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Whatever the forecast in your neighborhood today, these desktop wallpapers will put you poolside in Boca Raton, the beautiful backdrop for our latest catalog. Download a happy dose of sunshine and let thoughts of warm afternoons ahead brighten your spirits.

Summer 2014 Desktop Palm Tree
Summer 2014 Desktop Crossbody Styles
Summer 2014 Desktop Beach
Summer 2014 Desktop Beach Chairs
Summer 2014 Desktop Totes
Summer 2014 Desktop Tropical Plant

A makeover misstep

While working on some exciting new features for Inside Stitch, we accidentally triggered an email alert. We hope this didn’t disrupt your day and you found some other colorful posts to read while you were here!

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The Inside Stitch team

Welcome New Arrivals

Vera Bradley Summer 2014

You’re invited to find your place in the sun with the official arrival of exciting styles in Flower Shower, Petal Paisley, Flutterby and Fanfare! Shop these fresh colors and styles online and in stores now and prepare for adventures ahead.

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Desktop Download: Petal Paisley

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Desktop Download: Fanfare

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Desktop Download: Flutterby

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Pattern Playoff Sweepstakes

What if your favorite patterns, from bright florals to rich paisleys, went head to head and competed to out-style each other and rise to the top? Which pattern would you pick to prevail?

Pattern Playoff

To find out, we’re launching the #PatternPlayoff Sweepstakes on Facebook! This bracket-style competition starts off with 64 of our Signature patterns in the Pattern Pool, including retired veterans and new rookies, all ready to show their stuff. After the first round of voting, we’ll setup the bracket with our Stylish 16 patterns, where they will go head to head until one is crowned Most Outstanding Pattern.

For each round of voting, you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win exciting Vera Bradley prizes! Plus, at the end of the #PatternPlayoff, all entries from all rounds will be put into the Grand Prize drawing where one lucky entrant will win a special Vera Bradley Prize Package!  If you win, a 22” Rolling Duffel, a Grand Cargo Bag, a Vera, an All in One Crossbody, a Loop Keychain and a $500 Vera Bradley Gift Card could all be yours!

Playoff Grand Prize package

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PRODUCT PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Internet access is required to enter. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C. (“U.S.”) who are 18 or older & who currently reside in the U.S. Void where prohibited. ARV of Grand Prize: $988. Starts on or about 12:00 am ET on 3/18/14 & ends 11:59 pm ET on 4/6/14. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for each drawing. To enter and for complete official rules, entry deadlines, prize details & entry limitations go to www.facebook.com/verabradley. Sponsor: Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN 46808.

A Closer Look: Fanfare

Fanfare

The final new color for our Summer collection, Fanfare, is a harmonious collaboration of classic and contemporary. It’s what happens when a timeless color combination receives a spark of bright neon. It’s a feminine, foolproof choice for your warm, or any-weather wardrobe.

Fanfare

What inspired it …

A historic pattern was treated with a modern combination of hues for a bold new take on black and white. Citron energizes this timeless print for an ideal option ideal for those who lean toward a more neutral palette.

Available in …

Fanfare: fabrications

New Summer silhouettes …

Fanfare: new styles

Shop Fanfare when it arrives online and in stores Thursday, March 20

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Fanfare board on Pinterest!

A Closer Look: Flutterby

Flutterby

Next up, a playful, flittering, soon-to-be favorite in a happy palette. Coinciding with the arrival of our adorable Baby collection, Flutterby has landed on the list of must-have colors for the new season.

Flutterby

What inspired it …

Fresh-cut wildflower bouquets mingle with whimsical butterflies in a field of radiant orchid, purple, turquoise and citrine. The romantic color and character combination provides a fun statement for all ages this summer.

Available in …

Flutterby: fabrications

New Summer silhouettes …

Flutterby: new styles

Shop Flutterby in Baby today and additional styles when they arrive online and in stores Thursday, March 20

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Flutterby board on Pinterest!

A Closer Look: Petal Paisley

Petal Paisley

Preview week continues with a preppy-but-classic pattern on a very versatile background. Prepare for the pretty pink and green accents of Petal Paisley.

Petal Paisley

What inspired it …

This print marries traditional paisleys and blooms with a more modern palette. The navy base allows the dark pink, raspberry and bright green to stand out, while complementing a broader cast of wardrobe options.

Available in …

Petal Paisley: fabrications

New Summer silhouettes …

Petal Paisley: new styles

Shop Petal Paisley when it arrives online and in stores
Thursday, March 20

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

A closer look: Flower Shower

Flower Shower

It’s preview week once again on Inside Stitch, and this approaching bouquet of blooms is only fueling our anticipation for sunny summer days and clear blue horizons. We’ll start our exploration of Summer with Flower Shower, a pattern that projects the filtered lens and a bit of nostalgia. Retro has never looked this radiant.

Flower Shower

What inspired it …

Our design team had visions of safari styles from the 1970s, complete with large banana leaves and climbing vines. Large florals – predominantly in brown, turquoise and coral – spread across the print in sepia tones that fall right in line with the current Instagram trend.

Available in …

Flower Shower: fabrications

New Summer silhouettes …

Flower Shower: swatches

Shop Flower Shower when it arrives online and in stores
Thursday, March 20

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Flower Shower board on Pinterest!

Wish you were here

White sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters, plenty of sunshine and nothing but blue skies … we’ve found it! We found summer!

The official start of summer is still weeks away (sigh), but our new Summer colors and styles arrive in just a few days. To celebrate, we thought we’d bring you a much-deserved sneak peek — straight from our Summer photo shoot in always-sunny Boca Raton, Florida.

A favorite destination, Boca Raton holds a special place in our hearts. Our namesake, Vera Bradley, and her husband, Edward, called beautiful Boca home for years. So naturally, it was a place we couldn’t wait to explore.

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wish you were here ...

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Our photo shoot started at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Situated on 350-plus acres in the heart of Florida’s Gold Coast, the fabled resort was designed by legendary architect Addison Mizner in 1926. When we weren’t busy taking in the resort’s breathtaking architecture, we were out exploring the location’s seven (yes, seven!) pools, private beach and luxury marina. We even took a morning catamaran sail and a day trip to the famously beautiful Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. It was an amazing trip, and we can’t wait to start planning where we’ll go next.

After all, summer is all about being outdoors and seeing new places. Whether you’re exploring an exotic paradise or a special location in your very own backyard, we promise to add happy colors — and a little extra fun — to every adventure.

So where will summer take you? Share your summer stories with us all season long using the hashtag #vbexplore on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. We can’t wait to hear from you!