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Star-Spangled Celebrations: Cookout

Backyard barbecues are a quintessential part of Fourth of July festivities, and we love hosting our friends and family for a patriotic party. We’ve got the décor covered with a fun DIY for the patio, so all you need to bring is a side dish.

We are revamping our Valentine’s Day DIY for an ode to the grand old flag.

Mason Jar DIY

What You’ll Need: mason jar, star stickers, spray paint (we chose red), candle.


1. Place star stickers on the mason jar.
2. Spray the outside of the jar with red spray paint. Let this dry for two hours.
3. Once the paint is dry, remove the stickers.
4. Place candle inside for a twinkling glow.


Cookout Style

Outdoor parties call for breezy, carefree fabrics that make you want to stay a little while longer and go for the second s’more.

July fourth: cookout

[Get the look: Bauble Hoop Earrings in Marrakesh | Quilted Amy Backpack in Chambray | Woven Bracelet in Marrakesh | Kit Sunglasses in Marrakesh | Large Family Tote in Marrakesh]

We want to see where you are taking Vera Bradley this Independence Day!
Share your patriotic pictures and hashtag #verabradley.

Star-Spangled Celebrations: Road Trip

We can already hear the sizzle of sparklers and the boom of fireworks as we put the final touches on Independence Day picnics, parties and parades. Our favorite mid-summer celebration is approaching and we’re taking you through a full weekend of red, white and blue.

Party hopping requires some driving, so we are kicking off this star-spangled weekend with a road-trip-worthy outfit that effortlessly transfers from freeway to festivities.

Road Trip

July Fourth: Road Trip

[Get the look: Harper Sunglasses in Marrakesh | Shimmery Stretch Headbands in Marrakesh | Ruffle Cosmetic in Marrakesh | Weekender in Marrakesh Motifs | Emma Mini Crossbody in White]

A road trip isn’t complete without a playlist of the best tunes to belt out on the drive. Go ahead girl, roll down your windows, tune up that air guitar and jam to these summer-approved songs from Vera Bradley associates.

Burnin’ It Down By Jason Aldean
- Veronica, Logistics Clerk

Bad Blood By Taylor Swift
- Melony, General Store Manager

Golden ft. Sia By Travie McCoy
- Retail Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North

Hall of Fame featuring Will.I.Am By The Script
- Angela, Sales Consultant

Cheerleader By OMI
- Anna, Social Media Coordinator

Beachin’ By Jake Owen
- Retail at The Falls

I Love This Life By Locash
- Kelley, Industrial Engineer

Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars By Mark Ronson
- Retail at The Falls

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ By Michael Jackson
- Liliana, Design Assistant

Froot By Marina and the Diamonds
 - Christopher, Customer Service Team Lead

Summer of ’69 By Bryan Adams
- Kathleen, Receptionist

Vacation By The Go-Gos
- Teresa, Store Manager

Ship to Wreck By Florence + The Machine
- Alyssa, Store Manager

Summertime By DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
- Tom, Demand Planning Manager

Single for the Summer By Sam Hunt
- Jennifer, Consumer Insights Coordinator

Cecilia and the Satellite By Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
- Mall at Millenia Team

The First Day of Summer By Tony Carey
- Matt, Sr. IT System Analyst

Give Me Everything Tonight ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer By Pitbull
- Holly, Public Relations Representative

We want to see where you are taking Vera Bradley this Independence Day!
Share your patriotic pictures and hashtag #verabradley

Summer Cocktails

Sunsets should be served alongside a chilled glass of your favorite spirit. We’re toasting to summer with breezy cocktails created by Cory, Bar Manager at one of our favorite watering holes, Club Soda. Cheers to escaping the heat with these simple potions.

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Destination Diaries: Ashley

Our Visual Merchandising Manager-International, Ashley, just got back from an exotic getaway in Bali, Indonesia. We tore a page from her journal to catch a glimpse at her tropical adventures.

Destination Diaries: Ashley

This look is destined for adventure!

Destination Diaries: Ashley

[Pictured: Quilted Amy Backpack in White | Slim Travel Organizer in Rio | Sunglasses in Rio | Lighten Up Wheeled Carry On in Rio]

Shop the styles Ashley carried in Bali, online and in stores.

Carryall Confidential: Elizabeth

An eye-catching silhouette speaks for itself, but let’s be honest, curiosity begs for a look inside. We’re on the case, offering a peek at the odds and ends and everyday essentials some of our favorite, fashionable coworkers carry.

The subject:
Elizabeth, Digital Merchandising Manager
The style:
Lighten up Just Right Backpack in Sierra
The benefits:
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Shop the styles from Elizabeth’s Carryall Confidential, online and in stores

Print and pack

Print and Pack

A warm-weather getaway is a great excuse to explore an exciting corner of the world and savor summer’s long, lovely days. But packing can be such a pest. Don’t forget a thing with this printable packing list. We included some suggestions (our favorite Travel styles for the season), and invite you to add your essentials in the lines below.

Shop Travel, online and in stores

Summer Engagement

It’s a beautiful time of year to get married, so bring on the bride-to-be and let’s celebrate! We have looks that translate to each milestone on her way down the aisle.

For the Bachelorette Party

Summer Engagement: For the Bachelorette Party

[Get the look: Pearl Tassel Necklace | Pearl Dainty Bracelet | Petite Trifold Wallet in Pink Swirls Flowers | Chain Strap Crossbody in Fuchsia]

For the Bridal Shower

Summer Engagement: For the Bridal Shower

[Get the look: Beaded Stud Earrings | Dainty Chain Bracelet | Thin Bangle Bracelet | Quilted Harper Clutch in Blush]

For the Ceremony

Summer Engagement: For the Wedding

[Get the look: Kiss Kiss Coin Purse in Fuchsia | Turnlock Satchel in Pixie Confetti | Flower Stone Earrings | Soft Wool Ombre Scarf]

Shop these looks, online and in stores

Our Summer Reading List

A relaxing afternoon under the summer sun and a good read go hand in hand. We asked around the office and compiled a list of recommended titles our team considers to be perfect page-turners. Find a quiet spot and enjoy!

Summer Reading List

Mistborn trilogy
By Brandon Sanderson
“It’s a science fiction/fantasy world creation that will get your brain firing on all cylinders.  Only a brilliant imagination with mastery in word play could have put this epic series together.” - Bob, Sample Coordinator

The Dark Tower series
By Stephen King
“Part Lord of the Rings, part spaghetti western, the series jumps and blends genres masterfully to create a series that’s impossible to put down and leaves the audience on the edge of their seat as they follow Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, on his quest to find the mythical Dark Tower at the heart of all worlds.” - Sarah, Team Lead Santana Row

The Energy Bus
By Jon Gordon
“I usually carry a few copies around with me to give to people.” - Pam, General Store Manager

Anything by Harlan Coben
“Easy reading with multiple story lines feeding into one plot.  Keeps you guessing to the end!” - Doris, Retail Assistant

The Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck
“This is one of my all-time favorite books, as it transposes you to a time in the past when many Americans suffered but were able to persevere even in the hardest of times. Every time I read it, it reminds me how fortunate I am.” - Gail, Inventory Planning Analyst

Kingkiller Chronicles
By Patrick Rothfuss
“Two books and a novella in a world filled with intrigue, humor, and danger. It’s a series written by a geek for geeks, but would hold the attention of anyone that is interested in the fantasy genre. I have read these three books several times, and am anticipating the third and final book of the series.” - CJ, Client Services Technician

I Regret Nothing
By Jen Lancaster
“Another brilliant memoir from the ever-insightful and witty author of Bitter is the New Black and Such a Pretty Fat. Jen tackles her bucket list and it is a fantastic read!” - Jalyn, Sales Consultant

The Longest Ride
By Nicholas Sparks
“I love the romance of this novel. A great quick summer read!” - Kristin, Store Manger Orland Square

The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
“Suspenseful and you can’t put it down!” - Sarah, Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst

The Kind Worth Killing
By Peter Swanson
“This book has so many twists and turns—it really kept me on my toes!” - Lita, Copy Proofreader

Carryall Confidential: Meryl

An eye-catching silhouette speaks for itself, but let’s be honest, curiosity begs for a look inside. We’re on the case, offering a peek at the odds and ends and everyday essentials some of our favorite, fashionable friends carry.

The subject:
Meryl Davis, Brand Ambassador
The style:
Clearly Colorful Tote in Rio Squiggle
The benefits:
The style and color combination were perfect for the skater’s recent trip to Miami Beach, Florida.
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Shop the Beach styles from Meryl’s Carryall Confidential, online and in stores.