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5 Supplies to Keep at Your Desk

Desk organization
With back to school on the horizon, college students are already looking for the shiniest new accessories for campus. But for us postgrads, we just can’t seem to kick our old habits and instead use this time for reorganization. Don’t you just always feel like a brand-new person when you’ve done a bit of overdue cleaning and mindful organization? We do, too, which is why we’re sharing how to keep your desk organized. Whether you’re working in a cubicle or spending your days in your home office, there are five supplies you should always keep at your desk to maximize organization.

1. Planner

It may seem old-school to keep your schedule with pen and paper, but trust us on this one. We find that physically writing things down not only makes you remember them, but also makes your to-do lists more intentional (and satisfying when you can literally cross things off). Make sure to have a planner that has both monthly and weekly views — it makes it so much easier in planning long-term events, as well as your day-to-day schedule. This is our all-time favorite planner that we think you’d love, too (link to Pop Art Agenda – not on site yet). If you’re needing help making your to-do list more effective, check out these tips.

Desk organization

2. Post-it Notes

We’ve never met someone who doesn’t love Post-it Notes. They can be serious lifesavers for organizing your thoughts and to-dos. Buy a four pack of different colors and use them for various categories (i.e. pink for work reminders, orange for appointments, etc.). Tip: use only as necessary. Don’t overload your desktop screen with too many Post-its, because they will quickly become clutter and lose meaning. We recommend keeping them mainly in your planner and putting just the urgent notes on your desk.

3. Binder Clips

Do you ever find yourself at the store, buying a ton of different cute binder clips, even though no person could possibly need that many? Yeah, us either… We recently discovered a binder-clip hack that keeps your cords organized. If you attach a large binder clip to the side of your desk, you can feed your phone or computer charging cords through the metal prongs for a neat, convenient setup. If you love a good hack, here are 15 new uses for your binder clips.

4. File Folders

In the digital age, it’s amazing how much we still do on paper. Enter: file folders (and cute ones, at that). For the documents you constantly reference or need to keep in a safe place, these are just the thing. Plus, they’re designed to look neat on a desk or in a drawer.

Desk organization

5. Inbox

Before you are able to file away everything in your new folders, you need an “inbox” to put it in. Whether you use a sleek tray or a woven basket, this is the place for all incoming memos, handouts and projects that you haven’t been able to get to yet. It’s handy for you and everyone you work with, as it’s the one place they know they can put something and it won’t be lost.

For major inspiration for your whole office, read up on Lauren Conrad’s tips to create a chic office space

The Perfect Bridal Party Gift

The invitations are out, her dress is altered and the flowers are ready. The bride has checked all the boxes on her list but one: gifts for the bridesmaids. Always appreciated, but never easy, bridal party favors are a to-do that takes thought. What do you gift the girls that mean the world to you? The perfect present comes in three words: timeless, personalized and functional.

the perfect bridal party gift

This clamshell-shaped cutie features a touch of ruffled trim. The perfect size for lip gloss right before the walk down the aisle, extra tissues for when those emotions hit strong and mints for slow dancing with the cute groomsmen.

the perfect bridal party gift

For bride-of-the-year bonus points: monogram your maids’ initials on the front of the cosmetics. They won’t get lost them among the chaos, and they’ll become a memento to keep forever.

the perfect bridal party gift

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Smells Like Team Spirit

Vera Bradley College CollectionYou asked, we listened … we’re adding top-class schools to our Fan Shop! Starting tomorrow, there will be more than 70 schools in our Collegiate Collection. Now, more fans, alumni and students can show their team spirit with style. We think the new colors and styles are a slam dunk (sorry, we had to). Cheer in the comments section if you see your school. Still searching for your team? Throw your hat in the ring by giving us your school name.

Vera Bradley College Collection

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2016 Vera Bradley Classic

Vera Bradley ClassicThe Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic is one of our favorite events of the year. Held in our hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Classic is the largest women’s amateur golf and tennis charity event in the nation. This three-day event concludes with a Golf Celebration Dinner where our co-founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller unveil the grand total raised for breast cancer research. Our funds support breast cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis. After 23 years, the annual Vera Bradley Foundation Classic was another one for the books — we’ll let the numbers do the talking.

Vera Bradley Classic
Vera Bradley Classic
Vera Bradley Classic
Vera Bradley Classic

Le Tour de Fort

Le Tour de Fort
One of the best parts of summer is how easy it is to find fun things to do. With the rising temperatures come festivals, fairs and a variety of other outdoor events. We pack our schedules full of social activities to make every day of summer memorable. First up on our summer bucket list: Le Tour de Fort. For the non-Hoosiers who may be unfamiliar, Le Tour de Fort is an annual bicycling pub crawl around downtown Fort Wayne. Biking and barhopping happens to be our summer jam, so this was the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday.

Le Tour de Fort

So what does one bring for seven hours of biking and cocktail sipping? First, you obviously need your bike. We hit Main Street on our Martone bike, which was quite the conversation starter. Note: Cute bikes are not required, but we’d certainly recommend it. Next, you need the right bag for all-day, bicycle-riding wear. We chose the Preppy Poly backpack for its lightweight nature, hands-free styling and fun pop colors.  It’s the perfect size to fit your wallet, water bottle to stay hydrated and a few snacks to energize you during hour six. Last, you need your squad! We grabbed our best girlfriends for the day downtown. You need each other for moral support when the day drinking gets the best of you, or when you try to do a fancy bike trick and end up in the bush.

Le Tour de Fort

Le Tour de Fort isn’t just fun and games (although, it is a whole lot of fun) — it raises money to support Veteran-based organizations, such as K9’s for Warriors. It was a great day for an even better cause. If you love biking as much as we do, this is a great resource to find the best bike trails near your city.

Le Tour de Fort

What’s on your summer bucket list? If you’re headed to a festival, you’ll want to check out our tips. If you’re needing help finding fun things to do in your city this summer, there are some great apps that will do the work for you.

What to Give the Bride-to-Be (that’s not on her registry)

Put down the dish towels and step away from the spatulas. Don’t let your great-aunt Cindy talk you into buying chinaware either. The bride will be getting everything off her registry and more from all of her guests, and after opening the third coffee pot, she’ll be so happy you gave her something unique. She’s planning the biggest party of her life and getting ready for the biggest day of her life. We recommend gifting her a bag that helps her keep it all together.

Gifts for the bride

The Miller Travel Bag is carry-on compliant (hello, honeymoon!) and has six slip pockets to store the essentials needed for a flawless wedding weekend. Monogram it with her new initials and you just upgraded to bridesmaid number one. You’re welcome.

Gifts for the bride

Get the look:
Miller Travel Bag in black | Hand Cream in Cotton Flower | Flip Flops in Camocat | Small Zip Cosmetic in Cobalt Tile | Mini Notebook in Cobalt Tile

If you’re still planning the bachelorette party, check out our tips to make it the best bash ever

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

The heat wave is finally rolling in, so we’re officially declaring summertime. Summer calls for cute swimwear, breezy dresses and the brightest colors. Luckily, our newest patterns are here just in time to make your colorful wishes come true. Pop Art is a Cubist-inspired print in primary brights, making it at once current and retro-chic. Recently launched, it will quickly become your favorite go-to weekend backpack, and even the hair-tie you show off on your wrist (it totally can pass as an accessory). If floral is more your style, you’ll love our new Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer print, Art Poppies. But you don’t have to pick just one, because they look great together.

The designer behind the print, Sharon Kessler, sat down with us to share the inspiration behind Pop Art.

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

INSPIRATION
“The main inspiration for Pop Art was a desire for something that looked different — not a floral or paisley. It’s a fun nod to the geometric paintings and designs from the 1960s – 1970s. We liked the clean, hard edges, as well as the vibrant, playful colors.”

TRENDS
“A key fall trend is art influencing fashion, with a desire for things that are original and unique as opposed to mass produced. Pop Art plays into this trend with a quirky and individualistic feel.”

ADJECTIVES
“Modern, playful and clean.”

FIT FOR
“Pop Art is for someone who isn’t afraid to make a statement. It could be carried at the beach, on campus or in a more urban setting as a splash of color and interest.”

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art PoppiesA Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

A Closer Look: Pop Art and Art Poppies

Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with your new favorite patterns:

Vera Bradley desktop download: Pop Art

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Vera Bradley desktop download: Art Poppies

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Pop Art board on Pinterest.

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