Blog Posts by Julie Pereira, Thread Blogger

  • That's My Jam: The Search For Our New Favorite Songs

    Spring has arrived--bringing with it warmer temperatures, shorter skirts, healthier glows, and most importantly, a fresh crop of spring tunes. These are the songs we can't stop listening to!

    Local Natives: Infectious Records | Vampire Weekend: XL Recordings | TOKiMONSTA: Brainfeeder | Justin Timberlake: RCA | P!nk: RCA | Ellie Goulding: Polydor Records | Emeli Sande: Virgin Records | Bastille: Virgin Records | Rilo Kiley: Little Record Company | Icona Pop: Ten Records | The Band Perry: Republic Nashville

    "Next to Me" by Emeli Sandé - Big in her native UK, star-on-the-rise Sandé's soul-tinged single is like a dancier version of some of our favorite Adele songs. We triple dog dare you to listen to "Next to Me" just once.

    "Step" by Vampire Weekend - The boys from NYC have released two songs from their latest and much-anticipated album. Both "Step" and "Diane Young" have that catchy, eclectic sound we’ve come to love so much.

    "Let Me Back In" by Rilo Kiley - Oh, the nostalgia. Rilo Kiley defined the high school experience of a certain blogger ("More Adventurous" anyone?), and the fact that Jenny, Blake, Pierre, and Jason are back together and making still-excellent music is the best news we've heard this year. "Let Me Back In" is a love letter to the City of Angels, but it feels more like a big hug from a

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  • Here Comes The Sun: Protection For Under $25

    It's finally starting to look a lot like summer around these parts. After a long, cold winter full of chapped lips and pasty skin (at least for this blogger), it's time to embrace the warmth of the sun--the beautiful, Vitamin D-giving sun. Summer is a time of year when we start spending more time outside, and it's easy to forget that in addition to giving us an enviable healthy glow, Mr. Golden Sun can also cause serious damage to your skin. We can't wait to spend every available second on the beach or poolside soaking up the rays, but we know we have to do so responsibly. Here are a few products and accessories to keep you safe and stylish!

    Clockwise from top left:

    Xhilaration Straw Baseball Hat in Black, $12.99 at - The hot baseball hat trend gets a decidedly warm-weather twist.
    COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Anemone, $5.99 at - Coral-y lips are in for the season--plus this formula protects your kisser with SPF15
    Frederic Fekkai Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz

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  • How To Clean Up After a Slime Attack

    You're gonna need a bigger sheet. | Photo courtesy of Christopher Polk/KCA2013/Getty ImagesEvery year at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, celebs from every corner of the entertainment industry get slimed--whether they like it or not. And while it's always entertaining to see stars like Katy Perry and Justin Bieber get doused in sticky green goo when they least suspect it, we've always wondered what happens in the aftermath.

    Luckily for those slime-covered stars, Bounty Select-A-Size is tackling a new clean-up challenge by sponsoring the messiest awards show for kids. They are showing us the power of their paper towels by taking on the spills, sprays, and showers of slime of the Kids' Choice Awards, proving that, thanks to the strength and durability packed into one small sheet, no job is too big (or too small) for Bounty Select-a-Size. And with “trap & lock technology," you can customize  by choosing smaller size sheets to conquer big messes in your home.
    Cleaning it up. | Photo courtesy of Bounty
    Last night's show had plenty of messes to clean up--from Pitbull to Sandra Bullock, and many, many other stars--and you

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  • Sandra Bullock Shares Slime (and Love) With Kristen Stewart

    Hug it out. | Photo courtesy of Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesWe may give Kristen Stewart a lot of flack for being a Grumpy Gus on the red carpet, but last night at the 26th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, she proved that she's not afraid to have a little fun. After receiving the Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Female Buttkicker blimps for her role as Bella Swan in the final "Twilight" installment, the 22-year-old actress seemed enthralled by the whole sliming process, swirling her hands in the goo left over on the podium and exclaiming "Dude! I was too much of a coward to accept this and now I'm like, 'What was I thinking?!'...this is really cool!" She then embraced the recently-slimed presenters Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris. Bullock is no stranger to the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards' slime tradition--in 2009 she got a massive slime attack with co-presenter Hugh Jackman. And it looked like she really wanted to share the love with Stewart. The two actresses shared an on-stage snuggle after Bullock got doused from all

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  • Slime-Chic: Bright Greens You Can Wear

    Come Saturday, some unfortunate stars will be wearing slime whether they want to or not. The goopy green stuff that is synonymous with the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is by no means a stylish statement, but don't let bright green get a bad rap on account of slime's tricky past--the color can and should be worn at all opportunities. Everyone from Katy Perry to Kate Middleton have rocked green all over, and we love it too--especially when worn as an accent color with neutral black. If you don't want to commit to a full outfit, test drive the color with a bright green eyeliner to make your peepers pop. 

    Clockwise from top left:
    Caviar box clutch, $49.90 at
    Safety yellow knit beanie hat, $5.95 at
    ASOS future flower gem earrings, $42.39 at
    Tibi "Athena" dress, $450 at
    Sugar Atlas striped flats, $39.99 at
    COVERGIRL Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in Green Glow, $6.15 at
    Essential textured capris, $19.80 at
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  • Slimed: The Best and Worst Kids' Choice Awards Slimings

    Let's be honest, everyone: a big reason why you tune in to the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards every year is to see your favorite celebrities get doused in gooey green stuff. Don't be ashamed to admit it--we do it, too! Ever since the awards show's inception in 1988, stars have been getting sprayed, splashed, and drenched in slime. And while the show runners insist that "sliming is an honor," it doesn't mean that every person Katy Perry gets slimed in the face. | Photos courtesy of: Kevin Winter/Getty Images / Charley Gallay/KCA2010/Getty Imagesrelishes the honor.

    Take for example Katy Perry. The "Firework" singer got blasted so hard by pressurized slime in 2010 that she got knocked down on stage. It's since been called "the most talked-about sliming of all time." She took the whole thing in stride and laughed it off on stage with co-presenter Jonah Hill, but off-stage and wrapped in a fluffy robe, she looked a little distressed. We can't imagine that the mystery substance is too easy to get out of blue hair, and we're really hoping that the dry cleaner was able to save that sunny yellow dress of hers.

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  • Style Crush: Ash Lendzion

    Ash Lendzion at SXSW | Photo by Ariel Kaiser for The ThreadBetween rocking our faces off at SXSW and taking in all the sights of the festival's host city, we ran in to the painfully adorable and put-together Ash Lendzion on the streets of Austin. If you don't recognize her, fear not--you will soon. Lendzion is, in addition to Heather Morris' (of "Glee"/Beyonce backup dancer-fame) bestie, playing Forest, "Selena Gomez's [character's] friend from church youth group," in the upcoming and much-buzzed-about film "Spring Breakers." Starring the former Disney Channel starlet, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and a be-cornrowed James Franco, the film is debuting at SXSW and follows the story of four...let's say "adventurous" young women and their relationship with a sketchy guy. Lendzion told us, "I play Forest...and I find out [Selena Gomez's character, Faith] is going to spring break with the naughty girls." And while Lendzion describes Forest's style as "small town emo punk girl...I wear colored hair extensions and huge hipster glasses (which I

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  • It's Hammer Time at Paris Fashion Week

    Uncanny. | Photo courtesy of Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images / AP Photo/Thibault CamusFashion Week is in full swing over in the City of Lights, with some of the biggest fashion houses presenting their Fall 2013 collections. One of those designers is the heritage fashion house Balmain. Lately, Balmain has been all about embellished mini dresses and plenty of leather, and this season they sent a collection of totally rad, late-'80s, early-'90s-inspired outfits shuffling down the runway. And, like The Thread, they're having an epic bout of nostalgia. Big shoulders, puffy sleeves, and belted, lamé jumpsuits dominated the catwalk, and while the clothes were typically well-crafted and gorgeously rich-looking, all I could keep thinking was, "You Can't Touch This," and/or "Stop: Hammer Time." Balmain's big-shouldered leather jacket with an ostentatious gold belt and a head-to-toe gold lamé getup would have been right at home in one of MC Hammer's music videos circa 1990. The early '90s rapper and pioneer of dressing like a genie may have other things to worry about these

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  • Oscar Nominated Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran on Creating Character Wardrobes and Bad Style Advice

    Durran with her EE British Academy Film Award | Photo courtesy of Dave M. Bennett/Getty ImagesWhen last we spoke with award-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran, we were crossing our fingers for an Academy Award nomination for the lauded designer's most recent effort, "Anna Karenina." Now, with the Oscars quickly approaching not only is she nominated, but she's a favorite to win! And for good reason--"Anna Karenina" has been referred to as "costume porn" by some and as visually stunning by pretty much everyone else. From sumputous furs to sweeping ballgowns, the film is chock full of stunning outfits and accessories we're lusting over here at The Thread. We got a chance to ask Durran a few burning questions about her process and the making of "Anna Karenina."

    The Thread:
    How did you get started in costume design? What made you want to go down this road?
    Jaqueline Durran: Well, I had finished at university and didn't really know which direction to go in and I realized in my early 20s that costume designing existed as a job by watching TV and watching films. I realized that

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  • 5 Reasons Why We Need Another Girl Group Like The Spice Girls

    The girls at the 1997 Brit Awards | Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesWe're experiencing some serious pangs of nostalgia for the '90s here at The Thread. We're waxing romantic on everything from overalls to daisies, but don't worry--we haven't forgotten one of the greatest things to come out of the decade: the British girl group, The Spice Girls. For those of us that had the profound privilege of growing up with Ginger, Baby, Posh, Sporty, and Scary, there are more than a few reasons why we miss them, but these are the most pressing. We'll tell you what we want, what we really, really want: more girls like The Spice Girls. Sorry we're not sorry.

    1. There was something for everyone
    If you liked sports (especially soccer), Mel C aka "Sporty Spice" was your favorite of the group. Were you a clotheshorse and/or a little bit goth? Victoria "Posh Spice" was the LBD-wearing gal for you. If you were a girly girl with a sweet tooth, Emma "Baby Spice" was right up your alley. You loved Geri "Ginger Spice" if you were either a.) a little bit bossy or b.) a redhead.

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