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Fashion Canada, Summer 2011


Summer Getaway: Barcelona

by Joy Pecknold

As the director of marketing for Kiwi Collection, a luxury-hotel booking website, Amy Chan knows the true meaning of jetset. With Travel perks like getting put up in the swankiest of hotels, it’s no wonder her personal blog is called amyfabulous.com. Here, she shares the sunny details of her enchanting Spanish adventure.

WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A GLAM GETAWAY? “Barcelona. The architecture is breathtaking and rick with history; the cuisine, inventive and delicious; and the energy, vibrant and upbeat.”

WHAT DO YOU PACK? “For the blazing sun, my Goorin Brothers straw fedora and Tom Ford tortoiseshell sunglasses.  For evening, a Burberry trench, as it can get quite breezy, and an H&M silk-flower hair clip for flamenco dancing. To pack it all up, I use my Want Les Essentiels de la Vie leather travel bag.”

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE WHEN THERE. “Relaxed glam. It gets quite hot during the day, so I stick to flowy tops and light dresses. My hair is always up in a loose bun. To dress it up, I accessorize with flowers in my hair or bright red lips.”

WHAT DO YOU PACK IN YOUR BEAUTY BAG? “Osmosis Shelter SPF 29+ Sunblock moisturizer to prevent sun damage; Myfaceworks I need to detox mask for after a long-haul flight; Make Up For Ever HD Powder for a flawless complexion on vacation photos; and Goody Spin Pins for tossing my hair back.”

WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO SWIMSUITS? “Carmen Marc Valvo. I confess the swimsuits aren’t ideal for swimming, but they look glamorous when sunbathing. I wear a backless monokini style.”

What activities do you love to do on vacation? “ During my last trip to Barcelona, I spent hours using the hammam at Hotel Omm. And I’m a powershopper; I felt victorious when I scooped up a pair of handmade leather shoes.”

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SHOPS? “Zara! The prices are almost half of what they are in Canada. A shopping gem I stumbled across after an afternoon at the museum of contemporary art is Wilde Vintage. The owner has been collecting vintage sunglasses for more than a decade and has his own line of frames. I scored a pair of 70s Christian Dior aviators there.”

WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER 2011 MUST-HAVES? “A pair of flats that are functional and fashionable- Salvatore Ferragamo leather loafers are exactly that. Also a Wilfred Seraphine blouse and Robert Rodriguez Lasso belt.”

WHOSE SUMMER STYLE DO YOU ADMIRE? “Gwyneth Paltrow. Everything she wears is elegant, timeless and classy.”


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