Retail Marketing Manager and mother of three Shannon Blue, is a hard person to pin down. Whether she’s jetsetting off for an in-store event, organizing and managing a street team to generate excitement about Vera Bradley, scouting out possible locations for future stores or tweeting from the most recent opening of one, there is always something on her agenda. And it wouldn’t be surprising if she looks a bit familiar to you. “When I’m at the stores, I love meeting the fans, hearing their stories and finding the best ways to make their store experience extra special.”
Shannon grew up in the Chicago area, and while she loves her new home in Angola, Indiana, it does present a slower pace. “I miss the big-city hustle and bustle,” she says. “Some of my favorite cities to visit are San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Miami and, of course, Chicago.”
Globetrotting to these and so many other cities, has made Shannon somewhat of a traveling guru. Her favorite piece of luggage? “The 22″ Expandable Upright. (Pictured below with a 22″ Roll Along Duffel) Clothes lay inside so nicely, and there’s plenty of extra room, in case you have time to shop.”
She recommends only limiting yourself exclusively to a carry on if you are traveling for 2 nights or less. For checked luggage, she suggests packing pants, skirts, tops and sweaters you can mix and match. “That way you carry less but feel like you have several outfits.”
Shannon always has the security line in mind. “I choose cute, comfy shoes that slip on and off easily, avoid shirts with lots of ruffles or big jewelry. I stick to the classics and use our bags to add color. I also use a key chain with a dog clip, like our Have a Ball Keychain, and clip my keys inside my purse or carry-on bag so I’m not stuck fumbling around for keys after I land.”
Flights are spent playing Tetris and Freecell on her iPad and chatting with Vera Bradley fans. “Its amazing how often I sit down on a plane and the woman next to me is carrying one of our bags, or someone’s husband notices mine and mentions how much his wife loves us. It’s pretty cool finding that connection with a complete stranger.”
We caught Shannon before she took off, to ask her what she was carrying for this particular trip. Here’s a glimpse inside her carry on …
1. Tech Organizer in Deco Daisy with business cards and various tech accessories.
2. Mint Tin in Poppy Fields and Petite Pouches in Summer colors used to gift fans on the road.
3. Opera Wallet in Twirly Birds Navy and Umbrella in Deco Daisy.
4. Mini Notebook with Pocket in Baroque, iPad, Summer 2011 catalog and Brush and Pencil in Night & Day.
5. Metropolitan in Deco Daisy.