Alexandra Hall

Step Away From The Egg

SO THERE I AM, happily installed at the bar of my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain. Candles surround me, as do friends. This is my mini Valhalla: Cocktail in one hand, menu in the other, I giddily…

Hide and Chic

VACATIONS, BY DEFINITION, free us from the shackles of adulthood. We vacate not just our home, but also our schedules, responsibilities, and occasionally, our adult hang-ups for them. In short, they give us an excuse to behave like children. And…

Tired Old Chestnut

A MILF, A DOCTOR, and three grade schoolers walk into a mall. A few years ago, that would have been merely the setup for a joke. Now it counts as a busy day in Chestnut Hill, where there are two…

The 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston

In more ways and fields than ever, these women are stepping up and taking the reins in Boston: Meet the players who pull the strings in Boston.

Tressed-Case Scenario

SOME PEOPLE HAVE BAD hair days. I have bad hair months – namely all the ones between October and March. By Halloween every year, I’ve swapped summer’s smooth waves for full-on frizz. By New Year’s Eve, I’m ready to channel…

Carried Away

UNLESS YOU HAPPEN to live on the North Pole, red and green together belongs on your list of What Not to Wear. The lone exception? Local design deity Meichi Peng’s new Peng No. 2 shoulder-strap medium tote. Perfunctory name notwithstanding,…

Clothesing Statements

THE SHOW 1. Chic: Cure Her in Couture THE SETUP A highly styled mash-up of global designers and Stuart Weitzman shoes, chased with a round of eveningwear by local golden boy Michael De Paulo. THE BEST MOMENT De Paulo’s delicious…

Matching Assets

DANIELA CORTE WAVES AWAY the menu at Bouchée restaurant. She already knows what she wants — as does one of her closest friends, sitting to her right. "Watch. It’ll be the niçoise," Ricardo Rodriguez says with a smirk. "Extra tomatoes…

Raw Ambition

THE CLUSTER OF TENTS at the Island Creek Oyster Festival is glowing magenta under Duxbury Beach’s swath of inky sky. For five hours now, wine, beer, and vodka have been flowing — sometimes literally — all over the sand dunes…

What’s Got Us Mad This Month: Boston Taxis

For a heady moment there, it almost seemed like Boston taxis were getting all civilized. (Flat-screens? They finally take plastic? Pinch us.) But now we realize those advances just give cabbies more reasons to get crabby. They hate the Visa…