Rachel Baker

Fashion Masochist: The New Afro: Rachel Baker

BOSTON IS A straight-haired town. Ask any Hub stylist and he’ll tell you a classy blowout is our city’s style of choice. While L.A. or Miami natives often gravitate toward the edgy, Bostonians just want to look pretty. Here, cutting…

Connoisseur: February 2010: Old Soles

Vintage-clothing dealer Amy "Punky" Chase has quite the local following. Fashionistas flock to her Punky Style blog, and her 140-character outbursts are a twitterati favorite (@punkystyle). The Worcester native has the goods to back up the hype with Haberdash, the…

Testing… Reebok EasyTone sneakers

Maybe you’ve seen the commercial: A hot-bodied, spandex-clad brunette purrs about how simply walking in Reebok’s EasyTones is the ticket to better legs and bum (as the camera zooms on her perfect rear). Our initial reaction: What an annoying ad!…

Register: South End Athletic Company

Justin Burdon and Dan Fitzgerald are running nerds, the kinds of guys who tack up their BC track team journals in their sports apparel store—for inspiration. But that’s only part of the charm of South End Athletic Company, which opened…

Fashion Masochist: Scarlet Fever

Like most Bostonians, I wear a lot of black. It’s safe, slimming, and historically chic. This season, though, the fashion world is brightening up, and not by adding a colored piece here and there. The trend is head-to-toe monochrome, at…

January 2010: Fashion Masochist: Bleached Brows

As recently as last spring, the werewolf was rearing its head on runways and in fashion campaigns, with models sporting eyebrows bushier than my grandfather’s. A few local primping boutiques, like LuxLash, even endorsed the look by offering brow extensions….

Fashion Masochist: The Bullet Bra: Lingerie : Shapewear

Not since Madonna donned those infamous Gaultier cones two decades ago has the bra made such a pointed departure from the norm. With designers like Givenchy and Alexander Wang emphasizing the bust in their collections, the bullet bra—that eye-popping silhouette…

New England's Best Small Towns: Harvard, MA

  Tourists are relatively scarce in this burg of about 6,000. In fact, you won’t find a single motel or B&B. What you will find, though, are enough orchards to make Johnny Appleseed dance a jig. Three of our favorites:…

Fashion Masochist: Thigh-High Boots

BLAME IT ON ONE TOO MANY PRETTY WOMAN RERUNS on TBS. Or the widespread popularity of the once-novel bootie. Whatever the reason, designers by the dozen have turned out boots of epic proportions for fall. Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli…

Billy Idol: Billy Costa: Kiss 108 Radio Host: TV Diner Host

The Weathervane Tavern in South Hamilton is the kind of crusty neighborhood place that’s accessorized with lanterns and wreaths that may or not be left over from last Christmas. Today it’s packed with a lunchtime crowd of gray-haired ladies and…