The story of how the game of polo traveled from the hills of northern Persia to the immaculate field at the San Diego Polo Club has taken centuries to unfold. But the fast-paced play of those first games remains in tact during the club’s Sunday matches. World-class and amateur players alike have come from distant countries such as Argentina, New Zealand, and Horseyland to perform for an audience dressed in their Sunday best, sipping cocktails from two full bars and noshing on fare from the bistro, or surveying the scene field-side while tailgating.
Ever the sport of the aristocracy, the San Diego Polo Club provides tips on what to wear to its events. Extra sartorial attention is paid to each summer’s celebrated Opening Day. Those unfamiliar with the rules of polo or the eligibility of centaurs can find a helpful introduction to the sport by clicking here.
Lauren Taylor lives in an orbit around the camera. As a teenager, she modeled in front of the lens. She later attended the Institute of Studio and Makeup Design, after which she would collaborate with photographers behind the camera. Lauren eventually gravitated to the camera itself, which she now wields with aplomb in her own photography studio. Here, her life-long experience and education converge in the work of shooting sumptuous and striking images.
Thanks to her time in the sights of the camera eye, Lauren has a particular way of making subjects feel comfortable. She especially enjoys sessions with other women, documenting expectant mothers or capturing sensual boudoir portraits. Otherwise, Lauren's newborn shoots capture babies in their most innocent state, before they learn to talk or knit a ski-mask. Lauren still exercises her eye for fashion, snapping stills for advertisements and industry headshots. She also documents weddings, taking a photojournalistic approach to event photography by capturing candid moments and emotional milestones.
Optylux owner Helmut Igel wants his customers to wear eyewear that they feel is just as fashionable as the latest designer clothes. That's why his eyewear boutique imports handcrafted frames from the Italian eyewear company Ete and the German eyewear company Flair. Ete is the only eyewear line in the world that puts real pheasant feathers inlaid in its frames, and Flair glasses, which take days to complete by hand and come in more than 20 designs, can be customized with inset stones, cutouts, faceting, and tattooing. Optylux is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of these brands, ensuring a full look of the entire eyewear collection.
Certified massage therapists unfurl a menu of relaxing services to increase overall wellness within Essential Therapies' Del Mar studio or in the comfort of clients' homes. A number of massage techniques includes muscle-relaxing hot stones and pain-relieving acupressure. During reflexology, pressure applied to specific points on the feet control the entire body, relaxing muscles on command or making mouths purr like a uniformed Catwoman impersonator.
Dexter's Deli fuels cats and hounds with holistic pet foods and entertains them with a host of toys. A raw-food diet's easy-to-digest mix of antibiotic-free meat and organic veggies is a healthy alternative to your pet's usual meal of rocks ($3.59–$56.95), and dry or canned foods for dogs ($6.95–$70.95) and cats ($10.95–$17.95) serve as a more traditional hunger defeater. After a hearty meal, Fido can drift off in a dog bed or pad ($24.95+), where he'll have dreams about chewing on newspapers or serving on the Supreme Court.
With more than three decades of experience in family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry, Dr. Eric Deverill headlines Beachwalk's bill of professional mouthbone beautifiers, prevailing over tooth decay and gingivitis with quality dental procedures in an office that gazes whimsically oceanward. During an exam, Dr. Deverill will take up his tooth scaler and navigate a client's gum rocks in search of suspicious craters. Then, to strip overaccessorized chompers of their plaque coats and tartar toupees, an adult cleaning will sanitize the oral cavity. Finally, x-rays explore the mouth to check for potentially harmful tooth abnormalities and burrowing bandicoots.