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Cocktails Around the World

There seems to be a holiday observed for everything under the sun, from Jerky Day (celebrate the salty treats on June 9) to Middle Child’s Day (finally get the attention you deserve on August 12). Today, we’d like to raise our glasses to World Cocktail Day and invite you over to sample a few sips from around the world.

French Connection

Cocktails around the world
Bonjour! This lovely libation was inspired by Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and found on We love the hint of bubbly the sparkling wine adds at the end!


  • 2 oz cognac
  • 3⁄4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3⁄4 oz simple syrup
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • Sparkling wine to top

Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake well to break down the raspberries. Strain the mixture through a fine-meshed sieve into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Top with a splash of sparking wine.

Red Sangria

Cocktails around the world
A salute to Spain, this is a crowd-pleaser. Our favorite recipe is from The Minimalist Baker and makes a whole pitcher. Whether you stir it up for a party or sip in solitary (no judgment here), this is a fun and fruity addition to your chips and salsa.


  • 1/2 apple, cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 orange, rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed (plus more for garnish)
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp (41 – 55 g) organic brown sugar (or 3 Tbsp (37.5 g) organic cane sugar)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) orange juice, plus more to taste
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) brandy, plus more to taste
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry Spanish red wine
  • Ice to chill (~1 cup)


  • Add apples, oranges and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
  • Add orange juice and brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
  • Add red wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. I added a bit more brandy, orange juice and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add ice and stir once more to chill. Serve as is or with a bit more ice. Garnish with orange segments (optional).
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours, though it’s best when fresh.

Caribbean Rum Punch

Cocktails around the world
We saved the best for last. This cocktail makes you feel as if you’re basking on a beach in the Caribbean. Inspired by a resort in Turks and Caicos, Paris and Pastry created this concoction to take her back to a dreamy destination.


  • 3 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz gold (or dark) rum + 1/2 ounce to pour on top
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • Grenadine
  • Lime to garnish

Shake the pineapple juice, orange juice, gold rum, coconut rum and ice cubes together in a cocktail shaker. Pour the juice in a glass. Add a shot of grenadine and watch it sink to the bottom. Gently pour the remaining rum on top, and add a lime wedge for garnish.

If these don’t tickle your taste buds, try some summer cocktails with just a few ingredients, or make one of our personal faves from a previous holiday. Have fun and share your pictures with #verabradley!

Career Series: The Artist

This week, we’re tackling the age-old question, “what should I wear to work?” Appropriate work attire can vary greatly between workplaces and job titles. There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach for choosing a career, so there shouldn’t be one for your wardrobe either. Whether you’re working in a corporate environment as a teacher or something more artistic, like a designer, you’ll want to dress for success!

Career series: the artist

Today, we’re focusing on the artist. As an artist, it’s important to convey your personality through your attire, while still maintaining a certain level of professionalism. Don’t worry, designers, we punched up your work outfit with some colorful details that let your creativity shine. A bright top paired with a more neutral, striped skirt is just the right amount of bold, without being too flashy. The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, so you can show your boss just how positive you are. You’ll find simple accessories are best for the workplace, with just a few stacked bracelets and matching earrings being the ideal combination. The floral heels are tasteful with just a touch of sass, proving you are professional and have great style. The Leah Tote in Black is the perfect work bag, in our humble opinion. The quilted leather is sophisticated and chic, with black being the best choice for maximized outfit coordination! It fits all the essentials for a day on the job, including your laptop or tablet and design supplies. Make sure to come prepared with a cute notebook and pen (and, of course, an upbeat attitude and killer handshake).

Career series: the artist

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Mom Moments: Kelly in the City

This upcoming Mother’s Day is a special one for blogger Kelly of Kelly in the City. She recently revealed that she is becoming a first-time mom, with her mother becoming a first-time grandmother! Today, Kelly is taking over the blog to chat about motherhood and share her picks for the best Mother’s Day gifts.

mom moments: Kelly in the City

“Hi everyone! My name is Kelly, and I’m the girl behind the Chicago-based life and style blog Today, I’m teaming up with Vera Bradley to talk all things Mother’s Day, and to share a little bit about the relationship I have with my mom.

This Mother’s Day is going to be a very special one, as I’m becoming a mother and my own mom is becoming a grandmother in less than three months. (I actually just recently announced the news on my blog! You can see the video of my mom finding out over the holidays here as well.) I’m the oldest on both sides of the family, and this is the first baby in over 15 years, so there’s definitely a lot of excitement in the air. The added element of surprise is that we’re not finding out the sex until the baby is born, and the name won’t be revealed until the big day either. 😉

mom moments: Kelly in the City

mom moments: Kelly in the City

mom moments: Kelly in the City

Mom and I both agree that the perfect Mother’s Day gift is the gift of time. Currently, I live in Chicago and my mom lives outside of Philadelphia. While we won’t be together on Mother’s Day, we recently spent a week together on the Jersey Shore (where these photos were taken) to celebrate! We cooked a lot of meals at home, went on long walks on the beach, shopped online for the baby, worked on decorating her new home and talked. While Mom and I chat on the phone almost every day, there’s just nothing like in-person heart-to-hearts!

mom moments: Kelly in the City

That said, actual presents certainly add a little something extra, especially if you can’t physically be with your mom this Sunday! Our favorite Mother’s Day picks from Vera Bradley include the Amy Backpack, the Quilted Cara Convertible Bag and everything in Cobalt Tile. I’m going to be getting my mom a few grandmother-related presents for Mother’s Day this year, but I’m also planning on getting her the Large Duffel in Cobalt Tile so she can visit often! I think the placemats in the same pattern would be adorable, too. Our family is expanding, and I can’t wait for big meals together.

mom moments: Kelly in the City

mom moments: Kelly in the City

mom moments: Kelly in the City

The below photo was taken at my grandmother’s house on Long Island when I was just a baby. It’s always been a favorite of mine because I think it perfectly depicts my adoration for my mom. She’s been by my side since the beginning, and has been my biggest cheerleader and supporter throughout the years. As I’ve grown older, she’s also become my best friend. I’m so grateful to be entering this next stage of life with her!” – Kelly

mom moments: Kelly in the City

Still need to find the perfect gift? Check out our entire Mother’s Day collection here and remember to share your #mommoments with us for a chance to be featured on!

5 Things Not to Miss in May

The month of May: also known as the month us Midwesterners breathe in the fresh scent of flowers and exhale a giant sigh of relief. Blowing in with the summer breeze is the promise of long holidays, fun parties and one sensational sale. We marked the five May moments you don’t want to miss. Comment below on which event you’re penciling in your calendar!

Celebrate May

Celebrate May

Celebrate May

Celebrate May
Celebrate May

What are your plans for May? Let’s kick off summer with a splash!

Define the Design: Hardside Luggage

Define the design: Hardside LuggageSummer is nearly here, and we’ve got vacation on the mind. Before you jet off to sunshine and sandy beaches, you need to find the perfect luggage to make your trip as simple and seamless as possible. Lucky for you, today is the launch of our new Hardside Luggage Collection. Associate Designer, Van, is dishing the details on this new must-have collection. 

Define the design: Hardside Luggage

Define the design: Hardside Luggage

Define the design: Hardside Luggage

“We were wanting to bring in a more sophisticated printed luggage option that our customer could use for summer travel.”

“There is currently a demand for lighter-weight hardside luggage. Not only is ours lightweight, but it’s also incredibly durable.”

“Easy to maneuver, lightweight and durable.”

“The large size expands for more room to pack, with a retractable handle that saves space. We added texture on the exterior for durability and focused on the details with a pop of color on the zipper interior.”

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“Perfect for the airport and road trips. Women will love to carry it for both business and vacation since the print offering is so classic.”

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Define the design: Hardside Luggage

Free Mother’s Day Printables

Mother's Day gift tagsWith Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to put the finishing touches on her gift. Whether you’re giving her a leather satchel, or the pretty jewelry she’s been eyeing, no gift is complete without a thoughtful card. If sentimental isn’t your style, choose one of our lighthearted printable tags to show her you care, or you can even create your own. We just know Mom is going to love it.

Mother's Day gift tags

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Still need to find the perfect gift? Check out our entire Mother’s Day collection here and remember to share your #mommoments with us for a chance to be featured on!

Destination Diaries: Liz

Destination Diaries: Liz
Festival season is upon us, and our Trend Analyst, Liz, is taking us to Coachella. Coachella is a three-day music and arts festival in the desert attended by nearly 200,000 people. Follow Liz’s journey as she shares her favorite festival essentials.

Destination Diaries: LizDestination Diaries: LizDestination Diaries: Liz

I had such a great getaway to  California where I road-tripped from LA to Palm Springs for Coachella.  I brought my  Get Carried Away Tote  for the trip and my  Preppy Poly Backpack, which is small enough to carry around all day, but big enough to hold all of the festival necessities. 

My bucket list included  spending time poolside, hearing great musicians and dancing!  The musicians I was most excited for included  Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris and Sia (to name a few)!  Festivals definitely call for  hands-free backpacks and crossbody styles  because  of the dancing and walking around! 

This season I am all about  Cloud Gray in our Sycamore collection  because  it seems to reflect whatever color you are wearing.  I also love  Cobalt Stripe in our Preppy Poly collection because it’s a fresh take on tie-dye, which is perfect for the preppy/boho style. 

These looks are destined for adventure!

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