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)
Hi eva! The cold weather and the dry air indoors have officially taken a toll on my skin. I already switched to a more gentle cleanser but my face dries out minutes after applying my moisturizer. At the end of the day, my skin is uncomfortably tight, irritated and sometimes even flaky in certain spots. Incredibly attractive ;) Any tips or product recommendation for a 15 year old? Thank you so much for reading & l'm a huge fan between :)
oh my goodness, just reading your question made me want to dip my face in a vat of face cream. poor you! sounds uncomfortable (and, yes, incredibly attractive, haha). basically, your skin is crying out “feed me! feed me! I’m thirsty!” because the dry air and cold weather are like vacuum cleaners for moisture. so here’s my four step plan for you: a) install a humidifier in the room(s) you spend the most time in. I use this one, but really any one will do. it doesn’t have to be super spendy. b) in the morning, add a serum to your routine. apply it before your moisturizer, let it marinate for a minute, then apply your regular moisturizer over it. as a 15 year old, I’m going to assume your budget won’t allow for La Mer. but most of your favorite drugstore brands will offer serums. I’m partial to this fragrance-free Olay one, personally. c) in the evening, add a face oil—yes! oil!—to your routine before your moisturizer. I promise promise promise it won’t make you break out. Clarins actually makes one for oily skin, if you’re scared of oil. and lastly, d) hydrate from within. add a fish oil supplement or two to your diet every day (I take three, personally). it sounds odd, but—really and truly—your skin (and brain! and energy level!) will thank you
Eva, I'm your huge fan and I really need your advice, so which bag you would get Celine trapeze bag or PS1 Large(Proenza Scholer)? I wish I could buy two, but for now I really need to choose, and you are my guru p.s. also name your current obsession( bag wise)
oooh, I’ve always wanted to be a guru. so thank you for that! ^_^ to be honest, the bags are—in my opinion, at least—rather different bags. the PS1 is slouchy, softer in feeling, more casual in feeling. the Trapeze is more structured and slightly more formal, perhaps more “grown up”. so this is what I think: evaluate your lifestyle and your wardrobe. what will you use more often? that’s the one you should start with. I know from personal experience: I remember in the heyday of Gossip Girl (that was a longgg time ago. I can’t bear to watch the show anymore! it’s gone downhill, no?) I bought the most classic little Chanel bag ever, a super Upper East Side style that, um, I haven’t used more than five times (one of them was for Halloween when I dressed up as Blair Waldorf in, like, 2008). I’m sure I’ll break it out when I’m in my fifties (it’s that classic), but I should’ve evaluated my lifestyle and realized that I’m much more of a downtown, casual-cool person! anyway… have fun choosing: you can’t really go wrong with either!
Hi eva! I think you are AMAZING. Okay to my question, I love designer items, but as a college student on a budget i obviously cant afford the Alexander Wang croc embossed coat I've been eyeing lol. But what advice do you have for a girl who has expensive taste, but not an account to fit the bill. Plus I'm curious what was your first ever designer purchase??
oh, my darling, you could substitute the words “college student on a budget” with “NYC girl working in the magazine/web world” (AKA me) and the question would be the same. expensive, lovely taste is expensive lovely taste no matter what age. anyway! my advice to you is to scour sites like The Outnet, Yoox, eBay (of course), and make friends with salespeople at your favorite stores (don’t be sheepish about asking when their sales start. hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do). most importantly, really evaluate your spending. do you really neeeeed that Starbucks Frappucino? and, on the flip side, is the item you’re coveting on e that you’ll still love in a month, three months, six months, a year? I’ve made the foolish mistake of getting obsessed with items that just a little while later I’m totally and unequivocally over. look for items that will withstand the test of item. (ps: the first designer purchase I ever made myself was a pair of Miu Miu kitten heels ^_^ they’d still be chic today… except my dog Otto ate them T_T)
Hi Eva! First of all, I love your blog, and reading your answers are one of my favorite things to do^^ Can I have your advice on what I should do with my hair? I'm asian, and my hair is really soft, but really fine, so it often looks flat. I've thought about perming it (I'm 15, am I too young?) but people often tell me the adverse effects of a perm, like hair loss and horrible hair quality, and I really don't need my hair to look even less/finer than it actually is! What do you think I should do
I’ve always wanted stereotypical Asian hair—deliciously dark and deliciously thick. but, sigh, you and I are hair twins. my hair is ultra fine (and medium brown to boot!). I’ve actually gotten a perm before—twice in fact—and I loved it. when most people hear that, they immediately picture Legally Blonde’s perm girl. no! no, not the case. the first time I got a perm, I ended up with long, loose waves (very California boho). the second time, I had shorter hair, so my hair had a softer Alexa Chung quality to it. I loved it both times and would absolutely do it again (but now that I color my hair, I can’t… I don’t want to double process my hair. side note: coloring hair often gives hair a thicker feel as well, since the cuticle is lifted a bit). the key, as with anything beauty, is to go to someone you trust. I went to Damian Santiago at Mizu, a perm expert in NYC (he also cuts my hair), but perhaps ask/call around in your local area’s Japan/Koreatown areas. have them use a wider barrel (which will give you a looser curl), and remember, it takes a few days for the curl to “settle”—so the way the curls look on days one, two, and three, will look different in a week! tag me on twitter or instagram with a pic! I want to see! ^_^
Hi Eva, I'm trying to figure out what major/career path I want to go into. At the moment I'm looking into fashion marketing. They are two things I love/enjoy but a part of me (or maybe it's society) is telling me that working in fashion is frivolous, that I won't be bettering society/my community if I choose this path? Have you ever felt this way? I would appreciate any advice you could give! Thanks so much for your time and I love your blog! :)
oh! there’s so much going on in your question that I don’t know where to start. I’ll start with the first sentence: what you major in doesn’t necessarily correlate with what you end up doing career-wise. I’ve met engineers who work in PR, Spanish majors who work as editors (and not, say, at People en Espanol), history majors who work as designers. so study what you love to study and intern in what you’re passionate about. which brings me to my second point: this might seem pie-in-the-sky optimistic but I truly think that when you do what you love, you’re a happier person. when you’re a happier person, you’re kinder and have a greater capacity for kindness. which means you’ll give back to others, whether in warmth or community service (which, btw, you should never stop doing either!)
Hey! Big fan here. What are your thoughts on exercise? What do you personally do to stay in shape? What do you recommend for how many days to work out? Is there a type of exercise better than others? HELP.
exercise is awful. it’s bad for you. I hate it. just kidding, just kidding! listen, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is anti-exercise. everyone should be doing it, whether for health purposes (to stay in shape, etc) or for stress reduction (very important!). but I know first-hand how hard it can be to fit it into your daily life. it can feel like everything else is more important (or fun) than exercise. so, my friend, the solution is simply to find a workout you love so that you look forward to doing it (this, by the way, is my philosophy on pretty much everything, including career. if you love what you do, you won’t dread it and therefore you’ll actually do it). as for what I enjoy exercise-wise, I favor exercises that simulate sleep or stretching—yoga, pilates, etc ^_^
Hi eva! This question might not be any fashion related but i'm interested in your answer :D which country do you like the most and what inspires you?
I love a non-fashion-or-beauty question! to be honest, it’s less of one country and more a set of cities. there are the obvious, sure: New York (I’m a native New Yorker. we are as rare as unicorns), Paris (my dream is to live in Paris for a summer!), London (the raw energy and youth culture), and Shanghai (the sheer volume of it!), and Tokyo (Japanese noodles are my favorite food). I also love Seoul (the skincare there is unparalleled, the last time I went, I spent way too much money on strange products like snail cream), Palm Springs (the mountains + desert combination is my favorite. similarly love the whole state of Arizona). but I’m always always looking for new cities to learn about and explore. that, in essence, is what inspires me—the possibility of adventure!
Hi Eva! Now that it's getting colder, my nose is red 24/7. I sometimes use foundation to try and cover it up, but it's not that effective. (I use Stila Perfect and Correct). I try to moisturize fairly often too. I'd love to wear not too much makeup to school, but I really want to rid myself of this redness and facial discoloration! Any tips?
ah, yes. tis the season for warm and cozy sweaters, fluffy scarves, chic boots… and the skin ravages of winter weather. it sounds like your redness is extreme temperature-related but if at all possible go to a dermatologist (or do some online research on rosacea, a common condition that causes flushing and redness). short of burrowing your nose in a huge scarf (hey, no shame in that!) and possibly using a light facial oil serum to add an extra layer of moisture (for younger skin, I recommend Clarins or Jurlique), I’d love for a redness neutralizing product. my favorite (and the one I personally use): Clinique. I love this stuff and use it anywhere I’m blotchy. yes, it’s a foundation, but don’t use it all over! all you need is a little dab. good luck—and stay warm
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