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Barbara’s Favorites

Our Co-founder, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, is sharing tips and gift ideas that promise to make the holiday season a little more memorable this year. Members of the Vera Bradley family have long admired Barbara’s approach to picking the perfect present and now she’s sending her creative secrets straight to your inbox.

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

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Pretty. Delicious. [Honey Pear Galette]

Pretty. Delicious.

With warm cinnamon-seasoned pears nestled in a homemade pastry crust drizzled with honey, how could this recipe from our How Sweet It Is collection be anything but amazing? Prepare this impressive treat for your next holiday gathering and end things on a decadent note.

Honey Pear Galette“I love baking, and this particular recipe is an easy one to make in an afternoon. It’s perfect when served warm fresh out of the oven, and I especially love it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.” – Amanda Campbell, Design Associate

Honey Pear Galette

Honey Pear Galette


Pie Crust Dough
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1 cold egg, whisked with enough cold water to make 1/3 cup mixture

Pear Filling
4 or 5 pears, peeled, halved and cored (Anjou or Bartlett)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom (or ½ teaspoon cinnamon with ½ teaspoon nutmeg)
1 ½ tablespoons flour, plus extra for dusting
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons almonds, finely chopped
1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling


1. For the Pie Crust dough, add flour, salt and butter to the bowl of a food processor fit with a blade attachment. Process until the butter forms into small pea-sized bits. Add ¼ cup of the egg and water mixture. Pulse until the dough starts to pull together, wetting with water as needed if dry.
2. Turn out dough onto floured surface. Pull together and divide into two equal-sized halves, being careful not to over mix or over work, so crust is flakier. Wrap halves individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, but not hard, about 1 hour.
Yields 2 9” pie crusts
(Note: The dough can be frozen for up to one month. Defrost before using.)

3. To make the Galette, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough onto a floured surface, forming a 12” circle about 1/2” thick. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Allow to rest in refrigerator.
4. Slice pears ¼” thick. In a large bowl, toss pears with lemon juice, almond extract, spices, flour, sugar and almonds.
5. Arrange fruit mixture in center of the pie crust, leaving a 2” – 3” border. Fold the dough over fruit to form a pleated border. Dot center of fruit with butter and drizzle with honey.
6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until crust turns golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Let cool slightly. Drizzle with honey and serve warm.

Honey Pear Galette

The Download: November

Check out The Download for November, a rundown of the latest in product and color arrivals, and exciting upcoming events and releases.

[This just in]

New Winter colorsWinter approaching. In case you missed it, we shared a special sneak preview of the colors coming in Winter 2013!

Barbara's favoritesGift guidance. Our beloved Co-founder, Barbara, is sharing her favorite gifts to give this holiday season! Watch for her suggestions, coming soon to your inbox and Inside Stitch. Can’t wait? Browse our Gift Ideas.

Pink ElephantsStyle stampede. A popular old friend is new again. We’re excited to announce a limited release of styles in Pink Elephants is set to arrive online and in stores November 21. See the inspiration in pictures now on Pinterest.

cyber mondayIt’s coming. Cyber Monday is just 27 days away and – while we can’t share all our secrets – it’s going to be our best offer yet!

winter colorsPick your polish. Watch for our polish off the look poll for Winter colors. Would you try a tutorial in Canterberry Magenta or Venetian Paisley?

[Catching up]

cookie bars

Color in the kitchen. We celebrated the arrival of new cooking accessories with an installment of our popular blog series, Pretty. Delicious., showcasing a sweet family cookie bar recipe. Whip up a batch now, or pin it for later.

nailsBrushing on the Bittersweet. You voted, and we provided a step-by-step tutorial for beautiful Bittersweet-inspired nail art. See the tips and try mastering this manicure yourself.

Viva la PinkGathering of girlfriends. Every year The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer hosts Viva la Pink, an evening to reflect on our dedication to breast cancer research. See pictures from this year’s event and our extra-special announcement.

Material Matters – Neoprene

material matters: neoprene

Recent releases have brought along an exciting mix of fresh materials for Vera Bradley. We invited members of the design team to discuss one of the latest that our techie ladies are loving, Neoprene.

Inside Stitch: What words would you use to describe this collection?

Rachel F. (Trend and Materials Coordinator): Modern, techie, sleek and protective.
Liz M. (Trend Reporter): Sporty, which is the trend right now. Going forward, styles will move toward a more casual and athletic look.

Inside Stitch: What influenced this collection?

Liz: We knew we could incorporate this sporty look into our tech accessories using a new fabrication. We find it interesting and chic and, most importantly, right for our brand.

material matters: neoprene

Inside Stitch: Why is Neoprene such a great material?

Rachel: It protects your devices, yet it’s slim and lightweight.
Liz: It’s fun, too. Colors look really vibrant on the fabrication.

Inside Stitch: What are some of the other benefits of these styles?

Rachel: They don’t add bulk to your sleek tech pieces.

material matters: neoprene

Inside Stitch: Why was Neoprene a good fit for our lineup?

Rachel: We wanted to offer something different as far as accessories, so she could carry her tech items inside her bags.
Liz: Vera Bradley is known for our colorful accessories in cotton, but we wanted this new fabrication to keep up with the latest trends and make sure she has what she wants.

Inside Stitch:  What do you love, personally, about these styles?

Rachel: I carry the Neoprene Laptop Case. The front pocket holds my cord and a Mini Notebook with Pocket.
Liz: I love how they complement our Signature styles.

material matters: neoprene

Inside Stitch: Where do you see this collection going?

Rachel: Beyond tech pieces. You are seeing Neoprene a lot in fashion because of the shape and body that it gives to an item. The fabric allows you to play with form and volume.

Shop Neoprene online and in stores

A gathering of girlfriends

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013 Last Saturday, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer hosted the tenth annual Viva la Pink, A Gathering of Girlfriends. The memorable evening of sisterhood raised nearly $80,000 for breast cancer research.

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013

Guests snacked on amazing fare and beverages from the evening’s sponsors, explored the Vera Bradley Design Center and starred in a catalog photo shoot. The extensive silent auction featured one-of-a-kind items, including a bicycle and Vera Bradley-themed coffeemaker.

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013

Vera Bradley started from a friendship and we base our whole business around being a girl’s best friend. So, celebrating friendship together in this building is the perfect theme for our fundraising event,” Catherine Hill, Executive Director of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer said.

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013

Among the honored guests at Viva la Pink were 35 breast cancer survivors. “You are our inspiration,” said Hill during the short program, “the living embodiment of why we’re working so hard to fund research.” Dr. Bryan Schneider, the Vera Bradley Investigator, spoke as a representative of the 40-member research team working in the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He remained on stage as Vera Bradley Co-founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller presented a check for $2.35 million representing the Foundation’s full year of fundraising. This amount completes $20 million of contributions since the Foundation first committed to funding research in 1998.

Vera Bradley's Viva la Pink 2013

A closer look: Canterberry Magenta

Canterberry Magenta

A favorite from Fall is blushing in Winter. Canterberry Magenta is the pattern you’ve been carrying in cool cobalt, with a punch of pink instead. Liz, Vera Bradley’s Trend Reporter,  shares more from the design team …

Canterberry Magenta

What inspired it …

Gorgeous and glam, this design is filled with ornate and intricate detail. A primarily neutral range of black, white and silvery gray is punched up with an invigorating hit of magenta. The simple color combination makes it easy to wear with any holiday ensemble.

Available in …

Canterberry Magenta fabrications

See the inspiration in pictures.
Visit our Canterberry Magenta board on Pinterest

Shop Canterberry Magenta when it arrives online and in stores November 7!

A closer look: Venetian Paisley

Venetian Paisley

Winter preview week continues today with more on the first of our two new prints. Venetian Paisley is a celebration of bright, bold, energetic colors, swirling in the paisleys and petals you love. For more, we asked Liz, Vera Bradley’s Trend Reporter, to share insights from the design team.

Venetian Paisley

What inspired it …

This pattern radiates with color. Opulent jewel tones create a rich palette for a statement-making pattern of paisleys. Inside, a simple zigzag stripe on a sapphire background adds a subtle contrast to the lively print.

Available in …

Venetian Paisley fabrications

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

Shop Venetian Paisley when it arrives online and in stores November 7!

Reader Appreciation Giveaway No. 3

Comment for a chance to win!

It’s the final day of our Friends and Family celebration on Inside Stitch!

Our last giveaway was inspired by the styles our in-store shoppers find especially enticing. This sightly assortment shows up at the register most often, and we have to admit, we couldn’t have picked them better ourselves!

top styles from

Pictured: 1. All in One Crossbody in Olivia Pink | 2. Luggage Tag in Midnight Blues | 3. Tech Case in Ribbons | 4. Smartphone Wristlet in Bittersweet | 5. Little Hipster in Ribbons | 6. Mini Hipster in Canterberry Cobalt | 7. Campus Backpack in Heather | 8. Lanyard in Jazzy Blooms

Comment below and tell us which style you would most likely pick up on your next shopping trip and we’ll select five lucky commenters (at random) to receive a Smartphone Wristlet! And be sure to visit our Store Locator to find a store near you.

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for commenting and congratulations to our winners, MaryAnne W., Sheryl B., Susan B., Brianna W. and Ashley W.!

Reader Appreciation Giveaway No. 2

Comment to win a Hipster!

Our weeklong Friends and Family celebration continues with another great chance to win on the blog!

For this giveaway, we pooled some of the most popular, highest-rated styles from Based on stars and suggestions, these offerings are at the top of our online shopper’s list …

top rated styles

Pictured: 1. Coin Purse in Canterberry Cobalt | 2. Zip-Around Wallet in Jazzy Blooms | 3. Tech Case in Ribbons | 4. Hipster in Lola | 5. Vera in Bittersweet | 6.  Turn Lock Wallet in Plum Crazy | 7. Large Cosmetic in Olivia Pink | 8. Zip ID Case in Heather | 98. Large Duffel in Midnight Blues

Comment below and tell us which style you would award the highest rating and we’ll select three lucky commenters (at random) to receive a Hipster! And be sure to visit and continue sharing your product insights with us.

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for commenting and congratulations to our winners, Michele D., Michelle H. and Dawn R.!