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A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

The heat wave is finally rolling in, so we’re officially declaring summertime. Summer calls for cute swimwear, breezy dresses and the brightest colors. Luckily, our newest patterns are here just in time to make your colorful wishes come true. Pop Art is a Cubist-inspired print in primary brights, making it at once current and retro-chic. Recently launched, it will quickly become your favorite go-to weekend backpack, and even the hair-tie you show off on your wrist (it totally can pass as an accessory). If floral is more your style, you’ll love our new Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer print, Art Poppies. But you don’t have to pick just one, because they look great together.

The designer behind the print, Sharon Kessler, sat down with us to share the inspiration behind Pop Art.

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

INSPIRATION
“The main inspiration for Pop Art was a desire for something that looked different — not a floral or paisley. It’s a fun nod to the geometric paintings and designs from the 1960s – 1970s. We liked the clean, hard edges, as well as the vibrant, playful colors.”

TRENDS
“A key fall trend is art influencing fashion, with a desire for things that are original and unique as opposed to mass produced. Pop Art plays into this trend with a quirky and individualistic feel.”

ADJECTIVES
“Modern, playful and clean.”

FIT FOR
“Pop Art is for someone who isn’t afraid to make a statement. It could be carried at the beach, on campus or in a more urban setting as a splash of color and interest.”

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art PoppiesA Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

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Vera Bradley desktop download: Pop Art

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Vera Bradley desktop download: Art Poppies

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See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Pop Art board on Pinterest.

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From Beach to Boardwalk

We don’t know about you, but we keep ourselves pretty busy in the summer. Longer days bring packed schedules of picnics, sunbathing, errands and dinner dates al fresco. There’s no time to make a quick stop back at your house, so you need to pack for a day’s worth of activities before leaving your place. Luckily, it takes just a few key pieces to transition your outfit from day to night.

If you’re starting your day at the beach, you’ll need sunbathing essentials: a sunhat, sarong and the perfect eyewear to complement your new swimsuit.

from beach to boardwalk

We never go without a beach bag. Fill this one with a towel, sunscreen and cover-up. Our go-to cover-up is always a romper. It doesn’t take up a lot of space in your beach bag, it still allows you to soak up some sun and the best part: no shirt-and-short coordination required. Cute sandals are a must, and you’ll be happy you packed a second pair of shoes when you can change out of your sandy flip flops. Since you won’t want to lug your beach bag around all day, toss in a wristlet to switch out to that night. It’s just the right size to store your essentials for a night out on the town.

from beach to boardwalk

Check out some of our beach favorites here.

Tips to Throw a Bachelorette Bash

She’s getting married! And you’re throwing the bachelorette party … a task you promised among all of the excitement of the engagement. Now, everyone is looking to you to throw the last fling before the ring — a daunting assignment. To make sure you’re up for the job, we pulled together a few of our favorite tips for throwing the best bash the bachelorette (and company) has ever seen.

1. Pick a Theme

If she’s a girly girl, go heavy on the sparkles, fancy cocktails and chic outfits. Pink not her color? Select a theme that surrounds her favorite hobby or vacation spot — can you say beach theme? If you’re still having trouble, Pinterest is an endless resource for planning.

bachelorette bash

This bride loved the Roaring Twenties, so her party theme was Great Gatsby. There was no shortage of glitter and gold for this party.

bachelorette bash

2. Plan for a Squad

After you have the invite list, make sure that all of her friends feel included. Ask them what they think she’d like, involve them in the travel plans and create an itinerary for the party so that everyone knows what to expect. We also love the idea of matching shirts for the party. You’ll turn heads and receive yells of congratulations from everyone around.

bachelorette bash

bachelorette bash

3. Design the Experience

Once you pick a theme and squad plans are made, enhance the event with decorations (DIY or store-bought), special party favors (fill these Tumblers with treats) and crafted cocktails (these would be perfect).

bachelorette bash

bachelorette bash

bachelorette bash

Good luck and have fun with your girls. Tell the bride-to-be we say congrats!

5 Things Not to Miss in June

We can’t believe it’s already June! Spring flew by faster than we could say, “April showers bring May flowers,” which means that summertime has officially arrived. Bring out the flip flops, your favorite high-waisted bikinis and jot down five things worth scheduling for June.

Welcome June

Welcome June

Welcome June

Welcome June

Welcome June

First Day of Work: What to Wear

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?”

Even the most style-savvy women can struggle with what to wear on the first day of work. You want to abide by the rules, but you also want your personality to shine. Luckily, it’s easy to do both using a simple formula. First, go a step above. Take the dress code of your new company and dress one “step” higher. For example, if the dress code is business casual (blouses with nice jeans and a blazer) we’d recommend trading in the jeans for a wide leg trouser or slim ponte pant. Second, infuse personality through one pop of color. Pro tip: The color red exudes confidence and power.

first day of work: what to wear

It’s really that easy! If you’re still feeling stumped, we’ll take the guesswork out of it for you. Our go-to first day outfit works for a variety of workplaces and dress codes – casual, business casual and business professional. Start with a neutral, slim leg pant. We love J.Crew’s Martie Pant in Navy – it’s professional, slimming and super comfortable for all-day wear.  Next, add your color. A bold, red lace top will complement the navy pant and add a little sass. We recommend topping it off with a blazer or jacket in case the office runs cool. Pro tip: Upgrade your typical navy blazer for a fun, striped jacket.

first day of work: what to wear

Now that you have the foundation of your outfit, it’s time to layer on the accessories. You’ll definitely want to invest in a comfortable pair of flats. We’re obsessed with lace-up shoes right now, like these from Nordstrom. Pro tip: Save the pumps for another day. First days are notorious for long tours of the building.

first day of work: what to wear

Choose neutral, sophisticated accessories, like a watch, simple earrings and a minimalist necklace. Leave the statement pieces at home (and save the magenta lipstick for at least day three). Last but not least, let’s discuss your bag. We recommend the Quilted Leah Tote in Cloud Gray. This leather tote is chic, yet practical with a crazy amount of space. Blogger Jess Keys of The Golden Girl described it as her “Mary Poppins bag” since it can fit everything — an extra pair of shoes, wallet and laptop, plus all of your essentials to put at your desk on that first day. Pro tip: This tote has a secret back pocket to discreetly stash your phone during meetings.

first day of work: what to wear

Now that you have the outfit planned, check out our 5 things to remember on your first day, as well as the faux pas you want to avoid.

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.