Blog Posts by Julie Pereira, Thread Blogger

  • "Soul Surfer" Bethany Hamilton On Staying Active, Being a Bikini Snob, and her Upcoming Wedding

    Hamilton at home in the surf. | Photo courtesy of Noah Hamilton
    Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark, but there's much more to the "Soul Surfer." As the new spokeswoman for Tampax's Awesomely Active Girls Challenge she's working with young ladies who have the motivation and confidence to get off the sideline and into the game. The challenge will celebrate and reward girls for their healthy and creative fitness routines. We spoke to the gorgeous gal about the campaign, her passion for surfing, and her favorite fashion and beauty looks.

    The Thread: So please tell us a little about the new campaign.
    BH: As a professional athlete myself, I'm always active--all year long. I love encouraging young girls to get out and stay active. I know when I grew from a girl to a woman--I was a little scared--it's intimidating. But now that I'm older I've realized it's nothing to be afraid of. I like being able to just get out there and team up with Tampax and encourage and empower girls when they're going through that and to step out of their comfort zones if

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  • Purse Dude: A Love Story of a Boy And a Bag

    It begins. | Photo courtesy of ImgurIt started as most modern love stories start. Boy meets girl, girl leaves her purse in boy's car, boy falls in love with purse, takes it with him everywhere he goes, and the whole thing goes viral. A tale as old as time itself, really. Two whirlwind days and a handful of photographs later, both purse and boy have been catapulted to fame on the internet. Even better: the girl who owned the purse returned to claim it, and she wasn't even mad.

    "Purse Dude," as he is now known, is actually 28-year-old Nate Daniels, a social media and brand strategist from Los Angeles. His foray into the world of internet fame began when Jacquelyn, the girl he was dating, left her purse in his car. She told Daniels he could "borrow" her bag until she returned to claim it, and boy, did he take the suggestion to heart. If the way he treated the purse is any indication, I think it's safe to say this girl's found herself a keeper. In the two days he had custody of the purse, Daniels brought it with him to go

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  • Photographer Brian Bowen Smith Finds Beauty in Everything


    World-renowned photographer Brian Bowen Smith has long been a favorite of Marc Jacobs--he's the man behind the images taken for his infamous Naked tees promoting skin cancer awareness and has worked with the designer on campaigns for years now. With the release of his second book, "Projects," at the New York location of Bookmarc, the Marc Jacobs' bookstore, Thread host and supermodel Jessica Stam sat down with the artist to discuss his latest project, shooting naked celebrities and his Marc Jacobs connection.
    Stam and Smith | Photo courtesy of Dena Giannini for The Thread
    Jessica Stam: Is there a running theme or certain composition that links all the images together in your book?
    Brian Bowen Smith: There are like seven or eight different projects that I have been working on and the only link is that they are all just projects that I am continually working and expanding on. It's literally an autobiography of what I have been doing since shooting Selma Blair, who was the very first celebrity I photographed, and then the girl in the front with a

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  • Jessica Alba & Miranda Kerr Are Twinsies!

    Alba was out and about in L.A. while Kerr ran errands in NYC | Photos courtesy of VP/Star Max/Getty Images / NCP/Star Max/Getty Images

    Everyone has their go-to outfit. Some people live in tee shirts and jeans while some people (ahem, looking at YOU, Janelle Monae) have made tuxedos their signature look, but it seems as though the great minds of Jessica Alba and Miranda Kerr think alike when it comes to a summer uniform.

    These two stylish ladies both know that a short and breezy floral sundress sometimes needs a casual-yet-sophisticated spin. A great way to get that look is with a classic jean jacket, a slouchy, oversized handbag, sunglasses, and a pair of booties. In this case, both girls are rocking Isabel Marant's "Caleen" ankle boots, which hit at just the right height on each girl's ankle that accentuate long legs and have just enough embellishment to offer a bit of visual interest. This outfit is comfortable enough for a marathon day of errands, but put-together enough so that you actually want to be seen in public.

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  • Memorial Day Packing: Multitasking at Its Chicest

    Three days, five outfits, one suitcase. That's the Memorial Day packing challenge we all face as we kick off the beginning of summer nationwide. We've managed to pack several ensembles using only six key pieces that travel well AND make you an object of sartorial envy.



    The players:
    Aerie solid one-piece swimsuit, $44.95 at ae.com
    Keeper chambray shirt, $78 at jcrew.com
    Silver mesh futuristic t-shirt dress, $70 at riverisland.com 
    Jacquard short, $24 at joefresh.com
    Patchwork paint pencil skirt, $80 at topshop.com
    Oversized T-shirt, $9.95 at hm.com
    ASOS Habanera Skull Mixed Ring Pack, $13.58 at asos.com
    ASOS Hoop & Bell Earring, $13.58 at asos.com
    Striped sneakers, $49.90 at zara.com
    Kasota sandals, $54.98 at aldoshoes.com
    Cap, $9.95 at hm.com 
    Printed clutch bag, $79.90 at zara.com
    Smythe sunglasses, $24.95 at solesociety.com
    Olay Fresh Effects BB Creme, $13.99 at cvs.com
    COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pen in Gold Flame, $5.50 at covergirl.com


    Outfit #1: Chambray shirt, jacquard shorts, sneakers, printed

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  • The Bling Rings of The 2013 Billboard Awards

    While we have nothing against a statement necklace or eye-catching earrings, we're having a total love affair with stacks and stacks of delicate rings at the moment. And it looks like we're not the only ones! When music's hottest stars walked down the blue carpet at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas we could barely tear our attention away from the ring parties taking place on stars like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and Miley Cyrus. The gorgeous gowns and graphic black-and-white trends were great too, but you've gotta love a hefty dose of knuckle bling. Our favorites of the night: 

    From left to right: Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift. | Photos courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    Jennifer Lopez - The pop legend/girl from the block made her first appearance at the Billboards in a decade or so, and boy, did she arrive. We love how she matched her fistfuls of rings with her golden Zuhair Murad gown. J.Lo's deep maroon nail polish added a nice layer of depth.

    Miley Cyrus - Miley is never one to shy from the spotlight, that's for sure. Amidst swirling rumors about her engagement

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  • The Band Perry Keeps it All in The Family

    The Band Perry is a family affair. The country group consisting of siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry have been pumping out hits like "Better Dig Two," "If I Die Young," and "DONE" since they were discovered by Garth Brooks' manager in 2008. This year, though, is shaping up to be their biggest one yet. The Band Perry released their sophomore album, "Pioneer," were nominated for numerous awards including Top Vocal Group at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and even performed with "American Idol" finalist Janelle Arthur during the season finale. We spoke with the siblings to talk bling, bad hair days, and how they prep for big performances like the one they're putting on tonight at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
    The Band Perry walks the Billboard Music Awards blue carpet | Photo courtesy of Jason Merritt/Getty Images
    The Thread: Can you tell us a little about your red carpet look for The Billboards?
    Kimberly Perry: Red carpets my favorite--to figure out which gown is going to work for the event is so much fun. The thing about the Billboards red carpet is that you never know what

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  • Chrissy Teigen on Wedding Plans, Venus Razors, and Anxiety

    With the upcoming nuptials of Sports Illustrated Model, host of VH1's "Model Employee," ruler of Twitter, and all-around awesome human Chrissy Teigen coming up later this summer, Venus Gillette Razors decided to throw their newest brand ambassador (seriously, when does this girl sleep?) a bridal shower. The Thread caught up with the gorgeous gal to talk about her wedding plans, shaving, and jorts vs. jean shorts.

    Chrissy talks to dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine about her skincare regimen. The good doctor recommends lots of sunblock! | Photo by Julie Pereira for The Thread

    The Thread: Any details you can give us on the wedding?
    Chrissy Teigen: I would like to share EVERYTHING which is the worst part! [My fiancé] John [Legend] has asked me to pull back on how much I say. I feel bad that people think I'm holding back from them but I genuinely don't know anything. We're sending out save the dates in the next couple of weeks, we have the guest list, we're hoping about 100 don't show. That's about it. We'll see! Gucci is designing all of John's groomsmen's suits. Gucci is obviously John's favorite--he loves a Gucci suit. So they're doing all of his

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  • Prince: Billboard Music Icon or Fashion Icon?

    Dear Prince: U Got The Look | Photos courtesy of Larry Busacca/Getty Images / Stuart Wilson/Getty ImagesTrick question: obviously, he's both. The Artist Formerly (and currently) Known as Prince is slated to receive the Billboard Music Icon Award on Sunday, May 19, an honor he shares with past recipients Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond. And while we could listen to "1999," "Little Red Corvette," and "When Doves Cry" all day long--that's not even a hyperbole--what we love most about the diminutive singer is his groundbreaking sense of style. From purple velour to hooded suits, Prince has been setting and defying trends since he burst onto the scene in the late '70s and early '80s. Herewith, five reasons why we love the iconic singer.

    #1.) Frilly shirts - More than Seinfeld and "Pirates of Penzance," the frilly shirt belongs to Prince. What other man could so effortlessly and unironically rock a puffy, be-ruffled blouse and still exude sex appeal? No one but Prince, that's who. Well, and Jimi Hendrix, who he was definitely influenced by…

    #2.) Statement necklaces - Long before Carrie Bradshaw

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  • Madonna: Too Many Achievements For Just One Lifetime

    Madonna accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 | Photo courtesy of STR/Getty ImagesIt's hard to imagine a time when Madonna isn't making headlines. Which is why it is so absurd that almost 20 years ago, the then-37-year-old singer got a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards. Lourdes knows (GET IT?!) the singer wasn't anywhere near done being a performer, provocateur, and all-around pop culture icon. Sure, it's a testament to her ability and success as a performer that she was raking in awards usually reserved for older honorees at such a young age, but Madge ain't finished quite yet. When accepting her award in 1996, Madonna told the audience she was returning home immediately to be with her newborn baby. Here's a (somewhat comprehensive) list of the things Madonna has achieved in since then. Say what you will about her, but you can't accuse her of being lazy.

    1996: Set new Guinness World Record for most costume changes--85 in all--in one movie for her role in "Evita," She trumped the previous record-holder, Elizabeth Taylor (who had a measly

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