“I AM VERY CURIOUS. EVERY DAY, I SAY: WHAT AM I GOING TO LEARN TODAY AND WHOM AM I GOING TO MEET?”—Azzedine Alaïa to the New York Times. Like Azzedine, let’s strive to be curiouser and curiouser (to quote from Alice in Wonderland) everyday. Don’t settle for the safe, the mundane, or the expected. That is all.
what wisdom would you want to share with 18-year-old you?
Oh! So many things: *Maintain your optimism: don’t let the toxicity of your environment—a college major you don’t love, competitive friends, petty coworkers, etc etc—take it away from you. It is one of your defining qualities. *Learn to say no—and don’t be afraid to speak up: if you don’t speak up for yourself, you can’t expect others to pipe up for you. Be braver. *Be better with money. Really. You’ll need it when you move back to NYC. *Say yes to adventure, to (calculated) risk, to possibilities. The latter is something I’ve learned in spades since eighteen, but especially in the last few years of my career. Taking every meeting, being open to new opportunities and not being shackled by unwarranted fear or hesitation. This life we lead is short and fleeting—I assume you’re eighteenish if you’re asking this question. Listen: eighteen feels like it was yesterday to me. I remember everything about it from my poor fashion decisions (haha) to my general cluelessness and the occasional waves of trepidation about what the future would bring. Today, I am eighteen + ten + then some. Time flies, really it does, so maximize every second. Live the best life you can—any limitations you have are self-imposed.
"I’M STILL TRYING TO LEARN THAT I DON’T HAVE TO BE SO HARD ON MYSELF AND BE SO CRITICAL. I CAN SMELL THE ROSES. I DON’T WANT TO NEVER BE SATISFIED. I DON’T THINK THAT’S A HEALTHY WAY TO LIVE."
-Beyonce Knowles, who isn’t someone whose quotes I throw around regularly. But this statement of hers rang really true with me (especially during the mad bustle of fashion week, when everyone is trying to do a million things at once.
Those of you who’ve been following me for a while (thank you, by the way! I really do appreciate it) know that Marc Jacobs has been my favorite designer for, like, ever. So it’s with great, great excitement that I’m announcing that I’m collaborating with the brand on a new initiative called #MJDaisyChain! Follow the hashtag on twitter and instagram to see behind the scenes pictures from the Marc by Marc show from myself and an all-star roster of fellow bloggers from the US and around the world (Song of Style! Sincerely Jules! Le Blog de Betty! Gary Pepper Vintage! Park and Cube… & more!).
Caught by Harper’s Bazaar photog en route to Jason Wu wearing a giant hat, Wyler scarf, Jil Sander sweater, Opening Ceremony bomber, Whistles jacket, and vintage skirt, Pierre Hardy clutch, and drinking my deliciously weird kale juice
Another day, another manicure: I received a quick manicure backstage at Prabal with two of his three new shades: Loden Green and Call to Arms (the gold accent finger). My rings, by the way, are by (from left to right): Stella and Bow, Helen Ficalora, and Jennifer Fisher.
The makeup was by Charlotte Tilbury, and it was quite a departure from the seriously smoky and dramatic eyes of seasons past. Makeup was soft, feminine, and pretty, to contrast the structured, militaristic look of the clothing.
Prabal Gurung’s show never fails to inspire me and I absolutely loved his latest collection. the beadwork was out of this world and his slit-up-to-there dresses were absurdly sexy. this one was my favorite!
It’s indisputable that Jenni Kayne is the queen of D’Orsay flats (I had to restrain myself from making a “I daresay that Jenni is the queen of D’Orsay” pun, by the way. 2013 resolution #59 is to be less punny). I trudged through a hailstorm to see her most recent collection, which was a refined collection of sleek LA-modern-retro looks. click through for more pictures, including a ravishing red lipstick…
I paid a visit to Jennifer Fisher's jewelry studio earlier this week. Jennifer and I met when we spoke on a panel together at NYU last year; she asked me about beauty products, I asked her about her jewelry—it was kismet. her aesthetic is distinctly rock and roll and all about layering…
Hi Eva, so I begin with I'm a dude. I feel like I'm using too many products. I use a mix skin ceuticals for philoretin, toner, LHA serum, and B5. when its much colder outside I use a Kiehl's moisturizer and carry around facial fuel in my bag b/c i have a habit of splashing water on my face during the day at work. i probably wash my face 3 times a day. morning/mid-day after the gym/and before sleeping. sometimes i feel overly dry so i use this GNC moisturized. is this okay or too much?
dear women of the world: you should learn from this wise man. heythatsmint, I am obsessed with you. can you be my new SBFF (skincare best friend forever)? ^_^ but seriously, well done with your skincare routine. the only thing I’d say is a) if you feel oily during the day, use blotting papers (these are fairly unisex!) and b) instead of splashing water, have you thought about a facial mist instead? this one from Jurlique is really soothing and this one is a classic. and c) if your skin is super, super dry, consider adding a face oil to your routine. this one is my new favorite, it soothed my skin through a terrible cold recently!
"…I’M JUST PLEASED WITH WHAT I’M DOING, AND I’M LUCKY TO DO IT IN GREAT CONDITIONS AND WITH PEOPLE I LIKE… PERHAPS THAT IS MY SUGGESTION: IF YOU DO SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE, YOU DON’T NEED TO FORCE YOURSELF TO DO IT. LOVE AND DISCIPLINE. ARE THEY THAT DIFFERENT?"
Hi Eva! I'm getting married in July, and I was wondering what products/beauty regimes you recommend that I follow before my wedding? I want to make sure that my skin is beautiful and glowy! Thanks!! Amanda
ah, weddings. such happy, festive, fun affairs—unless you’re the bride, in which case you are super-stressed out with 9.8 million details. I love that you’re taking a proactive approach to your skincare and now is the perfect time to begin (five months out). so, first of all, I’d definitely recommend the basics: drinking lots of water, cutting back on refined sugars, boosting the amount of fruits and veggies you have. also, um, wash your face every night (I’m astounded by the number of people who don’t wash their face. don’t they realize they’re going to sleep with a day’s worth of oil, pollution, and grime on it!). if you can invest in a Clarisonic, I think it’s a wonderful way to deep cleanse and exfoliate. I use mine 2-3x a week (especially on the days I wear more makeup). many brides I know get facials, but I actually think if you cleanse properly, using masks at home is a great (and less expensive, because let’s face it, you have enough expenses these next few months) alternative. a few of my favorites: SK-II, Jurlique, Ren. lastly, try not to sweat the small stuff. I was, to be honest, a total bridezilla. I agonized over everrrrrything, every little detail. it was worth it, yes, but at the same time, I realize now that what people remembered from the wedding wasn’t how the blush of the favor ribbons perfectly matched the place card calligraphy. they remembered the overall happiness of the bride and groom and the love and joy everyone felt. hooray, congratulations!
hello, lovelies, testing a new feature I’ll be doing once a week—all the pictorial goodness you may have missed if you don’t follow me on Instagram! this week’s highlights: from Venice and the SAG Awards to New York for a chic Indian wedding… and all the beauty products I used in between!
there are two ways to live your life. one is as though nothing is a miracle. the other is as everything is.
-Albert Einstein. smart man. ^_^
but, seriously, it is so easy to get jaded in the fashion world (or regular world). I see it all the time, at every level. assistants or interns who start feeling entitled… senior editors who start adopting a “don’t you know who I am attitude”. one of the most important skills you can have—and foster— is an unexpected one… ready for it?
swung by my darling Bryan's preview for his collection with Adrienne Landau. he designed the slouchy fuzzy hat I'm wearing and the neon scarf… so chic, right? I think I was meant to own them because they go with my Opening Ceremony bomber (new from Matches!) and Pierre Hardy sneakers.
see the rest of the collection by clicking through (and another absurd shot of me & Bryan, haha. we do enjoy mugging it up for the camera)
especially an Indian one! especially ones that have on-site henna artists! my nail color of choice for the wedding was Jin Soon's Risque shade, a rouge noir that's classic (but chic). her polishes, by the way, are absurdly long-lasting. I highly recommend them!
want to know where my rings are from? click through to the next page ^_^
Hi eva! so i've stalked you everywhere Instagram, Twitter and Here trying to get a glimpse into what you're doing next. I know you have moved part time to LA (Congratulations) and are doing a whole bunch of articles for other magazines. I also saw something about a new website (AMEN!!) I just wanted to ask what you are doing now and how has your career changed after Teen Vogue?
aw, thank you for social-media-stalking me. I appreciate your support (and to all the other hundreds of thousands—how did that happen—of followers out there). well, David Bowie once said, “I DON’T KNOW WHERE I’M GOING, BUT I PROMISE YOU IT WON’T BE BORING.” that’s become my motto. I left Teen Vogue full-time last October (still writing for them, of course. check out their March issue!). I loved my seven years there, Amy Astley taught me so much about how to be an editor and just a good person overall. really, though, there’s no dramatic story: I just knew that I wanted to learn new things (digital! e-commerce! product design!), write for new places (Vogue! Elle! Wall Street Journal! Vogue China!), and see as much of the world as possible, so that I could feel my brain expand and learn new things again. I know a lot of people were, like, “oh my goodness, why would you leave a wonderful, stable job to be freelance?” (um, my mother said that. except swap in “oh my goodness” with “what is wrong with you”, haha). this is why—and this is advice for all you lovely ladies and gents reading out there: the purpose of life isn’t to be stable, safe. you owe it to yourself to live life to the fullest and to maximize every single opportunity you are blessed with. xx
rather, big girls shouldn’t cry if they’re lucky enough to own Balenciaga's crazy-sold-out cut-out moto boots. but, honestly, the first time I wore them my feet got so torn up that I couldn't even look at the shoes for a month. in any case, last week I finally toughened up and wore them (avec tights), a Topshop bubble skirt, Proenza Schouler turtleneck, and 982 Band-Aids.
Dear Eva, lately I've been doubting about going into the magazine industry despite majoring in Journalism and having a head position of an Ed2010 club, writer for a fashion blog, etc. I feel like its a cut-throat, almost backstabbing and extremely shallow industry. I have wanted to write for magazines since my mom gave me my first Teen Vogue subscription at age 13. Am I wrong for what i am feeling/thinking? Can you tell me what I am in for if I do end up as a writer for a magazine?
oh dear, it sounds like you’ve been having a hard time with someone lately. (there’s almost always a “someone” instigating, isn’t there?). I hope everything’s okay! so, here are my thoughts on your questions: no, you’re not wrong for what you’re feeling or thinking. the magazine industry tends to attract driven, ambitious people and with that can come a fair amount of drama. it’s not an industry that’s like booming either—it’s getting smaller and more difficult to find jobs, so there’s that contributing to everything as well. but my point of view is that you could be in any industry—neurosurgery! academia! zoology! (what a random assortment of jobs I chose, btw)—and it would be similarly cutthroat and backstabby. because, really, it comes down to one person/group of people who like causing drama. your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be super-aware of these folks and to steer clear of them (be polite and nice, of course, though). find the people that you trust, that you feel comfortable around, and that are true friends. they exist. I know they do, because I myself found a group like that, even in the fashion industry. you obviously love writing—it’s so hard to find your passion in life. don’t let someone take that away from you.
darlings, I had the incredible experience of being on the red carpet for the first time ever this Sunday as a guest of L’Oreal Paris. it’s hard to explain the experience—to be out-numbered by celebrities (oh, hey, Bradley Cooper! oh, hi, cast of Glee!) was definitely surreal. the main thing I learned, really, is that stars are just like us—except perfectly coiffed and maintained. ^_^
my favorite beauty trends on the red carpet—surprisingly, since I’m the most low-maintenance hair girl ever—were the lovely, lovely waves spotted in abundance (I may have tried this look myself: exhibit A). I love that the waves are deliberate, a departure from from the beachy-boho tousled looks popular in seasons past. I can say from first hair experience that the key to maintaining this look is hairspray, by the way. a lot of it.
click through for my other beauty highlights from the night, from purple hair to high ponytails!