On location: Juan of a kind experience

There’s nothing like lying out in the Puerto Rican sun, poolside, sipping on a beer and reading a good book—and, at the same time, technically working.

Today, I arrived in San Juan with my fashion director, Ms. Tartare, with four suitcases chock full of designer clothes, in preparation for shooting two stories for our magazine over the next few days. Since the rest of our crew isn’t coming in til tomorrow morning, we’re taking things easy—after all, there is a LOT that goes into shooting those fabulous fashion features that you see in glossy magazines. You work hard and play hard—those are the rules of the high-fashion game.

Even though I’ve been working as a fashion editor since 2006, it’s been mostly behind-the-scenes kind of stuff: talking to PR people to pull samples, coordinating messengers to pickups and returns, tracking everything so nothing gets lost or left out, finding prices and retailers to credit each piece of clothing and accessories, coming up with headlines, etc.

And there will be plenty of that in the next few days as we shoot a feature for our big March 2011 issue, as well as a beachwear story for our May 2011 issue. But for now, it’s all about relaxing, eating good food as best I can, and taking in some culture before the real work begins. Tonight, we walked around the charming, colonial-style downtown area (complete with cobblestone streets, Spanish-style architecture, quaint little storefronts and apartments painted in all kinds of bright shades, as well as wrought-iron balconies and the occasional run-down building covered in graffiti), which was having some kind of Christmas street celebration. We later hit a cute little tapas restaurant across the street from our hotel—incidentally, a former convent—where we enjoyed delicious small plates, wine and a live flamenco performance. A girl could get used to this. Olé!

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