Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fish net stockings: not just for hookers

I am here to praise effects of nude fishnet stockings.
They cover up all those scars from my tomboy phase, as well as the varicose vein from my childbearing phase. They also help out when you don't have a tan.
They go with everything and just leave your legs looking sexy. I have a few pairs and I buy them from our Raspberry Beret neighbor Cambridge clogs

The nice thing about the nude ones is that you don't really notice that they are fishnets until you look closely so you are less likely to get propostioned on your way to work.What you do in your fishnets after work is up to you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Decorate your own ugly Christamas sweater with us!

Here at the Raspberry Beret we are planning on crafting our way through the holidays. We will be kicking it off at our Cambridge store  by decorate-your-own-Christmas-sweater-Thursdays.
On Thursday nights in December you can buy a plain sweater from us, then                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              join us at our craft table to make it extra special and Christmassy! 
Then come to our ugly Christmas sweater party on December 17th to show off  your creation!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Handmade Hats by Kara Lynn

Looking for the perfect winter hat for yourself or to give as a gift? We've got them! Kara Lynn, who works in the Cambridge store on Sundays, just brought in a few of her handmade ear flap hats and they're really cute and extremely well made. They're all lined with either faux fur or sherpa to keep you feeling warm and cozy. The ear flaps can also be buttoned up, which is especially cool. We've only got a few of these hats, so don't miss your chance to grab one! They're $40 each at the Cambridge store.

Survey Says!

Style Tip: Start With Your Shoes

There is nothing worse than putting together a perfect outfit and realizing you don't have shoes that match or the heels that do match will be killing you in an hour.

I always consider three things:
  1. What am I doing today and how long will I be on my feet. Today I will be working all day in the Cambridge store on my feet helping customers. From work, I am going out to dinner and drinks. So I will be in my footwear for at least twelve hours, maybe more. This calls for two pairs of shoes. I will start with flats then change to heels, and probably back again! Which reminds me, if you don't already do this, always keep a pair of small simple black flats in your bag, car, or at work to change into if your feet hurt. Because walking through town barefoot is never okay. Unless you are a marathon runner-even then Vibrums please.
  2. The second consideration is weather. Check the forecast for rain snow etc.
  3. Style. I am a big fan of the bright colored pumps and flats. I have a pair of bright blue pumps that I wear alot. They punch up everything from gray jeans to an orange dress. My yellow flats have the same effect. Combat boots are great too. I am so happy to see all the great combat boots out right now. They are thinner and more feminine than the army boots I used to wear back in the day, and they look great with everything from dresses to skinny jeans. They are comfortable too. They are a perfect option for a day when you will be on your feet all day. And on a date, because yes men like heels because they are hot. But the best dates are spent walking/partying through the city for hours not once thinking about your feet. What it comes down to is: sore feet can make you grouchy, and no matter how slamming that outfit is, you won't look cute when you're whining about your feet.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday - an event that was created by American Express to promote the support of local businesses during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. The irony in all this? Many small businesses don't accept American Express cards. They simply can't because the fees are too high.

We absolutely LOVE the idea of a special shopping day devoted to supporting local, small and independent businesses. In fact, we think it should happen year-round! Here are a couple of web articles that talk about why shopping at small businesses is a great idea:

Yes, it's really cool that when you use your American Express card at a registered small business today you'll get a one time $25 credit on your statement for the first $25 you spend. That's great for you - but if you really want to support the business you're visiting, make the rest of your purchases today in CASH.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TurningArt at Raspberry Beret

Hi everybody, it's Julie from the Cambridge store here. A lot of you ask about the artwork we have hanging in our store and I wanted to share some information about TurningArt with you.

TurningArt is a really cool art rotation service based here in Boston. NPR called it "Netflix for art." You sign up for a subscription and make a queue of the art you like. TurningArt will send you a custom made frame and then you can rotate prints of the artwork from your queue as often as you choose. The best part is that every dollar of your subscription is actually a credit. So when you fall in love with a print from your rotation you can use the credit to buy the original!

So, what do I love most about TurningArt - besides the fact that my husband created it? Well, it's a fantastic way to explore art and it makes owning original art accessible to everyone. The TurningArt website allows you to browse their work by categories such as style, artist, region, price and even color. So, even if you have no idea what you're interested in, they make it easy to narrow down. I also really love that this gives artists an entirely new way to share their work with the world.

TurningArt is running a special 20% off gift subscription promotion this weekend - you can give someone a gift subscription for only $24! - so now is the perfect time to take a look at their website and see what it's all about. Also, enjoy a peek at some of the pieces we have on our queue at Raspberry Beret!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Second Hand Pets

Meet Mambo. His owner Erika shops at Raspberry Beret in Cambridge pretty regularly so he visits quite a bit. We all love him, especially when he comes in wearing cute his cute little raincoat.

Erika adopted Mambo from The Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, MA. We wanted to give them, and Erika, a shout out because we think second hand shopping is always awesome - for clothing AND adorable little pups!

The Northeast Animal Shelter, established in 1976, is one of New England's largest nonprofit shelters that does not destroy any of the pets entrusted to its care. They have placed thousands of dogs and cats since they opened their doors.

Northeast Animal Shelter is located just a half hour north of Boston and easily accessible to all of New England. Being open 7 days a week makes the adoption of a pet convenient for the general public and enables them to place all their homeless dogs and cats. As soon as a dog or cat arrives at their facility, their staff begins searching for the perfect match -- a family who is just right and will give the pet a wonderful home. While waiting for a forever home, their dogs and cats receive the best of care.

Looking for a pet? Click HERE to learn more about Northeast Animal Shelter's adoption requirements and fees.

Take Me Out Tuesday

Raspberry Beret's owner, Rachael added a few things to the jeans that she already owns (but, of course, bought at one of our stores) to create today's Take Me Out Tuesday post.

Check out those amazing zebra print heels! They're by Steve Madden, size 7.5 and only $18.00. The blouse is Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati, Size M, $16.

What is Rachael's idea of a perfect Tuesday night out? A fabulous dinner, preferably sushi, followed by a nice long walk around the city and desert.

So, how far do you think that walk would last in those heels?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Friday 2011

Are you ready for Black Friday???

You can add Raspberry Beret to your list of stores to stop at because everything in our Wakefield and Cambridge stores will be 20% off all day! We've got GREAT gifts and stocking stuffers for all of your favorite ladies. And don't forget about yourself! Our racks are filled with plenty of cute little cocktail dresses for fancy holiday parties. Or throw on a pair of leggings with a great pair of boots and a cozy sweater for a get together with friends.

Both of our stores will be open during regular business hours on Black Friday. We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Vintage Modern

My favorite part of my wardrobe (and of Raspberry Beret) is that I have vintage and modern clothing that can work seamlessly together. I have always had a passion for finding vintage clothing and I thrive on the search for the ultimate find. I do not, however, want to look like I am directly copying a certain era or style. I am, as I get older especially, looking to incorporate quality, unique vintage pieces into my wardrobe to work with the modern, trendy pieces that I purchase. I do love classic silhouettes from many eras but I enjoy achieving that "look" with a modern feel. 
So this outfit incorporates modern pieces, like the blouse and skirt with a couple of vintage finds like the 1980s  cardigan, the necklace and the suede 1980s belt. I love the color palette and the silhouette. Raspberry Beret is a perfect place to achieve such a look. You can find modern, trendy pieces as well as quality vintage. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Take Me Out Tuesday

Meet Anne, one of the newest members of Raspberry Beret's Street Team. Anne is a grad student at Harvard University and she's also a member of the Cliffe Notes, an all-female a capella subset of the Radcliff Choral Society. The Cliffe Notes rehearse on Tuesday nights and the outfit she put together for Take Me Out Tuesday is perfect for that!

Like this cute little brown blazer? Yeah, so did Anne - so bought it right away but the orange tank by Kenneth Cole (xs, $24) is still available and so are those great size 9 Frye boots ($125).

You've got to come check out the handmade earrings Anne is modeling too. We've get a few pairs left for $26 each in the Cambridge store and they're really unique.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Photos by Amanda Marcotte

We're thrilled to be able to introduce you to some of the gorgeous photography of Amanda Marcotte today. She's a member of the Raspberry Beret Street Team and a photography student at The Art Institute of Boston.

We knew Amanda was a perfect match for us the first time we saw her dreamily searching through our vintage racks. She has an eye for the unusual and the beautiful. As you can see in these photos, fashion plays a large role in her art. She recently found this vintage black dress in our Cambridge store.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


As part of our new gift selection in the Cambridge store, we've got a couple of cool choices of magnets in the Cambridge store right now. Come by and check out the handmade clothes pin clips with funny words ($3 each) - they're perfect for keeping important notes and papers in order, or for clipping chip bags closed.

These cute bottle cap magnets are only $4 each. Each one features a tiny image or collage. They make great stocking stuffers! Come by and grab a few!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Take Me Out Tuesday

What's your idea of a perfect Tuesday night out? Dinner and drinks with a someone you love? Knitting circle with the ladies? Dancing? Come by the store and create your own Take Me Out Tuesday outfit - then go out and wear it!

Kara, our 'Sunday Girl', tried on this beautiful dress and jacket as her Take Me Out Tuesday outfit. The jacket is vintage Oleg Cassini, M, $120 and the dress is The Limited, Size 10, $38.

Kara's perfect Tuesday night out would be dinner at Toro in the South End - which she's never been too because the wait is always too long - and then the Boston Symphony.

Don't forget - we're hosting a Blog Hop all week. Read THIS POST to learn how to link up!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Blog Hop!

Raspberry Beret is hosting a Blog Hop this week!  We're really excited about linking up with other fashion related, independent art, and Boston-based bloggers.

Do you have a blog and want to participate?
  1. Become a follower of our blog.  
  2. Click where it says 'CLICK HERE TO ENTER' to add your blog link to the Linky below. 
  3. Make sure to add the linky to your own blog! The Linky code can be found below this post where it says 'GET THE CODE'.  You can copy and paste it into a new post on your blog (make sure you're in the html mode).  Your new post will have an exact copy of the original Linky list. Each time someone joins the Blog Hop, no matter which blog they join from, everyone’s Linky is automatically updated and shows the complete list of participating blogs.
Why Should I Participate In A Blog Hop?
They’re fun, you can discover other cool blogs, and it will help promote your own blog.

How Do I Make The Most Of A Blog Hop?
Visit AND comment on other blogs. If you found a new blog through our Blog Hop, make sure you leave a comment and let the blogger know how you found them.