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A closer look: Citron

Citron lifestyle

The Spring preview continues with a fun second take on one of our favorite prints for the season, Citron. This pop of not-so-mellow yellow looks lively and ready for the brighter days ahead. Vera Bradley Trend Reporter Liz shares more inspiration from the design team.

Citron

What inspired it …

We transformed this hand-rendered floral pattern into something completely different and exciting with one of the boldest hues of the season. The simple geometric elements, like the playful zigzag interior, deliver a delightful punch with the bold green beside a more neutral gray.

Available in …

Citron fabrications

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Citron board on Pinterest.

Shop Citron when it arrives online and in stores Thursday, January 9!

A closer look: Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou

Spring introductions begin with the bold floral print of Blue Bayou. We married a simple, clean white with royal blue and light blue for a strong new option that transitions beautifully out of the chiller season. Our Trend Reporter Liz shares more from the design team.

Blue Bayou

What inspired it …

The hand-rendered floral pattern offers simple geometric elements like a playful zigzag interior. True blues play against fresh white and inky black for a print with a global appeal.

Available in …

Blue Bayou

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Blue Bayou board on Pinterest.

Shop Blue Bayou when it arrives online and in stores Thursday, January 9!

Moving into Spring

Five, four, three, two, one … happy New Year!

Here at Vera Bradley, we’ve been looking forward to 2014 for some time now. A new beginning. A fresh start. We just can’t wait to get moving.

And that get-up-and-go spirit is exactly what inspired our latest collection for Spring 2014. Yes, the calendar may say January, but we’re already thinking about warmer days and sunshine. Taking off the layers and breaking out the brights. New Spring colors and styles arrive January 9! And this season, it’s all about possibilities — everyday and extraordinary. We’re planning trips, packing picnics and exploring our own backyards. All the while staying colorfully connected.

Catch a little spring fever of your own as we give you a behind-the-scenes look at our spring photo shoot …

Spring 2014

Our first stop? A few days out and about in our very own hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. We started at Headwaters Park, a 30-acre greenway downtown that plays host to some of our favorite springtime festivals and concerts. Then we headed over to the oh-so-beautiful Botanical Conservatory, where spring is (lucky for us) always in bloom. We ended our Fort Wayne tour on one of our favorite streets — Calhoun Street. Nestled in the heart of historic downtown, this area features some of our favorite hotspots and hangouts, including 816 Pint & Slice, where we just had to stop in and have a quick bite (it’s so good!).

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Then that weekend, we headed to nearby Lake Gage to spend a few days at the cottage of our Co-founder, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard. The end-of-summer weather (our shoot was in September) was glorious and still warm enough to enjoy everything we love about the lake — lazy days on the water and evenings spent all together around a picture-perfect shore-side bonfire.

Spring 2014

After all that relaxation, it was time for a little excitement. We were off to Miami Beach Florida, for a fun-in-the-sun girlfriends’ getaway. And for us, no trip to South Beach is complete without a stay at the legendary Raleigh Hotel. This art deco masterpiece features a private beach and gorgeous pool, and it’s just a short walk from our favorite shopping on Collins Avenue. It’s the perfect spring break locale!

Spring 2014
Spring 2014

Want to know more about what Spring will bring? (We thought so.) Be sure to stop by the blog all week for more on the inspiration behind the collection.

Material Matters – Shimmer

Vera Bradley Shimmer

Certain collections just feel extra special. Our duo of Shimmer styles provides just enough sparkle to make the season really shine. Vera Bradley Trend Reporter Liz shares more on these glitzy Winter accessories, great worn glam, casual and every occasion in between.

Inside Stitch: What inspired Shimmer?

Liz (Trend Reporter): Shine! There is so much glitter, metallic and sequins right now in ready-to-wear and accessories, especially for the holiday season. We love how this trend, and our collection specifically, can cross over and dress up an everyday casual look.

Vera Bradley Shimmer

What do you personally love from the Shimmer line?

The canteen style (Shimmer Evening Bag) is my favorite. I love crossbody bags, and this one is surprisingly roomy for being so compact.

Vera Bradley Shimmer

How can Shimmer be incorporated into our holiday wardrobe?

Aside from these great styles, the easiest way to add a little shimmer is in your beauty routine. Swap out your everyday eye shadow for something glittery or even a metallic. You could also incorporate shimmer into your manicure, which would look wonderful next to the Shimmer Wristlet.

Where do you see this collection going?

I can see subtle metallic trims on more traditional styles.

Shop the Shimmer Wristlet and Shimmer Evening Bag
online and in stores

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

Pretty. Delicious.

We’re revisiting our How Sweet It Is recipe collection for a final holiday Pretty. Delicious. selection. A family favorite from longtime Vera Bradley employee Elit rounds out our festive offerings. Add Traditional Flan de Leche to your celebration this Christmas.

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

“My family always makes this dessert when we celebrate birthdays, weddings, fiestas, and when special friends and relatives come over to visit. As an immigrant to this country I always remember my family when I fix this dessert. This is also my husband’s favorite.” – Elit Hoover, Senior Product Designer/Sample Room Manger

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

Traditional Flan de Leche

Ingredients

Caramel
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Custard
12 egg yolks
1 (8 oz) can condensed milk
2 cups regular milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (lemon essence or peppermint can be substituted)

Directions
1. For the Caramel, combine sugar and water in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves, and mixture just begins to simmer and turns into a clear liquid. Once sugar dissolves and syrup is simmering, let cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, without stirring. Hold sides of pan and gently tilt pan off heat to distribute color evenly as sugar caramelizes.
2. When sugar turns to light golden brown color, immediately remove from heat and pour into an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ loaf pan, coating bottom of pan evenly (tilt pan so that caramel coats the bottom). Set aside and let cool.
3.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. For Custard, blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into the caramel-coated loaf pan, and tightly cover with aluminum foil to keep from drying. Place tin in a larger baking pan half-filled with water, and bake for about 1 hour or until custard is firm. Enjoy.

Pretty. Delicious. [Flan]

Oh what fun

Early in December, our Vera Bradley family gathered to ice skate, mingle and share Christmas wishes with a very special guest, Santa!

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

Vera Bradley Holiday Party

We hope all your holiday celebrations
are merry and bright.

Setting the holiday table II

There is nothing more classic than the paisleys and color palette of Venetian Paisley. The warmth, and versatility of the colors tell a traditional holiday story for your next dinner party.  It’s easy to mix and match with your current holiday décor or add bright accents to make an even more vibrant color scheme.

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley
Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table | Vera Bradley

Setting the holiday table

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