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)
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)