Alyssa Giacobbe

The Treasure Trail

How to navigate Cape Cod’s flea markets, from Falmouth to Wellfleet.

Who Failed Phoebe Prince?

SUPERINTENDENT GUS SAYER ISSUED the recorded message directly to all students and staff by 9:45 p.m., a feeble attempt at outrunning the South Hadley High School rumor mill. “On Thursday afternoon, we received the heartbreaking news that one of our…

Connoisseur: February 2010: Neighborhoods: On Location: Inman Square

While most of cambridge has changed dramatically-Harvard Square these days is more American Apparel than university radical-Inman Square has retained the bohemian feel that’s drawn hippie kids to places like Ryles jazz club since the ’70s. Now it’s gaining popularity…

Sextracurricular Activities

In our first couple of days as freshmen at Colby College, the small liberal-arts school where I spent four years in the mid-’90s, my classmates and I were educated on the essential pieces of campus lore: Geology was the easiest…

On Location: Fashionably Late at The Liberty Hotel

Swarms of Gossip Girl wannabes in obscenely short dresses? Check. Aging ’90s rock stars? Check. Sixteen-dollar glasses of chardonnay? Check (and keep ‘em coming). Welcome to Fashionably Late, the Liberty Hotel’s weekly showcase for nonstop drinking, occasional celeb-spotting, and—oh, right—fashion….

On Location: The Topsfield Fair

THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IS THE SMELL: tractor exhaust, fryolator grease, essence of cow, and a high schooler’s Drakkar Noir, all swirled together in the autumn breeze. This is the calling card of the Topsfield Fair (10/2–10/12), which each…

Puff Daddy

IT WAS THE SUMMER OF 2007, AND the citizens of Paris were pissed. Cigarettes, which had already been banned in public places, would soon be forbidden in the city’s iconic cafés. And yet to David Edwards, a Harvard professor and…

Dispatch: Steve Carell on Aisle Five

CELEBRITIES MIGHT BE, WITH special thanks to Us Weekly for so successfully working the phrase into the American vernacular, just like us. But they generally don’t make the best of neighbors. In the past few years, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lindsay Lohan,…

Import/Export: The Wardrobe Whisperer

Hiring someone to help navigate the denim bar at Barneys may seem brazenly self-indulgent for these poor-me times, but Kerry Waterman begs to differ. The DC native (and 15-year Boston resident) is quick to point out that her new Back…

Fashion Masochist: Circus Workouts

For my 10th birthday, after a particularly momentous family outing to the circus, I asked for 100 hula hoops. I got just one. I’ve always felt that that jilting deserves at least part of the blame for my eventual career…