"From casting to maternity, fashion to business; we know how to get the best out of people." For Sceneline Studios to achieve that best requires both dedicated photographers and a commitment to clients. With 22 studios in five different countries?including European success in cities such as Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Madrid?they draw out their subjects' best looks by starting at the beginning. Before each photo shoot, professional makeup artists apply makeup and style hair to ensure each picture comes out perfectly. The photographers themselves have extensive experience. Their lenses have captured scenes as stunning as the Champs-Elysees at sunset and couples lounging in front of the Hofburg Palace, so they are amply prepared and use their prowess to make clients look as beautiful as any setting in Europe. With these elements combined, the photo shoots create tangible memories of everything from extravagant parties to growing families to sultry boudoir moments.
At Midtown Beauty Bar, experienced stylists and aestheticians cut, color, or wax off hair, and nail technicians decorate nails with regular or gel polishes. Then there are the makeup artists, whose airbrush system effortlessly dispatches a fine mist of pigment, unlike a hose filled with foundation. The result is a naturally glowing complexion and more even skin tone.
Co-owners Costa Grillas and Niko Theodorou bring years of Greek restaurant experience to the table at Egg & Dart, but the fact that Niko's mother helps pen the menu ensures the authenticity of the dishes. Meals begin with small plates, or mezze, such as cheese platters, grilled sausages, or spanakopita. Then they move on to shareable salads and main dishes that include braised lamb shank, steamed salmon, or moussaka¬¬––Greece's version of lasagna. International wines and beers complement each meal and creative cocktails are infused with muddled cucumber, kalamata olives, and greek liqueur. The clean white decor is befitting to a restaurant in the Design District but also recalls the whitewashed buildings of the Greek Isles. The restaurant seats 202 guests total, whether in the open dining room, at the cherry wood bar, or in a private dining room tucked behind frosted glass doors and guarded by a storm trooper.
The greatest of meats are paired with sauce sidekicks, slaying the bland and defending the savory. Q's meats are prepared in an authentic Texas-built Bewley pit roaster or infused with woody goodness in an on-site smoker. Pay tribute by plunging face first into a platter of pulled pork with Texas toast, cole slaw, and beans ($16.95), or by cracking open the crispy skin of a brined, glazed whole chicken ($18), topped against every law of decency with sides such as fried okra and cheese grits (both $6). Tip back a three-bourbon Qhattan with cherry and vermouth ($9) or a 13-ounce glass of Shiner Bock ($7) amid the pleasant aural aroma of live tunes on the weekend, or sneak to the back for a wee dessert of buttermilk shortcakes ($7) and a full rack of dry-rubbed pork spare ribs ($24).
Led by Gabriel Salloum, MD, Miami Center for Plastic Surgery offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures designed to help patients meet their aesthetic goals. The Aesthetic Gallery serves as the center's surgery-free wing, where aestheticians beautify figures and faces in a swanky spa setting. Minimally and noninvasive services, such as Botox, laser hair removal, and chemical peels form the core of the aesthetic team's repertoire. The plastic-surgery wing, which includes six private treatment rooms, caters to those in search of more significant solutions, such as to lift eyes, shape noses, or banish unwanted bulk.
The center's 3,300-square-foot complex, envisioned by notable architect and designer Agustin Fernandez, steeps patrons in a sensory bath of postmodernism. Inside pristine white treatment rooms, leather lounge chairs present sleek vantage points to take in the surrealist artworks and plants that offset the building's stark architectural lines and corner-shaped corners.