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    Actress Hayden Panettierre was famously refused a Tom Ford gown at last year's Golden Globes because the designer has a strict rule of dressing one actress per red carpet.

    The Nashville star then did what any self-respecting millionaire would do. She overcame the one girl rule by purchasing her own Tom Ford number for $10,000.

    Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford at the 2014 Golden Globes. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford at the 2014 Golden Globes. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
    As the 66th Annual Emmy Awards sneak up on us, we can’t help but speculate on what the stars will be wearing. But the simple act of wearing a dress, as Panettiere’s scenario demonstrates, is never….well, simple.  At least not when it comes to the dog and pony show of award show red carpets.

    Gail McInnes, Brand and Publicity Director at Magnet Creative Management, represents some of Canada’s most prominent designers. Her impressive roster of clients, which include Lucian Matis, are heavily involved in the process of dressing celebrities. She acknowledges that there’s quite a bit of strategy involved in dressing celebrities -- and it’s about the designer’s image as

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  • An Ottawa food bank is asking donors to stop dropping off expired items and junk food.

    The Parkdale Food Centre believes that everybody deserves good quality food. Kraft Dinner and hot dogs just don't fit the bill.

    An Ottawa food bank is shunning unhealthy food donations. (Thinkstock)An Ottawa food bank is shunning unhealthy food donations. (Thinkstock)

    According to the centre's official site:

    "We encourage our food donors to partner with us to promote a healthier diet for our neighbours in need. Please donate foods you eat and feed your family. Whenever possible please donate fresh, local, and seasonal items."

    "Dunkaroos, I wouldn't give that out," says Karen Secord, coordinator of the centre. "It's not part of a healthy diet.

    "And this, I don't know what that is but I wouldn't give it out," she tells CTV News as she holds up four packages of candy and an opened container of Hot Rods.

    "It is sending the message out to people that you are not worth it, that your health isn't worth as much as my health is worth."

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    Food bank clients agree:

    "We are

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  • At-home gourmands are bringing fine dining experiences into their homes with parties revolving around tasting and pairing cheeses, wines, chocolates and other fine foods. But have you ever thought about leading a coffee pairing adventure?


    Coffees not only feature complex flavours and tasting notes, but pair wonderfully with many dishes you’re likely already serving up and are an ideal way to finish your meal. Take your next dinner party up a notch (and wow your guests) by leading a coffee tasting experience at the end of your feast.

    Elyse Lambert.Elyse Lambert.We asked Nespresso-trained Coffee Sommelier™ Elyse Lambert – named Best Sommelier of the Americas in 2009 and representative for Canada at the Best Sommelier of the World Competition in April of 2010 in Chile – for her tips on serving up the perfect cuppa pairing at home. Here’s what she had to say:

    1. Get quality ingredients and the right tools

    Make sure you have the right coffee and quality ingredients. Whether it is top coffee beans or a great wine or

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