Out in the World

Despite her deep appreciation for the comforts of home, Alison is also a dedicated globetrotter, who has lived in Japan, backpacked through Africa and counts the south of France and the west coast of England among her most cherished spots.

A favorite vacation destination is Costa Rica, where she advises renting a four-wheeler to explore the beaches and rugged jungles of the remote Nicoya Peninsula.

"If you love vegetation, Costa Rica is hard to beat," she says. 

Starry Night

The Plough and Stars served up its first pint in 1969, making it the oldest Irish pub in the Boston area. The tiny tavern offers live music most nights of the week, while sports fans congregate at the bar to watch their favorite soccer teams in action. A hearty brunch is served on weekends, while lunch and dinner are offered Monday through Saturday. The eggs benedict are to die for.

Louis Boston

Louis boasts an international reputation for its cutting edge fashion sense, but the Newbury Street institution also offers one of the most dazzling home goods departments in the city. The first floor dazzles the eye – from Mariage Frere tea, Christopher Picaus candelabras, silhouette pillows to a rock-me-out music bar. Every piece of merchandise is impeccable – you literally cannot go wrong here.

Insider Tip: Scoop up the dark chocolate bars wrapped in vintage pinup illustrations for under $20.

Louis Boston
234 Berkley Street
Boston Ma 02116

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Alison’s Story

Do we choose our life's work, or does our life's work choose us? In Alison Storry's case, it's a little of both. On the outside, she designs jewelry. On the inside, she finds joy. It has not been an easy discovery.

When Alison was seven, her father, a major in the Royal Artillery Army, stepped on a booby trap planted by the IRA in Northern Ireland, and died. Alison's mother, young, widowed, and unemployed, needed to find a way to feed her three children. She resorted to her one known gift - a good eye. She zig-zagged all over England, buying houses and renovating them into smart-looking showplaces, then flipping them for cash. With each house - there were 10 in all -- she moved the family into a single room where they would live until it was time for the next project.

Alison was sent to Saint Teresa's Convent, a private boarding school, by fourth grade. Overnight school did not suit her. She was shy and reserved, lonely for her family, dreaming about her late father. But then she auditioned for the school play - and discovered that she liked pretending to be someone else. It relaxed her. She felt safe.

She married young and moved to Hong Kong with her new husband. The marriage dissolved, but Alison's acting showed promise: she landed parts in dozens of Asian commercials. With each role, she felt, in some strange way, that she became a stronger person. She moved to Los Angeles to try and make it there but she thought the acting culture was different, crueler and more cutthroat. Disillusioned, she decided to accompany her girlfriend, a jewelry designer, to a gem show. Alison walked up to the first booth and gazed at the trays of dark rubies and shiny onyx. That night, she stayed up late designing necklaces and rings, wrapping wire and staring at her new stones. Within weeks, she set up shop at a local flea market where she quickly developed a cult following. Like her mother, Alison was born with an eye.

Six years later, she lives in a home surrounded by woods west of Boston, far away from cameras and stages. She lives with her boyfriend and their daughter, Lola Blue. It's a quiet life, and it feels right. Days are spent in the studio sketching turquoise cocktail rings and tumbling necklaces with clusters of peridots, jade, and garnets. Her designs are feminine, gypsy, organic. She describes them as "beautiful, random chaos." Somehow, though, they seem to be in balance. So does Alison.

Alison Storry Jewelry available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores

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