hi eva ! :)
what was your major in college?
im very undecided on mine, looking for some guidance! :D
it is seriously more than okay to be undecided about your major—and even what you want your career path to be. I’m prime evidence of that! I was pre-med in college (then pre-law, then pre-I-Don’t-Know-What-Else) and really stumbled on magazines through my internship at Harper’s Bazaar. don’t feel like you have to major in fashion, journalism, or communications (I’m assuming you want to work in magazines or fashion since you’re writing me). major in what interests you and use that major (whatever it may be: art history, spanish, history, etc) to hone your writing abilities and your ability to communicate. that—and passion—will take you far and is what we’re looking for when hiring!
where do you draw inspiration when it comes to your personal style?
it’s osmosis: I’m surrounded by so many racks of amazing clothes here at Teen Vogue that I can’t help but be inspired! but my personal philosophy for clothing is simple: wear what you like. sounds silly and overly simplistic but I just wear what I like and am “feeling” at the moment. I rarely heed any “in or out” lists (they drive me crazy because, like, if you look really great in wide legged jeans—which I do not, by the way—they are never “out” for you). of course, I love a good trend (particularly feeling mixed prints and florals for summer) too!
Hello Eva :) If you want to work at a magazine, do you think that college is a must? Or do you think that interning at magazines is more helpful?
college is, I will admit, a total luxury. it’s crazy expensive. but, honestly speaking, what you learn from college isn’t about/in your homework, your major, or your thesis. it’s about learning to prioritize, to juggle your schedule, to deal with a new social situation—basically to learn about yourself. college is about deciding who you want to be and how you want to go about it. sounds cliche, but it’s true. so my long-winded answer is: no. it’s not a must. but it will help you in ways you might not expect. (also, if you go to college you’ll be able to tap into that network for the rest of your career).
What is a big "no, no" you/your colleagues frequently see in girls coming in for an interview? Whether it be their attire, attitude, something they say, etc.
what to do if you don’t want a job: show up at an interview (informational or otherwise) without your resume; have typos or inconsistencies on said resume; wear flipflops or anything similarly casual; have no knowledge or background info on the company you’re applying to; mispronounce the interviewer’s name; act entitled/meek/ignorant/too cool for school; wear perfume (or too much of it)!
Hey Eva, my name is Arielle Day and I'm going to be a senior this year. This year I'm the co-editor and chief of my school newspaper and my favorite part is laying out the paper. Does Teen Vogue offer anything like that. It's my favorite magazine and its my absolute dream to work there. Any advice?
we do, indeed! the art department of a magazine is in charge of the visual direction of the magazine. they fuse photography, text, fine art, and graphics to make a magazine look like itself (for instance, when you pick up a copy of Vogue or Teen Vogue, it has a sort of “signature” look). that sounds like it’d be a great career path for you! consider studying graphic design in college and intern at an art department of a magazine or newspaper! good luck!
unpaid monetarily, yes. but they pay in experience! seriously, interning is the best thing you can do to prepare for your future career (in anything, not just magazines). you’re basically a human sponge, soaking in the day-to-day of a job. I don’t want to glamorize being an intern because there’s always a lot of administrative tasks (copying! faxing! answering phones!). however, I encourage interns to look past the mundane tasks that you may be doing day to day and think bigger picture. look at the people who are supervising you—do you think you’d enjoy their job? how would you do their job better if you had it? could you see yourself in their shoes? let it be a learning and illuminating experience—your resume (if not your wallet) will be richer for it
I love your style and your quite amazing. any suggestions on great fitting black skinny jeans?
oh, hmmmmm, see, I have this whole philosophy that jeans are like the hardest and most personal thing to shop for (the beauty equivalent would be, say, foundation). what looks good on one girl is totally different from what fits another. for instance, my best friend and I are pretty much the same height, size, weight, and build, but the jeans she wears look awfulawful on me! okay, enough pontificating! my favorite black jeans are from Paris brand The Kooples. which might not be very helpful to you, I realize. my second favorite = Topshop Baxter jeans in petite, so they’re a bit cropped. hope this helps!
Hi Eva! I just discovered your blog and LOVE your outfit posts. You always look so polished and chic!! I would love to do outfit posts like this, however, being on a college student budget, all my tags would say "Forever 21 skirt" and "Kohls dress", etc. and I feel a little bit silly/embarrassed about it. Do you have any advice?? Should I do it anyways or just forget about it? Thank you!
don’t be silly—do it anyway! I have such admiration for people who are stylish with eclectic finds (Forever 21, Kohls, vintage, Zara, H&M, you name it!). it’s easy to be “stylish” when you can shop from all the fanciest shops or have access to a fashion closet. it’s the mix and creative thinking that is much more inspiring if you ask me!