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!
“I am so not an insider, and that is okay. I don’t feel the same pressure I did when I was young to be part of the club. I’m not one of the cool kids, and that’s totally fine”—Jenna Lyons to the New York Times, giving hope and self-assurance to shy girls (I used to be one, ahem) everywhere
by “this”, I mean model Barbara Palvin, who looked incandescently and just ridiculously gorgeous at the Golden Globes. now, those of you who follow me on twitter, know about my obsession with awards shows. I live for them and, yes, live-tweet them exhaustively until my fingers get crampy and sore. so…big announcement… the Screen Actor’s Guild awards are just 48 hours away and—excuse me whilst I hyperventilate—guess who’ll be on the red-carpet with L’Oreal Paris? me! ^_^
read on, darlings, for my red carpet musings and predictions…
Greetings Eva! Without sounding like a total dork, you are a skincare spirit animal! I've since changed the way I take care of my skin from just following you on Twitter, IG, and here. Although I've been able to change my skin for the better, I'm still curious about serums! There are just so many on the market and its all so intimidating. I have fairly good skin, I think the only thing I worry about now is evening out because I have a lot of old acne scars that still linger. Thank you! Xoxo
hooray, I’m glad to be a force for skincare good. your message made my day! so, serum 101: just as basecoat is the most important step of a manicure (this one has been my favorite for the last two years), serum is like basecoat for the skin, a crucial first step. the analogy is a tad jumbled but basically what serum does is deliver a straight shot of beneficial ingredients to the skin (they’re often pricier than plain lotions because they’re more concentrated) plus deliver on benefits like hydration, brightening, etc. so, it’s up to you to choose what kind of serum you need. if you’re looking to fade dark spots, perhaps try Clinique or L’Oreal. remember to wear SPF during the day as well, since just as sun darkens the rest of your skin, it can darken dark spots. and for those of you looking for hydration (it’s so deeply dry out there this time of year), these are two of my favorite serums for deep moisturization: Dermalogica and Ren.
oh, oh, oh, I know I’ve been delinquent in my posts these last few days. deadlines for 924721 different articles I’m writing and—exciting—working on the design of this little blog of mine! but I digress: this post is all about the plethora of chic spring shoes that have been streaming into my inbox (and therefore stream of consciousness). like these new ones from Sigerson Morrison. I pre-ordered the Brielle in blue already…
Dear Eva, I was wondering what your opinion on men in the fashion editing business was? I am aware of that their a number of male editors out there but I still wonder whether or not their is room for a man to be successful. My mother and school guidance counselor insist there is no future for me in fashion due to my being a man. Fashion is my life and working for a fashion magazine is my dream but I wanted to get your opinion on the matter since you always give such wonderful advice.
Stefano Tonchi! Hamish Bowles! Mark Holgate! Andre Leon Talley! Eric Wilson! Ariel Foxman! Derek Blasberg! Andrew Bevan! Hal Rubenstein! Joe Zee! (the list goes on.) listen, anytime someone tells you something that you know in your gut is simply not true (which must be the case, otherwise you wouldn’t be asking me for validation, no?), just tune it out. the world is full of naysayers—people LOVE telling other people what they can’t do. prove them wrong…
Hi Eva. I love your Tumblr; your personality and aesthetic really brighten my day. So my question is really thorough. I have always treated my skin quite terribly - I don't take my makeup off at night, I don't ever use any treatments or masks, and I pretty much just use an acne cleanser and maybe Dove moisturizing cream. It was all OK until I turned the big 30. Now, I feel like my skin is parched and sad looking. Could you recommend a routine and products to help me. I know I have sinned deeply.
someone call me a cardiologist because your question just gave me heart palpitations. well, first of all, I’m glad you’re acknowledging your skin sins. although, first of all, there’s probably nothing wrong with the acne cleanser you’re using or the Dove cream you’re slathering on your sad, parched face. what is a major problem, though, or as Julia Roberts would say in Pretty Woman: “Big mistake. Big. Huge”, is that you aren’t removing makeup at night. that is not good. I’m picturing it seeping into your pores right now. seeping into your eyelash follicles, making your lashes sad and puny. okay, enough lecturing! here’s a basic skincare routine I recommend: *remove your makeup every night (even if it’s Yes to Carrots makeup removers. which I like a lot, by the way) *wash your face every night (it can be with something as simple as Cetaphil) *use a serum for your skin type (since you said “parched”, I’m going to recommend this one—it’s a splurge, but it’s worth it. I think serums are worth their weight in gold) and *night cream (this one is good for sad-looking skin). use an SPF during the day. this alone will make your skin happier and less arid. and, when you see a difference in a few weeks and want to graduate to masks and treatments, drop me another line ^_^
“I see beauty everywhere”—the late, great Kevyn Aucoin. I never got to meet him, in all my years as a beauty editor, but he seemed like such a beacon of positivity and light—rarities in the fashion industry, to be honest! anyway, lately I’ve been obsessed with his eyelash curler. love that it’s red, so you can see every.single.lash.
Dear Eva, I am planning on majoring in median and communications at one of SUNY universities in New York. I am torn between going to university or going to pursue my passion for modeling. I feel like I have what it takes and can manage it but either way what are my chances if growing up and sustaining a family's yet on? I don't want to be only a housewife and I want to be a good contribution. What do I do?!
if you’re lucky enough to get in and afford it, go to university, please. modeling is an amazing career—but, in my opinion, it’s not really a career path you can choose as readily as, say, medicine, banking, or, um, lawyering. there is no core curriculum, no majors, no minors. someone has to “tap” you, effectively choose you, to be a model. and that could ostensibly happen while you’re in school, interning in NYC or Paris over the summer at a swishy fashion PR firm. there’s the distinct possibility, also, that you’ll find something you want to do in school that opens your eyes to the possibilities of fashion/glamour/travel (I imagine all the appealing things about being a model) but—as you point out—with a longer lifespan. I think people should follow their dreams, but do research and homework to prepare for them. I applaud you for having big dreams—and asking the right questions before. but definitely, definitely, definitely go to college. it’s a foundation and base for the rest of your life.
ps: if you’re not following Kelly Mittendorf on Tumblr, you should. great, smart advice from a great, smart, successful model
“you have to be tougher. you have to learn the way to beat your path through, to make yourself felt, and make yourself necessary”—very true words spoken by Grace Coddington in The September Issue. I wish I had learned this lesson in my teens and in college instead of being a wee shy lass. girls (and guys), never be afraid to speak your mind. you have nothing to lose
Hi Eva! So this is kind of random question but I'd love to hear you opinion because you're really good at doling out advice. I know what I want to do with my life after I graduate from college, but I'm terrified to tell my parents because I know they won't approve but waiting to tell them is really weighing on me and I'm just stuck in a rut. I can't wait to go for it, even though I know it's going to be hard, but I just don't even know where to start or how to approach it with them. Advice?
sigh, I can totally sympathize with you. I specifically remember calling my parents when I was in college and telling them I was switching majors (from pre-med to English, the horror). my dad was silent. my mom was hysterical and basically didn’t speak to me for a month, and then entered a denial phase that she’s only now—like, a decade later—is thawing out of. it can be hard but you should absolutely do it because why should you hide what you want to be (and therefore who you are)? so, here’s what I would do: tell them in person. don’t just say “Mom, Dad, I want to be a blahdeblah. isn’t that great? k, bye!” tell them your plans—and make them exactly that: plans. explain the career trajectory for the path you’re choosing: people start with this job, then they do this, and then are promoted to this, etc. I think 99 percent of my parents’ freak-out was due to lack of understanding of the industry I was embarking out. the more I fill them in, the more understanding they are (note the present tense—they’re still learning to embrace it). in any case, congratulations: you should be happy you found your calling. you’re lucky, really! so many people don’t know what they want to do with their lives, like, ever. if you know, you owe it to yourself to do it.
I'm in my senior year of high school and I'm torn between taking a year off before I start university, or starting straight away and not wasting any time. In your opinion, is it a better idea to get your education before you travel, or the other way around? Would greatly appreciate your views on this! Thank you x
take that gap year! and take one (or some time) before you start your first real post-uni job. take it from me: it is really hard to take time off once you start working. it’s something, to be honest, that you have to explain a bit—no one will quite understand. “take time off to travel/live life/explore/have an adventure?” they’ll ask, furrowed brow and puzzled look on their faces, “why would you do that?” if you can take a gap year, in my opinion, you should. when I graduated high school, I couldn’t wait until college. when I finished college, I couldn’t wait to start working. and when I had my first job—and was ready for a new challenge—I couldn’t wait to start that job. do you see a pattern here? my personal stance is to enjoy being young—take a gap year before university, take time off before starting your first job, take time off between jobs. it’s not being lazy, it’s rekindling your imagination, your sense of adventure, your stance on the world as a whole. it’s worth it, trust me ^_^
What advice do you have for someone that wants to move to New York?
first of all, congratulations. even though I’ll be living in LA for part of next year (eeek), I really and truly feel that living in New York City at some point in your young adult life—whether you end up falling in love with it or detesting it—is a life-changing experience that everyone should have. you’ll be surrounded by people from all walks of life, from all countries, from all orientations and cultures… all united by the common experience of trying to make it in NYC. so, my advice: a) start saving now. it is ridiculously easy to spend money in NYC (you’ll want to meander into every little cafe in the West Village, browse/shop in every indie boutique in Nolita, etc), harder so to make it. b) establish a network of friends from college, high school, whatever who are also planning on moving to NYC. it’s good to have that support system in place early on c) try not to get too swept up in the “wooo, party time!” scene. I have seen it time and time again—deeply ambitious and together and talented people who get sucked into the NYC nightlife scene. have fun, of course, but don’t be utterly frivolous either. remember, NYC is the city where you Make It. dream big, have fun, and make it happen