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Women of Style 2018

By Casey Gillespie and Gillian Flynn

Photography by Becca Teal Batista


From effortlessly classic to fearlessly fashion-forward, these San Diego women are taking care of business, one stylish step at a time.

As co-founder and style director of San Diego-based beauty brand CND, this influencer single-handedly thrust nail art from salons into front rows at fashion shows worldwide.

My power piece is… a custom The Blonds corset made entirely of nail tips polished in ruby red shellac and adorned with matching red Swarovski crystals. It’s a showstopper, but no breathing or eating allowed. The best way to describe my fashion philosophy is... a little rock ’n’ roll, a little punk, a hint of femme with a good shot of boy thrown in. In terms of style, I would never… go classic. My favorite designer of all time is... Comme des Garçons. I feel empowered when I wear… my Rick Owens platform spike-heeled boots paired with my favorite Simone Rocha pearl-rimmed socks. It just makes everything instantly cooler. The most cherished piece in my closet has to be... my collection of silver cuffs given to me by my husband (he’s the best shopper I know!).