Thursday, December 29, 2011

What Are You Wearing on New Year's Eve?

First time customer, Audrey Fricker, will be wearing this cute little dress and necklace when she rings in 2012.  She bought it yesterday in our Cambridge store and although she doesn't know exactly where they'll be yet, she know she'll be hanging out with friends on New Year's Eve.

We've got plenty of great dresses and tops that are perfect for going out or staying in.  Stop by!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jewelry by Caitlin Maison

We just got some new handmade necklaces by local designer, Caitlin Mason!  They all range in price from $18-$30 and they're fantastic!

We posted theses a few weeks ago, and just learned that Caitlin was published in Entrepreneur for the Twelve days of Indy Merchants. We are proud to carry her line, My London Sun.

You can check out the article here

More importantly, you can visit My London Sun for some great deals on hand made Jewelry at

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Take Me Out Tuesday - Nicole Saylor

I didn't recognize Nicolle Saylor when she came into the Cambridge store recently - which is just silly because I've seen her face on her fashion blog a million times!  I did, however, notice her fantastic outfit and immediately asked if she'd like to be featured here on our blog.  I'm so glad I asked because it was such fun to meet Nicolle in person!

Nicolle told us that the outfit she is wearing would be perfect for a Tuesday night out eating Japanese with her husband in Brookline.

Want to know about Nicolle Saylor?  Check out her blog at  You'll love her daily outfit posts - especially the most recent ones of her in Brazil.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays from the Raspberry Beret Girls!

Happy Holidays from Raspberry Beret!  

Rachael, Owner

Kerry, Cambridge

Stacy, Wakefield

Kathleen, Wakefield

Mariel, Cambridge

Julie, Cambridge

Kara, Cambridge

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Take Me Out Tuesday - Lydia

Lydia Teffera visited us from Richmond, Virginia recently and modeled this dress as her Take Me Out Tuesday outfit.  When I asked her where she'd be going her response was, "In this dress?  Straight to Hell, probably."  Too funny!

Lydia actually worked at a consignment store in Richmond called Rumors.  Check out their website at because they have an online boutique from men and women and some great vintage!

Lydia told us that the style in Richmond is way more trendy than Boston.  Sadly, we hear often hear that from people visiting from other parts of the country.  Any thoughts on that?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Your Sweater is So Ugly......

Raspberry Beret's Ugly Sweater Holiday Party is TOMORROW!!!! Are you ready?  Do you have your sweater all picked out?  We still have a few doozies left in the Cambridge store and they're 20% off all weekend!  We also have a bunch of really cute 80's dresses - come on by!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Considering Layers

 The cold weather has finally reached Boston and it's definitely time to start adding a few extra layers when you get dressed in the morning.  But consider your bottom layer carefully, people!  Everyone's got the heat blasting and you never know when you might be shedding a coat and sweater.

This is how Emily Gelfman looked when she walked into our Cambridge store earlier this week....

Cute, professional - exactly how you'd expect a Grad Student at Brandeis to look.  But, then!  The sweater came off and suddenly, Emily's tee shirt transported back us back to her freshman year at a Catholic Jesuit high school in rural Indiana where she and her classmates rocked the cornfields by starting a 'diversity club'.  We heard a great story about the controversial rainbow logo wasn't even approved before the shirts went to print - gasp!

We've all been there.  You're sweating your fanny off because someone's blasting the heat in your office but you can't take your sweater off because you're wearing a skanky tank top that would surely get you fired or at least earn you a reputation as the office harlot.  Or you go to a friend's house and they ask you to please take your winter boots off before coming inside but you can't possibly because you have two different socks on and one of them is full of holes. 

All I'm saying is, think ahead and really consider those bottom layers that you don't think anyone is going to see...and GO BREBEUF JESUIT UNITY CLUB!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Take Me Out Tuesday - Robyn

Robyn is a Grad Student nearby at Lesley University and recently found this cute Theory jacket and sexy pair of heels in our Cambridge store.  Casual, but cute - a perfect Tuesday night outfit for drinks with friends...or maybe a first date?  She's a pretty amazing woman and recently spent time volunteering as a teacher of English and Art in Ethiopia.  We love it!

Robyn has a blog called Not Just a Hat Rack.  Check it out HERE!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Give, Give, Give!

Raspberry Beret donates any clothing that does not sell during a consignor's 60 day contract to a great organization called Mass Appeal.  Mass Appeal gives our donated clothing to girls coming out of abusive homes. These girls often leave their situations with absolutely nothing and the clothes and accessories from Raspberry Beret give them a fresh and stylish start to their new, healthier lives.

This year Karla, who runs the program, is also hosting a Christmas party at Cambridge Community television.  It is a multicultural party for families in need in our community.  It's called Christmas with Karla.  I will be there with my kids, who are adding video cameras and ipods to their Christmas lists and complaining the whole time. I would like them to experience the spirit of giving as well. When I told them about the party, they were actually excited to go help out!  It warms this working Mom's heart.

Karla also invited me to be on the show to talk about Raspberry Beret. Yikes me on TV- Maybe!  Please tune in to see the event.  And check the Mass Appeal website to find out ways you can help this great organization:

Mass Appeal website

Sunday, December 18th from 6-8PM at Cambridge Community Television

Friday, December 9, 2011

Upcycled Jeans

If you shop at either of our stores, you know that we have some great sales. Wakefield has the coveted $2 bin and Cambridge often has a $5 rack. Both of these sale spots are a great place to find treasures, especially if you're looking for things to upcycle.

What is upcycling? It's using ordinary objects to make something extraordinary. For example, these Diesel jeans that I used are great (REALLY great actually - I can't believe no one snatched them up when we had them in the store!) but I think they're even more fun now that they have an embroidered swallow on the thigh!

So, what I did was use a stencil and some fabric paint to make the bird. Then I embroidered around the edges with embroidery thread. Truth be told, it took much, much longer than I thought it would. There are a lot of little details in that bird design I chose. But it was worth it, I'm very happy with the way they came out.

There are tons of ways to upcycle clothing and changing buttons is probably one of the fastest and easiest. I found a great vintage sweater recently that I loved but it was a little boring. So I just switched the buttons out with some really cute ones that I found at Playtime in Arlington. Other options are adding lace and fancy trim to cuffs or hems, using bows on collars to create a playful feminine look. Craft stores are full of great supplies to upcycle clothing.

Need some inspiration?  Check out this blog post for by Hue and Hum for a cool tutorial.  Try it! We'd love to see what you come up with!

My upcycled jeans are Diesel, size 27 and they're on consignment at the Cambridge store for $60.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Party Dress

This Unique Party Dress would look stunning accompanied by a Faux Fur Blazer, Some chandler earrings, and Patent Leather heels.
Size 4
Designed by Ellen Tracy

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

You're Invited!

We'd LOVE to see you at our Ugly Sweater Holiday Party on Saturday, December 17th in Cambridge!!!  Bring your friends and plan to get some shopping done because it's also Midnight Madness on Mass Ave.  

Don't forget - you'll get 20% off if you wear an ugly sweater and you just might win a prize in our Ugly Sweater Contest!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Take Me Out Tuesday - Vlada

Vlada Brofman looked like Cinderella when she tried on this vintage Jessica McClintock dress at the Cambridge store over the weekend.  Look at how beautiful the back is!

One would think that pulling off this look on a Tuesday would be a bit challenging, but Vlada sings in a band called NoMad Dreams and she's planning to wear it at an upcoming performance.  After that, she'll be wearing it to a Christmas party!

Click HERE to check out NoMad Dreams and keep an out for more pictures of this dress.  Vlada promised to send us some.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Wearable Vintage

This beautiful piece was designed by Richard Frontman, ( known for designing garments for the fashionista Jack O). Though hand sewn in the late 50's, it has a very modern look to it. This timeless dress even has pockets! Sucker for Fashion with Function!