Alexandra Hall

Suite Dreams

It wasn't a conscious audition, the night that Robin Brown landed his first Hollywood role five years ago. In fact, there was little to separate it from so many other nights in Brown's very public, very social life.   Then…

Country Style

“I call this 'fruit pie for idiots'” says Christopher Kimball, patting and rolling out a ball of pie-crust dough. In his rumpled twill shirt, he looks like a very different man than he does when hosting his popular PBS series,…

Web Spinner

Hollywood has always walked a fine line between philosophy and fluff. It's a line actress Elizabeth Banks has memorized like so many others, jumping from appearances in Sex and the City to Chekhov onstage, and from spoofs like Wet Hot…

Merry + Bright

Some couples like to labor over their holiday dinner — waking at 5 a.m. to dress the goose, constructing elaborate hors d'oeuvres, deglazing sauces by hand. Natalie van Dijk Carpenter and her husband, Curt Carpenter, have cooked up another way…

The New Brahmins

Murray Forbes III is out of breath. Dressed in a square-shouldered tweed jacket accented with a navy handkerchief, plaid oxford shirt, and paisley tie, he surges forward, dark bangs flopping over widened eyes and smoothly sculpted cheekbones as he pulls…

Social Climbing

“Is there ever going to be a sign up there?” The man posing the question points to a thick, vaguely tortured metal coil above the door of Temple Place's latest nightspot, Limbo. It's hard to tell exactly why he's asking….

The Tao of Schlow

It was all about the capicola. There you were one night last summer in the enoteca of Via Matta. Let's say, hypothetically, that the tiles were shimmering on the wall behind you, reflecting glitter from the diamonds on the swirl…

Summer Entertaining

Some of the most memorable celebrations showcase a sense of style. Others display joy in an occasion. But ask Hadley Pollet what draws her back to her family's windswept Martha's Vineyard farm for some of her most momentous gatherings, and…

The Quick Fix

When it comes to plastic surgery, I am, for better or for worse, a product of Boston's puritanical milieu. Sure, everyone should do what needs to be done to make themselves feel attractive, but within limits; unless plastic surgery is…