Fashion

Fierce fingertips from OPI, Gelish, and Perfect Match

Long nails that last the longest

Attempting to blend in with the football fans during a Sunday game, I started chatting with the couple next to me. I met 30-year-old Justine, who had pristine nails pressed against her pint of beer. ...

All Saints stylist’s style

Fashion inspiration: Instagram

After grabbing an iced latte fromCommunal Coffee, one of my favorite coffee shops in South Park, I spotted Baltazar, looking polished in a casual denim-on-denim ensemble. I later learned that he is a stylist at ...

Costume it up like Bettie Page

Ouija board fashion at Waterfront Park

In between tastings of lobster mac and cheese, deep fried macaroni balls, and beer samples from Booze Brothers, I had time to lounge, digest, and enjoy the atmosphere at the unlimited Mac + Cheese Fest ...

The Horatio Alger of Project Runway

The industry is definitely warming up.

San Diego native Ashley Nell Tipton’s career as a fashion designer reads like a Horatio Alger story. She first put needle to fabric at age seven on her grandmother’s sewing machine. In 2011, she started ...

Beachy Boho from Target, Marshalls, Forever 21

“Floral, beachy, casual look — and stylish.”

My weekends have become a series of food-driven escapades. As such, I spent a recent October Saturday with friends indulging in local cuisine during Taste of North Park. While sampling at one of the stops ...

Barrio Logan’s Sew Loka: the Nip/Tuck of real life

Gym for health, tailoring for looks

According to Claudia Rodriguez Biezunski, the gregarious owner of Barrio Logan’s Sew Loka, for a man, having your clothes tailored is more important for your looks than working out. “You can go to the gym ...

ShayButter’s chunky sweaters make a statement for fall

Fall sweaters and blonde locks in La Jolla

On my most recent shopping trip to La Jolla last week, I spotted Kara, wearing an outfit that made me rejoice over the changing seasons. Whenever I hear the word “fall,” I immediately associate it ...

Scott Rich: San Diego’s most colorful fashion designer

“For people who want to be seen.”

As someone with little interest in high fashion, I was surprised by how compelling I found local designer Scott Rich’s work. Rich, who lives in Santee, is one of San Diego’s few fashion designers. He ...

Dark Horse Jesse driven by sustainability, Salvation Army, and Etsy

Blood and style mixed in Golden Hill

My frequent walks to the Dark Horse coffee shop in Golden Hill over the past year have introduced me to many recurring faces. Among those is Jesse, an entrepreneur who sells herb- infused, raw chocolate. ...

Stylist Michael Burton: find a good tailor at Picasso Tailoring and Nick’s Tailor Shop

Don’t skimp on the suit

I haven’t bought a new suit since I was 12. The last time I went to a wedding, it was in a suit I got from a thrift store for $7, and it looked pretty ...

Madewell Inc. apron-style dress for Golden Hill Park’s Burgers & Beer

“Amazon is like a secret store for me. If you dig, you can find really cute stuff.”

I spent last Saturday soaking up the late summer sun at the Burgers & Beer event in Golden Hill Park. As I ate my weight in burgers, my eyes were drawn to some summer fashions ...

Vanessa Valiente: the cure for Costco couture

Does San Diego deserve its reputation as an unstylish city?

Vanessa Valiente is San Diego’s original fashion blogger and an elite personal style consultant. Her services sit behind a long wait list and a battery of screening questionnaires, and for good reason. She knows what ...

Paola Alberdi-inspired style from H&M, Zara, Bershka and Forever 21

Check out the San Diego fashion influencer’s Amazon “drop”

In the Refill Cafe in Hillcrest I spotted Melissa wearing the most stylish linen blazer. I admired her effortless style. When I approached her, I learned that the Napa Valley native has lived in Tijuana ...

Shopping vintage is not only for Grateful Dead roadies

Clothing “foster mom” has some advice for you

For most men, buying secondhand clothing is an alien experience, and that puts them behind a steepening curve. According to industry reports, the secondhand clothing market is set to match or surpass new clothing sales ...

Zanzea jumper and Birkenstocks for the criminally indigent

Not Guilty in Golden Hill

The best part of contributing to this column is the people I get to meet on the streets of our city. Our interactions provide me with small glimpses into the worlds of others. On a ...

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