I adore your blog and your style! How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? You always look so put together
I am, to put it mildly, not a morning person! by the time I’ve dragged myself out of bed (mumbling crankily and bleary-eyed), I’m usually running late! so I’ll have about ten minutes to get dressed and made up every morning. the secret, really, is to have an ultra easy makeup routine (I line eyes and apply mascara and a tinted balm) and to have a general idea of what you want to wear or the one piece you want to build your outfit around (a pair of shoes, a certain skirt, etc) before you go to sleep. which means that I fall asleep dreaming of my closet most nights—not such a bad thing, in all fairness!
Wow, you have the best job ever! Do you enjoy it every day or does it get tough? Sometimes?
not just sometimes—quite often! the difficulty these days is juggling nine hundred trillion things: for me, editing, writing, assigning articles, beauty market work, strategy meetings, teenvogue.com, twitter, tumblr, and—oh yes—my day to day personal life too! but the common thread that snakes throughout all of what I do is a genuine love of what I do. if I didn’t love what I did, I wouldn’t stretch myself so thin. I think that’s a good guidepost for the working world: if you love what you do, you constantly want to do more and learn more.
Hi Eva! Seeing all your shoes I'm wondering what were the first designer ones you bought? Also, are people allowed to take things out of the fashion closet to wear (like in the movies? :P)? Thank you for your time!
ah, shoe memories! the first pair of designer shoes I ever bought all by myself was a pair of Miu Miu kitten heels at Barneys. I remember that my hand was practically shaking as I put down my debit card! sadly, those shoes were consumed by my dog when he was a puppy (Otto… grrr) but obviously have been replaced by many, many, and many other Miu Mius. and to answer your fashion closet question: yes and no and sometimes! but it’s not quite as capricious as they make it seem!
Dear Eva, I just wanted to ask you how you know what is appropriate to wear to work. Your "business attire" obviously has different standards, so how do you know what's wrong and what's right? Any tips?
well, it really varies from industry to industry. the best thing to do is to err on the side of conservative until you get the lay of the land, by observing your coworkers. and a little black dress will go over well anywhere! but a few tips apply to all industries, in my opinion: no bandage items (dresses! skirts) during the day, unless you’re a waitress or work at Tao; no flip-flops (that slap, slap, slap sound as you walk—not so professional); no belly shirts with low-slung/hipster jeans (unless you’re a model); no booty shorts. if you wonder to yourself “is this appropriate?” it’s probably not!
I'm 5'8, so I tend to avoid heels. What kind of shoes do you recommend for dressing up for a night out? On a related note, do you think that the only "sexy" shoes ones that are high heels?
how curious! my brain is having a hard time computing why you would avoid heels—I’m 5’8.5” and embrace heels with a gusto bordering on obsession. 5’10 has always been my dream height, sigh. but I digress! I’m a fan of flats in the evening. in fact, an awesome flat looks great—and more appropriate—with a teeny mini skirt or shorts than heels do. when it comes to evening flats, follow the three S’s: think sparkly, think studded, or think strappy!
Hi Eva! I will be graduating this May and I'm contemplating going to grad school. I was just wondering what you think the pros/cons of grad school are for this industry and if you think grad school is necessary to work for a fashion magazine. Thanks!
one word answer: no. five word answer: if you feel like it. honestly—and I’m speaking as a journalism school graduate—you don’t need to go to grad school to work at a fashion magazine. I personally think that the two years that you would spend at grad school are better served being an assistant. real life training always trumps theoretical training! when you graduate from grad school, you’d have to start as an assistant anyway! however, I will say that if you want to go just “for fun” (what I did part-time while I worked at ELLE), go for it! it’s a great way to stretch your brain to think about journalism and fashion in a different light
I know I should be saving my money, but I want to splurge on something nice. What would you get for $200?
"I know I should be saving but I want to splurge" could be the motto for my life. sigh. but that’s what new year’s resolutions are for! anyway, for $200 I’d purchase Repetto ballet flats (my absolute favorite), cashmere Toms shoes (I have two pairs and they are marvelously cozy), or a posh fragrance like Tom Ford or Jo Malone. happy shopping—I’m jealous!
hii. as an asian, how do you do your makeup? i'm always looking to experiment except it's kind of hard to since one, i have mono lids, and two, excess eye shadow always overwhelms my eyes.
the sky is the limit, my mono-lidded friend! I suggest you check out style.com and search for Asian models backstage at shows. you’ll notice that, in fact, 99% of Asian models (Shu Pei! Liu Wen! Hyoni Kang! Tao Okamoto!) do not have folds and look as gloriously gorgeous in their makeup as their fold-y fellow models.
and this just in: makeup artist Beau Nelson told me on twitter that he likes working on Asian girls because “without the restriction of a fold I can put eyeshadow wherever I want, as big as I want.” sounds good to me!