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Stories by Siobhan Braun

A ton of free sessions

To start a photography business

My friend Tim is a dreamer. Every other week he has a new career. Six months ago, he dropped 2K on a camera bundle with the goal of becoming a professional photographer. That camera is ...

Cat ladies

Feline frenzy in San Diego

I’m not a cat person — mostly due to a silvery scar on my arm that I got as a child from the claws of my neighbor’s grumpy tabby cat. Also, cats make me sneeze ...

Campus Style: Cuyamaca College edition

It's difficult to find people on college campuses that aren’t wearing yoga or sweat pants with their hair swept up in unkempt, sloppy buns. Like most schools, comfort reins supreme on the campus of Cuyamaca ...

Instabucks

San Diegans make money on the photo-sharing site

Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app popular with selfie-taking teenagers, has become something unexpected — a shopping site. Now, instead of merely following your favorite celebrities, friends, and family members, you can follow hip boutiques that ...

Atheists, Evangelists, and Prophets take over Balboa Park

Walk in the park of shame.

Billy Stewart wants to know if I am ready to accept Jesus Christ into my heart. He stands under a cluster of palm trees along the Prado in Balboa Park. A navy-blue ball cap with ...

Bees on the Brain

Honey, the Environmental Protection Agency is failing you.

Hilary Kearney reminds me of a modern Joni Mitchell. She wears her stick-straight, shoulder-length, blond hair in a side-swept part. When I first met Hilary, she was barefoot and standing in her kitchen. Minutes earlier, ...

Hipsters or nerds?

Judging youthful style on grown men

My friend Natalie recently broke up with her boyfriend. In an effort to get her to move on, I attempted to set her up with a good guy friend of mine. They have a lot ...

Tribal print and bunny rabbit purses at City College

Inspired

Tracy Yang wanted to give me a gift for taking her photograph at City College. The 18-year-old music major shuffled around in her bunny rabbit purse, a bag she purchased while visiting China, searching for ...

Food truckin ain’t easy

On any given night in San Diego you can find a food truck gathering; whether it is in the parking lot of a local high school, on a military base, outside your favorite bar, or ...

U-31 taken over by scantily clad models

Valentine's edition of Fashion Whore brings runway models to North Park

On a recent Saturday night at North Park's U-31, the usual beard-wearing, IPA-drinking scene was turned upside by MayStar's Club Fashion Whore. Fashion Whore is a monthly runway show taking place on the second Saturday ...

Landlocked mermaids in North Park

Punky hair colors are popping up on celebrities ranging from risk-takers like Kelly Osborne and Katie Perry to the more conservative Lauren Conrad and January Jones. The trend is starting to seep into the mainstream. ...

Arm candy

Purses worn in San Diego

“You're never too fat for a new purse.” ― Nia Vardalos I gained a couple of pounds over the holiday season. As a result of my refusal to go up a dress size, I have ...

The "barely there" dress code of the Gaslamp

Saturday night my husband and I went to a concert at Balboa Theater, afterward we decided to walk down to Quality Social for a couple of drinks. After walking a half a block on 4th ...

A day in Balboa Park

I try to live my life in accordance with the famous quote attributed to Walt Whitman: "Be curious, not judgmental." On a recent visit to Balboa Park, camera in hand, I came across a plethora ...

Stripes and polka dots at SDSU

18-year-old Natasha Tang lives in Milwaukee. After taking a summer road trip with her boyfriend to California she is now considering transferring to SDSU. With her parents in tow, I found Tang touring the campus. ...

An after-hours circus

When I scored tickets to ARTessence’s CAPTIVATE: Cirque de l’Artisan, a fashion show in Middletown promoted as “providing the experience of a party and a show in tandem: live graffiti artists, professional dance teams, aerialist ...

2013 Street Style Round-Up

The good, the ho-hum, and the ugly

Fashion was all over the map in 2013. I like to think of it as the year of individual style. We saw a lot of camo-inspired gear — combat boots and military jackets. There was ...

Gothic in the Gaslamp

Bah, humbug!

You can’t go wrong with black. It’s slimming. It’s simple. It’s sleek. It’s the shade that Audrey Hepburn is remembered most for wearing in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Her little black dress is a look that ...

Boots, Boots, and More Boots

What San Diegans wear to keep their feet warm

My favorite part of the cold-weather season, if you call 65 degrees "cold," is not hot cocoa or crackling fires, it’s digging my boots out of storage. I’m kind of obsessed with shoes. My husband ...

UCSD, where majors are more impressive than wardrobes

A whole lot of sweatpants

On a recent visit to UCSD I was much more impressed by the students' majors than their wardrobes (as it should be). There were a whole lot of yoga pants and sweat pants ensembles going ...

There’s no feeling equal to tagging

Eliminating graffiti from the ’hood feels good as well.

How some graffiti vandals became graffiti artists, thanks in part to City Heights’ Writerz Blok art park.

Masquerade in Hillcrest

Masks of all types on the scene at Snooze charity event.

Last weekend I went to a masquerade party at Snooze in Hillcrest. It ended up being a bit of a disaster — not the event itself, as Snooze raised over $2,000 for Feeding America San ...

Accessories that count in La Jolla

The greatest advice my fashion-savvy mother ever gave me in regards to style was to make your accessories count. Accessories should be the ingredients around which to base your outfit. If you are going to ...

Shopping guide for Small Business Saturday

San Diego's best local shopping spots

I worked in retail as a teenager. Holidays were hell — long lines, grouchy customers and insane messes to clean up. I haven’t set foot in a mall on Black Friday, or within the month ...

Mission Beach, a Surf Cowboy and a German Exchange Student

Sometimes I miss Midwest winters. I got a nice dose of reality when I went home to Chicago for a weekend visit during in October. I had to wear a winter jacket — the entire ...

Classic preppy in La Jolla

Even La Jollans wear knock-offs

I caught 25-year-old Leanna Pollen on her way to work at Kate Spade on Girard Avenue. She resembled a young Jackie Kennedy dressed in a classic black and white color palette. The feminine shape of ...

Costume choices in Lakeside

Halloween, the one day a year where everyone cosplays

It’s Halloween season, the time of year when much of the population dresses the way San Diego cosplayers do on a regular basis. This weekend I attended a friend of a friend’s Halloween soiree in ...

Three pairs of lust-worthy fall boots

When fall rolls around, most Americans look forward to crackling fires, hot cocoa, and the changing leaves. There’s not a whole lot of that going on here in San Diego. But the fashionistas among us ...

Your guide to a non-slutty Halloween

Halloween costume ideas

It’s almost Halloween which means that soon, the streets of Pacific Beach and the Gaslamp will be full of lingerie-wearing ladies come October 31st. Sexy costumes are to Halloween what ketchup is to french fries. ...

Tribal print is to 2013 what Hypercolor was to 1991

San Diego men put a unique spin on Aztec print

Everyone and their mom is wearing tribal print clothing. It’s on backpacks, sweatshirts, shoes, and leggings. It’s to 2013 what Hypercolor shirts were to 1991. I recently ran into two men wearing the trend. Each ...

The Top Knot

How to achieve the effortless look of the top knot

This fall it’s all about the top knot. Buns have been in vogue for decades but this season, the traditional yawn-worthy updo has been replaced with an updated effortless and chic look. The top knot ...

Drink beer and go to hell

What they wore at La Mesa Oktoberfest

The first sight I saw upon my arrival at La Mesa’s annual Oktoberfest was this guy, holding a bullhorn asking people if they wanted to go to Heaven or Hell. Talk about a buzz kill. ...

Fashion Week San Diego Spectators

I am a strong believer that disasters come in threes. On Friday night my first disaster came in the form of a robbery--the self-pay parking machine ate my $5 bill. The injustice left me $10 ...

We did it guerrilla style

We launched our brand on Instagram

Can’t tell the young guys from Stone Brewing, Saint Archer Brewing, or Rowlberto Productions a thing about entrepreneurialism. All have employed innovative ways of reaching their business goals.

Campus Style

What the students at San Diego City College wore

College students are poor but that doesn’t mean their closets have to suffer. I ran into three San Diego City College students who rely on thrift stores and retail discounters to keep their wardrobes stocked. ...

We like the idea of public high school, but we have a few concerns.

No freaking allowed

Thousands of applicants, a little over 100 seats to fill at High Tech International school.

Endlesss Summer

She’s annoyed by crop-tops...and she loves kimonos.

I always forget how hot San Diego Septembers are. When I am looking forward to the fall and pulling my boots and tights out of storage, I find it nearly impossible not to get cranky ...

Wind turbines are everywhere out here

They're over 300 feet high. They kill birds. They're linked to cancer.

A lot of windmills being installed on the Anza-Borrego Desert floor. Besides visual blight, backcountry residents complain of health issues and the unknown.

Flower Power in Balboa Park

At Balboa Park on a sunny afternoon, both Michaela Wilbanks and Cristina Campos stood out amongst the park’s stunning architecture in lady-like florals. Floral is no longer just a summer and spring staple. For those ...

Denim Signatures

Fashion Valley Mall Rats

At Fashion Valley Mall, I ran into three women with their own unique take on denim. Twenty-six-year-old Missy Harper used denim as a subtle backdrop for her jewelry and leather ankle boots. Harper works at ...

Beach Cruising

In PB, beach cruisers are the vehicle of choice. 18-year-old Yesenia Meadows rode her Isla Vista orange cruiser ($199) home from a shopping excursion at Urban Outfitters on Mission Boulevard. She wore a vintage chambray ...

Enchanted by Normal Heights

Of all the neighborhoods in San Diego I’m the most enchanted by Normal Heights. They put on a hell of a festival with Adam’s Avenue Unplugged in April and the Adam’s Avenue Street Festival in ...

On the Boardwalk

Mission Beach’s boardwalk is one of the greatest locales in San Diego for people watching. There is a superb mixture of out-of-towners, drunk frat boys, scantily clad beach goers, and bizarre buskers whose talents include ...

Stringy Things: Wannabe Rock Stars

On any given night in numerous San Diego neighborhoods, you can find an open mic night hosted by a local coffee house. I am a tad obsessed thanks to an experience years ago at a ...

Beach Style: OB vs. PB

One of the greatest aspects of San Diego, apart from the stellar weather, is how each of it's neighborhoods has a distinct style. Take OB for instance, it is known as a mecca for free ...

South Park Street Style

Girls with tats

My friend Mark’s biggest pet peeve is the existence of beautiful women with tattoos. “I just don’t understand why all these pretty girls are covering their bodies in tats,” he said in frustration after spotting ...

Street Style Del Mar: Extreme Hats

One of the most popular events on Opening Day at the Del Mar racetrack is the Hats Contest. Entrants are judged in five categories: 1) Most Glamorous 2) Best Fascinator 3) Best Racing Theme 4) ...

Opening Day at the the Del Mar Racetrack

Hats, hats, and more hats

Opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack was packed. True to San Diego form a wide variety of spectators were in attendance. There were young 20-somethings, the middle-age set, families with young children, tourists, and ...

Black is the new black

Every year a different hue gets dubbed the new black. This year the new black is black. In the words of Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” I ...

It's in the details

My friend Heather is an accessory junkie. She has a habit of wearing basic maxi dresses with gorgeous jewelry. She always looks polished. Meanwhile, whenever I wear accessories I feel like I am wearing a ...