Alyssa Giacobbe

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…

Genies Are Standing By

My first job out of college, I worked as the assistant to the editor in chief of a glossy fashion magazine. She was not the Prada-wearing devilish kind: Elaina loved literature and animals. In her soft Scottish lilt she’d politely…

Superior Court

You’re not in college anymore, pal. This March, watch the Madness from a grownup perch. 1. BeoVision 7 entertainment system, $14,000, Bang & Olufsen. 2. BeoLab 8000 loudspeakers, $4,800, Bang & Olufsen. 3. Gaetano Pesce Up 5 chair, $3,875, Montage….

Going Public

Pino Maffeo’s new steakhouse appeals to stylish carnivores. No one seems sure whether the name of the place is Boston Public or Boston Public Meat—not even the staff. That’s not the only mystery surrounding chef Pino Maffeo’s relaunched Restaurant L…

Fall Fashion: Business Models

How do stores choose what to carry for a new season? What determines whether a certain piece makes the cut? To hear Boston’s forward-thinking retailers tell it, the decision is a complex—and incredibly personal—mix of economics, store philosophy, and gut…