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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Him <3

It is our opinion that shopping for women for Valentine’s Day is one of the easiest things to do. All of the go tos – jewelry, flowers, chocolate, a romantic dinner – are go tos for a reason: they work!

Men, on the other hand are damn near impossible for whom to find gifts that are both sweet and functional.

But we did a little research for all of you struggling with this same predicament – whether it is for your partner, father, brother, son or good friend – we’ve found some cool and unique gifts that are sure to make him as happy as a sparkly necklace makes you.

For your classic Cape Cod guy 

Embroidered Cape Cod hat from Puritan Cape Cod in Falmouth, Mashpee Commons, Hyannis, and Chatham

we love these sandbar, burgee, lobster and fish ribbon belts from Chatham Clothing Bar and embroidered Cape Cod hat from Puritan Cape Cod

Ribbon belts from Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham


Simple pleasures book from Yankee Ingenuity in Chatham

For the salt-of-the earth, lover of simple pleasures kind of guy 
we found the perfect book from Yankee Ingenuity. We also loved the vintage and upcycled coat rack also from Yankee Ingenuity, as well as the classic wool fisherman’s sweater in cream and navy blue waterproof dopp kit from Chatham Clothing Bar.

Fishermans ruler coat rack from Yankee Ingenuity in Chatham
Dopp Kit and Fishermans Sweater from Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham


Is your guy a little bit quirky? We are in love with these colorful and funky socks from Puritan Cape Cod and these ties with a whole lotta personality from Yankee Ingenuity (note the Super Mario Brothers, paper airplanes, baseball diamonds and badminton birdies)

Happy Socks from Puritan Cape Cod in Falmouth, Mashpee Commons, Hyannis and Chatham
Ties with personality from Yankee Ingenuity in Chatham


How about for the man with a sweet tooth? Put in your orders now for yummy and cool treats like these conversation heart cookies  from the Underground Bakery in Dennis



How we’ll see Golden Globes fashion on Cape Cod

We might be digging ourselves out from under a foot of snow here on Cape Cod, but one of the gifts that January brings to us fashion lovers is that it marks the start of awards season. The Golden Globes, Oscars and SAG red carpets not only present an often epic art show, but the fashion we see on the celebrities on the red carpet will also influence the styles we will see in our very own Runway Rundown feature in our print magazine, as well as on the racks in our local boutiques (yes, even here on Cape Cod).

No, we are not expecting Cape Codders to start donning column gowns and strutting their stuff down the Main Streets of our small towns and villages, but the color, material, and special qualities we see will show up in the overall look or as accents in clothing that will be available for consumer purchase in the coming year.

The most prominent trends that we saw on the Golden Globes red carpet last night were, and predict we will see locally are:

Colors:  light pink, metallic and bright yellow

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock

Sleeves: shoulder details – exaggerated, gathered and bare shoulder





photo credit REX/Shutterstock

Neckline: plunging (think camisole for every day wear) and high neck

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock
Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock



Style Influence: menswear


Jewelry: chokers and drop necklaces

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images


New Year’s resolution….you know you have one

Whether you buy into it or not, the arrival of a new year creates possibilities to reevaluate, rearrange, reorganize and reset. You may think of these as resolutions, or just simply intentions you will set for the upcoming year; regardless there are many local businesses that offer opportunities to tackle any and all of the most common goals that will inevitably be set for 2017.

Start the year off right with a workshop at Inner Glow Yoga in Mashpee Commons

Looking to begin or advance your yoga practice to reduce stress and strengthen your physical body? Both Inner Glow in Mashpee Commons and Centerville Yoga & Wellness in Centerville offer yoga classes and workshops that are designed for both beginners and advanced practitioners to help them move, breathe, and meditate their way into their own yoga bliss.

Reset your body and learn how to eat mindfully with The Local Juice Clean Kits that prepare you for three days of clean eating with their smoothies, juices, grain bowls and soups all curated by Registered Dietitian Nicole Cormier.

3 Day Clean Kits from The Local Juice
Therapeutic Bodywork’s alternative therapy menu

Engage in more self-care by getting a massage, manicure or microcurrent facial at Solstice Day Spa, or try an alternative therapy treatment like acupuncture, cupping (think Michael Phelps), reflexology, or a vibrational alignment at Therapeutic Bodywork.

Gain a new skill by finally learning to play an instrument by participating in the rental or rent-to-own program at Charlie’s Music, learn to make soap at one of Summer House Soaps’ frequent workshops, or become a wine connoisseur at one of Cape Cod Package Store’s wine seminars.

One of Margo’s room redesigns

If you have set your sights on a more “traditional” resolution like redesigning your home or office space so it functions as you need it to, check out Margo’s in Osterville where they offer design consultations to help you determine what changes might suit your needs best. If your redesign calls for some closet purging, our editor Amanda Converse is adept at helping anyone rid themselves of stuff they don’t want or need cluttering their lives.

And if your New Year’s resolution is to invest more in your community by shopping local, we are happy to help point you in the right directions for all of your shopping needs!

Happy New Year!

Put a Ring on it: Getting Engaged on Cape Cod

Did you know that Christmas Eve is the most popular day for marriage proposals? So, with that noteworthy day just one week away, we thought we’d write a post about the most important aspect of the proposal – the ring, of course! Fortunately Cape Cod offers not only a great location (one of the most popular in the world) for nuptials, but also for purchasing the ring finger bling!

We checked in with some of the best jewelers and jewelry stores – Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths, Stephen Gallant Jewelers, and Jewelcraft  – across Cape Cod to get their thoughts on current engagement ring trends…and a few stories about unique proposals in which their rings have played a key part.

Halo Ring from Forest Beach
Halo style engagement ring from Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths in Chatham

Casey Gallant of Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans says “the big trend of the last five years has been ‘halos,’ small diamonds set in a circle around a center stone,”

Halo Style Ring from Jewelcraft
Halo style engagement ring from Jewelcraft in Hyannis







and although this trend is still going strong, “people are [now] choosing halos with a twist” such as a different color like white or rose gold, or platinum metals, in multiples instead of just one halo of stones, or with an alternative to the traditional diamond like sapphires which come in nearly every color of the rainbow are more durable and affordable. Sarah Framson of Jewelcraft in Hyannis agrees “gemstone engagement rings are always beautiful options for the girl that loves something different.”

Sapphire triple halo engagement ring from Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans
Rose gold twisted halo engagement ring from Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans
Sapphire halo ring from Jewelcraft in Hyannis


Regardless of the overall trends in the industry, customers usually go to these smaller, local jewelry boutiques for something different than you might find at stores that are nationwide and certainly if they want to create something more personal. Steve Wardle of Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths in Chatham says that over the past year they “have made wedding rings in gold that are twigs, bike tires and tide pools.”

And we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorites from each of the stores:

Love the vintage feel of this engagement ring from Jewelcraft
Love the vintage feel of this engagement ring from Jewelcraft in Hyannis
For anyone obsessed with the stars in the sky, this ring from Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans is a perfect fit
For anyone obsessed with the stars in the sky, this ring from Stephen Gallant Jewelers in Orleans is a perfect fit
Cognac Ring from Forest Beach
There is nothing traditional about this unique and intriguing ring from Forest Beach Designer Goldsmiths in Chatham


Of course the proposal wouldn’t be complete without, well, the actual proposal, so we asked our shopkeepers to share their favorite Cape Cod engagement stories:

From Casey:
“A local photographer came to us to create an engagement ring for his then girlfriend, it was simple and classic, but his presentation was what wowed us.  He ran the entire Boston Marathon with the ring pinned to the inside of his running shorts.  He even arranged for his love, a nurse, to be a volunteer at the finish line.  That’s where, after finishing the race, he got down on one knee and said something like, ‘The only thing that could make this day better would be if you would marry me.’  She said yes, and jumped up and down. ”

 “Another favorite is when I told the customer him that you shouldn’t propose on a bridge, hot air balloon or JETTY (I’ve heard too many stories of dropped rings), he went and did it on a jetty, and took it a step further and had the ring flown in on a drone! Very risky, but it was a great proposal! ”

From Sarah:
“A customer came in and picked out the perfect ring for his girlfriend.  He took her to a path they always walked and got on one knee in front of their favorite tree into which he had carved ‘will you marry me?'”

Where to Buy What to Wear this Holiday Season

The holiday season is not just a busy time for buying gifts, but it is also THE time for events, parties, strolls and parades, all of which require a cute new outfit, right!? So, we also wanted to do a little bit more of a breakdown of where to go for what to wear during this time of places to go and people to see:

To get bundled:
Mass Bay Co (Hyannis) with their huge Carhartt stock for men and women (and babies and puppies!) and inner and outer layers you’ll be ready for single digit temps. Also check out the ski and outerwear section at Puritan Cape Cod (Falmouth, Mashpee, Hyannis and Chatham) where you’ll find warm layers from North Face, Patagonia and Barbour for men and women. Mocean in Mashpee Commons also has activewear, flannel, and Uggs for men, women and kids that will keep you warm for this season’s outdoor events.

Reversible cozy coat from Mass Bay Co. (photo courtesy Mass Bay instagram)


For the office holiday party:

Chatham Clothing Bar (Chatham) has great dresses and separates that can be dressed up or down for the company party at a local restaurant, bowling alley or community hall. Weekend (Orleans) carries unique and classic pieces that will have your co-workers asking where you got your outfit, Salt (Wellfleet) stocks the designers that create garments that are totally drool-worthy, local design house Devinto (located inside Shift Eco Boutique in Hyannis) produces urban-inspired, chic and wearable outfits, and Artichoke (Eastham) is always good for a fun and flirty dress or top. On a super tight budget? Changing Tides Consignment (Chatham) offers amazing and exciting designer pieces at affordable prices.

Crushed velvet cocktail dress from Artichoke (photo courtesy Artichoke instagram)

To get fancy:
As you know from our Winter Issue, Sposabella Bridal (Hyannis) is our go to spot for when we need to amp it up to semi-formal or formal. They always carry on-trend gowns and cocktail dresses that will make you feel so glamourous every time you put it on! We also love the sparkles, sequins and fringe we always see at Green Eyed Daisy (Falmouth) this time of year.

Party dresses from Sposabella Bridal (looks featured in our winter issue)

The Guide to Shopping Local on Cape Cod this Holiday Season

Our annual Gift Guide will be released in a few short days, and will feature great gift ideas for different people in your life all from Cape Cod owned shops. Our Guide is pretty extensive, but when I was choosing items to photograph I was struck with how much good stuff our local businesses carry that I could have filled hundreds of pages things all from our small businesses.

I was also struck by the thought that the single best thing we can do to support and strengthen our Cape Cod community this holiday shopping season – from Black Friday to Cyber Monday – is to spend our dollars with locally owned businesses and local organizations.

So, I wanted to give you some more general ideas of where to shop for this year based on my scouting trips from Falmouth to Provincetown on where to find the perfect gift to show the important people in your life that you love and appreciate them.

Cards, Ornaments & Holiday Décor – make a home more festive and bright with tabletop accessories, ornaments for the tree and sending good wishes:
Deep Blue, Dennis
Design Works, Yarmouthport
Mark August, Chatham
Margo’s Home, Osterville
M Smith Stationers, Chatham
Snow Goose Shop, Sandwich
Snow’s Home & Garden, Orleans
Soho Arts Company, Hyannis

Stocking Stuffers – unique, quirky and the perfect small items:
Allium, Hyannis
Cabo Cado, online
Modern Mix Giftery, Mashpee Commons
Red Fish Blue Fish, Hyannis
Wish Gift Co., Sandwich

Hostess Gifts – a little something special for your holiday hosts & hostesses
Adorn, Orleans
Claire Murray, Barnstable & Brewster
Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis & Orleans
Spice Merchants, Mashpee Commons
Summer House Soaps, Hyannis
The Little Beach Gallery, Hyannis
Yankee Ingenuity, Chatham
With a Twist, Osterville

For the Guys – from the outdoorsy and rugged to the swanky and polished:
Charlie’s Music, Hyannis
Chatham Clothing Bar, Chatham
Cellar Leather, Hyannis
Mass Bay Co, Hyannis
Mocean Cape Cod, Mashpee Commons
Puritan Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Mashpee Commons, and Chatham

For the Kids – clothing, toys, and fun games:
Cape Kids, Mashpee Commons
Cape Kaleidoscopes, Mashpee Commons
Mommy & Me, Falmouth
Weekend, Orleans

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all approaching at what seems like a very rapid pace, and although this list is in no way extensive, it is a good start for getting your holiday shopping  underway AND for making our community economically strong. Because trust us when we say $100 spent in a local store means so much more to your neighbors and friends than putting $100 more in a corporate CEO’s pocket.

Stay tuned for our next blog that will give you tips on where to find goodies for all of the ladies on your list!


Amanda takes Manhattan: our Editor explores NYC

While visiting New York last weekend for a conference, I was able to steal away for some exploring.

Walking up and down Fifth and Madison Avenues was somewhat dreamy for this small town fashion editor. Walking by the beautiful windows marked Fendi,  Versace, Burberry and Dior was like being in an art gallery or viewing a favorite painter’s exhibit in a museum. I was inspired and amazed and I could feel my eyes lighting up at every new window display.

Fendi Window NYC

Having said all of this. I know Cape Cod has an (unwarranted) reputation for not having great style. We have a casual culture. But you know what? So does NYC. I observed people on the street, and they could all be hanging out here just as much as we could be strutting our stuff there. And I did –strut my stuff (apparently) because, not only did I get asked for directions but I even got complimented by New Yorkers on the clothing I was wearing on more than one occasion all of which were purchased from Cape Cod stores.

She could be walking down the streets of Cape Cod in that outfit!

And you know what 5th and Madison Avenues did not have that Cape Cod does? Small, local boutiques where you find unique items of clothing that you could actually wear and afford.

Discovering Wellfleet: Shopping, Eating & Atmosphere

Wellfleet is definitely a seasonal shopping destination on the Cape, and with summer being busy and somewhat crowded, our favorite time to head down there is late Spring or early Fall (the shoulder seasons, if you will). The shops have great selections, and the owners will have time to chat and tell you about all of the great things they have in their shops and restaurants.

First Stop: Lola’s Local Food Lab
Swing by the newly opened Lola’s Local Food Lab on Commercial Street where you can find food options made by chef Kim Shkapich from local and quality ingredients. Grab food to go and head down to the Harbor to enjoy the epic views while noshing.

CQ Recommends: If it’s breakfast time, grab a cup of coffee and one of Kim’s famous muffins, or if it’s lunch time, we have heard great things about their tacos. Yum!

Next: Frying Pan Gallery
One of the most unique art galleries on Cape Cod, the Frying Pan Gallery, which is housed in an old oyster shack and has gorgeous views of Wellfleet Harbor, carries beautifully crafted work from paintings and photography to jewelry and sculptures.

Frying Pan Gallery Wellfleet

CQ Recommends: Owner/artist Steve Swain makes beautiful sculptures of marine life out of metal. The pieces range in size and function from but each one is a true masterpiece!

Next: Salt
Head up Commercial Street toward downtown Wellfleet, stopping at Salt along the way. Be prepared to drool over some of the most gorgeous pieces of clothing on the market! From casual to dressy, there is a wide selection for a small (but mighty!) space.

CQ Recommends: Make sure to peel your eyes away from the clothing at some point to check out the great accessories that the store also carries.

Next: Nicholas Harrison Gallery
Bear left up Bank Street, and make your way to a group of shops in Bank SquaNHG Wellfleet 2re. Nicholas Harrison Gallery carries super cute casual (and veryNHG Wellfleet stylish) clothing perfect for every female Cape Codder’s wardrobe. The Gallery part of the name definitely applies to their jewelry selection, which is wearable artwork if we’ve ever seen it!

CQ Recommends: Don’t miss some of the quirky and kitchy items that owner Anna Besciak stocks because she just can’t resist a good giggle.

Next: Emack & Bolio’s
This Massachusetts institution is the perfect place to stop for an afternoon sweet snack, as you head West down Commercial Street. Grab a cup or a cone, and a seat on the porch or out back and enjoy!

CQ Recommends: Get a scoop of the Chocolate Moose and the Grasshopper Pie, but only if you like irresistible deliciousness.

Last Stop: Frances Francis
Leave the ice cream shop and take a right into a parking lot where tucked away you will find Frances Francis, a shop that is open seasonally (a year round shop is located in Orleans) by local designer Frances Francis. There you will find eclectic, as well as staple pieces that you surely will not see everywhere.

Frances Frances Wellfleet

CQ Recommends: If you see something that sparks your fancy, try it on. The clothing that Frances carries truly comes alive when they are off the hangers. 

Runway Rundown IRL: Shirt Dress & Embroidery

Style – Shirt Dress:

This grey sweatshirt shirt dress is a perfect casual look for a day out on the town and can be found at Beth Bishop in Orleans.
This grey sweatshirt shirt dress is a perfect casual look for a day out on the town and can be found at Beth Bishop in Orleans.

When choosing a look for a summer day, a lot of elements must come into consideration: weather, comfort, style, etc. But, for this upcoming season, there is a simple solution to all of those components in three, simple words: the shirt dress. Essentially a longer version of the infamous button-down, the shirt dress is about as classic as they come. Airy yet structured, the shirt dress is a more professional version of the sundress that still has the easy nature for a daytime look.

This maude, sleeveless shirt dress is a perfect option to pair with a cardigan and sweater to transition into autumn. This lovely dress can be found at Shift Eco. Boutique in Hyannis.
This maude, sleeveless shirt dress is a perfect option to pair with a cardigan and sweater to transition into autumn. This lovely dress can be found at Shift Eco. Boutique in Hyannis.

Pair your shirt dress with flats to create a perfect look for exploring Cape Cod and then when the sun goes down, swap them for killer heels to transform your ensemble into a outfit that is
ready for night on the town.

The shirtdress is the perfect hybrid of comfort and class and is a must have staple for your summer wardrobe this season.

Rebecca Jean Shirt Dress
Rebecca Jean in Chatham stocks locally designed clothing that is manufactured in Brooklyn. The shirt dress was one of their signature pieces this summer.







Our “IRL” (in real life) pieces are from Beth Bishop in Orleans,  Shift Eco Boutique in Hyannis and Orleans, and Rebecca Jean in Chatham.

Pattern – Embroidery:


The subtle embroidery around the neckline adds extra intricate detailing to this lovely peasant blouse from Weekend.
The subtle embroidery around the neckline adds extra intricate detailing to this lovely peasant blouse from Weekend.

Marveling at haute couture and drooling over runway looks is a common past-time for this generation of enthused fashion fanatics but with this upcoming season, there’s a certain pattern that’s creating a bridge from high-end style to mainstream looks: embroidery. This pattern, a beautiful skill that has been around for centuries is transitioning into mainstream, everyday wear with the help of subtle detailing on cocktail gowns or on the sleeves of a bomber jacket. Embroidery acts as a way to elevate your style all while keeping it in budget and on trend. It acknowledges the skill and craftsmanship behind a couture look but is more accessible than the 10,000 blouses modeled in luxury fashion shows.

This quirky sleeveless tee has the words "I wanna be your clog" embroidered on the front to add an extra element and a more complex detailing. This funny little tee is from If the Shoe Fits in Orleans.
This quirky sleeveless tee has the words “I wanna be your clog” embroidered on the front to add an extra element and a more complex detailing. This funny little tee is from If the Shoe Fits in Orleans.

This summer, encapsulate a bit of high-end flair and add some embroidery to your style, whether it’s a simple flower design on a clutch purse or cutting-edge detailing along the sides of a trouser. Embroidery may just be the perfect pattern to freshen up your wardrobe with a node to the highly-esteemed style of any couture collection.




Our “IRL” (in real life) were found at  Weekend in Orleans and If the Shoe Fits in Orleans.

Summer, Shopping, & Sunsets: Orleans

By Emma Childs

As Cape Codders, we have a lot to be thankful for. A few items on our favorites list are our lovely summers, our breathtaking sunsets, and our unique shopping destinations. We at the Current Quarterly felt it was time to show off all three of those fantastic aspects of our beloved home in one of our new summer blog series: Summer, Shopping and Sunsets.

This installment features styles and landscapes from Orleans.

Our first stop was to the unique shop, Weekend, which is located at 217 Main St, East Orleans, MA 02643.




And of course, as soon as you step out of the parking lot of Weekend, you can’t help but grow excited at the sight of the sale rack.







Next, we spotted these lovely, mini paintings that are the perfect addition to your summer decor to help capture the best memories of the season.



IMG_2673And of course, we freaked out when we spotted this eye-catching duffel bag with a sunset print. This large and stylish bag is the perfect piece for the end of the summer since it will help carry the sweater you now have to bring with you due to the colder temperature  and the print will help remind you of the picturesque beauty of the Cape.



And we also were very excited about this graphic tee with an iconic beach photo displayed on the front. This unique tee is a perfect way to remember the joy of the beach day.





We also were in love with this beautiful dress that had a hue that was reminiscent to a glorious sunset and the long sleeves are the perfect addition to help keep you warm as the summer heads to a close.



After Weekend, we then headed to another favorite of ours, Beth Bishop, which can be found at 45 South Orleans Road.




As soon as we walked in, we immediately noticed this golden statement necklace that is the perfect accessory to end the summer with a BANG.






Next we spotted this oversized white cardigan which is the perfect, stylish option to throw over a lightweight tee when watching the sun sink down below.




And of course, one of our favorite pieces from the entire day is the lovely bag with coral touches and chevron accents. The bright color helps add a POP and the eye-catching print will help you stand out amongst the rest.




After a wonderful day shopping, we then headed to Skaket Beach and enjoyed a marvelous sunset that helped conclude a wonderful day and an even better summer.sunset orleans