Hi Eva, I'm trying to get used to wearing heels and I was wondering if it's normal to feel like I'm walking slowly/clomping around/generally out of my element? No matter how long I wear them (and I have been on and off for years) I feel like I'm dressing up. Plus, I'm six feet tall so I'm not comfortable being head and shoulders above everyone. Are some people just, like, naturals at wearing heels? Thanks!
what, walking on your tiptoes doesn’t come naturally to you? let’s tackle your questions in parts: a) yes, it takes time to get acclimated to walking in high heels. half the time I’m clomping around in heels myself (some shoes are just clompier than others). and I see it all the time on the runway, actually, a lot of the younger models take some time to “grow” into their walk. imagine having to learn how to walk in heels in front of hundreds of people and the worldddd! anyway, I digress. which leads me to 2) if a model can wear heels and be six feet tall, so can you! own your height and your gorgeousness!
Hi! I'm a high school senior going to NYU next year. I'm super super excited to be in the city, but I went there recently and I was floored by the style that even some of my future classmates had. I need places to shop! What are some fantastic vintage/regular stores in NYC that I could go? HELP!
okay, so let me first start by saying congratulations. NYU is a great school, smartypants! now, let me draw on the fact that I grew up across the street from an NYU dorm to say: when 96% of the students arrive at NYU as freshman they have really, er, different style. most of the students evolve fashion-wise during their time at NYU—NYC has that effect on people! I would spend the rest of your summer preparing yourself mentally for the grand adventure you’re about to go on (another piece of unsolicited advice: don’t bring too much stuff from home. you’re going to buy all of it in NYC anyway and then when you move dorms after freshman year you’ll be like ZOMG what is all this stuff!). anyway! back to my advice: don’t fret too much about what to wear. there is nothing worse than forced or hurried style. the best style is your own, no matter how long it takes to get there.
Hi Eva! I feel like you get a lot of career questions, which you so gracefully answer, and all of your followers so greatly appreciate it! (I've said this to you before on Twitter!) However, we want to know about you too! What do you like to do for fun? And (since most of your readers seem career-oriented), do you think you've reached your ultimate career goal or do you have more that you want to accomplish in your industry?
well, a lot of my spare time is taken up by maintaining this very blog (which technically is a “hobby” and not part of my job, believe it or not), twitter, instagram, google+ (which is my all beauty all the time channel), and now youtube (which, dang, is really hard). other hobbies: gardening (I am an old lady) and online shopping. in terms of your second question, well, I don’t have an answer for that beyond I love love love my job, as you can imagine and that you never know! my philosophy—work, personal life, love, everything—is to keep an open mind, keep learning, and never say no to an exciting opportunity
Just curious-- what did you wear to your senior prom Eva? And if you went NOW, what would be your perfect outfit?
ah, memories. I went a tiny all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and our prom was at the Plaza Hotel. it was all very Gossip Girl but unlike the Waldorfs and Van der Woodsens, though, my classmates and I were not exactly fending off hordes of Chace Crawford lookalikes (ie: we were nerds). I wore a simple black BCBG column dress that hit mid-calf with blocky Gucci heels and, to be honest, I wish I still owned both those items because the look was very 90s Calvin Klein and would be so chic right now. if I went now? one word: Chanel! wait, maybe two words: Marc Jacobs ^.^
I know you have already given your opinion on what makes a great cover letter when applying for internships, however I was wondering if you might be able to give any advice on the formatting of such a letter. I have seen many different examples ranging from a formal letter to more of a personal statement and I was curious whether there was a style that may be better received by prospective employers? Any advice you could give on this topic would be extremely helpful! Thank you!
ah, cover letters. you won’t get the same answer from any one person regarding this contentious (yes, contentious!) topic. here’s my personal point of view: I never read them if they’re attached to an email along with a resume. I only read the body of the email and the resume. the average employer—myself included—spends a mere 30-45 seconds looking at your email/cover letter/resume. really, they’re just scanning it. so the easier you make it for us, the better. in the body of the email, I’m looking for a letter that gives me a sense of your drive and personality. your resume is your academic and professional life spelled out in clean, concise bullets. your cover letter/email? that’s you: make it count
Hi Eva, I'm here to let you know how overwhelmingly inspiring you have been to me. I'm currently a finance student at one of the top schools in the world (thanks to Asian parents), but I've never been happy here. Reading your replies on Tumblr changed my life. I can't say I'm going to drop out of school tomorrow and move to NYC, but I'm gonna start doing things that make me happy (just like you did), and stop worrying about my GPA. Thank you, from one of the many girls you've inspired greatly.:)
oh my word, do not drop out of school and move to NYC. the last thing I need is some Tiger Parents stalking me down and pouncing on me! ^.^ here’s my (unsolicited) advice: get your degree first, in the major that makes you happy, that feels effortless because it’s fun and you’re creatively engaged and stimulated. while you’re doing that, tap into the alumni office/career services office of your top university to find an internship or three. intern, intern, intern to learn about yourself and what makes your clock tick. when you decide on a career path, be patient with your parents and explain the career trajectory—how you’ll support yourself, what the next steps for advancement are, who your role models are, etc. help them understand the job you’ve chosen—and that in turn will help them understand you. good luck and keep me posted on your journey via twitter @evachen212 (best way to reach me)
hi! this is really random, after unsuccessfully going through my closet, I thought of your blog and thought you'd be the perfect person to ask this question! but I have an interview for a possible internship with Vogue China, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? help!
I adore Vogue China—congrats! here’s my POV: when I’m interviewing prospective interns, I’m not looking for someone who’s wearing head to toe current season Balenciaga or Celine. I’m looking for a hard worker who also happens to love beauty/fashion. so what that translates to is (ideally) someone polished (no jeans/flipflops/unkempt hair… instead, maybe a cute top/skirt or dress with the nicest bag/heels you own and a not-too-made-up-but-you-made-an-effort makeup look). said person is comfortable, able to walk in their shoes (the number of times I’ve seen girls clatter/tiptoe/wince in their shoes during interviews… sigh), and—most importantly—smart, confident in their abilities, and quick learner. above all, I’m looking for a smart and nimble girl (or guy!) who’s eager to learn and knows her stuff. hope this helps and good luck!
oh! an impossible question, like asking Willy Wonka what his favorite candy is. I use such a ridiculous number of masks on a regular basis it’s hard to say. but, okay okay, I’ll try. the first mask I really fell in love with was SK-II. I was backstage at Calvin Klein and Pat McGrath had them on all the models before they hit the runway. I always take them with me when I travel now. I love all the masks from the line, especially their Glycolactic Peel. and Jurlique has a super lovely Antioxidant Herbal mask that—zing!—is so refreshing! ps: I think it’s marvelous that you’re even asking about masks! keep it up! you’ll see a difference in your complexion. skin is like a plant, it needs to be watered/taken care of on a regular basis to flourish!
“youth is a state of mind that cannot live without science”—Yves Saint Laurent. I’m going to pretend that he’s talking about skincare because I love the science of skincare. and without skincare I would lose my youthful glow.