Dead Eva, I follow you on Instagram and tumblr (obviously) and noticed that you post pictures of food almost as much as of yours nails haha. I was wondering if you had any kind of eating and exercise advice to stay healthy and fit? You have an amazing figure and healthy hair and nails! Thank you
Oh dear, I do love to eat, I can’t deny that. I get as much pleasure from a heaping spoonful of tiramisu as I do a fresh, shiny manicure. Actually, I don’t trust people who don’t like to eat—in my eyes, eating delicious food is one of the purest pleasures in life. And why would anyone want to deny themselves that pleasure? Hmmm. Anyway! The key is to choose what you eat wisely and always eat in moderation. I won’t eat anything out of boredom or just because it’s there. I used to be guilty of that, especially on days I would be on set for hours at a time. Nowadays, when I eat chocolate, I’ll make sure it’s super delicious dark chocolate (not, say, a stale Hershey Kiss in my doctor’s office). I’ll have pizza and French fries, just not every day (and, again, only eat it if it’s going to be extra-especially delicious). I think you also have to find, if you don’t have it already, an appreciation of healthy food—greens like kale and spinach, fish, healthy fats like olive oil and avocado. They really are health- and skin-boosting superfoods and you’ll see a difference in your energy when you eat more of those foods and cut back (not eliminate, because that’s too harsh) junk food. Lastly, yes, exercise. I don’t do it nearly as often as I would like, but I do try to do yoga every other day and am going to add some weights into my routine (this month! I promise!).
Hi Eva! I have an obsession with fashion but in my school people who stand out are considered well.. Weird. I'm only 15 after all. How can I still have a passion for fashion without looking too over the top? -Gillian
if you ask me, weird is the same thing as unique, which is the same thing as original, which is the same thing as cool. therefore, you are cool. ^_^ seriously, though, it’s funny how in high school, everyone wants to fit in and people who have their own taste/point of view are deemed “weird.” then, once you’re older, the tables turn and having your own opinion and look is considered the bee’s knees. trust me, I know. I went through the same thing and emerged (relatively) unscarred and more sure in my convictions (fashion or otherwise) than ever. and the key to surviving high school (or anywhere, really) is to find like-minded individuals whether at your own school or in the community.
ps: why not celebrate your fashion awesomeness? if you’re the only one at your school who has a passion for it, may I suggest offering to write a style column for your school paper? will be a great start for your eventual career in fashion.
Hi Eva! I'm a recent journalism grad and I'm interning at Weddingbells Magazine in Toronto. I LOVE it so far! My only concern is that I'm 22 and I feel like a lot of my friends are travelling and having the time of their lives. I told myself if I want to travel and take a year off, I'd go to Korea and teach English (everything is paid for and you can save A LOT), but now I'm conflicted because I love what I do now, but I do want to travel. I feel like if I travel I'll be behind in my career..
oh! this is a very timely—and appropriate—question to ask me, since I just relocated to Los Angeles for a few months. okay, my perspective: first of all, it’s marvelous that you’ve found a potential career that you love and that you have a passion for. that, in of itself, is exceptionally difficult and some people spend their whole lives trying to pinpoint that. so I see why you’re conflicted about taking a break from it—and thus falling behind in your career. to be honest, though, there is no such thing as falling behind in your career especially this early in your path. first of all, you’re interning—not hired—at Weddingbells. I’m not saying that that’s license to take it any less seriously (the fact that you’re worried about leaving them is a sign to me, actually, about how much you love your job and how great of an intern you likely are). how long is the term of your internship though? why not intern there for a little while longer while you a) save money to b) travel for a few months? I am very pro-travel, pro-life-experience. once you start working-working (not just interning), it’s exceptionally difficult to take a year—or even a few months—off. but you never know where a life adventure in Seoul might take you—you could intern at Vogue Girl (I LOVE that magazine) while out there, or start your own travel blog or ‘zine. and that could lead to another job/internship/something amazing. when you open your heart and mind to life and opportunities, opportunities will, in turn, find you
Hi Eva, what advice do you have for overcoming shyness during internships? I'm finding that it's one of my greatest weaknesses on the job and hardest to overcome. Cheers and hope LA is treating you well!
Oh! That is a great question and, believe it or not, one I’ve wrestled with myself throughout the years. The world—working, school, and otherwise—can feel like a loud, cacophonous place where you can’t get a word (or even a thought) in edgewise, can’t it? It doesn’t help that social media offers 9.6 million opinions on just about everything too. You feel like you have to shout to be heard. What’s a shy girl to do? I think step one is recognizing that your voice and opinions are valid. Whether you’re with your friends or at work, speak them. It’ll feel really difficult at first, but start small and do it often. Step two: find birds of the feather. Despite how the media world wants to portray the fashion industry, it is not solely occupied by larger than life characters. Find people who have the same quiet, cool intelligence as yourself. And three: be patient. It’s hard to imagine now, but as you grow into your career path, you will feel less shy and more self-assured in your points of view and authority. It’ll come, I promise you!
Hey I love your blog so much you have beautiful taste and I am glued to your 'another day another manicure'! I recently purchased a pair of gorgeous boyfriend jeans from Zara but am stuck... what do I wear with them? Which shoes and what top, sweater, t-shirt etc?! Thank you xxxx
Ah, very timely question. For the last decade, I’ve bought boyfriend jeans… and always promptly returned them. Nothing I paired with them felt quite right. Recently, though, I picked up this random pair of boyfriend jeans. And suddenly, it felt right to wear them with everything. That’s when I realized that the key to boyfriend jeans is really, really not to overthink what you wear with them. Some of the disparate things I’ve paired with boyfriend jeans: baggy muscle tanks (with pointy toed heels like these guys) to snug little cropped sweaters and wedge sneakers. Really, it’s all in the casual-cool, borrowed-from-the-boys meets girlish mix. Give it a try—don’t be shy… ^_^
“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!