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Discovering Orleans: Shopping, Eating & Atmosphere

By Emma Childs & Amanda Converse

Orleans is one of our favorite spots on Cape for so many wonderful reasons. In addition to the lovely scenery of Orleans, Main Street and its offshoots are always a happening, spirited place filled with joy and lots of shopping with several local businesses to support. So recently, we at The Current Quarterly felt it was time to explore all of what Orleans has to offer and make a day of it.

First Stop: Blake & Co.14074984_10155120784492598_1598320090_o


This marvelous boutique stands out from the rest because of its range of options. With lots of different pieces to choose from, shopping in Blake & Co. is always a fun time. It is the ultimate fashion and life accessory shop – curated by owner Susan Blake – with colorful bags, scarves and jewelry and interesting home goods. There is certainly no other place like it on the Cape.

(Can you handle those puppy salt because we can’t?)!

CQ Recommends: Look for the reversible “shrinky dink” jewelry for something stylish, fun and light to wear!

Next: JoMamma’s
A small shop right off of 6A, JoMamma’s is the perfect stop for a quick yummy lunch and with a large menu of hot sandwiches and fresh salads, you can’t go wrong. And they also have many, many bagels to choose from for a scrumptious breakfast on the go.


 CQ Recommends: The Godfather sandwich because tomato, mozzarella, and basil are ALWAYS a good idea.

Next: Shift Home
IMG_2688Shift,  located right on Main Street, is an Eco Boutique that is dedicated 100% to their mission of only offering products that are made from recycled, upcycled, repurposed and sustainably grown materials, including organic cotton, using fair trade and fair labor practices. With lots of options to choose from that help make our world a better place, Shift is a necessary stop.

CQ Recommends: Grabbing one of their new “Shift Happens” bumper stickers because how often do you get to drive around with a clever double entendre that supports local businesses? 

Next Stop: Homegrowntrades
Just off Main Street, heading down 6A, you’ll come across Homegrowntrades, a clothing and accessories boutique owned by Emily Richardson who has put together a collection of bohemian inspired goods that are fashionable and super wearable.14074508_10155120785337598_360245533_oCQ Recommends: look for one of Emily’s home sewn creations that can be found throughout the store – bags to baby goods – in cute and sometimes funky prints.

Last Stop: The Local Scoop
A trip to Orleans is not complete without a stop at The Local Scoop where you’ll feel like you’re in a 1950s ice cream shop while also getting the variety of flavors and toppings that are all about today.

14060213_10155121024147598_907852453_o CQ Recommends: Pick up some Cape Cod Pops to save for later – they are all amazingly tasty – a great combo of ice cream rolled in local ingredients like wine and rum from Truro Vineyards and sea sale from Wellfleet Sea Salt.


Summer, Shopping & Sunsets: Yarmouth

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 Yarmouth.
First, we headed to the fabulous Wicked Thrift in 533 Rt. W. Yarmouth (in  the Christmas Tree Shop plaza).



Wicked Thrift, is overflowing with glamorous looks from our past and as soon as we walked in, this summer-y ensemble stood out amongst the rest. We love the sunset-esque color palettes and the scarf is the perfect light-handed touch.




And, just like destiny, our eyes spotted these vintage Oscar De La Renta cheetah heels  from across the room and we instantly became obsessed. These heels make the perfect statement and are a perfect steal (gotta love Wicked Thrift and their amazing deals!).



But if you’d prefer a more subtle look when chasing sunsets, this breezy, white sundress is the perfect ensemble to create a vibe of nonchalance. The lace hem and pompom detailing on the neckline are key details that make this dress standout from the rest. The romantic vibe from this dress is perfect for watching the sun set from a sandy beach with someone you love by your side.

IMG_2317And, if you want to join in on one of our new favorite summer trends, the perfect accessory to embellish your monochromatic look is this incredible vintage Chanel purse. This adorable, cross-body bag is the perfect element to complete your “woutfit” and we’ll admit, when we spotted this beauty, our heart skipped a beat.


Next we found this 70’s-inspired flowy blouse that was the perfect top for a boho sunset chasing look. The long sleeves would help with the chill that follows the sun sinking down below and the red and orange hues are very reminiscent to the infamous Cape sunsets.



After a very successful shopping trip at one of our favorite thrifting spots, Wicked Thrift, we headed over to Gray’s Beach and caught what was probably our favorite sunset of the summer. A perfect end to a perfect day of shopping in Yarmouth.

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Discovering Mashpee: Shopping, Eating & Atmosphere

By Emma Childs

Mashpee Commons is more than just a gathering of national stores and run-of-the-mill cafes. Filled with gourmet eateries, unique boutiques, and hands-on activities, Mashpee Commons is the perfect place to spend a day exploring and that’s exactly what The Current Quarterly recently did on a warm July day.

First Stop: Market Street BoIMG_1997okshop

This quaint bookstore was the first stop on our day of exploring. Market
Street Bookshop has everything from self-help books to the latest mystery-thriller and is the perfect spot to lose yourself among book filled shelves and enjoy comfort of the written word.



IMG_2028Next: Bleu

This divine restaurant stands out from the rest because it is one of the few places to find truly authentic French cuisine. Bleu’s executive chef and owner, Frederic Feufeu, grew up in Loire Valley and studied in Paris, London, and New York. His thorough background makes Bleu one of the most intriguing and delicious restaurants of not only Mashpee, but the entire Cape as well.

Next: Puritan Cape Cod

IMG_2002 Filled with classic, Cape Cod-wear, Puritan Cape Cod has remained a constant go-to shop for classic nautical looks. With designers ranging from Eileen Fisher to Kate Spade, Puritan’s is guaranteed to have an intriguing range of styles.


We spotted these light-weight beach pants and are obsessed! The perfect piece to wear when strolling the beach in the evening.

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CQ Recommends: The lovely display of The Giving Keys originally caught our eye but once we found about their message, we were even more hooked!


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MOCEAN, once described as the perfect shop to hone into your “escapist lifestyle,” has consistently been of our favorite locations when searching for beach-ready apparel. And for the more adventurous types, MOCEAN has a wide array of paddle boards, kayaks, and bikes available to rent.



CQ Recommends: A quality sundress or beach coverup is a Cape Cod MUST HAVE and MOCEAN is overflowing with beautiful options.

Last Stop: Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream

As soon as you walk in, the smell of sweet chocolate and fresh waffle cones invade your nostrils and make your mouth instantly drool. Ghelfi’s has shelves overflowing with homemade, premium chocolate candies, which use only the freshest and finest ingredients in their own candy kitchen. Ghelfi’s is the perfect place to stop in to “treat yo’ self” before heading home after a long and wonderful day at Mashpee Commons.











CQ Recommends: The chocolate fro-yo in a waffle cone because YUM!

Night Cap:

Finish the night at Trevi Cafe & Wine Bar for a glass of vino off of their extensive wine list or one of their yummy and refreshing cocktails! And if you see our go-to makeup artist Andrea Kooharian-Simpson behind the bar, blow her a kiss for us!

Runway Rundown IRL: Lace Up and Monochromatic

Detail – Lace up:

This nautical-esque, sleeveless sweater with lace up detailing is from Puritans at the Mashpee location.
This nautical-esque, sleeveless sweater with lace up detailing is from Puritans at the Mashpee location.
This casual lace up tee was spotted at Weekend in Orleans.
This casual lace up tee was spotted at Weekend in Orleans.

The 70’s fashion revival has given new life to many trends of the past: suede, bell bottoms, and most recently, lace-up detailing. This little embellishment is a major statement that adds a touch of vintage mixed in with a modern edge to pump up any look. From a flowing blouse to summer sandals, a lace up detail is a nod to the days of Ali Macgraw, while keeping it cutting edge with new incorporations. And while the alluring detail can be exposing when in a plunging top or cocktail dress, the embellishment can also be very demure if place subtly on the lower sides of a pencil skirt or in a delicate manner on a flowy blouse. This detail is a perfect statement to add to your summer wardrobe to keep things fresh and flirty in the hot sun.



Our “IRL” (in real life) options are from Puritan Cape Cod in Mashpee Commons, Hyannis, Chatham and Falmouth and Weekend in Orleans.

Palate – Monochromatic

This all black beachy ensemble is a perfect nod to the monochromatic trend and is from Mocean in Mashpee Commons.
This all black beachy ensemble is a perfect nod to the monochromatic trend and is from Mocean in Mashpee Commons.
This cute dress is the perfect option for a "woufit" and can be found at Chatham Clothing Bar.
This cute dress is the perfect option for a “woufit” and can be found at Chatham Clothing Bar. Pair it with a pair of heels and a clutch of the same color to complete the monochromatic look.

If you’re looking for an easy way to refresh your look and stand out, instead of gravitating towards several different colors, stick to one shade. A monochromatic palate is one of the latest trends that makes an individual stand out in a simple way to emit a chic vibe. Mixing prints was once cutting-edge and bold, but now, the hodge-podge look of several different ideas can come across kitschy and a uniform look of one color gives off a cleaner approach to pulling an outfit together. And if you feel that wearing the same shade is too confining, try pieces in a different hue but still fall under the same umbrella of color. For example, the gradient of a forest green trouser paired with a mint green blouse is guaranteed to turn some heads. Or if you want to opt for a simpler look, an all white look or a “woutfit,” if you please, is the perfect statement to create a bold yet understated style to elevate any look to a glamorous and put-together level.

Our “IRL” (in real life) options are from Mocean Cape Cod in Mashpee Commons and Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham.

Summer, Shopping & Sunsets: Falmouth

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 Falmouth.
First, we headed to the fabulous Cape Chic, located in downtown Falmouth on Queen’s Byway.

This tie-dye maxi is the perfect combination of dressy and casual.
This tie-dye maxi is the perfect combination of dressy and casual.

As soon as we walked in, we spotted this beautiful look that is a perfect Summer, daytime ensemble. This outfit would be a great option to go shopping and grab lunch on Falmouth Main Street, and then head to the beach later on to catch a glowing sunset.




We also spotted a blouse that instantly reminded us of the setting sun!

This eye-catching blouse is reminiscent of the beaches at dusk.
This eye-catching blouse is reminiscent of the beaches at dusk.

Next we headed to Treasure Chest, located in the heart of Main Street.

We found a trendy pair of palazzo pants that had colors from the same palate of a sunset. These pants would help create an easy-going vibe to relax in the sand and watch the sun trail down.

The blue and orange hues encapsulate a summer night to a T!
The blue and orange hues encapsulate a summer night to a T!

Since the sun is setting, the temperatures are sure to drop and this laugh-out-loud Spirit sweatshirt is the perfect option to keep warm and have a nautical vibe.

This Spirit sweatshirt is a cozy and hilarious option.
This Spirit sweatshirt is a cozy and hilarious option.

After we shopped around and found an abundance of sunset-ready looks, we headed over to Falmouth Heights beach and caught a BEAUTIFUL sunset.


Prom Dress by Design; Intern, Emma Childs, Shares Her Unique Experience

By Emma Childs

John Hughes has taught me many lessons: we’re all a pretty bizarre but some people can hide it better; if your parents forget your birthday, it’s not because they don’t love you, they just have a lot going on; and, lastly, your Prom dress says a lot about you. Ever since I watched Andie Walsh craft her bubblegum pink dress in a Dr. Frankenstein-esque manner in Pretty in Pink, I’ve known that the gown you choose to wear on Prom is crucial. It’s your chance to show off who you are in one final, dramatic move to cap off high school and, yes, Andie’s dress was astonishingly hideous and a rough reminder of the wacky style choices of the 80’s, but the dress represented her.

From that moment on, I knew that was exactly what I wanted for my Prom look (the originality, not the gaudy, tear-inducing dress). Like Andie, I wanted to dress in a way that would stand out amongst the others and be homogenous to my identity. I didn’t want to tap into a fantastical, Princess persona; I wanted to fully unleash my own personality.

Annie's unique and iconic dress.
Andie’s unique and iconic dress.

As I entered my senior year of high school, Prom constantly danced in the back of my mind. I roamed Pinterest for hours on end, searching for any dresses that I identified with but sadly, only found hoards of rhinestones and desperation. I trekked into Macy’s in hopes of finding a unique diamond in the rough but was only met with taffeta tornados and decrepit dressing rooms.

My mind tripped over itself with visions of gowns but deep down, I knew they’d be impossible to find on any rack. And that’s when it hit me. If I can’t find a pre-made gown that will represent myself, why don’t I take a leaf out of Andie’s book and just create my own.

The merlot-colored bamboo silk that was chosen as the fabric for the gown.

Since my sewing skills are laughable (all I have to show for my designing career is a crooked pillowcase), I reached out to local up-and-coming label, DEVINTO. Created by designer Aiste Zitnikaite, DEVINTO is an eco and ethically conscious label that was established in Montreal, Canada and then relocated to Cape Cod. After going through the gallery of DEVINTO’s collections and observing her pieces in person, which can be found at Shift Eco. Boutique in Hyannis, I instantly knew that both her ingenuity and my personality would blend fabulously well. “DEVINTO designs are equally focused on comfort,  glamour, and fair principles when it comes to the creation and production of garments,” Zitnikaite said. Using natural and eco friendly fabrics, DEVINTO sticks to a devotion of conscious clothing without compromising their unique style. 

I scheduled a meeting with the inventive Zitnikaite and when that day came, I had two ideas in mind: a swoop back and tiers. I produced some examples but stressed that although I liked these details, I wanted to give her some creative room to work her magic. Upon seeing the pictures, Zitnikaite’s eyes sparkled and she said “Oh, yes. We have to.”

Aisle’s deconstructed pieces of the dress.

Zitnikaite then produced three beautiful sketches that incorporated a bit of my essence that she had masterly captured and her intriguing touch. The starting points are definitely key when I conceptualize custom pieces because I want to make sure the client is getting a design that is made for them,” she said. From then on, we tweaked one design, chose it, and before I knew it, what was once just a pipe dream, was soon on its way to becoming a physical reality. We agreed on a deep red color, a high neck, a swoop back, and two pieces.

“I took in the fact that you wanted ruffles and low droopy back, always kept in mind your body shape, and the intended use of the garment. Since this was a prom dress, I was envisioning an evening gown on a red carpet,” Zitnikaite added. “My inspiration was old Hollywood– especially once we had picked the fabric. The deep satin red was definitely calling for glamour and after that it’s pretty much a collaboration between you and I where we finalized the details.”The process was a collaboration between the two of us and having Zitnikaite’s fresh design perspective helped me unleash my true style potential.

Aiste tweaks the bodice’s hem.

Over the next few weeks, we had several fittings where I was able to try on the piece, fix any sizing issues, and continue to brainstorm styling ideas. I started out in a two-piece muslin prototype with just a merlot-colored swatch to help envision the final product and that then in mere weeks, the dress transformed into a glamorous gown crafted in a decadent bamboo silk.

Me (Emma Childs) during one of the many dress fittings.

When the highly-esteemed day finally arrived and I put the gown on, I saw my reflection and couldn’t stop smiling. Finally, after weeks of frantic fittings in Shift’s dressing room, after fixing last-minute bra issues (if you have a small, cooperative chest, take a moment to be thankful), after responding to people asking what my Prom dress looked like with “It’s a work in progress,” I was able to look into the mirror and see an enchanting piece of clothing that felt like my second set of skin.  In addition to fitting my body like a glove, the dress captured my personality effortlessly and I knew wholeheartedly that this dress represented me

Me (Emma Childs) and date (Gabriel Rourke) are clearly very excited about the special day and the special gown.

This dress was everything I wanted because it was a mixture of everything I loved. It was my taste mixed with the input of an ingenious designer and that was exactly how I always imagined my style to be: a collaboration of fresh, fashion ideas.

With makeup done by Eden Salon and hair done by Salon in the Mills, I was all ready to fully let loose in a look that felt 100% myself.

If you need a piece made and shopping has proven to be futile in finding your perfect look, I encourage you to consider custom pieces, especially with the unfathomably talented DEVINTO. “In the past (Montreal) I did quite a lot of custom pieces. On the Cape I’ve done only a few– people don’t always realize that’s an option. But when I mention it at the shop, people seem very responsive and I hope to get more,” Zitnikaite said.

All smiles on the highly-anticipated day.
Me (Emma Childs) and long-time friend enjoy being dressed up.
Me (Emma Childs) modeling the glorious gown crafted by DEVINTO.
Me (Emma Childs) showing off the beautiful swoop back of my gown.

A Brief History of The Red Carpet

A Brief History of the Red Carpet
It turns out that rolling out the red carpet for events, galas, parties and movie premieres is not a new trend. As it turns out it has been a thing for over a two thousand years!

NEW YORK - MAY 04:  Model/TV personality Heidi Klum attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

458 B.C.: the first known reference to a red carpet was made in the play Agamemnon, which depicts a Trojan War hero who returns home to find a crimson carpet rolled out for him by his wife.

1821: a red carpet was rolled out from a riverboat in Georgetown, South Carolina to welcome the arrival of United States President James Monroe.

1902: the New York Central Railroad used plush crimson carpets to direct people where to go as they boarded their 20th Century Limited passenger train.

1922: starting the glamorous tradition, the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood featured a red walkway in front of the Egyptian Theatre.

1961: the Academy Awards used a red carpet to lead the Hollywood stars from their cars into the ceremony. The rug’s redness, however, was not discernable to at-home viewers of the black-and-white broadcast.

1970s: the red carpet starts to become the place for actors and actresses to made bold fashion statements

1979: Regis Philbin hosts the first televised red carpet event at the Oscars in LA.

1994: Joan Rivers hosts the first red carpet program at the Golden Globes for E!, and makes the question “Who are you wearing?” standard issue.

1990s: fashion houses begin to see the value of the red carpet publicity for their brands and begin dressing celebrities for award shows, special events and movie premieres.

2000s: pop culture news outlets begin to host on-air red carpet events before every major awards show, giving people direct access to celebrities and their fashions. E! even introduces gimmicks like a 360 degree Glam Cam and a mani cam.

May 21, 2016: Cape Cod’s Figawi Charities and The Current Quarterly Host the first ever Red Carpet Event at the 30th Annual Figawi Charity Ball!

Fashion Plates

People can visit local restaurants Embargo (Hyannis), Trevi Café (Mashpee) and the Naked Oyster (Hyannis) to see how culinary arts meet the art of fashion; the chefs have provided a photo of one of their favorite dishes that inspired an outfit drawn by local illustrator, Amy Szep.

See how Amy interprets the following dishes:

Embargo Fashion PlateSesame encrusted tuna from Embargo

Chicken dish from
Trevi Fashion PlateChicken dish from Trevi







Beet salad from Naked Oyster

Figawi Ball Red Carpet Event

For its 30th year, the Figawi Charity Ball is introducing a number of new and innovative elements to their fundraising event. They are also literally rolling out the red carpet for the first time in the Ball’s history, and attendees will get the chance to feel like a Hollywood star as photographers flash their cameras and ask what they’re wearing as they pose in front of the step and repeat.

The Current Quarterly will be on the red carpet interviewing ball goers (E! Style) who have purchased their dresses from locally owned stores like Sposabella, Wicked Thrift (who has the largest formal gown resale collections on the Cape), Beth Bishop, and Chatham Beauty & Bridal, as well as guys who have rented or bought their tuxes and suits at Puritan Cape Cod and Cape Cod Tux.


Open House at Good Clothing Company

By Aiste Zitnikaite

Most of us own one, but have we ever really wondered or understood what kind of work and skill goes into making the humble t-shirt? Come find out on Friday May 20, when Good Clothing Company will open its doors to the public to host an Open House from 6-8pm at their facility to show people what goes on behind the scenes in the making of a garment. You will be able to see firsthand how a t-shirt goes from a concept to a pattern that will be cut, sewn, pressed and end up on the store rack.

Now over a year in operation, Good Clothing Company was founded by Cape Cod master tailor Kathryn Hilderbrand in Mashpee. Kathryn has almost 30 years of experience in the tailoring business and has observed the industry dwindle in the past few decades due to the outsourcing of manufacturing overseas. This has affected not just her business but the way clothing is valued in our society overall. There is a vast disconnect in knowing and understanding how and where the clothes we wear are made.

Enter Good Clothing Company – a small batch production facility catering to local talent and beyond. In the past few years, Kathryn has made it her mission to restore some of the industry stateside and provide new and emerging designers an opportunity to develop and produce their designs closer to home. When you are an emerging designer, it is very difficult to start and navigate the system of apparel manufacturing that, most of the time, requires large minimum runs and huge investment in preliminary sampling before designs can get produced. At Good Clothing Company, new designers can receive guidance in how to launch their product step by step, from idea to production. Also, minimum production runs go as low as 10 pieces per style, which crates and an excellent opportunity for new entrepreneurs to “test the waters” of a huge and highly competitive industry.

The facility is the first of its kind on Cape Cod, and has been welcomed with excitement by local entrepreneurs who are looking to get their products manufactured so close to home. The company has worked with local Cape Cod businesses to produce a wide array of products from beach chairs to clothing to dog collars. Since GCC opened its doors last March, it has been inundated with production requests not just from the local area but from across the United States and the rest of the world. The fact that it’s a small batch facility that also boasts ecological and fair wage practices is attractive to small business owners all over the world. In the short period of time the company has been opened, it has already expanded twofold and is now in the process of opening a larger facility in Fall River where larger scale production will be taking place.

The demonstration on May 20 aims to elevate the understanding of the products we consume so that people can adequately assign values to these products that correspond to their consumption. Also, it is just plain fun and fascinating to see a product being made from beginning to end!

So please join Kathryn and her talented team to explore Good Clothing Company, ask questions and learn the inner workings of apparel production.