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A Closer Look: Northern Lights

As June comes to a close, we’re anxiously anticipating the arrival of our new patterns and styles. Launching on Thursday, July 7, Northern Lights is a simple and chic print with a nod to the Mod 60s. Influenced by black and white graphic prints accented with pops of rose and gray, this print is reminiscent of hand-printed textiles. If you’re looking for something a little more geometric, Northern Stripes will be perfect for you. With pops of orange in addition to rose and gray, this pattern is a mix of prints to create an eye-catching design.

Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
Vera Bradley: Northern Lights

Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
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Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with our new pattern:

Download: Northern Lights

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Northern Lights board on Pinterest.

If purple is your thing, you’ll love our new Lilac Tapestry which launches the same day. See the inspiration behind the print.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores, Thursday, July 7!

A Closer Look: Lilac Tapestry

Now that summer is in full swing, we felt it was time for a new pattern for all of your summer travels. Launching Thursday, July 7, Lilac Tapestry is a vintage and textile inspired pattern, with nods to astrology and hand-worked lace. The celestial purples are combined with bursts of blue and pink for a galactic inspired tapestry. We think you’ll be feeling pretty in purple with this pattern on vacation, around campus, and on the go.

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with our new pattern:

Download: Lilac Tapestry

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Lilac Tapestry board on Pinterest

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores, Thursday, July 7!

Style Your Space: After

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition. Stylists Tricia and Allison went head to head in a fashion face-off to see who could style their space best. Last week we shared a behind the scenes look at their preparation for the competition. Today, we have the final reveal, where they are competing for your votes!

1 | Art Poppies

Art Poppies

Tricia used Art Poppies as inspiration for her room. She loves this pink and navy pattern for its ability to be playful and glam at the same time. She designed this room with the fashionista in mind. Pops of pink and gold accents complete her space.

Art Poppies

Art Poppies

Art Poppies

Art Poppies

2 | Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Allison decorated her space with a Nomadic Floral theme. Designed with a boho-chic flair, her space feels cozy, yet sophisticated, with soft accents. Allison’s space is perfect for the free-spirit adventure lover.

Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Whose space is your favorite? Let us know. Shop your favorite pattern and show us how you style your space with #myVBplace!

How to Keep Your Desk Organized

Work space organizationWe always feel more productive surrounded by cute desk accessories. There is nothing like a gold stapler or paisley pencil cup to inspire and help us get ready to work. For this reason, we find it very important to keep our desks neat and organized with the prettiest pieces to maximize productivity. If you struggle to keep your workspace organized, try these three tips.

1. Lose the clutter

You’d be surprised at how easy this is to do. We all have pencil cups that are jammed full of pens and unsharpened pencils that we don’t use. Get rid of it now. This is only adding clutter and making it more difficult to keep a neat appearance.

PRO TIP: Create an “inbox” at your desk to organize your incoming documents. Go through it at the end of the day so that paperwork doesn’t pile up.

Work space organization

2. Create a color-coded system

We are big fans of color-coding, and desk organization is no exception. Whether you apply it to filing folders, post-it notes, or highlighter colors (or all three), your organization will improve by segmenting your tasks.

PRO TIP: Use pink for immediate attention, orange for reminders, etc. More tips on color-coding here

Work space organization

3. Leave room for white space

The thing that spirals you down into messy desk-land is simply having too much stuff on your desk. Leave most of the desktop cleared. Having free space not only gives you an area to work, but also gives you fewer distractions while you’re working. It’s best to store what you can in drawers and only put the essentials on your desk.

PRO TIP: Place items most frequently used on your dominant hand side, with the most important items in closest proximity.

For chic office accessory inspiration, we think you’ll love Lauren Conrad’s picks

Style Your Space: Before

Out with the old, in with the new hues! It’s time for a summer clutter cleanse and we brought in the experts. Our stylists show you how to create a space that is both organized and beautiful. We know that busy girls need a place that feels peaceful, where you can relax and still blaze through your to-do lists. We asked the professionals to put together spaces where you can play, rest, work and then repeat.

Tricia and Allison hit the shops to find pieces that complement their patterns. Take a peek at the behind-the-scenes photos they shared of their day of shopping.

Tricia used Art Poppies as inspiration for her room. She chose bright pinks to pop and mixed in metallic for a little glam.

Style your space: before

Style your space: before

Allison took bohemian notes from Nomadic Floral and went for a softer theme. She chose chunky woven baskets that complement her space and add extra storage and organization.

Style your space: before

Style your space: before

Shopping and a girls’ day? Yes, please!

Style your space: before

There’s no such thing as too many bags.

Style your space: before

See their finished spaces and vote for your favorite. Shop your favorite pattern and show us how your style your space with #myVBplace!

The Hottest Hat Trend for Summer (DIY)

Straw Hat DIYThis adorable “Do Not Disturb” sun hat by Eugenia Kim and similar styles are popping up all over Instagram. After seeing the price tag, we immediately brainstormed ways to wear this trend on a budget. Luckily, this summer sun hat is easy to recreate and pretty quick (about 30 minutes) — so you can spend more time in the sun and less time on the floor with your glue gun.

Straw Hat DIY

Tools Needed:
Sun Hat, Sequin Trim, Hot Glue Gun, Chalk or Fabric Pencil, Scissors

Directions:
1. Decide on a cute quote. We went with “rosé all day,” but we also love “out of office” and “treat yo self.”

2. Sketch the phrase onto the hat with chalk. Make sure to use your best handwriting (or ask your graphic designer friend to do it for you)!

Straw Hat DIY
3. In small sections, draw hot glue over the letters and quickly press your sequin trim down until dried. At the end of each word, neatly snip the trim. Repeat until finished.

4. Stun at the beach.

Straw Hat DIY

Bloggers quickly picked up the trend and have been creating their own, too. We love Southern State of Mind’s “off-duty” version. We think this would make an awesome wedding gift for the bride, with “just married” glittering from the brim. What quote would you put on your sun hat?

5 Supplies to Keep at Your Desk

Desk organization
With back to school on the horizon, college students are already looking for the shiniest new accessories for campus. But for us postgrads, we just can’t seem to kick our old habits and instead use this time for reorganization. Don’t you just always feel like a brand-new person when you’ve done a bit of overdue cleaning and mindful organization? We do, too, which is why we’re sharing how to keep your desk organized. Whether you’re working in a cubicle or spending your days in your home office, there are five supplies you should always keep at your desk to maximize organization.

1. Planner

It may seem old-school to keep your schedule with pen and paper, but trust us on this one. We find that physically writing things down not only makes you remember them, but also makes your to-do lists more intentional (and satisfying when you can literally cross things off). Make sure to have a planner that has both monthly and weekly views — it makes it so much easier in planning long-term events, as well as your day-to-day schedule. This is our all-time favorite planner that we think you’d love, too (link to Pop Art Agenda – not on site yet). If you’re needing help making your to-do list more effective, check out these tips.

Desk organization

2. Post-it Notes

We’ve never met someone who doesn’t love Post-it Notes. They can be serious lifesavers for organizing your thoughts and to-dos. Buy a four pack of different colors and use them for various categories (i.e. pink for work reminders, orange for appointments, etc.). Tip: use only as necessary. Don’t overload your desktop screen with too many Post-its, because they will quickly become clutter and lose meaning. We recommend keeping them mainly in your planner and putting just the urgent notes on your desk.

3. Binder Clips

Do you ever find yourself at the store, buying a ton of different cute binder clips, even though no person could possibly need that many? Yeah, us either… We recently discovered a binder-clip hack that keeps your cords organized. If you attach a large binder clip to the side of your desk, you can feed your phone or computer charging cords through the metal prongs for a neat, convenient setup. If you love a good hack, here are 15 new uses for your binder clips.

4. File Folders

In the digital age, it’s amazing how much we still do on paper. Enter: file folders (and cute ones, at that). For the documents you constantly reference or need to keep in a safe place, these are just the thing. Plus, they’re designed to look neat on a desk or in a drawer.

Desk organization

5. Inbox

Before you are able to file away everything in your new folders, you need an “inbox” to put it in. Whether you use a sleek tray or a woven basket, this is the place for all incoming memos, handouts and projects that you haven’t been able to get to yet. It’s handy for you and everyone you work with, as it’s the one place they know they can put something and it won’t be lost.

For major inspiration for your whole office, read up on Lauren Conrad’s tips to create a chic office space