Alyssa Giacobbe'S latest stories

Store Opening: John Derian

I once had a boyfriend who loved to brag that he knew what ‘decoupage’ was — and, he’d add, he wasn’t even gay! (At the time, that is. In retrospect, I should’ve known. First, decoupage. Second, no man folds a…

The Taste of Harvard Square (aka Christmas in June)

Chowder can sympathize with the hordes of tourists now descending upon Boston, and the confusion they must feel with our myriad dining options. We find the best restaurant recommendations come from people, not guidebooks. So when the Harvard Square Business…

Store Opening: Kiehl’s in Burlington

We were pretty jazzed when Kiehl’s decided to open its hallowed doors on Newbury Street six years ago, and when the beauty legend joined the roster of stores at the Burlington Mall Wednesday night, we made sure we were there,…

Bostonista goes Green

Unless you’ve been living in a cave (or trapped in an ANTM marathon black hole), you’ve probably figured out that going green is way, way in these days. Some big names are embracing the trend by issuing their own eco-friendly…

Sex’s Greatest Hits: Part 1!

In anticipation of the Sex and the City movie Bostonista will not only be swilling commemorative cosmos, we’ll also be counting down what we consider to be Carrie’s greatest outfits from the HBO series. (And we’d love to hear from…

Sex’s Greatest Hits: Number Four

In anticipation of the Sex and the City movie Bostonista will not only be swilling commemorative cosmos, we’ll also be counting down what we consider to be Carrie’s greatest outfits from the HBO series. (And we’d love to hear from…

Endorsed: The Big Easy

One wrong hand signal-less turn after another led me far from home this weekend (a quick apology to all drivers in Cambridge, Belmont, Arlington, and, quite possibly, Lexington: I didn’t intend to tackle the main roads for my first biking…

Out of Office Message: Portland, OR

Currently in “the other Portland” for the wedding of my friend Emily, with whom I worked at my first job after college, in the long ago days before magazine assistantships in New York were something you won on a reality…

WWJD: New Apartment Purchases

The trend in extravagant, truly silly purchases—coupled with our already established pet obsession—continues this week, as I make myself at home in my new apartment. My first big buy—not a flat screen TV, or a Wii, or even a pimped…

Aging Rock Stars, Part II… Target: Aging Fans

The lobby of the Somerville Theater was a blue/gray sea of denim, chambray, and fleece. “Yikes!” I said to my husband. “These are my peers?” We were there to see Joe Jackson, Brit rocker of olde, and as I wondered…