Hi Eva, being asian, my eyelashes are fine and long but incredibly straight. I know you use the Chanel curlers but I've heard so many good things about the Shu Uemura that I'm a bit stuck and have no idea which ones I should get. Any thoughts?
yes, sigh, your lashes are exactly like mine. I’ve always envied my friends with naturally thick, curly lashes—don’t they know they’ve hit the genetic jackpot? don’t they know how much time they save over the course of their lifetime by not having to curl their lashes every.single.morning? okay, I’ll step off my soapbox now. there are actually four lash curlers that I adore. here’s the list: Chanel (never pinches, gives lashes a natural non-bent curl, the folks at Chanel told me this was developed in Japan); Kevyn Aucoin (love that the rubber curve thing is red so you can see whether you’ve managed to get all your lashes); Shu Uemura (a true classic. very similar in feeling to Chanel. you can’t go wrong with either); Maybelline (feels a little stiffer/less cushiony than the others, but I tend to travel with this lower investment one because I have a tendency to lose my lash curlers!)
eva. huge fan of your blog and...i have a girl crush on you. you are a woman who knows what she wants and actually steps out there to get it. inspiring! I just had a question about skincare. my korean grandma (of course) received an expensive skincare set of "anti-aging" products--moisturizer, cream, lotion, etc--and gave it to me saying that she doens't need it. now...i'm 23 and i don't see any wrinkles yet, so i was wondering if its safe to use these products? wat about wrinkle eye creams?
oh, the irony! I love that your grandma—who’s presumably in her sixties at least—is like “*I* don’t need anti-aging products. here, my darling young granddaughter, you take them.” so the short answer to your question is yes, it’s safe to use the products. they can’t hurt (unless they’re super-major-peely-and-harsh, or—if you have oilier skin—too heavy. most older skin is dryer). mostly, I imagine, they’ll nourish your skin and make it more supple. in your early twenties, I wouldn’t rush to buy super fancypants skincare when you run out though. I’d focus on lifestyle factors like a healthy diet (I cannot stress how important that is!), enough sleep (ditto! who wants to be described as “haggard?” not I!), and never-ever-ever smoking or sunning
Hello! So I'm graduating in May of 2013 and I have a few options for next semester: go back and intern at the small fashion publication I interned at last year (I did a ton of writing, it's exactly what I love doing, and I want them to hire me when I graduate), try to fulfill my dream of interning at a big-name magazine (I have every issue of Vogue since I was 15), or stay at my on-campus job. I could potentially squeeze in all 3 plus classes, but I might go crazy. What should I do?
it’s elementary, my dear mj03090! half the time people ask me for advice, they’ve already answered their own question. it’s just a matter of looking for clues in the wording you chose: in regards to your indie magazine internship, you basically said you want them to hire you and you love it. okay, that’s pretty compelling to me. in regards to Vogue, it’s a dream. dreams are good—you should definitely try for an internship there (may I suggest honing in on what department interests you most and also applying to more than one “dream” magazine. applying to internships is like applying to college—don’t put all your eggs in one magazine basket). and in regards to your on-campus job: well, it doesn’t sound like it excites you very much. but, I will say, as much money as you can save now while you’re in school… do it. post-collegiate life is pricey. anyway, it doesn’t sound like you can go wrong in either direction, but I think you should do what you love first and foremost!
Eva! Longtime follower, first time asker! (Is that a word? Probably not. WHATEVER.) Anyways, I'm sure you've already been asked this, buuut ... what do you wear to travel? I'm going on a (not SUPER long, but still long enough) air-flight next week, and I'd love to get your advice on a stylish-yet-practical outfit! (Keep in mind I'm flying from warm weather to cold weather!) THANKS! (Also, what's in your carryon?)
oooh! I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me this question! first of all, there are two airplane dress situations that seriously perplex me: a) when I see women in bandage dresses (or anything super constrictive) and crazy platform heels. those are usually the women flying with a full-on face of makeup and false lashes too. who are those women? don’t they know that flying makes you puffy and therefore anything sausage-casing like will be intensely uncomfortable? on the other end of the perplexed spectrum is when people dress like they rolled out of bed. those girls are usually wearing a baby pink hooded sweatshirt and pajama pants or sweats too large for them. they’re carrying around a pillow, which is usually dragging on the (shudder!) airport floor. sigh. I think the happy medium is something casual and comfortable but not pajama-like. I almost always wear leggings (Lulu lemon), a Proenza t-shirt, some cozy oversized sweater, and either ballet flats or, lately, my Isabel Marant heels. I always bring a Justin-Bobby style hat and a big cashmere scarf as well, since you never know how warm or cold it’ll be on the flight. safe travels!
Hi Eva, you give the most honest and genuine advice for young girls (or boys) out there. I was just wondering, when you interview possible candidates, what is that you look for? Originality? Personality? Skills? Experiences? Ambition? What is the key thing that distinguishes one person from another?
yes, please, to all of the above and there’s a sixth factor that you’re not mentioning that’s crucial: chemistry. “chemistry?” you’re thinking, “huh?” yes, chemistry: that undefinable and explainable “click” you have with some people, but not with others. two people could have the exact same characteristics and qualifications on paper and yet… one of them is a better fit as a candidate than the other. it’s something that can’t be forced. and if you don’t have that mutual understanding (it doesn’t have to be like the chemistry you have with your best friend, it can just be like we’re on the same page sort of feeling), it’s often better not to force that. I was once in a situation where I was placed into a department that wasn’t the best fit for me—the department head and I had, like, negative chemistry. I learned other lessons from said person, but it wasn’t the healthiest environment and that taught me a serious lesson in Chemistry 101
Hi Eva, I have super dry (non-acne prone) skin. I usually use baby-moisturizer on my face (Yes I know, GASP!) I am in desperate need of an amazingly thick face moisturizer. What are some of your drugstore and higher-ish end products that can help make me super moisturized?
GASP! just kidding. I actually espouse a “whatever works for you” philosophy. my grandmother used Noxzema and Oil of Olay—that’s what it was known as in her day—for over twenty years (before she started getting luxe goodies from me ^_^) and her skin was (still is!) absolutely perfect. she’s almost 90 but looks like she could be in her late sixties. if baby lotion is working for you and not causing breakouts, stick to it! here are some other ideas though, as well: *add a serum under your moisturizer. you might want to consider a face oil *one of my favorite ultra-hydrating moisturizers is Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense. it somehow feels light and like a dose of heavy-duty hydration at the same time *finally, moisturize from the inside out. consider adding a fish oil supplement (sounds gross but works wonders. I take 3mg a day) to your diet. your body needs healthy fats for soft, hydrated skin!
I don’t mean to be overly philosophical or “Chicken Soup for the Soul” but there’s no one right answer to your question—it’s a matter of taste and preference. you see, in my book, buying a mascara is like buying a pair of jeans. you and your best friend might be the same weight, same height, and build but the brand of jeans that looks phenomenal on you look like rubbish on her (and vice versa). lashes are the same in that respect—what works for my lashes (fine, uber-straight, and long) might not work for yours. and the look I like (long, defined) might not work for everyone as well (I don’t do the crazy dramatic thick Kardashian look). okay, I’ll stop with the deep thoughts and serve up my (personal) favorite mascaras: Eyeko Fat (adds volume and length without clumping), Blinc (uses tubing technology to give you ultra-long lashes. be aware that when you remove it, it looks like your entire lashes are coming off. don’t panic!), CoverGirl Lash Blast Length (for long, Bambi lashes), and Clinique Power Lash (love the teeny brush. perfect for corner lashes).
So I tried the Carrie Bradshaw approach to NYC last year, I was there for a week and thought I would find an apartment. With no such luck, I came back to California and unpacked all my boxes again. I am again "homesick" for New York so I am looking for some advice as how to get a job before actually picking up and moving. Also, how to get your resume seen without a lot of experience?? I went to cosmetology school and I have my Bachelors, now I want to combine the 2. Any advice is great!!!
oh, television, what a cruel vixen you are. you taunt us with programs like Friends/SATC/How I Met Your Mother and people think they can just up and move to NYC and score a two thousand square foot apartment in the west village easy-peasy. not, not, not true. but the good news: a) you’re homesick for NYC, which means that in your heart, it’s your home. which means that b) you’ll do anything to make it work/happen. I suggest reaching out to your schools first and foremost. do they have an alumni office? anyone they could put you in touch with in NYC? networking will be doubly important for you as you venture forth to a new city. good luck! NYC is the city where dreams come true—but make sure to plan, plan, plan first
I'm from Australia, i wish i could earn some money doingsome modelling of some sort, catalogue, commercial, anything! The problem is, I don't live in an area where i can go meet people, i don't have much money to spend on portfolio photographs or to sign with an agent, and i'm also short! and i mean, short. I'm only 157.5cm (so about... 5"2 i think).. I work hard in school because i dream of being able to buy chanel, and sass & bide and prada and zara etc. etc. etc. basically ANY ANY ANY advice?
my advice, which may come across as utterly impractical and completely idealistic, is that one’s motivation to work should never be for money or acquisitions. you should try to find a career or a job that you can’t not do, that’s how much you love it. my philosophy, in a (large) nutshell, is that when you love something, you’re good at it, and when you’re good at something, you’ll succeed/rise to the top. and then the rewards will come. looking at your question, my dearest Fre-ed-om, it seems that what you’re yearning for is the glamour of fashion. modeling at your height, honestly speaking, is darn near impossible (but maybe you should prove me wrong and go do it). I’d do some research on other careers out there—editor, writer, stylist, photographer, casting agent, set designer, the options are limitless—if you prepare well for it.
Hi there! I'm a sophomore in college,&my dream is to work in the fashion industry, specifically the business side. Every time I'm in one of my fashion classes&the more I learn, the more excited&intrigued I am. But my problem is sometimes I feel as if I'm not confident enough to be in this industry, or if I have what it takes to be in it. This past summer I interned at a designer's showroom&while I learned a lot, sometimes I felt intimidated. Did you ever feel like that when starting out?
here’s a little secret (that took me, like, multiple decades to figure out): everyone feels the same way you do. everyone! some people are just better at hiding it. feeling a little in-over-your-head is a good thing in my opinion. it means you’ve found something that you truly care about, that you’re not jaded, that you’ve found your passion. I recently had the opportunity to meet a major player in the fashion industry while I was in Paris and I had butterflies—nay, elephants—in my belly. instead of chalking it up to intimidation, I thought, “okay, if I’m this OMG about this moment, it means a lot to me. that means I’m on the right path.” listen, you were smart/good/generally qualified enough to get that internship—they chose you. remember that. confidence will come with time, all good things do.
Hey Eva, I'm on the East coast for school and as a West coast girl, I'm clueless about fall/winter gear. I'm looking for some boots to wear that will handle the cold weather and be comfortable for walking to classes. 99% of the girls start wearing knee high boots come fall but I dress more androgynously and think ankle boots would work better for me/boot diversity (though, I do love Frye's Melissa boot). Suggestions for boots/other fall necessities? Thank you.
you’re a girl after my own heart. I only own two pairs of knee high boots (out of, oh, three hundred pairs of overall shoes) and neither of them are traditional knee high boots: both are Chanel, one are insane biker boots with a huge metal plate in the front (I wear them on snowy days), the others are their trouser boots (similar to Givenchy’s this season). I *love* a flat ankle boot, however, and have about thirty pairs of them from Zara (white, studded) to Miu Miu (crystal-bedecked, suede). these Coach boots are my new obsession too! at the end of the day, don’t feel like you have to dress the same way as other girls—be yourself, be interesting, be chic!