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Dressing Local : Transitioning to Cooler Weather

We have written about the change of seasons and the challenges it can bring when getting dressed in the morning before as we went from winter to spring. Now as we transition from summer to fall many of the same principles apply – layering, wearing short sleeves and opting for mid-length pants – but some slight tweaks to these outfit elements will help with the chill in the air, such as choosing heavier fabrics and closed toed shoes.

My go-to transition-to-cold-weather outfit has been this Devinto top that is short-sleeved but the mock turtleneck offers a little more coverage and the brand’s signature bamboo/organic cotton fabric has a little more weight to it to provide a little bit more warmth. I paired it with jeans from One21. Not only does the denim add heat to the outfit, but the slightly cropped track pant style adds a bit of interest and distinctiveness.

On this particular day I wore my tried-and-true Frye black skimmers from Puritan Cape Cod and white and gold ceramic earrings from LoveLiveLocal to add a little brightness to the outfit.


Dressing Local: Transitioning to Warmer Weather

When we finally emerge from the winter and the days start to get warmer, it most certainly has a positive impact on the psyche, but it can get a little awkward in the wardrobe department. What do you wear when it is chilly in the morning, 73 degrees and sunny mid-day, and then back to chilly in the afternoon and evening? Of course, this is where layering plays a key role in choosing what to wear and having a go-to blazer or a denim jacket is key. And I happen to think short-sleeved and sleeveless jumpsuits are perfect options for the transition from winter weather through the spring into summer.

This jumpsuit that I found at Up Front Clothing + Gifts in Wellfleet turned out to be the perfect springtime addition to my closet. It has a casual and easy, yet still professional style and is incredibly comfortable. The mid-length pant offers the coverage I need for the chilly parts of the day, and the short sleeves offer the relief I need when the temperature rises.


On this day, I paired it with some gold drop earrings also from Up Front, some black gladiator sandals from a local consignment shop, and I carried a denim jacket I found at Wicked Thrift with me if I found I needed an additional layer.

Shop Talk – Underground Fashion

Tucked away in Falmouth in the Home Port development off of Gifford Street, you can find Underground Fashion one of the most contemporary and impressive fashion boutiques on Cape Cod.

Underground Fashion was created in 2016 when Nicole Palmer and her family relocated to Falmouth from Hong Kong, where she had been working in the fashion industry as a distributor of a major US brand.

That experience, as well as the experience of creating and producing her own accessories line, Nicole Liu Designs, has given her the background, insight, knowledge and fashion sense needed to bring a different kind of boutique to the Cape.

At Underground Fashion, Nicole focuses on bringing in simple, stylish, on-trend, classic and easy-to-wear pieces, while also carrying global brands she finds in Paris and New York not typically seen in this area. Her idea was to create a store on the Cape that made the customer feel as if they were in a “big city boutique” getting a personalized shopping experience.  She says “Our space is small, not subject to a lot of foot traffic and very cozy.” She wants her “customers to come in, make themselves comfortable, and take their time in choosing what’s best for them.  No rushing, no pressure, and relax -coffee and champagne are always readily available!”

It is her passion for fashion and her impeccable customer service that sets Nicole apart. And in addition to her physical location, Nicole shares this ethos through her social media presence and online store with shoppers all over the world.

Our Underground Fashion picks for the season:

BA&SH emerald green Gramy Sweater

The Colina Leather Espadrille







Fores Skirt










Dressing Local 4

Sometimes the most basic of outfits like this one can be the most appealing. First, there isn’t a lot of time and thought that must go into putting it together. Second, pulling off “simple” is a great feat in the fashion world. Third, a basic outfit paired with killer accessories wins every time.

So, what is this basic outfit, you ask? A pair of Tory Burch Trouser Jeans I scored at Changing Tides Consignment. I love a good trouser jean because they are dressed up and professional while also being, well, jeans. On top is a black ballet top that is fitted in order to balance out the wide leg of the pant. This basic top from If the Shoe Fits has served me well as a base layer to wear under sweaters and dresses but also as a basic top that pairs well with most pants and skirts.

This basic outfit isn’t so basic when it’s paired with great shoes, great jewelry and a beautiful scarf. In this case, I chose gray flats with a pointy toe (to elongate and balance the wide pant) black bow detail also from If the Shoe Fits and slate gray drop earrings from Up Front Wellfleet because they complimented the paisley silk scarf (this one was a gift from London, but I have seen many like it at Directions in Hyannis) I wore to add some more interest to the outfit.

Intern Wanted

Love Local Media is a Cape Cod based media company that publishes The Current Quarterly, Cape Cod’s only dedicated fashion and shopping magazine and Ebb and Flow Cape Cod, Cape Cod’s only dedicated health, wellness and sustainability magazine. The CQ comes out four times a year (the beginning of each season) and Ebb & Flow twice a year (Spring/Summer and (Fall/Winter).

We are seeking an intern for the 2019 calendar year.

Duties to include:
Help create editorial content for both magazines through writing and by helping to identify products that are trending/visually interesting.

Assisting on photo shoots by organizing product for photos, recording product information and returning borrowed product to locally owned stores.

Attending and assisting at magazine events.

Qualified candidates must have:
An interest in magazine publishing and in supporting local businesses.

The ability to write and report on different kinds of content, including but not limited to fashion, beauty, health, wellness and environmental issues.

Availability one to two full day(s) for most months throughout the year, particularly close to magazine deadlines and for magazine events.

A valid driver’s license, and ability to drive from one end of the Cape to the other for product pick-up/drop-off.

Please send a cover letter and resume to by February 15

The internship is unpaid, but we are dedicated to making sure interns learn valuable skills that will help prepare them for their next internship or college and will be happy to write a letter of recommendation, provide mentorship after a job well done.

Black Friday Shopping Event – 11.23.18

Shop Small and Local on Black Friday and get super good deals!

The Current Quarterly is bringing together merchandise from twenty local stores for the biggest local Black Friday sale on Cape Cod.

Shop clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, home goods, toys, books, gifts and pet items from:
Bedroom I’s Mobile Boutique,
Blake & Co. (Orleans),
Cape Chic (Falmouth),
Cape Cod Chokers,
Chatham Threadworks (Chatham),
Chelsea’s Swimwear & Apparel (Hyannis and Yarmouth),
Design Works (Yarmouthport),
East Wind Silver Co. (Chatham),
Fisherman’s Daughter (Chatham),
Hot Diggity (Mashpee and Dennis Port),
If the Shoe Fits (Chatham and Orleans),
The Little Beach Gallery (Hyannis),
Rugged Up (Hyannis),
Seaside Design Studio (Dennis),
Shift Eco Boutique (Hyannis),
Snow Goose Shop (Sandwich and Harwich Port),
Soul to Sole (Falmouth),
Underground Bakery (Dennis),
Weekend (Orleans)

Everything is priced to sell!

Make it a whole afternoon at The West End where they will be serving bar bites and a specialty cocktail!

Friday, November 23 from 10am-6pm

Also, don’t miss Sposabella Bridal’s bridal gown and special occasion dress sale just down the street!

6th Annual Fashion Show & Pop up Shopping Event to benefit WE CAN

It will be our 6th year hosting a fashion show and shopping event to benefit the great local organization Womens’ Empowerment through Cape Area Networking (WE CAN)!

We are excited for April 25 and hope to see you there!

Purchase tickets here.

Participating Boutiques:
Innerglow Yoga
Shift Eco Boutique
Design Works
Mysteriously Jointed

Popup Participants:
The Bridal Studio & Spa
Meiche Design Jewelry (Cape Cod Beach Sand Jewelry)
Cape Cod Chokers
Innerglow Yoga
Atelier Permanent Makeup
LoveLocal Collective
Summer House Soaps
Sheryl Baba Skincare
Mysteriously Jointed
Lydia Leclair Photography


Shop Local this Wedding Season!

June 1st makes it official: it is wedding season on Cape Cod! Whether you scored only one invite or a dozen you’re going to need a gift to help the happy couple get off to a good start. We highly recommend going “off-registry” for a gift and shopping local. Many people shy away from this option, but if the couple gets a something similar gifted to them from a department store, they can always return it for cash or something they maybe didn’t get. Shopping local means you will likely get your loved ones a higher quality and more unique and memorable item, and also invest in the Cape Cod economy.

So, where should you go to find such perfect-for-the-occasion gifts?

Our go to for small appliances and specialty kitchen gadgets is always Snow’s Home & Garden in Orleans and Harwich. It is hard not to find what every bride and groom need for a starter home. For beautiful linens and tabletop, we love Design Works on Route 6A in Yarmouthport. Margo’s in Osterville has everything for making a house a home from small rugs to glassware to picture frames.



You can also find home décor like wall art and throw pillows at Fresh Interiors in West Dennis. And the newly expanded gift section at the Hyannis location of Puritan Cape Cod has perfect keepsakes like serving platter, frames, and books that can be engraved to help the happy couple remember their day.

Are you getting married, and want to make sure your guests purchase gifts at locally owned shops? Registry sites such as Zola, My Registry, Simple Registry, and Blueprint Registry allow you to add items from any business that has an online presence!

5th Annual WE CAN Fashion Show!

Save the date for our 5th annual WE CAN Fashion Show that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

You can purchase your tickets ahead of time here

Participating Boutiques include: Underground Fashion, Cape Chic, Inner Glow Yoga, Devinto, Shift Eco Boutique, Directions, Design Works, Changing Tides Boutique,  Frances Johnston, Artichoke

Shop these popups: Brewster Tackle Company, Deep BLUE,
M. Smith Company, Cape Cod Package Store, Gustare, Artichoke, Inner Glow Yoga, Devinto, Underground Fashion,

Music by: DJ Ian Lee

Hair by: Stacey Kuehn Hair

Makeup by: Younique presenter Joanna Meager

Photographer: Jeffrey Moore

Food: The Naked Oyster, Underground Bakery, Paradise Pizza, Eastham Superette, Mom & Pops Burgers, Nauset Farms, Orleans Wine & Spirits, The Red Barn Pizza, Red Nun, Shaw’s and Stop & Shop

Raffle Prizes from: Cape Cod Beach Sand Jewelry, Shift Eco Boutique, M. Smith Company, Underground Bakery, Frances Johnston, $100 Gift Card to Consigning Women, $50 to Barnes & Noble, $25 to Local Break, $40 to Jailhouse Tavern, Private Brewery Tour for 6 to Cape Cod Beer, 2 tickets to the Figawi Ball, and the GRAND PRIZE of 2 Pairs of Round Trip tickets on Cape Air to Martha’s Vineyard.














Thanks to these volunteers: Meaghann Kenney, Judy Adams, Betsy Bray, Christine Briscoe, Allison Burton, Dottie Callaghan, Siobhan Clune, Cynthia Dauphin, Peter Duff, Emily Kosoff, Kerrin LaFrance, Judith Martin, Caryn Reardon, Greg Smith, Melissa Tassinari, Karen Townsend, Dawn Walnut, Linda Whittesey, Maria Zombas

Oscars Fashion Crib Sheet

The Oscars red carpet is something fashionistas look forward to all year – it’s like the Superbowl of the fashion world. Favorite stars can exceed expectations and walk the carpet in the most beautiful gown you have ever seen. It is truly one of the greatest and most watched art shows on earth.

We’ve already made the case that the red carpet during awards season informs fashion trends for the rest of the year, and even Cape Cod will see the impact of the choices and styles seen on the Oscars red carpet in particular right here in our local boutiques.

Here are the trends that stood out in brief:

Color: white/cream and gold combination (and pops of red).

Emma Stone in Givenchy wore the most popular color combination of the night. (E! News)

Material: velvet

Neckline:  turtleneck, mock turtleneck, bows, chokers

Trend: girl power and statements

Besties and dates Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips rock the velvet, neckline and girl power trends


head band/crown

Sleeves: long sleeved

Ruth Negga for going bold with red, but the Valentino gown looks rumpled up top and the Victorian neckline feels too severe at the Oscars on February 26, 2017. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga in the second most popular color of the night – red. Her Valentino dress was also long sleeved, high necked and the perfect back drop for her to show her support for the ACLU (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)