Monthly Archives: May 2013

Groovy Tie-Dye Flashback Friday

Stephanie Sokol for Stylit

Tie-dye has been around for a long time. Recently making a comeback, the look has been popular around the world for a long time, and started being seen in the United States in the 1950s.

In the mid to late 60s, more people started sporting the style, standing up against the Vietnam War. The trend was a common look among attendees of concert Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.


The festival was the first of its kind, a three-day art and music fair focused on promoting peace, love and happiness in a time of war and change. Tie-dye was warn and sold at Woodstock, in vibrant rainbow colors as well as darker shades.


The trend provided an outlet for rebellion and freedom, worn by people labeled as “hippies” during the groovy decade.

Janis Joplin, a major performer at Woodstock and popular psychedelic rock artist from the late 60s often wore tie dye to her shows.

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Janis Joplin

Today, tie dye remains a trend. A tie dye maxi dress is reminiscent of a time of peace promotion. Red and white are more toned down, though still trendy. Accessorize with fringe and feather accessories to take the hippie style even further. Beaded sandals are down to Earth, and work well to tie the look together.


Tie dye dress

Vanessa Hudgens was spotted at Coachella in a 60s style ensemble, sporting a fringy studded crop top and navy tie-dye maxi-skirt. She added extra hippie fashion with a lavender tie-dye headscarf.

Vanessa Hudgens

Elle Fanning wore a red, white and blue tie-dye maxi dress to Met Gala, with a hippie hair style to match the look.


Elle Fanning

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-Stephanie Sokol


Concert Review: Of Monsters And Men open Meadow Brook summer season

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press

As the storms cleared on Tuesday night, May 28, above the Meadow Brook Music Festival, Of Monsters and Men celebrated with warmth and excitement during it’s 14-song, hour-and-45-minute set.

Of Monsters and Men perform at Meadow Brook Music Festival Tuesday, May 28. Photo taken with iPhone 5

Of Monsters and Men perform at Meadow Brook Music Festival Tuesday, May 28. (Photo taken with iPhone 5)

Emerging from behind a white curtain, silhouetted by purples spotlights, the Icelandic folk rock group began its set with “Dirty Paws,” the opening track from its 2012 album “My Head is an Animal.” The group was surrounded by hanging globes resembling planets, along with strings that picked up the glow. The personable and laid-back band members dressed formally for the concert, in bohemian dresses and sharp suits, which lent a classy atmosphere to the show – although the songs themselves benefited from performances that were more raw than their recorded counterparts.

The show’s mood shortly shifted to the more relaxed  “Slow and Steady,” while the energy picked up with a cover of  the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Skeletons.”  The group delivered its biggest hit, “Little Talks,” after an anticipation-building 20-second tease; the performance was lively, though a little slower than on the album,  but certainly whipped up the audience’s enthusiasm.  The romantic ballad “Love Love Love” and “Your Bones,” a song about friendship, were also well received.

Lead singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and co-singer/guitarist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson.

Lead singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and co-singer/guitarist Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson.

Singer Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir introduced the first encore, “Yellow,” as a “lullaby,” and bubbles dropped from ceiling of the pavilion as the fans danced and held up lighters during the relaxed yet lively melody.  Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Porhallsson, the other lead singer and guitarist, interacted most with the audience, speaking a bit before almost every song, giving background on what each was about to engage the listeners.  The two discussed the songs’ themes, which included love, summer and friendship, keeping the spirit high throughout the concert.

Of Monsters and Men left the audience with a floating feeling, providing a solid – if slightly soggy — kick-off for the Meadow Brook season.

Local band, Kougaran, plays benefit concert for Rochester Adams High School music program

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press

The golden age of rock ‘n’ roll will return to Rochester Adams High School in the form of a benefit concert, where local band Kougaran, with special guests The Old Adage will perform.

Niko Puzio, lead guitarist for Kougaran, and Rochester Adams High School graduate, said the group wanted to participate in the benefit to give back to his alma mater. And to show that anything is possible through hard work.

FYI: The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in the Rochester Adams High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15. Tickets, which are $8, will be on sale at the door or they can be purchased in advance by calling 810-523-2497. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Adams Parents For Instrumental Music — a volunteer booster organization whose goal is to support the Rochester Adams bands. 

“The concert is to show that you can go anywhere with music, from performing, to being a composer, working on song writing or even recording — you can do a lot with music,” Puzio said. “People make it seem like it’s easy, but there’s a lot that goes into it.”

The band was formed in 2010 by brothers Niko and Gino Puzio of Rochester, and is managed by their parents Jay and Michele Puzio.

Niko, who currently attending Columbia College in Chicago, recruited fellow Columbia College students, Brandon Clites, Eric Selke and Chris Lucas to join the band.

Niko said he had a great experience in the Adams music department and wanted to do something to help ensure that other students are afforded the same opportunities.

Kougaran also wants to bring back rock ‘n’ roll, but with a new twist. The group is influenced by rock bands including Led Zepplin, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Poison and Foo Fighters.

The group’s name was based off of the South African gold coin “Krugerrand,” because like gold, rock ‘n’ roll’s value has gone up, and good rock music is harder to find, according to Niko.

“Rock ‘n’ roll has changed from what it was in the ’60s ’70s and ’80s, so in a way, we are trying to bring it back, but we’re just trying to reshape it in a newer image by going back to the roots of it,” Gino said.

Photo courtesy/ Kougaran

Photo courtesy / Kougaran

Topping the Reverb charts in Detroit — the youngest group to do so — the band has talent and knows music, according to dad Jay. He said this benefit will be the first of its kind held at Adams and was approved by the district.

Kougaran won Adams’ “Fame” talent contest two years ago, and was well-received by both students and judges, according to Assistant Principal Deb Cooper.

She said that both young men have been very involved in the school’s music program. Describing the group as a “family value band,” Cooper said the group appeals to rock ‘n’ roll fans of any age.

“I think it will be a terrific concert,” Cooper said. “It’s great music, so if you really appreciate rock ‘n’ roll music, or music in general I think it’s going to be a terrific show to attend.”

Adams provides an education rich in the humanities, according to Cooper. She said music and the arts are important in brain stimulation to help students do better in school, in addition to making students well-rounded.

“(Music) colors the world,” Cooper said. “It’s not just the paper and pencil. It brings beauty and culture, and I think it’s important for us as a society, not just as a school, to make sure that we’re honoring and respecting and bringing awareness to and celebrating.”

Lacey Looks

Stephanie Sokol for Stylit

StyliTips recommends lace for this spring!

The trend can be classic and vintage, or flirtatious and sexy, depending on how itis worn, but it is always feminine and fun.

1. One per look: To wear lace during the day, add one lacy material item to your outfit. A peplum top with a subtle brown lace-printed pant creates a cute and casual look.

LacePeplum2. Keep it subtle: Sometimes, less is more. For a subtle take on the trend, choose an item with lacy trim. A cute white tank and matching skirt with black lace trim makes a sophisticated statement. Glam up with a sparkling hair pin, earrings, a gold cuff and pale pointed heels.

subtlelacelook3. Stick to dark shades: Lace works best in dark hues, like black. When going out on the town, pick out a gorgeous lacy black dress for a sexy style.  Add extra appeal with a pair of peep toe heels. Complete the ensemble with a black and white clutch and adorable bow earrings.


The red carpet was filled with lacy looks at last week’s Cannes Film Festival. Lace added a sense of mystery and sophistication to the gowns.

USA-AUS ONLY Cara Delevingne attends the Opening Ceremony and Premiere of 'The Great Gatsby'

Model Cara Delevingne attended Cannes in a black lace Burberry gown. The look was sexy, and she accessorized with diamonds and red lipstick to accentuate the ensemble without drawing away from the dress.

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Television personality and artist Cheryl Cole looked gorgeous on the Cannes red carpet in a lacy burgundy dress. The look was beautiful and oozed Hollywood glamour. Because of the detailing, minimal accessorizing worked well for her.

-Stephanie Sokol

Mix it up

Stephanie Sokol for Stylit

Looking for a chic way to dress up a simple summer outfit? Turn a plain tank and shorts into a more stylish ensemble by adding a blazer to the look.


Blazers are a cute and easy way to update any outfit, and are available in a variety of materials, patterns and colors. Cotton blazers are great for summer, because they are light-weight and cool, while still providing a fashionable feel.

D'usse Cognac Launch Party

Solange Knowles wears a bright yellow blazer and keeps the rest of the look neutral, yet fabulous.

Gray is a great shade, because it is very versatile.

Many celebrities have been seen recently wearing mixed blazers and shorts, because of the versatility and simplicity of the look. When the weather getswarmer, it can seem difficult to be super stylish, but this outfit works, while keeping you cool.

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Jamie Chung made her mint shorts and blue handbag the focus of the outfit.

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Hilary Duff was cute and casual at Coachella, sporting an army green blazer with a white top and cut-off jean shorts.

-Stephanie Sokol

“Prelude” fundraiser ‘AMPS’ up Milford community

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press

Milford’s Central Park will see an orchestra of proceeds this week, with the presentation of “Prelude,” the first movement in a series of fundraising events for the city’s new AMP performance stage.

Courtesy/Milford DDA

Courtesy/Milford DDA

With 10 shows in the Milford Music in the Park summer concert series, the village needed a more permanent location to host the FYI: “Prelude” will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased For more information, contact The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce at 248-685-7129, or

“We’re very excited about (the new amphitheater),” Barnette said. “Milford Township runs the summer concert series on a weekly basis, and we get about a thousand visitors a week. We’ve had to borrow the stage from Oakland County every week, so it’s been on the community wish list for a while.”

The new stage will accentuate the shape of the land, with curved grass seating in the tree-lined area to “preserve the natural open ambiance of the site,” according to Barnette. She said construction is tentatively set to begin in spring 2014.

Milford residents are enthusiastic about the new project, according to Jack

Courtesy/Jack Shubitowski


Shubitowski, planning committee member from Huron Valley State Bank. Among other donations, he said one woman wrote a $10,000 check toward the purchase of the stage.

Progress for AMP relies on donations to make construction possible. Sponsorship categories, for the stage, follow a musical theme, with Maestro, Concert Master, First Chair and Second Chair donation group levels.

“We gathered community input as to what type of project they would like to see, and they identified this need,” Shubitowski said. “It’s amazing how quickly the community has come together and rallied around this project.”

At the “Prelude,” kickoff fundraiser sibling duo “Empty Canvas” will paint and perform for guests. The artwork created at the event will be auctioned off, Shubitowski said.

Milford’s Tavern 131 will provide food, while Pine Ridge Market will supply beverages.

In addition to entertainment, a model of the new amphitheater will be on display, with the architect on-site to discuss the project.

 “I am most looking forward to talking with others that are passionate about the AMP in Central Park, and hearing from the local architect about his inspiration for the design,” Shubitowski said.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the AMP stage project.

“I think this is definitely one of those icing on the cake improvements that people move to the village for,” Barnette said.

Cut it out: An update on the sophisticated classic


Stephanie Sokol for Stylit

There’s nothing like a black evening gown. It’s classy, retro and very versatile. It can be worn simply, with diamond earrings and a bracelet, or with more accessories for a playful look.

While Coco Chanel created the first “little black dress” in 1926, being the first one published in Vogue, Audrey Hepburn brought the iconic look to life.

First little black dress

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Coco Chanel little black dress

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Known for her role as Holly Go-Lightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Hepburn helped make it a wardrobe staple for women when the film was released in 1961.  In the film, Hepburn was adorned in diamond jewelry, and giving the look a feeling of decadence.

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Audrey Hepburn

Regardless of how the dress is styled, structured black gowns show sophistication. The classic look was updated with the addition of a cut-out style, which shows a little more skin for a sexier look. The trend was popular on the red carpet at Met Gala 2013.

Strappy black high-heeled pumps pair perfectly with the dress, to add height and lengthen the silhouette. Grab a black chiffon wrap, beaded clutch and sunglasses for that Tiffany’s-inspired look.

Courtesy Photo / Stylit

Courtesy Photo / Stylit

Evening gown

Since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, sparkling accessories are a must. Earrings, a bracelet and a ring add instant Hollywood glamour to the ensemble.

When wearing a black dress, it’s good to match your makeup to the look. Keep it simple and stick to black shadow for the lids; curl your lashes and add some black mascara so your eyes pop when the sunglasses come off. If you’re feeling bold, go for the red lipstick –though nude lip color is great with this look.

Actress Carey Mulligan wore a structured cut-out black gown to this year’s Met Gala. While her dress was a bit shorter, she spiced up the look and made it her own with a strappy pump and diamonded bracelet.

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Carey Mulligan at Met Gala 2013

-Stephanie Sokol