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What’s in Her Gym Bag: Yoga

What's in her gym bag: Yoga
A new year means new vows to break old habits. It means beginning new routines and putting old resolutions to rest. If you’re making a pledge to health and wellness this year, you’ll need a few tools of the trade to stick to your word.

If you’re like us, packing a gym bag is done as you’re rushing out the door in the morning. We always forget that extra hair tie for our run, and we don’t remember post-workout hunger problems until we’re halfway through the candy bar. Our Certified Yoga Instructor, Destiny, says, “You don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward.” She shares tips for staying on track in 2016, what she packs in her gym bag and fun facts about one of the most popular fitness developments.

What's in her gym bag: Yoga

[Pictured: 1 Preppy Poly Wristlet in Sky Blue  |  2 Curling and Flat Iron Cover in Vera Vera Classic Black  |  3 Stretch Headband Set in Pink Tonal Stripe  |  4 Preppy Poly Jewelry Pouch in Sky Blue  |  5 On a Roll Case in Black  |  6 Water Bottle  |  7 Lighten Up Slim Crossbody in Blue Tonal Stripe]

What's in her gym bag: Yoga

Favorite thing about yoga:
“It is all about progress, not perfection. When I started yoga, I couldn’t even touch my toes. Now, I can almost lay my hands flat on the floor!”

How do you pack your gym bag?
“I love the Lighten Up Slim Crossbody because it allows me to be hands-free so I can carry my mat and other workout gear. I keep the Preppy Poly Wristlet in my workout bag full of extra hair ties and beauty essentials to freshen up after class.”

What are the items you can’t leave home without?
“My phone because I use it for my playlists that set the tone for the class. I also always have my yoga mat, breath mints and a water bottle.”

Top yoga poses for the New Year:
Warrior II – “I love this pose for centering. I am reminded in this pose to be present and enjoy each moment as it is. I do not need to reach forward and worry about the future or reach back and rehash the past. Life is happening right now in the present moment, and this is where I find joy. In yoga, we say that the pose begins right when you are ready to come out of it. In Warrior II, I find that when my leg starts to shake, I am able to sink deeper and start to become comfortable in the uncomfortable.”

Crow – “I use this pose to find strength and grounding. I typically think of grounding my feet into the earth, so when I shift my vision and find grounding through my hands, I see things through a new perspective. Prior to practicing yoga, I never viewed my arms as strong, so when I realized I was able to support my entire body on my arms using my core, I gained a new appreciation for the strength and power of each muscle in my body.”

Half Moon – “This is one my all-time favorite poses! Using a block for this pose is great because it makes opening up my chest and lifting my leg higher possible for me. Finding balance on one hand and one foot helps me drop what I know about yoga and about life and become present once again to what is actually happening. Typically, we balance on two feet or, in an inversion, upside down with two hands. In half moon, I am able to try something new and explore new poses and possibility in my life.”

Advice for new yogis:
“‘Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.’ Going into a yoga class can be very intimidating for some people. I have been told by many people that they just need to get in shape before coming to a class, and this is not true! Yoga is for all bodies — if you can breathe, you can do yoga.”

What's in her gym bag: Yoga

Win the Window: Customer Favorites Grand Prize Winner

Win the WindowOur Customer Favorites winner is going to have a very merry Christmas this year! Jessica’s hashtag came out on top after a random selection process by our social media team. Congratulations, Jessica!

The sales women at the bayshore @verabradley made our bank a little empty but our hearts a lot happy #winthevbwindow

A photo posted by Jessica Koeckenberg (@jessicak1216) on

The ten First Prize Winners have also been selected and notified. This sweepstakes entry period is now closed. Stay tuned for future giveaways!

Trimming the Tree: Guide to Gorgeous

At Vera Bradley, one of our core values is “fussy,” and we mean it in the very best sense of the word. We’re inherently hostesses (and hosts) who believe the beauty is in the details, and our Christmas trees are no exception! Our Associate Ashley was kind enough to share pictures of her merry masterpiece and the steps she took to create it so you can, too! Get inspired or just in the holiday spirit with her festive fir below.

Trim the Tree with Vera Bradley
Trim the Tree with Vera Bradley

Steps:

  1. Set up your tree, making sure to properly fluff it and avoid leaving any holes. Then, cover the entire tree with lights.
  2. Choose 2 – 3 coordinating colors to decorate your tree. A whimsical option could be red, green and white, but for my own tree, I opted for a more classic feel of golds, champagne and a touch of black.
  3. Layer 21″-wide deco mesh ribbon in one of your coordinating colors throughout the tree. Wrap it from left to right and top to bottom, securing loops by tying the mesh to branches. It adds softness, while also adding fullness.
  4. Attach floral touches to some of the branches. Try to spread them randomly throughout the tree for a more natural look.
  5. Hang the largest ornaments you have. I carefully space these larger items evenly throughout the tree (don’t forget the back!). I typically reach for large round bulbs in different colors. I like to vary the sheen on these bulbs as well — some are matte, and some are shiny. They add variation to the tree, especially when the light hits it.
  6. Add the second group of ornaments. This is usually the group with the highest quantity. I hang them evenly, and I like to tuck them further into the tree so they don’t look like they are floating. It also makes the tree look fuller.
  7. Add special ornaments as the “icing on the cake.” These include family heirlooms or special ornaments you have been gifted.
  8. Fill any remaining holes with small, decorative sprays or picks. I choose items that are beaded or covered in glitter to add another element of glamour and surprise. I randomly place these throughout the tree — no rhyme or reason here!
  9. Top it off! I choose larger decorative sprays and picks that add height to place on top of the tree. I then fill in the top with smaller picks that cascade down the front, adding another layer of interest.
  10. Last but not least, don’t forget the tree skirt. If you can’t find one already made that you like, choose a fun fabric to surround the bottom of your tree. I typically aim for 4 – 5 yards of fabric for an 8’ tree (depending on how large you like your tree skirt).

Trim the Tree with Vera Bradley

[Gold Glitter Stag Head Ornament | Glitter Multipoint Star Ornament | Black Matte, Gloss & Glitter Ball Ornaments | Gold Glitter Whimsical Ball Pick | Glitter Finial | Gold Glitter Artificial Christmas Poinsettia Spray Picks | Christmas Ornament Set (not pictured) | Decorative Mesh Black (not pictured)]

Friday Faves: Holiday Movies

Friday Faves: Holiday MoviesOne of our favorite ways to spend a chilly night is to snuggle up under a blanket, pull on our warmest slippers and get lost in a movie. Whether it’s a classic film in black and white or a current and colorful picture, the spirit of the season lives in these movies. Take a look at the list of the top 10 holiday movies we’ll be quoting all month long.

Friday Faves: Holiday Movies

1. Elf  |  2. Home Alone (1 and 2)  |  3. White Christmas  |  4. A Christmas Carol  |  5. The Santa Clause  |  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas  | 7. The Grinch  |  8. A Christmas Story  |  9. It’s a Wonderful Life  |  10. Miracle on 34th Street

Did your favorite make our list?

It’s a Wrap: Printable Holiday Gift Tags

To some, gift wrap and tags are an afterthought. To us, they’re almost as important as what’s inside. We painstakingly pick our wrapping paper and ribbons, buy bags and boxes in every shape, precut our tape and dig for the most darling gift tags we can find.

If you consider wrapping presents an art form like we do, you’re in luck! We designed special printable holiday gift tags so you can add the perfect finishing touch to every surprise you put under the tree (and so can we!).

Rosewood

Rosewood Gift Tags

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Alpine Floral

Alpine Floral Gift Tags

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Day in the Life: KBStyled

We’re still working on checking off our holiday gift lists and fashion bloggers tend to be the experts on the most stylish steals. Brooke of KBStyled let us join her on a holiday shopping expedition to find the perfect presents for everyone on her list.

“Black Friday & Cyber Monday have come and gone and although I did accomplish some of my holiday shopping on both days, I still have some very special people on my list to shop for!

Today, I’m heading to downtown Franklin, TN to finish my holiday shopping! As you know, and may agree, shopping is much more fun (well…and relaxing) with a Starbucks in hand. So first things first, hot spiced caramel apple cider!

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

I’ll be shopping for our kiddos as well as a few other special people on my list. I’m on the hunt for a few new ornaments (we give a new ornament to our children each year), some new family games, a candle, and a unique accessory or two. With so many great shops & boutiques in Franklin, I’ll have no trouble finding that “perfect gift” for those on my list.

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

My Vera Bradley agenda is going to help keep me on track…I’ve made my list and now I need to check it twice. I’m also carrying my Micro-Stud Harper Clutch, which is the perfect size bag for a day of shopping! And my outfit wouldn’t be completed without both my Soft Fringe Buffalo Check Scarf, which is my absolute favorite scarf, and my Pave Loop Stud Earrings.

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Day in the Life: KBStyled

Now I’m off to finish up my holiday shopping! Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you and yours a blessed holiday season!” – Brooke

Friday Faves: Twitter Party Recap

It’s another edition of Friday Favorites and today we are recapping our Gifting Twitter Party! Our panel of experts used their extensive knowledge of Vera Bradley and guided holiday gifting inquiries.

Correspondence Cards and Ball Point Pen

Soft Fringe Scarf

Throw Blanket

Throw Blanket and Slippers

Missed the party? Tweet us with your questions @verabradley and we will help you with that holiday wish list.