i love the look of a sleek ponytail, but i have those little asian baby flyaway hairs that never stay down. any low-midrange product/styling suggestions that don't require bobby pins?
those little asian baby flyaway hairs are the bane of my existence too! grrr! have you tried John Frieda’s Full Repair Touch Up Flyaway Tamer (the name is a mouthful, I know)? it’s basically like a giant mascara wand that has a super light flyaway tamer. back when I had hair long enough to put up, I kept one in every handbag
I hear that using eye creams when you're young is like "saving up for retirement." Can you recommend a good eye cream for day, and one for night for those in their late teens/early twenties? Maybe one that is sort of middle-priced? Thanks!
sadly, by the time you realize you need eye creams (usually staring at yourself in a dimly lit and quite unflattering mirror, recoiling in horror at the web of fine lines), it’s too late. not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything ;) I like Lancome Renergie for evening—it has a rich eye cream and, for day, an ultra-sheer concealer to help hide dark circles. I also like Clinique’s All About Eyes—it’s a classic. if you can (really and truly) splurge, check out La Prairie. and I’m also a fan of Neutrogena!
Hi again, Eva! How many months/weeks does it take for you guys to put together one issue? :)What month are you working on these days?
to give you an idea of timing, it’s currently November and we’re finishing up the February issue. my March, April, and May pages are all booked up—and I have some (major!) September stories in the works too! which basically means that when someone asks me what date it is, I never have a clue. my brain is working too far in the future. sigh!
Do you have any tips for girls on how to maintain long and healthy hair?
great question! I’m actually in the process of growing my hair out and I asked the pros for some tips. here’s what they all unequivocally agreed on: get enough protein—it’s the building blocks for healthy hair, so plenty of lean meats or eggs, beans, or tofu. take a biotin supplement a day (available at most health food stores, I buy Jarrow brand at Whole Foods), it speeds hair growth. exercise boosts overall circulation (and, obviously, is a great all around habit to begin with) so some said it makes hair grow faster as well. and get regular trims: one hairstylist showed me a hair on a model that started as a split end but had split all the way up the hair shaft. shudder, shudder, shudder!
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!