Hi Eva! Recently I feel like I've been in this funk of compulsive shopping. Truth is, I've been in this state since I realized that I have a debit card and money at my disposal. I don't want to be a shopaholic, but it's just so easy. I see something online and I would accidentally splurge on it, but I always end up hating it or not using it later on. What should I do?
oh dear. I went through a phase like the one you’re talking about in my early twenties (and all throughout college, if we’re being honest). it was hard to break out of the cycle because, well, what girl doesn’t love to shop? now, though, I have a much more pragmatic approach to shopping. I really (try to) take time to think about the things I’m buying, asking myself how and whether they fit into my wardrobe, am I buying it just because it’s inexpensive, and will I still be obsessed with it in three weeks, three months, or three years from now? for your situation, though, first of all, anything you haven’t worn yet and that you’re ‘meh’ about (the items that don’t make your heart race thinking about them), return them. like, now. secondly, I think you have to ask yourself why you’re in a shopping funk—are you stress-shopping because of school or family? are you competitive-shopping because you’re comparing yourself to friends? spend some time thinking on that, and whether there’s a way to cut whatever it is that’s triggering the spending out—or at least reduce exposure to it. you will be happier, your closet less packed, and your bank account will thank you!
Hi Eva, I just wanted to say I love reading your blog and seeing your tips/suggestions. But also, I'm curious about who/what inspires you? Do you have that one person who you try to emulate? Also, do you have any good movie/book recommendations? I know these aren't your usual beauty and style questions but I thought maybe you'd like a change-up in questions! And I hope the holiday season is treating you well. :)
well, living in NYC definitely does. the energy here is amazing—everyone here is here for a reason, striving for something. it’s an ambitious city and I love that feeling. who do I try to emulate? well, honestly, no one in particular. I find that the qualities I most admire tend to be value systems (I realize this will sound hokey but being kind, helping others, etc), not personality or style. it’s funny, this fashion/media industry I work in… there are so many people trying to be someone else—people trying to be frosty to act one editor (who in fact is not frosty at all), people peacocking to try to get the attention of street style photographers to be just like a blogger whose style truly comes naturally to them. it’s a lot of work to try to be like someone else. I find that it’s always just best to be yourself. as for books, I’m reading anything and everything about Diana Vreeland right now. love her voice! check out this book. and happy holidays to you as well—I love getting offbeat questions, actually! thank you for asking!
Hi Eva! I found a video of you talking about Boscia BB cream when I was shopping around for a BB cream to try, and based on your recommendation, I bought it and love it! Now I'm curious, do you use eye cream? Are there any you recommend? Thank you! P.S. Your bag collection is my ultimate Xmas wishlist.
hooray! I love a beauty recommendation success story! ^_^ so… eye creams. short answer: yes, I do. long, Eva-Chen-style rambling answer: yes, and here’s why. when I was a sprightly youth in my early twenties, fresh into my beauty career, an aesthetician scared the heebie jeebies out of me by telling me that by the time I realized I needed eye cream it’d be too late—and she then proceeded to show me about a hundred pictures of sagging eyes. ahhh! so I started using a basic hydrating eye cream then (something like this one). in my late twenties, I switched to one for fine lines (sigh). after that initial period of obsession, honestly, I came to realize that eye wrinkles are like the march of time/aging—you really can’t prevent it, you can only adjust to it. if you smile and laugh (and I hope you do often!), they’re inevitable. no one wants to be an expressionless zombie (well, some fashion people might actually). so until then, I wear sunglasses (just got these!) and do what I can—but not overly obsess!
You talk about face-oil a lot, but how do you use it on your skin? Do you put it on a cotton pad or just put it on your skin? I really want to know.
face oil is absolutely my #1 favorite thing in the winter. to the point where if you asked me to choose between face oil or gloves I’d perhaps vote for face oil. O_O anyway! the way I apply it is that I put about five drops (most brands have a dropper system) onto my fingertips and sort of press it into skin (in my mind, I’m pretending to be a facialist giving, er, myself a facial). I let it sit for a few minutes and then apply night cream over. oh! yes, forgot to mention. I use it at night, not during the day! my favorite ones are Dermalogica, Clarins, Ren, and Rodin… enjoy xo
Hi Eva! I just got these great metallic Loeffler Randall oxfords, but they cut up the backs of my ankles when I wore them. Any tips on how to make flats/oxfords that are stiff around the edges more comfortable? Or maybe just less painful? I don't want to abandon them in my closet. Thanks for your help! ps, you're the first byline I ever loved
if my feet could speak, they’d sound like an a street-fight-grizzled-Clint-Eastwood-Dirty-Harry character: “go ahead, make my day. just try to torture me more that you already have.” my feet have really, really been put through some extreme situations, sigh. this is all a long way of saying that I feel your pain! the first question in your shoe situation is to ask whether they’re a smidge too small or if it’s a stiff, hard edgy, leather situation. if it’s the former, I’d slip on a pair of socks (thicker ones), cram your feet into those shoes, and walk around your apartment to stretch them out slightly. if it’s the latter, it’s basically wear-and-tear that’ll make it less like a razor-like edges less hurty, so break out the bandaids (have you seen Cynthia Rowley's crazy-cute ones?). I've had some friends take a nail file or sandpaper to the edges too, fyi. I haven't tried that (I'd be worried about ruining the shoe) but, hey, you never know. and remember! if the shoe hurts when you try them on, they're not going to get more comfortable. so make sure they're comfortable before you buy! good luck!
Hello Ms. Eva Chen! I want to pursue a career in fashion, but I find myself torn. I'm in my 3rd year of high school, and applying to colleges will creep up soon. I'm afraid that if I go to a fashion school and my dream career in fashion doesn't work out, I would have no other options. But if I go to a college where I could major in another major, I wouldn't be able to pursue my love for fashion (or it would be more difficult to). What should I do? (Your success in fashion is quite rare). Thanks!
I never try to tell people exactly what to do, to be honest, because everyone has a different path they’re meant to take in life and, really, there’s no one way into fashion. personally, I didn’t go to a fashion school—I was pre-med (which is unusual for someone who works in magazines) and an English major (more common). I know people who work in fashion who are Spanish, economics, art history, journalism, film studies majors. and a thousand other majors! I always say study what you love, intern in what you want to work in. unless you have a burning desire to go to Parson’s or FIT, going to a fashion school is unnecessary to work in fashion—what’s necessary is vision, drive, patience, and determination—as well as the ability to find and apply for lots and lots of internships!
Love you! I have a few random questions that I'm curious about. What would a work day with you be like? And have you ever counted the number of bags and shoes that you own? I dare you! =)
hmm, challenge declined—mostly because it would take too long. my bag and shoe collection have reached critical mass, to the point where I need to either (shudder) consider getting rid of a few (I’d donate them to my mum, sister in law, or friends) or moving them to an undisclosed, offsite facility, like a fashion version of Area 51). and, well, my workday is a little different these days because I’m actually working for me, myself, and I these days ^_^ it’s been an amazing experience (one that every girl should have, I think). you’ll see my writing in Teen Vogue still, as well as Vogue, ELLE, and others. and, drumroll, stay tuned for my new website coming in 2013. thanks for the love and keep calm and shop on!
Hey Eva, I am looking into internships for the upcoming summer up north (Georgia just isn't cutting it anymore) and I'm wondering if you have any advice as to how to go about landing the dream internship be that in fashion, or the entertainment industry in general?
why, yes, as a matter of fact, I do! in a nutshell: 1) start applying early (at least three months before you’d like to begin. and most places accept interns on a semester basis, fyi!). 2) apply often. it’s wonderful to have goals and to have a dream of working at, say, Vogue or W magazines. but don’t limit yourself to just two options. apply to as many internships (at least!) as you did colleges. but be targeted about it. don’t wallpaper the masthead of a magazine with your resume. really think about what department (art! beauty! fashion! entertainment!) interests you most and apply directly to them with an email/resume. and 3) develop a thick(ish) skin. if you don’t hear back from one internship, follow up… then try, try again!
Hi Eva! I have two, totally unrelated questions. First, I have been following *almost* all of your tips for great skin, and it's helped a lot, but I still have some scarring (ghosts of acne past -.-). Is there any way to get rid of that? Second, I'm going to Palm Springs in about a week, and I seem to remember you posting on here that you've visited. I was hoping you had some suggestions of restaurants, stores, thrift shops, etc, that I should visit! Thank you :))
here’s the thing about acne scar I never realized when I had (more frequent, sigh) acne: you don’t get acne scars unless you pick/poke/squeeze/generally bother your spots. that is why it’s imperative —imperative, I tell you!—to just resist all urges to squeeze your spots, grin and bear them, and let them go away on their own. anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox. the best thing for scars is, of course, the most expensive: laser. for most, I realize, that’s not a viable option so here are the others: *retinol: will take some time to work (which it does by increasing skin cell turnover), but great for all-around anti-antiaging. I use a prescription one (Renova) twice a week. *dark spot correctors: Clinique's really is very good, as is Garnier's. they take time to work, naturally, so be patient. and speaking of patience: time and SPF (if your skin gets tan, so too do the scars)! and hooray for Palm Springs—it's my favorite place in the world. something about the mountain & desert combination, sigh. that and the Desert Hills premium outlet nearby ^_^ (for tips on my favorite places, check out my foursquare)