geous...I love the lip­stick colour.

This month, all of our let­ter writ­ers win a bot­tle of Woman by Ralph Lau­ren Eau de Par­fum Spray ($148 for 100 mL).

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