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– A stately Jenna Malone (L) first wore this sexy off-the-shoulder Emilia Wickstead Spring 2015 yellow-satin high-waisted skirt dress at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 World Premiere in November. The actress styled her hair in a low-ponytail and paired the outfit with white pumps. Earlier this month Olivia Palermo boasted a similar Emilia Wickstead design. The dress has the same long, sexy front slit, but Palermo offsets the outift with a sparkly black top instead of an off-the shoulder white. Jenna Malone wins this round. The white-on-yellow colouring stands out better and her fiery red hair gives the outfit that extra edge.



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Dec. 11, 8pm ~ Kool Haus, 132 Queen’s Quay E. Common shows Toronto fans some hip-hop love this holiday season as he promotes his Nobody’s Smiling album. Opening act, rapper Jay Electronica, who Common describes as “one of the freshest voices in hip-hop today.” Tickets: $49.99

Dec. 13, 6pm - 9:30pm Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway See the Village bathed in the glow of candlelight. Relax, wander and visit homes and workshops, decorated to celebrate the season. Enjoy traditional folk music, Christmas caroling and choirs. Join in the creation of seasonal ornaments or crafts to take home. Peruse the gift shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items and sample delicious festive foods! Adults: $29.95

Dec. 14, 8pm ~ The Guvernment, 132 Queen’s Quay E. Flow 93.5 partners with INK Entertainment to bring together Flow’s Big Night Starring Ashanti. It’s an all-age night and will include performances from The Airplane Boys and A-Game.

Runs until Jan. 1, 2015~ The Second City, 51 Mercer St., Holidays stressing you out? This hilarious new collection of satirical sketches and songs jokingly lampoon all absurd rituals, stresses and obligations of the festive season.

A Victorian christmas

Runs daily until Jan. 4, 2015 ~ Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St., Take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Enjoy samples of mulled cider and biscuits in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home, which is dressed in greenery for the holidays. Adults: $7.08 + tax

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ulia Grieve, the beautiful, fashionable and successful woman behind Preloved Clothing, was generous enough to sit down with me for a chat where she let me pick her brain. Having started her own business at a very young age, Julia definitely knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship! “When I started my business I was young and not afraid of anything. Ignorance can truly be bliss! I knew exactly what I wanted and I went after it. I, of course, could not have done it without the support we got from the city, without my family, or without my modelling experience.” She credits her attention to detail and meticulous eye for fit to her career as an international model. “Wearing some of the most expensive brands in the world teaches you about how clothing should fit, and feel.” Lucky for us Julia has used this knowledge to create Preloved clothing, and anyone who’s ever tried on a Preloved sweater can attest to the quality, coziness, and thought behind each piece. Twenty years into it and Preloved is now in over 400 stores worldwide, including Anthropologie and Roots. Still of course spearheaded by Julia, her unique vision and seemingly endless bounds of energy! “I run almost every day - I try to fit in three 10km runs a week. I can plan an entire collection during a run… and it helps me de-stress!” Wow! Inspirational to say the least! Speaking of inspirational, I asked Julia what inspires her: “Vintage! Even when I travel I’m the first one to scout out vintage and “buy, sell, trade” shops to look for cool pieces. When it comes to inspiration for our collections we are no different from any other design house in the sense that we stay on trend we watch for what’s in what’s out but, the difference is that I draw inspiration from vintage clothing and stay true to the brand.”

Having lived on multiple continents and travelled around the world, Julia always knew she would come back home to Toronto. So what’s so great about our city? I thought I’d ask just that! “Toronto has a big city flare but a small town vibe. We have all of the multiculturalism of a big city, we are comparable in population to Chicago, but it still feels like a tight knit community. There is a ton of local support, and you can‘t really get that in places like New York” Q: What about shopping in the city? What are some shopping tips of yours? Julie: I love thrifting! I love the thrill of the find! A great place to check out is “Kind Exchange” It’s like a massive clothing swap and they have many locations in Toronto. Q: What about splurge-worthy items? Julie: I always say that every girl should have a little black dress. That classic Audrey Hepburn shape - you’ll get so much use out of it! You can even play with the length and adjust it as needed. I have a vintage Givenchy dress that I absolutely love! Another item I’d recommend splurging on is a Smythe blazer, which is a great Canadian brand. Q: Speaking of Canadian pride, is there a Canadian fashion figure you look up to or admire? Julie: Joe Mimran without a doubt! I was so fortunate to get the chance to meet with him. He knows the Canadian market inside and out, and he’s made a huge impact on me and the brand! Q: Zooming in on Toronto again, best place to eat in the City? Julie: I love Rock Lobster for their oysters and big Caesars… and anything on the Danforth! ___ A proud Torontonian, successful business woman, mother of three and a runner - Julia Grieve is certainly a force to be reckoned with and a wonderful role model for all of us. Thankfully her biggest challenge right now is turning off her ideas, so we can rest assured there’s more to come!

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he’s invested lots of time in a romance that has only seemed to result in playing house. But where’s the ring? reported, “Demi Lovato and longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama, 34, overcame their rocky past. The on-off couple is so on again they moved in together! A source who was shopping at Urban Home and Décor in Sherman Oaks, Calif. alongside Lovato recently tells Radar exclusively, ‘I overheard Demi telling the salesclerk that she wanted “her and her boyfriend’s home” to be warm and comfy. She said she loves reds and earth tones and wanted their bedroom to be romantic, dark and passionate,’ the insider adds. ‘She also bought a ton of candles because she said that Wilmer loves candles.’ On November 17, the ‘Neon Lights’ singer, who is currently on tour, took to her Instagram to post a photo of her 34-year-old boyfriend kissing her on the cheek, along with a caption that said, ‘I never post personal pictures like this but f@*k.. He is perfect. I miss my @wilmervalderrama.’ ‘They are getting beyond serious,’ a friend of Lovato’s says. ‘I saw them recently and she looks so happy and in love. In fact, she Is hoping that he will ask him to marry her this year,’ the insider tells Radar. Several outlets have speculated that Lovato and Valderrama are already engaged, as they were photographed on Oct. 28 wearing matching rings on their wedding ring fingers. It seems that the “rumors” are more than that! “Demi says that Wilmer is her soul partner and she could never see herself with anyone else,” the friend says. Demi and Wilmer have been together for what seems like forever. Granted, Demi has been through a lot and done an absolutely incredible job at recovery. I can see why there was no decision to necessarily rush into marriage.


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Jboss when she surprised the restaurant manager during ENNIFER ANISTON was reunited with her former

an appearance on TV. The Horrible Bosses actress served up hamburgers in New York City when she was starting out as HILTON an actress, and during an interview with Queen Latifah earlier has this month, she revealed she will never revealed forget how supportive her first she is employer was of her acting single dreams. Aniston said, after I worked at a restaurant splitting called Jackson Hole, from a burger joint, I worked a recent there for about two and a “summertime fling”. half years. The hotel heiress was photographed “They were so good to kissing Ralph Lauren stud Josh me and if I got (cast in) a Upshaw following her break-up from crappy little play, or whatmodel River Viiperi this summer; ever awesome job I thought however, Hilton has opened up about I received, my boss, Kimo, would her latest love disaster and explained let me go and do this play for two or three months and they she is no longer dating anyone. always let me come back. My job was always there.” She recently told TV host Latifah called Kimo, much to his surprise. After Kimo Wendy Williams, “I’m single. That congratulated Aniston on all her success, the actress made was just a summertime fling.” sure he knew how much his belief in her talent meant to her, (KG/WNVWWS/KL) and said, “Thank you for supporting me all those years ago. It really meant the world to me.” (TD/wnvq/KL) ARIS


has toppled MADONNA Paul McCartney as the

world’s wealthiest recording artist. The Material Girl crashes in at number one on the Wealth-X countdown with a net worth valuation of $800 million, $140 million more than McCartney, who just edges out rap mogul and Beats boss Dr. Dre for second place. Diddy and Celine Dion round out the top five, while Bono, Jay Z and Beyonce all make the top 10.  (KL/WNWCBB/RL) 

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What’s always bugged me about their relationship, though, is that Demi is more publicly effusive and affectionate than Wilmer is. We don’t hear his friends talking about how in love with her he is. There’s no information about how he’s hoping to propose this year. True, men aren’t typically as outspoken as women are. But this is all the more reason for Demi to keep her cards close to the vest. This means no living with him, playing house, or decorating until he comes through with a ring. As for whether they’re engaged -- it’s possible. But a few things tell me it still might not have happened yet. First, their matching rings could just be promise rings. Second, the person who spotted Demi shopping overheard her say that she wants to make a nice home for her boyfriend. Third, Demi’s other friend said she hopes Wilmer will propose. If they aren’t engaged yet, Demi should give Wilmer until spring to propose or move on. He knows by now whether he wants to marry her. Let’s see if he’s really going to put the money on the table.



HRISTIAN BALE insists Biblical icon Moses would be considered a terrorist if he lived today. The movie star portrays the Egyptian icon in Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, Bale says, “(He was) absolutely seen as a freedom fighter for the Hebrews, but a terrorist in terms of the Egyptian empire. (I wonder) what would happen to Moses if he arrived today - drones would be sent out after him, right?” (KL/WNWC/KG)

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ARY J. BLIGE has warned her husband to stay away from any female friends, because she doesn’t think men and women can just be pals. Blige and hubby Kendu Isaacs will celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary this month. The Family Affair singer explains, “All females for me, all guys for him. “There’s none of that, ‘Oh, that’s my female friend’, or, ‘Oh, that’s my guy friend...’ No, not in a marriage. I’ve never seen that work.”


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n a nеw interview with Elle UK, Kim Kardashian talks аbоut hеr bоdу developing tоо early, hеr family life аnd thе rising celebrity status оf hеr younger sister, Kendall Jenner. Thе reality star admits ѕhе рrоbаblу won’t bе thе mоѕt famous woman in thе world fоr long, but believes thаt honor will gо tо Kendall. “I think ѕhе will bе a huge star. I dеfinitеlу think ѕhе will bе bigger thаn I hаvе еvеr been.” Kendall, thе 5’10, 19-year-old supermodel, whо recently bесаmе thе face оf Estee Lauder, hаѕ thе tall, slim model bоdу thаt wаѕ thе standard whеn Kim wаѕ growing up. Kim ѕауѕ it hаѕ tаkеn hеr a ‘long time’ tо bе happy with hеr bоdу аnd fоr hеr confidence tо grow tо whаt it iѕ today. Shе tells thе publication, “I’m аn Armenian girl, I hаvе shape, аnd it turned оut people likеd that. Thаt makes mе feel good аbоut mуѕеlf аnd аbоut оthеr women fоr bеing ѕо supportive. I аm a confident woman, but I didn’t juѕt arrive confident – it hаѕ built оvеr thе years аnd thаt iѕ a big раrt оf whо I аm now.”


ENDALL JENNER has been slammed over her rise to fame in an open letter from a transgender model. Arisce Wanzer wrote the piece and pointed out that many models struggle from deprived upbringings to make it in the fashion industry yet the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star seems to have become successful through nepotism. The lengthy letter, which was posted on, features several cutting comments. One extract reads, “Isn’t that a reality TV star over there in hair and makeup? Yea, that’s definitely a Kardashian or something. What is she doing here? Did she take the subway? Was she at the casting? What agency is she with? I didn’t see her last season... Does she need MORE fame? MORE money? A green card perhaps? Doesn’t she get enough cash from that show that all of ignorant America glamorizes? Didn’t her sister have sex with someone on camera and profit from the video sales to get their family its new line of limelight?... Her mommy surely called a top agency, got her in the door and the design houses just chose to milk her fame like the cash cow that it is. One by one like dominos from Vogue to Givenchy, fashion is selling out to the ignorant masses for money ... The clothes will still sell, and the players will still play, but the image will be forever tarnished by these real life Veruca Salts buying their way in with sleazy fame rights.” Jenner has always vehemently denied using her famous family to further her modelling career, and recently said, “I’m not trying to use a family name or anything. In reality I worked pretty hard for this ... It wasn’t like I just got it magically and it just happened.” (CMR/WNWC/ZN)

can tell you one thing about them - they’re gonna be b**chin’. You will s**t yourself with “I your mouth wide open.” - Moviemaker James Cameron is convinced film fans will be amazed by his Avatar sequels.

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Will Smith and Jared Leto are officially set to star in the much-anticipated DC Comics big screen adaptation of Suicide Squad. Smith will play Batman nemesis Deadshot and Oscar winner Leto will take on The Joker, while The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie will play his character’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn. The movie will be shot in Toronto throughout the spring and summer of 2015 and hits cinemas in August, 2016. The movie is based on the comic book series about a group of supervillains who are given a chance to redeem themselves in a deadly mission. (TD/HR/KL) 




Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez iѕ heading back tо TV tо guest star in thе final season оf Parks And Recreation. Lopez will play a nanny employed bу Amy Poehler аnd Adam Scott’s characters, ассоrding tо Thiѕ will bе Lopez’s firѕt scripted TV appearance ѕinсе 2010, whеn ѕhе guest starred оn Hоw I Mеt Yоur Mother. Thе final season оf Parks аnd Rec iѕ slated tо premiere in January, 2015.  (TD/DL/ZN)


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Actress Mia Maestro has dropped out of a long-delayed new Evita movie due to scheduling conflicts. The actress was slated to play Eva Peron and was scheduled to begin shooting the project earlier this year, but the movie's start date kept getting pushed back. Now director Pablo Aguero is planning to roll cameras in Jan.‘15. But, since Maestro will be filming the second season of Guillermo del Toro's TV series The Strain in Toronto until May 2015, she has been forced to drop out of the project.  (TD/WNVAR/KL)




Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde have been confirmed as castmates for Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese’s new TV project, which focuses on the rise of punk and disco in the music industry in the mid-1970s. Cannavale will lead the cast as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top record label. Wilde will play his wife Devon.  (KL/WN/MT)






Reality TV star Tori Spelling has confirmed her husband has quit True Tori, but insists the show must go on. Dean McDermott’s 2013 infidelity and the couple’s attempts to save its marriage have been big story lines in the current season of the show and the actor recently confessed it has all been overwhelming and he plans to quit. The 41-year-old star has recently confirmed her husband will no longer be a part of the reality TV hit, but insists that doesn’t mean she’ll end the series. She told talk show host Meredith Vieira, “I have a lot more to tell. I have four children, I’m a mom, I’m a woman, and I want to go on.” And she has no regrets about turning her marriage crisis into a storyline for the show, adding, “We let it all hang out... We’re talking about the affair that my husband had almost a year ago. I chose to deal with it because it was my journey, it was my truth. Women everywhere go through this and I wanted to put it out there.”  (KL/WNVMER/KG)

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"biased account" of the group's history. Earlier this year, the original members of the British rock group reunited to film a movie, titled Genesis: Together and Apart. While the documentary mainly focuses on the band's overall history, it also features the solo careers of its members, including Hackett, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks. However, after the movie made its debut in October, Hackett has come forward to share his disappointment with the lack of his own solo projects in the film. He wrote on his Facebook page, "It's certainly a biased account of Genesis history and totally ignores my solo work. It does not deliver the theme of Together and Apart. In interview I spoke at length as much about my solo career as my time in Genesis, but was not given any editorial involvement." Hackett went on to note that while R-KIVE, the record compilation which features Genesis' greatest hits plus three tracks from each band member's solo projects, represents each of them equally, he insists "the documentary does the opposite". The film, given the title Genesis: Sum of the Parts aired on Showtime earlier this month and will be available on Showtime On Demand until February 2015.  (Pop News/TD/RS/ZN)

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e all have a lot on our minds during the holiday season, and the stress of ballooning budgets and crowded calendars can be enough to affect almost anyone’s well-being. Especially the health nuts. Here are a few gift ideas to make your health-conscious friends or family members smile from ear to ear!

Healthy Tech

Many health enthusiasts like to monitor their progress and chart their results. These days, there are a number of gadgets that can help keep track of your fitness and dietary goals. From wristbands that log daily activity to wireless heart monitors and interval timers, technology can supercharge any regimen.

PC Mag ranked the Best Activity Trackers for Fitness, naming the Basis Carbon Steel Edition, the most interesting activity tracker on the market. It can automatically detect when you’re walking, running, and bicycling, measures skin temperature and adds a heart rate monitor that takes your pulse throughout the day.

The Gift of Fitness

Whether buying for a fitness buff or a beginner, options abound: Exercise balls kettlebells and resistance bands are inexpensive gifts that can help budding fitness gurus build their home gyms. If the DIY option isn’t right for the person you have in mind, try a prepaid gym membership, trainer session or package of yoga classes.

Culinary Inspiration

Whether you’re shopping for a vegetarian, a Paleo enthusiast, or just someone looking to build a healthier kitchen, culinary gifts are always a sure bet. Healthy cookbooks and kitchenware will help them stick to their healthy habits, and you might even get a delicious meal in the bargain. Get some inspiration from Amazon’s Best selling books in Culinary Arts and Techniques.  (Pop News/State Point):



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o all out this year and throw the event you’ve • If you’re more of a mingler and want to extend the invitation to a larger group, go for a comebeen dreaming of. and-go cocktail party. Start by ensuring that you have enough stemware for all of the guests, easy “Why not dazzle your party guests by featuring some great personal touches within your space?” access to food on a variety of serving dishes and plates of festive appetizers for snacking. says décor and lifestyle expert Janette Ewen. Then it’s time to have some fun at the bar. Make “Figure out which entertaining style best suits everything look super-special by investing in a you, whether it be a casual cocktail party or a glamorous tray, and don’t forget bar accessories, more formal sit-down dinner.” such as a cocktail shaker, ice bucket with tongs, festive towels, bottle opener and jigger. Make your party the talk of the season, says Ewen, with a few of her hosting secrets: 2) Set the mood with seasonal fragrances 1) Let the event reflect No matter your party style, the perfect holiday who you are candle - i.e. seasonal fragances like Apple Crisp, • Do you prefer an intimate evening with your Holiday Forest and Silver Snow, all from Pier 1 closest family or friends? Don’t be afraid to plan a sit-down dinner. A beautiful buffet will make the Imports - will get guests into the spirit as soon as they walk in the door! evening just a little less stressful – and the right décor and serving dishes can enhance even the 3) Don’t be a party most elegant affair. Also consider a little something special for each procrastinator guest at your table to make them feel welcome. The more you plan ahead of time, the more Favourites include party crackers, ornaments or likely you will be able to enjoy your holiday party mini-wreaths at each place setting. with ease. Start picking out and setting up decorations at least a week ahead of time. If you space the tasks out, you won’t be racing against the clock on the actual day.

Hmmm chocolate ... (NC) Nothing comforts us on a cold day like a cup of hot chocolate. From a skating trip with the family or getting cozy in front of the fire, hot chocolate warms from the inside out. This recipe for The perfect holiday Hot Chocolate is made with an almond beverage and is also a delicious option for those who are lactose-intolerant. Ingredients • 2 cups (500 mL) Almond Breeze Original

• 1/3 cup (75 mL) bittersweet or milk chocolate chips2 tbsp (30 mL) miniature marshmallows

directions: • Heat almond beverage, chocolate chips and 1 tbsp of miniature marshmallows in a small saucepan over medium heat until chocolate and marshmallows are melted, stirring frequently. • Pour mixture into large mugs for serving and top with remaining miniature marshmallows. Variations: Chocolate Mocha: Stir in 1 tsp instant espresso powder.

Mexican Mocha: Prepare Chocolate Mocha, adding a generous pinch of cinnamon. Chocolate Caramel: Omit marshmallows and stir in 4 caramel candies. Yield: 2 servings Nutritional Analysis: Per serving: 210 calories, 9 g sugar, 10 g fat (4.5 saturated fat), 30 g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium. % RDI: 20% calcium, 10% vitamin A, 6% iron. More information and cooking inspiration is available at

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he holidays offer a once-ayear opportunity to decorate our homes in a whole new way – and the right décor combination will take any space from festive to fabulous!


“The secret to making your home look beautiful is to layer,” says décor and lifestyle expert, Janette Ewen. “In each room there are so many different focal points to use this great technique.” Keep these tips in mind to create your own over-the-top holiday statements this year: Make a great first impression


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(NC) nstead of a traditional figgy pudding this season, try a new take on rice pudding with a delicious cinnamonalmond flavour. Sprinkling roasted almonds on top adds a terrific crunch that everyone will enjoy. (Courtesy of the California Almond Board) Ingredients 3/4 cup (175 mL) leftover cooked rice, preferably basmati or jasmine 3/4 cup (175 mL) Almond Breeze Original1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon 1/4 cup ( 50 mL) sliced almonds, roasted 1 tsp (5 mL) honey Directions Combine rice, almond beverage and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Turn heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 4 to 5 minutes, until liquid

Dazzle your guests even before they enter your home by dressing up the entryway or front porch with a garland, ornaments and lighting. Bright and glitzy accessories are quick, simple ways to add a touch of holiday to doorways. Dress up your mantel Stockings aren’t the only things that can decorate the fireplace. Mantel scarfs – which come in a variety of styles – add an unexpected touch to the often bare mantel, and are a great place to start layering.

From there bring the great outdoors home for the holidays: try adding specialty items, i.e. Faux Winter Pine Wreaths, Carved Wood Stocking Holders and other Christmas accessories like the Natural Reindeer. Setting a table is all in the details If there’s any time that the table deserves all the trimmings, it’s for Christmas dinner – elegant chargers, holiday place card holders, layered dinnerware and stemware, ornament or snowflake fillers and more, are not just welcome, but encouraged. Why not do something different this year and place two table runners horizontally across the dining room table? This breaks the table up in a new way and highlights the rest of your centrepiece. Dim all the lights When in doubt, add candlelight. Hurricanes, lanterns, even strategically placed votive candles instantly elevate any vignette. For a quick and easy display, fill a hurricane or cloche with something pretty. Pillars, bowl fillers, gem mixes and tree ornaments are a few fun ideas.

is thicker and rice is a bit creamy. To serve, place in a bowl, top with roasted almonds and drizzle with honey. To roast slivered, chopped or sliced almonds: spread in an even layer on an ungreased baking pan. Place in 350ºF (180ºC) oven and bake 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant; stir once or twice to assure even browning. Note that almonds will continue to roast slightly after removing from oven. Yields: 2 Servings Nutritional Analysis: Per serving: 424 calories, 20 g fat (1.7g saturated fat), 49 g carbohydrates, 15 g protein, 7 g fibre, 24 mg sodium, 100 mg calcium, 541 mg potassium, 8.6 mg vitamin E. More information and cooking inspiration can be found at

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Kim Kardashian not only flashed her famous derriere for photographer Jean-Paul Goude in last month\s Paper magazine shoot - she posed full frontal in her birthday suit. One image features a smiling Kardashian showing off exactly what husband Kanye West sees in the bedroom. Naughty!

Rosario Dawson may play a tough girl in Sin City but the 35-yearold has a heart of gold. Earlier this month the Hollywood beauty showed her love for children by reportedly adopting a 12-year-old girl. In a 2008 interview with Latina Magazine, Dawson, who herself was adopted, said: “I аlwауѕ wanted tо adopt kids bесаuѕе mу dad adopted me.”

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stunned Hollywood this past August when they tied the knot in a secret ceremony. A major feat, considering the couple has been dogged by marriage speculation since their engagement in 2012. The superstar couple works well together, regularly standing up for major causes. Most recently, the stars promoted the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.



Madonna made peace with Malawi on a recent trip to the African nation last month. It is the first time the singer has visited the country since former President Joyce Banda accused her of “bullying state officials” during her humanitarian trip in March last year. The Material Girl was even praised by Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika for her “passion” for the country.




He’s not a baby anymore ... Canadian Justin Bieber has faced a string of legal woes throughout the year, including a petition to have him deported back to Canada, a court order to undergo anger management sessions and perform community service for egging a neighbour’s home in Calabasas. To top if off, last month an Argentine judge asked officials at Interpol to use all “necessary means” to alert the Canadian about an order to return to Buenos Aires for police questioning in relation to an alleged attack on a local paparazzo last year. Ouch! The Baby hitmaker still has hope. Bieber’s pastor Carl Lentz recently told the New York Post, “I remember (when I first met him) just looking at him and going, ‘This is going to be a challenge’... And that day being like, ‘I’m going to pray for this boy to make it’... I have a special role in Justin’s life, spiritually, but... I’m not a life-motivational guy... We’re talking about making sure his life remains a blessing, not a burden... He’s on a journey. If he’s not doing good, should we abandon him?” Nope ... But he still makes the naughty list. y!

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6 9 1 2 4 7 3 8 5

3 2 4 8 7 5 6 9 1

7 1 5 9 2 6 8 4 3

8 6 9 1 3 4 2 5 7

1 5 3 7 9 2 4 6 8

2 7 6 4 8 3 5 1 9

3 2 4 8 7 5 6 9 1

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5 3 7 6 1 8 9 2 4

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4 8 2 3 5 9 1 7 6

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