Month: January 2014

  • The Pit Podcast: Episode V

    Interviews I did with an American Idol contestant Malaya Watson and  Pixies drummer David Lovering appeared on the fifth episode of The Pit Podcast. Episode V of The Pit: Podcast features The Pit’s Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Sokol interviews American Idol’s Detroit contestant Malaya Watson as well as David Lovering from The Pixies. The Pit Crew returns […]

  • The butterfly

    Down-time and sick time lately following graduation has left me thinking a lot about things– about the past, and about how quickly time has flown by. A recent memory that I can’t seem to clear from my mind involves myself, a zoo parking lot and a butterfly. It was a long time ago; I was…

  • Pixies kick off North American tour after release of 2 EPs

    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit The Pixies surprised fans with the release of EPs 1 and 2 in September and January, the first new music from the band after a 20-year recording hiatus. “As a magician, I won’t reveal any secrets, but as EP 1 suggested, there might be an EP 2, and EP 2 […]

  • Best and worst: Grammys Fashion 2014

    Last night, stars filled the red carpet for the 2014 Grammy Awards. Some wore looks that left us singing them fashion praises, while others hit a bad note. The bold, the  fun and the scary: these are the best and worst looks of the Grammys. The Best 1. While I’m not her biggest fan, my…

  • Flower power

    Just because it’s snowing and chilly out, doesn’t mean your outfit has to reflect the weather. Channel spring by bringing blooms to your apparel. Floral print clothing is everywhere, and the gorgeous trend adds a feminine touch to any moment. Stores like Forever 21, Love Culture and H&M are stocking up on this earthy fashion…


    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit It may have been her first time competing, but Michigan musician Malaya Watson, who will advance to the next round of American Idol Season XIII after her performance of “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin on Wednesday night’s episode, said her audition went well. “At the time it was nerve-wrecking, but it was […]

  • Maharaja-Samurai Chai Tea Blend: comfortingly tasty

    There’s nothing like a nice cup of chai tea on a chilly day. I’ve tried a variety of chai, from David’s Organic Saigon Chai, to Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai Black Tea. While those are good, my best chai award has to go to Teavana’s Maharaja Samurai Chai Tea blend. Something to remember about loose teas is…

  • Peachy keen

    When it’s drab and dreary, adding a bright, vibrant shade to your outfit can help you escape a gray day. One of the most popular colors right now is peach. A recent trip to Carson’s and Nordstrom revealed that this hue is one of the hottest shades this summer. The color can be found in…

  • Best and worst: Golden Globes Fashion 2014

    The 2014 Golden Globes red carpet filled with extremes on Sunday night– some sported severly slicked-back ‘dos, while other starlets’ hair that looked the rushed out of bed without even running a brush through it. Many fashionistas sported overly bland and frumpy ensembles, while others were just too flashy and out there. But some stars…

  • Indie pick of the week: The Black Atlantic

    Stephanie Sokol for The Pit With acoustic guitars and a floating feel, listening to The Black Atlantic is an escape. But behind the seemingly light sound are strong lyrics, with very emotional themes. The stage name belongs to Geert van der Velde, a folksy alternative rock singer-songwriter from the Netherlands. “For as long as I can remember, […]

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