Do you have any book recommendations for aspiring editors? I know that a lot of editors (Grace Coddington, Kate White, Jean Godfrey-June, etc.) have written advice/memoir type books. Do you have any favorites and would you consider writing one?
You’ve mentioned three great ones already (I particularly love Jean’s writing style—her columns for ELLE magazine in the 90s were one of the reasons I gravitated towards magazines, and beauty, at all). I would also look into Diana Vreeland’s memoirs, The Teen Vogue Handbook (not just saying that because I worked on the book. It gives a great baseline knowledge of the different careers in fashion, from art department to designer), and—this may seem random—The Mailroom. The latter is a book about working in the mailroom (basically as an assistant) at top talent agencies (CAA, William Morris, UTA) in the 80s and 90s. It may seem like an utter disconnect but when I read the book, I saw a lot of parallels in what it takes to make it as an agent as it does an editor: the same drive, ambition, organizational skills (truth!). Lastly, I would encourage you to be informed about the world as the whole, not just the fashion world. It’s important to be attuned to current events, local issues, and culture—you can live for fashion, but remember that you live in a larger community that informs fashion. Make yourself as well-rounded as possible. (And to answer your last question: yes, it is in the works ^_^)
Hi Eva, I want to express my fashion side more, but I don't know where to start. How do I find my personal style?
Personal style: it sounds (and looks) so simple yet it’s an elusive, tricky thing to nail down. Because, really, at the end of the day it’s personal. There are some people who find their so-called personal style and are self-assured of it from an early age; others, it might take high school, college, twenties, thirties. Really, though, I think personal style is less about a signature look and more about the confidence to wear what you want to wear. Sounds simpler than it actually is, though, right? So, where to begin… I would start by incorporating some fashion items (maybe it’s a pair of boyfriend jeans, penny loafers, overalls) that you love but are somewhat unsure of. The more things you try on and say, “Oh, hey, I loved that! I want to wear it again” or “I didn’t feel comfortable in that”, the better. Personal style is trial and error and, most importantly, ever-changing. Enjoy the evolution—don’t over-think it or worry too much about it. Fashion should be fun, an outlet, not a burden.
Hi Eva! I just read this quote by Kelly Cutrone: "I work in fashion because the world is such a heavy place that I need to be in this industry that fights for five hours to get a dress." Maybe her quote is a bit sacarstic, but it inspired me to this question: why do YOU work in the fashion/beauty industry? :) Love from the Netherlands.
Ah, I love Kelly. She’s in possession of something many, many fashion people don’t have: a sense of humor (which, if you ask me, is essential!). Your question is a good one and one that, honestly, I don’t really have a concrete answer for. It’s odd, because a lot of people I speak to these days will say they want to work in fashion or beauty because it seems fun or cool. “Fun” and “cool” fade. I think it’s important to tap into a deeper calling and reason. For me, it’s because I love to write and to share my point of view with others (it still amazes me that I have followers on this little blog of mine. Thank you ^_^). For others, it might be because of the art of fashion, the transformative qualities of beauty. Find that purpose and let that be your guide.
Hey Eva! What would you suggest to wear for an interview at a magazine? And, out of curiosity, what did you wear to your first interview? Love your blog!! Keep inspiring!! <3
A common mistake, I think, that a lot of girls make is that they confuse working at a magazine for being in the magazine. As such, they’ll dress up in somewhat ridiculous get-ups on a daily basis or to the interview: crazy-tall heels that they can’t walk in, body-con dresses or skirts that are very…er…binding, ornate makeup that requires a ton of touching up. They look very done-up, but not exactly like they can work. And, really, what you’re doing when you’re interning or assisting is running around like a crazy person. You need to be nimble, spry, and dressed (fashionably) for comfort. For an interview I’d suggest a chic but comfortable outfit—I wore Miu Miu kitten heels, a little pleated skirt, and a black sweater, I think. Lots of black! But most importantly—and definitely more crucial: come prepared with a knowledge of the company you’re applying for and a ready answer for why you deserve the job. Good luck!
Dear Eva, I was wondering exactly what a face serum is and if it is necessary in my skin routine? I never really see serums advertised as much as creams and things, so I have no idea what they are. I normally just use a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Is a serum something that could really help my skin glow? I am 20 and have normal skin (just spots and dry skin every now and then). Even if you can't manage to find the time to answer this, I love all of your posts! They make me smile! :))
Oh, I love serums. I have a whole jumble of bad metaphors/analogies for them (they’re like the Swiss Army Knives of beauty! they’re like a base coat for your skin!). But, to break it all down, here’s serum 101: 1) they usually contain a high concentration of active ingredients, that’s why they’re more expensive. 2) the formula is typically sheerer than a cream and they’re meant to be worn as a base layer (if you have super oily skin, sometimes you can get away with just a serum) 3) I have no hard data for this but they’ll just make your skin happier. When I started using serums regularly under my AM SPF and PM night cream, my skin texture improved markedly. here, some of my favorites: *for dry skin, this rose oil serum is divine. I also started using this oil recently and it has really lovely texture. And for the record, no, face oil won’t make your face break out. *for normal skin, I often use this serum in the evening. It smells heavenly! *This one is great for all skin types and really boosts glow. *Have oily skin? Don’t be afraid of moisture. This and this are my two favorite oily skin serums. Embrace serums—they’re an extra step, yes, but really well worth it.
Hey Eva! So...I've never been too big on a lot of makeup. I wore foundation for one bottle worth, and then quit because I didn't wanna buy it again. I also like going a little more natural. I have some freckles & no acne almost always(which is a blessing because I'm 15!) But my skin tone is very uneven. I'm pale, but my cheeks are always really red and my forehead is just blotchy-looking. What would be the best product to use? I was thinking BB cream but wasn't sure?
I love that you want to be more natural—one of my makeup pet peeves is seeing young girls such as yourself with fundamentally gorgeous skin covering it up with a thick layer of makeup. so! BB cream or a tinted moisturizer (let’s be real—they’re basically the same thing. The only difference between the two is that BB Creams always have SPF in them, and often come with one or two bonus benefits, like primer or more moisture, built in) would be a good choice for you. My favorite BB Cream is this one (it’s not too shimmery, just a touch of glow), and a good drugstore alternative would be this! My new favorite tinted moisturizer is 10000% this one, it lets your natural skin shine through. If your cheeks are super, super red, though, I would suggest priming skin with a color-correcting primer or concealer. I highly recommend Clinique’s entire Redness Reducing collection, by the way. When I get spots (sob), I use the foundation in lieu of concealer as a spot treatment. It works wonders.
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