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  • Each month, our editors round up their favourite new and innovative products in the fashion, beauty, food and wellness sectors. Some of these items will make your life easier, while others are simply beautiful and the stuff of our dreams.

    Here’s what we’re most lusting after this month. We hope they delight and inspire you. Tell us, what are you craving most this October?

    Panasonic 10-in-1 Digital Multi Cooker

    There’s nothing quite like coming home to a fresh-cooked dinner and this appliance makes it a cinch. It’s the only multi-functional cooker on the market complete with 10 built-in cooking settings, including steam, stew, soup, slow cook, brownie, cake, compote, porridge, white and brown rice. Make everything from cheesecake to vegetarian lasagna or even steamed salmon! Suggested price $179.99. Get it here. - Caitlin

    Zwilling Pro Carving Set

    The professional series by Zwilling has been the go-to in our kitchen for almost 10 years. Knives don’t get any better than these. This

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  • With cold and flu season comes the home remedies — and many of us are reaching for the ginger this fall. 

    The versatile herb can be used fresh, dried, powdered, as a juice or an oil. And while it’s most commonly used as a spice and flavouring agent, it’s also used medicinally.

    According to WebMD, ginger is commonly used to treat “stomach problems” such as motion sickness, morning sickness, nausea, gas and diarrhea, and can also be used for pain relief from arthritis, menstrual pain, muscle soreness, bronchitis, and even chest pain. 

    One study found that ginger might even slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells. 

    It can also help strengthen immunity and is frequently used to aid digestion

    Fresh ginger has many health and culinary uses. (Thinkstock)Fresh ginger has many health and culinary uses. (Thinkstock)

    Topically, fresh ginger juice can be poured on the skin to treat burns. Ginger oil can be used as a topical pain reliever, too. 

    It should be noted that there are some precautions that should be taken when using ginger medicinally. Pregnant women should limit their ginger intake to 1g a day, and

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  • If you don’t work in fashion, you probably don’t realize how much work goes into a single image in a magazine or a dress you see on the runway.

    But that’s the point. For audiences, a runway show comes and goes in the blink of an eye, leaving you with images of beautifully-coiffed models in a designer’s latest collection and no inkling of how it came to be. It really only shows one side of the fashion story.

    We wanted to get the nitty-gritty details of how it all comes together on the catwalk. How exactly does a designer bring a new collection to life, from start to finish?

    We caught up with Canadian womenswear designer Mikhael Kale in his Toronto studio while he wasputting the finishing touches on his spring/summer 2015 collection, which will be premiering at World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) on Friday, Oct. 24. 

    Mikhael Kale presents his fall 2014 collection during World MasterCard Fashion Week in March (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for IMG)Mikhael Kale presents his fall 2014 collection during World MasterCard Fashion Week in March (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for IMG)
    There are shreds of fabric, tape measures, spools of thread and Judy dolls strewn around his studio, and paper with design-related scribbles we can’t begin to discern on

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