Hi Eva! Your pictures have got me a little obsessed with nail polish at the moment! I was wondering what are your fav. drug store brands? I also need advice for an interview I have coming up. It is for a fashion magazine. Is there something you look for specifically at what someone is wearing to an interview? Is nail polish and lots of accessaries appropriate to wear to such an interview? Sorry I have so many questions, but you give the best advice!
Nailpolish is one of the best obsessions, in my opinion, since it’s a ridiculously fun and (fairly) inexpensive way to stay on-trend each season. Note the aforementioned word “fairly” because if you buy, say, thirty polishes a season, that can quickly add up cost-wise too. If you have friends who you’re rather certain are nail fungus-free (sorry to go there, but it’s true), may I suggest a seasonal polish swap? And I actually really, really love drugstore brand nailpolishes: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is my favorite. The brush head fits my nails perfectly and I have literally applied the polish in the back of a moving taxi (en route to a fashion show!) effortlessly. I also love L’Oreal Paris’ colors, they’re always on trend and the formula is super shiny.
And, as for your second question, depends what industry you’re applying to. Finance (& similarly stuffy ones): be low-key. Fashion: go for it, but exercise chic restraint.
What is the best sunscreen that you've used for the face that you would be able to recommend?
Hooray! I love getting sunscreen questions because, well, I love sunscreen. It’s a huge, huge part in anti-aging and in generally looking gorgeous and amazing five, ten, fifteen years into the future (he’s the worst example ever, but I found out actor-slash-manboy Paul Rudd uses SPF every day. I’m convinced that’s why he hasn’t aged a nanosecond since his Clueless days). Anyway! I never understand when people don’t want to wear it because there really is a sunscreen for every skin type. Here are some of my favorites….
Boscia: Just received a sample of this. Feels sheer and light on the face, formulated with no preservatives.
Clarins: Super sheer, layers well under makeup. A good drugstore dupe for this is Neutrogena… I know several makeup artists who use this as a primer.
Some sunscreen reminders: remember to wear it every day, even cloudy ones (clouds only provide SPF 4, from what I remember). And apply it to the backs of your hands and neck always. I often suggest people opt for a less pricey sunscreen in favor of one they’ll use more generously. Slather it on—you’ll be glad you did!
Hi Eva! With temperatures rising for summer, what are your suggestions for adjusting your wardrobe to beat the heat while still looking chic and professional? I don't want to be wearing short-shorts everyday. Thanks! Love your blog :)
Okay, kindly allow me to amend your statement to: “I will not wear short-shorts ever.” That is simply not an option in the workplace (at home, on the weekends, after hours: wear all the short-shorts you want. At work, mais non!). Other no-no’s: anything too bosomy (I love the old-lady-ness of that word), bandage dresses, Uggs, flip-flops. Honestly, most workplaces are so air-conditioned that it’s not totally unrealistic for you to be wearing your fall or spring clothing in the office even on a 90 degree day. The first key to cute summer office style is layering: Little jackets (even a moto jacket!) or sweaters to throw on over sleeveless tops paired with skirts (pencil or full are my silhouettes of choice for summer). The second key? Easy dresses, especially shirt-dresses. I recently got a black and white gingham dress from this site that I’m looking forward to wearing if it ever gets warmer, sigh.
Hello there! I am 18 years old, and i admit i've never used make-up. I wanted to use some but i just get lost whenever i am confronted with numerous and overwhelming choices in stores. I wanted to just achieve an everyday light make-up look. What items do you suggest i buy first? Thanks, Eva!
Ha—you’re not alone! I too feel lost when confronted with the numerous choices sent to me on a daily basis. But in fact, that wealth of choice has helped me figure out what my perfect daily routine consists of. Here are a few of my must-haves for a light, fresh face:
tinted moisturizer or BB Cream (let’s all be honest—BB Cream is basically a fancy name for a juiced up tinted moisturizer): CK One, Boscia, Nars are my favorites.
lipstain: I actually swipe on a few layers of Tarte (Amused if you’re into brighter pinks, Charmed if you want a softer look) before I put on the rest of my makeup. When I’m done with my makeup, I blot off the excess. My new obsession is also this product from L’Oreal. It begins with a glossy finish but leaves a stain that lasts all day.
a touch of something on cheeks to bring dimension and life to the face. To be honest, when I was your age I didn’t wear blush because my cheeks were naturally rosy and full of youth and promise (sigh). Now that I’m in my—eep—30s, I wear blush because I need to. If I were your age, I’d probably just put a touch of illuminator on the cheekbones. This one from Nyx is great, if you don’t want to splurge on Nars.
powder: a touch—the teensiest dusting—of it on the t-zone just to prevent shine, if you’re prone to it. I use Make Up For Ever since a little goes a long, long way and it lasts all day.
And that’s it! I know makeup can feel intimidating but really, it’s all about fun and experimentation! Go out there and enjoy yourself, you’ll get the hang of it.
Hey there, Eva. I often ask you questions, as I look up to you. Anyways, how did you figure out what you wanted to do? I mean I'm a high school student and have no clue what to do with my life. That sounds dramatic, I know. But it'd sure be nice to know who I wanna be in 10 years.
Ha, yes, it does sound dramatic. But I can sympathize. I remember being in high school—I went to a pretty intense all-girls school in Manhattan—and feeling the exact same way: what was I going to do when I was a grown-up? Where would I go to college? What would I major in? And then, four years later, in college feeling the exact same way: I didn’t love pre-med, the track I had chosen, but if not that, what? And then once I graduated and—as is inevitable for children of the recession—floundering again when I couldn’t find a job in editorial right away and worked at a… gasp… law firm for a few months. My point, my dear, is that what you’re feeling is totally normal not just at fifteen or sixteen but at twenty five or even thirty five. Life is a series of calibrations, assessments, and fine-tuning. What you want will continue to change over time. It’s best, then, to be flexible. The best preparation is to keep your heart/soul/brain open to possibilities. And, ps, of all of my very driven, very type A friends who were psychotically set on what they wanted in high school or college, literally only one (who wanted to be a marine biologist) is doing exactly what she thought she would be. She lives on a boat in Antartica and is as happy as a clam. Everyone else’s career? It was a journey. But a good one!
Hello Eva! I'll be graduating college soon, and wanted to send out hand-written thank you notes to a few of the people who've supported me throughout my journey. Do you have any recs for places to get stationary? I'm looking for something grown-up, and welcome custom logos or embossing. I'm willing to splurge for quality, but since I'm still on a college budget, nothing gilded in gold! Thank you in advance~
Oh! Your message makes me so happy because a) I love stationery. It is without doubt one of my favorite things in the galaxy. (Want proof? Check out this Instagram picture—that’s just the paper I brought with me to Los Angeles!). And b) I’m happy you’re establishing good habits so early in your career. That show of gratitude will be remembered—by your professor who you might need a graduate school or job recommendation from, friends who you’ll always want to be by your side. I remember every thank you note I’ve ever received from former interns or staff members. Not because of their particular eloquence (though many of them were) but because, shockingly, it was a rare occurrence. Anyway, enough lecturing… Here are some of my favorite stationery brands: Iomoi, Tinyprints, Minted are on the lower end… Medium range: Dempsey and Carroll, who have a bi-annual sale that is major (sign up on their website now for an alert). And if you can splurge, Smythson, absolutely.
Eva, Your taste is shoes are phenomenal. ♥ If only I had a high tolerance for pain I would raid my closets of heels & more heels. But, I go to school in RISD, ( infamous for its giant hills). So, it makes it difficult to walk around in heels everyday. Esp, heels without the platform in the front... How do you walk around in those ? Is there some sort of secret trick, I am missing out on. Please fill me in !
First of all, congratulations on RISD—that’s phenomenal. My first bit of totally tangential and unasked-for advice is to take advantage of every moment of college (and for those non-collegiate readers, school in general). Once you finish school, it’s harder to explore, to take detours, to spend time abroad, and generally take a minute to just enjoy the process of your mind expanding. Okay, onto your question: there’s no mandate that says you have to wear heels to class. If I could Back-to-the-Future myself to college, I’d probably wear low-heeled boots (think Isabel Marant or Rag & Bone) or any of the bountiful array of cute Nike Dunks (or running sneakers) out there. Or, I’d wear chic little slippers—I buy them by the truckload from Zara because I wear them out so quickly walking in NYC. (And to answer your question: my secret to wearing heels is a) don’t buy them if they’re not walkable/comfortable in the store. They won’t get more comfortable, let’s just put it that way b) be sensible. If you’re going to be on your feet all day, don’t torture yourself. Wear your comfiest heels or bring an extra pair of insoles to slide in there c) keep in mind that I take a fair number of taxis. It’s an indulgence, what can I say).
Hi Eva! I need some mascara advice, please? My eyelashes are short, and even though I use a curler they flatten out by the time I put the curler down! :( I'd like something that would give me volume and shape, but not too much for everyday-use. I don't know if it's maybe the curler (MAC) or the mascara (Diorshow Extase) I'm using, or if I should use something in addition. Thank you in advance for your time, best wishes!
Your lashes sound woefully similar to my lashes and, speaking from firsthand experience, it’s not the curler (I use this one, for the record). The problem is likely that your lashes can’t support the weight of a super-thickening, dramatic mascara (Diorshow is a phenomenal product but not right for all lash types, in my opinion). My lashes work best with lengthening and defining formulas—mascaras that give you a long, fluttery Bambi-like lash, versus a thicker look. My favorites: Eyeko Fat, Covergirl Lash Blast Length, and—for girls in Europe—Max Factor Clump Defy. And my latest obsession is Benefit’s They’re Real, which might be a good compromise—they thicken lashes for a more dramatic look, as well as lengthen, without being terribly heavy and flattening.
I really love your blog; I have been following for a long time now!! :) I'm going to NYC in 10 days for a week and I would love to have your top 5 recommendations! Thank you xx
It’s impossible to contain my love for my hometown in just five recommendations! Okay, let’s start with touristy must-visits: Top of the Rock (that’s where I interviewed Chloe Moretz recently) or Empire State Building for views (go on a clear day, obviously). Chinatown—I would suggest Shanghai Cafe (bring cash) for soup dumplings and cheap, painfully good foot massages (Yan Mei is the name of the place I frequent. It seems seedy but it’s not). Central Park—when you’re done window-shopping on Fifth Avenue (a must, obviously. Bergdorf’s for tea and epic views if possible, Apple store/cube, Tiffany’s), the tip of Central Park is right there! The Metropolitan Museum of Art—that museum makes me feel like I’m back in high school. Onto shopping and beauty: Catbird in Brooklyn for the best, daintiest rings ever. Marie/Sakura/Valley nails for nail art (book now or forever hold your peace). Premium Laces in Nolita for awesome sneakers (they have a great selection of Nike wedges in patterns, ahhh. Almost bought like six pairs). Marc Jacobs on Bleecker (and that whole area/street in general. I know there’s Zara in like every city but the flagship on Fifth Avenue is mindblowingly epic. Also, check out my profile on Foursquare. I pretty much check into every new place I visit, so you’ll get a sense of some recurring favorites there. Happy NYCing—get swept away by this city’s gritty beauty!