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Release the Hounds!

The wait is over. We’ve finally reached the Midnight hour, with pretty Midnight Paisley and handsome Houndstooth styles now available online and in stores. Let your love for black and white blossom with a brand-new batch of handbags and accessories, built for beautiful versatility.

Midnight Paisley

Houndstooth

More reasons to celebrate …

Tango RedMagenta
Off White

Available now, online and in stores

Dress your tech. Cover your mobile device
or desktop in our newest prints.

Vera Bradley Desktop Download: Midnight Paisley

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Vera Bradley Desktop Download: Houndstooth

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Vera Bradley Desktop Download: Magenta Leather

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Deck the Halls

Good Tidings

You might recall last November when we shared tips for Setting the Holiday Table with a pretty pink palette, in a happy Hanukkah theme and for a majestic multicolor meal. Scroll through and gather seasonal inspiration for everything from name tags and party gifts, to repurposing elegant china for dazzling centerpieces.

Set the table with Canterberry MagentaSet the table with Venetian Paisley

A Jolly bonus!

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook for a free snowflake download. The sign of winter looks smashing dressed in our latest colors, and makes a perfect centerpiece, window decoration or with several strung together for a gorgeous garland.

While you’re there, enter for a chance to win the overall Grand Prize. And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

A big part of thriving during the bustle of the “happiest season of all,” is planning. Between the festive celebrations, and the normal day-to-day obligations, the hearty holiday schedule can really bog you down. But fear not, dear readers! Simply put on some carols, pour a cup of cider and check out our guide to packing for a holly jolly jam-packed weekday. (Yes, you can fit it all in and look great in the process.)

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Win them and be Jolly!*

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Carryall Travel Bag (Classic Black), Ruffle Cosmetic (Midnight Paisley, 2 days before its release!), Round About Jewelry Box (Cheery Blossoms), Blush and Brush Makeup Case (Tango Red), as well as the overall Grand Prize.

And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your interest and keep following Jolly Holiday for more chances to win.

Twinkling Touches

Twinkling Touches

Some of the greatest gifts are the ones that require a little extra attention. Start planning now to make her holiday a memorable one.

3 ways to make it personal

Love Letters

1. Love Letters.

A special word or monogram* makes her favorite style more meaningful. Surprise the newlywed with a “Bride” bag or make an in-law’s day by adding initials. Any way you go, a customized handbag or cosmetic is a can’t-miss way to show you care.

(*Words of advice: Personalization is currently free,
online and in stores, through Sunday, November 16!)

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Unlock her color combination

2. Unlock her color combination.

We love creating colors and prints that play well with others. How does that help you? Pinpoint her palette and offer a fun mix of Signature, Vera Vera, Tech, Fashion Accessories, B.B. Collection, Celebration, Shimmer and Paper and Gift. Play with couples or groupings she might not have expected or considered. It’s a great way to help her start or grow her colorful collection.

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Learn from the best

3. Learn from the best.

Try any of these unique gifting suggestions from one of the most generous women we know, Co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard.

See Barbara’s Favorites

Sparkling Style

Jolly Holiday: Sparkling Style

Joyful but busy, the holidays are a nonstop series of sophisticated soirees, cocktail hours and friendly gatherings. From turkey and trimmings to ringing in the New Year, your wardrobe works hard from November to January.

Simplify by adding a few staple silhouettes that promise to deliver when the evening calls for a dressier look. Whether you opt for sleek and timeless or pretty and playful, these partygoers are perfect for special occasions and sure to be some of your favorite decorations.

Kisslock Wallet

The look:

Kisslock Wallet

Why it sparkles:

Classic, classy silhouette. Carry as wallet, clutch or polished handbag.
Opt for the silver chain strap, or tuck it inside.

Celebration Clutch

The look:

Celebration Clutch

Why it sparkles:

Beaded blooms make the best ornamentation. Playful Cheery touches play on top of trusted microfiber. The removable strap helps keep your options open.

Shimmer Wristlet

The look:

Shimmer Wristlet

Why it sparkles:

A shimmer to rival the Times Square Ball. An overlay of sequins creates an irresistible glitz. The helpful wrist strap is a cocktail hour convenience.

Win them and be Jolly!*

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Kisslock Wallet (Classic Black), Celebration Clutch (Cheery Blossoms) and Shimmer Wristlet (Cheery Blossoms), as well as the overall Grand Prize.

And don’t forget to follow along and get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your interest and keep following Jolly Holiday for more chances to win.

Take 20 with Kat

Take 20 with Kat

On October 23, we welcomed a dynamic duo of colors to the Vera Bradley family. Cheery Blossoms – the scarlet and blush floral counterpart to the verdant hues of Emerald Paisley – was the conceptual design darling of Materials Developer Kat Kovac.

Watching the pattern come to fruition was a particularly rewarding process for the longtime Product Development team member. “I love getting to start with a blank sheet of paper or Adobe Illustrator artwork board, and bringing all the design inspiration and ideas together to create one design,” she said.

We wanted to know more. So, we’re taking a 20-question timeout with Kat to ask some burning questions about design, her desk and deserted islands.

1 How long have you worked at Vera Bradley?

a little over 7 years

2 How did the idea for Cheery Blossoms come to you?

I was looking at a lot of pinwheels and newsprint
and it just popped into my head

3 How many versions did you go through?

35 – 40, mainly colors versions

4 What is your favorite thing about the pattern?

the pink and red

5 What makes you feel cheery?

sunshine

6 What inspires you?

nature

7 What would you take to a desert island?

the practical side of me says water filter,
but the other side says Beach Towel to lay out

8 What show do you never miss?

The Walking Dead

9 Favorite app?

Instagram

10 Favorite season?

summer

11 Best gift you’ve ever received?

YSL shoes

12 Style you think looks best in Cheery Blossoms?

Turnlock Crossbody

13 How do you take your coffee?

cream and sugar

14 If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be?

Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

15 What’s the coolest thing on your desk?

wedding photo in a beach chair frame

16 Favorite flower?

rose

17 Thanksgiving or Christmas?

Thanksgiving

18 Favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

the food

19 3 things that are always in your purse?

gummy snacks, my phone and a notebook

20 All-time favorite pattern?

Carnaby

The evolution of Cheery Blossoms …

Take 20 with Kat

Shop Cheery Blossoms online and in stores

Snow Report

When our digital design team decided they wanted a snow-covered campaign for the holiday season, we knew we would need to create a flurry … and fast. And thus, the first-ever Vera Bradley Snowflake Cutting Party commenced against a backdrop of carols, A Charlie Brown Christmas and twinkle lights. Hot cocoa flowed in abundance, as did good cheer, as people caught up over their creations. A few festive attendees even proclaimed it holiday sweater weather.

“We were thrilled to have so many people from the office join in to help. The snowflakes they cut were really amazing  — beyond what we’d hoped,” Digital Associate Creative Director Greer Hall said. “And now we’re busy creating all the ways to use them.”

Watch for these fabulous, unique snowflakes
throughout the winter season.

Snow Report

Snow Report

Snow Report

A Closer Look: Midnight Paisley

Midnight Paisley
Sometimes, love is complicated. And sometimes it’s entirely black and white. Meet the newest object of your affection, Midnight Paisley. The most versatile palette there is dances in perfect harmony with our folk-inspired floral and paisley pattern. The result is a play on Parisian, laid-back glamour. This newcomer is perfect paired with a complementary pop of color and outstanding dressed in the timeless houndstooth interior.

Midnight Paisley

Available in …

Midnight Paisley fabrications

Two-tones to try …

Midnight Paisley styles

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Midnight Paisley board on Pinterest.

Shop this new color when it arrives online and in stores Thursday, November 20.

Home for the Holidays: Short and Sweet

When traffic-jammed schedules and less-than-smooth flight plans only allow for a quick trip home for the holiday weekend, at least you’ll have a seamless sidekick.
Home for the Holidays: Short and Sweet

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Don’t forget anything …

Print this helpful packing list with style essentials and
spaces for the rest of the items you can’t leave behind.

Winter Break Packing List