Eva Chen is the very definition of a career girl. She started her career as an intern in Harper’s Bazaar’s features and beauty divisions and began freelancing at Lucky Magazine after graduating. She then landed an assistant role at Elle magazine, where she spent three years, completing a master’s degree at Colombia University Graduate School of Journalism at the same time.
She then moved over to Teen Vogue, and worked chiefly as the beauty editor. Anna Wintour decided in 2013 to bring Eva on as editor-in-chief for Lucky magazine. She was 33 when she landed that role, making her one of the youngest editors to lead a national American magazine. Her responsibility was making Lucky magazine more approachable for the younger market. After that, she was scouted by Instagram and brought on as the head of fashion partnerships.
This was a role that made sense for Eva, who during her time at Lucky Magazine, had shown herself to be a social media heavyweight. She is known for her #evachenpose shots, showing her shoes and handbag in the back seat of a taxi. She dominates her role now, showing up as a style icon, promoting her life on Instagram, being a mother of two and writing (and promoting) a children’s book. She is the definition of goals.
If Eva can do it, so can you. We examined her average day to see how she balances her killer job with her life as a mom, fashion shows, globe-trotting, being pretty much famous AND releasing a children’s book. Using our brand new Win At Life journal, we reflected on how Eva structures her average day to find out what helps her Win At Life and get ahead.
Eva wakes up anywhere between 5:45 and 7:30. Her children are her alarm, waking her up at any point, and from the moment she wakes up she is in go-go-go mode. She’ll start by checking Instagram and her social media channels to see what happened while she was asleep. She explains that she has to be a morning person because there’s always something that needs to be done, whether it’s packing a lunch, preparing breakfast, or getting ready for a big event, so once she’s checked social media she’s on the go.
Eva explains that she gets through even the busiest day by drinking a ton of caffeine. She’ll drink green tea like there’s no tomorrow, and can always be found with a mug or a travel cup filled with it. She loves mushroom matcha. The key to her impeccable style is in the way she dresses, she usually starts from the shoes up and creates an incredible look that way.
WORK AT THE INSTAGRAM HQ
She’s usually at work around nine am. Eva would describe her job as mostly education, basically running masterclasses on how to use Instagram. She was even accosted by an airport security guard when he found out she worked for Instagram, who asked her if he should be using filters on his photos.
An average workday for Eva might involve emailing and setting up meetings all day, but it kicks off pretty fast. Some days she’s in Sao Paulo or other insane locations shooting, speaking, doing panels, or meeting local designers. Sometimes she has domestic flights that mean she’s not back until 4 am the next day. She’s honest that some days she’s barely holding it together and that if she creates balance in her life for one second, the scale is always tipping in another direction, she tries to be okay with missing after parties or events due to her health or her family.
She An average workday for Eva might involve emailing and setting up meetings all day, but it kicks off pretty fast. Some days she’s in Sao Paulo or other insane locations shooting, speaking, doing panels, or meeting local designers. Sometimes she has domestic flights that mean she’s not back until 4 am the next day. She’s honest that some days she’s barely holding it together sometimes and that if she creates balance in her life for one second, the scale is always tipping in another direction, so she tries to create a healthy thought pattern about missing after parties or events.
Eva has a structured eating plan that she sticks by. She will occasionally deviate from this when she’s somewhere else, but she tries to eat as healthily as she can. She often skips meals because she’s so busy, grabbing a fruit or something on the go instead, which she knows is bad so she tries extra hard to eat something of value. In the morning she’ll eat something like oatmeal with goji berries, for lunch it could be pizza that she brings back and shares with her team or seaweed soup with bone broth cooked by her mother (who lives nearby). And for dinner she’ll have something simple like vegetarian curry, or vegetarian Asian plane food if she’s on the go, she’ll always make sure to drink her matcha tea and have some hot water and lemon to aid her digestion as she eats.
AFTER WORK ENGAGEMENTS
“I usually leave work around 5:30 p.m. I get home by 6:00, 6:15 at the latest,” Eva told The Cut. Eva has the luxury of a very short commute and gets to spend two hours with her kids in the evening, chasing them, playing with them, and catching up with them before going back to emails for another two hours. Writing a book alongside all of her duties was tough, but she managed to finish it in eight weeks by cutting out dinners, dates, and seeing friends. She’s pretty disciplined when it comes to smashing her goals, but occasionally she will have an after-work engagement that she can’t say no to.
Whether it’s a gala, a ball, or an engagement for her new book, you can always expect to see Eva in an incredible outfit on Instagram.
For events like the Met Gala, Eva will go in full glam. But she has admitted that in the evening she tries to take care of her skin. She uses renewable beauty pads and is partial to using a light mask every once in a while.
She reads every night before she goes to sleep, choosing a print book over tech, and she’ll have a hot bath with bath salts and oils in the evening to wind down before bed and prepare her for another busy day. When you work this hard, you definitely need your downtime.