Eva’s Picks!

Still need help finding the right gift? Eva Chen tells us what’s on her gift list for the holidays — and we’re inspired!

Most years, I vacillate between buying presents obscenely early (I jot notes in my Smythson planner throughout the year) and desperately last minute (I have been That Girl at Staples buying printers and office supplies as gift, yes). This year, between commuting between Los Angeles and planning a month-long sojourn to Asia, I’ve been all about big-impact shopping: one store, one website—boom—get it all done! With that in mind, here’s my Present Perfect holiday gift list for my nearest and dearest.

—Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com

For My Father

For my wonderful father from whom I learned extreme, obsessive organization, a multi-pocketed Tumi backpack.

(and, of course, because I love him so much I want him to be warm and toasty in frigid NYC winters): Canada Goose Parka.


For My Mother

My mother taught me everything I know about fashion and shopping. She obviously needs a matching parka to my father because that would be beyond cute.

On a recent trip to Beverly Hills, she discovered the flattering wonders of Reed Krakoff. This sweater is classic-chic, just like her.

And a chic Prada cross body bag that’s perfectly portable.


For My Husband

My husband and I are moving to Los Angeles in January. Pale British gent, California sun: you do the math. Hence the first item I’d gift him.

In LA, you’re only as cool as your sunglasses (just made up that edict, but it seems true, no?).

Casual-cool sneakers don’t have to be scruffy with these luxe kicks.


For My Brother

For my brother who just moved to Brooklyn: a casual—but luxe—head-to-toe hip(ster) outfit: Prada Puffer hat, Alex Wang Varsity JacketVince cords, Marc Jacobs boots.


For My Sister-In-Law

For my sister-in-law, for whom I’m a bad shoe influence—she buys wonderfully comfortable (aka flat) shoes. That’s definitely not a rule I live by and therefore I’d gift her these (the fact that they’re black makes them practical, no?): Nicholas Kirkwood booties.


For Myself

And because I firmly believe in a “one for me, one for you” policy during the holidays, I’d treat myself to (just a few) treats.

Trends come and go but Manolos are forever.

Nothing says ‘holiday’ like classic Valentino red (and lace!).

And… to prep myself for fun in the sun, these sunglasses.



Style savvy influencer Eva Chen guest blogs for SaksPOV about her New York Holiday.

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Eva Chen’s New York Holiday

This native New Yorker has style in the shopping bag!

The sudden smell of pine trees as you walk by the Christmas tree salesmen perched at every corner, the glow of Fifth Avenue shops all dressed up in thousands of twinkling lights, the sight of tourists huddled over maps — and chicly bundled New Yorkers striding right by them… There’s an extra dash of magic about Manhattan in December. As a native New Yorker, I grew up with my own set of winter traditions. Here, some of my favorite downtown picks — and one uptown shopping tradition I never fail to indulge in!

—Eva Chen, evachen212.tumblr.com

As someone who goes to Paris at least twice a year, I’m quite finicky about my croissants (too dry! too flaky! too buttery! not buttery enough!). Soho institution Balthazar, however, has the best croissants outside of Paris. It’s also the perfect spot to stop at in the mornings — to pick up baguettes (for the holiday season’s endless march of dinner parties), have a spot of tea, and for the absolutely best people-watching downtown.

Hat, Eva’s own; Jacket, Rag & Bone; Handbag, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Valentino.

The Manhattan equivalent of stopping to smell the roses is to walk — and take the long route as often as possible. There isn’t a street in NYC that doesn’t have character, especially in Soho, Nolita, Tribeca, and the Lower East Side.

Hat, Eva’s own; Jacket, Rag & Bone; Handbag, Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Valentino.

It’s a mad, mad world — especially when it comes to nail art in New York City! At Valley Nails in Nolita, no request is too detailed. From simple manicures (by that I mean a classic nude, but in their book that’d mean ombre glitter!) to ultra-detailed reproductions of straight-off-the-runway patterns, Valley offers top-notch manicures and pedicures in regular polish as well as gel.

Clutch, 3.1 Phillip Lim

It’s not for the faint of heart, but biking is the quickest way to get around Manhattan. My rules: stick to the bike lanes, be aware of taxis/buses/other bikers, and — as bikers are street style fodder like no other — look chic!

Coat, BCBGMAXAZRIA; Clutch, Yves Saint Laurent; Booties, Alaïa; Hat, Sunglasses, Skirt, Eva’s own.

Ebony and Ivory: my nicknames for New York’s most darling dogs Otto and Teddy (I’m biased, of course). Their park of choice — and mine as well — is Washington Square Park, which just underwent a beautiful restoration.

Hat, Pologeorgis; Crossbody Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs; Shoes, Valentino; Sunglasses, Jacket, Skirt, Eva’s own.

No holiday season is complete without a Saks spree. But as holiday shopping is decidedly hard work, I operate with a strict “one for you, one for me” policy when picking presents!

Hat, Eric Javits; Coat, Burberry Prorsum



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Teen Vogue’s Eva Chen Talks Beauty for NYFW

Eva gives SaksPOV the lowdown on what beauty looks she’ll will be sporting this upcoming New York Fashion Week!

As Teen Vogue’s super savvy Beauty Director — and social media maven! — Eva Chen can’t wait to get her hands on the newest amazing product — especially when she’s planning her look for New York Fashion Week. Here, she works with her friend, the brilliant makeup artist Daniel Martin to achieve her personal best look.

Strong Brow: Pencil in brows with Bobbi Brown’s eye pencil in Dark

“I always love when I see the runway look and want to play with it for myself. I’m really inspired now to pick up my own brow pencil. It’s going to be such a great look for fall.”

3.1 Phillip Lim sweater and Jennifer Behr studded headband.


Bold Eye: Try Yves Saint Lauren’s Liquid Eyeliner in Black

“Practice makes perfect with a liner. It’s nice to have someone to apply it for you but remember — it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time you apply it yourself. Don’t be afraid to go back and clean it up afterwards.”

Peter Pilotto dress, Christian Louboutin shoes and Jennifer Behr headband.


Red Lip: Try Nars Lipstick in Flair or Fire Down Below.

“I have a collection of red lipstick at home but never had the confidence to wear it — until now! There are so many different reds out there but there really is a red for every skin tone. Red lip pencil works as a great primer and helps the lipstick stay on longer.”

Marc Jacobs blouse and trousersChristian Louboutin pumps and Jennifer Behr studded headband.


Need failsafe beauty advice? Here are Eva’s 10 cardinal beauty rules of primping, prepping and protecting!

(1) Add a mask and serum to your skincare routine — the extra effort will make a huge difference in the condition of your skin over time. Try a mask from SK-II and La Mer’s serum.

(2) A great oil can add extra moisture to even oily skin, especially in the winter. Try Clarins.

(3) Apply eye cream everyday. Eva uses Clinique’s Even Better Eyes to brighten and take away dark circles.

(4) Use a lip brush and don’t be afraid to reapply throughout the day.

(5) Reduce sodium in your diet for overall health, but also less puffiness.

(6) See an allergist — they can help you get down to what is causing skin issues.

(7) Use sunscreen everyday — and don’t forget to apply it to your neck and back of your hands.

(8) Wear sunglasses — you’ll look cool and benefit from the UV protection around the eye.

(9) Be nice to your hair — if you are going to blow dry, make sure to use a heat protectant spray.

(10) Invest in a lash curler — I will never find one I love as much as the one by Shu Uemura.



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