Hi Eva! I was wondering how you take care of your skin on the rest of your body? As in, not your face? I've searched the internet high and low, and I can't seem to find any specific regimens or product suggestions!
oh, excellent question… I’m so glad you asked because one of the things that creeps me out the most is seeing people with super youthful (in an artificial way) faces but then crepey/saggy/liver-spotted skin. this, friends, is a common occurrence in certain parts of California and Florida and always gives me the heebie-jeebies. anyway! here’s my body routine: scrub two to three times a week. my favorites are Burt’s Bees and Dennis Gross. every night, I slather myself with body lotion. I’ve been using Weleda’s Wild Rose but, really, anything will do (I tend to use natural products since strangely the skin on my body is more sensitive than my face!). I use a foot cream before I go to bed as well. and in the day-time, I’ll use Eucerin’s Everyday Protection SPF on days I’m out and about a lot. and—note—I always use SPF on the backs of my hands and neck (the same one I put on my face). to prevent heebie-jeebie’ing myself out when I’m older :(
a. You've got the best blog! I don't even know how you do it! :D b. I'm fifteen and know that I definitely want to go into fashion. I design and wear my own clothes, write a (different) blog, and love doing it all with a passion, but I have strict parents that want me to follow in my levelheaded genius sister's footsteps. I don't even know how to tell them that I don't want to sit behind a desk all day and crunch numbers! Do you have any advice on what I should do without having much support?
oh, parents. picture me saying that with an endearing smile that might be reserved for your local octogenarian or two puppies frolicking in a field. parents mean well, they really do. but their priority—that you are stable, secure, safe, and generally not starving on the streets or floundering in life—doesn’t always dovetail with the reality of finding your passion in life/career. my advice: do some serious research and show them you know the career arc and path of people you admire, and how long it takes for you to get to that “dream” position, etc. fear often comes from lack of understanding. if you help them understand each step of the career process, they might feel a little reassured. I know that worked with my parents who were completely mystified by the magazine industry—still are a little, to be honest—but the more I talk them through it, the more accepting they are
Hi Eva, so my problem is I bite my nails and I hate it sooooo much, I've tried really hard concentrating to not bite them but whenever I get nervous I do it. The worst part is when I apply a nail polish it looks so ugly due to the fact my nails are really small. So I was wondering if you had any advice or something I could do to solve my problem? thank you soooo much and this is going to be weird but I really love your hair and sorry if I ask too many questions :) xx
first of all, don’t apologize for asking questions! that’s one of the worst habits girls have, in my opinion. curiosity is a good thing, okay? (although, if any of you guys need a zippy response or a response, period—I get hundreds of questions a week on Tumblr, sigh—always tweet at me. I respond within 24 hours typically on that platforms). anyway! to address your nail biting problem: *use Orly No Bite, a really gross-tasting nail polish that hopefully will stop your problem *transfer your anxiety into another habit. maybe buy a bright hairband, keep it on your wrist, and snap it every time you’re stressed (or bite your nails!) instead *picture all the bacteria you’re consuming by biting your nails. every time you touch a doorknob, use a communal pen, touch a subway pole, you are voluntarily putting that in your mouth if you bite your nails. how’s that for a gross—and hopefully motivating?—reality check!
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