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Be Kind. Be Colorful.

Be Kind. Be Colorful.

The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure, with 87 cents of every dollar donated going directly to breast cancer research. Do you have someone close to the cause? Give their present a purpose. This year, make a donation in their name and seal the gesture with a pretty Pink Swirls style. The Breast Cancer Awareness color not only looks lovely, it also announces support for the fight against this disease.

Win them and be Jolly!

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Be Colorful Tote (Pink Swirls) and Soft Wool Ombre Scarf (Ombre Pink).

And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

A Vision in White

This year, Vera Bradley’s entry for the Festival of Trees – an annual event held in our hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana – was a wintry display that begged the question, “Do you want to build a snowman?” Or snow woman, as the case may be.

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

“Because our tree’s ultimate destination is Erin’s House for Grieving Children, we wanted the design to be whimsical, fun and ‘kid-centric,’” Kate Virag, Media and Public Relations Supervisor said. “What’s more fun and unexpected than a giant snowman?”

The volunteers began with a pre-lit tree and layered in three tiers of quilt batting for the body. Next, ornaments were placed strategically to create a warm face and buttoned-up appearance. Tree branch arms (for a flying friend to perch on) and a Ziggy Zags scarf and hat were the final touches for this sensation in snow white.

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Festival of Trees 2014

Get this look at home.

Tricia R., Visual Merchandising Photography Stylist says it’s easy to bring this lighthearted look to your holidayscape. Begin with a tree covered in white lights. Cut three sections of felt to wrap around and create his/her body. Cover the batting with spray glue and then sprinkle with snowflakes or white glitter. “We left some tree branches exposed in between each section of her body,” Tricia said. “But that’s really up to you.” Next comes the fun part … Get creative with what you have around the house and accessorize your personal snow pal. Corncob pipe? Knit Scarf, perhaps? It’s a look sure to melt every heart, young and old.

Warm and Cozy

Warm and Cozy

Twas a month before Christmas, and she longed to be snug,
with ‘mallows at play in a hot chocolate-filled mug.
When off of the couch, there arose something comfy,
A blanket with pattern, that was also quite fluffy.

Her goosebumps persisted, her chill to the core,
She sat up, quite frozen, there had to be more.
With a draft at the floor, and a bite in the air,
She needed her booties, her tootsies were bare.

Still feeling frosty, she sent out a tweet,
“Icy this evening, need styles for heat.”
As she searched through her closet for the coziest piece,
Her eyes danced with glee at a Robe, made of fleece.

As she settled in, content, to scroll her favorite site,
She stopped onto Facebook, just quickly, to write:
“May your styles be warm and your colors be bright,
Happy holidays to all, and to all a warm night!”

Win them and be Jolly!

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Slipper Booties, Throw Blanket, Hooded Fleece Robe and Slim Journal Set, all in Emerald Paisley, as well as the overall Grand Prize.

And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

Wrap Party

Wrap Party

A mix of certain melodies serve as the soundtrack to our sweetest seasonal memories. In the spirit of sharing, we asked our team to reveal their favorite holiday tune and the reason it resonates with them this time of year.

Compile a playlist with your favorite carols, from our list or your own special moments, and sing along while trimming the tree or gathering with loved ones.

1

Last Christmas by Wham!

“It is super cheesy and the video has amazing ‘80s hair!”

- Lita H., Copy Proofreader

2

Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry

“To me this is what Christmas is all about.”

- Teresa d., Foundation administrative assistant

3

All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey

“I could sing you every word!”

- Stephanie S., Product Development Associate

3

Feliz Navidad

“It just feels so festive and makes me want to dance.”

- Cecily H., Marketing Coordinator

4

The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

“One of the very first songs I learned in choir.”

- Stacy K., SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

5

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year by Andy Williams

“It’s just happy!”

- Larissa B., Philanthropy Coordinator

6

Let it Snow by Diana Kroll

“This is my favorite tune this year.”

- Kim C., EVP, Design

7

Frosty the Snowman by Berl Ives

“This is the only program I can remember in detail from my childhood.”

- Tom G., VP, E-Commerce

8

Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) by Bing Crosby

“My holiday hero, Clark W. Griswold knows how to do Christmas right.”

– Greg J., Director, Visual Merchandising

9

Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant

“My Mom would play this song every year while we waited
at the top of the stairs to come down and open our presents.”

- Allison W., Sr. Digital Designer

10

Santa Baby by Ertha Kitt

“It is totally campy and tongue-n-cheek, and it’s the only Christmas song
I know all the words to. I cannot hear it without smiling.”

– Sheila L., Quality Clerk

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers

Follow the personality path to find the perfect gift
for the girls on your list.

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers

Show Stoppers

Shop these and all of our Brightest Gifts Ever

And for the Hostess …

When friends and family open their homes for a holiday gathering, it only seems fitting to find a way to say thank you. Here are three suggestions, from Signature to seasonal.

For the hostess ...

Win them and be Jolly!*

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Weekender (Classic Black), Soft Fringe Scarf and Ornament, as well as the overall Grand Prize.

And don’t forget to follow along and get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your interest and keep following Jolly Holiday for more chances to win.

Release the Hounds!

The wait is over. We’ve finally reached the Midnight hour, with pretty Midnight Paisley and handsome Houndstooth styles now available online and in stores. Let your love for black and white blossom with a brand-new batch of handbags and accessories, built for beautiful versatility.

Midnight Paisley

Houndstooth

More reasons to celebrate …

Tango RedMagenta
Off White

Available now, online and in stores

Dress your tech. Cover your mobile device
or desktop in our newest prints.

Vera Bradley Desktop Download: Midnight Paisley

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Vera Bradley Desktop Download: Houndstooth

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

Vera Bradley Desktop Download: Magenta Leather

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Deck the Halls

Good Tidings

You might recall last November when we shared tips for Setting the Holiday Table with a pretty pink palette, in a happy Hanukkah theme and for a majestic multicolor meal. Scroll through and gather seasonal inspiration for everything from name tags and party gifts, to repurposing elegant china for dazzling centerpieces.

Set the table with Canterberry MagentaSet the table with Venetian Paisley

A Jolly bonus!

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook for a free snowflake download. The sign of winter looks smashing dressed in our latest colors, and makes a perfect centerpiece, window decoration or with several strung together for a gorgeous garland.

While you’re there, enter for a chance to win the overall Grand Prize. And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

A big part of thriving during the bustle of the “happiest season of all,” is planning. Between the festive celebrations, and the normal day-to-day obligations, the hearty holiday schedule can really bog you down. But fear not, dear readers! Simply put on some carols, pour a cup of cider and check out our guide to packing for a holly jolly jam-packed weekday. (Yes, you can fit it all in and look great in the process.)

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Win them and be Jolly!*

Jump over to our Jolly Holiday sweepstakes on Facebook and enter for a chance to win the Carryall Travel Bag (Classic Black), Ruffle Cosmetic (Midnight Paisley, 2 days before its release!), Round About Jewelry Box (Cheery Blossoms), Blush and Brush Makeup Case (Tango Red), as well as the overall Grand Prize.

And don’t forget to follow along to get in the spirit by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends and family, because the more people we have enter, the more we’re giving away in the end!

*This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your interest and keep following Jolly Holiday for more chances to win.