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Stories by Siobhan Braun

Combat boots storm campus

Fashion always recycles itself as evidenced by the proliferation of high-waisted pants and the return of stonewashed denim. It’s no surprise that the 90s grunge-girl staple — the combat boot — has resurfaced in a ...

Reader writers tell stories about Mom

Wonder and Hope — Mom always convinced me it would be an adventure. By Ian Anderson The Animal Keeper— Animals spoke to my mother “in a language only she understood.” By Whitney Butler La Gringa ...

May 6, 2015
The otherness that burdened my mother

My mother first stepped foot in America in 1957 at the age of six. She was porcelain-skinned and freckle-faced with a shock of curly red hair. My grandfather waited on the tarmac as his family ...

May 6, 2015
What we hate about San Diego

A childhood friend of mine from Chicago recently admitted that she unfollowed my Facebook feed. “In February Chicago had its coldest month on record since 1875! We froze our asses off. Looking at pictures of ...

April 29, 2015
Accept the craziness of San Diego lobster fisherman

Never name your boat after your wife.

Sneak peek for the Week

Fashion Week San Diego hosted its spring showcase at Harrah’s Casino on Saturday, March 14. Attendees were given a sneak peek of styles from 25 different designers whose designs will walk the runway next fall ...

Parks and art and recreation

Among the barrel cactus and desert agave of Borrego Springs you’ll find a peculiar site: a herd of Gomphotheres and a 350-foot sea serpent slithering out of the sand. These, and 138 other larger than ...

February 4, 2015
First he sold diapers at Kobey's Swap Meet

When Jon Carder became a multimillionaire at the age of 26, his mother thought he was a drug dealer. “For a good four years, she thought for sure I was selling drugs. I bought a ...

January 7, 2015
Local gift guide: Lady edition

Christmas shopping can be such a hassle. I have the tendency to avoid malls during the entire month of December. Parking is a nightmare and sales people are overworked and grumpy. Luckily for San Diegans ...

Local gift guide: Dude edition

Gift giving for the dudes on my Christmas list is a challenge. My husband is a minimalist, so anytime I ask him what he wants for Christmas he shrugs and says, "Nothing." While he acts ...

Thrift pros and scores

San Diego is known for its great weather, beaches, and craft beer. I think we need to add another item to that list — thrift stores. From the row of resale shops in Hillcrest on ...

November 20, 2014
Pulling off that Monday Morning look

SDSU on a Monday morning is a sea of fashion mediocrity. The campus is sprinkled with students wearing sneakers, joggers, yoga pants, tees and top knots. I get it; I do. No one likes Mondays, ...

November 11, 2014
Cute, not crass

Every fall, the costume industry rolls out a fresh crop of sexified costumes for the ladies that range from the unintentionally hysterical to the downright absurd. Skimpy is fine, but a lack of creativity is ...

October 11, 2014
Festival style on Adams Avenue

Ever notice how groups of friends often share similar tastes in style? I ran into several groups of ladies who wore complementary frocks at the Adams Avenue Street festival. Lein Gage, Lora Mathis and Daliah ...

October 5, 2014
Spotted: Dapper, trendy, casual-cool

If it were up to me, my husband would dress like he stepped out of a J.Crew catalogue. However he prefers to wear tees that say, Fact: Clowns Eat People paired with cargo shorts and ...

October 3, 2014
Pint-sized to lady-like

Here’s what you should know about Fashion Week San Diego — Allison Andrews, the show’s founder/producer, is not attempting to replicate New York Fashion Week. FWSD is the laid-back, unpretentious version. You will not find ...

October 2, 2014
Girls at Carlsbad, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach converse on the blanket

At 17, she could pass for 21. Her wild brown curly hair is streaked with turquoise highlights. A cluster of freckles sprinkle the bridge of her pierced nose. Abby wears a 1920s-inspired emerald-green tropical-print bikini. ...

October 1, 2014
A special significance

Tattoos are so mainstream. Gone are the days when the rebels and counter-culture characters among us were the only ones sporting ink. In San Diego, trendy tattoo parlors like Remington in North Park and Full ...

September 30, 2014
Put a lid on it

Hats can make a creative man. Pharrell's Vivienne Westwood vintage hat worn to the Grammys has since become a Halloween costume option. Slash’ has been wearing his iconic top hat, that he famously shoplifted prior ...

September 29, 2014
I never wear the same thing twice

In Little Italy, Lien Nguyen held her fluffy Maltipoo, Kali, close as she made her way through the crowded Saturday morning Mercato on Cedar Street. Nguyen was on her way to brunch with her husband. ...

September 22, 2014
A world of style in City Heights

Mother/daughter pair, Madina Mah and Khadija Musame, infused some serious style into the City Heights farmer’s market with their beautiful and vividly colored traditional Somali Bantu dresses. 21-year-old Mah told me that she always dresses ...

September 18, 2014
SDSU international students discuss American fashion

While enjoying brunch in San Diego, I found Australian (and one Brit) SDSU students Alice Himelstein, Bridie Davey, Sarah Astrada, Becky Oaks, and Sierra Callaway enjoying a break from studying. The five friends had some ...

September 12, 2014
He sees dead people

Clients and friends of David Roesch describe him as male version of the Long Island Medium. According to him, He has seen dead people since childhood. “After having scarlet fever as a child, and being ...

August 28, 2014
San Diego Meetups: Ghosts Happen, Bitcoin, Zeitgeist, Furries,

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good. — Dr. Seuss

August 27, 2014
Flying in style

"I have missed four flights already today," Oliver Lang tells me with a heavy sigh as he adjusts the straps on his canvas backpack. He is on his way to Frankurt, Germany to play in ...

August 26, 2014
Stay weird, Ocean Beach

While most coastal communities have a defined beachy-boho coastal style, Ocean Beach has always been one-of-a-kind. Known mostly for its peace-and-love, hippie vibe, OB is one of the few San Diego communities where you will ...

August 15, 2014
You’re totally coming to our housewarming party

Upon meeting Steve Lettow at his El Cajon home, I immediately notice two pink flowers and a small green leaf tangled in his hair. When I point them out, he says, “Sometimes it’s worse. When ...

August 14, 2014
Short shorts in La Jolla

I love La Jolla in early August. The weather has yet to reach the sweltering early-September temperatures and the heavy crowds of June and July have thinned out a bit. There is some terrific shopping ...

August 11, 2014
Pacific Beach skate style is timeless

Pacific Beach isn’t only for surfers. Drive down Garnet and you’ll find groups of skaters. Head down to the boardwalk and they are sprinkled amongst the beach cruisers, joggers, and Segway-riding tourists. According to Izzy ...

August 1, 2014
Allowable radiation

As a high school student, Tina Ash wanted to be a nurse. “Our local hospital sponsored a nursing shadowing day for area high school students. I was assigned to shadow the oncology ward. In-patient oncology ...

Comic-Con after hours

Many of the Comic-Con attendees I have spoken to this year have said that their favorite aspect of the four-day event, apart from cosplaying, is hanging out at the clubs and on the streets of ...

Bikinis everywhere

Mission Beach is one of the few cities were you can get away with wearing a bikini to the grocery store, out to lunch, or on a leisurely bike ride. It’s the go-to wardrobe staple ...

July 26, 2014
The characters of Comic-Con

Comic-Con is here and the streets of the Gaslamp are overrun with zombies, Assassin Creed junkies, comic book lovers, Pokémon characters, and various superheroes. It is, hands down, the very best opportunity for some amazing ...

July 24, 2014
Nice smile, nice job

After spending nearly a decade as a stay at home mom, Kelly Grosse decided to jump back into the work force. Only, she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. After ...

Music is all I do

The pay grade of a professional musician may be one of the most varied out there. A musician’s income can range from millions to getting paid in beer to perform at a pub. The Bureau ...

July 17, 2014
A good place to be a model

California is a good place to live if you are considering pursuing a career in modeling,. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2013 California is the third highest paying state for models. ...

June 19, 2014
When two closets become one

There is nothing better than a best friend that has similar dimensions and the same style sense, because inevitably two closets become one. Jamie Trumper’s and Coral Treamer’s wardrobes are interchangeable. The best friends meet ...

June 13, 2014
Spotty coverage in P.B.

The laid-back beach community of Pacific Beach has its own unique sense of style. Wardrobe basics consist of everything from bikinis and board shorts to maxi dresses and crop tops. On a perfect, 75-degree afternoon ...

It takes more than a beach body

Looking to score the quintessential San Diego summer job as a lifeguard? Join the club. To qualify, you need more than a beach body and a whistle. Lifeguard hopefuls need to take several classes in ...

June 5, 2014
Grunge in the Park

There are a couple of different San Diego spots I head to anytime I am suffering from a particularly awful day — the La Mesa Library, Mission Trails, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, the AmVets off ...

May 23, 2014
Battle burnout

Finding success as a real estate agent seems simple enough. It’s not brain surgery. People are always buying and selling homes. However, nearly half the agents who receive their real estate agent license fail within ...

Camping is no excuse for bad fashion

For Spring break, my family, a few friends, and I drove nine hours to camp amongst the cliffs and Fremont cottonwoods of Zion National Park in Utah. It was breathtaking. The second day we were ...

May 8, 2014
Motivate for money

Jake Ducey is the modern, 22-year-old, version of Tony Robbins — minus the hot coals. While he has yet to make any movie appearances and does not have quite the same name recognition as Robbins, ...

Hillcrest hat trick

Some of the best shopping found in Hillcrest begins on the 3800 block of Fifth Avenue and runs through the 3900 block of Fifth. On that stretch you will find Buffalo Exchange, Lost and Found, ...

May 6, 2014
An environment I love to be in

Living the life of an at-home professional can be daunting. While the perception of telecommuting is a pleasant one that evokes images of coffee house visits and sitting behind a computer while wearing flannel pajamas ...

April 24, 2014
A ton of free sessions

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 ...

April 10, 2014
Cat ladies

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

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

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 ...

March 26, 2014

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