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A Closer Look: Rio

Rio

This bold arrival calls for a fiesta. Inspired by an island spirit and fashioned in a bright, happy palette, Rio is a party in a pattern. This vibrant color is perfect for those who love to play with print combinations, plan exotic getaways and settle in for sizzling paella and cool sangria. Pair Rio with dark navy, red orange or yellow gold for brilliant, lively spring looks.

Rio

Available in …

Rio

Accessorize in Rio …

Rio

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Rio board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives online and in stores Thursday, January 15!

A Closer Look: Lucky You

Lucky You

We promise this perfect palette of navy and kelly green will have you feeling fortunate. A simple ‘60s floral and leaf pattern, accented with the pop of crisp white petals, proves that preppy paired with sporty can be incredibly refreshing. A playful dot interior is the final punctuation for this charming newcomer.

Lucky You

Available in …

Lucky You fabrications

New Handbags, to have and to hold …

Lucky You New Styles

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Lucky You board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives online and in stores Thursday, January 15!

Take 20 with Anna

Take 20 with Anna

If your list of goals for 2015 includes “get moving,” you’re certainly not alone. The spike in fitness pacts on Facebook and lack of open treadmills at the gym come January are proof that losing weight is the undisputed champ of resolutions. Seeking some motivation to set our healthful plans in motion, we sat down for a 20-question timeout with Anna, a certified fitness instructor and Digital Project Coordinator for Vera Bradley.

“I’m certified for Zumba Fitness and Centergy, which is a yoga-Pilates workout that includes a lot of stretching and core work,” she shares. But even at the head of the class, Anna assures us there are times her get-up-and-go dwindles. “Whenever I don’t want to work out, I have to remind myself how good I feel when I’m done. You never regret a workout.” And with that motto, let the encouragement begin …

1 What’s your favorite workout?

SkyFit … It’s a trampoline class with lots of jumping, Pilates and strength. I mean, you’re on a trampoline, so you get to feel like a kid.

2 How do you fit a workout into a busy schedule?

There’s no easy solution, unfortunately. You have to schedule it into your day, even if that means tackling it first thing in the morning. Everyone has 24 hours. Do workouts that are 20 minutes or less if you don’t have time to go to the gym.

3 What are you reading right now?

It Starts With Food (about the Whole30) and Wild, which I love! It inspires me to get outside and be one with nature.

4 What motivates you?

Blogs, I read a lot of health and fitness blogs and they’re always on to the latest and greatest workouts and recipes.

5 What’s your favorite season?

I would say fall. Not too hot or too cold and you can do a lot outside.

6 Favorite movie?

Sex and the City

7 Instagram or SnapChat?

Instagram

8 Favorite fitness app?

Nike Training Club. It has workouts based on time and muscle groups, and it’s free!

9 Favorite Vera Bradley pattern of all time?

Blue Bayou

10 What’s on your workout playlist?

Rap/Hip Hop and EDM (electronic dance music)

11 Latest Netflix binge?

Scandal

12 Best gift you received this Christmas?

Blue Jay Bluetooth headphones. They’re sport headphones with no cord that sync to your cell phone.

13 How do you take your coffee?

Black or with a little French vanilla creamer.

14 If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be?

Oprah … I love her!

15 What’s the coolest thing on your desk?

My engagement picture

16 Five things you always have in your gym bag?

Facial cleansing wipes, headphones, a timer, socks and extra hair ties.

17 Best pre-workout snack?

Ezekiel toast with almond butter.

18 One country you’d like to visit?

Greece

19 What’s at the top of your fitness bucket list?

Run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. It has lots of hills and it’s hard, but at the end, firefighters give you a Tiffany & Co. necklace, which is so cool!

20 Any resolutions you care to share?

Another certification … I’m thinking spinning or group fitness.

Rock her Sock

As the big day approaches, we’re all running through our cheery checklists: Gifts wrapped, cookies frosted, cards sent, stockings … bare? Fret not, great gifters, our Stores are your last stop for smaller styles to make her sock sparkle Christmas morning.

Coming soon, to a mantel near you:

Stocking Stuffers

PICTURED (clockwise from top left): 1. Pencil Set with Tin in Emerald Paisley | 2. Round About Jewelry Box in Cheery Blossoms | 3. Slim Journal Set in Pink Swirls | 4. Travel Manicure Set in Cheery Blossoms | 5. Pocket Mirror in Emerald Paisley

Shall we have a fan moment?

This past Sunday, fans came out in droves to meet and, of course, snap a selfie with 2014 Ice Dancing Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The duo graciously greeted guests at our Deer Park Town Center Store before their Shall We Dance on Ice program Tuesday.

The Dancing With The Stars champs reunited for the event, which Vera Bradley sponsored, much to the delight of the crowd. Enthusiastic supporters have watched Davis dance in Sochi, with Chmerkovskiy in America’s favorite ballroom, and now, in February, they’ll get the chance to tune in again, when ABC airs the skating special for everyone to enjoy.

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

Shall we have a fan moment?

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Getting creative with Gift Cards

Pairing the ladies on your list with their favorite style – not to mention color ­– can be tricky. When you aren’t sure which palette she prefers, a Vera Bradley Gift Card is a can’t-miss option for making her Christmas wishes come true. Add some extra sparkle with one of these creative packaging ideas …

15 ways to get creative with Gift Cards

Getting creative with gift cards

1

Slide one into a Luggage Tag and bundle it with a book about
her dream destination, an atlas or a larger Travel style

2

Create a shimmery DIY Glitter Mug, tie a festive ribbon
to the handle and place the Gift Card inside

Getting creative with gift cards

3

In a Tech case to tie in with her new gadgets

Getting creative with gift cards

4

Bundled with stationery items to ensure she keeps in touch

5

Fill a Tumbler with a colorful candy
and attach the Gift Card

Getting creative with gift cards

6

In a Round About Jewelry Box
with a new bauble

7

In the name panel of her favorite Lunch style

Getting creative with gift cards

8

In the card slot of the wallet she wants

9

Tied to a Travel Mug filled with a bag of her favorite coffee or tea

Getting creative with gift cards

10

Tucked inside a Leather or Faux Leather Envelope

Getting creative with gift cards

11

Attached to an Agenda with Binder Clips

12

Placed in an interior pocket of a Crossbody
or Handbag she’s been wanting

Getting creative with gift cards

13

Dial in her mobile with a Gift Card and phone case

14

Secured to the handle of an Umbrella
with a note, “For a rainy day!”

Getting creative with gift cards

15

In a Desk Note Set paired with colorful pens

Santa Came to Town

There’s always a sense of playful, childlike wonder at the annual Vera Bradley holiday gathering. Maybe it’s the ice-skating and hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows. Or perhaps it’s seeing all of the families, including adorable little ones with Christmas characters painted proudly on their rosy cheeks. But our guess is it’s the result of the jolliest guest in the house, Santa. Mr. Kringle never disappoints the guests, both young and young at heart. We hope the season’s celebrations bring laughter, sparkle and joy to your December days.

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