Stephanie Sundell calls upon 18 years of fashion-photography experience to capture every fetching feature and smoky glance in sharp digital images. After scheduling a boudoir session and consulting with exclusively female staff members, subjects don their sultriest teddy or skimpiest hazmat suit and step in front of the camera as the photographer offers knowledgeable guidance on poses and positions in a private and pressure-free setting. At the conclusion of the shoot, centerfolds saunter home to peruse and choose their favorite images on a password-protected website. Photo professionals retouch and enhance the chosen shots, then present clients with a CD of all 10 images to create as many professional prints, racy emails, or surprising mortgage applications as they desire. Subjects can also boost their bombshell status with professional hair and makeup services for an additional $75.
The technicians at BnK Chem-Dry pride themselves on using one-fifth of the water and none of the toxic chemicals used by traditional steam carpet cleaning. Their carbonated cleaning method works by creating bubbles that lift embedded grime out of recesses before hot-water extraction carries it away. Since cleaned carpets take only a few hours to dry instead of a whole day, there is less chance of mold or mildew growing deep within carpets, and homeowners can return to their pie-juggling practices after but a short wait. The BnK Chem-Dry cleaning technique can also be applied to area rugs and upholstery, keeping sofas and recliners fresh and dirt-free. Hard surfaces can also benefit from BnK’s methods, with treatments tailored for tile and grout.
Working with local artists, the home decor experts at Skylar's Home & Patio have assembled hundreds of unique furniture pieces and accessories made in the U.S. to fit many interior and exterior home-decor styles. The showroom displays sectionals and a variety of styles that include vintage-like and shabby-chic pieces for the dining room, living room, or bedroom, as well as ultrasleek stands for plasma TVs. Resin-wicker and cast-aluminum patio furniture dominate the outdoor-furniture selection, which includes fire pits that warm up backyard gatherings or make a fine replacement for temperamental office shredders.
Certified hypnotherapist Lauren Grote draws on a background in psychology to help patients set and achieve goals. She consults with clients at the start of appointments, defining target issues such as anxiety, unwanted pounds, or an addiction to cigarettes. After coaxing them into a deeply relaxed state, she makes suggestions of empowerment and encouragement to be taken in by the subconscious mind. Patients can take home audio recordings of sessions to ponder over later or to play at a dance party.
Adding a globe-spanning spin on traditional Mexican presentation, Bull Taco turns cultural preconceptions sideways with a delectable selection of remixed street tacos, bulging burritos, and tasty tortas. Pavement pounders beat a path to locations in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Oceanside, where the taco pendulum swings from traditional carne asada, chicken, and carnitas ($1.75 each) toward gourmet upgrades including duck confit ($2.50), abalone ($10), and foie gras ($10). Muzzle riotous stomach roosters with a sunrise selection from Bull Taco's all-day breakfast menu, with carnitas, bacon, and chorizo snugly snoozing through meaty dreams in the machaca burrito's ($7) tortilla sleeping bag.