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What to Wear: First Weekend of Summer

First weekend of summer: what to wearThe work week is shorter, the days are longer and your agenda is packed with parties. A long weekend jump-starts the summer and the laid-back vibes that come with it. The only problem we’re facing is what to wear for that first backyard barbecue and drinks on the deck. Our in-house stylist, Tricia, recommends a casual, yet trendy ensemble to make sure your first summer night is one to remember.

First weekend of summer: what to wear

If you’re going to the beach this weekend, make sure you double check our list of essentials.

First Day of Work: Faux Pas

First day of work: Faux pasYou did it. You graduated, nailed the interview and landed your first real job. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but you’re so thrilled to begin this new chapter in your life. As exciting as starting a new job can be, it also tends to be a pretty nerve-racking experience. The night before, you’ll have a million thoughts running through your head. “I hope they like me.” “What if I embarrass myself?” “Will I make any friends?” “What if I say the wrong thing?”

First impressions are everything, so it’s crucial that you start off on the right foot with your new employer and coworkers. There are definitely things to remember to do for your first day (we covered that here, as well as some major “no-nos.” Let us help you navigate those first-day waters with the four first-day faux pas.

1 |  Cut the trash talk

Whether it’s about your former employer or your last roommate, your new employer does not want to hear you complaining on your first day. Gossip falls in this category as well. You do not want to get the reputation as someone who spreads rumors from the get-go. There is nothing about gossip and drama that really screams“ promotion,” so unless your new gig is at TMZ, it’s best to keep your head down and stay busy if these situations arise.

2 |  Don’t be caught underdressed (or overdressed)

This can be a fine line in many of today’s workplaces. Business casual and just flat-out casual wear are becoming mainstream, so it can be tricky to decipher that dress code before starting your first day. Even if you know it’s a casual environment, step it up on your first day to be safe. Absolutely no jeans. We would also recommend staying away from skirts on the first day — you don’t know what your work space will look like, so you don’t want to be caught in an awkward situation. Also, keep the heels at home, or at least pack a pair of comfortable (and cute) flats — no one wants blisters after a tour of the building.

3 |  Don’t take your phone out

he last thing your new boss is going to want to see is you glued to your phone all day (unless you work in social media ;)!). Show that you’re focused by turning your iPhone to silent and zipping it away. We like to tuck ours away in the Quilted Small Ella Tote — it’s so chic for the workplace! Tip: Remember to wear a watch! Without your phone to check the time, it will come in handy for your meetings.

4 |  Don’t be caught off guard

The Girl Scouts always taught you to be prepared and starting your new job is no different. Leave your expectations at the door and come prepared for any situation. Pack a lunch in case your team doesn’t take you out to eat (hold the garlic, onion and tuna for another day). Bring a water bottle and travel mug with your own coffee — some work places might not have it readily available. Although some companies will have you dive right in, many first days don’t involve a lot of tasks, so bring an agenda and pen to keep busy taking notes and penciling in important dates. As long as you meet any task or situation that comes at you with an upbeat attitude, you’ll be golden.

First day of work: Faux pas

If you haven’t quite nailed down the job yet, check out our interview tips and advice.

First Day of Work: 5 Things to Remember

5 things to remember on your first day of work
You did it. You graduated, nailed the interview and landed your first real job. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but you’re so thrilled to begin this new chapter in your life. As exciting as starting a new job can be, it also tends to be a pretty nerve-racking experience. The night before, you’ll have a million thoughts running through your head. “I hope they like me.” “What if I embarrass myself?” “Will I make any friends?” “What should I wear?”

First, we can tell you from experience that it’s going to be okay. The jitters will subside once you start your day. Until you start your new journey, here are five things to remember for your first day of work.

1 |  Timing is everything

This spans beyond the typical “don’t be late.” You want to arrive on your first day early, but not too early. We recommend arriving seven minutes early. See why seven is the sweet spot here. If you’re new to the area, you should practice your commute prior to your first day. Get a feel for how long it will take with and without traffic and plan accordingly. It’s also important to get an understanding of work hours. Is it a typical 9 – 5, or is it more flexible as long as you get your 40 hours in? We recommend not being the first one to jet out of the office on your first day. Leaving too early can make just as bad of an impression as arriving too late.

2 |  Prepare your “elevator pitch”

Elevator pitches are not just for job fairs and interviews. It’s important to have a 20 – 30 second intro about yourself, past experience and new role for that first week. You will be shown around and meet a lot of new people. You want to make a solid first impression on your new coworkers with a confident and upbeat introduction.

3 |  Ask questions

First days can be daunting with the sheer amount of information you’re taking in — but don’t forget to ask questions! Don’t worry about asking too many questions or “stupid” questions. In fact, for the first week, you have somewhat of a “hall pass.” Your boss and coworkers know you’re learning and adjusting, so just be eager and take a lot of notes. It’s good to take those first few days or weeks to just absorb information so you can hit the ground running.

4 |  Yes is the right answer

On your first day, you’re not really in a position to turn something down, whether it’s a task or an invitation to a social gathering. Show that you’re willing to try by accepting any project with a smile. If your coworkers invite you to lunch, gladly accept. You will be working with these people every day, so it’s good to get to know them and integrate yourself into the group as early on as possible. In the beginning especially, it’s crucial to have that can-do attitude.

5 |  Relax

We know, easier said than done. You nailed the interview, remember? They want you there, and more importantly, they want you to succeed. Know that everyone has had a first day before, so they know what it’s like. The best part is that you only have that first day once! Get a good night’s sleep, put on that killer outfit (we know you have it picked out), and remember to breathe. You’re going to be great!

5 things to remember on your first day of work

If you haven’t landed the job quite yet, check out our interview tips and advice. If you’ve got the job and just need some outfit inspiration, read up on what the girl boss should wear to work.

6 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

6 tips to ace your job interview
Interviews are nerve-racking. That’s a known fact. Preparing for a job interview can feel like swimming in an ocean with no land in sight. We’ve collected six tips from Vera Bradley associates to help you ace your job interview (just call us Lifeguard). You won’t find the stale “dress to impress” advice here because we know you already have a killer outfit planned. We’re just here to help with the details. Okay, and to find you a great bag.

1 |  Clean up your social media

We’re starting off simple because this is one of the first things we do when we see your resume. Foul language, party pictures and anything that makes you look unreliable — delete them before your application goes in the trash as well.

2 |  Research the company

It shows initiative when an interviewee does his/her research and can speak to the company’s brand, heritage or current relations. Use time at the end of the interview to ask a question while smoothly sliding in the fact that you have looked at the company’s website. “I was looking at your website, and it looks like you deal with _______. If I was hired, would I be involved with that?”

3 |  Wow them

Prepare a memorable story that displays all of the qualities the hiring manager needs in an associate. Did you go above and beyond to complete a project in a previous job? Sing it loud and proud!

4 |  Use the seven-minute rule

Arrive to the interview early, but no earlier than seven minutes. If you’re too early, you interrupt the interviewer’s day. They feel uncomfortable for making you wait and end up taking it early, which sets off a tense tone to begin the meeting.

5 |  Prepare for anything

The question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?,” may seem innocent, but a hiring manager wants to know if the position aligns with your goals, if you have ambition and if you’ve set realistic expectations. These 31 questions and answers are helpful when preparing.

6 |  Wear a pop of color

We had to include this one. Color can come from a paisley handbag, fun yellow pumps or a sassy red scarf! A pop of color in your wardrobe always makes a memorable impression. This pretty handbag is unforgettable.

6 tips to ace your job interview

Good luck! Vera Bradley currently has jobs open in all areas. Take a look: verabradley.com/careers. Aspiring artist? We have just the right outfit for your interview or your first day of work.

We’re Open at Disney Springs™

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

picture: @dashing_darla

Pop the champagne! We opened the doors to our newest store at Disney Springs™ on Sunday, May 15. The store boasts unique details — from seven large spools of thread hanging in the entrance to a complete pattern library for customers to reminisce about their favorites — that make this store truly a destination in itself. Local customers and traveling tourists will also be happy to see many Disney-themed products offered in this location. The store is located in the new Town Center area of Disney Springs™, which houses many other fashion and lifestyle brands, as well as restaurants and dining options. With so much to do and see both inside and outside of the store, you’ll definitely want to grab a few girlfriends for a fun weekend getaway!

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Say hi to …

Store Manager: Amy Valdez

Assistant Store Managers: Brittany Bartucci and Alina Garraton

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Must-see attractions …

Must-see attractionsMagic Kingdom | Typhoon Lagoon
The Grand Floridian | The Orlando Eye

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Career Series: The Teacher

This week, we’re tackling the age-old question, “what should I wear to work?” Appropriate work attire can vary greatly between workplaces and job titles. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach for choosing a career, so there shouldn’t be one for your wardrobe either. Whether you’re working in a corporate environment, as a teacher or something more artistic, like a designer, you’ll want to dress for success!

Career series: The teacher

Today is all about the teacher. The woman who has dedicated her life to educating others may not have a whole lot of time to spend on herself. Luckily, putting together a killer, school-appropriate outfit doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, for that matter. Anyone who has spent time in a school knows that layers are important. The air might be blasting in the classroom, but the cafeteria may be a little toasty. Layer a soft jacket like this taupe trench over a bright yellow peplum top. The yellow shows off your cheery nature, while the peplum shows your eye for trend. A navy slim leg pant is a must and will quickly become your go-to on those days when you just don’t know what to wear. Punch up your ensemble with fiery red lace-up flats and pops of pattern throughout your accessories. You’ll love our Vera 2.0 Tote, as it’s the perfect teacher bag. With ample space and plenty of pockets, this tote will fit all lesson-planning materials, a pencil case and laptop (plus extra aspirin for the brave kindergarten teachers out there). We can guarantee that a bold pattern like Paisley in Paradise will get you compliments all day long — and not just from the students. Keep your look coordinated with a matching umbrella, cosmetic case and notepad. For a roundup of the best teacher bags, check out blogger Here & Now.

Career series: The teacher

Teaching wasn’t your calling? If you’re more of a designer at heart, check out this post, or if the corporate environment is a better fit, read this.

It’s a graduation celebration! May 12 through May 18, enter for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree in our stores. Find a store near you.

Career Series: The Business Woman

This week, we’re tackling the age-old question, “what should I wear to work?” Appropriate work attire can vary greatly between workplaces and job titles. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach for choosing a career, so there shouldn’t be one for your wardrobe either. Whether you’re working in a corporate environment, as a teacher or something more artistic, like a designer, you’ll want to dress for success!

Career series: the business woman

Today, we’re focusing on the business woman. Those working in a corporate environment may have stricter dress codes to abide by, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Let that girl-boss attitude shine through with the ultimate “dressed-for-success” ensemble. An exaggerated wide-leg pant in blush is totally on trend and provides a subtle pop of color. Pair the perfect pant with a sophisticated blazer for the workday, and shed the blazer for an after-work happy hour with a trendy off-the-shoulder top. Neutral pumps are always a must for the business woman, since they will take you from 9 to 5 and beyond. Polish off your look with the perfect bag. The Trimmed Vera Laptop Tote will be perfect to carry between meetings. You’ll fit your laptop, phone, notebook and mid-morning snack with room to spare. We love the Cara Convertible Bag to transition you to after hours. It’s just the right size to fit your essentials, and its black, quilted leather is completely timeless, so it will never go out of style. For more tips on what to wear to work, check out “The Ten Workwear Commandments Every Woman Needs to Know“.

Career series: the business woman

Business isn’t your gig? If you’re more of a designer at heart, check out this post

It’s a graduation celebration! May 12 through May 18, enter for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree in our stores. Find a store near you.