Is it true that you shouldn't brush your hair when it's wet?
that is one thousand and two percent correct! brushing your hair when it’s wet can cause serious damage, as that’s when hair’s at its most fragile. your best bet is to use conditioner (duh, I know—but if you’re prone to oil or if you have fine hair, use it starting two inches away from the scalp) and then use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to untangle. your hair will thank you, je promise, and you won’t have that hideous halo of broken hair (that’s caused by damage caused by wet hair brushing, improper blowdrying, or overzealous color treatment).
do you walk in heels all day? how do you deal with the pain!
my shoes are divided into the following categories: *mmmm, cozy: shoes like my cashmere Toms, Repetto ballet flats, my Rag & Bone combat boots. I can wear those for, like, a week straight. (not that I would. ew). *almost-all-day: shoes like my crazy platform Burberry booties and anything from Miu Miu. I can wear these almost all day and my feet won’t start hurting until, oh, 8 PM *inside shoes: I never endeavor to buy shoes that fall under these categories but these are shoes that I love but for some reason or other can’t walk in (like my YSL mohawk pumps, or the studded pair of Burberry Prorsums that I received as a gift from the designer). sigh. those shoes I tend to wear at work and never wear outside for fear or falling on my face. so, the short summation of my long-winded answer: it’s all about switching up your shoes. and padding! I love Dr. Scholl’s inserts and—this is extreme—during fashion month I’ll sometimes wrap my feet Black-Swan-style! may the high heeled force be with you, xo
What is your opinion on cheaper brands of clothing, like H&M and Forever 21? Style shouldn't depend on how much money you spend.... but I guess I was just wondering how someone in high fashion views it.
take a walk around the Teen Vogue offices and most of the staff is wearing a mix of brands—designers, certainly, but also a mix of vintage and what the Brits call “high-street” brands like H&M, Topshop, ASOS, J.Crew, Zara, and Forever 21. my personal philosophy has always been to spend wisely: save and buy investment pieces like classic bags (Chanel 2.55, Mulberry Alexa, Proenza, PS1, etc) and save on “trend” items that’ll go out of style after one season. that’s how I shop!
hello, Im asian and Ive always had these panda eyes + Im a workaholic :'( Whats the best beauty product you know that reduces dark circle & depuffs? Are there really functional home remedies as well? I am so desperate, thanks eva.
I’m Asian and I’m a workaholic too, ha. I feel like we’re in some sort of twelve-step program together ^.^ anyway… in terms of dark circles and depuffing: first, you need to evaluate the causes. it sounds like you’re spending a lot of time staring at a computer screen. make sure you use eye drops (soothing, moisturizing) at least every four hours. I know when I don’t do that, I rub my eyes in my sleep and then my eyes look buggy and odd for the rest of the day. dark circles are, unfortunately, largely genetic. so look at your mum and dad to determine how much of your dark circles are inherited. keep in mind that allergies can also cause dark circles, so if you have allergies do remedy that situation as well. puffiness is often caused by an excess of sodium. are you a salt monger (what I call people who love salt)? if so, cut it out! you’ll notice that I saved products for last. that’s because, alas, I do think most under eye problems are the result of lifestyle and genetics, versus cosmetic issues. in terms of eye creams, though, I do love Clinique All About Eyes, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream (nice and basic), and Peter Thomas Roth Power K Cream. good luck!
Hi Eva, I just had my first ever fashion internship interviews with 3 major magazines in NYC and they were BRUTAL. I feel like such a failure. I dressed really nice and professional but still stylish, brought my resume along, but I just felt like nothing I said was right. Do you have any advice for me when I try again? It might just be the way people in NY communicate, but I'd really like to work for a big magazine, and I want to try again, if I don't get one of them.
well, you said it yourself: you should try again—absolutely. persistence is key if you want to work in fashion. it’s not an easy field, and rejection lurks around every corner. it’s important to work on developing a thicker skin (something I too am working on, sigh). in the meantime, though, bear this in mind for future internship interviews: don’t just show up with your resume, show up with your resume and quasi-encyclopedic knowledge of the magazine you’re applying to (favorite photographers, favorite writers, etc). arrive on-time (15 minutes early, even) and be hyper-articulate and passionate. good luck!
hey eva, what products do you recommend for the "i don't wear makeup" kind of girl? i have no idea where to start! the only thing i use consistently is blush.
it’s funny—99 percent of beauty editors (despite being surrounded by mountains of makeup) have the same minimalist philosophy as you. ironic, no? my favorite products to achieve the look are: curled lashes (I love Chanel’s curler) and mascara (I love Blinc, Eyeko, and Lancome). a lipstain such as Tarte’s Lip Abundance (Amused is a great hot pink) or Clinique’s Chubby Sticks (more natural hues). and, you’re on the right track, blush—so you don’t look like you’re washed out. I’ve been obsessed with Hourglass in Petal. it’s similar to Nars’ top-selling Multiple but doesn’t have any shimmer, which is a finish that I prefer for my skin!
Hey Eva. I really need your advice. I am pursuing a degree in History which was the only degree that I could semi-compromise with my parents, since I wanted to pursue one in fashion and they were having none of it. I still hope for a career in fashion in the future but feel that my degree will be a downfall, even when trying out for internships. What could I do to help me gain a footing into the world of fashion?
I hate to say it, but your parents aren’t totally wrong. unless you want to be a fashion designer, I’m of the personal belief that you don’t really need to major in “fashion.” we have people working at Teen Vogue who majored in economics, art history, pre-med (moi), English (also moi), film studies, and more. the most important factor in getting a job in the fashion industry (which, remember, has so many different facets from editing to styling to marketing to merchandising and more) is interning. and getting an internship has more to do with your determination and ability to play connect the dots with contacts than your major.
Hey, so winter 2011/12 is around the corner and I was wondering, what kind of purses do you recommend for this season? I've been looking for one but I don't know where to start! BTW I love your blog!! I just spent 2 hours going through your archive haha.
my bag philosophy is rather different from my shoe, clothing, and jewelry philosophies (yes, I have a different point of view on each category). when it comes to bags, I’d rather save up and buy a bag that can pretty much be used forever than buy a trend or seasonal bag that I’ll only use for a few months. so, to answer your question, this season (and always): satchels a la Coach classics’ Station Bag, Proenza’s PS1, Mulberry’s Alexa, and totes like those from Celine or Phillip Lim are my favorites!