Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
Like you, Eva Chen sleeps with her phone next to her bed. But, perhaps unlike you, she is not a snooze-button queen. Once her alarm goes off, she takes to the information highway. "The first thing I look at is Twitter," she explains to The Wire in a recent interview. When it comes to this particular social medium, the editor-in-chief of Lucky admits she's got a bit of a weather obsession. "I follow four different weather feeds, like NY1 Weather, NBC Storm Team." And, as New York welcomes a polar vortex, who can blame her? Of course, her feed also features what she calls "New York-centric" accounts, including the New York Post, New York magazine, Business Insider, Tech Crunch, WhoWhat Wear, and (ahem) Refinery29. And, all before she's even gotten out of bed.
It's during her 15-minute car ride to work each day that you'll likely catch her creating those famous in-cab Instagrams. You know, the ones detailing her to-die-for shoes and accessories. "That 15 minutes is more about me producing content than consuming it," she says.
And, even though it may seem that Chen is spending most of her time reading stuff online, she's also a sucker for the print version of her favorites magazines (think British Vogue) and depends on a regular, old-fashioned trip to Strand to browse and buy hard copies of books.
We really admire the way Chen sees a bookstore. Though some consider the printed word an endangered species, the style maven offers a fresh perspective: "I really think it's such a luxury to go into a bookstore, with the musty smell, and the people watching there is always amazing. I bump into friends, as well." Who are we to turn down a solid dose of people watching?
Once Chen is in the bookstore, you'll find her gravitating towards YA — the latest Hunger Games film even merited a Lucky office screening. And, let us not forget what amazing Instas can come from a trip to a gorgeous bookstore: "I usually do Instagrams when I finish books [...] It's great because people will [comment and] recommend new books. So, I'll literally go into the Strand with my Instagram open. That's the best way to find a book — through a friend."
Maybe the most enviable part of Chen's relationship with content is the way she knows how to unplug at the end of the day. "At night, I have this [app] on my phone so that [...] from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., unless you're on this approved list of people, the emails don't come through. I don't get notifications, the texts don't come through [...] For my personal sanity, I do that. Most people who know me know I'm very much an email person. I get so many emails, and I get a little bit obsessed with cleaning out my inbox. So, I try to shut off at night."