First of all, your shoe collection kills me. It's a beautiful thing:). Okay, I'm a college senior and I am determined to do something fashion related (ideally in media). However, my bachelor's degrees will be in econ and history with related minors, and I haven't been able to work or intern because of tough family commitments. What's your advice for getting started so late? Thanks :)
to be totally honest, it will be harder for you. I’d be doing you a disservice if I was like “tra-la-la, things will be fine.” you’re going to be competing against people who’ve had internships, people who have networked extensively, and people whose dad’s sister may be the cousin of the fashion editor’s dog walker’s hairstylist (aka they have an “in” somehow). so my advice to you would be: *start networking now. contact your college/sorority house/anything’s alumni office and see who works in fashion. it doesn’t have to be at a super high fashion designer. even locally! do informational interviews and try to secure an internship *work for the school paper and start a blog. demonstrate your writing ability, especially in the fashion realms *don’t despair. it’s definitely doable, you will just have to hustle a bit harder and play catch up!
Hey Eva, How are you? I love your blog and am on it daily! I was wondering what your favorite/ most effective face cleanser or cleansing regimen products are? You have beautiful skin! Thanks in advance and take care! -Megan
there are few things in life that I’m maniacal about—recycling, bubble tea, sending thank you notes—and cleansing happens to be one of them. living in NYC (especially during the summer), skin just gets grimy. my routine is more involved than most people’s so take from it what you will: *morning—I use a gentle cleanser, non-foaming, something like a Cetaphil, Dior Cleansing Milk, or Ren Calming Facewash. nothing too intense or stripping. *evening—first, I use a cleansing water like Klorane or Lancome’s as a “pre-cleanser”. then, I use a foaming—but gentle—face wash like Jurlique’s Brightening Wash. twice a week (or almost every night in the summer), I use my Clarisonic Mia with a basic foaming face wash (Neutrogena Naturals) *special occasions—if I’m flying, I pack makeup remover wipes (Aveeno, Yes to Carrots, or Almay) and remove makeup before we take off, then I put on a hydrating serum (like Dermalogica’s Overnight Repair). I recleanse and moisturize (with SPF if landing in the daytime) upon landing. I always take off makeup before working out and then use another face wipe after! is your mind swimming from all this information? ^.^ I will say this—I would spend the least on cleansers (I use fancy ones because I often get them gratis. save your money for an amazing serum or concealer). it’s less important how much they are and more important how regularly and diligently you do it!
did people told ya you were fat at highschool? :( it's a tough feeling.. everything I do is judged and my classmates threw my oscar de la renta ring and wrecked all my makeup.. :( a cup of ice cream would be nice huh?
sigh. my heart is breaking for you right now. I can’t say I was bullied in high school, no, but I didn’t have a super-easy time in middle school. I was called the opposite of fat—I was super, super skinny (not in a good, modelly way either). people called me stick insect! chicken legs! evan (har har, get it? because I looked like a boy)! and, sadly, racial slurs that I just don’t think should be okay in this wonderful country of ours. so, even though I wasn’t the most bullied in school, it still wasn’t the most pleasant experience and I switched schools for high school (and was lucky to have an amazing experience there). here’s what I have to say to you: I’ve looked at your blog, you have a fun aesthetic (love the theme you used) and a great eye. find solace, happiness, and joy in fashion and developing your writing voice and editor’s eye. you are way more evolved than the thugs at your school. people who pick on others do so because of a deep inadequacy they feel about themselves or lack of understanding of their pea-brained selves. you are way smarter than them—it’ll get easier and you will come out on top, I promise. keep your head up and stay strong
eva! first of all, i love how real you are and LOVE your blog. you inspire me daily :) 2nd) i graduated last year and have been living at home (sigh) my parents won't let me move to NYC unless i have a job lined up.. the thing is everytime i apply to a job i feel like they pass over me because i DONT live in NY. and its a lot of $$ to fly for an interview if i wont get the job. money is tight, how can i convince them to move? i feel bad because of $$ issues :(
you’re describing a classic chicken-and-egg situation that tons of recent/impending graduates ask me about. honestly, you’re right. it is more challenging to get a job in NYC if you’re not in NYC at the moment. why? because oftentimes people want someone who can start, like, yesterday. I know people (not me, though) who won’t even interview people who aren’t in the tri-state/can-pick-up-and-move area. what can I say: NYC is a difficult place to live, expensive, and competitive and if you truly want to live here and work, the theory is that you’d do anything and plan in a crazy way to make that happen. all that said, though, I know NYC is hard to get to (for the same reasons I listed four lines up). if I were you, I’d work as hard as possible now, save money to try to come to NYC 2x a year for informational interviews. if you prove you’re being proactive you’ll a) assuage your parents’ concerns (even a little) and b) perhaps make them see beyond your desire to your practical/planning side. and, last bit of advice: surely someone in your family knows someone or has someone who lives nearby to NYC? perhaps move there as a baby step towards the NYC life of your dreams
Hey Eva, I read a lot of fashion blogs/books (including yours - love it!) about how to break into the industry, and I keep hearing the term "informational interview." What does is mean and how does it differ from a regular interview? Thanks for your help!
an interview is for applying to a specific job that’s open, whereas an informational interview is focused on… drumroll, please… information. it’s a short (I usually offer fifteen minutes or so) session with someone you want to learn from in the industry, wherein you ask them questions about their day to day, their advice for someone breaking into the business, etc. you should reach out to anyone and everyone for informationals—friends of parents, high school and college alumni, and even people you don’t have a second degree connection with. shy? listen, I was when I was younger. I wish I had had the guts to do informationals in high school and college. now, in my advanced age (ha), here’s what I’ve realized. the general math is that you’ll reach out to ten people (btw, always mention how you got their information, via your school, a mutual friend, etc) and the worst case scenario is that eight of them don’t write back. one might write back once and flake out (sigh). but then that last one person—you never know—they might be the one to change your life
Hi Eva! I was wondering, what are your thoughts on potential employees/interns having blogs? Does that make them more memorable or hireable? Is there something specific blog-wise that you look for? Anything like that would be very helpful, thanks!
that’s a great question. in this media-frenzied day and age, everyone’s a blogger (moi included). as an employee/intern, it’s really very crucial that your employer is aware that you have a personal blog. they should know what sort of content you’re posting, how you’ll keep it separate from your daily tasks, whether you’ll be writing about your internship and in what way… the truth is that employers can be sensitive about it these days because some interns have posted company information that’s confidential! but as a rule, when I’m interviewing interns, I like seeing that they have a blog or digital presence because that’s so important to me personally ^_^
Do you think a daytime eye cream/serum is necessary? If so, any favorites? I've read you should wear one with SPF but I'd be nervous about putting sunscreen so close to my eyes!
funny you should ask because I just started using one! it’s by Dr. Murad and it’s the Essential C SPF 15 Eye Cream. I use a tiny amount under and around my eyes (in the crows-feet area, sob)—making sure not to put it too close to the rim of the eyes. there’s also a Clarins eye cream with SPF 30 that’s great as well. if you can afford to add this step to your regimen, I say go for it, it can’t hurt and every bit of prevention helps (wear sunglasses too!)—but keep in mind that the eyes are the window to the soul. and if you have a particularly expressive and happy soul (ie: smiling), you will naturally accrue expression lines around the eyes. I know I do—and I don’t regret them!
Hi Eva! First of all I would just love to say how amazing you are. Everything you post is gorgeous and you have an amazing personality! and a dream job, thats why I want to do when i'm older. But my main question is about collared shirts...I know not a very exciting topic. But next year at school we are only allowed to wear things with collars and no jeans?! Please help. Any ideas from you are good ones. Thanks! <3
well, that was a non sequitur if I’ve ever seen one. first of all, thank you for the kind words. I am always staggered and somewhat surprised by the sheer niceness of all of my follower-friends (because I consider you all friends, not just followers!). okay, so onto the task at hand: collared shirts. I actually must say, I think they arean exciting topic! everyone in the fashion world is super obsessed with collared shirts (and little detachable collars like this one from ASOS) paired with cleanly lined pants or full skirts. there are also ways to dress up your collar by accessorizing them with tips like these ones! listen, I know having a uniform is a drag (I wore one for most of my school career, from six to sixteen) but at least you have some leeway with yours (mine was: navy skirt so stiff you got paper cuts from it, hideously amorphous polo shirt). collared shirts and whatever bottoms you want… sounds chic. embrace it and make it a Look with a capital L