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Win the Window: Alpine Floral Winner

Drumroll please… Chosen at random, Jaymie’s hashtag came out as the victor for the Grand Prize of our first Win the Window Sweepstakes. Congratulations Jaymie!

Jaymie won the following items:

Vera Bradley Win the Window

Perfect Companion Travel Bag
Large Foldable Roller Luggage
Luggage Tag
Small Spinner Rolling Luggage
Lighten Up Expandable Travel Bag
Hanging Travel Organizer
4 pc. Cosmetic Organizer
Lighten Up Travel Cosmetic
Miller Bag Tote
Curling & Flat Iron Cover
Ruffle Cosmetic
Large Blush & Brush Makeup Case
Trimmed Vera Tote
Large Blush & Brush Makeup Case
Small Duffel Travel Bag
Large Duffel Travel Bag

The first Sweepstakes entry period has closed, but you still have another chance to Win the Window in our next giveaway: Customer Favorites! Prepare your selfie smiles for the start of the next sweepstakes on December 3.

Shop Hometown: The Vintage House

The Vintage HouseFinding small boutiques with touches of charm and special items is one of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon. Unique shops across the country color their shelves with Vera Bradley, boasting their love and support for the brand. Now it’s our turn to tell their stories with our new series: Shop Hometown. This month, we spoke with the owner of The Vintage House in Carrollton, Texas. Nan gives us a glimpse into her small shop and why Vera Bradley has been a staple in it for 15 years.

Why do you carry Vera Bradley?
We carry Vera Bradley because it is a quality product. When customers see us carrying a quality product, they know we have a quality store.

What do you love most about carrying Vera Bradley at The Vintage House?
Vera Bradley has enabled me to change the customer demographic! When we started, it was as an antique shop – we had an older clientele. Vera Bradley has changed the demographic to be younger and changed the type of merchandise we carry to appeal to different age groups.

Why do shoppers come to The Vintage House?
I think they come to The Vintage House because we are friendly, and we take time to help them. Our customers know we care about them. It is easy to stay home and order online. We appreciate the fact that they get in their cars and come here.

What is your plan for Small Business Saturday?
We are going to promote selfies in our store. We are going to encourage them to take pictures of themselves shopping in our stores and ask that they share socially!

The Vintage House


The Vintage House

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Friday Faves: Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving TraditionsIt’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, and turkey is top of mind. There’s less than a week until the official start of the holiday season and all of the warm, fuzzy feelings that follow. Whether you’re continuing customs passed down from generation to generation or starting a brand-new tradition this year, start feeling festive with some of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit.

“Every year, I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I had the great fortune of being a part of the parade in 1983. I walked the route as a clown! I even had to go to ‘clown school’ the weekend before to learn how to do makeup and engage with the crowd. It was a cold and windy day, but I have such a great memory of being a part of this iconic institution. You can guarantee that I will be curled up on my couch, cup of tea in hand, waiting to kick off the Christmas season when Santa shows up at the end!”
– Melissa, VP of Retail Stores

“My family runs in our town’s annual Turkey Trot early on Thanksgiving morning. We’re super competitive people so we probably take it too seriously, but we have a blast! It’s pretty much just a race to start eating, but we love it either way.”
– Emily, Account Manager, Specialty

“My Thanksgiving is always the Saturday before the actual holiday. My family descends on my childhood home with the idea of the more, the merrier! 15 or so years ago, my mother decided that if we could all be together, it didn’t matter what the date on the calendar said.”
– Jennifer, General Store Manager

“We all write down what we are thankful for or a favorite Thanksgiving memory on festive Thanksgiving-themed items — felt fall shapes, sparkly leaves or scrapbook paper cut into fall shapes that my Mom makes. Even the small children do their best to write what they are thankful for. Once we have them written, we put them in a hat and take turns drawing and reading them out loud. Then, we try to guess who wrote which sentiment.”
– Heidi, Payroll Specialist, CPP

“For the past 41 years, a candle in the shape of a turkey has graced our family’s Thanksgiving table. It has traveled to different houses, towns and states. We only light it right before dinner and it only burns until we finish eating, so the wick will last to burn another year and for many years to come!”
– Rebecca, Associate Store Manager

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions? Share them below!

New Concerto Collection Is Gift Perfection

As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re reminded that we have just a few short weeks left to finish (and maybe start) our holiday shopping. Never fear, our newest Winter pattern is here! In always popular and forever classic black-and-white, Concerto makes a great gift for almost everyone on your list — including yourself! Adorned in strikingly elaborate details, it’ll catch eyes everywhere you go this season.

Vera Bradley | Concerto
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Vera Bradley | Concerto

Vera Bradley | Concerto
Vera Bradley | Concerto
Vera Bradley | Concerto

Dress your tech.
Cover your mobile device or desktop screen in our wonderful Winter colors.

Desktop Download: Concerto

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Mini Concerto Desktop Download

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Now, you can shop the modern sophistication of Concerto
and its corresponding solid colors.

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

A Festive Feast

A Festive FeastWith the official start of the holidays in one week from today, we’re planning our parties and putting the finishing touches on trimmings. In case you could use a little culinary inspiration, we’re giving you a glimpse at what we’ll be passing around the table this Thanksgiving. Our Corporate Training Specialist, Stefanie, selected two dishes from our “Cooking with Friends Cookbook” for her menu that complement any festive feast.

A Festive Feast

Asiago Pinwheels

Makes 5 dozen
½ cup grated Asiago Cheese
¾ teaspoon thyme
¾ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon pepper

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of a 17.3 ounce package), thawed
2 tablespoons honey-Dijon mustard
1 2-ounce package pepperoni (about 24 1 ½ inch slices)
1 large egg, beaten

Mix the Asiago cheese, thyme, oregano and pepper in a medium bowl. Cut the puff pastry in half to form 2 rectangles. Spread 1 tablespoon of mustard over 1 puff pastry rectangle, leaving a 1-inch plain border at 1 long edge. Place half of the pepperoni in a single layer atop the mustard. Spoon half of the cheese mixture over the pepperoni. Brush the plain border with beaten egg.

Starting at the side opposite the plain border, roll up the pastry, sealing at the egg-coated edge. Transfer the pastry roll, seam side down, to a medium baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining pastry rectangle, layering mustard, pepperoni, cheese mixture and egg. Chill the rolls, covered with plastic, in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes, or wrap them and chill for up to 1 day.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cut each pastry roll into about 30 ¼-inch thick rounds. Transfer pinwheels to prepared sheets. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve.

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A Festive Feast

Brandied Sweet Potatoes

Serves 6 to 8
5 large sweet potatoes (approximately 4 ½ pounds)
¼ cup sugar
¼ to 1/3 cup brandy
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 orange, sliced

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 7×11 –inch baking dish. In a large stock pot, boil sweet potatoes for 45 minutes or until tender; drain. Cool slightly. Peel the sweet potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl; beat until mashed. Add the sugar, brandy, butter, salt, nutmeg, ginger and pepper and beat well. Spoon into the baking dish. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with the orange zest and pecans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with orange slices.

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Define the Design: Buffalo Check

Define the Design: Buffalo CheckOur latest patterns make the approaching winter months feel a little warmer. We asked our Trend Reporter, Liz, to share the story behind the print that we put on our holiday wish list this year.

Define the Design: Buffalo Check

Define the Design: Buffalo Check

“This season, we were inspired by style in the American Northwest, where traditional Buffalo Check plaid has been a staple since the 1800s. Originally worn by cowboys and lumberjacks, Buffalo Check became trendy among musicians in the 1990s and most recently resurfaced as a casual, everyday staple.”

“When thinking about the American Northwest, hiking, sitting around a roaring fire and snuggling under a fuzzy blanket come to mind. This pattern is the perfect complement to that story.”

“Americana, iconic, traditional”

Style Favorite.
“I love the Bowler Satchel! It’s one of the on-trend silhouettes for this season. This casual pattern becomes super upscale with the black trim and gold hardware on the Satchel.”

Define the Design: Buffalo Check

Shop Buffalo Check online and in stores

The Dish on Dashing Darla

Dashing DarlaOver the last few weeks, our friend Dashing Darla has been spotted spreading cheer to Vera Bradley fans all over social media! If you haven’t seen her yet, we recommend keeping an eye out, especially as the holidays grow closer.

Here’s a little bit about her, taken from her Facebook bio:

“My name is Dashing Darla, and giving Vera Bradley gifts is what I do.
If you’re a fan like I am, my next surprise might be for you.

On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I’m a social butterfly.
Just share your love of Vera Bradley and look for my reply.

I might comment with kind words or maybe with something more.
It could be a note to let you know I got you a product you adore.

As for my true identity, you may be wondering ‘who?’ or ‘how?’
Sorry, but that’s going to stay my little secret (at least for now).”

Dashing Darla has been working closely with our Customer Service team to surprise a few social media mavens with Vera Bradley gifts each week leading up to Christmas. The word around the office is that she’s been giving away three of her favorite styles from our Winter Collection — the Throw Blanket in Alpine Floral, Bowler Satchel in Buffalo Check and Micro-Stud Harper Clutch — among others!

We also heard that Dashing Darla and Meryl Davis have become buddies, and Meryl will be handing out Vera Bradley gift cards on her behalf during her travels this holiday season!

Be sure to check out Dashing Darla on all of her social media pages, and don’t be afraid to say hello — you could be her next lucky gift recipient!

This is THE perfect gift set for any girl on the go. How my Christmas shopping works: One for me, one for you.

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@misstarabelle’s outfit is a #Friday favorite for sure! #regram

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