Rachel Baker

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:…

Billy Idol

As a TV host, radio sidekick, charity gala emcee, pop music DJ, car wash grand opener, and chili cook-off taster, Billy Costa has become an ever-present local icon, the Hub’s pop-culture mascot. But as he approaches 60, one question remains: What makes Billy go…and go…and go?

Tried & True: Trading Faces

The creator of her own lip-color line, Cosmoholic, Ipswich-based Jody Cohen specializes in glamour. After she coats them with a bright, party-ready red that has the perfect amount of sheen, my lips definitely do the talking—and stay just as scarlet…

It's All on the Wrist

Bauble junkies are stacking a local line of mix-and-match bracelets up to their elbows. Westwood siblings Carolyn Berluti and Lisa Sisco first dreamed up their Family Jewels (siscofamilyjewels.com) on a beach trip last summer during a "just for fun" bead-stringing…

Fashion Masochist: The Jarty

HEAD-TO-TOE DENIM HAS BEEN A SERIOUS FASHION no-no ever since John Mellencamp dropped the Cougar, Tiffany dropped the mall tours, and George Michael dropped Andrew Ridgeley. A relic of the ’80s and early ’90s, the "jarty" (jean + party) was…

Taking Inventory: The Other Shoe Drops

OUR FAVORITE ITEMA departure for the usually classic Tory Burch, these slingbacks with oversize rhinestone embellishments ($425) are more glam than preppy. WHAT’S SELLING BESTThese shimmery linen sandals by cult brand Loeffler Randall ($595) are versatile, with a kick. COVETED…

Taking Inventory: Bright Young Things

WHAT’S SELLING BEST Young customers are treating the different washes of denim, like the sun-bleached version ($125), as collect-them-all wardrobe staples. COVETED BY THE SHOP CLERK A slouchy tote in patent leather ($225) marries mature functionality with youthful pizzazz. OUR FAVORITE…

Fashion Masochist: Boudoir Portraiture

Billed as a flirty gift for a significant other, boudoir photography has made a comeback in Boston. It’s now part of the bride-to-be checklist, plus it’s all the rage with the wives of the Celtics and Red Sox. To find…