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5 Things Not to Miss in June

We can’t believe it’s already June! Spring flew by faster than we could say, “April showers bring May flowers,” which means that summertime has officially arrived. Bring out the flip flops, your favorite high-waisted bikinis and jot down five things worth scheduling for June.

Welcome June

Welcome June

Welcome June

Welcome June

Welcome June

First Day of Work: What to Wear

You did it. You graduated, nailed the interview and landed your first real job. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but you’re so thrilled to begin this new chapter in your life. As exciting as starting a new job can be, it also tends to be a pretty nerve-racking experience. The night before, you’ll have a million thoughts running through your head. “I hope they like me.” “What if I embarrass myself?” “Will I make any friends?” “What should I wear?”

Even the most style-savvy women can struggle with what to wear on the first day of work. You want to abide by the rules, but you also want your personality to shine. Luckily, it’s easy to do both using a simple formula. First, go a step above. Take the dress code of your new company and dress one “step” higher. For example, if the dress code is business casual (blouses with nice jeans and a blazer) we’d recommend trading in the jeans for a wide leg trouser or slim ponte pant. Second, infuse personality through one pop of color. Pro tip: The color red exudes confidence and power.

first day of work: what to wear

It’s really that easy! If you’re still feeling stumped, we’ll take the guesswork out of it for you. Our go-to first day outfit works for a variety of workplaces and dress codes – casual, business casual and business professional. Start with a neutral, slim leg pant. We love J.Crew’s Martie Pant in Navy – it’s professional, slimming and super comfortable for all-day wear.  Next, add your color. A bold, red lace top will complement the navy pant and add a little sass. We recommend topping it off with a blazer or jacket in case the office runs cool. Pro tip: Upgrade your typical navy blazer for a fun, striped jacket.

first day of work: what to wear

Now that you have the foundation of your outfit, it’s time to layer on the accessories. You’ll definitely want to invest in a comfortable pair of flats. We’re obsessed with lace-up shoes right now, like these from Nordstrom. Pro tip: Save the pumps for another day. First days are notorious for long tours of the building.

first day of work: what to wear

Choose neutral, sophisticated accessories, like a watch, simple earrings and a minimalist necklace. Leave the statement pieces at home (and save the magenta lipstick for at least day three). Last but not least, let’s discuss your bag. We recommend the Quilted Leah Tote in Cloud Gray. This leather tote is chic, yet practical with a crazy amount of space. Blogger Jess Keys of The Golden Girl described it as her “Mary Poppins bag” since it can fit everything — an extra pair of shoes, wallet and laptop, plus all of your essentials to put at your desk on that first day. Pro tip: This tote has a secret back pocket to discreetly stash your phone during meetings.

first day of work: what to wear

Now that you have the outfit planned, check out our 5 things to remember on your first day, as well as the faux pas you want to avoid.

What to Wear: First Weekend of Summer

First weekend of summer: what to wearThe work week is shorter, the days are longer and your agenda is packed with parties. A long weekend jump-starts the summer and the laid-back vibes that come with it. The only problem we’re facing is what to wear for that first backyard barbecue and drinks on the deck. Our in-house stylist, Tricia, recommends a casual, yet trendy ensemble to make sure your first summer night is one to remember.

First weekend of summer: what to wear

If you’re going to the beach this weekend, make sure you double check our list of essentials.

First Day of Work: Faux Pas

First day of work: Faux pasYou did it. You graduated, nailed the interview and landed your first real job. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but you’re so thrilled to begin this new chapter in your life. As exciting as starting a new job can be, it also tends to be a pretty nerve-racking experience. The night before, you’ll have a million thoughts running through your head. “I hope they like me.” “What if I embarrass myself?” “Will I make any friends?” “What if I say the wrong thing?”

First impressions are everything, so it’s crucial that you start off on the right foot with your new employer and coworkers. There are definitely things to remember to do for your first day (we covered that here, as well as some major “no-nos.” Let us help you navigate those first-day waters with the four first-day faux pas.

1 |  Cut the trash talk

Whether it’s about your former employer or your last roommate, your new employer does not want to hear you complaining on your first day. Gossip falls in this category as well. You do not want to get the reputation as someone who spreads rumors from the get-go. There is nothing about gossip and drama that really screams“ promotion,” so unless your new gig is at TMZ, it’s best to keep your head down and stay busy if these situations arise.

2 |  Don’t be caught underdressed (or overdressed)

This can be a fine line in many of today’s workplaces. Business casual and just flat-out casual wear are becoming mainstream, so it can be tricky to decipher that dress code before starting your first day. Even if you know it’s a casual environment, step it up on your first day to be safe. Absolutely no jeans. We would also recommend staying away from skirts on the first day — you don’t know what your work space will look like, so you don’t want to be caught in an awkward situation. Also, keep the heels at home, or at least pack a pair of comfortable (and cute) flats — no one wants blisters after a tour of the building.

3 |  Don’t take your phone out

he last thing your new boss is going to want to see is you glued to your phone all day (unless you work in social media ;)!). Show that you’re focused by turning your iPhone to silent and zipping it away. We like to tuck ours away in the Quilted Small Ella Tote — it’s so chic for the workplace! Tip: Remember to wear a watch! Without your phone to check the time, it will come in handy for your meetings.

4 |  Don’t be caught off guard

The Girl Scouts always taught you to be prepared and starting your new job is no different. Leave your expectations at the door and come prepared for any situation. Pack a lunch in case your team doesn’t take you out to eat (hold the garlic, onion and tuna for another day). Bring a water bottle and travel mug with your own coffee — some work places might not have it readily available. Although some companies will have you dive right in, many first days don’t involve a lot of tasks, so bring an agenda and pen to keep busy taking notes and penciling in important dates. As long as you meet any task or situation that comes at you with an upbeat attitude, you’ll be golden.

First day of work: Faux pas

If you haven’t quite nailed down the job yet, check out our interview tips and advice.

First Day of Work: 5 Things to Remember

5 things to remember on your first day of work
You did it. You graduated, nailed the interview and landed your first real job. It’s been a long road to get to this point, but you’re so thrilled to begin this new chapter in your life. As exciting as starting a new job can be, it also tends to be a pretty nerve-racking experience. The night before, you’ll have a million thoughts running through your head. “I hope they like me.” “What if I embarrass myself?” “Will I make any friends?” “What should I wear?”

First, we can tell you from experience that it’s going to be okay. The jitters will subside once you start your day. Until you start your new journey, here are five things to remember for your first day of work.

1 |  Timing is everything

This spans beyond the typical “don’t be late.” You want to arrive on your first day early, but not too early. We recommend arriving seven minutes early. See why seven is the sweet spot here. If you’re new to the area, you should practice your commute prior to your first day. Get a feel for how long it will take with and without traffic and plan accordingly. It’s also important to get an understanding of work hours. Is it a typical 9 – 5, or is it more flexible as long as you get your 40 hours in? We recommend not being the first one to jet out of the office on your first day. Leaving too early can make just as bad of an impression as arriving too late.

2 |  Prepare your “elevator pitch”

Elevator pitches are not just for job fairs and interviews. It’s important to have a 20 – 30 second intro about yourself, past experience and new role for that first week. You will be shown around and meet a lot of new people. You want to make a solid first impression on your new coworkers with a confident and upbeat introduction.

3 |  Ask questions

First days can be daunting with the sheer amount of information you’re taking in — but don’t forget to ask questions! Don’t worry about asking too many questions or “stupid” questions. In fact, for the first week, you have somewhat of a “hall pass.” Your boss and coworkers know you’re learning and adjusting, so just be eager and take a lot of notes. It’s good to take those first few days or weeks to just absorb information so you can hit the ground running.

4 |  Yes is the right answer

On your first day, you’re not really in a position to turn something down, whether it’s a task or an invitation to a social gathering. Show that you’re willing to try by accepting any project with a smile. If your coworkers invite you to lunch, gladly accept. You will be working with these people every day, so it’s good to get to know them and integrate yourself into the group as early on as possible. In the beginning especially, it’s crucial to have that can-do attitude.

5 |  Relax

We know, easier said than done. You nailed the interview, remember? They want you there, and more importantly, they want you to succeed. Know that everyone has had a first day before, so they know what it’s like. The best part is that you only have that first day once! Get a good night’s sleep, put on that killer outfit (we know you have it picked out), and remember to breathe. You’re going to be great!

5 things to remember on your first day of work

If you haven’t landed the job quite yet, check out our interview tips and advice. If you’ve got the job and just need some outfit inspiration, read up on what the girl boss should wear to work.

6 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

6 tips to ace your job interview
Interviews are nerve-racking. That’s a known fact. Preparing for a job interview can feel like swimming in an ocean with no land in sight. We’ve collected six tips from Vera Bradley associates to help you ace your job interview (just call us Lifeguard). You won’t find the stale “dress to impress” advice here because we know you already have a killer outfit planned. We’re just here to help with the details. Okay, and to find you a great bag.

1 |  Clean up your social media

We’re starting off simple because this is one of the first things we do when we see your resume. Foul language, party pictures and anything that makes you look unreliable — delete them before your application goes in the trash as well.

2 |  Research the company

It shows initiative when an interviewee does his/her research and can speak to the company’s brand, heritage or current relations. Use time at the end of the interview to ask a question while smoothly sliding in the fact that you have looked at the company’s website. “I was looking at your website, and it looks like you deal with _______. If I was hired, would I be involved with that?”

3 |  Wow them

Prepare a memorable story that displays all of the qualities the hiring manager needs in an associate. Did you go above and beyond to complete a project in a previous job? Sing it loud and proud!

4 |  Use the seven-minute rule

Arrive to the interview early, but no earlier than seven minutes. If you’re too early, you interrupt the interviewer’s day. They feel uncomfortable for making you wait and end up taking it early, which sets off a tense tone to begin the meeting.

5 |  Prepare for anything

The question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?,” may seem innocent, but a hiring manager wants to know if the position aligns with your goals, if you have ambition and if you’ve set realistic expectations. These 31 questions and answers are helpful when preparing.

6 |  Wear a pop of color

We had to include this one. Color can come from a paisley handbag, fun yellow pumps or a sassy red scarf! A pop of color in your wardrobe always makes a memorable impression. This pretty handbag is unforgettable.

6 tips to ace your job interview

Good luck! Vera Bradley currently has jobs open in all areas. Take a look: verabradley.com/careers. Aspiring artist? We have just the right outfit for your interview or your first day of work.

We’re Open at Disney Springs™

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

picture: @dashing_darla

Pop the champagne! We opened the doors to our newest store at Disney Springs™ on Sunday, May 15. The store boasts unique details — from seven large spools of thread hanging in the entrance to a complete pattern library for customers to reminisce about their favorites — that make this store truly a destination in itself. Local customers and traveling tourists will also be happy to see many Disney-themed products offered in this location. The store is located in the new Town Center area of Disney Springs™, which houses many other fashion and lifestyle brands, as well as restaurants and dining options. With so much to do and see both inside and outside of the store, you’ll definitely want to grab a few girlfriends for a fun weekend getaway!

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

Vera Bradley at Disney Springs

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Store Manager: Amy Valdez

Assistant Store Managers: Brittany Bartucci and Alina Garraton

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Must-see attractions …

Must-see attractionsMagic Kingdom | Typhoon Lagoon
The Grand Floridian | The Orlando Eye

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