fashion
Tropic Thunder

I bought the Prabal Gurung top I’m wearing at a sample sale and the Jil Sander skirt (that I’m obsessed with this summer, expect to see it in just about every single outfit post) at a Neiman Marcus Last Call. For me, the thrill of finding something I seriously love—but at a great price—is much more fun than anything else. They’re paired with Valentino Rockstud Noirs and a Mulberry Alexa. And a giant cup of green tea, of course. 

ICYMI

Instagram week in review: new shoes times two—and therefore needing to tighten my belt with one dollar pizza (okay, not really)—and more nail polish (obviously)!

Bunny Love

If this Maison Michel veil had come in white circa 2008, I totally would’ve worn it to my wedding.

Shoe In

I debuted a new pair of shoes yesterday (Manolo Blahnik, paired with Prada sunglasses and an ancient Celine bag). I also debuted the fact that I’ll be (trying to, at least) Vine-ing my accessories daily. I’m evachen212 on the app as well, feel free to follow should you need more fashion in your life ^_^

Not much more to add to Diane’s words of wisdom… Trust your instincts,  And be patient: from sense of style to personality, it takes some people longer to learn who they are (or be comfortable in it). Don’t rush the process. 

Sad Face

The worst is when you find something you love and have been hunting for on sale but not in your size. Yargh! Case in point: this Proenza Schouler skirt. Someone please buy it so I can live vicariously through your chicness. 

Hair and Now

A few days ago, I posted an upside-down hair shot from my shoot with my friends at Who What Wear and Fekkai… Here’s the finished look. They captured me in a few of my favorite outfits (with my requisite rainbow topknot!). Check it out here

ICYMI

I made a new puppy friend this week (Tabitha! the cutest!) as well as some true punk guys in Union Square, who gamely posed for me. Oh, and the most delicious French fries—and new sunglasses—ever. Check it all out on my Instagram

Mixed Messages

Two pair of shoes on sale (hooray, one of my favorite times of year) that’ll lend some sparkle to your toes: Lanvin studded deliciousness and Nicholas Kirkwood color-contrast elegance. Can’t decide which pair would be more practical. Wait, neither of them are really practical, are they? 

Circle Game

It’s fairly clear by now that I’m a little obsessed with buying sunglasses (I really think statement sunglasses are the new statement shoe, if that makes any sense whatsoever). Anyway, I’ve been buying them left and right and, for some reason, have really been feeling a rounder eye. These Oliver Peoples are perfect for summer—the muddy reddy-purple ones have my name on them! 

Accessories Month In Review

From Gianvito Rossi (upper left: my new favorite! So, so comfortable) to classic mohawk YSL, I’ve posted, um, a considerable amount of shoes—and accompanying bags‚ on Instagram this month… And an honorable mention to Sierra Tishgart (middle, top row), a former Teen Voguette who I snapped in Union Square earlier this month. I totally crept on her style when I shot her (without knowing it was her, haha) in her super-cute overalls, Nike Dunks, and vintage Chanel backpack. Here’s to another month of fashion inspirations… 

Bill Cunningham, the original street style photographer, has it right. Taste does not equal style. I’d also like to add that being able to afford expensive clothes doesn’t mean you have style either—mixing high-low or even just low-low and looking chic is a much more of a challenge. When I was in college, sure, I had an occasional nice thing or two (mostly bags, thanks, Mom!) but really, I was scrappy and dressed myself in a great deal of Forever 21, BCBG, and J.Crew. And a lot of vintage. That carried through my early twenties. I loved designer clothes but never had a “designer or nothing” attitude. Today, I still feel that way. I love-love-love finding great vintage pieces and shopping at Zara alike. Outlets are my happy place—to the extreme disappointment of my husband, as we usually only go on vacation. And, yes, I wear a lot of designer clothes but never just to, you know, wear them. I buy them to have and to hold, ‘til death (or moths) do us part. (Yes, I did just consecrate marriage vows in that last sentence in regards to fashion. What?)

Nude and Improved

I remember the exact moment I stumbled upon Gianvito Rossi in (rather tiny, actually!) shoe department of Barneys Los Angeles. His designs seemed modern yet timeless and the salesman swore up and down I’d be able to wear them for hours (I was shopping for a pair of shoes to wear to the SAG Awards). Now, I’m fully obsessed. A) His shoes really are that comfortable. B) His designs are sexy without being, well, Snooki-over-the-top. These shoes are 50 percent off at the moment and—despair—sold out in my size. Fashion PSA: someone please give them a good home! Your feet won’t be sorry.

stylvst asks:
Hi Eva, I just recently graduated from college and am looking for a job in the fashion industry and want to move to New York. I currently live in Arizona and the whole process of trying to simultaneously find a job and an apartment in New York is a little overwhelming. I'm torn between staying in Arizona and applying for jobs here or just taking a chance and going to New York even if I don't have a job. Do you have any advice on what I should do or can help me figure out which makes more sense?
evachen212 said:

Well, to be totally frank, there’s no right answer to your question. Here’s my (probably more confusing than anything else) attempt to work through some logistics for you, though… 

  • Finances: New York is ridiculously expensive. Whenever I watch reruns of Friends, Sex and the City, or basically any NYC TV show, I have a hearty chuckle. It is nearly impossible to live the lifestyles depicted on the shows on the shoestring budgets and salaries of entry-level fashion/anything. Prioritize spending now, while you’re in Arizona, to start saving some money before moving to NYC (do you really need that fifth black top from H&M? No.). And once you move here, get a part-time job if at all possible. 
  • Housing: Talk to your parents, your parents’ friends, your friends’ parents, your alumni office, etc. Find someone to live with (ideally rent-free, if through family) for at least a few weeks before you strike off on your own. And bear in mind you’ll likely have a roommate for the first few years of living in NYC, so you’ll want to take your time to find someone that’s a good fit. And be wary of creeps on Craigslist. Just saying. 
  • Connections: Those same people you spoke to about housing? Ask them who they might know in NYC who can give you a hand getting that first job or internship or anything in NYC. It definitely helps to have an “in.”

All in all, I would say if you want to work in fashion—yes, you should move either to NYC or LA. However, you can’t and shouldn’t do it blindly or the city will gobble you (and your bank account) up. Plan for the future, prepare a roadmap for your success, and don’t let anything derail you.

I Heart NY

I’m a native New Yorker, but I try to keep a fresh perspective. I don’t want to get jaded or become immune to its charms. So, I always try to look at the city through the eyes of a tourist. Here I am at Bryant Park in a Proenza Schouler dress, Balenciaga boots, a houndstooth jacket I bought in a hole in the wall Hong Kong shop for twenty dollars, and a rather much more spendy Hermes bag.