Scarf it up!

by Niki Kefala

I love scarves! They are one of my favorite accessories. Adding a scarf is one of the easiest way to make an outfit chic and different.  A scarf can quickly add a touch of color that quickly brings interest to your ensemble.  They are great no matter what age you are and what your body type. They’re so very versatile –  you can wear them around your waist, your neck, your head and even on your bag. Awesome!

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American Made (2017)

by Niki Kefala

‘American made’ offers nothing new to stand out as anything other than an above-average blockbuster for the end of summer. But is an entertaining, funny and a thoroughly engaging movie, with tense action and wonderful use of music, if for nothing else, is worth seeing for Tom Cruise alone who is at his best. This film allows him to have some fun and is exactly the sort of film should spend the rest of his career making. The only problem is, American Made’s Barry Seal was a real person. And real people aren’t celluloid gods. Doug Liman makes an entertaining drama, part political satire, part conspiracy thriller, that is unfortunately forgettable.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

This is the Spiderman movie we’ve been waiting for. It’s also the best Spiderman movie of the bunch. The film has the perfect mix of fun, action and poignant moments that, without being too deep, are able to generate strong empathy with the characters. With a refreshing adolescent vibe and great performances by Tom Holland and Michael
Keaton, this is a very entertaining superhero movie. Finally, Marvel’s cinematic take on Spidey is here and it doesn’t disappoint! Given our justifiable fatigue with comic-book movies, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” fares better than we have any right to expect. Cool, fun and different from other versions. It’s simply amazing.

Wish Upon (2017)

by Niki Kefala

For cheap horror thrills, you can wish for better because this movie never goes far enough to truly scare anyone. “Wish Upon” isn’t likely to make much of an impression with dedicated genre fans, but should play well to its clearly targeted teen audience. Unfortunately is another example of everything wrong with horror movies. It is too safe to be scary, too boring to be worthy of interest, too hilariously obvious to be taken seriously and puts a promising young cast on a dull and soulless story. John R. Leonetti offers no suspense or surprises and can’t get a decent performance out of anyone. Wishing this film out of existence right now!

Ginger for perfect skin

by Niki Kefala

Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine. However, has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries among many cultures. Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

Here are the health benefits of ginger that are supported by scientific research.

1) Digestive issues

The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.

Ginger Cookies
Ginger Cookies

2) Nausea and pain

Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment. Also ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies. Menstrual pain refers to pain felt during a woman’s menstrual cycle and by eating ginger you are saying goodbye to this annoying monthly pain.

3) Warms your body 

During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within. As such, in the wake of a cold, ginger tea is particularly useful.

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Ginger and Chocolate Cake

4) Cancer free

Cancer is a very serious disease that is characterized by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells but ginger extract has been studied as an alternative treatment for several forms of cancer. Also ginger can help fight infections and can help with osteoarthritis as it is a common health problem. It involves degeneration of the joints in the body, leading to symptoms like joint pain and stiffness.

5) Better brain function 

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can accelerate the aging process. They are believed to be among the key drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline but with ginger say goodbye to all this.

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Ginger Smoothie

Ginger for perfect skin

It contains around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protect against aging. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity. Whip up a bi-weekly mask of equal parts grated or powdered ginger, honey, and fresh lemon juice. Leave it on for up to 30 minutes, and rinse to reveal radiant skin.

 

Keep it short!

by Niki Kefala

Summer Shorts are great to wear in the warmer weather. Τhe perfect shorts should fall between one and two inches above your knee. Too short and you’ll get a terse email from HR, too long and you’ll look like a grandmother. But the choice is yours and here are some options perfect for the sidewalk and the beach.

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