Hey Eva! I'm from The caribbean and i get a bit scared when i think about moving to NYC when i finish my degree, cause chances are scarce for hispanic people. But i've been preparing myself intellectually and educationally to stand out. What are the chances of hispanic people in a magazine or department? That's my dream!!
who told you that chances are scarce for hispanics?! here’s what I think: when you’re passionate, a (crazy super) hard worker, organized, thoughtful, and articulate, the playing field is leveled. it doesn’t matter (in 99 percent of situations, I think) whether you’re hispanic, caucasian, black, whatever. you’re already on the right path—prepare yourself intellectually & educationally (so, um, even your tumblr questions and blog posts should be 100000 percent grammatically correct). erase your fear and embrace your passion. and seek out other hispanics in the fashion community—make them a resource.
Hi Eva, I need some advise with skin health and skin health maintenance. I'm a college student and I'm involved in some extra curricular activities so sometimes my schedule gets hectic and I don't get enough sleep or drink enough water or even make healthy food choices. I feel like all of that is having an effect on the appearance of my skin. I was hoping that you could recommend some of your favorite skin care products that give your (any) skin an instant boost and awakening. Thank you :)
my dear, I’m going to give you an answer that you will utterly despise. you will gnash your teeth, roll your eyes, and generally moan about how useless I am. basically, if you don’t eat well, sleep enough, or make good food decisions, your skin will show it. I’m a firm believer that you reap what you sow when it comes to skin. if you slack on it, it’ll show! so shape up—drink more water (keep a bottle in your bag at all times along with an apple), make at least half of each meal veggie-based, and get least six hours of sleep a night (I’d normally say seven but let’s be real, you’re in college). okay, lecture over and here’s my beauty prescription for you: wash your face every morning with something zingy (Neutrogena Grapefruit, perhaps), use a BB Cream (my favorites are Garnier and Boscia), curl your eyelashes if you need to, and then… this is key… blush! my favorite is Nars The Multiple. it’ll give your skin a healthy “I got sixteen hours of sleep and only eat organic, locally sourced food” glow
Hi Eva, I have a job interview with a big fashion magazine in London this week and I'm so unsure about what to wear. I have a grey boyfriend blazer which is the only "work" item in my wardrobe. What could I pair it with?
a popular misconception about fashion is that people who work in it have to dress “fashionnnnnn” or “werq it” all the time (btw, for the record, I hate the expression “werq” “werk” and all varieties of that). false! certainly, you should look chic. but at the end of the day, as a junior editor/assistant/intern especially, your priority should be being polished and professional. you’re going to be running around like a madwoman all day and how will you do that in Anna dello Russo-style armadillo heels, a feathery blazer, and sequin shorts that shoot sequins out of the pockets? your blazer sounds adorable and perfect—I’d pair that with sleek black skinnies, a cute top, and little pointy-toed kitten heels and a nice bag (I will admit that fashion people look at bags and shoes!). good luck!
Hey Eva, I was wondering if you have a certain beauty regime for flying. Whenever I get off a long flight I feel gross and puffy. Is there anything you suggest?
ugh, I totally hear you and good timing—I’m flying to London on Wednesday night. so, I have an extensive pre-flight routine (okay, well, basically washing my face and moisturizing—here’s a video about that). when I get on the plane, I wipe down the armrests, buttons, screen, and anything vaguely communal with an Herban Essentials antibacterial lavender wipe—that’s probably the most insane thing I do, by the way. um, moving on. for flights longer than three hours, I reapply moisturizer and as a general rule, I drink at least one cup of water per hour of flight and try to stay away from the inflight meal (unless I can pre-order a low sodium one). the inflight meal is basically a salt lick and largely responsible for the puffy grossness! lastly, once I get home or to the hotel, I wash my face, like, immediately. and then hydrate like a maniac!
hi eva, when it comes to your skincare routine, do you change it up as much as you do your nail polish? what are your essential products that have worked wonders for your skin?
I do change up my skincare—but definitely not as often as my nailpolish. that would entail me changing my entire skincare routine every three days and, well, that would be utter madness. because I am very luckily showered with beauty products on a weekly—nay, daily… nay, hourly—basis, I take a lot of things home with me to try. I’ll usually give something I’m using three full weeks to make an impression (research and development people suggest that amount of time, since it’s the average turnaround time for skin cells) and I’ll pass judgement then ^.^ here’s what I’m using right now: Ren Hydra-Calm Face Wash and serum, Olay Regenerist SPF 50, Boscia BB Cream, Clarins Total Eye Concentrate, Neals Yard Beauty Sleep Serum, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense, Fresh Seaberry Body Lotion, Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream!
Eva I hope that you have had a great morning. I am messaging you because honestly I am exhausted. I am looking for an internship this summer (hopefully a beauty or fashion related one) and not even google is helping me. I am 21 years old with a passionate heart. All I want to do is experience life and enjoy the world around me. I go to a private school so I can't afford to not work during the summer. Do you know how I can find a paid internship? I know these are rare but my fingers are crossed.
not even google is helping? my darling girl, google is the tip of the internship iceberg. to break into the fashion industry, you need to work it (I refuse to write “werk” or “werq”, shudder). ask your college’s career services for contact information for people who work in the industries you’re interested in, ask your friends, ask your parents, ask your parents’ friends, ask everyone for help. beauty and fashion are word-of-mouth industries—jobs aren’t always posted online (but check out ed2010.com, they can have good intelligence). and in regards to paid internships, they exist, certainly, but they don’t often pay more than a stipend. plan on having a weekend job—or start saving now for next summer!
Hi Eva! I want to be a fashion journalist but everyone keeps telling me that it doesn't pay. But I keep seeing editors with great clothes and amazing lifestyles. How much of what people have been telling me is true?
the reality is that you don’t go into fashion or fashion journalism (or journalism, period, for that matter) to make money. you do it because you can’t not do it—it’s your dream, your passion, your all-consuming goal. which is not to say you don’t get paid—at more senior levels, you certainly can make a very decent living and have a great lifestyle. but your coffers will never compare to, say, those of hedge funders (darn one percent!). I will say that at the very beginning (entry level), the pay is rather meager. but, again, if you love it, you don’t see it as dues paying—it’s an educational, soul-enriching experience
Hi Eva, I have just finished high school and changed to tourism. I now completely regret my decision as I Love fashion and I always have. I was just wondering if it will too late when I'm older (20). Or if it will still be good and I will have a good chance at having a good career in fashion even though I started later? thank you
ah, youth. twenty, my dear girl, is not “older”. twenty is young enough to make a complete u-turn and start all over in another industry. and then again. and once again. really, I’d say you have until your mid-twenties to (ideally) figure out what it is you want to do. (if you don’t figure out what you want to do by your mid-twenties, that’s okay too. but by then you should have done your research and have a more solid idea of what it is you like and don’t like in a job). but back to the task at hand: if you want to work in fashion, do it. first, though, do your homework. read up on different careers in fashion to ascertain what might suit you and your personality. then, apply away to internships, assistant positions, and don’t settle for anything less than your dreams