whats your general rule about buying clothes? do you buy things that you know you will use over and over again? or do you invest in pieces that are unique and stand out?
well, I wish I didn’t have to have rules for buying clothes—as in, I wish I could buy whatever I wanted! but, alas, I’m not Bill Gates (maybe that’s a good thing) or Kim Kardashian (again, maybe that’s a good thing) so I do have some strict-ish spending rules. I tend to invest the most heavily in shoes, bags, and clothing that I think I will withstand the test of time. anything that screams “fall winter 2011! so in right now!” will probably be dated by next winter and hard to wear again—for those trend pieces, I’ll shop at Zara, Topshop, J.Crew, or Asos.
Hi Eva! I love the look of matte lipstick, especially in bright colours, but I always feel as if it's too "dressed up" for an everyday look. Any tips on matte lipstick during the day? Thanks!
au contraire, mon ami! a bright matte lip is a great daytime look, as long as you pair it with clean eyes (no shadow, just a hint of defining mascara). if you want to sport bright matte lips, may I highly highly suggest you exfoliate them first? Fresh makes a beautiful lip scrub, as does Sara Happ. or you can just do what I do: slather lips with an over-abundance—at least pea-sized—of Aquaphor. leave on for 30 minutes (I suggest doing this at night, not at work or school). then use a washcloth to buff off the dead skin. voila—perfectly smooth lips!
Heya, Im not really a makeup person, but love moisturisers and creams, I was wondering what are the most cult products used in the fashion industry other than Embryolisse and bioderma, that are not well known to the public, and what are your tips for having amazing skin? thankyou so much
well, you named two right there: Embryolisse and Bioderma. a few others: Klorane dry shampoo, Elnett (the european formula), La Roche Posay Fluid SPF (the euro formula, again, as it’s less matte), Cle de Peau or Chanel cotton pads (amazingly soft, it’s like removing makeup with cashmere). my top tips for great skin are a) establish a routine and stick to it like glue! don’t ever skip washing your face (do you want to sleep with a faceful of germs? ugh, no) b) eat healthily. what you put in your mouth turns into skin cells—kind of, you know what I mean—so lots of veggies and fruits! c) never ever smoke d) wear SPF. even when it’s cloudy. or raining. or both! hope this helps
Hi Eva, I have been wondering this for a while, and although it may seem slightly silly, do you have to be 'skinny' to survive in the fashion industry? Not as model, but as part of the journalistic/magazine field. I have always pondered as to whether working as a journalist in the field if you would be under scrutiny if you were 'plus size' or something... I just thought I'd ask you considering you're so much part of the industry :) Thank You
in my opinion, clothing size is less important than style, intellect, curiosity, and a (hopefully sparkling and witty and smart) way with words. however, not everyone feels this way— whether they feel pressured to be a certain size because of themselves or their work environment, the sad reality is that there are people (not just in fashion, obviously) who spend an outsize amount worrying about their bodies or weight when they should be focused on health (and career). it’s a shame (I know I can’t think when I’m hungry). anyway, my personal stance is that people should be the change they want to see. so if you want to be a plus size fashion writer—do it with confidence!
what's the best way (or ways) to go about asking for letters of rec? sometimes i'm just too intimidated....):
I used to suffer the same problem, which I’ve coined an unofficial official medical term for: FearOfStuffitis. I’d be too shy to ask for help, for recommendations, for a better seat, for anything, basically! and then I got over it. I realized that a) most people are pretty happy to help others (yes, there are horriblenastyevil people who aren’t, but they’re in the minority) and b) people are not mindreaders. you have to ask for the help you need. of course, it doesn’t hurt if you ask ultra-politely, at a convenient time for the askee, and follow up promptly with a thank you note (by mail, not email!)
EVA! Are you from New York? You answered someone saying it was vital to move to NYC. But how do you do it when you have little or no (let's be honest, it all goes to clothes) money, you have no job because you're moving to get one, and living in the city is SO EXPENSIVE?! I would love to move to NY to live the dream, but it seems impossible... how did you do it? Also, I'm trying to intern in my city. Writing a cover letter is key but where do I start? What stands out and what's useless to add?
in the interest of full, embarrassing disclosure: when I graduated, I pulled a Theo Huxtable and moved back home with my parents for a few months while I saved up money. but thousands of graduates make it work every year. some tips: *start saving now. NYC isn’t cheap, you’re right, and if you can come with a reserve of funds, that’s very helpful! *expect to start small. Monica Geller or Carrie Bradshaw’s apartments and lifestyles (last pop culture reference, I promise): not a reality. you might be sleeping on your aunt’s best friend’s cousin’s couch. but you’ll be in New York. and it is the place where—with hard work—dreams can come true!