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Dressing Local #2

Dressing Local outfit #2

For the most part, I love living in an area with four seasons. Not just because spring, summer, fall and winter offer something different on Cape Cod in terms of things to do, but it also allows for different fashion choices throughout the year. Interestingly though, I do well with spring, summer and fall, but in the winter, I always feel inappropriately dressed, because I am always cold. Because of this I made a vow to myself when the temperature dropped that I would add some warm (and cute!) sweaters to my closet this year.

In my last Dressing Local blog the focal point of the outfit was the pants, the center of this outfit is the warm, cozy and stylish Wooden Ships sweater from Weekend. There are so many reasons to love this sweater: the color adds brightness to these gray winter days, the sleeve detail is right on trend, and the neckline allows it to be styled in multiple ways (on this particular day, I chose off-the-shoulder).

The sweater looks great with book cut denim, a long floral skirt, or with skinny black jeans like this Parker Smith pair from Puritan Cape Cod. It is my expert opinion that everyone needs a pair of black pants in their closet that they can wear to almost any occasion. These are quite possibly the best things that ever happened to me.

The accessorizing possibilities for this outfit seem endless. Shoe options range from black riding boots, to black booties, to black pumps. And although I would say bracelets are not necessary with this sweater due to the sleeves, earrings and necklaces can be anything from gold or silver to sparkles or pearls. In my case, I chose a pair of earrings that I fell in love with at first sight from Artichoke. They are not only super cute but they can be worn two ways – as druzy studs or as jeweled drops.

This outfit is great for lunch with the girls, a Valentine’s Day date or in my case, an art opening.

All of the pieces to Dressing Local outfit #2

Amanda Converse is the Editor & Publisher of The Current Quarterly, and is passionate about fashion and shopping local. She can be reached at

Shop Talk – Seaporium

Linda Dantonio was inspired to start painting after attending art school and many hours spent watching HGTV. She tried glazes, stencils, any technique that piqued her interest and when she ran out of walls in her own home on which to experiment, her husband encouraged her to start her own business.

Linda Dantonio (left) and her intern Manuela

Linda she spent years perfecting her craft by painting and creating wall after wall in other people’s homes as well as attending educational trainings across the country.

She took a break for a while, but the chalk paint revolution brought her back to her painting life and to her own business – this time in the form of a retail store on Cape Cod, where instead of embellishing walls she creates bespoke pieces of re-purposed furniture.

One of the keys of retail success is to offer a diverse selection of inventory, so Linda says her store – Seaporium on Main Street in Hyannis – carries an eclectic blend of products for the home and she takes pride in supporting “artists who love what they create and are looking for a chance to do it more.”

Another way to stand out in the retail crowd is to offer a unique product that customers can’t find just anywhere. For Seaporium, Linda chose Iron Orchid Designs, which is a brand of products that help people transform their homes with their décor stamps and décor moulds, which can be used on walls, furniture, home décor and if your art takes shape in the oven, the products are food safe and can be used to make food art.

Also, if a retail store can offer services in addition to their product lines, it creates a more dynamic experience for the customer.

Whether you want to refinish a piece of furniture or create a piece of home decor, Linda takes pride in helping you on your journey

To that end Linda has created a series of  classes like Chalk Paint 101, Crafting Classes and Paint Party for the person just getting into shabby chic farmhouse décor looking for someone to guide them to their own creative force. And with her more than 20 years of experience in painting and crafting, and endless amount of passion, Linda is just the person to do it.

Seaporium is open year round and located at 645 Main Street, Hyannis.