It's not every day that people get the chance to do something creative that they're not only passionate about, but also pays their bills.
Toes on the Nose window dresser Sydney Hensler says she got lucky.
"It's something I never expected to do, but it totally fits me in a weird way," the Newport Beach resident said. "I really enjoy doing it, and I really enjoy doing it in Laguna Beach because I feel like it's a community that appreciates it."
Hensler, 28, was working at Toes on the Nose in downtown Laguna about two years ago when she was asked to try her hand at the storefront windows that face South Coast Highway. She put her background in art and graphic design to work and came up with such an eye-catching display that the store ditched its normal mannequins for Hensler's monthly artistic creations.
"It's a lot of work, a lot of troubleshooting," Hensler said last month at the shop. "It can be frustrating, but I love doing it, and I love the end product."