Blog Posts by Ariel Rivera, Style Editor

  • Her Universe: Because Fan Girls Come In All Ages, Shapes and Sizes

    Ashley Eckstein in her own design.If you're not particularly aware of the science fiction world, it may never cross your mind that there had been an overwhelming need for fashion-forward fan girl gear. But one brief chat with Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars actress and designer of Her Universe) later, and you now not only harbor the knowledge that close to half of all sci-fi fans are women, but you're rambling maniacally to everyone who will listen that fan girl clothing for elementary school girls could somehow put an end to the bullying epidemic. Here's what Ashley had to say about her clothes, sc-fi, and equal opportunity geekdom.

    Japanese Poster Dress.On fan girl fashion and the color pink:

    "As fan girls, we were usually an afterthought. They would make twenty shirts for guys, and one shirt for girls. And they would make it the color pink, and it would say, 'I "heart" Bad Boys,' and it would have a picture of a Darth Vader mask. I specifically said, in the beginning -- and I love the color pink -- we are not going to make a

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  • Our White Wishlist

    Memorial Day is approaching and as the tired old rule says, we can finally wear white, again! We don't really believe in rules, especially ones that limit us to only bringing a certain shade out of our wardrobes during a few-months span.

    White rules! We wore it all winter in cozy sweaters and skinny jeans. And now we're spending our paychecks on all the crisp, white offerings for summer. Let's start with the eight items above.

    Leather mini-wedges, $100: White shoes used to feel so '80s to us; so Barbie's shoe collection. Now they just feel fresh and cool, and would be so great paired with a tailored shorts suit this summer.

    Asymmetric wrap skort, $49.50: Everything about this skort is amazing. The wrap silhouette, the edgy points, the cheeky, short length made appropriate by the fact that there's extra coverage. Wear with a slouchy tee, chunky shoes and dainty jewelry.

    Round sunglasses, $40: The best sunglasses to wear with white don't compete with the light palette. That's why these

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  • Get Zoe Saldana's Easy Cannes Look

    Zoe Saldana turned heads in an unlikely show of leg at the on May 20. A European film festival with gown and couture-heavy fashion doesn't usually attract such a cheeky miniskirt. Not that we're complaining. We loved Zoe's Emanuel Ungaro by Fausto Puglisi black and white runway look and the way she played with patterns. Her reddish Oscar Tiye sandals offered the perfect pop of color, which she echoed in her lips. Jamie Wolf earrings gave the outfit a tiny bit of sparkle, and they didn't compete with the rest of Zoe's look.

    To get this look on your own -- for less -- try a combination of the above. 

    Top, $110.

    Skirt, $19.75.

    Earrings, $39.

    Shoes, $23.40

    Lip stain, $8.99.

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  • Billboard Music Awards 2013: Black And White, And Black-And-White

    The 2013 Billboard Music Awards blue carpet was teeming with sexy, stylish celebrity guests. Being that it was in Las Vegas, we expected lots of glitter and skintight silhouettes, but we were pleasantly surprised. The looks were refreshingly high-fashion in striking black, white or a combination thereof.

    As for the ladies who went dark, Emmy Rossum was gorgeous in a long-sleeved black Zuhair Murad gown with mesh and swiss dot panels, while Ke$ha shocked us in a different way than usual. From her natural makeup and unfussy hair to her simple, chic Givenchy and Palladium outfit, she underwent a major makeunder.

    Hayden Panettiere was sophisticated in a halter-neck black gown with Old Hollywood hair, and Jenny McCartney showed off her rock 'n' roll side in a low-cut tank, lots of chunky jewelry, and a sliced-up skirt.

    Jennifer Morrison played with proportions in a bodysuit with sheer overlay by Kristian Aadnevik.

    Alyssa Milano was a vision in a white Emilio Pucci outfit. An embroidered

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  • In Defense Of Kim Kardashian's Maternity Style

    Bright color, rich texture, form-fitting silhouettes, bold make-up and stand-out accessories make up Kim's maternity style arsenal.With Kate Middleton as the de facto celebrity maternity style crowd favorite -- a beautiful woman, albeit one whose pregnancy is barely discernible -- the world of expecting women need representation from Kim Kardashian.  She's big, overflowing even; and she reminds us all that women need not only become vessels for the unborn, we deserve and are entitled to maintain our identities through our personal style. And, ultimately, women's bodies get enough negative attention in the media (not to mention in politics), without having to suffer public prenatal judgement. 

    Much in the way Jessica Simpson and Kate Hudson were tortured in the media over their respective weight gains, there is an entire camp of (questionable) humans who disagree, and who throw women under the bus in exchange for page views. And they're, overwhelmingly, women themselves. 

    It's hard to tell that beautiful Kate Middleton -- who is also due in July -- is even pregnant, from the front!The style editor of the Huffington Post, who surely has spoken with Kim herself about her physical pregnancy symptoms, has helpfully road mapped a

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  • One Piece, Seven Days: Statement Shorts

    Zara Embroidered Shorts With Beading, $89.90.It may not feel like Spring, yet, but the shops are positively overflowing with awesome clothes for the warmer months. One of the most often asked styling questions at The Thread is the matter of what to do with non-basic pieces that fall outside of our wardrobe comfort zones.

    These structured, low-slung, flat-front embroidered shorts from Zara may be intimidating at first, but they're actually quite versatile. Wear them at work with a chambray blazer and loafers or a soft patterned button down and platform wedges, or on the weekend with a cheeky tee and basic sneakers. At the beach, they jazz up a molded bikini top and leather flip flops. For drinks with the girls, a shrunken sweatshirt is contrasted nicely against strappy, laser-cut sandals. And for date night, a leather tank and metallic stilettos is best. Finally, for festival season, we love them with a motorcycle vest and cut-out leather ankle boots.

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  • Don't Mind Us, We're Just Batting Our Lashes At Natasha Khan

    Natasha Khan | Photo courtesy of Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
    We have a major style crush on Natasha Khan, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known on stage as Bat for Lashes. Critics have likened the 33-year-old's moody yet dance-driven music to that of Bjork, Cat Power, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. 

    And her style is amazing. This floor-length, peach-toned, three-quarter sleeved column dress was made for her tiny frame. At any given moment in time, somewhere out there, there's a stylist ordering her client to "belt it!" --and Natasha is hip to that famous sartorial trick. The way she matched her 1970s-era boots to the belt makes the look feel so polished without being stuffy. But let's talk about that subtle Peter Pan collar and the long silver and gold hammered necklace she layered under it. Her subtle, personal jewelry and opalescent sheer nail polish is so feminine. 

    And that HAIR. We all know that short styles are super hot right now, with models and actresses alike making the chop. We love this smoothed-out, flipped under,

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  • Channel Florence Welch With Flotique

    In what seems like the most natural venture in the world, ethereal songstress Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine has created a small line of jewelry. Featuring just seven carefully edited pieces, everything in the collection sells for under $75.

    Mixed metals in dark pewter and dull gold echo graphic, architectural lines. Chains, triangles, and open circles play against one another to create two pairs of earrings, three necklaces, one awesome birdcage ring, and a bracelet.

    At just 26 years old, Florence has already made quite the impression on the fashion world. The one-time Karl Lagerfeld muse and Givenchy lover takes incredible fashion risks on the street and the stage.

    The collection--alongside band tees, wall art and tickets--is available online at

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  • Ke$ha's Dumb And Her Brother's Dumber

    Shock-pop singer, Ke$ha (real name Kesha Rose Sebert), and her little brother, Louie Sebert, gave a shout out to the cult classic Jim Carrey movie, "Dumb and Dumber" at the 26th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. They recreated the charity ball scene wearing retro powder blue and bright orange suits complete with coordinating top hats and canes. The outfits were a hilarious and accurate albeit random replication of those originally worn by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the 1994 film.

    Ke$ha paired her suit with some outrageous a-morir by Kerin Rose sunglasses, before changing into a totally crazy fur jacket ensemble for her on-stage performance.

    Adorably, when E! host Khloe Kardashian Odom asked the brother and sister duo what they were wearing, Louie replied that they were dressed as "Dumber and Dumber," before giggling and correcting his mistake.

    Though this is the first time we've noticed Ke$ha's brother Louie, he actually had a cameo in her debut music video, "Tik Tok"

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  • Your Weekly Spring Fashion Inspiration: Jessie J's Color Pop Layers

    If you're like us, it's taking you an inordinate amount of time to get out of bed each morning because of Daylight Savings. Add to that the challenge of figuring out what to wear when it's snowing one minute and sixty-five degrees the next, and its really next to impossible to get your feet to touch the floor.

    That's why we're bringing you weekly outfit inspiration--all month!--to celebrate the arrival of Spring!

    Let's start with the awesome singer/songwriter Jessie J, who was spotted in chilly NYC in this fantastic outfit.

    She started with the great base outfit of black-and-white striped super skinny jeans and a fuzzy cropped tomato red sweater--both from Topshop. A pop of color and a neutral. Fabulous. Then she added a thigh-length, boxy, oversized black coat from Moka (echoing the stripes in her pants) to play with proportion.

    Kurt Geiger stilettos picked up the color of her sweater and a leather Mulberry satchel tied the look together. Wouldn't it feel great to trade your chunky,

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