Stephanie Givens

Stephanie Givens

Stephanie is a publicist, free lance writer and bad actress living and socializing in downtown Royal Oak. Originally from South Carolina, Stephanie moved to Michigan to attend graduate school at Wayne State University. She writes her own blog, The Smallest Pepper, about food, fashion and fun in Detroit and beyond. Enjoy more of her charming wit at smallestpepper.blogspot.com

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Skin & Tonic

Mineral and Heat Wraps are so en vogue right now. Not to mention they are touted as a quick weight loss trick with health and wellness benefits. I put the beauty treatment to the test and was ultimately surprised. I ventured out to The New You Body Wraps and Wellness Center to see for myself…

Local film makers battle it out for the big time

Pure movie making chaos takes place every summer in Detroit. A wild and sleepless weekend turns into production magic for many and failure for some – bit it’s all in good fun. For film makers across the world the 48 Hour Film Project is a short-film competition that takes place each summer. On Friday night, teams…

The DIA Brings Their Inside Art Outdoors

Inside Out

Royal Oak has been curated! If you’ve been wondering why famous works of art are gracing the side of buildings all over Royal Oak, you are not alone. The city has been among those chosen to host the DIA’s Inside/Out Program where high-quality reproductions of paintings from the DIA’s collection will be on temporary display…

A Taste of the South

Husk Meal

Over the 4th of July week I traveled back home to the sunny and oppressively hot shoreline of South Carolina. While on vacation we made a trip to Charleston to show my landlocked friends SC’s most enchanting city and to dine at Husk Restaurant. The hot spot is the newest establishment of the James Beard…

Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair

In it’s 42nd year, the Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair hits Memorial Park Saturday, July 8. The laid back, family friendly event features over 100 artists from across the United States, in years past some from over seas. A variety of artists will be selling original artwork in multiple forms. Ceramics, paintings, prints, fiber arts,…

Low Cal Cocktails for a Cool & Confident Summer

What Crepe? Cucumber Martini

It happens every year – all that hard work over the fall and winter months is kissed goodbye after a weekend or two of beerpong by the pool. If you’re like me,  the waist band expands as the temperatures rise and that’s not the look anyone is going for poolside. Here are a few bikini-friendly…

A Fabulous Turn Out – Ferndale Pride in Photos

Ferndale Pride

  Ferndale’s Second Annual Pride Weekend wrapped with amazing turnout. Ferndale reinstated Pride Week in the Downtown area after Motorcity Pride, Michigan’s largest gay pride festival, relocated to Hart Plaza after a 10 year run in Ferndale. In a previous statement given to Patch.com, Pride Director Craig Covey stated this years event was 3 times…

Beyond the Bar – Beyond the Stereotype

Contrary to popular belief the LGBT community is not just sitting in a bar getting their drink on or highlighting someones hair and monikering themselves as artists. The contribution the subculture has made to the art community is vast and diverse and that is just what Beyond the Bar wants to convey. The event title…

A lesson in DIY – Reupholstering patio furniture

Summer grillin’ is just about to peak, after memorial day the bbq’s are full of propane or charcoal and each weekend we plan to invite family and friends to delight in cuisine and conversation. But my question for you is…is your furniture up to par to host said gatherings? If not, here is a lesson…

Spoil Your Pooch at Berkley Art Bash

Planning to bring your 4-legged friends to the Berkley Art Bash, Saturday, June 9th? Not a bad idea considering the bash is both family and fido friendly. Not only can you paint your pooch on a custom slate to adorn your garden but you can also find healthy treats to spoil them. Take the dog…

Accessories, Re-Zipped!

Practically every piece of clothing has a zipper. Think about it…jeans, jackets, sweaters, purses, book bags, shoes and so on. When you discard an item, the zipper is still perfectly functional and useful, for the most part. Meet Heather Sennabaum, “The Zipper Lady” and made in Michigan momma with a passion for all things that…