Alyssa Giacobbe

Import/Export: Peng Dynasty

As one of Boston’s most sought-after interior decorators for nearly a decade, Meichi Peng has become known for her eclectic take on projects both residential and commercial, including the Theater District’s in-progress W residences. But upon meeting the 34-year-old Taiwan…

My Zen is Better Than Your Zen

On a recent Wednesday night at Back Bay "mind-body" spa Exhale, yoga—a pursuit that traditionally eschews the materialistic, and sometimes showering—feels very posh. The studio is packed with well-toned and -coiffed yogis, and everyone seems to know everyone else. My…

Import/Export: Vanity Project

One hundred years ago, when glosses and shadows were the tools of prostitutes and performers, and average women looked far more drab than today, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden immigrated to the United States with a shared vision: Let’s get…

Counsel Requests the Right to Appeal

Wendy Savage isn’t dumb. She knew posing for a calendar called Beautiful Lawyers —a quasi–fundraiser put together by a local attorney/marketing guru she’d met at a charity event—would not go unnoticed. She did not know that, in her slinky backless…

Vanity Project

For 25 years, Dr. Leonard Miller has been the go-to plastic surgeon of Brookline youth-seekers. Now his Boston Center for Facial Rejuvenation targets the presurgery set with noninvasive treatments like Botox and laser therapy in a boutiquelike setting on Newbury…

The Bling Job

They left in the middle of the night, the story goes, taking with them on an airplane bound for India 17 Italian leather suitcases stuffed with everything but the family dog. No forwarding address, no plans to return. It was…

They've Got Your Back

We Bostonians might pride ourselves on our work ethic, but in the end, we’re a town of slouches (literally). While all that time spent perched in front of the computer or hunched over the BlackBerry can be somewhat rewarding for…

They've Got Your Back

We Bostonians might pride ourselves on our work ethic, but in the end, we’re a town of slouches (literally). While all that time spent perched in front of the computer or hunched over the BlackBerry can be somewhat rewarding for…

Aesthetically Pleasing

During a "research" trip to New York City earlier this year, Milena Turok, director of aesthetics at Dermatology Partners in Wellesley, booked a $400 skin-rejuvenation treatment with one of those fancy facialists to the stars. An hour later, she walked…