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5 Ways to Wear a Crossbody

If you’re constantly on-the-go, you’re no stranger to the modern conveniences designed to fit your busy schedule.  From car chargers and travel mugs to Hulu and dry shampoo, our day is filled with these now-necessities intended to make our lives easier – selecting a new bag should be no different. Choosing the perfect fall bag shouldn’t have to be a stressful task on your to-do list, so we’re going to help you out. If there is one bag you need for fall, it’s a crossbody. With the capability to be hands-free, crossbody bags allow you to instead fill your hands with that venti soy half-caf latté and iPhone (which is essentially an extension of your hand lately). Crossbody bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes with different features to fit your needs. Five bloggers are sharing their favorite crossbody styles to help you choose which one is perfect for your personality and style.

how to style a crossbody 5 ways

Jenny, Boho Style File
Favorite Bag: Ultimate Crossbody in Cognac

“I love this bag because it’s so easy to transition from a crossbody to a clutch! The interior card slots make it easy to grab and go or toss in your bigger handbag. The cognac color can easily pair with every outfit – I paired it with my worn denim, white blouse and lemon yellow vest for a brunch date downtown. I also love it with a flowy maxi dress and booties for fall.” – Jenny

See more of Jenny’s brunch look here.

how to style a crossbody 5 ways

Jess, The Golden Girl
Favorite Bag: Cara Convertible Bag in Claret

“I love the color of this bag because it’s the perfect hue for fall! It adds the prettiest pop of color to any outfit and looks great with everything from an LBD to your game-day gear! (Go Pack, go!) I always pull it out of my closet whenever my outfit needs a little spicing up with a pop of color – I like to think of it as my new neutral. I will be wearing it with a lot of flannel for fall and using it as a transitional piece from work to weekend.” – Jess

how to style a crossbody 5 ways

Brooke, KBStyled
Favorite Bag: Mini Marlo Crossbody in Uptown Stripe

“The Mini Marlo Crossbody is perfect for dressing up or dressing down. I can carry it with a business suit to the office, a fun leather skirt for date night or with jeans and a sweater on the weekend! It’s the perfect size to carry straight from work to dinner – and I love the calf hair detailing!” – Brooke

how to style a crossbody 5 ways

Mae, Mae Amor
Favorite Bag: Preppy Poly Molly Crossbody in Claret

“I’m 5′ 0″ and the adjustable crossbody strap set to the shortest option suits me perfectly! This is the perfect size crossbody to carry the essentials. The front zip pocket is perfect for my phone and items I need to access quickly (keys, lip gloss, debit card). The larger compartment can hold my small planner, a large wallet, and a small cosmetic pouch. I really love that the material is water resistant so whether I get caught in the rain or spill my coffee, my bag and its contents stay protected.” – Mae

Read more about Mae’s rainy lunch date here.

how to style a crossbody 5 ways

Nicole, What Nicole Wore
Favorite Bag: Meredith Crossbody in Cognac

“The Meredith Crossbody has all of the features that I love in a crossbody and it’s large enough for me to throw in my wallet, keys, phone, lipstick and even a snack when I’m running out the door. A back zip pocket and three interior pockets make it easy to tuck away key items that you’ll need to reach. I’ve loved carrying this bag during the weekend festivals and markets in my hometown. I’m using this the next time I travel to visit friends – I can throw in my museum tickets, metro pass and even a backup cell phone charger.” – Nicole

Needing some extra inspiration on transitioning your wardrobe into fall?
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Soho VIP Party

Vera Bradley in Soho
You may have noticed a little more merriment on our social media last week. We’re still recovering this week from celebrating our Soho store and sweepstakes winners in the big city. If you followed along on our Snapchat you had front row seats for the whole soirée. Missed our snaps? No worries, we’re giving the scoop on the celebrity sightings and party secrets.

Vera Bradley in Soho

Vera Bradley in Soho
Instead of a red carpet, guests strolled up our pink carpet and entered the store through a custom archway complete with decorative butterflies inspired by the butterfly wallpaper featured inside the Soho store. Inside the store, guests enjoyed music by celebrity DJ Chelsea Leyland, a signature “Happy Thymes” cocktail and appetizers. And, since no VIP event is complete without a “swag bag,” each guest left the event with a new wristlet for fall and a couple of Signature prints.

Vera Bradley in Soho

Vera Bradley in Soho

Vera Bradley in Soho

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Vera Bradley in Soho

Vera Bradley in Soho

Vera Bradley in Soho
Our VIP cocktail party was attended by actress, model and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, actress and comedienne Nöel Wells, TODAY Show personality and best-selling author Jill Martin and O The Oprah Magazine Creative Director Adam Glassman. Editors from Elle, Vogue, InStyle, Redbook and Glamour also stopped by to celebrate the Soho store.

Vera Bradley in Soho

Vera Bradley in Soho
Our sweeps winners also enjoyed a fun night clinking glasses with celebrities and meeting our co-founder, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard.

Vera Bradley in Soho

Cheers to a successful night celebrating our new flagship store!

The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

The season of cozy socks, chunky cardigans and felt fedoras is finally here! We’ve been mentally preparing for weeks, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we have a fall bucket list. Print or screenshot this list of fall must-do activities and check them off before the season ends. Our bucket list captures the best parts of fall – but you won’t see the typical apple picking or PSL drinking here – these are seasonal experiences that will create lifelong memories.

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1. Farmer’s Market

You may have hit up your local farmer’s market weekly over the summer, but it’s a completely different experience in the fall. You can wear your favorite fall jacket and new peep-toe ankle boots while sipping hot chocolate for days (well, for hours, but you get the point). Don’t forget to bring a tote to hold the pumpkin-scented candle you’re bound to buy.

2. Bonfire

So many favorite childhood memories involve a bonfire at your bestie’s house. Fall is the time for nostalgia, so why not invite a few of your girlfriends over for an evening bonfire? You’ll love catching up by the heat over a cider or two – and of course, all of the s’mores.

3. Tour Cider Mills

Speaking of cider, have you ever toured a cider mill? If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, cider mills are an absolute must. Match your fall outfit to your bag and you have the perfect backdrop for your next profile picture. Find one near you.

4. Host a Tailgate

Everyone loves a good tailgate, but hosting one can take the game to a new level. Whether the weather isn’t cooperating or your squad prefers to enjoy the game on the comfort of a couch, an at-home tailgate can be the perfect opportunity to let your hostess skills shine. Bring on the spinach dip and (spiked) apple cider.

5. Bake a (new) Pumpkin Recipe

It wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin recipe or two. Get out of your pumpkin bread rut with a new recipe. Roast the leftover seeds from your carved pumpkin for a delicious low-cal snack. This guide will help you achieve your ideal flavor from sweet to savory.

6. Sunrise Kayaking

Fall was made for spending time outdoors. Plan a sunrise kayak trip with bae to really appreciate the changing colors of the season. Pack a few breakfast staples in your lunch bag, get in an arm workout and sip a toasty thermos of coffee in the crisp morning air.

7. Halloween Costume DIY

Your best friend always throws her annual costume party and you want a shot at the grand prize this year. Team up with your girlfriend for a clever group costume. Halloween doesn’t have to break the bank – spend an afternoon crafting and make them together! We have a feeling you ladies will win with this modern and hilarious costume.

8. Shopping Day-Trip

We all need a getaway every once in awhile, so plan a day trip with your girls. Go hands-free with a crossbody and make the drive to a neighboring town with an adorable Main Street. It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, so take a day to treat yo’self (and everyone on your holiday list).

9. Hiking

If you’re looking to mix up your workout routine, throw a hike into the mix. Hiking is great exercise in a beautiful, Instagram-worthy setting (no filter needed). You’ll be thankful to get in a few final outdoor workout sessions before a coldfront comes through. Load up your backpack with snacks, layers and water if you’re planning on making it a long trek.

10. Fall Décor DIY

With the change in seasons, we love to infuse autumnal elements into our living space, just as we do with our closets. We know your Pinterest board is full of Fall DIYs, so plan an afternoon to make that fall wreath for your door or those glitter pumpkins to spruce up your entryway. If whimsical is more your style, how cool are these emoji pumpkins?

You better get started – or at least pin this for later. What are you most looking forward to this fall? Share below in the comments!

How To: Transition From Summer to Fall

September can be a tricky month for choosing your daily wardrobe. Now that it’s officially PSL and tailgate season, you’re ready for fall – but the weather doesn’t always make it that simple. With chilly mornings turning into scorching afternoons, it’s hard to go full-on fall with your blanket scarf, sweater, cords and booties. Until the weather cools, you need to master the art of transitional dressing. For the few weeks of September leading into October, there are three things you should do to transition your summer wardrobe into fall

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1. Play With Coverage

The first step to transitioning your wardrobe is playing with coverage using the 50/50 rule. If you are planning to wear shorts, pair it with a lightweight sweater or cardigan. If you prefer to keep your arms bare, go ahead and wear your slim chinos (but make sure to bring a light jacket for the mornings). The general rule of thumb is to cover at least half of your body to accommodate the swing in temperature.

2. Update Your Palette

Even though it can be hot outside in September, you can still dress for fall while keeping cool. Update the colors in your wardrobe to include more jewel tones – your outfit will feel more autumnal, even if you are wearing an off the shoulder dress.

3. Flip Your Accessories

The last step in transitioning your wardrobe can make the biggest impact in making your ensembles feel more “fall.”  Flipping out your accessories instantly can take your outfit from breezy-summer to autumn-chic. Our Big Sky Backpack in Mesa Brown is a perfect addition to any fall outfit. Dig the suede booties out of the back of your closet, grab your scarf and top it off with a felt hat for an envious autumn look.

Play with your fall outfits, then plan one of these fun outings with friends! Get more summer to fall style inspiration from your favorite bloggers.

Morning Routines of Successful Women: Sherry

Morning routine: Sherry
Eight out of the twelve members of our executive committee at Vera Bradley are women. Ahem, who runs the world? It’s no surprise that we admire women who shatter glass ceilings and break stereotypes in the work place, but now we want to know how they do it. In search of the secrets of Superwoman, we’re studying highly successful females and how they spend the first few hours of the day. Take out your schedules; you’re going to want to write this down.

Sherry, Sr. Director of Design in Product Development and resident fashionista, is known around the office for her keen business sense and killer shoe game. Sherry oversees the Trend, Print, CAD, Design and Color teams at Vera Bradley – a total #girlboss. Her favorite part of the job is collaborating with teams and presenting ideas to internal cross-functional partners. Sherry is a busy woman, but we caught her by the coffee bar long enough to ask her about the habits she follows in the morning to set her up for a successful day in the office.

Morning routine: Sherry

“My alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. – I try my best not to hit snooze. The first thing I do is read emails on my phone… Terrible habit, I know! It’s just to make sure that nothing urgent needs to happen for the day.

Then, I make coffee and have breakfast – usually a banana. As I’m getting ready for the day, I check with my hubby to see what’s happening in the world. He is always reading the news on his phone and he talks to me while I select my outfit – my favorite part of the morning!

My cat, Calvin, is always with me while I put on my makeup, purring up a storm. I use the Large Blush and Brush Makeup Case to store all of my cosmetic essentials. I love the separate compartments it has for my brushes and the extra organization it offers.

Morning routine: Sherry

The last thing I do before I walk out the door is brush my teeth, look in the mirror and repeat the mantra I try to follow every day: ‘think and be positive!’ I grab my work bag – the Canyon Tote – checking to make sure my laptop is securely inside and then head into the colorful world of Vera Bradley.

Morning routine: Sherry

We were interrupted by a buzz from her phone and the reminder of another meeting. She gathered her things and started to walk away, not without turning around to give us her advice for every one striving to grow a career:

“Be open to opportunities. Be positive. Travel to broaden your mind and experience something new. Work hard no matter what the task. Help others as much as possible.”

And with that, she was off – her pink Valentinos tapping the tune of her departure.

Morning routine: Sherry

We love looking into the lives of those that inspire us, some say it’s nosey, we prefer curious. Stay connected with us as we give more glimpses into the morning routines of other successful women next month. If you’re still hungry to see more hustle – take a look at how seven female leaders spend their first hour at work.

What’s Inside: The Tailgating Bag

We all know the power of the perfect handbag. You know, the one that fits every outfit, occasion and essential. We know that your beautiful leather clutch can’t double as Fido’s travel bag (he gets his own, obvi) and a crossbody may not hold enough ice cream and wine required to cheer your bestie after a bad break up. Enter: Our latest blog series. Each month, we select and assemble a bag that caters to a situation you’re bound to find yourself.

Let’s face it – flip flops didn’t stand a chance once you indulged in your first PSL of the season, so we’re declaring fall. Tailgating is one of the best activities of fall since you get to enjoy the outdoors over drinks, snacks, outdoor games and the company of fellow football fans.

The perfect bag for tailgating is the Get Carried Away Tote. Spacious in size, this tote offers both organization and flexibility to carry you  from dawn to dusk. Now that you have your bag, let us help you pack it with essentials needed for a game day win.

what's inside: the tailgate bag

1. Throw Blanket. Whether you’re sitting on it during the day or curling up with it at the end of the night, a throw blanket is an absolute must. Adorned with the school logo, we have a feeling everyone will be asking where you got it (we’ve got your back).

2. Wristlet. Keep your cards, cash and ID handy with our Front Zip Wristlet. Bonus points for showing your school spirit!

3. Phone. A fully charged phone that is. Between Instagramming your squad’s matching shirts and that Snapchat filter you’ll use at least ten times, you will need every last bit of juice in your phone to document the day.

4. Sweatshirt. Even though the day may start out with that familiar summer warmth, the evening is bound to be chilly.

5. Sunglasses. “The lights are so bright but they never blind me.” Unfortunately, we can’t all be Taylor Swift, so you’ll definitely want to pack your favorite sunnies. You’ll thank us in the third quarter when the sun is at its peak.

6. Drinks. No tailgate is complete without a few drinks with your friends – and it’s your turn to bring them. Since your college days are over, upgrade to a cider – you’ll be feeling fall in no time!

7. Snacks. Many tailgates are potluck style, so you’ll want to bring a snack or two that won’t be too harsh on the waistline. Enter: popcorn. It’s light, low-cal and a tasty complement to your cider.

What kind of bag do you want us to help you pack? Let us know in the comments!

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

As you get older, it seems harder to find time in your busy schedule to meet up with your friends. You obviously want to make time for the important people in your life, but sometimes your calendar (and wallet) don’t always make it easy. If you are able to catch up with your college roomie, it’s usually over coffee or cocktails, right? After so many meet ups with martinis and lattés, your wallet (and waistline) may be suffering. Break the routine without breaking up a friendship and try reconnecting with one of these alternatives.

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

Whether you’re staying in and Netflix bingeing or going to your local drive-in, movie nights are a great way to spend time with friends. We’re partial to drive-in movies for the casual atmosphere. Go in a group and bring a blanket, snacks, drinks and even yard games. Get there early to play a few rounds of cornhole and then enjoy your snacks while you watch the movie – or don’t, because at the drive-in, you can talk all you want!

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

One of the easiest ways to meet up with a friend during the busy workweek is to go to a workout class together. Knock out your daily exercise while spending time with a friend. Bond while breaking a sweat at Soul Cycle or chat while your burn it out in a barre class. Go in on a Groupon with a few friends to save your wallet.

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

You were already planning to swing by your local farmer’s market anyway, so why not invite your girlfriend along? You can catch up while munching on fresh kettle corn and picking out your produce – and who doesn’t love to spend their fall mornings outdoors? Answer: No one.

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

Learning something new together provides plenty of memories and time for girl-talk. You can extend your farmer’s market trip and bake a delicious pie together with the apples you bought that morning. This way, you can have your pie and eat it too!

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

Few things bring people together like a shared love of sports. Gather up your girls, grab a few throw blankets and take your love of football to the outdoors. Tailgating is a great way to see multiple friends at once, while staying on a budget. Make it a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite game-day snack. Dibs on buffalo chicken dip!

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We all have those friends that we want to connect with, but the thought of filling silence with easy conversation creates a little anxiety. Enter: trivia night. Trivia nights are great because the bulk of the conversation is around the question, which creates the perfect ice breaker for everyone. Awkward silence averted.

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

Between the live music, food trucks (hello, apple cider), craft booths and lively atmosphere, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, festivals give you an excuse to wear that boho-chic outfit with those round sunnies (a win/win in our book).

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

You know that entire Pinterest board you have dedicated to home décor DIYs you’re going to do, but never actually get to them? We feel you – it’s hard to find time to relax and craft the day away. We can guarantee that your friend has a very similar Pinterest board with the same homemade door wreath pinned on her to-dos. Invite her over for some rosé and test your artistic abilities together. If anything, you’ll have an epic Pinterest fail to give everyone a good laugh. Need some inspiration? These Fall DIYs are a must.

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

If you’re a pop culture nut, this is perfect for you. Think of this like a book club, but better, because you can discuss weekly trending topics, last week’s TGIT line-up on ABC, the upcoming award shows and politics (if that’s your thing). Meet up with your fellow media mavens once a week or month and gab about what’s really important to you – when Taylor Swift is going to make her comeback and if the new Nicholas Sparks movie will actually be as good as the book.

10 Ways to Connect Without Coffee or Cocktails

If you and your friend are still wanting to dress up and go out, attending a show is a great way to do so in a unique setting. Whether you are watching a friend in a community theatre production or you managed to snag tickets to Broadway’s Hamilton, you’ll experience something new together (while looking super fancy). If you haven’t snagged tickets yet, you can find many discounted seats on Broadway Box. We think we just found you a new topic for your pop culture club next week!

Do you have a favorite way to spend time with your girlfriends that we didn’t include in our list? Let us know below in the comments – we’d love to hear!